zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — The deadline set by ISIS for a ransom payment has passed, leaving the fate of two Japanese captives unknown.

The captors, specifically the ISIS fighter dubbed “Jihadi John” because of his British accent, gave the Japanese government 72 hours to pay a $200 million ransom earlier this week.

The deadline expired in the early hours of Friday morning, but there have not yet been any public announcements from the captors about the fate of Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa.

“The situation is dire, but the government is determined to continue its utmost efforts toward an early release of the hostages,” Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said at a news conference in Japan Friday. “And Japan will continue to contribute to the international fight against terrorism.”

Goto’s mother also made a plea for her son’s safety during a news conference Friday in Japan, saying that he should be saved because he has a wife and 2-week-old baby.

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Bhakpong/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The death of an 11-year-old girl who sparked headlines after her family agreed to let her stop chemotherapy will be investigated by a local coroner.

Makayla Sault, a member of the First Nations tribe in Canada, died after suffering a stroke on Sunday, according to a family statement.

Makayla’s case grabbed headlines after, at the girl’s request, she stopped chemotherapy treatment for her acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May. The move led to the family being investigated by a division of Canada’s Children’s Aid Society, which ultimately allowed the family to continue to care for Makayla without requiring the chemotherapy treatments.

In a statement released this week, the girl’s family blamed her death on the 12 weeks of chemotherapy she had undergone before she stopped treatment. The family said it was not the disease that killed Makayla, but rather the effects of the chemotherapy.

“Makayla was on her way to wellness, bravely fighting toward holistic well-being after the harsh side effects that 12 weeks of chemotherapy inflicted on her body,” the family said in a statement. “Chemotherapy did irreversible damage to her heart and major organs. This was the cause of the stroke.”

McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, where Makayla was treated, said it had no comment on the claims in the family’s statement. However, the hospital, part of the Hamilton Health Sciences family of hospitals, released its condolences for Makayla’s family.

“Everyone who knew Makayla was touched by this remarkable girl,” said the statement, signed by Peter Fitzgerald, the hospital’s president. “Her loss is heart-breaking. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Makayla’s family.”

Cheryl Mahyr, a spokeswoman for the office of the chief coroner in Ontario, told ABC News that there was an ongoing investigation into Makayla’s death, but that it was a routine investigation sparked by the earlier Children’s Aid Society probe.

Brant Family and Children’s Services, the Children’s Aid Society division that investigated the family, expressed its condolences in a statement issued after Makayla’s death.

“Makayla was a wonderful, loving child who eloquently exercised her indigenous rights as a First Nations person and those legal rights provided to her under Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act,” the group’s statement read, in part. “The parents are a caring couple who loved their daughter deeply.”

Chief Bryan LaForme, a spokesman for Makayla’s family, told ABC News that the girl did not have any signs of leukemia at the time of her death. He noted that it was Makayla, herself, who asked to stop treatment and that her family supported her decision.

Dr. John Letterio, chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, said it was unlikely that chemotherapy drugs could have caused a stroke months after Makayla stopped treatment.

“The drugs we use, literally thousands of patients have had these,” said Letterio, who did not treat Makayla. “One of the chemotherapy agents we use has the risk for some heart problems [but] it’s so very, very rare.”

Letterio said the chance of complications would also be further reduced if Makayla was out of chemotherapy treatment for months.

However, Letterio said if Makayla did have active leukemia disease, there’s a chance cardiac complications could occur.

“Leukemia, in essence, goes everywhere the blood stream goes. Those cancer cells can accumulate,” said Letterio. “It could be a complication of her disease if it began to march along. It’s hard to tell.”

Makayla’s death came a few months after an Ontario judge ruled on a similar case in which an unidentified girl, also part of the First Nations tribe, refused chemotherapy. In that case, the judge ruled the family of the girl would be allowed to pursue alternative treatment and stop chemotherapy in part because of their “aboriginal right.”

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Miguel Villagran/Getty Images(DAVOS, Switzerland) — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has a jarring prediction for the future of the Internet.

“The Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, where the world’s brain trust has gathered to discuss everything from technology to the economy.

The comment made plenty of heads spin.

Schmidt expanded on his comments, saying that the Internet will become so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives that it will simply fade into the background.

As wearables gain traction and our homes become smarter and more connected, Schmidt sees a future where the Internet is all around us.

“It will be part of your presence all the time,” Schmidt said, according to CNET. “Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

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Bob Mahoney/Lifetime(NEW YORK) — Jill Scott co-stars alongside Regina Hall and rapper Eve in Lifetime’s original movie, With This Ring.

