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Video Shows San Diego Cop Being Run Down With His Own Cruiser

Video Shows San Diego Cop Being Run Down With His Own Cruiser

Jean-nicolas Nault/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- A San Diego police officer who got run down by his own cruiser in a terrifying scene caught on video said he believed the man accused of hitting him was going to kill him.Surveillance video of ...

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Rays Designate RHP Grant Balfour for Assignment

Rays Designate RHP Grant Balfour for Assignment

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays designated reliever Grant Balfour for assignment on Saturday night. The move was made following the Rays’ 9-0 loss to the New York Yankees, in which the right-hander allowed three runs, one hit ...

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Evacuation Order Lifted As Massive Wildfire Burns in Southern California

Evacuation Order Lifted As Massive Wildfire Burns in Southern California

samer chand/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Overnight weather conditions Saturday night into Sunday helped contain a massive wildfire burning in a basin near a Southern California dam that had forced the evacuations of about 300 homes.The fire in the Prado Dam Flood ...

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Kurdish Forces Retake Land from ISIS in Iraq

Kurdish Forces Retake Land from ISIS in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Kurdish forces have seized large expanses of ISIS-held terrain in northern Iraq, the U.S.-led coalition said in a Sunday statement.During the operations, the Kurdish Peshmerga cleared 11 villages of enemy combatants and restored security to an area ...

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Gyrocopter Pilot Expected to Be Stopped on Way to Capitol Lawn

Gyrocopter Pilot Expected to Be Stopped on Way to Capitol Lawn

ABC News(RUSKIN, Fla.) -- The Florida mailman who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed on the Capitol lawn last week said he expected to be stopped along the way.Doug Hughes told reporters outside his home in Ruskin, Florida, ...

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In New Hampshire, Republican Presidential Hopefuls Find Endless Ways to Attack Hillary Clinton

In New Hampshire, Republican Presidential Hopefuls Find Endless Ways to Attack Hillary Clinton

Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Nineteen Republican presidential prospects gathered in New Hampshire this weekend and largely aimed their fire not at each other, but rather at Hillary Clinton, who's declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.Clinton, who ...

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Three Injured in Shooting at Delaware State University Campus

Three Injured in Shooting at Delaware State University Campus

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) -- Police are looking for a gunman after three people were shot and injured at a school-sanctioned Greek cookout on the Delaware State University campus Saturday night.The shooting happened about 8 p.m., according to the university. The ...

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Bus Carrying UCONN Students Catches Fire on Massachusetts Road

Bus Carrying UCONN Students Catches Fire on Massachusetts Road

Marisa Debboli(STURBRIDGE, Mass.) -- A University of Connecticut student says "no one was prepared" for when their senior trip came to an abrupt end Saturday, as their bus became engulfed in flames on the side of a Massachusetts road. The ...

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Shepherd Murder Trial Resumes Monday

GILMER – The capital murder trial of Jonathan Ray Shepherd is scheduled to resume in a Gilmer courtroom Monday morning at 9:00. The trial was recessed Thursday afternoon. Shepherd had admitted to killing Cheyenne Green on a video presented in Upshur County's 115th District Court last Tuesday morning. ...

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Power Outages from Last Night's Storms

EAST TEXAS -- Last night's storms brought power outages around East Texas. Oncor and SWEPCO reported power outages in Smith and Gregg Counties as well as in Cherokee, Rusk, Upshur and Van Zandt Counties. KETK reports that crews have been out overnight working to restore the power. There is ...

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Boil Water Notice in Tyler-Kilgore Area

EAST TEXAS -- The West Gregg Special Utilities District has issued a boil water notice for persons living from Interstate Highway 20 to State Highway 31 between Tyler and Kilgore. Because of a water main break Saturday, people living in that area should boil their water for at least ...

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Sheriff Smith to Testify on Border Security

TYLER -- Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has been invited by Texas State Senator Bob Hall to testify before the Senate Sub-committee on Border Security, which is a sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations. Up for consideration in the 8:00am Monday Senate public hearing ...

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Missing Gregg County Teen Sought

LONGVIEW -- Gregg County authorities are asking for the publics help in locating a teenage runaway. She is Paiglynn Raymond, 15, who was last seen at 8:00 Friday morning in the Liberty City area. According to the sheriff's department Face Book page, she was last seen wearing a ...

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Rusk County Authorities Want Man who Nearly Hit a Deputy

HENDERSON -- Rusk county authorities are looking for a man accused of trying to run over a sheriff's deputy. The suspect is identified as Kyle Wayne Green, 39, of Henderson. The Gregg Conty Sheriff's Department notified Rusk County authorities a GPS unit indicated a stolen vehicle was on State ...

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Some TISD Employees Surprised with an Award

TYLER -- EightTyler Independent School District employees have been surprised with the presentation of the Tyler ISD Foundation’s Spring 2015 A Team Award. The award was created to honor the sometimes unsung heroes of public education in Tyler. Honorees are nominated for the award by their co-workers. This is ...

