East Texas Headlines
TYLER — Charges may be filed in the death of a 12 year old Smith County boy. Jiree Moble died Sunday afternoon when the ATV he was riding hit barbed wire, tossing him from the vehicle. A land owner had strung the wire across the dead end portion of County Road 3158. It was his effort to keep people off his property. But sheriff’s department spokesman Gary Middleton says the barbed wire was strung across a portion of the road. Moble was taken to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is continuing.
FLINT — Two women have been injured in a shooting in southwestern Smith County. Both were shot in the leg and the injuries were said not to be serious. They were taken to East Texas Medical center for treatment. It happened off County Road 149 in the Flint area around 5:00 Monday afternoon. The suspect, who the women knew, is said to have taken money and a purse from the women. The man, said to be a black male, left the scene in a white Pontiac 2-door.
MARSHALL — A Marshall School District employee has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge. He is Paul Warren Smith, 61. The maintenance/pesticide technician with the school district has been placed on administrative leave. He was arrested after a video showed him throwing puppies over a fence. The video was placed Monday morning on a social media site by Pet Place. It shows Smith moving a card board box to the rear of a vehicle. He then takes puppies from the box and drops them over a fence. Smith was arrested when he came to the police department to talk with investigators.
LONGVIEW — Authorities in Gregg County are asking for the public’s help in locating two missing teenage girls. Both are thought to be runaways. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department asking for the public to help in locating Paiglynn Raymond, 15. She was seen at 8:00 Friday morning in the Liberty City area and was last seen in the Grapevine area of Dallas. According to the sheriff’s department Face Book page, she was last seen wearing a purple tank top, blue jeans, black and white shoes, and carrying a grey backpack. She is about 5’6, 135 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair. And they say she may have cut her hair and dyed it an unknown color. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, contact Inv. Jon Fulgham at 903-237-2531 or Crime Stoppers at 903-236-8408. Read more …
LONGVIEW — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department has announced the death of K9 Duke. The dog worked alongside Sgt. Tracy Freeman for the past 5 years. It was concluded that Duke died of natural causes.
TYLER — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new ranking system for hospitals nationwide. Texas Spine & Joint Hospital is the only hospital in the Tyler/Longview area to receive 5 Stars, the highest possible ranking. Star rankings are based on survey feedback from actual patients. “I have said many times that patient safety and patient satisfaction are our top priorities. This recognition is further proof of our commitment to our patients,” stated Tony Wahl, CEO of Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. “Feedback from patients, both positive and negative, is a valuable tool in our quest for excellence,” added Wahl. Read more …
AUSTIN (AP) — Lawmakers say they want details on major contracts at nearly a dozen Texas agencies following a $110 million no-bid contracting scandal. The request Monday from a House committee is the latest fallout from a criminal investigation into how the Austin-based tech company 21 CT received a lucrative contract in 2014 outside the normal bidding process. Revelations over how the deal was awarded has made contracting reform an unusually high-profile issue in the Legislature this year. The House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics says 11 of the state’s largest agencies have until the end of this month to provide details about its biggest contracts. House leaders say the purpose is to find out whether contract irregularities are widespread. Several top state officials have resigned over the 21CT deal.
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas is closer to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House. House lawmakers in a 101-42 vote gave final approval to open carry on Monday after preliminarily passing the bill Friday. The state Senate has already approved a similar version and the chambers could send the measure to Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law in the coming weeks. Abbott and the Legislature’s strong Republican majority have pushed open carry as an important gun rights and self-defense measure. Most Democrats have opposed it, noting concerns from police in the state’s largest cities and gun control advocates about public safety. Texas is only of only six states that don’t allow some form of open carry.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has advanced a school voucher plan using taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones. Tea party Republicans have long championed spending state funding to promote “school choice,” arguing that competing for students will improve struggling public schools. Approved Monday 17-13 over Democratic objections, the plan allows businesses to donate half of what they’d pay in state corporate taxes to educational nonprofits. Those groups would then provide scholarships to families worth up to around $6,000 for use on private schools. It requires a final, procedural Senate vote before heading to the House. There, though, there’s bipartisan support to keep public money in public schools. Still, voucher bills hadn’t previously made it this far, poised to clear the Senate.
AUSTIN (AP) — A sweeping border security package that is a priority of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has passed the Senate without divisive immigrant crackdowns. Republican state Senator Brian Birdwell said Monday he wouldn’t allow contentious “sanctuary cities” or anti-Texas DREAM Act proposals to be tacked onto the main border security bill that now moves closer to Abbott’s desk. “Sanctuary cities” has become Republican shorthand to describe local governments that forbid police from asking about a person’s immigration status. Some Senate Republicans want the state to punish those cities and repeal in-state tuition for college students who were brought into the country illegally as children. But there is little sign of support for those proposals in the House. The price tag on border security is poised to at least double under Abbott.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing the attorney general, land commissioner and comptroller to no longer be required to live in Austin. Senator Donna Campbell’s proposal would put a referendum on this November’s general election ballot, letting voters decide whether or not scrap a residency requirement dating back to 1876. It passed Monday with no debate or vocal opposition, and now heads to the House. Campbell says modern technology allows statewide officeholders to easily communicate with Austin, and that state capital residency requirements are therefore out of date. The Republican from New Braunfels argues that living in Austin “is no longer a necessity” and that the change “will allow greater flexibility for statewide elected officials and reduce the burden placed on them and their families.”
