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21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said.

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Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Seemed Like a ‘Normal Guy,’ Fellow Pilot Says

Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Seemed Like a 'Normal Guy,' Fellow Pilot Says

Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images(DÜSSELDORF, Germany) -- A German pilot who recently flew with the co-pilot accused by French prosecutors of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane said he seemed like a "normal guy," and he "had plans for the future." ...

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Marco Rubio May Announce Presidential Campaign in Miami

Marco Rubio May Announce Presidential Campaign in Miami

Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may be getting ready to announce his presidential campaign next month.

The Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday that Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in Miami for ...

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21 People Injured After Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

21 People Injured After Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

Courtesy Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- Twenty-one were injured on Saturday after a train slammed into a car at a grade crossing in Los Angeles.

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Seven Injured, Three Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Seven Injured, Three Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) -- Seven people were injured -- including some college students on spring break -- and one man was in custody Saturday after a shooting at a home in Panama City Beach, Florida early Saturday, officials said.

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Seven Injured, One Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Seven Injured, One Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) -- Seven people were injured after a shooting at an apartment in Panama City Beach, Florida early Saturday morning, officials said.

One person was hospitalized in critical condition, according to Bay County Sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley. ...

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Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After ‘Unprovoked’ Shooting

Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After 'Unprovoked' Shooting

ABC News(BOSTON) -- A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city's police commissioner said Saturday. ...

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Joey Logano Wins Pole at Martinsville Speedway

Joey Logano Wins Pole at Martinsville Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Joey Logano edged out Ryan Newman on Friday to win the pole at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.
Logano finished with a third round lap of 98.461 mph and took home his ...

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Elderly Couple Killed in Morning House Fire Identified

SMITH COUNTY -- An early morning house fire claimed the lives of an elderly couple and their five pets. They've been identified as Robert Rockett, 71, and his wife, Debbie, 67. The fire started around 6:00 this morning in the 11200 block of County Road 2206, near Chapel Hill. ...

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Fire Damages Longview Home

LONGVIEW – Faulty wires are said to be the cause of a Longview fire that has displaced five persons. The fire was reported just before 1:45 Friday morning in the 400 block of Pine Street. The blaze, which had been burning undetected for some time, started in a wall ...

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Court Dropped CPS Case Against Smith County Father

TYLER -- A Child Protective Services case against an East Texas father whose daughter died after being locked in a hot car last summer has been dropped. According to Shari Pulliam, Public Information Officer for CPS, Russel Lindstrom will no longer have to submit to testing or evaluations by ...

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Arrests Made in Smith County Burglary Ring

TYLER – Multiple vehicle burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of three suspects. The burglaries were first reported in the Flint area earlier this month. Charged with theft over $1,500 and under $20,000 are Tyrell Deshaun Choice and Triston Travon Hudson. Charged with credit/debit card abuse is ...

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Tyler Man Going to Prison for Murder

TYLER – A Tyler man has been sentenced to prison for murder. Pleading guilty Friday was Katyron Jermaine Barrett, 29. After pleading guilty to the shooting death of Brandon Deroyce Grey, 30, Barrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Grey was shot December 21, 2014, at the Wild ...

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Joshua Dale Ingram

Lufkin Man Indicted in Wife's Murder

LUFKIN -- A Lufkin man accused of fatally shooting his wife in February has been indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury. Named this week in the indictment is Joshua Dale Ingram, 31. Acting on a tip from the suspect’s mother in California, the body of Jessica Ingram, 29, ...

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The Governor in East Texas

KILGORE – If you’re looking for passage of bills in Austin legalizing marijuana in Texas, you may be disappointed. That’s the word from Governor Gregg Abbott who was in East Texas last night to speak at the Rusk County Republican Party's Lincoln Reagan Dinner. There are several marijuana ...

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Elderly Couple Killed in Morning House Fire Identified

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm

fire_photo_2SMITH COUNTY — An early morning house fire claimed the lives of an elderly couple and their five pets. They’ve been identified as Robert Rockett, 71, and his wife, Debbie, 67. The fire started around 6:00 this morning in the 11200 block of County Road 2206, near Chapel Hill. According to KETK, investigators said the blaze started in the kitchen. The officials cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Court Dropped CPS Case Against Smith County Father

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

258835078691TYLER — A Child Protective Services case against an East Texas father whose daughter died after being locked in a hot car last summer has been dropped. According to Shari Pulliam, Public Information Officer for CPS, Russel Lindstrom will no longer have to submit to testing or evaluations by CPS because Lindstrom’s wife and younger daughter, Zoey, moved out of state. According to KETK, Pulliam says because the child no longer resides in Texas, they no longer have a child to protect. Read more …

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Arrests Made in Smith County Burglary Ring

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Smith County Sheriffs DeptTYLER – Multiple vehicle burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of three suspects. The burglaries were first reported in the Flint area earlier this month. Charged with theft over $1,500 and under $20,000 are Tyrell Deshaun Choice and Triston Travon Hudson. Charged with credit/debit card abuse is Ahteuhna Taylor. All three are from Tyler. Bonds on each were set at $500,000. Read more …

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Tyler Man Going to Prison for Murder

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Katyron Jermaine BarrettTYLER – A Tyler man has been sentenced to prison for murder. Pleading guilty Friday was Katyron Jermaine Barrett, 29. After pleading guilty to the shooting death of Brandon Deroyce Grey, 30, Barrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Grey was shot December 21, 2014, at the Wild Bunch Club, 1714 North Palace. He later died at Mother Frances Hospital. Barrett was arrested in the case two days later.

