East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
TYLER — After a long battle with lymphoma, former Texas state Representative Leo Berman died Saturday. He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann Berman, five children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandsons, one sister, and two brothers. He is predeceased by wife, Cara Sue Hughey Berman. Funeral services are pending with Christ Episcopal Church. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
SMITH COUNTY — Kids playing on a phone has led to the seizure of some marijuana. It began when the kids called 911. Because of the call, a deputy was sent to a residence on County Road 481. Two vehicles were parked in front of the house. One vehicle had several kids inside. He was unable to get anyone to come to the door and smelled the odor of burning marijuana. He heard a noise from the back of the house and saw a man crawling out a window and running away. He was unable to catch the man. When he returned to the house, the cars were gone. Looking through a window, he saw one and a half bricks of marijuana on a table inside the house. After obtaining a search warrant, Smith County narcotics officers search the house and found the one and a half bricks of marijuana as well as a gallon bag of marijuana and a set of scales used in the distribution and sale of illegal drugs. Also found in a bedroom were six more bricks of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana recovered was 16 pounds with an approximate value of $8,000. The investigation will continue in an attempt to identify the owner of the marijuana and also the identity of those in the house when the deputy arrived. Smith County detectives will also attempt to identify the children that were observed in the car and work with Child Protective Services to take the necessary steps to safeguard these children.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
MARSHALL — Damage from a tornado has been reported in Harrison County. Harrison and Marion Counties were under a tornado warning for nearly an hour starting at 11:36 Sunday morning. A National Weather Service team from Shreveport confirmed the damage was done by an EF1 tornado. It began about 10 miles northeast of Beckville, moving northeastward over Interstate Highway 20 into eastern Marshall where it lifted about six miles north northeast of the city. The heaviest damage was reported off Highway 43 North near the Jasper Drive and Forest Trail areas. There have been reports of homes and trees damaged. A golf course near Airport Park reported damage. Power outages were also reported in the area. There have been no report of any injuries.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
MARSHALL — A two vehicle accident in Marshall has left one person dead and three injured. The victim has been identified as Todd Lane Davis, 19, of Waskom. The injured were taken to Good Shepherd Center-Marshall for treatment. The wreck occurred around shortly after 3:15 Saturday morning. It was reported at the intersection of U.S Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 80. It is said to have occurred when a vehicle ran a red light and hit Davis’ vehicle. The accident remains under investigation.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:58 am
LUFKIN — The body of a missing Lufkin teenager has been found in a Lufkin ditch. Ayanna Austin, 13, was reported missing Thursday morning. The body was located in the rain flooded ditch behind Lufkin Middle School and off Virgil Avenue. Her body was said to have been found Saturday afternoon around 4:30 by family and friends who had been aiding in the search effort. Her body has been sent to Beaumont for autopsy.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:58 am
TYLER — Milling and resurfacing of failed pavement in various areas along Rice/Shiloh Road will be this week. Construction is expected to last a week and is dependent upon weather. Three locations will be resurfaced, including the curves of Shiloh Road around Sweetbriar Lane, Rice Road around Kinsey Drive and Rice Road around Plantation Drive. Lane closures are to be expected in these locations from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, May 29. Drivers should use caution due to possible uneven pavement conditions.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of May 25, 2015. Schedules are subject to change due to weather, equipment or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention in these and all work zones.
