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Greece Defaults on IMF Loan

Greece Defaults on IMF Loan

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(ATHENS) -- Greece officially defaulted on its debt on Tuesday night after it was unable to pay back about 1.6 billion Euros to the International Monetary Fund.The IMF said that Greece "is now in arrears and can only receive IMF financing once the arrears are cleared." The deadline ...

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Ridnour Traded Again, Joins Fifth Team Since Season’s End

Ridnour Traded Again, Joins Fifth Team Since Season's End

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- In a sentence that's becoming commonplace this summer, Luke Ridnour, the veteran NBA point guard, has been traded.Ridnour has been dealt four times since the NBA season ended, in part because his contract does not become guaranteed until July 11. Since the season's end, ...

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Donna Karan Steps Down as Chief Designer for DKNY

Donna Karan Steps Down as Chief Designer for DKNY

Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Fashion designer Donna Karan has made a personal decision to step down as chief designer for Donna Karen New York (DKYN), the New York-based international fashion house announced Tuesday.Karan, who spent the last three decades revolutionizing "the working woman's wardrobe" for DKNY, will now ...

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Is a Pregnant Naya Rivera Naked in Latest Instagram Photo?

Is a Pregnant Naya Rivera Naked in Latest Instagram Photo?

Frank Micelotta/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- One thing is for sure: Naya Rivera, who is expecting her first child, recently enjoyed some time out in the sun. What's not certain, however, is if the former Glee star is wearing any clothes in a new photo she posted to Instagram.The pic shows off the actress' very tanned legs ...

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Church Fires: ATF Has No Reason to Believe They’re Racially Motivated or Related

Church Fires: ATF Has No Reason to Believe They're Racially Motivated or Related

Evan F. Sisley/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Federal investigators say they have no reason to believe that a series of church fires in the South were racially motivated or related, according to a statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.The fires came amid heightened tensions caused by the racially ...

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Nike Chairman Phil Knight Announces Plans to Step Down

Nike Chairman Phil Knight Announces Plans to Step Down

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nike Chairman Phil Knight announced that he will step down from that role, perhaps as soon as next year.Knight and the company also announced a succession plan, including Knight's recommendation that Nike President and CEO Mark Parker succeed him. "For me, Nike has ...

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Jeb Bush Releases 33 Years of Tax Returns

Jeb Bush Releases 33 Years of Tax Returns

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Jeb Bush released 33 years worth of tax returns on his campaign website on Tuesday, showing that his income skyrocketed after he left office as governor of Florida.Worth between $20 million and $22 million, according to his campaign, Bush made $28.5 million between 2007, the year he ...

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US, Cuba to Announce Embassy Re-Openings in Washington and Havana

US, Cuba to Announce Embassy Re-Openings in Washington and Havana

The Flag pole in front of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. stands for the first time. It cannot fly a flag, however, until after it is officially declared an Embassy. ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- United States and Cuban government officials will announce that the two countries have reached ...

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Constable Smith Says He’s Learned from His Mistakes

Constable Smith Says He's Learned from His Mistakes

SMITH COUNTY -- Smith County Precinct 4 Constable John Smith says he's ready to move on as he seeks a third term. Smith was hospitalized in February after a head injury with allegations of attempted suicide. He tells KETK he has no recollection of what happened during ...

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Police: Man Arrested after Causing Major Accident

LONGVIEW -- Longview police say a man faces a pair of charges after causing a major accident and getting into a fight with police and others. Police called to the 3300 Block of Gilmer Road late Tuesday morning were told a man was headed south in a truck weaving ...

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Police Seek Missing Teen; Medical Conditions Causing Concern

LONGVIEW -- Longview police are seeking help finding a missing 15-year-old whose medical conditions are causing concern. Police say they got a call Monday at 11:27 a.m. from the father of Caitlyn Lott, who reported his daughter as a runaway last seen around 2 a.m. on Monday. The ...

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Report Estimates $97 Million Cost for Improving County Roads

TYLER -- A report presented to the Smith County Commissioners Court Tuesday estimates that bringing county roads up to standards will cost some $97 million. The court approved a Citizens Review Committee to look over the plan and make recommendations on its implementation. The report, from Atkins ...

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Road Work News Flash

Methvin and Center Street Intersection Remains Closed to Traffic

LONGVIEW - Construction is shifting eastward on Methvin Street in Longview. The section of Methvin between High and Center Streets will be reopened to traffic by Friday, July 10, according to city officials. However, the Methvin section between Center and Fredonia will be closed for construction starting ...

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Police Issue Advisory Ahead of Lindsey Park Fireworks Show

TYLER -- It's that time of year again when Tyler police released a traffic advisory detailing the 4Th of July fireworks show at Lindsay Park. Officials also remind residents within city limits that discharging a firearm is illegal and so are all unauthorized fireworks.



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Longview Robbery Suspect Arrested

LONGVIEW — A Dallas man remains in custody after being charged with robbing a person at Motel 6 off Interstate Highway 20 in Longview. Arrested following the Saturday night incident was Marquaous Grant, 19. Police documents say they found Grant, who matched the victim's description, in his room. They ...

