East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm
LONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department has now arrested four people in connection with an August shooting at the Bunny’s store in northern Smith County, bringing this week’s arrest total to five in the case. According to KETK, police say Longview SWAT served a warrant on 15th Street around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they received information a suspect involved in a fatal shooting was at the location. Police were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody. Three other men at the location were also arrested and taken to the Gregg County Jail. One man died in the Bunny’s melee, in which more than 300 people were said to be involved. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm
TYLER — Officials say skeletal remains found in eastern Smith County have been identified as those of Jerry Wayne Potter, 62. Potter was reported missing to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office on April 22. According to family members, it was not uncommon for him to not be seen or heard from for weeks at a time. On Tuesday around 3:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious circumstance call from someone who had discovered the remains on his property. If you saw Potter at any time or have any information that may help with the investigation you are asked to call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 4:57 pm
SMITH COUNTY — Two persons have been killed in a fiery collision on Interstate Highway 20 in Smith County. The collision between two tractor trailer trucks was reported around 11:00 Wednesday night west of Highway 14. All eastbound lanes of I-20 eventually reopened after being shut down near FM 2015.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:17 pm
LAKE TYLER — The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office says it’s continuing its investigation of a reportedly suspicious house fire that broke out Wednesday morning and resulted in the total loss of a Lake Tyler residence belonging to Paul Manziel of Tyler. Manziel is the grandfather of football star Johnny Manziel. According to a county news release, the Fire Marshal’s Office has completed processing of the scene and released it back to the owner. Officials say that’s been done with assistance from ATF, including a canine and task force officer from the Denton Fire Department. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:17 pm
TYLER — A former Kilgore College plant supervisor who made claims of improper asbestos abatement at the school said in a federal lawsuit that he was fired in retaliation for reporting the activity. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. The Whistleblower Act lawsuit by former 13-year employee Dalton Smith names the school and Kilgore College President Bill Holda as defendants. A summons for Holda was issued Wednesday, the docket for the federal Eastern District of Texas showed. He had not received it by Wednesday night and said he was not prepared to comment without seeing the lawsuit. “I don’t know that it’s unexpected, but it’s very, very hard to evaluate, not seeing the specific allegations,” Holda said. “We will wait till we receive an official copy, consult with counsel and proceed with the legal process.” Smith could not be reached by cellphone Wednesday evening for comment. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm
HALLSVILLE — A Hallsville ISD coach who remains on paid administrative leave until he resigns in December entered a voluntary settlement agreement with the district that stipulates he will never work there again. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. Superintendent Jim Dunlap released the “voluntary separation agreement and release of claims” document involving Hallsville High School track and cross country coach Dean McDaniel, who resigned from the district Sept. 25. The document states that McDaniel, who has been with the district for 13 years, is considered eligible for rehire but is never to work again in Hallsville ISD. In the agreement, the district and McDaniel agree not to talk badly about each other and agree not to sue each other. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm
MARSHALL — Two East Texas men, convicted in unrelated arson cases, have been sentenced in the 71st District Court. In one case, a Woodlawn man, who was given probation in the February 2012 arson of Woodlawn Baptist Church, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after his probation was revoked. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, court documents say Dylan Shea Morgan, 20, violated his probation stemming from his April 2014 conviction. The violations included arrests on charges of criminal trespass and burglary. Authorities recommended Morgan be placed in a mental health unit in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm
LONGVIEW — Five persons have been arrested by members of the Longview Police Department SWAT team as they served a search warrant. The arrests occurred shortly after 2:00 Wednesday afternoon at a home in the 1300 block of El Paso Street. A search of the house turned up a firearm that was stolen in White Oak and a large quantity of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine. The names of the suspects and their charges were due to be released following their arraignment.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:18 pm
LONGVIEW — A Longview man has been charged with sexual assault of a 13-year-old child. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report 41-year-old Saturnino Torres was jailed on $150,000 bond. According to police, the child’s mother brought her to the Longview Police Department on September 24 to report the assault.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm
LUFKIN — Hospital officials have confirmed the first West Nile Virus case in Deep East Texas. According to KETK, a woman was recently diagnosed with the virus and is being treated at their hospital. Officials said all of the woman’s health records will be sent to the state. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. However, some infections can result in serious illness or death. People over 50 years of age and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they become infected with the virus. West Nile virus activity has also been reported in the East Texas counties of Anderson and Gregg. There have been 176 cases of reported West Nile in Texas this year.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 6:17 pm
