East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm
AUSTIN – As severe weather including tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and flooding continues across areas of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott Monday declared a state of disaster in 24 additional counties, including some in East Texas. Those counties are Archer, Bastrop, Caldwell, Cass, Collin, Dewitt, Fannin, Grayson, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Houston, Kendall, Jasper, Johnson, Newton, Nueces, Parker, San Jacinto, Walker, Wichita, and Wilson. The declaration authorizes further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities. Additional counties may be added to the declaration as the situation develops. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm
TYLER — Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith keynoted the annual Memorial Day observance at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery. The sheriff told KTBB, “I just can’t stress enough how important it is not to just do this on Memorial Day, but to think about those individuals, think about their families, as often as we can — not just one day out of the year.” Though Memorial Day is set aside for those who have lost their lives in battle, Smith says it’s equally important to honor those who have survived their wartime service to their country.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm
SMITH COUNTY — Kids playing on a phone has led to the seizure of some marijuana. It began when the kids called 911. Because of the call, a deputy was sent to a residence on County Road 481. Two vehicles were parked in front of the house. One vehicle had several kids inside. He was unable to get anyone to come to the door and smelled the odor of burning marijuana. He heard a noise from the back of the house and saw a man crawling out a window and running away. He was unable to catch the man. When he returned to the house, the cars were gone. Looking through a window, he saw one and a half bricks of marijuana on a table inside the house. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm
MARSHALL — Damage from a tornado has been reported in Harrison County. Harrison and Marion Counties were under a tornado warning for nearly an hour starting at 11:36 Sunday morning. A National Weather Service team from Shreveport confirmed the damage was done by an EF1 tornado. It began about 10 miles northeast of Beckville, moving northeastward over Interstate Highway 20 into eastern Marshall where it lifted about six miles north northeast of the city. The heaviest damage was reported off Highway 43 North near the Jasper Drive and Forest Trail areas. There have been reports of homes and trees damaged. A golf course near Airport Park reported damage. Power outages were also reported in the area. There have been no reports of any injuries.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm
LONGVIEW — Police are still looking for the driver involved in a hit-and-run Friday morning in Longview. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report it happened in the 4100 block of the West Loop, near Lear Park, around 5:00. Police say they found a damaged sedan and utility pole, but nobody was there. You’re asked to call police if you have any information.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm
LUFKIN — The body of a missing Lufkin teenager has been found in a Lufkin ditch. Ayanna Austin, 13, was reported missing Thursday morning. The body was located in the rain flooded ditch behind Lufkin Middle School and off Virgil Avenue. Her body was said to have been found Saturday afternoon around 4:30 by family and friends who had been aiding in the search effort. Her body has been sent to Beaumont for autopsy.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm
TYLER — Milling and resurfacing of failed pavement in various areas along Rice/Shiloh Road will be this week. Construction is expected to last a week and is dependent upon weather. Three locations will be resurfaced, including the curves of Shiloh Road around Sweetbriar Lane, Rice Road around Kinsey Drive and Rice Road around Plantation Drive. Lane closures are to be expected in these locations from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29. Drivers should use caution due to possible uneven pavement conditions.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm
SAN MARCOS (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is “absolutely devastating.” The governor flew over parts of the rain-swollen Blanco River on Monday, a day after heavy rains pushed the river out of its banks and into surrounding homes in the small town of Wimberley. At a news conference, Abbott says the damage he saw was “absolutely massive” from the storms’ “relentless tsunami-type power.” He stressed that communities downstream need to monitor flood levels and take seriously the threat of the ongoing storms. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – After long, passionate debate, the Texas Senate has voted to tighten abortion rules for Texas teenagers who wish to undergo abortions but can’t get the required parental consent. The Senate preliminarily approved the bill 21-10 Monday. It has already cleared the House, but needs a final Senate vote Tuesday before both chambers can finalize tweaks. Republican Sen. Charles Perry said the significant changes to the so-called judicial bypass process better protect minors. Texas law has enabled teens to have judge-ordered abortions in extreme cases since 1999. The state already has some of the toughest abortion restrictions in America. Therefore, limiting the procedure via judicial bypass was one of the few victories the Republican-controlled Legislature could claim this session. Opponents say the bill unfairly harms young Texans in desperate circumstances.