East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm
TYLER — The Smith County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to implement a burn ban in the county. Fire Marshal Jay Brooks recommended the burn ban, according to a news release. He said the county has been lucky that it hasn’t had any large fires with no rain in the last several weeks. But since dry air began moving from the Northwest today, coupled with low humidity and wind, he said it was a good time to enforce a burn ban. Brooks said the KBI Index is at 734, and weather conditions were taken into account when deciding whether to recommend a burn ban. Brooks expects the dry air, wind and low humidity to continue throughout next week and possibly throughout the fall season. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm
TYLER — The former wife of an ex-Whitehouse police officer has sued the city of Whitehouse and the town’s former police chief. KETK reports Jessica Johnson filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court of East Texas on October 9. Court documents reveal Johnson claims the defendants violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments by violating her privacy and her right to be free of sexual assault. Johnson said then-Police Chief Craig Shelton assaulted her at her home on May 14 when she was separated from her husband, an officer on the police force. Shelton was indicted on an assault charge, but the charge was later dropped after Johnson admitted lying to a grand jury. The former police chief resigned from his position not long after the charge was dismissed. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm
TYLER — Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks is stepping down from his position on Friday. According to KETK, a Smith County spokesperson says Brooks is taking another job. His destination was not immediately known. Before he became Smith County fire marshal on June 10, 2014, Brooks served at the Lindale Police Department as a patrolman and was the fire marshal for the city. He is a 14-year veteran of firefighting and has seven years of certified fire investigator experience. Brooks served on a volunteer basis with the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office from 2008 to 2013. He also holds multiple certifications as a fire/arson investigator, inspector, peace officer, and private investigator and has logged more than 1,000 hours of fire, rescue, and EMT-B training in addition to his investigative training.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm
TYLER — A man with a knife has robbed a Tyler business. It happened around 8:00 Monday night at the Food Fast store at 4725 Troup Highway. The man was armed with a large kitchen-style knife. After taking an undetermined amount of money, he fled on foot. The clerk described the suspect as a white male in his mid-twenties wearing a brown t-shirt with white writing, black shorts with a white strip running down the leg, and a dark colored cloth mask. The suspect was also described as being between 5’6″ and 5’10”, 150 and 160 pounds with bright blue eyes. No injuries were reported.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
EAST TEXAS — I-20 repair work in Smith County wrapped up Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday moves to Gregg County. Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution when traveling through these moving I-20 work zones, according to a TxDOT news release. Wednesday’s work will require closing the eastbound outside lane at Mile Marker 593-594 for concrete repair work. Expect the lane closures to be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which could mean delays for drivers. You’re also advised to look for electronic signage and personnel to guide traffic through this work zone while the roadway lanes are restricted. Law enforcement also has a presence in these I-20 work zones.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm
LONGVIEW — Longview Police arrested two people in a drug raid Monday morning. KETK reports police took into custody Octavio Nigel Hollis, 38, of Longview, for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Officers also arrested Ashley Nichole Britt. 25, of Longview, for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. At 10:19 a.m., officers and the CODE Unit served a search warrant on West Pliler Street. Authorities seized suspected cocaine and marijuana and found a gun under the cushion of a couch. Both suspects remain in the Gregg County Jail.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:56 pm
TYLER — Campus Security at the University of Texas at Tyler has alerted the campus to a reported sexual assault near the campus. The victim was walking in the area of Old Omen and McDonald Road around 3:00 Sunday morning when offered a ride by three men in an extended cab pickup. The victim reports being sexually assaulted by one of the men. They were later dropped off near the main entrance of the university. Tyler police say the victim was not a student at the school and has not reported the incident to them.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm
TYLER — As of Oct. 13, the City of Tyler will offer yet another way to access City Council meeting agendas digitally, according to a news release. Citizens will now be able to access the agenda from their smart phones or tablets by simply scanning a unique QR code posted at the entrance of the meeting. Officials say it’s about cutting costs and being environmentally aware. Chief Information Officer Benny Yazdanpanahi says further innovations of this type are coming soon, starting with digital agendas for Planning and Zoning meetings. To access the agenda using a QR code, simply download a code scanner app on a smart device, snap a photo of the agenda’s code, and you will be directed to the agenda online. For more information, contact Yazdanpanahi at email@example.com or (903) 531-1122.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm
HUNTSVILLE (AP) – No appeals are in the courts to try to delay this week’s scheduled execution of a 33-year-old Dallas man for the 2001 fatal shooting of a police officer who was off-duty and working security at a club. Licho Escamilla is set to die Wednesday evening for the slaying of Dallas Officer Christopher Kevin James. Escamilla already was wanted for fatally shooting a neighbor in Dallas when he got involved in a brawl outside the club, pulled out a gun and opened fire on police. James was among four uniformed Dallas officers at the scene. He was hit twice and witnesses said Escamilla shot him three more times in the head. Escamilla would be the 24th convicted killer put to death this year in the U.S.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Plunging energy prices are taking a $4.7 billion toll on projected tax collections in Texas, but state officials say enough money remains to cover the first budget under Gov. Greg Abbott. Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Tuesday that a “prolonged weakness” in oil and gas markets will continue to slow the Texas economy. His new revenue estimates through 2017 are less optimistic than the forecast he gave lawmakers in January. Abbott signed a $209 billion two-year budget in June that included tax cuts, more border security spending and billions of dollars left unspent. Other top oil-producing states like Oklahoma and Louisiana are bracing for steep budget shortfalls as the price of crude stalls below $50 a barrel. Hegar has praised the Texas economy as more diversified and resilient.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm
HOUSTON (AP) – A Mexican man accused in 2005 of operating a sex trafficking ring in Texas has pleaded guilty to forcing immigrant girls and women into prostitution. Gerardo Salazar of Mexico City pleaded guilty Tuesday in Houston to four counts of harboring illegal immigrants for the purpose of prostitution. Salazar had faced charges of conspiracy, sex trafficking, transportation of minors for immoral purposes and illegal smuggling and harboring of immigrants for prostitution. Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Salazar led a sex ring linked to Houston-area bars, using females from Mexico who were deceived and threatened into becoming prostitutes. Salazar, dubbed “the Rooster,” was indicted in 2005 in Texas, arrested in 2010 in Mexico and extradited last year. He faces up to 40 years in a U.S. prison during sentencing in early 2016.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm
DALLAS (AP) – A Texas man has pleaded guilty to lying to U.S. agents about his support for a terrorist group. Bilal Abood, of Mesquite, pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a false statement to a federal agency. He faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the plea deal in Dallas. Prosecutors say Abood, after being denied boarding of a 2013 flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said he was traveling to Iraq to visit family. He’s a naturalized U.S. citizen who immigrated from Iraq in 2009. Abood later traveled through Mexico and eventually reached Syria. U.S. agents interviewed Abood after his return and he denied supporting terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State. A search of his computer revealed his online oath to the Islamic State leader.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ highest criminal court has blocked the scheduled execution next month of a 36-year-old man convicted of a robbery and fatal shooting in Texarkana 18 years ago. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stopped Christopher Murphy’s lethal injection set for Nov. 3 for the slaying of 26-year-old Jason Erie. He was attacked after his car broke down near his father’s house in Texarkana. Court records showed Murphy, 18 at the time, and a companion offered to help Erie, then killed him. Attorneys for Murphy contend Bowie County prosecutors at his 1998 trial improperly withheld evidence that two key witnesses were pressured into testifying against Murphy and that one of the witnesses gave false testimony. The reprieve issued late Monday remains in effect pending other orders from the court.
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm
AMARILLO (AP) – Investigators say a woman has been charged in the death of her 65-year-old husband whose body was found at an Amarillo motel. Randall County jail records show 57-year-old Mary Elizabeth Cheatheam was being held Tuesday on a murder charge. Online jail records do not list an attorney for Cheatheam, whose bond was set at $500,000. Amarillo police on Friday afternoon were dispatched to the American Motor Inn on a report of a deceased person. Authorities identified the man as Samuel Luke Cheatheam. No cause of death was immediately released. The Amarillo Globe-News reports public records show the couple married in 1998.