“The film is about three women, who are of a certain age. They’ve accomplished much in life, but they just haven’t found the ideal love,” the R&B singer tells ABC News Radio of the romantic comedy. “There’s a lot of pressure in society to be I guess complete — quote unquote complete. So these three women are making every effort to get married within the next year.”

Jill stars as a single mother who, like the other ladies, vows to be married in 12 months. But Jill’s character, Viviane, has her eyes already set on one man, the father of her child, Sean, portrayed by Jason George. Not to give too much away, but the two have a rather steamy love scene in the film. The Philadelphia singer says she didn’t have much time to prepare.

“We had that scene the first day we met, so it really wasn’t much time to figure it out. You know, I just work with the script,” Jill explains. “My character was in love with this man, and that’s all to it! You know, there’s nothing for me to figure out. So it’s go time. It’s time for me to be in love with this man.”

Jill says the cast filmed for one month in Cleveland, Ohio. It gave the stars time to get to know each other, and even discuss what With This Ring taught them about their own love lives.

“The movie made us all think about what we’re doing. You know, what are we doing? For the married girls, it made them question and decide for certain that they made the right decision on who they married. They thought about it — not to say they hadn’t before — but we talked about that: why they chose to marry these guys,” she says. “And for Regina and I, the two single girls, we really thought about what it is that we want.”

If Jill decides to walk down the aisle again, it would make her second time. She divorced graphic artist Lyzel Williams in 2007, and even broke off an engagement from her one-time drummer, Li’l John Roberts, a few months after giving birth to their son, Jett, in 2009.

The Grammy Award-winning singer says she knows why those relationships didn’t work.

“You can hold your stomach in for four hours, but you can’t hold it in forever,” she explains in a metaphor. “You have to be who you are and you have to genuinely love who you love in order to have a lasting marriage. Getting married is one thing; staying married is something else.”

Now, Jill says she’s very focused when it comes to finding the one.

“I’m older now so I see a little bit better than I did before. My longest relationships now are about nine months. Actually, now it’s grown to six months,” she tells ABC News Radio. “There’s no need for me to waste my time or anybody else’s. I know by then. If you make it over the six month hump, you have done something. I must really like you.”

Lifetime’s With This Ring premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Bob Mahoney/Lifetime(NEW YORK) — Jill Scott co-stars alongside Regina Hall and rapper Eve in Lifetime’s original movie, With This Ring.

“The film is about three women, who are of a certain age. They’ve accomplished much in life, but they just haven’t found the ideal love,” the R&B singer tells ABC News Radio of the romantic comedy. “There’s a lot of pressure in society to be I guess complete — quote unquote complete. So these three women are making every effort to get married within the next year.”

Jill stars as a single mother who, like the other ladies, vows to be married in 12 months. But Jill’s character, Viviane, has her eyes already set on one man, the father of her child, Sean, portrayed by Jason George. Not to give too much away, but the two have a rather steamy love scene in the film. The Philadelphia singer says she didn’t have much time to prepare.

“We had that scene the first day we met, so it really wasn’t much time to figure it out. You know, I just work with the script,” Jill explains. “My character was in love with this man, and that’s all to it! You know, there’s nothing for me to figure out. So it’s go time. It’s time for me to be in love with this man.”

Jill says the cast filmed for one month in Cleveland, Ohio. It gave the stars time to get to know each other, and even discuss what With This Ring taught them about their own love lives.

“The movie made us all think about what we’re doing. You know, what are we doing? For the married girls, it made them question and decide for certain that they made the right decision on who they married. They thought about it — not to say they hadn’t before — but we talked about that: why they chose to marry these guys,” she says. “And for Regina and I, the two single girls, we really thought about what it is that we want.”

If Jill decides to walk down the aisle again, it would make her second time. She divorced graphic artist Lyzel Williams in 2007, and even broke off an engagement from her one-time drummer, Li’l John Roberts, a few months after giving birth to their son, Jett, in 2009.

The Grammy Award-winning singer says she knows why those relationships didn’t work.

“You can hold your stomach in for four hours, but you can’t hold it in forever,” she explains in a metaphor. “You have to be who you are and you have to genuinely love who you love in order to have a lasting marriage. Getting married is one thing; staying married is something else.”

Now, Jill says she’s very focused when it comes to finding the one.

“I’m older now so I see a little bit better than I did before. My longest relationships now are about nine months. Actually, now it’s grown to six months,” she tells ABC News Radio. “There’s no need for me to waste my time or anybody else’s. I know by then. If you make it over the six month hump, you have done something. I must really like you.”

Lifetime’s With This Ring premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORk) — Lauren and Mark Greutman live as frugally as possible, clipping coupons, buying in bulk at the grocery store and driving an old car. But that wasn’t always the case.

