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Four US Military Peackeeepers in Sinai Injured in IED Blasts

iStock/Thinkstock(MOUNT SINAI, Egypt) --  According to the Pentagon, four U.S. military service members serving as peacekeepers in the Sinai Peninsula were injured in two roadside bomb explosions.The Pentagon said their injuries were not life threatening.The Americans are part of the observer force that has been in the Sinai for decades to support the Camp David ...

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Sacramento City College Locked Down After Fatal Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Sacramento City College was put on lockdown Thursday night after a deadly shooting on campus near the baseball fields, police said.Sacramento police said there were three male shooting victims, including the one who died. Two others were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.Police said they were looking for a shirtless man wearing cargo shorts.The ...

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Feds Will Need Warrant to Use Cellphone Scanning Technology Known as 'Stingrays'

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a major policy shift, the Justice Department announced Thursday that the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service will now have to obtain a warrant before using a cellphone scanning device to track down wanted criminals. Before the announcement, those law enforcement agencies have been able to use those devices -- commonly known ...

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The Number of Trees on Earth May Surprise You

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How many trees are there on Earth? It's the ultimate estimation game, but a group of Yale researchers believe they have arrived at the most precise answer yet.There are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth -- nearly eight times as many as was previously thought, according to the study, which was released in ...

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Too Much Screen Time for Kids Can Hurt Grades, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Turn off that TV.Researchers in the UK have found in a new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, that 14-year-olds who spend an extra hour per day watching TV, using the Internet, or playing computer games tend to have poorer grades on a test known as the ...

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Kim Richards Rejects Plea Deal in Beverly Hills Incident

Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Richards has rejected a plea deal, authorities say.The reality TV star, who was arrested in April after an incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel, was offered a deal by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, but one component apparently didn't sit well with her team.Richards' lawyers argued that she should ...

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Kentucky Clerk in Jail but Deputies Expected to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Ty Wright/Getty Images(ASHLAND, Ky.) — A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was jailed Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but five of her deputies said under oath they would comply with the court's order to issue the licenses.U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled ...

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Former Teacher Gets Probation for Sexting Student

MARSHALL -- Former Waskom High School teacher Justin James Kelly, arrested last October for sending inappropriate text messages to a student, pleaded guilty Monday to display of harmful material to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. That's according to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger. "The initial charge was online solicitation, but that ...

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Man Gets Life Sentence in Multiple Stabbing Attack

TYLER -- An East Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of stabbing his fiancee more than 20 times. According to KETK, court records show Cedric Humble, 26, of Marshall, was sentenced in Tyler's 7th District Court. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly ...

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Longview Man Dies in Nebraska Collision with Deer

CHADRON, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a Longview man has died after his motorcycle struck one or more deer in the northwestern corner of Nebraska. The accident occurred a little before 6 a.m. Thursday, about three miles south of Chadron on U.S. Highway 385. The Nebraska State Patrol says a group ...

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Area Officers Prepare for Police Solidarity Event

TYLER -- Tyler area law officers are preparing for their role in a statewide solidarity event. Governor Greg Abbott asked this week that all law enforcement in Texas activate their emergency lights at 11:00 a.m. for 1 minute this Friday. Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth’s funeral is scheduled to begin at that ...

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Sickle Cell Blamed in Football Player's Death

LONGVIEW -- A condition said to be among the top non-traumatic killers of high school and college athletes is blamed in the death of a Pine Tree High School football player. According to KETK, a cause of death report obtained Wednesday stated that defensive back Joshua 'Josh' Warren, Longview, died of exertional sickling due ...

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Tyler Police Chief Named to State Board

AUSTIN -- Governor Greg Abbott has named Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board. The governor made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon. Swindle is a 33 year veteran of the Tyler Police Department and has served as the Chief of Police since 2000. As Chief of Police, he ...

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Man Gets Life Sentence in Multiple Stabbing Attack

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm

CEDRIC HUMBLE_1441301484908_4685092_ver1.0TYLER — An East Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of stabbing his fiancee more than 20 times. According to KETK, court records show Cedric Humble, 26, of Marshall, was sentenced in Tyler’s 7th District Court. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. On February 5, Humble stabbed his fiancee 23 times at a home in the 400 block of East Ferguson Street in Tyler. The victim, Karistha Johnson, was taken to a local hospital and treated for her wounds. Police said Johnson was stabbed with a steak knife during an argument. Her 12-year-old son witnessed the incident. Read more …

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Sickle Cell Blamed in Football Player’s Death

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

JoshWarrenInstagram_1435942964226_1781363_ver1.0LONGVIEW — A condition said to be among the top non-traumatic killers of high school and college athletes is blamed in the death of a Pine Tree High School football player. According to KETK, a cause of death report obtained Wednesday stated that defensive back Joshua ‘Josh’ Warren, Longview, died of exertional sickling due to prolonged physical activity complicating sickle cell trait. The 16-year-old athlete died July 1 at Good Shepherd Medical Center, less than 24 hours after participating in a strength and conditioning workout at Pine Tree High School. Read more …

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Former Teacher Gets Probation for Sexting Student

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm

justinkelley_1441299886119_4685073_ver1.0MARSHALL — Former Waskom High School teacher Justin James Kelly, arrested last October for sending inappropriate text messages to a student, pleaded guilty Monday to display of harmful material to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. That’s according to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger. “The initial charge was online solicitation, but that statute was held to be unconstitutional a little over two years ago, so we had to change the charge to the misdemeanor charge he ultimately pled to,” said Harrison County Criminal District Attorney Coke Solomon. “Based on the evidence that was the only offense we could proceed with.” Read more …

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Longview Man Dies in Nebraska Collision with Deer

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm

thCHADRON, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a Longview man has died after his motorcycle struck one or more deer in the northwestern corner of Nebraska. The accident occurred a little before 6 a.m. Thursday, about three miles south of Chadron on U.S. Highway 385. The Nebraska State Patrol says a group of motorcyclists were headed north when three of them struck deer that had wandered onto the roadway. Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins says the dead man has been identified as 53-year-old James Anderson. The patrol says one of the other motorcyclists suffered minor injuries.