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Report Estimates $97 Million Cost for Improving County Roads

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — A report presented to the Smith County Commissioners Court Tuesday estimates that bringing county roads up to standards will cost some $97 million. The court approved a Citizens Review Committee to look over the plan and make recommendations on its implementation. The report, from Atkins North America, is officially called a Road and Bridge Inventory Analysis and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan. Atkins was hired last year to conduct the study. County Engineer Frank Davis says the document lists roads from worst to satisfactory, along with recommendations and cost. According to Atkins, $97 million is the estimated cost to bring the roads up to what’s termed very good condition. Read more …

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Police Seek Missing Teen; Medical Conditions Causing Concern

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

girl-webLONGVIEW — Longview police are seeking help finding a missing 15-year-old whose medical conditions are causing concern. Police say they got a call Monday at 11:27 a.m. from the father of Caitlyn Lott, who reported his daughter as a runaway last seen around 2 a.m. on Monday. The man said she had left when the family awoke Monday morning. According to her father, Caitlyn was probably traveling with 18-year-old Ethan Paul Cook of Cypress. After further investigation, police said the two may be traveling to California. Their last known location was believed to be in Albuquerque, and police say hey have contacted their families. Read more …

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Police: Man Arrested after Causing Major Accident

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm

thumb_police-longview2LONGVIEW — Longview police say a man faces a pair of charges after causing a major accident and getting into a fight with police and others. Police called to the 3300 Block of Gilmer Road late Tuesday morning were told a man was headed south in a truck weaving in and out of traffic and hanging out the window. While officers were still on the way to the scene, the vehicle reportedly struck six vehicles, causing an accident that blocked traffic. Police say the suspect jumped out of his vehicle and began to fight with his son, bystanders, and officers, reportedly trying to take an officer’s gun from its holster. The man was eventually subdued and hospitalized for observation pending transport to jail. The suspect, who name wasn’t immediately given out, has been charged with attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer and assault family violence.

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Constable Smith Says He’s Learned from His Mistakes

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 6:17 pm

John Smith-Smith County ConstableSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Precinct 4 Constable John Smith says he’s ready to move on as he seeks a third term. Smith was hospitalized in February after a head injury with allegations of attempted suicide. He tells KETK he has no recollection of what happened during the incident but has overcome his past. Another report was released showing Smith’s blood alcohol content level just shy of three times the legal definition of intoxication. Smith says he did read the reports and that the incident has made him a better person. He says he’s made mistakes, learned from them, feels a lot better, and is in good shape physically and mentally. He adds he just wants to go on with his life and do the best job he can for the citizens of Precinct 4.

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Longview Robbery Suspect Arrested

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Marquaous GrantLONGVIEW — A Dallas man remains in custody after being charged with robbing a person at Motel 6 off Interstate Highway 20 in Longview. Arrested following the Saturday night incident was Marquaous Grant, 19. Police documents say they found Grant, who matched the victim’s description, in his room. They also found a Colt .177 caliber pellet pistol, which also matched the victim’s description of the weapon used. His bond has been set at $35,000 on charges of robbery and criminal trespass and a criminal trespass warrant issued out of Tyler. Grant remains in the Gregg County Jail.

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Nacogdoches Man Charged with Arson

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Monroe WardNACOGDOCHES — A Nacogdoches man has been accused of setting a house on fire with two small children inside. Arrested Sunday was Monroe Deanthony Ward, 25. He is accused of setting the fire after his girlfriend told him to leave. Another woman in the home, who was said to have been pregnant, was said to have been injured getting her children out of the burning house. Ward has been charged with first degree arson causing bodily injury. He is currently free on a $25,000 bond

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Police Issue Advisory Ahead of Lindsey Park Fireworks Show

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

police-tyler-carTYLER — It’s that time of year again when Tyler police released a traffic advisory detailing the 4Th of July fireworks show at Lindsay Park. Officials also remind residents within city limits that discharging a firearm is illegal and so are all unauthorized fireworks. Read more …

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Methvin and Center Street Intersection Remains Closed to Traffic

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Road Work News FlashLONGVIEW – Construction is shifting eastward on Methvin Street in Longview. The section of Methvin between High and Center Streets will be reopened to traffic by Friday, July 10, according to city officials. However, the Methvin section between Center and Fredonia will be closed for construction starting July 13. That closure is expected to last through this fall. Officials say the effort entails streetscape improvements and replacement of utilities. The project was approved as part of the 2011 Street Improvements bond package. If you have any questions related to construction you’re asked to call City Engineer Alton Bradle, at 903-237-1067.

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Ex-Mexican Cartel Leader Gets 30 Years in Prison in U.S.

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

BEAUMONT (AP) – A former leader of Mexico’s notorious Gulf drug cartel has been sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million. Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez was sentenced Tuesday by a judge in Beaumont on drug and money laundering convictions. Saenz-Tamez is a 23-year-old resident of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas. He was arrested in October during a shopping trip to Texas. Saenz-Tamez pleaded guilty in January to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors say Saenz-Tamez was responsible for shipping at least half a ton of cocaine and 90 tons of marijuana into the U.S. Investigators believe the drug cartel laundered $100 million.

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White Man Admits Hate-Crime Attack on Black Man

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – A white Houston-area man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for the surprise punching of an elderly black man. In federal court in Houston on Tuesday, Conrad Alvin Barrett admitted to racial motivation in the Nov. 24, 2013, attack on his 81-year-old victim. Barrett used his cellphone to record the attack. The 29-year-old Katy man also recorded himself questioning whether his attack on a black person would draw national attention. After knocking the man to the ground, Barrett laughed, called out, “Knockout!” and ran to his vehicle. The victim was hospitalized for several days for treatment of two jaw fractures. Barrett could receive up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when he’s sentenced Sept. 18.

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75-Year-Old Woman Survived on Soda, Pond Water after Crash

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

SEYMOUR (AP) – A 75-year-old woman says she couldn’t walk after crashing her car into a ravine in North Texas, but survived for two days after pulling herself through a broken windshield and soaking her T-shirt in a nearby pond to get water. Wanda Mobley told The Associated Press from her Wichita Falls hospital room Tuesday that she could hear vehicles passing on the road above but was weak and worried she’d get lost trying to crawl up the ravine. She suffered a fractured back. Mobley says she was about three hours into a 300-mile drive to a family reunion in Oklahoma when she swerved to avoid something on the road. Relatives reported her missing when she didn’t show up. They located her Sunday in an area where her cellphone last pinged.

