Headlines http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines The latest Headlines, news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:07:51 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 How to Help: The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/how-to-help-the-lost-boys-and-girls-of-sudan/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/how-to-help-the-lost-boys-and-girls-of-sudan/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:57:54 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525127 ht reese witherspoon lost boys mt 140918 16x9 608 How to Help: The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan

                     (Photo Credit: Dan Ax/Warner Brothers)

The film “The Good Lie,” which stars Reese Witherspoon, focuses on the so-called Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and how their lives changed once they were resettled in the United States.

The Warner Bros. movie, expected to be released next month, also includes several former Lost Boys.

The producers of the movie launched The Good Lie Fund to help support the humanitarian and educational needs of the Lost Boys and Girls, who have been uprooted and orphaned by the Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983.

Click here for more information on the The Good Lie Fund.

The fund’s initial focus will be the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, which was created to meet the first wave of survivors of the conflict – the majority of them children, alone and on foot – and which houses thousands of refugees fleeing from continuing violence and unrest.

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ABC News and Hearst Radio Join Forces to Bring Premium National, International and Entertainment News to Baltimore http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/abc-news-and-hearst-radio-join-forces-to-bring-premium-national-international-and-entertainment-news-to-baltimore/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/abc-news-and-hearst-radio-join-forces-to-bring-premium-national-international-and-entertainment-news-to-baltimore/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:35:53 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525136 ABC Radio today announced a new affiliation agreement for Hearst Radio’s two powerful Baltimore stations.  For the first time in more than a decade WBAL (1090 AM) and WIYY (98 Rock) listeners will hear premium national, international and entertainment news programming from ABC News, America’s most-listened to commercial radio news network and winner of the 2014 Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.

 

Plus, ABC Radio will provide music news for WIYY’s website and ABC Air Power, the most immediate, most topical and most complete radio show prep service in the industry today.

 

ABC programming on WBAL and WIYY launches later this year.

 

“Hearst Radio and ABC News Radio have built unmatched track records for exceptional quality,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and General Manager, ABC News Radio.   ”We’re thrilled WBAL and WIYY chose ABC News and ABC Radio to offer their audiences unparalleled coverage of breaking news and entertainment programming.”

 

“From reliable top hour newscasts and breaking news for WBAL and prep and digital support for 98 Rock, we are delighted to welcome the powerful resources of ABC to Hearst Radio Baltimore,” said Cary Pahigian, President/General Manager, WBAL/AM1090 and WIYY/98 Rock, Baltimore Ravens & Baltimore Orioles Radio Networks.

 

ABC News Radio is America’s number one choice for radio news and information, offering exclusive interviews, breaking news and investigative reports.

 

WBAL is Maryland’s dominant and most powerful radio station.  Since 1925, generations of Marylanders have turned to WBAL Radio for news, weather, thought-provoking discussions and sports.

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“Good Morning America” is #1 for the Week of Sept 8th http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/good-morning-america-is-1-for-the-week-of-sept-8th/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/good-morning-america-is-1-for-the-week-of-sept-8th/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:21:07 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525125  

“GMA” is #1 for the Week:

Outperforming NBC’s “Today” by 782,000 Total Viewers and 249,000 Adults 25-54

 

“GMA” Increases Year-Ago News Demo Advantage Over “Today” by 655%

 

“GMA” Delivers Strongest Numbers Since May

 

“GMA” Only Morning Program to Grow Week-to-Week Across All Key Target Demos

 

 

ABC News’ “Good Morning America” stood as the No. 1 morning newscast in Total Viewers (5.454 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.062 million) for the week of September 8, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “GMA” beat the No. 2-ranked “Today” (4.672 million, and 1.813 million, respectively) during the week by 782,000 Total Viewers and by 249,000 Adults 25-54.  In fact, “GMA” nearly doubled its news demo lead over “Today” compared to the previous week (+84% – 249,000 vs. 135,000 on w/o 9/1/14) to mark its largest Adults 25-54 advantage in 9 weeks – since w/o 7/7/14. “GMA” also significantly increased its year-ago news demo lead over “Today” by 655% (vs. 33,000 on w/o 9/9/13). Additionally, GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! reached over 17 million users last month.