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Area Officers Prepare for Police Solidarity Event

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm

thTYLER — Tyler area law officers are preparing for their role in a statewide solidarity event. Governor Greg Abbott asked this week that all law enforcement in Texas activate their emergency lights at 11:00 a.m. for 1 minute this Friday. Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth’s funeral is scheduled to begin at that time. The governor has asked for the display as a show of solidarity for the men and women who serve as police officers. According to a Tyler Police Department news release, a special detail of area departments will gather at Broadway Square Mall from J.C. Penney and will line up facing Broadway activating their emergency lights. Law officers will stand in front of their emergency vehicles in remembrance of all officers who have died recently in the line of duty. Officers working the streets in local communities will also pull over and activate their emergency lights for the one-minute period.

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Tyler Police Chief Named to State Board

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Gary SwindleAUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has named Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board. The governor made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon. Swindle is a 33 year veteran of the Tyler Police Department and has served as the Chief of Police since 2000. As Chief of Police, he commands a department comprised of 245 employees (194 sworn officers) and oversees an annual operating budget of $26 million dollars. Read more …

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Abbott Heading to Mexico amid Some Friction

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

gregabbott-1AUSTIN (AP) – Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is heading to Mexico for the first time since taking office and amid some tension between Texas and the state’s largest trading partner. Abbott will meet with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto during a three-day trip starting Sunday. It marks the first international visit for Abbott as governor. Abbott said Thursday he wants to improve bilateral relations and create more economic prosperity. But Mexican officials have been critical of Abbott’s $800 million border security package that he prioritized following his election. Mexico has long opposed militarization of the border and has said new enforcement measures will promote division. Mexico has also recently filed in federal court opposition to Texas health officials refusing birth certificates to the children of some parents who are in the U.S. illegally.

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Second Man Charged in Death of Ex-Officer’s Girlfriend

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

DALLAS (AP) – A man authorities say conspired with a former Austin police officer to kill the patrolman’s pregnant girlfriend has been charged with capital murder. Bastrop County officials said during a news conference Thursday that 31-year-old Kevin Watson is being held in Houston. The announcement came hours after former officer VonTrey Clark had been transported from Indonesia by federal agents and charged with capital murder in the February death of 29-year-old Samantha Dean. Authorities contend that Clark and Watson, longtime friends, conspired with others to orchestrate the killing. The Austin American-Statesman cites court records in reporting that Clark was willing to pay $5,000 to have Dean killed to avoid paying child support. Clark’s lawyer has denied his involvement. Online jail records did not indicate an attorney for Watson.

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Racing Commission Formally Announces Temporary Deal

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Racing-horsesAUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Racing Commission says it has formally received approval to stay in business through November following a funding standoff that briefly closed horse and dog tracks statewide. The deal confirmed Thursday by the commission is only a temporary fix. Leaders in the Texas Senate have accused the regulatory agency of overstepping its authority and trying to circumvent lawmakers. Commissioners last week voted to let Texas tracks use “historical racing” terminals, which allow people to bet on already-run races that are stripped of identifying information. Some lawmakers oppose such betting and threatened to withhold funding for the commission.

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Homeless Man Gets 60 Years in Baby’s Death

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

GOLIAD (AP) – A homeless man befriended by a family has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the death of their 9-month-old son. The Victoria Advocate reports that 34-year-old Spencer Clay Butler entered the plea Wednesday at the Goliad County courthouse. Paul McAdams died of blunt force trauma to his head in April 2014 while staying at his grandmother’s house in Goliad, located about 26 miles west of Victoria. The boy had been left with Butler while the grandmother and the child’s father, 24-year-old Zachary McAdams, left to deliver newspapers. At the time, the child’s mother was at a medical center. McAdams was arrested in July on a warrant charging him with abandoning or endangering his son on the day he died.

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Girl in Critical Condition after Lightning Strike

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm

WACO (AP) – A 10-year-old girl from a small Central Texas town remains hospitalized after being struck by lightning during a storm earlier this week. Baylor Scott and White Health spokesperson Deke Jones tells The Associated Press that Evelyn Cockerham was in critical condition on Thursday at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple. She struck by lightning Sunday while playing with her siblings outside her home in the town of Holland, about 20 miles south of Temple. Her mother, Dana Cockerham, told KWTX television station in Waco that as a storm moved in, she was about to call for them to come inside when she heard a loud boom. She and her husband found Evelyn up against the tree, unconscious and not breathing.

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Border Patrol Seizes More than $9 Million in Cocaine

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:17 pm

thFALFURRIAS (AP) – U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized almost 300 pounds of cocaine worth more than $9 million from a tractor-trailer at the Falfurrias checkpoint. The Border Patrol said that the seizure happened Thursday morning. After Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents to the vehicle, more than 100 bundles of cocaine were discovered hidden inside the trailer. The driver was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the narcotics.

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Marker Placed at Dallas Love Field near where LBJ Sworn In

Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Lyndon Johnson sworn inDALLAS (AP) – A bronze marker has been installed near the spot at Dallas Love Field where Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office to become president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. A City of Dallas spokesman said the marker was installed Thursday morning. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One while it was parked on the tarmac. Later, a duplicate of the marker will be placed by a window at the airport that looks out onto the spot. The spokesman says the marker on the tarmac wasn’t placed at the exact spot because it’s an air operations area and they didn’t want the marker damaged. Eventually a light will be installed to mark the exact spot.

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Rutgers Football Players Charged with Assault, Suspended from Program

Alex Goodlett/Getty Images(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- More controversy for Rutgers University's football program.

A group of 10 Rutgers students, including five Rutgers football players, were charged on Thursday in connection with assaults and home invasions in New Brunswick.

The football players have now been suspended, according to the university.