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(NEW YORK) -- Thirteen-year-old Rachel Eaves is not just the only girl on her school football team; she's also a team leader.
Last year as a seventh-grader, Rachel was the only girl on the Columbia Middle School football team in Grovetown, Georgia. And this year as an eighth-grader, she became one of the team's six captains, Coach Brian...
(NEW YORK) -- A dire infection that has left an NFL player facing possible amputation has highlighted the dangers professional players can face from drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or staph infection.
New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells reportedly faces a possible foot amputation after suffering a methicillin-resistant staph infection that stemmed from an injury to his ankle...
(NEW YORK) -- It's official: Steve Spurrier is out as South Carolina's head coach.
The 70-year-old formally announced his resignation at a press conference Tuesday. He had told his team about his decision Monday night, according to ESPN.
"It was only two years ago that we were fourth in the nation ... and somehow or another we've...
(BOSTON) — Superstar quarterback Tom Brady swears by his personal trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero.
Brady credits Guerrero for helping to keep him on the field.
And the four-time Super Bowl champion is standing by his fitness guru, amid a Boston magazine report about Guerrero’s past, that the Federal Trade Commission sued Guerrero over his false...
(NEW YORK) — Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were not happy with how the "Contender Round" of the Sprint Cup Series' Chase began over the weekend.
Both believed that remnants of a Justin Allgaier oil spill on lap 182 during the race at Charlotte caused them to strike a wall.
Busch targeted NASCAR,...
(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners:
Kansas City 9, Houston 6
Toronto 8, Texas 4
Chi Cubs 8, St. Louis 6
N-Y Mets 13, L.A. Dodgers 7
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 24, San Diego 20
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 6, Boston 3
N-Y Islanders 4, Winnipeg 2
Buffalo 4, Columbus 2...
(HOUSTON) -- Lots of Houston Astros fans are blaming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for Monday night's loss against the Kansas City Royals.
When the Astros were leading 6-2 in the eighth inning, Abbott reportedly tweeted his congratulations to the team saying, "Congrats to the @astros on advancing to the ALCS!. Hoping for an all-Texas #ALCS. Looking...
(NEW YORK) -- Two major U.S. fantasy sports websites appear to have had their biggest weekend ever, despite controversy.
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(LOS ANGELES) — University of Southern California Football Coach Steve Sarkisian has been fired after he was asked to take a leave of absence.
The university first made the announcement after football practice Sunday when Coach Sarkisian had been asked to take a leave of absence by school officials who said it’s clear he is not healthy....
(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was booed ahead of Monday night's Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Utley was suspended for games 3 and 4 of the NLDS after breaking Mets player Ruben Tejada's leg during a slide.
But Utley has appealed,...
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Forecast and Report
Posted/updated on: October 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 10/14/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 10/13/2015 1518C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
REST OF TODAY: mostly sunny and not quite as warm, high upper 80s, north winds about 10 mph;
TONIGHT: clear, low lower 50s, north winds about 5 mph becoming light and variable;
WEDNESDAY: sunny, high lower 90s, south winds about 5 mph;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: clear, low upper 50s, south winds about 5 mph;
THURSDAY: sunny, high lower 90s, south winds about 10 mph;
THURSDAY NIGHT: clear, low upper 50s, south winds 5-10 mph;
FRIDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 80s, winds becoming northwesterly about 10 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 50s;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high near 80;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 50s;
SUNDAY: mostly sunny, high near 80;
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 50s;
MONDAY: mostly sunny, high lower 80s;
MONDAY NIGHT: becoming partly cloudy, low near 60;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR October 13, 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 the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 42.76
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR October 13, 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]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.37
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 43.81
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 10/13/2015 1511C
The air mass is very dry this afternoon behind the cold front. A 1025-mb. High, centered
near LaJunta, Colo., is building into the area. The result is a north wind at about 10 mph and a
Temperatures at mid-afternoon are running from the middle 80s to near 90. Dew points
are in the 20s and 30s, resulting in relative humidities as low as 7 percent, and generally below
15 percent. This suggests an elevated fire danger.
