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Hundreds of Missing SAT Tests Force Students to Retake Them

Hundreds of Missing SAT Tests Force Students to Retake Them

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- High school students are getting ready to put their school work behind them and start summer vacation -- but hundreds of students at Loudoun County Schools in Virginia won’t be able to do that.Some 300 SAT tests ...

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Sepp Blatter: Corruption Allegations ‘Bring Shame and Humiliation’ to FIFA

Sepp Blatter: Corruption Allegations 'Bring Shame and Humiliation' to FIFA

Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images(ZURICH) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday that the allegations of corruption brought against 14 people "bring shame and humiliation" to the global soccer organization."There can be no place for corruption of any kind," Blatter said in ...

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World Leaders React to FIFA Corruption Scandal

World Leaders React to FIFA Corruption Scandal

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA and world soccer continues to unfold, leaders from around the globe are beginning to chime in.Greg Dyke, the chairman of the Football Association (FA), the governing body of soccer ...

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Chris Pratt Gets Patriotic, Teaches Son Pledge of Allegiance

Chris Pratt Gets Patriotic, Teaches Son Pledge of Allegiance

Universal(NEW YORK) -- Chris Pratt is proving that he's all-American. The actor posted a video to Facebook Wednesday, teaching his son the Pledge of Allegiance.The video, which has been viewed over 880,000 times, was paired with this caption: "Meant to post ...

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Teen Softball Player Dies Days After Having Brain Aneurysm

Teen Softball Player Dies Days After Having Brain Aneurysm

California Thunder via KABC(NEW YORK) -- A California softball player has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field.Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Family ...

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Oculus Rift Total Package Price for Virtual Reality Won’t Be Cheap

Oculus Rift Total Package Price for Virtual Reality Won't Be Cheap

Oculus VR®(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- The price of virtual reality won't be cheap.When Oculus Rift releases its consumer headset and computer next year, CEO Brandon Iribe said the system will likely cost around $1,500 -- making the virtual reality ...

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George Pataki Set to Join Pool of 2016 Hopefuls

George Pataki Set to Join Pool of 2016 Hopefuls

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On the heels of Rick Santorum’s presidential announcement in Pennsylvania Wednesday, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce he’s joining the ballooning field of 2016 candidates on Thursday.Pataki will be making his decision known ...

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Parts of Great Plains Brace for More Rain Amid Cleanup Efforts

Parts of Great Plains Brace for More Rain Amid Cleanup Efforts

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Millions of Americans in the Great Plains are bracing for more rain and severe weather after being battered for days by powerful storms that are being blamed for several deaths.Flash flood watches and warnings are in ...

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Authorities: Henderson Co. Man Caught with Stolen Car

ATHENS -- A Payne Springs man was taken into custody on Wednesday for multiple charges, including driving a stolen vehicle out of Tennessee. KETK reports authorities arrested Shawn Dyvene Smith, 27, following a traffic stop for no brake lights. During this time, the Payne Springs Police Department learned ...

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East Texas Man's Death Penalty Appeal Moves Forward

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has agreed to consider an appeal from a 48-year-old East Texas man on death row for the 2002 slaying of his 2-year-old daughter. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says it will look at arguments on whether the rights ...

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Rusk County Officials Offer Update on Storm Aftermath

HENDERSON -- Copper thefts were among the newly-voiced concerns Thursday morning as Rusk County and Henderson city leaders met with representatives of local agencies to get an assessment of the current situation on the ground following Monday night's tornado. According to KETK, authorities say there have been some isolated ...

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Longview Regional CEO Headed to New Job

LONGVIEW -- Jim Kendrick, chief executive officer of Longview Regional Medical Center, has resigned his position effective the end of July to accept a newly created position as Network CEO for 10 Community Health Systems-affiliated hospitals in Oklahoma. That's according to KETK. “This was not an easy ...