One of the suspended players, 20-year-old Nadir Barnwell, was involved...

Rising Tennis Star Vicky Duval Returns to US Open After Cancer Treatment

Manuela Davies/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When 17-year-old Vicky Duval beat former champion Samantha Stosur at the US Open two years ago, it seemed like the beginning of a fairytale career.

Less than a year later, she was facing a major health crisis. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma just one day before the start of the Wimbledon tournament.

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Tennis Player Coco Vandeweghe Loses Temper, Destroys Racket at US Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Temperatures are running hot at this year’s U.S. Open, causing players like Thanasi Kokkinakis to forfeit their match. But tempers are running high, as well.

There was no love between 23-year-old CoCo Vandeweghe and her tennis racket Wednesday night when she not only lost her cool, but also her match.

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American Pharoah to Continue Racing

Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The owner of American Pharoah has decided to continue racing the Triple Crown-winning horse even after his loss in last month's Travers Stakes.

"I have decided to continue to race American Pharoah," Ahmed Zayat wrote on Twitter, "The champ deserves another chance!" In a statement to ESPN, Zayat said that American Pharoah's...

Judge Overturns Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A federal judge has overturned Tom Brady’s four-game suspension ordered by the NFL.

The decision that will allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play in the team's season opener on Sept. 10 came down Thursday morning after weeks of unsuccessful negotiating.

In a 40-page ruling, Judge Richard Berman wrote that the league...

Hendrick Motorsports Reveals Throwback Paint Scheme for Kasey Kahne at Darlington

Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images(DARLINGTON, S.C.) — Kasey Kahne is one of the drivers who will be turning back the clock this weekend at South Carolina's Darlington Raceway.

Hendrick Motorsports Wednesday revealed a throwback paint scheme that will be featured on Kahne’s car. The red-and-white No. 5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevrolet SS will pay homage to the car driven by Geoff...

Ohio State Quarterback Cardale Jones Taken to Hospital for Headache

Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio State University quarterback Cardale Jones was taken to a hospital on Wednesday night after suffering from a severe headache.

The Columbus Dispatch reported the hospitalization, saying that Jones was believed to have been dealing with a migraine.

Jones led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship in the first ever College...

Scoreboard Roundup — 9/2/15

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INTERLEAGUE
Texas 4, San Diego 3, 10 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 9, Oakland 4
N-Y Yankees 13, Boston 8
Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 6, 11 Innings
Toronto 5, Cleveland 1
Minnesota 3, Chi White Sox 0
Kansas City 12, Detroit 1
Seattle 8, Houston 3

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Miami...

Two Kansas City Royals Players Diagnosed with Chickenpox

Kelvin Herrera (L), Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images / Alex Rios (R), Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals hold baseball's best record, but after a pair of players were diagnosed with the chickenpox on Tuesday, the team is working to prevent the disease from spreading further.

The Kansas City Star reported...

Truck Series Driver Fined for Having a Phone in Her Truck

Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images(BOWMANVILLE, Ontario) — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb received a fine Tuesday, all because of a cell phone.

She was fined a total of $7,500 for "having a non-engine electronic component in the truck" at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over the weekend.

The component in question: a cell phone. Cobb was...

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Posted/updated on: September 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 09/04/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 09/03/2015 1612C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 70s, south winds about 10 mph;
FRIDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 90s, southeast winds 5-10 mph;
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s, south winds about 10 mph;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, high middle 90s, south winds 5-10 mph;
SATURDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening, low middle 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, high middle 90s, southwest winds 5-10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the early evening, low middle 70s;
LABOR DAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 90s.
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 90s.
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR September 3, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-Saving Time. The maximum temperature represents the highest of the preceding fifteen hours, while the minimum temperature and precipitation represent observations during the preceding twenty-one hours. The
observations are made at WMO/722448, Tyler, Texas–Pounds Field Airport, 95.4W/32.3N, 166M).
MAXIMUM 92
MINIMUM 71
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH TO DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00 YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 40.51

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR September 3, 2015(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceeding fifteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-one hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 92
MINIMUM 70
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 43.40

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 09/03/2015 1602C
The Gulf upper air low continues to drift southward this afternoon, and the sea-breeze is
quite weak along with the air column being fairly dry above the surface. This is because of the
southward shift of the upper air high.
The result is going to be fair to partly cloudy conditions, mild nights, and warm afternoons into
the middle of next week. Rain chances are quite slim.
At mid-week, a cold front will approach. Showers are possible Wednesday, and more
likely next Thursday. Also, the front should give us a break in the heat.
At 4 p.m. today, skies are sunny, temperatures in the lower 90s, and winds are light
southerly. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 09/03/2015 1610C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday PARTLY CLOUDY 73/95 10%/10%
Saturday PARTLY CLOUDY 74/95 10%/20%
Sunday PARTLY CLOUDY 75/95 20%/20%

Sacramento City College Locked Down After Fatal Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Sacramento City College was put on lockdown Thursday night after a deadly shooting on campus near the baseball fields, police said.

Sacramento police said there were three male shooting victims, including the one who died. Two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and one of those was hospitalized.

Police said they were looking for a shirtless man wearing...

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Bears Nab Tennessee Woman’s Purse, Lunch From Her Car

Courtesy of Kathy Gafford(GATLINBURG, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee woman learned the hard way a valuable lesson about bears -- always keep your car windows closed.

Kathy Gafford, of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was inspecting cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Monday when she looked down at her car and saw a mother and baby bear had found their way...

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Kansas Farmer Catches Fish Using Flying Drone

iStock/Thinkstock(PEABODY, Kan.) -- A farmer from Peabody, Kansas, recently recorded himself catching a fish using his drone, which he transformed into a fishing pole.

Derek Klingenberg, known as Farmer Derek on his YouTube Channel with over 58,871 subscribers, went out to his private pond on his farm this past Monday morning with his drone in tow, he said.

"I...