TYLER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting applications for emergency farm loans due to damages and losses caused by drought beginning September 22 and continuing in Rusk, Smith, and Upshur Counties. Smith County Farm Loan Manager Joseph Grier asks farmers who want to apply for emergency loans to submit their applications as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2016, but Grier says if farmers wait too long, a backlog will develop and cause delays. Generally, farmers who have lost 30% of their production or sustained any physical loss due to the disaster are eligible for the emergency loans, according to an FSA news release. Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants the Texas Legislature to better protect religious liberty by examining whether local anti-discrimination ordinances violate state and federal law. A tea party favorite, Patrick oversees the state Senate. On Thursday, he unveiled issues he’d like emphasized before the next legislative session begins in January 2017. Patrick wants senators to find ways to ensure the government doesn’t “force individuals, organizations or businesses to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.” Read more …
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm
HOUSTON (AP) – Death row in Texas is getting its first new inmate in 2015, ending a 10-month hiatus in death sentences imposed by juries in the nation’s most active capital punishment state. A Brazos County jury decided after seven hours of deliberation Wednesday that 22-year-old Gabriel Hall should be put to death for an attack that left a 68-year-old man dead and his wife injured at the couple’s home in College Station. It is the first death sentence imposed in Texas since last December. Jurors rejected the option of sending Hall to prison for life with no chance of parole – the outcome in three other Texas capital cases this year where the death penalty was a possibility. Brazos County is about 100 miles northwest of Houston.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 3:55 pm
FORT WORTH (AP) – A Texas official says his office will not to donate to the United Way because some agency donations are used for the “evil” done by Planned Parenthood. Tarrant County tax assessor Ron Wright says employees outside of work are free to still give to the United Way, which forwards donations to social service organizations. Wright says he learned some donors ask the United Way to send their contributions specifically to Planned Parenthood, which provides an array of services for women including the abortion services that Wright condemns. He dismisses arguments that Planned Parenthood offers beneficial health care by saying, “Hitler made the trains run on time.” The United Way of Tarrant County tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that last year about $9,300 was earmarked for Planned Parenthood out of $7.1 million in donations.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm
EDINBURG (AP) – Authorities say a man has been arrested and charged in a hit-and-run that killed a 19-year-old pedestrian over the weekend in South Texas. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Johnny Hernandez says 28-year-old Rogelio Torres Jr. of McAllen was arrested Wednesday. Hernandez says Torres has been charged with accident involving death in the hit-and-run death of 19-year-old Alejandra Sanchez of Edinburg on Oct. 3. Hernandez says Sanchez was crossing the road in a rural area near Edinburg when she was hit and the driver fled. Torres remained in Hidalgo County jail on Thursday on $450,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 3:58 pm
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Prosecutors say a man has been charged in connection with the 2002 shooting death of a teenager on Long Island. Wuilmer Mendosa pleaded not guilty Thursday to a second-degree murder charge. Authorities say the 32-year-old was arrested in Texas in May as he tried to enter the U.S. from El Salvador. Prosecutors allege Mendosa fatally shot 18-year-old Jonathan Harris in October 2002. Authorities said Mendosa, whom they identified as an MS-13 gang member, asked Harris if he was a member of a rival gang. They say the teen was shot four times when he denied being affiliated with a gang. Prosecutors say Mendosa discarded the gun, borrowed money and then fled the country. His attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm
COPPELL (AP) – Retail gas prices across Texas remain relatively stable, going up by 1 cent to $2.06 per gallon this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that the price this week is $1.05 less per gallon than last year. In Texas, drivers in Amarillo are paying the most on average at $2.24 per gallon. Drivers in Texarkana are paying the least at $1.99 per gallon. Nationally, drivers are paying $2.31, which is 25 cents more than the average in Texas. The national and statewide averages tend to be lower during the fall and winter months because of seasonal declines in both driving and gasoline demand. Pump prices have fallen during the month of October for three years in a row.
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(NEW YORK) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been suspended for three months, FIFA announced on Thursday.
During the 90-day ban, Blatter cannot "represent FIFA in any capacity, act on the organisation’s behalf, or communicate to media or other stakeholders as a FIFA representative," FIFA said in a statement.
The suspension stems from criminal proceedings that were...
(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Mendoza, whose history-making broadcast debut as Major League Baseball's first female analyst prompted a sexist backlash, is taking the situation in stride.
"Any time there is a change, there’s normally a lot of resistance. I think the [thing I was most] excited about was the aftermath and how much support there really was," she...
(NEW YORK) -- Justin Bieber might want to watch his back.
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has a bone to pick with the singer, and you don’t want to be on this woman’s bad side. The UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion tells Cosmopolitan she’s no longer a Belieber because Bieber was rude to her little sister.
(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez turned the National League Wild Card game into the Wild West Wednesday night — landing more hits than his entire team in a bizarre dugout brawl with a Gatorade cooler.
The incident, captured on video, happened during the 7th inning of the game with the Cubs, when Chicago's pitcher...
(NEW YORK) — Martin Truex Jr.'s crew chief has been penalized for an infraction discovered prior to last weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.
Cole Pearn was placed on probation through the end of the season, ESPN.com reports.