The surface high will be going east of the region overnight, and winds will be back into
the south by tomorrow morning. Add to that the eastward building of upper air high pressure,
and temperatures will again go up into the 90s. One of the models is suggesting that the ridge
will be somewhat weaker and winds somewhat stronger Thursday. Should that verify, then
Wednesday will be the warmest day, and Thursday a degree or so lower.
Nighttime lows will be holding through the 50s for the next several nights.
Another cold front is due into the area on Friday. Some of the air behind this one is of
Canadian origin, and we should get a drop in temperatures back closer to seasonal values.
This afternoon’s Extended Forecast Discussion continues to suggest a pattern change for
us by the middle of next week giving us a chance for some badly-needed rainfall. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 10/13/2015 1516C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Wednesday SUNNY 53/93 00%/00%
Thursday SUNNY 57/92 00%/00%
Friday SUNNY 59/88 00%/00%
(WASHINGTON) -- With the number of fully certified air traffic controllers at a 27-year low, the nation's flight grid is severely understaffed, and if left unchecked, could lead to delays nationwide, the Air Traffic Controllers' union warned during a round table in Washington Tuesday.
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(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to frame cyber-security expert Brian Krebs has been extradited to the United States and is due in federal court in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, prosecutors said.
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(NEW YORK) -- The Russian embassy in Damascus, Syria was shelled early Tuesday during a rally of hundreds of pro-government supporters, says BBC News.
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(NEW YORK) -- SABMiller has agreed in principal to a takeover offer by Anheuser Busch InBev, potentially creating the world's biggest beer company.
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(PARIS) -- Arrests have been made after a union dispute left two Air France executives without their shirts.
French police arrested six men on Monday who are accused of tearing off the clothes of two Air France executives a week ago, reported the Wall Street Journal.
On Oct. 5, the workers accosted Air France Human Resources...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street edges higher for the beginning of the week and Dell has plans for a massive technology takeover.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 47.37 on Monday, finishing the session at 17131.86.
The Nasdaq ended at 4838.64, up 8.17 from its open, while the S&P 500 gained 2.57 to close at 2017.46.
Dell is taking...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Another man’s trash could be your next flea market treasure.
While they can be overwhelming to some, flea markets are a mecca of vintage finds for Susan Feldman and Kathryn Ireland.
Feldman, the co-founder of One Kings Lane, an online marketplace which sells both designer and vintage items for furnishing homes, and Ireland, a interior designer...Read more...
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Olive Garden has apologized to a Kansas City police officer who was turned away from the restaurant for being armed.Officer Michael Holsworth went to an Independence, Mo., Olive Garden to celebrate his birthday with his family on Sunday but was asked to leave by a hostess.
“As I was sitting there waiting, one of...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- It’s Scottish tea time, America!
Scotland's first home-grown tea is making its way to U.S. soil next week.
"Next Tuesday, the Upper-East Side’s acclaimed Lowell Hotel will be the first U.S. establishment to serve Scotland’s only home-grown teas in the atmospheric surroundings of its iconic Pembroke Room. Guests and visitors of the New York hotel will...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- An upbeat monthly unemployment report didn’t help the markets to close out the week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,849.46 on Friday, down 56.12 from its open.
The Nasdaq however was up by 9.33 to close at 5,068.46. The S&P 500 fell by 3.01, to finish the session at a close of 2,092.83.
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs to their payrolls in May, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.
Last month's figures beat expert expectations of just 227,000 jobs.
The unemployment rate was “essentially unchanged,” the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said, at 5.5 percent. The prior month, the rate stood at 5.4 percent.
Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Four former CVS workers are suing the pharmacy chain and some of its managers in a potential class action lawsuit, claiming that staff in multiple New York City stores racially profile African-American and Hispanic shoppers, using racial slurs.
