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Florida Pilot Arrested After Plane Strikes a Shed

Florida Pilot Arrested After Plane Strikes a Shed

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after the plane he was piloting struck a shed, authorities said.According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher John Hall, 57, was arrested and booked in jail Wednesday, ...

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Video Captures Shooting of Second-Grader in Massachusetts

Video Captures Shooting of Second-Grader in Massachusetts

iStock/Thinkstock(DORCHESTER, Mass.) -- Authorities in Massachusetts pleaded for help from the public Wednesday as a 7-year-old remained hospitalized after being hit by a stray bullet while riding his bike."If you have information, holding onto it only helps the suspect," Boston ...

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Florida Doctor Arrested By Feds in Massive Drug Racketeering, Manslaughter Scheme

Florida Doctor Arrested By Feds in Massive Drug Racketeering, Manslaughter Scheme

Roel Smart/iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A South Florida doctor and seven of her employees were arrested Wednesday by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in a massive racketeering and manslaughter scheme.The DEA charged Dr. Lynn Averill with handing out hundreds of thousands of ...

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Mystery Illness Cited as Dozens of NC Students Stay Home Sick

Mystery Illness Cited as Dozens of NC Students Stay Home Sick

Fuse/Thinkstock(UNION COUNTY, N.C.) -- North Carolina health officials have yet to find an explanation for a mysterious illness suspected of contributing to about one-third of students at an elementary school staying home Friday.Officials said they believe many of the students ...

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UN Report Says World Hunger Decreasing

UN Report Says World Hunger Decreasing

Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The number of undernourished people in the world has fallen by more than 20 percent since the early 1990s, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said on Wednesday.In the newest edition of the U.N.'s ...

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Ray McDonald Arrested for Violating Restraining Order

Ray McDonald Arrested for Violating Restraining Order

Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again on Wednesday after allegedly violating a restraining order.Released on Monday by the Bears after his second arrest ...

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Father of Suspect in DC Mansion Fire Wants Perp to ‘Suffer the Consequences’

Father of Suspect in DC Mansion Fire Wants Perp to 'Suffer the Consequences'

Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) -- The father of a suspect charged in a quadruple homicide in Washington, D.C., Wednesday offered his condolences to the families of the victims and hoped that whoever committed the “heinous crimes, my son included, will suffer ...

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Obama Administration Won’t Appeal Immigration Ruling to Supreme Court

Obama Administration Won't Appeal Immigration Ruling to Supreme Court

baumsaway/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to life a block on the Obama administration's executive action on immigration, a ruling that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security expressed disappointment towards, while saying that ...

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Gladewater Park Closed

Gladewater Park Closed Because of Conditions

GLADEWATER -- Because of unsafe conditions, Gladewater Park is being closed. According to a notice on the city's Facebook page, In the interest of public safety, the city of Gladewater has decided to close the Lake Gladewater Park due to the potential for unsafe water conditions caused by the ...

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CO poisoning in Smith County

Three Overcome by Carbon Monoxide

SMITH COUNTY -- Three Smith County residents have been hospitalized after being overcome in their home by carbon monoxide. A family member found the three around 2:00 yesterday afternoon in a home on County Road 3174. The grandmother and two grandchildren were all unconscious. They had been exposed to ...

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Oil Spill Closes I-20 Exit Ramp

LONGVIEW -- The U.S. 259 exit on Interstate 20 was closed last night after a truck spilled oil on the road. The liquid was on the surface of the exit ramp and access road, and trailed east on U.S. 259 to where the truck was parked. in a truck ...

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Tyler ISD To Honor Top Graduates, Influential Educators

TYLER -- The top performing students of the Tyler Independent School District and 35 influential TISD educators will step into the spotlight tonight during the Tyler ISD Foundation’s A Night of Shining Stars. The academic excellence recognition event will be held at 6:00pm at the Ornelas Activity Center in ...

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One Burglary Suspect Arrested, One Sought

SMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a burglary suspect in a wooded area. KETK reports the other suspect has already been captured. Lt. Gary Middleton said the search began around midday. The search is taking place on County Road 1102 off Highway 155 South ...

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California Man Held in Two Monday Attacks in Longview

LONGVIEW -- Longview police have arrested a man in connection with Monday’s attack on a Pine Tree ISD bus driver -- and he also faces charges in a Monday night incident. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, Calif., is being held in ...