Truex's car was discovered to have had a noncompliant body panel.
Truex ranks fifth in...
(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners:
NL WILD-CARD GAME
Chi Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 0
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Montreal 3, Toronto 1
N-Y Rangers 3, Chicago 2
Vancouver 5, Calgary 1
San Jose 5, Los Angeles 1
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(PITTSBURGH) -- The Chicago Cubs followed the lead of their ace Jake Arrieta Wednesday night, eliminating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game.
A pair of home runs from Dexter Fowler and rookie Kyle Schwarber gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead early on, giving Arrieta more run support than he would...
(NEW YORK) -- A police review board is recommending departmental charges for two officers who mistakenly tackled and arrested former tennis star James Blake in New York City, according to a memo.
The letter to Blake from the Civilian Complaint Review Board, dated Oct. 6, says that charges of excessive force and abuse of authority...
(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off the National Football League's 12th game in London in the last eight years, the league announced on Wednesday that it would continue to hold games abroad through at least 2025, and would explore other locations outside of the United Kingdom.
A resolution approved by the league's teams expands on...
(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- This weekend's football game between the University of South Carolina and Louisiana State University will be moved from Columbia,...
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Posted/updated on: October 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 10/09/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 10/08/2015 1523C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
REST OF TODAY: partly cloudy, high near 90, east winds about 5 mph;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 60s, southeast winds about 5;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 80s, light west winds becoming northerly about 10 mph in the afternoon;
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 60s, north winds 5-10 mph;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high lower 80s, northeast winds 5-10 mph;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 60s, east winds about 5 mph;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 80s, south winds about 5 mph.
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low near 70;
COLUMBUS DAY: partly cloudy, high lower 90s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 80s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: clear, low upper 50s;
WEDNESDAY: sunny, high upper 80s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: clear, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 80s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR October 8, 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 the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 42.76
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR October 8, 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 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 43.44
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 10/08/2015 1516C
The surface and upper air high pressure ridges persist this afternoon. There is some cirrus
from the storm now entering Sonora, and some fair-weather cumulus developing in the
increasingly moist air mass.
At mid-afternoon, temperatures are running from the middle 80s to near 90 with light to
near calm winds.
The cold front forecast for tomorrow should be crossing the Oklahoma-Kansas line
around nightfall, and cross Red River just after daybreak Friday. It’ll be going through us
Though there is aslim chance for showers between 4 a.m. and mid-day, most of the
activity should come tomorrow afternoon. I’m still thinking areal coverage will be running 30-
40 percent and amounts under one-fourth inch. Severe weather does not appear to be a concern.
The weekend cool-down will be brief, followed by another warm-up for Sunday and
Monday before yet another front comes through on Tuesday. That will be followed by another
brief cool-down/warm-up, and yet another front in this progressive pattern around the 16th or
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 10/08/2015 1522C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday MOSTLY CLOUDY 69/89 10%/20%
Saturday SUNNY 63/83 10%/05%
Sunday PARTLY CLOUDY 61/89 05%/00%
(CLEVELAND) -- Five-month-old Aavielle Wakefield -- who was shot to death in Cleveland earlier this month -- was laid to rest on Thursday, with her heartbroken family crying as they walked behind her tiny, white coffin on the way to her gravesite.
On the night of Oct. 1, Aavielle was in her car seat riding with family when shots...Read more...
(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- A police dispatcher from Green Bay helped save a Wisconsin teenager when her gas pedal stuck, all caught in 911 audio.
Olivia Crooks, 16, said she left her high school parking lot in her car on Tuesday afternoon and then realized she had lost control of the vehicle.
"I was terrified," Crooks told ABC News....Read more...
(SAN ANTONIO) -- Texas police officers found 39 undocumented immigrants in the back of an 18-wheeler truck, and the dramatic rescue was caught on the body cameras worn by officers.
A federal grand jury indicted Drew Christopher Potter, 33, on Wednesday for his alleged involvement, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling...Read more...
(CLEVELAND) -- Shots were fired on Cleveland State University's campus early Thursday morning.
According to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV, Cleveland police are investigating a drive-by shooting between two cars that put bullet holes in an apartment building near the main campus.
"I heard 10 to 12 shots and a pause and then I heard some tires peel out,"...Read more...
(OAK RIDGE, N.J.) -- More than $15,000 has been raised by a campaign to get Pedals, a bear who roams a New Jersey town walking upright like a human due to injuries, a home at a wildlife sanctuary in New York.
The black bear, who is missing his right front paw and whose left front paw "just dangles...Read more...
(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- Two parents are getting attention for saying "let it go" to gender stereotypes this Halloween.
Paul Henson of Chesapeake, Va., posted a photo to Facebook of his three-year-old son Caiden in his Princess Elsa Halloween dress from the Disney movie Frozen.