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Retail Gasoline Prices Down in Texas for 2nd Straight Week

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

COPPELL (AP) – Retail gasoline prices across Texas have declined for a second straight week as drivers prepare for the July Fourth holiday weekend. AAA Texas reported Tuesday that prices at the pump across Texas slipped 3 cents to settle at $2.57 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices are down 2 cents this week to reach an average $2.77 per gallon. Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas at $2.49 per gallon. The association survey found El Paso with the most expensive gasoline statewide at $2.66 per gallon. AAA analysts say drivers are poised to pay the lowest prices at the pump over the July Fourth holiday weekend in at least five years. Association officials predict 3.1 million Texans will hit the road Wednesday through Sunday, with most traveling by automobile.

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Halliburton Closing 430-Worker Plant in Western Pennsylvania

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

HOMER CITY, Pa. (AP) – Halliburton is closing a western Pennsylvania plant with 430 workers, but says 80 percent of them will be offered transfers to a facility in Zanesville, Ohio or other Pennsylvania locations. Halliburton spokeswoman Susie McMichael says the Homer City plant about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh is closing because the company’s customer base in the area have moved to southwestern Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. The Houston-based company, which provides products and services to energy firms, opened the Homer City location in 1970. Halliburton announced in February that it would be cutting jobs, but didn’t say where. McMichael says 90 net jobs will be lost in the move.

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Unwanted Visitor at North Texas Museum: Snake in Toilet

Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm

ARCHER CITY (AP) – An unwelcome visitor was curled up at a North Texas museum until a worker noticed the nearly 6-foot snake and summoned help. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported Monday that the snake was safely removed from a toilet at the Archer County Museum. Mary Ann Levy was opening the museum in Archer City Sunday afternoon when she came upon the rat snake. Sheriff’s Deputy Tina Robertson was supervising an inmate crew mowing the grounds of the nearby courthouse. A trusty happened to know about snakes and he helped extricate the coiled creature. The snake was placed in a cardboard box. The reptile was being given to a breeder. Archer City is about 100 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

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US Advances to Women’s World Cup Final with 2-0 Win Over Germany

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Ridnour Traded Again, Joins Fifth Team Since Season’s End

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Blackhawks Trade Saad in Seven-Player Deal

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Scoreboard Roundup — 6/29/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 11, Minnesota 7
Oakland 7, Colorado 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 8, Baltimore 1
Boston 3, Toronto 1
Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Kansas City 1
L.A. Angels 4, N-Y Yankees 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 7, Philadelphia 4
Arizona 10, Los Angeles 6

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Boston Unveils Updated Proposal for 2024 Olympic Games

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Posted/updated on: June 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
KTYR
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 07/01/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 06/30/2015 1524C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
REST OF TODAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s, southwest winds 5-10 mph;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms–then becoming mostly clear, low middle 70s, southwest winds 5-10 mph;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy, high lower 90s, southwest winds 10-15 mph and gusty;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s, southwest winds 10-15 mph;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy, high lower 90s, southwest winds 10-15 mph and gusty;
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s, southwest winds 10-15 mph;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy, high lower 90s, southwest winds 10-15 mph and gusty.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
INDEPENDENCE DAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low middle 70s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s;.
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 70s;
MONDAY: partly cloudy, high lower 90s;
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 90s.
30-DAY OUTLOOK FOR JULY 2015:
Below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR June 30, 2015
(The report is for the twemty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MAXIMUM 91
MINIMUM 75
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 2.98
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 39.94

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR June 30, 2015
(The report is for the twenty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fourteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MAXIMUM 90
MINIMUM 76
PRECIPITATION Tr.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 6.65
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 41.46

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 06/30/2015 1418C
We have made two changes to the immediate forecast: lowering pops for the remainder of
the afternoon to 20 percent, and removing the word “evening” from the overnight forecast.
Patterns at mid-day suggest that most of today’s showers will be to our north, southeast, and
southwest. Also, we can’t rule out another overnight development as occurred last night.
Beyond that, we’re still expecting the upper air high to ridge in slightly from the west.
This would largely suppress showers, and warm temperatures very slightly. That, though, could
be offset by increased south winds.
We’re still looking for another system to cross this weekend with restored shower
chances.
By early next week, we’re expecting a more significant eastward building of the upper air
high, resulting in warmer temperatures and another break in the rain chances.
The heaviest rains overnight were along Red River, and in Central Texas from Ellis
County into San Saba County. Amounts here were between one and two inches. There were a
few light showers in Smith and Van Zandt Counties with Canton reporting 0.29 inch.
At early afternoon, skies were sunny, temperatures near 90, and winds light
southwesterly. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 06/30/2015 1523C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Wednesday PARTLY CLOUDY 74/92 20%/10%
Thursday PARTLY CLOUDY 75/92 05%/05%
Friday MOSTLY CLOUDY 75/91 05%/10%

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Church Fires: ATF Has No Reason to Believe They’re Racially Motivated or Related

Evan F. Sisley/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Federal investigators say they have no reason to believe that a series of church fires in the South were racially motivated or related, according to a statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The fires came amid heightened tensions caused by the racially charged massacre at a Charleston, South Carolina church...

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David Sweat Claims He Was Almost Caught Twice During 3-Week Manhunt

Authorities in upstate New York spent three weeks searching for escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat. Jon Chodat(MALONE, N.Y.) -- Escaped prisoner David Sweat told investigators he was almost discovered twice during the three weeks authorities were searching the woods of upstate New York for him and fellow inmate Richard Matt -- including one time that police walked...

