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Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a press conference on March 31, 2015. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Corporations continue to speak out against the recently passed Indiana "religious ...

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Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The five people at Nebraska Medicine being monitored after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have reached the end of the quarantine period.

According to a statement from the senior ...

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/31/15

Scoreboard Roundup - 3/31/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Detroit Pistons 105 (29-45) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (56-19)
Brooklyn Nets 111 (33-40) – Indiana Pacers 106 (32-42)
NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (39-25-13; 91pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (35-27-15; 85pts)
Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (37-35-4; ...

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Joni Mitchell, 71, Hospitalized in Unknown Condition

Joni Mitchell, 71, Hospitalized in Unknown Condition

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday night in unknown condition.

News of her hospitalization comes from a verified Twitter account. Mitchell, 71, is best known for her hit song "Big Yellow Taxi," covered by ...

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Andrew Getty, Grandson of J. Paul Getty, Found Dead at Home

Andrew Getty, Grandson of J. Paul Getty, Found Dead at Home

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Andrew Getty, the grandson of J. Paul Getty and an heir to the family's oil fortune, died at the age of 47 on Tuesday, a statement from the Getty family confirmed.

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WHO, Iraq Ministry of Health Deny Report of Ebola in Iraq

WHO, Iraq Ministry of Health Deny Report of Ebola in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health on Monday denied reports of an Ebola case in Iraq.

"The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Iraq did not verify the information appeared in ...

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IRS Commissioner: Agency Has Corrected Backlog in Tax Exemption Applications

IRS Commissioner: Agency Has Corrected Backlog in Tax Exemption Applications

marcnorman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that the agency has corrected a backlog in processing tax-exemption requests after Tea Party groups claimed in 2013 that they had been singled out for tougher treatment.

"In the tax exempt area ...

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Two Dead After Shooting at Fresno Medical Office Building

Two Dead After Shooting at Fresno Medical Office Building

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Two people were killed in a domestic violence-related shooting incident at a Fresno medical office building on Tuesday.

Police say Moua Neng, 43, entered the building and fired multiple shots at close range. The gunshots left a 33-year-old ...

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Pre-Trial Hearing Set in Calvert Case

Pre-Trial Hearing Set in Calvert Case

TYLER — The motion for continuance of pre-trial in the case of an East Texas man accused of murder has been granted and a new pre-trial date has been set. According to KETK, 241st District Court Judge Jack Skeen says the pre-trial hearing for James Calvert ...

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Bernie Tiede

Judge Replaces Prosecutor for Bernie Tiede Case

CARTHAGE (AP) - A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the retrial of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy "Bernie." Judge Diane DeVasto issued the decision Tuesday, a day after Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson asked that he and his staff ...

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Smith County Courts Study Approved

TYLER -- Smith County Commissioners Tuesday approved engaging the services of HDR Architecture Inc. to conduct a District Courts Feasibility Study for optional strategies to accommodate renovated or new space for the Smith County District Courts. “The last piece of the 2008 Master Plan was to address the ...

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Paul McGaha

Dr. Paul McGaha Joins UT Health Northeast

TYLER – Officials with UT Health Northeast announced that respected physician Dr. Paul McGaha has joined the administrative team as associate professor of community health and preventive medicine and as deputy director of The Center for Rural Community Health. Since 1988, Dr. McGaha served the citizens of northeast ...

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Man Accused of Hitting Child with Vehicle, Leaving Scene

PALESTINE -- The Palestine Police Department is continuing the investigation into an incident that left a five-year-old child in serious condition. According to KETK, On March 29, shortly before 9:00 p.m, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Victory Street, after receiving a report of a child ...

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Authorities Probe Marshall Church Arson

MARSHALL — The Marshall Fire Department is investigating an arson that occurred Sunday in a prayer room at St. Joseph Catholic Church. That's according to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger. Fire Chief Reggie Cooper reports minor fire damage to a prayer room. Father Denzil Vithanage, pastor ...

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Tyler Firefighters Respond to House Blaze

TYLER -- Moderate fire damage and minor smoke damage were sustained in a Tyler house fire Monday afternoon. The Tyler Fire Department was dispatched to 1716 E. Gentry after the initial call was received at 5:24 p.m. The first arriving units reported active fire in the residence ...

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Suspects in Custody After Traffic Stop

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

thumb_sheriff-smithcountyTYLER — A Smith County traffic stop has led to two arrests, with multiple charged filed. On Monday at approximately 7 p.m., a Smith County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of Hwy 64 West and Cotton Road, according to officials. Authorities say that as the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated and quickly pulled into a residence on Gentry Street. Officials say both occupants tried to exit the vehicle and enter a residence at this location. The deputy was able to detain both occupants and wait for assistance. Read more …

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Smith County Courts Study Approved

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:09 pm

thumb_joel-baker2TYLER — Smith County Commissioners Tuesday approved engaging the services of HDR Architecture Inc. to conduct a District Courts Feasibility Study for optional strategies to accommodate renovated or new space for the Smith County District Courts. “The last piece of the 2008 Master Plan was to address the Smith County Courthouse and court system space,” County Judge Joel Baker (pictured) said. “That is what this study will do.” The focus of the study is to determine the viability for renovating the existing Carlton Building (the former Smith County Office Building) and associated parking garage to house the District Courts. The study will also estimate the cost for constructing a new facility, according to a county news release. Read more …

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Pre-Trial Hearing Set in Calvert Case

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 6:16 pm

TYLER — The motion for continuance of pre-trial in the case of an East Texas man accused of murder has been granted and a new pre-trial date has been set. According to KETK, 241st District Court Judge Jack Skeen says the pre-trial hearing for James Calvert has been slated for 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 6. Calvert recently entered a motion to change his original plea from “not guilty” to “not guilty by reason of insanity” in a 2012 murder-kidnapping that began at a Tyler home. Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says James Calvert also refused to consent to a voluntary psychological evaluation by court-appointed experts. Read more …

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KC Exonerated from All Asbestos Allegations

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Kilgore College logoKILGORE — Kilgore College has received letters from both the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which exonerate the college of all wrongdoing related to the asbestos allegations made in November to the Longview News-Journal. The allegations were made by Dalton Smith, KC’s coordinator of physical plant. Both agencies have closed their investigations and the college is not required to provide any further documentation. Neither agency found any basis of fact that supported the allegation that KCstudents, staff or the public were ever in danger due to asbestos exposure. Both agencies also found no basis of fact to support improper abatement or disposal of asbestos materials on any KC property. Read more …

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Judge Replaces Prosecutor for Bernie Tiede Case

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Bernie TiedeCARTHAGE (AP) – A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the retrial of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy “Bernie.” Judge Diane DeVasto issued the decision Tuesday, a day after Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson asked that he and his staff be removed from the case because he was now a witness. DeVasto granted the request and appointed Assistant State Attorney General Adrienne McFarland to the retrial. Tiede was convicted of killing wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent and storing her body in a freezer. He was released from prison after a judge agreed to reduce his sentence, and Davidson agreed that the former mortician was wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment. DeVasto also canceled a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. No new hearings or trial dates have been set.

