July 19, 2014
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Ukraine's government released a statement this morning accusing Russian-backed insurgents of blocking access to and tampering with evidence at the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site, The New York Times reports.

Ukrainian officials had planned to take the bodies of the 298 victims to a laboratory in Kharkiv, but they say that 38 bodies have instead been taken by insurgents to a morgue in Donetsk, an area controlled by the country's rebel faction.

"At present, we have limited information and limited ability to obtain formal information," Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's Defense and Security Council, said. "The people who are working from our side, they do not have the ability of free movement. They are under control of the terrorists. They are guarding the place. They are taking out all the evidence." Sarah Eberspacher

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Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was on ABC's This Week Sunday morning, and host George Stephanopoulos asked her about Monday night's debate, the role of debate moderators, whether Trump would apologize for his "birther" crusade ("that's a very personal thing"), and President Obama's response to Trump's assertion that "our African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever." On Friday, Obama told ABC News: "I think even most 8-year-olds will tell you that whole slavery thing wasn't very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn't very good for black people."

"So are African American communities really in the worst shape they've ever been?" Stephanopoulos asked. "Seems to me that everything that Donald Trump is saying — and it's too bad that the president is so glib about these issues," Conway said, and Stephanopoulos jumped in: "The president's glib about race issues?" "No, no, no," Conway said, "he was very — he — no, George, he was just very glib about what the — you know, calling — referring to an 8-year old." Trump wants to rebuild inner cities, "tackling full-on poverty and joblessness and homelessness in the inner cities and crime," especially in Chicago, she said. "And we're not going to have a serious conversation about crime in the inner cities?"

Obama, of course, has been having that conversation for years, even if Trump has not been a part of it, but Conway said she thinks "Donald Trump should also be applauded for actually trying to make a difference in these communities." On the debates, Conway said that she thinks all the moderators will be great, including NBC's Lester Holt, but "I really don't appreciate campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers and that these debate moderators should somehow do their bidding." When Stephanopoulos asked about Trump's big lead over Clinton in documented lies, Conway said that polls show voters trust Trump more than Clinton.

"I can understand why the Clinton camp is very nervous, because Donald Trump's got great presence, stature, he's a brilliant debater," Conway said. "Newt Gingrich put it best. The former speaker recently said Donald Trump is the best debater he's ever seen, he's like the Babe Ruth of debating, he shows up and swings does a great job." When Stephanopolous asked about Trump's suggestion he would invite alleged former Bill Clinton mistress Gennifer Flowers to the debate, since rescinded, Conway said that Trump "wants to remind people that he's a great counter-puncher. They started this one by saying they would give a front-row seat to Mark Cuban — who by the way, until very recently very favorable toward Donald Trump and his candidacy." Despite Trump's tweet, Flowers "has not been invited by the campaign," Conway said. "She has a right to be there if somebody else gives her a ticket." Peter Weber

12:53 a.m. ET
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Veteran journalist Jane Pauley is the new anchor of CBS Sunday Morning.

Charles Osgood retired Sunday after 22 years as the program's anchor and 45 years total with CBS News. Pauley, who will take over the show on Oct. 9, joined Sunday Morning in 2014 as a contributor, and is becoming just the third anchor in the program's history. Pauley said Osgood "set the standard" for the show, and she is looking forward to "bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long."

CBS News President David Rhodes had high praise for Pauley on Sunday, saying she is the "ideal host" for Sunday Morning and, like Osgood, is a "television news legend." Pauley spent 13 years as co-host of the Today show and a decade as anchor of Dateline NBC; has received several Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement, and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism; and has written two bestselling books. Catherine Garcia

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Before you decide to streak your way through the Australian state of Victoria, ask yourself this: Is it worth spending two to six months in prison?

Under new legislation overhauling sexual offense laws, streaking and mooning are banned, with first-time offenders facing up to two months in jail and repeat offenders six months, the BBC reports. The acts were once punishable under other laws, but are now banned under the new legislation, which was designed to differentiate between pranks done in the nude and acts of sexual exposure.