Henson explained why he allowed his son to dress up as a princess in...Read more...
(DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla.) -- A Florida father is trying to change the world, one ponytail at a time.
Phillipe Morgese of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, became the top story on Reddit after photos he posted of a hairstyling class he conducted went viral.
Morgese told ABC News that he started the class, called the "Daddy Daughter...Read more...
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — One of the three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a train this August in France has been stabbed and is in stable condition, a defense department official confirmed to ABC News.
Spencer Stone was reportedly attacked overnight in Sacramento, Calif.
The defense official told ABC News that Stone, a member...
(QUINCY, Mass.) -- Dozens of firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that spread across at least five boats at a marina in Quincy, Massachusetts, Thursday morning, according to the Quincy Police Department.
The fire was first reported at 7:24 a.m. at the marina, where several people live on boats docked there, a Quincy Police spokesman told ABC News....
(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) — A teenage girl bailed out of a moving car to escape after she was abducted on her way to school in Bridgeport, Conn. in an incident captured on surveillance video, authorities said.
Despite jumping out of the Toyota, the girl emerged uninjured from the attempted abduction on Oct. 5 at 7:15 a.m.
(NEW YORK) -- Malala Yousafzai is an international activist, bestselling author and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. Now she has a new title on her resume: movie star.
(SANFORD, Fla.) -- A recently released video shows the dramatic testimony of a domestic violence victim emotionally pleading with a judge as she is sentenced to jail time for ignoring a subpoena to appear at her alleged abuser's trial.
On July 30, when the video was taken, the mother of a 1-year-old child appeared before Judge Jerri Collins in...
(NEW YORK) -- Relatives of the 33 crew members who are missing after a cargo ship sank near the path of Hurricane Joaquin said the search for the crew members will be suspended on Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been in charge of the search for survivors and relatives of the missing confirmed that they had been told...
(PHILADELPHIA) -- Keisha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman from Philadelphia, was recently beaten and shot to death by a group of men, according to police, who said they are investigating whether her gender identity played a role in the slaying.
Jenkins is at least the 20th trans woman killed in the United States this year -- and the 18th...
(NEW YORK) -- Ever want to catch a glimpse of a rocket in person? You may have a chance Wednesday night.
A rocket launch scheduled to blast off from NASA's Wallops Island facility in Virginia is set to put on a colorful show that could be visible from Long Island, New York, some 235 miles north of the...
(TAKAB, Iran) -- At least four cruise missiles fired from Russian navy ships in the Caspian Sea towards Syria Wednesday crashed in northwestern parts of Iran according to U.S. officials.
Regional press reports in northwestern Iran referred to the crash of “unidentified flying objects.”
On Wednesday, Russia fired 26 cruise missiles at what it said were ISIS targets in...Read more...
(BEIJING) -- If you think your commute is a headache, a recent traffic jam in Beijing might make you reconsider.
Thousands of cars were stuck for hours on the 50-lane-wide G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway on Wednesday, according to Chinese newspaper The People's Daily.
A newly installed checkpoint forced traffic to merge down to 20 lanes, creating a...Read more...
(JERUSALEM) -- A string of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis prompts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban all members of parliament from visiting the Temple Mount and al Aqsa mosque.
The ban comes a day before Friday prayers at the mosque. According to The Guardian, Muslims hold a deep respect for the area because they believe the prophet...Read more...
(BRUSSELS) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that he expects that Russian forces in Syria “will begin to suffer casualties" in "coming days” as they participate in a ground offensive launched Wednesday by the Bashar al-Assad regime.
“Russia has chosen to double-down on their longstanding relationship with Assad, committing additional military hardware capabilities and personnel,”...
(NEW YORK) -- NASA's New Horizons space probe sent back stunning photos from the dwarf planet, revealing it has blue skies and water ice on its surface.
"Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous," Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, said in a statement.
The sky is painted blue when haze particles, which...
(ROME) -- The most important Vatican gathering to update the Catholic church's stance on marriage, family and sex is happening -- except women don't get a say.
For the next two weeks, the Vatican family meeting will be looking at everything from divorce and contraception to the Catholic church's approach to LGBT followers. But among the almost 300 church...
(KUNDUZ, Afghanistan) -- There are still 24 staffers from Doctors Without Borders missing after the airstrike that hit the charity's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
At least 22 people died in the Saturday morning strike, including 12 staffers, the charity's international president said Wednesday.
The organization is known internationally as Medecins Sans Frontieres, or by the acronym...
(NEW YORK) -- Get ready for prime time sky gazing Thursday night when the annual Draconid meteor shower hits its peak.
The meteor shower occurs each year when Earth collides with debris from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.
The debris burns up in Earth's upper atmosphere, creating the streaks of light moving across the night sky. The annual spectacle gets its...
