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Cowboys Sign LB Rolando McClain to One-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign LB Rolando McClain to One-Year Deal

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain.  
McClain and the team agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal worth $3 million, ESPN reports.
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Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Shortest in a Century

Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Shortest in a Century

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Don't press the snooze button for this one.

The total lunar eclipse set to take over the skies on Saturday will be the shortest in a century, lasting five minutes and turning the moon red, according to NASA.

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Techies Show Their Sense of Humor with April Fool’s Day Jokes

Techies Show Their Sense of Humor with April Fool's Day Jokes

Google(NEW YORK) -- Happy April Fool's Day!

Amazon got the party started on Tuesday by revealing a new product that actually is not a prank -- but sounded a lot like one at first. The company revealed it is rolling out ...

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Avril Lavigne Reveals She Has Lyme Disease

Avril Lavigne Reveals She Has Lyme Disease

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rocker Avril Lavigne has revealed the health crisis she hinted to fans about last year on social media -- it's Lyme disease.

"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," Lavigne told

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POLL: Obama’s Approval Rating Flattens — Albeit with No Sign of GOP Tailwinds

POLL: Obama's Approval Rating Flattens -- Albeit with No Sign of GOP Tailwinds

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — A flattened approval rating is softened by some underlying gains for Barack Obama in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll -- with no sign of tailwinds for the Republicans in Congress.

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Key Issues Unresolved as Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

Key Issues Unresolved as Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — Foreign negotiators, working beyond a Tuesday deadline, are optimistic that an agreement can be drafted on a nuclear accord with Iran -- with a focus on narrowing down differences between the parties.

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Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a press conference on March 31, 2015. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Corporations continue to speak out against the recently passed Indiana "religious ...

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Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The five people at Nebraska Medicine being monitored after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have reached the end of the quarantine period.

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Officials Identify Man Wounded in Law Enforcement Shooting

LARUE -- The investigation continues and the suspect has been identified after Henderson County deputies were involved in a shooting Tuesday afternoon while serving a warrant near Larue. KETK reports that around 1 p.m., four deputies were attempting to execute the warrant at a home on the 3400 ...

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Man Jailed for Deadly Conduct for Incident during Family Memorial

MARSHALL -- An East Texas man is behind bars after reportedly shooting a firearm at a local park. According to KETK, the Marshall Police Department says around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, officials located a vehicle believed to be occupied by a wanted felon. Officers conducted a traffic stop at ...

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Smith County Warrant Round Up Deemed Successful

TYLER -- Officials report a big jump in collections during the recently-completed third annual Smith County Warrant Round Up. According to a county news release, 385 warrants were cleared and $132,870 was collected. That compares to $90,000 collected in 2014 and $80,000 collected in 2013. “This is ...

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Fuel Leak Closes I-20 Exit Ramp

GREGG COUNTY -- An access road off Interstate 20 in Gregg County has been closed due to a fuel leak. According to the Longview Police Department, the access road on the off-ramp of exit 595-A has been closed off to traffi. KETK reports that the cause of the leak ...

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Two Wounded in Nacogdoches Shooting

NACOGDOCHES – A shooting in Nacogdoches has left two persons injured. It happened just before 10:00 last night in the 4700 block of Warr Circle. According to police, a woman was shot by a man. The man was later shot by a police officer. Both are hospitalized this morning. ...

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Longview Fire Department

Longview House Fire

LONGVIEW – A Longview home has been heavily damaged by fire. It was reported around 2:00 yesterday afternoon in the 500 block of Buchanan Avenue. It took firemen just over an hour to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. No word on what started the fire, which is ...

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Texas University Breaks Silence on McConaughey Speech Fee

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas university that booked Matthew McConaughey as its May commencement speaker has broken the silence on the former Longview resident’s speaking fee. The University of Houston said in a statement Tuesday that it was paying the actor speaking fees totaling $135,000 plus travel expenses, as ...

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Fuel Leak Closes I-20 Exit Ramp

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:35 am

police-longview2GREGG COUNTY — An access road off Interstate 20 in Gregg County has been closed due to a fuel leak. According to the Longview Police Department, the access road on the off-ramp of exit 595-A has been closed off to traffi. KETK reports that the cause of the leak has not been announced but police say the ramp will remain shut down until the fuel is cleaned up.

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Smith County Courts Study Approved

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

thumb_joel-baker2TYLER — Smith County Commissioners Tuesday approved engaging the services of HDR Architecture Inc. to conduct a District Courts Feasibility Study for optional strategies to accommodate renovated or new space for the Smith County District Courts. “The last piece of the 2008 Master Plan was to address the Smith County Courthouse and court system space,” County Judge Joel Baker (pictured) said. “That is what this study will do.” The focus of the study is to determine the viability for renovating the existing Carlton Building (the former Smith County Office Building) and associated parking garage to house the District Courts. The study will also estimate the cost for constructing a new facility, according to a county news release. Read more …

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Officials Identify Man Wounded in Law Enforcement Shooting

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

JameMeadorHCSO_1427904595836_56736_ver1.0LARUE — The investigation continues and the suspect has been identified after Henderson County deputies were involved in a shooting Tuesday afternoon while serving a warrant near Larue. KETK reports that around 1 p.m., four deputies were attempting to execute the warrant at a home on the 3400 block of County Road 4305 when the incident took place. When authorities circled to the back of the house, they found the fugitive who then grabbed an AR-15 from a four wheeler and began firing at law enforcement, according to authorities. Deputies reportedly returned fire and hit the gunman several times. Read more …

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Smith County Warrant Round Up Deemed Successful

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:03 am

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Officials report a big jump in collections during the recently-completed third annual Smith County Warrant Round Up. According to a county news release, 385 warrants were cleared and $132,870 was collected. That compares to $90,000 collected in 2014 and $80,000 collected in 2013. “This is the most successful warrant round up the county has ever had,” Smith County Judicial Compliance Supervisor Sheryl Keel said. “We’re definitely going to do this again in the future.” Read more …

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Man Jailed for Deadly Conduct for Incident during Family Memorial

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:46 am

HarveryWoodkinsMugMPD_1427892816080_56714_ver1.0MARSHALL — An East Texas man is behind bars after reportedly shooting a firearm at a local park. According to KETK, the Marshall Police Department says around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, officials located a vehicle believed to be occupied by a wanted felon. Officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of George Gregg and Loop 390 on an SUV and arrested Harvey Justin Woodkins, 22, on a warrant for deadly conduct in reference to a shooting that occurred on Sunday at Smith Park in Marshall. Read more …

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Two Wounded in Nacogdoches Shooting

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

Nacogdoches PoliceNACOGDOCHES – A shooting in Nacogdoches has left two persons injured. It happened just before 10:00 last night in the 4700 block of Warr Circle. According to police, a woman was shot by a man. The man was later shot by a police officer. Both are hospitalized this morning. Their names have not been released. The investigation is continuing.

