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LA Water Main Break Floods Parts of UCLA Campus


ABC7 Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- A hundred year old water main ruptured in Los Angeles on Tuesday, flooding parts of the UCLA campus.

As the flooding stretches from buildings to underground parking garages to the Drake Track and Field Stadium, the LA Fire Department is bringing in crews to help rescue people fromswamped cars.

Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133 million renovation in 2012, is also flooded.

No injuries have been reported, according to ABC station KABC.

City councilman Paul Koretz says such an emergency could not have come at a worse time, as Los Angeles and much of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in more than a decade.

"We're losing water at I understand around 35,000 gallons a minute," Koretz said. Obviously we will have to work harder to conserve with the drought because we've lost a lot of water."

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Five Things to Know About the New VA Secretary


MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, 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 VA as the embattled department tries to ease wait times for veterans by providing health care outside the VA system as well as hiring new doctors, nurses and clinicians at VA facilities.

Here are five things that could help McDonald in his new position leading the VA.

1. He Is a West Point Grad

McDonald graduated in the top 2% of his class at West Point and went on to serve in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger captain in the 82nd Airborne Division. During his confirmation hearing, McDonald told senators his experiences at West Point and in the military influenced his leadership style at Procter & Gamble and will help him at the VA.

"I am still guided by the West Point Cadet Prayer, which encourages us to 'choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,'" McDonald said earlier this month.

2. He Comes From a Military Family

Not only did McDonald serve in the military, but so did multiple members of his family, including his father, who was part of the Army Air Corps after World War II. His wife's father became a POW after he was shot down over Europe, and his wife's uncle served in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange, which he still receives treatment for through the VA system.

3. He Worked at Procter & Gamble for 33 Years

McDonald started his career at Procter & Gamble as a brand assistant, eventually making his way to the top of the company, where he managed more than 120,000 employees. Procter & Gamble is a unique company in that its employees are promoted from within, similar to the tradition of rising in the ranks in the military. Lawmakers who met with McDonald ahead of his confirmation said they were impressed with his management experience at Procter & Gamble.

4. He Will Give Lawmakers His Personal Cell Phone Number

At his confirmation hearing, McDonald said he would give his personal cell phone number to all the senators on the committee to make sure he is held accountable for his work at the VA, even if that means after-hours phone calls.

"Every member of the committee will have my cell phone number. And I would expect if we're not meeting your needs you will call me," McDonald said. "When you run a large corporation globally, you have a cell phone that's on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it gets called. And so if you have concerns I want to know about them and I want to react to them."

5. He Compiled a List of What It Takes to Be a Leader

McDonald wrote a list called "What I Believe In," which includes 10 principles he lives by and could be applied to his time at the VA.

Here's the list: 1. Living a life driven by purpose is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction. 2. Companies must do well to do good and must do good to well. 3. Everyone wants to succeed, and success is contagious. 4. Putting people in the right jobs is one of the most important jobs of the leader. 5. Character is the most important trait of a leader. 6. Diverse groups of people are more innovative than homogeneous groups. 7. Ineffective systems and cultures are bigger barriers to achievement than the talents of people. 8. There will be some people in the organization who will not make it on the journey. 9. Organizations must renew themselves. 10. The true test of the leader is the performance of the organization when they are absent or after they depart.

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Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Will Have 'An Even Bigger Bite'


The White House(WASHINGTON) --  The United States will unleash a new round of sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama said Tuesday.

"The cost on Russia will continue to grow," the president said in a statement at the White House emphasizing Russian "energy, arms and finance" as targets. "Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says."

Obama said Russia has, so far, "failed to cooperate with the investigations" into the downing of the Malaysian aircraft, adding that he and key European leaders "are united in our view that the situation in Ukraine ought to be resolved diplomatically."

Obama said he has been coordinating closely with European allies to ensure a unified response. Earlier Tuesday, the European Union agreed to a new package of sanctions on Russia, for the first time imposing "sectoral" sanctions on Russia’s finance and energy industries, as well as banning arms exports to Russia.

Obama, in his remarks this afternoon, called them the "most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date."

The European Union says the sanctions will limit access to E.U. capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military end-users, and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies, particularly in the oil sector.