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East Texan Charged with Online Solicitation of Minor

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

stevenfuentezmuglspHARRISON COUNTY — An East Texas man has been charged with solicitation of a minor, among other charges, after an online sting. Stephen C. Fuentez, 46, Waskom, could serve up to 70 years in prison and could be fined up to $75,000. According to KETK, Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit Detectives and members of the Northwest Louisiana ICAC Task Force initiated an undercover online investigation on an individual who posted a suggestive ad online. Read more …

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Authorities Probe Marshall Church Arson

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

indexMARSHALL — The Marshall Fire Department is investigating an arson that occurred Sunday in a prayer room at St. Joseph Catholic Church. That’s according to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger. Fire Chief Reggie Cooper reports minor fire damage to a prayer room. Father Denzil Vithanage, pastor of the church, said there was damage done to the window of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament chapel, where parishioners come to pray and receive Holy Communion. He said during the incident, the suspect or suspects stole communion bread, part of the Eucharist, representing the body of Christ. Vithanage said the suspect or suspects burned the tabernacle window in order to get the sacrament. Vithanage said the incident occurred between noon and 2 p.m. Sunday when he was in the course of his midday prayer during the Hispanic mass service.

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Man Accused of Hitting Child with Vehicle, Leaving Scene

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Adrian GastonPALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department is continuing the investigation into an incident that left a five-year-old child in serious condition. According to KETK, On March 29, shortly before 9:00 p.m, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Victory Street, after receiving a report of a child being hit by a vehicle. Police arrived and found the child had been taken by his father to Palestine Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle for treatment. Read more …

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Dr. Paul McGaha Joins UT Health Northeast

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Paul McGahaTYLER – Officials with UT Health Northeast announced that respected physician Dr. Paul McGaha has joined the administrative team as associate professor of community health and preventive medicine and as deputy director of The Center for Rural Community Health. Since 1988, Dr. McGaha served the citizens of northeast Texas through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). He began his career with DSHS as public health physician and then beginning in 1995, as regional medical director for Health Service Region 4/5 North. He also concurrently served DSHS in Austin, TX as acting assistant commissioner of the Division for Regional and Local Health Services in 2012-13. Read more …

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Tyler Firefighters Respond to House Blaze

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:44 pm

thumb_tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER — Moderate fire damage and minor smoke damage were sustained in a Tyler house fire Monday afternoon. The Tyler Fire Department was dispatched to 1716 E. Gentry after the initial call was received at 5:24 p.m. The first arriving units reported active fire in the residence and immediately sounded a second alarm. Five engines and one ladder company, along with a district chief, responded to the scene. Read more …

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U-T Tyler Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Robert Sterken JrTYLER — UT Tyler Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Sterken, Jr. has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Created in 1946, the Fulbright Program is a prestigious international exchange initiative that awards grants to American scholars each year to teach or conduct research in the more than 125 participatory nations throughout the world. “Professor Sterken’s achievement is extraordinary and is consistent with his many professional accomplishments,” said Dr. Martin Slann, The University of Texas at Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean. “Recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship are among an academic elite who receive this prestigious recognition for their impressive teaching and research credentials.” At the same time, Professor Sterken will represent this genuinely great university in a southeast Asian country that will welcome and benefit from his expertise and knowledge.” Read more …

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Texas Senators Approve State Contracting Bill after Scandal

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm

thumb_texas-state-capitol-1AUSTIN (AP) – Texas Senators have unanimously approved a measure aimed at increasing transparency in state contracts, one day after the release of a scathing report detailing a no-bid state contract. Flower Mound Republican Sen. Jane Nelson said Tuesday that her bill is intended to ensure contracts are fairly awarded and monitored. She said: “There is no room for favoritism when taxpayer dollars are at stake.” The bill – which now heads to the Texas House – requires more reporting on contracts, including forcing agencies to disclose and justify any no-bid contracts. On Monday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s office released a report about Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek, whose agency awarded a $110 million no-bid contract last year. The report found that Janek helped create an environment that enabled the deal.

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Bill Lets Texas Governor Declare Infectious Disease Disaster

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm

AUSTIN (AP) – Should Ebola – or another infectious disease – plague Texas again, the governor may declare a state of emergency and cede control of the situation to a state commissioner, under a bill Texas senators have passed. The measure cleared the Senate 25-5 on Tuesday and now heads to the house. Georgetown Republican Charles Schwertner said his bill addresses vulnerabilities exposed when a Liberian man in Dallas contracted Ebola and died last year. Two nurses also contracted the disease but survived. Schwertner said Texas dodged a bullet, “and we are foolish to think that something like this will not happen in the future.” The bill would also permit law enforcement to detain someone who may be infected for 24 hours. Schwertner said the legislation is the first of its kind nationwide.

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Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict, Does Sharply Criticize UT regent

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:27 pm

thumb_U-T-SystemAUSTIN (AP) – A grand jury has declined to indict a University of Texas regent for releasing confidential student information, instead issuing a blistering report decrying his “unaccountable and abusive behavior.” Prosecutors in Travis County, which includes Austin, asked grand jurors to consider whether Wallace Hall disseminated confidential student information during his relentless pursuit of Austin campus records. State lawmakers already have censured Hall over his actions during a years-long personal investigation of the campus administration, including President Bill Powers. A four-page report released Tuesday and signed by members of the 390th grand jury contained no criminal charges against Hall. But it said Hall “used his positional power to the point of abuse,” while also accusing him of “abusive excess” in seeking so much information that it overwhelmed records administrators.

