Jul 30, 2014 11:17am

Rita Ora on Perfecting American Accent for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

British pop singer Rita Ora had a steep learning curve for her first major acting role in the highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey.” After eight call backs, Ora finally landed the part playing Christian Grey’s adopted sister, Mia, opposite Jamie Dornan. “I was a… Read More »

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Jul 30, 2014 11:11am

US, FIFA Should ‘Reconsider’ Holding Next World Cup in Russia, Sen. McCain Says

Sen. John McCain and a leading Democratic senator are calling on American and international soccer officials to reconsider the decision to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia, casting it as a way to leverage power against Vladimir Putin in a way he’s sure to… Read More »

Jul 30, 2014 9:09am

Longer Battery Life for Smartphones?

(Brent Lewin/Getty Images) Morning Money Memo… Research at Stanford University could lead to an answer for the biggest complaint from consumers about their smartphones: short battery life. In a paper published in the Nature Nanotechnology, researchers said they’ve designed a lithium-metal anode that boosts the… Read More »

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Jul 30, 2014 8:57am

So Sue Him

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ANALYSIS — ABC’s JEFF ZELENY: The House of Representatives takes its final step today to approve its lawsuit against President Obama, opening a rare legal gambit of the legislative branch trying to sue the executive branch. No, Speaker Boehner told… Read More »

By Ryan Struyk

Jul 30, 2014 7:00am

Obama Rated Poorly on Mideast Conflict

Barack Obama falls short of majority approval for his handling of two of the world’s prime hotspots in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with an especially weak rating for his work on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Just 39 percent of Americans… Read More »

By ABC News

Jul 29, 2014 8:55pm

Water Main Break Floods UCLA’s Basketball Court, Campus Buildings

A 100-year-old water main near the UCLA campus in Los Angeles ruptured Tuesday afternoon, spewing water into the air, stranding cars and people in underground parking structures, ABC station KABC reported. A geyser surged from the 30-inch pipe into the middle of Sunset Boulevard. Streets… Read More »

By ABC News

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Jul 29, 2014 6:39pm

Ten Sexy Things President Warren Harding Told His Mistress

ABC News’ Scott Wilson and Noah Weiland report:  Around a thousand pages of often erotic correspondence between President Warren Harding and his mistress of 15 years, Carrie Phillips, were released today at the Library of Congress. Written between 1910 and 1920, the letters are revealing… Read More »

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Jul 29, 2014 4:44pm

Five Things to Know About the New VA Secretary

The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs today, one month after President Obama nominated him for the post. McDonald was confirmed with a vote of 97-0. McDonald, a former CEO of Procter & Gamble, will join the… Read More »

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Jul 29, 2014 3:38pm

Rand Paul, Cory Booker Tease Each Other on Making DC ‘Hot’ List

Mirror mirror on the wall, are Rand Paul and Cory Booker the most beautiful of them all? The answer is yes, at least according to an annual assessment of D.C.’s best-looking people. Cory Booker Brings Selfie Obsession to the Senate Rand Paul Gave An Entire… Read More »

By Erin Mizraki

Jul 29, 2014 2:47pm

California Teen Calls 911 From Closet As Burglars Break Into Home

Police in California have released the heart-pounding audio recording between a quick-thinking 14-year-old girl hiding in a closet inside her Orange County home and a 911 dispatcher as burglars made their way inside the house. After hearing a suspicious knock on the door followed by… Read More »