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Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:58 am
HENDERSON — Rusk County and the city of Henderson continue their recovery effort following severe storms that included an EF-2 tornado. KETK reports county and city leaders met Friday morning to discuss the current state of their efforts to repair damage across the area. The Office of Emergency Management says according to National Weather Service forecasts, additional rainstorms are expected to move through the area today which could bring one to two additional inches of rain. Officials say this could cause additional delays in cleanup efforts or cause partially damaged trees to fall. Residents are asked to be extremely careful and aware of potential problems to avoid injuries. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:15 am
TYLER – Crews around the Tyler District are getting back to their normal routines while continuing cleanup efforts following the latest storms, according to a news release from TxDOT. Several roads are undergoing emergency repairs after being washed out by storms which also caused a rock slide on FM 2869 in Wood County. According to TxDOT, Mineola Maintenance continues to monitor flooding on FM 1804, and FM 1254 at Lake Fork Creek Bridge in Wood County while cleaning debris from the rock slide on FM 2869 near Lake Hawkins. The rock slide occurred in the early morning Wednesday and required closing FM 2869 at the location for the day. Crews were back there Thursday to remove any remaining loose rock and dirt with the roadway closed to traffic through Thursday. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm
TYLER — A Longview man has pleaded not guilty in the murder of a Tylerite. 21-year-old Carlton Champion Jr.’s pre-trial hearing is set for June 26 at 8:30 a.m. in Tyler, with jury selection slated for July 7. Judge Christi Kennedy has set Champion’s bond at $1,000,000. According to KETK, Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department says on January 29, police served a warrant on for the murder of Tyrone Lee Underwood, a 24-year-old transgender woman. Police say Champion and Underwood were, at some point, romantically involved. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:02 am
CARTHAGE — The judge presiding over Bernie Tiede’s new punishment trial has moved it to January at the request of the special prosecutor and the convicted murderer’s lawyer. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. Officials in the office of Panola County District Clerk Debra Johnson confirmed Thursday that visiting Judge Diane DeVasto also moved a hearing to settle pretrial issues to Dec. 1. That’s about six weeks before Tiede is scheduled to be resentenced for the 1996 fatal shooting of 81-year-old Carthage widow Marjorie Nugent. That trial is scheduled Jan. 11 in the 123rd District Court in Carthage. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:15 am
LONGVIEW — Four more Gregg County residents have tested positive for active tuberculosis following an initial confirmation weeks ago, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State and Health Services said Thursday. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Christine Mann said “four close contacts” of the person who initially was diagnosed with active TB tested positive and are being treated. She also said about 60 residents are being screened. They are people who had possible contact with an infected person. Kilgore College officials and the state agency recommended tuberculosis testing for some students and Gregg County residents after a case of the disease was confirmed at the college in mid-May. The identity and other information about the student with tuberculosis were not released, college spokesman Chris Craddock said. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:34 am
GLADEWATER — A former Gladewater kindergarten teacher is under investigation. KETK reports, authorities are looking into allegations that she injured a young student. The teacher is identified as Amanda Hickman. The boy’s mother claims her son had permission to be under the teacher’s desk to wind down when he becomes agitated or antsy. During this time the boy grabbed some candy from the teacher’s drawer. The mother said the teacher grabbed the boy by his feet and dragged him out of the classroom. School Superintendent J.P. Richardson told KETK charges have been filed against the teacher. The case was immediately turned over to the Gladewater Police Department.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:53 am
SMITH COUNTY — Another dam has broken in Smith County following a downpour of rain over the past week. According to KETK, county officials say the dam of a private pond failed Thursday night and damaged County Road 4114. The road is still passable. The road is located west of FM 1804, north of Lindale. This is at least the third reported Smith County dam to give way to floods.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:33 am
MARSHALL — Charges have been dropped against a Marshall School District employee who had been charged with animal cruelty. Following his arrest, Paul Warren Smith, 61, a maintenance/pesticide technician with the school district, was placed on administrative leave. Yesterday, the Harrison County grand jury decided there was no probable cause to proceed with prosecution. Smith was arrested after a video showed him dropping puppies over a fence. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:31 am
