SMITH COUNTY — An early morning house fire claimed the lives of an elderly couple and their five pets. They’ve been identified as Robert Rockett, 71, and his wife, Debbie, 67. The fire started around 6:00 Saturday morning in the 11200 block of County Road 2206, near Chapel Hill. According to KETK, investigators said the blaze started in the kitchen. The officials cause of the fire has not been determined.
TYLER – Multiple vehicle burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of three suspects. The burglaries were first reported in the Flint area earlier this month. Charged with theft over $1,500 and under $20,000 are Tyrell Deshaun Choice and Triston Travon Hudson. Charged with credit/debit card abuse is Ahteuhna Taylor.(pictured) All three are from Tyler. Bonds on each were set at $500,000. Read more …
TYLER — A Child Protective Services case against an East Texas father whose daughter died after being locked in a hot car last summer has been dropped. According to Shari Pulliam, Public Information Officer for CPS, Russel Lindstrom will no longer have to submit to testing or evaluations by CPS because Lindstrom’s wife and younger daughter, Zoey, moved out of state. According to KETK, Pulliam says because the child no longer resides in Texas, they no longer have a child to protect. Read more …
TYLER – A Tyler man has been sentenced to prison for murder. Pleading guilty Friday was Katyron Jermaine Barrett, 29. After pleading guilty to the shooting death of Brandon Deroyce Grey, 30, Barrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Grey was shot December 21, 2014, at the Wild Bunch Club, 1714 North Palace. He later died at Mother Frances Hospital. Barrett was arrested in the case two days later.
LUFKIN — A Lufkin man accused of fatally shooting his wife in February has been indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury. Named this week in the indictment is Joshua Dale Ingram, 31. Acting on a tip from the suspect’s mother in California, the body of Jessica Ingram, 29, was found in a home on the 400 block of Cunningham Drive. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. His mother told officers he told her he had shot his wife and was planning on shooting himself. After a three hour search for the suspect, he was found and arrested on Frank Street.
LONGVIEW – Faulty wires are said to be the cause of a Longview fire that has displaced five persons. The fire was reported just before 1:45 Friday morning in the 400 block of Pine Street. The blaze, which had been burning undetected for some time, started in a wall between two bedrooms. It then spread to the attic. No injuries were reported. The home apparently had no working smoke detectors.
KILGORE – If you’re looking for passage of bills in Austin legalizing marijuana in Texas, you may be disappointed. That’s the word from Governor Gregg Abbott who was in East Texas last night to speak at the Rusk County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. There are several marijuana related bills in the legislature, but Abbott said the legalization of marijuana in this session is highly unlikely. Texting and driving is another issue Abbott is following closely. According to KETK, the governor said he wants to ensure there are no more injuries, deaths or accidents due to texting and driving. And he added, “We need to find the right space between keeping people safe on the road and government micro-managing what people do. My concerns are we going to have laws that prohibit people from eating French fries as they drive down the roadway or where does the law end?” Abbott said he is still looking for clarity on how to draw that line.
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a meeting between two biker gangs ended with two people shot dead and a third injured. Police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell said police called to an east Dallas address before 8 p.m. Saturday found two people dead. The men killed were identified by police as 41-year-old Lonnie Tutt and 48-year-old Linton Nelson. Police are searching for suspects.
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas agencies have spent millions on tuition payment programs for state workers in a program with lax rules and oversight. The Houston Chronicle reports that the state has spent at least $30 million during the past two decades for employee tuition. The Texas Department of Transportation has paid out at least $13 million since 1993, the most of any state agency. TxDOT makes all of its tuition payments before classes begin. Two bills in the Texas state legislature are looking to rein in the spending by banning up-front payments and requiring agency directors approve and make public any tuition payments.
FORT WORTH (AP) — Authorities in Fort Worth have found skeletal remains behind an abandoned elementary school after evicting more than 80 people using the area as a homeless camp. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that city workers were cleaning up a wooded area where the homeless people had been living without permission when they found “full skeletal remains.” A police spokeswoman says the local medical examiner will be responsible for finding out how and when the death occurred. Police on Saturday used heavy equipment to clear the camp southeast of downtown.
