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Trey Songz Talks About Lacking Relationship with His Father

Trey Songz Talks About Lacking Relationship with His Father

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(NEW ORLEANS) -- Trey Songz rarely talks about his father, Claude Neverson, Jr. It's because the R&B singer hasn't spoken to him in more than four years. Still, he recently opened up about his absent dad.


"I didn't have a male figure in my life so I had my mother, I had all my aunties. ...

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How Bernie Sanders Is Attracting Monster Crowds (and Whether Hillary Should Be Worried)

How Bernie Sanders Is Attracting Monster Crowds (and Whether Hillary Should Be Worried)

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- "Bernie-mentum." No one is quite sure how to spell it, but Bernie Sanders supporters definitely feel the growing momentum for their underdog candidate.

“Hopefully, Webster dictionary will recognize it as a new word soon,” said volunteer Tyson Manker of Jacksonville, Illinois, who drove five hours to help at Sanders’s ...

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Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games Over PED Test

Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games Over PED Test

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The NFL offseason will be a bit longer for Antonio Gates.

The tight end with the San Diego Chargers is being hit with a four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.  

In a statement released by the team, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned ...

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Measles Death Under Investigation in Washington

Measles Death Under Investigation in Washington

RidvanArda/iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Officials are investigating the first measles death for the U.S. in a dozen years.


According to the Washington State Department of Health, a recent autopsy revealed a Clallam County woman died this spring because of an undetected measles infection.


A news release said she most likely was exposed during a ...

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Law Enforcement Ramps Up Security for July 4th Weekend

Law Enforcement Ramps Up Security for July 4th Weekend

Photo by John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement agencies around the country say they are pulling out all the stops to make sure that this year’s Independence Day celebrations are not disrupted by a terror attack. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have issued a bulletin to authorities nationwide, warning that ISIS ...

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Won’t Face Felony Charges After UCLA Arrest, DA Says

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Won't Face Felony Charges After UCLA Arrest, DA Says

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs will not face felony charges after he allegedly assaulted and threatened a coach with a kettlebell weight at UCLA, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"We've referred the case to the City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration," the D.A.'s office ...

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Man Recovering Day After ‘Frightening and Painful’ Shark Attack in North Carolina

Man Recovering Day After 'Frightening and Painful' Shark Attack in North Carolina

A man was taken to the hospital after he was attacked by a shark, July 1,2015, off the coast of Okracoke Island, N.C. (@Jasongreer/Twitter)(OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C.) -- A 68-year-old man bitten by a shark off the coast of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, on Wednesday has been upgraded from fair to good condition today after surviving ...

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David Watts Seeks House District 7 Seat

UPSHUR COUNTY -- A business consultant and 2012 candidate for Texas land commissioner has announced his candidacy for Texas House of Representatives District 7. According to KETK, Upshur County resident David Watts officially filed for the office Wednesday after State Representative David Simpson announced his intention to run for the Texas Senate. In a ...

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Tyler Officers On the Lookout for DWI Drivers during Holiday

TYLER -- The Tyler Police Department will once again be looking out for DWI drivers this July 4 holiday. According to a news release, the department will be participating in a state grant that provides funding to enforce DWI laws. The enforcement detail starts Friday and runs through Saturday.

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Authorities: Runaway Gladewater Teen Surrenders

GLADEWATER -- Authorities say a runaway who allegedly stole her mom's vehicle has surrendered to law enforcement. According to KETK, the Gladewater Police Department says Mary Flowers, 17, was taken into custody by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Police ...

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Five More Texas Counties Get Disaster Status from Storms

Five More Texas Counties Get Disaster Status from Storms

AUSTIN (AP) - Five more Texas counties, including some in East Texas, have been granted federal disaster status to assist with recovery from deadly severe weather since early May. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday announced Bowie, Brazoria, Cherokee, Ellis, and Harrison counties have been added to the list. Individuals ...

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Holda Announces January Retirement as Kilgore College President

KILGORE -- Dr. William M. “Bill” Holda announced Thursday that he will retire as president of Kilgore College effective Jan. 31, 2016. The announcement came exactly 19 years after he was selected as KC's eighth president. In a news release, Holda said the expectation of his first grandchild tops the list of ...

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Marshals Service Warns of Jury Duty Scam

TYLER -- The U.S. Marshal's Service met with media Wednesday to let East Texans know there is a scam going on. KETK reports that according to U.S. Marshal Robert Hobbs, "Citizens are being called by someone purporting to be a U.S. Marshal, a Chief U.S. Marshal, or a staff officer from a ...

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Fugitive Wanted in Colorado Arrested in East Texas

VAN ZANDT COUNTY -- A fugitive wanted out of Colorado has been arrested in Van Zandt County. Joshua Borth, 28, of Wills Point, was wanted out of Durango for sexual assault of a child at a homeless shelter. Borth's mother, Janie Borth, 54, was also arrested for hindering apprehension of a known fugitive. The ...

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Five More Texas Counties Get Disaster Status from Storms

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

marshallflooding_1431098205527_295541_ver1.0AUSTIN (AP) – Five more Texas counties, including some in East Texas, have been granted federal disaster status to assist with recovery from deadly severe weather since early May. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday announced Bowie, Brazoria, Cherokee, Ellis, and Harrison counties have been added to the list. Individuals in 36 Texas counties are now eligible to seek state and federal disaster help from violent weather between May 4 through June 19. The deadline for applying is July 28. Two people died in a May 10 tornado in Van. Memorial Day weekend flooding in parts of Texas claimed more than two dozen lives statewide. Storms and flooding continued into June.

