East Texas Headlines
TYLER — Tyler police say Christopher Champion, 28, was taken into custody Friday by the U. S. Marshals Task Force in Austin. Champion was the third family member who was wanted by Tyler police on outstanding warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance. A two-month Tyler Police narcotics investigation recently led to a large seizure of hashish, marijuana, cash, and weapons, as well as warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity. Read more …
ATHENS — A Henderson County man has been indicted for attempting to kill a peace officer. According to KETK, authorities report a grand jury handed up the indictment of Steven Clement Rei, 48, of Mabank, on April 9. Around 10:00 p.m. on January 22, deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. When deputies made it to the scene, they met a woman who called outside the house and were told Rei had displayed a 9mm handgun during an argument. Read more …
PALESTINE — A Palestine woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk with a baby in her car. According to KETK, Anderson County Chief Deputy Troy Black said at around 2:30 p.m., dispatchers received several calls about a vehicle driving recklessly on Highway 19 N near Palestine. Callers told officials the automobile was only doing 30 miles per hour but was swerving all over the road and driving into the path of oncoming traffic. Read more …
TYLER — The Tyler Police Department and Tyler Independent School District officers are searching for a person who allegedly broke into a local school. According to KETK, the reported break-in happened at Moore Middle School, 1200 South Tipton Avenue on Wednesday, April 15. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tyler Police at 903-262-1111.
EAST TEXAS — A state prosecutor who helped secure convictions in the Kilgore Kentucky Fried Chicken murders is one of two new prosecutors appointed in the Bernie Tiede case. According to the Longview News-Journal, documents from the Panola County District Clerk’s Office show Texas Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner, who worked on the KFC case, will take over Tiede’s case from Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson. Jane Starnes, another Texas assistant attorney general, also will be a prosecutor in the case. Starnes helped convict Eddie Ray Routh earlier this year in Stephenville in the death of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Read more …
TYLER — Students on the Patriot Talon staff at The University of Texas at Tyler received 33 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention, Dr. Dennis Cali, UT Tyler Department of Communication chair, announced. The annual convention is an opportunity for student journalists to compete in on-site competitions and be recognized for work from previous publications. The Talon staff received “Best of Show” in Div. II, one of five divisions. The staff also received “Best Website Navigation” and an honorable mention for “Best Online Interactivity” in Div. II as well as third place in “Overall Excellence” in Div. III. Read more …
DALLAS (AP) — A storm packing winds upward of 80 mph has left thousands of people without power in North Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that no injuries were reported in the wake of Friday night’s storm that produced golf-ball size in Waxahachie, and included tornado and thunderstorm warnings. Damaging winds up to 80 mph were reported in Stephenville in Erath County. In Tarrant County, isolated reports of 65- to 70-mph winds were registered. Dallas-based utility Oncor says more than 60,000 customers were left without electricity in Dallas-Fort Worth as power lines were damaged and trees were uprooted. Johnson County authorities say several houses were left without roofs near Godly and Joshua. Flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field were halted until the storms passed.
MIAMI (AP) – The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the costs of providing care for uninsured patients. The administration says states wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured if they expanded Medicaid. The top two targets so far are Florida and Texas, states with large numbers of uninsured residents that have received several billion dollars in recent years from Washington under the so-called low income pool. Florida’s hospital funding is the first of the nine states to expire, in June. But officials in Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas and New Mexico are watching closely.
HOUSTON (AP) – Six Harris County jailers have been fired and 29 others have been suspended after a mentally ill inmate was left unattended in his jail cell for weeks. Among those fired by Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Friday were two jail sergeants who have been indicted on record-tampering charges for signing off on paperwork stating that Deterrius Rashad Goodwin was in good condition in his second-floor cell in the Harris County Jail. Investigators said they found Goodwin alone amid insect-ridden food containers, a toilet clogged with feces and ropes made from his shredded jail uniform hanging from the ceiling. Garcia says the 29 unpaid suspensions range from one to 10 days. Both sergeants are free on $5,000 bond.