 

“GMA” has won in overall viewers and the key adult news demo every week since the end of the 2014 Winter Olympics 29 weeks ago. Overall, “GMA” has ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers in 111 of the last 115 weeks (since w/o 6/25/12), finishing behind “Today” only during the two weeks of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the two weeks of the 2014 Winter Olympics. In Adults 25-54, “GMA” has ranked No. 1 in 47 of the 51 weeks of the season, pacing ahead of the No. 1 finishes at the same point of the 2012-13 Season (42 of 50 weeks*).

 

Posting across-the-board week-to-week improvement for the 3rd straight week (5.366 million, 1.953 million and 1.408 million, respectively, on w/o 9/1/14): Total Viewers (+2%), Adults 25-54 (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+4%), “GMA” turned in its strongest numbers since May -  since w/o 5/26/14, w/o 5/19/14 and w/o 5/26/14, respectively.  In addition, “GMA” grew the most in all 3 measures as both “CBS This Morning” (flat/+5%/+3%) and NBC’s “Today” (+1%/flat/+2%) were mixed.

 

“GMA” built on its year-ago week performance (2.019 million and 1.381 million, respectively, on w/o 9/9/13) in Adults 25-54 (+2%) and Adults 18-49 (+6%).  

     
            Season to date, “GMA” stands as the No. 1 morning news program for the 2nd straight year in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. “GMA” is leading NBC’s “Today” 691,000 Total Viewers and 148,000 Adults 25-54.  In fact, “GMA” has widened its season margins over “Today” versus the same point last season in Total Viewers by 2% (691,000 vs. 679,000) and by a significant 72% in Adults 25-54 (148,000 vs. 86,000). Further, “GMA” now leads “Today” by its largest Adults 25-54 season advantage to-date.    

 

“GMA” is posting its largest season margins over “Today” in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in more than 22 years - since at least the 1991-92 season (Nielsen’s electronic database started on September of 1991).

 

Growing in both measures for the 4th season in a row, “GMA” is up over the same point last season in both Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%).  In fact, “GMA” is seeing its largest overall season audience in more than 22 years and best Adults 25-54 performance in 8 years - since before the 1991-92 season and the 2005-06 seasons, respectively. ”GMA” is also up the most in Adults 25-54 compared to “CBS This Morning” (-3%) and NBC’s “Today” (+5%).

 

During the week, “GMA” outperformed “CBS This Morning” in Total Viewers (+85%), Adults 25-54 (+117%) and Adults 18-49 (+149%).

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ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Ranks as the No. 1 Public Affairs Program on Sunday in Adults 25-54 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/abc-news-this-week-with-george-stephanopoulos-ranks-as-the-no-1-public-affairs-program-on-sunday-in-adults-25-54/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/abc-news-this-week-with-george-stephanopoulos-ranks-as-the-no-1-public-affairs-program-on-sunday-in-adults-25-54/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:37:46 +0000 ABCNewsPR http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525120 ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Ranks as the No. 1 Public Affairs Program on Sunday in Adults 25-54

“This Week” Scores its Largest Demo Lead Over “Meet the Press” in 6 Months

On September 14, 2014, ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ranked as No. 1 public affairs program on Sunday in Adults 25-54 (947,000),according to Nielsen Media Research.  “This Week” has ranked No. 1 in the key adult news demo in 13 of the last 16 weeks.

“This Week” outperformed week 2 of NBC’s Chuck Todd-moderated “Meet the Press” (2.589 million and 668,000, respectively) by 300,000 Total Viewers and by 279,000 Adults 25-54.  In fact, “This Week” scored its largest new demo lead over “Meet the Press” in 6 months – since 3/16/14.

“This Week” posted double-digit improvement week to week (2.505 million and 774,000, respectively on 9/7/14) in both Total Viewers (+15%) and Adults 25-54 (+22%).  “This Week” grew the most over the previous week compared to CBS’ “Face the Nation” (+10%/+20%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-13%/-19%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (-4%/+18%).

For the 6th time in the last 7 weeks, “This Week” built on it year-ago Sunday performance (2.690 million and 683,000, respectively, on 9/15/13) in both Total Viewers (+7%) and Adults 25-54 (+39%).  Surging on the year-ago Sunday, the ABC public affairs program improved the mostyear-to-year in the key adult new demo versus CBS’ “Face the Nation” (+9%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-8%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+20%).

