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Amy Schumer Joins Sen. Chuck Schumer to Push for Gun Control Legislation

Amy Schumer Joins Sen. Chuck Schumer to Push for Gun Control Legislation

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Comedian Amy Schumer is joining forces with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to push for new gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.The Trainwreck star appeared with the New York senator Monday morning at a news conference with a sign saying "Enough Is Enough" by their side."Amy may have started out as ...

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Gwyneth Paltrow Says She Didn’t Come Up with ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced in 2014 that they were splitting after 10 years of marriage, the pair famously referred to their split as a "conscious uncoupling."  The actress now revealed they didn't come up with the term.In the September issue of Fast Company, Paltrow said the term was created by Elise Loehnen, the editorial ...

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Meet the Super Fan Trying to Convince Joe Biden to Run for President

Meet the Super Fan Trying to Convince Joe Biden to Run for President

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Former President Jimmy Carter Undergoes Surgery on Liver

Former President Jimmy Carter Undergoes Surgery on Liver

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Former President Jimmy Carter underwent an elective surgery on his liver Monday.According to a statement from The Carter Center, Carter, 90, had a "small mass in his liver" removed. The procedure took place at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.The operation "proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full ...

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What Microsoft Has to Gain from Reported Uber Investment

What Microsoft Has to Gain from Reported Uber Investment

David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Uber has ballooned into a $50 billion transportation juggernaut just five years after its launch -- and now Microsoft is said to want a piece of the action.The software company reportedly invested $100 million as part of a massive $1 billion fundraising round Uber recently completed, The Wall ...

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Today on the Trail — 8/3/15

Today on the Trail — 8/3/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — On Monday, the Granite State is in the spotlight. The New Hampshire Union Leader's Voters First Presidential Forum is Monday evening and almost all of the GOP candidates will be there.Donald Trump, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore are out, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, ...

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Jury in James Holmes Trial Reaches Verdict in Sentencing Phase

Jury in James Holmes Trial Reaches Verdict in Sentencing Phase

ABC News(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- The jury in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes murder trial has reached a verdict on all counts.The verdict will be read Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET.The jury reached its decision after deliberating for less than two hours.If jurors believe the defense has outweighed the manner of the crime, Holmes ...

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Super Load 2 Running Behind Schedule

TYLER – The second “super load” being transported from the Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview has stopped for the day on SH 149 near the Sysco facilities at Longview. The final journey starts at 6:30 am Tuesday and is expected to take at least three hours to reach the plant, according ...

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Elderly Woman Robbed; Officials Seek Leads

NEW LONDON -- The Rusk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Sunday night robbery of a 91-year-old woman in New London. According to KETK, Sgt. David Roberts said officials received an aggravated robbery call around 9:30 p.m. reporting a white male had entered the woman's home and stuck a gun in her face. ...

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Hot, Dry Conditions Increase Fire Danger

TYLER -- Firefighters are staying busy in East Texas, with several grass fires emerging as hot, dry conditions persist. KETK reports that While things are off to a late start this year, crews do expect to be fighting fires all the way through October. "The rain pushed it back," says Kelcey Trotty, ...

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Two Arrested Following Three County Chase

LUFKIN -- An over hour long chase that started with a Lufkin traffic stop has resulted in two arrests. Taken into custody was Richard Kay, 27. His passenger, Dennis Arceneaux, 35, of San Jacinto, who was let out of the vehicle, was arrested by Cherokee County authorities. During the chase, which at times ...

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Tyler's Water Disinfection Process

TYLER -- The City of Tyler Monday began converting its disinfection process to free chlorine. The process will end on September 30th. According to a news release from the city, generally, there are no noticeable changes in water quality as a result of this temporary conversion. However, some individuals may notice taste and ...

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TxDOT Road Projects

TYLER - Here's a look at work planned in the district during the Week of August 3. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. SMITH COUNTY - Tyler Maintenance crews are joined by one of the Special Jobs crews this week to conduct seal coat operations ...

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Power Restored Following Crash into Utility Pole

TYLER -- Traffic on South Broadway between the intersections of Charnwood Street and Rusk Street was shutdown following a traffic accident. According to KETK, a truck ran into a utility pole Saturday afternoon, knocking it down and causing a power outage in the area which included the traffic lights. The driver was reportedly taken ...

