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STR/AFP/Getty Images(MANILA, Philippines) -- At least 36 people are dead after a ferry carrying 189 people capsized in the Philippines Thursday.

In all, there were 173 passengers and 16 crew members aboard the Kim Nirvana. So far, 127 people have been rescued and 26 remain unaccounted for. Rescue operations continue.

It is unclear what caused the ferry to overturn off the coast of Leyte Island. An investigation is ongoing.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The CEOs and founder of Whole Foods are apologizing for overcharging customers and offering free food to people in return.

"Straight up, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it,” Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, said in a video published on Wednesday.

Investigators found Whole Foods locations in New York City "routinely overstated" the weight of pre-packaged contents and overcharged customers, according to an announcement by the city's Department of Consumer Affairs last week. The investigation also found the company undercharged customers.

John Mackey, who is founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods, said, "These mistakes have to do with the things that we do in the store with mostly our fresh product, whether we're making sandwiches, or we're squeezing fresh juices or having cut fruit. In these areas, there is a very, very small percentage that there are mis-weighing errors."

"And we know they're unintentional because the mistakes are both in the customers' favors and sometimes not in the customers' favors," Robb said. "It's understandable sometimes mistakes are made. They're inadvertent. They do happen, because it's a hands-on approach to bringing you the fresh food."

Mackey said the company is increasing training around the country, including New York City. The company is also implementing a third-party auditing system that will report on the company's progress in 45 days. The company is implementing a 100 percent guarantee to customers, where if there is a mistake in a customer's favor, they can have the item for free.

Beginning last fall, New York City tested 80 types of pre-packaged products, including meats, dairy and baked goods, and found they all had mislabeled weights. The overcharges ranged from 80 cents for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp, the agency said. Whole Foods denied the allegations last week, saying the company disagreed with the city's "overreaching allegations."

In California, Whole Foods agreed to pay close to $800,000 in penalties after an investigation that began in 2012 found pricing irregularities in Whole Foods stores in Santa Monica, Los Angeles and San Diego, New York officials said.

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ABC NewsAfter being dropped by NBC and Univision, Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant has found a home on the Reelz cable network.

“The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement on Thursday. "“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere."

The pageant, scheduled to take place July 12, was dropped by NBC and Univision in response to comments Trump made during a speech June 16 announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in which he referred to Mexican immigrants as "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime" to this country, and being "rapists."  Since then Trump has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision claiming the network had no contractual right to terminate its deal with him; Trump also has suggested that he might sue NBC.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Navy Yard is "all clear," after being placed on lockdown Thursday morning, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

No threats were found, the source said.

In a tweet, the U.S. Navy said the facility, which is about 1.5 miles from the Capitol, was "on lockdown/shelter in place" -- although "no incident can be confirmed as of yet. More to follow."

A second tweet said the "investigation continues."

U.S. Park Police confirmed Thursday morning that they were responding to the Navy Yard for a report of a possible active shooter.

A Defense official told ABC News the response was prompted by a 911 call received by the Naval District of Washington. It's unclear whether the call originated on base or off base.

Chris Johnson, public affairs officer for the Naval Sea Systems command, said everyone has been ordered to shelter in place.

"But there’s been no confirmed details on what the incident is or may me. We're currently investigating," Johnson said.

There is no known threat to the Capitol Complex, the U.S. Capitol Police said, however there are enhanced security officers in the area.

A defense official told ABC News the incident was based on a report of a "suspicious person." Nothing was confirmed but the report was taken seriously given the 2013 shooting at the Navy Yard.

In September 2013, a lone gunman went on a shooting spree at the Navy Yard, killing 12 people. The suspect was then killed in a firefight with police.

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US Congress(NEW YORK) — Bernie Sanders “gaining ground” on Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The Vermont senator appears to be closing the gap between him and Clinton in the Iowa Democratic Caucus. He is now trailing Clinton, the front-runner, 52-33 percent among likely Democratic Caucus participants, say the poll results.