(AP) – A federal appeals court has agreed to consider an appeal from a 48-year-old East Texas man on death row for the 2002 slaying of his 2-year-old daughter. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says it will look at arguments on whether the rights of Robert Roberson III were violated when his trial judge in Palestine refused to allow testimony from a neurologist. Roberson was convicted of the death of his daughter, Nikki Curtis, at their Palestine home. His attorneys contend the physician would have said Roberson didn’t deliberately kill her, a key element in his defense. The appeals court said late Wednesday the Supreme Court has made clear defendants are entitled to a meaningful opportunity to a complete defense. The 5th Circuit has ordered briefings to address the issue.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:30 am
ATHENS — A Payne Springs man was taken into custody on Wednesday for multiple charges, including driving a stolen vehicle out of Tennessee. KETK reports authorities arrested Shawn Dyvene Smith, 27, following a traffic stop for no brake lights. During this time, the Payne Springs Police Department learned the car’s license plate is registered as stolen out of Maryville, Tennessee. The suspect was also wanted on five local warrants. Smith was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail. He is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and five outstanding warrants. He was released Thursday on $9,166 bond.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:31 am
TYLER — It’s another varied slate of offerings as UT Tyler’s Cowan Center unveils its 2015-2016 season. The Broadway Series features “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The Beach Boys, Trace Adkins, and a Christmas season show by Mannheim Steamroller are among the musical performances. Also on the schedule: “The Price Is Right Live,” the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” to win. The coming season’s Distinguished Lecturers are UT System Chancellor William McRaven and columnist George Will. Go to http://www.cowancenter.org for all the details.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
DALLAS (AP/Staff) – The Dallas area joins the list of Texas communities reporting flooding deaths, and the area is seeing other problems as well. Authorities say a man drowned after his truck was swept into a culvert near Dallas, raising the death toll from recent storms in Texas and Oklahoma to 25 people. Mesquite Fire Department Capt. Kelly Turner says first responders found the dead man early Friday morning in his overturned truck, which was surrounded by floodwaters. He says the truck had been underwater for some time before they found it, and that authorities believe he was alone in the vehicle. Turner says people stranded on two cars that were also swept off the road told responders about the truck. The driver’s name wasn’t released. The recent storms have caused widespread flooding in the southern Plains, killing at least 21 people in Texas and four in Oklahoma. Texas has 14 missing people. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:38 am
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a pre-K boost that was among his top campaign promises but has underwhelmed educators. Abbott on Thursday also expressed confidence that lawmakers would work out a last-minute standoff over new Texas gun rights before his first legislative session ends next week. Powerful law enforcement groups want the governor to veto legislation allowing people to openly carry handguns if police can’t ask gun owners for their license. Abbott hasn’t taken a stand on that provision. Other major conservative issues, including tax cuts and a sharp increase in border security spending, are already settled ahead of the Legislature adjourning Tuesday. Abbott made the pre-K bill his first flagship education initiative. It gives more money to schools that agree to implement higher standards.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:41 am
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas state lawmakers negotiated on Thursday a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, easing concerns of police and priming it for a vote that would send it to Governor Greg Abbott. House and Senate negotiators said they stripped out language that sought to bar police from demanding to see the license of someone carrying a gun if they had no other reason to stop them. That provision had passed both Republican-dominated chambers by large margins, but later prompted angry rebuttal from law enforcement around the state. Police called it a “game changer” that would endanger officers and the public. A final vote could come as early as today. The legislative session ends Monday.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:41 am
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Legislature is reimbursing a North Texas county for costs incurred during the trial of a man who killed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle (pictured) and his friend. The House on Thursday agreed to pay Erath County $500,000 for the high-profile trial of Eddie Ray Routh, convicted in February of capital murder for the 2013 double-slaying. The expenditure was one of several tweaks the Senate made to a $300 million state budget that covers immediate costs. The measure now heads to the governor. Also included now is $4.7 million for the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Economic Geology. Earlier this month, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Pecos marked the sharpest quake ever detected in North Texas. Appropriations Committee Chairman Representative John Otto said the funding “could not wait.”
