TYLER — An East Texas man has 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. According to KETK, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says James Calvert also refused to consent to a voluntary psychological evaluation by court-appointed experts. Calvert is accused of shooting and killing Jelena Radobanovic Sriraman before kidnapping their son, Lucas, on October 31, 2012. Calvert was captured late that same night in West Monroe, Louisiana, following a short police chase and a crash. In May, 2012, Calvert was involved in a custody battle with Sriraman.
LONGVIEW — A Tyler man who was released from jail earlier this month, then rearrested Wednesday morning, has bonded out of jail. Christian Earl Sibley met a $250,000 bond around 6:00 Wednesday evening and was released from the Gregg County Jail. According to KETK, judicial records show Sibley, 21, was arrested Wednesday for the murder of Jerrad Hunt, 22. On February 3, police responded to a reported shooting around 10:28 a.m. at an Exxon gas station in the 3000 block of Estes Parkway in Longview. Read more …
LUFKIN (AP) – An East Texas man who told investigators he thought people were out to get him faces up to life in prison for starting several fires in Lufkin. Stanford Jones of Lufkin was convicted Wednesday of three counts of arson. Nobody was hurt in the November 2012 fires in Lufkin blamed on Jones, who remains in custody pending sentencing. Prosecutors say Jones posted angry comments online about thinking people wanted to get him and setting a match to Lufkin. One fire happened at a bar where the 34-year-old Jones had been drinking, later got sick and ended up hospitalized. Jones told police that he believed someone drugged him. He tested positive for cocaine and marijuana while hospitalized. The fires started the day after Jones, who has previous drug convictions, was discharged.
MARSHALL — Multiple reports of a gang fight and gunfire at West End Park on West Rusk Street set the stage for a busy Wednesday night for the Marshall Police Department. According to KETK, reports of a large gang fight were called in to dispatch around 7:00 p.m., but responding officers were unable to locate anything unusual when they arrived. Another large fight, with shots fired, was reported on Paula Street in Bel Air Manor 45 minutes later. Once again the crowd had dispersed before officers arrived. according to police. Officers assigned to the Marshall Criminal Apprehension Team searched the area in an effort to locate the parties involved. Read more …
HARRISON COUNTY — A Marshall man charged with capital murder in the death of his 7-month-old son failed to make a court appearance Wednesday and is considered a fugitive, according to the Longview News-Journal. Jayson Alonzo “Lisso” Jones III, 32, was released in December from the Harrison County Jail after posting $300,000 bond. His infant son, Shamar James Francois, was taken to a hospital emergency room in July 2012 and later died. The cause of death was ruled homicide. Jones is 6’2 and weighs 240 pounds.
KILGORE — A fugitive from the law has been captured in Rusk County on multiple charges. According to Kilgore Police, Hunter Alexander, 17, Kilgore, was caught in Rusk County on several vehicle burglary warrants. According to KETK, detectives were able to issue the warrants after evidence was found that tied him to crimes reported in the south part of the city.
GREGG COUNTY — A Houston man received a 25 year prison term after pleading guilty to indecency with a child by sexual contact in Gregg County. Andrew Moses Valero, 44, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony Monday. Valero has two other charges against him that involve the same child, a 15-year-old girl, who is not related to him. Valero’s sentence begins immediately. However, he also faces two pending felony assault charges in Harris County. He must serve at least half of his 25-year sentence for the Gregg County crime before becoming eligible for parole. Valero also will be required to register as a sexual offender for life after he fulfills his prison term. Valero was arrested in December 2013.