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Pre-Trial Hearing Set in Calvert Case

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:37 am

TYLER — The motion for continuance of pre-trial in the case of an East Texas man accused of murder has been granted and a new pre-trial date has been set. According to KETK, 241st District Court Judge Jack Skeen says the pre-trial hearing for James Calvert has been slated for 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 6. Calvert recently entered a motion to change his original plea from “not guilty” to “not guilty by reason of insanity” in a 2012 murder-kidnapping that began at a Tyler home. Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says James Calvert also refused to consent to a voluntary psychological evaluation by court-appointed experts. Read more …

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Judge Replaces Prosecutor for Bernie Tiede Case

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:38 am

Bernie TiedeCARTHAGE (AP) — A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the retrial of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy “Bernie.” Judge Diane DeVasto issued the decision Tuesday, a day after Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson asked that he and his staff be removed from the case because he was now a witness. DeVasto granted the request and appointed Assistant State Attorney General Adrienne McFarland to the retrial. Tiede was convicted of killing wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent and storing her body in a freezer. He was released from prison after a judge agreed to reduce his sentence, and Davidson agreed that the former mortician was wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment. DeVasto also canceled a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. No new hearings or trial dates have been set.

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Longview House Fire

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

Longview Fire DepartmentLONGVIEW – A Longview home has been heavily damaged by fire. It was reported around 2:00 yesterday afternoon in the 500 block of Buchanan Avenue. It took firemen just over an hour to extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported. No word on what started the fire, which is said to have started in a rear room of the home.

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Dr. Paul McGaha Joins UT Health Northeast

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

Paul McGahaTYLER – Officials with UT Health Northeast announced that respected physician Dr. Paul McGaha has joined the administrative team as associate professor of community health and preventive medicine and as deputy director of The Center for Rural Community Health. Since 1988, Dr. McGaha served the citizens of northeast Texas through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). He began his career with DSHS as public health physician and then beginning in 1995, as regional medical director for Health Service Region 4/5 North. He also concurrently served DSHS in Austin, TX as acting assistant commissioner of the Division for Regional and Local Health Services in 2012-13. Read more …

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Texas University Breaks Silence on McConaughey Speech Fee

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

Matthew-McConaugheyHOUSTON (AP) — A Texas university that booked Matthew McConaughey as its May commencement speaker has broken the silence on the former Longview resident’s speaking fee. The University of Houston said in a statement Tuesday that it was paying the actor speaking fees totaling $135,000 plus travel expenses, as well as a $20,250 commission to the Celebrity Talent International booking agency engaged by the university. Meanwhile, the statement says McConaughey is donating his fees to a foundation he started to provide tools to help high school students lead active lives and make healthy choices for the future. The university initially balked at revealing McConaughey’s fee, citing a confidentiality agreement with the booking agency. However, the university says its business with the agency is finished and the confidentiality agreement is no longer binding.

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Feds Appeal Judge in Texas’ Blocking Gay-Couple Rules Change

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

Justice Department logoAUSTIN (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal judge in Texas to reconsider his order temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples. In a filing Tuesday, attorneys sought an April 13 hearing to argue that the preliminary injunction shouldn’t have been issued. Last week, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Wichita Falls stayed expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples. That ruling came after Texas sued to block the change, which would have taken effect March 27. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that complying would have forced state agencies to either violate federal rules or a 2005 gay-marriage ban in the Texas Constitution. Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska joined Texas’ lawsuit.

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New Boyfriend Fatally Shoots Houston-area Woman’s Ex-beau

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

TOMBALL (AP) – A Houston-area woman’s ex-boyfriend has been shot to death outside her home after he allegedly tried to use a brick to attack her new beau. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says the new boyfriend claimed self-defense after opening fire in the shooting reported early Wednesday in Tomball. Deputies were dispatched to the home amid reports of a disturbance. Officers found the former boyfriend dead on the front yard. Authorities say the woman’s new boyfriend had a gun, heard a noise and went outside. He was confronted by the former boyfriend, who had a brick. Officials didn’t immediately released the name of the man who died. The case is expected to be referred to a grand jury to determine if charges should be filed.

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Ex-Treasurer of Houston Health Firm gets 5 Years for Fraud

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

HOUSTON (AP) – The former treasurer of a Houston-based health care system has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $3 million. Joseph S. Antonucci of Houston was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to repay the stolen funds. Antonucci last fall pleaded guilty to 15 counts of wire fraud, five counts of money laundering and to making a false statement to law officers. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Antonucci used money from Patriot Managed Health Care Systems Inc. for private jet travel, gambling in Las Vegas and to pay off his credit card bills. Investigators say the fraud happened from 2007 through September 2012. Antonucci created false documents and sent emails with bogus financial data to help conceal the embezzlement.

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Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Testifies on Truancy

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

Nathan Hecht2AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas Senate panel is hearing testimony, including comments from the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, (pictured) on a bill to decriminalize truancy. Hecht said Tuesday that he supports the idea, adding that Texas has “a real problem with keeping kids in school.” Houston Democratic Senator John Whitmire is sponsoring a plan making truancy a misdemeanor punishable by graduated fines starting at $100. Also, schools would be required to designate someone to implement truancy prevention measures. Under current law, students with three unexcused absences in four weeks, or 10 unexcused absences in six months, could face a Class C misdemeanor. That’s punishable by a fine up to $500. Nearly 100,000 Texas schoolchildren were ticketed for missing school in fiscal year 2014.