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – The top two gun rights bills expected to shoot through the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature, one allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms and the other permitting them to be carried in plain sight most everywhere else, have been slow going so far – and now need a final week push to become law. The so-called campus carry bill that cleared the Senate back in March is scheduled for a House vote on Tuesday. Open carry, which has passed both chambers in different forms, ran into turbulence last week as a surprising coalition of Senate liberals and tea-party conservatives teamed up for a vote to restrict police powers. Both bills now are short on time if they are to be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has pledged to expand gun rights.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm
HOUSTON (AP) – Houston fire officials say 10 children have been taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and smoke inhalation after a house fire. The blaze Monday on the city’s northeast side was brought under control less than 20 minutes after firefighters responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. Brian Robertson says he woke to the screams of his wife and the children, ages 4 to 16. Flames were coming from one of the children’s rooms. He says most of the children managed to escape although his oldest daughter and a nephew had to be lifted and passed through a broken window. By the time firefighters arrived, everyone was out of the house. Arson investigators are working to determine a cause of the blaze.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas House has passed – but fallen short of giving final approval to – a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing some statewide officeholders to no longer be required to live in Austin. Lawmakers on Monday voted 94-46 to endorse a proposal by tea party-backed Sen. Donna Campbell. It would excuse the attorney general, land commissioner and comptroller form living in the state capital. As a proposed constitutional amendment, though, it needs two-thirds House support, or a minimum of 100 votes. A final chance will come during a vote Tuesday. The proposal would put a referendum on this November’s general election ballot, letting voters decide whether to change the Texas Constitution and scrap a statewide officeholder residency requirement from 1876. Campbell argues technology has made it obsolete.
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(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The Chicago Bears released Ray McDonald on Monday after the defensive lineman was arrested earlier in the day on domestic violence and child endangerment charges.
McDonald was arrested at approximately 7 a.m. local time in California for allegedly assaulting a woman "while she was holding a baby," according to Santa Clara police....
(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning stunned the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, beating the New York Rangers in a final score of 2-0.
Rangers fans originally entered the Garden confident the team would be one game away from the Stanley Cup, but they left anxious and angry as the team was blanked by the...
(CLEVELAND) -- After winning two games in Atlanta, the Cavaliers returned to Cleveland for an overtime win Sunday over the Hawks.
LeBron James helped to put the Cavaliers ahead with a three-pointer shot in overtime in the 114-111 victory over the Hawks..
James also notched a triple double with 37 points and 13 assists, despite going 0 and 10...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Juan Pablo Montoya outdueled Will Power and Scott Dixon over the final five laps to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Montoya, who came into the race Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, won the Indy 500 for the second time -- his first coming in 2000 when he was a rookie.
(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night in Chicago, taking a 5-4 double overtime win over Anaheim.
Antoine Vermett scored the winning goal Saturday night, and spoke about it afterward.
“This time of the year you don’t want to make an individual or a personal story,” Vermett said.”The main focus is...
(HOUSTON) -- The Golden State Warriors would appear to be well on their way to the NBA Finals.
The Warriors pinned a 115 to 80 defeat on the Houston Rockets Saturday night in Houston.
Stephen Curry lit up the Rockets for 40 points, while Draymond Green had 17 points for the night.
The Rockets’ James...
(AUBURN, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts woman who died last week enjoyed scrapbooking, knitting, and apparently defending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from critics in the "Deflategate" scandal.
Patricia Shong, of Auburn, Massachusetts, died Monday, according to an obituary published on Telegram.com. She was 72.
While the obituary listed the names of her family members,...
(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the postseason with a severe right ankle sprain, the team announced Saturday, putting the team -- already down two games to none to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals -- and its season in deeper jeopardy.
Korver left Friday night's Game...
(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Nearly 300 New England Patriots fans are planning a peaceful rally on Sunday "to protest the unjust football arrest" of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady was suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2015 season for his role in the deflategate scandal. An NFL-commissioned report by investigator Ted Wells found that...