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Federal Probe Targets How Dallas County Handles Truants

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:28 pm

DALLAS (AP) – A civil rights investigation targets whether Dallas County has been too tough on students who skip school and sometimes end up handcuffed and in court. The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced the investigation into Dallas County, its juvenile courts, and due process for truant children. County Judge Clay Jenkins says the county will fully cooperate and remains committed to giving every student their best chance at staying in school and graduating. Some advocacy groups in 2013 filed a complaint alleging Dallas-area public schools are too harsh with truancy. Texas law includes a charge of failure to attend school. A preliminary DOJ review indicates Dallas County prosecuted approximately 20,000 failure to attend school cases last year. The review will also focus on the judicial process for children with disabilities.

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Work Begins to Create Plan to Turn Astrodome into Giant Park

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:29 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Officials will now work to develop a plan that would turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park with surrounding green space. Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to devise a plan that would implement the Urban Land Institute’s proposal to create a civic space out of the stadium, which opened in 1965 and closed in 2009. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, the Astrodome’s caretaker, will figure out which parts of the institute’s proposal it can include. The institute’s blueprint calls for a park inside the Astrodome, outdoor covered pavilions and additional parking spaces. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says he’s hopeful a plan can be presented to county commissioners within a couple of months or less.

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Baytown Officer Fatally Shoots Man Who Had Pellet Gun

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm

BAYTOWN (AP) – A Houston-area officer has fatally shot an armed man after police say the suspect refused to drop what turned out to be a pellet gun. The shooting happened early Tuesday as Baytown officers responded to reports of a man with a rifle near downtown. A police statement says 21-year-old Benjamin Quezada refused several orders from an officer to drop the weapon. Investigators say Quezada looked over his shoulder at the officer, kept walking, then pointed the rifle in the officer’s direction. The officer fired. Quezada was dead at the scene. The officer, who wasn’t hurt, has been put on paid administrative leave. An investigation showed what police thought was an assault rifle turned out to be an air-powered pellet gun.

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Authorities Investigate 8 Recent Vacant Home Fires in Waco

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm

WACO (AP) – Investigators in Central Texas are trying to determine whether recent suspicious fires at eight vacant homes are related. The Waco Fire Department reports all of the blazes happened in the past two weeks. The latest fire was Monday afternoon. One Waco firefighter was injured in a March 25 blaze that destroyed a two-story structure. Nobody was hurt in the other seven fires. No one has been arrested.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Detroit Pistons 105 (29-45) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (56-19)

Brooklyn Nets 111 (33-40) – Indiana Pacers 106 (32-42)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (39-25-13; 91pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (35-27-15; 85pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (37-35-4; 78pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (31-33-13; 75pts) OT

Washington Capitals 4 (42-25-10; 94pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 2...

QB Matt Schaub Inks 1-Year Deal with Ravens

NFL(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- The Baltimore Ravens and free agent quarterback Matt Schaub agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Schaub spent last season with the Oakland Raiders, serving as the backup quarterback to Derek Carr. He finished the 2014 campaign 5-of-10 for 57 passing yards and two interceptions....

Cardinals Sign QB Chandler Harnish to 1-Year Contract

Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a one-year contract with quarterback Chandler Harnish on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Harnish was originally selected by the Colts out of Northern Illinois with the final pick in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL draft. He spent his first two seasons in Indianapolis before joining...

Phil Jackson Makes Plea to Knicks Fans

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson made a plea to Knicks fans that better days are ahead.

Jackson sent a letter and video message to season ticket holders about the state of franchise.

"While I know this has been a challenging season for our...

Bulls’ Derrick Rose Returns to Practice, Return Date Still Unknown

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) -- With the NBA Playoffs roughly two weeks away, reinforcements could be coming for the Chicago Bulls as point guard Derrick Rose has returned to practice.

Rose returned to full-contact activities in practice for the first time since he had surgery on February 27 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

“He...

Rockets’ Patrick Beverley to Undgergo Wrist Surgery, Out for Rest of the Season

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- James Harden will have to continue carrying the Houston Rockets on his back as injuries have struck the team again. The Rockets announced that starting point guard Patrick Beverley will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury.

Beverley will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. He...

Penguins Letang Released from Hospital

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was released from the hospital Sunday and diagnosed with a concussion after a scary collision in Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Letang lay on the ice in a disoriented state when he fell backwards into the boards after a check by Coyotes winger Shane Doan.

"I just went to make...

Red Sox Send Catcher Vasquez to DL, Uehara May Follow

Major League Baseball(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Red Sox have sent catcher Christian Vasquez to the 60-Day disabled list after being diagnosed with a right elbow sprain.

Vasquez was sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion after an MRI discovered a problem in the right elbow of the 24-year-old catcher.  In a corresponding move, the Red Sox...

Portland Trail Blazers Clinch Playoff Spot

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Or.) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are headed back to the NBA playoffs for the second straight season.

With a 109-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns Monday night, the Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot and will now seek to claim the Northwest Division title.

Seemingly from the start, Portland set out to dominate the game....

Eagles Sign Miles Austin to One-Year Deal

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(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network.

The deal is worth $2.3 million, with an opportunity to earn $700,000 in incentives, according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network.

Austin, 30, played 12 games last season for the Cleveland Browns, where he caught 47 passes...

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm   Print This Print This

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/01/2015@0500C
ISSUED: 03/31/2015 1551C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy, low lower 60s, south winds 5-10 mph;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80, south winds 10-20 mph;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, south winds 10-15 mph;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, breezy with south winds 10-20 mph and gusty;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy and windy, low middle 60s, south winds 15-20 mph;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy and breezy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s, winds becoming northwesterly 10-20 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy and cooler, low upper 40s;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 60s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 40s;
SUNDAY: cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, high lower 60s, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation;)
SUNDAY NIGHT: cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80.
30-DAY OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 2015:
Above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 31, 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 79
MINIMUM 61
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 31, 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 75
MINIMUM 59
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/31/2015 1505C
Skies are finally clearing from southwest to northeast this afternoon, and we should have a few
hours of partial sunshine before nightfall.
The remnant frontal boundary has been the focus for thunderstorm development over
South Arkansas already today. This should continue into the overnight hours, perhaps enhanced
by activity likely to develop over West Central Texas around sunset. This should stay to the
north of us tonight.
A weakening upper air low tomorrow could bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to
this area tomorrow afternoon and evening. A deepening surface low in West Texas will result in
winds approaching advisory criteria both tomorrow and Thursday, as high temperatures near 80
each day.
A strong cold front on Thursday night will finally end the string of warm days, with
cooling for the weekend and showers and thunderstorms Thursday night and Friday. My
thinking now is that these will not be severe, due mainly to the time when I most expect them to
happen the morning hours of Friday.
Another upper air low should return showers on Easter Sunday.
At mid-afternoon, temperatures are running from the middle 70s to lower 80s, and winds
are southerly to southwesterly at 10-20 mph. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/31/2015 1544C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Wednesday SHOWERS 63/80 10%/40%
Thursday BREEZY 66/81 30%/30%
Friday BREEZY 66/77 10%/30%

