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DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary

DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary

Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- Savvas Savopoulos was a CEO with a passion for side projects such as the design of a martial arts studio.His wife, Amy Savopoulos, was raised as a "citizen of the world," having grown up in a military family, ...

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DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary

DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary

Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- Savvas Savopoulos was a CEO with a passion for side projects such as the design of a martial arts studio.His wife, Amy Savopoulos, was raised as a "citizen of the world," having grown up in a military family, ...

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More Rain Rocks Houston as Region Braces for New Flooding

More Rain Rocks Houston as Region Braces for New Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A flash flood warning was issued Wednesday for parts of six counties in Texas, including Houston. Parts of the city remain underwater after a weekend of torrential rain.The warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 6:14 ...

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Why the US Is Investigating FIFA

Why the US Is Investigating FIFA

FIFA's global headquarters in Zurich. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Soccer, the world's most popular sport, may not be the biggest game in America, but the U.S. Department of Justice wants to "send a message that enough is enough" when it ...

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Engine Photos Land Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant in Controversy

Engine Photos Land Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant in Controversy

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A Spirit Airlines flight attendant found herself in the middle of a controversy after passengers spotted her posing for photos inside a jet engine.A passenger saw stewardess Ericka Paige Diehl posing for the photos while passengers boarded ...

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Queen Elizabeth Opens New Session of UK Parliament

Queen Elizabeth Opens New Session of UK Parliament

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth II opened a new session of Britain's parliament on Wednesday with the traditional pomp and pageantry. As expected, she announced plans for a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union during ...

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Texas Floods: Man Clings to Hope After Family Swept Away

Texas Floods: Man Clings to Hope After Family Swept Away

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(WIMBERLEY, Texas) -- Joe McComb is grasping at little pieces of hope.His two grandchildren and daughter-in-law have been missing since Saturday, when floodwaters washed away the Wimberley, Texas home where the family was staying.Joe’s son, Jonathan McComb, suffered ...

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Four Taliban Fighters Killed After Attack on Afghan Guesthouse

Four Taliban Fighters Killed After Attack on Afghan Guesthouse

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Four gunmen attacked an upscale neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan overnight, engaging in a fierce firefight with security forces, according to officials.There were no casualties other than the four gunmen, all of whom were killed. Police say the ...

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Dam Breaks in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY -- A dam has broken in the northwestern portion of Smith County. According to KETK, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says the dam broke late Wednesday morning. The lake was located off County Road 448. Brooks stated nearby Brush Creek is already flooded and ...

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$10K Reward Offered in Cold Case

MARSHALL -- The Dallas FBI’s Tyler Resident Agency, the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Marshall Police Department announced a $10,000 reward Wednesday in a cold case dating back more than 18 years. According to KETK, the agencies seek information leading to the arrest and conviction of ...

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Authorities Assess Damage from Monday Storms

EAST TEXAS -- Henderson and Rusk County officials met Wednesday morning to assess the current state of the area and to discuss cleanup efforts. According to KETK, at 8 a.m., county and city leaders met with representatives of local agencies to get an assessment of the current situation ...

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LPD: Man Threatens Driver with Wrench after Wreck

LONGVIEW -- A car wreck turned into a felony assault when the driver brandished a wrench at another motorist, later punching an officer attempting to arrest him, Longview police said. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, California, was jailed on bonds ...

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Several Smith County Roads Washed Out

SMITH COUNTY -- Parts of Smith County, northwest of Lindale, saw a big thunderstorm Tuesday night, washing out culverts and roads. The area affected is the same area that suffered a tornado May 10. Smith County Road and Bridge crews will be working today to repair County Roads 4181, ...

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Marshall Woman Sentenced for Adoption Fraud

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison for defrauding a Kansas couple in an adoption scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday for two counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say Rippey admitted that she took ...

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Man Arrested Following Smith County Chase

SMITH COUNTY -- A chase through Smith County has led to the arrest of the vehicle's driver. He is identified as Marco Matthew Gonzales, 32, Flint. It began just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon when a Smith County sheriff's deputy tried to pull over the vehicle on Loop 49 near ...

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Authorities Assess Damage from Monday Storms

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

Rusk County storm damage 5-25-15EAST TEXAS — Henderson and Rusk County officials met Wednesday morning to assess the current state of the area and to discuss cleanup efforts. According to KETK, at 8 a.m., county and city leaders met with representatives of local agencies to get an assessment of the current situation on the ground. Among those attending the meeting were County Judge Joel Hale, Sheriff Jeff Price, City Manger Tim Kelty, Fire Chief and Henderson Emergency Manager Rusty Chote, County Emergency management Coordinator James Pike, Henderson Chief of Police James Pearson, and Henderson ISD Superintendent Keith Boles, as well as county commissioners, DPS troopers and representatives from local utility companies. Read more …

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Several Smith County Roads Washed Out

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

smithcounty-sealSMITH COUNTY — Parts of Smith County, northwest of Lindale, saw a big thunderstorm Tuesday night, washing out culverts and roads. The area affected is the same area that suffered a tornado May 10. Smith County Road and Bridge crews will be working today to repair County Roads 4181, 445, 499 and 4119. The dam on CR 499 is leaking and could break. CR 4181 is a dead end, allowing only one way in and out for area residents. That road will be the only road repaired completely today while others washed out by last night’s storm will remain closed overnight. Read more …

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Dam Breaks in Smith County

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm

thSMITH COUNTY — A dam has broken in the northwestern portion of Smith County. According to KETK, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says the dam broke late Wednesday morning. The lake was located off County Road 448. Brooks stated nearby Brush Creek is already flooded and will take on 10 surface acres of extra water at a maximum depth of 22 feet.