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Lufkin Man Indicted in Wife’s Murder

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Joshua Dale IngramLUFKIN — A Lufkin man accused of fatally shooting his wife in February has been indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury. Named this week in the indictment is Joshua Dale Ingram, 31. Acting on a tip from the suspect’s mother in California, the body of Jessica Ingram, 29, was found in a home on the 400 block of Cunningham Drive. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. His mother told officers he told her he had shot his wife and was planning on shooting himself. After a three hour search for the suspect, he was found and arrested on Frank Street.

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Fire Damages Longview Home

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Longview Fire DepartmentLONGVIEW – Faulty wires are said to be the cause of a Longview fire that has displaced five persons. The fire was reported just before 1:45 Friday morning in the 400 block of Pine Street. The blaze, which had been burning undetected for some time, started in a wall between two bedrooms. It then spread to the attic. No injuries were reported. The home apparently had no working smoke detectors.

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The Governor in East Texas

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

thumb_greg-abbott-3KILGORE – If you’re looking for passage of bills in Austin legalizing marijuana in Texas, you may be disappointed. That’s the word from Governor Gregg Abbott who was in East Texas last night to speak at the Rusk County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. There are several marijuana related bills in the legislature, but Abbott said the legalization of marijuana in this session is highly unlikely. Texting and driving is another issue Abbott is following closely. According to KETK, the governor said he wants to ensure there are no more injuries, deaths or accidents due to texting and driving. And he added, “We need to find the right space between keeping people safe on the road and government micro-managing what people do. My concerns are we going to have laws that prohibit people from eating French fries as they drive down the roadway or where does the law end?” Abbott said he is still looking for clarity on how to draw that line.

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3 Houston-area Firefighters Hurt Battling Apartments Blaze

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Three firefighters have been slightly hurt battling a Houston-area apartment complex blaze that destroyed 19 units. Investigators are trying to determine whether the fire late Friday afternoon was sparked by someone cooking food. Two Cypress Creek firefighters were injured when a stairway collapsed. Officials say another firefighter hurt his arm trying to rescue the other two firefighters during the blaze in northwest Harris County. Authorities say all three firefighters were transported to a hospital to be checked out.

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Ex-Texas Justice of Peace gets Nearly 2 Years in Drug Case

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

CORSICANA (AP) — A former justice of the peace in Navarro County has been sentenced to nearly two years behind bars in a 2014 drug case. Donna Murray was sentenced Friday in Corsicana. The Corsicana Daily Sun reports Murray was convicted March 4 of possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to 23 months in a state jail, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs. Murray resigned from office in 2009.

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US Airways Express Jet with Engine Issue Diverts to Houston

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — A US Airways Express regional jet bound from North Carolina to Austin has made a safe emergency landing in Houston with reported engine trouble. American Airlines Group Inc. spokesman Matt Miller said Saturday that mechanics are checking the plane that diverted to George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Nobody was hurt Friday night when the pilot of the Bombardier CRJ-900, with 79 passengers and four crewmembers, landed in Houston. Miller says an oil indicator light came on in the cockpit related to an engine. He didn’t immediately have further details. Miller says passengers were being accommodated on other flights, while some travelers opted to drive from Houston to Austin. The US Airways Express flight was operated by Mesa Airlines. American and US Airways merged in December 2013.

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Marge Boatright, Longtime UPI Regional Executive, Dies at 86

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

BURNET (AP) — Marge Boatright, whose 29-year career at United Press International took her to the top of the news service’s Dallas-based Southwest Division, has died at a Texas Hill Country hospital. She was 86. A family spokesman says the Horseshoe Bay resident died Wednesday after weeks of declining health. Boatright joined UPI’s Southwest Division in 1961, working in a range of marketing positions. In 1983 she became the division’s vice president and general manager, then regional sales vice president in charge of UPI’s sales executives west of the Mississippi. She was the first woman to rise so high at UPI. She left UPI in 1990 and became president of Wieck, a Dallas-based software development and content management startup. A memorial service is set for Tuesday at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.

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Fort Worth Demolishes Homeless Camp, Scattering 80 People

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The city of Fort Worth has started breaking up a homeless camp, using heavy equipment to clear the area and force more than 80 adults and children to abandon most of their belongings. Activists on Saturday took some individuals to assistance centers or hotels. Others at the site are expected to move to alternate hiding places outdoors near the camp and a cluster of homeless shelters. City code enforcement officer Brian Bennett says Fort Worth breaks up between 100 and 120 homeless camps each year. The homeless people, some of whom had put together shacks while squatting on private property in a wooded area, were moved for code violations. One man, David Miller, was demolishing his shack to scrap the metal.

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Dallas County DA Reveals Needing Help Kicking Medication

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Susan HawkDALLAS (AP) — Dallas County’s new district attorney is revealing that she “got help” to quit taking medication for back pain. Susan Hawk’s statement Friday to The Dallas Morning News responded to questions of if she was treated at an Arizona drug rehabilitation center in late 2013. Hawk says she has “a serious back condition” for which medication was prescribed. She didn’t identify the medication but said she chose to quit taking it 1½ years ago, “got help to quit taking it, and haven’t taken any since.” Departures of two top assistants have drawn scrutiny of Hawk’s first three months as district attorney. Both complained that the office atmosphere under Hawk’s administration was distrustful and paranoid.

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North Texan Arrested in Investigation of 10 Bank Robberies

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Dana CampbellFORT WORTH (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman suspected of as many as 10 North Texas bank robberies had notes in her vehicle saying “This is a robbery.” Dana Campbell of Arlington appeared Friday in federal court in Fort Worth. She’s held pending a detention hearing next week. Campbell was arrested Monday following an Arlington traffic stop. Police determined she faced several misdemeanor traffic warrants when they noticed a black hooded jacket in her vehicle. Prosecutors say police located notes saying “This is a robbery” and “This is a robbery. I don’t want to hurt anyone.” Officers also confiscated a ledger with dates and addresses of banks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. All had been robbed since November by a person wearing a hoodie.

