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House Republicans Asking President to Fire IRS Head

House Republicans Asking President to Fire IRS Head

marcnorman/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- Congressional Republicans are demanding the President ask his Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner to resign.They insist he hasn't cooperated and let the agency destroy evidence that could prove the IRS targeted conservative groups.The agency released a statement saying Commissioner Josh Koskinen has cooperated and has been truthful and employees have testified in more ...

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Request to DOJ to Investigate Planned Parenthood

Request to DOJ to Investigate Planned Parenthood

Max Whittaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- More fallout from the controversial undercover video of a Planned Parenthood meeting.Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and 134 of her colleagues sent a request to the Department of Justice on Monday requesting an investigation. Blackburn says the video shows Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal organs.The organization is apologizing for the tone ...

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Three Women Born at Same Hospital Return to Volunteer

Three Women Born at Same Hospital Return to Volunteer

peterspiro/iStock/ThinkStock(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Three young women are giving back to their community.According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the women are volunteers at White Plains Hospital in Westchestery County, where they provide comfort to worried parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. That unit happens to be where all three of the women were ...

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Former NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Isn’t Actually Banned from Orange County Fair

Former NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Isn't Actually Banned from Orange County Fair

valio84sl/iStock/ThinkStock(COSTA MESA, Calif.) -- It's been several years since Gilbert Arenas has played in the NBA, but the basketball star had a seemingly unfair advantage when he went to play the basketball games at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California.The former Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic player wrote on Instagram Sunday: "We just ...

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Boy Scouts of America Votes to Remove Ban on Gay Adult Scout Leaders

Boy Scouts of America Votes to Remove Ban on Gay Adult Scout Leaders

gloch/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The Boy Scouts of America voted to remove the ban on gay adult scout leaders on Monday.A statement posted to the organizations' website from the Boy Scouts National President (and former Defense Secretary) Robert Gates said, "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to ...

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Russian President Says FIFA President Deserves Nobel Prize

Russian President Says FIFA President Deserves Nobel Prize

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the embattled FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, deserves a Nobel Prize, according to the BBC.Soccer's governing body, FIFA, currently is in a corruption crisis as an investigation is being held into the selection of Russia for the 2018 World Cup. Swiss authorities are also holding a separate ...

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FBI Assisting in Search for Missing 8-Year-Old California Girl Madyson Middleton

FBI Assisting in Search for Missing 8-Year-Old California Girl Madyson Middleton

Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A state-wide search, assisted by the FBI, is underway after an 8-year-old California girl vanished over the weekend.The Santa Cruz Police Department was first called to the Tannery Arts Center, a housing unit for artists, when Madyson “Maddy” Middleton was reported missing from her home there Sunday evening.Madyson ...

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Toddler's Death Ruled a Homicide

WINNSBORO -- The death of a Winnsboro toddler has been ruled a homicide. That's the findings of the autopsy report from the Dallas County Institute of Forensic Sciences in the death of 16 month old Madison Cannon. The youngster died of blunt force trauma to the head. The youngster was found unconscious On April ...

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East Texas Accidents Kill Two

EAST TEXAS — Single vehicle accidents in Gregg and Harrison Counties have left two persons dead and two injured. The first wreck occurred just before 5:30 Sunday afternoon on Farm Road 2208 near Harleton. Killed was Ricky Bradford, 53, of Longview. The Department of Public Safety report said Bradford was driving dangerously on his ...

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Whitehouse Police Chief Resigns

WHITEHOUSE -- Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton has resigned. After a couple of months of controversy, Shelton submitted his resignation Monday, saying he was taking a job in the private sector. In a letter to Interim Whitehouse City Manager Stefani Wright, Shelton said, "It is with a heavy heart that I wish to inform ...

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Local Authorities Issue Heat Response Plan

TYLER -- Authorities in Tyler and Smith County have updated their heat plan now that temperatures and heat indices are climbing into the 100-degree range. A news release from the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) points out that "heat is a killer." According to officials, a Heat Advisory means that ...

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One Killed in Smith County Wreck

TYLER — Westbound traffic was blocked for a time on Highway 64 West and Loop 49 near Tyler after a wreck in which one person died and another was injured. Killed was Sue Davis, 72, of Frankston. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the injured passenger, who was flown to a Tyler ...

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Graffiti Vandals Hit Downtown Palestine

PALESTINE -- Palestine detectives are investigating downtown graffiti vandalism targeting several buildings, including some high-profile locations, and even a police squad car. According to KETK, authorities responded between 10:20 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after an officer found his squad car had been "tagged" with black spray paint on the driver's side center post ...

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Public Hearings Today on Voting Centers

Public Hearings Today on Voting Centers

TYLER -- Smith County Commissioners have set two public hearings today to gather community input as the county considers implementing Election Day voting centers in November. According to a news release, the centers would allow residents to vote at any polling location on Election Day instead of being restricted to their precinct. ...

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Whitehouse Police Chief Resigns

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:38 am

Craig SheltonWHITEHOUSE — Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton has resigned. After a couple of months of controversy, Shelton submitted his resignation Monday, saying he was taking a job in the private sector. In a letter to Interim Whitehouse City Manager Stefani Wright, Shelton said, “It is with a heavy heart that I wish to inform the Mayor, City Council and you that, effective immediately, I am retiring from my position as Police Chief to accept a job in the private sector.” He said he felt it was in the best interest of the city and his family that he move on. Read more …

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Toddler’s Death Ruled a Homicide

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:38 am

Madison CannonWINNSBORO — The death of a Winnsboro toddler has been ruled a homicide. That’s the findings of the autopsy report from the Dallas County Institute of Forensic Sciences in the death of 16 month old Madison Cannon. The youngster died of blunt force trauma to the head. The youngster was found unconscious On April 9th. She was declared “brain dead” at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and pronounced dead on April 11th. KETK reports there are persons of interest in the case, but no names have been released and police stated there is no reason to believe someone outside the home would have harmed the child. The investigation continues.