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Palestine Asks Residents to Conserve Water due to Power Outage

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

thumb_power_linesPALESTINE — Due to the storms of May 25, power is out at the city water treatment plant in Palestine. With the loss of power, the city is dependent on water in existing tanks which are being depleted with use, according to a city news release. Officials say water pressure will be affected until power is restored. Until that time, the city is asking citizens to conserve water wherever possible, turn off sprinklers, and limit unnecessary water usage. This will not affect emergency service needs, according to officials. They say if you experience issues with water pressure there is no need to contact customer service because it is related to the power outage. Residents are urged to watch http://www.CityofPalestineTx.com and the Facebook feed for updates.

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Marshall Woman Sentenced for Adoption Fraud

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

FederalCourthouseKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison for defrauding a Kansas couple in an adoption scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday for two counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say Rippey admitted that she took $22,225 from a Shawnee, Kansas, couple who believed she was pregnant with twins and who wanted to adopt the children. The money was intended to pay for Rippey’s living expenses. Prosecutors say the transactions were based on Rippey’s false statements that she was pregnant and wanted to put her twins up for adoption.

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LPD: Man Threatens Driver with Wrench after Wreck

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

MichaelNajeraMug_1432735383417_795723_ver1.0LONGVIEW — A car wreck turned into a felony assault when the driver brandished a wrench at another motorist, later punching an officer attempting to arrest him, Longview police said. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, California, was jailed on bonds totaling $524,000. That’s after Longview police arrested him late Monday on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and four counts of accident involving damage to a vehicle. Read more …

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$10K Reward Offered in Cold Case

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 11:32 am

Untitled_1432740538952_795743_ver1.0MARSHALL — The Dallas FBI’s Tyler Resident Agency, the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Marshall Police Department announced a $10,000 reward Wednesday in a cold case dating back more than 18 years. According to KETK, the agencies seek information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Edgar Dwight Dawson in February 1997. On February 21, 1997, Dawson was found dead in the driver’s side seat of his vehicle; he had been shot one time in the chest. Officials say the investigation, conducted by the Marshall Police Department and the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, went cold after all credible leads were exhausted. The case was reopened in 2014 after the Marshall Police Department announced a commitment to clear the city’s cold case murders. Read more …

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Man Arrested Following Smith County Chase

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:43 am

Marco Matthew GonzalesSMITH COUNTY — A chase through Smith County has led to the arrest of the vehicle’s driver. He is identified as Marco Matthew Gonzales, 32, Flint. It began just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon when a Smith County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over the vehicle on Loop 49 near the old Jacksonville Highway. The man sped away, at times reaching speeds up to 100 miles an hour. The chase ended under 30 minutes later when the suspect stopped and surrendered to authorities on Highway 155 near the Noonday Fire Department. The chase is said to have been triggered by the fact the man had an outstanding parole violation warrant. Gonzales was booked into the Smith County Jail on Charges of parole violation, evading arrest, and suspended drivers license.

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Funeral Services Set for Former State Rep. Leo Berman

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:43 am

Leo BermanTYLER — Funeral arrangements have been announced for former state representative Leo Berman. His life will be celebrated at Tyler’s Christ Episcopal Church, 118 South Bois d’ Arc at 2:00 Friday afternoon. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Berman died May 23rd following a long battle with lymphoma. After retiring from the military, he settled in Texas. While residing in Arlington,Texas, he was a member of the city council 1979–1985. Mr. Berman was a retired public affairs executive for Sun Exploration and Production Company. Representing District 6, Berman served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1999-2012.

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Athens Teacher Under Investigation

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:43 am

athens-isdATHENS — An Athens teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the police department investigates a report of inappropriate texting between the high school teacher and a student. The investigation is just beginning and the teacher’s name has not been released. The school district is also conducting an investigation into the alleged texting.

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TEDC Reaccredited by International Group

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

thWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tyler Economic Development Council has once again been recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as an accredited economic development organization (AEDO). TEDC is one of 43 groups to hold the accreditation. Originally accredited in February 1999, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC In 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011. Following three more successful years of activity, TEDC has once again achieved reaccreditation through May 2018, which will result in 19 consecutive years of accreditation. “The Tyler Economic Development Council displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle. Read more …

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New Director for the Center for Earth & Space Science Education

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

Kim LessnerTYLER — The new director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College will be Kim Lessner. She will oversee the science center’s growth and development, with primary responsibility for overall leadership, management, planning and fundraising activities. Most recently, Lessner served as development director for PATH in Tyler, where she was responsible for fundraising efforts, public relations, marketing, communications and special events such as PATH Week. Read more …

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Drowning on the Trinity River

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

Joshua ReedFORT WORTH (AP) — A North Texas man has drowned when water being released from a dam overtook his kayak. Chad Lorance with the Tarrant Regional Water District said Tuesday that Joshua Reed, 29, of Fort Worth was on the water with others when they disregarded signs Saturday and entered a restricted part of the Trinity River adjacent to the main dam for Eagle Mountain Lake. Lorance says water was being released from the dam to prevent the lake from overflowing from recent rains. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office says Reed died of accidental drowning. Reed’s body was recovered Sunday. He is among the nine weather-related deaths over the weekend in Texas.

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Hundreds of Rescues in Houston Area

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

flooding2HOUSTON (AP) — Houston fire crews overnight conducted hundreds of water rescues as parts of the city saw up to 11 inches of rain. Mayor Annise Parker said Tuesday that crews handled about 530 water-related calls since midnight Tuesday, primarily assisting motorists stuck in their vehicles. Officials say the deluge overwhelmed bayous and creeks, sending a rush of water onto Interstate 45, secondary streets and into neighborhoods. Authorities say three people have died in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, and there may be as many as 4,000 properties with significant damage.

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House May Mull Shielding Agencies that Bar Gay Adoptions

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

gay couplesAUSTIN (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas House is poised to hear rules allowing religious child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children. The measure protects agencies that object to such adoptions on religious grounds from being sued. Social conservatives are championing it, but Democrats want to block it via stall tactics. The prohibition should come via an amendment to a bill reorganizing the Department of Family and Protective Services, up for consideration Tuesday. It has the votes to pass, but the amendment is attached to a Senate bill. That means it must clear the House by midnight, with the legislative session ending June 1. That gives House Democrats a chance to run out the clock. Adding to the tension is a potential last-minute vote on insurance coverage for abortion.