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South Texas Man Accused of Portraying Self as Officer

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) – A South Texas man has been accused of pretending to be a law officer to collect money owed to a bail bonds company. Eloy Silva was transferred Wednesday from the Bee County jail to custody of the U.S. Marshals Services. Jail records don’t list an attorney for the 38-year-old Silva, who was arrested Tuesday in Skidmore on three counts of impersonating a public servant. Silva is also charged with three counts of an unauthorized contract with a bail bond surety and parole violation. Investigators received complaints that someone portraying himself as a U.S. Marshal wore clothing labeled “Fugitive Recovery” and flashed a fake badge. Warrants were issued last week for Silva, who denied wrongdoing. Silva has convictions for aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Police: Fight Over $500 Lottery Win Led to Murder-Suicide

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

FORT WORTH (AP) – Fort Worth police say a man who won $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket apparently fatally shot his live-in girlfriend and then himself after they argued because he didn’t want to share the winnings with her. Sgt. Joe Loughman said Tuesday that 48-year-old Laurice Hampton was able to call 911 to report the shootings Saturday night despite being critically injured with a gunshot wound to the chest. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that responding officers found the couple inside a bedroom. Forty-six-year-old Terry Martin was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Hampton was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she died a few hours later. Homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman says the couple had known each other since childhood and had lived together for several years.

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Texas Measure Cuts HIV Funds, Boost Abstinence Education

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

Stuart SpitzerAUSTIN (AP) — Texas would cut $3 million in state funds for programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and put that money toward abstinence education under a Republican-sponsored measure advanced by the state House. The GOP-controlled House approved the budget amendment 97-47 on Tuesday after a contentious debate with Democrats that veered into the unusually personal. GOP state Representative Stuart Spitzer, a doctor and the bill’s sponsor, at one point defended the amendment by telling the Texas House that he practiced abstinence until marriage. The first-term lawmaker says he hopes schoolchildren follow his example, saying, “What’s good for me is good for a lot of people.” The measure is a long way from final approval. Texas in 2013 had the third-highest number of HIV diagnoses in the country.

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Texan Convicted in 1986 Double Slaying Held in Another Death

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

Ricardo MunozCAMERON (AP) — A Central Texas man who served time for a double slaying nearly 30 years ago has been charged in a triple shooting that claimed one life. Milam County jail records show Ricardo Munoz of Rockdale was being held on charges of murder and parole violation. Cameron police say Sunday’s gunfire left Francisco Avila dead. Another man and a boy have gunshot wounds not believed to be life-threatening. The Eagle newspaper reports Munoz was convicted of two killings in Starr County in 1986, received 20-year terms and was paroled in 1997. He later served two years for unlawful possession of a firearm. Jail records don’t list an attorney for Munoz. Bond was denied on the parole charge. Starr County prosecutors on Tuesday have no immediate details on the 1986 case.

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Police Arrest Man Accused of Illegal Buttocks Injections

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

Jimmy Joe ClarkeDALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a second person accused of recently providing illegal buttocks injections has surrendered to authorities. Investigators say Jimmy Joe Clarke, 32, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. He was being held at the Dallas County jail on a $25,000 bond. A 43-year-old woman surrendered to authorities last week on the same charge. Authorities say the two provided illegal hydrogel injections that were sealed with Super Glue at a salon. One customer said she suffered soreness and psychological problems after the procedure. Investigators say Clarke and the second salon employee are being investigated in the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found at the salon in February after she received an injection.

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Tiger Woods Practices at Augusta, Undecided About Masters

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday and is still undecided about playing at next week's Masters Tournament.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores 50th Goal

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ESPN: Northern Iowa Inks Jacobson to New 10-Year Deal

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Northern Iowa showed their appreciation to head men's basketball coach Ben Jacobson by signing him to a new 10-year deal, according to ESPN.com.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/31/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Detroit Pistons 105 (29-45) – Atlanta Hawks 95 (56-19)

Brooklyn Nets 111 (33-40) – Indiana Pacers 106 (32-42)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (39-25-13; 91pts) – Florida Panthers 2 (35-27-15; 85pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (37-35-4; 78pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (31-33-13; 75pts) OT

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QB Matt Schaub Inks 1-Year Deal with Ravens

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2015 at 4:46 am   Print This Print This

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/01/2015@180C
ISSUED: 04/01/2015 0446C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 78
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 62
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: 79
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 60
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80, breezy with south winds 10-20 mph;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, south winds 10-15 mph;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for mainly morning showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, windy with south winds 15-25 mph and gusty;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly cloudy and windy, low upper 60s, south winds 15-20 mph;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy and windy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s, south winds 15-25 mph becoming westerly 15-20 mph in the afternoon.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy and cooler, low middle 40s;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 60s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 40s;
SUNDAY: cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 60s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80.
30-DAY OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 2015:
Above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 31, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 82
MINIMUM 61
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 31, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 81
MINIMUM 59
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
03/31/2015 1908C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 59 81
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 62 84
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 62 78
Corsicana Campbell Field 64 82
Crockett Houston County Airport 64 84
Dallas Love Field 66 86
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 63 83
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 65 83
Fort Worth Meacham Field 63 85
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 61 78
Greenville–Majors Field 61 82
Hallsville CWOP 61 81
Hawkins CWOP 61 81
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 59 81
Houston Hobby Airport 61 83
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 62 80
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 62 75
Longview City 61 80
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 59 81
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 65 86
Marshall Harrison County Airport 60 81
Mineola/Quitman Wood County Airport 61 81
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 61 77
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 61 81
Palestine Municipal Airport 62 84
Paris HADS 64 79
Shreveport Regional Airport 63 82
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 64 80
Terrell Municipal Airport 65 82
Texarkana Webb Field 64 75
Tyler–City Office 61 82
Tyler–Pounds Field 61 81
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 04/01/2015 0435C
An upper air disturbance moving through Oklahoma has caused some showers, and could
send some as far south as IH-30 this morning before they dissipate. A second, and stronger
disturbance, will be crossing from the southwest during the next 36 hours. This should bring
scattered to numerous mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms both today and tomorrow.
On Friday, another storm system and accompanying storm system will be crossing. If we
get severe weather, that is when it would most likely be. The timing of the front has been
delayed until around mid-day, and is thus somewhat more favorable for severe weather.
Temperatures continue well above normal today and tomorrow, go below normal for the
weekend, and then warm again early next week.
Rain returns Sunday into much of next week.
At 4 a.m. today, skies are cloudy, temperatures in the 60s, and winds southerly at 5-10
mph. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 04/01/2015 0445C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Wednesday SHOWERS 80/66 40%/20%
Thursday WINDY 81/67 30%/10%
Friday WINDY 79/46 30%/10%

Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Shortest in a Century

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The total lunar eclipse set to take over the skies on Saturday will be the shortest in a century, lasting five minutes and turning the moon red, according to NASA.