Andrew Getty, Grandson of J. Paul Getty, Found Dead at Home

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Andrew Getty, the grandson of J. Paul Getty and an heir to the family's oil fortune, died at the age of 47 on Tuesday, a statement from the Getty family confirmed.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating.

Officers went to the home after a woman called police at around 2:15 p.m. to say that...

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Parents of Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter James Holmes Speak to California Newspaper

Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DEL MAR, Calif.) -- The parents of accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes spoke to a California newspaper for an article published Tuesday about the prayer book published earlier this month that was taken from Holmes' mother's journal.

Arlene Holmes began writing in her prayer journal in 2013, after her son...

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Two Dead After Shooting at Fresno Medical Office Building

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Two people were killed in a domestic violence-related shooting incident at a Fresno medical office building on Tuesday.

Police say Moua Neng, 43, entered the building and fired multiple shots at close range. The gunshots left a 33-year-old woman, believed to be an estranged wife or girlfriend, dead. Neng then allegedly killed himself.

Fresno Police Department...

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Brooklyn DA Charges 23 with Enterprise Corruption in $7 Million Medicaid Fraud Case

iStock/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- Twenty-three defendants, including nine doctors, were charged with enterprise corruption on Tuesday in connection with a $7 million Medicaid fraud indictment handed down by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Tuesday.

The defendants allegedly lured individuals from low-income neighborhoods, homeless shelters and welfare offices into corrupt medical clinics for unnecessary tests with the promise of free footwear....

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After Just Six Hours, Defense Rests in Boston Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- In the Boston Marathon bombing trial the prosecution took 92 witnesses and more than three weeks to present their case, but on Tuesday, the defense for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested after just four witnesses and about six hours.

Weeks ago during opening statements defense attorney Judy Clarke admitted to Tsarnaev’s role in the bombing and the violent aftermath,...

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Alabama Moms Meet After Facebook Apology for Kids’ Behavior Goes Viral

ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Thanks to the "power of social media," two Alabama moms met on Monday, just days after one of the women posted on Facebook apologizing for her daughters' "rude and obnoxious" behavior at the movies.

It all started when Birmingham mom Kyesha Smith Wood sent her son, daughter and step-daughter to see Cinderella at the local...

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Former Police Chief Says He Feared FLDS Church Leaders

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A former police chief who served the twin towns that the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints dominates is coming forward for the first time, claiming he lived in fear that Warren Jeffs and other church leaders would take his family away if he didn’t do their bidding.

“This community has always been a theocracy,” Helaman Barlow...

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Coast Guard Rescues Nine Crew Members from Tourist Pirate Ship

US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell (GLOUCESTER, Mass.) -- The Coast Guard endured rough seas and winds to rescue nine crewmen from a disabled tourist pirate ship called Liana's Ransom that was stranded off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Watchstanders were notified at 12:35 a.m. Monday that the Canadian tall ship's engines were disabled and its sails were...

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Email Reveals Truth About Denise Huskins Kidnapping, Lawyer Says

Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The lawyer for a California woman who mysteriously disappeared -- then turned up unharmed days later -- says an email shows his client isn’t a liar but a victim, and that her kidnappers are still on the loose.

Douglas Rappaport, the attorney for Denise Huskins, said he has received a “15-page, single-spaced email” from the...

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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Recalls His Last Conversation with Hernandez

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled his conversation with Aaron Hernandez about the incident that's the basis of the football player's murder trial.

Kraft was on the stand in the Fall River Justice Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, about 40 miles south of Gillette Stadium, where Kraft said he last spoke to Hernandez...

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Virginia Hospital Escape: Armed Prisoner in Manhunt Captured

Fairfax County Police(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) — Police have captured a convict who became the subject of a manhunt after escaping from a Virginia hospital Tuesday morning, a law enforcement official confirmed.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect was arrested in Washington, D.C., by MPD without incident. The location was 25th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

The escaped prisoner, identified as...

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Defense Begins Its Case in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- Tuesday is the first full day of defense testimony at the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

After gory details of an 8-year-old's death brought jurors to tears Monday, defense attorneys will set out to convince them it was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, who directed the attack on April 15, 2013.

So far, lawyers have presented cellphone and...

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Missing Minnesota Sorority Sister Went Into River From Bridge, Cops Say

Minneapolis Police Department(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Police searching for a missing University of Minnesota student said they have found video showing the young woman going into the Mississippi River from a bridge.

Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said.

The video...

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Pennsylvania Man Killed by Falling Headstone While Decorating Grave for Easter

YourNikonMan/iStock/Thinkstock(THROOP, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania man was killed Monday morning after the gravestone he was decorating for Easter fell on top of him.

Stephen Woytack, 74, was hanging a cross on his mother-in-law’s headstone at the Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Throop, Pennsylvania, when the stone fell on him, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV.

The...

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Hotel Partying Preceded Deadly Shooting At NSA Gate, Sources Say

@TPratt_Capital/Twitter(FORT MEADE, Md.) -- One man is dead and another severely injured after gunfire erupted Monday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The injured man was identified as Kevin Fleming, 20, of Baltimore, according to law enforcement sources. Fleming and another man were in a stolen Ford Escape SUV...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Talks ‘Accomplished Quite a Bit’

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- The foreign minister of Iran said Tuesday night negotiators "accomplished quite a bit" and he hopes that the process of drafting an agreement can begin Wednesday.

"We've accomplished quite a bit, but people needed to get some rest and start over early in the morning," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. "And I...