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Faith Leaders Demand that Government Ends Family Detention

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

immigrant children flooding TexasDILLEY (AP) — Faith leaders from around the country have signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking that the government stop detaining immigrant women and children at family detention facilities. More than 80 religious figures signed the letter which calls the practice of detaining immigrants, mostly women and children from Central America, inhumane and harmful. Several bishops also toured the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley on Friday, speaking with some of the 390 women and children housed there. The facility is expected to eventually hold 2,400 people. U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement responded to the visit with a statement that calls the centers an important response to the surge in illegal immigration last summer and an effective and humane way to keep families together.

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Pro Rodeo Cowboy Gill, Passenger Hurt in Texas Plane Crash

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

York GillSTEPHENVILLE (AP) — A professional rodeo cowboy and his fiancee have been seriously hurt when their single-engine plane crashed after takeoff from North Texas on a flight to the Houston area. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened Friday after the Piper Saratoga II left Stephenville Clark Regional Airport, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Sr. Cpl. Dub Gillum identified the pair as York Gill, 32, and Christy Stransky, 30, both of Stephenville. Gill is a team roper and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. DPS says the plane was bound for Wharton when Gill reported engine trouble. The plane crashed into a ditch and fence, and then flipped. The trooper says Gill and Stransky were transported to a hospital with injuries that are serious but not life-threatening.

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Wisconsin’s Hot Shooting Buries Arizona, Sends Badgers to Final Four

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Top-ranked Wisconsin hits 10 of 12, 3-point attempts in the second half to eliminate No. 2 Arizona 85-78, Saturday, from the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament and reach its second straight Final Four.

Frank Kaminsky scored 29 points and Sam Dekker added a career-high 27 to oust the Wildcats in the Elite 8 for the...

Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The luck of the Irish ran out.

Leading most of the second half, No. 3 Notre Dame slowly watched top-ranked Kentucky come back and eventually take the lead for good when Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, as the Wildcats edge the Fighting Irish 68-66 to advance to the Final Four...

Bruins Ruin Lundqvist’s Return

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Milan Lucic scored twice to help the Boston Bruins upend the New York Rangers 4-2 Saturday, spoiling goalie Henrik Lundqvist's return to the ice.

Lundqvist, who missed the past seven weeks with a vascular injury, was instantly challenged. Lucic scored just 1:41 into the game when a puck went off his skate and past the former Vezina...

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (37-25-13, 87 pts) - New York Rangers 2 (47-20-7, 101 pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (40-22-12, 92 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (46-23-7, 99 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (47-21-8, 102 pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (40-25-10, 90 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (41-23-11, 93 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 2 (23-45-8, 54...

Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Tx) -- After seventeen seasons, the Texas Longhorns will be seeking a new leader for their men's basketball program.

The University informed Rick Barnes Saturday that he will be relieved of his duties, according to ESPN.

The Longhorns suffered a first-round exit in this season's NCAA tournament when they were knocked out by Butler 56-48. Texas...

Cubs Phenom Kris Bryant and Theo Epstein at Odds Over Major League Call-Up

Brian D. Kersey(MESA, Ariz.) -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has arguably been the best player in the Major Leagues during spring training. Despite the dominance he's shown at the plate, he's still expected to start the season in the minors.

Bryant is leading all Major League players this season with nine home runs while also hitting .406...

Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

National Football League(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has a new home as the Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers.

Martin was released by the 49ers this past Thursday. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 15 games, starting nine at right tackle. 

"Our goal is to build the strongest...

Former Utah Jazz Center Enes Kanter Rips the Organization

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- After spending the first 3 1/2 seasons with the Utah Jazz, center Enes Kanter is playing some of the best basketball of his career since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter is thoroughly enjoying playing for a new team.

"I love it," Kanter said of his change of scenery. "It's...

Joey Logano Wins Pole at Martinsville Speedway

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- Joey Logano edged out Ryan Newman on Friday to win the pole at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Logano finished with a third round lap of 98.461 mph and took home his second pole of the season and tenth in his career.

"You win anything at Martinsville, it's a big...

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: March 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm   Print This Print This

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/29/2015@1000C
ISSUED: 03/28/2015 1647C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 50s, southeast winds about 5 mph;
SUNDAY: mostly sunny and windy, high upper 70s, south winds 15-20 mph and gusty;
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low lower 60s, south winds about 10 mph;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and a few thunderstorms, high lower 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers, low near 60, south winds about 5 mph;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s, south winds 10-15 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy, high near 80;
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 60s;
FRIDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy and cooler, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 50s;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy and cooler, high near 70.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 28, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich
Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fifteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-one hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MAXIMUM 82
MINIMUM 45
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 28, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fifteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty-one hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MAXIMUM 79
MINIMUM 41
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/28/2015 1638C
Southwest winds and clear skies warmed temperatures in the area this afternoon. At 4 p.m.,
readings were from the high 70s to middle 80s, with winds in the 10-15 mph range.
Temperatures may be a couple of degrees lower on Sunday because of increased cloud
cover and stronger winds.
A weak frontal boundary will slide into the area on Monday. Combine this with a series
of weak disturbances, and showers are possible just about every day next week.
A stronger front next Saturday should bring the shower chances to an end.
Temperatures next week will be running a few degrees above normal. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/28/2015 1645C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Sunday WINDY 53/78 00%/05%
Monday MOSTLY CLOUDY 61/72 10%/30%
Tuesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 60/76 20%/30%

21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said.

Two of the Metro train cars derailed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

One person was in grave condition and another was in critical condition,...

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Seven Injured, Three Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) -- Seven people were injured -- including some college students on spring break -- and one man was in custody Saturday after a shooting at a home in Panama City Beach, Florida early Saturday, officials said.

Three people were in critical condition, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said. Three others were in stable condition and...