“We had no idea what we were doing, we had no idea where our money was going and then suddenly we turned around and we’re $40,000 in debt,” Lauren Greutman said.

A married couple with four kids, Lauren and Mark said they had to start from scratch. They said they lost their dream home in the mortgage crisis, and started pinching pennies. With downsizing and doing their finances together as a couple, instead of separately, the Greutmans realized they could reduce their debt with a few changes. Lauren said it was as much of an emotional makeover as a monetary one.

“It really was more, I think, an emotional connection that we had to make, rather than numbers connection,” Mark said. “We had to figure out you know where this came from and how we were going to move forward.”

The Greutmans said they not only got rid of their debt, they put money away for retirement. Lauren now dishes on her meal plans and extreme couponing expertise on her blog, IamTHATlady.com. She and her husband now enjoy helping other couples that are facing financial ruin.

For ABC’s Nightline, the Greutmans helped the Williams family of Oswego, New York, go over their finances, and even did a walk-through in their home to figure out where they could cut costs and get out of debt.

Find out how they did it on Nightline Friday night at 12:35 a.m. ET and see some of the Greutman’ tips for living frugally below.

1. Sell Your Used High-End Items

As she walked through the Williams family home, Lauren Greutman pointed out high-end items they could sell on Craigslist, including a Sharper Image massage chair, a foosball table, some pairs of shoes out of Mark Williams’ Air Jordans collection and a Keurig coffee machine.

“If you sell this, I bet you could get at least $50 for it,” Lauren said.

After Mark Greutman realized he was spending thousands of dollars every year on take-out coffee, he started roasting his own every morning at home, which he said also helped save money. “You can buy these green beans online for $5 or $6 bucks a pound and I have this DIY coffee roaster I made,” he said.

Lauren suggested selling the massage chair for $150, the foosball table for $50 and those Air Jordans in Steve’s collection for $100-$150 a pair. In the end, the Gruetmans found $1,500 worth of saving for the Williams family in 15 minutes.

2. The Freezer Is Your Friend

The Greutmans are huge couponers and use it to their advantage by buying food in bulk and sticking it in the freezer. For example, Lauren was able to buy nine loaves of bread on the cheap with a coupon and freeze them, giving her enough bread for a month.

“Being frugal doesn’t mean that you have to eat junk food all the time,” Lauren said. “You just have to know when to stock up on things that are healthy.”

The family gets their meat from a local farmer and will buy enough at once to last them a whole year, putting what they aren’t eating right away in the freezer. “We have a half of a cow that we bought from a local farm in here,” Lauren said, pointing out steaks, ground beef and beef loin.

They will also make a week’s worth of pre-cooked meals at once and freeze them until ready to eat to save time and money.

“We actually have 15 freezer meals so about once a month we get together, spend about three hours and make about 20-25 dinners at one time,” Lauren said. “You just pull it out of the freezer stick it in the slow cooker…so we have macaroni and cheese and chicken enchiladas, Alfredo sauce, homemade spaghetti and meatballs all ready to be eaten just like that.”

3. Shop Smart at Thrift Stores, Garage Sales

When Lauren Greutman shops for clothes at thrift stores or garage sales, she checks the labels for clothes that come from mall stores.

“I usually buy all of my kids clothes at garage sales,” Lauren Greutman said. “We spent about $30 at a garage sale this summer to buy his whole wardrobe. That included 10 pairs of pants, six pairs of shorts, about a dozen t-shirts.”

4. Cut Out Monthly Expenses

The Greutmans encouraged the Williams to make a budget together and cut out monthly expenses, such as take-out food and premium TV channels. Lauren even cuts her husband’s and their kids’ hair.

“People have hidden money in their house all the time,” Lauren said. “Finding an emergency savings in your house right at this moment gives you momentum so that you don’t have to go into more debt.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORk) — Lauren and Mark Greutman live as frugally as possible, clipping coupons, buying in bulk at the grocery store and driving an old car. But that wasn’t always the case.

“We had no idea what we were doing, we had no idea where our money was going and then suddenly we turned around and we’re $40,000 in debt,” Lauren Greutman said.

A married couple with four kids, Lauren and Mark said they had to start from scratch. They said they lost their dream home in the mortgage crisis, and started pinching pennies. With downsizing and doing their finances together as a couple, instead of separately, the Greutmans realized they could reduce their debt with a few changes. Lauren said it was as much of an emotional makeover as a monetary one.

“It really was more, I think, an emotional connection that we had to make, rather than numbers connection,” Mark said. “We had to figure out you know where this came from and how we were going to move forward.”

The Greutmans said they not only got rid of their debt, they put money away for retirement. Lauren now dishes on her meal plans and extreme couponing expertise on her blog, IamTHATlady.com. She and her husband now enjoy helping other couples that are facing financial ruin.