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Hot, Dry Conditions Increase Fire Danger

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

firefighters-1TYLER — Firefighters are staying busy in East Texas, with several grass fires emerging as hot, dry conditions persist. KETK reports that While things are off to a late start this year, crews do expect to be fighting fires all the way through October. “The rain pushed it back,” says Kelcey Trotty, fire commander at the scene of one fire in Smith County. “We had all that rain for a little while. (It) kept everything nice and wet, and once it shut off we had pretty heavy vegetation growth. Now that it’s all shut off, we still have the vegetation without the water.” Texas is not in a drought but firefighters expect Smith County to consider a burn ban soon, especially if we don’t see more rain. Even if that burn ban doesn’t happen, officials advise East Texans to be extra careful when burning trash or debris. That way, we can avoid flames getting out of control in drier areas.

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Two Arrested Following Three County Chase

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

police-lufkin-badgeLUFKIN — An over hour long chase that started with a Lufkin traffic stop has resulted in two arrests. Taken into custody was Richard Kay, 27. His passenger, Dennis Arceneaux, 35, of San Jacinto, who was let out of the vehicle, was arrested by Cherokee County authorities. During the chase, which at times exceeded 100 miles an hour, Kay is said to have done donuts in a highway median and a field, thrown chain saws at officers and even swerved at an Angelina County sheriff’s deputy. Even after a state trooper shot out one of his tires, Kay is said to have continued driving at 70 miles an hour into oncoming traffic. Read more …

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Elderly Woman Robbed; Officials Seek Leads

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

sheriff-ruskcountyNEW LONDON — The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Sunday night robbery of a 91-year-old woman in New London. According to KETK, Sgt. David Roberts said officials received an aggravated robbery call around 9:30 p.m. reporting a white male had entered the woman’s home and stuck a gun in her face. Authorities say the man stole her purse, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash, but the woman was unharmed. The Rusk County Crime Stoppers and New London Police Department are seeking the help of the public in catching the robber. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477 or the New London Police Department at 903-895-4466.

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Super Load 2 Running Behind Schedule

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Super Load 2TYLER – The second “super load” being transported from the Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview has stopped for the day on SH 149 near the Sysco facilities at Longview. The final journey starts at 6:30 am Tuesday and is expected to take at least three hours to reach the plant, according to the latest information from TxDOT. “Super load” Part 2 is delivering a super long reflux tank. The transporter measures about 285 feet long, 13 feet wide, and 17.5 feet high. It will have one truck pulling and one truck pushing the combined weight of 716,455 lbs. Read more …

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Lufkin Restaurant Brawl Lands Five in Jail

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm

DocumentFragment_1213451_1438532544194_3241451_ver1.0LUFKIN — Lufkin Police officers arrested five people believed to be involved in several fights at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lufkin early Sunday morning. According to KETK, one suspect hit a man in side of head with a mug. Lufkin Police say the suspect and a friend fled the scene in a car. Several witnesses say one of the suspects appeared to have gang affiliation because of his clothing. No arrests have been made in connection with this assault. Read more …

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Power Restored Following Crash into Utility Pole

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

20150801_152611_resized_1438471040393_3241406_ver1.0TYLER — Traffic on South Broadway between the intersections of Charnwood Street and Rusk Street was shutdown following a traffic accident. According to KETK, a truck ran into a utility pole Saturday afternoon, knocking it down and causing a power outage in the area which included the traffic lights. The driver was reportedly taken to the hospital. Authorities said power was restored around 1:15 Sunday morning.

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Tyler’s Water Disinfection Process

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:50 am

drinking waterTYLER — The City of Tyler Monday began converting its disinfection process to free chlorine. The process will end on September 30th. According to a news release from the city, generally, there are no noticeable changes in water quality as a result of this temporary conversion. However, some individuals may notice taste and odor changes and a slight discoloration to the water. The City will implement directional flushing, combined with routine water monitoring, as measures to remove iron particles from water lines and to maintain the highest water quality for our customers during the conversion. Read more …

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TxDOT Road Projects

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:50 am

TxDOT logoTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of August 3. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.