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas state Sen. Kel Seliger’s office says the lawmaker was injured and needed surgery after a motorcycle accident in Austin, but could return to work within days. Spokeswoman Becky Womack said Seliger was injured Sunday afternoon in a collision with another vehicle. He was taken to a hospital where he had elbow and ankle surgery Monday and is expected to make a full recovery. Womack said the 61-year-old Amarillo Republican was driving from the Austin airport to his apartment when he was injured. She did not immediately have more details of the accident. Womack said Seliger did not have any passengers on the motorcycle. Seliger is chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.
BRENHAM (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its products on the market after two samplings of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. Blue Bell’s chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement Monday night that the company “can’t say with certainty” how the bacteria was introduced to the manufacturing line. The company last month issued its first recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened with the disease. The foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Brenham and later to a second line in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The recall extends to retail outlets in 23 states and internationally.
AUSTIN (AP) — University of Texas System regents have formally appointed Greg Fenves as the new president for the flagship campus in Austin. Fenves, the school’s provost and second in command since 2013, was sole finalist for the job. The vote naming him as the finalist had been 5-3, but won formal approval for the job 8-0. Regent Wallace Hall, who clashed for years with outgoing President Bill Powers, initially voted against Fenves but abstained from the final vote. The 58-year-old Fenves will be paid a base salary of $750,000, not including other benefits and deferred compensation. Fenves takes over June. 3. Powers was pressured to resign in 2014 after years of clashes with board members and former Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Fenves also previously served as dean of the Texas engineer school.
DALLAS (AP) — Records show about 160 Dallas officers remain on the force despite being punished for a variety of offenses, some serious. The records reveal about 5% of the force is identified on a so-called Brady list maintained by the Dallas County district attorney’s office. The list includes the misconduct and the resulting punishment. One of the largest departments in Texas, Dallas has more than 3,500 sworn officers. Named after a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case, the Brady lists are maintained by prosecutors who are legally obligated to provide defendants with relevant material that may be favorable to their case. Bob Gorsky, a lawyer for the Dallas Police Association, says the list he’s reviewed has inaccuracies and is “unfair” to officers.
FORT WORTH (AP) — Fort Worth police say a U.S. postal worker faces an aggravated assault charge after bringing a gun to work and ordering co-workers to the ground. Police tell the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that 27-year-old Jason Silmon entered the post office Monday morning armed with a handgun. Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman, says Silmon then instructed other employees to get on the ground. She says about 11 people working at the time complied. She says that after a few minutes, he put the gun down and waited for police.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Harris County jury has found a former Pasadena police officer not guilty for shooting a 20-year-old man in the face during a traffic stop. The Houston Chronicle reports that Michael T. Martin was found not guilty Monday. He had faced a maximum of a year in jail if convicted of the class A misdemeanor of official oppression. Martin admitted shooting the man after pulling him over for a DWI stop in 2011. The former officer told jurors he could not see the man’s left arm and thought he was reaching for a weapon when he heard a clanking through the driver’s door. Video shown to the jury captured the man being pulled over and seconds later fleeing the scene as gunshots ring out, apparently after he was shot.
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a 2-month-old boy has died after being attacked by his family’s pet pit bull at their home. Police say the baby was attacked Sunday while in a bouncing seat. Police say the child’s father had gone outside to turn on a sprinkler system and when he returned, the dog was attacking the child. As the father tried to stop the attack, the mother walked in. She was bitten twice by the dog. Police say the father was able to grab the dog by the neck, then took the dog outside and shot it twice. The baby was identified by the Dallas County medical examiner’s office as Brayden Wilson. Police say the case will be referred to a grand jury to determine whether any charges will be filed.
AUSTIN (AP) — State public corruption prosecutors are sending a message just before the Texas Legislature possibly puts their office out of business. The state’s Public Integrity Unit on Monday rebuffed a request from the Texas Department of Public Safety to clear the agency’s name over $20 million in border security contracts that have come under intense scrutiny. The Republican-controlled House is poised to vote to shut down the unit, which was downsized after former Gov. Rick Perry vetoed its funding in 2013. Perry was later indicted for the veto on abuse of power charges. Prosecutor Gregg Cox, who runs the unit, told DPS that his thin staff can’t handle any more cases. He said he hopes lawmakers notice that Texas currently has no other agency that can investigate allegations of political malfeasance.