AUSTIN (AP) — An ex-Rick Perry’s staff member is one of three judges who will consider the ex-governor’s appeal to have his felony abuse-of-power charges dismissed. Justice Bob Pemberton is one of the judges from the Republican-dominated 3rd Texas Court of Appeals named to hear Perry’s appeal. According to his court website biography, Pemberton was a deputy general counsel on the former governor’s staff and briefing attorney to former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, who is now on Perry’s legal team. Perry appointed him to the appeals court in 2003. Campaign finance reports show Pemberton has contributed to numerous Republican campaigns and committees, including $1,000 to Perry’s 2002 campaign for governor. The selection was first reported by the Texas Tribune. The panel will take briefs on the appeal May 13.
MEXICO CITY (AP) – Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Michoacan say they have launched an investigation into the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly taken to the United States to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother. Alondra Luna Nunez was returned to her family in Mexico on Wednesday after DNA testing in the U.S. showed she was not the daughter of Houston resident Dorotea Garcia. The state Prosecutor’s Office said Friday that it is looking into the case involving a civil court judge in Los Reyes, Michoacan. Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado was the judge who ruled in Alondra’s case. She said this week that it was not within her authority to order DNA testing, and she was obligated to ensure that Mexico followed international conventions on child abductions.
DALLAS (AP) – Dallas police say they’re looking for a woman who tricked a man with dementia into applying for credit cards and gift cards – someone they’re calling the “Sweetheart Swindler.” Police said Friday that the woman identified herself as “Lisa” and convinced the man she was his friend. Police released video Friday of the suspected swindler talking to a person in a motorized wheelchair. He lost $16,000 until the woman stopped answering his phone calls.
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused for the second time in as many days to stop the scheduled execution next week of a man condemned for fatally stabbing a Texas corrections officer more than 15 years ago. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected an appeal from 35-year-old Robert Pruett. He’s set for lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville for the December 1999 slaying of 37-year-old Daniel Nagle, an officer at the McConnell Unit prison near Beeville. Pruett’s attorneys argue he’s innocent, that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence and failed to properly preserve evidence that could exonerate Pruett. The appeals court disagreed. Testimony showed Pruett was angry about a disciplinary report from Nagle. At the time, Pruett already was serving a 99-year sentence for a 1995 Houston-area slaying.
DALLAS (AP) – Two Indiana brothers have been sentenced in a synthetic marijuana ring involving North Texas smoke shops and convenience stores. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Barry Bays and his brother, 28-year-old Jerad Coleman, were sentenced Thursday following their October convictions on multiple felony offenses. Bays was sentenced to just over 35 years in prison while Coleman was sentenced to just over 15 years. They were also ordered to pay about $7.3 million, which constitutes the proceeds from the conspiracy. Bays and Coleman had been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Food and Drug Administration, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue. Bays was also convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and using a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony.
ANGLETON (AP) – An 18-year-old man faces life in prison after Southeast Texas jurors convicted him of killing his teenage girlfriend who was pregnant with twins. Ryan Matthews was convicted of capital murder in the death of Arrijana Hill. Both Matthews and Hill were 16 when she was found dead last year in a pool of blood inside her family home in Pearland. Prosecutors accused Matthews of killing Hill because he was worried children would ruin his future as an athlete. Matthews admitted on the stand that he saw Hill the day of her death and that he threw away the shirt he was wearing that day. He will be eligible for parole after 40 years.
ARLINGTON (AP) – A former official in the city of Arlington says the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb misuses its perk of a free suite at AT&T Stadium. Arlington received the suite from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when it lured the team from Irving to a new site. Bill Snider, also a past president of the Arlington Sports Authority, told WFAA-TV that the suite was intended to be used for encouraging business growth, particularly since the commercial areas near AT&T Stadium remain undeveloped. But WFAA found that the mayor, city council members and their spouses comprise about two-thirds of the guest lists at almost every event. Snider said the suite was not meant to be “a perk for being an elected official.” The city’s mayor, Robert Cluck, declined to be interviewed.
