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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts will partially shut down quarterback Andrew Luck on Wednesday, General Manager Chris Ballard said, after a setback in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

"The doctors and the trainers have decided to give him a cortisone shot to kind of take away some of the inflammation that's been happening," Ballard told reporters Wednesday. "He'll continue to rehab. We're just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down."

Luck underwent surgery on the shoulder in January. He practiced for two days earlier this month, increasing his workload last week, before the setback.

Ballard didn't offer a timeline for when the team expects Luck can return to throwing, but said that the team didn't intend to place Luck on Injured Reserve.

Luck originally hurt the shoulder in Week 3 of 2015. He aggravated the injury in Week 2 of 2016 and missed all of the team's offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games.

In Luck's absence, the team has turned to Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.

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Photo by Dave Rowland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Burger King released a three-minute video on Tuesday that highlights the prevalence of bullying in society.

The video, filmed at a California location of the fast food chain by hidden camera, shows the results of a social experiment in which a high school junior is bullied in full view of patrons.

The ad is timed to come out during National Bullying Prevention Month. In contrast to the bullying of the teen, Burger King employees are seen "bullying" the brand's Whopper Jr. The video shows what happens, as some patrons are more likely to speak up about a damaged sandwich than the bullying happening in front of them.

Some customers, however, do speak up and offer heartwarming and inspirational messages in the fight against bullying.

The company cites nonprofit organization No Bully, which says that 30 percent of school kids worldwide are bullied each year.

At the end of the video, Burger King urges viewers to "visit NoBully.org to learn how you can take a stand against bullying."

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gorodenkoff/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) -- From their desks in St. Petersburg, Russian Internet trolls at a company with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to co-opt American civil rights activists and use them to stoke racial tensions and stir political unrest, authorities said.

Congressional investigators tell ABC News that two online groups — BlackMattersUS and BlackFist — were among those used by Russian operators to reach out directly to unwitting individual Americans engaged in political activism and, in this case, encourage them to help organize rallies, train in self-defense and create music videos. In some cases, those activists even received financial support.

This effort, according to authorities, was the brainchild of the Internet Research Agency, the same St. Petersburg-based company identified by members of Congress as a key arm of the larger Russian operation aimed at influencing U.S. elections. That effort, as first reported by the the Russian publication RBC, now appears to be much broader than previously known, moving beyond the virtual world.

The Facebook and Twitter accounts associated with both groups have since been suspended, and ABC News could not reach any of the people identified online as being members of either group. Executives from both social media giants are expected to appear before Congress early next month to discuss steps they are taking to confront Russian efforts to infiltrate their platform, the scope of which is still not fully understood.

“The strategy appears to be a mix of suppressing votes, stoking fear and doing all they can to help their preferred candidate in Donald Trump and tear down Hillary Clinton,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who has seen Russian social media posts turned over to Congress by Facebook and Twitter.

By piggybacking on the themes of the Black Lives Matter movement, Russian agitators succeeded in convincing people interested in those same social justice causes that this stealthy foreign-backed effort was legitimate.

Ronnie Houston, a hip-hop artist in Ferguson, Missouri, who goes by the name Rough the Ruler, told ABC News that someone claiming to be from BlackMattersUS contacted him on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram in March of 2016 and asked him to record a song for them “about the social issues that were going on.” He produced a short music video featuring video clips from marches, graphics touting the BlackMattersUS website, and lyrics describing police as “assassins” and protesters as “avengers.”

If he had known the group was not rooted in the Black Lives Matter movement, he said, he would not have agreed to record the song.

“No man I wouldn't have done it,” he said. “Wouldn't have done it at all.”

Conrad James, an activist in Raleigh, North Carolina, says he was approached in September 2016 by a woman who claimed to represent BlackMattersUS and asked him to speak at a rally they were hosting in Charlotte. James said more than 600 people turned up.

“They definitely were trying to stir-up trouble,” James said of BlackMattersUS. “Their intent was obviously to have some type of emotionally filled rally where people are adding fuel to the fire that was already happening around Charlotte.”