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Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After ‘Unprovoked’ Shooting

ABC News(BOSTON) -- A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city's police commissioner said Saturday.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans called the shooting of officer John Moynihan on Friday night "unprovoked" during a news...

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Girl, 4, Found Alone on Philadelphia Bus After Seeking Slushie

WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- A four-year-old girl in Pennsylvania couldn’t wait to get her hands on her favorite treat – a slushie -- so she headed out on her own for an overnight adventure.

The girl, sporting a purple coat and snow boots, ended up alone on a SEPTA bus in Northeast Philadelphia around 3 a.m. on Friday after a man...

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Denise Huskins’ Boyfriend’s Attorney Says He Received Email From Her Abductors

Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The alleged kidnappers of a California woman sent an email detailing their motive to the office of her boyfriend's attorney, he said Friday, saying it proves her disappearance was real and not a hoax as police have claimed.

Aaron Quinn's attorney Dan Russo declined to specify what was said in the six-page email that...

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Watch Tom Brady Jump Off Cliff, Land in Water

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This video may be too scary for New England Patriots fans to watch.

A new Facebook post from Tom Brady shows the quarterback -- apparently on a family vacation -- jumping off a cliff beside a waterfall and landing in a pool of water at the bottom.

Before Brady takes the leap,...

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NASA Launches Year-Long Experiment

NASA-TV(NEW YORK) -- An unprecedented NASA experiment began on Friday, with Astronaut Scott Kelly and a pair of Russian cosmonauts blasting off, bound for the International Space Station, where Kelly will spend the next year.

Kelly and his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark, will be human guinea pigs. While Scott spends the year in space, Mark will remain on...

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No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb

Boulder County Sheriff's Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) -- The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, because the baby never lived outside the womb.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a Friday press conference that...

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Investigators Say Contents of Drum ‘Incompatible,’ Caused 2014 Radiation Leak at New Mexico Facility

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CARLSBAD, N.M.) -- Investigators looking into the radiation leak at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump from last year found that the use of organic kitty litter may have created an incompatible mixture in one of the drums stored at the site.

The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant led to the contamination...

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At Least Five Injured in California School Explosion

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- At least five people were injured in an explosion at a California middle school.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, five patients were taken from Ethan Chase Middle School by ambulance after  18 students were exposed to a loud explosive device and suffered minor injuries. The 13 students not taken by ambulance...

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NYC Building Fire: Restaurant Owner Smelled Gas Before Massive Explosion, Officials Say

Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- With the cause of a fire and explosion that destroyed several buildings in Manhattan's East Village on Thursday still under investigation, officials Friday revealed details that may have led up to the blast.

The explosion reportedly came after the building's owner and a contractor arrived to investigate the smell of...

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Alabama Police Officer Indicted Amid Accusations of Using Unreasonable Force

iStock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Ala.) -- A federal grand jury indicted a Madison, Alabama police officer on Thursday night for use of unreasonable force against a man he was trying to question earlier this year.

Eric Sloan Parker, 26, was acting in his capacity as a police officer on Feb. 6 when he allegedly injured a man by slamming him into the...

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Oklahoma Frat Members Learned Racist Chant During Cruise: School

ABC News(NORMAN, Okla.) -- The University of Oklahoma fraternity members who were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus learned the song during a leadership cruise held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national organization four years ago, university officials announced on Friday.

The University of Oklahoma's chapter of SAE was closed earlier this month after the recording was...

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Driver Hailed a Hero After Rescuing Kids from Burning School Bus

KABC-TV(RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.) -- A "hero" school bus driver in California directed students to exit a yellow bus just in the nick of time before it exploded in flames, authorities said.

The bus was dropping off students at Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School on Friday when the fire started around 8:15 a.m., according to Steve Concialdi, captain of...

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Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Testifies at Murder Trial

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said Friday in a Boston courtroom that the former New England Patriots star denied involvement in a friend's alleged murder.

Hernandez, 25, is accused of orchestrating Odin Lloyd's slaying June 17, 2013.

Jenkins said Friday morning that after she found out Lloyd had been killed, she asked Hernandez whether...

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Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Seemed Like a ‘Normal Guy,’ Fellow Pilot Says

Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images(DÜSSELDORF, Germany) -- A German pilot who recently flew with the co-pilot accused by French prosecutors of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane said he seemed like a "normal guy," and he "had plans for the future."

French prosecutors have said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately slammed the passenger plane into a mountain on Tuesday. Authorities have...

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

Tomislav Zivkovic/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) – Parts of Northern Chile were rocked by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Saturday.

The quake struck 25 miles northeast of Calama at 12:35 p.m. local time, near Chile’s border with Bolivia, according to the United States Geological Survey. It had a depth of just over 65 miles.

So far, there have been reports of injuries...

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British Police Taser Knife-wielding Robber in Harrowing Surveillance Video

Wiltshire Police(WILTSHIRE, England) -- Harrowing surveillance video shows police tasering a knife-wielding man as he tried to rob a British supermarket.

Wiltshire Police released the video Friday, the same day they said James Lewis was sentenced to three years in prison. Police said he pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery on Tuesday.

In the video from Feb. 1,...

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Amanda Knox ‘Grateful’ Conviction Overturned

ABC News(SEATTLE) -- After Italy's highest court decided to overturn Amanda Knox's reconviction in connection with her roommate's slaying, Knox said late Friday she was still processing the court's decision.

"I just wanted to say that I am incredibly grateful for what has happened, for the justice I've received, for the support that I've had from everyone," Knox told...

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Deadly Hotel Siege Ends in Somalia

alexis84/iStock/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- A deadly attack at a hotel in Somali’s capital has ended after 12 hours.

Government officials said on Saturday they have taken back control of the hotel where gunman were held up for more than 12 hours in an attack that left at least 17 people dead.

