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University of Maryland Closes Investigation into Racist Email, Finds No Policy Violation

University of Maryland Closes Investigation into Racist Email, Finds No Policy Violation

sframephoto/iStock/Thinkstock(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- The University of Maryland has finished an investigation into an email containing racist and sexist language sent by a student that went viral earlier this year.

The email had been sent to members of the student's fraternity ...

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St. John’s Introduces Chris Mullin as Head Coach

St. John's Introduces Chris Mullin as Head Coach

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- St. John’s University introduced Chris Mullin as their new men’s head basketball coach on Wednesday.  
The 51-year-old Mullin spent his college-playing days with the Red Storm, winning the Big East player of the year ...

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Convicted Murderer Escapes from Illinois Prison

Convicted Murderer Escapes from Illinois Prison

DanHenson1/iStock/Thinkstock(KANKAKEE, Ill.) -- A convicted murderer escaped from a detention center in Illinois on Wednesday morning.

According to the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, Kamron Taylor, 23, overpowered a correctional officer and took the officer's keys and uniform at about 3 a.m. ...

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UN Says Nearly 1,000 Iraqis Killed by Acts of Terrorism and Violence in March

UN Says Nearly 1,000 Iraqis Killed by Acts of Terrorism and Violence in March

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq released the latest casualty figures for March on Wednesday, showing nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in acts of terrorism and violence last month.

The report says that 997 ...

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Second Victim of NYC Building Collapse Identified

Second Victim of NYC Building Collapse Identified

FDNY(NEW YORK) -- The second victim of the East Village building explosion last week in New York City has been positively identified, New York City officials said Wednesday.

Using DNA analysis, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that Moises ...

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DOJ: No Contempt Charge Against Former IRS Official Lois Lerner

DOJ: No Contempt Charge Against Former IRS Official Lois Lerner

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Justice cleared former Internal Revenue Service senior official Lois Lerner from a congressional contempt referral related to her appearances before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in connection with accusations that ...

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Kraft, Mondelez Charged with Manipulating Wheat Prices

Kraft, Mondelez Charged with Manipulating Wheat Prices

Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday charged Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez Global LLC with manipulating wheat futures and cash wheat prices.

According to a press release, the two companies ...

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Rihanna Plays April Fool’s Day Prank on Jimmy Kimmel

Rihanna Plays April Fool's Day Prank on Jimmy Kimmel

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Kimmel will be the victim of an April Fool's Day prank played by none other than Rihanna.

In a YouTube teaser video, Kimmel's wife lets the singer into their bedroom where he's fast asleep.

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I-20 Exit Ramp Reopens

GREGG COUNTY -- An access road off Interstate 20 in Gregg County was closed for several hours due to a fuel leak that emerged Wednesday morning. According to the Longview Police Department, the access road on the off-ramp of exit 595-A was shut off to traffic. TxDOT said ...

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Police Search Pond for Evidence in Eager Murder Case

CEDAR PARK -- Law enforcement agencies teamed up around noon Tuesday in an effort to find for more evidence in the Katie Eager case. According to KETK, Cedar Park Police in conjunction with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office Dive Team searched a retention pond near the scene of ...

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Two Men Sentenced in Federal Drug Case

TYLER – A Tyler resident, along with his Houston co-conspirator, have been sentenced to federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Wednesday. Juan Gutierrez-Mojica, 44, of Tyler, (pictured) was sentenced to 180 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, and money ...

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Smith County Offices in Troup Close Early for the Day

TROUP -- Smith County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 James Meredith and Constable Pct. 3 Jimmie Blackmon shut down their offices early Wednesday afternoon because of an electricity outage in Troup. Meredith reported closing the office, at 313 E. Duval St. in Troup, for the rest of ...

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U.S. Attorney: 27 Charged in East Texas Drug Trafficking Organization

TYLER – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales says 27 individuals have been indicted following a lengthy investigation into a drug trafficking organization dealing methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. On March 14, a federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment charging the 27 with conspiracy to possess ...

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Authorities: Man Arrested after Running along Roadside Carrying Gun

TYLER -- Smith County authorities say they've arrested a man who was carrying a gun as he ran along a roadside. At around 9:30 Wednesday morning, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the incident in the 10800 block of Spur 164. Deputies responded and ...

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Two Wounded in Officer-Involved Shooting in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES – Two people were injured Monday night during an officer-involved shooting. According to KETK, the Nacogdoches Police Department reports that at 9:52 p.m. authorities were dispatched to a disturbance call with weapons in the 4700 block of Warr Circle. When an officer made it to the ...

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U.S. Attorney: 27 Charged in East Texas Drug Trafficking Organization

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm

thumb_dept-justice-sealTYLER – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales says 27 individuals have been indicted following a lengthy investigation into a drug trafficking organization dealing methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. On March 14, a federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment charging the 27 with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Bales says a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement began executing federal arrest warrants and search warrants this week as a result of the investigation. Read more …

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Authorities: Man Arrested after Running along Roadside Carrying Gun

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

thumb_sheriff-smithcountyTYLER — Smith County authorities say they’ve arrested a man who was carrying a gun as he ran along a roadside. At around 9:30 Wednesday morning, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the incident in the 10800 block of Spur 164. Deputies responded and located the suspect walking along the roadway with what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun, according to a news release. Deputies made contact with the suspect, who reportedly refused to put the gun down and also allegedly refused to cooperate with the deputies in identifying himself. Read more …

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Officials Identify Man Wounded in Law Enforcement Shooting

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

JameMeadorHCSO_1427904595836_56736_ver1.0LARUE — The investigation continues and the suspect has been identified after Henderson County deputies were involved in a shooting Tuesday afternoon while serving a warrant near Larue. KETK reports that around 1 p.m., four deputies were attempting to execute the warrant at a home on the 3400 block of County Road 4305 when the incident took place. When authorities circled to the back of the house, they found the fugitive who then grabbed an AR-15 from a four wheeler and began firing at law enforcement, according to authorities. Deputies reportedly returned fire and hit the gunman several times. Read more …

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Smith County Warrant Round Up Deemed Successful

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Officials report a big jump in collections during the recently-completed third annual Smith County Warrant Round Up. According to a county news release, 385 warrants were cleared and $132,870 was collected. That compares to $90,000 collected in 2014 and $80,000 collected in 2013. “This is the most successful warrant round up the county has ever had,” Smith County Judicial Compliance Supervisor Sheryl Keel said. “We’re definitely going to do this again in the future.” Read more …