TYLER — Elections officials from all over Texas came to Tyler Wednesday to learn about election day vote centers, according to a Smith County news release. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson said 68 people attended the workshop, including elections administrators, county clerks, county judges, county commissioners, and election judges from at least 15 counties. Smith County Commissioners JoAnn Hampton, Jeff Warr and Terry Phillips attended. Read more …
TYLER — The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) and Smith County received some encouraging news about residents’ health in a national report Wednesday, though it also shows that much more needs to be done in some vital areas. That’s according to a NET Health news release, also issued Wednesday. The release of the sixth annual County Health Rankings, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), shows where we live matters to our health, according to NET Health officials. Read more …
TYLER — Goodwill Industries of East Texas (GIET) will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at a reception and awards ceremony this afternoon at 4:00 at the Goodwill Commercial Services Division on John Carney Drive in Tyler. GIET began as a branch of Goodwill Industries headquartered in Dallas. In 1975, it was incorporated as an independent Goodwill agency and was granted 501 (c) 3 non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service. Donated goods retail stores were opened and rehabilitation services were offered shortly later. In 1997, Goodwill of East Texas merged with a local sheltered workshop, Opportunities In Tyler, to insure continued availability of the services offered by OIT. Read more …
TYLER — Weather permitting, the City of Tyler Street Department will make repairs to the 400 Block of Shiloh Road at Donnybrook Avenue on Friday, March 27, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Officials say traffic will be diverted to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound on Shiloh Road. Donnybrook Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Shiloh Road and Knoxville Drive. Northbound traffic on Donnybrook Avenue will be detoured to Knoxville Drive. The Street Department encourages travelers to use other routes if possible. Those who must travel through this area are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop.
AUSTIN – A Jackson Heights volunteer firefighter, fatally injured on his way to an accident, has received special recognition. KETK reports Jalen Smith, 19, was added to the Texas Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Austin. On November 30, 2012, Smith and two other firefighters were responding to an accident when they were involved in an accident on Farm Road 2767. Smith died a few days later at East Texas Medical Center. He is the first Jackson heights firefighter to die in the line of duty.
SALADO (AP) – Authorities say a tractor-trailer has crashed into an overpass under construction along a major interstate in Central Texas, killing one person and halting traffic in both directions. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Becky Ozuna says the truck hit a beam being used to build a bridge across Interstate 35 on Thursday morning in Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin. She says several beams then toppled onto other vehicles. Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson says one person was killed and other people were injured, but he didn’t immediately have further details. Ozuna says traffic is stopped in both directions along the interstate, which is a primary north-south artery through Texas. The truck came to a stop under the overpass with its cab heavily damaged.
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas police say a woman accused of providing illegal buttocks injections has surrendered to authorities. Investigators say 43-year-old Denise Rochelle Ross surrendered Wednesday. She was booked into the Dallas County jail but online jail records Thursday show she has been released. She has been charged with practicing medicine without a license. Authorities say Ross and another salon worker provided illegal hydrogel injections that were sealed with Super Glue. One customer said she suffered soreness and psychological problems after the procedure. The second worker is being sought by police. Police Lt. Thomas Castro says Ross also is being investigated in the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found at the salon last month after she had received an injection.
AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas House has given final approval to a statewide ban on texting while driving, which now faces a Senate vote. Representatives voted 104 to 39 on Thursday to pass the bill by Republican Rep. Tom Craddick, a former House Speaker who has sponsored similar legislation for the past two sessions. This isn’t the first time the ban has passed the House. Representatives approved it in 2013, but it died in the Texas Senate. In 2011, a similar proposal cleared the Legislature. But it was vetoed by former Gov. Rick Perry, who called it a “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t said whether he’ll veto a ban. Some form of texting while driving already is prohibited in 44 states and 38 Texas cities.
DALLAS (AP) – New U.S. Census Bureau figures show Texas is the nation’s second-largest state for population with about 27 million people. California was the nation’s most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents. The Austin-Round Rock area is the nation’s third-fastest growing metropolitan area at 3 percent, followed by fourth-place Odessa, Texas, at 2.9 percent. Harris County leads the nation in population growth by person, with the county surrounding Houston adding 89,000 people between July 2013 and 2014. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area was also the top in metro area numerical increase with 156,371 people added between 2013 and 2014, followed by the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area with a 131,217-person increase.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND (AP) – Police have found illegal drugs in the car of a missing Central Texas College student who failed to return home after spring break on South Padre Island. The water, air and land search continues for 20-year-old Jordan Britten of Killeen. South Padre Island police spokesman Adrian Rodriguez said Thursday that foul play has not been ruled out. Britten was last seen at a music event Friday night. Britten’s family reported him missing on Monday when friends returned from spring break without him. Rodriguez says Britten’s car was later found near the parking lot of the entertainment venue. Rodriguez says the vehicle contained an undisclosed amount of narcotics. The police spokesman did not provide additional details but said the discovery of illegal drugs changes the possibility of what may have happened.