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Local Authorities Issue Heat Response Plan

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:36 am

hot_weatherTYLER — Authorities in Tyler and Smith County have updated their heat plan now that temperatures and heat indices are climbing into the 100-degree range. A news release from the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) points out that “heat is a killer.” According to officials, a Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected and will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Heat advisories are announced by local weather reports. Officials say it’s important to be aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Tyler Fire Department is the lead agency for the Heat Plan and you can click on http://www.tylerfiredept.com to view the plan in its entirety. Read more …

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One Killed in Smith County Wreck

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:36 am

HWY64LOOP49AX2_1438006690553_2873554_ver1.0TYLER — Westbound traffic was blocked for a time on Highway 64 West and Loop 49 near Tyler after a wreck in which one person died and another was injured. Killed was Sue Davis, 72, of Frankston. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the injured passenger, who was flown to a Tyler Hospital for treatment. According to the Department of Public Safety, a car was traveling northbound on Loop 49 and a truck was heading southbound. The vehicles collided in the southbound lane. The wreck occurred just south of Highway 64 West. The accident remains under investigation.

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East Texas Accidents Kill Two

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:40 am

DPS badgeEAST TEXAS — Single vehicle accidents in Gregg and Harrison Counties have left two persons dead and two injured. The first wreck occurred just before 5:30 Sunday afternoon on Farm Road 2208 near Harleton. Killed was Ricky Bradford, 53, of Longview. The Department of Public Safety report said Bradford was driving dangerously on his motorcycle when he entered a curve on the crest of a hill and lost control of his bike. He was killed when thrown from the vehicle. Read more …

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Public Hearings Today on Voting Centers

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:30 am

150x150-75-15ed49f3fdad433eacaad67896cb6026e8c9351e6fd6e629a039ac648cae42beTYLER — Smith County Commissioners have set two public hearings today to gather community input as the county considers implementing Election Day voting centers in November. According to a news release, the centers would allow residents to vote at any polling location on Election Day instead of being restricted to their precinct. Tuesday’s hearings will be held at 9:30 a.m. during Commissioners Court and at 6:30 p.m. at the R. B. Hubbard Center (The Hub), 304 E. Ferguson — though only one public hearing is required. The elections department will then send in its application to participate in the state’s Countywide Polling Location Program. Read more …

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Palestine Man Named to Water Authority Board

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:29 am

Jay Steven HerringtonAUSTIN — Governor Gregg Abbott has appointed a Palestine dentist to the board of directors of the Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority. The governor’s office has announced the appointment of Dr. Jay Steven Herrington to the post. The appointment is for a term set to expire on February 1, 2021. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. Dr. Herrington is currently a managing partner at Herrington & Langley Restorative & Implant Dentistry in Palestine. He is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the International Team for Implantology. Dr. Herrington received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistr

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Graffiti Vandals Hit Downtown Palestine

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

police-1PALESTINE — Palestine detectives are investigating downtown graffiti vandalism targeting several buildings, including some high-profile locations, and even a police squad car. According to KETK, authorities responded between 10:20 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after an officer found his squad car had been “tagged” with black spray paint on the driver’s side center post while he was in the police station. Other target locations include the Federal Building, the Anderson County Courthouse, Capital Gaines II, The Masonic Lodge, First Christian Church, Mini-Mart, Brianna’s, KYYK, Prosperity Bank, Anderson County Probation, Reagan Park, Kroger, USA Donuts, and Family Dollar at 328 E. Spring. Read more …

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Prosecutor Names Committee to Review Sandra Bland Case

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:27 am

Sandra BlandHEMPSTEAD (AP) — The district attorney investigating the death of Sandra Bland says he’s bringing in a committee of outside attorneys to review evidence as it’s collected. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday that the panel of lawyers will help his office make decisions based on “credible evidence and not rumors.” Mathis released an initial toxicology report Monday with findings that Bland had marijuana in her system at the time of her death. Bland, who was black, died in the county jail after a traffic stop by a white state trooper for failing to use a turn signal escalated into a physical confrontation. Authorities have said Bland hanged herself, a finding her family disputes. Her arrest has gotten international attention and questions about whether she was mistreated due to her race. Read more …

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Lynch: Easing Distrust Between Minorities, Police a Top Goal

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:26 am

Loretta LynchHOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says one of her top priorities remains alleviating an “epidemic of distrust” between communities and law enforcement. Lynch discussed tensions between minority communities and police agencies during a speech Monday in Houston at the national convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the country’s largest African-American women’s organization. Lynch did not mention any specific incidents related to this tension, including the in-custody death in nearby Waller County, Texas, of Sandra Bland, a black woman who authorities say hanged herself earlier this month in her cell after a traffic-stop confrontation with a white officer. Lynch says she’s determined to take on the tension between minorities and law enforcement as well as other issues “not only to build a stronger nation, but to empower its people.”

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Dallas Dad Charged in 2-Year-Old Daughter’s Hot-Car Death

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:25 am

Hamuda RaufuDALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man has been charged with child abandonment in the death of his 2-year-old daughter who was left in a hot car. Dallas police on Monday arrested Hamuda Raufu, 40, in the July 17 death of his daughter, Sekinat. The girl’s parents told police the family spent the day at Fair Park, drove home and went inside and took naps. The father awoke and went outside to work on the car, then noticed the girl still strapped in her child safety seat in the back seat of the vehicle. The toddler died at a Dallas hospital. A judge set bond at $5,000 for Raufu. Online jail records do not list an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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Suburban Dallas Man Arrested for Murder of Man Found in Car

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:24 am

Patrick GilstrapMESQUITE (AP) — A suburban Dallas man has been arrested in the death of a man found in a car with drugs and money. The Mesquite Police Department said in a statement Monday that Quincy Hastings, 35, was killed in an apparent struggle. A knife was found near Hastings’ body. Patrick Gilstrap, 51, was arrested after seeking treatment for knife wounds and is being held on a $200,000 bond. A murder investigation is under way.

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Fort Worth Man Killed in Oklahoma Plane Crash Identified

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:22 am

FAACOLBERT, OKLA. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the name of a Texas man who was killed when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in Oklahoma. A report released Monday says Charles Fehr, 64, of Westover, Texas, was dead at the scene of the crash near Colbert in southern Oklahoma. The report says 64-year-old passenger Vick Fehr of Westover Hills is hospitalized in critical condition from injuries suffered in the Sunday afternoon crash. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman has said the two on board the plane were husband and wife and were flying to Fort Worth. The FAA says the pilot reported losing engine power shortly before the crash.

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Abilene Police Investigate Woman’s Body Near Abandoned House

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

Abilene Police PatchABILENE (AP) — Investigators are seeking a cause of death for a body found outside an abandoned West Texas house. Abilene police on Monday identified the victim as Latisha Hilley, 39. Police are treating the Abilene woman’s death as a homicide. Police say some people riding an all-terrain vehicle came upon the body Sunday afternoon on a dirt trail near a wooded area. Police say the body was in an advanced state of decomposition. Authorities have ordered an autopsy.