Nolan Hack, an activist from Los Angeles, said BlackMattersUS asked for his help organizing civil rights rallies last year and he was reimbursed for some of his travel expenses.

He said the notion of a Russia connection “never entered my mind.”

A pair of bloggers whose social media posts and YouTube videos were pushed out from the St. Petersburg troll farm carried the most pointed political messages.

“We, the black people, we stand in one unity” said one post, by a pair of bloggers purporting to be from Atlanta named Williams and Kalvin. “We stand in one to say that Hillary Clinton is not our candidate.”

Federal officials and Facebook executives confirmed to ABC News that the William and Kalvin videos, first reported on by The Daily Beast, originated not in Atlanta, but in Russia. The men in the video appear to speak with a British accent and some investigators believe they may actually be somewhere in Africa, not Atlanta.

This effort doesn’t appear to have stopped after the election. At least six American trainers paid this year by a group called BlackFist to offer free self-defense classes around the country, urging people to ““be ready to protect your rights” and to “let them know that Black Power Matters.”

Omewale Adewale, a fitness trainer in Brooklyn, New York, says he was paid $320 via TK to conduct four classes in a month.

“It’s very sneaky,” Adewale told ABC News. “It’s very underhanded.”

Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist and early investor in Facebook, says this effort is evidence of the Russian strategy “to anger both sides of the equation.”

“Classic Russian intelligence techniques of taking the most extreme voices and amplifying them,” he said. “It was the perfect petri dish for this kind of campaign.”

Swalwell said he wants Congress to find a way to address this type of interference without infringing on peoples’ rights.

“Russia was able to use our greatest strength, freedom of speech, and turn it into a weakness,” Swalwell said. “I think we have to find what is that fine line between making sure my mom can post any political opinion that she wants but an organized intelligence service of a foreign country isn't able to weaponize social media.”

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(Courtesy Beth Gaudino) Sisters Anna Howat, 29, and Beth Gaudino, 32, photographed with their doctor, Andrea DiLuigi. (TOLLAND, Conn.) -- A selfless woman is carrying a child for her sister who experienced the heartbreaking loss of newborn twins.

Anna Howat is due to give birth to her niece, Charlotte Grace, on Feb. 2. Howat offered to carry her sister Beth Gaudino's baby when Gaudino had difficulties conceiving after losing her son and daughter at 20 weeks pregnant.

"She's healthy, she's beautiful, so we are getting really excited," Gaudino told ABC News Wednesday of the upcoming birth of her daughter. "My sister says to people, 'Well, wouldn't you do that for your own sister?' To her, it's not a choice that had to be made. Of course she would do it. I think it's amazing and I'd do it for her."

Gaudino, 32, of Tolland, Connecticut, unexpectedly went into labor halfway through her pregnancy, in August 2015. Both babies died.

Due to complications from the pregnancy and a struggle with endometriosis, Gaudino underwent several surgeries on her uterus. She and her husband tried getting pregnant again via IVF from December 2015 until the last transfer failed in April 2017, she said.

"I would always say, 'I don't think I want children' just because I am a very career-oriented woman," Gaudino said. "And then I met my husband. I was like, 'I'm so in love with you. I want to have a mini Justin [her husband] and Beth running around.'

"Dealing with that emotion [losing the twins] and trying to heal from it and look to the future..then having all these medical issues, it gave us so much stress and it literally ruled my life."

Gaudino's sister, Anna Howat, 29, was still pregnant with her own daughter, Penelope, now 1, when she told Gaudino that she'd like to carry a child for her.

Howat said she had suffered three miscarriages before having Penelope.

"I feel like it's not the same losing babies at 20 weeks as opposed to my miscarriages at 8 weeks, but I could know what she was going through in a sense," Howat told ABC News. "Seeing your sister struggle even harder, of course you would do it."

In May 2017, Howat underwent a successful embryo transfer and became pregnant. The Gaudinos will name the baby Charlotte "Charlie" Grace Gaudino, after their twin baby girl, Grace, whom they lost two years ago.

Kathy Varkal is a registered nurse the third-party program coordinator at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services in Farmington, Connecticut. Varkal worked with the women during the transfer process.