PEARLAND (AP) – The Harris County medical examiner’s office has ruled the deaths of twin toddlers, after they were found unresponsive in a bathtub at their Pearland home, as homicides. The Brazoria County district attorney’s office says no charges have been filed as of Wednesday night in the deaths of Sabrina and Savannah Russo, both 15 months old. Police and paramedics responded to a residence in February after a woman called 911, saying her daughters were found unresponsive in a bathtub. The twins were taken by helicopter to a hospital, where one of the girls was pronounced dead. Her sister was taken off life support a few days later. No further details in the case were released by Pearland police on Wednesday.
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Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/26/2015@1800C
ISSUED: 03/26/2015 0545C
TYLER CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 78
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 63
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: 78
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 65
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: a 20 percent chance for morning showers, otherwise decreasing cloudiness, windy and
cooler, high middle 60s, north winds 15-25 mph and gusty diminishing by late-afternoon;
TONIGHT: mostly clear and cool, low lower 40s, light north winds;
TOMORROW: mostly sunny, high upper 60s, northwest winds 5-10 mph;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 40s, light northeast winds;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s, breezy with south winds 10-15 mph and gusty.
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low near 50;
SUNDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 70s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 2-8, 2015:
Above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 25, 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).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 25, 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]).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 59 79
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 61 82
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 61 82
Corsicana Campbell Field 61 83
Crockett Houston County Airport 63 82
Dallas Love Field 63 84
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 63 81
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 61 86
Fort Worth Meacham Field 63 82
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 59 82
Greenville–Majors Field 61 82
Hallsville CWOP 58 82
Hawkins CWOP 59 85
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 58 82
Houston Hobby Airport 59 78
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 59 81
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 57 83
Longview City 59 82
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 58 83
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 58 84
Marshall Harrison County Airport 59 82
Mineola/Quitman Wood County Airport 61 82
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 59 81
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 55 81
Palestine Municipal Airport 60 84
Paris Cox Field 61 82 0.13
Shreveport Regional Airport 56 83
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 62 82
Terrell Municipal Airport 62 83
Texarkana Webb Field 59 82
Tyler–City Office 59 84
Tyler–Pounds Field 60 84
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
# 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: 03/26/2015 0545C
AMENDED TO CHANGE MORNING SHOWER WORDING WITH ONLY VERY
LITTLE ACTIVITY AT THIS TIME. RKP
ISSUED: 03/26/2015 0429C
By 4 A.m., the cold front had reached a Sulphur Springs-Temple line, and should be going
through us by daybreak. A broken line of thunderstorms accompanies the front, and we may see
about one-fourth of inch of rainfall with the arrival of the front.
Following that, gusty north winds are likely into mid-afternoon, with skies clearing.
Temperatures will run below normal from today into Saturday morning, with a short-
lived warm-up into Sunday.
Next week, a series of disturbances and weak fronts will give us just about daily shower
chances and seasonal temperatures.
At 4 a.m. today, skies are cloudy, winds light southerly, and temperatures are in the
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/26/2015 0436C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Thursday WINDY 64/43 30%/00%
Friday SUNNY 69/46 00%/00%
Saturday SUNNY 75/52 00%/00%
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In video obtained by ABC News, Norton, 77, is seen exiting her vehicle Wednesday morning, which was parked awkwardly in an angled parking spot on Capitol Hill. Norton, a 12-term Democrat representing Washington, D.C., in Congress, pulled straight into the spot,...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice's Inspector General on Wednesday released a report detailing "waste and mismanagement" in the federal government's use of drones.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent approximately $600,000 on drones, the report says, but never flew them operationally. The ATF's drone program was suspended in 2014, but a week after the suspension,...
(WASHINGTON) -- FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday spoke with a trio of 9/11 Commissioners on the release of a report that looked at potential new evidence on the 2001 attacks, offering some insight into ISIS propaganda and the American effort to counter it as well.
The report, released on Wednesday, says that the FBI needs to improve its...
(WASHINGTON) -- When Vice President Joe Biden returns to his old stomping grounds in the Senate, you can always count on a moment of Biden being Biden.
Biden, who was on the Hill Wednesday for an address by Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, bro-ed out with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, an old friend and...
(WASHINGTON) -- We know they're running -- so why don't they say so?