Both mooning and streaking are considered under the Summary Offenses Act to be "behavior that is indecent, offensive, or insulting that involves a person exposing (to any extent) the person's anal or genital region." The act also puts the kibosh on singing "an obscene song or ballad" and behaving in a "riotous, indecent, offensive, or insulting manner." Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2016

In a town filled with recognizable faces, one voice stands out from all the rest.

Vin Scully, the famed Los Angeles Dodgers announcer whose dulcet tones are known throughout Southern California, called his last game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. The 88-year-old has spent 67 seasons with the Dodgers, following the team to L.A. from Brooklyn. The day was all about Scully, with players tipping their caps to him before their first at-bat, and his grandchildren surprising him in the booth.

During the seventh inning, a recording of Scully singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" played, and his rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" was heard at the end. Addressing the crowd, Scully said: "You have kept me young at heart. Believe me when I tell you, I've needed you far more than you needed me." The game ended on a high note, with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning by Charlie Culberson giving the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies and their fourth consecutive division title. "Would you believe that run?" Scully asked. "Leave it to the Dodgers." Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2016
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The midnight curfew put into place Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, following protests over the fatal officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, was lifted Sunday by Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

In a statement, Roberts and Trevor M. Fuller, the chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, said they wanted the community to "show their unity in a peaceful and legal manner." After Scott's shooting on Tuesday, protesters took over the streets of uptown Charlotte, with some incidents of violence — a 26-year-old man was shot and killed by a civilian, police say, and several protesters and officers were injured.

The protests over the weekend, including one outside of the NFL game Sunday between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings, were all peaceful. As "The Star-Spangled Banner" played inside Bank of America stadium, demonstrators went down to their knees, NBC News reports, with riot police watching. Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2016
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Arnold Palmer, the beloved golfer who helped popularize the game, died Sunday. He was 87.

His death was confirmed by Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnson. In a career that spanned six decades, Palmer won 62 PGA tour titles and seven majors, in addition to making millions as a pitchman and golf course designer — he put his touch on more than 300 golf courses in 37 states and 25 countries, including the first modern course built in China in 1988. Palmer was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Pennsylvania, and his father, a pro and greenskeeper at a country club, first put a club in his hands at age 3. Before winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, Palmer attended Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship, spent three years in the Coast Guard, and sold paint in Cleveland. Palmer, nicknamed "The King," said his 1954 win was the "turning point in my life. It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game."

Palmer was also known to non-golfers for the famous beverage carrying his name: the Arnold Palmer, half iced tea and half lemonade. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012, the highest honors the United States can give to a civilian. His wife of 45 years, Winifred Walzer, died in 1999. He is survived by his second wife, Kit; daughters Amy Saunders and Peggy Wears; and six grandchildren, including PGA Tour golfer Sam Saunders. Catherine Garcia

September 25, 2016
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Charlotte city officials say they are planning extra security for the Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings game their city will host Sunday, because protests over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott are expected to move to the Bank of America Stadium. The city has labeled the game an "extraordinary event," a category which permits police to ban backpacks in the stadium as well as items like box cutters and chains that might be used as weapons.

Protesters took to the streets for a fifth night on Saturday after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released dash and body camera footage depicting Scott's death. The video does not settle the issue of whether Scott had a gun or whether he was holding it while interacting with officers, a major point of contention between police and the Scott family.

"There is no definitive evidence in this video as to whether or not there is an object in his hand, and if there is, what that object is," said an attorney for Scott's family, Justin Bamberg. "But what we do know is that the moment Mr. Scott is shot, it appears as though he's not aggressively moving toward law enforcement; he's actually doing the opposite. He's passively stepping back."

Some protesters have expressed hope that an NFL player, like the Panthers' Cam Newton, who has spoken on race-related issues in the past, might declare his support for the rally at the stadium. Bonnie Kristian

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