SMITH COUNTY – Tyler Maintenance is conducting base repair work on Farm Road 2015 between Farm Road 16 and Farm Road 14 with traffic reduced to one line and controlled by flaggers. A second crew will be on Ranch Road 2767 cutting high shoulders between Farm Road 2908 and the Gregg County line. Some of this work will be done as a moving operation while some will require reducing the roadway to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 8:25 am
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) – A Corpus Christi church says five of its parishioners are among eight people missing after a vacation home where several families were staying was swept away by a flash flood on the rain-swollen Blanco River. Former Nueces County Commissioner Joe McComb says his 36-year-old son, Jonathan, is hospitalized in San Antonio with multiple injuries after the house was knocked off its foundation and carried down the raging river Sunday. It struck a bridge and then began breaking up. McComb tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times his son’s wife and their two children are among the missing. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd says five members of two families from the Corpus Christi church also were in the house and are missing. Four others inside also managed to escape.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
UNDATED (AP) — A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of Texas, Oklahoma and other Plains and Midwest states. The weekend storms spawned a tornado that damaged a Houston apartment complex and caused major flooding that forced at least 2,000 Texans from their homes. Authorities are blaming three deaths on the storms. Two were in Oklahoma and the last was in Texas, where a man’s body was found along the swollen Blanco River. Among the worst-affected communities are Wimberley and nearby San Marcos in the Central Texas corridor between San Antonio and Austin. Many homes in those communities were damaged or destroyed. More rain is in the forecast for Monday for a large swath of the nation’s midsection.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 8:25 am
HOUSTON (AP) – Houston fire officials say 10 people have been taken to hospitals after a house fire. The blaze on the city’s northeast side was brought under control less than 20 minutes after firefighters responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday. The nature of the injuries isn’t immediately known. The department says in a statement that the home sustained significant fire and smoke damage. Arson investigators are at the scene.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House gave preliminary approval to increasing homestead property tax exemptions, key to a $3.8 billion tax cut package on Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s wish list. Hours later Sunday, the Senate voted to cut business taxes by more than $2 billion. The property tax cut saves homeowners about $120 annually, but only if approved by voters statewide in November. Homeowners could exempt $25,000 of their appraisal value from being taxed by local school districts. Angleton Republican Representative Dennis Bonnen, the House’s top budget negotiator, predicted homeowners’ savings will be fleeting amid rising appraisal costs. The House and Senate spent weeks feuding over the best way to cut taxes. But Abbott announced a deal last week. Now, portions of that agreement are advancing through the Legislature piece by piece.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers have voted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition benefits to veterans’ children. During hours of debate Sunday, some House members opposed cutting veterans’ benefits on Memorial Day eve. The sponsor of the bill that would have mandated deep cuts, Republican Represenative John Zerwas, eventually struck a deal easing his original proposal. The House then voted 137-0 to pass his less ambitious plan. It only mandates that veterans be Texas residents for eight years before receiving free tuition at Texas’ public universities, and calls for studying the program. Fiscal conservatives had clamored that the program was unsustainable. Its cost to universities has climbed from $24.7 million in fiscal year 2010 to $169 million last fiscal year.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has voted to bar law enforcement from giving the media the names of people involved in traffic accidents. The move came on a bill to protect accident victims from being harassed by lawyers seeking to file lawsuits. But the Senate pushed it further in what would be a drastic rollback of state public records law. Senator Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, says he wants to protect the families of fatal accident victims from hearing their loved one’s name in the media. He said the media would still get access to criminal reports. Police would be required to issue redacted accident reports without the names and personal information of those involved. The bill has been opposed by public records advocates. The bill still needs House approval.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
AUSTIN (AP) — The House has voted to make footage from body cameras worn by Texas officers public only if law enforcement deems it in its best interest, or if an investigation is complete. Democratic Sen. Royce West’s bill passed on a voice vote late Sunday. The measure establishes loose guidelines for law enforcement wishing to use body cameras, and sets up a grant program to help agencies fund the technology. West said the bill helps departments decide when to release footage. It also creates a criminal charge for officers who release recordings without permission. Grant applicants must have policies that follow the guidelines for training, usage and public release — and find a 25 percent matching grant locally. The governor’s office has said it will make $2 million available for the grants.
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has voted to partially consolidate the state’s health and human services bureaucracy, but stopped short of creating a single, super entity as proposed amid a contract scandal. Lawmakers Sunday approved 137-0 merging three agencies beginning next year. Being combined are the Health and Human Services Commission, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. But consolidation of the Department of State Health Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services will only be studied. Creating a single, super agency was proposed following a multimillion dollar, no-bid contract state health officials signed with an Austin tech firm in 2012. That proved too ambitious, though. The Senate already approved the plan, but House changes mean it can’t yet clear the Legislature
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(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Juan Pablo Montoya outdueled Will Power and Scott Dixon over the final five laps to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Montoya, who came into the race Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, won the Indy 500 for the second time -- his first coming in 2000 when he was a rookie.