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Man Jailed for Deadly Conduct for Incident during Family Memorial

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

HarveryWoodkinsMugMPD_1427892816080_56714_ver1.0MARSHALL — An East Texas man is behind bars after reportedly shooting a firearm at a local park. According to KETK, the Marshall Police Department says around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, officials located a vehicle believed to be occupied by a wanted felon. Officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of George Gregg and Loop 390 on an SUV and arrested Harvey Justin Woodkins, 22, on a warrant for deadly conduct in reference to a shooting that occurred on Sunday at Smith Park in Marshall. Read more …

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Two Wounded in Officer-Involved Shooting in Nacogdoches

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

johnsNCSO_1427911396266_56554_ver1.0NACOGDOCHES – Two people were injured Monday night during an officer-involved shooting. According to KETK, the Nacogdoches Police Department reports that at 9:52 p.m. authorities were dispatched to a disturbance call with weapons in the 4700 block of Warr Circle. When an officer made it to the scene, a man was seen reportedly forcing a woman into a vehicle. As the policeman approached the vehicle, a shot rang out and the woman fell to the ground. The suspect, who was holding a .357 magnum, tried to go back inside, but was shot by the officer in his arm and lower body. Both of the injured were taken to a local hospital. Read more …

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Two Men Sentenced in Federal Drug Case

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Juan Gutierrez-MojicaTYLER – A Tyler resident, along with his Houston co-conspirator, have been sentenced to federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Wednesday. Juan Gutierrez-Mojica, 44, of Tyler, (pictured) was sentenced to 180 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, and money laundering. His co-conspirator, Norberto Pineda, 41, of Houston, was sentenced to 70 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and money laundering. United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider handed down the sentences during a Tyler proceeding. Read more …

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Police Search Pond for Evidence in Eager Murder Case

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

pond-searchkxan_1427924136501_56565_ver1.0CEDAR PARK — Law enforcement agencies teamed up around noon Tuesday in an effort to find for more evidence in the Katie Eager case. According to KETK, Cedar Park Police in conjunction with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team searched a retention pond near the scene of Eager’s murder. The victim, a former Pine Tree student, was found shot to death on February 27. Her boyfriend, 31-year-old Adam Solis, is held in the shooting. A spokesperson with the CPP said the search was not related to a tip, but rather a thorough investigation. The gun used in the murder has not yet been found, according to police.

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I-20 Exit Ramp Reopens

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 6:03 pm

police-longview2GREGG COUNTY — An access road off Interstate 20 in Gregg County was closed for several hours due to a fuel leak that emerged Wednesday morning. According to the Longview Police Department, the access road on the off-ramp of exit 595-A was shut off to traffic. TxDOT said the road reopened later Wednesday. KETK reports that the cause of the leak was not immediately announced but police said the ramp had to remain shut down until the fuel was cleaned up.

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Smith County Offices in Troup Close Early for the Day

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm

thumb_Lady-JusticeTROUP — Smith County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 James Meredith and Constable Pct. 3 Jimmie Blackmon shut down their offices early Wednesday afternoon because of an electricity outage in Troup. Meredith reported closing the office, at 313 E. Duval St. in Troup, for the rest of the day.

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Longview House Fire

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Longview Fire DepartmentLONGVIEW – A Longview home has been heavily damaged by fire. It was reported around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon in the 500 block of Buchanan Avenue. It took firemen just over an hour to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. No word on what started the fire, which is said to have started in a rear room of the home.

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Texas University Breaks Silence on McConaughey Speech Fee

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Matthew-McConaugheyHOUSTON (AP) — A Texas university that booked Matthew McConaughey as its May commencement speaker has broken the silence on the former Longview resident’s speaking fee. The University of Houston said in a statement Tuesday that it was paying the actor speaking fees totaling $135,000 plus travel expenses, as well as a $20,250 commission to the Celebrity Talent International booking agency engaged by the university. Meanwhile, the statement says McConaughey is donating his fees to a foundation he started to provide tools to help high school students lead active lives and make healthy choices for the future. The university initially balked at revealing McConaughey’s fee, citing a confidentiality agreement with the booking agency. However, the university says its business with the agency is finished and the confidentiality agreement is no longer binding.

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Budget Moves through Legislature

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

thumb_texas-state-capitol-2AUSTIN (AP) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to lower taxes and send hundreds more armed troopers to the Mexican border is advancing in the Legislature. Republicans in the House have sent a $210 billion budget to the Senate on a vote of 141-5. Social conservatives cut $3 million from programs to prevent HIV and sexual transmitted diseases and put that money into expanding abstinence education in schools. Abortion opponents tucked in new bans that prohibit abortion providers from putting sex education materials in classrooms.

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Four Charged after Body Found in Carpet after Robbery

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police believe a dispute over sharing loot from a 2013 jewelry store heist led to a suspect killed and his body rolled in carpet and dumped. Police on Wednesday announced four arrests related to the slaying of William Luna Garcia. An investigation linked Garcia and the other suspects to the April 2013 robbery in Baytown. Police say the men apparently argued over the jewelry. Garcia was fatally beaten. His body was discovered in June 2013 by some hikers near a park. Online jail records don’t list an attorney for Aaron Junior Sandoval, who’s held without bond on murder and aggravated robbery counts. He’s also charged with aggravated assault and theft in a 2014 case. Three other suspects are charged with evidence tampering. One has also been charged with robbery.

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Woman Accused of Illegal Injections Previously Charged

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Denise Rochelle RossDALLAS (AP) – A Dallas woman accused of illegally practicing medicine after one of her clients died from a buttocks injection faced a similar charge five years ago but was never prosecuted. The Dallas Morning News reports that 43-year-old Denise Rochelle Ross was arrested in 2010 for practicing medicine without a license by the Glenn Heights Police Department, according to Detective Sgt. Kevon Howard. According to an arrest warrant, Ross was detained after a female client told police she required surgery after her right buttock became infected from an illegal silicone injection. The Dallas County district attorney’s office never filed formal charges against Ross, and it is unclear what happened to the case. There is no court file of that case. Ross is being investigated in the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found at Ross’ salon last month after she had received an injection.