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Fugitive Wanted in Colorado Arrested in East Texas

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

BorthVAN ZANDT COUNTY — A fugitive wanted out of Colorado has been arrested in Van Zandt County. Joshua Borth, 28, of Wills Point, was wanted out of Durango for sexual assault of a child at a homeless shelter. Borth’s mother, Janie Borth, 54, was also arrested for hindering apprehension of a known fugitive. The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office along with the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force arrested Borth at an abandoned structure on his family’s property Wednesday. He was armed with a stolen .22 long rifle and 30-06 rifle. Read more …

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Marshals Service Warns of Jury Duty Scam

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

thumb_us-marshallTYLER — The U.S. Marshal’s Service met with media Wednesday to let East Texans know there is a scam going on. KETK reports that according to U.S. Marshal Robert Hobbs, “Citizens are being called by someone purporting to be a U.S. Marshal, a Chief U.S. Marshal, or a staff officer from a local sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agency. Citizens are then advised that they’ve failed to show up for jury duty or some other violation that a fine has been assessed against them.” They’re told by this fake official to buy a gift card to make payments. And they’re told if they don’t pay, there will be a warrant out for their arrest. Hobbs adds, “They’re given the names of local judges in order to give it some legitimacy.” Read more …

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Holda Announces January Retirement as Kilgore College President

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

HoldaDesk_FrontSmileKILGORE — Dr. William M. “Bill” Holda announced Thursday that he will retire as president of Kilgore College effective Jan. 31, 2016. The announcement came exactly 19 years after he was selected as KC’s eighth president. In a news release, Holda said the expectation of his first grandchild tops the list of reasons for his departure. He also pointed to the college’s reaccreditation process, which begins next year and ends in 2018. Holda said the new president should be on board to initiate the reaccreditation review — and should be on board when the process is complete. He also said the college is in good hands as it prepares for new leadership. Holda has worked at KC since 1975, starting out as an instructor of voice, ear training, opera workshop, and music theory.

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Tyler Man Found Not Guilty in Longview Trial

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Coydarel Latroyed SimmonsLONGVIEW — A Tyler hairdresser has been acquitted in Gregg County on charges of molesting a child. The jury in 124th state district court deliberated around an hour Wednesday before returning the not guilty verdict in the trial of Coydarel Latroyed Simmons, 28. He had been tried on two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

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Tyler Officers On the Lookout for DWI Drivers during Holiday

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

thumb_Dont-drink-logoTYLER — The Tyler Police Department will once again be looking out for DWI drivers this July 4 holiday. According to a news release, the department will be participating in a state grant that provides funding to enforce DWI laws. The enforcement detail starts Friday and runs through Saturday.

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David Watts Seeks House District 7 Seat

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm

IMG_0312_(3)UPSHUR COUNTY — A business consultant and 2012 candidate for Texas land commissioner has announced his candidacy for Texas House of Representatives District 7. According to KETK, Upshur County resident David Watts officially filed for the office Wednesday after State Representative David Simpson announced his intention to run for the Texas Senate. In a news release, Watts termed himself a conservative Republican and cited concerns about “a relentless assault on our liberties from an intrusive Federal Government.” As of his filing, Watts claimed endorsements from “more than 150 citizens and conservative leaders in House District 7.”

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Authorities: Runaway Gladewater Teen Surrenders

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Mary Katlyn FlowerGLADEWATER — Authorities say a runaway who allegedly stole her mom’s vehicle has surrendered to law enforcement. According to KETK, the Gladewater Police Department says Mary Flowers, 17, was taken into custody by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Police say the car was taken on June 26 and recovered in New Mexico. Officials believe Flowers was en route to California.

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Graduation at Kilgore College Fire Academy

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Kilgore College Fire AcademyKILGORE — Kilgore College Fire Academy No. 95 held its graduation ceremony 6:30 Wednesday night at the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center Auditorium in Kilgore. The following students were Fire Academy #95 candidates for graduation:
Ben Wheeler: Tracy Gore
Gilmer: Fredrick Crump
Kilgore: Michael Frazer and Andrew Williamson
Lindale: Jordan Allen
Longview: Berle “Trey” Anderson and Derek McCuller
Tyler: Travis Johnson, Ethan Mackey and Joshua Stillwaugh

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Texas to Get Nearly $790M in BP Oil Spill Settlement

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

thumb_gregabbott-1HOUSTON (AP) – Texas is receiving nearly $790 million as part of a settlement with oil giant BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Texas is one of five Gulf Coast states receiving money under a nearly $19 billion settlement announced Thursday. Gov. Greg Abbott says the settlement will allow Texas and the rest of the Gulf Coast to “reinvigorate the economic and environmental health of the region.” The blowout of BP’s Macondo well triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In its lawsuit, Texas claimed the spill cost the state tax revenue, reduced revenues at state parks and injured, destroyed or contaminated coastal habitats and a variety of wildlife.

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Inmate Who Fled Austin Hospital Captured near Houston

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – A Central Texas jail inmate who fled during treatment at an Austin hospital has been captured near Houston after several days on the run. Dacious June Parker was being held Thursday in the Harris County jail on an evading arrest charge. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says Parker was caught Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex just north of Houston. Spokesman Roger Wade says Parker was captured following a brief chase. Parker faces an escape charge after fleeing last Saturday from University Medical Center Brackenridge. Parker was being treated for undisclosed medical reasons when he fled after a guard left the room. Parker was awaiting transfer to a Texas prison to serve 20 years for a 2012 aggravated assault. An affidavit says Parker bit off part of a man’s finger.

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Woman, 75, Who Survived Wreck Discharged from Hospital

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Wanda MobleyWICHITA FALLS (AP) – A 75-year-old Texas woman who survived a car crash that left her stranded two days in an isolated ravine has left a hospital. Wanda Mobley of Brownwood was discharged Wednesday from United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls. Hospital spokeswoman Kim Maddin said Thursday that Mobley went to a rehabilitation facility. Mobley suffered a fractured back and scrapes in the June 26 accident while driving alone, more than 300 miles, to a family reunion in McAlester, Oklahoma. Relatives filed a missing person report when she never arrived. A ping from Mobley’s cellphone narrowed the search to a rural area near Seymour, 140 miles north of Brownwood. Family members located Mobley on Sunday, next to her wrecked car. Mobley says she doesn’t plan any more long-distance driving trips by herself.

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Whole Foods CEOs Apologize for Pricing Problems

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm

NEW YORK (AP) – Austin-based Whole Foods Market’s CEOs apologized Thursday for pricing issues at its stores, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats. In a YouTube video, co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said that the mistakes were unintentional. They said the company will increase its training at stores around the county to fix any pricing issues. Last week, New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs said it was expanding its investigation after finding that Whole Foods stores in the city regularly ripped customers off, including overcharging $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp and $4.85 for eight chicken tenders.

