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NASA Launches Year-Long Experiment

NASA Launches Year-Long Experiment

NASA-TV(NEW YORK) -- An unprecedented NASA experiment began on Friday, with Astronaut Scott Kelly and a pair of Russian cosmonauts blasting off, bound for the International Space Station, where Kelly will spend the next year.

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Kevin Durant to Miss Rest of Season

Kevin Durant to Miss Rest of Season

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) --  Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery on his right foot and miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday.
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No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb

No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb

Boulder County Sheriff's Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) -- The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, ...

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Indiana Couple Welcomes ‘One in a Million’ Set of Triplets

Indiana Couple Welcomes 'One in a Million' Set of Triplets

WRTV(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.

Ashley and Matt Alexander of Greenfield, Indiana, were surprised weeks ago when they learned they were expecting three new additions to their ...

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Amanda Knox’s Conviction Overturned by Italy’s Highest Court

Amanda Knox's Conviction Overturned by Italy's Highest Court

ABC(ROME) -- Italy's highest court decided Friday to overturn Amanda Knox's reconviction in connection with her roommate's slaying, meaning that she will not be sent back to prison.

Knox's mother confirmed to ABC News that her daughter's conviction has been annulled.

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Ellen Pao Loses Big Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case to Kleiner Perkins

Ellen Pao Loses Big Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case to Kleiner Perkins

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A preeminent venture capital firm was mostly victorious in Silicon Valley's biggest sex discrimination suit.

A jury has ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the case. At the center of ...

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Indiana Religious Freedom Bill Might Rile 2016 Race

Indiana Religious Freedom Bill Might Rile 2016 Race

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stirred fierce backlash from critics by signing a "religious freedom" law on Thursday, and he might have also shaken up the 2016 presidential race in the process.

The former congressman and potential 2016 presidential ...

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At Least Five Injured in California School Explosion

At Least Five Injured in California School Explosion

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- At least five people were injured in an explosion at a California middle school.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, five patients were taken from Ethan Chase Middle School by ambulance after  ...

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Fire Lamages Longview Home

LONGVIEW – Faulty wires is said to be the cause of a Longview fire that has displaced five persons. The fire was reported just before 1:45 Friday morning in the 400 block of Pine Street. The fire, which had been burning undetected for some time, started in a wall ...

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Court Dropped CPS Case Against Smith County Father

TYLER -- A Child Protective Services case against an East Texas father whose daughter died after being locked in a hot car last summer has been dropped. According to Shari Pulliam, Public Information Officer for CPS, Russel Lindstrom will no longer have to submit to testing or evaluations by ...

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Arrests Made in Smith County Burglary Ring

TYLER – Multiple vehicle burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of three men. The burglaries were reported in the Flint area earlier this month. Charged with theft over $1,500 and under $20,000 are Tyrell Deshaun Choice and Triston Travon Hudson. Charged with credit/debit card abuse is Ahteuhna ...

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Tyler Man Going to Prison for Murder

TYLER – A Tyler man has drawn a prison term because of a murder late last year. Pleading guilty today was Katyron Jermaine Barrett, 29. After pleading guilty to the shooting death of Brandon Deroyce Grey, 30, Barrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Grey was shot December ...

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Joshua Dale Ingram

Lufkin Man Indicted in Wife's Murder

LUFKIN -- A Lufkin man accused of shooting and killing his wife in February has been indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury. Named this week in the indictment is Joshua Dale Ingram, 31. Acting on a tip from the suspect’s mother, who lived in California, the body of ...

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'Touch a Truck' Event Set for Saturday

TYLER -- The Junior League of Tyler's inaugural 'Touch a Truck' event is scheduled for Saturday. The event will feature big-rigs, tricked out monster trucks, emergency vehicles and much more. Keeping with the name, guests will have full access to these vehicles. Community leaders will be on hand ...

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Louie Gohmert

Gohmert for President?

TYLER – Could there be a run for the White House in Congressman Louie Gohmert’s future? KETK reports The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, asked Gohmert if he would endorse Ted Cruz’s presidential bid. The Tyler Congressman told the paper, "Ted is a good friend and would be an ...

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Court Dropped CPS Case Against Smith County Father

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

258835078691TYLER — A Child Protective Services case against an East Texas father whose daughter died after being locked in a hot car last summer has been dropped. According to Shari Pulliam, Public Information Officer for CPS, Russel Lindstrom will no longer have to submit to testing or evaluations by CPS because Lindstrom’s wife and younger daughter, Zoey, moved out of state. According to KETK, Pulliam says because the child no longer resides in Texas, they no longer have a child to protect. Read more …

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Arrests Made in Smith County Burglary Ring

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Smith County Sheriffs DeptTYLER – Multiple vehicle burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of three men. The burglaries were reported in the Flint area earlier this month. Charged with theft over $1,500 and under $20,000 are Tyrell Deshaun Choice and Triston Travon Hudson. Charged with credit/debit card abuse is Ahteuhna Taylor. All three are from Tyler. Bonds on each were set at $500,000. Read more …

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Tyler Man Going to Prison for Murder

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Katyron Jermaine BarrettTYLER – A Tyler man has drawn a prison term because of a murder late last year. Pleading guilty today was Katyron Jermaine Barrett, 29. After pleading guilty to the shooting death of Brandon Deroyce Grey, 30, Barrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Grey was shot December 21, 2014, at the Wild Bunch Club, 1714 North Palace. He later died at Mother Francis Hospital. Barrett was arrested in the case two days later.