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Trooper Finds 2 Tons of Marijuana in Pressure Washer

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

image002ROMA (AP) – A South Texas traffic stop has led to 2 tons of marijuana found inside a pressure washer system in an estimated $24 million drug bust. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday announced the driver from the Houston area faces drug distribution charges over the Starr County stop. DPS says a trooper on Monday pulled over a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 83 west of Roma (ROH’-muh). The trooper discovered 174 bundles of marijuana in the pressure washer skid being towed on a flatbed trailer. DPS says 42-year-old Carlos A. Lozano of Pasadena was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to possess marijuana. Lozano was placed in federal custody. Investigators didn’t immediately provide further information on the suspect.

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Six Texans Indicted in Five New Jersey Home Invasions

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – Authorities in New Jersey say six Texas residents have been indicted in connection with a string of home invasion robberies late last year that targeted the Asian-Indian community. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey says a county grand jury handed up five indictments Wednesday which contain 103 counts overall. The six defendants are accused of having various roles in five home invasions in Old Bridge, Edison and South Plainfield. The six defendants – five Houston residents and another person from North Texas City – face charges of conspiracy to commit bias intimidation, robbery and burglary for allegedly selecting the five families whose homes were ransacked at gunpoint between October and November. Individually, some of the defendants also face counts including aggravated assault and kidnapping. Bail for each defendant was set at $1.25 million.

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Houston Police Seek 2, Jewelry Cases Smashed with Hammers

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston police are seeking two suspects who robbed a jewelry store by using hammers to smash a display case and steal wedding rings. Police on Wednesday released security video of the holdup that happened around midday March 9 at a Zales store in Willowbrook Mall. Investigators say both men wore bandanas on their faces. One carried a gun and held employees at bay while the other went to a glass display case. The surveillance video shows the second robber using two hammers to pound the top of the display case, about a dozen times, before it gives way. Both men then stuff jewelry into a bag and run out. Nobody was hurt. Police didn’t immediately release a dollar estimate on the stolen items.

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North Texas Lake Recovering Since 2010 Fish Kill

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

FORT WORTH (AP) – Experts say a North Texas lake has shown signs of recovery from a 2010 fish kill blamed on golden alga. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Wednesday announced encouraging results of recent gill net surveys at Possum Kingdom reservoir. Fish kills have been documented as far back as 2000 in what’s commonly known as Possum Kingdom lake, about 60 miles west of Fort Worth. Biologists in 2010 estimated nearly 120,000 fish died in Possum Kingdom and also Lake Whitney in kills blamed on golden alga. Fisheries biologist Robert Mauk says most fish populations have done relatively well since then, with good numbers of older, larger fish. Striped bass have done especially well. Mauk says surveys haven’t shown this many larger striped bass since a fish kill in 2001.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 102 (32-42) – Detroit Pistons 78 (29-46)

San Antonio Spurs 103 (49-26) – Orlando Magic 91 (22-53)

Washington Wizards 106 (42-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (18-58)

Boston Celtics 100 (34-41) – Indiana Pacers 87 (32-43)

Brooklyn Nets 100 (34-40) – New York Knicks 98 (14-61)

Houston Rockets 115 (51-24) – Sacramento Kings...

St. John’s Introduces Chris Mullin as Head Coach

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- St. John’s University introduced Chris Mullin as their new men’s head basketball coach on Wednesday.  

The 51-year-old Mullin spent his college-playing days with the Red Storm, winning the Big East player of the year award three times in the 1980s. He suited up in the NBA for 16 seasons, making five All-Star teams....

Bengals Agree to New Contract With WR/KR Brandon Tate

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a new deal with wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate on Wednesday. His previous contract expired on March 10.

“Brandon has been a big contributor to the success of our team in qualifying for the playoffs the past four seasons,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “We...

Cowboys Sign LB Rolando McClain to One-Year Deal

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain.  

McClain and the team agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal worth $3 million, ESPN reports.

McClain went with the Cowboys over the Patriots after meeting in New England last week.

The 25-year-old faces a four-game fine after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Tiger Woods Practices at Augusta, Undecided About Masters

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday and is still undecided about playing at next week's Masters Tournament.

"My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf," Woods said on Feb. 11. "Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I...

Alex Ovechkin Scores 50th Goal

G Fiume/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season on Tuesday night in the team's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Ovechkin has now scored 50 goals in one season six times in his career and joined the likes of Mario Lemieux, Marcel Dionne, and Guy Lafleaur. Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy both did it nine...

ESPN: Northern Iowa Inks Jacobson to New 10-Year Deal

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Northern Iowa showed their appreciation to head men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson by signing him to a new 10-year deal, according to ESPN.com.

Jacobson led the Panthers to a 31-4 record and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. Northern Iowa won their first round matchup versus Wyoming before being eliminated...

Tennessee Hires Rick Barnes as New Head Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Former Texas head coach Rick Barnes was officially introduced Tuesday as Tennessee's new men's basketball coach.

The 60-year-old Barnes takes over for Donnie Tyndall, who lasted only one season at Tennessee after the NCAA started investigating his two years at Southern Mississippi. The Volunteers went 16-16 last season.

"I am driven," Barnes said. "I've...

NASCAR Penalizes Ryan Newman 75 Points

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After finding the team guilty of doctoring the No. 31 car's tires for the race on March 22 at Auto Club Speedway, NASCAR penalized Ryan Newman 75 points, suspended crew chief Luke Lambert for six races, and fined Lambert $125,000.

Newman's engineer Philip Surgen and tire technician James Bender were also suspended for six...

Blue Jays Name Hutchison Opening Day Starter

Photos.com/Thinkstock(DUNEDIN, Fla.) -- The Toronto Blue Jays say 24-year-old Drew Hutchison wil be their Opening Day starter when they face the Yankees on April 6 in New York.

"It's really exciting -- Opening Day is special," Hutchison said. "At the end of day, it's a long game. But as we all know, it's Opening Day. The excitement, the energy...