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WHO, Iraq Ministry of Health Deny Report of Ebola in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health on Monday denied reports of an Ebola case in Iraq.

"The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Iraq did not verify the information appeared in BASNews on 28 March alluding to the appearance of an Ebola case in Abu Gharib," a WHO press...

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NASA Shows Off Mars Flying Saucer Technology

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- A flying saucer could one day help a manned mission to Mars make a gentle landing on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA showed off its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Tuesday during a live broadcast from its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Weighing in at 7,000 pounds and measuring 15 feet wide, the...

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Iraqi PM Celebrates ‘Liberation’ of Tikrit from ISIS Control

State Dept photo(TIKRIT, Iraq) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on his Twitter account Tuesday that Iraqi Security Forces had retaken the city of Tikrit from ISIS forces.

In his tweet, Abadi called the city's "liberation" a "historic milestone." He also congratulated Iraqi forces and volunteers for their work to retake Tikrit.

 

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Reports of NASA, Russia Cooperation to Build New Space Station Are False

NASA(NEW YORK) -- Reports that Russia and NASA would work together to build a new space station are untrue, the space agency said in a statement Tuesday.

Over the weekend, reports had surfaced that indicated that Russia and NASA would work together to build a new space station by the time the International Space Station is set to be...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Told Airline He Had ‘Previous Episode of Severe Depression’

Flight Aware / ABC News(COLOGNE, Germany) -- Lufthansa issued a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that the co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane had informed them of his medical history during his training.

The airline said they handed those files over to investigators.

In the statement, Lufthansa confirmed that Andreas Lubitz had taken a break "for several months" during his...

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Here’s How Bad Internet Access Is in Cuba

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK by Serena Marshall

(HAVANA) -- The Internet in Cuba is bad -- really, really bad.

Imagine you are back in 2001 and set your computer up to download one, single song off Napster while you are at school all day. It's that kind of bad.

I just got back from Cuba for ABC News’ continuing...

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Iran’s Influence: Far Beyond Its Borders

iStock/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Whether it's the Iranian-backed Houthis now in direct conflict with a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, or taking the lead of the Shia militias fighting the militant group ISIS in Iraq, the complexity of the relationship between the United States and Iran stretches far beyond the negotiating table in Switzerland.

As headlines continue to surface detailing Iranian...

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Stage Set for Historic Meeting Between Obama and Raul Castro

FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images/ Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Cuba are set to mark a historic milestone next week with President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro poised to share the stage at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama.

It will be the first scheduled meeting between leaders of the two countries...

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WATCH: Sheepdog Drone Keeps Sheep in Line

Hemera/Thinkstock(CARLOW, Ireland) -- Drones are making headlines in the U.S. for possibly being able to deliver your Amazon products to your door but in Ireland, the 21st century technology is being used to solve an age-old task: sheep herding.

A video with over 290,000 views on YouTube shows what is billed as the “world’s first drone sheepdog” herding a...

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Massive Blackout Plunges Turkey into Darkness

Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — A massive nationwide power-outage has struck Turkey, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity.

The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power...

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Turkish Airlines Flight Diverted Over Threat

Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) -- A Turkish Airlines flight was diverted on Monday over a false bomb threat.

The flight, TK15 from Istanbul to Sao Paulo, was diverted to Casablanca, Morocco, after the threat was made, according to a spokesperson for the airline.

While at the airport, passengers were taken off the plane while an explosives search was...

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Iran Nuclear Talks: As Deadline Nears, Sticking Points Fester

iStock/Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- With just over 24 hours until the deadline for negotiating parties to come to a political understanding about ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the most contentious issues within the talks have yet to be resolved.

Negotiators still have not reached an agreement on how many centrifuges might remain online at Iran’s deep-buried Fordo nuclear reactor, whether...

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Pack of Stray Dogs Stand Guard at Animal Lover’s Funeral

Patricia Urrutia(NEW YORK) -- A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected -- and surprising -- tribute from the animals when she died.

At the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, there was a pack of stray dogs who came inside the funeral home to stand guard.

Suárez's daughter, Patricia Urrutia, told...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Previously Had Suicidal Thoughts, Prosecutor Says

ABC News / Flight Aware(DUSSELDORF, Germany) — Prosecutors in Germany said Monday that the co-pilot of the downed Germanwings plane had been treated by a psychotherapist because of previous suicidal tendencies.

Dusseldorf prosecutor Christoph Kumpa's update came six days after authorities say Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew the jetliner into a mountain. Kumpa said that they still do...

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Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a press conference on March 31, 2015. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Corporations continue to speak out against the recently passed Indiana "religious freedom" law and others like it being considered around the country, calling them "bad for business" and discriminatory.

In...

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IRS: Tax-Related Phone Scams Are ‘No April Fool’s Joke’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS-related phone scams are no joke, the agency's Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday.

Scammers continue to use tricks to take advantage of American taxpayers, an IRS release says, including the use of fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers and altered caller ID numbers. "This is no April Fool's joke," Koskinen said. "Everyone should be on the lookout...

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Wall Street Drops Despite Positive Reports on Housing, Consumer Confidence

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After Wall Street posted sizable gains on Monday, the markets came back to earth on Tuesday despite some positive news on housing and consumer outlook.

The Dow Jones Industrial dropped 200.19 to end the session at 17,776.12.

The Nasdaq dipped to 4,900.89, down 46.55 on the day, while the S&P 500 posted 18.35 in losses to...

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Which Live Streaming App Is Right for You?

Twitter, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- With the advent of live video streaming apps, it's now easier than ever to life-cast to your social media followers or even build a legion of fans online.

While having the technology at your fingertips is enticing, not everyone wants to be a reality star.

Here's a look at three of the biggest live video...

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Amazon Dash Button Lets You Push to Buy

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is bringing its one-click ordering system to everyday life with the introduction of the Amazon Dash button.

While the thought of pressing a "Tide" button on your washer to re-order more detergent may seem like an early April Fool's Day joke, Amazon said the service is real and will be rolled out to Prime members...

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Pac-Man Invades Google Maps

Google Maps(NEW YORK) -- Pac-Man has invaded Google Maps just in time for April Fool's Day.

The classic arcade character will traverse the streets in some of the world's most iconic places, moving away from the dastardly ghosts with every key stroke.