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Residents Return to ‘War Zone’ After Wildfire Engulfs Homes

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Big Bounce in Trampoline Parks Puts Safety in Spotlight

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Former UVA Swim Team Member Alleges ‘Humiliating and Violent’ Hazing in Lawsuit

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A former member of the University of Virginia men’s swimming team filed a lawsuit against five teammates, claiming he feared for his life because their hazing was so extreme.

Anthony Marcantonio, 19, left the team over what he claims was horrific hazing.

“Systemic, threatening, degrading, humiliating and violent hazing” by upperclassmen cost him his swim career...

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Clinton Correctional Prison Employees Placed on Leave After Inmates’ Escape

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Escaped Prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat Listened to Radio Reports About Manhunt

New York State Police(ALBANY, N.Y.) — Escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat listened to reports about their manhunt on a radio and also had marijuana during their weeks on the run, Sweat told authorities in a lengthy interview, a state police source told ABC News.

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Glenn Ford died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65.

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Whitey Bulger Writes Contrite Letter to Teens, Says His Life Was ‘Spent Foolishly’

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ATF Announces Warrant for Man Suspected of Burning Down Baltimore CVS During Unrest

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Raymon Carter, 24, is wanted in connection with...

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How Escaped NY Prisoners Survived Three Weeks on the Run

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While the dark, rusty camper is hidden in the woods by deep brush, it's also right off a main road, Route 30.

Jon...

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NY Prison Escapees Were Originally Headed to Mexico

New York State Police(NEW YORK) -- Prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat had originally planned to flee to Mexico before the two split up last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview Monday.

Investigators have already started getting important information from captured inmate Sweat, who is now undergoing treatment at Albany Medical Center, Cuomo...

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US, Cuba to Announce Embassy Re-Openings in Washington and Havana

The Flag pole in front of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. stands for the first time. It cannot fly a flag, however, until after it is officially declared an Embassy. ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- United States and Cuban government officials will announce that the two countries have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies...

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Venus and Jupiter to Put on ‘Best Backyard Sky Show of 2015′

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Venus and Jupiter will appear to glide closer together Tuesday night, with the bright planets' spectacular conjunction being visible in the night sky in what NASA says could be the "best backyard sky show of 2015."

The planets have been slowly getting closer to each other over the past few weeks. Tuesday night will be the...

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Iran Nuclear Deal Deadline Extended

State Department photo/Public Domain(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday morning that Iran and the major countries negotiating a nuclear deal have extended the deadline from Tuesday to July 7 to "allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution."

The announcement comes after Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif...

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UN: South Sudan Army Said to Have Sexually Abused, Burned Girls Alive

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- South Sudanese armed forces and associated groups reportedly embarked on a “campaign of violence” against its own population, killing civilians, looting villages and, in some instances, sexually abusing women and girls and then burning them alive in their own homes.

The allegations are contained in a new report released Tuesday from the United Nations Mission in...

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Vatican Releases Details of Pope Francis’ Trip to Cuba, US

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- The Vatican on Tuesday released the pope's full itinerary for his trips to Cuba and the U.S. later this year.

Pope Francis will depart for Havana on Sept. 19, spending two days in Cuba's capital before traveling to Holguin and Santiago. During his time on the island, he will deliver holy masses and meet with locals....

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Taliban Attack in Kabul Targeted NATO Convoy

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday.

The Afghan Health Ministry says at least four people were killed. Another 17 people were injured in the attack. Among the injured were three women and three children.

Witnesses say the blast damaged several buildings in the area....

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Horrifying Scenes from Indonesia in Desperate Search for Plane Crash Survivors

iStock/Thinkstock(MEDAN, Indonesia) — The death toll in the latest Indonesian airplane crash has reached at least 113 people but that number is expected to increase.

Tuesday's accident involved a military transport plane that crashed into a residential area in the city's third largest city, Medan.

[PHOTOS: DESPERATE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS AFTER PLANE CRASHES IN INDONESIA]

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Orphaned Tree Kangaroo Gets Surrogate Mother at Adelaide Zoo

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(ADELAIDE, Australia) -- Zookeepers in Australia used a new technique that saved the life of a tree kangaroo.

A five-week-old joey, Makaia, was orphaned in November after a falling branch killed his mother. Zookeepers ‘cross-fostered’ the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo with a yellow-foot rock-wallaby to save his life, according to the Adelaide Zoo’s website.

Makaia was put into...

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Shocking Video Shows Frantic Moments as Shooter Attacks Tunisian Hotel

PeterHermesFurian/iStock/Thinkstock(SOUSSE, Tunisia) -- Harrowing footage taken during the attack on a Tunisian beach-side resort shows the chaos facing tourists as they were running for safety.

The video was shot by one of the employees at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, according to the BBC, when the shooting unfolded on Friday morning.

Two different portions of the footage captured what appears...

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WATCH: A Brief History of US-Iran Relations

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States and Iran have been at odds ever since a CIA-backed coup reshaped Iranian politics more than half a century ago.

Brutal secret police, the infamous hostage crises and the fatal downing of an Iranian civilian airliner are just a few of the seminal events to chill relations in the decades since.

But the...

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A Bloody Year for ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- The Islamic State has executed more than 3,000 people in the last year, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitoring group says more than 1,700 civilians including 74 children were executed since the terrorist group officially declared the establishment of a caliphate on June 29, 2014.

The Islamic State's execution toll includes those...

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Italian Father Sues Sons over Family Obligations

Creatas/Thinkstock(ROME) -- An Italian father is reportedly suing his son for refusing to lend him money.

Until recently in Italy, adult kids who couldn't find jobs sued their parents for support. Now, with pension cutbacks, parents are suing back.

The 80-year-old retired man from Treviso in Northern Italy says he just can't make it on his 600 euros pension,...