(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran's supreme leader said on Wednesday that further negotiation with the United States is "forbidden," accusing the American government of infiltrating Iran's borders.
"There is a reason we are against talks with US," Ayatollah Khamenei said on Twitter. "IRAN's negotiation with US means infiltration." Khamenei accused the...
Russian Strikes in Syria Under Criticism for Not Targeting ISIS, Allegedly Hit Multiple Medical Facilities
(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- In the wake of a U.S. airstrike that mistakenly hit a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a New York-based advocacy agency says Russian air strikes have destroyed multiple medical facilities in Syria.
"Bashar al-Assad's forces have been relentlessly attacking Syria's health care system for the past four years," Widney Brown, director of programs...
(JERUSALEM) -- Following nearly a week of violent shootings and stabbings in Jerusalem, two more attacks Wednesday stoked fears that the latest surge of unrest may have staying power.
Prime Minister Benjamin...
(SYDNEY) -- A man recently drove an allegedly stolen car into the ocean in an attempt to escape police during a chase in western Australia, according to police and video of the incident.
The chase on Tuesday lasted for nearly two hours before the driver decided to go off-road, through sand dunes and then into the ocean, the Yanchep...
(NEW YORK) -- Doctors Without Borders called on Wednesday for an independent investigation into the airstrike that hit a hospital it runs in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
At least 22 people died in the airstrike, including a dozen doctors, seven adult patients and three children, according to Doctors Without Borders, a non-governmental organization known internationally by its...
(NEW YORK) — A Hungarian photographer's recent refugee-themed fashion photo shoot — including scantily clad models wearing headscarves — has sparked outrage on social media.
Some of Norbert Baska's photographs from the shoot show a model wearing headscarves while baring skin, while others show the same model copying the way refugees have been dragged by police...
(JERUSALEM) -- There are signs that Israel may be moving away from its 2007 policy of banning nearly all exports from Gaza -- a policy it implemented after the terrorist group Hamas took control of the coastal enclave.
Last year, Israel began allowing household Gazan exports to the West Bank. Later in March, Gazan tomatoes and eggplants were sold...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Gains for Wall Street on Thursday despite the Fed's confirmation of planned interest rate raises.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 138.46 on Thursday, finishing the session at 17050.75. This is the first time since August that the Dow has closed above 17000.
The Nasdaq ended at 4810.79, up 19.64 from its open, while the S&P...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Michael Horn, Volkswagen Group of America CEO and president, was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill Thursday, answering questions about the company's 11 million diesel cars that may have cheated emissions standards around the world.
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., relaying questions from his constituents, asked Horn at the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing...
(NEW YORK) -- Facebook's solution to the frequently requested "dislike" button is here.
The company revealed on Thursday it is testing "Reactions," a set of six emoji that can be chosen when liking a post simply doesn't feel right.
"As you can see, it's not a 'dislike' button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request...
(NEW YORK) — Alphabet, the parent company is Google, is making sure it has everything from A to Z covered online. Literally.
The newly formed company, which made it official last week when Google's stock transferred from "Google Inc." to "Alphabet" now owns abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.
"We realized we missed a few letters in abc.xyz, so we’re...
(NEW YORK) — Amazon's quest to dominate the online shopping experience expanded into Etsy's territory Thursday with the launch of Handmade at Amazon, an online bazaar where artisans can sell their homemade goods.
A decade after Etsy opened for business, the marketplace has shown there is a hunger for one-of-a-kind goods. When the company filed for its initial...
(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were lower last week, declining by 13,000 from the previous week’s level, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.
For the week ending Oct. 3, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 263,000. The previous week, claims stood at a revised level of 276,000.
The Labor Department said there...
(NEW YORK) -- Lumber Liquidators on Wednesday announced a $10 million settlement with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice over accusations that some of its foreign suppliers had harvested more timber than their permits allowed.
According to a release from the company, Lumber Liquidators cooperated with federal authorities and will...
(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday's session on Wall Street saw stocks close up despite concerns over oil prices and China's slowing economy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 122.1 on Wednesday, finishing the session at 16912.29. The index has posted gains in four consecutive sessions.
The Nasdaq jumped 42.79 to a close of 4791.15, while the S&P 500 ended the...
(NEW YORK) -- Amid scandal involving the use of insider information to win money, both FanDuel and...Read more...
(MILAN) -- Domino's may be in 80 international markets, but its boldest move yet may be opening its first restaurant in Italy.
The American pizza chain's first Italian location opened in the city of Milan on Monday, and the company said it plans to open three in that city by the end of the year. A franchisee...
(NEW YORK) -- A potential strike by the United Automobile Workers union against Fiat Chrysler could have a lasting impact on car buyers.
A midnight deadline looms over Fiat Chrysler after the United Auto Workers notified the Italian-American carmaker on Tuesday that the union is ending its labor contract at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday night.