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(DALLAS) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is open to changing the rules about the Hack-a-Shaq strategy that was used this season and in the playoffs primarily on Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan.
Silver spoke with ESPN.com about possibly making new rules to avoid team's going that rout throughout a game and could start discussing a solution this summer.
(NEW YORK) -- The damage has been done from the brawl between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on Thursday night as Major League Baseball handed down suspensions from the incident.
Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura received a seven-game suspension, starting pitcher Edinson Volquez received a five-game suspension, outfielder Lorenzo Cain received a two-game suspension, and pitcher...
(SEATTLE) --The 2015 regular season has gotten off to a disastrous season for Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. After two poor starts, the team has placed Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain.
"[We] felt it best to back him off and put him on the DL to give him time to...
(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have stumbled out of hte gate to begin the 2015 season, and if they don't pick it up, closer Jonathan Papelbon would like to be traded.
Papelbon is still an elite closer, but with the Phillies just 6-11, his skills largely go wasted because the team can't get to him enough....
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville Predators announced Friday that defenseman Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the team's first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury.
Weber has not played since Game 2 of the series when he endured the injury. There was speculation that Weber tore his ACL, but the...
(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- The Edmonton Oilers appointed Peter Chiarelli as the team's new president of hockey operations and general manager on Friday.
“I am honored to join such a great organization with a long history of success. There is a strong, young core here with good complementary players,” Chiarelli said. “I hope to bring it...
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.
After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for...
(MIAMI) -- The Miami Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list Friday, with a lower back strain.
The move is retroactive to Monday.
The 23-year-old Yelich went on the disabled list for two weeks last season with a similar back injury.
"We'll get him checked out and see what's going on," Marlins skipper Mike Redmond said....
Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/25/2015@1800C
ISSUED: 04/25/2015 0735C
TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 75
MINIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 63
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 1.34
LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 75
MINIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 66
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 0.79
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
WIND ADVISORY FROM 9:00 A.M. CDT THROUGH 7:00 P.M. CDT TODAY!
TODAY: a 20 percent chance for morning showers and thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy, warm and breezy, high upper 80s, southwest winds 15-20 mph;
TONIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 60s, south winds 5-10 mph;
TOMORROW: mostly sunny but becoming partly cloudy late in the day,, high upper 80s, southeast winds 5-10 mph;
TOMORROW NIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s, east winds 10-15 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms–a few perhaps severe, cooler, high lower 70s, northeast winds 10-15 mph, severe weather risk–slight.
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, low middle 50s, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation);
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 60s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for evening showers and thunderstorms, low upper 40s;
WEDNESDAY: mostly sunny, high lower 70s.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 50s;
THURSDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s.
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 50s;
FRIDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 70s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR MAY 2-8, 2015:
Above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR April 24, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 5.09
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 22.14
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR April 24, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 4.81
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 21.86
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 66 79 0.03
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 61 64 3.05
Corsicana Campbell Field 70 82 0.06
Dallas Love Field 65 70 0.27
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 65 68 0.43
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 65 71 0.04
Fort Worth Meacham Field 67 71 1.00
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 60 75
Greenville–Majors Field 63 64 0.22
Hallsville CWOP 61 75 0.07
Hawkins CWOP 61 75 0.01
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 63 78 0.02
Houston Hobby Airport 72 85 tr.