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:40 am
AUSTIN (AP) — A bill establishing an 11-member commission to examine wrongful convictions is heading to Governor Greg Abbott. The House voted Thursday to accept Senate tweaks to a measure sponsored by Democratic Representative Ruth Jones McClendon. Its Senate sponsor, Democrat Rodney Ellis, said he’d spent years attempting to pass similar proposals. Abbott can now sign it into law. The commission would be named for Timothy Cole, (pictured) who died in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape. He was cleared 10 years after he died, and in 2010 became the first Texan posthumously pardoned. The commission will examine exoneration cases since 2010, and make recommendations to avoid mistakes in the future. Texas exonerated 39 people in 2014, the most nationwide. Most were drug convictions dismissed after lab results were found to be faulty.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:40 am
GALVESTON (AP) — The search for a 12-year-old Houston girl who disappeared while swimming off Galveston Island continues after being suspended for the night. Houston media outlets report Samira Carlon was at the beach with a school group of about 20 from KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls in Houston on Thursday afternoon. Galveston Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said the students when in the water in groups of five while supervised by two chaperones. He said two students from one group on a sandbar were having problems and a chaperone helped them back to shore. According to Davis, when the chaperone turned around, Samira had disappeared. The Galveston Beach Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard continue the search today.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:39 am
HORSESHOE BAY (AP) — A man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the single-engine plane he was flying crash-landed and burned on a highway in the Central Texas Hill Country. The crash happened about 2:00 Thursday afternoon on Texas 71, between U.S. Highway 281 and Farm Road 2147 near Horseshoe Bay, about 40 miles northwest of Austin. Burnet County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery told The Picayune of Marble Falls that the pilot apparently was forced to land on the highway about a miles west of the Burnet-Llano county line. The pilot was able to escape the plane before it ignited and was walking around. The wreckage closed the highway until around nightfall Thursday.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:39 am
BORGER (AP) — Ten people were taken to hospitals after an ammonia gas leak at a chemical plant in the Texas Panhandle. The incident happened about 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Agrium Inc. plant in Borger, about 40 miles northeast of Amarillo. Borger police Lt. Brandon Strope says the 10 people, all employees, were taken to Panhandle hospitals by ambulance and helicopter. He also says plant officials say the gas release is contained and poses no danger to the surrounding community. Plant manager Gill Craig says of the 10 taken to nearby Golden Plains Community Hospital, two were transferred to Northwest Texas Healthcare System hospital in Amarillo in stable condition. It was unclear if the other eight workers were admitted to Golden Plains. A message left with its spokeswoman Thursday night wasn’t returned.
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 11:38 am
AUSTIN (AP) — A Central Texas judge has pleaded guilty to federal weapons and other charges for selling firearms to a felon. A U.S. Attorney’s Office statement says Williamson County Court-at-Law Judge Tim Wright also pleaded guilty in Austin on Thursday to making false statements to a federal agent. Wright was accused of selling 60 firearms without a federal license. Dozens of those weapons were sold to two people who were smuggling them into Mexico. Wright could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison. No sentencing date has been set. After entering his pleas Thursday, the 70-year-old judge said he would resign effective immediately and surrender his licenses to practice law, carry a concealed handgun and engage in the manufacturing of federal firearms.
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Chi White Sox 3, Baltimore 2 (first game)
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Boston 5, Texas 1
L.A. Angels 12, Detroit 2
Oakland 5, N.Y. Yankees 4
Cleveland 5, Seattle 3
Pittsburgh 11, San Diego 5
San Francisco 7, Atlanta 0
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(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 5, L.A. Angels 4
Cleveland 12, Texas 3
Chi White Sox 5, Toronto 3, 10 Innings
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 6, Boston 4
Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 3, Oakland 2
Baltimore 5, Houston 4
Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 5, Miami 2
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
Posted/updated on: May 29, 2015 at 4:51 am
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/29/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/29/2015 0451C
TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 84
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 74
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 85
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 72
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
FLASH FLOOD WATCH WEST OF A PARIS-CENTERVILLE LINE THROUGH 12:00 NOON CDT SATURDAY! FLASH FLOOD WATCH EAST OF THAT LINE THROUGH 7:00 P.M. CDT SATURDAY!
TODAY: showers and thunderstorms–with heavy rainfall possible this morning, otherwise mostly cloudy, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–marginal;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW: showers and thunderstorms likely, otherwise mostly cloudy, high near 80, south winds 5-10 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon, (60 percent probability for measurable precipitation), severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, northeast winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
SUNDAY: becoming partly cloudy late in the day, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80, northeast winds 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 60s;
MONDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, high middle 80s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 60s;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low near 70;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 80s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 28, 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 11.08
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 36.21
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 28, 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 11.48
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 34.16
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 72 88 0
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 68 87 0.03
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 71 85 0
Corsicana Campbell Field 72 89 tr.