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Lufkin Man Indicted in Wife’s Murder

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Joshua Dale IngramLUFKIN — A Lufkin man accused of shooting and killing his wife in February has been indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury. Named this week in the indictment is Joshua Dale Ingram, 31. Acting on a tip from the suspect’s mother, who lived in California, the body of Jessica Ingram, 29, was found in a home on the 400 block of Cunningham Drive. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. His mother told officers he told her he had shot his wife and was planning on shooting himself. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. After a three hour search for the suspect, he was found and arrested on Frank Street.

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Longview Man Indicted in Sexual Assault Cases

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Edwin Craig VolcikMARSHALL – A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a Longview man for sexual assault of a child. Indicted on three counts was Edwin Craig Volcik, 45. Following a lengthy investigation, which was led by federal officials, Volcik was arrested in January at his home on Quail Lane. The Longview News Journal reports it began with an investigation of child pornography, but turned into something more. Investigators believed some of the children had been sexually assaulted.

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Fire Lamages Longview Home

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Longview Fire DepartmentLONGVIEW – Faulty wires is said to be the cause of a Longview fire that has displaced five persons. The fire was reported just before 1:45 Friday morning in the 400 block of Pine Street. The fire, which had been burning undetected for some time, started in a wall between two bedrooms. It then spread to the attic. No injuries were reported. The home was said to have had no working smoke detectors.

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The Governor in East Texas

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm

thumb_greg-abbott-3KILGORE – If you’re looking for passage of bills in Austin legalizing marijuana in Texas, you may be disappointed. That’s the word from Governor Gregg Abbott who was in East Texas last night to speak at the Rusk County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. There are several marijuana related bills in the legislature, but Abbott said the legalization of marijuana in this session is highly unlikely. Texting and driving is another issue Abbott is following closely. According to KETK, the governor said he wants to ensure there are no more injuries, deaths or accidents due to texting and driving. And he added, “We need to find the right space between keeping people safe on the road and government micro-managing what people do. My concerns are we going to have laws that prohibit people from eating French fries as they drive down the roadway or where does the law end?” Abbott said he is still looking for clarity on how to draw that line.

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Gohmert for President?

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Louie GohmertTYLER – Could there be a run for the White House in Congressman Louie Gohmert’s future? KETK reports The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, asked Gohmert if he would endorse Ted Cruz’s presidential bid. The Tyler Congressman told the paper, “Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding president; however, I haven’t ruled out an exploratory committee myself.” Later Thursday, an aide told the Texas Tribune that Gohmert was not entirely serious. “Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as being ironic,” the aide emailed to the Texas Tribune. Earlier this year, Gohmert went up against House Speaker John Boehner. Gohmert received only three votes.

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‘Touch a Truck’ Event Set for Saturday

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:16 pm

police-tyler-car3TYLER — The Junior League of Tyler’s inaugural ‘Touch a Truck’ event is scheduled for Saturday. The event will feature big-rigs, tricked out monster trucks, emergency vehicles and much more. Keeping with the name, guests will have full access to these vehicles. Community leaders will be on hand and the emphasis is on the kids. Touch a Truck starts at 10:00 tomorrow morning and runs until 4:00. It’s being held in the south parking lot of Broadway Square Mall (by Sears) and tickets are $5 each or $25 per family.

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Texas Unemployment Rate Declines for 6th Straight Month

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Texas Workforce CommissionAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.3% during February for the sixth month in a row of declines. The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that the latest statewide jobless rate compares to 4.4% unemployment in January. The nationwide unemployment rate last month was 5.5%. TWC officials say Texas had a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February, with 357,300 positions added over the year. The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate statewide in February at 2.8%. Commission authorities say the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area recorded the highest jobless rate at 7.7%. Commissioner Ronny Congleton says the Texas workforce is strong and employers know they’ll find skilled workers to match their hiring needs.

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Judge in Texas Blocks Federal Rules Change for Gay Couples

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Reed O'ConnorAUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples. In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples. Texas filed suit last week to block Friday’s implementation of the change. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that complying with the new regulations 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 the lawsuit. A Justice Department spokeswoman says the opinion was under review and it’s not immediately clear how many states are affected.