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What SpaceX Failure Means for Astronauts at International Space Station

SpaceX(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The second catastrophic failure in recent months of a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has once again left astronauts without new supplies, including food, science experiments and computers.

SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule, filled with 4,000 pounds of supplies, lifted off Sunday morning on the back of a Falcon 9 rocket. Less than...

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Tourist Disappearance: US Woman Denise Thiem Missing in Spain

Denise Thiem, from Arizona, has gone missing while on vacation in Spain. Courtesy of Cedric Thiem(MADRID) — The FBI is working with the Spanish national police to find an Arizona woman who disappeared while hiking across a popular European destination.

Denise Thiem, who had recently quit her job to travel the world, was last seen walking along the famed...

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Hundreds Critically Injured in Fire at Taiwan Water Park

Hemera/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Over 500 people have been injured, including over 200 in serious condition, after a fire at a Taiwanese water park Saturday night.

Investigators say a cigarette butt or spark may have been the cause of the fire at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in suburban Taipei.

Cellphone video from the scene showed crowds running for their...

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Donna Karan Steps Down as Chief Designer for DKNY

Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Fashion designer Donna Karan has made a personal decision to step down as chief designer for Donna Karen New York (DKYN), the New York-based international fashion house announced Tuesday.

Karan, who spent the last three decades revolutionizing "the working woman's wardrobe" for DKNY, will now be taking on an advisory role to focus...

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Nike Chairman Phil Knight Announces Plans to Step Down

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nike Chairman Phil Knight announced that he will step down from that role, perhaps as soon as next year.

Knight and the company also announced a succession plan, including Knight's recommendation that Nike President and CEO Mark Parker succeed him. "For me, Nike has always been more than just a company," Knight...

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Wall Street Bounces Back with Small Gains

JaysonPhotography/iStock/thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street posted slight gains on Tuesday, bouncing back from an ugly session on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 22.82, climbing back to 17619.17.

The Nasdaq jumped 28.4 to a close of 4986.87, while the S&P 500 ended the day at 2063.10, up 5.46 from its open.

The markets fell on Monday in part...

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United Airlines Announces Investment in Alternative Fuel Company

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- United Airlines plans to use fuel made from farm waste and animal fat oil to fly its planes after announcing the single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels.

The airline announced in a press release that it had invested $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. United's Executive Vice President...

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Obama: Greek Debt Crisis Won’t Have ‘Major Shock’ on US Financial System

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said the Greek debt crisis will not have a “major shock” to the U.S. financial system but noted his administration is closely monitoring the situation developing in Greece.

“In layman's terms, for the American people, this is not something that we believe will have a major shock to the system, but obviously it's very painful...

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JetBlue Begins to Roll Out New Checked Bag Fees

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Say goodbye to the days of free checked bags on JetBlue flights.

After first announcing its plans to eliminate free checked bags last November, the airliner began rolling out the changes on Tuesday.

The move leaves Southwest as the only domestic airline to let all fliers check at least one bag free of charge.

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Apple Music Launch: Hands on with Apple’s New Streaming Service

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple is continuing to change the landscape of the music industry with its launch Tuesday of Apple Music, a streaming service offering members access to tens of millions of songs in the iTunes collection.

While Apple is late to the music streaming game, it enters the market with one huge advantage: With more than 800 million...

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Leap Second: How Companies Are Preparing for Extra Second

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If Tuesday feels a bit longer, there's a reason for it.

A leap second will be added to the clock to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock.

While there have been more than two dozen instances of a leap second being added since 1972, companies relying on their computer systems aren't...

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Incomes for Bottom 99 Percent Jumped 3.3% in 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 99 percent of Americans who aren't among the country's richest saw their incomes rise more than 3 percent last year, marking the biggest annual gain for that group since the Great Recession.

Incomes rose 3.3 percent to a household average of $47,213, according to economist Emmanuel Saez.

But despite the gains, the gap between the...

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Obama to Overhaul Overtime Rule, Boosting Pay for 5 Million Workers

The White House(WASHINGTON) — Millions of more Americans may soon see a boost in their wages as President Obama prepares to announce a new regulation for overtime pay.

Later this week, President Obama will unveil a plan to increase the threshold for which employers are required to pay employees, a senior administration official says.

Under the new rule, employees...

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Gas Prices Dip Slightly

FeelPic/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gas prices dropped slightly from last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday, with the average price of a gallon reaching $2.80.

That figure is 90 cents lower than a year ago, the EIA points out. The cheapest gas, on average, can be found in the Gulf Coast, where a gallon averages $2.54, while the...

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Leap Second: Why Tuesday Will Be 1 Second Longer and Could Screw Up Your Computer

olegganko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If Tuesday feels longer an average weekday, you're not imagining it. A leap second will be added to the clock on the last day of June, creating the potential to wreak havoc on computer systems not equipped to handle the change.

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems (IERS) said the extra second will be added...

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Wall Street Losses Wipe Out 2015’s Gains Amidst Greek Debt Concerns

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street began the week on a down note Monday, as all three major indices closed lower, wiping away the year's gains.

The Dow Jones finished down 350.33 to a close of 17596.35.

The Nasdaq ended the day at 4958.47, losing 122.04, while the S&P 500 slid 43.85 to 2057.64.

The markets fell in part in...

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Wayback Burgers Chain Introduces Cricket-Laced Shake

Wayback Burgers(NEW YORK) -- Care for a side of insects with your fries? The trend of bug-infused bites continues to swarm restaurant menus across the country, with the latest entrant appearing at a fast food chain.

Wayback Burgers, which operates more than 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Argentina, will debut a cricket protein-laced shake on July 1 that...

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Greece: How People Are Dealing with the Financial Meltdown

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On the brink of a major default on its loans before Tuesday's deadline, Greece shut down its banks Monday and created financial chaos among its citizens.