Season to date, “This Week” is up by double-digits in Total Viewers (+14%) and Adults 25-54 (+16%) versus its year-ago season averages. “This Week” is delivering its strongest performance in 5 years – since the 2008-09 season. In addition, “This Week” is up the most from the same point last season in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 versus CBS’ “Face the Nation” (+2%/+1%), NBC’s “Meet the Press” (-5%/-5%) and Fox’s “Fox News Sunday” (+5%/-9%).

“This Week” also leads NBC’s “Meet the Press” this season in both Total Viewers (+201,000) and Adults 25-54 (+74,000), beating the NBC program in Total Viewers for the first timein 17 years and leading by its largest key adult news demo advantage in 21 years – since the 1996-97 and the 1992-93 seasons, respectively.

Jonathan Greenberger is Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, and also serves as the Executive Producer of “This Week.” Robin Sproul serves as Vice President, Public Affairs and Executive-in-Charge of “This Week”

Follow “This Week” on Twitter @ThisWeekABC.

Sunday, September 14, 2014                                  TOTAL VIEWERS              A25-54 (000)/Rtg
ABC “THIS WEEK”                                                        2,889,000                        947,000/0.8
NBC “MEET THE PRESS”                                           2,589,000                         668,000/0.6
CBS “FACE THE NATION”                                          3,054,000                         913,000/0.8
CBS “FACE THE NATION-2″                                      1,659,000                         492,000/0.4
FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”                                       1,267,000                         419,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live + SD for 9/14/14, 9/7/14and 9/15/13 or as dated.  Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 9/14/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 9/15/13).

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Muslims in Same Aid Convoy as Alan Henning Plead for His Release http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/muslims-in-same-aid-convoy-as-alan-henning-plead-for-his-release/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/muslims-in-same-aid-convoy-as-alan-henning-plead-for-his-release/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:30:14 +0000 Rym Momtaz http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525111 The organizer of a British Muslim aid convoy that was with Alan Henning when he was kidnapped in Syria has launched a direct appeal to the leader of the terrorist organization that is threatening the life of the British national.

In a video posted to YouTube, Pervez Rafiq appears in traditional Muslim dress and pleads with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State, vouching for Henning’s innocence and good intentions.

“[Henning] has shown through his actions and love and concern for our brothers and sisters that he is not an enemy of Islam or the Islamic State,” Rafiq said. “We plead with you to show him compassion and mercy as he showed compassion and mercy for the Muslims of Syria.”

Rafiq chokes up as he says, “Please, please, please release Alan.”

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Also today British television aired what appears to be the last known video of Henning before he was taken hostage in December 2013. In the video, Henning appears determined and enthusiastic about the aid convoy’s mission to help the Syrian people.

“It’s all worthwhile, you see, what is needed absolutely gets where it needs to go – that makes it all worthwhile, no sacrifice we do is compared to what they go through every day on a daily basis” Henning said the video, reportedly filmed on Christmas day in a restaurant in Turkey hours before the aid convoy crossed into Syria.

Henning reportedly left his wife of 23 years, Barbara, 45, and two teenage children at home in Salford, Greater Manchester, last Christmastime to join a group of Muslim friends in making what British newspaper The Bolton News described as a 20-vehicle, 4,000-mile journey to Syria to deliver medical supplies to refugees caught up in the country’s civil war. Masked gunmen reportedly stopped the convoy after it crossed the Turkish border Dec. 26 and targeted Henning, separating him from the group.

“He was taking over old ambulances, just helping out as much as he could,” a close friend told the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday. “There were a few of them that went out with him. They were just a group of mates that started it all off. They were supposed to be over there for about six months, but he was kidnapped just a few days after he left.”

Henning was identified as the next ISIS victim at the end of the beheading video of British aid worker David Haines released Saturday. Prior to Haines’ death, an self-described ISIS militant was suspected of killing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Henning had reportedly previously traveled to Syria as part of two similar humanitarian aid convoys organized by the small, informal volunteer group Aid 4 Syria and the UK Arab Society. BBC journalist Catrin Nye met Henning while making a documentary about such convoys to Syria and told the Guardian how the first trip to Syria moved Henning to do more.