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Concealed Handguns in College Gets Major Boost in Texas

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

Concealed handguns on college campusesAUSTIN (AP) — Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in public college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval, barely beating a midnight deadline. A final House vote today would set up negotiations with the Senate, which has passed a similar bill. A compromise would have to be sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott by June 1 to be signed into law. The so-called “campus carry” bill appeared destined to fail when faced with the approaching deadline with more than a 100 amendments lined up in a Democratic effort designed to kill it. But the amendments were abruptly dropped with about 25 minutes to go and the chamber’s Republican majority forced a vote that was approved 101-47. Gun rights groups call it a critical self-defense measure.

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Senate OKs Border Security Bill, Top Priority for Governor

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

border fenceAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has passed a $300 million border security bill, one of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s priorities and part of a sweeping, $800 million border package. Senators advanced the bill Tuesday 27-4 Tuesday, then gave it final approval later by the same vote. It now heads back to the House, which must agree upon tweaks. The plan includes hiring hundreds of new troopers to guard the Texas-Mexico border, where they’ll replace National Guard troops that then-Gov. Rick Perry deployed last summer. Also included in the proposal is allowing state troopers to work 50-hour weeks, and a provision for a committee to eventually oversee Department of Public Safety border activities. Sen. Brian Birdwell, the Senate sponsor, said the border security measure addresses the “No. 1 concern in Texans’ mind.

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Man Sentenced in Death of Woman Who Called 911 During Attack

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

Delvecchio PatrickDALLAS (AP) — Jurors have sentenced a Dallas man to 85 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, who was attacked as a 911 operator listened. A Dallas County jury deliberated for about two hours Tuesday before determining the sentence for Delvecchio Patrick, 38. Patrick was found guilty last week of murder in the death of Deanna Cook at her home in August 2012. He could have received up to life in prison. Patrick must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole. Police say Patrick was attacking Cook when she called 911 with her cellphone, but the operator didn’t get an address. It took about nine minutes to find Cook’s address, after which officers went to Cook’s home. They saw nothing and got no answer to a telephone call. Two days later, her family found her body.

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Austin Official Resigns Amid Probe of Training On Women

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

Anthony SnipesAUSTIN (AP) — An Austin city official has resigned after being suspended during an investigation into a training session he organized for staff on how to deal with women in local government. Austin media outlets report Anthony Snipes, an assistant city manager, handed in his resignation Monday. Snipes had been on administrative leave amid an investigation into the March training session. The workshop was held in response to the newly elected City Council, which is made up of mostly women. The male consultant who led the session said female officials like to ask lots of questions and do not like to deal with financial issues. City Manager Marc Ott said in a memo to Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members that Snipes will remain on staff until August 10.

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“John Wayne Day” in Texas Honors Actor’s 108th Birthday

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

John WayneAUSTIN (AP) — Wearing a brown plaid coat from the 1945 film “Flame of Barbary Coast,” Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick declared Tuesday as John Wayne Day in Texas. The coat was once worn by Wayne, the quintessential screen cowboy. An avid collector, Patrick now owns it, and presided over the Senate in it Tuesday to mark the Hollywood legend’s 108th birthday. Patrick named Wayne, who acted in 180 movies, an honorary Texan. There were proclamations from the House, Senate and Governor Greg Abbott. Senators showered Wayne’s visiting children and grandchildren with praise, citing movies like “True Grit,” ”The Searchers,” and “Rio Bravo.” Senator Judith Zaffirini, whose district is near the permanent set of Wayne’s 1960 movie “The Alamo,” quoted her favorite Wayne-ism: “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.”

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Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 4:56 am

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/27/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 05/27/2015 0456C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 81
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 63
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.87

LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 82
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 65
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 1.00

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: mostly cloudy, a 50 percent chance for mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk marginal;
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy, a 40 percent chance for mainly evening showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
TOMORROW: mostly cloudy, a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70, southeast winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy, a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy, a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy, a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
TUESDAY: partly cloudy, a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 26, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MAXIMUM 87
MINIMUM 62
PRECIPITATION 0.29
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 10.19
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 35.32

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 26, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MAXIMUM 87
MINIMUM 64
PRECIPITATION 1.45
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 10.43
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 33.11

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
05/26/2015 1914C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 65 85 0.50
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 62 81 0.07
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 62 83 0.37
Corsicana Campbell Field 66 88 tr.
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 64 87 1.91
Dallas Love Field 64 85 0.01
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 58 81 0.01
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 65 87 1.24
Fort Worth Meacham Field 60 84 tr.
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 62 86 1.75
Greenville–Majors Field 64 81 0.06
Hallsville CWOP 63 87 1.39
Hawkins CWOP 62 88 1.23
*Henderson Texas A&M Forest Service 63 84 0.95
Houston Hobby Airport 65 83 5.99
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 64 86 1.42
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 61 82 1.88
Longview City 63 87 1.19
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 64 87 1.45
*Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 66 89 2.76
Marshall Harrison County Airport 66 89 1.20
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 64 84 0.26
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 62 82 0.39
*Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 64 86 1.39
Palestine Municipal Airport 64 86 0.64
Paris Cox Field 63 81 0.29
Shreveport Regional Airport 63 87 1.04
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 66 82 1.23
Terrell Municipal Airport 65 85 tr.
Texarkana Webb Field 62 80 1.09
Tyler City Office 62 87 0.29
Tyler–Pounds Field 64 87 0.16
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/27/2015 0442C
The squall line which went through here just after midnight has reached an El Dorado-
Center-Gatesrville line, and continues to move southeastward. We will probably see light
showers through dawn, then a break, and then re-development this afternoon as more upper air
energy interacts with a surface boundary dropping southward out of Oklahoma.
The same scenario looks to play out tomorrow, with even better thunderstorm chances
Friday night into Saturday evening as the core of an upper air low crosses with an attendant cold
front. That looks to be the best time of concentration for strong thunderstorms and flooding
rains.
Beyond that, we do look for the pattern to change around the 1st or 2nd, with a break in
the activity and slightly cooler temperatures.
At 4 a.m. today, skies are cloudy with showers over the southeast. Temperatures are in
the 60s, and winds are light southerly outside the thunderstorms. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
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DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary

Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- Savvas Savopoulos was a CEO with a passion for side projects such as the design of a martial arts studio.