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 69 91 0
Dallas Love Field 74 89 0.05
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 71 88 tr.
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 73 91 0.02
Fort Worth Meacham Field 73 89 1.21
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 72 88 0
Greenville–Majors Field 72 88 0
Hallsville CWOP 72 89 0
Hawkins CWOP 72 89 0
*Henderson Texas A&M Forest Service 70 88 0
Houston Hobby Airport 73 89 0
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 70 88 0
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 70 89 0
Longview City 73 90 0
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 72 90 tr.
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 71 92 0
Marshall Harrison County Airport 73 90 0
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 71 86 0
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 70 88 0
Palestine Municipal Airport 70 88 0
Paris Cox Field 70 84 0
Shreveport Regional Airport 71 90 0.29
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 72 88 0
Terrell Municipal Airport 71 88 tr.
Texarkana Webb Field 69 84 tr.
Tyler City Office 70 89 0
Tyler–Pounds Field 72 89 0
(* 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: 05/29/2015 0430C
A nearly solid line of thunderstorms is east of the IH-35 corridor early this morning, and
is moving eastward. Should it hold together, it would likely be just after sunrise when it gets
here. The line has caused considerable flooding because of heavy rains in both the DFW and
Austin metropolitan areas. The line should have weakened a bit by the time it reaches us, but an
inch or so looks to be a good bet.
Light strataform rain may follow the line, as the trailing edge of the rain is about 100
miles behind the leading edge. The could keep light rain going into mid-day.
Then, a cold front should be easing into our part of the country tonight. That will bring
another line of thunderstorms, but these should be fast-movers. Given the time of day I think
they’ll be here, I don’t look for a big severe deal.
We will then get a break with activity winding down on Sunday, and only isolated
activity for the first part of next week.
Any influence of Andres on us is still too far out to determine with certainty.
One good note: today’s upper air low (causing the present squall line) is the last one we
see in our southwesterly flow parade.
At 4 a.m., skies are cloudy, temperatures are in the 70s, and winds are southerly at 10-15
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/29/2015 0446C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday THUNDERSTORMS 83/69 80%/50%
Saturday THUNDERSTORMS 80/64 60%/40%
Sunday PARTLY CLOUDY 81/63 20%/10%
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Automobili Lamborghini first introduced the Lamborghini Urus in 2012 at the Beijing auto show, but it announced...
(NEW YORK) -- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is expected to cut as many as 5,000 jobs by next year.
The Wall Street Journal reports the layoffs are part of an effort to slash costs and become a more efficient company. Within the next year, the paper says, J.P. Morgan Chase will cut at least...
(NEW YORK) -- After consecutive sessions of gains, Wall Street closed slightly lower on Thursday, after new Labor Department data showed higher levels of unemployment.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 36.87 on Thursday, closing the session at 18126.12.
The Nasdaq ended the day at 5097.98, a loss of 8.61, while the S&P 500 slipped 2.69 to 2120.79....
(NEW YORK) -- Every step you take, every move you make, your friends may be watching you, thanks to a new Chrome extension that can track a user's location based on Facebook Messenger.
Aran Khanna, a computer science and mathematics student at Harvard, created Marauders Map, an extension that can be downloaded for Google's...
(NEW YORK) -- Yogurt mogul Hamdi Ulukaya is giving away his fortune. Most of it, anyway.
The Turkish immigrant behind the Chobani brand has made billions popularizing greek-style yogurt with Americans. He’s worth an estimated 1.4 billion dollars, and now, he says he'll give at least half of that to charity.
Taking a cue from business moguls...Read more...
(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The latest Android update -- M -- is officially in the pipeline, Google announced Thursday at its annual I/O developer's conference.
It wasn't immediately known which sweet treat Android M would be named for, following Google's tradition of working its way through the alphabet, naming each operating system update after a sweet treat.
(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- The price of virtual reality won't be cheap.
When Oculus Rift releases its consumer headset and computer next year, CEO Brandon Iribe said the system will likely cost around $1,500 -- making the virtual reality dream for the masses expensive.
"We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out...
(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to climb last week, increasing by 7,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.
For the week ending May 23, the number of people filing for benefits shot up to 282,000. Claims for the previous week were revised up by 1,000 to 275,000.