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Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dead at 78

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Ore.) — Gary Dahl, the inventor of the Pet Rock, has died, The New York Times reports. He was 78.

Dahl’s wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed that her husband had passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Jacksonville, Oregon, on March 23.

While working as a freelance copywriter in Northern California, Dahl came up with the...

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Andrew Getty, Grandson of J. Paul Getty, Found Dead at Home

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Andrew Getty, the 47-year-old grandson of the late billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday under what appear to be mysterious circumstances.

Police said they have detained Getty's ex-girlfriend for questioning. Two weeks ago, Getty had sought a restraining order against the same woman, according to the...

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Parents of Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter James Holmes Speak to California Newspaper

Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DEL MAR, Calif.) -- The parents of accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes spoke to a California newspaper for an article published Tuesday about the prayer book published earlier this month that was taken from Holmes' mother's journal.

Arlene Holmes began writing in her prayer journal in 2013, after her son...

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Two Dead After Shooting at Fresno Medical Office Building

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Two people were killed in a domestic violence-related shooting incident at a Fresno medical office building on Tuesday.

Police say Moua Neng, 43, entered the building and fired multiple shots at close range. The gunshots left a 33-year-old woman, believed to be an estranged wife or girlfriend, dead. Neng then allegedly killed himself.

Fresno Police Department...

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Brooklyn DA Charges 23 with Enterprise Corruption in $7 Million Medicaid Fraud Case

iStock/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- Twenty-three defendants, including nine doctors, were charged with enterprise corruption on Tuesday in connection with a $7 million Medicaid fraud indictment handed down by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Tuesday.

The defendants allegedly lured individuals from low-income neighborhoods, homeless shelters and welfare offices into corrupt medical clinics for unnecessary tests with the promise of free footwear....

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After Just Six Hours, Defense Rests in Boston Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- In the Boston Marathon bombing trial the prosecution took 92 witnesses and more than three weeks to present their case, but on Tuesday, the defense for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested after just four witnesses and about six hours.

Weeks ago during opening statements defense attorney Judy Clarke admitted to Tsarnaev’s role in the bombing and the violent aftermath,...

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Alabama Moms Meet After Facebook Apology for Kids’ Behavior Goes Viral

ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Thanks to the "power of social media," two Alabama moms met on Monday, just days after one of the women posted on Facebook apologizing for her daughters' "rude and obnoxious" behavior at the movies.

It all started when Birmingham mom Kyesha Smith Wood sent her son, daughter and step-daughter to see Cinderella at the local...

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Former Police Chief Says He Feared FLDS Church Leaders

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A former police chief who served the twin towns that the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints dominates is coming forward for the first time, claiming he lived in fear that Warren Jeffs and other church leaders would take his family away if he didn’t do their bidding.

“This community has always been a theocracy,” Helaman Barlow...

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Coast Guard Rescues Nine Crew Members from Tourist Pirate Ship

US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell (GLOUCESTER, Mass.) -- The Coast Guard endured rough seas and winds to rescue nine crewmen from a disabled tourist pirate ship called Liana's Ransom that was stranded off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Watchstanders were notified at 12:35 a.m. Monday that the Canadian tall ship's engines were disabled and its sails were...

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Email Reveals Truth About Denise Huskins Kidnapping, Lawyer Says

Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The lawyer for a California woman who mysteriously disappeared -- then turned up unharmed days later -- says an email shows his client isn’t a liar but a victim, and that her kidnappers are still on the loose.

Douglas Rappaport, the attorney for Denise Huskins, said he has received a “15-page, single-spaced email” from the...

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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Recalls His Last Conversation with Hernandez

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled his conversation with Aaron Hernandez about the incident that's the basis of the football player's murder trial.

Kraft was on the stand in the Fall River Justice Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, about 40 miles south of Gillette Stadium, where Kraft said he last spoke to Hernandez...

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Virginia Hospital Escape: Armed Prisoner in Manhunt Captured

Fairfax County Police(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) — Police have captured a convict who became the subject of a manhunt after escaping from a Virginia hospital Tuesday morning, a law enforcement official confirmed.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect was arrested in Washington, D.C., by MPD without incident. The location was 25th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

The escaped prisoner, identified as...

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Defense Begins Its Case in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- Tuesday is the first full day of defense testimony at the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

After gory details of an 8-year-old's death brought jurors to tears Monday, defense attorneys will set out to convince them it was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, who directed the attack on April 15, 2013.

So far, lawyers have presented cellphone and...

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Hotel Partying Preceded Deadly Shooting At NSA Gate, Sources Say

@TPratt_Capital/Twitter(FORT MEADE, Md.) -- One man is dead and another severely injured after gunfire erupted Monday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The injured man was identified as Kevin Fleming, 20, of Baltimore, according to law enforcement sources. Fleming and another man were in a stolen Ford Escape SUV...

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Key Issues Unresolved as Iran Nuclear Talks Continue Past Deadline

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — Foreign negotiators, working beyond a Tuesday deadline, are optimistic that an agreement can be drafted on a nuclear accord with Iran -- with a focus on narrowing down differences between the parties.

A joint statement of progress is expected later Wednesday.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaking to reporters, said “a broad framework of...