The looming 2016 presidential campaign has no shortage of putative contestants, from the big-name players like Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton to the relative unknowns like neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich. Most of them are talking and acting like candidates, making frequent...
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House continues to hail Yemen -- a country that is descending into chaos -- as a model for fighting extremism, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Wednesday.
“The White House does continue to believe that a successful counter-terrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government...
(WASHINGTON) -- Spring in Washington, D.C. means cherry blossoms and hordes of tourists flocking to the National Mall. And with peak season right around the corner, the National Park Service is dealing with a “crappy” problem as well.
Large swaths of the National Mall are covered in feces, courtesy of the very large population of Canada Goose that make their...
(WASHINGTON) — As the 2016 presidential race looms ahead, former Republican nominee Mitt Romney assessed the fresh crop of potential Republican nominees Tuesday, starting with newly-minted presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
“He is a person of very sound capability and I think you’re going to hear a lot from him,” Romney said of Cruz, who announced the launch...
(NEW YORK) — In an op-ed posted Wednesday in the National Review, Jeb Bush says that in the Middle East, Iran is “primary instagator” of the region’s conflict, and calls the United States “foolish” in its approach for handling that nation.
“Consider American policy towards Iran, a nation that has waged a relentless campaign of...
(WASHINGTON) -- Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business.
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the...
(LOS ANGELES) -- For every star who seemingly bounces back to her pre-pregnancy size weeks after giving birth, there's Drew Barrymore to keep it real.
"After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself," the 40-year-old actress admitted about her post-baby body in Glamour magazine. "You feel...Read more...
(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Thursday declared a public health emergency for an Indiana county battling what is believed to be the worst HIV outbreak in the state's history.
Pence said 79 cases have been confirmed, and, with more testing underway, "We expect that number to go up."
The cases have either been found in or are connected...
(CINCINNATI) -- The cancer-stricken 4-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still is in remission, the football player announced on Wednesday.
Doctors diagnosed Leah Still with stage 4 neuroblastoma on June 2, but they told Devon Still on Wednesday that Leah was in remission, he said on his Instragram account, adding that it was...
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Nearly four months after Brittany Maynard's death, her family has released a video of her testimony for a right-to-die bill in California. She recorded it before her death, and it was presented Wednesday to the California legislature ahead of a Senate committee vote.
Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed from California, was diagnosed with terminal brain...
(CHICAGO) — If you're one of those Gloomy Gus-types with a perpetual dark cloud hanging over your head, knock it off or all those cheery, come-what-may kind of folks will outlive you.
A University of Illinois study suggests people who maintain positive attitudes are destined for better heart health.
Lead author Rosalba Hernandez and other researchers surveyed 5,100 participants...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The governor of Indiana will declare a “public health disaster emergency” after a spike of HIV cases in southern Indiana has alarmed health officials.
I will declare a public health emergency for Scott County in the next 24 hours pic.twitter.com/WJFN2nKL0G— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 25, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence's planned declaration comes after Scott...
(NEW YORK) -- A simple method for cooking rice could someday reduce its calorie count by as much as 60 percent, the authors of a new research study say.
The technique involves boiling the rice with a small amount of coconut oil, placing it in the fridge for several hours to cool it down and then microwaving it briefly....
(NEW YORK) -- Austrian bodybuilder Andreas Munzer, who died 19 years ago this month, remains both the gold standard and a cautionary tale for men striving for the ripped, lean look the sport demands.
Although it could not be confirmed, he appears to have died from multiple organ failure, the likely result of years of alleged anabolic steroid abuse....
(NEW YORK) -- Amy's Kitchen and at least three other organic food companies have recalled products this week because of listeria found in organic spinach, which may cause you to think twice before you reach for foods containing Popeye the Sailor Man's favorite ingredient.
Here's what you need to know:
What was recalled?
Amy's Kitchen, which makes organic products,...
(DURHAM, England) — Smoking has long been known to cause complications in pregnancy but a new study aims to show how the unborn baby of a smoking mother reacts differently.
A small pilot study published earlier this week in Acta Paediatrica found that fetuses of smoking moms touch their face and mouth much more than...
(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Children who are adopted may have an advantage over other kids that scientists have never previously considered.
Based on findings of a new study, youngsters who were adopted fared better in IQ tests than their brothers or sisters who stayed with their biological parents.