Players can access the game on desktop and mobile devices by pulling up an area of Google...

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Inside the Facebook Warehouse Where Everyone Works in One Room

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Apple has its space ship-like campus. Google has its dream of constructing movable buildings. And Facebook -- well it has a warehouse.

The social network's team moved into its new Menlo Park, California, headquarters this week.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared an aerial photo of his team's new digs and explained why he chose...

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What Tesla Has the Technology to Produce — Other than Cars

Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The announcement that Tesla Motors will unveil a new game-changing product category next month that isn't a car has sent imaginations running wild.

CEO Elon Musk teased the April 30 announcement in a tweet on Monday, only offering the clue that he would not be showing off a new car.

He added that both...

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Washington Moms Design Girls’ Science-Themed Clothing Line

buddingSTEM(SHORELINE, Wash.) -- Who says boys and girls can’t both like rocket ships and dinosaurs?

Shoreline, Washington, moms Jennifer Muhm and Malorie Catchpole are the co-founders of buddingSTEM, a science-themed clothing line for girls between 18 months old and 8 years old. “STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The clothing line features dresses, leggings, t-shirts and underwear...

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Fewer Americans Moving But More Making Repairs

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “You gotta move" as the old blues song made famous by The Rolling Stones once advised, but Americans won't be uprooting themselves as much in 2015.

An American Express survey says that while 27.8 million people in the U.S. will move to another location this year, that represents just 12 percent of the population compared to...

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Tidal, a New Streaming Service, Boasts Owners Jay Z, Beyonce and More

Cliff Lipson/CBS(NEW YORK) -- There's a new way to listen to music.

A who's who of musicians appeared at a news conference Monday to formally unveil Tidal, a music streaming service with videos and editorial content owned by the stars themselves.

"This is incredible. This is so powerful," said Alicia Keys, one of the owners of the service. "We...

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The Most Gorgeous Cave Home You’ve Ever Seen

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While the idea of cave dwelling may conjure images of Fred Flintstone, one desert sculptor has created a home that rivals those above ground in architectural beauty.

Ra Paulette, a New Mexico-based artist and subject of the 2014 Oscar-nominated short documentary CaveDigger, has carved out sweeping halls and cathedral columns underground for years...

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Encouraging Data on Consumer Spending, Home Sales Lifts Markets

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The financial markets soared on Monday following the release of encouraging data on consumer spending and home sales.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 17,976.31, up 263.65 from its open.

The Nasdaq rose by 56.22 to close at 4,947.44. The S&P 500 was also up by 25.22 points to close at 2,086.24.

Consumers...

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Florida Woman Finds Rare Lithograph Print at Goodwill

Maureen Flaherty(SUMMERFIELD, Fla.) -- A Florida woman who purchased a $43.50 lithograph print of a dog at a Goodwill store is now auctioning off the painting for charity after learning it could be worth thousands of dollars.

Maureen Flaherty, of Summerfield, Florida, was paying for items she purchased at the grand opening of a local Goodwill store on March...

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Florida Grandmother Poses in Staged Photos for For-Sale House

Makenzie Ball/Twitter(DAVENPORT, Fla.) -- An 86-year-old Florida grandmother is a viral star after her granddaughter shared photos of her humorously posing in her home on Twitter.

Yolie Ball, who lives with her husband, Don, in Davenport, Florida, says her phone has been ringing off the hook since Thursday night, when her 15-year-old granddaughter, Makenzie Ball, called to tell her...

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IRS Commissioner: Agency Has Corrected Backlog in Tax Exemption Applications

marcnorman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that the agency has corrected a backlog in processing tax-exemption requests after Tea Party groups claimed in 2013 that they had been singled out for tougher treatment.

"In the tax exempt area we acted on all of the inspectors general's recommendations to fix the management problems they identified nearly two years...

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Disturbing Songbooks Surface In New Military Sexual Assault Suit

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Susan Burke isn’t going to war with the U.S. military, she just wants it to have its day in court.

The Baltimore attorney has become the face of the movement to reform how the military handles sexual assault cases, and on Tuesday she announced a new federal lawsuit aimed at combatting the problem.

At issue for Burke...

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‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Passes Arkansas State Senate

iStock/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Three amendments to an Arkansas bill similar to the controversial "religious freedom" bill signed into law in Indiana last week were approved by the Arkansas State Legislature on Tuesday.

The bill, which aims "to enact the religious freedom restoration act; and to declare an emergency," was passed weeks ago, and three amendments passed the state...

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White House Calls Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law ‘Not Fair’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Tuesday ripped the Indiana "religious freedom" law signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence, calling it "not fair" and not consistent with "our values."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest denied claims from the law's supporters that it was "in line" with a federal law passed during the Clinton administration.

"I know that...

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Obama Vetoes Resolution on Union Elections

Pete Souza / Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a Congressional resolution aimed at overturning union voting rules.

The new rules would make it easier for workers to unionize by streamlining the voting process.

"Part of what we want to do is to make sure that we give workers the capacity to have their voices heard," the president...

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Iran Nuclear Deadline Will Pass, But Worth Continuing to Negotiate, US Says

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- Negotiators trying to produce a nuclear accord with Iran will fail to meet their self-imposed March 31 deadline to come up with a broad political understanding about eliminating Iran’s pathway to a bomb, the State Department said Tuesday.

"We've made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” State Department spokeswoman Marie...

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Kevin Spacey Reveals What Bill Clinton Thinks of “House of Cards”

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Clinton is certainly a House of Cards fan.

The former president "practically serves as a series adviser," according to the latest issue of Gotham Magazine.

In the issue, the show's star, Kevin Spacey, sits down and chats about his relationship with the former leader of the free world.

Spacey, 55, former poker buddies with...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says He ‘Could Have Handled’ Religious Freedom Law Better

ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) — "This law does not give anyone a license to deny services to gay and lesbian couples. I could have handled that better this week," he said.

Pence said that he has been working with state legislators and businesses “literally around the clock” to work through the controversy, saying that discrimination was never part of his plan....

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Pence in Op-ed Says Indiana Law ‘Not a License to Discriminate’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — In a Wall Street Journal op-ed appearing in Tuesday’s edition, Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence tries to quell some of the controversy surrounding his signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), explaining that the law “is not a license to discriminate,” as his critics have said.