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Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Talks, Calls for ‘Better Deal’

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(WASHINGTON) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up his opposition to the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran, the United States and its European allies, saying it was "time for the international community to insist on a better deal."

"A better deal would significantly roll back Iran's nuclear infrastructure," Netanyahu said in a statement on Wednesday. "A...

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Nigeria Elects New President Amid Boko Haram Threat

iStock/Thinkstock(ABUJA, Nigeria) — It's goodbye to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost his job to former Army general Muhammadu Buhari in a hotly contested national election that could determine the fate of the west African nation.

The changing of the guard representing the first civilian transfer of power is a shift in direction for Nigeria, which has been bedeviled...

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Iranian Foreign Minister Says Nuclear Talks ‘Accomplished Quite a Bit’

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- The foreign minister of Iran said Tuesday night negotiators "accomplished quite a bit" and he hopes that the process of drafting an agreement can begin Wednesday.

"We've accomplished quite a bit, but people needed to get some rest and start over early in the morning," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. "And I...

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WHO, Iraq Ministry of Health Deny Report of Ebola in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health on Monday denied reports of an Ebola case in Iraq.

"The World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Iraq did not verify the information appeared in BASNews on 28 March alluding to the appearance of an Ebola case in Abu Gharib," a WHO press...

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NASA Shows Off Mars Flying Saucer Technology

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- A flying saucer could one day help a manned mission to Mars make a gentle landing on the surface of the Red Planet.

NASA showed off its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Tuesday during a live broadcast from its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Weighing in at 7,000 pounds and measuring 15 feet wide, the...

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Iraqi PM Celebrates ‘Liberation’ of Tikrit from ISIS Control

State Dept photo(TIKRIT, Iraq) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on his Twitter account Tuesday that Iraqi Security Forces had retaken the city of Tikrit from ISIS forces.

In his tweet, Abadi called the city's "liberation" a "historic milestone." He also congratulated Iraqi forces and volunteers for their work to retake Tikrit.

 

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Reports of NASA, Russia Cooperation to Build New Space Station Are False

NASA(NEW YORK) -- Reports that Russia and NASA would work together to build a new space station are untrue, the space agency said in a statement Tuesday.

Over the weekend, reports had surfaced that indicated that Russia and NASA would work together to build a new space station by the time the International Space Station is set to be...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Told Airline He Had ‘Previous Episode of Severe Depression’

Flight Aware / ABC News(COLOGNE, Germany) -- Lufthansa issued a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that the co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings plane had informed them of his medical history during his training.

The airline said they handed those files over to investigators.

In the statement, Lufthansa confirmed that Andreas Lubitz had taken a break "for several months" during his...

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Here’s How Bad Internet Access Is in Cuba

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK by Serena Marshall

(HAVANA) -- The Internet in Cuba is bad -- really, really bad.

Imagine you are back in 2001 and set your computer up to download one, single song off Napster while you are at school all day. It's that kind of bad.

I just got back from Cuba for ABC News’ continuing...

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Iran’s Influence: Far Beyond Its Borders

iStock/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Whether it's the Iranian-backed Houthis now in direct conflict with a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, or taking the lead of the Shia militias fighting the militant group ISIS in Iraq, the complexity of the relationship between the United States and Iran stretches far beyond the negotiating table in Switzerland.

As headlines continue to surface detailing Iranian...

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Stage Set for Historic Meeting Between Obama and Raul Castro

FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images/ Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Cuba are set to mark a historic milestone next week with President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro poised to share the stage at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama.

It will be the first scheduled meeting between leaders of the two countries...

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WATCH: Sheepdog Drone Keeps Sheep in Line

Hemera/Thinkstock(CARLOW, Ireland) -- Drones are making headlines in the U.S. for possibly being able to deliver your Amazon products to your door but in Ireland, the 21st century technology is being used to solve an age-old task: sheep herding.

A video with over 290,000 views on YouTube shows what is billed as the “world’s first drone sheepdog” herding a...

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Massive Blackout Plunges Turkey into Darkness

Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — A massive nationwide power-outage has struck Turkey, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity.

The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power...

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Iran Nuclear Talks: As Deadline Nears, Sticking Points Fester

iStock/Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- With just over 24 hours until the deadline for negotiating parties to come to a political understanding about ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the most contentious issues within the talks have yet to be resolved.

Negotiators still have not reached an agreement on how many centrifuges might remain online at Iran’s deep-buried Fordo nuclear reactor, whether...

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Indiana Pizza Restaurant Says It Wouldn’t Cater a Gay Wedding, Supports Religious Freedom Law

iStock/Thinkstock(WALKERTON, Ind.) — The operators of a pizza restaurant in Indiana reportedly say they support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence and wouldn't be willing to cater a gay wedding.

The owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, near the border with Michigan, told ABC News' South Bend, Indiana, television affiliate WBND that...

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ADP Report: 189,000 Jobs Added in March

iStock/Thinkstock(ROSELAND, N.J.) -- Private employers in the U.S. added less than 200,000 new jobs last month for the first time since January 2014, the latest survey from ADP shows.

According to the payroll processor, 189,000 jobs were added in March -- down from 214,000 in February. That's the smallest gain since January 2014, when 157,000 jobs were added.

On...

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Walmart Takes Firm Stand Against Arkansas Religious Freedom Bill

Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) — Walmart CEO Doug McMillon is asking Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a bill that "threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion."

On Tuesday, Arkansas' House approved a religious freedom measure that is similar to the one signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just last week. On Monday, Gov. Hutchinson said he would sign...

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Techies Show Their Sense of Humor with April Fool’s Day Jokes

Google(NEW YORK) -- Happy April Fool's Day!

Amazon got the party started on Tuesday by revealing a new product that actually is not a prank -- but sounded a lot like one at first. The company revealed it is rolling out its Dash delivery service, allowing users to re-order household goods by pressing a physical button.

While an Amazon...

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Corporations Continue to Speak Out Against ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a press conference on March 31, 2015. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Corporations continue to speak out against the recently passed Indiana "religious freedom" law and others like it being considered around the country, calling them "bad for business" and discriminatory.

In...