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Demoted Ex-Police Chief in Lubbock Retires amid Federal Case

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm

LUBBOCK (AP) – A former police chief in Lubbock has retired days after being demoted to captain amid a federal investigation into department hiring practices. Acting Chief Jerry Brewer says Capt. Roger Ellis retired Wednesday. Ellis had been with the Lubbock Police Department since 1988. Ellis was demoted June 26 by City Manager James Loomis, who did not provide a reason and cited civil service laws. The U.S. Department of Justice earlier accused the Lubbock Police Department of discriminating against women and Hispanics in hiring probationary officers. Questions were raised about the department’s written and physical exam standards. Ellis, while still police chief, said he believed the department’s process was on par with other cities and that its current standards were necessary for the police force.

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Border Patrol Agents Find 11 Immigrants in Closed Trailer

Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm

FALFURRIAS (AP) – Border Patrol agents have rescued 11 immigrants from a closed truck-trailer that was hauling bags of onions through South Texas. Agency officials say the individuals, believed to be in the U.S. illegally, were discovered early Thursday in a search at the Falfurrias checkpoint. A Border Patrol inspection dog alerted officers to something in the trailer. The immigrants were concealed between pallets, with no means of escape in case of emergency. Authorities say all 11 individuals declined medical attention. Details weren’t immediately released on their custody status. The driver was detained pending possible charges. The rig was seized. The National Weather Service says temperatures were in the 70s early Thursday in the area.

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Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games Over PED Test

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The NFL offseason will be a bit longer for Antonio Gates.

The tight end with the San Diego Chargers is being hit with a four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.  

In a statement released by the team, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but...

Low Qualifier Knocks Off Nadal at Wimbledon

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LONDON) -- A low qualifier knocked off the might Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Nadal lost to Dustin Bround, ranked 102nd in the world in four sets.

Nadal, a 30-year-old journeyman, had to qualify just to get into the tournament.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Won’t Face Felony Charges After UCLA Arrest, DA Says

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs will not face felony charges after he allegedly assaulted and threatened a coach with a kettlebell weight at UCLA, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"We've referred the case to the City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration," the D.A.'s office told ABC News...

Wimbledon 2015: Bob Woodruff Goes Inside the Hallowed Tennis Championship

Andraz Gregoric/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and arguably the most anticipated of the four Grand Slam events every year.

It takes place every summer in London and attracts about half a million spectators over the two-week competition. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event still played on grass, and boasts 41 courts, including...

Women’s World Cup: Japan Advances, Will Face US in Final

GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The stage for the 2015 Women's World Cup final is set -- and it's a familiar one.

Japan defeated England 2-1 in the semifinal round Wednesday night to advance to the final. It was a tough loss for England as its defender, Laura Bassett, inadvertently kicked the ball into her own goal, scoring...

US Requests Extradition of FIFA Officials

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York have formally requested the extradition of seven FIFA defendants who were arrested on May 27 in Zurich during a corruption crackdown.

The defendants are facing charges in the U.S. involving $100 million in bribes paid in exchange for media, marketing and sponsorship rights.

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Sprint Cup Returns to Daytona for Night Race

iStock Editoria/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race under the lights Sunday night.

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Kevin Harvick sits atop the Cup standings. He has a 53-point lead...

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 2, Minnesota 1
Oakland 4, Colorado 1
Seattle 7, San Diego 0
Pittsburgh 9, Detroit 3
Chi White Sox 7, St. Louis 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 11, Boston 2
N-Y Yankees 3, L.A. Angels 1
Baltimore 4, Texas 2
Cleveland 8, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Kansas City 5

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Paul Pierce to sign with Clippers for 3 years, $10.6 million, report says

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN(NEW YORK) -– Paul Pierce will join the Los Angeles Clippers after agreeing to a three-year, $10.6 million deal, according to a report by ESPN.

Pierce shot 52.4 percent from behind the arc during the playoffs, and bumped his points per game average from 11.9 in the regular season to 14.6 for the...

Sen. John McCain Hit With Foul Ball at Baseball Game

Sen. John McCain at the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Los Angeles Dodgers watching out for a foul ball, June 30, 2015. (@Dbacks/Twitter)(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Sen. John McCain is used to playing hardball -- but not the kind where he risks getting hit in the face.

That's until Tuesday night, when a foul ball at an Arizona Diamondbacks game...

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Posted/updated on: July 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 07/03/2015@0730C
ISSUED: 07/02/2015 1715C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s, south winds 10-15 mph;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s, southwest winds 10-15 mph;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
INDEPENDENCE DAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 90, southwest winds about 10 mph;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 70s, south winds about 10 mph;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s, south winds 10-15 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SUNDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
MONDAY: morning clouds then partly cloudy, high lower 90s;
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy, high lower 90s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY: morning clouds then partly cloudy, high lower 90s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy forenoon then sunny, high lower 90s.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR July 2, 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 91
MINIMUM 71
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 39.94

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR July 2, 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 92
MINIMUM 76
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 41.46

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 07/02/2015 1711C
AMENDED TO INCREASE POPS FOR SATURDAY. RKP

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 07/02/2015 1419C
Cumulus are moving north with the sea-breeze front along the Texas Coast, and showers
are dissipating over Central Arkansas from an earlier MCS today. Neither of these will reach us.
Instead, skies will be sunny with warm temperatures this afternoon.
The first of three disturbances crosses tomorrow afternoon. Its overnight MCS tonight
could get in here tomorrow morning, though I doubt that. More likely is scattered activity
tomorrow afternoon.
Saturday looks like our best chance for rain with two windows: one Saturday morning
and another Saturday evening.
The final disturbance crosses Sunday afternoon, and that takes the shower activity out of
here.
Temperatures this weekend will run a little below normal, but should go above normal
next week.
At early afternoon today, temperatures were near 90, skies sunny, and winds
southwesterly at 10-20 mph. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 07/02/2015 1713C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday MOSTLY CLOUDY 74/91 10%/30%
Saturday THUNDERSTORMS 74/90 30%/50%
Sunday MOSTLY CLOUDY 74/91 30%/30%

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Law Enforcement Ramps Up Security for July 4th Weekend

Photo by John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement agencies around the country say they are pulling out all the stops to make sure that this year’s Independence Day celebrations are not disrupted by a terror attack. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have issued a bulletin to authorities nationwide, warning that ISIS sympathizers may try to...