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Texas Bills Seek Outside Investigations of Police Shootings

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

thumb_texas-state-capitol-3AUSTIN (AP) — As national unrest swells over police officers not indicted in high-profile shootings, a Texas House panel is trying to calm public concerns that prosecutors who investigate officer-involved incidents are biased. Parents of children shot by Texas law enforcement officers told the newly-created Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement on Thursday that they are concerned about the lack of indictments. Under bills by Democratic representatives Harold Dutton Jr. and Ron Reynolds, officer-involved incidents and police misconduct would be prosecuted by someone other than the law enforcement officer’s local district attorney’s office. The bills were left pending in committee. Dutton told committee members that the “perception of bias has to be eliminated from the system,” adding that now, prosecutors are asked to “essentially prosecute their friends.”

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Health Services Bill is 1st Passed by Texas Legislature

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Four PriceAUSTIN (AP) — The first bill passed by both Texas chambers is on its way to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, a logistical and administrative measure for the Health and Human Services Commission. Sponsored by Republican Representative Four Price, the bill passed the Texas House on Thursday 143-0. It previously cleared the Senate. Although the bill was quite detailed, its 2,275 pages stacked more than a foot high. Price said that it didn’t change policy or give the commission more authority. He said it was the result of a review of the agency and took months to craft. The bill removes archaic language and explains relationships between the executive commissioner and agencies, among other things. Price said the bill was so long that he only read it entirely twice.

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Dallas County DA Reveals Needing Help Kicking Medication

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Susan HawkDALLAS (AP) — Dallas County’s new district attorney is revealing that she “got help” to quit taking medication for back pain. Susan Hawk’s statement Friday to The Dallas Morning News responded to questions of if she was treated at an Arizona drug rehabilitation center in late 2013. Hawk says she has “a serious back condition” for which medication was prescribed. She didn’t identify the medication but said she chose to quit taking it 1½ years ago, “got help to quit taking it, and haven’t taken any since.” Departures of two top assistants have drawn scrutiny of Hawk’s first three months as district attorney. Both complained that the office atmosphere under Hawk’s administration was distrustful and paranoid.

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North Texan Arrested in Investigation of 10 Bank Robberies

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Dana CampbellFORT WORTH (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman suspected of as many as 10 North Texas bank robberies had notes in her vehicle saying “This is a robbery.” Dana Campbell of Arlington appeared Friday in federal court in Fort Worth. She’s held pending a detention hearing next week. Campbell was arrested Monday following an Arlington traffic stop. Police determined she faced several misdemeanor traffic warrants when they noticed a black hooded jacket in her vehicle. Prosecutors say police located notes saying “This is a robbery” and “This is a robbery. I don’t want to hurt anyone.” Officers also confiscated a ledger with dates and addresses of banks in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. All had been robbed since November by a person wearing a hoodie.

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Faith Leaders Demand that Government Ends Family Detention

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

immigrant children flooding TexasDILLEY (AP) — Faith leaders from around the country have signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking that the government stop detaining immigrant women and children at family detention facilities. More than 80 religious figures signed the letter which calls the practice of detaining immigrants, mostly women and children from Central America, inhumane and harmful. Several bishops also toured the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley on Friday, speaking with some of the 390 women and children housed there. The facility is expected to eventually hold 2,400 people. U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement responded to the visit with a statement that calls the centers an important response to the surge in illegal immigration last summer and an effective and humane way to keep families together.

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Texas Regents Name Fenves Lone Finalist for President

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Gregory FenvesAUSTIN (AP) — University of Texas Provost Gregory Fenves has been named the sole finalist for school president after a months-long search for a leader. Fenves would succeed Bill Powers, who was pressured to resign after years of clashes with some board members and former Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Powers leaves office June 1. University of Texas System regents had appeared to settle on Oxford Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton, but he dropped out earlier this month to take the job as president of New York University. A split board voted 5-3 to name the 58-year-old Fenves as the sole finalist. He is the university’s chief academic officer and ranked No. 2 behind Powers. He also oversaw the university admissions office. The board must wait 21 days before formally hiring him.

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Pro Rodeo Cowboy Gill, Passenger Hurt in Texas Plane Crash

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm

York GillSTEPHENVILLE (AP) — A professional rodeo cowboy and his fiancee have been seriously hurt when their single-engine plane crashed after takeoff from North Texas on a flight to the Houston area. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened Friday after the Piper Saratoga II left Stephenville Clark Regional Airport, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Sr. Cpl. Dub Gillum identified the pair as York Gill, 32, and Christy Stransky, 30, both of Stephenville. Gill is a team roper and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. DPS says the plane was bound for Wharton when Gill reported engine trouble. The plane crashed into a ditch and fence, and then flipped. The trooper says Gill and Stransky were transported to a hospital with injuries that are serious but not life-threatening.