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IRS: Tax-Related Phone Scams Are ‘No April Fool’s Joke’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS-related phone scams are no joke, the agency's Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday.

Scammers continue to use tricks to take advantage of American taxpayers, an IRS release says, including the use of fake names, bogus IRS badge numbers and altered caller ID numbers. "This is no April Fool's joke," Koskinen said. "Everyone should be on the lookout...

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Wall Street Drops Despite Positive Reports on Housing, Consumer Confidence

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After Wall Street posted sizable gains on Monday, the markets came back to earth on Tuesday despite some positive news on housing and consumer outlook.

The Dow Jones Industrial dropped 200.19 to end the session at 17,776.12.

The Nasdaq dipped to 4,900.89, down 46.55 on the day, while the S&P 500 posted 18.35 in losses to...

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Which Live Streaming App Is Right for You?

Twitter, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- With the advent of live video streaming apps, it's now easier than ever to life-cast to your social media followers or even build a legion of fans online.

While having the technology at your fingertips is enticing, not everyone wants to be a reality star.

Here's a look at three of the biggest live video...

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Amazon Dash Button Lets You Push to Buy

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is bringing its one-click ordering system to everyday life with the introduction of the Amazon Dash button.

While the thought of pressing a "Tide" button on your washer to re-order more detergent may seem like an early April Fool's Day joke, Amazon said the service is real and will be rolled out to Prime members...

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Pac-Man Invades Google Maps

Google Maps(NEW YORK) -- Pac-Man has invaded Google Maps just in time for April Fool's Day.

The classic arcade character will traverse the streets in some of the world's most iconic places, moving away from the dastardly ghosts with every key stroke.

Players can access the game on desktop and mobile devices by pulling up an area of Google...

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Inside the Facebook Warehouse Where Everyone Works in One Room

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Apple has its space ship-like campus. Google has its dream of constructing movable buildings. And Facebook -- well it has a warehouse.

The social network's team moved into its new Menlo Park, California, headquarters this week.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared an aerial photo of his team's new digs and explained why he chose...

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What Tesla Has the Technology to Produce — Other than Cars

Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The announcement that Tesla Motors will unveil a new game-changing product category next month that isn't a car has sent imaginations running wild.

CEO Elon Musk teased the April 30 announcement in a tweet on Monday, only offering the clue that he would not be showing off a new car.

He added that both...

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Washington Moms Design Girls’ Science-Themed Clothing Line

buddingSTEM(SHORELINE, Wash.) -- Who says boys and girls can’t both like rocket ships and dinosaurs?

Shoreline, Washington, moms Jennifer Muhm and Malorie Catchpole are the co-founders of buddingSTEM, a science-themed clothing line for girls between 18 months old and 8 years old. “STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The clothing line features dresses, leggings, t-shirts and underwear...

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Fewer Americans Moving But More Making Repairs

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “You gotta move" as the old blues song made famous by The Rolling Stones once advised, but Americans won't be uprooting themselves as much in 2015.

An American Express survey says that while 27.8 million people in the U.S. will move to another location this year, that represents just 12 percent of the population compared to...

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Tidal, a New Streaming Service, Boasts Owners Jay Z, Beyonce and More

Cliff Lipson/CBS(NEW YORK) -- There's a new way to listen to music.

A who's who of musicians appeared at a news conference Monday to formally unveil Tidal, a music streaming service with videos and editorial content owned by the stars themselves.

"This is incredible. This is so powerful," said Alicia Keys, one of the owners of the service. "We...

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‘National Emergency’: US to Slap Sanctions on Hackers

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Cyber-attacks against the U.S. have become so bad that President Obama on Wednesday declared it a “national emergency” and announced the first-ever sanctions program designed specifically to go after foreign hackers.

In an executive order signed Wednesday and released by the White House, Obama said that “the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious cyber-enabled activities originating from,...

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POLL: Obama’s Approval Rating Flattens — Albeit with No Sign of GOP Tailwinds

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — A flattened approval rating is softened by some underlying gains for Barack Obama in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll -- with no sign of tailwinds for the Republicans in Congress.

After a 9-point jump in overall approval in January, Obama’s landed at an even split: Forty-seven percent of...

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Indiana Democrats Want Religious Defense Law Repealed

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Democrats are apparently not satisfied with a promise by Republican Governor Mike Pence to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They want the entire law repealed.

The bill signed by Pence last week has come under fire by critics who say it can lead to discriminatory behavior by businesses towards gays and lesbians...

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IRS Commissioner: Agency Has Corrected Backlog in Tax Exemption Applications

marcnorman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that the agency has corrected a backlog in processing tax-exemption requests after Tea Party groups claimed in 2013 that they had been singled out for tougher treatment.

"In the tax exempt area we acted on all of the inspectors general's recommendations to fix the management problems they identified nearly two years...

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Disturbing Songbooks Surface In New Military Sexual Assault Suit

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Susan Burke isn’t going to war with the U.S. military, she just wants it to have its day in court.

The Baltimore attorney has become the face of the movement to reform how the military handles sexual assault cases, and on Tuesday she announced a new federal lawsuit aimed at combatting the problem.

At issue for Burke...

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‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Passes Arkansas State Senate

iStock/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Three amendments to an Arkansas bill similar to the controversial "religious freedom" bill signed into law in Indiana last week were approved by the Arkansas State Legislature on Tuesday.

The bill, which aims "to enact the religious freedom restoration act; and to declare an emergency," was passed weeks ago, and three amendments passed the state...

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White House Calls Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law ‘Not Fair’

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Tuesday ripped the Indiana "religious freedom" law signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence, calling it "not fair" and not consistent with "our values."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest denied claims from the law's supporters that it was "in line" with a federal law passed during the Clinton administration.

"I know that...

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Obama Vetoes Resolution on Union Elections

Pete Souza / Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Tuesday vetoed a Congressional resolution aimed at overturning union voting rules.

The new rules would make it easier for workers to unionize by streamlining the voting process.

"Part of what we want to do is to make sure that we give workers the capacity to have their voices heard," the president...