The government had occupied the third and fourth floors...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Never Submitted Sick Note, Airline Says

Getty Images(DUSSELORF, Germany) -- The airline whose plane crashed in the French Alps never received the sick note that investigators found torn up in the apartment of the co-pilot who allegedly hid an illness from his employers before allegedly causing the fatal crash, it was revealed Friday.

Germanwings said in a statement Friday that they never received a sick...

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US Helicopter Recovers Pair of Saudi Pilots After Fighter Jet Crash

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(DJIBOUTI) -- A U.S. helicopter recovered a pair of Saudi pilots whose fighter jet had crashed in the Gulf of Aden on Friday.

A U.S. official confirmed that the Saudi plane, a F-15, had gone down due to mechanical issues while participating in Saudi airstrikes within Yemen. A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter based in nearby...

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Amanda Knox’s Conviction Overturned by Italy’s Highest Court

ABC(ROME) -- Italy's highest court decided Friday to overturn Amanda Knox's reconviction in connection with her roommate's slaying, meaning that she will not be sent back to prison.

Knox's mother confirmed to ABC News that her daughter's conviction has been annulled.

Knox was initially convicted by an Italian court of killing British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, but that...

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US Embassy in Iraq Denies Reports of Coalition Airstrike Mistakenly Hitting Iraqi Troops

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The U.S. embassy in Iraq on Friday denied Iraqi media reports that a coalition airstrike mistakenly struck Iraqi troops in Tikrit.

"We are aware of Iraqi media reports of casualties among Iraqi Security Forces in the vicinity of Tikrit University this morning," the embassy's statement reads. "No coalition airstrikes took place during the time or in...

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European Aviation Regulator, Lufthansa Look into Two-Person Rule for Cockpits

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of the Germanwings plane crash earlier this week, both the European Aviation Safety Agency and Lufthansa are looking into mandating two people be in a plane's cockpit at all times.

The Germanwings plane crashed Tuesday in the Alps in southern France with 150 people on board, including two babies, the airline said. French...

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Duchess Kate Middleton Makes Last Public Appearance Before Maternity Leave

Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Duchess Kate Middleton stepped out in a hot pink coat Friday at what could be her final public appearance before she gives birth to her second child, which is due next month.

The duchess, 33, was joined by her husband, Prince William, 32, at three engagements to support opportunities for young people...

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People Flock to See Jesus’ Face on Hillside in Colombia

iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- Many say you can see the face of Jesus in nature, but locals in a small town in Colombia are claiming that literally.

Both the faithful and opportunistic are flocking to see what they claim is an image of Jesus' face in a hillside in the town of San Francisco in the Colombian province of Putumayo,...

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In Joseph Kony Hunt, US Courts Defectors with Pop Music

STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Three and a half years after President Obama sent 100 special operations troops to Africa to help root out Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony -- so far unsuccessfully -- the broader U.S.-supported international anti-LRA team has resorted to using a truly unstoppable force against the alleged war criminal: pop music.

Blasted over helicopter loudspeakers...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Had Hidden Illness; No Suicide Note Found

Adam Berry/Getty Images(DÜSSELDORF, Germany) — There are indications that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps Tuesday hid an illness from his employers, German prosecutors said in a statement Friday morning.

The disclosure of torn medical documents at the co-pilot's home came shortly before Germanwings' parent company, Lufthansa, announced that it would be changing...

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Australia Museum Offers Nude Art Tours of Exhibition for Exhibitionists

National Gallery of Australia(CANBERRA, Australia) — There's plenty of beautiful nude art worth viewing. But is it worth viewing art in the nude?

If ticket sales are any indication, it seems so. For three days the National Gallery of Australia will offer nude tours of a current exhibit are already sold out.

Nude tours of "James Turell: A Retrospective" will...

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Steak ‘n Shake Expanding Into Pakistan

SeanPavonePhoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the pioneers of the premium burger market is now expanding into Pakistan.

Steak ‘n Shake announced on Friday that it will open 15 new locations in Pakistan, after signing an exclusive agreement with FM Foods Pvt. Ltd., an affiliate of MJ Holdings.

"FM Foods is the perfect partner to introduce the Steak 'n...

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Lonely Bros Can Grow Their ‘Wolfpack’ With New App

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- There’s a new app for bros looking for other bros to hang with, and it could be the salvation of the modern male heterosexual friendship.

It’s called Wolfpack and, yes, it does howl.

The brainchild of Nile Niami, a movie producer turned real estate developer, he said a recently divorced friend inspired him to create...

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Ellen Pao Loses Big Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case to Kleiner Perkins

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A preeminent venture capital firm was mostly victorious in Silicon Valley's biggest sex discrimination suit.

A jury has ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the case. At the center of the lawsuit and court case is Ellen Pao, 45, the interim CEO of Reddit and former partner at...

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California Chinese Restaurant Turns the Tables on Yelp Reviewer

iStock/Thinkstock(MILLBRAE, Calif.) -- The owner of a Chinese restaurant in the California city of Millbrae, near San Francisco, is taking a stand against a scathing review, and he says he has video to disprove the negative comments.

Yelp user “Dan W.” gave Wonderful restaurant a one-star review, claiming it was “busy and potentially understaffed. It’s not that classy of...

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Gains on Wall Street Despite Slowed Economic Growth in Fourth Quarter

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a run of losses this week, Wall Street finished Friday's session on a somewhat positive note. All three major indices closed the day with gains, despite a Commerce Department announcement of slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 33.90 to end the day at 17712.13.

The Nasdaq climbed 27.86...

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Silicon Valley Startup Creates $20 Toothpaste

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  In this age of $30 dollar shampoo, $50 sunscreen, and $200 face cream, would you pay $20 for a small tube of toothpaste?