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Man Recovering Day After ‘Frightening and Painful’ Shark Attack in North Carolina

A man was taken to the hospital after he was attacked by a shark, July 1,2015, off the coast of Okracoke Island, N.C. (@Jasongreer/Twitter)(OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C.) -- A 68-year-old man bitten by a shark off the coast of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, on Wednesday has been upgraded from fair to good condition today after surviving what he described as...

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Fire at Mt. Zion AME Church in South Carolina Attributed to ‘Natural’ Causes

A fire broke out at the Mt. Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, June 30, 2015.(Clarendon County Fire Department)(GREELEYVILLE, S.C.) -- The cause of a recent fire that burned down Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina has been classified as stemming from "natural" causes according to the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED)...

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Escaped Prisoner Richard Matt Aimed Shotgun at Agent Who Found and Killed Him

New York State Police(DANNEMORA, N.Y.) -- New York prison escapee Richard Matt aimed a 20-gauge shotgun at the border patrol SWAT team agent who found him after a nearly three-week manhunt and then killed him, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB).

Earlier, state police said only that Matt refused to surrender and that he...

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Ohio Due to Bomb Threat

Angel Di Bilio/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Travelers got a midair scare Thursday on one of the busiest travel days of the year, after an unruly passenger's bomb threat forced a plane to make an emergency landing, a government official told ABC News.

The United Express flight, carrying 53 on board, was headed to Washington D.C. from St. Louis, Missouri,...

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Mansion Murder Suspect’s Lawyer Fired, Says Daron Wint ‘Never Intended’ Harm

aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The D.C. mansion murder case took another strange turn on Thursday as accused killer Daron Wint dismissed his defense attorney, who then told reporters that Wint “never intended or wanted anybody ... to be harmed.”

Attorney Sean Hanover said that a disagreement over defense strategy lead to Wint dropping him as his lawyer. The lawyer was dismissed...

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Georgia Teens Ransack a Walmart Caught on Video

Police are still looking for teens involved in vandalizing a Walmart in Macon, Georgia, around 2 a.m. on June 28, 2015.(Bibb County Sheriff's Office) (MACON, Ga.) -- Police are looking for about 50 teens that allegedly trashed a Walmart in Georgia.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s office released surveillance footage of the group ransacking the store in Macon, Georgia, just before...

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GoFundMe Page Asked for Money to Cover Dylann Roof’s Sister’s Wedding After Charleston Shooting

A screen grab made on July 2, 2015 shows the GoFundMe page created by a person claiming to be Amber Roof that was taken down from the site later on the same day. (GoFundMe)(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A GoFundMe page administered by someone claiming to be Amber Roof asked for donations to fund a "dream honeymoon" and pay off her...

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How to Stay Safe from Shark Attacks over Fourth of July Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Less than two weeks into summer, a string of shark attacks have already been reported in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

So, if you're heading to the beach this Fourth of July weekend, especially vacations spots in North Carolina, where seven shark attacks have been reported since June, experts say it's important to know how...

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Officials Investigate Boardwalk Games Before Summertime Rush

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s summertime and that means family fun in the sun. And for many, boardwalk games are a big part of that. However, a lot of players find themselves frustrated -- sometimes going home empty-handed, which makes them wonder if the games might be rigged.

In New Jersey, every game is inspected at least once a year....

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Pig-Shaped Hot Air Balloon Falls in Emergency Landing, Burns Pilot

Austin Duke(PROVO, Utah) -- A hot air balloon in the shape of a pink piggy bank crashed Thursday morning in Provo, Utah.

The balloon, sponsored by Bank of American Fork at America’s Freedom Festival, got hit by another balloon’s basket and the top of the pig had a 6- to 8-foot hole torn in the nylon, festival safety officer...

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‘All Clear’ at Washington Navy Yard After Lockdown for Report of Possible Shooter

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Navy Yard is "all clear," after being placed on lockdown Thursday morning, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

No threats were found, the source said.

In a tweet, the U.S. Navy said the facility, which is about 1.5 miles from the Capitol, was "on lockdown/shelter in place" -- although "no incident can be confirmed as...

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Thousands Evacuated After Train Hauling Chemicals Catches Fire in Tennessee

ABCNews.com(BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn.) — A train carrying chemicals partially derailed and caught fire overnight in Blount County, Tennessee, displacing up to 5,000 people, authorities said.

The CSX train was traveling from Cincinnati to Waycross, Georgia when the fire broke out, said Kristin Seay with CSX Corporate Communications. The train was carrying liquefied petroleum gas and acrylonitrile – a product...

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Fireworks Won’t Fly on July 4th, TSA Says

Purestock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Transportation Security Administration would like to take this opportunity to remind you fireworks are not permitted on planes this Fourth of July weekend, or any other time of the year for that matter.

"Most fireworks are meant to fly high in the sky, but never via a commercial aircraft," the TSA wrote on its blog. "Fireworks...

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California Woman Rescued Two Days After SUV Plunged off Cliff

iStock/Thinkstock(MALIBU, Calif.) -- A California woman is recovering from two days trapped in her SUV after it plunged off a cliff.

Jennifer Duron, 40, vanished Monday when she was on her way home from a run in Malibu. Her family reported her missing, unaware her vehicle was sitting 70 feet down an embankment.

Duron was stuck for two days...

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British Bodies Flown Back to UK After Tunisia Attack

LorenzoT81/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Bodies of British victims from the deadly attack on foreigners in Tunisia are being flown back home.

After a terror attack at a Tunisian resort that left 38 people killed, 30 of which were British citizens, nine of the British victims’ bodies were headed back to the U.K. on Thursday.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack...