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Iran Nuclear Deadline Will Pass, But Worth Continuing to Negotiate, US Says

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- Negotiators trying to produce a nuclear accord with Iran will fail to meet their self-imposed March 31 deadline to come up with a broad political understanding about eliminating Iran’s pathway to a bomb, the State Department said Tuesday.

"We've made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” State Department spokeswoman Marie...

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Kevin Spacey Reveals What Bill Clinton Thinks of “House of Cards”

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Clinton is certainly a House of Cards fan.

The former president "practically serves as a series adviser," according to the latest issue of Gotham Magazine.

In the issue, the show's star, Kevin Spacey, sits down and chats about his relationship with the former leader of the free world.

Spacey, 55, former poker buddies with...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says He ‘Could Have Handled’ Religious Freedom Law Better

ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) — "This law does not give anyone a license to deny services to gay and lesbian couples. I could have handled that better this week," he said.

Pence said that he has been working with state legislators and businesses “literally around the clock” to work through the controversy, saying that discrimination was never part of his plan....

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Pence in Op-ed Says Indiana Law ‘Not a License to Discriminate’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — In a Wall Street Journal op-ed appearing in Tuesday’s edition, Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence tries to quell some of the controversy surrounding his signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), explaining that the law “is not a license to discriminate,” as his critics have said.

Saying the law “mirrors federal law that President...

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Aaron Schock: What Will Happen to the “Downton Abbey” Office

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation from his position in Congress takes effect Tuesday, and as the FBI continues its investigation into his finances, one question remains. What will happen to the pheasant feathers, golden sconces, picture frames and “drippy crystal chandelier” of the Downton Abbey-inspired office that led to greater scrutiny of Schock’s spending?

Functionally, Schock’s...

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Connecticut Won’t Fund Travel to Indiana

iStock/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — The Nutmeg State is saying "nuts" to Indiana's so-called "religious freedom law."

With questions still unanswered on whether business owners would be able to use their personal beliefs to discriminate against gays and lesbians, Connecticut Democratic Governor Dan Malloy announced Monday that no one from his state would be able to travel to Indiana on the...

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POLL: Americans Favor Deal with Iran by 2-1; Relations with Israel Are Highly Politicized

Juan Bernal/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Americans by a 2-1 margin favor an agreement with Iran over its nuclear development program, even while broadly questioning whether a deal would, in fact, prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.

A new national ABC News/Washington Post poll also finds sharply politicized views of U.S.-Israel relations, which have been strained by the two allies’ dispute...

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Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The five people at Nebraska Medicine being monitored after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have reached the end of the quarantine period.

According to a statement from the senior media relations coordinator for Nebraska Medicine, none of the five have been determined to have contracted Ebola. Four of...

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1,000-Year-Old Eye Infection Salve May Kill MRSA Super Bug, Study Shows

University of Nottingham(NEW YORK) -- A relatively new super bug may have met its match in a 1,000-year-old eye treatment, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.

The recipe to cure eye infections comes from Bald’s Leechbook, an old English leather-bound tome that was buried deep within the British Library in London. When scientists painstakingly followed a...

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Doctors Ask Why Some Enterovirus 68 Patients Developed Polio-Like Paralysis

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When 4-year-old Allen Howe went from being a little goofball to being unable to move 80 percent of his body, his mother was in tears. Days earlier, he had a fever and a cough.

"I felt helpless," Teresa Howe told ABC News' Nightline in December. "He was lying in bed and he literally was screaming,...

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Cincinnati Reds Debut Stadium Nursery for Mom-Baby Baseball Fans

Great American Ball Park(CINCINNATI) -- Baseball-loving moms with babies everywhere can root, root, root for the Reds -- even if they're Cards fans.

The Cincinnati Reds have debuted what's thought to be the first suite in Major League Baseball for nursing moms and their offspring -- the Reds fans of the future.

During the off season, the Cincinnati Reds...

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‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- March 27 was a big day for 'Bubble Boy' Seth Lane, the 5-year-old who was born without an immune system.

Trending worldwide, the social media campaign #WearYellowForSeth grabbed the attention of Seth fans from all over the globe.

On Tuesday, Seth embarks on the first step towards having the bone marrow transplant that could potentially...

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The Best and Worst Easter Candy for You, Ranked by a Dietician

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s Easter candy week, and with holiday favorites -- Peeps, chocolate bunnies and crème eggs -- hitting the shelves, it can be very hard to resist temptation.

ABC News spoke to Georgie Fear, a registered dietitian and author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss, to rank your options from (relative) best for you to...

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Terri Schiavo: 10 Years After Her Death ‘End of Life’ Debate Rages On

Tim Boyles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten years after the death of Terri Schiavo, the debate over when to end the life of someone catastrophically ill rages on.

Terri Schindler Schiavo collapsed at home in the early morning hours of Feb. 25, 1990, according to the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Foundation started by her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler....

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

American Eagle(NEW YORK) — American Eagle's underwear line has been awarded the National Eating Disorders Association's first-ever seal of approval for showing real bodies and unretouched photos on its website and in its ads.

NEDA announced on Monday that the intimate apparel line, called Aerie, has been awarded with its Inspire seal of approval. Aerie in 2014 launched its...

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Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — No one ever said making friends in school was easy but if your children manage to do so, they might be setting themselves up for a very secure financial future.

According to a survey of U.S. high school students that followed them to adulthood, teens who made a lot of friends earned salaries that were ten percent...

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The dangers of excessive alcohol consumption are well documented. Now comes a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International that states the chances of contracting liver cancer go up significantly with as few as three alcoholic drinks daily.

Scientists made this discovery through an analysis of almost three dozen studies involving more than eight...

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Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day but in reality, all three repasts are on equal footing.

That's why a new study from the Nestlé Research Center is somewhat alarming: it claims that millions of kids ages 4 to 13 are not eating lunch regularly.

Based on stats from the 2009-2012...

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Quit Procrastinating! It Could Save Your Life

iStock/Thinkstock(SHERBROOKE, Quebec) — Don't put stuff off until tomorrow that you can do today, especially since your life might depend on it.

According to one study, people who tend to procrastinate are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and hypertension, two conditions that can shorten one's life.

Participants in research conducted at Bishop University in Canada filled out...