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Shepherd Murder Trial Resumes Monday

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:29 am

Jonathan Ray Shepherd2GILMER – The capital murder trial of Jonathan Ray Shepherd is scheduled to resume in a Gilmer courtroom Monday morning at 9:00. The trial was recessed Thursday afternoon. Shepherd had admitted to killing Cheyenne Green on a video presented in Upshur County’s 115th District Court last Tuesday morning. Shepherd allegedly shot and killed Green in the Buckeye Stadium parking lot during a football game at Gilmer High School on September 26, 2013. According to a probable cause affidavit, Shepherd met Green in the parking lot during halftime of a football game to give their then two-year-old child to her. A witness told police the couple was arguing about custody of the child. Read more …

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Power Outages from Last Night’s Storms

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:30 am

electricity distributionEAST TEXAS — Last night’s storms brought power outages around East Texas. Oncor and SWEPCO reported power outages in Smith and Gregg Counties as well as in Cherokee, Rusk, Upshur and Van Zandt Counties. KETK reports that crews have been out overnight working to restore the power. There is no estimate on how long that might take.

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Boil Water Notice in Tyler-Kilgore Area

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:30 am

boilingwater-2EAST TEXAS — The West Gregg Special Utilities District has issued a boil water notice for persons living from Interstate Highway 20 to State Highway 31 between Tyler and Kilgore. Because of a water main break Saturday, people living in that area should boil their water for at least two minutes before cooking, drinking or making ice. According to a statement from the water district, “Due to reduced pressure caused by a water main break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system, West Gregg SUD/0920022 to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.” They said they will release another statement when the water is safe and the boil water notice is lifted.

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Rusk County Authorities Want Man who Nearly Hit a Deputy

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

Kyle Wayne GreenHENDERSON — Rusk county authorities are looking for a man accused of trying to run over a sheriff’s deputy. The suspect is identified as Kyle Wayne Green, 39, of Henderson. The Gregg Conty Sheriff’s Department notified Rusk County authorities a GPS unit indicated a stolen vehicle was on State Highway 64. As a deputy walked toward the truck an man jumped in it and drove toward the deputy. He jumped out of the way and was narrowly missed by the vehicle. They truck was later found abandoned about a mile away.

Green is then said to have stolen another pickup, which was found abandoned in Kaufman County. The search for Green continues. Green is described as a white male about 5’10” and weighs around 170 pounds. You are asked to contact the nearest law enforcement agency if you come across the suspect.

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Missing Gregg County Teen Sought

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

Paiglynn RaymondLONGVIEW — Gregg County authorities are asking for the publics help in locating a teenage runaway. She is Paiglynn Raymond, 15, who was last seen at 8:00 Friday morning in the Liberty City area. According to the sheriff’s department Face Book page, she was last seen wearing a purple tank top, blue jeans, black and white shoes, and carrying a grey backpack. She is about 5’6, 135 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, contact Investigator Jon Fulgham at 903-237-2531 or Crime Stoppers at 903-236-8408.

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Some TISD Employees Surprised with an Award

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:22 am

TISD FoundationTYLER — EightTyler Independent School District employees have been surprised with the presentation of the Tyler ISD Foundation’s Spring 2015 A Team Award. The award was created to honor the sometimes unsung heroes of public education in Tyler. Honorees are nominated for the award by their co-workers. This is the second time the Tyler ISD Foundation has presented the A Team Award. The Spring 2015 recipients, who were announced Friday, are: Kevin Bogue, Coordinator of Information Systems, Technology; Shameka Kelly, Food Service, Griffin Elementary School; Oscar Garcia, Bilingual Math and Science Teacher, Austin Elementary School; April Caldwell, AVID Teacher, John Tyler High School; Phebe Luther-Mims, Secretary, Visual and Performing Arts Department; Tamara Moss, Administrative Assistant, Tyler ISD Assessment; Sharon Evans, Special Education Coordinator, Academic Intervention; Kelly England, Third Grade Teacher, Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy. Read more …

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Sheriff Smith to Testify on Border Security

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:22 am

Larry Smith-Smith County SheriffTYLER — Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has been invited by Texas State Senator Bob Hall to testify before the Senate Sub-committee on Border Security, which is a sub-committee of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations. Up for consideration in the 8:00am Monday Senate public hearing is Hall’s SB 1252, which would give the Governor the authority to develop and enter into a Southern Border Security Interstate Compact with other interested states. State Representative Matt Schaefer ofTyler has filed companion House Bill 3401. Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution recognizes the authority of the states to create an interstate compact to be approved by Congress. With Congressional consent, the compact rises to the level of federal law and grants participating states the right of relevant federal jurisdiction. This right will empower participating states to enforce existing federal immigration laws and to gain operational control of the Southern U.S. border. Read more …

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Up & Down in Texas Politics: Dueling Tax Cuts

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:17 am

State Capitol4AUSTIN (AP) — The Senate has approved its budget featuring $4-plus billion in property tax cuts. The House is advancing its plan spending slightly more on Texas’ first-ever sales tax reduction. As both chambers speed toward a tax-cut showdown that could leave the roughly $210-billion state budget in limbo, could Gov. Greg Abbott step in? No. At least not yet. Abbott has declined to take sides, saying only that the Legislature should settle on a blend of tax cuts worth “$4 billion or more” by the end of the legislative session June 1. he Senate plan would save households around $200 a year. The House proposal would benefit all Texans, not just homeowners, but translate to about $170 in annual savings for a family of four. A state budget is the lone item the Legislature is constitutionally obligated to pass. So failure to come to a tax-cutting compromise could leave Abbott mulling something else he’s not taken sides on publicly, calling a special session this summer.