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Top ISIS Leader Killed by US Drone Strike in Syria

zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. drone strike has killed a top ISIS leader in charge of the terror group’s foreign fighter operations and moving people and supplies into Syria and Iraq.

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Tariq bin Tahar-Al-Awni-al-Harzi was killed in an airstrike in Syria on June 16, the day after his brother Ali was killed in another drone...

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New Horizons Sends Back Images of Mystery Dark Spots on Pluto

New color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. (NASA)(NEW YORK) -- Several mysterious dark spots on the surface of Pluto have caught the attention of NASA researchers as the New Horizons probe makes its final...

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Investigation Launched After Robot Kills Worker at Volkswagen Plant

Miguel Villagran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An investigation has been launched into the death of a 22-year-old contractor this week at a Volkswagen plant in Germany after an industrial robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate, officials said.

"Earlier this week a contractor was injured while installing some machinery in the Kassel factory. He died later in...

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New Embassies Open Door to Cuba’s Health Care Triumphs

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama proclaimed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 50 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) was simultaneously celebrating Cuba Wednesday as the first country ever to eliminate mother-to-child transmissions of HIV/AIDS and congenital syphilis.

Dr. Roberto Morales, minister of public health and the first Cuban minister to come...

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Eight Arrested in Tunisia in Connection to Beach Resort Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(TUNIS, Tunisia) -- Tunisian police have arrested eight people suspected of being involved in last week's deadly attack on foreign tourists in a beachside resort.

Authorities say they're also on the hunt for two other suspects who trained in a Libyan jihadi camp alongside the 23-year-old gunman who carried out last Friday's massacre.

A total of 38 people were...

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Dozens Dead After Ferry Capsizes in the Philippines

STR/AFP/Getty Images(MANILA, Philippines) -- At least 36 people are dead after a ferry carrying 189 people capsized in the Philippines Thursday.

In all, there were 173 passengers and 16 crew members aboard the Kim Nirvana. So far, 127 people have been rescued and 26 remain unaccounted for. Rescue operations continue.

It is unclear what caused the ferry to overturn...

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Brazilian Couple’s Frightening Cliffhanging Photos Will Make Your Heart Stop

Leonardo Pereira (NEW YORK) — Leonardo Pereira said he admits to being afraid the first time he ever allowed himself to dangle from the almost 3,000-foot cliff of Pedra da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"The first time I was a bit scared," Pereira told ABC News. "I just sit down, but the next time I hang off and...

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An Overlooked Hero of Navy SEALs’ Operation Red Wings

Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Erik Kristensen died trying to rescue his fellow SEALs in the Operation Red Wings disaster 10 years ago. (Kristensen Family)(NEW YORK) -- When Ed and Suzanne Kristensen first heard about a Chinook helicopter being shot down in eastern Afghanistan on June 28, 2005, at first they feared for their Navy SEAL son Erik, who was...

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Officials: Facebook, Twitter Not Reporting ISIS Messages

Michał Ludwiczak/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites would be required to report suspected terror messages to law enforcement authorities under a bill approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee, something U.S. and British law enforcement officials told ABC News they do not routinely do now.

The bill, which is headed for consideration before the whole...

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Some Greeks Turn to Electronic Currency Bitcoin During Euro Troubles

arinahabich/iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) -- The cash crunch in Greece may be driving some local interest in alternative currencies as one bitcoin company targets Europeans to "take control of their own wealth."

This week, there was a 35 percent increase in activity in Greece compared to average weeks for the company Coinbase, which allows people to buy and store bitcoins, the...

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Princess Charlotte’s Christening: Royal Mint Unveils Christening Coin

The Royal Mint(LONDON) -- The final countdown to Sunday’s christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge kicked off Wednesday with the release of the newborn princess’ christening coin.

The coin’s decoration of harp-playing cherubs surrounded by swags of lilies is a symbol of the link between 2-month-old Princess Charlotte and her nearly 2-year-old brother, Prince George, whose christening...

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What Could Happen If Greece Leaves the European Union

iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) -- If Greece and its 11 million people left the European Union, it would be an unprecedented move within the monetary system that gave birth to the currency known as the euro.

A referendum, which has already been criticized as confusing and illegal, scheduled on Sunday will help determine whether a "Grexit" -- Greek exit -- from...

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As New Ebola Cases Emerge in Liberia, Officials Race to Halt Outbreak

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Confirmation of new Ebola infections in Liberia this week have brought back fears that another outbreak could run rampant in the West African country, but experts caution that the government and aid organizations are far more prepared now to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Officials from Liberia's Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism...

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Jupiter, Venus Pull Off Spectacle in Night Sky

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Venus and Jupiter pulled off a grand spectacle in the night sky.

Both bright planets appeared to glide closer together over the month of June in a conjunction NASA called the "best backyard sky show of 2015."

The planets have been slowly getting closer to each other over the past few weeks. Tuesday night marked the...

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This $16 Hot Dog Is No Ballpark Frank

The "Humm Dog" is a bacon wrapped hot dog with truffle mayonnaise, Gruyere, truffle celery relish and celery leaves. (Angel Canales)(NEW YORK) -- The hot dog is a staple of American summer. As the country celebrates the Fourth of July this weekend, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs.

Most...

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Markets Close Slightly Lower, As Focus Shifts to Weekend Greece Vote

r_drewek/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets ended the day slightly lower on Thursday, as all eyes are once again on Greece and its referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,730.11, down 27.80 from its open.

The NASDAQ was down by 3.91 to finish the day at 5,009.21, while the S&P 500 was also down by 0.64...

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Fourth of July: Let These Five Apps Help With Fun, Food, Travel Plans

StephanieFrey/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Fourth of July!

Whether you're hitting the road, planning an all-American cookout or looking for some fun in the sun, these five apps can help you enjoy the holiday weekend to its fullest.

The Revolution: Interactive Guide


First things first, let's not forget why we're celebrating the Fourth of July. This free app for the...

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SoBe Apologizes for Joke Bottle Cap Message About ‘Trapped’ Worker

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Beverage brand SoBe is apologizing for a joke message under its bottle caps that has caused some alarm among drinkers.