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Falling Tree Splits Washington Home in Half

KOMO-TV(SEATTLE) -- A tree that crashed down into a Snohomish County, Washington house during a recent storm -- splitting it in half -- narrowly missed the family of four inside it.

Homeowner Marlon Waske said that he, his wife, their two young daughters and their dog had just moved into the home about three weeks ago, and they weren't...

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30-Foot-Long Basking Shark Dies Despite Rescue Efforts

Mark Steven Olson(LUBEC, Maine) -- Beachgoers in Lubec, Maine, near the Canadian border, tried to save a 30-foot-long basking shark that recently washed ashore, according to a video showing the desperate rescue attempt.

Onlooker Mark Olsen recorded the video Wednesday morning, when more than a dozen people spent several hours pouring buckets of ocean water into the large shark's...

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Kentucky Clerk in Jail but Deputies Expected to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Ty Wright/Getty Images(ASHLAND, Ky.) — A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was jailed Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but five of her deputies said under oath they would comply with the court's order to issue the licenses.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled against the Rowan...

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Police Departments Rush to Outfit Officers With Body Cameras

Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement officials around the country are racing to purchase body cameras for their officers.

Officials in Texas’ Bexar County, which includes San Antonio,voted Tuesday to buy more body cameras for officers a day after cell phone video appeared to show sheriff deputies shooting a man with his hands up.

Taser, the...

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College Football Player Killed by Police Had Drugs in System At Time of Shooting

Christian Taylor, right, poses alongside his younger brother Joshua Taylor. (Courtesy Joshua Taylor)(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Christian Taylor, the college football player shot to death by police in Arlington, Texas last month, had marijuana and a psychedelic drug in his system at the time of the shooting, an autopsy confirmed.

According to the autopsy report released on Wednesday, Taylor was...

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Army Removes Gender Barrier for Ranger Course

Capt. Kristen Griest (R) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (L) with their Ranger tabs after the graduation ceremony of the United States Army's Ranger School on August 21, 2015 at Fort Benning, Georgia . Griest and Haver are the first women ever to successfully complete the U.S. Army's Ranger School. Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake...

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Woman Charged With Falsifying Report Amid Manhunt for Fox Lake Cop Killers

Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(FOX LAKE, Ill.) --  A woman was charged Thursday morning with falsifying a report about suspicious men near the Illinois town where a police officer was shot and killed earlier this week, authorities said.

A manhunt...

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Two Soldiers Remain Hospitalized After Helicopter Training Crash in Colorado

Aydin Bacak/iStock/Thinkstock(FORT CARSON, Colo.) -- Two soldiers were hospitalized on Wednesday when a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter suffered a hard landing during a training mission.

A press release from Fort Carson noted that the training was occurring on U.S. Forest Service land, and that four soldiers were on board at the time. Chief Deputy Steve Johnson of the Douglas County...

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Judge Rejects Effort to Try Officers Together in Freddie Gray Death

ABC News(BALTIMORE) --  The six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death can have separate trials, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe had argued at the pre-trial hearing at Baltimore City Circuit Court that three of the officers should be tried together, saying they exhibited "degrees of the same breach of care."

But...

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Four US Military Peackeeepers in Sinai Injured in IED Blasts

iStock/Thinkstock(MOUNT SINAI, Egypt) --  According to the Pentagon, four U.S. military service members serving as peacekeepers in the Sinai Peninsula were injured in two roadside bomb explosions.

The Pentagon said their injuries were not life threatening.

The Americans are part of the observer force that has been in the Sinai for decades to support the Camp David Treaty between...

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The Number of Trees on Earth May Surprise You

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How many trees are there on Earth? It's the ultimate estimation game, but a group of Yale researchers believe they have arrived at the most precise answer yet.

There are 3.04 trillion trees on Earth -- nearly eight times as many as was previously thought, according to the study, which was released in the journal Nature...

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Two Bellydancers Given Jail Time

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two bellydancers in Egypt have been sentenced to half a year in jail, according to the BBC.

The two bellydancers were arrested for inciting debauchery by their performance in a video.

BBC News reports that lawyers claimed the dancers were harming the image of Egyptian women and public morality.

The two dancers, Suha Mohammed Ali...

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Lost Australian Sheep Gets Nearly 90 Pounds of Wool Sheared Off

iStock/Thinkstock(CANBERRA, Australia) -- A major haircut took place in Australia Wednesday after a sheep with nearly five years worth of wool on him was found wandering outside of Canberra.

The sheep, who has been nicknamed “Chris," was rescued Wednesday by RSPCA Australia officials after someone spotted him wandering with a much bigger-than-average mass of wool.

RSPCA officials immediately put...

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The New Zealand Fabric That’s Revolutionizing Performance Athletic Wear

ABC News(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- When most people think of wool, itchy blankets and sweaters might come to mind.

But a unique breed of sheep is redefining how consumers think of wool and revolutionizing the world of performance athletic wear.

At a farm in the southern Alps of New Zealand, Tom Rowley is a third generation sheep farmer raising...

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Canadian Woman Reunited with Dog 5 Years After He Was Stolen

Giovanna Carabella(ALBERTA, Canada) -- Years of heartache turned to joy Monday night when a dog owner was happily reunited with her pet pug after unknown assailants snatched him off his leash in front of a supermarket five years ago.

"When we could see her coming down the escalator, I said, 'Is that your Mommy?'" said Giovanna Carabella, who brought...

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Father Who Lost Two Sons, Wife Off Turkish Beach Describes Their Perilous Journey

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) -- The Syrian father whose two young sons died after falling off an overcrowded boat headed to Turkey was captured in a photo on Thursday, crying as he left the morgue.

The heartbreaking deaths of the two boys, 3-year-old Alan and 5-year-old Galip, are not the only ones that their father Abdullah Kurdi is dealing...

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Heartbreaking Photo of Drowned Migrant Child Prompts Outcry

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A series of photos of a young boy who drowned on a Turkish beach has prompted outrage over the lack of help refugees are being given in Europe.