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

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WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/02/2015@0500C
ISSUED: 04/01/2015 1544C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, south winds 10-15 mph;
THURSDAY: partly sunny and breezy, high lower 80s, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, south winds 10-20 mph and gusty;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, south winds 10-15 mph;
FRIDAY: partly sunny and breezy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s, south winds 10-20 mph becoming northwesterly around mid-day;
FRIDAY NIGHT: clearing and much cooler, low middle 40s, north winds 10-15 mph;
SATURDAY: sunny, high middle 60s, north winds about 10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SATURDAY NIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers near morning, low upper 40s;
SUNDAY: cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and a few thunderstorms, high lower 60s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: cloudy and warmer, a 40 percent chance for showers and a few thunderstorms, low upper 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy and warmer, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 9-15, 2015:
Above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR April 1, 2015
(The report is for the twemty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MAXIMUM 77
MINIMUM 63
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR April 1, 2015
(The report is for the twenty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fourteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MAXIMUM 78
MINIMUM 60
PRECIPITATION Tr.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 04/01/2015 1502C
The upper air disturbance continues moving our way this afternoon, and we have the chance for
showers and thunderstorms into mid-evening. A few may linger into tomorrow morning.
Otherwise, skies are cloudy this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s and south winds
in the 10-20 mph range.
We’re still looking for the cold front and another disturbance on Friday with scattered
showers and thunderstorms followed by cool and dry weather on Saturday.
Rain should return to the region on Easter Sunday as yet another disturbance crosses.
This precedes the warm-up, with yet another storm system towards the middle of next
week. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 04/01/2015 1538C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Thursday BREEZY 65/82 20%/20%
Friday BREEZY 66/76 20%/30%
Saturday SUNNY 45/65 05%/00%

University of Maryland Closes Investigation into Racist Email, Finds No Policy Violation

sframephoto/iStock/Thinkstock(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- The University of Maryland has finished an investigation into an email containing racist and sexist language sent by a student that went viral earlier this year.

The email had been sent to members of the student's fraternity last year, and according to a statement from university President Wallace Loh, condoned non-consensual sexual conduct. Investigators said...

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Convicted Murderer Escapes from Illinois Prison

DanHenson1/iStock/Thinkstock(KANKAKEE, Ill.) -- A convicted murderer escaped from a detention center in Illinois on Wednesday morning.

According to the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department, Kamron Taylor, 23, overpowered a correctional officer and took the officer's keys and uniform at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. Taylor is believed to have fled the jail and stolen the...

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Second Victim of NYC Building Collapse Identified

FDNY(NEW YORK) -- The second victim of the East Village building explosion last week in New York City has been positively identified, New York City officials said Wednesday.

Using DNA analysis, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that Moises Ismael Locon Yac is the second victim of the tragedy. Yac was a restaurant employee who witnesses had...

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Washington, DC Police Arrest Suspect in Lawyer’s Murder

Obtained by ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Police in Washington, D.C., Wednesday arrested a woman in connection with the killing of a lawyer who was found stabbed to death inside a district hotel room.

Police charged Jamyra Gallmon, 21, with first-degree felony murder while armed in connection with the death of David Messerschmitt. His body was found inside a room at...

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Investigation Underway After Noose Found on Duke University Campus

File photo. Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- An investigation is underway on the campus of Duke University after a noose was found hung on the Bryan Center plaza, where the office of the Vice President of Student Affiars, among other offices, are located.

Larry Moneta, Vice President of Student Affairs, addressed Duke students in a letter sent out on Wednesday, describing...

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Getty Heir Had ‘Several Health Issues’ at Time of Death, Police Say

Andrew Getty/Facebook(LOS ANGELES) -- Andrew Getty, the grandson of oil billionaire J. Paul Getty, was suffering from several undisclosed health issues at the time of his death, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

"At this time, it appears as though he died of natural causes but the coroner will obviously make that determination in their final report," Det. Meghan Aguilar...

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Suspect in Custody After Fort Hood Officials Receive Verbal Threat

Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images(FORT HOOD, Texas) -- Officials at Fort Hood in Texas say they responded to a verbal threat from a soldier on Wednesday afternoon.

A statement from the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office on Wednesday said that officials received a call at about 1:30 p.m. local time about a verbal threat issued by a soldier. "Directorate of...

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UVA Student Newspaper Apologizes for April Fools Day Article Satirizing Martese Johnson Incident

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The managing board of the Cavalier Daily, the campus newspaper at the University of Virginia, apologized on Wednesday for an ill-advised April Fool's Day joke that poked fun at a recent incident in which Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents allegedly injured a student, Martese Johnson, while arresting him.

The front page of Wednesday's issue featured an...

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Calif. Governor Announces New Water Restrictions as Drought Worsens

NASA(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a set of mandatory water conservation measures on Wednesday, as the state continues to struggle with a prolonged drought that has lasted for more than four years.

"Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow," Brown said in a statement after visiting...

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NYPD Cop Who Berated Uber Driver Is Under Internal Review

Sanjay Seth/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- A video showing a police detective berating an Uber driver in New York City has gone viral, and the New York Police Department said the video is under review by the Internal Affairs Bureau and that it will also be investigated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

The officer in the video has been identified...

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NC Teen Writes Rejection Letter to Duke University’s Rejection Letter

ABC News(DURHAM, N.C.) — Spring is here along with the angst of the college admissions process for high school seniors everywhere.

One North Carolina teenager decided to fight back with a rejection letter to the rejection letter she said she received from Duke University.

“Dear Duke University Admissions,” the letter written by 17-year-old Siobhan O’Dell begins. “Thank you for...

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Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Shortest in a Century

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Don't press the snooze button for this one.

The total lunar eclipse set to take over the skies on Saturday will be the shortest in a century, lasting five minutes and turning the moon red, according to NASA.

The sky spectacle will be visible from all parts of the United States, with people in the eastern...

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Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dead at 78

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Ore.) — Gary Dahl, the inventor of the Pet Rock, has died, The New York Times reports. He was 78.

Dahl’s wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed that her husband had passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Jacksonville, Oregon, on March 23.

While working as a freelance copywriter in Northern California, Dahl came up with the...

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Andrew Getty, Grandson of J. Paul Getty, Found Dead at Home

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the late billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday under what appear to be mysterious circumstances.

Police said they have detained Getty's ex-girlfriend for questioning. Two weeks ago, Getty had sought a restraining order against the same woman, according to the...

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After Just Six Hours, Defense Rests in Boston Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- In the Boston Marathon bombing trial the prosecution took 92 witnesses and more than three weeks to present their case, but on Tuesday, the defense for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested after just four witnesses and about six hours.

Weeks ago during opening statements defense attorney Judy Clarke admitted to Tsarnaev’s role in the bombing and the violent aftermath,...

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UN Says Nearly 1,000 Iraqis Killed by Acts of Terrorism and Violence in March

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq released the latest casualty figures for March on Wednesday, showing nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in acts of terrorism and violence last month.

The report says that 997 Iraqis were killed and 2,172 were injured in March -- including 729 civilian deaths and 1,785 civilian injuries. In addition, 268...