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Kevin Durant to Miss Rest of Season

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) --  Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery on his right foot and miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday.

Durant will have the procedure early next week and is expected to return to basketball activities in the next four to six months.

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Masahiro Tanaka to Start Opener for Yankees

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Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement Friday morning, and it was clear last season that Tanaka had assumed the role of ace from Sabathia, whose...

Steve Lavin Out As St. John’s Coach

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Metta World Peace: ‘I’ve Matured’

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World Peace, 35, says he's come a long way since jumping into the stands in Detroit as a Pacers player in 2004.

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David Ortiz Dismisses Steroid Suspicion, Says He Belongs in Hall of Fame

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Michael Sam: ‘I Am Not the Only Gay Person in the NFL’

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Nets F Thaddeus Young Out with Knee Strain

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Top Pick in 2014 Draft Brady Aiken Has Tommy John Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, pitcher Brady Aiken, had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.

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Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds, to lift No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 7 Wichita State 81-70 Thursday. The Irish have advanced to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm   Print This Print This

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/28/2015@1000C
ISSUED: 03/27/2015 1529C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 40s, winds becoming easterly about 5 mph;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s, south winds increasing to 10-15 mph;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 50s, southeast winds 5-10 mph;
SUNDAY: mostly sunny, high lower 80s, breezy with south winds 10-20 mph and gusty;
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms near morning, low near 60, south winds about 10 mph;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 70s, south winds about 10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 50s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 60;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy, high near 80;
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low near 60;
FRIDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 4-10, 2015:
Above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 27, 2015
(The report is for the twemty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MAXIMUM 71
MINIMUM 38
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 27, 2015
(The report is for the twenty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fourteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MAXIMUM 69
MINIMUM 38
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/27/2015 1424C
A 1028-mb. High is centered over Northwest Kansas this afternoon, and is building southward
into the region. It has swung winds back around into the north with velocities in the 10-20 mph
range, and has lowered temperatures over the northern counties.
At early-afternoon, readings ran from the lower 60s in the north to the high 70s in the
south.
There is considerable mid- and high-level cloudiness associated with the upper air
disturbance, which is pulling the cooler air into the region.
The morning started off cold with temperatures falling into the middle 30s to lower 40s.
Tonight will again be cool, but not as cool as last night temperatures should bottom out in the
lower to middle 40s.
The high goes east of us tomorrow, winds go back southerly, and temperatures go into a
warming trend. This continues into the middle of next week.
An upper air low over North Mexico will be sending out disturbances. In addition, there
will be a couple of weak frontal boundaries and one strong front. The weak ones are Sunday
night and Tuesday night neither one of which may actually get here. Combine the disturbances
with returned moisture and the weak fronts, and we’re looking at shower chances for much of
next week.
The strong front due probably Friday may bring widespread showers and thunderstorms.
From this far out, that looks like the one system with severe potential.
Temperatures go above normal on Sunday, and look to stay there through Thursday or
Friday. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/27/2015 1523C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Saturday SUNNY 44/75 05%/00%
Sunday SUNNY 54/82 00%/05%
Monday MOSTLY CLOUDY 61/73 20%/20%

No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb

Boulder County Sheriff's Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) -- The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, because the baby never lived outside the womb.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a Friday press conference that...

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At Least Five Injured in California School Explosion

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According to the Riverside County Fire Department, five patients were taken from Ethan Chase Middle School by ambulance after  18 students were exposed to a loud explosive device and suffered minor injuries. The 13 students not taken by ambulance...

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Eric Sloan Parker, 26, was acting in his capacity as a police officer on Feb. 6 when he allegedly injured a man by slamming him into the...

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Oklahoma Frat Members Learned Racist Chant During Cruise: School

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Driver Hailed a Hero After Rescuing Kids from Burning School Bus

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Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Testifies at Murder Trial

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Hernandez, 25, is accused of orchestrating Odin Lloyd's slaying June 17, 2013.

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Texas Bridge Collapses After Truck Strikes Down Beam

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Norberto Martinez, who heard the crash, said, "It was the two beams, fell on top of cars and...

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The NYPD official identified one of those unaccounted for as Nicholas Figueroa, 23. No information on the second person was immediately available.

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Massive Alligator Spotted Again on Florida Golf Course

Myakka Pines Golf Course(ENGLEWOOD, Fla.) — A massive alligator seen roaming a Florida golf course has been spotted again.

The alligator, apparently named "Goliath," was seen eating a turtle on Thursday morning at the Myakka Pines Golf Course in Englewood, Florida, according to the club's Facebook page.

 

 

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Federal Judge Grants Injunction to Halt Expansion of Medical Leave Benefits to Some Same-Sex Couples

AndreyPopov/iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that will stop the expansion of medical leave benefits to some same-sex couples.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that "the Obama Adminstration's attempt to force employers to recognize same-sex marriages would have put state agencies in the position of either violating Texas...

