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.
TYLER – Multiple vehicle burglaries may have been solved with the arrest of three men. The burglaries were 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. All three are from Tyler. Bonds on each were set at $500,000. Read more …
TYLER – A Tyler man has drawn a prison term because of a murder late last year. Pleading guilty today 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 Francis Hospital. Barrett was arrested in the case two days later.
LUFKIN — A Lufkin man accused of shooting and killing 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, who lived 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. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. After a three hour search for the suspect, he was found and arrested on Frank Street.
MARSHALL – A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a Longview man for sexual assault of a child. Indicted on three counts was Edwin Craig Volcik, 45. Following a lengthy investigation, which was led by federal officials, Volcik was arrested in January at his home on Quail Lane. The Longview News Journal reports it began with an investigation of child pornography, but turned into something more. Investigators believed some of the children had been sexually assaulted.
SULPHUR SPRINGS — A Tyler man allegedly attempting to have sex with a child was arrested late Wednesday in Sulphur Springs. According to KETK, Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said Joshua Strickland, 30, was taken into custody on suspicion of solicitation of a child for sexual conduct and possession of a controlled substance. Strickland is accused of planning the meetup via a Craigslist ad, but in reality, the suspect was talking to an internet crimes against children officer posing as a 15-year-old girl, according to police. Read more …
LUFKIN (AP) – An East Texas man who told investigators he thought people were out to get him faces up to life in prison for starting several fires in Lufkin. Stanford Jones of Lufkin was convicted Wednesday of three counts of arson. Nobody was hurt in the November 2012 fires in Lufkin blamed on Jones, who remains in custody pending sentencing. Prosecutors say Jones posted angry comments online about thinking people wanted to get him and setting a match to Lufkin. One fire happened at a bar where the 34-year-old Jones had been drinking, later got sick and ended up hospitalized. Jones told police that he believed someone drugged him. He tested positive for cocaine and marijuana while hospitalized. The fires started the day after Jones, who has previous drug convictions, was discharged.
MARSHALL — Multiple reports of a gang fight and gunfire at West End Park on West Rusk Street set the stage for a busy Wednesday night for the Marshall Police Department. According to KETK, reports of a large gang fight were called in to dispatch around 7:00 p.m., but responding officers were unable to locate anything unusual when they arrived. Another large fight, with shots fired, was reported on Paula Street in Bel Air Manor 45 minutes later. Once again the crowd had dispersed before officers arrived. according to police. Officers assigned to the Marshall Criminal Apprehension Team searched the area in an effort to locate the parties involved. Read more …
TYLER — Elections officials from all over Texas came to Tyler Wednesday to learn about election day vote centers, according to a Smith County news release. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson said 68 people attended the workshop, including elections administrators, county clerks, county judges, county commissioners, and election judges from at least 15 counties. Smith County Commissioners JoAnn Hampton, Jeff Warr and Terry Phillips attended. Read more …
TYLER — The City of Tyler Street Department is making repairs to the 400 Block of Shiloh Road at Donnybrook Avenue today. Work started around 8:00 this morning and should be completed around 4:00 this afternoon. Officials say traffic will be diverted to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound on Shiloh Road. Donnybrook Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Shiloh Road and Knoxville Drive. Northbound traffic on Donnybrook Avenue will be detoured to Knoxville Drive. The Street Department encourages travelers to use other routes if possible. Those who must travel through this area are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop.
TYLER – Could there be a run for the White House in Congressman Louie Gohmert’s future? KETK reports The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, asked Gohmert if he would endorse Ted Cruz’s presidential bid. The Tyler Congressman told the paper, “Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding president; however, I haven’t ruled out an exploratory committee myself.” Later Thursday, an aide told the Texas Tribune that Gohmert was not entirely serious. “Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as being ironic,” the aide emailed to the Texas Tribune. Earlier this year, Gohmert went up against House Speaker John Boehner. Gohmert received only three votes.
HOUSTON (AP) — A celebrity booking agency is saying it’s not all right, all right, all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey, a former Longview resident, to speak at the school’s May commencement ceremony. The university has declined to release the information because its contract with Celebrity Talent International includes a confidentiality clause. The school asked the Texas attorney general’s office to issue an opinion on whether such information can be kept private. The Houston Chronicle reports Celebrity Talent International President Glenn Richardson sent a March 9 letter to the attorney general’s office, saying payment and other details in McConaughey’s contract are a trade secret. Richardson also wrote that a reporter could use the information to create “unfair negatives online and take things out of context.”