Local reports state that the 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother died as they were fleeing to Europe after leaving their Syrian hometown of Kobani.

The...

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NASA Probes How Mars Became the Red Planet

NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/Univ. of Arizona(NEW YORK) — NASA is sifting through new clues that could yield insights about how ancient Mars went from a planet with surface water to the dry, Red Planet it is today.

It is believed ancient Mars had a thicker atmosphere, allowing water on its surface to not immediately evaporate while the Martian atmosphere of modern times...

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Refugee Family Desperate to Get to Germany Was Smuggled from Syria to Greece

Pierre Crom/Getty ImagesREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK BY ABC'S TERRY MORAN

The scenes coming out of Europe are staggering.

There are children crawling under razor wire, people walking mile after mile under the blazing summer sun and whole families who have nothing but what they can carry on the move.

In what has been the greatest mass migration here since the Second...

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Chinese Navy Ships off Alaska Coast Highlights Need To Avoid ‘Miscalculations,’ General Says

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With China sending five Navy ships into the Bering Sea north and west of Alaska for the first time ever, the nation’s top military officer says the move highlights the need for both the U.S. and China to work to avoid "miscalculations and interactions that could be unsafe at sea and in...

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Polar Bears Besiege Russian Scientists

Getty Images Europe(MOSCOW) -- A pair of scientists on a remote Russian island are besieged in their research station by a group of aggressive, hungry polar bears.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), says that a meteorologist and an engineer are stuck inside the Fyodorov weather station on Vaygach island in the Arctic Ocean, an incredibly remote place.

The researchers...

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Why It’s Taking Astronauts So Long to Get to the International Space Station

KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Talk about taking the long way.

Three astronauts are en route to the International Space Station but first they'll have to do 34 orbits of Earth to get there.

The three-person team, which includes a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh, blasted off Wednesday on board a Soyuz rocket on a two-day journey to...

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Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Mysterious ‘Floating Spoon’ on the Red Planet

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS(NEW YORK) — We've spotted faces, animals and now even a kitchen utensil on the surface of Mars.

The Mars Curiosity Rover captured a photo of the Red Planet's surface showing a mysterious rock formation that looks a lot like a floating spoon.

Located in the center of the photo, the feature appears to be floating in mid air...

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Poppies Commemorating World War I Go on UK Tour

Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A display of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, an exhibit that attracted millions on visitors last year, is going on tour across the United Kingdom, first stopping at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Sept. 5.

Created by artist Paul Cummins and installation designer Tom Piper, "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of...

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Elon Musk Has Good News for Tesla Fans

Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's a dream come true for Tesla admirers.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, revealed the electric car company will show off the look of its lower cost Model 3 in March and will begin taking pre-orders around that time.

The smaller sedan is expected to cost around $35,000 and will begin production in 2017....

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How McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast May Lead to Higher Egg Prices

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- McDonald's Egg McMuffin and other morning items that will be available all-day starting Oct. 6 may put pressure on already high egg prices and short supplies, experts said.

Egg prices have skyrocketed in recent months due to the worst outbreak of bird flu in U.S. history, killing more than 48 million fowl in the...

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Small Gains for Wall Street as Investors Wait for Jobs Report

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Small gains Thursday as markets continue to relax following last week's chaos.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 23.38 to finish the session at 16374.76.

The Nasdaq fell 16.48, ending at 4733.50, while the S&P 500 gained 2.27 to close at 1951.13.

Crude oil also rose, with U.S. crude oil closing at $46.75 per barrel, a...

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Google: What Happens When You Type in ‘I’m Feeling Curious’

Google(NEW YORK) -- Google has a new trick that caters to curious minds.

Simply type "I'm feeling curious" into the search engine and it will serve up a random fact worth stowing away for future trivia competitions or to whip out at the right time to impress friends.

Each fact is pulled from a website, with Google offering a...

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‘Flintstone’ House on the Market for Reported $4.2 Million

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HILLSBOROUGH, Calif.) — Do you want to live like a prehistoric cartoon character? Well, now you can have your own little slice of Bedrock.  The "Flintstone House," as tourists call it, is located on a hillside overlooking Interstate 280 in Hillsborough, California, and it's up for sale, according to SFGate.

The house, which appears as if...

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Natural Food Market Offers Discount to Customers Who Get Tattoos

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Just how far would you be willing to go to save on the cost of groceries? Is body ink too far?

A Kentucky-based grocery store chain has announced that it will give a 20 percent lifetime discount to any of its customers who tattoo the store's logo on their bodies.

Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, which...

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Job Applicant Accidentally Sends Naked Selfies to HR Manager

Michael Nagle/Getty Images(ELMHURST, Ill.) — An Elmhurst, Illinois man who applied for a job at a local business made a mistake that he won't soon forget.  The 23-year-old man accidentally sent nude selfies to the company's human resources manager, who had offered him a job earlier this month, according to police.

The human resources manager contacted Elmhurst police about...

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Jobless Claims Climb Higher to 282K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims surged higher last week, increasing by 12,000 from the revised previous week’s level, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Aug. 29, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 282,000. The previous week, claims stood at 270,000 — revised down from 271,000.

The Labor Department...

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How Four Texas Sisters Erased $182K Debt in 18 Months

The Barrientos sisters erased a $182K debt in 18 months. ABC News(DALLAS) -- The Barrientos sisters from Dallas, Texas, were a close-knit family confronting a major problem.

The four sisters, all within four years of each other in age, had a combined income of $106,00 but a combined debt of $182,000, ballooned by student loans, car payments and credit...

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eBay Turns 20: Key Moments in the Online Auction Site’s History

inbj/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Online auction website eBay launched 20 years ago Thursday -- and in the past two decades has shaped the way people buy and sell everything from cars and clothes to a vast selection of collectibles.

With more than 25 million sellers and 157 million active buyers, eBay has impacted consumers in 190 countries.

Here's a...