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Former Dallas Officer Accused of Rape Pleads to Lower Charge

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:19 am

Oscar AraizaDALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas police officer accused of raping a sleeping woman at his home has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault. Oscar Araiza, 41, pleaded guilty Monday in exchange for prosecutors dropping the sexual assault charge, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Araiza’s attorney told the newspaper that her client maintains his innocence. An 18-year veteran of the force, Araiza was fired in February 2014 after being arrested on a charge of sexual assault. Internal investigators alleged Araiza raped the friend of a woman he had known for years after the three left a bar in 2013.

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Inmate Who Fled while Headed for Jail Recaptured in Houston

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:18 am

Jorge mendezHOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a 17-year-old suspect who fled while being transported to the Harris County jail has been recaptured. Police say Jorge Mendez was located late Monday morning at an apartment in southeast Houston. Investigators say Mendez early Sunday was being taken to jail when he freed himself from his restraints and fled when departing a transport bus. Mendez, who’s being prosecuted as an adult, was arrested on an organized crime count. He now also faces a felony escape charge. Houston police didn’t immediately release more information on the original case.

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Police: Woman Convicted for 1989 Killing Violates Parole

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:12 am

Marie ReillySAN ANTONIO (AP) — An 86-year-old San Antonio woman convicted of killing her former employer in 1989 has been arrested in eastern Bexar County after police say she violated her parole. Authorities say Marie Reilly was arrested Sunday morning. According to police, deputies responded to a report of a family disturbance at a residence and Reilly said her grandchild and another person were having an argument. Deputies say they had recently been to Reilly’s home after she was accused of assaulting a man with a knife. The incident led to her parole being revoked and a warrant issued for her arrest. Reilly, who was convicted in 2006, was on parole for the death of Jayne Hays. Authorities say Reilly worked as a maid for Hays and killed her after she was accused of stealing money.

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Man Gets Prison, Must Pay $1.8M for Tax Fraud in Houston

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:11 am

prison cellsHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston businessman who for more than five years skipped paying employment taxes is going to prison and must repay more than $1.8 million William John Shoemaker was sentenced Monday to more than three years in federal prison. Shoemaker in March pleaded guilty to willfully failing to truthfully account for and pay federal withholding tax. The plea deal says Shoemaker failed to pay the IRS employment taxes owed by clothing retailer AA Concepts Inc. The company operated under various trade names. Shoemaker was operations director for AA Concepts and was responsible for paying income and employee withholding taxes. The time frame for the failed payments was mid-2007 through 2012. Shoemaker, who was sentenced to 41 months, remains free on bond pending his surrender to a prison yet to be determined.

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Houston Nurse Accused of Scalding Newborn with Hot Diaper

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:10 am

St. Joseph Medical CenterHOUSTON (AP) — The Houston parents of a newborn claim she suffered second-degree burns when a nurse applied a diaper hot out of the microwave. Houston TV station KPRC reported that the infant’s father, Spencer Lewandowski, hired an attorney after Isabel’s ankle and foot were burned during a routine blood-draw shortly after she was born. Lewandowski says the nurse wet a diaper, heated it in the microwave and then applied it to the baby’s foot and heel. St. Joseph Medical Center told the TV station that it was “aware of the complaint” and that an investigation is ongoing.

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Lawyers: Immigrant Mothers Coerced to Wear Ankle Monitors

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:09 am

immigrant children flooding TexasSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Lawyers say immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center with their children have been pressured into accepting ankle-monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying bonds would suffice. In a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Sarah Saldana, heads of a pro-bono lawyers’ project raised concerns that women were being misled about their rights before being released. A court decision last week found holding children to be unlawful, and families are being released from immigrant detention centers faster. ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said in a statement that the agency would review the claims and “respond directly” to the lawyers. The statement says the agency “takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care.”

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Police: Full Impact of Austin’s Hands-Free Law Still Unclear

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:08 am

hands free signAUSTIN (AP) — Austin police say it’s still too early to determine the full impact the city’s ban on cellphone use while driving is having on traffic crashes. Police officials say that’s largely because it’s difficult to tell which crashes are actually caused by distracted driving. Unless a witness or driver reports that a crash involved a cellphone, police say there’s no way to know whether using the device was to blame. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the city’s hands-free law was enacted in January. This year has seen an increase in overall crashes during its first six months, compared to the same period in 2014, but relatively few crashes so far this year have been cellphone-related.

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Man with No Ticket Arrested; Boarded Plane at DFW Airport

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:07 am

thGRAPEVINE (AP) — Police have arrested a man who got through security at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and boarded a plane without a ticket. Airport officials said Monday that a car parked curbside outside a terminal was searched and no threat was found. Authorities say the 26-year-old man somehow got through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint Sunday night despite not having a ticket. The then man boarded a commercial flight. An airport agent contacted law enforcement after the man boarded. He was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing. The man’s name hasn’t been released. The flight was delayed because of the incident. Additional details about the flight weren’t released. TSA spokesman Mike England says the agency is reviewing the incident and has added more barriers to screening areas at the airport.

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Former 41-Pound Fat Cat Slims Down to 19 Pounds

Posted/updated on: July 28, 2015 at 2:06 am

fat catDALLAS (AP) — A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic. Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital. Barton said Friday that Skinny spends weekdays roaming the clinic. The ex-fat cat’s weekends are spent at home with Barton and her family. The vet says Skinny, who was found abandoned near Dallas in 2012 and ended up at a shelter, just had his annual checkup and he’s healthy. Barton says Skinny is living proof that while he’s supposed to be a large cat, “he’s not supposed to be an obese cat.” Read more …

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iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Francisco 4, Oakland 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 2
Chicago White Sox 2, Cleveland 1
Kansas City 5, Houston 1
N.Y. Yankees 7, Minnesota 2
L.A. Angels 13, Texas 7
Seattle 6, Toronto 5, 10 Innings
Boston 11, Detroit 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
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Pittsburgh 3,...