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Officials Monitor, Repair Damaged Smith County Roads

SMITH COUNTY -- Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said late Wednesday afternoon that county roads still closed due to recent storm damage are all in precinct 3, to the west and northwest of Lindale. They include CR 4119 and CR 445. Both roads and culverts have been washed out ...

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Officials Monitor, Repair Damaged Smith County Roads

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:58 am

smithcounty-sealSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said late Wednesday afternoon that county roads still closed due to recent storm damage are all in precinct 3, to the west and northwest of Lindale. They include CR 4119 and CR 445. Both roads and culverts have been washed out and will be closed for several weeks until pipes can be ordered to repair the culverts, according to Davis. CR 499 was washed out due to a broken dam on a private pond and remains closed. CR 4129 is closed to drivers after a wooden bridge was damaged and moved 4 feet by water and debris. Davis says road and bridge crews will have to reposition and repair the bridge, which could take weeks. CR 496 and CR 411 remain closed after suffering washouts from the May 10 storm.

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Authorities Assess Damage from Monday Storms

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:58 am

Rusk County storm damage 5-25-15EAST TEXAS — Henderson and Rusk County officials met Wednesday morning to assess the current state of the area and to discuss cleanup efforts. According to KETK, at 8 a.m., county and city leaders met with representatives of local agencies to get an assessment of the current situation on the ground. Among those attending the meeting were County Judge Joel Hale, Sheriff Jeff Price, City Manger Tim Kelty, Fire Chief and Henderson Emergency Manager Rusty Chote, County Emergency management Coordinator James Pike, Henderson Chief of Police James Pearson, and Henderson ISD Superintendent Keith Boles, as well as county commissioners, DPS troopers and representatives from local utility companies. Read more …

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Gladewater Park Closed Because of Conditions

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:57 am

Gladewater Park ClosedGLADEWATER — Because of unsafe conditions, Gladewater Park is being closed. According to a notice on the city’s Facebook page, In the interest of public safety, the city of Gladewater has decided to close the Lake Gladewater Park due to the potential for unsafe water conditions caused by the area’s recent rainfall and runoff amounts. The lake has seen a significant increase in the water level and with more runoff and rain expected in the near future this is the logical and responsible thing to do to protect our citizens. Boaters who live on the lake are strongly encouraged to stay on the north side of the lake and avoid areas south of the boat ramps. Both public boat ramps are also closed as a result of this decision. The entire park will remain closed until deemed appropriate and safe to reopen.

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Dam Breaks on Smith County Road 448

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:56 am

thSMITH COUNTY — The dam of a private pond on Smith County Road 448 has failed, causing water over County Road 455. But officials say the water over the latter road later dissipated and the thoroughfare remains open to drivers. According to KETK, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says the dam broke late Wednesday morning. Brooks stated nearby Brush Creek flooded and took on 10 surface acres of extra water at a maximum depth of 22 feet. He said water then flowed down into a nearby lake and contained the runoff.

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Water Restrictions Lifted in Palestine

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:55 am

thumb_lawn-sprinklers-1PALESTINE — The city of Palestine website reports that power has been restored at the local water treatment plans and water restrictions have been lifted. Power was lost at the plant due to the storms of May 25, so the city temporarily asked citizens to conserve water wherever possible, turn off sprinklers, and limit unnecessary water usage.

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Three Overcome by Carbon Monoxide

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:54 am

CO poisoning in Smith CountySMITH COUNTY — Three Smith County residents have been hospitalized after being overcome in their home by carbon monoxide. A family member found the three around 2:00 yesterday afternoon in a home on County Road 3174. The grandmother and two grandchildren were all unconscious. They had been exposed to the gas from a generator. They were using the generator after storms knocked out the power. The three are listed in stable condition at East Texas Medical Center.