DALLAS (AP) — A state district judge on Monday halted a hospital operator’s efforts to seek a worker’s compensation claim for Ebola nurse Nina Pham. The Dallas Morning News reports that Pham’s lawyers say Texas Health Resources’ pursuit is meant to quash Pham’s lawsuit against the company. Pham contracted Ebola while treating the first U.S. patient diagnosed with Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, who succumbed to the disease. Pham remains employed at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas but has not returned to work. She seeks unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed in March. She alleges the company failed to provide training and proper protective gear. State District Judge Martin Hoffman issued a temporary restraining order after a brief hearing. No date has been set for a full hearing where witnesses will likely be called.
DALLAS (AP) — Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.” The singer-songwriter announced in a statement Monday that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal. A release explaining Willie’s Reserve says it reflects Nelson’s appreciation for “the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities.” The release says the 81-year-old Nelson will collaborate with master growers to define standards for the strain. Nelson is a longtime supporter of marijuana for personal use and has spoken of its benefits for hemp production. He’s also pushed for the end of laws criminalizing use of the drug.
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(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs – First Round: Chicago Bulls 91 – Milwaukee Bucks 82 (Bulls lead series, 2-0)
NHL Playoffs – First Round: New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Rangers lead series, 2-1)
Minnesota Wild 3 – St. Louis Blues 0 (Wild lead series, 2-1)
MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (7-5) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (6-7)...
(NEW YORK) -- Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year on Monday. The award is given to the league’s best player in a reserve role.
In 80 games this season, the 10-year NBA veteran averaged 15.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game as Toronto won a franchise-record 49...
(BOSTON) -- The Orioles allowed five unearned runs as the Boston Red Sox (8-5) beat Baltimore (7-6) 7-1 on Patriots’ Day. The game was called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error from...
(CHICAGO) -- Reinforcements are coming for the Chicago White Sox. The team plans to call up top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon to the Majors on Monday.
Rodon was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft by the White Sox.
The 22-year-old Rodon had a successful yet brief minor league stint. He appeared in 11 games, making eight starts...
(NEW YORK) -- Masai Ujiri's mouth has cost him again. The NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors general manager $35,000 for his expletive over the weekend geared towards Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce. The team was also fined $25,000.
"People want me to say something about Paul Pierce, but we don't give a s--- about it,'" Ujiri...
(NEW YORK) -- After establishing himself as an everyday player, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop will be out indefinitely after suffering a right PCL injury (a Grade 1 tear) and an MCL sprain.
Schoop suffered the injury after he was taken out on a slide by Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval over the weekend.
(MEMPHIS) -- The Memphis Grizzlies took game one with a 100-86 victory over Portland Sunday after the Trailblazers couldn't find a groove.
Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 46 points; however they only converted on 18 of 55 shots (33%).
On the other end of the court, Beno Udrih scored 20 points for the Grizzlies off...
(BRISTOL) -- The wait was surely worth it.
After four rain delays and eleven extra laps, Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag at Bristol Motor speedway to end a 51-race victory drought.
"It feels good to be back here. Not winning for as long as we did...it wears on you a little bit," Kenseth said....
(MONTREAL) -- The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime to grab a 3-0 series lead.
Dale Weise spearheaded the Canadiens' offensive attack, as his goal late in the third period sent the game to overtime, and his goal in overtime brought the victory to Montreal.
"Any time you score a winner like...
(NEW YORK) -- UCLA recruit Soso Jamabo has been arrested in Texas after allegedly being caught drinking alcohol and evading arrest.
Jamabo, 18, was reportedly spotted swerving in a truck on State Highway 175 at high speed. Officers then noticed that occupants were throwing objects out of the vehicle, "having total disregard for the public safety of others...
Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/21/2015@0500C
ISSUED: 04/20/2015 1522C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: partly cloudy and cool, low upper 40s, northeast winds about 5 mph;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and a few thunderstorms, high upper 70s, southeast winds 5-10 mph;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low lower 60s, south winds about 10 mph;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s, south winds about 10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s, south winds about 10 mph, severe weather risk–slight;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80, south winds about 10 mph.
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy, high lower 80s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 50s;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy, high lower 80s.
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
MONDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL 28-MAY 4, 2015:
Below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR April 20, 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.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 4.90
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 21.95
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR April 20, 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]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 4.72
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 21.77
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT, ISSUED: 04/18/2015 2012C
Effective with the afternoon forecast on April 18, 2015, the level
of severe risk will be included where appropriate for the forecasts covering the ensuing sixty
hours (five periods). There are five
classes of severe risk. In increasing order they are: marginal,
slight, enhanced, moderate, and high. A “period” covers twelve hours. The information in these
risk forecasts comes from the Storms Prediction Center in Norman,
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 04/20/2015 1511C
Enjoy the cool night tonight as this will probably our last one this Spring.
The surface high goes east of us overnight, and winds return to the south tomorrow.