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Posted/updated on: July 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 07/28/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 07/27/2015 1743C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
HEAT ADVISORY EAST OF A CLARKSVILLE-LONGVIEW-LUFKIN LINE THROUGH 7:00 P.M. CDT MONDAY EVENING!
HEAT ADVISORY THROUGH 7:00 P.M. CDT TUESDAY FOR BOWIE COUNTY!
TONIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for an early-evening shower, low upper 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
TUESDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 90s, south winds 5-10 mph, maximum heat index values 101-104;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 70s, south winds about 5 mph;
WEDNESDAY: mostly sunny, high near 100, south winds about 5 mph;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 101, winds becoming northerly 5-10 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 70s;
FRIDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 90s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 90s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 70s;
SUNDAY: mostly sunny, high near 101;
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 70s;
MONDAY: mostly sunny, high near 100.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST 4-10, 2015:
Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR July 27, 2015
(The report is for the twemty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fourteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MAXIMUM 97
MINIMUM 77
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 39.94

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR July 27, 2015
(The report is for the twenty hours ending at 2000 Greenwich
Mean Time, 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fourteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MAXIMUM 98
MINIMUM 76
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.15
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 41.61

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 07/27/2015 1740C
AMENDED FOR EARLY-EVENING POPS TODAY. RKP

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 07/27/2015 1520C
The upper air ridge is still very much in control. We still have some Gulf moisture this
afternoon, and isolated showers continue possible below a Lufkin-Natchitoches line this evening.
Slightly drier air will work its way eastward tomorrow. This means that dew points will
come down over most of the Texas counties in the current heat advisory on Tuesday, so it has
been dropped for all except Bowie County.
We’re still looking for a weakness in the ridge on Thursday along with some Gulf
moisture. Thus, we have shower chances for Thursday and Friday, along with slightly lower
temperatures. Readings should come back up early next week as the upper air high returns after
spending a while near the Four Corners.
At mid-afternoon today, skies are fair, temperatures in the middle to high 90s, and winds
are light southerly. Heat index values are running 100-105. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 07/27/2015 1513C

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Tuesday PARTLY CLOUDY 78/99 10%/05%
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Boy Scouts of America Votes to Remove Ban on Gay Adult Scout Leaders

gloch/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The Boy Scouts of America voted to remove the ban on gay adult scout leaders on Monday.

A statement posted to the organizations' website from the Boy Scouts National President (and former Defense Secretary) Robert Gates said, "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our...

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FBI Assisting in Search for Missing 8-Year-Old California Girl Madyson Middleton

Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A state-wide search, assisted by the FBI, is underway after an 8-year-old California girl vanished over the weekend.

The Santa Cruz Police Department was first called to the Tannery Arts Center, a housing unit for artists, when Madyson “Maddy” Middleton was reported missing from her home there Sunday evening.

Madyson was last...

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Second Person Dies in Houston Police Custody in 2 Weeks, Officials Say

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/ThinkStock(HOUSTON) -- A 29-year-old woman died in police custody in Houston Sunday, police said, marking the second custody death in the city in less than 10 days.

The deaths, which are under investigation by the Houston Police Department, come amid an uproar into the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in her cell in nearby Waller County...

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Why Detroit Has the Largest Satanist Temple Chapter in the US

WXYZ-TV(DETROIT) -- The "largest public satanic ceremony in history" took place Saturday in Detroit, a city that has the largest and oldest chapter of a national Satanist organization.

The group unveiled a nearly 9-foot tall bronze statue of a goat-headed Baphomet in a private ceremony attended by 600 ticket holders, Lucien Graves, co-founder of the national Satanic Temple organization...

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Take a Tour of Washington’s Ultimate Beach Ball Pit

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s the beach without the heat and an ocean full of nearly one million small plastic balls.

That’s right -- the ultimate ball pit. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit has taken over the Great Hall of the historic National Building Museum in the nation’s capital. Families are lining up to stream into the unique attraction, which has been breaking...

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Florida Teens Missing at Sea: What We Know About Their Survival Skills

U.S. Coast Guard press release(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — The families of two teenage boys who are missing off the Florida coast after they set out three days ago on a fishing trip said they are confident that their sons have the skills to survive at sea.

The boat belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was found...

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Woman Narrowly Escapes After Tree Crashes Through Bedroom

The Vigilant Fire Company(GREAT NECK, N.Y.) — A 20-year-old woman got an early wake-up call when a massive tree crashed into her bedroom Monday morning - trapping her for hours until rescuers could unpin her from its limbs.

The 5,000-pound tree fell onto the woman's bedroom just after midnight in Great Neck, New York, a spokesperson for the Nassau...

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Man in Trouble for Climbing over Ohio Zoo’s Fence, Petting Cougars

Fuse/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- A visitor at Ohio’s Columbus Zoo is in hot water with zoo personnel for getting a bit too friendly with some cougars.

With his camera rolling, Joshua Newell dropped his bag to the ground, climbed over a 4-foot fence, and petted two adult cougars through the final barrier on July 20. Zoo officials found out about...

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Man Charged in TV Star Girlfriend’s Murder Acted in Self-Defense: Attorney

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A lawyer for a man accused of killing his reality TV star girlfriend said his client acted in self-defense.

Robert Reagan, 51, was charged with murdering Loredana Nesci, the star of the Sundance TV reality show Loredana, Esq., with a knife. Nescei's body was discovered on Wednesday after Reagan called police, authorities said.

But Reagan's...

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Shots Fired on University of Florida Campus, One Person in Custody

iStock/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- One person with a firearm was taken into custody early Monday morning after shots were fired at a dormitory on University of Florida’s campus.

"Suspect with firearm in custody. Poss witnesses in blue Mazda truck location unknown," the Gainesville, Florida university tweeted Monday.

Earlier, the university said two white males in a blue Mazda truck were...

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Las Vegas Hotel Fire Believed to Be Accidental

@ccyr17 posted this photo to Twitter on July 25, 2015: "Those in Vegas wondering what the smoke is... Fire at the Cosmopolitan pool." @ccyr17(LAS VEGAS) -- Saturday's fire at the Bamboo Pool of The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas is believed to have been accidental, officials say.

Fire investigators know where the fire started, they say, but they continue...

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Two Dead in Boat Crash Near Baltimore

Minertree/iStock/ThinkStock(BALTIMORE) -- Eight people were on board a recreational boat when it crashed near a Baltimore, Maryland, bridge early Sunday morning, leaving two people dead and six injured.

The 40-foot boat collided with a concrete pillar that was about 50 yards away from the Francis Scott Key Bridge, according to Candy Thompson of Maryland Natural Resources.

Two people were...