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Galaxy Discovery Sheds New Light on How Structures Formed

ESA(NEW YORK) -- New clues have been discovered in the distant universe that shed light on how galaxies formed.

The universe is believed to be 13.8 billion years old and is home to an estimated 100 billion galaxies comprised of stars, gas and dust. However, researchers are unsure how those giant clusters came to be.

In order to capture...

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Oil Rig Explosion Kills 4 in Gulf of Mexico

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An explosion and ensuing fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico today left four dead and injured 45 others, according to the Pemex oil company.

Pemex, a Mexican state-run oil company, said 300 workers were evacuated after the fire broke out on their Abkatun Permanente plaform.

Pemex said in a statement Wednesday night...

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April Fool’s Day ‘Bluff’ Lands New Zealand Woman a New BMW

ABC News(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- A woman in New Zealand has reportedly won a brand new BMW after being the first to respond to an April Fool’s Day ad placed in a local newspaper.

The woman, identified as Tianna Marsh, arrived at the Team McMillian BMW car dealership in Newmarket at 5:30 a.m. after seeing an ad for the...

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Identical Triplet Sisters Get Married Together in Joint Wedding in Brazil

iStock/Thinkstock(PASSO FUNDO, Brazil) -- Identical triplet sisters gave guests triple vision when they walked down the aisle and said "I do" together at their joint wedding in Passo Fundo, Riuo Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Tagiane Bini, Rocheli Bini and Rafaela Bini, all 29, wore nearly identical dresses and had the same hairstyle and makeup when they tied the knot....

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Avalanche in French Alps Kills at Least Three Skiers, Officials Say

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- At least three skiers have died due to an avalanche in the French Alps Wednesday afternoon, according to local government officials.

Christian Flagella, the commander of the gendarmerie police force in the Haute Alpes region, said at a news conference Wednesday that the three individuals were part of a larger group of 11 skiers.

Four members of...

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World’s Oldest Person Dies at 117

Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The Japanese woman who holds the title as the world's oldest person has passed away just weeks after turning 117.

Misao Okawa died Wednesday from heart failure, according to the BBC, after celebrating her birthday on March 5.

Born to a clothing merchant in 1898, Okawa married in 1919 and has three children, four grandchildren,...

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Germanwings Crash: Video May Show Plane’s Final Moments

ABC News / Flight Aware(NEW YORK) — Two magazines have reported details of a disturbing video taken from inside the doomed Germanwings plane moments before it crashed into the French Alps, but investigators have denied its existence.

While ABC News has not independently confirmed the existence of the video, the editor of Parisian news magazine Paris Match has told...

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Cuba, US Hold First Talks on Human Rights

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The first meeting between Cuba and the United States on human rights held Tuesday in Washington, D.C. proved that even with resounding differences between the two countries on the topic, they continue to move forward toward normal relations.

Pedro Luis Pedroso, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry deputy director for multilateral affairs, said Tuesday evening that despite “deep differences between...

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Key Issues Unresolved as Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — Foreign negotiators, working beyond a Tuesday deadline, are optimistic that an agreement can be drafted on a nuclear accord with Iran -- with a focus on narrowing down differences between the parties.

A joint statement of progress is expected later Wednesday.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaking to reporters, said “a broad framework of...

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Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Talks, Calls for ‘Better Deal’

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(WASHINGTON) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up his opposition to the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran, the United States and its European allies, saying it was "time for the international community to insist on a better deal."

"A better deal would significantly roll back Iran's nuclear infrastructure," Netanyahu said in a statement on Wednesday. "A...

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Nigeria Elects New President Amid Boko Haram Threat

iStock/Thinkstock(ABUJA, Nigeria) — It's goodbye to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost his job to former Army general Muhammadu Buhari in a hotly contested national election that could determine the fate of the west African nation.

The changing of the guard representing the first civilian transfer of power is a shift in direction for Nigeria, which has been bedeviled...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Talks ‘Accomplished Quite a Bit’

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- The foreign minister of Iran said Tuesday night negotiators "accomplished quite a bit" and he hopes that the process of drafting an agreement can begin Wednesday.

"We've accomplished quite a bit, but people needed to get some rest and start over early in the morning," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. "And I...

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WHO, Iraq Ministry of Health Deny Report of Ebola in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health on Monday denied reports of an Ebola case in Iraq.

"The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Iraq did not verify the information appeared in BASNews on 28 March alluding to the appearance of an Ebola case in Abu Gharib," a WHO press...

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Iraqi PM Celebrates ‘Liberation’ of Tikrit from ISIS Control

State Dept photo(TIKRIT, Iraq) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on his Twitter account Tuesday that Iraqi Security Forces had retaken the city of Tikrit from ISIS forces.

In his tweet, Abadi called the city's "liberation" a "historic milestone." He also congratulated Iraqi forces and volunteers for their work to retake Tikrit.

 

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Kraft, Mondelez Charged with Manipulating Wheat Prices

Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday charged Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez Global LLC with manipulating wheat futures and cash wheat prices.

According to a press release, the two companies are additionally accused of violating speculative position limits and engaging in numerous noncompetitive trades of wheat. "This case goes to...

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Manhattan Hotel Honors the End of “Mad Men”

Doug Hyun/AMC(NEW YORK) --  Mad Men may be littered with great plot lines and iconic characters, but the real star of the show for many fans has always been New York City.

The AMC series is a celebration of sorts of the style, fashion and in some cases decadence of a city that show creator Matthew Weiner went to...

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McDonald’s to Raise Minimum Wage for Employees at Company-Owned Restaurants

McDonalds(NEW YORK) -- Some McDonald's employees will see their wages increase later this year, after the company announced new benefits for workers at its company-owned restaurants.

"We've been working on a comprehensive benefits package for our employees -- the people who bring our brand to life for customers every day in our U.S. restaurants," President and CEO Steve Easterbrook...

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Stocks Fall Again After Hiring Slows

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday was another rough day on Wall Street as stocks finished lower after reports showed lower hiring at private companies in March.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 77.94 to 17,698.18. It had been trading down nearly 200 points earlier in the session.

The Nasdaq dipped to 4,880.23, down 20.66 on the day, while the S&P...

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Whale Trainer Says SeaWorld Leading ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Him

Magnolia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The whale trainer behind a book critical of SeaWorld says his former employer is conducting a "smear campaign" by releasing a 5-year-old video of him using racist terms.