Meanwhile, at the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that the United States welcomed "Europe's determination to take strong new steps and ... this trans-Atlantic community and G-7 are united in their determination to respond to continued and intensified Russian aggression."


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Surgeon General: Skin Cancer Is 'Major Public Health Problem'


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Surgeon General is calling skin cancer a "major public health problem" and says tanning is a direct cause.

A report from the office of Surgeon General Boris Lushniak says unlike other forms of cancer in the United States, the rate of skin cancer is on the rise, with 5 million people getting treated each year.

About 63,000 people are treated for melanoma and about 10% of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning.

Lushniak says all states should ban minors from using tanning beds and the report urges everyone to wear sunscreen outside.


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YouTube Comedy Star Pays Off Parents' $340,000 Mortgage


iStock/Thinkstock(PARAMOUNT, Calif.) -- How does a popular YouTube star who calls his six-figure comedy talents "obscene" spend his money?

Timothy DeLaGhetto typically entertains his 2.5 million subscribers with sex jokes and television parodies. By contrast, his latest video is a real tearjerker.

The comedian and rapper's real name is Tim Chantarangsu, and he's the son of parents who immigrated from Thailand. Chantarangsu said his income is primarily driven by advertisements from his YouTube channel called Timothy DeLaGhetto.

His videos include satire, including a raunchy take on the popular Snuggie blanket. He also writes and produces skits, including a recent video that mimics the MTV reality show Catfish.

"Not a lot of people do what I do, especially as an Asian American guy. My comedy is pretty obscene and I'm pretty blunt with the jokes I make, so I stick out from the norm. I've built a pretty strong following of people who enjoy what I do," he said. "I try to have a strong message of positivity and spreading joy and love to the world."

This week, he posted a YouTube video in which he surprised his parents with $340,000 to pay off their home mortgage.

Chantarangsu, who lives not too far from his folks in Paramount, California, told ABC News that he cranks out YouTube videos, at least one a week, so that his parents don't have to work so hard. He also is a regular on MTV2's improvisation show, Wild 'N Out, hosted by Nick Cannon.

In his newest video, he presents a check to his parents, who own a restaurant. The generous gift -- $210,000 to the loan company and $130,000 to the bank -- brings his mother to tears.

While his parents have always supported him, they were initially cautious, especially when he left college in 2010 to pursue a career in entertainment.

"I was going to college for my parents, but eventually I got to the point where I was doing all right at both -- college and Internet stuff. I realized I needed to pick one if I wanted to excel at something, so I stopped going to school," he said.

He said his mother occasionally asks him if he is going to return to school.

"I would tell her, 'Do you want me to go back to school or pay your bills?'" Chantarangsu said with a chuckle.

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Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Share Details of Their Secret Atlanta Dates


ABC/Javier Pesquera(NEW YORK) -- Bachelorette fans learned Monday night that Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray were engaged.

But the proposal actually happened months ago and, since the end of filming, the two have had to sneak around Atlanta, where they both live, to see each other.

"We kind of just chilled all the time," Murray told ABC News. "We couldn’t do anything outside, obviously, and [we wore] a lot of disguises: wigs, hats. [And there was a lot of] coming over back ways."

To pass the time, Dorfman, 27, cooked meals for Murray (think short ribs and steak) and even taught him to love sushi (almost!) as much as she does.

"I'm like, 'I'll take three sashimi combos,'" she recalled, laughing. "I've got to feed him at all times."

Added Murray, "She's an amazing cook. She cooks any and everything."

Now that the world knows that they're engaged, the couple can't wait to go on their first real date. While they declined to reveal specifics, they did say that they've already picked the restaurant.

"We're going to a good steak place," she said. "But we don't even know when we're going to be able to go."

Added her smiling fiancé, "It's just going to be nice for her and I to not have to hide anything."

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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott


Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.

Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to '93 and played again during Kobe Bryant's rookie season.

"This has been a dream of mine for so long," Scott said. "It's a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. (Jerry) Buss isn't here today because he's somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day."

Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.

"We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we're here to support the Laker organization," Johnson said. "This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We're just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. ... We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we're here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy."

Scott received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.

"I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice."

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