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Officer Involved Shooting Near San Francisco Airport

JaysonPhotography/iStock/ThinkStock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Police in San Francisco police are looking into an officer-involved shooting near the San Francisco International Airport.

Authorities say a man crashed a vehicle then ran from police.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says the suspect later confronted an officer then was shot by the officer. "The suspect continues to come at the officer. One...

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Louisiana Theater Gunman’s Journal Found in Motel Room

John Roman/iStock/ThinkStock(LAFAYETTE, La.) -- The theater, time and date of a screening of the film "Trainwreck" was written down inside a journal found in the motel room of the gunman who killed two women and wounded nine other people at the theater earlier this week, state police said Sunday.

Along with the journal, police found wigs and glasses inside...

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WATCH: Florida Teens Missing at Sea — First Look at Capsized Boat

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — As the search for two teenagers lost at sea continues, new video shows what the teens' recovered boat looked like as it floated off the central Florida coast Sunday.

The boat, belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was spotted around 11 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

It was found capsized and...

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Terrorism on Agenda as Ethiopia Welcomes President Obama for Historic Trip

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama kicked off his first full day in Ethiopia as he heads into the second half of his historic trip to East Africa.

Obama arrived on Monday morning at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The two men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries...

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American Airlines Dreamliner Damaged by Weather During Flight from Beijing to DFW

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- An American Airlines Dreamliner suffered damage Monday during its flight from Beijing to Dallas due to weather.

“American Airlines Flight 88, a flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, returned to Beijing due to damage sustained by weather in flight,” American Airlines said in a statement to ABC News.

The aircraft was in...

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Obama Assembles Meeting with Regional Leaders on South Sudan

Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — President Obama met with regional leaders in Ethiopia Monday to discuss the crisis in South Sudan and counterterrorism efforts in Somalia.
 
According to senior administration officials, the assembled leaders, which included the president of Uganda, president of Kenya, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, chairman of the African Union and the foreign...

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Baby “AirForceOne” Named in President Obama’s Honor

Pete Souza/The White House(KISUMU, Kenya) — Obamamania may have seized Kenya over the weekend, but for some, the frenzy will now be life-long.

A handful of children born during the President’s visit to his father’s homeland have been named after him, his family — and even his airplane.

That’s right: Baby AirForceOne.

The boy’s full name is “AirForceOne Barack...

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State Department Releases Annual Report on Human Trafficking

State Department photo(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry formally released the State Department’s annual report on human trafficking Monday with a message of thanks to those who are fighting the issue abroad and in the U.S.

The 384-page report, titled “Trafficking in Persons,” calls attention to the $150 billion illicit trafficking industry.

“It’s a battle against money. It’s...

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Turkey Requests Special Session of NATO Talks

iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish officials are requesting a special session of NATO talks amid growing security concerns along the country's border with Syria.

The proposed talks follow a string of attacks on Turkish soil and counterattacks in Syria and Iraq.

Over the last week, a Turkish soldier was killed in a cross-border attack by the Islamic State. Soldiers and policemen...

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Philippines Crushes World Record for Largest Zumba Class Ever to Dance

Guinness World Records(MANILA, Philippines) -- More than 12,000 people have officially crushed the Guinness World Record for the largest Zumba class ever to dance.

The event, which took place on July 19, was organized by the city of Mandaluyong in the Philippines and was part of Mayor Benhur Abalos' birthday celebrations.

Abalos, who recently won a United Nations Public...

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Bombing at Mogadishu Hotel Leaves at Least 10 Dead

iStock/Thinkstock(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- An Islamist group claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion in Mogadishu Sunday.

BBC News reports that Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at a hotel and left at least ten dead. President Barack Obama was leaving Kenya for Ethiopia on his African trip at the time of the attack. Obama had...

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Car Crash Near Tour de France Finish Line

Gemini-Create/iStock/ThinkStock(PARIS) -- Police in Paris say they're searching for a vehicle that hit a cab and ran into barriers set up near the Tour de France finish line on Sunday morning.

There was a simple accident between two cars and one of the cars tried to get away. The car tried to force its way through a police road...

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Why Attorney General Says ISIS Is More of a Threat Than al Qaeda

Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The nation’s top law enforcement official says the threat from ISIS is so great because the terror group's technologically advanced tactics are “still new to us," and the U.S. government is “still trying to determine the scope” of efforts to radicalize Americans and others around the world.

“It's as serious -- if not more serious...

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Small Plane Crashes in Tokyo Killing Three

Michael Neary/iStock/ThinkStock(TOKYO) -- A small plane has crashed in Japan's capital.

The propeller-driven airplane plowed into a row of houses just minutes after taking off from a small airport.

The pilot and one passenger were killed as well as a woman inside the house.

Three remaining passengers and two people on the ground were taken to hospitals.

A witness...

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Deadly Car Bomb Kills Two in Turkey

PeterHermesFurian/iStock/ThinkStock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish officials say a car bomb killed two soldiers and wounded four others during an attack on a military convoy in the country's south.

No one has claimed responsibility, however, local officials are blaming the attack on a Kurdish rebel group known as the PKK.

The PKK has blamed Turkey for not doing enough to combat the...

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James Foley Execution Video Took White House By Surprise

ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House had no warning that ISIS had murdered American journalist James Foley before a video showing the brutal execution appeared online, to the horror of Obama officials, according to a top White House counter-terrorism official.

"I was sitting in my office on the ground floor of the West Wing... I was actually on...

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Australian Man Arrested, Appears in Court for Alleged Involvement in Conflict in Syria

Vladstudioraw/iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- An Australian man was arrested on Friday night after he was allegedly involved in the conflict in Syria.

The Australian Federal Police say that the 39-year-old voluntarily surrendered himself to Turkish officials in Turkey earlier this week. There had been an interstate warrant for his arrest.

The man, who was not identified, was scheduled to face a...

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Turkish Fighter Jets Hit Islamic State Targets in Syria

webking/iStock/ThinkStock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish officials say they have arrested more than 600 terror suspects throughout the country.

The arrests come as fighter jets hit Islamic State targets inside Syria for the second day.

Warplanes also hit a camp for Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.

The strike is the first in northern Iraq since a peace deal was struck in 2013...

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New York’s LaGuardia Airport Will Be Rebuilt

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York's LaGuardia Airport is getting a makeover.

Vice President Joe Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing that the airport will be torn down next year and rebuilt.

The plans to revamp the airport come after several complaints about LaGuardia. Vice President Joe Biden explained, "It's about the hallways that don't...