"I think their closeness and the way they interact is going to make this usually very tumultuous process a breeze because these two, they finish each other's sentences, joke with each other and they have each other's support," Varkal told ABC News. "It's been really hard for both of them, but they laugh at every visit and they carry each other through."

On Sept. 30, Howat and Gaudino both participated in a photo session with women who are expecting their own rainbow babies.

Photographer JoAnn Marrero invited the sisters to be part of her project after they hired her for maternity, birth and newborn pictures.

"I called Beth and Anna and I said, 'I'm doing this rainbow thing do you guys want to join me? and they said, 'Absolutely,'" Marrero told ABC News. "It's such a beautiful story. They both had such losses, but were happy to join in."

"It was nice to hear people's stories and how they're getting to their happy endings," Gaudino said of the photo shoot.

Howat said she is looking forward to helping her sister welcome her daughter, Charlie, into the world. She hopes Charlie will be close to her cousins, Penelope and Finley, 11 months.



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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump now says he does not support a bipartisan agreement to stabilize insurance markets in its current form, leaving members of Congress questioning how exactly he wants to change the bill before he endorses it.

On Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president did not support the bill in its current form, reiterating a tweet from the president Wednesday morning in which he said that the deal, which would subsidize insurance plans for low-income Americans for two full years, equates to a bailout for insurance companies.

“We’ve said all along that we want something that doesn't just bail out the insurance companies but actually provides relief for all Americans. This bill doesn't address that fact, so we want to make sure that that's taken care of,” Sanders said.

The bill was based on an agreement between Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the committee’s ranking member, which they introduced Tuesday at their parties’ respective weekly policy luncheons. White House legislative affairs director Marc Short attended the Republicans’ lunch.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, Alexander insisted that the president supported his and Murray’s efforts but wants to strengthen provisions to ensure that the payments, known as cost-sharing reductions or CSRs, end up helping consumers, not lining insurers’ coffers.

But at the same time, Alexander also insisted that the bill’s provisions already contain strong safeguards, so it was not clear what language Trump wants inserted into the bill to satisfy him.

“It has very strong language to [protect consumers],” Alexander told reporters. “The president, we’ve talked about that, and the president is in the process of reviewing it and we welcome his suggestions about how to improve it.”

Alexander’s remarks were the latest volley in a ping-pong game between the White House and congressional negotiators, in which Trump has at times sent mixed messages about whether or not he would support the bill.

Shortly before Alexander spoke Wednesday morning at an event with reporters about the health deal, he talked with Trump to thank him for his leadership on the deal, he said.

“I said ‘Mr. President, I’ve done exactly what you asked me to do when you called ten days ago and I’m going in to talk to this large group of reporters and tell them they’re underestimating your leadership on health care,’” Alexander said.

But at the event itself, Alexander did hedge Trump’s support, saying Trump wants to be “encouraging” of the efforts but still wants to review the language of the agreement.

A day earlier, Trump had struck a much more optimistic tone, just as Murray and Alexander were making their deal public.

“The solution will be for about a year or two years. And it'll get us over this intermediate hump,” he said, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, adding that Republicans have or "are very close to having" the votes to pass a comprehensive bill to overhaul the ACA — a long-held party goal.

Trump signed an executive order last week canceling the monthly cost-sharing reduction funds to insurers because, his administration argued, the funds were taken from the Health and Human Services budget and not specifically appropriated by Congress, making them illegal. The House Republican conference had previously sued the Obama administration making this same point as well, which the Obama administration appealed.

Republicans had justified the president’s sudden announcement, which experts warned would roil insurance markets, by saying he was simply pressuring Congress to act.

“His argument is he doesn’t have, legally, the authority to make the payments, but secondly I think he wanted to create a forcing action to get Congress to do something,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters Tuesday.

But by Wednesday morning, as Trump moved away from that position, senators seemed unsure of what his end game was.

“I think, uh, he's evolving,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters before walking away without further explanation.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona seemed willing to give the president time to figure out whether or not he liked the agreement, the text of which was released Wednesday.

“We're all still studying it ourselves,” he said.