The Labor Department said there were no...
(NEW YORK) -- SkyMall was the quirky catalog most commonly found on airplanes before the company declared bankruptcy in January. This week, its new owner since April is declaring "SkyMall is back."
C&A Marketing, based in New Jersey, purchased SkyMall at auction for $1.9 million. While SkyMall folded its paper catalog, pointing to the proliferation of online devices on...
(NEW YORK) -- Walmart has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit brought by comedian Tracy Morgan, ABC News has learned.
The terms of the proposed settlement were not disclosed, and will need to be approved by a federal judge in New Jersey, where the case was filed.
"Walmart did right by me and my family, and for...
(NEW YORK) -- Office Depot has agreed to pay out 3.4 million dollars for defective office chairs that allegedly hurt dozens of desk-hunched workers’ backs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Office Depot received nearly 200 reports about the chairs from customers, over 30 of which resulted in injuries.
Companies are required to report product defects...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The artist behind one of the defining images of the 2008 presidential campaign -- the “Hope” poster -- says President Obama has not lived up to the ideal expressed in the artwork.
In an interview with Esquire, artist Shepard Fairey said Obama hasn’t even come close to embodying the break with the past administration...
(WASHINGTON) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to launch his 2016 White House bid in Baltimore Saturday, injecting another dose of competition into the Democratic nominating contest that heavily favors Hillary Clinton.
No one denies the herculean effort -- and huge helping of luck -- it would take to stop, or even slow, the Clinton juggernaut,...
(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush focused on the economy and job creation at a speech in Michigan Thursday night.
An aide for Bush passed along an excerpt of the speech to ABC News:
"In Washington, D.C. the last six years, we’ve had the most tepid recovery in modern history, growing at about a 2...
(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio has decided not to spend money to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll -- delivering another blow to the Iowa tradition once considered a staple for presidential candidates.
“We're running a lean operation, so we're only going to spend money in contests where delegates are at stake,” Alex Conant, a spokesman for...
(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Thursday that he is retiring from the Air Force Reserves this summer.
“I’ll turn 60 this summer which is the mandatory retirement age for the Air Force Reserves,” Graham said. “Although I would cherish the opportunity to continue to serve, I know that the time has come for me to end my...
(WASHINGTON) -- Iowa and New Hampshire typically play host to the rough-and-tumble early days of presidential campaigning, but in recent weeks another arena has gained traction in the battle for voters’ hearts and minds: candidates’ website error pages.
Campaigns on both sides of the aisle have put a creative spin on...
(PEMBERTON, New Jersey) -- Governor Chris Christie says Common Core education standards are “not working” for New Jersey, and he wants the state to try a new, more Jersey-focused system.
“It’s now been five years since Common Core was adopted," Christie said. "And the truth is that it’s simply not working."
The presumed Presidential...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department has charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert with lying to FBI agents and trying to hide financial transactions intended to keep prior misconduct secret, prosecutors alleged Thursday.
The 73-year-old Hastert, a top Republican on Capitol Hill before he left Congress in 2007, agreed five years ago to pay an...
(WASHINGTON) -- The year-long travel ban against the five Taliban detainees freed in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Berghdal is set to expire on Monday, prompting critics of the controversial prisoner swap to voice security concerns and ask if the Obama administration is seeking to extend that travel moratorium.
The White House and the State Department have...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama engaged his Twitter followers on Thursday to answer questions on climate change, but it was his tweets about the NBA Finals and a presidential flub that stole the spotlight.
The president opened the Twitter Q&A -- using his new Twitter account, @POTUS -- by inviting people to ask questions using the hashtag #AskObama....
(EXETER, N.H.) -- Former New York Gov. George Pataki launched his 2016 presidential run Thursday by committing a minor flub while in New Hampshire.
Delivering the final, emphatic lines of his announcement speech, the former Republican governor exhorted the crowd of supporters, saying: "Let us move forward, so just as the dreams of that young child growing...
(MIAMI) -- President Obama met Thursday with the family of Steven Sotloff -- one of the American journalists brutally beheaded by ISIS last year.
The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff during his trip to Miami. The Sotloffs live in Florida, so the White House says it was “an...
(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service is testing out new spikes to reinforce the White House fence and deter against future would-be fence jumpers.
ABC News first learned last month that the White House would be adding these so-called “no-climb” spikes as a temporary fix to the current fence, but Thursday was the first time that we actually got to...