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One Burglary Suspect Arrested, One Sought

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:52 am

Monty SawyerSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a burglary suspect in a wooded area. KETK reports the other suspect has already been captured. Lt. Gary Middleton said the search began around midday. The search is taking place on County Road 1102 off Highway 155 South near FM 344. Read more …

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Marshall Woman Sentenced for Adoption Fraud

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:47 am

FederalCourthouseKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison for defrauding a Kansas couple in an adoption scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday for two counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say Rippey admitted that she took $22,225 from a Shawnee, Kansas, couple who believed she was pregnant with twins and who wanted to adopt the children. The money was intended to pay for Rippey’s living expenses. Prosecutors say the transactions were based on Rippey’s false statements that she was pregnant and wanted to put her twins up for adoption.

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Oil Spill Closes I-20 Exit Ramp

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:46 am

TxDOT logoLONGVIEW — The U.S. 259 exit on Interstate 20 was closed last night after a truck spilled oil on the road. The liquid was on the surface of the exit ramp and access road, and trailed east on U.S. 259 to where the truck was parked. in a truck rest stop area behind a restaurant. Sand was placed underneath the truck to absorb residual fluid. Fire crews sprayed the access road and intersection with water to clean up the spill. TxDOT’s Kathi White says the exit ramp could be closed for a few more hours as a crew cleans up the spill.

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California Man Held in Two Monday Attacks in Longview

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:45 am

MichaelNajeraMug_1432735383417_795723_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Longview police have arrested a man in connection with Monday’s attack on a Pine Tree ISD bus driver — and he also faces charges in a Monday night incident. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, Calif., is being held in Gregg County Jail on more than $1 million bond. He faces an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in addition to other charges stemming from the second attack. Read more …

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$10K Reward Offered in Cold Case

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:44 am

Untitled_1432740538952_795743_ver1.0MARSHALL — The Dallas FBI’s Tyler Resident Agency, the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Marshall Police Department announced a $10,000 reward Wednesday in a cold case dating back more than 18 years. According to KETK, the agencies seek information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Edgar Dwight Dawson in February 1997. On February 21, 1997, Dawson was found dead in the driver’s side seat of his vehicle; he had been shot one time in the chest. Officials say the investigation, conducted by the Marshall Police Department and the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, went cold after all credible leads were exhausted. The case was reopened in 2014 after the Marshall Police Department announced a commitment to clear the city’s cold case murders. Read more …

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Tyler ISD To Honor Top Graduates, Influential Educators

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:43 am

TISD logo3TYLER — The top performing students of the Tyler Independent School District and 35 influential TISD educators will step into the spotlight tonight during the Tyler ISD Foundation’s A Night of Shining Stars. The academic excellence recognition event will be held at 6:00pm at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler. The TISD Foundation, in cooperation with the Tyler ISD, will host the eighth annual A Night of Shining Stars to honor the top 20 graduating seniors of the class of 2015 from John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School. The top 20 students will be honored as Shining Stars. Each student selected one Tyler ISD educator who they felt made the biggest and most positive impact in their educational careers to be recognized alongside them as a Distinguished Educator. Read more …

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May Has Been Very Wet in Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 3:02 am

lighteningDALLAS (AP) — This has been the wettest month on record for Texas, and there are still several days left. The Office of the State Climatologist at Texas A&M University said Wednesday that an average of 7.54 inches of rain has already fallen in Texas in May. The previous record was 6.66 inches, which fell in June 2004. John Nielsen-Gammon, who serves as the state climatologist, says continuous storms for the past week to 10 days have contributed to rainfall records in many locales. The wettest area has been from Dallas-Fort Worth to the Red River, where some places have gotten more than 20 inches of rain. Recent storms have caused widespread flooding and killed at least 15 people in Texas and four others in Oklahoma. Twelve people in Texas are also missing.

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Latest on Flooding: Officials: Threat Remains Across Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:36 am

Brazos River floodingUNDATED (AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas this week has tapered off, various cities aren’t out of danger, as officials warn about possible flooding from rivers swollen by rainfall. In suburban Houston, subdivisions along the San Jacinto River were expected to flood. In Wharton, located southwest of Houston, residents in 300 homes on the west side of the city were asked to evacuate due to the predicted rise of the Colorado River. And in the North Texas town of Horseshoe Bend, about 250 residents were asked to evacuate, as the Brazos River was expected to rise above its flood stage. The death toll from the storms and flooding has climbed to 21, 17 in Texas and four in Oklahoma. Houston alone had six storm-related deaths.