The suit alleges that the workers were "routinely" directed, among other things, to "follow...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) — Draft Biden, the super-PAC urging Joe Biden to run for president, released a new ad Tuesday that will run before the first Democratic debate, which the vice president is not scheduled to attend.
The ad, titled “Never Quit,” replaces the emotional spot featuring the story of Biden's personal experience with tragedy after the death of...
(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton heads into the first Democratic presidential debate with a slight gain in her basic popularity among all adults and a strong advantage over Bernie Sanders within the Democratic Party. But she’s weaker among independents and vastly unpopular among Republicans.
Among all adults, 47 percent see Clinton favorably in the latest ABC News/Washington...
(LAS VEGAS) — It's finally here -- the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are just hours away from their first debate, and the pressure is on.
Five candidates are meeting Tuesday night under the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, but it’s up to them to make sure the event isn’t lackluster. Democrats need to show they can...
(LAS VEGAS) -- On the eve of the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton showed up unannounced to a union protest in the shadow of Donald Trump's Las Vegas building.
She gave brief remarks to roughly 500 workers who were calling on Trump to allow them to unionize at his Las Vegas hotel.
With the Trump hotel in...Read more...
(LAS VEGAS) -- Bill Clinton may be staying in Las Vegas, but he will not be in the audience watching his wife debate on Tuesday, a rep for the former president confirmed to ABC News.
According to the rep, “There are currently no plans for him to be at the debate.”
The political power couple made their...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Over the weekend, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sent Donald Trump a cease and desist letter telling him he needed to stop playing the band's 1973 hit "Dream On" during campaign events.
Trump apparently used the song at an event in New Hampshire on Monday, and allegedly told the media beforehand that the matter was "all worked...Read more...
(LAS VEGAS) -- Voters across the country are waiting to see what the Democrats have in store for the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas freshman Isabella Malfavon who will be voting for the first time, said she would be thinking about two important issues ahead of the debate...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in seven years, Hillary Clinton will appear on a presidential primary debate stage to duke it out with her fellow Democratic hopefuls on Tuesday.
Ahead of the showdown, which will take place in Las Vegas and feature Clinton squaring off against Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb, ABC News took...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- There are lots of reasons Rep. Paul Ryan doesn’t want to run for House Speaker, including the fact that he already has his dream job.
He presides over the House Ways and Means Committee, the top tax-writing committee in the U.S. House – a perfect fit for the policy wonk who is just at home...
(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders may be the outsider in the Democratic nomination race, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger to the debate stage.
Sanders (I-Vermont) has run for elected office more than a dozen times and is a veteran debater. As all eyes turn to Tuesday's first Democratic debate of the 2016 campaign, the big question...
(WASHINGTON) -- Joe Biden does not plan to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, but the invitation remains open to the vice president should he make a last-minute decision to jump in the race and join his would-be Democratic rivals on the debate stage.
The debate hosts have even gone so far as to...
(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Monday? Read below to find out their schedules:
Eight presidential candidates are attending the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire hosted by Jon Huntsman and Joe Lieberman Monday. It's one of the only presidential forums where we will see both Republicans and Democratic...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama does not think the private email server Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state posed a "national security problem" during or after her tenure, he told CBS' 60 Minutes.
"I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered," Obama said. "We don't get an impression...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- With Capitol Hill in turmoil over who will be the next speaker of the House, one Congressman is standing up to say he is the right person for the job.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Martha Raddatz Sunday on ABC News' This Week he believes he has what it takes to lead a Congress rife with...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- The House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack is going on the defensive on Sunday, releasing a statement that attempts to discredit a former staffer who said the committee was pursuing a "partisan investigation" focused too narrowly on Hillary Clinton and not enough on the attack itself.
Maj. Bradley Podliska, an Air Force Reserve officer and self-described...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Godfrey Cuotto of Hamilton, Ontario, showed a stranger a random act of kindness and is now being applauded for being a Good Samaritan.