SMITH COUNTY – Tyler Maintenance crews are joined by one of the Special Jobs crews this week to conduct seal coat operations on I-20 service roads and overpasses at Joy Wright Mountain Road, Philpot Road and Howell Lake Road. A second crew on Monday continues base repairs on State Highway 135 between Troup and Arp but on Tuesday moves to Toll 49 just south of Interstate Highway 20. On Wednesday, the crew returns to State Highway 135. Expect the work at each of these locations to be reduced to one lane with flaggers providing traffic control. Read more …

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Protesters Want Paxton to Resign; Republicans Condemn Charges

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Ken Paxton-Attorney GeneralMcKINNEY (AP/Staff) – Protesters who gathered near the Dallas-area jail where Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton was booked on felony charges are calling for him to resign just months after he was sworn into office. Texas Democratic Party officials joined with a few dozen other protesters on the steps of the Collin County Courthouse Monday. Some carried signs that read “Axe Paxton” and “Not above the law.” Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the state party, told WFAA-TV that Paxton has admitted violating state securities laws and should step down. Read more …

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Woman Convicted for Trying to Hire Man to Kill Her Son’s Dad

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – A College Station woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to hire an undercover officer to kill her 7-year-old son’s father. The Eagle reports Nicolette Beard was convicted Friday of first-degree solicitation to commit capital murder. Beard then agreed to a 15-year prison sentence. According to prosecutors, the 35-year-old woman was arrested in September 2013 after an acquaintance told police she approached him about having the father of her son killed. An undercover operation was set up, and authorities say Beard offered an undercover officer money to carry out the plan.

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Dallas Police Stations Security Upgrades Put at $7 Million

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:58 am

DALLAS (AP) – Officials in Dallas estimate it will cost nearly $7 million to boost security at the Dallas police headquarters and seven substations around the city. The estimate from City Manager A.C. Gonzalez comes in the wake of a gunman firing more than 40 shots at the headquarters June 13 before he was shot and killed later that day. Mayor Mike Rawlings said at the time money would be no object. Gonzales says in a memo to city council reviewed by The Dallas Morning News that the estimate includes replacing glass, some with bullet-resistant glass, adding a more secure window wall, updating fire alarms and security system cameras and electronic access cards and possibly adding fencing. Evaluations are still under way. A formal recommendation is set for Aug. 11.

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Challenger, Columbia Wreckage on Public Display for 1st Time

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center in Florida features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight. It is an unprecedented collection of artifacts and the first time that any Challenger or Columbia remains have been openly displayed. NASA’s intent is to show how the astronauts lived, rather than how they died. So there are no pictures in the “Forever Remembered” exhibit of Challenger breaking apart in the Florida sky nearly 30 years ago or Columbia debris raining down on Texas 12 years ago.

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San Angelo Skateboarder Fatally Struck by Driver

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

skateboarder killedSAN ANGELO (AP) — San Angelo police are searching for a hit-and-run driver after a skateboarder was fatally struck. Police say Joe Carlos Lopez, 21, of San Angelo was struck and killed early Sunday morning. Police were dispatched to the scene at 2:30 after getting a report of an unconscious person in the roadway. Officers spoke with a passer-by who had seen the skateboard in the road and the body nearby. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle may be a pickup or sport utility vehicle with damage to the headlight area.

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16-Year-Old Killed in ATV Crash in Southeast Texas

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

ATV flipped overBROOKELAND (AP) — A 16-year-old girl has died after she lost control of an all-terrain vehicle in Southeast Texas and it flipped over. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Stevie Ray Hergert of Nederland was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash at about 3 a.m. Saturday in Newton County, about 10 miles northwest of Brookeland. The crash happened at the intersection of two roads. Authorities say the girl was ejected and suffered head fatal head injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

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Officials: Teen Arrested After Patrol Car Set Afire

Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

Pearland police carPEARLAND (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old Mexican national torched a patrol car and then led deputies on a chase through two Southeast Texas counties before being arrested. The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office says that after a constable’s patrol car was set ablaze Saturday in a parking lot, deputies approached the teen, who was in a pickup. He pointed a rifle at them and sped away. During a pursuit, the teen struck a motorcycle officer escorting a funeral. The officer was not injured. The chase ended in Pearland after he lost control of the truck. Charges against the teen include arson, aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest. He told deputies he crossed illegally into the U.S. and was upset about the treatment in the U.S. of his fellow countrymen.

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Report: Adidas Offers James Harden $200M Endorsement Deal

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Will James Harden be making the switch from Nike to Adidas?

The latter has offered the Houston Rockets shooting guard a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal, sources tell ESPN.

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Gisele Bundchen Wishes Tom Brady Happy Birthday in Instagram Post

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Matt Kenseth Wins at Pocono Raceway

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Kyle Busch's win streak was snapped at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.