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Global Markets Sink After Chinese Stocks Suffer Sell Off

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- World markets sank after Chinese stocks suffered another sell off and US stocks fall for a fifth day.

The Shanghai "share index" shed more than 8 percent, it's biggest one-day decline since 2007 and it had a ripple effect around the world.

The Dow now at a six month low after dropping 128 points to just...

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Internet.Org: Where Mark Zuckerberg’s Pet Project Stands 1 Year Later

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- During its first year in existence, Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org initiative has brought free online access to more than one billion people in emerging markets but it turns out the service could also be beneficial for mobile providers' bottom lines.

Launching first in Zambia, Internet.org has since teamed up with mobile operators in 17 countries...

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Dolly Parton’s DreamMore Resort Features Butterflies, Glitter and Plenty of Pink Lemonade

DreamMore Resort (PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.) — Hello, Dolly!

Dolly Parton's Tennessee resort opens Monday in the Great Smoky Mountains. The 300-room DreamMore Resort is named for the singer's 2012 book of the same name.

Parton's presence is felt throughout, with instruments she toured and performed with on display and album covers lining the walls of the lobby. Guests will be...

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Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Want to Save World from Killer Robots

Frederick M. Brown/Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are among the leaders from the science and technology worlds calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, warning that weapons with a mind of their own "would not be beneficial for humanity."

Along with 1,000 other signatories, Musk and Hawking signed their names to an open letter...

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Apple Watch Heads to Best Buy

Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Apple is expanding sales of its Apple Watch outside the company's store by allowing its flagship wearable device to be offered at Best Buy locations across the United States.

Beginning Aug. 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer outside of Apple stores to offer customers the chance to purchase an Apple Watch in...

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New Baby Doesn’t Have to Break Expecting Parents’ Budget

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The average middle income family spends more than $300,000 to raise a child until he or she is 18 years old, according to the latest annual government estimate. And that doesn't include the costs of college.

If you're a new or expecting parent and are feeling concerned, watch the ABC News report below to learn how...

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American Beverage Association Sues San Francisco over Sugary Drink Rules

Siraphol/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The American Beverage Association is suing the city of San Francisco, it says, arguing that new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages is a violation of the First Amendment.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the lawsuit claims the city is "trying to ensure that there is no free marketplace of ideas, but instead...

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Chrysler Fined Up to $105 Million for Mishandling Recalls

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the largest civil penalty ever imposed by the agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has slapped Fiat Chrysler with a fine of up to $105 million for allegedly mishandling the recalls of more than 11 million potentially defective cars.

"We're sending very sharp signals to the industry that we’re not playing around," Transportation...

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Starbucks Bans Man for Life After He Asked Patrons Not to Park in Disability-Reserved Spot

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- An art gallery owner in St. Petersburg, Florida, said he's been expelled from all Starbucks locations for causing a "disruption" when he'd ask customers at one Tampa store to stop illegally parking in a spot reserved for people with disabilities.

Rob Rowen said he'd stop by this particular Starbucks in Tampa...

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Jet Takes Off as a Potential Amazon Competitor

Marc Lore, CEO of new e-commerce site jet.com laughs while chatting with his team in a conference room at jet.com headquarter on Apr. 28, 2015 in Montclair, NJ. (Photo by Shin Woong-jae/For the Washington Post)(NEW YORK) -- It’s somewhere between Costco and Amazon, but will this new e-merchant take off?

Jet.com officially launched this week and for $50 a...

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Microsoft Set to Launch Windows 10

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft's latest version of Windows is set to come out on Wednesday and the company is making the price of upgrading very attractive.

Current users of Windows 7 or 8 will not pay anything to upgrade to Microsoft's new Windows 10.

The move comes as companies like Google edges into Microsoft's turf with free...

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Starbucks Announces Partnership with Lyft

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Starbucks announced this week that it would partner with Lyft, one of the nation's top ride-sharing services as part of a deal that it hopes will "increase value for current customers, attract new customers, reward Lyft drivers and explore a transportation benefit for Starbucks [employees]."

All Lyft drivers will be given the option...

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FCC Approves AT&T, DirecTV Deal

wellesenterprises/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, a move that creates the largest pay-TV provider in the world.

As part of the merger, the FCC says it is is requiring the company to "expand its deployment of high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet access service to 12.5 million customer locations as well...

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Five Airlines Probed for Allegedly Raising Fares After Amtrak Crash

1971yes/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Five airlines are being investigated by the federal government over allegations that they raised airfares in the Northeast as desperate travelers flocked their way after the deadly May 12 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.

"Obviously when service goes down on something like an Amtrak line that carries so many thousands and millions of people on an annual basis...

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The Lowell Hotel to Debut Scotland’s First Home-Grown Tea

www.weeteaplantation.com(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...

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Mixed Day on Wall Street, Despite Upbeat Monthly Employment Report

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(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.

The...

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US Economy Adds 280K Jobs in May

iStock/Thinkstock(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...

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CVS Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Profiling Customers, Worker Discrimination

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(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...

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House Republicans Asking President to Fire IRS Head

marcnorman/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- Congressional Republicans are demanding the President ask his Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner to resign.

They insist he hasn't cooperated and let the agency destroy evidence that could prove the IRS targeted conservative groups.

The agency released a statement saying Commissioner Josh Koskinen has cooperated and has been truthful and employees have testified in more than 30...

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Request to DOJ to Investigate Planned Parenthood

Max Whittaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- More fallout from the controversial undercover video of a Planned Parenthood meeting.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and 134 of her colleagues sent a request to the Department of Justice on Monday requesting an investigation. Blackburn says the video shows Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal organs.

The organization is apologizing for the tone of their...

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The First Republican Presidential Debate: Who’s In, Who’s Out

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The first Republican Presidential debate is just 10 days away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?

Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national...

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Meet John Kasich: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

ABC News(WASHINGTON) —

Name: John Richard Kasich

Party: Republican

Declared as a candidate: July 21, 2015 at the Ohio State University.

What he does now: Kasich is the 69th Governor of Ohio, elected first in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

What he used to do: Kasich was a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers up...

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Meet Donald Trump: Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

ABC News(WASHINGTON) —

Name: Donald John Trump

Party: Republican

What he does now: Trump has been the chairman and president of the Trump Organization since 1971 and is the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

What he used to do:
During summers as a teen, Trump worked for his father’s company at construction sites. Influenced by his father to start...