MISSION (AP) — More immigrants have been drowning in the Rio Grande over the last six months. Authorities say that’s because immigrants are choosing more dangerous crossings into South Texas to avoid detection. Many of the bodies have been found in the weed-choked irrigation canals that feed into the Rio Grande. The Border Patrol has responded by expanding its search-and-rescue teams to monitor the area. The Rio Grande Valley has seen at least 16 drownings since October, and nearly a third of them were in the canals. The tally is only five short of the number of deaths reported from October 2013 to September. Mission Fire Chief Rene Lopez Jr. says his rescue team would normally recover one body a month from canals. In January and February it was about one a week.
AUSTIN (AP) — Outside of its surge along the Texas-Mexico border, state police agencies are making fewer arrests and fewer traffic stops than the same time period a year ago. The Dallas Morning News reports Highway Patrol citations have fallen 14 percent from last year, new investigations started by the state criminal investigations division have fallen 13 percent and Texas Rangers arrests have fallen by 25 percent. The Department of Public Safety said in a statement that it previously said its increase in border security “would come from personnel across the state and that we would work to minimize the impact to other areas or services.” State Rep. Dennis Bonnen says “the rest of Texas is just a tad bit less safe” due to that surge.
AUSTIN (AP) — Authorities say cell phone service for AT&T customers in Central Texas went out after a fiber optic cable was severed but that service was quickly restored. Emergency services in Austin indicated that the outage began about noon Sunday. The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management says the cellular outage was due to a cut fiber optic line. Service to most customers had been restored about an hour later. Subscribers still having trouble were told to reboot their phones. AT&T said later in a statement that the outage affected customers in the Austin area but that “technicians worked quickly to resolve the issue.”
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(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Houston Rockets 99 (50-23) - Washington Wizards 91 (41-33)
Brooklyn Nets 107 (32-40) - Los Angeles Lakers 99 (19-53)
New Orleans Pelicans 110 (39-34) - Minnesota Timberwolves 88 (16-57)
Cleveland Cavaliers 87 (48-27) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (18-56)
NCAA Tournament: East Region: Elite Eight: (7) Michigan State 76 (27-11) - (4) Louisville 70 (27-9)...
(NEW YORK) -- Chris Mullin has been offered the job to become the next head coach at St. John's, multiple sources told ESPN.
One source told ESPN a deal could be done as soon as Sunday night.
Mullin is one of the greatest players in St. John's history, winning the Big East Player of the Year...
(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win.
Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday.
The Spartans (28-11),...
(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox named pitcher Clay Buchholz the Opening Day starter for their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 6.
Buchholz will be making his first Opening Day start in nine seasons and edged out free agent addition Rick Porcello, who came over from the Tigers this offseason.
"He came into...
(CLEARWATER, Fla.) -- Justin Verlander played catch Sunday morning for the first time since leaving a start with a cramp in his right tricep, but it remained unclear when the Detroit Tigers ace would pitch again.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander did some light tossing at the team's spring training camp at Lakeland and still felt "a little...
(TEXAS) -- Rick Barnes parted ways with a team he coached for 17 seasons on Sunday in a classy way.
Barnes and the school agreed to "mutually part ways" and during his tenure he was 402-180 and won three Big 12 regular-season championships.
"I leave this job with no regrets," Barnes said in a statement. "Instead, I...
(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds as Portland (47-25) outpaced the Denver Nuggets (28-46), 120-114 Saturday night.
In 35 minutes of action, Aldridge was 13-of 20 from the field. Shooting guard Arron Affalo contributed 21 points while point guard Damian Lillard had eight points and 10 assists.
(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- Center Mikko Koivu and forward Nino Niederreiter each scored two goals as the Minnesota Wild (44-25-7; 95pts) iced the Los Angeles Kings (37-24-14; 88pts), 4-1 on Saturday night.