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Mike Roark Vet Court Presentation

Smith County Veterans Court Rolled Out to Local Attorneys

TYLER -- Smith County Veterans Service Officer Michael Roark presented information about the new Veterans Treatment Court Thursday to members of the Smith County Bar Association. Roark serves as program director for the new veterans court, which has recently been implemented and has one veteran participating. He gave ...

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Some Schools Remain Closed Following Storms

EAST TEXAS -- Thursday was another day off for a number of East Texas students following damage from Monday's storms. Jacksonville, New Summerfield, and Henderson all canceled classes Thurday. According to KETK, officials said Henderson ISD was closed due to unexpected difficulties with efforts to restore power ...

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Longview Man Charged in Parking Lot Assault

LONGVIEW -- A Longview man remains jailed, charged with assault of a family or household member with a prior conviction and possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Kelan Tevorion Richardson, 24, is held on a total of $11,000 in ...

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Rusk County Officials Offer Update on Storm Aftermath

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

HENDERSON_2_1432604290976_722902_ver1.0HENDERSON — Copper thefts were among the newly-voiced concerns Thursday morning as Rusk County and Henderson city leaders met with representatives of local agencies to get an assessment of the current situation on the ground following Monday night’s tornado. According to KETK, authorities say there have been some isolated reports of copper theft in areas where utility crews are trying to restore power lines. Residents are asked to report all suspicious activity involving utility materials, especially at night. Read more …

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Some Schools Remain Closed Following Storms

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Rusk County storm damage 5-25-15EAST TEXAS — Thursday was another day off for a number of East Texas students following damage from Monday’s storms. Jacksonville, New Summerfield, and Henderson all canceled classes Thurday. According to KETK, officials said Henderson ISD was closed due to unexpected difficulties with efforts to restore power at the middle school. ​School officials say they’re confident that all campuses will be open Friday. In New Summerfield, elementary students will be out the remainder of this school year. Secondary students, because of final exams, will be updated on a day to day basis. Carlisle had a two hour delay on starting classes Thursday. Troup schools had an early release.

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East Texas Man’s Death Penalty Appeal Moves Forward

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm

thumb_5th_circuit_coa-1HOUSTON (AP) – A federal appeals court has agreed to consider an appeal from a 48-year-old East Texas man on death row for the 2002 slaying of his 2-year-old daughter. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says it will look at arguments on whether the rights of Robert Roberson III were violated when his trial judge in Palestine refused to allow testimony from a neurologist. Roberson was convicted of the death of his daughter, Nikki Curtis, at their Palestine home. His attorneys contend the physician would have said Roberson didn’t deliberately kill her, a key element in his defense. The appeals court said late Wednesday the Supreme Court has made clear defendants are entitled to a meaningful opportunity to a complete defense. The 5th Circuit has ordered briefings to address the issue.

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Lake Gladewater Park Closed Because of Conditions

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Gladewater Park ClosedGLADEWATER — Because of unsafe conditions, Lake Gladewater Park is being closed. According to a notice on the city’s Facebook page, In the interest of public safety, the city of Gladewater has decided to close the Lake Gladewater Park due to the potential for unsafe water conditions caused by the area’s recent rainfall and runoff amounts. The lake has seen a significant increase in the water level and with more runoff and rain expected in the near future this is the logical and responsible thing to do to protect our citizens. Boaters who live on the lake are strongly encouraged to stay on the north side of the lake and avoid areas south of the boat ramps. Both public boat ramps are also closed as a result of this decision. The entire park will remain closed until deemed appropriate and safe to reopen.

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Officials Monitor, Repair Damaged Smith County Roads

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm

smithcounty-sealSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said late Wednesday afternoon that county roads still closed due to recent storm damage are all in precinct 3, to the west and northwest of Lindale. They include CR 4119 and CR 445. Both roads and culverts have been washed out and will be closed for several weeks until pipes can be ordered to repair the culverts, according to Davis. CR 499 was washed out due to a broken dam on a private pond and remains closed. CR 4129 is closed to drivers after a wooden bridge was damaged and moved 4 feet by water and debris. Davis says road and bridge crews will have to reposition and repair the bridge, which could take weeks. CR 496 and CR 411 remain closed after suffering washouts from the May 10 storm.