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Katy Perry’s Presidential Ambitions: Singer Poses with Two Former Presidents

@katyperry/Instagram(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Katy Perry held her own among two political powerhouses Sunday night when she headlined a charity event in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Posing between President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush -- the 42nd and 43rd presidents of the United States -- the singer suggested that she might even be next.

"42, 43, 46?!" Perry...

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Today on the Trail — 7/27/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton is on the third day of a swing in Iowa and Monday she will further address her climate change policies she unveiled last night.

At 11 a.m. ET, she will take a tour and speak at the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Central Station, which is LEED Platinum certified.

At 12:15 p.m. ET, she...

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Obama: Huckabee Is Trying to ‘Push Mr. Trump’ Out of Headlines

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- On his first day in Ethiopia, President Obama waded into the 2016 presidential campaign, criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for suggesting the president is trying to push Israelis to the "door of the oven" with Iran's nuclear deal.

“The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are I think part of just a general...

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Ethiopia Welcomes President Obama for Historic Trip

SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama kicked off his first full day in Ethiopia as he heads into the second half of his historic trip to East Africa.

Obama arrived Monday morning at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The two men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries as...

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Mike Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis to ‘Door of the Oven’

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee evoked imagery of Nazi death camps when discussing the deal over Iran’s nuclear program Saturday, saying President Obama “would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.”

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said....

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Meet George Pataki: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --

Name: George Elmer Pataki

Party: Republican

Declared as a candidate: May 28, 2015

What he does now: He is Of Counsel with Chadbourne and Parke LLC and president of The Pataki-Cahill Group, which he founded to advise companies in the energy, infrastructure, clean-tech and environmental industries.

What he used to do: Pataki began his...

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Hillary Clinton Calls Out GOP Climate Change Deniers in New ‘Stand With Reality’ Video

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton Sunday attacked the Republican presidential contenders who deny "the settled science of climate change" and laid out two renewable power goals in a new video that outlines part of her plan to tackle global warming.

"It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of...

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Huckabee Makes Holocaust Reference in Criticism of Iran Nuclear Deal

(ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee shared controversial thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal on twitter Sunday, criticizing president Obama administration in the process.

In a tweet that links to Huckabee's own website, the candidate included a graphic that reads "the Iran nuclear deal is marching the Israelis to the door of the...

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Uncommon Sunday Senate Session Features Pair of Votes

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate was in session on Sunday and held a series of votes on a funding bill to prevent states from losing money for highway and transit projects before a Friday deadline.

The first vote was for an amendment that would repeal Obamacare, which failed 49-43. Utah Republican Mike Lee said that he...

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Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump ‘Selling Fear and Prejudice’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Lindsey Graham might thank Donald Trump for getting him to finally buy a new phone, but the South Carolina senator said Sunday he still doesn't think the Republican Party should "hire" the real estate mogul as its presidential candidate.

Graham made national headlines last week when he destroyed his old-school cell phone after Trump read...

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Three Women Born at Same Hospital Return to Volunteer

peterspiro/iStock/ThinkStock(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Three young women are giving back to their community.

According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the women are volunteers at White Plains Hospital in Westchestery County, where they provide comfort to worried parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. That unit happens to be where all three of the women were born.

Kathryn Linehan,...

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Drug Companies Sometimes Slow in Reporting Adverse Events to FDA

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When medications work they alleviate pain, heal infection, prevent disease or even save lives. But every medication comes with the risk of side effects — and, occasionally, those side effects are debilitating or deadly. Are companies always reporting those adverse effects in a timely manner, though? Apparently, they are not, according to researchers.

Drug manufacturers are...

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See These Adoptive Parents Meet Their Newborn Daughter

Kristen Anne Photography(NEW YORK) — If you ask 100 different parents about their journey to parenthood, there would be 100 different stories to share.

In the case of the Olsons of Minnesota, the journey to becoming parents for the third time was not only a figurative one, but a literal one as well.

Sarah and David Olson always knew...

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Many New Moms Get ‘Bad’ Advice, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women with newborns get advice, of course, from their families, friends and neighbors. But a new study reveals that up to half of mothers don't get any advice from their doctors on some important topics, including where and how to put their infant to sleep.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 mothers of infants at 32 different...

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Your Body: Can Acupuncture Be Used for Stress Relief?

Purestock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Did you know that acupuncture may be able to help stress and anxiety?

Research shows that this go-to pain reliever may also be good for keeping you calm and can treat things like PMS, menopause symptoms and even infertility.

So how does it work? We don’t completely know. But 3,000-plus...

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Study: Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Impact on Fertility, Options

Ridofranz/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The overwhelming majority of young cancer patients are unaware of the affect that chemotherapy could have on their fertility, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at nearly 500 patients from around the U.S. involved in the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. They found that 80 percent of women and 74 percent of...

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CA Town Sees Spike in Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus

Henrik_L/iStock/ThinkStock(TUSTIN, Calif.) -- One town in California can't scratch away this itch.

According to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, a two-block section of Tustin has “higher than normal rates” of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus. The area includes 40 homes and two public parks.

In Orange County, 32 samples of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West...

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Planned Parenthood President Says Organization Has Broken No Laws

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Following the release of two secretly recorded videos that appear to feature the discussion of the price of fetal tissue involving a Planned Parenthood employee, the organization’s president said on Sunday it has done nothing illegal and criticized those responsible for the videos.

“Planned Parenthood has broken no laws," Cecile Richards, the president of the...

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Six New Cases of MERS Confirmed in Saudi Arabia

VILevi/iStock/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- The World Health Organization announced Friday that in the first two weeks of this month, six new cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, also known as MERS, were identified in Saudi Arabia.

The new cases involve patients between the ages of 35 and 77, according to the WHO. Four of the patients were identified...

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New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

Minerva Studio/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A new treatment has been approved for the most common form of skin cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for advanced basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer that's easy to treat, if caught early enough.

Odomzo, a daily pill, from Novartis, has been approved for patients whose cancer hasn't...

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Surgeon Dances With Former Transplant Patient at Her Wedding 10 Years After Life-Saving Surgery

XiXinXing/iStock/ThinkStock(CLEVELAND) -- On Christine Taber’s wedding day, the surgeon who helped give her a new lease on life 10 years ago was again tasked with saving the day by becoming an emergency wedding photographer.

“Our photographer for the reception bailed out last minute,” Taber told ABC News. “Between being a surgeon, saving my life and taking pictures. ... He’s...