(TAMPA, Fla.) -- After back-to-back disappointing performances, the New York Rangers came out firing on Friday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 and evening the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who had allowed six goals each in Games 3 and 4, stopped 38 shots on Friday night.
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/25/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/25/2015 1627C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TORNADO WATCH #212 IN FORCE THROUGH 10:00 P.M. CDT MONDAY EVENING!
FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT TUESDAY EAST OF A PARIS-CENTERVILLE LINE; THROUGH 9:00 P.M. CDT MONDAY WEST OF A PARIS-CENTERVILLE LINE!
TONIGHT: showers and thunderstorms this evening–some severe and with heavy rainfall, activity tapering off after midnight, otherwise mostly cloudy, low upper 60s, south winds 10-15 mph and gusty, (90 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–enhanced;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 10-15 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70, southeast winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR JUNE 2-8, 2015:
Below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 25, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich
Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fifteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-one hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.56
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 33.69
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 25, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fifteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty-one hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.95
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 31.63
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/25/2015 1615C
This is going to be rather short because of the thunderstorms moving our way which
should be here between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Some of these will be severe, and heavy rainfall is a
The thunderstorms are the result of an upper air low near childress moving northeastward.
Activity should end by late-evening.
Scattered activity is likely tomorrow, and widely scattered Wednesday and Thursday
followed by another increase in shower activity late this week because of yet another upper air
At 4 p.m., skies are sunny, temperatures in the 80s, and winds southerly at 15-20
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/25/2015 1625C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Tuesday SHOWERS 68/85 90%/40%
Wednesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 70/86 30%/30%
Thursday MOSTLY CLOUDY 70/85 30%/20%
(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- A waterspout that went ashore at a Florida beach turned dangerous after it hit an inflated bouncy castle that had four children inside.
The swirling column of wind and ocean water that formed in Fort Lauderdale hit the ground this morning and video shows that it headed straight towards the childrens' amusement ride.
(NEW YORK) -- A body was found this weekend near the location where a man disappeared after his kayak capsized on the Hudson River in New York State, authorities said.
Vincent Viafore, 46, disappeared last month while he was kayaking with his fiancée, Angelika Graswald, 35, authorities said. About two weeks later, prosecutors charged Graswald with...
(MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J.) -- The New Jersey Turnpike, the road where Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife were killed in a taxi cab crash is a massive, unforgiving, high-speed highway that's been called "The Big Road" and "The Monster Road."
Most ominously perhaps, it's known by those who know it best as "The Black Dragon."...
(NEW YORK) -- At least six flights were impacted by threats at airports in New York, New Jersey and Boston on Monday, according to airlines and law enforcement.
An Air France plane was escorted to...
(DALLAS) -- At least five people were killed, three others are missing and hundreds of homes were destroyed as large parts of the central and southern Plains states faced flash floods and tornadoes.
In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason Farley died when he was swept away while attempting a water rescue, Deputy Chief...
(NEW ORLEANS) -- A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car Sunday morning, city officials said.
The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting.
The officer's name has not been released,...
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- The death of a swimmer this Memorial Day weekend in Florida has drawn new attention to the dangers of rip currents.
One person drowned Sunday after he was pulled from the surf in Daytona Beach, in front of an unguarded lifeguard tower. Beach-goers nearby tried to revive him.
“We tried to keep his head up,...
(WINCHESTER, Tenn.) -- A weekend tribute to veterans in Tennessee went horribly wrong when a skydiver hit a set of power lines before slamming to the ground.
John Pitts, 27, struck the power lines during a Vietnam Memorial Day event -- titled “Red, White and You” -- in Winchester Saturday. Pitts, an experienced skydiver with more than 1,000 jumps,...
(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a guest speaker at Friday’s 21st annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors -- and he sung his heart out.
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(FORT CARSON, Colo.) -- A Minnesota couple is searching for their son, a 20-year-old combat veteran, who hasn't been seen since he went AWOL from a Colorado army base nearly two weeks ago.
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In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason...
(NEW YORK) -- A body was found in the Hudson River near where a New York man disappeared while kayaking with his fiancée, who has been accused of murdering him.
New York State police said the body was pulled from the river near West Point Saturday, and was taken to the Orange County medical examiner for...