His wife, Amy Savopoulos, was raised as a "citizen of the world," having grown up in a military family, and had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers.

Their 10-year-old son, Phillip, who was believed to have been...

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More Rain Rocks Houston as Region Braces for New Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A flash flood warning was issued Wednesday for parts of six counties in Texas, including Houston. Parts of the city remain underwater after a weekend of torrential rain.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 6:14 a.m. local time and was expected to last for three hours.

More rain is the last thing the...

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Why the US Is Investigating FIFA

FIFA's global headquarters in Zurich. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Soccer, the world's most popular sport, may not be the biggest game in America, but the U.S. Department of Justice wants to "send a message that enough is enough" when it comes to corruption regarding the game's international governing body, authorities said.

U.S. and South American sports marketing executives are...

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Engine Photos Land Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant in Controversy

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A Spirit Airlines flight attendant found herself in the middle of a controversy after passengers spotted her posing for photos inside a jet engine.

A passenger saw stewardess Ericka Paige Diehl posing for the photos while passengers boarded a Spirit Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The passenger took down the flight attendant’s name and...

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Texas Floods: Man Clings to Hope After Family Swept Away

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(WIMBERLEY, Texas) -- Joe McComb is grasping at little pieces of hope.

His two grandchildren and daughter-in-law have been missing since Saturday, when floodwaters washed away the Wimberley, Texas home where the family was staying.

Joe’s son, Jonathan McComb, suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib and shattered sternum, but he survived. Jonathan’s wife, Laura, and two children,...

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Florida Bounce House Incident Was ‘Freak Act of Nature,’ City Manager Says

Brandon Burchett(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Fort Lauderdale City Manager called Memorial Day's beach bounce house incident "a freak act of nature that no one could have prepared for or predicted."

"The change in weather was sudden and severe," the statement from City Manager Lee Feldman said. "An intense water spout came ashore rapidly and without warning bringing forceful winds...

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Missouri Man Catches 65-Pound Striped Bass on Lake

Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation(TANEY COUNTY, Mo.) -- A Missouri fisherman who caught a record-setting 65-pound striped bass earlier this month quickly found out he needed more than just a strong line to reel the fish in.

Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway Beach, Missouri hooked the giant striped bass on Bull Shoals Lake near the Arkansas border on May 21...

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Amtrak to Install Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives Following Deadly Derailment

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Amtrak announced on Tuesday that it will install new inward-facing video cameras in its new fleet of electric locomotives in service along the Northeast Corridor by the end of the year following a deadly derailment earlier this month in Philadelphia that killed 8 people.

Installation will first occur in 70 ACS-64 electric locomotives...

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Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Meme,’ ‘Photobombing,’ ‘Jeggings’ to Dictionary

chayathonwong/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Yes, texters rejoice. WTF is now a real word -- and so are some 1,700 other entries the editors at Merriam-Webster just added to their unabridged dictionary.

Photobombing, while still a culturally-questionable way to ruin a family portrait, is now in the book. So are all the picture memes exchanged between co-workers, and those other...

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Feds Reach Settlement to Overhaul, Re-train Cleveland Police Department

Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Days after protests over a police shooting verdict rocked Cleveland, the Justice Department reached a settlement with the city over police conduct that has shown a “pattern and practice” of unnecessary force. The settlement comes after a Cleveland patrolman was acquitted Friday for his role in the fatal shootings of two unarmed black people in...

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Mom Swept Away by Texas Floods Called Sister as Rain Poured Down

KVUE(SAN ANTONIO) -- A missing mother of two made a frantic phone call to her sister as deadly floodwaters inundated Texas over the weekend.

Julie Shields said her sister Laura McComb had been in touch with her Saturday night when the rain started pouring down in Wimberley, a river town between Austin and San Antonio.

Laura and her husband,...

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72,000 Ladybugs Set Free in School

iStock/Thinkstock(MORGANZA, Md.) -- Here's one way to bug your teachers.

Seniors at Chopticon High School in Maryland left a mark on their school in more ways than one -- in 72,000 ways to be exact. A group decided their senior prank would be to release 72,000 ladybugs to freely roam the hallways, according to the St. Mary’s County’s Sheriff’s...

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New Orleans Cop Shooting: What We Know About Slain Officer

WGNO(NEW ORLEANS) -- James Bennett Jr., the 45-year-old New Orleans police officer shot dead in his cruiser this weekend, had over 15 years’ experience in law enforcement.

"Bennett was a former member of the JPSO [Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office] Reserve Division from April 2000 until March of 2006," the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "He went...

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Hudson River Kayak Mystery: Fiancee Indicted, Body Identified

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A body found in New York's Hudson River over the weekend has been identified as 46-year-old Vincent Viafore, the man who disappeared after kayaking with his fiancee last month, and indictments against the fiancee for second-degree murder and manslaughter have been handed up, Orange County, New York, District Attorney David Hoovler said on Tuesday.

New...

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Drivers Stranded, Homes Damaged by Houston-Area Flash Flooding

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(HOUSTON) -- Three people died in the flash flooding that left many parts of Houston flooded on Tuesday, according to officials.

Houston Mayor Annalise Parker did not identify the fatalities, but said that two were found inside vehicles and another was found in a bayou and police suspect that the individual suffered from a heart attack while...