Moisture return sets up in Ernest tomorrow night.
Disturbances, coming off an upper air low over California, will start affecting us on
Wednesday, with shower chances Wednesday and Thursday and likely activity on Friday. severe
weather is possible on each of those days.
The upcoming weekend should be dry with seasonal temperatures.
At mid-afternoon today, skies are sunny, temperatures near 70, and winds are northerly at
5-10 mph. The heaviest rainfall from yesterday afternoon’s activity was 0.40 in. At Chalk
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 04/20/2015 1519C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Tuesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 49/77 00%/20%
Wednesday SHOWERS 61/79 10%/40%
Thursday SHOWERS 65/79 40%/40%
(AURORA, Colo.) -- A Colorado police department is crediting Facebook for helping to find the parents of a young girl who was unattended at a restaurant.
On Sunday afternoon, a small child approximately 2 years of age, with her hair in pony tails, wearing a red Minnie Mouse shirt, shoeless, sockless and speaking only...
(SHAKOPEE, Minn) -- More than 400 strangers showed up to Mackenzie Moretter’s 10th birthday party this past Saturday at a park in Shakopee, Minnesota, after all the girls originally invited cancelled last minute or never RSVP’d.
Mackenzie’s mother, Jenny Moretter, told ABC News on Monday that her daughter has Sotos syndrome, a form of gigantism that causes kids with...
(MESQUITE, Texas) -- The harrowing moment when police officers approach a burning car and break the window to save the unconscious driver was caught on video.
The dash camera from the patrol car captured the intense early Sunday morning rescue in Mesquite, Texas.
In the video, one officer punches the window of the vehicle -- allowing him...
(BOSTON) -- Returning to the race that caused her to become an amputee, Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory has crossed the finish line.
She ran 26.2 miles on her good leg and a prosthetic.
"This is the day....I take my life back," she wrote on Facebook earlier Monday, posting a photo of herself decked out in race...
(MINNEAPOLIS) -- It wasn’t an NSA surveillance program or even some overseas CIA source that launched the FBI on a path to unraveling the largest group of alleged ISIS recruits in America. Instead, it was an alert and quick-thinking passport specialist, according to federal law enforcement officials and details outlined in court documents.
Last year, when the FBI office...
(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore officials said Monday they share residents’ frustration with the lack of answers for why Freddie Gray, whose family says he was injured during his arrest last week by Baltimore police, died Sunday.
“This is a very, very tense time for Baltimore city,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “And I understand...
(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A young Minneapolis man who successfully slipped out of the United States last year to join ISIS in Syria has been working to recruit his friends to the terrorist cause, federal authorities revealed on Monday.
Abdi Nur, 18, flew overseas in May 2014, eventually making his way to Syria, officials said.
“From his locale in Syria, Nur...
(NEW YORK) -- Five years after the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 people and triggered the greatest oil spill in U.S. history, the company is waiting for a federal court to decide just how much it will have to pay in fines for violating the Clear Water Act.
After months of litigation, the...
(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is asking the public for help to find four thieves who took a baby sea lion from its mother.
Police say that the suspects were seen taking a baby sea lion from Dockweiler State Beach in Playa Del Rey early Sunday morning at around 3 a.m.
"When officers arrived...
(RUSKIN, Fla.) — The Florida mailman who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed on the Capitol lawn last week said he made “every effort” to notify authorities ahead of his flight -- and said he wasn’t worried about getting shot down.
“I don’t know if that message didn’t get through, but I made every effort to...
(WASHINGTON) — Another day, another White House fence jumper.
The Secret Service says an individual climbed over the White House fence on the south side of the executive mansion around 10:25 Sunday night.
The individual was immediately arrested by uniformed members of the Secret Service. Charges are pending.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts, which advises the...
(NEW YORK) -- A Long Island mother and her teenage daughter were found safe on New York City's Upper West Side after they seemingly vanished, authorities said, but their whereabouts over the past several weeks remain a mystery.
It appears Iona Costello, 51, and her 14-year-old daughter, Emily, had been staying in Manhattan voluntarily, Southold Town Police Chief...
(MINNEAPOLIS) — Federal authorities announced charges Monday against six Minnesota men who — along with a broader group of friends — allegedly conspired together to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
“These were not confused young men,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said at a news conference Monday morning in Minneapolis. “These are focused young men who were intent on...
(PALERMO, Italy) -- Refugees have been journeying to Europe from Africa and the Middle East for years, but the numbers have seen a sharp climb recently because of several factors.
Some of the reasons they make the treacherous trip: conflict, terrorism, poverty and persecution.
Officials say this weekend marked what was possibly the deadliest refugee disaster. A boat capsized...
(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon confirmed on Monday that the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the cruiser USS Normandy have moved into the Arabian Sea because of the deteriorating security situation in Yemen.
Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that U.S. Central Command moved ships because of the deteriorating security situation in Yemen.
