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Matt Ryan Says Falcons Know 'What Time of the Year It Is'


Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons can keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they take on the NFC South leading New Orleans Saints.

The Falcons are 2-4 on the road this year, and they sit one game behind the Saints in the division.

Quarterback Matt Ryan has faith that his team will be up for the game.

"Everybody understands the situation," Ryan said on Wednesday.

"Everybody understands what time of the year it is, where we're at," he continued. "I think [head coach Mike Smith] has done a great job of setting the schedule up to have everybody as fresh and prepared as we can possibly be."

Ryan and the Atlanta offense are averaging 24.9 points this year, while the Saints defense is giving up 26.7.

"It comes down to hitting [receivers] when you have the opportunity," Ryan said.  It's about making the play when they present themselves.  We've got to make sure we understand our plan and that when things come open, we nail it."

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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Court


FBI(BOSTON) -- With a slight, scruffy beard and long, tousled hair, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court Thursday -- the first time he’s been seen in public in a year and a half.

The 21-year-old politely answered the judge’s questions in a final status conference, what is expected to be his last pretrial hearing before jury selection in his case begins in January.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges connected to twin explosions that ripped through the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 others.

Investigators say that he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted the bombs and followed the horrific attack up with a series of other crimes.

Four days after the explosions, investigators say, the Tsarnaevs murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, carjacked a Mercedes SUV driver, and led police on a high-speed chase in Watertown where a bomb and bullet battle erupted in the street. Tamerlan was killed in the firefight.

Dzhokhar fled the scene and hid for more than 16 hours until his capture on a dry-docked boat, where he appeared to explain his motive for the crime with a note written inside, according to prosecutors.

“We Muslims are one body. You hurt one of us you hurt us all," read part of a note allegedly written by Tsarnaev on the wall of the boat amid bullet holes. “Know you are fighting men who look into the barrel [of] your gun and see heaven.”

Court documents filed in March gave a potential hint of at least part of the defense strategy Tsarnaev’s legal team could use: saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was under the control of his older brother -- “an all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”

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Obama: Jeb Bush Has ‘Every Right’ to Run for President in 2016


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama says he “loves” the Bush family personally and that former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has “every right” to run in 2016.

But he made sure to praise his former secretary of state as well, adding that Hillary Clinton would make an “excellent president.”

“The Bush family, I love personally,” Obama told ABC News' World News Tonight anchor David Muir in an exclusive interview. “They are good people. Jeb's father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people. Obviously I have a lot of disagreements with Jeb and his brother on policy. But I think they have every right to do what they think is best.”

The president said of Clinton that he “think(s) so highly of her and I’ve said before and will continue to say I think she'd be an excellent president.”

Obama added that the “great thing about democracy” is that “anybody can run, even the son of and brother of former presidents.”

Earlier this week, Bush announced he would "actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States."

He didn’t set up an exploratory committee, a traditional first step for presidential contenders, but said he would set up a political action committee next month that would help him “facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation.”

Bush’s likely entry could set up a dynastic face off with Clinton, if they both run. Clinton hasn’t said she will enter the race, but told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in June she will be “on the way to making a decision by the end of the year.” More recently she has slid that decision timetable to the beginning of next year saying she will decide after the first of the year.

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Amazon Launches New One-Hour Delivery Service


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is now offering one- and two-hour deliveries on "tens of thousands of daily essentials," which begs the question, when would you possibly need something that quickly?

The new service Prime Now is available starting Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week in certain parts of Manhattan, New York. Amazon is rolling out Prime Now in additional cities in 2015. Prime members can download the Prime Now app to be notified when the service is available in their area.

"There are times when you can't make it to the store and other times when you simply don't want to go," Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, said in a statement. "There are so many reasons to skip the trip and now Prime members in Manhattan can get the items they need delivered in an hour or less."

Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery costs $7.99, in addition to the $99 a year that Prime members pay for things like two-day delivery and streaming video.

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Watch Vladimir Putin Mistake Stroke Survivor for 'Drunk' Journalist


Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) —  During his annual marathon news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday mistook a stroke victim for a drunk.

He called on a reporter, thinking he was from Turkey, but who was instead from the Russian region of Kirov. The lively reporter, identified as Vladimir Mamatova, wanted to ask about why the traditional Russian drink, kvas, can’t compete with Coca-Cola and Pepsi for shelf space in stores.

Kirov is famous for its production of kvas, a lightly alcoholic beverage of fermented bread.

“Kvas?” Putin asked. “I feel you’ve already drank kvas.”

As the audience roared with laughter, Mamatova explained that he wanted to bring some in for Putin to taste, but that security would not allow it.

“I got it. You do not have a taster,” Mamatova said. “My question is this. We make a lot of this kvas, we make it well and for long time.”

“Yes, I see this,” Putin said, chuckling.

But Mamatova had apparently suffered two strokes and was not drunk, according to Kremlin-friendly LifeNews.

After the news conference, Mamatova stood outside the conference center that hosted the event smoking a cigarette and sipping a bottle of kvas.

 

Outside I found the kvas guy... sipping kvas pic.twitter.com/Hd0YKr9DWl

— Kirit Radia (@KiritRadia) December 18, 2014

 

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Why Drew Barrymore Waited to Lose the Baby Weight


Mark Davis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman welcomed their second child, a daughter Frankie, this past April and only now is she starting to worry about shedding the extra baby weight.

“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off,” she told People magazine of waiting to focus on dropping the weight. “I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell.”

As for those mothers that immediately get in the gym right after giving birth, Barrymore doesn't want to hear it.

“I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me about how fast and fabulous you are or it came off.' That was not my experience. I’m having to work my ass off until I even think about getting it off,” she added.

Frankie joins big sis Olive, 2, and with the family growing, the actress, 39, says she is working less and less.

"The acting has to be less and less because it’s too time-consuming. I love it and I don’t want to abandon it, but it can’t be at the forefront right now,” she said.

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Texas Theater Showing "Team America" After Sony Pulls "The Interview"


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- What do you do when threats force Sony and all the major movie chains across the country to pull the movie The Interview?

One theater in Texas knows just what to do: show 2004's Team America, another satire involving North Korea, written by the creators of South Park.

On the Facebook page for the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas-Fort Worth, the message reads, "For the record, our plan was to still show The Interview...unfortunately these decisions aren't always ours to make. But in light of these recent events, we only have one thing to say: 'AMERICA F*** YEAH!'"

The "America...Yeah!" statement refers to the theme song of the old film.

It continues, "Join us for a special showing of the TEAM AMERICA QUOTE-ALONG" with subtitles for the film's songs on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m."

"This show is FREE, because you can't spell 'FREEDOM' without 'FREE,'" the message concludes.

For those who have never seen the decade-old movie, Team America's plot involves Kim Jong-il, the late father of current North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un. It's another satire much like The Interview, but more violent as American forces battle terrorists led by the World Police. It's also filmed using puppets.

The IMDB summary reads, "Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love."

Franco and Rogen's The Interview is based on their characters trying to take out the current North Korea leader.

"We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," James Wallace, creative manager and programmer for the Texas theater, told The Hollywood Reporter about swapping out the films.

The Alamo Drafthouse did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

Sony pulled the plug on The Interview release date of Dec. 25 after major movie chains like AMC and Regal all chose not to show the movie because of hacker threats.

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," Sony said in a statement Wednesday. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."

The company added that it stands by the filmmakers and "their right to free expression."

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