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 67 79 0.07
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 59 65 0.11
Longview City 62 75 0.07
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 63 77 0.03
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 72 82 0.26
Marshall Harrison County Airport 62 76 0.13
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 60 65 0.08
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 66 79 0.22
Palestine Municipal Airport 69 83 0.05
Paris Cox Field 59 63 1.15
Quitman CWOP 62 71 0.03
Shreveport Regional Airport 61 76 0.13
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 61 66 0.24
Terrell Municipal Airport 66 75 0.38
Texarkana Webb Field 56 63 0.65
Tyler–City Office 64 78 0.01
Tyler–Pounds Field 65 80 0.02
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 04/25/2015 0718C
After a busy Friday evening, things have calmed down considerably this morning. A warm front
has moved through the area, and is likely to remain through the day. Some thunderstorms have
formed over Central Texas in response to the last energy from the upper air low, so we’ve put in
slight chances for showers and thunderstorms today. In addition, the next low pressure area
forming over the western edge of the Plains will result in gusty winds, and so we have a wind
Add to that some subsidence, and we’re looking at the warmest day of the season thus far
The next upper air low will be crossing Monday and Tuesday, and thunderstorm chances
return with it and a severe weather risk for Monday.
Late next week should see clearing and cooler temperatures as surface high builds in from
At 7 a.m. today, skies are partly cloudy to cloudy with areas of dense fog. Temperatures
are from the lower 60s to lower 70s, and winds are light. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 04/25/2015 0733C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Saturday WINDY 89/63 20%/00%
Sunday PARTLY CLOUDY 88/63 10%/30%
Monday THUNDERSTORMS 73/56 50%/60%
(BALTIMORE) -- Civil rights groups in Baltimore expect thousands to march Saturday to protest the death of Freddie Grey while in police custody.
Police are planning to keep a close eye on protesters as they march to City Hall from the area where Grey was arrested.
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(LANAI, Hawaii) -- A fisherman who was rescued last year after spending 12 days missing at sea vanished again when his fishing boat capsized off Hawaii.
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The online technology journal Clean Edge says on the positive side, close to nine in 10 of the 1,700 people it surveyed believe that renewable...
(NEW YORK) — The proposed marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is over.
Comcast will announced in a written statement Friday that it is walking away from the $45 billion deal involving it purchasing Time Warner stock.
“Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the ill-fate "New Coke."
On April 23, 1985, Coca-Cola made the decision to replace the formula of its flagship soft drink. The decision was called one of the biggest business blunders of the century, as customers loudly expressed their disappointment and passion for...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has filed a complaint against Quicken Loans, accusing the company of "improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration."
"Those who do business with the United States must act in good faith, including lenders that participate in the FHA mortgage insurance program," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer. "To...
(NEW YORK) -- Apple opened its Apple Watch app store for business Thursday, showing off the thousands of apps that have been developed for the company's first-ever wearable device.
When displayed on the Apple Watch, the apps are represented by tiny circles and are clustered together, almost like a beehive, as user swipe and twist the digital...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government is preparing to order the first round of sanctions against foreign entities or individuals involved in hacking, according to a senior Department of Justice official, in what will be the first test of the government's newest tool in cyber deterrence.
The presidential authorization for cyber-specific economic sanctions, announced at the start of the month,...
(WASHINGTON) -- What are Donald Trump, model Chrissy Tiegen and Bradley Cooper all doing in Washington, D.C. this weekend?
These celebrities are on hand to attend what’s affectionately dubbed by Beltway insiders as “Nerd Prom” -- or otherwise known as the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Each year, the commander-in-chief takes a night off from serious governing to poke...
(WASHINGTON) -- The “Girl You Wished You Never Started a Conversation With at a Party” is about to host Washington’s biggest party.
That’s right, Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong, whose irritating party persona quickly become an SNL fan favorite, will headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a lavish event where the press, politicos...
(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama makes the case for his trade deal, which has been met by push-back from fellow Democrats and Republicans.
“If America doesn’t shape the rules of the global economy today, to benefit our workers, while our economy is in a position of new global strength, then China...
(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin spoke of new legislation regarding Congressional control over new trade agreements he argues will create jobs and boost wages to fuel economic growth.
Ryan, the House Ways & Means Committee Chairman, said the proposed “trade promotion authority” bill is widely supported by farmers,...
(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to food, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is learning the art of self-control.