Greeks are limited to cash withdrawals of just 60 euros a day, worth about $60 as the value of the euro against the dollar has plummeted in recent hours.

At...

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The Lowell Hotel to Debut Scotland’s First Home-Grown Tea

www.weeteaplantation.com(NEW YORK) -- It’s Scottish tea time, America!

Scotland's first home-grown tea is making its way to U.S. soil next week.

"Next Tuesday, the Upper-East Side’s acclaimed Lowell Hotel will be the first U.S. establishment to serve Scotland’s only home-grown teas in the atmospheric surroundings of its iconic Pembroke Room. Guests and visitors of the New York hotel will...

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Mixed Day on Wall Street, Despite Upbeat Monthly Employment Report

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An upbeat monthly unemployment report didn’t help the markets to close out the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,849.46 on Friday, down 56.12 from its open.

The Nasdaq however was up by 9.33 to close at 5,068.46. The S&P 500 fell by 3.01, to finish the session at a close of 2,092.83.

The...

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US Economy Adds 280K Jobs in May

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs to their payrolls in May, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.

Last month's figures beat expert expectations of just 227,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate was “essentially unchanged,” the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said, at 5.5 percent. The prior month, the rate stood at 5.4 percent.

 Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent...

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CVS Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Profiling Customers, Worker Discrimination

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Four former CVS workers are suing the pharmacy chain and some of its managers in a potential class action lawsuit, claiming that staff in multiple New York City stores racially profile African-American and Hispanic shoppers, using racial slurs.

The suit alleges that the workers were "routinely" directed, among other things, to "follow...

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Jeb Bush Releases 33 Years of Tax Returns

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Jeb Bush released 33 years worth of tax returns on his campaign website on Tuesday, making public information including his worth and effective tax rate.

Bush's 33 years of returns are, according to his campaign, the most ever released by a presidential candidate. Bob Dole released 30 years of returns during his campaign.

His campaign says...

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Trump Files $500 Million Lawsuit Against Univision

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Spanish-language network Univision after the company decided to terminate its contract with Trump's Miss Universe Organization and not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

Univision decided that it would not air the pageant after comments Trump made when he announced his campaign for the presidency. Trump said that...

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CIA Study Finds Low Minority Representation in Agency’s Senior Ranks

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new internal CIA report has concluded that the agency has not done a good job of promoting minorities to its senior leadership ranks. Concerned by the report’s findings CIA Director John Brennan vowed to implement the report’s recommendations noting that a lack of diversity at the agency’s highest levels has not allowed...

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Obama on Iran Talks: Still ‘Hard Negotiations’ to Be Done

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said the U.S. and the P5+1 partners must still engage in "some hard negotiations" with Iran before finalizing a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

“There’s still some hard negotiations to take place but ultimately it’s going to be up to the Iranians to determine whether or not they meet the requirements the international...

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Obama Calls Last Week ‘Gratifying’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama secured some major victories last week on trade, healthcare and same-sex marriage, and delivered one of the most impassioned speeches of his presidency -- causing many to dub the seven-day span his “best week” ever.

But the president himself stopped short of assigning that description to the week, calling it “gratifying” and instead...

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Marco Rubio to Give First Domestic Policy Speech as Candidate for President

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — Marco Rubio is ready to take his ideas on domestic policy public.

The Republican senator from Florida will deliver his first policy speech as a presidential candidate on Tuesday, July 7 at 1871 in Chicago.  The speech will cover “technology and the 21st century job market,” according to a Rubio aide.

“Marco will discuss the...

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What New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Was Like in High School

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(LIVINGSTON, N.J.) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reminisced on his “glory days” of high school from his alma mater Tuesday as he made his presidential announcement.

"This is where we grew up, these are the fields where we played on, these are the playgrounds we played on, this is the school we built our friends with...

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Chris Christie Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

ABC/Randy Sager(NEW YORK) -- Chris Christie is running for president, he announced Tuesday at his alma mater, Livingston High School in New Jersey, becoming the 14th Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race.

"America is tired of handwringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office," the New Jersey governor said to a cheering crowd. "We need to...

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Former Iran Hostage Wants President Obama to Demand Apology for Americans Held in 1979

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — As the White House seeks a historic détente and nuclear deal with Iran, the 52 Americans held hostage by the Islamic regime back in 1979 are redoubling demands for a formal apology and compensation for their nightmarish ordeal.

“Not only have they not apologized. The taking of that [U.S.] embassy is...

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Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open

zimmytws/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday voted to grant an appeal from Texas abortion clinics that would have been shut down by restrictive state laws, allowing them to remain open until an appeal is completed.

The court order will remain in effect at least until it decides whether or not to hear a full appeal of a...

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Michelle Obama Hints at Post-White House Work While Promoting Education Initiative

Photo by Kris Connor/ FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama said on Monday that she hopes to continue her work on the Let Girls Learn initiative, which promotes education for young women in third world nations, after she leaves the White House.

Obama, along with the Peace Corps, have secured funding from numerous international powers for projects that provide...

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NBC Ends Relationship with Donald Trump

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- NBC on Monday ended its business relationship with business mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In a press release, NBC cites Trumps "derogatory statements...regarding immigrants." Trump said Mexican immigrants to the U.S. brought "drugs" and "crime" and included "rapists" when he announced his candidacy earlier this month. He also said that Mexico wasn't sending its "best"...

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How Obama Will Welcome a President He Spied On

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff learned in 2013 that the National Security Agency was listening in on her phone calls and reading her emails, she was none too pleased.

She canceled a long-planned state visit to the United States and used an address at the United Nations General Assembly to blast the United States for...

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President Obama Signs Trade Bills into Law

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed two trade bills into law Monday, a victory for the president who faced embarrassing setbacks by members of his own party opposed to the measures.