(WASHINGTON) — Volkswagen American division president and CEO Michael horn heads to the Capitol Thursday to testify before a House subcommittee on behalf of the company and it’s attempts to circumvent U.S. emission standards.
Pennsylvania representative Tim Murphy, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, says they demand answers as to why the so-called “defeat devices”...
(NEW YORK) -- Fashion brand ModCloth is taking a major step to be more inclusive by removing the word "Plus" from their website.
The fashion brand has already removed the "Plus" section from the homepage of it's website and is currently in the beginning stages of removing the word "Plus" from the site altogether.
"ModCloth has always been a...
(NEW YORK) -- Frequent fliers looking to save a few bucks on bag fees are in luck -- but there's a catch.
Travelers have to be willing to turn their checked luggage into a sort of billboard. In turn, the company behind the ad placement will pay the checked bag fees. Here's how it works:
- Be one of the...
(NEW YORK) -- Most people don't have one CEO title, let alone two.
Elon Musk, who runs both Tesla and SpaceX, was joined in the rare dual-CEO club this week when Jack Dorsey was named CEO of Twitter and said he will also continue to run his payments processing company, Square.
While Musk is...
(NEW YORK) -- It’s Scottish tea time, America!
Scotland's first home-grown tea is making its way to U.S. soil next week.
"Next Tuesday, the Upper-East Side’s acclaimed Lowell Hotel will be the first U.S. establishment to serve Scotland’s only home-grown teas in the atmospheric surroundings of its iconic Pembroke Room. Guests and visitors of the New York hotel will...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- An upbeat monthly unemployment report didn’t help the markets to close out the week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,849.46 on Friday, down 56.12 from its open.
The Nasdaq however was up by 9.33 to close at 5,068.46. The S&P 500 fell by 3.01, to finish the session at a close of 2,092.83.
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs to their payrolls in May, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.
Last month's figures beat expert expectations of just 227,000 jobs.
The unemployment rate was “essentially unchanged,” the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said, at 5.5 percent. The prior month, the rate stood at 5.4 percent.
Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Four former CVS workers are suing the pharmacy chain and some of its managers in a potential class action lawsuit, claiming that staff in multiple New York City stores racially profile African-American and Hispanic shoppers, using racial slurs.
The suit alleges that the workers were "routinely" directed, among other things, to "follow...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul is putting his own mark on the debate over raising the nation’s debt limit, starting a new campaign geared towards getting the federal government to cut what he considers wasteful spending.
Called “Cut Their Card,” the new push coincides with the approaching deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling, which limits...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Republican candidate Ben Carson continued his controversial remarks about guns Thursday -- suggesting in a new interview that the Jews may have been able to diminish the likelihood of the Holocaust if they were armed.
Carson made the remarks, which drew swift condemnation -- on CNN. He said that passengers on Flight 93, which crashed...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made up his mind to pull out of the race to be House speaker Thursday morning after hearing from chamber conservatives that they would directly challenge him on the House floor, sources say.
McCarthy’s team determined he only had between 175 to 200 House Republicans who they could count...
(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly over the course of her campaign that she’s not running for President Obama’s third term. And as outsider candidate Bernie Sanders surges in the polls, and a possible run by Vice President Joe Biden looms, Clinton appears to be increasingly casting herself as different from the Obama administration.
In the past...
(WASHINGTON) -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took his name out of the running for House Speaker Thursday in a stunning move that came as a surprise to many in the GOP.
"If we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to help do that," McCarthy told reporters after informing House members...
(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton said this week she sent a copy of her book Hard Choices to many of the Republican presidential candidates -- some of whom have shot back at the Democratic candidate with some sarcasm and snark of their own.
Clinton suggested on Monday that her GOP opponents should form a book club and could read...
(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be Thursday? Read below to find out their schedules:
Sin City is the place to be Thursday as both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio stump in Las Vegas. Trump will hold a rally Thursday afternoon at Treasure Island, and Rubio’s rally is Thursday evening — the first...
(NEW YORK) -- Rupert Murdoch apologized Thursday morning for referring to “a real black president” in his praise of 2016 candidate Ben Carson.
The media mogul tweeted Wednesday: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black President who can properly address the racial divide? And much else."
Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about...
(WASHINGTON) -- Carly Fiorina has officially made it onto the short list of candidates being considered by the Koch Brothers’ network of donors -- potentially opening the door to a deep pool of money.
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the Koch brothers’ umbrella group, which includes a sprawling network of conservative donors, confirmed to ABC...
(WASHINGTON) -- In yet another move that would distance herself from the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday announced her opposition to the the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that “based on what I know so far, I can't support this agreement.”
Clinton came out against the trade agreement Wednesday in a statement, saying that she doesn't believe the U.S....