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Thunderstorms Cause Power Outages, Flight Delays in Texas

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

lighteningHOUSTON (AP) — Storms packing winds approaching 90 mph have been sweeping across parts of Texas, causing widespread power outages in the Dallas area, including at a professional soccer game. FC Dallas tweeted that its game against Toronto was being delayed Saturday night because the storm had knocked out half the lights at Toyota Stadium. The Dallas Morning News reports the storm also delayed the Academy of Country Music’s Party for a Cause festival in Arlington. All flights at Dallas Love Field were halted until the storm passed. Oncor spokesman Kris Spears tells the Morning News tens of thousands of power outages were reported across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Blue Bell Working to Get Past Listeria Contamination Scare

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

Blue Bell Ice Cream logoAUSTIN (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, experts said, but they say it will take a lot of work and a lot of money. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria bacteria linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died. The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1EXjk6R) reports veteran “crisis guru” Gene Grabowski has been advising the Brenham, Texas-based creamery. He says Blue Bell has worked around the clock since the listeria concerns arose to identify and correct any contamination sources.

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Texas Veterinarian Fired, Being Investigated for Cat Death

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:14 am

Kristen Lindsey-Tx vet kills catBRENHAM (AP) — A Texas veterinarian has been fired from her job and authorities are looking into whether animal cruelty charges should be pursued against her after she’s shown in a Facebook posting holding a feral cat she says she killed with a bow and arrow. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes says the image is disturbing and it’s the “kind of stuff that shouldn’t happen in our society.” He says the results of his department’s investigation will be turned over to the county’s district attorney for possible charges. The veterinarian, identified as Kristen Lindsey, was fired Friday from her job at a clinic in Brenham, about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

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McVeigh Defense Archive Shows Bomber Viewed Blast as Failure

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:14 am

Timothy McVeighAUSTIN (AP) — Timothy McVeigh considered the Oklahoma City bombing a failure because he left the building standing and once suggested the government should pay his defense attorneys $800,000. Documents revealing those things are among the more than 1 million pages the convicted bomber’s former lawyer donated to the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas. The school began assembling the collection in 1998 but it only became fully organized late last year. The executive director of the museum says lawyer Stephen Jones wasn’t comfortable putting the material at an Oklahoma institution, fearing it would be seen as a “shrine” to McVeigh. McVeigh was executed by injection in 2001 for the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people. At the time it was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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Scarlett O’Hara Outfit Fetches $137,000 at Auction

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 5:13 am

Vivien Leigh dress up fpr auctionDALLAS (AP) — An outfit Vivien Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” has fetched $137,000 at auction. Heritage Auctions offered the gray jacket and skirt, featuring a black zigzag applique, plus other items from the Academy Award-winning film at auction Saturday in Beverly Hills, California. Dallas-based Heritage said more than 150 items from the movie, including costumes and props, were offered by James Tumblin. He formerly was in charge of the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios. Tumblin began collecting items associated with the MGM film in the 1960s. He paid $20 for the Scarlett O’Hara outfit after spotting it at a costume company.

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Oilers Win NHL Draft Lottery

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the fourth time in the last six years, the Edmonton Oilers have the first overall pick in the NHL Draft.

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: April 19, 2015 at 9:31 am   Print This Print This

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
KTYR
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/19/2015@1800C
ISSUED: 04/19/2015 0931C

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT, ISSUED: 04/18/2015 1912C
Effective with the afternoon forecast on April 18, the level
of severe risk will be included where appropriate for the forecast
periods covering the ensuing sixty hours. There are five
classes of severe risk. In increasing order they are: marginal,
slight, enhanced, moderate, and high. The information in these
risk forecasts comes from the Storms Prediction Center in Norman,
Okla. RKP

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 75
MINIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 57
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 1.60

LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 74
MINIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 58
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 0.58

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
WIND ADVISORY FROM 12:00 NOON THROUGH 7:00 P.M. CDT TODAY!
TODAY: decreasing cloudiness, warm and windy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon–some severe, high middle 80s, southwest winds 15-20 mph and gusty, severe weather risk–enhanced;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the evening, cooler, low lower 50s, northwest winds 10-15 mph, severe weather risk–slight;
TOMORROW: mostly sunny, cooler, high lower 70s, north winds 10-15 mph;
TOMORROW NIGHT: partly cloudy and cool, low upper 40s, northeast winds about 5 mph;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 70s, south winds 5-10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low middle 50s;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 70s.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR April 18, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 77
MINIMUM 63
PRECIPITATION 0.27
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 4.35
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 21.40

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR April 18, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 80
MINIMUM 67
PRECIPITATION 0.32
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 4.12
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 21.09