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No Longer Threat of Texas Dam Breaking

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:34 am

Midlothian damDALLAS (AP) — Police say the threat of a dam southwest of Dallas breaking has passed. Midlothian police Capt. John Spann said late Wednesday morning that water was still coming over the earthen dam at Padera Lake, near Midlothian, but that the volume had decreased. The area has experienced days of heavy rain. Emergency personnel planned to shut down Highway 287 if the dam broke, because it could have flooded with a couple feet of water. About a dozen homes in the mostly rural area were threatened as well. Midlothian is some 25 miles southwest of Dallas.

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Police Groups Oppose Portion of Open Carry Bill

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:31 am

Open CarryAUSTIN (AP) — Fierce opposition from police across the state on Wednesday derailed efforts to pass a bill allowing open carry of handguns on the streets of Texas, a significant delay that could threaten its passage before Monday’s end of the legislative session. The bill applies to Texans licensed to carry concealed weapons. It had appeared ready to pass the House and be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law. But law enforcement groups rallied strong opposition, demanding lawmakers take out a provision restricting police powers to question people carrying weapons, asking them for their licenses if they had no other reason to stop them. That argument swayed House members, who rejected an attempt to pass the bill and chose instead to negotiate a new version.

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Divisive Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Falls in Texas Legislature

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:29 am

gay couplesAUSTIN (AP) — Texas Republicans have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer. That means the first session under Republican Governor Greg Abbott will end next week without new restrictions that gay rights activists and some Texas businesses intensely opposed. The Texas Senate on Wednesday night had a final chance to vote on prohibiting government officials from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But with only hours until a midnight deadline, the bill was scrapped. Computer maker Dell Inc. was among businesses that had urged lawmakers to not pursue the measure. Republicans instead passed a resolution that says they believe marriage is between a man and woman. The symbolic statement falls short of what some conservatives sought. The Legislature adjourns June 1.

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House OKs Family Department Bill Without Gay Adoption Limits

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

Texas Department of Family and Protective ServicesAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a bill reorganizing a state family agency, without divisive rules allowing private child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children on religious grounds. The lower chamber voted 146-0 Wednesday to advance an overhaul of the Department of Family and Protective Services. The bill already cleared the Senate. House social conservatives had planned to attach an amendment before a preliminary approval vote that came Tuesday. It would have protected child agencies that object to gay and same-sex adoptions for religious reasons from being sued. Democrats opposed it and slowed debate down, however. With a key deadline looming at midnight Tuesday, the amendment was abandoned. It could have resurfaced Wednesday during final approval, but didn’t. The final vote didn’t include any amendments.

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Texas House Votes to Tighten Filming Rules at State Capitol

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:27 am

Texas house of representativesAUSTIN (AP) — The House has altered a sweeping ethics bill, making it easier for lawmakers, and everyone at the Texas Capitol, to sue people who film them without permission. Lawmakers voted 100 to 40 Wednesday to allow those being filmed to ask the person doing so what they’re up to. If the person lies, but later releases footage, the amendment would facilitate lawsuits. The Legislature has been rocked by the American Phoenix Foundation, a conservative group with cameras that has descended on the Capitol, hoping to embarrass veteran lawmakers. Both Republicans and Democrats have complained about the group. But, since banning filming would violate state law, they’ve looked for other protections. The House version of the ethics bill must be reconciled with the Senate’s, meaning the amendment may not survive.

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Texas House OKs Ending Austin Residency Rule for Politicians

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:25 am

Donna CampbellAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow statewide officeholders to live somewhere other than Austin. Drafted by tea party-backed Senator Donna Campbell, the proposal would excuse the governor and other officials elected by voters statewide form living in the state capital. It already cleared the Senate. As a proposed constitutional amendment, it needed two-thirds House support, or 100 minimum votes. It barely cleared that threshold Wednesday, passing 102 to 43. The measure puts a referendum on this November’s general election ballot. It lets voters decide whether to change the Texas Constitution, scraping a statewide officeholder residency requirement dating back to 1876. The ballot question is expected to cost the state nearly $120,000. But Campbell argues that modern technology has made the requirement obsolete

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Bill Seeks to Curb Shark Finning

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:24 am

shark finsAUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers have sent to Governor Greg Abbott a bill that bans the sale of shark fins in Texas, a move aimed at curbing the practice of cutting off the fins and tail and releasing the fish to die. The bill also bans possession of shark fins with intent to sell, regardless of where they were collected. Animal rights activists have long sought to restrict finning, which is used to supply some cultures where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy. Finning is already banned under federal law, but bill advocates say the practice has spiked on the black market in recent years in Texas waters. The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would make shark finning a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail..