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Seattle Police Wrangle Wild Goats

Seattle Police Department(SEATTLE) -- Police in Seattle were able to stop a wild situation before it got worse on Thursday, after 10 goats escaped from their yard.

According to the Seattle Police Department, a group of kids reported being chased by another group of kids at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The only catch was that the second group of...

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Boyfriend of Denise Huskins Says He Was Not Involved in a ‘Hoax’

ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The boyfriend of a California woman who was reported abducted but found safe two days later said Thursday that he was not involved in a "hoax."

"Our client has no responsibility for this kidnapping," said the attorney for Anthony Quinn, the man from whose home the woman was allegedly abducted. "He is in terrible shape...

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National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said Thursday.

Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested Wednesday at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to...

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US Helicopter Recovers Pair of Saudi Pilots After Fighter Jet Crash

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(DJIBOUTI) -- A U.S. helicopter recovered a pair of Saudi pilots whose fighter jet had crashed in the Gulf of Aden on Friday.

A U.S. official confirmed that the Saudi plane, a F-15, had gone down due to mechanical issues while participating in Saudi airstrikes within Yemen. A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter based in nearby...

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Amanda Knox’s Conviction Overturned by Italy’s Highest Court

ABC(ROME) -- Italy's highest court decided Friday to overturn Amanda Knox's reconviction in connection with her roommate's slaying, meaning that she will not be sent back to prison.

Knox's mother confirmed to ABC News that her daughter's conviction has been annulled.

Knox was initially convicted by an Italian court of killing British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, but that...

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People Flock to See Jesus’ Face on Hillside in Colombia

iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- Many say you can see the face of Jesus in nature, but locals in a small town in Colombia are claiming that literally.

Both the faithful and opportunistic are flocking to see what they claim is an image of Jesus' face in a hillside in the town of San Francisco in the Colombian province of Putumayo,...

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In Joseph Kony Hunt, US Courts Defectors with Pop Music

STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Three and a half years after President Obama sent 100 special operations troops to Africa to help root out Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony -- so far unsuccessfully -- the broader U.S.-supported international anti-LRA team has resorted to using a truly unstoppable force against the alleged war criminal: pop music.

Blasted over helicopter loudspeakers...

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Australia Museum Offers Nude Art Tours of Exhibition for Exhibitionists

National Gallery of Australia(CANBERRA, Australia) — There's plenty of beautiful nude art worth viewing. But is it worth viewing art in the nude?

If ticket sales are any indication, it seems so. For three days the National Gallery of Australia will offer nude tours of a current exhibit are already sold out.

Nude tours of "James Turell: A Retrospective" will...

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Saudis Lead Coalition Against Shiite Rebels in Yemen

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Saudi Arabia is leading a military offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebel group that has taken over large areas of Yemen while Egypt says it's prepared to join the Saudis and other Arab nations in what's been deemed "Operation Decisive Storm."

Saudi military jets have undertaken bombing raids against Houthi positions in Yemen's capital of Sanaa...

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Iraqi Forces Repel ISIS Counterattacks

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Iraqi forces were able to repel a number of ISIS attacks this week, despite the fact that much of the attention has been on the Iraqi attempt to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS militants.

The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that Iraqi Security Forces defeated four separate ISIS attacks on March 24. The attacks took...

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Pope Francis Surprises Homeless Visitors During Private Vatican Tour

neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- The Vatican opened its doors Thursday to the homeless of St. Peter's Square, allowing the people who usually only see its steps outside to observe its beauty inside, and be greeted by Pope Francis himself.

A group of 150 homeless men and women took a guided tour of the museum and gardens and received dinner...

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US Drops Anti-ISIS Leaflets over Syria

US Dept of Defense(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The Pentagon has released a copy of a leaflet that was dropped over ISIS' defacto capital in Syria earlier this month.

The leaflet drop is part of the U.S. military’s psychological operations to show potential ISIS recruits that they are part of a losing effort.

Some 60,000 of the leaflets were dropped over...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to ‘Destroy the Plane,’ Prosecutor Says

F. Balsamo - Gendarmerie nationale / Ministere de l'Interieur via Getty Images(MARSEILLES, France) — The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, public prosecutor of Marseille, said Thursday.

"The intention was to destroy the plane," he said, later adding: "Death was instantaneous."

Speaking at...

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Ellen Pao Loses Big Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case to Kleiner Perkins

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A preeminent venture capital firm was mostly victorious in Silicon Valley's biggest sex discrimination suit.

A jury has ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the case. At the center of the lawsuit and court case is Ellen Pao, 45, the interim CEO of Reddit and former partner at...

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California Chinese Restaurant Turns the Tables on Yelp Reviewer

iStock/Thinkstock(MILLBRAE, Calif.) -- The owner of a Chinese restaurant in the California city of Millbrae, near San Francisco, is taking a stand against a scathing review, and he says he has video to disprove the negative comments.