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Kaiser Carlile, 9-Year-Old Bat Boy, Dies After Being Struck by Bat

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INTERLEAGUE
Houston 4, Arizona  1
Texas 2,  San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers 5,  L.A. Angels 3   10 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 5, Kansas City 2
Detroit 6, Baltimore 1
Tampa Bay 4,  Boston 3
N-Y Yankees 12,  Chi White Sox 3
Seattle 4, Minnesota 1  11 Innings
Oakland 2, Cleveland 1  10 Innings

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Posted/updated on: August 3, 2015 at 7:00 am

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
KTYR
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 08/03/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 08/03/2015 0441C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 95
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 73
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: 96
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 74
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: partly cloudy, high upper 90s, southeast winds 5-10 mph;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s, south winds about 5 mph;
TOMORROW: partly cloudy, high upper 90s, south winds 5-10 mph;
TOMORROW NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 90s, southwest winds 10-15 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy, high near 100;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 70s;
FRIDAY: mostly sunny, high near 100;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 70s;
SATURDAY: becoming partly cloudy, high near 100;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 70s;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy, high near 100.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR August 2, 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).
MAXIMUM 98
MINIMUM 69
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 39.94

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR August 2, 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]).
MAXIMUM 99
MINIMUM 66
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 41.61

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
08/02/2015 1911C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 70 98
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 69 99
Center Municipal Airport 68 98
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 69 97
Corsicana Campbell Field 74 99
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 69 98
Dallas Love Field 79 99
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 77 99
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 69 98
Fort Worth Meacham Field 81 100
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 64 96
Greenville–Majors Field 68 99
Hallsville CWOP 68 99
Hawkins CWOP 64 99
Henderson Rusk County Airport 64 97
Houston Hobby Airport 75 99
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 74 97
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 65 97
Longview City 68 100
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 66 99
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 65 97
Marshall Harrison County Airport 68 99
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 66 97
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 64 98
Nacogdoches Texas A&M Forest Service 69 96
Palestine Municipal Airport 75 97
Paris Cox Field 70 99
Shreveport Regional Airport 68 99
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 68 98
Terrell Municipal Airport 70 98
Texarkana Webb Field 66 97
Tyler City 69 98
Tyler–Pounds Field 73 99
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# 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: 08/03/2015 0431C
The surface high has weakened somewhat and moved off to the east, while the upper air
high remains over New Mexico. The result will be a continuation of higher nighttime
temperatures with daytime highs remaining in the high 90s to near 100. Relative humidities are
going to be coming up, as well. This could lead to heat advisory criteria being reached by mid-
week.
It also suggests occasional periods of high-level cirrus as blow-off from thunderstorm
activity over Northwest Texas, associated with the Southwest Monsoon.
There is, as well, the suggestion of another cold front for some time next weekend.
We’re backing off on that idea a bit, but we’ll wait and see.
At 4 a.m. today, skies are clear, winds light and southeasterly, and temperatures are from
the high 60s to middle 70s. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 08/03/2015 0440C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Monday PARTLY CLOUDY 99/75 05%/05%
Tuesday PARTLY CLOUDY 99/77 10%/10%
Wednesday PARTLY CLOUDY 99/77 10%/05%

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Feds Unite Agents to Fight Baltimore’s Record Slayings

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Federal agents have joined with Baltimore police as part of a wide-reaching effort to curb the recent violence that one expert says appears to be modeled on Los Angeles’ response to the 1992 riots.

The effort, launched on Monday, involves personnel from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the...

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Mass. Researchers Identify Two Great White Sharks Close to Shore

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The photos -- shared Sunday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy -- show a research boat close to one of the two sharks they were able to positively identify on July 28.

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Pedro Hernandez Gets New Trial Date in Etan Patz Abduction Case

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Pedro Hernandez will go on trial again starting in late February after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

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Jury in James Holmes Trial Reaches Verdict in Sentencing Phase

ABC News(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- The jury in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes murder trial has reached a verdict on all counts.

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Port Authority Investigating Drone Incident Near New York’s JFK Airport

Stockbyte/Thinkstock Images(NEW YORK) -- New York's John F. Kennedy International airport was the site of another drone incident on Sunday evening.

A Shuttle America flight from Richmond, Va. was coming in for a landing when the pilot spotted a drone off to the left of his plane. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was made aware...