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US Won’t Seek High Court Review in Immigration Case

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:23 am

Justice Department logoWASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it won’t ask the Supreme Court to review a judge’s decision that put on hold President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The Justice Department announcement on Wednesday came one day after a federal appeals court panel refused to stay a Texas judge’s injunction that kept the sweeping immigration plan from taking effect. Spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the Justice Department is instead focused on its appeal that will be argued the week of July 6th before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The plan would shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation, but it remains on hold after the appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.

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Students Kicked Out of School for Truancy File Complaint

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:22 am

Texas Education Agency3AUSTIN (AP) — Disabled students who were charged with truancy and kicked out of school have accused 13 school districts and the Texas Education Agency of violating federal law. Three nonprofits filed the complaint Wednesday with the education agency, but are seeking an outside investigator. They accuse the agency and districts, including those in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, of violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The districts are accused of failing to give students with disabilities individualized education services. Between 2010 and 2013, about 1,200 students with disabilities failed GED tests they were ordered by courts to take after being charged with truancy, a criminal offense. The groups filed a 2013 complaint triggering a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights investigation into whether Dallas County schools were too harsh on truants.

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Police: Dallas Man Posed as Doctor, Stole Ambulance

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

Dallas Police PatchDALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man has been arrested after officials say he posed as a physician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and later stole an ambulance from Medical City Dallas Hospital. Dallas media outlets report a 23-year-old man faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest. He was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Dallas County Jail. The suspect’s bail has been set at $7,000. Officials at Children’s Medical Center Dallas say the suspect said he was there to shadow a doctor, but was not able to produce any type of valid identification. A statement from the hospital says he was escorted from the building after questioning. Authorities say the man later stole an ambulance and was fleeing from police with the emergency lights on when he crashed into another vehicle.

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Slow Speed Chase Ends in Crash

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:20 am

Fort Worth Police PatchFORT WORTH (AP) — A man has been arrested after leading police on a slow two-hour chase from Fort Worth to Arlington mostly along Interstate 30 that ended in a crash. According to a press release, police stopped a car Wednesday as part of a narcotics investigation. A Fort Worth police spokesman said the female driver got out and complied with police. The spokesman says the suspect, who was a passenger, then drove off. An armored SWAT vehicle joined the pursuit and pushed the suspect’s car, which hit a concrete divider before spinning. The suspect was surrounded by SWAT officers as he tried to climb out of a rear window. A police news release says that officers seized more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and that the suspect faces felony charges of evading arrest and possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance.

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Study: More Were Treated for Ebola-Like Symptoms in Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:18 am

Ebola hospital gearDALLAS (AP) — A study published this week in a medical journal says about a dozen more people were hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms last year after being exposed to the disease in Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that they ultimately tested negative for Ebola. The study, which was published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says the patients had developed fevers, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. They were hospitalized for one to five days and were released after tests came back negative. The report analyzed the effort in which almost 180 people in the Dallas area were identified in needing to be monitored for symptoms. Two nurses at a Dallas hospital were treated after contracting Ebola while caring for a man who had it. it.

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Texas Groups Petition Feds over Alleged Coal Exemptions

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:16 am

Coal Fired Power PlantAUSTIN (AP) — Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fired power plants from federal limits on particulates and other pollutants during startup, shutdown and maintenance at 19 power plants. A release from the Environmental Integrity Project on Wednesday says the exemptions made by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality between 2010 and 2013 show a “chronic disregard of federal Clean Air Act standards.” TCEQ spokesman Terry Clawson said in an email response that the agency followed the rules and did not relax any federal requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency. The groups allege public records show the state conspired with industry to illegally exempt 35 units at the 19 plants from federal particulate limits during the three stages of operation..