The 21-year-old student was photographed holding the hand of a man with special needs in the middle of a crowded bus to comfort him. The photo, which was posted to the Facebook page...Read more...
(BOSTON) -- The family of a Massachusetts teen are taking solace in a moving picture of the teen taken minutes before she collapsed from a fatal brain hemorrhage.
Casey Dunne, 16, was at field hockey practice on Friday when she collapsed suddenly due to a brain hemorrhage. The teen died hours later at a local hospital, according to ABC...
(NEW YORK) -- Whether choosing employer-sponsored plans or health exchange coverage, the financial stakes of choosing the right health care plan have been raised even higher this year.
An individual must have some kind of coverage or pay a penalty. For 2016, that's $695 per adult, which will have to be paid the following tax year -- more...
(NEW YORK) -- A deadly 2014 Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples has puzzled researchers attempting to understand how the favorite Halloween treat could be the source of the deadly bacteria.
The 2014 outbreak left at least seven dead and 35 infected, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now, thanks to a new study, scientists...
(NEW YORK) — A baby who was not expected to live and captured the heart of the Internet last month with her stunning photos has defied all odds, according to her parents and doctor.
The story of Abigail Jones and her family, first reported by ABC News, began when she was diagnosed in utero with deadly brain...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
You've heard of the saying, "You snooze, you lose." But is napping bad or good for you?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get an average of seven to eight hours of sleep a night. But, according to the National Institutes of Health, 40 percent of American...
(NEW YORK) — A new study in the Journal of Obesity confirms that inmates tend to gain weight while behind bars, but determined that female prison inmates gain far more than do their male counterparts.
In fact, the study revealed that female offenders gained "significantly" more weight than male prisoners, and that race wasn't a factor in the increase....
(COLUMBUS, OH) -- One Ohio mom is not happy about what a hospital employee said to her daughter.
Merritt Smith posted a picture of 4-year-old Joni on the Internet covered in bruises after a little boy in her class hit her with a toy metal tea pot.
According to Smith, a hospital employee working at the registration desk told...Read more...
(LEAVITT, Maine) -- A football injury could've been something a lot worse for one high school teen in Maine.
During the fourth quarter of the football game between Leavitt and Greely on Saturday, Hornets' head coach Mike Hathaway found himself in a situation he was not prepared for, reports ABC News affiliate WMTW-TV.
After suffering a back injury...Read more...
(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee bride proved she really is on-call 24/7 when she left her wedding to fulfill her duties as a paramedic by responding to a car wreck in the area that involved her own relatives.
"There are a lot of people that are using the word 'hero,'" Sarah Ray of Clarksville, Tennessee, told ABC News...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- How much does it matter what season you were born?
Your birth season, according to a study published in Heliyon, has some correlation with birth weight, puberty timing, adult body size and educational attainment.
The article used a large, standardized population and divided it both by birth season (e.g., March, April and May = “Spring”)...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- A new study reveals teen athletes who get concussions are possibly being kept out of the game longer than they need to be.
Student athletes with concussions are generally required to see a healthcare professional before they return to play. They are evaluated for “post-concussive syndrome (PCS)” -- one symptom in these categories: cognitive, somatic, emotional,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- A new Israeli study shows that moderate intake of red wine may lower the risk of metabolic disorders.
The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, used 224 well-controlled diabetic patients (patients whose diabetes is being well treated) who were followed over a two year period.
They were split into three groups; one group drank white...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- When a small community in Illinois learned of a local farmer's terminal cancer diagnosis, they pulled together the way they usually do and harvested all of his 450 acres of corn - in one day.
Carl Bates, 55, of Galva, Illinois, has a "fast, aggressive cancer," according to his younger brother Ernie Bates, that is affecting...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Coffee might do more than perk you up in the morning. Research shows it may also reduce your risk of developing gynecologic cancers.
One study found that women who drank more coffee had a decreased chance of developing endometrial cancer, which is the most common form of gynecologic cancers. Those...
(NEW YORK) -- Vin Diesel wants you to know he's still "diesel."