“It had been a life-changing experience,” Nye said. “He had handed out the goods. He described holding the children … and how that really affected him. He told me he had to go back.”

Henning even permanently inked his commitment to the cause, as another convoy organizer told The Bolton News, “He loved the cause so much that when he went on holiday with his family, he had a big tattoo across his arm, saying, ‘aid for Syria.’ He was that dedicated.”

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“WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK AMONG ADULTS 25-54 WITH DAVID MUIR AS ANCHOR, FINISHING AHEAD OF “NIGHTLY NEWS” BY +123,000 VIEWERS http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/world-news-tonight-wins-second-consecutive-week-among-adults-25-54-with-david-muir-as-anchor-finishing-ahead-of-nightly-news-by-123000-viewers/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/world-news-tonight-wins-second-consecutive-week-among-adults-25-54-with-david-muir-as-anchor-finishing-ahead-of-nightly-news-by-123000-viewers/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:35 +0000 Van Scott http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525074 The ABC Evening Newscast Scores Six Straight Victories in This Demo, Ranking #1 in 10 of the Past 11 Weeks

Compared to One Year Ago, “World News Tonight” Improves in the News Demo (+6%), While “Nightly News” is Down (-4%)

“World News Tonight” Gains the Most Viewers in the Adults 25-54 Demo (+5%) from Last Week

“World News Tonight” is Up the Most in Total Viewers (+5%) from the Same Week Last Year

ABC‘s “World News Tonight with David Muir” ranked No. 1 in Adults 25-54 (2.136 million) during the week of September 8, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. The ABC evening newscast has ranked No. 1 for the last 6 weeks, turning in its longest stretch at the top in nearly 7 years – since w/o 9/24/07 thru w/o 10/29/07. Further, ABC has finished as the top evening news program for the 10th time in the last 11 weeks and in 16 of the last 23. “World News Tonight” increased its news demo margin of victory over the “NBC Nightly News” (2.013 million) from the previous week by 68% (+123,000 vs. +73,000).

On Friday (9/12/14), “World News” beat “NBC Nightly News” by its largest-single-day leads in both Adults 25-54 (+589,000 – 2.107 million vs. 1.518 million) and Adults 18-49 (+426,000 – 1.459 million vs. 1.033 million) in nearly 7 years – since 10/1/07, based on regular telecasts.

“World News Tonight” turned in gains from its previous week’s performance (8.265 million, 2.040 million and 1.338 million, respectively, for w/o 9/1/14) in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+1%), Adults 25-54 (+5%) and Adults 18-49 (+4%). In fact, the ABC evening newscast saw its strongest numbers in overall all viewers and in the key adult news demo in 5 1/2 months and best Adults 18-49 performance in 3 months – since w/o 3/24/14 and w/o 6/2/14, respectively. In addition, “World News Tonight” grew the most week to week in Adults 25-54 compared to “CBS Evening News” (flat) and “NBC Nightly News” (+2%).

For the 5th consecutive week, “World News Tonight” improved on its year-ago performance in both Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+6%) – 7.948 million and 2.019 million, respectively, on w/o 9/9/13. “World News Tonight” improved the most in overall viewers from the year-ago week versus “CBS Evening News” (+3%) and “NBC Nightly News” (+3%). In addition, the NBC evening news program was down year to year in Adults 25-54 (-4%).

Season to date, “World News” is up versus the same point last season in both Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%), delivering its most-watched season in 6 years and best news demo number in 3 years – since the 2007-08 and the 2010-11 seasons, respectively. “World News” also stands as the only evening newscast to improve on its news demo performance from the previous season compared to “CBS Evening News” (-4%) and “NBC Nightly News” (-3%).

In addition, “World News” is narrowing its season margin with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 by more than half (-61% – 106,000 vs. 275,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year. In fact, cutting its Adults 25-54 gap by double digits for the 3rd consecutive season, “World News” is seeing its closest news demo performance with the NBC program in 6 years – since the 2007-08 season.

“World News” has significantly increased its Adults 25-54 season lead over “CBS Evening News” versus its year-ago season lead (+73% – 416,000 vs. 241,000).