(WASHINGTON) -- Coming soon to a rally near you: a fashion-forward Rick Santorum.
The newly-announced presidential candidate -- known for his signature sweater vests -- may be sporting an updated look in 2016.
"I have two daughters who are the fashion consultants -- they've appointed themselves the fashion consultants to the campaign and so you're going to be...
(WASHINGTON) -- As Jeb Bush makes his way through key primary states, two campaign finance watchdog groups are pushing for the Department of Justice to investigate the potential candidate’s interactions with his super PAC.
Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center filed a letter with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the DOJ requesting a special counsel to...
(NEW YORK) -- Megan O’Brien is thin, petite and works out regularly -- but the 38-year-old Los Angeles woman says she has always had one problem area: her belly.
"When I would get my nails done or go to pick up my dry cleaning, they would all congratulate me on my baby, which is fine, but I am not...
(WESTMINSTER, Colo.) -- Some people post job ads on Craigslist to paint their house or walk their dogs. Others, like Natalie Carson, post more unusual ones like trying to find a family she can rent for a day.
The Westminster, Colorado, woman posted a heartfelt notice on Craigslist that she was looking to rent a family to help celebrate...
(GRAHAM, Wash.) -- Nikke Whitman, a birth photographer from Graham, Washington, said she finds photos of breastfeeding moms beautiful.
But she finds photos of moms bottle feeding beautiful, too.
After hearing the stories of some of her mom friends -- who had a variety of reasons for bottle feeding -- she realized some of them were "brokenhearted"...
(NEW YORK) -- Around 100 pediatric cancer patients got to enjoy their own version of prom thrown at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York Thursday, complete with makeup artists and donated tuxes and gowns.
In its 25th year, the Annual Spring Prom is a special night for patients grappling with cancer treatments, and this...
(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas has been hit by devastating storms over the past week, with at least 19 people dead and eight missing after the ensuing floods. But animal victims were also left in a desperate position.
Pet shelters across the affected region faced flooded and overcrowded conditions.
When the Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin...
(NEW YORK) – When Tricia Salese called her local pharmacy for a price check on her next prescription refill, she was stunned when the pharmacist told her the cost of her generic-brand pain medication had gone up again.
Salese, 49, started talking fentanyl citrate, the generic version of Actiq, a powerful painkiller, in 2010, and she takes three doses...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- If you're about to have a baby, please don't name him Billion. The experts implore you.
Citing data from the Social Security Department's Extended Name List, popular baby-naming site Nameberry has listed their picks for the 12 worst names.
"Swastik has to be the very worst, but Ruckus is right down there," said Pamela Redmond...
(NEW YORK) -- Anthrax is again making headlines after Pentagon officials announced Wednesday that the U.S. military had inadvertently sent live spores to laboratories in nine states and South Korea.
At least 22 people at Osan Air Base in South Korea are being monitored and were given precautionary medical measures because they "may...
(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to treating HIV, the sooner, the better. That’s the latest from a large-scale National Institutes of Health study, released Wednesday.
The study found that even patients in the early stages of HIV diagnosis, with relatively healthy immune systems, reduced their risk of death by more than half...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- A California softball player has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field.
Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Family and teammates had held out hope that the 15-year-old player would survive the traumatic event.
Housley’s family announced...
(NEW YORK) -- The treadmill is back. The once-monotonous machine is finding its groove again.
The machine is making a comeback in fitness classes, and celebrities including Heidi Klum, Shakira and Zoe Saldana are sprinting their way to great shape on treadmills.
Fitness experts Anna Kaiser, Alycia Stevenin and David Siik appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday to...
(NEW YORK) -- The FBI is investigating whether Johnson and Johnson was aware that a surgical device it manufactured could spread cancer in the women on whom it is used.
Johnson and Johnson is one of the leading manufacturers of the power morcellator -- a surgical device that breaks down growths in the uterus so that they can...
(UNION COUNTY, N.C.) -- North Carolina health officials have yet to find an explanation for a mysterious illness suspected of contributing to about one-third of students at an elementary school staying home Friday.
Officials said they believe many of the students who were absent stayed home because of the disease that is under investigation.
At least 160 students and...
(WATERBURY, Vt.) -- Everyone knows that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," but Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday a new program that will have doctors prescribing visits to state parks instead of apples.