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Longview Man Charged in Parking Lot Assault

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm

KelanRichardsonMug_1432820512869_842809_ver1.0LONGVIEW — A Longview man remains jailed, charged with assault of a family or household member with a prior conviction and possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Kelan Tevorion Richardson, 24, is held on a total of $11,000 in bonds. He was arrested Tuesday in the 700 block of Texas 31 after Longview police said he was beating a woman in a parking lot. The woman said Richardson asked her to bring him a cigarette, then punched her several times in the face after she brought it, police said. Police said Richardson also dropped a plastic bag that contained 20 pills of Xanax from his pocket while talking to an officer. Officers said the drugs weighed 3.1 grams, according to the arrest report.

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Longview Regional CEO Headed to New Job

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

ceo_1432830086587_842832_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Jim Kendrick, chief executive officer of Longview Regional Medical Center, has resigned his position effective the end of July to accept a newly created position as Network CEO for 10 Community Health Systems-affiliated hospitals in Oklahoma. That’s according to KETK. “This was not an easy decision because we have accomplished so much at Longview Regional and opportunities still exist to advance the care we provide the community,” said Kendrick. “There is a solid infrastructure in place to continue the vision we’ve established and a leadership team that will support its success. I will miss all of Longview’s talented employees, volunteers, board members and medical staff and wish them all the best in the future.” Read more …

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Longview Man Found Dead in Creek was Also Burglary Suspect

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

LongsGREGG COUNTY — A Longview man found dead in March near the Boorman Trail was connected to the burglary of a nearby pawn shop a few days before and apparently was running from police when he fell into water and drowned. According to the Longview News-Journal, the body of Kendrick Fitzgerald Hill, 32, was found March 6 floating face down in shallow water near the trail. According to an autopsy performed by Forensic Medical of Texas in Tyler, Hill died of hypothermia and drowning, and his death was ruled accidental. Hill also tested positive for PCP. Read more …

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Smith County Veterans Court Rolled Out to Local Attorneys

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

Mike Roark Vet Court PresentationTYLER — Smith County Veterans Service Officer Michael Roark presented information about the new Veterans Treatment Court Thursday to members of the Smith County Bar Association. Roark serves as program director for the new veterans court, which has recently been implemented and has one veteran participating. He gave his presentation about the court to members of the Smith County Bar Association attending the seventh annual Honorable Thomas A. Dunn Criminal Law CLE at the R.B. “Hub” Hubbard Center. Read more …

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Authorities: Henderson Co. Man Caught with Stolen Car

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Shawn Smith_1432836189055_866234_ver1.0ATHENS — A Payne Springs man was taken into custody on Wednesday for multiple charges, including driving a stolen vehicle out of Tennessee. KETK reports authorities arrested Shawn Dyvene Smith, 27, following a traffic stop for no brake lights. During this time, the Payne Springs Police Department learned the car’s license plate is registered as stolen out of Maryville, Tennessee. The suspect was also wanted on five local warrants. Smith was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail. He is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and five outstanding warrants. He was released Thursday on $9,166 bond.

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Three Overcome by Carbon Monoxide

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

CO poisoning in Smith CountySMITH COUNTY — Three Smith County residents have been hospitalized after being overcome in their home by carbon monoxide. A family member found the three around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon in a home on County Road 3174. The grandmother and two grandchildren were all unconscious. They had been exposed to the gas from a generator. They were using the generator after storms knocked out the power. The three are listed in stable condition at East Texas Medical Center.

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One Burglary Suspect Arrested, One Sought

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

Monty SawyerSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a burglary suspect in a wooded area. KETK reports the other suspect has already been captured. Lt. Gary Middleton said the search began around midday Wednesday. The search is taking place on County Road 1102 off Highway 155 South near FM 344. Read more …

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Oil Spill Closes I-20 Exit Ramp

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

TxDOT logoLONGVIEW — The U.S. 259 exit on Interstate 20 was closed Wednesday ight after a truck spilled oil on the road. The liquid was on the surface of the exit ramp and access road, and trailed east on U.S. 259 to where the truck was parked. in a truck rest stop area behind a restaurant. Sand was placed underneath the truck to absorb residual fluid. Fire crews sprayed the access road and intersection with water to clean up the spill.