(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night in Chicago, taking a 5-4 double overtime win over Anaheim.
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(HOUSTON) -- The Golden State Warriors would appear to be well on their way to the NBA Finals.
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(TORONTO) -- The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will kick off on June 6 and runs through July 5.
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
Posted/updated on: May 25, 2015 at 6:16 am
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/25/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/25/2015 0616C
TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 5:00 A.M. CDT: 71
MINIMUM THROUGH 5:00 A.M. CDT: 69
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 5:00 A.M. CDT: Tr.
LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 5:00 A.M. CDT: 74
MINIMUM THROUGH 5:00 A.M. CDT: 70
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 5:00 A.M. CDT: 0.02
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT TUESDAY EAST OF A PARIS-CENTERVILLE LINE; THROUGH 9:00 P.M. CDT MONDAY WEST OF A PARIS-CENTERVILLE LINE!
MEMORIAL DAY: widespread rain and thunderstorms–mainly during the afternoon with heavy rainfall and severe weather possible, otherwise mostly cloudy, high lower 80s, south winds 10-15 mph, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–enhanced;
MONDAY NIGHT: rain and thunderstorms likely during the evening then tapering off, heavy rainfall possible, otherwise cloudy, low upper 60s, south winds 10-15 mph, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–slight;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 10-15 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds about 10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 24, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.56
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 33.69
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 24, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.31
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 31.55
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 68 77 0.77
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 67 76 1.27
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 70 76 0.66
Corsicana Campbell Field 67 79 0.25
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 69 79 0.24
Dallas Love Field 67 78 3.02
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 63 76 3.92
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 69 79 0.64
Fort Worth Meacham Field 67 79 1.05
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 69 78 0.42
Greenville–Majors Field 66 75 1.47
Hallsville CWOP 71 76 0.43
Hawkins CWOP 70 77 0.30
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 69 76 0.25
Houston Hobby Airport 70 81 0.14
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 67 77 0.36
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 71 78 0.62
Longview City 71 77 0.19
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 72 78 0.42
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 73 79 0.17
Marshall Harrison County Airport 73 78 0.04
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 70 79 0.48
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 71 78 0.20
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 70 75 0.53
Palestine Municipal Airport 67 77 0.71
Paris Cox Field 66 73 2.26
Shreveport Regional Airport 73 80 0.03
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 68 77 1.20
Terrell Municipal Airport 67 77 1.00
Texarkana Webb Field 72 78 0.13
Tyler City Office 68 77 0.67
Tyler–Pounds Field 69 78 0.70
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/25/2015 0559C
Another upper air disturbance will be crossing this evening, resulting in widespread rain
and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. There is the risk for both heavy rainfall and
severe weather. QPF today should run between one and three inches, and the severe risk is
slight. Both are most likely between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The disturbance goes east of us tonight, shutting down the showers and thunderstorms.
Dry-slotting behind the departing disturbance tomorrow will lower shower chances for
Tuesday. A weak mid-level ridge will keep showers only widely scattered Wednesday and
Another upper air system should return high-end rain chances for next weekend.
Temperatures this week are going to be running near to slightly above normal.
At 5 a.m. today, skies are cloudy with stratus; temperatures are near 70, and winds are
southerly at about 10 mph. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/25/2015 0614C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Monday THUNDERSTORMS 81/68 80%/60%
Tuesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 86/71 20%/20%
Wednesday PARTLY CLOUDY 86/70 30%/20%
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This year's conference kicks off next Thursday in San Francisco. While Google isn't spilling any of its big plans yet, a look at...
(NEW YORK) -- Egg prices are surging as the bird flu continues to spread through the Midwest.
The outbreak is now more than twice as bad as the last big one in the U.S., which took place in the 80s. So far, it has claimed 39 million chickens and turkeys -- including about 10 percent of the country's egg...
(PITTSBURGH) — Take one look at the mysterious Uber car spotted on the road in Pittsburgh earlier this month, and it's clear it isn't a typical vehicle in the ride-hailing app's fleet.