“I think it's fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Obama said to laughter. “They've been declared...

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Hack Forces OPM to Shut Down System for Background Checks

Mike Levine(WASHINGTON) -- Three weeks after U.S. authorities determined foreign hackers may have stolen sensitive government records tied to tens of millions of people, the Office of Personnel Management has now shut down the system at the center of that breach, essentially bringing to a halt the way federal agencies have conducted background checks for years.

According to an...

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Officials Confirm Ebola’s Return to Liberia

ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- Liberian officials confirmed that Ebola has returned to the country after the death of a teenager.

The 17-year-old boy tested positive for the virus 48 days after the World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola on May 9. More than 8,000 people died from the disease after the virus spread across the country...

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Study Investigates Possible Link Between Citrus and Skin Cancer

Ls9907/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cancer researchers are examining if eating citrus might put people more at risk for developing melanoma since researchers have long known that certain citrus juices on the surface of the skin can make skin so sensitive to light that people can end up with serious burns.

Dr. Abar Qureshi, director of dermatology at Brown University and...

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Therapy Tortoise Comforts Residents at Florida Nursing Home

Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center(DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla.) -- A 20-year-old is one of the slowest at a nursing home in Florida.

Shelly -- an African spur thigh tortoise -- has roamed the halls of the Chautauqua Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, for the past two years.

“He’s quite the anomaly here. He’ll always make himself known...

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Officials Search for Amnesiac Woman’s Family After Tumor Left Her with No Memory

Found Woman with Amnesia-Help Find Her Family/Facebook(SAN DIEGO) — An amnesiac woman is turning to the Internet in the hopes that someone can identify her after a large tumor left her with no memory of her family or friends.

Called "Sam," the woman was found in Southern California by firefighters in February and immediately taken to a local hospital,...

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Your Body: The Deadly Effects of Smoking

Wavebreak Media/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

The percentage of Americans who smoke has decreased from 23 percent in 2000 to 18 percent in 2012. But the bad news is that there's still a staggering number of deaths from smoking each and every year.

Researchers have looked at 12 types of cancer that are associated with...

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Boy Who Never Gives Up Overcomes Physical Challenge to Excel at Sports

Courtesy The Duncan Family(INDIANAPOLIS) — Aidan Duncan is happiest when he’s playing sports on a field or court.

But the 12-year-old boy from Indianapolis, Indiana, is different from the other children on his teams. He was born with a partially formed left arm.

“We found out that his left arm was not developing. It could have been because of...

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Is Too Much Sexual Attention Bad for Women?

iStock/Thinkstock(BRISBANE, Australia) — There is such a thing as being "too sexy"…for fruit flies, that is.

Excess male sexual attention is harmful to females, found a new Australian and Canadian fruit fly study, reports Science Daily.

The attractive fruit fly females, those with “superior” genes, tend to gain too much male sexual attention, which inhibits their genes and...

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Teens Develop New Condom to Help Against STIs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This takes sex education to a whole new level.

Three teenagers recently developed a condom that changes color when in contact with sexually transmitted infections (STI), reports the U.K.’s The Independent. The 'S.T.EYE' comes with a built-in monitor to detect infections such as chlamydia and syphilis.

The colorful condom earned Daanyaal Ali, 14, Chirag Shah,...

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Sexual Relationships Between Inmates and Prison Employees Fairly Common, Statistics Show

allanswart/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After two New York inmates allegedly traded sex with a female prison employee for help in getting tools they used to break out, questions about relationships between inmates and prison employees were raised.

Such relations are far from infrequent, federal statistics show.

The U.S. Department of Justice‘s Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report in January...

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Nearly Four in 10 American Youths Are Exposed to Violence, Study Says

mactrunk/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly forty percent of American youths under the age of 17 have experienced a physical assault within the last year, a new study indicates.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics used data from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence to determine that 37.3 percent of those under...

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California State Senate Passes Vaccination Mandate, Bill Heads to Governor’s Office for Signature

luiscar/iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The California state Senate passed a bill on Monday that would institute one of the strictest vaccination mandates for school children in the nation.

Dr. Richard Pan, a state Senator representing Sacramento, posted to his Twitter account on Monday saying that the bill had passed 24-14 and would now be sent to Governor Jerry Brown's office...

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New Obesity Prevention Guidelines Target Babies, Too

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending that the prevention of childhood obesity should start before the age of 2.

In their updated recommendations, the nation’s top pediatricians’ group advises mothers to keep a healthy weight during pregnancy, avoid smoking even before pregnancy and to breastfeed.

After birth, recommendations include transitioning...

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Red Cross Urges Travelers to Add Blood Donation to Vacation List

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Before you hit the beach this week, the Red Cross would like you to donate some blood.

A recent survey of its regular blood and platelet donors found that more than 40 percent of Red Cross supporters plan to be away over the next two weeks in celebration of the 4th of July holiday. That, combined...

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Avril Lavigne: ‘I’m Doing a Lot Better’ After Lyme Disease Treatment

Francois Durand/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Singer Avril Lavigne said she’s seeing progress in her treatment for Lyme disease, which struck her last year while she was on tour.

Her treatment regimen has included multiple antibiotics and ample rest.

“I'm about halfway through my treatment,” the Canadian singer said in an interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer. "I'm doing a...

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Your Body: Is Mascara Harming Your Health?

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Listen up makeup mavens: Feeling beautiful is definitely important, but not at the expense of your well-being.

Did you know that something like your mascara could be a hub for health hazards?

While it might be one of the must-haves in your makeup kit, mascara might actually be a must-go...

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Is a Pregnant Naya Rivera Naked in Latest Instagram Photo?

Frank Micelotta/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- One thing is for sure: Naya Rivera, who is expecting her first child, recently enjoyed some time out in the sun. What's not certain, however, is if the former Glee star is wearing any clothes in a new photo she posted to Instagram.