(SYDNEY) -- A Muslim family who was captured on video being bullied by a passenger on a train from Sydney, has come forward and said they're working with police to identify the woman who allegedly harassed them, and they plan on pressing charges against the woman if she's found.
Cellphone video uploaded to Facebook Wednesday showed...
(NEW YORK) -- Astronomers have uncovered evidence that a white dwarf star may have gone into death star mode on the edge of the Milky Way, shredding a planet after a close encounter.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other telescopes captured evidence of the Earth-sized star's destructive act. A white dwarf star has a dense core and is...
(STOCKHOLM) -- Ten baby crocodiles are on their way to Havana to be released into the wild, their former zookeeper at Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, Sweden, told ABC News.
Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro, gave the crocodiles’ parents to Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov in the 1970s. Symbolically named Castro and Hillary, as in Clinton, they were eventually transferred...
(KIEV, Ukraine) -- U.S. troops began training members of Ukraine's National Guard Monday to help them fight pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
About 300 U.S. paratroopers are at the Yavoriv training facility in Western Ukraine, where they will train 900 guardsmen in three two-month rotations.
President @poroshenko:Joint exercise with the U.S.should facilitate the...
(LONDON) -- With the second royal baby due any day now, Britain's Prince George of Cambridge is about to become a big brother for the first time.
"Prince George and his little brother or sister will be incredibly close in age, and they will grow up side by side," said...
(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has had quite an eclectic time at the helm of his secretive state, if the country’s state media is to be believed.
He’s hopped into a fighter jet, ridden a roller coaster, directed live fire exercises and toured factories churning out everything from mushrooms and shoes to hosiery and...Read more...
(OSLO, Norway) -- The FM radio dial will soon join the ranks of obsolete technology alongside the floppy disk, answering machines and VCRs -- well at least in Norway.
The Scandinavian country's Ministry of Culture said in a statement that FM radio will be switched off in 2017 with digital radio taking its place.
Norwegians won't lose their favorite...
(LONDON) — Arranging security for Kate Middleton and the new royal baby should be a little easier the second time around.
That's because the Duchess is expected to give birth at the same hospital where George was born, St. Mary's in London.
Notices have already been posted outside the hospital, forbidding any parking 24 hours a day...
(BERGEN, Norway) — Scientists and residents in Norway were stunned by an odd bit of precipitation recently: worms.
A biology teacher named Karstein Erstad was skiing when he found the snowy mountainside in Bergen covered in the creepy crawlies, according to The Local. Similar reports were made throughout the country, as far as the country's border with Sweden....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Agency for International Development announced this weekend that it would provide $126 million in funds to help rebuild health services in Ebola-affected nations in West Africa.
The agency says the money will be used to "help Liberia, Sierra Leone, and guinea restart critical health services that stopped due to the Ebola outbreak, including...
(ROME) -- As many as 700 refugees and migrants were reportedly onboard a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday morning, with many feared dead.
Adrian Edwards, Head of News and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, called the incident a "catastrophe" on Twitter, noting that it "may...
(BAGHDAD) -- Kurdish forces have seized large expanses of ISIS-held terrain in northern Iraq, the U.S.-led coalition said in a Sunday statement.
During the operations, the Kurdish Peshmerga cleared 11 villages of enemy combatants and restored security to an area about 25 square miles in size. The Peshmerga were assisted by coalition air strikes, which destroyed ISIS weapons...
(ERBIL, Iraq) -- ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing that killed at least three people near the U.S. consulate in northern Iraq.
The blast outside the consulate injured several others on Friday, but U.S. officials said no personnel at the consulate were hurt in the bombing.
The extremist group also claimed...
(NEW YORK) -- Twitter is making it even easier for strangers to talk privately on the social network.
A new update enabled Monday allows users to send direct messages to anyone, regardless if the sender and the recipient are following each other.
The new feature is on an opt-in basis. In order to allow private messages from anyone,...
(NEW YORK) -- The markets rebounded Monday on healthy earnings reports.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,034.93, up 208.63 from its open.
The Nasdaq rose by 62.79 to close just under the 5,000 mark at 4,994.60. The S&P 500 was up by 19.22, finishing the session at 2,100.40.
Hasbro was among the biggest gainers on Monday, after...
(NORTHFIELD, Ill.) -- Kraft announced on Monday that it's iconic macaroni and cheese will no longer include artificial preservatives or synthetic colors come January.
The Northfield, Illinois-based company said the synthetic colors in Kraft Mac & Cheese will be replaced with "those derived from natural sources like paprika, annatto and turmeric."
The Canadian version of the meal, called...
(NEW YORK) -- A proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable could be in jeopardy.
Regulators are concerned a deal that size would give the new entity an unfair advantage.
"It would take over about 40 percent of the U.S. Internet broadband space. And so the [Department of Justice] is concerned that you get these two...
(NEW YORK) -- Willie Nelson has never been bashful about how much he enjoys smoking marijuana. Now that states are legalizing it, he's branching out into the pot business.