Saying the law “mirrors federal law that President...

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Aaron Schock: What Will Happen to the “Downton Abbey” Office

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation from his position in Congress takes effect Tuesday, and as the FBI continues its investigation into his finances, one question remains. What will happen to the pheasant feathers, golden sconces, picture frames and “drippy crystal chandelier” of the Downton Abbey-inspired office that led to greater scrutiny of Schock’s spending?

Functionally, Schock’s...

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Connecticut Won’t Fund Travel to Indiana

iStock/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — The Nutmeg State is saying "nuts" to Indiana's so-called "religious freedom law."

With questions still unanswered on whether business owners would be able to use their personal beliefs to discriminate against gays and lesbians, Connecticut Democratic Governor Dan Malloy announced Monday that no one from his state would be able to travel to Indiana on the...

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Victoria Kennedy’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

ABC News(BOSTON) -- Anyone can now experience the challenge of life as a U.S. senator.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate opens to the public this week in Boston, following a public dedication Monday attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as a bipartisan contingent of Capitol Hill colleagues of former...

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimination against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination last week, said in a statement on Monday that he favors the new law.

"I want to...

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POLL: Americans Favor Deal with Iran by 2-1; Relations with Israel Are Highly Politicized

Juan Bernal/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Americans by a 2-1 margin favor an agreement with Iran over its nuclear development program, even while broadly questioning whether a deal would, in fact, prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.

A new national ABC News/Washington Post poll also finds sharply politicized views of U.S.-Israel relations, which have been strained by the two allies’ dispute...

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Marco Rubio to Announce 2016 Presidential Run Decision on April 13

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday he will announce whether he will run for president at an upcoming event.

“I will announce on April 13 what I’m going to do next in terms of running for president or the U.S. Senate," Rubio said on FOX News' The Five.

Rubio, a first-term senator, is up for...

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Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The five people at Nebraska Medicine being monitored after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have reached the end of the quarantine period.

According to a statement from the senior media relations coordinator for Nebraska Medicine, none of the five have been determined to have contracted Ebola. Four of...

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1,000-Year-Old Eye Infection Salve May Kill MRSA Super Bug, Study Shows

University of Nottingham(NEW YORK) -- A relatively new super bug may have met its match in a 1,000-year-old eye treatment, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

The recipe to cure eye infections comes from Bald’s Leechbook, an old English leather-bound tome that was buried deep within the British Library in London. When scientists painstakingly followed a...

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Doctors Ask Why Some Enterovirus 68 Patients Developed Polio-Like Paralysis

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When 4-year-old Allen Howe went from being a little goofball to being unable to move 80 percent of his body, his mother was in tears. Days earlier, he had a fever and a cough.

"I felt helpless," Teresa Howe told ABC News' Nightline in December. "He was lying in bed and he literally was screaming,...

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Cincinnati Reds Debut Stadium Nursery for Mom-Baby Baseball Fans

Great American Ball Park(CINCINNATI) -- Baseball-loving moms with babies everywhere can root, root, root for the Reds -- even if they're Cards fans.

The Cincinnati Reds have debuted what's thought to be the first suite in Major League Baseball for nursing moms and their offspring -- the Reds fans of the future.

During the off season, the Cincinnati Reds...

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‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- March 27 was a big day for 'Bubble Boy' Seth Lane, the 5-year-old who was born without an immune system.

Trending worldwide, the social media campaign #WearYellowForSeth grabbed the attention of Seth fans from all over the globe.

On Tuesday, Seth embarks on the first step towards having the bone marrow transplant that could potentially...

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The Best and Worst Easter Candy for You, Ranked by a Dietician

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s Easter candy week, and with holiday favorites -- Peeps, chocolate bunnies and crème eggs -- hitting the shelves, it can be very hard to resist temptation.

ABC News spoke to Georgie Fear, a registered dietitian and author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss, to rank your options from (relative) best for you to...

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Terri Schiavo: 10 Years After Her Death ‘End of Life’ Debate Rages On

Tim Boyles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten years after the death of Terri Schiavo, the debate over when to end the life of someone catastrophically ill rages on.

Terri Schindler Schiavo collapsed at home in the early morning hours of Feb. 25, 1990, according to the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Foundation started by her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler....

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

American Eagle(NEW YORK) — American Eagle's underwear line has been awarded the National Eating Disorders Association's first-ever seal of approval for showing real bodies and unretouched photos on its website and in its ads.

NEDA announced on Monday that the intimate apparel line, called Aerie, has been awarded with its Inspire seal of approval. Aerie in 2014 launched its...

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Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — No one ever said making friends in school was easy but if your children manage to do so, they might be setting themselves up for a very secure financial future.

According to a survey of U.S. high school students that followed them to adulthood, teens who made a lot of friends earned salaries that were ten percent...

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The dangers of excessive alcohol consumption are well documented. Now comes a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International that states the chances of contracting liver cancer go up significantly with as few as three alcoholic drinks daily.

Scientists made this discovery through an analysis of almost three dozen studies involving more than eight...

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Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day but in reality, all three repasts are on equal footing.

That's why a new study from the Nestlé Research Center is somewhat alarming: it claims that millions of kids ages 4 to 13 are not eating lunch regularly.

Based on stats from the 2009-2012...

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Quit Procrastinating! It Could Save Your Life

iStock/Thinkstock(SHERBROOKE, Quebec) — Don't put stuff off until tomorrow that you can do today, especially since your life might depend on it.

According to one study, people who tend to procrastinate are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and hypertension, two conditions that can shorten one's life.

Participants in research conducted at Bishop University in Canada filled out...

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Top Pediatricians Group Urges Metric System to Solve Dosing Problems

vectomart/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Each year, more than 70,000 kids visit the emergency room as a consequence of unintentional medication overdose.

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes one major reason for overdose is that liquid medication is prescribed in the form of teaspoons, a practice ripe for inaccuracy, according to researchers,  since a run-of-the-mill teaspoon in the kitchen may hold...

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Inside Parents’ Struggle to Choose Risky Prenatal Surgery

Courtesy Ross Family(PHILADELPHIA) -- Luelle Ross seems like a typical 1-year-old girl in many ways, playing with her toys and going for a ride in her stroller. But while her life is just getting started, it has already been a long journey for her parents.