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US Stocks Rebound in Volatile Start to September Trading

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Stocks rebounded Wednesday morning despite continued volatility from global financial markets.

Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased about 1.2 percent to about 16,226, while the S&P 500 had a partial comeback, up about 1.1 percent. The NASDAQ composite moved higher about 1.3 percent.

Earlier Wednesday, the Shanghai Composite Index...

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Burger King Proposes ‘Peace Day Burger’ After McDonald’s Rejects McWhopper Idea

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though Burger King's offer of a "burger war ceasefire" for Peace Day was spurned by McDonald's last week, the company still plans to go through with a joint burger project to mark the occasion.

In a YouTube video posted last week, Burger King offered the one-day truce to mark "Peace Day," proposing...

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California District Court Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against Uber

Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A California district court on Tuesday certified a class action lawsuit against Uber made up of some of the company's California drivers.

In the ruling, the court said that all UberBlack, UberX and UberSUV drivers who either signed up to drive for the company before 2014,...

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Apple’s September Event: Don’t Forget the Operating Systems

Apple's iOS 9 is pictured. Apple(NEW YORK) -- While all eyes may be on the potential new iPhones and other hardware to be unveiled next Wednesday at Apple's special event, it's also possible users will find out when they can get their hands on hotly anticipated operating system updates.

The star of Apple's event is widely expected to be...

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Dow Falls Again Due to Worries About China

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Following more bad news from China, U.S. stocks had another bad day as investors remain jittery over a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

On Tuesday, the Shanghai Composite Index closed down Tuesday 1.2 percent. American investors fear that an economic slowdown in China will affect U.S. exports to that nation.

The Dow Jones Industrial average,...

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The Lowell Hotel to Debut Scotland’s First Home-Grown Tea

www.weeteaplantation.com(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...

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Mixed Day on Wall Street, Despite Upbeat Monthly Employment Report

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(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.

The...

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US Economy Adds 280K Jobs in May

iStock/Thinkstock(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...

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CVS Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Profiling Customers, Worker Discrimination

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(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...

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Joe Biden Says ‘I Just Don’t Know’ to 2016 Presidential Run

Scott Olson/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the possibility of a 2016 presidential run Thursday night, telling an audience in Atlanta that he is unsure about pursuing the nation's highest office.

"The honest to God answer is I just don’t know,” Biden said when asked about 2016 during the Eizenstat lecture at the Ahavath Achim...

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Feds Will Need Warrant to Use Cellphone Scanning Technology Known as ‘Stingrays’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a major policy shift, the Justice Department announced Thursday that the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service will now have to obtain a warrant before using a cellphone scanning device to track down wanted criminals. Before the announcement, those law enforcement agencies have been able to use those devices -- commonly known as Stingrays -- virtually...

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New Safety Review Ordered at Pentagon’s Anthrax Labs Following Contamination

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A safety review has been ordered for the Defense Department’s nine labs and facilities involved in the production, shipment and handling of live and inactivated agents and toxins after anthrax was discovered outside the primary containment area at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, military officials said on Thursday.

The contamination was found on Aug. 20 in...

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Inside Look at the Discounted Furniture Martin O’Malley Bought From Governor’s Mansion

Maryland Department of General Services(WASHINGTON) -- Documents obtained by ABC News reveal some of the stately furniture used by 2016 Democratic hopeful Martin O’Malley when he lived in Maryland’s governor’s mansion were later purchased by his family at steeply discounted rates when they moved out of the residence earlier this year.

There is a photograph of a brown rustic...

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The 2016 Presidential Digital Strategy: Selfies, Lasers and Bacon

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Rand Paul unveiled a new smartphone app this week while rival John Kasich popped up on Snapchat in New Hampshire.

Both examples highlight how 2016 presidential candidates are using social media and relatively new platforms to reach young, digitally savvy voters, drawing donations and interest to their campaigns.

The Rand Paul 2016 app was...

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Donald Trump Won’t Run a Third-Party Campaign: ‘I Have Signed the Pledge’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is all in.

The Republican presidential frontrunner said he will commit to supporting the eventual Republican nominee on Thursday, ruling out a third-party bid for the Oval Office that would likely draw general election voters away from the Republican nominee.

“The best way forward for the Republicans to win is if I win...

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Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ‘Offended’ Over Internet Ads

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is threatening legal action over Internet ads that feature her image to promote anti-aging products.

In Brewer’s case, the ads make false claims about her romantic life, stating, “divorced for being too old, see her revenge makeover.” Brewer and husband John have been married for decades, she said.

“We’ve...

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Today on the Trail — 9/3/15

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s a busy day on the campaign trail Thursday.

After his exclusive interview on ABC’s Good Morning America from Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday, Jeb Bush is holding two town halls in the first primary state. Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham are also in the Granite State.

As for Iowa, Bernie Sanders has three events in...

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Former Clinton Aide Bryan Pagliano Plans to Plead the 5th to Benghazi Committee Questions

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Facing a congressional subpoena, a former State Department staffer connected to Hillary Clinton's private email server will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions from several congressional committees.

Attorneys for Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department staffer who received a subpoena to testify before and provide documents to the House Select Committee, wrote the...

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Donald Trump Expected to Sign GOP Pledge Thursday, Source Says

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump is expected to sign the GOP loyalty pledge Thursday, according to a source familiar with the conservations between Trump and the Republican National Committee.

Trump has not yet directly told GOP leaders what he will do.

“Mr. Trump will make a decision today,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told ABC News Thursday morning. “No word...

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Jeb Bush: Donald Trump Is ‘Trying to Insult His Way into the Presidency’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush hit fellow Republican Donald Trump Thursday, saying on Good Morning America that he thinks “Trump is trying to insult his way into the presidency.”

“It’s not going to work, people want an uplifting hopeful message, people come to this country to pursue their dreams, sometimes they start without speaking English, but...

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Elizabeth Warren Talks About Lunch with Joe Biden

Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden at a Wednesday night "Political Happy Hour" event hosted by The Boston Globe.