Nelson's new cannabis brand, dubbed Willie's Reserve, seeks to provide customers with a regulated, natural and high-quality marijuana product in U.S. legal markets.
"I am looking forward to...Read more...
(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- If you're flying somewhere this summer, you might be able to save a few bucks.
According to a new survey out Monday, the average cost of a domestic flight between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays is $453.87, down $2.01, or 0.4 percent, from last year.
If you're traveling to Europe, you'll save even more,...
(NEW YORK) — Google is edging closer to its dream of sending its fleet of Internet beaming balloons into the sky.
A new video released by Google shows how the search giant is now capable of creating a balloon in a matter of hour.
"We're getting close to the point where we can roll out thousands of balloons," Google's...
(NEW YORK) -- Moore's Law, the golden rule of the electronics industry that explains how computers will continue to get faster and cheaper, helped bring about the advent of personal computing and smartphones.
The guiding rule in the computing world that helped bring technology into our everyday lives turned 50 years old on Sunday -- but it may be...
(NEW YORK) -- Chances are most Facebook users have received a friend request from someone who they’d rather not give a window into their life -- but what if it’s a co-worker or a relative?
Thankfully, there’s a quick way to move the people who you still want in your life, just not on Facebook, out of...
(NEW YORK) — Indian Creek Island Road in the Miami area is the nation’s most expensive residential street, according to the real estate company Zillow.
The median home value on Indian Creek Island Road is $21.48 million. Indian Creek is a small private island in Biscayne Bay.
According to Zillow, five of the top 15 most expensive streets are...
(NEW YORK) -- Astronomers' telescopes might be a key hurdle to the future of an automated robotic lawnmower that a company called iRobot Corporation hopes to create.
iRobot filed a request for waiver with the FCC in January hoping to obtain certification to market a robotic lawn mower. In its filing, the company says the product would...
(NEW YORK) -- Automaker BMW has issued a recall for close to 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the vehicle’s floor mat that may prevent the passenger air bag from deploying, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Saturday.
The recall affects 59,270 Mini Cooper and Cooper S...
(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) -- Kesslyn Ross was getting ready to jetset off to Miami Beach for a romantic weekend getaway with her date Dave Koncsol, who was paying for the whole trip, from salsa dancing lessons to fine dining.
The only thing is, Koncsol and Ross had never met before.
“I am actually going on a date with...
(POQUOSON, Va.) -- Ben Larsen was only looking to grab a good deal on a rare type of film he collects when he made a purchase last Thursday night on eBay.
Instead, the 21-year-old amateur photographer from Poquoson, Virginia, got not just the film but a trove of photos that appear to be from the Vietnam War...
(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a beating Friday as investors worried over Greece’s ability to pay its debt and possibly exit the Eurozone, China’s change in stock market regulations and disappointing corporate earnings from Amex and General Electric.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,826.30 on Friday, down 279.47 from its open.
The Nasdaq fell by 75.98...
(DENVER) -- A Colorado lawmaker says it's time that children who are prescribed medical marijuana be allowed to use that marijuana at school.
The push began when a school in Jefferson County, Colorado, told a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy and relies on a cannabis patch along with low-THC oil to treat muscle spasms that...
(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration said on Monday it can’t confirm a video released over the weekend allegedly showing Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya being shot or beheaded by ISIS militants.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal mass murder, the brutal mass murder by ISIL-affiliated terrorists of what the murderers claim are Ethiopian Christians...
(WASHINGTON) -- At least two senators – Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky – have been briefed on the Clinton Cash book, ABC News has learned.
Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told ABC News he was briefed by the book’s author, Peter Schweizer, two or three weeks ago. The briefing...
(KEENE, N.H.) -- During her first visit to New Hampshire as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton brushed off accusations about the Clinton Foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments, dismissing the reports made in a new book as simply being a "distraction" from the issues of her campaign.
"Well, we're back into the political season and therefore we...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama seemed to get a little star-struck on Monday as he honored the Ohio State University Buckeyes for winning the first-ever college football playoff national championship.
After lauding the “character and characters” of the team, the president was working the room and shaking hands when he spotted two famous Buckeyes.
“Hold on a second,...
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Monday declined to deny the allegations that Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment by the administration while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
“I know there's been a lot of accusations made about this, but not a lot of evidence,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing. “The president...
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Monday said that, if true, the charges against Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian in Iran are “absurd” and should be “immediately dismissed.”
“Jason should be freed immediately, so that he can return home to his family,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing, noting that...
(WASHINGTON) — Will the Senate finally confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general?
It all depends on whether Republicans and Democrats are able to resolve their differences on the anti-human trafficking bill.
Over the weekend, senators hinted they have made progress in the trafficking logjam that has held up Lynch's nomination.
It has been over five...
(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reputation has suffered over the last year, and a new Quinnipiac poll out Monday has the data to prove it.