Before Luelle was even born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, and her parents,...

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Why You Should Care About GNC’s New Supplement Guidelines

GNC / PR Newswire(NEW YORK) -- After being one of four companies to be accused of selling phony dietary supplements, GNC announced Monday that it will institute better testing guidelines.

Health experts say consumers should still be vigilant when picking out their herbal pills and remedies.

Here's what you need to know:

What happened?

The New York State attorney...

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Joni Mitchell, 71, Hospitalized in Unknown Condition

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday night in unknown condition.

News of her hospitalization comes from a verified Twitter account. Mitchell, 71, is best known for her hit song "Big Yellow Taxi," covered by the Counting Crows in 2002.

 

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“General Hospital” Leads Daytime Emmy Nominees

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- General Hospital overtook The Young and the Restless to lead in nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday.

The long-running ABC soap received 28 nods, followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless, which led in nods for the two years prior. This year, it received 25 nominations.

CBS topped all...

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Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe Talk Bruno Tonioli, the Nobel Prize and More

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Ousted Dancing with the Stars contestant Charlotte McKinney has strong words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who told her Monday night that she's "never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes."

Fresh from their appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, during which McKinney blasted Tonioli's comment,...

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Comedy Central Supports New “Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah After Backlash

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Comedy Central said they stand by Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show, after the South African comedian came under fire for some controversial comments he'd tweeted in the past.

The tweets have caused some to accuse Noah of being anti-Semitic and sexist. One tweet from 2011, for example, reads, "A hot...

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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Model’s Accusations

Fernando Leon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein's representative has spoken out on behalf of the media mogul following accusations that surfaced on Monday.

Weinstein, 63, is "being investigated" after a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with police Friday evening, the New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

"We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are...

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The Funniest Moments from Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central Roast

Courtesy of Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber's singing career, his brushes with the law and his former girlfriend Selena Gomez were among the main targets during the much-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired Monday.

The roast featured an eclectic roster of celebrities taking turns poking fun at Bieber, including comedians Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross...

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Which “Terminator” Film Does Arnold Schwarzenegger Say ‘Sucked’?

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In the first Terminator film, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'd be back.  Now he's back for a fourth time in Terminator: Genisys. It's actually the fifth film in the Terminator film series and marks the former California governor's return to the science-fiction flicks after bowing out of Terminator Salvation, which was released in...

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NBC Announces Live Production of “The Wiz” for December

The cast of the 1978 movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBC has officially announced The Wiz will be its next live musical production.

The network said Monday it will collaborate with Cirque du Soleil on The Wiz, which will air Thursday, December 3. A cast has not yet been announced....

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Disney Working on Live-Action “Mulan” Movie

Disney(NEW YORK) — Disney is bringing back another princess for a live-action film. The studio will develop a live-action version of Mulan after acquiring a script for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

An animated Mulan film, focusing on the titular female warrior, opened in theaters in 1998, featuring the voices of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress Ming-Na...

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New TV Land Comedy “Younger” Is ‘Like “Devil Wears Prada” Meets “Sex and the City”’

TV Land(NEW YORK) — In Younger, Broadway star Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old single mom who tries to return to the workforce after several years and a divorce, and finds that it's not how she left it. So she pretends she's in her 20s to score a job in the publishing industry after a dozen failed job interviews.

Debi Mazar stars as Maggie,...

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Model Charlotte McKinney Eliminated

ABC (LOS ANGELES) — Charlotte McKinney, the model who became a sensation after she starred in a racy Super Bowl commercial for Carl's Jr., was voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday.

“I wanted to make you happy, that was my main thing,” McKinney told her pro partner, Keo Motsepe, after learning she was being voted off the show....

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Bravo TV Unveils 2015 Programming Slate

NBC Universal(NEW YORK) — Bravo TV announced Monday that its 2015 original programming slate will include 10 new shows and four returning series.

Bravo's lineup of new shows includes Après Ski, which centers on the staff of a ski resort in Whistler, British Columbia, where the rich and famous vacation.

Fit Club centers on highly competitive celebrity fitness trainers...

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Paula Patton Says After Split from Robin Thicke She Became ‘a Real Woman’

Ida Astute/ABC(NEW YORK) — Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are not yet officially divorced, but the actress says she's already a changed woman since splitting from the "Blurred Lines" singer last year.

"I live in a place of gratitude and [I'm] growing up in many ways, I think. I moved from my parents' house to moving in with Robin,"...

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Vin Diesel Teases Sequels to “Furious 7” and “XXX”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!Furious 7 star Vin Diesel promoted the seventh movie in the franchise, and hinted that despite some rumors to the contrary, an eighth Fast and the Furious movie is in the future.

In the same way they teased Jason Statham's character at the end of Fast 6, only to...

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Robin Williams’ Wife and Kids’ Lawyers Meet in Court

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Legal teams for Robin Williams' widow and for his three children appeared in a San Francisco courtroom Monday to determine who will get what of the late actor's estate.

Lawyers for both parties said they hope to have the matter resolved by June 1, the date set for the next hearing.

"This is very,...

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Obama & Bergdahl: A complete embarrassment.

Franklin Roosevelt would never have traded five dangerous enemies of the United States for one Army deserter. Not even the feckless Jimmy Carter would have made such a fool of himself.

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High Cholesterol Foods: No Longer a Danger?

It is still important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Controlling your cholesterol is still an important key to your overall health. But there is new evidence to suggest that the link between the cholesterol in your diet and heart disease is not as strong as we have been led to believe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses diet versus heredity when it comes to managing cholesterol. Visit the Health Connection website!


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Today in History for 31st March 2015

Historical Events

1831 - Mainzer Rijnvaart Convention ends
1861 - Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans (US Civil War)
1925 - WOWO-AM, Ft Wayne Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts)
1946 - The first election is held in Greece after World War II.
1976 - Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth
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Healthy Kids: Baked Spaghetti with Chicken

Baked Spaghetti with Chicken

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""This is a wonderful chicken recipe that kids and adults love. To make ahead of time, leave off the cheese and refrigerate. Then bake for 20 minutes to heat, add the cheese and bake for 10 more minutes.""

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mercurial

1. Fickle; volatile; changeable. 2. Animated; quick-witted; shrewd. 3. Relating to the metal, planet, or god Mercury.

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