(CLEVELAND) -- Cuyahoga...Read more...
(CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico) -- At least 13 people were killed on Monday when a tornado struck the town of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, near the Texas border.
The town is just two miles from Texas' Laughlin Air Force base, the largest pilot training base in the United States.
No injuries or damage were reported at the Air Force...
(TOKYO) -- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattled the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its suburbs on Monday.
The strong quake was felt in and around the capital, shaking buildings, and rattling nerves. The quake was centered north of Tokyo in neighboring Saitama Prefecture, and was located 31 miles below ground.
Despite the shaking, there were no extensive damage or...
(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- Malaysian authorities have discovered numerous graves in a series of abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand.
The camps are where Muslims fleeing Myanmar were believed to have been held.
Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday an initial sweep of the hilly, jungle area found at least 28...
(TUNIS, Tunisia) -- At least seven people are dead in the wake of a shooting spree by a soldier in Tunisia’s capital.
The gunman opened fire at a military barracks in the capital of Tunis just a half mile away from the National Bardo Museum, where 22 people were killed in a terror attack in March.
(JERUSALEM) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is facing more time behind bars in a new sentence handed down by Jerusalem's District Court.
Olmert was sentenced on Monday to eight months in prison for his graft conviction in the retrial of the so-called "cash envelopes case."
Secret recordings by Olmert's top aide revealed he'd...
(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is visiting quake-damaged Nepal and is urging other tourists to follow in her footsteps.
The country was terribly damaged by two...
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces have "showed no will to fight" in recent battles with ISIS, resulting in the group's alarming recent territorial gains, according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
"We have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight [ISIS] and defend themselves," Carter said in an interview on CNN. "We can give them training,...
(VIENNA) -- Iranian officials said on Sunday they will grant inspectors from the United Nations “managed access” to military sites as part of a deal regarding the country’s nuclear program.
The country’s foreign ministry made the announcement after a reportedly contentious meeting with Iranian leaders.
Amid western fears, Iran insists its nuclear program is for powering...
(PANMUNJOM, South Korea) -- Female activists including Gloria Steinem, Medea Benjamin, and two Nobel Peace laureates crossed the border between North and South Korea on Sunday, calling for peace and for more women to be involved in that process.
The group of 30 women arrived at Dorasan Station dressed in white with colorful traditional Korean scarves wrapped around...
(OTTAWA, Canada) -- A new report into last October's attack on Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital points out some mistakes police made.
The new report says that many officers acted professionally, even heroically, that day, but not all, according to CTV News.
One Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer fled, when the shots rang out, while...
(DUBLIN) -- Citizens of Ireland voted on Saturday to amend the country's constitution to legalize same-sex marriage.
The nation's constitution requires a referendum to amend. The BBC News reported an "unusually high" turnout Saturday....
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy released a pair of videos taken from aboard a P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane recently as it flew a daily mission over the Spratly Islands where China has allegedly been dredging islands to increase their size and build facilities there.
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(NEW YORK) -- SpaceX released new point of view video on Friday showing what it was like to be on board its Crew Dragon vessel, which took its first test flight earlier this month.
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Instead, Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, said the details could be ironed out by the...
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The State Department Inspector General report, published online Wednesday, looked into what...
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Tigerair, a short-haul carrier owner by Virgin Australia, dropped roughly 500 fares to the rock-bottom price of $9 per flight on select routes this weekend in a bid to lure passengers away from competitors like Jetstar.
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(WASHINGTON) -- ISIS would "of course" use a nuclear weapon if given the chance, House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Mac Thornberry said on Sunday, responding to reports of ISIS claiming they had the resources to acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year.
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(CLEVELAND) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised the people of Cleveland on Sunday, calling its residents a “model” in their response to the acquittal of a white police officer charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of an unarmed black couple.
Protests quickly followed the acquittal of officer Michael Brelo, who had been charged in the deaths of Timothy...
(WASHINGTON) -- The National Security Agency has begun "winding down" the once top-secret bulk collection of Americans' phone records after Congress failed to renew or change the program before a holiday recess, a senior administration official told ABC News.
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(EXETER, N.H.) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears to have learned to take selfies so well that she's now teaching others how to do them.