Some customers say the message under some SoBe caps with the words, "Help me trapped in SoBe factory," is no joking matter.

"It's tasteless and mocks people who actually do work in slave like conditions ......

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Whole Foods Founder, CEO Apologize for Overcharging

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The CEOs and founder of Whole Foods are apologizing for overcharging customers and offering free food to people in return.

"Straight up, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it,” Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, said in a video published on Wednesday.

Investigators...

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USPS Unveils New Elvis Stamp Artwork

Elvis Presley featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1993. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Just like his previous postage stamp from 1993, a new stamp featuring Elvis Presley shows the King of Rock and Roll in his youthful glory.

The United States Postal Service released the artwork Thursday for the upcoming Presley stamp that will be issued on Aug....

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BP Reaches $18.7 Billion Settlement with US and Gulf States over 2010 Oil Spill

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — BP and federal officials Thursday announced an $18.7 billion settlement reached between the company, the U.S. government and the five Gulf Coast states most affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

A federal judge has ruled that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the spill that dumped more than 130 gallons of oil...

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Facebook’s Plan for Laser Communication System

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mark Zuckerberg gave the world its first look at a laser communications system being developed by Facebook's Connectivity Lab as a way to quickly beam data into communities.

"This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his Facebook wall.

While a network of lasers could...

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Unemployment Rate Falls to Seven-Year Low as Economy Adds 223K Jobs in June

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) —The employment picture is healing, though some weakness remains. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent as employers add 223,000 jobs in June -- a seven year low.

The large drop in the unemployment rate is likely to due to the amount of Americans who have given up on on their job searches and were no longer...

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Janet Jackson Launches New Jewelry Line

Image Courtesy Mary Ellen Matthews/Universal(NEW YORK) — Janet Jackson glowed during her appearance Sunday at the 2015 BET Awards, but she also had an extra sparkle thanks to the expensive accessories she wore, which are from her newly launched jewelry collection.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the singer has partnered with Paul Raps New York and is coming out...

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On the Job with the “Property Brothers”: Everything You Need to Know to Prep Your Home for Sale

"Nightline" went on the job with HGTV superstars Jonathan (left) and Drew (right) Scott, better known as the "Property Brothers." (ABC News)(NEW YORK) -- Twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, better known as the Property Brothers, have turned their combined expertise in home improvement and real estate into do-it-yourself TV gold.

The HGTV superstars now have four highly...

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Stocks Rebound as Investors Remain Hopeful on Greece

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks rebounded on Wednesday as investors remained hopeful on ongoing proposals in Greece in pay off billions in debt.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,757.91 on Wednesday, up 138.40 from its open.

The NASDAQ was up by 26.26 to finish the day at 5,013.12, while the S&P 500 was up by 14.31 to finish...

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Twitter’s Change of Power: What Awaits Incoming Interim CEO

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down from his position Wednesday as the social media network faces increased pressure to show investors it has a strategy for growth.

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, will step into his old role of CEO on an interim basis as Twitter's board searches for a permanent replacement who will...

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Macy’s Dumps Donald Trump; He Says It Was His Decision

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Donald Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, another one of his business deals has gone south.

Macy's department stores, which carried the billionaire presidential candidate's menswear collection, will no longer do so. In a statement, the store says, "Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no...

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Whiskey Wins America’s Wallets with 42 States Ranking It Top Tipple

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One thing’s for sure: America loves its alcohol. But apparently each state loves certain kinds more.

Analyzing information culled from its 700,000 users, drinking social app BARTRENDr compiled data on the most popular beer and liquor brands by state.

Unsurprisingly, Bud Light is the American king of beers, with 33 states naming it its favorite beer....

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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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How Bernie Sanders Is Attracting Monster Crowds (and Whether Hillary Should Be Worried)

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- "Bernie-mentum." No one is quite sure how to spell it, but Bernie Sanders supporters definitely feel the growing momentum for their underdog candidate.

“Hopefully, Webster dictionary will recognize it as a new word soon,” said volunteer Tyson Manker of Jacksonville, Illinois, who drove five hours to help at Sanders’s massive rally in...

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President Obama and Scott Walker Vie for Spotlight in Wisconsin

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker(L) after arriving on Air Force One at La Crosse Regional Airport in La Crosse, Wisconsin, July 2, 2015. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)(LA CROSSE, Wis.) -- When President Obama touched down La Crosse, Wisconsin  on Thursday to give a speech on the economy, he was forced to share the spotlight...

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President Obama Mocks GOP Nominating Contest as Political “Hunger Games”

ABC News(LA CROSSE, Wis.) -- What if the presidential nominating process were like Hunger Games?

Well, President Obama suggested on Thursday that the GOP field has enough candidates to try it out.

“I've lost count how many Republicans are running for this job. They'll have enough for an actual Hunger Games,” Obama joked during a speech in...

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Jim Webb Announces 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid, Challenging Hillary Clinton

Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) -- Former Virginia senator and author Jim Webb will officially seek the Democratic presidential nomination, he announced on Thursday, acknowledging that he will face an uphill battle against Hillary Clinton.

"After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States,”...

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Why America Ferrera Is Saying ‘Thank You!’ to Donald Trump

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Actress and activist America Ferrera joined the growing ranks of Donald Trump opponents on Thursday, arguing in an online missive that the real estate mogul’s recent comments about Latinos are backfiring.

“I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are -- people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and...

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Rick Perry: Democrats Have Failed African Americans

Stewart F. House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Perry was in Washington, D.C. Thursday, taking on the issue of race.

The former Texas governor told the National Press Club that the Democratic party has failed African Americans.

"I am here to tell you that it is Republicans, not Democrats, who are truly offering black Americans the hope of a better life...

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Today on the Trail — 7/2/15

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Thursday?

Read on below to find out their campaign schedules:

Bernie Sanders

The Vermont senator will be in Iowa, where he'll hold town-halls at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge at 4 p.m. ET and Morningside College in Sioux City at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Chris Christie

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New Poll Shows Sanders ‘Gaining Ground’ on Clinton Among Iowa Democrats

US Congress(NEW YORK) — Bernie Sanders “gaining ground” on Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The Vermont senator appears to be closing the gap between him and Clinton in the Iowa Democratic Caucus. He is now trailing Clinton, the front-runner, 52-33 percent among likely Democratic Caucus participants, say the poll results.