Niederreiter put the Wild on the scoreboard first at 3:15 into the first period with an assist from Koivu and forward Chris Stewart. Minnesota would increase its...
(CHICAGO) -- Six players scored in double-figures for the Bulls led by power forward Nikola Mirotic with 24 points as Chicago (45-29) beat New York (14-60), 111-80 Saturday night. It’s the Knicks franchise-record 60th loss of the season.
Mirotic was 8-for-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc in 26 minutes of action. Bulls power...
(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Cornerback Terence Newman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
The deal means the 36-year-old Newman will be reunited with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Newman's defensive coordinator for four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Newman started 13 games for the Bengals last season, recording...
Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/30/2015@0500C
ISSUED: 03/29/2015 1617C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s, south winds about 10 mph;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 70s, south winds about 5 mph;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s, south winds about 5 mph;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s, southwest winds 5-10 mph;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s, south winds 5-10 mph;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s, south winds 10-15 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy, high near 80;
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 60s;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 50;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 60s;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 50;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 60s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 29, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich
Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fifteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-one hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 29, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fifteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty-one hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/29/2015 1605C
A weak cold front had reached a Tulsa-Wichita Falls-Sweetwater line by 3 p.m., and it should
continue moving slowly southward before going stationary in or near this area some time in the
morning. There is the possibility for thunderstorm development tonight, and a marginal severe
risk to our north. Should severe thunderstorms develop, large hail would be the biggest threat.
The front will remain around the area tomorrow, with reinforcing fronts Tuesday and
again Thursday. As a result, shower chances will persist through much of the week.
It looks as if the front due through Friday night will be the strongest, and give us the best
chance for severe weather.
Temperatures through Friday should continue running a few degrees above normal, with
cooling for next weekend.
At 4 p.m. today, skies are sunny, winds are southerly at 10-20 mph with higher gusts, and
temperatures are running in the lower to middle 80s. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/29/2015 1616C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Monday MOSTLY CLOUDY 61/72 30%/30%
Tuesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 61/77 20%/20%
Wednesday SHOWERS 61/78 30%/40%
(NEW YORK) -- Some Coney Island visitors in New York City had a scarier roller coaster ride than they expected Sunday when the Cyclone at Luna Park got stuck, stranding passengers high in the air.
The coaster stalled as it was going up, the New York Police Department said. Passengers were then evacuated safely, according to a Luna...
(NEW YORK) -- A second body was found Sunday at the site of a New York City building explosion and collapse, a city official told ABC News, shortly after New York City Police Department said the searchers looking for two people believed to be missing found a first body.
Identification of the body was pending, said the NYPD. The...
(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Authorities in Minneapolis are searching for a missing University of Minnesota student.
Jennifer Houle was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said. Her purse was then found nearby, police said.
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(NEW YORK) -- As searchers and cadaver dogs sift through the rubble looking for victims and evidence, New York City officials tell ABC News that the possibility is growing that criminal charges could be filed as a result of the blast and building collapse in the East Village.
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(DUNMORE, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania state trooper critically injured in a sniper attack six month ago by accused cop killer Eric Frein said Saturday he feels he will "eventually be able to go back" to his old job.
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(RED LODGE, Mont.) -- A wind driven wildfire forced the short-term evacuation of hundreds of people at a ski lodge in southern Montana.
The fire began Saturday on open private land, but it's now burning in the Custer National Forest, where the Red Mountain ski area is located.
U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff Gildehaus told ABC News early Sunday...
(LOS ANGELES) -- At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said.
Two of the Metro train cars derailed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
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(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) -- Seven people were injured -- including some college students on spring break -- and one man was in custody Saturday after a shooting at a home in Panama City Beach, Florida early Saturday, officials said.
Three people were in critical condition, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said. Three others were in stable condition and...
(BOSTON) -- A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city's police commissioner said Saturday.
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Investigators Say Contents of Drum ‘Incompatible,’ Caused 2014 Radiation Leak at New Mexico Facility
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(NORMAN, Okla.) -- The University of Oklahoma fraternity members who were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus learned the song during a leadership cruise held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national organization four years ago, university officials announced on Friday.