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Meet Mike Huckabee: Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this month, former Arkansas Governor and declared his intent to run for president in 2016. As Huckabee gears up for his campaign, here's some more information about the GOP hopeful.
Name: Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee
Declared as a candidate: May 5, 2015 in Hope, Arkansas
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(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“Like generations of heroes before them, these Americans gave everything they had—not for glory, not even for gratitude, but for something greater than themselves,” Obama...
(WASHINGTON) --In a major win for President Obama, the Senate voted Friday 62-37 to pass the so-called "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority.
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(NEW YORK) -- Since 2002, doctors have used Botox to paralyze the facial muscles underneath wrinkles, but it may be doing more than simply stopping these muscle movements – it may make the skin more youthfully elastic.
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(NEW YORK) -- Sandra Lee is home from the hospital.
The lifestyle guru, who underwent a double mastectomy last week, shared photos of herself with her partner, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and their bird, Phoenix.
"Home after a long week in the hospital," she wrote. "So happy to be in my own backyard. There is no place...
(CLEVELAND) -- If you’re allergic to tree and grass pollen, Memorial Day is probably not your favorite holiday.
It’s the time of year when the spring tree pollen end up overlapping with the summer grass pollen, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. David Lang, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic, said many people experience this allergy “double whammy.”
(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother is out of jail after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.
Heather Hironimus posted bond and was released Saturday night, according to authorities in Palm Beach County.
Hironimus, 31, had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for...
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at a conference on Heart Failure Saturday, indicating that depression was linked to a five-fold increase in risk of death in heart failure patients.
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(DETROIT) -- The world's oldest person, Jeralean Talley, turned 116 Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.
Talley -- who was born in 1899 -- was named the oldest living person in the world last month, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
Talley's birthday celebrations began earlier this week when she was honored at the Michigan Department of...
(ATLANTA) -- A paralyzed high school student in Georgia did something described by some as a miraculous step forward: he walked at his graduation.
Thanks to a special medical device, Will Hutchins of Heard County was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma at his graduation ceremony Friday night, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reports. It led...
(CLEVELAND) -- Mosquitoes are a common summer nuisance, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, the bothersome buzzers may not be after your food -- it may be the scent you put off.
"Mosquitoes are not only attracted to our body odor," said Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, "but [also] the things we use to mask...
(NEW YORK) -- This weekend, millions of Americans will hit the road to spend time with family and friends during Memorial Day and celebrate the unofficial kick-off of the summer season.
Unfortunately, the season also means higher rates of injuries, according to experts.
To make sure you can enjoy your long weekend and stay safe, here are a few...
(WASHINGTON) -- The ongoing outbreak of avian flu has prompted four states to declare a state of emergency and 40 million birds being either infected or culled as a result. And now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl.
But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have...
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The Florida State Attorney General's Office is investigating a dentist for Medicaid fraud after a group of parents alleged that he performed unnecessary and painful procedures on their children, ABC News has learned.
Dr. Howard Schneider, 78, has been practicing dentistry in Jacksonville since the 1960s. Authorities are investigating whether he collected millions of dollars in...
(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother has agreed to circumcise her son after spending a week behind bars for refusing to cooperate with a court order to do so, ABC News has learned.
Heather Hironimus, 31, had been in custody since May 14 after going missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid...
(MILWAUKEE) -- As far as the first responders could tell, the man was dead. He was cold and stiff, according to the medical examiner's report.
But then on the way to the morgue, he started moving.
The 46-year-old man's name has not been made public, but the report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says that he wasn't...
(NEW YORK) -- Like most teenage girls, Mackenzie Langan loves to shop -- but those shopping trips used to often end in tears.
Mackenzie, a high school senior, is petite, standing at about 5 feet tall. But her bra size was a 32-H, so she said finding outfits that fit well was a constant challenge.
"It’s nice to...
(ATLANTA) -- More than 50 people in nine states have been sickened with salmonella, and investigators suspect raw tuna in sushi is to blame, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is reporting that 53 people have been sickened -- including a child younger than 1 year old -- with a strain of salmonella...
(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has released a trailer for A Very Murray Christmas, its upcoming Christmas special starring Bill Murray set to debut in December.