A Silicon Valley startup hopes you will.

The company, started by Berkeley and Stanford graduates, says it has invested 12 years into research and development of a product called Livionex.

One 1.7 ounce...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Deeply Disappointed’ in Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed disdain for a new Indiana law that could allow business owners to discriminate against gay people.

The law, signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, is called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence claims that it "does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved,"...

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Federal Bureau Outlines Protections from Abusive Payday Loan Practices

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a draft of its upcoming payday loan rule on Thursday, the first step in protecting consumers from abusive payday loan practices.

Last year, the CFPB released an analysis of payday loan usage rates and determined that more than 80 percent of payday loans are followed by another loan within two weeks....

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What’s at Stake in Kleiner Perkins’ Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The sex discrimination case against one of Silicon Valley's biggest venture capital firms has placed the spotlight on the region’s perceived gender imbalance, with millions of dollars and high-profile reputations at stake.

At the center of the lawsuit and court case is Ellen Pao, 45, the interim CEO of Reddit and former partner of Kleiner Perkins...

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GDP Rises 2.2% in Fourth Quarter

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. economy grew at a slower pace in the fourth quarter, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department.

The gross domestic product rose at annual rate of 2.2 percent, compared with 5 percent in the third quarter.

Looking ahead, economists expect to see a similar or weaker showing in the first quarter because of...

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Americans Continue to Buy Less Soda, Data Shows

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It seems nobody wants bubbles in their drinks anymore.

The year 2004 was the first time people really started talking about sugary drinks as one of the main reasons for weight gain -- and since then, the fizz has gone out of soda sales.

Last year was the 10th year in a row that...

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New Jersey Man Sues Builders over $1.6 Million ‘Uninhabitable’ House

WABC-TV(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The $1.6 million “dream house” a New Jersey man had built for his wife 10 years ago has become a never-ending nightmare for him.

When the house in Florham Park, New Jersey, was completed in 2007, Humayun Akhtar, 66, discovered the home’s interior and exterior had cracks and that the house was “sliding down the...

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Why Customer Service Representatives Might Be Deliberately Making Your Experience Worse

JumpStock/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More and more disgruntled customers are posting personal horror stories online about their interactions with customer service representatives at call centers.

But former service representatives Mark Pavlic and Jacob Curtis recently told ABC News’ 20/20 that the stress of the job and even the customers themselves are sometimes responsible for those negative experiences.

“You almost never...

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Unemployment Claims Drop, Wall Street Follows Suit

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was another poor day on Wall Street, with all three major indices posting losses, the fourth consecutive negative day on Wall Street.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 40.31 to 17,678.23.

The Nasdaq posted 13.16 in losses, closing the day at 4,863.36, while the S&P 500 dipped to 2,056.15, down 4.90 from its open.

The...

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Facebook Reveals Plan for Unmanned Internet Airplanes

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- In his mission to connect the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Thursday that his company has been quietly testing unmanned aircraft that can beam Internet access from the sky.

"Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live...

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Marco Rubio May Announce Presidential Campaign in Miami

Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may be getting ready to announce his presidential campaign next month.

The Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday that Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in Miami for an event on Monday, April 13, which could be the announcement date and site.

An aide to the Rubio told ABC...

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Religious Freedom Bill May be Coming to North Carolina

gnagel/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Another state is now considering controversial “religious rights” legislation.

A North Carolina State Representative filed a bill this week similar to those in 20 other states across the country, according to a report by ABC News station WTVD-TV.

The bill would allow employers to pick and choose who they want to do business with...

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Obama Calls Saudi King Over Yemen Developments

vichie81/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama spoke with the new king of Saudi Arabia on Friday over recent developments in Yemen, as Saudi Arabia continues to conduct airstrikes against rebels in parts of the country.

“The President reaffirmed the strong friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and emphasized the United States’ support for the action taken by Saudi Arabia,...

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Obama Vows to Continue Fight for Middle-Class Economics in Weekly Address

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama notes the impact of the Wall Street Reform he signed into law five years ago, and highlighted the importance of protecting American workers' paychecks.

"Five years ago, after the worst financial crisis in decades, we passed historic Wall Street reform to end the era of...

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Rep. Phil Roe Touts Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Medicare in GOP Weekly Address

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., gave the weekly Republican address, highlighting the benefits of bipartisan legislation passed this week by the House to strengthen Medicare.

Roe, a physician by trade, begins by explaining the unsustainability of Medicare. "Right now, a married couple -- both 66, both making average earnings -- will receive more than double in benefits...

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Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy Criticizes Clinton’s Decision to Wipe Emails from Server

Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy on Friday criticized Hillary Clinton, saying she had "unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server."

Last week, Gowdy called for Clinton to turn her email server to a third-party for analysis of her records. "After seeking and...

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Indiana Religious Freedom Bill Might Rile 2016 Race

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stirred fierce backlash from critics by signing a "religious freedom" law on Thursday, and he might have also shaken up the 2016 presidential race in the process.

The former congressman and potential 2016 presidential candidate signed into law a controversial state Senate bill that simply states the government can't interfere with people...

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Kerry Calls for ‘Expedited Review’ of State Department’s Record Keeping

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry this week sent a letter to State Department Inspector General Steve Linick calling for the department to review its records preservation policies.

"It is critical for the State Department to preserve a full and complete record of American foreign policy," Kerry writes, noting that "it is also important for the...

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Obama Praises Reid’s Career, Calls Him a ‘Fighter’

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama praised Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's long career in the Senate on Friday, after the Nevada Democrat announced he will not seek re-election in 2016.

"Harry Reid is a fighter. In his five terms as a U.S. Senator, Harry has fought for good jobs, a safer environment for our kids,...

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Secret Service Tightens Rules on Agents Driving After Drinking

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service is tightening its rules on drinking and driving -- even though evidence suggests a recent report of agents driving drunk near the White House was exaggerated.