Vice President Joe Biden...

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Announce 2016 Plans on July 13

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Scott Walker will announce his presidential intentions on July 13, aides to the Wisconsin governor confirm to ABC News.

The announcement will come in the afternoon in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Walker will also officially file his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

The news comes on the same day that Walker will greet President Obama...

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President Obama Says He’s ‘Not Buying’ “New York Times” Advice to Add Peas to Guacamole

nata_vkusidey/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has officially settled #GuacGate2015, the Internet's intense reaction to a controversial New York Times tweet on Wednesday saying, "Add green peas to your guacamole. Trust us."

The verdict? Obama, like the majority of America, isn't buying the ideas of peas in his guac.

Obama added he respected the Times but that he's sticking to his...

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How Harry Reid Is Fighting for Burning Man

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate's top Democrat has joined the ongoing fight between the Burning Man arts festival and the Bureau of Land Management over adding amenities to the famed do-it-yourself celebration.

The agency, which administers government-owned land, has asked organizers to construct a million-dollar compound for officials supervising the event, which is held on federal...

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Here Are All the Companies That Have Dumped Donald Trump

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It’s only been two weeks since he entered the presidential race, but billionaire Donald Trump has already seen some of his most prominent business relationships go up in smoke following remarks he made about Mexico on the very first day of his campaign.

“When Mexico sends its people they aren't sending their best,” Trump said at...

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Take a Look at the Cuban Embassy That Will Reopen in the US

The Flag pole in front of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington, D.C. stands for the first time. It cannot fly a flag, however, until after it is officially declared an Embassy. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- After more than 50 years, the Cuban and American embassies will fly their flags once again.

According to diplomatic notes exchanged on Saturday, formal...

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Metal Spikes Installed on White House Fence

Pictured are the old (R) and new parts (L) of the White House fence. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- Metal spikes were installed atop the White House fence Wednesday, the latest enhancement to fortify the security perimeter at the White House.

Two metal spikes of different lengths were squeezed in between the existing spears lining the fence.

U.S. Secret Service and...

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Obama: ‘New Chapter’ Begins as US, Cuba Will Open Embassies

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday hailed the start of a "new chapter" as he announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month, and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years.

"More than 54 years ago at the height of...

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Measles Death Under Investigation in Washington

RidvanArda/iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Officials are investigating the first measles death for the U.S. in a dozen years.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, a recent autopsy revealed a Clallam County woman died this spring because of an undetected measles infection.

A news release said she most likely was exposed during a visit to a local medical facility...

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Possible Link Between Eye Color and Alcoholism Risk Revealed in New Study

malyugin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's a new potential clue in the ongoing effort to understand the genetic links to alcoholism: eye color.

People with lighter eye colors appear to be more likely to develop alcoholism, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

The study, published this week, examined genetic samples from 1,263 people...

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Mystery Solved: Woman with Amnesia and Battling Cancer Has Been Identified

Agencies including INTERPOL are helping with the search for “Sam’s” family and true identity.(http://www.interpol.int/)(CARLSBAD, Calif.) -- A woman with amnesia and battling cancer who was found wandering in southern California has finally learned who she is after she and officials -- both at the local and international level -- spent months searching for her identity and family.

The woman,...

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Why Mass Killings May Be Contagious, New Study Examines

Moxe/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study is examining whether a single mass killing can be “contagious” -- and therefore lead to other violent incidents.

Researchers from Arizona State University examined data from mass shootings and looked for “clusters” of shootings that would indicate they didn’t occur at the same time by chance.

Sherry Tower, lead author of the study...

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Georgia Dentist Office Defends ‘Papoose’ Restraint After Parent Complaint

Fuse/Thinkstock(CARROLTON, Ga.) -- A Georgia dentistry practice that’s under fire for using a restraint device on a child is defending its use of the so-called papoose board, saying every parent signs a consent form and is allowed to stay with the child during a procedure.

“[The] guideline is, if the child is moving a lot or crying or kicking,...

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Nick Jonas Chides CrossFit over Diabetes Tweet

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Singer Nick Jonas is taking on CrossFit after the company’s tweet about diabetes and an iconic sugary drink.

In a tweet on Monday, the extreme fitness company wrote: “Pour some out for your dead homies.” The comment was posted next to an image of a Coca-Cola bottle and the words “Open Diabetes” and with...

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Your Body: Where Do Teens Get Their Health Information?

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

I get questions from teenagers every day -- and not just in my own house from my own teenage children, but from my teenage patients.

I’ll get a text, a Tweet, a Facebook message -- even an Instagram message. But where do most teens get their health information?

Today, they...

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Do Blue Eyes Mean a Greater Chance of Alcoholism?

iStock/Thinkstock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — Go ahead, have another drink — unless you've got blue eyes.  Then you might want to switch to soda, according to a new study that claims people with lighter-colored eyes have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics.

As reported by Science Daily, researchers at the University of Vermont found Americans of European descent who had...

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Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t Fooling Your Brain

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — They may fool your tongue, but they're not fooling your brain.  Artificial sweeteners, that is.  And it could mean they're not as beneficial to losing weight as we may think.

A new study published in the journal Neuron finds although some common "no-calorie" artificial sweeteners may do a fine job of tricking the taste buds into...

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Why Female Prison Employees May Risk Having Sexual Relationships with Inmates

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As allegations emerged about the potential relationship between two escaped convicted felons and a prison employee, one former female corrections officer is providing an insider perspective on forbidden love behind bars.

According to Robin Kay Miller, 53, a corrections officer for nearly 20 years until she retired in 2005, sex between officers and inmates has always...

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Tennessee Man Promises Wife Second Wedding After Losing Her Memory in Car Crash

Kayla Williams(BRISTOL, Tenn.) -- Jeremy Stamper said he was heartbroken when he learned that his wife of just a few short weeks, Justice Stamper, had forgotten the details of their wedding day after losing her short term memory in a car crash.