The 24-second trailer, which is clearly a nod to his role in Lost in Translation, features a signature shrug from the actor while he dons a pair of headband antlers and gazes glumly out...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Blythe Danner doesn't go online. One reason? It would be tough for her to read criticisms of her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.
"I don't like to read stuff. I don't even know what they write," she told Vulture. "I'm told, but it's hurtful to see things written about your baby."
Danner added that she struggles...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Josh Duggar admitting that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago as a teenager, TLC has pulled the show in which he's featured with his large family, 19 Kids and Counting.
In a statement to ABC News, the cable network said: "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian is a reality star, clothing designer and a book author -- and is now firing back at her critics who say her career is easy.
"I get more fed up with questions like -- I was traveling recently and I was doing a press day and people were like, 'How do you feel when people...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Now that George Clooney is a married man, he's getting used to being asked repeatedly if he and wifeAmal Clooney are going to have kids.
"I just did a junket," Clooney said about his new film, Tomorrowland. "Each of the outlets has a different version of how to get to it. They'll be like, 'There's a kid,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series, is all grown up.
The one-time child actor recently showed off his toned physique on the cover of Attitude, the U.K.'s gay lifestyle magazine. And inside the magazine, there are pics where he's just wearing underwear and not much else.
Lewis' new look is...Read more...
(LONDON) -- He may have walked down the aisle, something many fans thought he'd never do, but George Clooney is still the same guy who loves a good prank.
"I'm doing one now that I can't tell you about, but in a year you are going to hear I've been arrested -- I'm not kidding, because I think I've crossed...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Much has been made of the Mad Men series finale that aired Sunday night.
However, the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, laid rumors to rest Wednesday night during a discussion with author A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library.
"In the abstract, I did think, why not end this show with the greatest commercial ever made?" he said,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman's Late Show swan song brought in big ratings for CBS.
Wednesday night's broadcast of Late Show, which marked the end of Letterman's 33-year run on late-night TV, averaged 13.76 million viewers. It was the program's largest audience since February of 1994, when an episode of Late Show followed CBS coverage of the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Josh Duggar is responding to recent reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago, saying he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions."
In Touch magazine was the first to report that Josh Duggar was investigated in 2006 for alleged misconduct starting when he was 14 years old....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- "Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.
The star-studded lineup included actors Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as musicians like Coldplay, John Mellencamp, Keith...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
Tomorrowland -- In the Disney film, George Clooney is a former boy-genius who, along with a bright teen, attempts to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place called "Tomorrowland." Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael-Key also star. Rated PG.
Poltergeist -- The horror remake focuses on evil spirits...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — A few months back, a Poltergeist cast member described the movie to me as a “family adventure film.” That hardly sounded appealing. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I know what the actor meant. It is a family adventure film, kind of, though not a particularly good one. But more telling: it’s Poltergeist. ...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Britt Nilsson may have been sent home this week on The Bachelorette, but that doesn't mean she hasn't found love.
During the rose ceremony, an unexpected twist occurred when Brady Toops admitted to the remaining "bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe that his heart belonged to Nilsson, and that he was removing himself from the competition.
And on Thursday's Good Morning America, Nilsson hinted...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardshian encouraged her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner to admit she had temporary lip fillers after previously denying that she'd undergone the procedure. The reality star said the implants helped the 17-year-old tremendously.
"I saw how for so many years she was so insecure about [her lips,]" Kim told Access Hollywood. "I mean, at 10 years...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Based on the subject matter of the past few posts to this site I was accused Wednesday of hating Democrats. Rubbish. I don’t hate Democrats. As the saying goes, some of my best friends are Democrats. (No, really, some of my best friends are Democrats.) I don’t hate them and hate is such a strong […]
Lung cancer is definitely not a good diagnosis but one thing is certain — the earlier that diagnosis comes, the greater the likelihood of a good outcome. In this post to www.HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast lung disease expert Dr. James Fox answers questions about screening for lung cancer to find it early. Visit the Health Connection website!
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1862 - Battle of Winchester VA
1927 - Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford
1940 - German troops conquer Boulogne
1965 - Roel van Duyn, Martijn Ananar and Rob Faado align in Provo
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