The quasi-scandal started with an anonymous email saying two Secret Service agents drove drunk through a crime scene near the White House.

But, "the initial reports of a...

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White House Releases Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama calls it one of the world's most pressing public health crises, and on Friday, his administration is announcing a long-awaited plan to tackle it, releasing the first ever White House strategy to counter superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development...

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President Obama Praises Doc Fix Passage, Thanks Pelosi — and Boehner

Bryant Avondoglio / Office of the Speaker(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — It’s not every day that the President openly applauds the Republican-led House of Representatives, much less House Speaker John Boehner. But that’s exactly what he did before a crowd in Birmingham Thursday night, praising Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for passing the Doc Fix.

“The good news is that...

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Kids Set to Take over the White House for a Day (Sort of)

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Having a parent who works at the White House is no longer a prerequisite for participating in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The chance to spend a day “at work” at the White House used to be limited to the sons and daughters of...

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Senator Harry Reid Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2016

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a Senate career that has spanned three decades.

Known for his feisty and combative style in the Senate, the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat made the announcement in a YouTube video earlier Friday morning.

Earlier this year, Reid suffered a serious eye...

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Secret Service Officials Reported Agents in White House Incident Did Not Appear Intoxicated, Documents Show

BackyardProduction/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New documents obtained by ABC News reveal conflicting accounts by top Secret Service officials about whether two senior agents were drunk when they drove into the White House complex.

It all started with an allegation -- via anonymous email -- that Secret Service agents were “extremely intoxicated” as they drove through an active crime scene set up...

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Restaurants May Lack Healthy Meals for Kids

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The “kid’s menu” at your local restaurant may fall short when it comes to nutritious fare, according to a new study that looked at restaurants in two states in the southeastern United States.

Researchers at Virginia Tech looked at nearly 140 children menus from various restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia in a study published...

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Indiana Couple Welcomes ‘One in a Million’ Set of Triplets

WRTV(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.

Ashley and Matt Alexander of Greenfield, Indiana, were surprised weeks ago when they learned they were expecting three new additions to their family during a routine sonogram, according to ABC affiliate WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"She was checking [Ashley] and...

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Germanwings Crash: How Often Pilots Commit ‘Aircraft-Assisted Suicide’

ABC News / Flight Aware(NEW YORK) -- Although authorities said the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed earlier this week in France intended to “destroy the plane” with 150 people on board, so-called “aircraft-assisted suicides” are rare, according to researchers who reviewed decades of crash data. Still, they’ve occurred in the past, and sometimes, the pilots expressed their...

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School Tells ‘Tiny’ Girl Her Body Mass Index is Too High

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A Missouri mother is livid after her daughter came home from elementary school with a note saying that her body mass index was too high despite her lean frame.

"She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda Moss, of Belton, Missouri, told KMBC, ABC's...

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Pot Brownie That Made Man Fear Stroke Highlights Concerns About Pot Edibles

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The case of a man who mistook a reaction to marijuana-laced brownies for a stroke has again highlighted concern about what can happen when people confuse marijuana edibles with regular food.

A Michigan man called police earlier this week thinking he was in the middle of a deadly stroke, but he actually was having a reaction...

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Baby Nicknames Include Happy Meal, Sweet Thang, Fish Stick

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Meal. Pepperoni. Little Tuna.

They're all words that might easily be taken for foods a woman craves while she is pregnant. But in fact, they are among the nicknames given to unborn children across the country.

The app Ovia Pregnancy, a fertility tracking product by Ovuline that has more than two million users in the...

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How Kelly Rowland Lost 70 Pounds in Just Four Months

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wait, what!? Kelly Rowland dropped 70 pounds of baby weight in just four months.

The former Destiny's Child singer, 34, spoke to Extra about having a baby, Titan, with her husband, Tim Witherspoon, in November.

 

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‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane Asks the Internet to Wear His Favorite Color

Courtesy Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family's viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.

On March 11, Seth's mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was...

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Sunburn Indicator Strip Could Be a Real Lifesaver

iStock/Thinkstock(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) — One doesn’t normally think of Ireland as the sun and fun capital of Europe but like anywhere else, people do get sunburned there.

That’s what might have spurred a Queen's University Belfast chemical engineering professor to come up with technology that gives sunbathers an important signal about when to get out of the sun.

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Researchers: Schools Should Counsel, Not Suspend, Pot Smoking Adolescents

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — The war on drugs is becoming less punitive and more supportive, at least at some schools in Washington state and Victoria, Australia.

Richard Catalano, a professor of social work at the University of Washington, says a study of 3,200 adolescents has shown that handing out suspensions to seventh and ninth graders who got caught smoking marijuana didn’t...

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Average Doctor’s Office Wait Time Dipped By a Minute in 2014

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The waiting is often the hardest part at the doctor’s office as anyone who’s had an appointment can attest.

The physician review website Vitalis.com says the average wait time to see a physician last year was an interminable 19 minutes and 16 seconds.

But take heart, America, that's actually one minute faster than 2013.

And...

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How to Cut White Rice’s Caloric Content in Half

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For much of the world, rice is the staff of life. Here in the U.S., it’s more of a side dish with white rice the preferred variety by most people.

However, even a single cup packs 200 calories, which in of itself isn’t terrible, but combined with other food items on your plate can help you...

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Manufacturer of Scopes Cited in Spread of LA ‘Superbug’ Releases Updated Disinfection Process

ChrisPole/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Olympus America, the company that manufactures the duodenoscopes that were cited in the spread of a superbug at a Los Angeles hospital in February, released an urgent safety notification regarding updated cleaning processes to ensure high levels of disinfection in between uses.

The new process, which consists of "revised manual cleaning and high level disinfection...