Yelp user “Dan W.” gave Wonderful restaurant a one-star review, claiming it was “busy and potentially understaffed. It’s not that classy of...

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Gains on Wall Street Despite Slowed Economic Growth in Fourth Quarter

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a run of losses this week, Wall Street finished Friday's session on a somewhat positive note. All three major indices closed the day with gains, despite a Commerce Department announcement of slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 33.90 to end the day at 17712.13.

The Nasdaq climbed 27.86...

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Silicon Valley Startup Creates $20 Toothpaste

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  In this age of $30 dollar shampoo, $50 sunscreen, and $200 face cream, would you pay $20 for a small tube of toothpaste?

A Silicon Valley startup hopes you will.

The company, started by Berkeley and Stanford graduates, says it has invested 12 years into research and development of a product called Livionex.

One 1.7 ounce...

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Indiana Religious Freedom Bill Might Rile 2016 Race

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stirred fierce backlash from critics by signing a "religious freedom" law on Thursday, and he might have also shaken up the 2016 presidential race in the process.

The former congressman and potential 2016 presidential candidate signed into law a controversial state Senate bill that simply states the government can't interfere with people...

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Kerry Calls for ‘Expedited Review’ of State Department’s Record Keeping

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry this week sent a letter to State Department Inspector General Steve Linick calling for the department to review its records preservation policies.

"It is critical for the State Department to preserve a full and complete record of American foreign policy," Kerry writes, noting that "it is also important for the...

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Obama Praises Reid’s Career, Calls Him a ‘Fighter’

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama praised Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's long career in the Senate on Friday, after the Nevada Democrat announced he will not seek re-election in 2016.

"Harry Reid is a fighter. In his five terms as a U.S. Senator, Harry has fought for good jobs, a safer environment for our kids,...

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Secret Service Tightens Rules on Agents Driving After Drinking

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service is tightening its rules on drinking and driving -- even though evidence suggests a recent report of agents driving drunk near the White House was exaggerated.

The quasi-scandal started with an anonymous email saying two Secret Service agents drove drunk through a crime scene near the White House.

But, "the initial reports of a...

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White House Releases Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama calls it one of the world's most pressing public health crises, and on Friday, his administration is announcing a long-awaited plan to tackle it, releasing the first ever White House strategy to counter superbugs and antibiotic resistance.

The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development...

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President Obama Praises Doc Fix Passage, Thanks Pelosi — and Boehner

Bryant Avondoglio / Office of the Speaker(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — It’s not every day that the President openly applauds the Republican-led House of Representatives, much less House Speaker John Boehner. But that’s exactly what he did before a crowd in Birmingham Thursday night, praising Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for passing the Doc Fix.

“The good news is that...

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Kids Set to Take over the White House for a Day (Sort of)

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Having a parent who works at the White House is no longer a prerequisite for participating in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The chance to spend a day “at work” at the White House used to be limited to the sons and daughters of...

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Senator Harry Reid Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2016

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a Senate career that has spanned three decades.

Known for his feisty and combative style in the Senate, the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat made the announcement in a YouTube video earlier Friday morning.

Earlier this year, Reid suffered a serious eye...

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Secret Service Officials Reported Agents in White House Incident Did Not Appear Intoxicated, Documents Show

BackyardProduction/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New documents obtained by ABC News reveal conflicting accounts by top Secret Service officials about whether two senior agents were drunk when they drove into the White House complex.

It all started with an allegation -- via anonymous email -- that Secret Service agents were “extremely intoxicated” as they drove through an active crime scene set up...

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Kerry Travels to Switzerland for Start of Latest Iran Nuclear Negotiations

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday at the start of the next round of European Union-coordinated nuclear negotiations.

 



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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signs Controversial Bill on ‘Religious Freedom’

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill on Thursday that could allow business owners to refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation.

"Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Pence said in a statement Thursday, "because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith."...

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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Federal Prison

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was released from federal prison on Thursday, about six months before his original release date.

Jackson, the former Illinois congressman and son of Reverend Jesse Jackson, pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds in 2013.

He began his sentence on Nov. 1, 2013. He was scheduled for...

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GOP Congressman Sees Paying NCAA Athletes an ‘Inevitability’

Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- With March Madness highlighting the billion-dollar enterprise that is NCAA athletics, pressure is building from prominent former athletes, state lawmakers, and even members of Congress to allow -- or even require -- colleges to pay the student-athletes who bring them so much revenue.

Speaking on the ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games, Rep....

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Ben Affleck Comes to Capitol Hill to Talk Congo

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Actor Ben Affleck came to the Senate Thursday to talk about a philanthropic topic -- his Eastern Congo Initiative -- but he couldn’t escape the fame of his other job: Being "Batman."