TYLER — The Junior League of Tyler’s inaugural ‘Touch a Truck’ event is scheduled for tomorrow. The event will feature big-rigs, tricked out monster trucks, emergency vehicles and much more. Keeping with the name, guests will have full access to these vehicles. Community leaders will be on hand and the emphasis is on the kids. Touch a Truck starts at 10:00 tomorrow morning and runs until 4:00. It’s being held in the south parking lot of Broadway Square Mall (by Sears) and tickets are $5 each or $25 per family.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.3% during February for the sixth month in a row of declines. The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that the latest statewide jobless rate compares to 4.4% unemployment in January. The nationwide unemployment rate last month was 5.5%. TWC officials say Texas had a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February, with 357,300 positions added over the year. The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate statewide in February at 2.8%. Commission authorities say the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area recorded the highest jobless rate at 7.7%. Commissioner Ronny Congleton says the Texas workforce is strong and employers know they’ll find skilled workers to match their hiring needs.
AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples. In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples. Texas filed suit last week to block Friday’s implementation of the change. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that complying with the new regulations would have forced state agencies to either violate federal rules or a 2005 gay-marriage ban in the Texas Constitution. Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska joined the lawsuit. A Justice Department spokeswoman says the opinion was under review and it’s not immediately clear how many states are affected.
AUSTIN (AP) — As national unrest swells over police officers not indicted in high-profile shootings, a Texas House panel is trying to calm public concerns that prosecutors who investigate officer-involved incidents are biased. Parents of children shot by Texas law enforcement officers told the newly-created Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement on Thursday that they are concerned about the lack of indictments. Under bills by Democratic representatives Harold Dutton Jr. and Ron Reynolds, officer-involved incidents and police misconduct would be prosecuted by someone other than the law enforcement officer’s local district attorney’s office. The bills were left pending in committee. Dutton told committee members that the “perception of bias has to be eliminated from the system,” adding that now, prosecutors are asked to “essentially prosecute their friends.”
AUSTIN (AP) — The first bill passed by both Texas chambers is on its way to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, a logistical and administrative measure for the Health and Human Services Commission. Sponsored by Republican Representative Four Price, the bill passed the Texas House on Thursday 143-0. It previously cleared the Senate. Although the bill was quite detailed, its 2,275 pages stacked more than a foot high. Price said that it didn’t change policy or give the commission more authority. He said it was the result of a review of the agency and took months to craft. The bill removes archaic language and explains relationships between the executive commissioner and agencies, among other things. Price said the bill was so long that he only read it entirely twice.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate is getting its first taste of what should be a long and contentious debate over voucher plans that supporters say promote “school choice.” Proposals championed by powerful Lt. Governor Dan Patrick let families get state funding to remove children from struggling public schools and send them to private and religious alternatives. Democrats, during Thursday’s Senate Education Committee hearing, decried the idea as funneling funding from already cash-strapped public schools. They also worried that private schools won’t be held to state academic accountability standards. But Sen. Donna Campbell, sponsor of one of the top plans, said making schools adhere to free-market principles of choice will ensure funding is spent more efficiently. Patrick last session promoted major school voucher bills, but they stalled without passing either chamber.
SALADO (AP) — An interstate in Central Texas has fully reopened after a deadly accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into a bridge beam in a construction zone. The Texas Department of Transportation says all lanes of Interstate 35 at Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin, were open Friday. TxDOT spokesman David Glessner says engineers are inspecting damage to the highway bridge, which had been under construction. The driver of pickup truck was killed and three other people were hurt when the oversized 18-wheeler hit and brought down a construction beam. Glessner says three signs were posted leading up to the bridge indicating clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches. Investigators believe the truck or its cargo was too tall to pass under the bridge.
TERRELL (AP) — A multimillion dollar deal to privatize a public psychiatric hospital in Terrell has been killed after a state audit revealed contract irregularities by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. According to the Austin American-Statesman the State Auditor’s Office released a report Wednesday detailing how the process to privatize Terrell State Hospital bypassed procurement laws, used a flawed scoring system and did not consider if the state was receiving the most cost-effective deal. The report says that Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek played a role in some of the contract problems. The tentative contract was approved last October, but Janek stopped talks with Correct Care Solutions in late February about six weeks after the audit began. Janek says that he halted the contracted because he felt that a deal that would be good for taxpayer’s could not be reached.