A device appears to be rotating on the top of the Ford sedan, along with "Uber Advanced Technologies" emblazoned on the side of the vehicle. A photo...
(SAN FRANCISCO) -- YouTube wants to change the way people buy items and is harnessing the power of its videos to help connect consumers and retailers.
Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google's senior vice president of advertisements and commerce, announced what could be a revenue-boosting plan for the video sharing website Thursday during his keynote at Ad:Tech in...
(APPLETON, Texas) -- A family cattle ranch run by a fourth-generation farmer has gone from raising cattle for slaughter into a vegan sanctuary for their herd.
Tommy Sonnen bought his 96-acre farm in Angleton, Texas, 11 years ago and convinced his wife, Renee, to join the ranch life. They got divorced but then remarried one another about six...
(NEW YORK) -- The markets bounced back on Thursday after investors were motivated to buy energy stocks after seeing a rise in oil prices.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,285.74 on Thursday, up 0.34 from its open.
The Nasdaq was was up slightly by 19.05 to close at 5,090.79. The S&P 500 was up by 4.97, to...
(VITI LEVU, Fiji) -- There's a saying that there's no such thing as bad pizza.
Now that that's been established, some places are more enjoyable than others when it comes to enjoying a slice.
Some pizza connoisseurs swear by a red-and-white-checked-tablecloth kind of joint. But we'll take this floating pizzeria in paradise.
Cloud 9, located in...
(WASHINGTON) -- As tourists packed the National Mall during a busy Memorial Day weekend, a parked vehicle with several suspicious items inside alarmed a Capitol Police patrol unit enough to dispatch a bomb squad and shutdown part of downtown Washington for several hours, authorities said.
Officers on routine patrol late Sunday afternoon observed a parked and unoccupied vehicle...
(WASHINGTON) -- Five-year-old Yasmeen Faruqui didn't feel like doing her homework. She insisted she wanted to write to President Obama instead. And he wrote back.
"Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting," reads Yasmeen's handwritten note, posted to Twitter by her aunt. "Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry...
(WASHINGTON) -- Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich said he's "getting closer" to jumping into the 2016 race for the White House, but dismissed the idea of being a vice presidential candidate should he fail to secure the GOP nomination for president.
"Forget it, Jon. I don't play for second," Kasich told ABC News' Jonathan Karl Sunday on This...
(WASHINGTON) -- ISIS would "of course" use a nuclear weapon if given the chance, House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Mac Thornberry said on Sunday, responding to reports of ISIS claiming they had the resources to acquire a nuclear weapon from Pakistan within a year.
Despite the reports that ISIS hopes to obtain a nuclear weapon, Thornberry, R-Texas,...
(CLEVELAND) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised the people of Cleveland on Sunday, calling its residents a “model” in their response to the acquittal of a white police officer charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of an unarmed black couple.
Protests quickly followed the acquittal of officer Michael Brelo, who had been charged in the deaths of Timothy...
(WASHINGTON) -- The National Security Agency has begun "winding down" the once top-secret bulk collection of Americans' phone records after Congress failed to renew or change the program before a holiday recess, a senior administration official told ABC News.
"We've said for the past several days that the wind-down process would need to begin...
(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate blocked a House bill early Saturday morning that would have extended three sections of the Patriot Act which are set to expire on June 1.
Sixty votes were needed to pass the House-approved USA Freedom Act. But the vote late Friday night saw the bill get just 57 votes in support....
(WASHINGTON) -- A project dubbed the "biggest construction failure" in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- already $1 billion over budget and more than a year behind schedule -- is getting another $100 million taxpayer bailout.
Construction will continue on a new veterans medical center near Denver, expected to serve...
(EXETER, N.H.) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears to have learned to take selfies so well that she's now teaching others how to do them.
At a campaign event in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Friday, Clinton gave a brief lesson on how to take a selfie to a voter who was attempting to take...
Meet Mike Huckabee: Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this month, former Arkansas Governor and declared his intent to run for president in 2016. As Huckabee gears up for his campaign, here's some more information about the GOP hopeful.