(MOUNT VERNON, Iowa) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at a town hall in Iowa on Wednesday, criticizing Republicans and touching on topics including gun control, her own campaign and Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis.
"I don't know how many presidential elections have happened since I've been an adult," Clinton said Wednesday, "but this is reaching a...
(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House John Boehner on Wednesday expressed some frustration with President Obama over his call for action on gun control following last week's shooting in Oregon.
"In '09 and '10, we had Democrat majorities in the House and Senate, we had a Democratic president and this clearly was not a...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders for the airstrike that killed at least 22 people last weekend, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced on Wednesday.
"This morning from the Oval Office, President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu, to apologize and express his condolences for the...
(WASHINGTON) -- Out on the stump, Marco Rubio often talks about the need for a fully-funded military. But when the Senate got together to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the presidential candidate was nowhere to be found.
Instead, the GOP hopeful was in the air, on a flight headed from New...
(NEW YORK) -- As the GOP candidate has come under fire for his controversial gun control comments, Ben Carson has repeatedly attempted to provide the American people with a solution if a massacre – such as the one that happened at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week – were to happen again.
(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Gerard and Meg Campion shared their lives for decades raising two daughters in Connecticut, but the husband and wife never expected that a life spent together would also mean sharing diagnosis of breast cancer.
In 2006, Gerard Campion was diagnosed first with the disease after spotting a tiny “blister”-like bump on his chest.
“It was...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — The fall season can often lead to falling off your diet.
As the days get cooler, Yahoo Health’s editor in chief, Michele Promaulayko, has tips to keep your waistline from getting bigger.
Diet Trap 1: Shorter Days
“You’re exposed to less natural sunlight and that triggers a dip in serotonin levels which leads to food cravings,”...
(NEW YORK) -- Selena Gomez took a break early last year from touring to handle her health. Now, the 23-year-old singer is opening up about exactly what she was suffering from.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," Gomez told Billboard for its...
(NEW YORK) — A new live-TV event airing on Halloween will take the fear factor to a whole new low: 6 feet under.
Airing on A&E, Fear: Buried Alive will feature three people sealed in underground coffins fitted with infrared cameras and vital signs monitors.
The event is being billed as one of the most chilling psychological experiments ever...
(NEW YORK) — A new ranking by the website QualityHealth names Denver, Colorado as the most sexually active city in the country.
The study crunched data on birth rates, contraceptive sales, and sales of adult-themed products and books to determine the rankings. The Mile High City, the survey notes, logged contraceptive sales -- and perhaps ironically, considering the former,...
(NEW YORK) -- A new study found that sexual orientation may be a factor in both a person's likelihood to use indoor tanning machines and, as a result, their risk of skin cancer.
Researchers looked at data from the a series of California Health Interview Surveys and the 2013 National Health Interview Survey in an effort to analyze whether...
(SEATTLE) -- In the war on drugs, Seattle police are on the frontlines, capturing users addicted to crack cocaine and heroin.
The United States is currently...
(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that last week was the first since March 2014 without a single new confirmed case of Ebola.
The international agency notes that that timespan represented the entirety of the West African Ebola outbreak, but that risk of transmission still exists. The WHO says it still has to follow...
(OXFORD, Maine) -- A petting zoo and animal barns at a Maine county fair are being investigated after two children who visited the fair were infected with E. coli, health officials said.
The Maine branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a probe into the cases and is currently focusing on the children's visits to...
(WASHINGTON) -- In an effort to keep minors and minorities from smoking, the Food and Drug Administration is using hip-hop culture to reach them.
It's called the "Fresh Empire" campaign. The agency will spend $128 million to advertise to African-American and Hispanic youth to create hip-hop infused advertising, events and other outreach efforts in order to reduce the use...
(HOUSTON) -- A 12-year-old Texas girl began sneezing uncontrollably three weeks ago and hasn't been able to stop ever since.
"I was walking out of a clarinet lesson and all of a sudden it kind of started in just like, little spurts," Katelyn Thornley explained. "It was like just a few sneezes here and there but by the time...
(NEW YORK) -- Annual performance reviews are often an uncomfortable moment of truth at work. But could performance reviews be good for your marriage?
“Performance reviews are a growing trend in many marriages today and I think couples are really realizing how important it is to be proactive and check in,” relationship expert Andrea Syrtash told ABC News.
(WASHINGTON) -- For years, government dietary guidelines have told us to avoid whole milk and drink either 2 percent, 1 percent or skim. But now, a number of scientists say that advice might be bad.
The thinking was that whole milk contains saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease. But some studies say Americans who drink more milk...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Women get breast implants for cosmetic or medical reasons. But some are deciding later in life they’d rather go au-natural.
Former childhood actor Melissa Gilbert decided earlier this year to remove the breast implants she’s had for the last 20 years permanently. Gilbert, 51, says she wanted to focus on...