After pictures surfaced last week of the 48-year-old actor on his hotel balcony, shirtless and looking less than his usual ripped self, Diesel spoke out on Instagram about the issue of body shaming.
"It is amazing the response from the journalists who I have been...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's about to get some additional national exposure, on a very different stage. The real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate will host Saturday Night Live November 7.
It's not Trump's first time hosting SNL, but it's been...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Jack Black and the other stars of the big-screen adaptation of R.L. Stine's beloved comedy/horror book series Goosebumps walked the red carpet at the Monday night premiere at New York City's AMC Empire 25.
Black, who mugged for the paparazzi, says his two sons, Sammy and Thomas, were a "large part of the impetus" for...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift leads this year American Music Awards nominees, which were revealed Tuesday morning.
Taylor has six nominations, including Artist of the Year, and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Album of the Year. Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tie with five nominations each, while country singer Sam Hunt, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Singers Charlie Puth and Joe Jonas were on hand Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America to announce the first group of nominees in six categories for this year's American Music Awards. The nominees are:
FAVORITE ALBUM -- POP/ROCK
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST-- POP/ROCK...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Live with Kelly & Michael host Kelly Ripa was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ripa, 45, posted a picture of her star with the caption, "The official star. Thank you to everyone for this extraordinary honor. #walkoffame."
The honor coincides with Ripa's 15th year as host on Live...Read more...
(MARTHA'S VINEYARD) -- Singer-swongwriter James Taylor's mother, Gertrude Woodard Taylor, died at age 92 Saturday at her home on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, surrounded by family and friends. Her daughter Kate Taylor tells the Vineyard Gazette the cause of death was complications of old age.
On his official website, 67-year-old James Taylor notes his mother was, "devoted her...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were charged with being a fugitive from justice and were arraigned separately Monday in two different Vermont courts. The actor did not enter a plea on the charge and is scheduled to return to court in three days.
Evi Quaid, represented by attorney...Read more...
(NASHVILLE) -- Country Music Association Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood plan to have a field day when they emcee the upcoming ceremony, drawing on some of the recent scandals in the news, including the Ashley Madison website hack.
"I guess it's the wrong thing to say, but God bless the Ashley Madison website hack for many reasons,"...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Ellen Page received her first Oscar nomination when she was just 20 years old for her impressive role in the surprise hit comedy Juno. The 2008 film catapulted Page into the spotlight. But behind the scenes, life wasn’t as grand, as the young star privately struggled with her sexual identity.
But that was then....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Janet Jackson is back on top with her new album, Unbreakable.
Unbreakable has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It's Jackson's seventh album to reach that milestone.
Unbreakable sold 109 thousand copies and 116 thousand equivalent album units for the week ending Thursday. The latter figure considers streams and digital...Read more...
(BOSTON) -- Bill Cosby was questioned under oath Friday in Boston, and his interrogator, attorney Gloria Allred, says she wants to do it again.
Allred's client, Judy Huth, claims Cosby sexually assaulted her in the 1970s in the Playboy Mansion when she was 15. The lawyer said Saturday, "Ms. Huth is happy...Read more...
(AUSTIN) -- Shia LaBeouf has had another run-in with the law.
The Transformers star was arrested late Friday in Austin, Texas, and charged with public intoxication, the Austin Police Department said in a news release. No further details were released.
LaBeouf, 29, was booked into the Travis County Jail and released on his own recognizance, jail records...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Pan failed to take flight at the box office over the weekend.
The Peter Pan origin story, starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Australian newcomer Levi Miller, opened in third place after earning an estimated total of just 15.5 million dollars.
The budget for the film was a reported 150 million...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler thinks Donald Trump can "Dream On" if he wants to continue using the classic Aerosmith tune at his campaign stops.
Tyler's reps have sent Donald Trump for President Inc. a demand to...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
We keep hitting the debt limit and therefore keep having government “shutdown” dramas because the Congress has stopped functioning as it should as keeper of the purse.Read more... | Visit The You Tell Me Texas Blog
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