For ABC’s Nightline, the Greutmans helped the Williams family of Oswego, New York, go over their finances, and even did a walk-through in their home to figure out where they could cut costs and get out of debt.

Find out how they did it on Nightline Friday night at 12:35 a.m. ET and see some of the Greutman’ tips for living frugally below.

1. Sell Your Used High-End Items

As she walked through the Williams family home, Lauren Greutman pointed out high-end items they could sell on Craigslist, including a Sharper Image massage chair, a foosball table, some pairs of shoes out of Mark Williams’ Air Jordans collection and a Keurig coffee machine.

“If you sell this, I bet you could get at least $50 for it,” Lauren said.

After Mark Greutman realized he was spending thousands of dollars every year on take-out coffee, he started roasting his own every morning at home, which he said also helped save money. “You can buy these green beans online for $5 or $6 bucks a pound and I have this DIY coffee roaster I made,” he said.

Lauren suggested selling the massage chair for $150, the foosball table for $50 and those Air Jordans in Steve’s collection for $100-$150 a pair. In the end, the Gruetmans found $1,500 worth of saving for the Williams family in 15 minutes.

2. The Freezer Is Your Friend

The Greutmans are huge couponers and use it to their advantage by buying food in bulk and sticking it in the freezer. For example, Lauren was able to buy nine loaves of bread on the cheap with a coupon and freeze them, giving her enough bread for a month.

“Being frugal doesn’t mean that you have to eat junk food all the time,” Lauren said. “You just have to know when to stock up on things that are healthy.”

The family gets their meat from a local farmer and will buy enough at once to last them a whole year, putting what they aren’t eating right away in the freezer. “We have a half of a cow that we bought from a local farm in here,” Lauren said, pointing out steaks, ground beef and beef loin.

They will also make a week’s worth of pre-cooked meals at once and freeze them until ready to eat to save time and money.

“We actually have 15 freezer meals so about once a month we get together, spend about three hours and make about 20-25 dinners at one time,” Lauren said. “You just pull it out of the freezer stick it in the slow cooker…so we have macaroni and cheese and chicken enchiladas, Alfredo sauce, homemade spaghetti and meatballs all ready to be eaten just like that.”

3. Shop Smart at Thrift Stores, Garage Sales

When Lauren Greutman shops for clothes at thrift stores or garage sales, she checks the labels for clothes that come from mall stores.

“I usually buy all of my kids clothes at garage sales,” Lauren Greutman said. “We spent about $30 at a garage sale this summer to buy his whole wardrobe. That included 10 pairs of pants, six pairs of shorts, about a dozen t-shirts.”

4. Cut Out Monthly Expenses

The Greutmans encouraged the Williams to make a budget together and cut out monthly expenses, such as take-out food and premium TV channels. Lauren even cuts her husband’s and their kids’ hair.

“People have hidden money in their house all the time,” Lauren said. “Finding an emergency savings in your house right at this moment gives you momentum so that you don’t have to go into more debt.”

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“Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ – Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The latest film in The Hunger Games series has just become the highest-grossing movie to have been released in 2014.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen, has earned nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office as of Wednesday. It’s now slightly ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy, which falls to number two in the rankings.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 opened in theaters days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

2014 is the second consecutive year for which a Hunger Games sequel was Hollywood’s highest-grossing movie. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire led the way for 2013.

If you haven’t yet seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and are waiting to watch it in the comfort of your own home, you’ll be able to purchase a digital copy on Feb. 17 or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray on March 6.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final film in the series, will hit theaters on Nov. 20.

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“Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ – Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The latest film in The Hunger Games series has just become the highest-grossing movie to have been released in 2014.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen, has earned nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office as of Wednesday. It’s now slightly ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy, which falls to number two in the rankings.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 opened in theaters days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

2014 is the second consecutive year for which a Hunger Games sequel was Hollywood’s highest-grossing movie. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire led the way for 2013.

If you haven’t yet seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and are waiting to watch it in the comfort of your own home, you’ll be able to purchase a digital copy on Feb. 17 or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray on March 6.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final film in the series, will hit theaters on Nov. 20.

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers signed Eric Mangini to a three-year contract as their new defensive coordinator, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Mangini served as the 49ers tight ends coach last season, but has experience coaching defenses. He served as the New England Patriots’ defensive backs coach from 2000 to 2004 before becoming their defensive coordinator in 2005.

Mangini takes over for Vic Fangio, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.

Mangini also has five years’ experience as a NFL head coach. He spent three seasons with the New York Jets and two with the Cleveland Browns, compiling a 33-47 record while making one playoff appearance.

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