For the week, “World News Tonight” out-delivered the “CBS Evening News” by 2.050 million Total Viewers, 539,000 Adults 25-54 and 243,000 Adults 18-49. “World News Tonight” beat the CBS program by its largest Total Viewer advantage in more than 3 years – since w/o 5/9/11.

NOTE: On Monday (9/8/14), “CBS Evening News” did not air due to the U.S. Open Men’s Final. In addition, “CBS Evening News” was retitled to “CBS Evening Nws” on Thursday (9/11/14) for NFL. Each telecast was excluded from the averages. CBS’ weekly averages are based on 3 days (Tue, Wed and Fri).

ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. Almin Karamehmedovic is the executive producer of the broadcast. Follow David Muir and the “World News Tonight” team online: @DavidMuir; @WNTonight; facebook.com/DavidMuirABC; facebook.com/WorldNewsTonight.

EVENING NEWS (Week of September 8, 2014)

TOTAL VIEWERS ADULTS 25-54 ADULTS 18-49 HOUSEHOLDS
ABC WORLD NEWS 8,326,000 1.8/8; 2,136,000 1.1/5; 1,396,000 5.5/11
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 8,554,000 1.7/7; 2,013,000 1.2/6; 1,497,000 5.7/12
CBS EVENING NEWS 6,276,000 1.3/6; 1,607,000 0.9/5; 1,153,000 4.2/ 9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 9/8/14, 9/1/14 and 9/9/13. Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 9/14/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 9/15/13). Averages based on regular telecasts.

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Accused ‘Swatter’ Released on $100K Bail, Faces Jail Time http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/accused-swatter-released-on-100k-bail-faces-jail-time/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/accused-swatter-released-on-100k-bail-faces-jail-time/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:31:51 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525061 Matthew Tollis, who police say admitted to participating in at least six so-called “swatting” hoax calls this year, was released on $100,000 bail today after appearing in federal court.

Tollis, 21, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, is accused of calling in false emergencies that sent heavily armed cops to a school or home. He could face 15 years in prison if convicted.

Related: Inside a SWAT prank ring allegedly composed of X-Box gamers.
Related: Video captures Colorado cops swarming in ‘swatting’ prank

Tollis was arrested Sept. 3 for his alleged role in the April 3 swatting call that claimed there was a bomb at the University of Connecticut. He is charged with three counts connected to the UConn incident as well as three counts of federal conspiracy and aiding and abetting.

Authorities said Tollis was just one in an international ring of so-called “swatters” who call themselves TeAM Crucifix or Die. The pranksters disguise their phone numbers and then call 911, triggering SWAT.

An affidavit filed in federal court said that swatting was often perpetrated by X-Box gamers who occasionally hijacked people’s Twitter or Facebook accounts and then refuse to release them unless the victims make a swatting call.

According to the affidavit, one of those calls made by members of TeAM Crucifix or Die was directed at the recently reopened Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of  the 2012 massacre of staff and first graders.

The FBI said there are more than 400 swatting attacks a year, each costing thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. Authorities continue to search for others in the ring.

Tollis’ attorney Jeremy Weingast had no comment on Friday before Tollis was due in federal court.

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No Way Can You Sing! ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Turns 200 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/no-way-can-you-sing-star-spangled-banner-turns-200/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/no-way-can-you-sing-star-spangled-banner-turns-200/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:49 +0000 Calvin Lawrence Jr. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525011

Francis Scott Key has had a long time to turn over in his grave since the lyrics he penned 200 years ago were put to music.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has been butchered enough times to raise questions about the sanity of all but those blessed with the truest voices and sharpest memories who dare risk the public shame and humiliation.

But that hasn’t stopped them, and even the most accomplished of performers like Steven Tyler have fallen painfully short (see videos below).

Mangled lyrics and cracked voices aside, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” written Sept. 14, 1814, as “Defense of Fort McHenry” by Key – a lawyer and amateur poet – will be 200 years old Sunday.