AUSTIN (AP) — University of Texas Provost Gregory Fenves has been named the sole finalist for school president after a months-long search for a leader. Fenves would succeed Bill Powers, who was pressured to resign after years of clashes with some board members and former Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Powers leaves office June 1. University of Texas System regents had appeared to settle on Oxford Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton, but he dropped out earlier this month to take the job as president of New York University. A split board voted 5-3 to name the 58-year-old Fenves as the sole finalist. He is the university’s chief academic officer and ranked No. 2 behind Powers. He also oversaw the university admissions office. The board must wait 21 days before formally hiring him.
COPPELL (AP) — Retail gasoline prices have slipped a penny this week across Texas. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide settled at $2.22 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices held steady at $2.42 per gallon. Drivers in the Dallas area are paying the most for gasoline, at an average $2.26 per gallon. The AAA survey found Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline statewide at $2.15 per gallon. Association experts say global crude prices have tumbled with reports of growing supply and the strengthening U.S. dollar.
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(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz still believes he is a future Hall of Famer, despite testing positive for a banned substance by the MLB.
"Let me tell you something. Say whatever you want about me -- love me, hate me. But I'm no bulls------. I never knowingly took any steroids," Ortiz wrote on The...
(DALLAS) -- Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft, said on Thursday that there are more gay players currently playing in the NFL.
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(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young has a left knee strain that will keep him out of Friday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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(NEW YORK) -- The first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, pitcher Brady Aiken, had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.
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(CLEVELAND) -- Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds, to lift No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 7 Wichita State 81-70 Thursday. The Irish have advanced to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.
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(LOS ANGELES) -- Trailing by seven with 10:25 remaining, Wisconsin went on a 19-6 run, finished off by a Sam Decker layup, which gave the top-seeded Badgers the lead for good; they moved on to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament by knocking off the Tar Heels 79-72 Thursday.
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Midwest Region: (1) Kentucky 78 (37-0) - (5) West Virginia 39 (25-10)
(3) Notre Dame 81 (32-5) - (7) Wichita St 70 (30-5)
West Region: (1) Wisconsin 79 (34-3) - (4) North Carolina 72 (26-12)
(2) Arizona 68 (34-3) - (6) Xavier 60 (23-14)
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Two sources told NFL.com that the team will allow Pagano to see out the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2012.
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(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers released offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Thursday, the team announced.
Martin spent one season in San Francisco, appearing in 15 games (nine starts) at right tackle.
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Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/27/2015@1800C
ISSUED: 03/27/2015 0432C
TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 62
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 40
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 64
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 42
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: partly sunny, high upper 60s, west winds about 10 mph becoming northwesterly 10-20 mph by mid-day;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 40s, north winds about 5 mph becoming light easterly;
TOMORROW: mostly sunny, high middle 70s, south winds 10-15 mph;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 50s, south winds about 10 mph;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy and breezy, high upper 70s, south winds 10-20 mph.
SUNDAY NIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers, low upper 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers, low upper 50s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 60;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 26, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 26, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 50 66
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 49 72 0.75
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 50 71 0.11
Corsicana Campbell Field 52 68 0.15
Crockett Houston County Airport 57 66
Dallas Love Field 52 70 Tr.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 51 72 tr.
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 53 69
Fort Worth Meacham Field 51 66 0.04
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 50 66
Greenville–Majors Field 50 70
Hallsville CWOP 53 67
Hawkins CWOP 51 69
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 52 64
Houston Hobby Airport 61 69 0.04
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 52 65
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 52 68 0.01
Longview City 53 68
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 52 66 tr.
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 59 67 Tr.
Marshall Harrison County Airport 56 68
Mineola/Quitman Wood County Airport 52 70
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 51 68
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 54 63
Palestine Municipal Airport 52 67
Paris HADS 49 71 0.54
Shreveport Regional Airport 55 67 tr.
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 51 69
Terrell Municipal Airport 53 70 Tr.
Texarkana Webb Field 52 68 0.15
Tyler–City Office 51 67
Tyler–Pounds Field 52 68
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/27/2015 0422C
The 1025-mb. High is centered near San Angelo this morning, and has brought temperatures
running from the high 30s to lower 40s. There probably is some light frost in favored locations
as winds have dropped to near calm, and skies are clear to fair with only some high cirrus.
We’re looking at another cold front moving into the area this afternoon. It is currently
just north of the Oklahoma/Kansas border. It will have little effect on temperatures but will
swing winds around to the north for about 18 hours.
That ridge, 1026 mbs., goes east of us tomorrow, and the warm-up sets in.