Study co-author Eric Turkheimer, a professor of clinical psychology at the University...
(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — It takes a while for Major League Baseball hitters to bounce back from a concussion, a new study has found.
After examining the records of 66 position players who suffered head injuries between 2007 and 2013, the study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine reports that their batting average, on base percentage and slugging...
(OVIEDO, Spain) — Seventy minutes of homework a day doesn't seem like a lot but a Spanish study suggests that it might be the perfect amount of time to improve grades, particularly in math and science.
Researchers from the University of Oviedo in Spain analyzed the performance of about 7,700 boys and girls with a mean age of about...
(NEW YORK) -- One American dies from a stroke every four minutes on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Doctors often place what is known as a stent in the narrowed arteries in the brain to prop them open, with the idea that they will help prevent repeat strokes.
However, a new study by researchers...
(NEW YORK) -- Alzheimer’s disease, which is estimated to affect nearly 5 million Americans, is not a normal part of aging.
Now, a new report published Tuesday suggests that more than half of patients with Alzheimer’s disease may not even have been told their diagnosis by their doctors.
According to the newly released 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and...
(NEW YORK) — One Direction bandmates Harry Styles and Liam Payne posted emotional messages to Twitter hours after Zayn Malik announced he would be leaving the band.
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined," Malik, 22, said in a statement posted to the group's official Facebook page on Wednesday....
(NEW YORK) — Following the revelation earlier this week that he recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, Jon Hamm says he feels fortunate to have the support of his family and friends.
In an interview with the Australian magazine TV Week, the Mad Men star said the 24-hour period after the news broke was tough on him....
(NEW YORK) — Can you imagine Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke as the naive college student Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey? It almost happened.
The starlet met twice with the film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, but decided to turn the role down.
As for why she said no, Clarke tells The...
(NEW YORK) — Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return for the sequel. She made the announcement via a statement released to Deadline on Wednesday.
She said, "Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) — The Mad Men cast gathered in Los Angeles Wednesday night for a premiere of their show's final episodes.
Jon Hamm was on the red carpet just 24 hours after his rep revealed that the actor recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.
Hamm, who plays Don Draper on the AMC drama, recalled the...
(LOS ANGELES) — Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart hit the red carpet in Los Angeles Wednesday night for the premiere of their new comedy Get Hard.
Ferrell plays a millionaire convicted of fraud who is given 30 days to get his affairs in order before he heads to prison. He hires a guy he wrongly...
(NEW YORK) — Dreamworks’ newest animated feature, Home, isn’t exactly a world-beater, but it is does revolve around a world invasion. Our world, to be exact.
The Boov are intergalactic nomads, who look like the Scrubbing Bubbles and Despicable Me’s Minions procreated. They speak English but the way in which they arrange their sentences is...
(NEW YORK) -- Publisher HarperCollins revealed the cover art for author Harper Lee's upcoming novel Go Set a Watchman, the follow-up to her beloved book To Kill a Mockingbird.
The cover, visible on the HarperCollins website, features an oak tree in the foreground with a set of train tracks and on oncoming locomotive in the...
(NEW YORK) -- It's a girl for Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent!
The couple welcomed a daughter via a surrogate on March 23, Berkus announced on Facebook Wednesday.
"Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015," he wrote. "We are so excited to finally...
(NEW YORK) -- Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction.
The singer said on Facebook that the decision was a personal one, and apologized to fans who may be disappointed by his choice.
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Entertainment Weekly just got the first look of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and he looks every bit like Superman's arch nemesis.
The movie, featuring...
(LOS ANGELES) — After Angelina Jolie revealed earlier this week that she has had her ovaries removed to prevent a future cancer diagnosis, Kelly Osbourne revealed she also plans one day to have the same surgery.
"I agree with this 100 percent," Osbourne, 30, said Tuesday on The Talk.
She added, "I know that one day I...
(NEW YORK) -- The new Entourage trailer dropped Tuesday and featured A-list cameos from the likes of Jessica Alba to Liam Neeson.
The clip starts when the character Ari Gold says, "The next level is coming!"
Next we see the gang -- Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon -- joined by all their celebrity friends....
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1668 - England takes control of Bombay, India
1799 - Napoleon captures Jaffa, Palestine
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