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
04/18/2015 1927C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 61 79 0.06
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 62 80 0.03
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 63 76 0.10
Corsicana Campbell Field 62 81 0.82
Crockett Houston County Airport 66 81 0.31
Dallas Love Field 61 82 1.27
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 58 @76 @0.53
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 62 80 0.73
Fort Worth Meacham Field 58 81 0.75
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 63 77 0.04
Greenville–Majors Field 61 81 0.39
Hallsville CWOP 66 77 0.30
Hawkins CWOP 62 79 0.27
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 66 79 0.13
Houston Hobby Airport 68 77 3.10
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 65 80 0.09
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 65 73 0.35
Longview City 66 80 0.44
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 67 80 0.32
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 70 81 0.13
Marshall Harrison County Airport 68 76 0.66
*Mineola/Quitman Wood County Airport M. M. 0.41
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 63 76 0.52
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 66 77 1.01
Palestine Municipal Airport 64 84 0.13
Paris Cox Field 63 77 0
Shreveport Regional Airport 67 76 0.25
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 64 78 0.09
Terrell Municipal Airport 61 82 0.96
Texarkana Webb Field 65 73 0.46
Tyler–City Office 63 77 0.27
Tyler–Pounds Field 64 7781 0.02
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 04/19/2015 0929C
We may have another rather exciting afternoon. The atmosphere has stabilized after last night’s
activity; however, it might not take it too long to de-stabilize again this afternoon when the dew
point front and upper air low get here. That should occur at mid-afternoon.
Meanwhile, a tightening pressure gradient will result in gusty southwest winds ahead of
the cold front, which should get here around nightfall.
SPC has us in an enhanced severe thunderstorm risk category for this afternoon, and that
looks valid. The storms should be pretty fast movers, though, and ought to be out of here by
early-evening.
We will then cool for about 48 hours, with rapid recovery in temperatures and dew points
at mid-week. Another slow-moving upper air low is likely by late this week, and we’re going to
likely repeat the thunderstorm thing again from Wednesday evening through Friday evening, with
another cool-down for next weekend.
At early-morning today, skies are cloudy, temperatures in the 50s, and winds are light
southeasterly. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 04/19/2015 0925C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Sunday THUNDERSTORMS 83/52 30%/20%
Monday SUNNY 72/49 00%/00%
Tuesday PARTLY CLOUDY 76/56 05%/10%

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Exonerated Death Row Inmate Meets the Former Prosecutor Who Put Him There

ABC News(SHREVEPORT, La.) -- When Glenn Ford walked out of prison for the first time in 30 years, he had a state-issued debit card for $20. His prison account had $0.24. Everything he owned fit into two cardboard boxes.

Until he was freed last March, Ford, now 65, had been one of the longest-serving death row inmates in the...

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Kurdish Forces Retake Land from ISIS in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Kurdish forces have seized large expanses of ISIS-held terrain in northern Iraq, the U.S.-led coalition said in a Sunday statement.

During the operations, the Kurdish Peshmerga cleared 11 villages of enemy combatants and restored security to an area about 25 square miles in size. The Peshmerga were assisted by coalition air strikes, which destroyed ISIS weapons...

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bombing Near US Consulate in Erbil, Iraq

Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ERBIL, Iraq) -- ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed at least three people near the U.S. consulate in northern Iraq.

The blast outside the consulate injured several others on Friday, but U.S. officials said no personnel at the consulate were hurt in the bombing.

The extremist group also claimed...

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Alleged Terror Plot Thwarted in Australia

TkKurikawa/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of planning a terror attack.

The five men, between the ages of 18 and 19, were arrested after 200 state and federal police officers raided seven homes in Melbourne.

The planning of the attack was described by police as being inspired by ISIS, and aimed at police...

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ISIS Takes Credit for Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan That Killed at Least 33

izustun/iStock/Thinkstock(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) -- ISIS took credit for a suicide bombing that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 others in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday.

The blast occurred near a bank in Jalalabad, capital of the Nangarhar province, where soldiers and Afghan government employees receive their salaries. Police said the incident happened in morning rush hour, when...

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Italian Prime Minister Visits White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) --  Italy’s young Prime Minister is hoping to bring back to Rome some much needed hope and change after his visit with President Obama.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met with Obama on Friday, and discussed issues such as the American-European cooperation in Ukraine, the Iran nuclear deal, and at top of Italy’s...

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Former Saddam Hussein Aide Reportedly Killed in Iraq

Hope Milam/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- One of Saddam Hussein former top officials has reportedly been killed.

Iraqi officials said on Friday that Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam's former deputy who later allied himself with ISIS, is believed to have been killed in fighting east of Tikrit.

A senior commander said he was killed while in a convoy along with his bodyguards.

In...

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Chernobyl Survivor to Be Pushed in Team Hoyt Wheelchair for Boston Marathon

Best Buddies(BOSTON) -- Alosha O'Brien was born perfectly healthy, but after living through the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster when he was nearly 2, his body didn't grow properly, and he developed disabilities.

Now 30 and living with his adoptive family in the United States since leaving Ukraine, O'Brien mostly gets around with the help of crutches or a wheel...

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Memorial Service Held for Germanwings Crash

OLIVER BERG/AFP/Getty Images(COLOGNE, Germany) -- Hundreds gathered Friday in an emotional memorial service for those who perished in the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash last month.

Most of those who died on Flight 9525 were Germans or Spaniards, and in their honor, candles were lit to honor each victim in the cathedral.

The tearful service, which included German politicians and...

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Pope Francis Considering Visit to Cuba as Part of US Trip

Getty Images(ROME) -- Pope Francis may soon give a further boost to U.S.-Cuban relations.