Name: Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee
Declared as a candidate: May 5, 2015 in Hope, Arkansas
What he does now: Huckabee, 59,...
(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama commemorated Memorial Day by paying tribute to the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“Like generations of heroes before them, these Americans gave everything they had—not for glory, not even for gratitude, but for something greater than themselves,” Obama...
(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas calls on President Obama to honor that nation’s troops by backing a defense authorization bill that provides them with the benefits they’ve earned, and the tools and resources they need to complete their missions.
“We carry a debt to those who have served, and especially to...
(WASHINGTON) --In a major win for President Obama, the Senate voted Friday 62-37 to pass the so-called "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority.
The so-called “fast track” authority would ease the path for Obama's sweeping Trans-Pacific trade deal and empower the president to send his trade package to Congress for a strict up or down vote with...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar responded to allegations of child molestation Thursday by calling his actions "inexcusable."
Now, Mike Huckabee is standing up for him.
"Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and...
(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Friday released 296 emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account related to the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The documents made public Friday were earlier provided to the House Select Committee on Benghazi several months ago in response to its request...
(CLEVELAND) -- If you’re allergic to tree and grass pollen, Memorial Day is probably not your favorite holiday.
It’s the time of year when the spring tree pollen end up overlapping with the summer grass pollen, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. David Lang, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic, said many people experience this allergy “double whammy.”
(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother is out of jail after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.
Heather Hironimus posted bond and was released Saturday night, according to authorities in Palm Beach County.
Hironimus, 31, had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for...
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at a conference on Heart Failure Saturday, indicating that depression was linked to a five-fold increase in risk of death in heart failure patients.
According to a press release for the event, researchers followed patients for a year following hospitalization for heart failure. Those patients who suffered from moderate or severe depression...
(DETROIT) -- The world's oldest person, Jeralean Talley, turned 116 Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.
Talley -- who was born in 1899 -- was named the oldest living person in the world last month, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
Talley's birthday celebrations began earlier this week when she was honored at the Michigan Department of...
(ATLANTA) -- A paralyzed high school student in Georgia did something described by some as a miraculous step forward: he walked at his graduation.
Thanks to a special medical device, Will Hutchins of Heard County was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma at his graduation ceremony Friday night, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reports. It led...
(CLEVELAND) -- Mosquitoes are a common summer nuisance, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, the bothersome buzzers may not be after your food -- it may be the scent you put off.
"Mosquitoes are not only attracted to our body odor," said Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, "but [also] the things we use to mask...
(NEW YORK) -- This weekend, millions of Americans will hit the road to spend time with family and friends during Memorial Day and celebrate the unofficial kick-off of the summer season.
Unfortunately, the season also means higher rates of injuries, according to experts.
To make sure you can enjoy your long weekend and stay safe, here are a few...
(WASHINGTON) -- The ongoing outbreak of avian flu has prompted four states to declare a state of emergency and 40 million birds being either infected or culled as a result. And now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl.
But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have...
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The Florida State Attorney General's Office is investigating a dentist for Medicaid fraud after a group of parents alleged that he performed unnecessary and painful procedures on their children, ABC News has learned.
Dr. Howard Schneider, 78, has been practicing dentistry in Jacksonville since the 1960s. Authorities are investigating whether he collected millions of dollars in...
(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother has agreed to circumcise her son after spending a week behind bars for refusing to cooperate with a court order to do so, ABC News has learned.
Heather Hironimus, 31, had been in custody since May 14 after going missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid...
(MILWAUKEE) -- As far as the first responders could tell, the man was dead. He was cold and stiff, according to the medical examiner's report.
But then on the way to the morgue, he started moving.
The 46-year-old man's name has not been made public, but the report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says that he wasn't...
(NEW YORK) -- Like most teenage girls, Mackenzie Langan loves to shop -- but those shopping trips used to often end in tears.
Mackenzie, a high school senior, is petite, standing at about 5 feet tall. But her bra size was a 32-H, so she said finding outfits that fit well was a constant challenge.
"It’s nice to...