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BNSF Plans Temporary Layoffs with Slipping Freight Demand

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 2:15 am

BNSF engineBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway says it’s planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network. The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees “as soon as business needs change.” The railroad would not say how many employees were being furloughed but that they are “at different locations across our network.” BNSF is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated based in Omaha, Nebraska. The railroad is the biggest player in North Dakota’s oil patch, hauling most of the more than 1.1 million barrels that moves out of the region daily.

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Blackhawks Defeat Ducks 5-2 to Force Game 7

Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Wednesday night, forcing a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw scored two goals in the third period and Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane each scored a goal in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist...

Riley Curry Steals Spotlight Again as Warriors Advance to NBA Finals

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The true champion of the 2015 NBA Playoffs isn't a player with the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers, the two teams facing off for the title.

No, this postseason belongs to Riley Curry, the 2-year-old daughter of Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Riley stole the spotlight again on Wednesday, celebrating on the court after...

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Jerry Markland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three Sprint Cup teams have been penalized for infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosted the Coca-Cola 600 last weekend.

NASCAR on Wednesday placed Jamie McMurray's crew chief, Matt McCall, on probation through the end of the year because the right rear quarter panel wheel opening for McMurray's car was modified after qualifying inspection...

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 5, L.A. Angels 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 12, Texas 3
Chi White Sox 5, Toronto 3, 10 Innings
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 6, Boston 4
Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 3, Oakland 2
Baltimore 5, Houston 4

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Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 5, Miami 2
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Ray McDonald Arrested for Violating Restraining Order

Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again on Wednesday after allegedly violating a restraining order.

Released on Monday by the Bears after his second arrest on domestic violence charges, police say McDonald was at a Santa Clara residence prohibited by the order, which...

IndyCar Driver James Hinchcliffe Released from Hospital After Terrifying Crash

David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, who was involved in a horrific crash during practice before the Indianapolis 500 last week, was released from an Indiana hospital on Tuesday.

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FIFA Inquiry Leads to Calls for Delay in Presidential Vote

Photo by Pressefoto Ulmer/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid a U.S. and international investigation of corruption within FIFA, the Union of European Football Associations on Wednesday called for a delayed vote for FIFA's presidency.

The election was set to take place on Friday, with incumbent president Sepp Blatter vying for a fifth term. Blatter has been skewered...

Cavaliers Sweep the Hawks to Advance to NBA Finals

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James is headed back to the NBA finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 23 points during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night to help his team sweep the Atlanta Hawks, 118-88.

"We've worked our tail off all season to get to this point, and to be able to represent the Eastern Conference and...

Rangers Beat Lightning 7-3 to Tie Series

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The NHL Eastern Conference is anyone's for the taking.

The New York Rangers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 6 Tuesday night, winning 7-3 to tie the series up at 3 a piece.

Rangers center Derick Brassard led the team with three goals and two assists.

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Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 4:43 am

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/28/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/28/2015 0443C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 82
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 72
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00

LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 82
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 73
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: Tr.

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
FLASH FLOOD WATCH WEST OF A PARIS-ATHENS LINE FROM 6:00 P.M. CDT TODAY THROUGH 12:00 NOON SATURDAY!
TODAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 60s;
MONDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 80s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cear, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 80s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 60s;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR JUNE 4-10, 2015:
Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 27, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 87
MINIMUM 62
PRECIPITATION 0.89
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 11.08
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 36.21

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 27, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 90
MINIMUM 65
PRECIPITATION 1.05
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 11.48
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 34.16