Citing a person familiar with the situation, The Wall Street Journal reports the pope is considering making a stop in in Cuba in September as part of his trip to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. The Vatican says nothing is confirmed yet.

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Syrian President: ‘Europe Cannot Be Safe’ as Long as Conflict Continues

ABC News/Rob Wallace(ISTANBUL) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Friday that the conflict in his country is not limited to its borders and Europe should prepare for potential terror attacks.

Speaking with Swedish television from the Syrian capital Damascus, al-Assad issued an ominous prediction.

"As long as the backyard of Europe, especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, is in...

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Car Bomb Explodes Outside US Consulate in Erbil, Iraq

File photo. Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images(IRBIL, Iraq) -- A car bomb exploded Friday just outside the U.S. consulate in Irbil, Iraq.

It's unclear how many people may have been injured or killed, but local reports from northern Iraq say some foreigners were injured.

The State Department says all American personnel have been accounted for.

"A vehicle-born improvised explosive device (VBIED)...

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Royal Baby Birth: Fans Hope Duchess Kate Delivers a Girl

ABC News(LONDON) -- For three decades, the world has been transfixed by little royal boys in line for the British throne -- beginning with the duo of Princes Wiliam and Harry and most recently continuing to William’s first-born, Prince George.

As Prince William, 32, and his wife, Duchess Kate, 33, prepare to welcome their second child, there is a...

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SpaceX Dragon Brings Groceries to Astronauts

@AstroTerry/Twitter/NASA(NEW YORK) -- How appropriate that the SpaceX Dragon would arrive Friday morning, with the first-ever espresso machine in space.

Now, the astronauts just have to unpack the cargo to find it.

More than 4,000 pounds of groceries, supplies and science experiments are on board the capsule, which blasted off Tuesday for the International Space Station.

The capsule was...

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Thousands of Iraqi Families Flee Ramadi as Islamic State Militants Advance

File photo. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) — An Iraqi official says more than 2,000 families have fled the city of Ramadi to escape Islamic State militants who are advancing on the provincial capital of western Anbar province.

Those families are now settling on the outskirts of nearby Baghdad.

ISIS fighters have seized several villages around Ramadi in recent days, but...

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Putin Defends Missile Sale to Iran; Denies That Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday defended his decision to sell a long-range missile defense system to Iran and continued to insist there are no Russian troops in Ukraine.

During his annual marathon phone-in, where ordinary Russians have the chance to ask their president to help solve their problems, Putin explained his decision to allow the...

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BMW Recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to Fix Air Bag Problem

Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Automaker BMW has issued a recall for close to 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the vehicle’s floor mat that may prevent the passenger air bag from deploying, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Saturday.

The recall affects 59,270 Mini Cooper and Cooper S...

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MissTravel.com Dating Site Hooks Up Women Looking for Men Willing to Pay For Free Travel

ABC News(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) -- Kesslyn Ross was getting ready to jetset off to Miami Beach for a romantic weekend getaway with her date Dave Koncsol, who was paying for the whole trip, from salsa dancing lessons to fine dining.

The only thing is, Koncsol and Ross had never met before.

“I am actually going on a date with...

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Virginia Man Finds Trove of Vietnam War-Era Photos on Film Purchased on eBay

Courtesy: Ben Larsen(POQUOSON, Va.) -- Ben Larsen was only looking to grab a good deal on a rare type of film he collects when he made a purchase last Thursday night on eBay.

Instead, the 21-year-old amateur photographer from Poquoson, Virginia, got not just the film but a trove of photos that appear to be from the Vietnam War...

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Stock Market Swoon Sparks Worries of Flash Crash

Péter Mács/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a beating Friday as investors worried over Greece’s ability to pay its debt and possibly exit the Eurozone, China’s change in stock market regulations and disappointing corporate earnings from Amex and General Electric.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,826.30 on Friday, down 279.47 from its open.

The Nasdaq fell by 75.98...

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Michigan Grandfather With Cancer Takes Up Uber Driving to Pay Off Home for Family

Roland Gainer(LIVONIA, Mich.) -- A grandfather from Michigan who's been battling cancer for the almost two years now was told 10 days ago he has about two to 10 weeks to live.

Despite recommendations to look into hospice care, Kenneth Broskey, 69, is still working full-time as an Uber driver and real estate agent in the Detroit area.

Broskey,...

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Boeing Increases Overhead Bin Size by 50 Percent

Boeing(HAMBURG, Germany) -- Travelers with carry-on luggage can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

Boeing announced this week it will introduce a new overhead bin design to its 737s featuring 50 percent more space than previous models, which means less time in the aisles cramming bags for passengers and flight attendants.

"They're enormous compared to the other bins," said...

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Martin Grant to Design New Pilot Uniforms for Qantas Airways

Qantas(NEW YORK) -- Qantas Airways pilots will sport a fresh new look in the skies come 2016.

The airline announced this week that Australian fashion designer Martin Grant has been tapped to outfit the fliers in new gear after successfully modernizing the brand's cabin crew uniforms in 2013.

“Every Qantas uniform over the past 95 years reflects its times...

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Pet Project Takes a Hit

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It turns out not everyone is on board with the idea of free Internet.

Mark Zuckerberg's pet project, Internet.org, which offers access to basic free services, is at the center of a debate in India over net neutrality -- the principle that people should be able to access all information equally.