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Top Pediatricians Group Urges Metric System to Solve Dosing Problems

vectomart/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Each year, more than 70,000 kids visit the emergency room as a consequence of unintentional medication overdose.

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes one major reason for overdose is that liquid medication is prescribed in the form of teaspoons, a practice ripe for inaccuracy, according to researchers,  since a run-of-the-mill teaspoon in the kitchen may hold...

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Inside Parents’ Struggle to Choose Risky Prenatal Surgery

Courtesy Ross Family(PHILADELPHIA) -- Luelle Ross seems like a typical 1-year-old girl in many ways, playing with her toys and going for a ride in her stroller. But while her life is just getting started, it has already been a long journey for her parents.

Before Luelle was even born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, and her parents,...

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Why You Should Care About GNC’s New Supplement Guidelines

GNC / PR Newswire(NEW YORK) -- After being one of four companies to be accused of selling phony dietary supplements, GNC announced Monday that it will institute better testing guidelines.

Health experts say consumers should still be vigilant when picking out their herbal pills and remedies.

Here's what you need to know:

What happened?

The New York State attorney...

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Avril Lavigne Reveals She Has Lyme Disease

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rocker Avril Lavigne has revealed the health crisis she hinted to fans about last year on social media -- it's Lyme disease.

"I had no idea a bug bite could do this," Lavigne told People magazine, adding that she believes she was bit by a tick last spring. "I was bedridden for five months."

The...

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Joe Giudice Opens Up About Teresa’s Life in Prison

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice said although his wife, Teresa, is serving a 15-month prison sentence at Danbury Federal Prison, she still keeps in touch with their four daughters regularly.

"They email her all the time...every day, so, they email more than me," he told Extra.

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David Duchovny: “The X-Files” Is Back, Thanks to Spanx

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday night's Late Show, David Letterman welcomed David Duchovny, who spoke about the anticipated return of The X-Files, which is coming back to Fox as a limited run series.

"When they developed Spanx, I knew I had a shot at coming back," quipped the now 54-year-old actor, who first starred as FBI...

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Filming on “Pirates of the Caribbean” Movie Further Delayed Due to Depp Injury

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Filming on the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been delayed until mid-April due to star Johnny Depp's recent hand injury.

An ABC Radio source previously confirmed that Depp injured his hand about a month ago in Australia, where he's filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He was expected...

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“New Girl,” “The Americans” Among Series Renewed for Another Season

Fox(NEW YORK) — Zooey Deschanel is the renewed girl on Fox.

The network announced Tuesday it has picked up her comedy, New Girl, for a fifth season. This means the show will reach the 100-episode milestone during the 2015-2016 TV season.

David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox, said in a statement, “Four seasons in, New Girl continues...

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“Game of Thrones” Star Kit Harington Says It’s ‘Demeaning’ to Call Him a Hunk

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) — Don't call Kit Harington a hunk.

"To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning," the Game of Thrones star tells the New York Post's Page Six of the attention he receives for his looks. "It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women....

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Kate Hudson Says She and Ex-Fiance Will ‘Be Family for the Rest of Our Lives’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy still seem to be on good terms after splitting last year. In fact, the two are still the co-owners of Hudson Bellamy Wines.

The actress said their failed relationship won't stop them from creating wines together.

"We’re family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby...

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Joni Mitchell, 71, Hospitalized in Unknown Condition

Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday night in unknown condition.

News of her hospitalization comes from a verified Twitter account. Mitchell, 71, is best known for her hit song "Big Yellow Taxi," covered by the Counting Crows in 2002.

 

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“General Hospital” Leads Daytime Emmy Nominees

Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- General Hospital overtook The Young and the Restless to lead in nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards, announced Tuesday.

The long-running ABC soap received 28 nods, followed by CBS' The Young and the Restless, which led in nods for the two years prior. This year, it received 25 nominations.

CBS topped all...

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Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe Talk Bruno Tonioli, the Nobel Prize and More

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Ousted Dancing with the Stars contestant Charlotte McKinney has strong words for judge Bruno Tonioli, who told her Monday night that she's "never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes."

Fresh from their appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, during which McKinney blasted Tonioli's comment,...

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Comedy Central Supports New “Daily Show” Host Trevor Noah After Backlash

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Comedy Central said they stand by Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show, after the South African comedian came under fire for some controversial comments he'd tweeted in the past.

The tweets have caused some to accuse Noah of being anti-Semitic and sexist. One tweet from 2011, for example, reads, "A hot...

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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Model’s Accusations

Fernando Leon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein's representative has spoken out on behalf of the media mogul following accusations that surfaced on Monday.

Weinstein, 63, is "being investigated" after a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with police Friday evening, the New York Police Department confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

"We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are...

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The Funniest Moments from Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central Roast

Courtesy of Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber's singing career, his brushes with the law and his former girlfriend Selena Gomez were among the main targets during the much-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired Monday.

The roast featured an eclectic roster of celebrities taking turns poking fun at Bieber, including comedians Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross...

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Which “Terminator” Film Does Arnold Schwarzenegger Say ‘Sucked’?

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In the first Terminator film, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'd be back.  Now he's back for a fourth time in Terminator: Genisys. It's actually the fifth film in the Terminator film series and marks the former California governor's return to the science-fiction flicks after bowing out of Terminator Salvation, which was released in...

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NBC Announces Live Production of “The Wiz” for December

The cast of the 1978 movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBC has officially announced The Wiz will be its next live musical production.

The network said Monday it will collaborate with Cirque du Soleil on The Wiz, which will air Thursday, December 3. A cast has not yet been announced....

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Obama & Bergdahl: A complete embarrassment.

Franklin Roosevelt would never have traded five dangerous enemies of the United States for one Army deserter. Not even the feckless Jimmy Carter would have made such a fool of himself.

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High Cholesterol Foods: No Longer a Danger?

It is still important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Controlling your cholesterol is still an important key to your overall health. But there is new evidence to suggest that the link between the cholesterol in your diet and heart disease is not as strong as we have been led to believe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses diet versus heredity when it comes to managing cholesterol. Visit the Health Connection website!


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