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Fire Engulfs Ship Off Coast of Germany

German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME)(LONDON) -- A freighter carrying fertilizer was abandoned by its crew off the coast of Germany after the vessel caught on fire, German officials told ABC News.

But after more than two days of smoldering, and a failed attempt to extinguish the flames, the ship is no longer at risk of exploding, German...

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Queen Elizabeth Opens New Session of UK Parliament

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth II opened a new session of Britain's parliament on Wednesday with the traditional pomp and pageantry.

As expected, she announced plans for a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union during her speech.

"My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union, and pursue reform of the...

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Four Taliban Fighters Killed After Attack on Afghan Guesthouse

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Four gunmen attacked an upscale neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan overnight, engaging in a fierce firefight with security forces, according to officials.

There were no casualties other than the four gunmen, all of whom were killed.

Police say the attackers were targeting a guesthouse in the area.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier this...

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Ride-Sharing App UberPOP Blocked in Italy

Uber(ROME) -- UberPOP has been blocked throughout Italy.

The ride-sharing app, similar to the American UberX , allows users to order a ride from a driver without a commercial licence. Italian taxi drivers, on the other hand, are tightly regulated with severe limits on the number of licenses.

A judge ruled Tuesday that UberPOP "was subject to only minor...

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Ramadi Fell to ISIS Fighters Even Though They Were ‘Vastly Outnumbered’ by Iraqi Troops

zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The city of Ramadi is controlled by “hundreds” of ISIS fighters who were able to seize the city after Iraqi military commanders ordered the withdrawal of several thousand Iraqi troops from the city.

That’s according to a U.S. official who also confirmed that the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Ramadi may have been prompted by the unexplained...

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Rockets Launched at Israel by Militants in Gaza

Joel Carillet/iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- After weeks of quiet, sirens blared across parts of southern Israel on Tuesday.

Militants in Gaza launched the first long-range rockets since the 50 day war last summer between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.

Residents in the south reported hearing several explosions, but Army officials have confirmed just one rocket fired from Gaza hit near...

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Ancient Italian Artifacts Found in US

EcoPic/iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Artwork stolen from the ancient city of Pompeii has been found in the United States.

Sixty years ago, thieves stripped three exquisite frescoes from the walls of Pompeii, an ancient city famously destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The first century artworks depict a young woman with a cupid on her shoulder, a...

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Australian Mother Reportedly Travels to Syria to Join Islamic State

thekoala/iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- An Australian mother is reported to have left her young children with a babysitter to fly and join the Islamic State in Syria.

Counter-terrorism police have started an investigation into the disappearance of 26-year-old Jasmina Milovanov, who calls herself Assma Abdullah.

Milovanov, the mother of a five and seven year old left in the care of a...

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Ireland Targets Same-Sex Weddings in New Tourism Campaign

Patryk Kosmider/iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- One day after an overwhelming majority voted yes to gay marriage in a historic referendum in Ireland, a new campaign from Tourism Ireland is already targeting the LGBT community by endorsing the country as a prime place to tie the knot.

The video, titled "Ireland Says I Do," promotes the most beautiful destinations for Irish weddings...

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Moving Day at the International Space Station

NASA(NEW YORK) -- NASA flight controllers are preparing to relocate a storage module at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking the biggest change to the space outpost's structure since the module was installed in 2011.

The Permanent Multipurpose Module, which is used for storage, will be detached from the Unity module and carefully moved via a robotic arm...

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Koalas in Australia Facing Euthanization Following Health Assessment

iStock/Thinkstock(VICTORIA, Australia) -- They're cute and cuddly, but the state of Victoria may have to euthanize a whole colony of koalas because too many of them are living in a popular tourist destination.

Despite a recent recovery in eucalypt or gum trees, the Victorian government said the overpopulation of koalas at Cape Otway are leaving many of them hungry....

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Iraq Launches Offensive to Drive Back ISIS from Province

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- An operation to drive ISIS out of the Iraqi province of Anbar is underway, according to officials.

In an announcement on state-run television Tuesday, the Iraqi government said the army would be supported by both Sunni and Shiite militias.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has expressed confidence that Iraqi forces will retake the province from the extremist...

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Galapagos Island Volcano Erupts, Threatening Fragile Ecosystem

iStock/Thinkstock(QUITO, Ecuador) -- A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, spewing fire, smoke and lava into the night sky -- and threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

On its Facebook page, Ecuador's Galapagos National Park administration said the Wolf volcano, located on the...

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Deadly Tornado Destroys Homes, Overturns Cars in Mexico

Coahuila State Government (CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico) -- At least 13 people were killed on Monday when a tornado struck the town of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, near the Texas border.

The town is just two miles from Texas' Laughlin Air Force base, the largest pilot training base in the United States.

No injuries or damage were reported at the Air Force...

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Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Rattles Tokyo

SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattled the Japanese capital of Tokyo and its suburbs on Monday.

The strong quake was felt in and around the capital, shaking buildings, and rattling nerves. The quake was centered north of Tokyo in neighboring Saitama Prefecture, and was located 31 miles below ground.

Despite the shaking, there were no extensive damage or...

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Inside an Ecocapsule: A Futuristic Wind and Solar Powered Pod-Like Home

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A small wind and solar powered pod home called the Ecocapsule could be the home of the future if its creators have their way.

While the egg-shaped homes look more like something from a Hunger Games movie, Nice Architects, a company based in Slovakia, said each Ecocapsule has an "efficient spatial layout [that] allows you to...

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Gas Prices Continue to Rise

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gas prices continue to go up as summer nears.

The Energy Department says the average price of regular unleaded gas went up about three more cents in the past week and now stands at $2.77 a gallon.

In California, the average is about a buck higher. And in the southern part of the state, it's even worse....

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Microsoft’s Cortana Is Coming to iOS, Android Devices

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft's sassy virtual personal assistant Cortana will soon be staking out a spot on competing platforms.

Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft's operating systems group, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that Cortana will be available as an option on Android and iOS devices later this year as a companion to Windows 10.

A phone companion...

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Wall Street Continues Slump After Holiday Weekend

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow suffered its worst day in a month on Tuesday as all of the sectors of the S&P 500 continued to drop after the holiday weekend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,041.54 on Tuesday, down 190.48 from its open.

The Nasdaq was down by 56.61 to close at 5,032.75. The S&P 500 was...

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Lilly Pulitzer Accused of ‘Fat Shaming’ at Company Headquarters

alexandradabija/iStock/Thinkstock(KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) -- Lilly Pulitzer is again stirring up controversy along with its colorful cocktail-and-dress culture, but it has nothing to do with its Black-Friday-style team-up with Target last month.

The brand's King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, headquarters was the subject of an online story and slideshow Tuesday on New York Magazine's The Cut. Among...

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What Jony Ive’s Promotion Means at Apple

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Jony Ive was already the most prominent design visionary at Apple and now the London-born designer, who has the honor of having a sir before his name, is stepping into the newly created position of chief design officer.

The move will allow Ive to focus his energy on current design projects and future initiatives, according to...

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US Home Sales Surge in April

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) -- Homes sales were up in April nearly 7 percent from March with 517,000 single-family homes sold, according to the latest figures released by the Commerce Department.

March sales were also revised up a few thousand units signaling a good sign in the housing market's recovery. But David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home...

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Look How Far the Internet Revolution Has Come

iStock/Thinkstock(GENEVA) -- A new report from the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, has found that 3.2 billion people -- about 44 percent of the world's population -- will have used the Internet by the end of this year.

The number is incredibly staggering considering in 2000 there were just 400 million estimated Internet users in the entire...

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Charter Communications Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Another cable mega-merger is in the works. This time, it's Charter Communications buying its much larger rival Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

Ahead of the deal, Time Warner -- the second biggest company in the country -- was valued at $78.7 billion.

Charter also wants to buy a smaller company, Bright House Networks,...

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Four Ways to Save Money on Your Cellphone Bill

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The average American spends about $1,000 a year on their cellphone bill, but some industry insiders estimate about $50 billion is wasted annually on parts of the plan they don't even need or use. So how do you know if you are getting the most bang for your buck?

Todd Dunphy used to work for Verizon...

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Memories Lure Tourists to Last Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in US

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.) -- What's old is new again in the tourist town of Lake George, New York, where a newly reopened Howard Johnson's restaurant is seeing a resurgence in popularity among baby boomers.

Following the closure of a Lake Placid HoJo's outpost this spring and rumors that the Bangor, Maine, franchise's demise looms on the horizon, the...

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Tigerair Offers $9 Flights in Fare War With Competing Airlines

PomInOz/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- In the ongoing fare war between Australia's budget airlines, it would seem that travelers are the current victors.

Tigerair, a short-haul carrier owner by Virgin Australia, dropped roughly 500 fares to the rock-bottom price of $9 per flight on select routes this weekend in a bid to lure passengers away from competitors like Jetstar.

"Introducing...

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Actress Nikki Reed Touts Healthy Eating, Natural Food Website

Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Nikki Reed played a vampire on the hit franchise Twilight, but off-screen, she's promoting healthy eating options for families in need.

One of them, she said, is Thrive Market, an online marketplace that sells all-natural foods at 25 to 50 percent below retail price. She is a spokeswoman for...

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More than 160,000 Trailer Hitches Recalled Over Weak Steel Concerns

papa1266/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Close to 162,000 trailer hitches are being recalled over fears that weak steel can cause the hitch to break.

The recall affects the “U-Haul Power Tow” TS1 and TS2 models, which were sold exclusively at U-Haul outlets, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company behind the hitches, Curtis Manufacturing, said that manufacturing changes...

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Buffett: Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Would ‘Reduce Employment in a Major Way’

Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Billionaire Warren Buffett objected to the idea of raising the minimum wage to $15 in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on Friday, saying that such a move would "reduce employment in a major way."

"The American Dream promises that a combination of education, hard work and good behavior can move...

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Carly Fiorina to Attend Luncheon, Hold Roundtable in SC

Ann Johansson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton will have some company when she visits South Carolina on Wednesday: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and only other female candidate in the race, is planning to rain on Clinton’s parade by hosting her own event outside of the hotel where Clinton will be delivering a keynote address.

In...

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Hillary Clinton Visits SC, Focusing on Women and Minorities

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton returns to South Carolina Wednesday for the first time in nearly eight years for a one-day swing through the state’s capital, Columbia.

During her short visit, Clinton’s focus will be on women and minorities. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with “minority women small business owners” in the morning and then deliver...

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Rick Santorum Announcing Run for President

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will announce on Wednesday that he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, ABC News has learned.

ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will sit down for an exclusive interview with Santorum Wednesday afternoon.

Santorum, 57, is set to reveal his presidential intentions at an...

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State Department Proposes Rollout of Clinton Emails Starting June 30

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a federal court filing submitted late Tuesday night, the State Department proposed a new plan to rollout heavily scrubbed versions of 55,000 emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The State Department said it will begin posting the emails on its website starting on June 30 and then continue posting them every...

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Obama on Freedom Act: ‘This Needs to Get Done’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama scolded the Senate on Tuesday for leaving town for a week-long recess without reaching an agreement to renew certain provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire at midnight on May 31 if Congress fails to reach a compromise.

“The House of Representatives did its work which strikes the appropriate balance,”...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Kicks Off Presidential Campaign

ABC News(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- The longest-serving Independent senator in U.S. history, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, kicked-off his presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination Tuesday with a colorful and lively event in Burlington.

With blue-grass music, tie-dye and free ice cream, the afternoon event felt half like a summer festival and half like a political rally.

A self-identified "Democratic Socialist,"...