His approval rating in New Jersey is down to 38 percent, and voters in his home state -- 65 to 29 percent -- say that Christie would not make a...
(WASHINGTON) -- A new book is raising questions about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by Peter Schweizer, takes a close look at the tens of millions of dollars in donations that the foundation received and highlights...
(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Hillary Clinton will make her first trip to New Hampshire since her announcement that she would run for president in 2016 this week.
Clinton will tour Whitney Brothers, a family-owned business and meet with the company's employees on Monday. She will engage the employees and organizational leadership in a roundtable.
(NEW YORK) -- While the Florida mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn last week exposed a security “vulnerability,” House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul said Sunday on This Week that authorities were ready if the aircraft made it closer to the national landmark.
Doug Hughes flew his gyrocopter about 80 miles from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,...
(NEW YORK) -- Senator Claire McCaskill, an early endorser of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president in 2016, told ABC's Martha Raddatz on Sunday that Clinton is "the most qualified" person "to be a champion for working families in this country."
McCaskill defended Clinton's record in regards to the email controversy that has embroiled the...
(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a significant lead in Iowa when compared to former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- a potential opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 -- in at least...Read more...
(NASHUA, N.H.) -- Nineteen Republican presidential prospects gathered in New Hampshire this weekend and largely aimed their fire not at each other, but rather at Hillary Clinton, who's declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
Clinton, who plans to arrive Monday in the Granite State for two days of events, was a ripe target for...
(NEW YORK) -- Blue Bell Ice Cream said late Monday it is voluntarily recalling all of its products nationwide over fears of Listeria contamination.
The latest recall includes all of the company’s ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks. The announcement comes after the company found that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half-gallons produced on March...
(WASHINGTON) -- The son of a woman who died of listeria in December after eating a tainted caramel apple is doing what he can to make sure no one else loses a loved one the same way.
Shirley Frey, 81, was one of seven people to die amid last fall's tainted caramel apple listeria outbreak. In all,...
(NEW YORK) -- Cuddling with a puppy or cozying up to a kitty has health benefits, but a new study suggests that household pets can also be sources of infection.
Young children, elderly people or pregnant women might well give a thought to potentially dangerous bacterial infections, including C. difficile and Campylobacter jejuni, according to a study published...
(NEW YORK) -– Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, takes about 10,000 lives per year, and the median survival time for those diagnosed with its most severe form is a year.
Now, a new medication called Keytruda may help cut down those numbers.
In a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine...
(NEW YORK) -- Charlize Theron says that "choosing to be a mom in my late 30s has been really great for me. It’s given me perspective."
The actress, 39, is mother to 3-year-old Jackson, and she recently sat down with W magazine to talk about aging and what she's learned over the years.
"I think, like...
(NEW YORK) -- When strokes involve a clot in one of the brain’s blood vessels, what is known as an ischemic stroke, doctors give the clot-busting chemical tPA.
The chemical saves lives, but leads to only two in five people attaining functional independence.
A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that in addition to...
(LOS ANGELES) -- When faced with losing his second eye to cancer at the age of 12, Jake Olson wanted to watch his last University of Southern California Trojans football game in person and take it all in. He got his wish and met the team.
Now a high school senior and totally blind, he may play...
(NEW YORK) -- The 35,000 runners who line up for Monday’s Boston Marathon can expect their bodies to take quite a beating from the 26.2-mile endurance test.
"Everyone has pain," said Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, the chairman of the International Marathon Medical Directors Association. "It's part of the deal."
Muscles take the brunt of the damage, he said.
(NEW YORK) -- With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, and recreational use permitted in four states as well as Washington, D.C., a burgeoning cannabis industry is blooming in America.
The latest crop of potentially lucrative products? Pot for pets.
Biscuits, edibles and capsules containing cannabis compounds are being marketed to owners of ailing and elderly animals as...
(NEW YORK) — Sam Smith lost 14 pounds in 14 days last month, but the British singer says he still struggles with his body image.
The Grammy winner explained that food has "controlled" him from the time he was a child.
"When I was at school and wasn't having a great...
(NEW YORK) — About one in three children have a difficult time swallowing pills of any size, and more than half have difficulty swallowing a standard-sized pill, but researchers say many of the techniques being used to teach kids appear to be successful.
Researchers recently reviewed published literature about the techniques being employed to teach kids how to swallow...
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at the American Educational Research Association meeting on Sunday that shows that what college students major in does matter.
Researchers at New York University found that college graduates who hold a job related to their major three to four years after graduation held advantages both financially and in certain intangible...
(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved a "first-of-its-kind" corneal implant meant to help improve near vision in some patients.
The KAMRA inlay is implanted in the cornea of one eye to help patients with presbyopia, the FDA says. The device is ring-shaped and works by blocking unfocused light rays from entering the eye,...