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California Man Held in Two Monday Attacks in Longview

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

MichaelNajeraMug_1432735383417_795723_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Longview police have arrested a man in connection with Monday’s attack on a Pine Tree ISD bus driver — and he also faces charges in a Monday night incident. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, Calif., is being held in Gregg County Jail on more than $1 million bond. He faces an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in addition to other charges stemming from the second attack. Read more …

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Tyler ISD To Honor Top Graduates, Influential Educators

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

TISD logo3TYLER — The top performing students of the Tyler Independent School District and 35 influential TISD educators will step into the spotlight tonight during the Tyler ISD Foundation’s A Night of Shining Stars. The academic excellence recognition event will be held at 6:00pm at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler. The TISD Foundation, in cooperation with the Tyler ISD, will host the eighth annual A Night of Shining Stars to honor the top 20 graduating seniors of the class of 2015 from John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School. The top 20 students will be honored as Shining Stars. Each student selected one Tyler ISD educator who they felt made the biggest and most positive impact in their educational careers to be recognized alongside them as a Distinguished Educator. Read more …

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May Has Been Very Wet in Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

lighteningDALLAS (AP) — This has been the wettest month on record for Texas, and there are still several days left. The Office of the State Climatologist at Texas A&M University said Wednesday that an average of 7.54 inches of rain has already fallen in Texas in May. The previous record was 6.66 inches, which fell in June 2004. John Nielsen-Gammon, who serves as the state climatologist, says continuous storms for the past week to 10 days have contributed to rainfall records in many locales. The wettest area has been from Dallas-Fort Worth to the Red River, where some places have gotten more than 20 inches of rain. Recent storms have caused widespread flooding and killed at least 15 people in Texas and four others in Oklahoma. Twelve people in Texas are also missing.

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Latest on Flooding: Officials: Threat Remains Across Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

Brazos River floodingUNDATED (AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas this week has tapered off, various cities aren’t out of danger, as officials warn about possible flooding from rivers swollen by rainfall. In suburban Houston, subdivisions along the San Jacinto River were expected to flood. In Wharton, located southwest of Houston, residents in 300 homes on the west side of the city were asked to evacuate due to the predicted rise of the Colorado River. And in the North Texas town of Horseshoe Bend, about 250 residents were asked to evacuate, as the Brazos River was expected to rise above its flood stage. The death toll from the storms and flooding has climbed to 21, 17 in Texas and four in Oklahoma. Houston alone had six storm-related deaths.

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No Longer Threat of Texas Dam Breaking

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

Midlothian damDALLAS (AP) — Police say the threat of a dam southwest of Dallas breaking has passed. Midlothian police Capt. John Spann said late Wednesday morning that water was still coming over the earthen dam at Padera Lake, near Midlothian, but that the volume had decreased. The area has experienced days of heavy rain. Emergency personnel planned to shut down Highway 287 if the dam broke, because it could have flooded with a couple feet of water. About a dozen homes in the mostly rural area were threatened as well. Midlothian is some 25 miles southwest of Dallas.

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Divisive Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Falls in Texas Legislature

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

gay couplesAUSTIN (AP) — Texas Republicans have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer. That means the first session under Republican Governor Greg Abbott will end next week without new restrictions that gay rights activists and some Texas businesses intensely opposed. The Texas Senate on Wednesday night had a final chance to vote on prohibiting government officials from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But with only hours until a midnight deadline, the bill was scrapped. Computer maker Dell Inc. was among businesses that had urged lawmakers to not pursue the measure. Republicans instead passed a resolution that says they believe marriage is between a man and woman. The symbolic statement falls short of what some conservatives sought. The Legislature adjourns June 1.