Affleck himself kicked off the Batman talk when he gave a shout out to one of his senatorial co-stars in the upcoming film,...

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Rand Paul Reverses Stance on Defense Spending

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reversed his stance on defense spending Thursday, when he introduced an amendment to the budget that would increase defense spending by $190 billion over the next two years.
 
This increase in defense spending runs counter to the budget Paul introduced in 2011 just months after joining the Senate. That plan,...

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Indiana Couple Welcomes ‘One in a Million’ Set of Triplets

WRTV(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.

Ashley and Matt Alexander of Greenfield, Indiana, were surprised weeks ago when they learned they were expecting three new additions to their family during a routine sonogram, according to ABC affiliate WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"She was checking [Ashley] and...

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Germanwings Crash: How Often Pilots Commit ‘Aircraft-Assisted Suicide’

ABC News / Flight Aware(NEW YORK) -- Although authorities said the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed earlier this week in France intended to “destroy the plane” with 150 people on board, so-called “aircraft-assisted suicides” are rare, according to researchers who reviewed decades of crash data. Still, they’ve occurred in the past, and sometimes, the pilots expressed their...

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School Tells ‘Tiny’ Girl Her Body Mass Index is Too High

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A Missouri mother is livid after her daughter came home from elementary school with a note saying that her body mass index was too high despite her lean frame.

"She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda Moss, of Belton, Missouri, told KMBC, ABC's...

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Pot Brownie That Made Man Fear Stroke Highlights Concerns About Pot Edibles

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The case of a man who mistook a reaction to marijuana-laced brownies for a stroke has again highlighted concern about what can happen when people confuse marijuana edibles with regular food.

A Michigan man called police earlier this week thinking he was in the middle of a deadly stroke, but he actually was having a reaction...

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Baby Nicknames Include Happy Meal, Sweet Thang, Fish Stick

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Meal. Pepperoni. Little Tuna.

They're all words that might easily be taken for foods a woman craves while she is pregnant. But in fact, they are among the nicknames given to unborn children across the country.

The app Ovia Pregnancy, a fertility tracking product by Ovuline that has more than two million users in the...

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How Kelly Rowland Lost 70 Pounds in Just Four Months

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wait, what!? Kelly Rowland dropped 70 pounds of baby weight in just four months.

The former Destiny's Child singer, 34, spoke to Extra about having a baby, Titan, with her husband, Tim Witherspoon, in November.

 

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‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane Asks the Internet to Wear His Favorite Color

Courtesy Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family's viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.

On March 11, Seth's mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was...

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Sunburn Indicator Strip Could Be a Real Lifesaver

iStock/Thinkstock(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) — One doesn’t normally think of Ireland as the sun and fun capital of Europe but like anywhere else, people do get sunburned there.

That’s what might have spurred a Queen's University Belfast chemical engineering professor to come up with technology that gives sunbathers an important signal about when to get out of the sun.

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Researchers: Schools Should Counsel, Not Suspend, Pot Smoking Adolescents

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — The war on drugs is becoming less punitive and more supportive, at least at some schools in Washington state and Victoria, Australia.

Richard Catalano, a professor of social work at the University of Washington, says a study of 3,200 adolescents has shown that handing out suspensions to seventh and ninth graders who got caught smoking marijuana didn’t...

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Average Doctor’s Office Wait Time Dipped By a Minute in 2014

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The waiting is often the hardest part at the doctor’s office as anyone who’s had an appointment can attest.

The physician review website Vitalis.com says the average wait time to see a physician last year was an interminable 19 minutes and 16 seconds.

But take heart, America, that's actually one minute faster than 2013.

And...

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How to Cut White Rice’s Caloric Content in Half

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For much of the world, rice is the staff of life. Here in the U.S., it’s more of a side dish with white rice the preferred variety by most people.

However, even a single cup packs 200 calories, which in of itself isn’t terrible, but combined with other food items on your plate can help you...

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Manufacturer of Scopes Cited in Spread of LA ‘Superbug’ Releases Updated Disinfection Process

ChrisPole/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Olympus America, the company that manufactures the duodenoscopes that were cited in the spread of a superbug at a Los Angeles hospital in February, released an urgent safety notification regarding updated cleaning processes to ensure high levels of disinfection in between uses.

The new process, which consists of "revised manual cleaning and high level disinfection...

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Ebola Patient at NIH Upgraded from Critical to Serious Condition

Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A patient being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda was upgraded from critical to serious condition, the NIH said Thursday.

The NIH still did not share any additional details about the patient, who was admitted on March 12. The patient was...

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CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new set of anti-smoking ads featuring real smokers who are living with the long-term health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

The "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign was first launched in 2012. "Since its launch," the CDC...

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Blind Hawaii Woman Gets Bionic Eye to See Again

Fuse/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A Honolulu woman who went blind two years ago will soon be able to see again thanks to her new bionic eye.