John Hargrove is on a book tour for Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. He was featured in the 2013 documentary...

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Priceline Acknowledges Baby as ‘Unusual’ Purchaser of Car Rental

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Priceline has decided to give a refund to a Minnesota family for a $516 car rental for an "unusual situation" involving the renter, who was a 9-month-old baby.

Mandy Ellingson of Big Lake Minnesota said her son Daniel was sitting in her lap when she was shopping for car rentals for an upcoming family vacation on...

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Indiana Pizza Restaurant Says It Wouldn’t Cater a Gay Wedding, Supports Religious Freedom Law

iStock/Thinkstock(WALKERTON, Ind.) — The operators of a pizza restaurant in Indiana reportedly say they support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence and wouldn't be willing to cater a gay wedding.

The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, near the border with Michigan, told ABC News' South Bend, Indiana, television affiliate WBND that...

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ADP Report: 189,000 Jobs Added in March

iStock/Thinkstock(ROSELAND, N.J.) -- Private employers in the U.S. added less than 200,000 new jobs last month for the first time since January 2014, the latest survey from ADP shows.

According to the payroll processor, 189,000 jobs were added in March -- down from 214,000 in February. That's the smallest gain since January 2014, when 157,000 jobs were added.

On...

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Walmart Takes Firm Stand Against Arkansas Religious Freedom Bill

Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) — Walmart CEO Doug McMillon is asking Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a bill that "threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion."

On Tuesday, Arkansas' House approved a religious freedom measure that is similar to the one signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just last week. On Monday, Gov. Hutchinson said he would sign...

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Techies Show Their Sense of Humor with April Fool’s Day Jokes

Google(NEW YORK) -- Happy April Fool's Day!

Amazon got the party started on Tuesday by revealing a new product that actually is not a prank -- but sounded a lot like one at first. The company revealed it is rolling out its Dash delivery service, allowing users to re-order household goods by pressing a physical button.

While an Amazon...

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Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a press conference on March 31, 2015. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Corporations continue to speak out against the recently passed Indiana "religious freedom" law and others like it being considered around the country, calling them "bad for business" and discriminatory.

In...

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IRS: Tax-Related Phone Scams Are ‘No April Fool’s Joke’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS-related phone scams are no joke, the agency's Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday.

Scammers continue to use tricks to take advantage of American taxpayers, an IRS release says, including the use of fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers and altered caller ID numbers. "This is no April Fool's joke," Koskinen said. "Everyone should be on the lookout...

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Wall Street Drops Despite Positive Reports on Housing, Consumer Confidence

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After Wall Street posted sizable gains on Monday, the markets came back to earth on Tuesday despite some positive news on housing and consumer outlook.

The Dow Jones Industrial dropped 200.19 to end the session at 17,776.12.

The Nasdaq dipped to 4,900.89, down 46.55 on the day, while the S&P 500 posted 18.35 in losses to...

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Which Live Streaming App Is Right for You?

Twitter, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- With the advent of live video streaming apps, it's now easier than ever to life-cast to your social media followers or even build a legion of fans online.

While having the technology at your fingertips is enticing, not everyone wants to be a reality star.

Here's a look at three of the biggest live video...

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Amazon Dash Button Lets You Push to Buy

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is bringing its one-click ordering system to everyday life with the introduction of the Amazon Dash button.

While the thought of pressing a "Tide" button on your washer to re-order more detergent may seem like an early April Fool's Day joke, Amazon said the service is real and will be rolled out to Prime members...

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Indiana Legislators Meeting to Clarify ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

RudyBalasko/iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Indiana will meet Thursday morning to debate a bill clarifying the state's new "religious freedom" law, which critics have said gives business owners the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

Deliberations begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with four members of each party making up the conference.

Once the...

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DOJ: No Contempt Charge Against Former IRS Official Lois Lerner

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Justice cleared former Internal Revenue Service senior official Lois Lerner from a congressional contempt referral related to her appearances before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in connection with accusations that Tea Party groups had been unfairly targeted by the IRS when applying for tax-exempt status.

In an appearance before...

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US Senator Robert Menendez ‘Outraged’ By Indictment on Corruption Charges

Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Sen. Bob Menendez said he's "outraged" by a federal indictment on corruption charges stemming from his interactions with a Florida eye doctor.

"For nearly three years, I’ve lived under a Justice Department cloud, and today, I’m outraged that this cloud has not been lifted," Menendez said at a news conference in Newark,...

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Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline With No Deal in Sight

CGinspiration/iStock/Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- Some 24 hours after the deadline expired, negotiators in Lausanne, Switzerland, have yet to produce any sort of agreement on how to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief.

Comments from the State Department were sparse, but on Wednesday afternoon spokeswoman Marie Harf issued a brief statement indicating that Secretary of State John...

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Religious Freedom: The Difference Between Indiana’s Law and All the Others

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Mike Pence and other supporters of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” have made a simple point in defense of their law -- that a slew of other states, plus the federal government, have the same law on the books and that Barack Obama as a state senator voted for it in Illinois.

In Arkansas,...

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Federal Prosecutors File Corruption Charges Against NJ Sen. Bob Menendez

US Senate(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Federal prosecutors have filed corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen on Wednesday after months of investigating the relationship between the two men.

Both Menendez and Melgen have denied wrongdoing in the past. Last month, the senator told reporters that he has "always conducted myself appropriately and in...

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Politicians Have Some Fun on April Fool’s Day

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- It's April Fool's Day, and politicians are joining in on the fun. They are, of course, keeping it partisan -- but not the way you would think.

Newt Gingrich broke the April Fool's ice Wednesday morning, tweeting that he now supports President Obama's foreign policy:

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Arkansas Governor Asks Legislature to Change ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

KATV(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked his state's legislature to alter a religious-freedom bill sent to his desk before he will sign it.

"I ask that changes be made in the legislature, and I've asked that the leaders of the General Assembly to recall the bill so that it can be amended to reflect...

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Senators Ask FIFA to Deny Russia 2018 World Cup

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., are leading a letter calling on FIFA to deny Russia the 2018 World Cup based on the country’s role in the crisis in Ukraine.

"Given Russia’s ongoing violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, we respectfully request that you convene an Extraordinary Congress of FIFA to consider stripping Russia...

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‘National Emergency’: US to Slap Sanctions on Hackers

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Cyber-attacks against the U.S. have become so bad that President Obama on Wednesday declared it a “national emergency” and announced the first-ever sanctions program designed specifically to go after foreign hackers.