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House OKs Family Department Bill Without Gay Adoption Limits

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

Texas Department of Family and Protective ServicesAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a bill reorganizing a state family agency, without divisive rules allowing private child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children on religious grounds. The lower chamber voted 146-0 Wednesday to advance an overhaul of the Department of Family and Protective Services. The bill already cleared the Senate. House social conservatives had planned to attach an amendment before a preliminary approval vote that came Tuesday. It would have protected child agencies that object to gay and same-sex adoptions for religious reasons from being sued. Democrats opposed it and slowed debate down, however. With a key deadline looming at midnight Tuesday, the amendment was abandoned. It could have resurfaced Wednesday during final approval, but didn’t. The final vote didn’t include any amendments.

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Texas House Votes to Tighten Filming Rules at State Capitol

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:18 am

Texas house of representativesAUSTIN (AP) — The House has altered a sweeping ethics bill, making it easier for lawmakers, and everyone at the Texas Capitol, to sue people who film them without permission. Lawmakers voted 100 to 40 Wednesday to allow those being filmed to ask the person doing so what they’re up to. If the person lies, but later releases footage, the amendment would facilitate lawsuits. The Legislature has been rocked by the American Phoenix Foundation, a conservative group with cameras that has descended on the Capitol, hoping to embarrass veteran lawmakers. Both Republicans and Democrats have complained about the group. But, since banning filming would violate state law, they’ve looked for other protections. The House version of the ethics bill must be reconciled with the Senate’s, meaning the amendment may not survive.

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Texas House OKs Ending Austin Residency Rule for Politicians

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:20 am

Donna CampbellAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow statewide officeholders to live somewhere other than Austin. Drafted by tea party-backed Senator Donna Campbell, the proposal would excuse the governor and other officials elected by voters statewide form living in the state capital. It already cleared the Senate. As a proposed constitutional amendment, it needed two-thirds House support, or 100 minimum votes. It barely cleared that threshold Wednesday, passing 102 to 43. The measure puts a referendum on this November’s general election ballot. It lets voters decide whether to change the Texas Constitution, scraping a statewide officeholder residency requirement dating back to 1876. The ballot question is expected to cost the state nearly $120,000. But Campbell argues that modern technology has made the requirement obsolete

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US Won’t Seek High Court Review in Immigration Case

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

Justice Department logoWASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it won’t ask the Supreme Court to review a judge’s decision that put on hold President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The Justice Department announcement on Wednesday came one day after a federal appeals court panel refused to stay a Texas judge’s injunction that kept the sweeping immigration plan from taking effect. Spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the Justice Department is instead focused on its appeal that will be argued the week of July 6th before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The plan would shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation, but it remains on hold after the appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.

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Sepp Blatter: Corruption Allegations ‘Bring Shame and Humiliation’ to FIFA

Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images(ZURICH) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday that the allegations of corruption brought against 14 people "bring shame and humiliation" to the global soccer organization.

"There can be no place for corruption of any kind," Blatter said in Zurich.

In a series of overnight busts on Wednesday, authorities arrested high-ranking FIFA officials over allegations of vast...

Blackhawks Defeat Ducks 5-2 to Force Game 7

Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Wednesday night, forcing a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw scored two goals in the third period and Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane each scored a goal in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist...

Riley Curry Steals Spotlight Again as Warriors Advance to NBA Finals

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 5, L.A. Angels 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 12, Texas 3
Chi White Sox 5, Toronto 3, 10 Innings
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 6, Boston 4
Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 3, Oakland 2
Baltimore 5, Houston 4

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Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 5, Miami 2
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IndyCar Driver James Hinchcliffe Released from Hospital After Terrifying Crash

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FIFA Inquiry Leads to Calls for Delay in Presidential Vote

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Cavaliers Sweep the Hawks to Advance to NBA Finals

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In all, 14 people, which include a trio of sports marketing executives, have been charged by the...

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Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 4:43 am

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/28/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/28/2015 0443C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 82
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 72
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00

LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 82
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 73
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: Tr.