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FDA Considering Proposal for New Nutrition Label Rule for Sugar

HandmadePictures/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering adding a percent daily value requirement for sugars on food labels.

The proposal, a supplement to a 2014 rule that focused on updating nutrition facts labels, would be based on the recommendation that daily intake of calories from added sugars should not exceed 10 percent of all calories...

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FDA Approves New Cholesterol Fighting Drug

Remains/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first treatment in a new class of drugs for patients who were not able to significantly lower their LDL cholesterol levels with statin therapy.

Praluent, an injection drug, can be used alongside diet in adult patients with heterozygous familial heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) or patients with clinical atherosclerotic...

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Malaria Vaccine Gets Postive Review from EU Regulators

luiscar/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The world's first malaria vaccine passed a major hurdle on Friday thanks to a positive review by European drug regulators.

A shot created by British drug makers GlaxoSmithKline, Mosquirix also known as RTS,S is the first of its kind to show promising signs in malaria prevention among children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to a statement by GSK...

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Girl Raises $47,000 With Bracelets to Help Best Friend With Rare Disease

akiyoko/iStock/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- A 9-year-old girl has raised $47,000 by selling bracelets to get medical treatment for her best friend, who has a rare and dangerous skin disease.

Bethany Walker started making small rubber bracelets in the hopes she could sell them for a few dollars and raise money to help her friend, Anne Marie Cox, get a...

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Jeremy Renner Talks What to Expect in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- In Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise is seen hanging from the side of a plane as it takes off as he reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt. Can moviegoers expect the same high-octane action sequences from co-star Jeremy Renner? 

"I don't know," Renner admitted on Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael of daring stunts. "I...

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Nick Gordon’s Dad Says Son Is ‘Distraught’ over Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Death

Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Nick Gordon hasn't said much since he entered rehab earlier this year. Now, his father, Jack Walker Jr., had told Access Hollywood how his son is dealing with the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, his partner.

"He's distraught. I can't put it into words right now," Walker said. 

Walker also denied reports his son was suicidal following Brown's death. ...

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Ice-T and Coco Announce They’re Expecting a Baby

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Ice-T and his wife Coco have more than a new daytime talk show coming soon. They're also expecting their first child together.

"I'm pregnant!!! Yah!! Ice & I are so excited! I announced it Friday on our new talk show which airs Aug 3rd," Coco tweeted Monday.

Coco, who wed T in 2001, also revealed her pregnancy news...

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Inside Bobbi Kristina’s Relationship with Her Mom Whitney Houston

Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's close relationship with her legendary mother, Whitney Houston, was well known. From the time she was a little girl, Houston would take Brown on tour, even pulling her up on stage to sing along with her.

Later, Brown would make appearances with Houston on her famous father's reality show, Being Bobby Brown, and accompany her mom...

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Celebs React to the Death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old.

From the moment the news was announced, celebrity reaction began, and it hasn't let up since.  Here's a round-up of some of the comments so far:

Oprah Winfrey:...

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“Ant-Man” Earns Narrow Box Office Win over “Pixels”

Buena Vista/Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- Ant-Man crawled past the competition for the second weekend in a row.

The Marvel movie, starring Paul Rudd as the titular superhero, remains the box office champ after earning an estimated 24.8 million dollars from Friday through Sunday.

The video game-themed Adam Sandler flick Pixels opened in second place, collecting 24 million dollars -- perhaps a disappointing total, since...

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Caitlyn Jenner Reveals ‘True Identity’ to Family in “I Am Cait” Premiere

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Caitlyn Jenner's new E! series, I Am Cait, premiered Sunday night, offering insight into how she and her family are handling her transition to a woman.

The episode began with Caitlyn waking up at 4:32 a.m., unable to sleep. She commented, "I feel bad that...especially young people are going through such a difficult...

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Kristen Bell Leaves Voicemail as “Frozen” Princess for Girl with Brain Tumor

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell just made one very brave girl's day.

Avery Huffman, 6, recently was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and her family has been documenting her battle on CaringBridge.org.

"On June 30th, our sweet Avery was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a cancerous tumor that is inoperable...a brain tumor found in the pons, part...

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John Stamos Says ‘I’m Back’ After Leaving Rehab

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Weeks after entering rehab, John Stamos is back.

"I’m back! Took a month to take care of things. Healthy. Feeling grateful for the love & support of family & friends," the Full House star wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in July, ABC's Los Angeles station, KABC, confirmed that the actor had gone into rehab.

Stamos checked himself into...

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Kim Kardashian Suggests New Twitter Function, Twitter Co-Founder Responds

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- It took Kim Kardashian just one tweet to convince the head of Twitter it might be a good idea to add the ability to edit messages after they've been sent.

"I just emailed Twitter to see if they can add an edit feature so that when u misspell something u don't have to delete &...

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Report: Jackson Family Patriarch Joe Jackson Suffers Stroke

Bryan Haraway/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson has reportedly suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Brazil.

The Associated Press cites a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo says the father of the musical Jackson siblings, including Michael and Janet, was in the South American nation celebrating his 87th birthday, which was Sunday, when he suffered the stroke. ...

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Watch a Smokin’ Miley Cyrus in First Promo for MTV Video Music Awards

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- MTV released the first promo for this year’s Video Music Awards, featuring host Miley Cyrus. In the quick clip, Miley emerges from a cloud of smoke and strikes some sassy poses against a bright green background.

Miley announced her hosting gig on Monday with an Instagram post. She posted side-by-side photos of herself dressed as...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s Daughter, Dead at 22

(Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)(ATLANTA) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and rapper Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old.

A statement from the Houston family reads, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God....

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Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Share Lunch Date with Kids

Timothy White/ E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick put aside their differences long enough to share lunch with two of their three kids Thursday, according to E! News.

The estranged couple was spotted having lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel with their five-year-old son Mason and three-year-old daughter, Penelope. They also have a seven-month old son, Reign.

The two reportedly arrived and left in...

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Kylie Jenner Celebrates High School Graduation with Family, Ryan Seacrest & Tyga

Photo by: Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're Kylie Jenner how do you celebrate graduating from high school? Well, your mom, Kris Jenner, throws you a celebrity surprise birthday bash complete with synchronized swimmers, a photo booth and giant silver balloons.

Kylie graduated from Laurel Springs High School earlier this week, though she's been home-schooled.

Attendees of the party, which was hosted...

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