In an executive order signed Wednesday and released by the White House, Obama said that “the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from,...

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POLL: Obama’s Approval Rating Flattens — Albeit with No Sign of GOP Tailwinds

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — A flattened approval rating is softened by some underlying gains for Barack Obama in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll -- with no sign of tailwinds for the Republicans in Congress.

After a 9-point jump in overall approval in January, Obama’s landed at an even split: Forty-seven percent of...

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Indiana Democrats Want Religious Defense Law Repealed

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Democrats are apparently not satisfied with a promise by Republican Governor Mike Pence to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They want the entire law repealed.

The bill signed by Pence last week has come under fire by critics who say it can lead to discriminatory behavior by businesses towards gays and lesbians...

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IRS Commissioner: Agency Has Corrected Backlog in Tax Exemption Applications

marcnorman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that the agency has corrected a backlog in processing tax-exemption requests after Tea Party groups claimed in 2013 that they had been singled out for tougher treatment.

"In the tax exempt area we acted on all of the inspectors general's recommendations to fix the management problems they identified nearly two years...

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White House Calls Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law ‘Not Fair’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Tuesday ripped the Indiana "religious freedom" law signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence, calling it "not fair" and not consistent with "our values."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest denied claims from the law's supporters that it was "in line" with a federal law passed during the Clinton administration.

"I know that...

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Iran Nuclear Deadline Will Pass, But Worth Continuing to Negotiate, US Says

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- Negotiators trying to produce a nuclear accord with Iran will fail to meet their self-imposed March 31 deadline to come up with a broad political understanding about eliminating Iran’s pathway to a bomb, the State Department said Tuesday.

"We've made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” State Department spokeswoman Marie...

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Teen Heart Transplant Recipient Dies in Fatal Police Car Chase

Coloriffic/iStock/Thinkstock(ROSWELL, Ga.) -- A Georgia teen who received a heart transplant less than two years ago has died in a car accident while fleeing police, according to officials.

Anthony Stokes, 17, was driving a car that matched the description of a car used to flee a home burglary, in which a masked person allegedly shot a gun at an...

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FDA Offers Final Guidance on Painkillers with Abuse-Deterrent Properties

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its "final guidance" on opioid painkillers with potentially abuse-deterrent properties on Wednesday.

In the 29-page report, the FDA aimed to explain its "current thinking about the studies that should be conducted to demonstrate that a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties." The FDA notes that opioid drugs provide "significant benefit...

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Alabama Baby Born Without a Nose, Mom Says He’s Perfect

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Eli Thompson came into this world in the late afternoon of March 4, perfectly healthy but with one distinction -- he didn't have a nose.

"The day I delivered, everything went fine," his mother, Brandi McGlathery, told ABC News Wednesday. "At 4:42 when he was born, he came out and the doctor put him on...

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Recovering Joni Mitchell Has Claimed to Have Mysterious Skin Condition

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell's health scare is drawing attention to the fact that she's said in the past that she has Morgellons disease, a rare and controversial illness characterized by a crawling sensation on the skin with no apparent cause.

Mitchell was found unconscious in her home Tuesday and rushed to the hospital, according...

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College Baseball Player Gets Call to Donate Bone Marrow to Stranger

Jeremy Fleming/Furman University(NEW YORK) -- Jake Kinsley sees himself as an average student who plays baseball for his college.

Three years ago, the now 22-year-old was presented with what he said was an amazing opportunity to help save a life.

"It started back when I was a freshman," said Kinsley, who attends Furman University in South Carolina. "My assistant...

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Why Your Brain Will Trick You this April Fool’s Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you gotten taken in by an April Fool's Day prank don't be embarrassed, it turns out we're hardwired to be gullible.

According to experts, the human brain has evolved to sometimes override our clear sensory perceptions of the world around us, meaning sometimes we fall for a good prank.

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and...

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Picking Your Work Hours Could Pick Up Your Spirits

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUGHBOROUGH, England) — Choosing your occupation is one thing. Choosing the number of hours you work is an entirely different matter altogether, which may not be in your power.

However, Andy Charlwood, a professor of human resource management at Loughborough University, says if workers did get to pick the amount of hours they spent on the job weekly, it...

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Pains in the Head and Hand Have Apparent Link

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — On the surface, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine headaches don’t seem to be connected but a new study reports that these painful connections are apparently linked.

Dr. Huay-Zong Law of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas says that they actually share a “common systemic or neurological factor.”

Law and his team, after analyzing the...

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High Blood Pressure Only During Doctor’s Visits Could Be a Sign of Trouble

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Do you suffer from white-coat hypertension?

It’s a condition whereby a person’s blood pressure actually spikes during a doctor’s visit but usually during no other times.

However, whatever white-coat hypertension is attributed to, such as anxiety, for instance, it may also be sign of serious health problems that are normally associated with actual hypertension.

That’s the...

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Bacon Sounds Better than It Tastes and Smells

iStock/Thinkstock(OXFORD, England) — Ah, bacon. It tastes good. It smells good. And yes, it sounds good too.

Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University who also fancies himself a food sensory expert, says what really turns people on about bacon and other culinary delights are the pleasant sensations they provide the ear rather than the taste buds or...

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Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The five people at Nebraska Medicine being monitored after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have reached the end of the quarantine period.

According to a statement from the senior media relations coordinator for Nebraska Medicine, none of the five have been determined to have contracted Ebola. Four of...

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1,000-Year-Old Eye Infection Salve May Kill MRSA Super Bug, Study Shows

University of Nottingham(NEW YORK) -- A relatively new super bug may have met its match in a 1,000-year-old eye treatment, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

The recipe to cure eye infections comes from Bald’s Leechbook, an old English leather-bound tome that was buried deep within the British Library in London. When scientists painstakingly followed a...

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Doctors Ask Why Some Enterovirus 68 Patients Developed Polio-Like Paralysis

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When 4-year-old Allen Howe went from being a little goofball to being unable to move 80 percent of his body, his mother was in tears. Days earlier, he had a fever and a cough.

"I felt helpless," Teresa Howe told ABC News' Nightline in December. "He was lying in bed and he literally was screaming,...

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Cincinnati Reds Debut Stadium Nursery for Mom-Baby Baseball Fans

Great American Ball Park(CINCINNATI) -- Baseball-loving moms with babies everywhere can root, root, root for the Reds -- even if they're Cards fans.