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(NEW YORK) -- A new round of airstrikes was conducted in Iraq and Syria by U.S. and coalition forces on Saturday.
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a strong warning on Sunday against negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran.
Netanyahu said “The Iran-Lausanne-Yeman axis” was very dangerous to humanity and must be stopped.
(VATICAN CITY) -- As French salvage workers continue to retrieve bodies from the Germanwings crash in France, Pope Francis offered his prayers to the victims of the crash during Palm Sunday celebrations in St. Peter’s Square.
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Places such as Berlin, Rome, Amman, Jordan, and New York City’s Empire State Building pulled the plug at 8:30 p.m. local time.
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(DÜSSELDORF, Germany) -- A German pilot who recently flew with the co-pilot accused by French prosecutors of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane said he seemed like a "normal guy," and he "had plans for the future."
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(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry this week sent a letter to State Department Inspector General Steve Linick calling for the department to review its records preservation policies.
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(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama praised Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's long career in the Senate on Friday, after the Nevada Democrat announced he will not seek re-election in 2016.
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(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service is tightening its rules on drinking and driving -- even though evidence suggests a recent report of agents driving drunk near the White House was exaggerated.
The quasi-scandal started with an anonymous email saying two Secret Service agents drove drunk through a crime scene near the White House.
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The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development...
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Officials said the person is a spouse of an Oklahoma State University student who lives off-campus, and recently traveled out of the country.
State health officials are working with the Payne County Health Department,...
(NEW YORK) -- The “kid’s menu” at your local restaurant may fall short when it comes to nutritious fare, according to a new study that looked at restaurants in two states in the southeastern United States.
Researchers at Virginia Tech looked at nearly 140 children menus from various restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia in a study published...
(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.
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"She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda Moss, of Belton, Missouri, told KMBC, ABC's...
(NEW YORK) -- The case of a man who mistook a reaction to marijuana-laced brownies for a stroke has again highlighted concern about what can happen when people confuse marijuana edibles with regular food.
A Michigan man called police earlier this week thinking he was in the middle of a deadly stroke, but he actually was having a reaction...
(NEW YORK) -- Happy Meal. Pepperoni. Little Tuna.
They're all words that might easily be taken for foods a woman craves while she is pregnant. But in fact, they are among the nicknames given to unborn children across the country.
The app Ovia Pregnancy, a fertility tracking product by Ovuline that has more than two million users in the...
(NEW YORK) — Wait, what!? Kelly Rowland dropped 70 pounds of baby weight in just four months.
The former Destiny's Child singer, 34, spoke to Extra about having a baby, Titan, with her husband, Tim Witherspoon, in November.
(NEW YORK) -- Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family's viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.
On March 11, Seth's mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was...
(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) — One doesn’t normally think of Ireland as the sun and fun capital of Europe but like anywhere else, people do get sunburned there.
That’s what might have spurred a Queen's University Belfast chemical engineering professor to come up with technology that gives sunbathers an important signal about when to get out of the sun.
(SEATTLE) — The war on drugs is becoming less punitive and more supportive, at least at some schools in Washington state and Victoria, Australia.
Richard Catalano, a professor of social work at the University of Washington, says a study of 3,200 adolescents has shown that handing out suspensions to seventh and ninth graders who got caught smoking marijuana didn’t...
(NEW YORK) — The waiting is often the hardest part at the doctor’s office as anyone who’s had an appointment can attest.
The physician review website Vitalis.com says the average wait time to see a physician last year was an interminable 19 minutes and 16 seconds.
But take heart, America, that's actually one minute faster than 2013.
(NEW YORK) — For much of the world, rice is the staff of life. Here in the U.S., it’s more of a side dish with white rice the preferred variety by most people.
However, even a single cup packs 200 calories, which in of itself isn’t terrible, but combined with other food items on your plate can help you...