As he travels around the country weighing a run for the presidency in 2016, Bush has managed to adhere to the Paleo diet, learning how to navigate a campaign trail with tempting food around every corner.
On a recent...
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.
“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.
“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told...
(WASHINGTON) — President Obama went straight into the progressive lions' den Thursday to sell the Pacific trade deal he’s trying to pass: his old campaign organization-turned-advocacy-group, Organizing for Action.
His goal was clear: convince the audience at the spring meeting that this is the best possible trade negotiation, with stringent labor and environment...
(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner expressed condolences to the families of the American and Italian hostages killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January.
Speaking Thursday on the deaths of Warren Weintein and Giovanni Lo Porto, Boehner, R-Ohio, emphasized that he believes the independent review that the president announced “is entirely appropriate."
"As President Obama indicated,...
(WASHINGTON) -- No president wants to be known as a big joke -- except on the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Each spring, the commander-in-chief sets aside his usual gravitas to tickle the funny bones of the White House press corps and their celebrity guests.
Obama is no stranger to the...
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum and some of his top -- and most deep-pocketed -- supporters gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona Thursday for a luncheon and golf outing.
An aide to Santorum tells ABC News, “Over 25 major Republican and conservative donors from nearly a dozen states were in attendance, where they heard from Santorum,...
(WASHINGTON) — President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been "inconsistent and disappointing" for years in their time of...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Skip Allen was new to being a White House usher for President Ronald Reagan when it fell to him to deliver a top-secret document to the commander in chief in the private residence.
While the document was designated "for the President's eyes only," Allen would end up seeing more than he bargained for that...
(NEW YORK) — Florida Senator Marco Rubio has moved to the front of the very crowded field of candidates and potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
That’s according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which showed that Rubio has 15 percent support of likely Republican voters.
While that’s hardly a ringing endorsement, it does show that the Florida...
(NEW YORK) -- When Brandon Jenner, Bruce Jenner’s son, learned his dad is transgender, his “biggest question,” he tells ABC News, was who his father might want to be in a relationship with in the future.
“I feel like in life we’re all looking for love and so many things are done in the world just to try...
(NEW YORK) -- It is believed there have always been people whose brain and bodies are at odds when it comes to their gender. In the past two decades, the term “transgender” has been used to define this population.
As part of Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Bruce Jenner Friday on ABC's 20/20, a few experts offered to...
(NEW YORK) -– The number of heroin users has continued to increase over the past 10 years.
From 2002 to 2013, the number of heroin users has increased from 404,000 to 681,000, while the number of users undergoing treatment has increased from 277,000 to 526,000, according to a survey released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
(NEW YORK) -- After a botulism outbreak following a church potluck in Ohio left a woman dead and sickened up to 28 others, health officials say canned food could be to blame.
Officials are looking into canned fruits and vegetables as well as pasta and potatoes salads and other menu items, according to Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Shannon...
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Health officials said on Friday that a HIV epidemic in rural Indiana among injection drug users is still not under control, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide alert.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced that he is extending a state of emergency to battle the epidemic, as officials say more than 140...
(NEW YORK) -- Over half of the foods in advertising directed at children were ineligible for advertising if they followed government standards, the CDC says in a new report.
The CDC looked at a list of over 400 foods approved by the industry regulated Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and compared them against the government’s recommendations, which have...
(NEW YORK) -- After a listeria outbreak that shut down Blue Bell Ice Cream operations and left three consumers dead, the company has announced a reboot.
Starting April 27, Blue Bell will "embark on an intensive cleaning program," the company said, and retrain employees at all four of its ice cream plants for the next week...
(CAIRO) -- You may want to keep this info handy, depending on your plans this weekend: An ancient Egyptian hangover cure has just been discovered.
Five hundred thousand papyrus texts from Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, dating back to the second century AD (1,900 years ago) were dug up by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt from 1896 to 1907,...