On Tuesday Trump called a possible time without the subsidies as a "dangerous little period." Experts, including the Congressional Budget Office, projected that halting the government contributions would raise premiums, increase the federal deficit and destabilize the insurance marketplace.

The cost to continue the cost-sharing-reduction payments (CSRs), which are distributed in monthly installments, was estimated at $7 billion this year.

While Republicans scramble to determine whether or not they have the votes for the bill, Murray said she was open to making changes to the bill but not in order to get Trump on board.

“I’m not doing this for the president. I’m doing it for the people of the country and so is Lamar,” she said.

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ABC/Ben Mark Holzberg(HOLLYWOOD) --The plot lines on ABC's Designated Survivor this season have focused on real issues, like the controversy over Confederate statues, or the rising cost of prescription drugs.  Tonight's episode is no different: a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute and President Kirkman and his staff must try to resolve the situation.

"It's basically the talk about immigration reform. Problems with the border arise at the same time," says Adan Canto, the actor who plays National Security Advisor Aaron Shore on the drama.

"It's kind of a parallel of what's happening right now, and I find that it's a great opportunity to start a conversation about this," adds Canto, who is Mexican.  "There's just so much more to understand about it."

Canto says the Designated Survivor cast enjoys how roles let them imagine how real-life crises might be solved.

"I have to remember that I'm not a politician and all I do is research what I get in my script...which I find awesome," he tells ABC Radio. "It's just so great that I can learn about these things, and not just that, but pretend to be fixing these problems in a way that I wish my government would."

However, appearing on a show set in the White House does have its drawbacks, as Canto found out when he and the show visited the real 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. last season.

"When I got there, we stepped in the Oval Office and the whole experience was ruined for me," he laughs. "For me, it was like being back on set because these guys [on the crew] built...almost an exact replica."

"So I didn't feel that awe," he adds. "I was like, 'Oh. Cool. Yeah.' [It] just felt like another day at work!"  

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A man who is suspected of killing three co-workers Wednesday in Maryland is now wanted in connection to a shooting in Delaware, law enforcement authorities said.

Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, allegedly shot five people, killing three, at the Advanced Granite Solutions office in Edgewood, Maryland.

He entered the facility around 9 a.m. and was an employee there, according to Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. After the shooting, sheriffs said Prince fled the scene in a 2000 black GMC Acadia. The car has Delaware license plates.

"There’s an individual out there on the loose who committed one of the most heinous acts we’ve ever seen in our county," Gahler told reporters. He confirmed that Prince has a criminal history and said he remained "armed and dangerous."

Prince was also wanted in connection to a separate “shooting event” in Delaware, Gahler noted.

Police in Wilmington, Delaware, released a statement echoing Gahler, confirming they were actively searching for Prince.

Gahler said the motive of the shootings remained a mystery, but the first target was the home improvement business where Prince worked.

“We know he worked here," Gahler said. "He was scheduled to be at work today.”

He added, "We think it ties into the relationship here at work. I do believe he’s targeting for a specific reason and not general.”

Two of the Maryland shooting victims were transported to University of Maryland Medical Center and remain in serious condition, Gahler confirmed.

"Everyone shot is in serious condition," Gahler said.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office tweeted a photo of Prince, including his birth date as well as the vehicle's license plate number.

SEARCH for SUSPECT:
RADEE LABEEB PRINCE 11/5/79
2008 Black Chevy Acadia DE Tag PC064273
Call 911 if you see the suspect. pic.twitter.com/v8y18FOEUi

— Harford Sheriff (@Harford_Sheriff) October 18, 2017


The tweet warned: "Call 911 if you see the suspect."

Prince is believed to have acted alone.

"We do not believe anybody else is connected to the shooting," Gahler said.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is working with the FBI to investigate the shooting. An FBI official told ABC News that the agency is treating the incident as "workplace violence" and there are no indications of terrorism at this point in time.

Edgewood is about a 40-minute drive north of Baltimore, and a short distance to the second crime scene in Wilmington.

The close proximity to the crime scene was enough to cause Harford to warn the public that Prince could return quickly.

“He’s mobile," Gahler said. "He could be back here in Harford County in 10 minutes.”

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