(ALBANY, N.Y.) -– New York health officials are warning of a recent increase in the use of a synthetic cannabinoid that has sent more than 160 patients to the hospital since April 8.
The drug, known as “spice,” is known to be marketed as incense, herbal mixtures or potpourri in order to mask its true purpose.
(NEW YORK) -- Nearly two weeks after undergoing a lengthy operation to fix a facial malformation, Kaitlin Nguyen is again smiling.
The 3-year-old girl was born with a large facial lymphatic malformation that bulged out from under her cheek.
Earlier this month, Kaitlin underwent surgery led by Dr. Gregory Levitin, director of the Vascular...
(NEW YORK) -- Bobby Brown said over the weekend that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was "awake," but on Monday the singer's wife and attorney clarified that statement.
Alicia Etheredge-Brown said that her husband was in "an emotional state" when he spoke out to a concert crowd, though he is encouraged that his daughter "has made it out of ICU,...
(NEW YORK) -- A new Jurassic World trailer just dropped and it finally features the dinosaur on the loose that's threatening everyone's lives and, basically, eating the other dinosaurs at the park.
The clip opens with Chris Pratt talking about control and how he keeps the dinosaurs under wraps, even though they are primal creatures.
However, things quickly get...
(NEW YORK) -- Ariana Grande and Big Sean are no longer making beautiful music together. The couple has called it quits after eight months of dating.
“They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” Grande's rep tells ABC Radio. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at...
(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Co-host Luke Bryan took home Entertainer of the Year honors at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but it was Miranda Lambert who proved to be the night’s big winner.
The wife of Bryan’s co-host Blake Shelton collected her sixth consecutive Female Vocalist trophy. Miranda’s “Automatic”...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) — Spring break comes to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on Monday night.
The eight remaining couples will perform dances to various spring break-inspired songs. In addition, the cast will be divided into two groups for a team dance-off.
Judge Bruno Tonioli vows to ABC Radio that Monday's show will provide plenty of spring break fun...
(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Being honored with a Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards was sure to be a a big moment for Taylor Swift.
However, it was made all the more poignant by the fact that mother, Andrea, presented it to her.
"Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I...
(NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake just shared the first public photo of his new son, and, predictably, the baby is adorable.
Justin on Sunday uploaded a picture to Instagram of wife Jessica Biel holding little Silas Randall Timberlake, who's wearing a Memphis Grizzlies shirt.
The singer wrote, "The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR."
(DALLAS) — During a concert appearance in Dallas Saturday night, Bobby Brown made a surprising announcement about his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who had reportedly been unresponsive since Jan. 31, when she was discovered unconscious in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home.
"Bobbi is awake!" the 46-year-old singer exclaimed to wild applause, according to video TMZ posted of the...
(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — While it might be hard to believe, there was other news coming out of the fan festival Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim over the weekend, other than the revelation of the movie's latest teaser.
Not only did Electronic Arts reveal footage from its eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront game -- which lets players...
(NEW YORK) — Anna Kendrick will not only be cracking up moviegoers when the sequel to Pitch Perfect hits theaters next month, but she'll also be getting laughs from readers as she's releasing a book of funny autobiographical essays, publisher Touchstone announced Thursday.
The untitled book will detail the Oscar nominee's life from growing up in Maine to...
(CLEVELAND) -- Ringo Starr playing with Green Day, and then reuniting with Paul McCartney on the same night? It's the kind of stuff that only happens at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. As usual, the very, very long night...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — Bruce Jenner tells ABC's Diane Sawyer that family members are "the only ones I'm concerned with" in a new promotional clip of the exclusive interview.
"I can't let myself hurt them," Jenner says in the new promo that began airing on the ABC Television Network Sunday night.
Jenner has six biological children -- Burt, Cassandra,...
(NEW YORK) -- Furious 7 kept its run of box office victories rolling this weekend, taking the top spot for the third consecutive weekend.
Debuts from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended couldn't top the Vin Diesel-lead juggernaut. Furious 7 brought in just over $29 million this weekend, bringing its total gross to $294,410,000.
The Paul Blart sequel,...
(NEW YORK) -- Jon Stewart announced earlier this year that he would quit his job hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and has now explained that decision by saying that he wasn't getting the same enjoyment out of doing the show.
"It's not like I thought the show wasn't working anymore, or that I...
(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Almost as soon as Imperial Stormtroopers blasted their way onto the big screen in 1977, Star Wars fans have wanted to know where and how to get their own suit of ultra-cool white armor.
But you either had to have the serious skills needed to build your own or had to deal with an often...
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How important is a good night’s sleep? Every bit as important as a health diet and regular exercise. So how come so many of us struggle with sleeping and what can we do to address sleep disorders? UT Health Northeast sleep expert Kim Hazel addresses these questions in this post to HealthConnection.TV. Visit the Health Connection website!
Today in History
1914 - US President W Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary; Congress approves
1951 - Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1991 - "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense
1996 - Chicago Bulls win record...