"He called me twice," Warren explained, "and invited me down. We had lunch and we talked about policy." Among the topics Warren mentioned were the middle...

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President Obama Does a Native Alaskan Dance with Kids

ABC News(DILLINGHAM, Alaska) -- President Obama's been known to bust a move now and then -- and he's not a bad dancer. On Wednesday, he had the opportunity to show off his moves on the last day of his three-day trip to Alaska.

Obama stopped at Dillingham Middle School and was treated to a cultural performance by the school...

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Donald Trump Advises Jeb Bush to ‘Really Set the Example by Speaking English’ in the US

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said fellow Republican Jeb Bush should speak English in the United States, another comment likely to spark controversy in light of the millions of U.S. citizens who speak dozens of other languages nationwide.

“I like Jeb; he’s a nice man,” the real estate mogul told Breitbart News Wednesday, which...

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Another Gay Kentucky Couple Denied Marriage License by Controversial Clerk

Cultura RM/Angela Cappetta/Getty Images(ROWAN COUNTY, Ky.) -- Another same-sex couple was refused a marriage license Wednesday by the Kentucky county clerk who has come under fire for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis defended her decision Wednesday when Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz tried to get a marriage license.

She...

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Too Much Screen Time for Kids Can Hurt Grades, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Turn off that TV.

Researchers in the UK have found in a new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, that 14-year-olds who spend an extra hour per day watching TV, using the Internet, or playing computer games tend to have poorer grades on a test known as the GCSE (General...

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Newborn with Inoperable Brain Tumor Stuns in Heartwrenching Family Photos

Courtesy Mary Huszcza/808 Photography(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- During Erika Jones' pregnancy, doctors told her there was a good chance her baby girl wouldn't be born alive.

The Jacksonville, Florida mom -- who also is parent to two-year-old Audrey -- had a 30-week ultrasound that spotted that something unusual on her baby's brain. It was later found to be a large...

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Woman Who Could Hear Her Own Body Sounds Gets Corrective Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(MERRILLVILLE, Ind.) -- Imagine that you could actually hear your own body’s every sound -- hear your eyes moving, your bones creaking and your heart beating.

That’s what life was like for 28-year-old Rachel Pyne, a school photographer from Merrillville, Indiana.

Pyne had drastically enhanced hearing, allowing every tiny sound body her body made to be amplified.

“I could...

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Norovirus-Like Illness Sickens at Least 125 Students, School Officials Say

WTVD(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- North Carolina school officials said they are investigating an outbreak of an unknown illness, possibly the norovirus, that left dozens of students and some staff members sick.

At least 125 students were sent home from three schools in the Person County School District on Wednesday after reports of symptoms including a low-grade fever, vomiting and diarrhea....

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Baby Monitors May Be Vulnerable to Hackers, Report Finds

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Baby monitors offer the convenience of live-streaming videos of children straight to their parents’ smartphones and tablets. But a new report warns that the children's parents might not be the only ones watching.

The report, released Wednesday by tech security firm Rapid7, put nine different Internet-connected baby monitors to the test.

Of the nine kinds of...

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More Parents Catching Early Signs of ADHD in Children, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A growing number of young children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasingly parents are on the front lines of identifying early symptoms, according to a new study.

A third of children with ADHD are diagnosed under the age of 6, and in the vast majority of ADHD diagnoses, family members are the first...

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Your Body: How Much Fruit Should Be in Your Diet?

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Fruit. It’s the naturally sweet snack that, according to those well-known food pyramids, we need two to three servings of daily.

But new information about fruit being loaded with sugar has some of us staying away. So how much fruit do you really need?

While fruit contains sugar, it also...

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CVS Says Decision to Stop Tobacco Sales Has Helped Reduce Smoking

Wolterk/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One year after the company stopped selling tobacco products in its stores, CVS Health says it has seen impressive results.

The national pharmacy chain stopped tobacco sales in September 2014, and since that time, the 13 states in which CVS has a 15 percent or greater market share have seen a one percent decrease in...

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Dozens of North Carolina Students Sent Home Due to Mysterious Illness

Getty Images(PERSON COUNTY, N.C.) -- Dozens of students at a North Carolina school were sent home after they exhibited possible signs of a virus, according to the local school superintendent.

At least 84 students at the Person High School in Person County were sent home after exhibiting "virus type symptoms," according to a statement from Person County School Superintendent...

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5-Year-Old’s Selfless Donation May Have Saved Twin Brother with Cancer

Charlotte "Charlie" Godish, 5, donated stem cells to her twin brother Bradley. (Jennifer Godish)(ELGIN, Ill.) — A 5-year-old girl became a hero to her family after she helped her twin brother fight his aggressive form of leukemia by selflessly donating her stem cells to him.

"What Charlie did for her brother and my wife and I was nothing short...

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More Men With Breast Cancer Opting for Double Mastectomies

Getty Images(PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan.) -- Seven years after finding a lump in his chest, Bret Miller was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at age 24.

Multiple doctors had brushed off his concerns through the years, telling him it was likely a calcium deposit.

Then, after finally being told he had cancer, Miller, of Prairie Village, Kansas, was dismayed...

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How Paula Deen’s Weight Loss Encouraged Her to Dance

Larry Marano/Getty Images For SOBEWFF(NEW YORK) — Paula Deen may have dropped some serious weight in the past, but the Dancing With the Stars contestant said she "never" gave up butter.

When asked by Good Morning America what she would do to sweeten up the judges for good scores, she said, "I dunno, bring ‘em butter!"

"I probably will....

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Your Body: Stop Holding onto Your Skinny Jeans

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

You know those skinny jeans in the back of your closet from your slimmer days? Are you still hoping and even struggling to fit into them? If so, let them go.

Research shows that holding onto skinny clothes and hoping that you’ll fit into them one day is a common...