(WATERFORD, Mich.) — After a vet tech's 10-year-old dog lost both eyes to glaucoma, her two younger pets stepped up to act as guides to the injured animal.
Kiaya is an Akita who lives in Waterford, Michigan, with her owner, Jessica VanHusen.
"She's my furry daughter," VanHusen told ABC News Friday. "She's amazing."
When Kiaya was diagnosed...
(DOWNEY, Calif.) — Erik Sorto hasn't been able to move his arms or legs in more than a decade, but he was recently able to pick up a beer and drink it with a new robotic arm.
Sorto, 34, was paralyzed from the neck down by a gunshot injury when he...
(ATLANTA) -- More than 50 people in nine states have been sickened with salmonella, and investigators suspect raw tuna in sushi is to blame, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is reporting that 53 people have been sickened -- including a child younger than 1 year old -- with a strain of salmonella...
(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has released a trailer for A Very Murray Christmas, its upcoming Christmas special starring Bill Murray set to debut in December.
The 24-second trailer, which is clearly a nod to his role in Lost in Translation, features a signature shrug from the actor while he dons a pair of headband antlers and gazes glumly out...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Blythe Danner doesn't go online. One reason? It would be tough for her to read criticisms of her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.
"I don't like to read stuff. I don't even know what they write," she told Vulture. "I'm told, but it's hurtful to see things written about your baby."
Danner added that she struggles...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Josh Duggar admitting that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago as a teenager, TLC has pulled the show in which he's featured with his large family, 19 Kids and Counting.
In a statement to ABC News, the cable network said: "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian is a reality star, clothing designer and a book author -- and is now firing back at her critics who say her career is easy.
"I get more fed up with questions like -- I was traveling recently and I was doing a press day and people were like, 'How do you feel when people...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Now that George Clooney is a married man, he's getting used to being asked repeatedly if he and wifeAmal Clooney are going to have kids.
"I just did a junket," Clooney said about his new film, Tomorrowland. "Each of the outlets has a different version of how to get to it. They'll be like, 'There's a kid,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series, is all grown up.
The one-time child actor recently showed off his toned physique on the cover of Attitude, the U.K.'s gay lifestyle magazine. And inside the magazine, there are pics where he's just wearing underwear and not much else.
Lewis' new look is...Read more...
(LONDON) -- He may have walked down the aisle, something many fans thought he'd never do, but George Clooney is still the same guy who loves a good prank.
"I'm doing one now that I can't tell you about, but in a year you are going to hear I've been arrested -- I'm not kidding, because I think I've crossed...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Much has been made of the Mad Men series finale that aired Sunday night.
However, the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, laid rumors to rest Wednesday night during a discussion with author A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library.
"In the abstract, I did think, why not end this show with the greatest commercial ever made?" he said,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman's Late Show swan song brought in big ratings for CBS.
Wednesday night's broadcast of Late Show, which marked the end of Letterman's 33-year run on late-night TV, averaged 13.76 million viewers. It was the program's largest audience since February of 1994, when an episode of Late Show followed CBS coverage of the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Josh Duggar is responding to recent reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago, saying he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions."
In Touch magazine was the first to report that Josh Duggar was investigated in 2006 for alleged misconduct starting when he was 14 years old....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- "Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.
The star-studded lineup included actors Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as musicians like Coldplay, John Mellencamp, Keith...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
Tomorrowland -- In the Disney film, George Clooney is a former boy-genius who, along with a bright teen, attempts to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place called "Tomorrowland." Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael-Key also star. Rated PG.
Poltergeist -- The horror remake focuses on evil spirits...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Based on the subject matter of the past few posts to this site I was accused Wednesday of hating Democrats. Rubbish. I don’t hate Democrats. As the saying goes, some of my best friends are Democrats. (No, really, some of my best friends are Democrats.) I don’t hate them and hate is such a strong […]
Lung cancer is definitely not a good diagnosis but one thing is certain — the earlier that diagnosis comes, the greater the likelihood of a good outcome. In this post to www.HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast lung disease expert Dr. James Fox answers questions about screening for lung cancer to find it early. Visit the Health Connection website!
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1927 - Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford
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