Under the new "Park Prescription" program, doctors all around the state of Vermont will prescribe their patients time outdoors. Those prescriptions, meant...
(NEW YORK) -- The National Safety Council issued a warning on traffic fatalities on Wednesday, noting that each of the past six months has seen higher numbers of traffic deaths than the same month last year.
That trend, the NSC says, is expected to last into the summer, a period it calls the "100 deadly days." Between Memorial...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell accidentally grabbed an Uber that was a carpool option on Thursday. That's when the Frozen actress decided to live tweet the experience.Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- It has been more than 15 years since Cruel Intentions debuted in 1999, but the story is back in a new musical. And the cast of the movie came out Thursday night to celebrate the cult classic’s taking the stage in Los Angeles.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair and Reese Witherspoon all came out to support the premiere and...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
San Andreas -- When a magnitude-9 earthquake strikes California, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and his estranged wife travel to San Francisco in an effort to save their daughter. Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi and Paul Giamatti star. Rated PG-13.
Aloha -- Bradley Cooper is a military...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality and fiction have collided at UCLA, as the cast and crew of the hit television series The Big Bang Theory have endowed a scholarship fund to provide financial aid to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at the university.
The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has already raised more...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey did not have a pleasant experience during her brief stint as a judge on American Idol. During an interview with an Australian radio show earlier today, she made her feelings abundantly clear, calling the competition series “boring” and “fake.”
When asked by hosts Kyle and Jackie O if she would consider appearing on ...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck's Batman faced off against Jared Leto's Joker on the set of Suicide Squad, though it's not clear if the actors themselves were part of the action.Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- David Oyelowo stars on the small screen as Peter Snowden, a war veteran struggling to adjust when he comes back home, in HBO's Nightingale.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor in the single-scene film portrays a man clearly unraveling after he's committed a horrible crime against his mother. Oyelowo tells ABC Radio what else is wrong...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- After being in the hospital unresponsive for a week, Joan Rivers died on September 4 of last year. The comedic icon had been on life support, and now her daughter Melissa, 47, is opening up about the decision to take her off.
“She had a living will and an advance directive that was very specific. My mother’s...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan's probation stemming from a 2012 Santa Monica, California, traffic crash has now been terminated after her attorney provided proof she completed her community service.
The actress was not on hand for a progress report hearing Thursday, but she posted an Instagram picture of a TMZ story celebrating her finishing 125 hours of service for the 2012...Read more...
Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is on the market, and it can be yours for $100 million.
The property, located in Los Olivos, California, about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, is now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” Suzanne Perkins, one of the realtors, tells the Wall Street Journal.
The amusement park rides are gone, according to the agents,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson an impressive action star? Yes and no. Lately, he’s had moments when it seems he’s on the verge of becoming an above-average actor. Then he backslides.
I found Johnson backsliding a bit in San Andreas, though I by no means think he’s bad. He’s charming and has excellent comedic...
(NEW YORK) -- The Tony Awards have gathered Hollywood's best to present at this year's ceremony.
The film stars who will grace the stage later this month include Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris,Rose Byrne, Joe Manganiello and Taye Diggs. Small screen actors also will be present, such as Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling, Bobby Cannavale, Jim Parsons and Larry David, whose play, Fish in the Dark, is on Broadway...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Jake Gyllenhaal trained extremely hard to play boxer Billy "The Great" Hope in Southpaw. Not only did he hit the gym twice a day, but he immersed himself in the boxing world for the movie that is already getting Oscar buzz.
"I knew very little about the science, the techniques of boxing before we started," the Oscar-nominated actor told...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- It's safe to say that if you write something on the Internet about Emilia Clarke she won't read it. That's because the Game of Thrones actress refuses to search stories about herself on the web after the hit HBO series premiered in 2011 and she stripped down.
"I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Here we go again with minimum wage. In places like Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where liberals have absolute control over every aspect of government, laws are being passed that raise the local minimum wage to near twice or more the federal minimum wage, which stands now at $7.25 per hour. The economic […]Read more... | Visit The You Tell Me Texas Blog
Lung cancer is definitely not a good diagnosis but one thing is certain — the earlier that diagnosis comes, the greater the likelihood of a good outcome. In this post to www.HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast lung disease expert Dr. James Fox answers questions about screening for lung cancer to find it early. Visit the Health Connection website!
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