Vice President Joe Biden has 7 percent, compared to a 60- 15 percent Clinton lead over Sanders in a May 7 survey of likely Democratic caucus-goers by the independent Quinnipiac University.

In Thursday’s survey, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has 3 percent, while just one percent favor former U.S. Sen. James Webb of Virginia.  

Another 5 percent, according to the poll, are undecided.

Seven percent of Democrats say they would definitely not support Biden, Webb or former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, while 6 percent would not support Clinton.

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Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Singer Nick Jonas is taking on CrossFit after the company’s tweet about diabetes and an iconic sugary drink.

In a tweet on Monday, the extreme fitness company wrote: “Pour some out for your dead homies.” The comment was posted next to an image of a Coca-Cola bottle and the words “Open Diabetes” and with the hashtags #CrossFit #sugarkills. The tweet was signed by CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman.

The “Jealous” singer responded on Twitter to take Glassman to task, writing: “This is not cool. Please know and understand the difference between type one and type diabetes before making ignorant comments. Sensitivity to all diseases, and proper education on the cause and day to day battle is important.”

Jonas, 22, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13.

Formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, Type 1 occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, according to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' medical contributor and a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist. The cause appears to be unknown, although the body’s immune system mistakenly destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

In Type 2 diabetes, the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas stops producing enough of the essential hormone. Contributing factors in this form of the disease appear to include being overweight and inactive, also according to Ashton.

CrossFit didn’t appear the least bit chastened by Jonas’ rebuke and by the rebuff from others who joined in to express their displeasure. In fact, the company has continued to tweet about the issue.

It responded to Jonas this way: “Anyone can get T2 diabetes, even those with T1. Stop assuming we don't grasp the difference and help us raise awareness.”

And when another critic wrote: “Not sure @CocaCola appreciates your trademark infringement that insults 29 million U.S. families,” the company responded: “If insulting the sensitive can save some of the 1/3 of Americans who will get T2 diabetes, so be it.”

Glassman, CrossFit's CEO, issued a statement to ABC News in response to Jonas' tweet.

"This is about the scourge of Type 2 diabetes and it's underlying causes. His sponsor, Coca-Cola, is a significant contributor to the diabetes epidemic both with product and 'marketing' spend," the statement read in part.

The rest of Glassman's statement was so aggressive, it was not suitable to print.

Coca-Cola told ABC News that Jonas is not a paid spokesman for the company. A Coca-Cola spokeswoman also responded directly to Glassman, saying that, like him, “we recognize the importance of physical activity and moderation.”

“We promote choice and thoughtful consumption, and through our work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation we’re working to reduce overall beverage calories,” the spokeswoman told ABC News. “We know these actions will make a real and measurable difference.”

A representative for Jonas also confirms the singer is not affiliated with Coca-Cola.

"Nick has never had a deal or a sponsorship with Coca Cola," Jonas' representative told ABC News. "This is a company desperate for publicity, but it's bizarre that they'd try to achieve it behind such a thoughtless tweet."

Jonas has been an advocate for awareness around Type 1 diabetes since his diagnosis and is currently a spokesperson for Dexcom, the glucose monitoring system he uses.

The singer testified about the disease in a 2009 hearing on Capitol Hill.

"It has not been easy but diabetes technology has really helped me be able to manage my diabetes," Jonas told lawmakers.

Ashton says the conversation sparked by CrossFit's tweet is an important one to have.

"I think or hope the intention was to motivate people to live a healthier lifestyle but, in reality, it came out as blaming people who are living with a chronic and potentially very serious illness," she said.

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GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The stage for the 2015 Women's World Cup final is set -- and it's a familiar one.

Japan defeated England 2-1 in the semifinal round Wednesday night to advance to the final. It was a tough loss for England as its defender, Laura Bassett, inadvertently kicked the ball into her own goal, scoring the winning point for Japan.

Japan will now go up against the U.S. in the final -- a rematch of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. In that game, Japan beat Team USA on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.

The 2015 final will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. ET in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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