The pic shows off the actress' very tanned legs as she...

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are Divorcing

Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have decided to divorce after ten years of marriage.

They issued a statement saying, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.  We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose...

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Courtney B. Vance: ‘We’re in Prayer’ for Bobbi Kristina Brown

Fox(NEW YORK) -- It's no secret that Courtney B. Vance's wife, actress Angela Bassett, was close friends with her Waiting to Exhale co-star, the late Whitney Houston. With news of Houston's only daughter with R&B singer Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, going into hospice care last week, Vance tells ABC Radio how his wife is coping.

"We're in prayer for the family. It's one...

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Jon Hamm Warns He May Sound Different in “Minions”

Universal(NEW YORK) -- Jon Hamm voices evil inventor Herb Overkill in his latest film, Minions. But Mad Men fans may not recognize his voice in the animated movie.

"That was three of four years ago, that was when I had a polyp on my vocal cords," he said on Tuesday's Live with Kelly and Michael. "It was very scratchy and...

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: Kaitlyn Keeps Nick Encounter a Secret as Her Irish Adventures Continue

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Kaitlyn Bristowe had a lot on her mind throughout Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette -- specifically, her very romantic date with Nick Viall in Dublin.

Kaitlyn was worried that the other men would discover that she slept with Nick in her hotel suite. WhenShawn B. visited her at the end of last week's episode, she thought she might have...

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Stars Swarm World Premiere of “Ant-Man”

Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- Ant-Man cast members Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, and Michael Pena were among the celebrities who swarmed the red carpet in Los Angeles Monday night for the world premiere of Marvel's latest superhero hit. 

Other Marvel series stars who showed their support for the size-shifting hero included Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn, his GOTG co-star Michael Rooker,...

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Title of “Guardians of the Galaxy” Sequel Revealed

Buena Vista Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The title for the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has been revealed.

Writer/director James Gunn confirmed the title Monday on Twitter. He wrote, "Yes, the official title for the @Guardians sequel is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2."

It was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige who first spilled the beans, in an interview with Collider...

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NeNe Leakes Leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Charles Sykes/Bravo(ATLANTA) -- NeNe Leakes has announced she is leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta after starring on the Bravo series for seven seasons.

In a statement from Leakes obtained by ABC News, the 47-year-old reality star said, "Being part of RHOA has been a big part of my life but I’m excited for new the beginnings [sic] I am...

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PETA Expresses Concern over New TV Drama “Zoo”

Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- The new CBS drama Zoo, premiering Tuesday night, is about an animal uprising. But PETA isn't happy that a show about animals is using real animals.

The organization made that clear via a statement posted to its website Monday. PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet says in the post, "By producing...

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Author E.L. James’ Twitter Q&A Is an Epic Fail

Universal(NEW YORK) -- Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James conducted a Twitter Q&A to coincide with the recent release of Grey, which tells the story from the perspective of the series' male protagonist, Christian Grey. Unfortunately, she got a less-than-enthusiastic response.

Critics who think the books amount to domestic abuse disguised as romance took the opportunity to fire off...

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Movie Review: “Terminator Genisys” (Rated PG-13)

ParamountThe beginning of Terminator Genisys is promising. We’re treated to a voiceover by Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), explaining what life used to be like on Earth, before “Judgment Day.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Terminator mythology, Judgment Day is when Skynet -- aka the machines -- nuked and took over the planet. Some humans survived the nuclear holocaust and,...

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Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About His Girlfriend

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Most celebrities don't like to talk about their personal life -- but not Dwayne Johnson. In fact, during a recent interview with Esquire, he made a point of mentioning his girlfriend and his daughter Simone.

"I've lived with my longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, going on, like, eight, nine years now. She's a singer-songwriter. We spend a lot of...

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Amy Schumer Explains What Real-Life Scenario Inspired a Scene in “Trainwreck”

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- In Trainwreck, Amy Schumer portrays a woman who loves dating and has no interest in being tied down. The comedian said many of her personal experiences inspired scenes from the film. 

"So the scene where I get high and then John [Cena's] character looks through my phone, and then instead of comforting him I ask if I can leave --...

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Zendaya Responds to New Hair Controversy

BET(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like there's more hair drama for Zendaya. The Disney star and "Replay" singer caused a stir at Sunday's BET Awards when she debuted a pixie-cut wig.

Many took to Twitter to criticize the 18-year-old for her new look.

Not one to stay silent, Zendaya responded on Twitter with a couple of playful selfies. "When people don't like your...

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Tyler Perry Spotted Visiting Bobbi Kristina’s Hospice

Lisette M. Azar/CBS(ATLANTA) -- Tyler Perry was seen walking into the Peachtree Christian Hospice near Atlanta, Georgia, last Sunday. It's the same facility where Bobbi Kristina Brown -- the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston  -- is receiving medical care since being found unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31.

According to photos obtained by the U.K.'s The Daily Mail, the Hollywood producer...

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You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser

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If a flag is the problem, let’s get rid of it now.

If the shadow of the Confederacy is truly so pervasive and so dark as to be keeping black Americans from achieving economic success, let’s remove all vestiges of it.

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Urinary Incontinence in Men & Women

It’s embarrassing, it’s inconvenient, it’s potentially a sign of other health problems. Urinary incontinence affects millions of people and it affects men and women for different reasons. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, urology expert Dr. Andrew Roberts answers questions about urinary incontinence in men and women. Visit the Health Connection website!


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Today in History

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Today in History for 30th June 2015

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 252

296 - St Marcellinus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the usurper Magnentius, in Rome.
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Wordsmith.org: Today's Word

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1. To take up and hold by absorption. 2. To take up and hold by adsorption.

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