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
FLASH FLOOD WATCH WEST OF A PARIS-ATHENS LINE FROM 6:00 P.M. CDT TODAY THROUGH 12:00 NOON SATURDAY!
TODAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 60s;
MONDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 80s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cear, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 80s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 60s;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR JUNE 4-10, 2015:
Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 27, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 87
MINIMUM 62
PRECIPITATION 0.89
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 11.08
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 36.21

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 27, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 90
MINIMUM 65
PRECIPITATION 1.05
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 11.48
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 34.16

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
05/27/2015 1906C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 64 86 1.29
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 62 90 0
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 65 87 0
Corsicana Campbell Field 65 86 1.17
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 63 88 0.72
Dallas Love Field 63 87 0.26
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 58 85 0.42
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 66 89 1.43
Fort Worth Meacham Field 63 87 0.59
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 63 88 2.48
Greenville–Majors Field 63 86 0.02
Hallsville CWOP 64 89 2.01
Hawkins CWOP 62 90 0.93
*Henderson Texas A&M Forest Service 63 88 0.94
Houston Hobby Airport 67 87 0.71
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 64 85 0.58
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 64 88 0.20
Longview City 65 90 N.A.
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 65 90 1.05
*Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 67 90 0.82
Marshall Harrison County Airport 68 89 1.58
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 64 M. 2.32
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 64 87 0
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 63 84 1.03
Palestine Municipal Airport 64 84 0.61
Paris Cox Field 63 86 0
Shreveport Regional Airport 65 88 0.65
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 63 88 0
Terrell Municipal Airport 62 85 0.82
Texarkana Webb Field 66 85 0
Tyler City Office 62 87 0.89
Tyler–Pounds Field 64 87 0.88
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/28/2015 0425C
Last night’s convection dissipated about 9 p.m., with only a trace reported at Longview.
This morning’s activity is concentrated over the Texas Panhandle, and is weakening now. It will
send down an outflow boundary to our north this afternoon, which will combine with very rich
moisture and another disturbance to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms late this
afternoon and overnight.
Tomorrow should see another brief decrease in activity before it cranks up again
tomorrow night with the approach of the much-heralded cold front and core of the upper air low.
We should be quite wet from Friday night through Saturday evening. There is also a severe risk
through Saturday.
Activity should decrease but not go away early next week. By mid-week, another system
will perhaps approach and again increase rain chances.
At 4 p.m. today, skies are cloudy, winds light southerly, and temperatures are in the
70s. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/28/2015 0433C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Thursday MOSTLY CLOUDY 84/71 20%/40%
Friday THUNDERSTORMS 83/68 50%/40%
Saturday THUNDERSTORMS 82/67 50%/40%

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103-Year-Old Twins Die Within Weeks of Each Other

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.

"It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies," said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home's deputy manager. "They both made such a positive...

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Connecticut Woman Swallows Grill Brush Bristle in Burger

WTNH(NEW YORK) -- A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.

The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove...

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Senior Class Donates Nearly $8,000 to Principal Battling Cancer

WMUR(BETHLEHEM, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care.

Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare...

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Newer Birth Control Pills Could Up Blood Clot Risk

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New versions of "The Pill" could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.

But, as ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out,...

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Gallup: Mississippi Is Most Obese State for Second Straight Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was...

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Receding Texas Floodwaters Can Leave Behind Health Hazards

photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining...

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“The Bachelor’s” Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff Split

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- It's a sad day for Bachelor fans. Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have ended their engagement, ABC News has confirmed.

"Whitney Bischoff and Chris Soules have mutually and amicably decided to end their engagement," his rep said in a statement. "They part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another and will...

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Trevor Noah to Begin Hosting “The Daily Show” September 28

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Comedy Central has picked the day Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show -- September 28. 

The announcement comes in a brief video released Thursday, in which Noah apparently sneaks onto the Daily Show set and behind the desk. 

"Welcome to the Daily Show!" he repeats, practicing his opening, as well as some different poses,...