It didn’t become the official national anthem until 1931, but that’s more than enough time, unintentionally or otherwise, to trample all over its majesty. Here are some examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As US Remembers, Jihadis Trade 9/11 Jabs Online http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/as-us-mourns-jihadis-trade-911-jabs-online/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/09/as-us-mourns-jihadis-trade-911-jabs-online/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:36:00 +0000 James Gordon Meek http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525023 Americans bowed their heads in silence this morning to mark the anniversary of 9/11, but the Islamist militants who follow al Qaeda’s violent ideology continue to celebrate what the 2001 attacks’ mastermind once declared was the “Holy Tuesday” operation.

In Pakistan, a Taliban group today heralded the devastating attacks on the U.S. 13 years ago with the twitter hashtag: #Happy9/11, which has been used by jihadist sympathizers to mock those observing the anniversary. Others are using the hashtag in apparent genuine remembrance.

British and American jihadis, who are believed to be with ISIS in Syria or Iraq or supporters with direct ties, took turns Thursday taking jabs at the painful memory of the most deadly terrorist strikes in U.S. history.

“Mujahid Miski,” the suspected alias of American jihadi Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, who is under federal indictment in Minneapolis and wanted by the FBI for joining al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, tweeted several taunts over 9/11 today. Miski’s exact whereabouts are unknown, but he allegedly has personal ties to an American killed recently in Syria and urges fighters to wage war in Syria.

“What a beautiful sight to look at,” Miski wrote regarding a photo of the twin towers exploding. “This is heart cooling for the Believers.”

Over a photo of a soldier holding a folded U.S. flag, captioned, “Never Forget Sept. 11, 2001,” Miski tweeted, “God willing you’ll have more of them to remember soon.”

Other ISIS fighters tweeted their wishes for the group to deliver an attack on America worthy of 9/11.

Every year since nearly 3,000 Americans and others perished in New York, Pennsylvania and in Virginia, al Qaeda leaders and other terrorist groups have chortled over their greatest success, and attempted to taunt Americans over what remains an open wound.

On the first anniversary in 2002, 9/11 plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed told Al Jazeera in an interview that he had dubbed it the “Holy Tuesday” operation because it was launched on that day of the week.

While he was held in Alexandria, Virginia’s city jail for more than a year during his 2006 death penalty trial as a 9/11 conspirator, Osama bin Laden favorite Zacarias Moussaoui, would make paper airplanes and send them flying into his cinderblock cellblock walls, according to sheriff’s deputies who kept watch over the al Qaeda inmate.

In court, the Frenchman would turn to the small group of relatives of those killed in the attacks who attended his trial — in which he escaped execution by one juror’s vote against it — and attempted to thrust an emotional knife even deeper inside.

“I’m glad their families suffer pain,” Moussaoui chortled. “I wish they’d suffer more pain.”

Inside Guantanamo Bay, Cuba’s controversial prison camp for alleged terrorists and Taliban, celebrations of 9/11 were typically more muted but just as taunting to their U.S. military guards.

“A couple of them would make paper airplanes and fly them around,” John Bowles, who served with a naval expeditionary guard battalion at Gitmo in 2012, told ABC News. “They didn’t really do much about 9/11. They’d have a little celebration by mixing up some special food. They were just more smug and happier than usual.”

However, some jihadis have admitted to each other, as one put it this year, that “hope becomes buried in my heart” as the 9/11 anniversaries have passed since 2001 without a spectacular follow up — that is, until ISIS declared a caliphate this summer stretching from its strongholds in Syria and across northern Iraq.

“This year we will not be harmed if 9/11 comes and, as usual, we do not hear about an operation that shakes the earth beneath the disbelievers anywhere, because all of disbelievers [are] shaking every day due to the state of the Islamic Caliphate,” a jihadi said on an ISIS-linked online forum last week.

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(Image Credit: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo/AP Photo)

Check out this adorable photo of giant panda Bai Yun visiting the dentist.

The 23-year-old panda, who lives at the San Diego Zoo, underwent a dental procedure on Wednesday to fix a chipped tooth that could have hindered her ability to nosh on bamboo, her favorite food.

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Meg Sutherland Smith, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo, used a light to seal a dental composite, according to a blog post on the San Diego Zoo’s website.

Bai Yun then received a teeth cleaning and took some X-rays. She was then allowed to rest up as the anesthesia from her dental visit wore off.

No word on whether the panda received a sticker for being so cooperative.

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