(NEW YORK) -- The family of Brittany Maynard is speaking out one day after California Governor Jerry Brown approved controversial "right-to-die" legislation. Tuesday also marks the one-year anniversary of Maynard's public battle to pass the legislation.
Maynard, who suffered from brain cancer, grabbed headlines last year after she announced that she moved to Oregon in order to...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- If you saw the first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, which aired Wednesday, then you saw a bloody sex scene starring Magic Mike star Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga.
If you haven't caught it yet, Bomer said on Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "you see more of me in the first episode of this than...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- F. Gary Gray confirmed Thursday that he'll be directing the next installment in the Fast & Furiousfranchise, Furious 8.
The Straight Outta Compton director tweeted: "Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga."
Although it was previously reported that star and producer Vin...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Just two weeks after experiencing a mini-stroke, reality TV star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is opening up about the frightening ordeal that forced her to withdraw from ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
"I'm feeling great," Zolciak-Biermann said Thursday on Good Morning America. "On the whole flight I was nervous, but I feel great."
Zolciak-Biermann was eliminated from Dancing with...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Bryan Cranston returns to TV Thursday...kind of.
The Emmy-winning Breaking Bad actor plays a past-his-prime, stop-motion superhero in the new Crackle series SuperMansion.
So what's the show about? "It's kind of a house of misfits also who happen to be superheroes," Cranston tells ABC Radio. "And I thought, that's a really interesting concept."
Cranston says the...Read more...
(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- A judge has determined Bill Cosby should face a deposition this week in connection with one of the sex assault cases against him.
Cosby's lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but that was denied by a California state judge in Santa Monica on Wednesday. As a result, the videotaped deposition set for Friday...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Don’t count on Rick Moranis making a cameo in the all-female Ghostbusters movie.
The 62-year-old actor, who played accountant Louis Tully in the two Ghostbusters films released in the 1980s, will not be joining his old co-stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in the reboot. He turned down an offer to make...Read more...
(LONDON) -- It sounds like Daniel Craig has had his fill of playing Bond...James Bond.
In an interview with Time Out London, the British actor strongly implies he will relinquish the role following the release of the upcoming Bond flick, Spectre.
When asked if he can imagine starring in another Bond movie, Craig replies, "Now? I’d rather...Read more...
(NASHVILLE) -- On Wednesday's Nashville, Scarlett O'Conner made the decision to take her mother, Beverly, off life support, which didn't sit well with Beverly's brother -- Scarlett's uncle Deacon Claybourne. Scarlett was in the room alone as Beverly died at the end of the episode. Deacon chose to grieve alone in the bedroom he had set up for Beverly to come...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday's episode of Empire, Lucious Lyon left jail thanks to his crafty lawyer, and his first order of business was trying to dismantle Cookie's new record label, Lyon Dynasty. Before he does that, however, he explained why he called his entire family to his house for dinner.
"I want you guys to eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we war," he...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday’s episode of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, a switcheroo between the tribes led to a surprising twist.
The castaways swapped tribes, with six ending up on the Bayon camp; six at the Ta Keo camp; and six forming the new Angkor tribe, where despite being outnumbered, former Bayou members Andrew Savage and Tasha...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Meet the newest Disney princess. Moana will make her debut in a movie of the same name that hits theaters next year.
"[It's] a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest," Disney said in a statement. "During...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Switch-Up Week is back on Dancing with the Stars with the celebrities getting new dance partners in the ballroom.
Vine star Hayes Grier, who is partnered with Emma Slater told People magazine that he is "excited and terrified" of dancing with someone new. But he won't have a choice.
The magazine revealed Wednesday just who Grier, and the other...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Two months after reports surfaced that two stars of the hit Fox series Empire -- Trai Byers and Grace Gealey -- got engaged, the actress finally confirmed the news on Tyra Banks' new syndicated talk show, FABLife.
"I'm engaged," she told Banks and the other panelists during Tuesday's episode, to applause.
Gealey also explained why her relationship...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The rotating musical big red chairs continue on The Voice.
Christina Aguilera will re-join the show for season 10, NBC announced Wednesday.
The lineup for the next season, which starts February, will feature original coach Christina joining her old pals Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in the chairs, while Pharrell Williams will be sticking around for a third season.
The current...Read more...
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
We keep hitting the debt limit and therefore keep having government “shutdown” dramas because the Congress has stopped functioning as it should as keeper of the purse.
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We associate depression and its debilitating effects with adulthood but the fact is, depression strikes in the pre-teen years as well. Given the challenges that already face pre-adolescence, an onset of depression can be particularly devastating. Read more at the Health Connection website!
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Wordsmith.org: Today's Word
1. Any of various birds, typically having a long tail and black-and-white plumage; also various other birds that resemble a magpie. 2. A chatterer. 3. A person who indiscriminately collect things, especially things of little value.
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