Another cold front will go stationary in the area on Monday. Combine this with lift from
disturbances coming in the zonal flow aloft, and we have shower chances and slightly above
normal temperatures for most of next week. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/27/2015 0430C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday PARTLY CLOUDY 69/44 05%/00%
Saturday PARTLY CLOUDY 75/55 00%/00%
Sunday PARTLY CLOUDY 79/60 10%/20%
(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said Friday in a Boston courtroom that the former New England Patriots star denied involvement in a friend's alleged murder.
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(LONDON) -- Duchess Kate Middleton stepped out in a hot pink coat Friday at what could be her final public appearance before she gives birth to her second child, which is due next month.
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"To commemorate Frappuccino's 20th anniversary, Starbucks is offering a limited-time Birthday Cake Frappuccino blended beverage," the company's website says. The drink will include vanilla bean and hazelnut flavors and will be topped with...
(NEW YORK) -- A Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company may have created the ultimate solution to a problem that has plagued us for years -- how to get the last drop out of the ketchup bottle.
LiquiGlide has created a solution that "makes viscous liquids slide easily," the company's website says. The company's solution...
(NEW YORK) -- A Pennsylvania man is feeling very well, thank you, after he won a $7 million lottery prize from a ticket that was enclosed in a get-well card from his father.
“I don’t play the lottery at all, but my father is a retired hospital administrator-turned-avid Lottery player,” Joseph Amorese of Easton, Pennsylvania, said, according to...
(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.
But, "the initial reports of a...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama calls it one of the world's most pressing public health crises, and on Friday, his administration is announcing a long-awaited plan to tackle it, releasing the first ever White House strategy to counter superbugs and antibiotic resistance.
The 63-page national action plan released Friday outlines steps to strengthen surveillance and spur the development...
(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — It’s not every day that the President openly applauds the Republican-led House of Representatives, much less House Speaker John Boehner. But that’s exactly what he did before a crowd in Birmingham Thursday night, praising Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for passing the Doc Fix.
“The good news is that...
(WASHINGTON) -- Having a parent who works at the White House is no longer a prerequisite for participating in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The chance to spend a day “at work” at the White House used to be limited to the sons and daughters of...
(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a Senate career that has spanned three decades.
Known for his feisty and combative style in the Senate, the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat made the announcement in a YouTube video earlier Friday morning.
Earlier this year, Reid suffered a serious eye...Read more...
Secret Service Officials Reported Agents in White House Incident Did Not Appear Intoxicated, Documents Show
(WASHINGTON) -- New documents obtained by ABC News reveal conflicting accounts by top Secret Service officials about whether two senior agents were drunk when they drove into the White House complex.
It all started with an allegation -- via anonymous email -- that Secret Service agents were “extremely intoxicated” as they drove through an active crime scene set up...
(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday at the start of the next round of European Union-coordinated nuclear negotiations.
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill on Thursday that could allow business owners to refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation.
"Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Pence said in a statement Thursday, "because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith."...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was released from federal prison on Thursday, about six months before his original release date.
Jackson, the former Illinois congressman and son of Reverend Jesse Jackson, pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds in 2013.
He began his sentence on Nov. 1, 2013. He was scheduled for...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- With March Madness highlighting the billion-dollar enterprise that is NCAA athletics, pressure is building from prominent former athletes, state lawmakers, and even members of Congress to allow -- or even require -- colleges to pay the student-athletes who bring them so much revenue.
Speaking on the ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games, Rep....
(WASHINGTON) -- Actor Ben Affleck came to the Senate Thursday to talk about a philanthropic topic -- his Eastern Congo Initiative -- but he couldn’t escape the fame of his other job: Being "Batman."
Affleck himself kicked off the Batman talk when he gave a shout out to one of his senatorial co-stars in the upcoming film,...
(WASHINGTON) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reversed his stance on defense spending Thursday, when he introduced an amendment to the budget that would increase defense spending by $190 billion over the next two years.
This increase in defense spending runs counter to the budget Paul introduced in 2011 just months after joining the Senate. That plan,...
(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Aaron Schock returned to the Capitol on Thursday, casting a final vote in the House before delivering a farewell address to close a nearly two-month drama for the Illinois Republican.
On the final day of legislative business before his March 31 resignation becomes official, Schock cast a vote in favor of a bipartisan deal...
(WASHINGTON) -- By an overwhelming bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives pulled together on Thursday to send the Senate what supporters are calling the most-significant entitlement reform of the past 20 years.
In a rare display of bipartisanship, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came together to strike a deal, repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate and...
(WASHINGTON) — Senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents working overseas allegedly participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by drug cartels, according to a newly-released Department of Justice Inspector General report on the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by law enforcement agencies.