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
05/27/2015 1906C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 64 86 1.29
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 62 90 0
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 65 87 0
Corsicana Campbell Field 65 86 1.17
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 63 88 0.72
Dallas Love Field 63 87 0.26
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 58 85 0.42
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 66 89 1.43
Fort Worth Meacham Field 63 87 0.59
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 63 88 2.48
Greenville–Majors Field 63 86 0.02
Hallsville CWOP 64 89 2.01
Hawkins CWOP 62 90 0.93
*Henderson Texas A&M Forest Service 63 88 0.94
Houston Hobby Airport 67 87 0.71
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 64 85 0.58
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 64 88 0.20
Longview City 65 90 N.A.
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 65 90 1.05
*Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 67 90 0.82
Marshall Harrison County Airport 68 89 1.58
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 64 M. 2.32
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 64 87 0
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 63 84 1.03
Palestine Municipal Airport 64 84 0.61
Paris Cox Field 63 86 0
Shreveport Regional Airport 65 88 0.65
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 63 88 0
Terrell Municipal Airport 62 85 0.82
Texarkana Webb Field 66 85 0
Tyler City Office 62 87 0.89
Tyler–Pounds Field 64 87 0.88
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/28/2015 0425C
Last night’s convection dissipated about 9 p.m., with only a trace reported at Longview.
This morning’s activity is concentrated over the Texas Panhandle, and is weakening now. It will
send down an outflow boundary to our north this afternoon, which will combine with very rich
moisture and another disturbance to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms late this
afternoon and overnight.
Tomorrow should see another brief decrease in activity before it cranks up again
tomorrow night with the approach of the much-heralded cold front and core of the upper air low.
We should be quite wet from Friday night through Saturday evening. There is also a severe risk
through Saturday.
Activity should decrease but not go away early next week. By mid-week, another system
will perhaps approach and again increase rain chances.
At 4 p.m. today, skies are cloudy, winds light southerly, and temperatures are in the
70s. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/28/2015 0433C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Thursday MOSTLY CLOUDY 84/71 20%/40%
Friday THUNDERSTORMS 83/68 50%/40%
Saturday THUNDERSTORMS 82/67 50%/40%

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That trend, the NSC says, is expected to last into the summer, a period it calls the "100 deadly days." Between Memorial...

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Man Survives Lightning Strike to the Head During Memorial Day Weekend Outing

Comstock/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(IDAHO CITY, Idaho) -- A man who went on an all-terrain vehicle ride with friends over Memorial Day Weekend is now recovering from what could have been a life-threatening incident.

Ryan Cross was with friends on a camping trip near Idaho City, Idaho, when they came across an unexpected storm on Sunday.

"They were riding, and it started raining...

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FDA Approves Two New Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Piotr Marcinski/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a pair of treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

Viberzi and Xifaxan, medications manufactured by two different companies, can be used, the FDA says, in adult men and women to treat IBS with diarrhea. The National Institutes of Health says that IBS affects 10 to 15 percent of...

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Increase in STDs After Rise of Social Media Dating?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Increases in the rates of three major sexually transmitted diseases in Rhode Island have led local health officials to warn that high-risk behaviors could be to blame, including the use of social media to “arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters."

Among the statistics, HIV rates have risen 33 percent, gonorrhea cases are up 30 percent...

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103-Year-Old Twins Die Within Weeks of Each Other

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.

"It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies," said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home's deputy manager. "They both made such a positive...

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Connecticut Woman Swallows Grill Brush Bristle in Burger

WTNH(NEW YORK) -- A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.

The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove...

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Senior Class Donates Nearly $8,000 to Principal Battling Cancer

WMUR(BETHLEHEM, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care.

Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare...

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Newer Birth Control Pills Could Up Blood Clot Risk

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New versions of "The Pill" could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.

But, as ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out,...

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Gallup: Mississippi Is Most Obese State for Second Straight Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was...

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Receding Texas Floodwaters Can Leave Behind Health Hazards

photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining...

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Jessica Alba Admits She Hates Working Out

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Alba rocks a sexy bikini on the latest cover of Shape magazine but admits her fit physique doesn't come easy.

"I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks," she told the June issue. "Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me...

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Softball Player’s Brain Aneurysm Draws Attention to Rare Condition

California Thunder via KABC-TV(HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old California softball player is reportedly fighting for her life days after a brain aneurysm led her to collapse on the field.

Dana Housley told her coach she “felt dizzy” before collapsing on the field, according to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

She was taken to Kaiser Permanente in...

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Taylor Swift Tells Fan Not to Call Her ‘Mom’

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Note to young fans: Taylor Swift is not your mom.

While catching up with her fans on Tumblr this week, Taylor addressed one girl in particular who keeps calling her “mom.” She responded to a video from the girl’s actual mom, in which the woman asks her daughter to stop using the maternal term to refer...

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Are Khloe Kardashian and Rick Fox Dating?

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Has Khloe Kardashian moved on from rapper French Montana to former basketball player Rick Fox?

According to Us Weekly, the two were spotted last Friday on a date at Casa Vega, a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles' Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

Several eyewitnesses said they saw the two come in late and grab a table. One source added, "It looked...

