Quotes of the Week: 'My Father Was Never a Nazi.'

PHOTO: In this May 22, 1990 photo, Michael Karkoc, photographed in Lauderdale, Minn. Karkoc was a top commander whose Nazi SS-led unit is blamed for burning villages filled with women and children and who lied to American immigration officials to get into
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From Kim Kardashian giving birth to a Minnesota man accused of being a commander of a Nazi SS unit, click to see the stories that made headlines over the past week.

PHOTO: In this May 22, 1990 photo, Michael Karkoc, photographed in Lauderdale, Minn. Karkoc was a top commander whose Nazi SS-led unit is blamed for burning villages filled with women and children and who lied to American immigration officials to get into
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'That's the God's Honest Truth. My Father Was Never a Nazi.'

The youngest son of the man accused of being a former commander of a Nazi SS unit responsible for killing thousands of women and children during World War II denounced the allegations made against his 94-year-old father as "sensationalistic and scandalous."

"The Associated Press intentionally and maliciously defamed our father, Michael Karkoc," Andrij Karkoc said in a prepared statement. "Their slander cannot hold to besmirch my father's character. It serves only to damage and discredit the AP's credibility.

"As to the facts of the case, and I quote [the Associated Press], 'Records do not show that Karkoc had a direct hand in war crimes.'" he said. "That's the god's honest truth. My father was never a Nazi."

The Karkocs' attorney, Phillip Villaume, told ABCNews.com he was meeting with the family this afternoon to "decide a course of action to take."

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PHOTO: Kim Kardashian poses on the red carpet at Sears to promote the "Spring 2013 Kardashian Kollection" on May 4, 2013 in Houston.
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'I'm So Excited We're Having a Girl. Who Doesn't Want a Girl?'

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby girl into the world on Saturday. A source confirmed to ABCNews.com that Kardashian was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, Calif., Saturday morning.

Rumors started swirling that Kardashian was in labor after West and Kardashian were absent from a listening party on Friday for West's new album "Yeezus."

Kardashian celebrated her baby shower on June 9, and revealed the sex of her bundle of joy on her E! reality show just hours after.

"I'm so excited we're having a girl. Who doesn't want a girl?" Kardashian said. "They are the best and I know that's really what Kanye has always wanted. He wanted a little girl."

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PHOTO: Sarah Murnaghan, 10, has a shot at a lung transplant after a controversial rule effectively pushed her to the bottom of the transplant list because of her age.
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'Right Now, I Feel Like We Have a Chance.'

After weeks of legal wrangling, 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square, Pa., received a lung transplant on Wednesday.

Sarah Murnaghan was dying of cystic fibrosis when her family brought the Under 12 Rule, a little-known organ transplant policy, to national attention after arguing that it had been pushing Sarah to the bottom of the adult lung transplant waiting list.

The family won a court order to put Sarah on equal footing with adults on the transplant list and prompted an Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network policy change to allow for occasional exceptions to the Under 12 Rule.

On Wednesday, Sarah underwent the transplant during a six-hour operation without suffering complications, according to a statement from the family.

Although the surgery took several hours, Sarah's mother Janet Murnaghan said she wasn't worried.

"When I was nervous was [when I was] watching this kid of mine lying in this bed, and feeling like we were at the end, and not knowing if those lungs would come," she told WPVI, the ABC News station in Philadelphia. "So right now, I feel like we have a chance."

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PHOTO: Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is shown, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong.
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'We Need to Ask a Lot More Questions About His Motives.'

U.S. intelligence officials on the trail of rogue contractor Edward Snowden are now treating the National Security Agency leak case as a possible foreign espionage matter, raising fears that the 29-year-old computer whiz may be attempting to defect to China with a trove of America's most sensitive secrets, according to U.S. officials.

In an interview Wednesday with Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, Snowden said his country "had been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and [in China] for years."

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told reporters that investigators are trying to determine whether Snowden has links to any foreign nations.

"We need to ask a lot more questions about his motives, his connections, where he ended up, why he is there, how is he sustaining himself while he is there, and [if] the Chinese government [is] fully cooperating," Rogers said. "I think those would be all great questions to chase down."

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PHOTO: A photo of a Wendy?s employee eating from a Frosty machine was shared on website Reddit.
'The Photo Isn't Funny to Us.'

In the latest addition to the chronicle of fast-food employees' grossest actions captured online, a photo of a Wendy's employee streaming ice cream from the soft serve Frosty machine directly into his mouth is making the Internet rounds.

"The photo isn't funny to us," a spokesman for Wendy's told ABC News about an image making its way around the Internet showing an employee eating from a Frosty machine.

The sharing of the photo could not have come at a less opportune time for the fast-food chain. The company is currently promoting its Frosty products, including its newest Frosty Waffle Cone, for a Father's Day charity drive for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, named after Wendy's founder.

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PHOTO: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, R-AK, addresses the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington on June 15, 2013.
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'I Say Let Allah Sort It Out.'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized the Obama administration's decision to supply weapons to the rebels in the civil war in Syria on Saturday.

Earlier this week, the White House announced it confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons in the fight against its own people, and the Obama administration will provide more "direct support" to the Syrian opposition since the president's "red line" has been crossed.

Palin made the comments during a speech at the conclusion of the three-day Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference.

"Militarily, where is our commander in chief? We're talking now more new interventions. I say until we know what we're doing, until we have a commander in chief who knows what he's doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren't even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, 'Allah Akbar,' I say until we have someone who knows what they're doing, I say let Allah sort it out," Palin said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference.

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PHOTO: 2-year-old Finley Owens relies almost entirely on intravenous nutrition.
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'We're Limping by on the Skin of Our Teeth.'

Recent shortages of intravenous nutrition drugs have worried pediatric and neonatal pharmacists. The drugs are used to nourish patients who cannot digest food through the stomach, and doctors report having to make difficult decisions as they are forced to pick and choose which patients receive full medications.

Petra Cober, a neonatal pharmacist for the Akron's Children's Hospital, said her team often meets with doctors to decide ahead of time which patients absolutely must have the nutrients.

Additionally, the drug shortages have been so severe in her region that pharmacists from nearby pediatric hospitals meet periodically to swap shortage stories and, if the shortages are really dire, they swap vials of different nutritional drugs to ensure no hospital is completely lacking an essential nutrient.

"We're limping by on the skin of our teeth," Cober said. "We have to dedicate a ton of time and resources to maintain that ability when it could be better spent working on other kids."

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PHOTO: A search and rescue is underway for a 19-year-old woman who disappeared from Canyon Creek Campground in Gifford Pinchot National Forest after she went on a "spiritual quest" wearing only a fanny pack.
'Right Now We're Hoping She Wants to be Found.'

Authorities resumed their search today for a 19-year-old woman who vanished into a Washington forest on a "spiritual quest" sporting only a fanny pack, three days after they had to suspend the rescue effort because they didn't have enough people to look for her.

Maureen Kelly of Vancouver, Wash., has not been seen since she left Canyon Creek Campground at Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington on Sunday evening, according to Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.

While organized search efforts were suspended Wednesday, approximately 50 state-certified searchers have made themselves available for an all day search effort today, he said.

"It should be a good day to go find her," Cox told ABCNews.com today. "Right now we're hoping she wants to be found."

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