Two months after...

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Instagram Updates Rules on What You Can and Can’t Do

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Instagram has updated its guidelines to make clear what kinds of images shouldn't be posted on the photo sharing site.

While the policies haven't changed, a clarified new document makes it easier for the more than 300 million people who use Instagram to understand what's allowed.

The basics: keep your clothes on and don't share photos...

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Sony Pictures Condemns WikiLeaks Posting of ‘Sony Archives’ Database

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Months after the Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking scandal, much of the studio's leaked information has been made available on the WikiLeaks website in a searchable database.

If WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has his way, that material will always remain accessible to the public.  Assange said in a statement on the website, "This archive shows...

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Survey Finds, on Average, Americans Drive Almost 30 Miles Per Day

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — How many miles do you drive per day?

A just-released study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute shows that, on average, Americans drive 29.2 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes.

Here are other notable findings from the foundation's new American Driving Survey:

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Candy Crush Bender Causes Man to Rupture Tendon in Thumb

PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The joy felt when playing Candy Crush helped mask the serious injury a California man sustained from countless hours of playing the game.

The 29-year-old former sailor played Candy Crush all day during a six-to-eight week stretch, suffering a ruptured tendon in his left thumb due to excessive game play, according to a case...

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Texas Mom Says ‘No’ to Friends With Multi-Level Marketing Invitations

RachRiot.com(HOUSTON) -- One woman who lives outside Houston is putting the brakes on friends who try to sell her nail art, skincare and kitchen goods or so-called multi-level marketing products.

Rachael Pavlik, 45, is a stay-at-home mom whose viral post on the Scary Mommy blog published Wednesday explained her limited tolerance for social media messages and event invitations to...

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Wall Street Dips Slightly As Oil Prices Rise

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets ended the day on Thursday with slight losses, even as the price of oil climbed.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,105.77, down 6.84 from its open.

The Nasdaq fell by 3.23 to close just over the 5,000 mark at 5,007.79. The S&P 500 fell by 1.64, finishing the session on Thursday at...

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How Our Netflix Viewing May Be Leading It to ‘World Dominance’

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has not only taken over one in three households with its old and new video offerings, but it's on the road to world domination, literally.

The company announced Wednesday it reached 40 million subscriptions in the United States at the end of March, or a third of the nearly 116 million households, according to the...

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Hillary Clinton’s Facebook Interactions Nearly 90 Times More Than Martin O’Malley in Iowa

Hillary Clinton (L) Photo: ABC/ Martin H. Simon -- Martin O'Malley (R) Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a significant lead in Iowa when compared to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- a potential opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 -- in at least...

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In New Hampshire, Republican Presidential Hopefuls Find Endless Ways to Attack Hillary Clinton

Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Nineteen Republican presidential prospects gathered in New Hampshire this weekend and largely aimed their fire not at each other, but rather at Hillary Clinton, who's declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Clinton, who plans to arrive Monday in the Granite State for two days of events, was a ripe target for...

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North Carolina Man’s Obituary: Don’t Vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016

ABC News(CONCORD, N.C.) -- A North Carolina man may influence the 2016 presidential election from beyond the grave if his family gets their way.

Larry Darrell Upright, an “avid golfer” who loved his family, died Monday in Concord, North Carolina. He was 81.

Upright didn't, however, apparently share that love for Hillary Clinton.

"The family respectfully asks that you...

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Cruz Talks ISIS Threat, Slams Obama Administration to GOP Crowd

ABC News(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the final speaker at Saturday’s Republican Leadership Summit, highlighted that it was time the United States got serious about dealing with the ISIS threat in the Middle East.

“We need a clear-eyed commander in chief who number one sets the objective and the objective is not to weaken, it's not to...

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Rand Paul Boasts National Security, Bashes Clinton in New Hampshire Speech

ABC News(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke about the need of a strong national defense while attacking Hillary Clinton’s actions in a speech on Saturday.

Paul was among the many Republican presidential hopefuls in Nashua, New Hampshire over the weekend to speak to voters at the GOP Leadership Summit.

The presidential candidate spoke Saturday morning about what...

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New Hampshire Welcomes Potential GOP Presidential Candidates

ABC News(NASHUA, N.H.) -- The first primary election is a little over 300 days away, but Republicans are already trying to capture the moment in New Hampshire and make their pitch to voters.

A total of 19 Republican presidential hopefuls are in the Granite State this weekend for the sold-out Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Florida Senator...

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  In his weekly address, President Obama spoke of his administration’s efforts to combat the threat of climate change in advance of activities planned for Earth Day on Wednesday.

“The world is looking to the United States – to us – to lead,” Obama said. “And that’s what we’re doing,”

The president points out...

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GOP Weekly Address: Use Economic Pressure On Iran

Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois spoke of the ongoing need to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

Kirk, the co-author of sanctions legislation in the Senate, said the United States and its negotiating partners in the nuclear talks must continue to use strong economic pressure on Iran to...

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2016’s Chipotle Primary: Why Presidential Candidates Are Sweating About Salsa

marcnorman/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to presidential politics, there’s more than one kind of primary. There are the ones that happen in the states (such as the New Hampshire primary), the one that happens behind-the-scenes (the money primary) and the one that happens in the media (the perception primary).