Surgeons at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii implanted the device on Tuesday into a 72-year-old Japanese-American woman who had gone blind two years ago due to an incurable hereditary disease called retinitis pigmentosa, said...

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“Mad Men” Donates Its Iconic Style to the Smithsonian

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Cigarettes and hard liquor may not be what immediately springs to mind at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, but that is exactly what was unveiled Friday in homage to the massively popular television series Mad Men.

Now in its final season, the serial drama's creators at AMC cable network and Lionsgate have...

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Two Stars Affected by New York City Building Collapse

Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Craig Sjodin/ABC(NEW YORK) — Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos, was among the dozens of people who lost their homes after an apartment building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City Thursday.

The actress posted photos of the devastation on her Instagram account. One photo caption read, "NYC's finest...

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“Mad Men’s” John Slattery Says He Turned Down “Empire” Role

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) — How would Roger Sterling fit in the world of hip-hop music? We may never find out.

The actor who plays Roger on AMC's Mad Men, John Slattery, says he was offered a role on the Fox hit Empire. Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, who has guest starred on Mad Men.

Slattery...

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Molly Sims Welcomes Second Child, Daughter Scarlett May

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Molly Sims became a mom for the second time on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old actress and her husband, Ted producer Scott Stuber, announced the news in an Instagram post the following day.

"We welcome Scarlett May Stuber into our family. Our hearts are bigger with you here," Sims captioned a photo of the new baby...

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“Fancy Nancy” Optioned by Disney Junior for 2017

Jane OConnor and Robin Preiss Glasser/Harper Collins(NEW YORK) -- Fancy Nancy is coming to the small screen.

The book series has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated series and TV movie slated for 2017, the network and publisher announced on Friday.

"Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a...

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“Home” and “Get Hard” Open Nationwide Friday

"Home" - Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Home -- An alien race takes over the Earth, but one girl eludes the visitors and befriends a fugitive alien named Oh. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG....

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Poem at Reburial of Richard the Third

ABC/Rick Rowell(LEICESTER, England) — Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the late British monarch Richard the Third in a new BBC drama, and is also a distant relative, so it was fitting that he read a poem Thursday at the reinterment of the king whose remains were found underneath a parking lot 530 years after his death.

King Richard died in 1485...

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McConaughey’s Camp Not ‘Alright, Alright’ with Revealing Speaking Fee

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been booked to speak at May's commencement for the University of Houston.  How much its going to cost, however, has become something of a mystery.

Celebrity Talent International, which books stars like McConaughey for speaking engagements, insisted to the Houston Chronicle that the actor's fees should remain secret because, "a...

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Executive Producer Says He’s Contemplated “Downton Abbey” Movie

ITV(LONDON) — While Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season, its executive producer has left the door slightly open for a feature film based on the popular period drama.

Gareth Neame hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that he and series creator Julian Fellowes would be interested in bringing the show to the big screen. He said, "It’s something...

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Emma Watson Tops List of Most Outstanding Women of 2015

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — This is an outstanding achievement for Emma Watson: the Harry Potter actress ranks first on AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015.

Readers of the lifestyle website were asked to vote on females "whose achievements are shaping and defining their respective fields."

Watson landed in the top spot, with the...

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Movie Review: “Get Hard” (Rated R)

"Get Hard" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are two of the funniest people on the planet.  So how did they end up making such an unfunny movie?
 
Ferrell plays James, a wealthy banker who lives in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood and is engaged to a gorgeous, spoiled woman (Community’s Alison...

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Josh Peck Recommends John Stamos to Replace Zayn Malik in One Direction

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  When it comes to music, John Stamos is no slouch.

Not only did the 51-year-old play a musician in Full House, he's toured with the legendary Beach Boys.

So, when Zayn Malik, 22, quit One Direction Wednesday, actor Josh Peck, who plays Stamos' son in an upcoming show, took to Vine to recommend a...

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Kerry Washington Reveals She Live Tweeted ‘Scandal’ While in Labor

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Washington is super dedicated to her role as the star of Scandal and live tweets every episode of the hit ABC series.

In fact, the Emmy Award-nominated actress live tweeted while she was in labor last year.

"Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the...

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“Furious 7″ Features Touching Tribute to Paul Walker

Photo by William Volcov/BrazilPhotoPress/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fast & Furious fans should prepare to break out the Kleenex when the latest installment in the franchise, Furious 7, opens next Friday.

Tyrese Gibson, one of the film's stars, said the film will end with a touching tribute to the late Paul Walker, who died off the set in a...

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“Downton Abbey” Will End After Next Season

ITV(NEW YORK) -- It appears the rumors are true. Popular PBS drama Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.

Series executive producer Gareth Neame announced the news Thursday. In a statement, he says: "Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes...

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1900 - Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.
1944 - 40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo
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