"She finally came out and told me she didn’t remember the wedding," Stamper of Bristol, Tennessee told...

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11-Year-Old Girl ‘Allergic’ to Sunlight

Savannah Fulkerson cannot spend time in the sun without causing injury to her skin. (KABC-TV)(LOS ANGELES) -- Around the time Savannah Fulkerson turned 4, she became unable to spend any length of time outdoors.

“We’d be outside about 20 minutes or so … she’d say, ‘I burn!’” recalled Savannah’s mother Andrea Fulkerson. Fulkerson remembers Savannah in so much pain...

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Study: Surgery May Beat Diet and Exercise for Diabetes

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Recent research has pointed to the effectiveness of weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass and laparoscopic banding in treating diabetes. Now, a new study suggests that these surgical approaches may even be more effective at eliminating the disease than the tried-and-true methods of lifestyle intervention -- in other words, diet and exercise.

Researchers conducted a randomized...

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Despite Warnings, Adults Using Indoor Tanning Beds Largely Undeterred

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In recent years, the media has been replete with warnings from medical authorities concerning the dangers of indoor tanning beds -- dangers that include skin cancer, wrinkles and potentially blinding eye conditions.

Despite this, a new study -- published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Dermatology -- using data from a large nationally representative survey shows that...

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Sunburn ‘Art’ Makes Experts Cringe

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This summer some sunbathers are getting a little creative by trying their hand with “sunburn” art.

On social media people can be found using sunblock or temporary tattoos to create “artful” sunburns. But experts cringe at the practice, warning that any sunburn can lead to damage and increased chance of skin cancer.

“This is where popular...

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Trey Songz Talks About Lacking Relationship with His Father

Image Courtesy James Dimmock/Atlantic Records

(NEW ORLEANS) -- Trey Songz rarely talks about his father, Claude Neverson, Jr. It's because the R&B singer hasn't spoken to him in more than four years. Still, he recently opened up about his absent dad.

"I didn't have a male figure in my life so I had my mother, I had all my aunties. The strength of them gave...

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Chris Daughtry Plays for the Troops, Chows Down on Fourth of July

RCA RecordsTo some, the Fourth of July means the beach, beer and barbecues, but Daughtry will spend that day being reminded of the true meaning of the holiday -- they'll be performing for the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  "It's just, like, the best crowd ever," says Chris Daughtry.

"That’s gonna be fun. We always love playing for...

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Trisha Yearwood Lives Up to Her Culinary Reputation on the 4th

Russ Harrington/Sunshine SachsHaving written three best-selling cookbooks and hosting her hit show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, on the Food Network, it’s no surprise that Independence Day at Grammy-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood’s house sounds like it lives up to her culinary reputation. But the Peach State native says she tends to stick to family traditions, like her mother’s coleslaw. ...

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Longtime “Sesame Street” Regular Leaving the Show

Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesOne of Sesame Street's most beloved cast members is leaving the show.

During the American Library Association Annual Conference Monday, Sonia Manzano -- best known as "Maria" on Sesame Street -- announced she's stepping down.

"After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the Library tweeted Monday.

Manzano, 65, has won...

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Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant Finds New TV Home

ABC NewsAfter being dropped by NBC and Univision, Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant has found a home on the Reelz cable network.

“The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part...

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Laurence Fishburne to Star in “Roots” Remake

ABC/Michael AnsellBlack-ish star Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, in a remake of the 1977 ABC miniseries being simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story, chronicling the life of Kunta Kinte, will be an original, contemporary production, combining material from Haley's novel...

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Sandra Bullock Scared by Media’s “Open Hunting Season” on Women

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesMonths after being named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman, Sandra Bullock is speaking out against what she calls the media's shaming attacks on women's looks and age.

"I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or...

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Paul Rudd Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagicAnt-Man star Paul Rudd got a huge honor Wednesday: the 2,554th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rudd seemed truly overwhelmed to get a star, saying, "This is incredible."

He was impressed that his Ant-Man co-star Michael Douglas showed up to say a few words. Douglas talked about not being impressed the first time he met Rudd...

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Billy Joel Sets MSG Performance Record with Help from Kevin James

Al Pereira/WireImageBilly Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.

He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist. 

Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We...

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Stephen Colbert Hosts Michigan Cable Access Show, Interviews Eminem

Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTubeWhile the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe.

The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube...

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Iggy Azalea “Saddened” Media Is “Trying to Create a ‘Beef'” Between Her and Britney Spears

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCRapper Iggy Azalea insists that her supposed feud with pop singer Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.

Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two  artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the...

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Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes

Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsAs America prepares to celebrate its independence July 4, country music superstar Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who've helped fight for the country.

So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by...

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Trailer Debuts for “Creed,” New “Rocky” Movie

Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros.A trailer for the latest film in the Rocky series, Creed, had debuted.

The movie stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's rival/pal played by Carl Weathers in previous Rocky films. The trailer features the return of Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa.

Creed, helmed by Jordan's...

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Ben & Jen Reportedly in Therapy “For Years”; Will Continue to Live on Same Property Despite Split

C Flanigan/WireImageWhen Ben Affleck thanked his now-estranged wife Jennifer Garner at the 2013 Oscars for working on their marriage for "10 Christmases," he apparently wasn't kidding.  A source tells US Weekly magazine the couple nearly divorced three years ago, and was participating in regular couples therapy to try to salvage their marriage.

According to the source, the two were...

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Report: TV Land Pulls “Dukes of Hazzard” Reruns from Schedule

CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThe General Lee will no longer race across your TV screens -- at least not on TV Land.  The cable network has pulled re-runs of the show from its schedule, according to Entertainment Weekly.

TV Land hasn't revealed why the show was reportedly pulled, but the move comes amid the growing debate in the U.S....

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It’s embarrassing, it’s inconvenient, it’s potentially a sign of other health problems. Urinary incontinence affects millions of people and it affects men and women for different reasons. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, urology expert Dr. Andrew Roberts answers questions about urinary incontinence in men and women. Visit the Health Connection website!


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Today in History for 2nd July 2015

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