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Ebola Patient at NIH Upgraded from Critical to Serious Condition

Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A patient being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda was upgraded from critical to serious condition, the NIH said Thursday.

The NIH still did not share any additional details about the patient, who was admitted on March 12. The patient was...

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CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new set of anti-smoking ads featuring real smokers who are living with the long-term health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

The "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign was first launched in 2012. "Since its launch," the CDC...

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James Bond Film “Spectre” Releases Teaser Trailer

Sony / Columbia(NEW YORK) -- The teaser trailer for Spectre, the next installment in the James Bond series, picks up right where the last film left off.

The trailer opens with the famed 007, played for the fourth time by Daniel Craig, learning some "personal effects" recovered from his ruined family estate and childhood home of Skyfall contain...

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93-Year-Old Betty White Reveals Her Biggest Regret

Photo by Brian To/Getty Images for The Lifeline Program(NEW YORK) -- Betty White's biggest regret in life involved her late husband Allen Ludden, who died from stomach cancer in 1981.

White, 93, spoke to Oprah Winfrey for Sunday's Oprah: Where Are They Now? and said that her major regret was not marrying her husband a year earlier.

They were...

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“Home” Star Rihanna Wants Movie to Empower Girls

Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna made her acting debut in the poorly-received 2012 big-budget sci-fi flick Battleship, and had cameo appearances in 2013's This Is the End and last year's Annie remake.

Now, it's her voice -- her speaking voice, not her singing voice -- that's front and center in the new animated movie Home...

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“Mad Men” Donates Its Iconic Style to the Smithsonian

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Cigarettes and hard liquor may not be what immediately springs to mind at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, but that is exactly what was unveiled Friday in homage to the massively popular television series Mad Men.

Now in its final season, the serial drama's creators at AMC cable network and Lionsgate have...

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Two Stars Affected by New York City Building Collapse

Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Craig Sjodin/ABC(NEW YORK) — Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos, was among the dozens of people who lost their homes after an apartment building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City Thursday.

The actress posted photos of the devastation on her Instagram account. One photo caption read, "NYC's finest...

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“Mad Men’s” John Slattery Says He Turned Down “Empire” Role

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) — How would Roger Sterling fit in the world of hip-hop music? We may never find out.

The actor who plays Roger on AMC's Mad Men, John Slattery, says he was offered a role on the Fox hit Empire. Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, who has guest starred on Mad Men.

Slattery...

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Molly Sims Welcomes Second Child, Daughter Scarlett May

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Molly Sims became a mom for the second time on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old actress and her husband, Ted producer Scott Stuber, announced the news in an Instagram post the following day.

"We welcome Scarlett May Stuber into our family. Our hearts are bigger with you here," Sims captioned a photo of the new baby...

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“Fancy Nancy” Optioned by Disney Junior for 2017

Jane OConnor and Robin Preiss Glasser/Harper Collins(NEW YORK) -- Fancy Nancy is coming to the small screen.

The book series has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated series and TV movie slated for 2017, the network and publisher announced on Friday.

"Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a...

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“Home” and “Get Hard” Open Nationwide Friday

"Home" - Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Home -- An alien race takes over the Earth, but one girl eludes the visitors and befriends a fugitive alien named Oh. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG....

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Poem at Reburial of Richard the Third

ABC/Rick Rowell(LEICESTER, England) — Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the late British monarch Richard the Third in a new BBC drama, and is also a distant relative, so it was fitting that he read a poem Thursday at the reinterment of the king whose remains were found underneath a parking lot 530 years after his death.

King Richard died in 1485...

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McConaughey’s Camp Not ‘Alright, Alright’ with Revealing Speaking Fee

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been booked to speak at May's commencement for the University of Houston.  How much its going to cost, however, has become something of a mystery.

Celebrity Talent International, which books stars like McConaughey for speaking engagements, insisted to the Houston Chronicle that the actor's fees should remain secret because, "a...

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Executive Producer Says He’s Contemplated “Downton Abbey” Movie

ITV(LONDON) — While Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season, its executive producer has left the door slightly open for a feature film based on the popular period drama.

Gareth Neame hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that he and series creator Julian Fellowes would be interested in bringing the show to the big screen. He said, "It’s something...

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Emma Watson Tops List of Most Outstanding Women of 2015

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — This is an outstanding achievement for Emma Watson: the Harry Potter actress ranks first on AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015.

Readers of the lifestyle website were asked to vote on females "whose achievements are shaping and defining their respective fields."

Watson landed in the top spot, with the...

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Movie Review: “Get Hard” (Rated R)

"Get Hard" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are two of the funniest people on the planet.  So how did they end up making such an unfunny movie?
 
Ferrell plays James, a wealthy banker who lives in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood and is engaged to a gorgeous, spoiled woman (Community’s Alison...

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Josh Peck Recommends John Stamos to Replace Zayn Malik in One Direction

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  When it comes to music, John Stamos is no slouch.

Not only did the 51-year-old play a musician in Full House, he's toured with the legendary Beach Boys.

So, when Zayn Malik, 22, quit One Direction Wednesday, actor Josh Peck, who plays Stamos' son in an upcoming show, took to Vine to recommend a...

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Today in History for 29th March 2015

Historical Events

1961 - After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
1973 - Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP
1975 - Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
1989 - 61st Academy Awards - "Rainman", Dustin Hoffman and Jodie Foster win
1989 - 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for...

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Healthy Kids: Fruit Bake

Fruit Bake

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by Edinmetr

"Peaches, pears and rhubarb bake together beneath a sweet and crumbly topping in this take on an old favorite. Pair with vanilla ice cream for a satisfying dessert or anytime snack."

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Wordsmith.org: Today's Word

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festinate

verb tr., intr.: To hurry or hasten. adjective: Hurried or hasty.

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