(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner spoke for the first time about how he is ready to put a lifetime struggle with gender identity behind him -- embrace being transgender and live the rest of his life as a woman.
“I’m actually really excited about the future ... about what I could do to be able to do some...
(NEW YORK) -- After Grey's Anatomy killed off Patrick Dempsey's character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, a.k.a. McDreamy, the 49-year-old actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what next for him.
First, Dempsey has two projects he's working on, The Limit and Fodors, along with taking the "rest of the year off to develop."
He said, "I would like to...
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Danny McBride and Anthony Bourdain are making the most of their time in Charleston, South Carolina.
Thursday evening, McBride, who's in town shooting a new series, Vice Principals, and Bourdain, who met with local chef Sean Brock, joined South Carolina local Bill Murray for a Charleston RiverDogs game.
"Bill owns a...
(NEW YORK) -- Of all the women in the world, you would never think that Victoria Beckham's daughter Harper, 3, would be a "tomboy," but she is.
Beckham, 41, spoke to Ellen DeGeneres earlier this week and couldn't stop gushing about her youngest child.
The last time she was on the comedian's show was seven...
(NEW YORK) -- For years, Bruce Jenner’s relationships with his famous children have been documented for the reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Recently, however, their typically breezy conversations took a decidedly more personal turn, when the former Olympian opened up to them about his gender transition.
“I tried to explain to them that. ... ‘As...
(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families.
Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer...
(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past.
On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial.
"I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too," she told...
(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Kelly Clarkson!
The original American Idol turned 33 on Friday -- but only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows how she'll be celebrating.
Asked by a fan on Twitter how she'll mark her special day, Clarkson tweeted, "Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :)."
Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013....
(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict and newcomer Eric Hill Jr. all star in Brotherly Love, a film set at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, famous for its star graduates such as Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith.
While Palmer portrays Jackie Taylor, who has ambitions of a music career before getting distracted by love, Hill plays...
(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes did something fans never thought she would go through with.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
The creator of the hit ABC show killed off Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka "McDreamy," played by Patrick Dempsey.
After “McDreamy” stopped to help people injured in a crash, his own car was...
(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
The Age of Adaline -- Blake Lively stars as a woman who has remained 29 years old for almost eight decades following an accident. She falls for a philanthropist, played by Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman. Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker...
(NEW YORK) — The Full House spin-off announced by Netflix earlier this week seemingly has a similar premise to that of the original series: a widow raising children with the help of a relative and a friend. However, Candace Cameron Bure maintains that Fuller House won't be a carbon copy of her popular 1987-1995 sitcom.
Cameron Bure is...
(NEW YORK) — Mo'Nique caused a flurry of headlines earlier this year, when she accused Empire creator Lee Daniels of telling her she had been blackballed by Hollywood after winning an Academy Award for her role in Precious in 2010.
Daniels, who directed Precious, didn't seem to deny that he said that to the comedienne and even...
(LOS ANGELES) — Furious 7 and Fifty Shades of Grey are two of the highest-grossing movies of the year so far, so it's no surprise that Universal Pictures has scheduled sequels for both.
The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise will open April 14, 2017, Universal announced Thursday. Vin Diesel is expected to return to the...
(NEW YORK) — Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's three children on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of a suspected suicide at the age of 19, his manager tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor is believed to have shot himself outside his family's home in Texas on Thursday. Sweeten played Geoffrey...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Give us a nominee who can speak to a bright future brought about by a strong military, a light regulatory burden, a belief in the American people and a cogent and resolute foreign policy based on American strength.
How important is a good night’s sleep? Every bit as important as a health diet and regular exercise. So how come so many of us struggle with sleeping and what can we do to address sleep disorders? UT Health Northeast sleep expert Kim Hazel addresses these questions in this post to HealthConnection.TV. Visit the Health Connection website!
Today in History
1932 - Rose Franken's "Another Language" premieres in NYC
1952 - 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
1967 - Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland
1973 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - "Big River" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 1005...