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Chris Pratt Gets Patriotic, Teaches Son Pledge of Allegiance

Universal(NEW YORK) -- Chris Pratt is proving that he's all-American. The actor posted a video to Facebook Wednesday, teaching his son the Pledge of Allegiance.

The video, which has been viewed over 880,000 times, was paired with this caption: "Meant to post this on #MemorialDay but I was in China and my phone wasn't working. I'm proud to be American. I'm...

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New David Duchovny Drama “Aquarius” Premieres Thursday Night

Vivian Zink/NBC(NEW YORK) -- David Duchovny will return to The X-Files universe in early 2016, but in the meantime he's starring in a new drama for NBC.

Aquarius, premiering Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, is set in 1967 Los Angeles, and features Duchovny as a homicide detective investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who, it turns...

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“Entourage” Cast Dishes on Film at New York City Premiere

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- The boys are back in Hollywood. In the film adaptation of the hit HBO series Entourage, Adrian Grenier's Vincent Chase wants to step behind the camera to write and direct his first big-budget film. Grenier told ABC Radio what else fans can expect from the film.

"It's everything that you always want from Entourage...

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Is a “19 Kids and Counting” Spin-Off a Possibility?

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) -- While TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting after a report revealed sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Duggar, there's speculation that a spin-off of the reality series could happen at the cable network.

People magazine, citing a source close to the Duggars, says a show centered on a couple of newlyweds in the family, Jill and Derick Dillard and Jessa and Ben...

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Lindsay Lohan Has Completed Community Service Obligations

Adam Rose/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Some positive news for Lindsay Lohan -- she's completed the community service obligations required of her in connection with a 2012 reckless driving case.

Santa Monica City Attorney Terry White told E! News Wednesday that the Mean Girls star has fulfilled her obligations ahead of Thursday's deadline, which coincides with a court hearing in the matter.

In February, a...

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Amy Schumer on Hollywood Sexism: ‘People Just Hate Women’

The Hollywood Reporter(LOS ANGELES) -- Amy Schumer thinks she's figured out the reason for the inequality of women in show business.

"I think people hate women," the Inside Amy Schumer creator and star declared during a roundtable of comedic actresses assembled by The Hollywood Reporter for its June 5 edition.

"I don't think they want to hear a woman talk for too...

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Jeremy Renner Crashes Houston Couple’s Wedding

Peter Kramer/NBC(HOUSTON) -- Jeremy Renner had a little downtime during a trip to Houston, Texas, for the Comicpalooza convention, so he decided to crash a wedding.

"There was a reception at the bar in the hotel I stayed in," the Avengers: Age of Ultron star tells People magazine. However, he was careful not to upstage the guests of honor.

"I was...

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Taylor Swift Tells Fan Not to Call Her ‘Mom’

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Note to young fans: Taylor Swift is not your mom.

While catching up with her fans on Tumblr this week, Taylor addressed one girl in particular who keeps calling her “mom.” She responded to a video from the girl’s actual mom, in which the woman asks her daughter to stop using the maternal term to refer...

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Are Khloe Kardashian and Rick Fox Dating?

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Has Khloe Kardashian moved on from rapper French Montana to former basketball player Rick Fox?

According to Us Weekly, the two were spotted last Friday on a date at Casa Vega, a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles' Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

Several eyewitnesses said they saw the two come in late and grab a table. One source added, "It looked...

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Archie Panjabi Opens Up About Rumored Faked Scene on “The Good Wife”

David M. Russell/CBS(NEW YORK) -- When Kalinda, played by Archie Panjabi, and Alicia, played by Julianna Margulies, shared a final scene together on the recent season finale of The Good Wife, it almost seemed too good to be true.

After the scene aired, rumors spread online that the two actresses shot the scene separately and the final product was computer...

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U2’s Longtime Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Has Died

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (LOS ANGELES) -- Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.  

KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.

Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE +...

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Historical Events

1608 - Claudio Monteverdi's "Arianna" premieres in Mantua
1938 - Foundation for Tel Aviv harbor laid
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