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IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

marcnorman/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -– More than 100,000 taxpayers may of had some of their private information stolen from IRS computers during this tax season.

The agency said on Tuesday that sophisticated thieves managed to steal some of that information outside the IRS to get in and get illegal refunds.

According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the thieves got into their system...

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White House Offers No Apology for Ash Carter’s Comment That Iraqis Lack ‘Will to Fight’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is not disputing Defense Secretary Ash Carter's contention that the Iraqi Army lacks the will to fight.

“Well, that certainly has been a problem we’ve seen in the past; that's what allowed ISIL to make such significant gains last summer,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told ABC News in Tuesday’s press briefing when pressed...

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US Capitol Building Evacuated After Audible Alarm

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Capitol building, including the Capitol Visitor Center, was temporarily evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to an audible alarm, the Capitol Police said.

Staff and visitors were evacuated from the Capitol.  Lawmakers are currently in recess and were not in session for the rare evacuation.

Staff was allowed back into the Capitol building one hour after the...

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Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick Launches Senate Bid to Unseat John McCain

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- As popular Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain seeks a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, a potential Democratic opponent emerged on Tuesday after Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a three-term lawmaker from Flagstaff, entered the race.

"In Arizona we tell it straight, so let’s get right to it,” Kirkpatrick said in a campaign video announcement. “I’m announcing my...

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State Department to Unveil Timetable for Releasing Clinton’s Emails

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Tuesday is expected to file its schedule for releasing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails as requested by a judge last week.

The judge requested the department release them in batches every 60 days, and on Tuesday, we should find out when that will start.

Campaign reporters and Clinton have...

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Bernie Sanders to Kick Off Presidential Campaign in Vermont

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign kick-off event in Vermont Tuesday evening.

“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart,” Sanders said in a statement. “There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.”...

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Hillary for America Products Include Onesie, Pantsuit Tee

Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- “H” swag is now officially for sale.

Hillary for America launched its online store Tuesday morning for supporters to buy “everyday gear” -- sweatshirts, tee-shirts, mugs, pillows, signs, etc. -- to show support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

Many of the products they’re selling have the “H” logo on them. Among the offerings: “The Everyday...

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Bill and Hillary Clinton Make First Public Appearance Together Since Campaign Launch

ABC News(CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a short break from the campaign trail on Monday to participate in her favorite Memorial Day tradition: the annual New Castle Memorial Day Parade in Chappaqua, New York.

Clinton, who loves the parade (like “really, really, really” loves it), was joined this year by her husband, Bill...

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Memorial Day 2015: Five Quotes From President Obama

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama honored the sacrifice of U.S. servicemen and women Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, the first Memorial Day observance where the country "is not engaged in a major ground war" and the 70th since the end of World War II, the president said.

Here are the five most powerful moments from the president's speech:

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Senior Class Donates Nearly $8,000 to Principal Battling Cancer

WMUR(BETHLEHEM, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care.

Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare...

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Newer Birth Control Pills Could Up Blood Clot Risk

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New versions of "The Pill" could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.

But, as ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out,...

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Gallup: Mississippi Is Most Obese State for Second Straight Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was...

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Receding Texas Floodwaters Can Leave Behind Health Hazards

photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining...

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Jessica Alba Admits She Hates Working Out

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Alba rocks a sexy bikini on the latest cover of Shape magazine but admits her fit physique doesn't come easy.

"I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks," she told the June issue. "Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me...

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Softball Player’s Brain Aneurysm Draws Attention to Rare Condition

California Thunder via KABC-TV(HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old California softball player is reportedly fighting for her life days after a brain aneurysm led her to collapse on the field.

Dana Housley told her coach she “felt dizzy” before collapsing on the field, according to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

She was taken to Kaiser Permanente in...

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Girl Battles Cancer with Friend, Mom Shares Heartwarming Photo

Tazz Jones(NEW YORK) -- A snapshot of a young cancer patient has gone viral after the girl's mother posted the picture on Facebook.

Maliyah Jones is just 5 years old but has already been battling neuroblastoma for nearly three years, according to a Facebook page run by her mother, Tazz Jones.

Earlier this year, Jones snapped a picture of...

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Pair of Studies Finds More Evidence of Coffee’s Benefits

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Forget the bar. If you're looking for love, stop at the local coffee shop because apparently caffeine puts the mojo in a cup of joe.

A small field study found men who chatted up women at cafes surrounded by the pleasant aromas of coffee and pastries were more likely to walk away with a phone number....

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Anti-Wrinkler Botox May Do More Than Paralyze

pyotr021/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Since 2002, doctors have used Botox to paralyze the facial muscles underneath wrinkles, but it may be doing more than simply stopping these muscle movements – it may make the skin more youthfully elastic.

Researchers backed by Allergan, the company that makes Botox, studied the effects of Botox injections on 43 women in a study published...

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Sandra Lee Is ‘So Happy’ to Be Home After Double Mastectomy

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sandra Lee is home from the hospital.

The lifestyle guru, who underwent a double mastectomy last week, shared photos of herself with her partner, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and their bird, Phoenix.

"Home after a long week in the hospital," she wrote. "So happy to be in my own backyard. There is no place...

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Memorial Day Weekend a Perfect Storm for Allergies

ajkkafe/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- If you’re allergic to tree and grass pollen, Memorial Day is probably not your favorite holiday.

It’s the time of year when the spring tree pollen end up overlapping with the summer grass pollen, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. David Lang, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic, said many people experience this allergy “double whammy.”

“If...

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Florida Mom Released From Jail After Circumcision Dispute

Broward Sheriff's Office(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother is out of jail after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.

Heather Hironimus posted bond and was released Saturday night, according to authorities in Palm Beach County.

Hironimus, 31, had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for...

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Researchers: Depression Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Heart Failure Patients

janulla/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at a conference on Heart Failure Saturday, indicating that depression was linked to a five-fold increase in risk of death in heart failure patients.