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Divorcing Couples Snap Happy Selfies to Announce Their Break-Ups

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s the post-break-up phenomenon taking social by storm.

Divorcees are now ditching their marriage and instead saying ‘I do’ to “divorce selfies.” The new trend is finding the silver lining in splitting up, turning a heartbreaking situation into a fun photo opp.

“[It’s] A lighthearted way to announce your divorce in one shot and also let...

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Knee Replacements Are Becoming More Common, Especially Among Women

Jodi Jacobson/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Knee replacements are on the rise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics says, and the people undergoing the surgery are getting younger.

According to data released on Wednesday, the rate of knee replacements increased for both men and women between 2000 and 2010. The rate of the surgery...

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Bryan Cranston Compares Being Famous to Being — Pregnant?

Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Bryan Cranston is probably one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, thanks to his Emmy Award-winning performance on Breaking Bad. But that doesn't mean the actor has gotten used to the notoriety that comes with the job.

"Being [famous] is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly...

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Kim Richards Rejects Plea Deal in Beverly Hills Incident

Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Richards has rejected a plea deal, authorities say.

The reality TV star, who was arrested in April after an incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel, was offered a deal by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, but one component apparently didn't sit well with her team.

Richards' lawyers argued that she should be able...

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How Paula Deen’s Weight Loss Encouraged Her to Be on “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Paula Deen may have dropped some serious weight in the past, but the Dancing with the Starscontestant said she "never" gave up butter.

When asked by ABC News what she would do to sweeten up the judges for good scores, she said, "I dunno, bring ‘em butter!"

"I probably will. I’ve asked wherever they put...

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Stan Lee Explains Why “Fantastic Four” Bombed at Box Office

Fox(NEW YORK) -- Stan Lee is the legendary co-creator of classic Marvel comic characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four. The most recent version of the latter flopped miserably at the box office when it debuted a few weeks ago. So does Lee know why?

"Well, it was probably because I didn't have a cameo in it,"...

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Live “Star Wars” Toy Unboxing Happening Now Worldwide

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- It might as well be Christmas for Star Wars fans, although there’s no tree.  There are, however, plenty of presents as the world's first live, global toy unboxing event is underway to promote Friday's release ofStar Wars: The Force Awakens toys.  The movie opens in December.

The rolling event moves from time zone to...

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Sony Denies Editing Will Smith Film to Please NFL

Sony(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures says reports that it "softened" the upcoming film Concussion starring Will Smith to satisfy the NFL are incorrect.

According to VanityFair.com, the company is refuting a story in the New York Times stating that emails discovered during the hacking of the Sony corporate website last year revealed that the film was watered down to avoid...

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Dean Jones, Actor in “The Love Bug,” Dies at 84

Walt Disney Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Dean Jones, famous for his work in 1960s Disney movies like The Love Bug, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease, Variety reports.  He was 84.

Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 in There Was a Little Girl with Jane Fonda, and starred that same year in the Broadway show Under the Yum-Yum Tree...

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Cate Blanchett Set to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- According to Variety, Cate Blanchett is set to play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic of the beloved 1950s TV comic and star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy.

Aaron Sorkin, Emmy and Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network among many other films and creator of TV's The West Wing, is in talks to...

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Julianne Hough Isn’t Ready to Make Wedding Plans

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Julianne Hough can't stop talking about her engagement to hockey player Brooks Laich earlier this month, but she's not ready to discuss the big day just yet.

"We're just enjoying our engagement," the former Dancing with the Stars pro tells E! News. "I think right now we're just enjoying that part. We really enjoy our stages. I...

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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: the First Five Acts Advance to the Finals

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday night's installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw five of the 11 acts that performed on Tuesday's show moving on to the finals.

Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from New York's Radio City Music Hall to learn which acts America had selected...

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Chris Brown’s Representatives Respond to Nightclub Shooting Lawsuit

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Earlier this week, Chris Brown was sued by a college student who was shot at a California nightclub where Brown was performing back in January. However, the singer's publicists have denied Brown's involvement in the tragic incident.

"It is a poor reflection of our society that violence is so prevalent and it is always a...

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How Kylie Jenner Celebrated Her 18th Birthday

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Kylie Jenner turns 18 Monday, but she's been celebrating all weekend.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star kicked off the festivities by volunteering at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and toasted her big day with friends and family Sunday night.

"MY GIRLS. party night. #18@12," she captioned a group shot she posted Sunday, which included sister Kendall and...

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Idris Elba Reacts to “James Bond” Author Calling Him ‘Too Street’ to Play 007

Sony/Screen Gems(LONDON) -- How did Idris Elba respond to James Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s statement that he’s “too street” to play 007? He just kept smiling.

Horowitz recently told Britain’s Daily Mail, "For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too 'street' for Bond....

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Shondaland Casts Unite for Epic Photo

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- Just how big a producer is Shonda Rimes? Big enough that an epic group photo of the casts from her biggest shows is being featured in Entertainment Weekly, Essence, and People.

The casts of ABC's Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey's Anatomy -- 33 people in all -- shuttled into the Jewel Suite...

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Andy Grammer Says His Late Mom Inspired Him to Do “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Andy Grammer will be one of several singers competing this season on ABC's Dancing with the Stars,along with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, R&B legend Chaka Khan, and reality star, talk show host and singer Tamar Braxton.  Andy says he feels his late mom would've wanted him to do the show, and he's dancing, in part, to honor her...

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You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser

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The view from behind the tinted windows. – How many vehicles are there in your motorcade?

If you’re a member of the ruling class in Washington, D.C., a small army attends your every move and your relative importance is judged by the size of that small army.

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Childhood Nutrition: What They Eat Matters Now and Later

At one time, looking older as we got older was inevitable. But not so much anymore. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, compounds such as Botox and Juvederm have made looking younger easier than ever. Read more at the Health Connection website!


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Wordsmith.org: Today's Word

Wordsmith.org: Today's Word

descry

1. To catch sight of. 2. To discover or detect.

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