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Archie Panjabi Opens Up About Rumored Faked Scene on “The Good Wife”

David M. Russell/CBS(NEW YORK) -- When Kalinda, played by Archie Panjabi, and Alicia, played by Julianna Margulies, shared a final scene together on the recent season finale of The Good Wife, it almost seemed too good to be true.

After the scene aired, rumors spread online that the two actresses shot the scene separately and the final product was computer...

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U2’s Longtime Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Has Died

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (LOS ANGELES) -- Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.  

KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.

Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE +...

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Kevin Connolly Recalls Awkward Run in with Liam Neeson on “Entourage” Set

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- When Kevin Connolly reprises his role as Eric Murphy in the film adaptation of the former HBO series, Entourage, he'll be showing a lot of skin.

To prepare for the film, the actor said on Wednesday's Live with Kelly and Michael that he "basically didn't eat for three days was the way to go....

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“The Bachelorette’s” Britt Nilsson Shares Photos of New Romance with Former Contestant

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Britt Nilsson was sent home last week on The Bachelorette, but this week she's sharing photos proving that she's still happily with Brady Toops.

The two met on this season of the ABC competition, which was different than past seasons because two bachelorettes, Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe, met 25 men, who were asked to vote for the woman they wanted to...

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Jason Statham Finally Gets Funny in “Spy”

Universal(NEW YORK) -- The last time we saw Jason Statham onscreen, he was playing the bad guy inFurious 7. But in his latest film, Spy, where he stars opposite Melissa McCarthy, the British actor gets funny.

Statham -- who's best-known as an action star in movies like The Transporter and The Expendables -- admits in the June issue of ...

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Tatum O’Neal Says ‘I’m Dating Women Now’

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Tatum O'Neal was once married to tennis star John McEnroe, but now she's looking for love in different places.

"I like women," O'Neal tells People magazine. "I definitely have been dating mostly women recently." 

"I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth," she continues. "They're gentle, and also more intelligent than the men...

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What Would Cast of “San Andreas” Take in Actual Earthquake?

Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne Johnson arrived on a fire engine with a rescue helicopter overhead at Tuesday night’s Los Angeles premiere of the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas

Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California.  But say he was in an actual earthquake --...

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“America’s Got Talent” Returns with Singers, Dancers & a Stuttering Comedian

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- America’s Got Talent returned for its landmark 10th season on Tuesday, beginning their search for the country's best talent in New Jersey.

Tuesday's showcase included a hypnotist who got judge Howie Mandel, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, to temporarily get over his phobia, and a stuttering stand-up comic.

Mandel was back behind the judges' table along...

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Beyonce Among “Forbes'” Most Powerful Women in Entertainment

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Forbes has announced its list of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2015, and Beyonce was named one of the most powerful women in entertainment.

Queen Bey ranks number 21 on the overall tally of 100 and she second among other women in the entertainment industry who made the list, behind Oprah Winfrey.  Other celebs on the list...

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Did Keira Knightley Welcome Her First Child?

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations may be in order for Keira Knightley, who was expecting her first child with husband James Righton. 

According to Us Weekly, the two have welcomed their bundle of joy. There's no word on when the baby was born, the gender of the newborn or the name.

Knightley barely even announced her pregnancy. Instead, the news...

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Apologizes for ‘Minor Relapse’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who has struggled with alcohol addiction in the past, has issued an apology after he was photographed earlier this month in London with what appeared to be a vodka bottle in his hand.

In a message posted on his fiancée Mara Lane's Instagram account, the Dracula star said, "Mara and I...

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Johnny Depp Could Face Up to 10 Years in Prison for Bringing Dogs to Australia

ABC/Randy Holmes(SYDNEY) -- Although Johnny Depp's two dogs are out of Australia, the Pirates of the Caribbean star could be facing jail time and a large fine. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian Senate committee on Monday said that if the incident is brought to trial, and Depp is found guilty, the actor will face up to 10...

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Sponsors Cutting Ties with “19 Kids and Counting”

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) -- A handful of sponsors confirmed Tuesday they are no longer advertising with 19 Kids and Counting, after Josh Duggar last week responded to reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago.

A spokesperson for Payless ShoeSource told ABC News, “Payless' ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy with TLC. We are...

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