The Cincinnati Reds have debuted what's thought to be the first suite in Major League Baseball for nursing moms and their offspring -- the Reds fans of the future.

During the off season, the Cincinnati Reds...

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‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- March 27 was a big day for 'Bubble Boy' Seth Lane, the 5-year-old who was born without an immune system.

Trending worldwide, the social media campaign #WearYellowForSeth grabbed the attention of Seth fans from all over the globe.

On Tuesday, Seth embarks on the first step towards having the bone marrow transplant that could potentially...

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Rihanna Plays April Fool’s Day Prank on Jimmy Kimmel

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Kimmel will be the victim of an April Fool's Day prank played by none other than Rihanna.

In a YouTube teaser video, Kimmel's wife lets the singer into their bedroom where he's fast asleep.

"Ok, I'm going to wake up Jimmy now, wish me luck," Rihanna says in the video clip.

She cues strobe...

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Reveal the Sweet Birthday Gift She Got Him

Wendell Teodoro/WireImage(NEW YORK) --  Kelly Ripa went the sentimental route for her husband's birthday gift.

Wednesday, the Live with Kelly & Michael host and her husband Mark Consuelos, who just turned 44, discussed the gesture -- a plaque on a bench in Central Park.

"It's so nice," gushed Consuelos, who turned 44 on March 31. "That's the best gift...

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Giuliana Rancic Explains Why She’s so Thin

Andrew Eccles/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- During awards season earlier this year, many in Hollywood noticed Giuliana Rancic's thin figure. The Fashion Police co-host said she agrees that she's slim, but added that it's not for the reasons that have been bandied about in the media.

"Some people were saying, 'The cancer is probably back.' And they were accusing me of...

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John Lennon’s First Wife Cynthia Lennon Dies at 75

Cynthia Lennon with her son Julian. Ethan Miller/Getty Images(MALLORCA, Spain) — John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon died Wednesday at her home in Spain. She was 75.

The British native "passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle with cancer," a rep told ABC News in a statement. "Her son Julian Lennon...

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Avril Lavigne Reveals She Has Lyme Disease

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rocker Avril Lavigne has revealed the health crisis she hinted to fans about last year on social media -- it's Lyme disease.

"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," Lavigne told People magazine, adding that she believes she was bit by a tick last spring. "I was bedridden for five months."

The...

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Joe Giudice Opens Up About Teresa’s Life in Prison

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice said although his wife, Teresa, is serving a 15-month prison sentence at Danbury Federal Prison, she still keeps in touch with their four daughters regularly.

"They email her all the time...every day, so, they email more than me," he told Extra.

The Giudices are parents...

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David Duchovny: “The X-Files” Is Back, Thanks to Spanx

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday night's Late Show, David Letterman welcomed David Duchovny, who spoke about the anticipated return of The X-Files, which is coming back to Fox as a limited run series.

"When they developed Spanx, I knew I had a shot at coming back," quipped the now 54-year-old actor, who first starred as FBI...

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Filming on “Pirates of the Caribbean” Movie Further Delayed Due to Depp Injury

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Filming on the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been delayed until mid-April due to star Johnny Depp's recent hand injury.

An ABC Radio source previously confirmed that Depp injured his hand about a month ago in Australia, where he's filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was expected...

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“New Girl,” “The Americans” Among Series Renewed for Another Season

Fox(NEW YORK) — Zooey Deschanel is the renewed girl on Fox.

The network announced Tuesday it has picked up her comedy, New Girl, for a fifth season. This means the show will reach the 100-episode milestone during the 2015-2016 TV season.

David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox, said in a statement, “Four seasons in, New Girl continues...

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“Game of Thrones” Star Kit Harington Says It’s ‘Demeaning’ to Call Him a Hunk

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) — Don't call Kit Harington a hunk.

"To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning," the Game of Thrones star tells the New York Post's Page Six of the attention he receives for his looks. "It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women....

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Kate Hudson Says She and Ex-Fiance Will ‘Be Family for the Rest of Our Lives’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy still seem to be on good terms after splitting last year. In fact, the two are still the co-owners of Hudson Bellamy Wines.

The actress said their failed relationship won't stop them from creating wines together.

"We’re family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby...

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Joni Mitchell, 71, Hospitalized in Unknown Condition

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday night in unknown condition.

News of her hospitalization comes from a verified Twitter account. Mitchell, 71, is best known for her hit song "Big Yellow Taxi," covered by the Counting Crows in 2002.

 

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“General Hospital” Leads Daytime Emmy Nominees

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- General Hospital overtook The Young and the Restless to lead in nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday.

The long-running ABC soap received 28 nods, followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless, which led in nods for the two years prior. This year, it received 25 nominations.

CBS topped all...

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Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe Talk Bruno Tonioli, the Nobel Prize and More

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Ousted Dancing with the Stars contestant Charlotte McKinney has strong words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who told her Monday night that she's "never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes."

Fresh from their appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, during which McKinney blasted Tonioli's comment,...

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Comedy Central Supports New “Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah After Backlash

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Comedy Central said they stand by Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show, after the South African comedian came under fire for some controversial comments he'd tweeted in the past.

The tweets have caused some to accuse Noah of being anti-Semitic and sexist. One tweet from 2011, for example, reads, "A hot...

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Obama & Bergdahl: A complete embarrassment.

Franklin Roosevelt would never have traded five dangerous enemies of the United States for one Army deserter. Not even the feckless Jimmy Carter would have made such a fool of himself.

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High Cholesterol Foods: No Longer a Danger?

It is still important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Controlling your cholesterol is still an important key to your overall health. But there is new evidence to suggest that the link between the cholesterol in your diet and heart disease is not as strong as we have been led to believe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses diet versus heredity when it comes to managing cholesterol. Visit the Health Connection website!


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Today in History for 1st April 2015

Historical Events

705 - Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI
1850 - SF County government established
1924 - Hitler sentenced to 5 years labor but Gen Ludendorff acquitted
1957 - World's biggest glass oven used
1973 - OPEC increases price of petroleum by 5.7 percent
1989 - 1st NY Met-NY Yankee game...

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Healthy Makeover Recipes: Healthier Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Healthier Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

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"A hearty and delicious chili perfect for football season is made healthier with reduced fat and sodium content. Still packed with meat, beans, and spices, it's sure to please even the most dedicated fan."

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Cheerful; good-humored.

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