The conduct occurred over a period of years, according to the report. In addition to soliciting prostitutes, 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) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new set of anti-smoking ads featuring real smokers who are living with the long-term health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.
The "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign was first launched in 2012. "Since its launch," the CDC...
(HONOLULU) -- A Honolulu woman who went blind two years ago will soon be able to see again thanks to her new bionic eye.
Surgeons at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii implanted the device on Tuesday into a 72-year-old Japanese-American woman who had gone blind two years ago due to an incurable hereditary disease called retinitis pigmentosa, said...
(DALLAS) -- A Dallas woman has been arrested for allegedly administering to patients illegal cosmetic procedures -- butt injections -- without a medical license, according to police.
Denise Rochelle Ross, known as "Wee Wee," turned herself in to authorities Wednesday because she had been wanted for practicing medicine without a license, according to the Dallas Police...
(NEW YORK) — NASA will examine how a year of zero gravity will affect the human body when Scott Kelly blasts off for an extended stay on the International Space Station.
But NASA isn’t just going to look at Kelly and fellow astronaut Mikhail Kornienko. The team also will be following Scott Kelly’s identical...
(LOS ANGELES) -- For every star who seemingly bounces back to her pre-pregnancy size weeks after giving birth, there's Drew Barrymore to keep it real.
"After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself," the 40-year-old actress admitted about her post-baby body in Glamour magazine. "You feel...Read more...
(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Thursday declared a public health emergency for an Indiana county battling what is believed to be the worst HIV outbreak in the state's history.
Pence said 79 cases have been confirmed, and, with more testing underway, "We expect that number to go up."
The cases have either been found in or are connected...
(CINCINNATI) -- The cancer-stricken 4-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still is in remission, the football player announced on Wednesday.
Doctors diagnosed Leah Still with stage 4 neuroblastoma on June 2, but they told Devon Still on Wednesday that Leah was in remission, he said on his Instragram account, adding that it was...
(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...
(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
Home -- An alien race takes over the Earth, but one girl eludes the visitors and befriends a fugitive alien named Oh. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG....Read more...
(LEICESTER, England) — Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the late British monarch Richard the Third in a new BBC drama, and is also a distant relative, so it was fitting that he read a poem Thursday at the reinterment of the king whose remains were found underneath a parking lot 530 years after his death.
King Richard died in 1485...
(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been booked to speak at May's commencement for the University of Houston. How much its going to cost, however, has become something of a mystery.
Celebrity Talent International, which books stars like McConaughey for speaking engagements, insisted to the Houston Chronicle that the actor's fees should remain secret because, "a...
(LONDON) — While Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season, its executive producer has left the door slightly open for a feature film based on the popular period drama.
Gareth Neame hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that he and series creator Julian Fellowes would be interested in bringing the show to the big screen. He said, "It’s something...
(NEW YORK) — This is an outstanding achievement for Emma Watson: the Harry Potter actress ranks first on AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015.
Readers of the lifestyle website were asked to vote on females "whose achievements are shaping and defining their respective fields."
Watson landed in the top spot, with the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are two of the funniest people on the planet. So how did they end up making such an unfunny movie?
Ferrell plays James, a wealthy banker who lives in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood and is engaged to a gorgeous, spoiled woman (Community’s Alison...
(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to music, John Stamos is no slouch.
Not only did the 51-year-old play a musician in Full House, he's toured with the legendary Beach Boys.
So, when Zayn Malik, 22, quit One Direction Wednesday, actor Josh Peck, who plays Stamos' son in an upcoming show, took to Vine to recommend a...
(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Washington is super dedicated to her role as the star of Scandal and live tweets every episode of the hit ABC series.
In fact, the Emmy Award-nominated actress live tweeted while she was in labor last year.
"Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the...
(NEW YORK) -- Fast & Furious fans should prepare to break out the Kleenex when the latest installment in the franchise, Furious 7, opens next Friday.
Tyrese Gibson, one of the film's stars, said the film will end with a touching tribute to the late Paul Walker, who died off the set in a...
(NEW YORK) -- It appears the rumors are true. Popular PBS drama Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.
Series executive producer Gareth Neame announced the news Thursday. In a statement, he says: "Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — One Direction bandmates Harry Styles and Liam Payne posted emotional messages to Twitter hours after Zayn Malik announced he would be leaving the band.
"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined," Malik, 22, said in a statement posted to the group's official Facebook page on Wednesday....
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Today in History
1900 - Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.
1944 - 40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo
1945 - Gen Eisenhower...
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