According to a press release for the event, researchers followed patients for a year following hospitalization for heart failure. Those patients who suffered from moderate or severe depression...

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World’s Oldest Person Celebrates 116th Birthday in Michigan

Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage(DETROIT) -- The world's oldest person, Jeralean Talley, turned 116 Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.

Talley -- who was born in 1899 -- was named the oldest living person in the world last month, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

Talley's birthday celebrations began earlier this week when she was honored at the Michigan Department of...

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Paralyzed Georgia Teen Walks at His High School Graduation

TongRo Images/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A paralyzed high school student in Georgia did something described by some as a miraculous step forward: he walked at his graduation.

Thanks to a special medical device, Will Hutchins of Heard County was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma at his graduation ceremony Friday night, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reports. It led...

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Jason Statham Finally Gets Funny in “Spy”

Universal(NEW YORK) -- The last time we saw Jason Statham onscreen, he was playing the bad guy inFurious 7. But in his latest film, Spy, where he stars opposite Melissa McCarthy, the British actor gets funny.

Statham -- who's best-known as an action star in movies like The Transporter and The Expendables -- admits in the June issue of ...

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Tatum O’Neal Says ‘I’m Dating Women Now’

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Tatum O'Neal was once married to tennis star John McEnroe, but now she's looking for love in different places.

"I like women," O'Neal tells People magazine. "I definitely have been dating mostly women recently." 

"I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth," she continues. "They're gentle, and also more intelligent than the men...

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What Would Cast of “San Andreas” Take in Actual Earthquake?

Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne Johnson arrived on a fire engine with a rescue helicopter overhead at Tuesday night’s Los Angeles premiere of the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas

Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California.  But say he was in an actual earthquake --...

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“America’s Got Talent” Returns with Singers, Dancers & a Stuttering Comedian

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- America’s Got Talent returned for its landmark 10th season on Tuesday, beginning their search for the country's best talent in New Jersey.

Tuesday's showcase included a hypnotist who got judge Howie Mandel, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, to temporarily get over his phobia, and a stuttering stand-up comic.

Mandel was back behind the judges' table along...

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Beyonce Among “Forbes'” Most Powerful Women in Entertainment

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Forbes has announced its list of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2015, and Beyonce was named one of the most powerful women in entertainment.

Queen Bey ranks number 21 on the overall tally of 100 and she second among other women in the entertainment industry who made the list, behind Oprah Winfrey.  Other celebs on the list...

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Did Keira Knightley Welcome Her First Child?

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations may be in order for Keira Knightley, who was expecting her first child with husband James Righton. 

According to Us Weekly, the two have welcomed their bundle of joy. There's no word on when the baby was born, the gender of the newborn or the name.

Knightley barely even announced her pregnancy. Instead, the news...

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Apologizes for ‘Minor Relapse’

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who has struggled with alcohol addiction in the past, has issued an apology after he was photographed earlier this month in London with what appeared to be a vodka bottle in his hand.

In a message posted on his fiancée Mara Lane's Instagram account, the Dracula star said, "Mara and I...

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Johnny Depp Could Face Up to 10 Years in Prison for Bringing Dogs to Australia

ABC/Randy Holmes(SYDNEY) -- Although Johnny Depp's two dogs are out of Australia, the Pirates of the Caribbean star could be facing jail time and a large fine. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian Senate committee on Monday said that if the incident is brought to trial, and Depp is found guilty, the actor will face up to 10...

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Sponsors Cutting Ties with “19 Kids and Counting”

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) -- A handful of sponsors confirmed Tuesday they are no longer advertising with 19 Kids and Counting, after Josh Duggar last week responded to reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago.

A spokesperson for Payless ShoeSource told ABC News, “Payless' ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy with TLC. We are...

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Spend Memorial Day Together

Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Although they are divorced, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are still dedicated to raising their two children together.

The pair, along with their kids, attended a party in honor of Memorial Day on Monday at producer Joel Silver's house in Malibu, reports People magazine.

"Gwyneth and Chris arrived separately," a source told the magazine. "At the party, they were...

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Lena Dunham ‘Free’ to Flaunt Her Curves on Memorial Day

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham celebrated a different kind of freedom on Memorial Day -- by posting a photo of herself in her lingerie.

"Love my @lonelylingerie and I think I will wear it to dinner with some boots & a smile because we are all very lucky to be free," she joked on Instagram.

 

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Matthew McConaughey Launches “Just Keep Livin'” Clothing Line

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Matthew McConaughey has his own clothing line, dubbed Just Keep Livin'. But don't worry, the Oscar-winner isn't trading in time in front of the camera for time behind a sewing machine.

"I don't think I'm becoming [a designer.] I'm just putting a lot of cool stuff that I have heard along the way on a t-shirt," he...

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Kevin Dillon Hints at What to Expect from Drama in “Entourage”

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Dillon is back as the unlucky older brother, Johnny "Drama" Chase, in the film adaptation of the former HBO series Entourage. So what is Drama up to this time around?

"I just finished up a movie that my brother directed. Vincent Chase directs me in a movie. And you know, I think I did maybe...

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Nick Cannon Says “America’s Got Talent” Gets ‘Extreme’ for Its 10th Season

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The 10th anniversary season of NBC's America's Got Talent gets under way Tuesday night, and host Nick Cannon says this time around, you'll definitely see things you haven't seen before.

"I definitely say this each and every season, that this is the biggest and best season, but I’m so telling the truth about season 10 because this...

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“The Bachelorette” Recap: Kaitlyn Goes on Her First Dates

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Several men fought for the "Bachelorette's" love -- literally -- on Monday night's episode of the ABC series.

For her first group date of the season, Kaitlyn Bristowe invited eight bachelors to a boxing gym, where they were trained by a team led by retired boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali. Kupah appeared to be so focused on his...

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1937 - Carl Hubbell wins his 24th consecutive game (since July 17, 1936)
1963 - Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya
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