(NEW YORK) -- Olympus America, the company that manufactures the duodenoscopes that were cited in the spread of a superbug at a Los Angeles hospital in February, released an urgent safety notification regarding updated cleaning processes to ensure high levels of disinfection in between uses.
The new process, which consists of "revised manual cleaning and high level disinfection...
(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A patient being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda was upgraded from critical to serious condition, the NIH said Thursday.
The NIH still did not share any additional details about the patient, who was admitted on March 12. The patient was...
(NEW YORK) -- In the battle between R-rated comedy and animation at the box office over the weekend, there was a clear winner.
Home, the animated alien adventure featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Rihanna, won the weekend and smashed expectations. The film opened to an estimated $54 million.
In second place, the Kevin Hart and Will...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie made her first appearance post-surgery when she attended the Kids' Choice Awards with two of her children on Saturday night.
The actress brought her daughters Shiloh and Zahara to the awards show, hugging them both when she won the "orange blimp" for Best Villain for her role in the Disney movie...
(NEW YORK) -- It's got to be hard to keep things to yourself when you are part of a super secret show like Game of Thrones.
And Peter Dinklage learned this recently when he leaked a big bit of show information, but not on purpose.
During an interview with Popsugar, Dinklage was asked if he had any questions...
(NEW YORK) -- It seemed hard for Bruce Jenner, 65, to hear that, after he and Kris Jenner got divorced, she replaced him as executor of her living will.
In a teaser clip for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you see the Kardashian matriarch tell her ex-husband that Kourtney Kardashian...
(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has been spending time with producer Calvin Harris recently, leading some to speculate as to whether they're dating.
So far, Swift, 25, has remained mum on the subject, while her publicist has not yet responded to requests for comment.
The two were photographed together in Nashville a few...
(NEW YORK) -- The teaser trailer for Spectre, the next installment in the James Bond series, picks up right where the last film left off.
The trailer opens with the famed 007, played for the fourth time by Daniel Craig, learning some "personal effects" recovered from his ruined family estate and childhood home of Skyfall contain...
(NEW YORK) -- Betty White's biggest regret in life involved her late husband Allen Ludden, who died from stomach cancer in 1981.
White, 93, spoke to Oprah Winfrey for Sunday's Oprah: Where Are They Now? and said that her major regret was not marrying her husband a year earlier.
(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna made her acting debut in the poorly-received 2012 big-budget sci-fi flick Battleship, and had cameo appearances in 2013's This Is the End and last year's Annie remake.
Now, it's her voice -- her speaking voice, not her singing voice -- that's front and center in the new animated movie Home...
(NEW YORK) -- Cigarettes and hard liquor may not be what immediately springs to mind at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, but that is exactly what was unveiled Friday in homage to the massively popular television series Mad Men.
Now in its final season, the serial drama's creators at AMC cable network and Lionsgate have...
(NEW YORK) — Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos, was among the dozens of people who lost their homes after an apartment building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City Thursday.
The actress posted photos of the devastation on her Instagram account. One photo caption read, "NYC's finest...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — How would Roger Sterling fit in the world of hip-hop music? We may never find out.
The actor who plays Roger on AMC's Mad Men, John Slattery, says he was offered a role on the Fox hit Empire. Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, who has guest starred on Mad Men.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Molly Sims became a mom for the second time on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old actress and her husband, Ted producer Scott Stuber, announced the news in an Instagram post the following day.
"We welcome Scarlett May Stuber into our family. Our hearts are bigger with you here," Sims captioned a photo of the new baby...
(NEW YORK) -- Fancy Nancy is coming to the small screen.
The book series has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated series and TV movie slated for 2017, the network and publisher announced on Friday.
"Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a...
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Franklin Roosevelt would never have traded five dangerous enemies of the United States for one Army deserter. Not even the feckless Jimmy Carter would have made such a fool of himself.
It is still important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Controlling your cholesterol is still an important key to your overall health. But there is new evidence to suggest that the link between the cholesterol in your diet and heart disease is not as strong as we have been led to believe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses diet versus heredity when it comes to managing cholesterol. Visit the Health Connection website!
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