Introducing the Chipotle primary.

Yes, the early weeks of...

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Laura Bush Reveals New Details About President George W. Bush’s Painting Hobby

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former first lady Laura Bush provided new details about former President George W. Bush’s much-discussed painting hobby during an interview with ABC News, saying that the couple has had an artist’s studio constructed at their ranch in Texas and that her husband’s latest project is a “big series of prickly pear cactus.”

“It's been a lot...

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Obama Talks Opposition to Trans Pacific Partnership, Lynch Confirmation Process

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama used unusually blunt rhetoric on Friday regarding the fierce opposition from his own party in Congress to the Trans Pacific Partnership.

“Being opposed to this new trade agreement is essentially a ratification of the status quo, where a lot of folks are selling here but we're not selling there,” Obama said...

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What It Was Like at the First Gay Rights Demonstration Outside White House 50 Years Ago

vichie81/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Paul Kuntzler said that when he and nine other people picketed the White House 50 years ago on Friday, protesting the government's treatment of gays and lesbians, he could not imagine how far the gay rights movement would come in five decades.

That protest on April 17, 1965, is believed to the first gay rights demonstration, advocates...

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President Obama Appears to Soften Position on Iran Nuclear Deal

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama appeared on Friday to have softened his position on a key element of the Iran nuclear deal: When sanctions would be lifted.

The White House has consistently said that under any nuclear agreement, sanctions must be lifted gradually as the Iranians demonstrate they are complying with the agreement.  

The topic...

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Senator to DHS: Suspend Visa Broker Facing FBI Probe

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A company led by a former White House military aide that is under FBI investigation for allegedly cheating foreign investors out of millions after promising them an easy path to a Green Card should have long ago lost its federal Homeland Security certification, said Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley.

“There's no reason why [federal immigration officials] could...

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Republicans Flock to the Granite State for Leadership Summit

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHUA, N.H.) — New Hampshire Republicans are hosting this weekend's First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit.

The two-day event begins Friday in Nashua, Hew Hampshire, and will feature speeches by many prospective presidential candidates, including the three senators that have already announced they're running: Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.

Other potential candidates who will...

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FDA Approves ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Corneal Implant

byakkaya/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved a "first-of-its-kind" corneal implant meant to help improve near vision in some patients.

The KAMRA inlay is implanted in the cornea of one eye to help patients with presbyopia, the FDA says. The device is ring-shaped and works by blocking unfocused light rays from entering the eye,...

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New York Health Officials Sound Warning Over ‘Spice’ Overdoses

Aaron Kohr/iStock/Thinkstock(ALBANY, N.Y.) -– New York health officials are warning of a recent increase in the use of a synthetic cannabinoid that has sent more than 160 patients to the hospital since April 8.

The drug, known as “spice,” is known to be marketed as incense, herbal mixtures or potpourri in order to mask its true purpose.

Calls to...

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See Girl Smile After Having Surgery to Fix Facial Deformity

Dr. Gregory Levitin/Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital(NEW YORK) -- Nearly two weeks after undergoing a lengthy operation to fix a facial malformation, Kaitlin Nguyen is again smiling.

The 3-year-old girl was born with a large facial lymphatic malformation that bulged out from under her cheek.

Earlier this month, Kaitlin underwent surgery led by Dr. Gregory Levitin, director of the Vascular...

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Elmo Says ‘Get Vaccinated’ in New Video

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Turns out even Muppets aren't immune to the need for vaccinations.

In a new video released by the U.S. Health and Human Services, Elmo of Sesame Street joined forces with the U.S. Surgeon General to encourage all children to be up to date on their vaccinations.

"I explained to him...

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NY Office Manager Accused of Posing as Dentist for Root Canals

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A New York woman faces a possible seven-year prison sentence for allegedly posing as a dentist named "Dr. Val" and performing dental procedures on patients without a license.

Valbona Yzeiraj of White Plains, New York, faces multiple charges including felony assault, attempted grand larceny, unauthorized practice and reckless endangerment for allegedly performing root canals and other...

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Johns Hopkins Defies Senator over Black Lung Probe

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine has turned down U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr.’s request for the results of internal review of the renowned medical center’s controversial radiology program, which for years read X-rays of coal miners on behalf of coal companies and rarely found those miners to have serious black lung disease.

“John Hopkins’...

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Sam Smith Reveals He’s Four Pounds Away from His Goal Weight

SAV/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- For more than a month, Sam Smith has been working hard to get in shape.

Now, he's four pounds away from his goal weight, he wrote on Instagram.

"Beautiful catch up with the incredible [nutritionist Amelia Freer]," he wrote next to a photo of himself in her kitchen. "Feel happier and healthier than ever."

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Watch Texas Teen with Down Syndrome’s Reaction to Getting First Job

Courtesy Sharon Sunderman(NEW YORK) -- Ben Sunderman watched the mailbox for days to find out whether he got his internship, and when it finally arrived, his reaction was priceless.

His mother had her camera on as Ben Sunderman, who is 19 and has Down syndrome, opened the envelope and read the acceptance letter aloud until he got to the...

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Measles Outbreak Declared Over in California

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last year and spread across the country was declared over in California Friday.

The outbreak, which began in December 2014, infected 131 people in the Golden State. No new cases have been reported there in 42 days.

“We are pleased this outbreak is over, but caution that measles can...

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Pup Gets Life-Changing Surgery After a Lifetime of Crawling

WLOS(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- A rescued pit bull has become a "tap dancer," in the words of his owner, after having reconstructive surgery to fix a rare deformity that left him only able to crawl.

Roscoe, a pitbull, was born with a deformity that left his front legs partially bent backwards under his wrists, according to ABC News affiliate WLOS-TV...

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Being Charitable Is a Competition for Guys

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For many men, everything is a competition.

Researchers in the U.K. studied donation patterns on over 2,000 online fundraising pages and found that guys will give four times more money to a fundraiser when the organizer is an attractive female and when another man has given a large donation.

The researchers have labeled this response “competitive...

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Three Reasons Your Online Dating Profile Isn’t Getting Any Love

Eugenio Marongiu/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A few years ago, if you met your date on the Internet, you may have hid it from your friends and family.

Today, it's practically the norm.

And it seems to be working. According to a recent Pew survey, the number of Americans who say they met their current partner online has doubled in the...

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E-Cigarette Users Less Likely to Quit Smoking, Study Says

nito100/iSTock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Companies sell e-cigarettes as a bridge to quitting tobacco, but according to a new study, smokers who have used e-cigarettes are less likely to quit smoking or decrease their cigarette consumption.   

Researchers looked at the smoking habits of 1,000 adult smokers in California at two time points, one year apart in a new study published...

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Health Issues Linger for 9/11 EMS Workers

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Emergency medical service personnel who provided aid in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks suffer from a higher burden of health conditions than peers who did not work there, according to a new study.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, is the first to use medical...

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Doctors Remove Huge Tumor From 3-Day-Old Infant

Nicole Monzietti(NEW YORK) -- At 8 months old, Abbey Monzietti looks almost like any other infant as she attempts to take a few unsteady steps and calls out for her "mama." But the girl has made a major recovery after being born with a life-threatening tumor that required surgery three days after she was born.

Abbey's tumor was pressing...

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Jon Stewart Explains Decision to Leave “The Daily Show”

Photo Credit: Martin Crook/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Jon Stewart announced earlier this year that he would quit his job hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and has now explained that decision by saying that he wasn't getting the same enjoyment out of doing the show.

"It's not like I thought the show wasn't working anymore, or that I...

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New “Star Wars: Episode VII” Stormtrooper Uniform Is the Main Attraction at Celebration

ABC News(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Almost as soon as Imperial Stormtroopers blasted their way onto the big screen in 1977, Star Wars fans have wanted to know where and how to get their own suit of ultra-cool white armor.

But you either had to have the serious skills needed to build your own or had to deal with an often...

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Miley Cyrus, John Legend, John Mayer to Honor Legends at Rock Hall of Fame

StonePhotos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Some of today's biggest stars will be on hand to induct -- and perform tributes to -- the iconic musicians entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year at the hall's induction ceremony Saturday in Cleveland.

Miley Cyrus, who's often spoken about her admiration for '80s rock icons Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, will...

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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”: Highlights From the Official Trailer

Warner Bros(NEW YORK) -- After the first trailer leaked late Thursday night for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zach Snyder took it upon himself to release the official 2-minute clip late Friday.

So, here it is and now we can talk about it!

 



Here are...

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Kim Richards Steps Out After Arrest

Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Richards may be laying low, but she's not hiding.

Just hours after the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was released from police custody, she was seen in the L.A. area on Friday wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.

Richards, 50, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning and charged with public...

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Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Racist Experience

ABC/Randy Holmes(WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -- Supermodel Chrissy Teigen tweeted about a recent racist experience she had in West Hollywood.

"I dropped my sunglasses this AM on Santa Monica blvd and this seemingly normal looking dude screamed "f------ c----- always dropping s---," she posted on Thursday.

Teigen, 29, who is known as much for her humorous personality as she is...

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Ringo Starr Jokes ‘It’s About Time’ for His Hall of Fame Induction

Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall, Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, thereby becoming the last of The Beatles' four members to be honored individually by the institution.

Starr initially was inducted into the Rock Hall as a member of the Fab Four in...

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Fans React to First “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Trailer

Warner Bros(NEW YORK) -- It was supposed to first air on Monday in IMAX theaters, but the first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer hit the Internet on Thursday night and fan were quick to react.

There was definite excitement, especially with the new Star Wars trailer hitting the same day.

The video wasn't officially posted by Warner...

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David Hasselhoff’s Music Video ‘True Survivor’ Is a Beautiful, Strange 1980s Journey

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gunfights? Kung fu? Dogs with lasers for eyeballs? Hitler? Dinosaurs?

Sure.

David Hasselhoff's latest music video, “True Survivor,” was released Thursday and features a strange, beautiful mix of 1980s themes -- from computer hackers on PCs to street riot sequences that would make Steven Seagal proud.



The video -- which mimics the trailer for...

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Sarah Silverman Apologizes for Story About Gender Gap Disparity

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Sarah Silverman is used to getting laughs, but this morning the comedienne is being called out for telling a story about being affected by the gender pay gap -- and the man on the other side of the story is disputing Silverman’s account.

Silverman told the story in a video for the women’s rights group,...

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1962 - NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m
1966 - Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
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