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At Least One Killed When Wind ‘Uprooted’ Tent at Festival near Chicago

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(WOOD DALE, Ill.) -- At least one person was killed when a tent was uprooted at a festival today in the Chicago suburb of Wood Dale.

"Hail and extremely high winds uprooted a large tent" at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest Sunday afternoon, according to the Wood Dale Police Department Facebook page.

One person was killed and...

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Person of Interest in Custody in Connection to Memphis Officer Slaying

iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A person of interest is in custody in Tennessee Sunday, and a warrant was issued for the arrest of a suspect after a Memphis police officer was shot and killed Saturday night, an ABC affiliate reported.

The police said in a tweet that the investigation is ongoing.

Saturday night, officer Sean Bolton was shot several times...

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Two Explosive Devices Detonate Outside Churches in New Mexico

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) -- Two explosive devices were detonated on Sunday morning at two churches.

ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV reports that the explosions happened within minutes of each other with one of them happening in a mailbox at Calgary Baptism Church.

The other explosion occurred in a trash bin outside the Holy Cross Church, according to authorities.
No injuries...

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Evacuated After Bag Tests Positive for Explosives

Frank Polich/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- An unattended bag leads to an evacuation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

On Saturday, a portion of Terminal 1 ticketing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was briefly evacuated when an unattended bag was swabbed for explosive material and tested positive in preliminary tests.

Airport officials said the scene was now clear and the airport...

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Sensitive U.S. Sites Vulnerable to Drone Attack, DHS Assessment Says

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sensitive sites across the United States are vulnerable to attack by store-bought drones, according to a new assessment by the Department of Homeland Security office in charge of sharing threat information with first-line personnel.

The DHS "intelligence assessment" does not cite any actual or known drone-related threats within the U.S., but it cites several recent instances overseas...

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Sam DuBose Protests in Cincinnati Lead to Arrests

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- Protesters in Cincinnati hold a vigil to remember the victim of a police shooting.

Chants of "I am Sam DuBose" were heard in Cincinnati on Friday night as hundreds came together for a vigil and rally to remember Sam DuBose, a black man who was shot and killed by Ray Tensing, a white police officer, during a...

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Netanyahu Cracks Down on Jewish Extremists

GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is following through on his promise to crackdown on Jewish extremists who carry out terror attacks against Palestinians after last week’s firebombing in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler.

Netanyahu’s security cabinet has approved holding Jewish terror suspects in administrative detention.

The controversial policy of jailing suspects without...

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Kerry Discusses Ballistic Missile Defense with Gulf Cooperation Council

State Dept photo(DOHA, Qatar) — Leading Gulf Arab States say they are onboard with the Iran nuclear deal after Secretary of State John Kerry offered U.S. support for a regional ballistic missile defense system.

Kerry met with wary foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, six Sunni-ruled Arab nations concerned about Shiite Iran’s assertiveness in the region, Monday in...

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Surfer Mick Fanning on Seeing Shark in First Return to the Water

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Australian surfer Mick Fanning says he feels “lucky” after spotting a shark in the water on what was supposed to be his triumphant return to surfing after he survived a shark attack that played out on live TV.

Fanning, 34, said Monday on ABC News' Good Morning America that he was “already on edge”...

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Frowny Face: Politician Moves to Ban Gay Emoji in Russia

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications is investigating complaints from a Russian senator who thinks emoji depicting people in “non-traditional” sexual relationships are corrupting his country’s family values.

The Senator, Mikhail Marchenko, claims the emoji, found on social media sites like Facebook, violate a 2013 law against so-called "gay propaganda," according...

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Hubble Telescope Captures Image of Dying Star

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Matej Novak(NEW YORK) -- A picture is worth a thousand words, and NASA's Hubble telescope captured the death throes of a dying star, a process it says has taken tens of thousands of years.

The photo, posted to the NASA website this week, shows the star radiating wisps of blue and orange light....

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Second Victim Dies From Jerusalem Pride Parade Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- A second victim has died in a spate of violent attacks by Jewish extremists in Israel.

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old Israeli, succumbed to her wounds after being stabbed by an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on Thursday at Jerusalem's gay pride parade.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have "zero tolerance towards Jewish extremists" following two...

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Police Using Pepper Spray on Migrants Attempting to Cross Channel Tunnel

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Riot police in France are using pepper spray on migrants who attempt to get into the United Kingdom from the French side of the Channel Tunnel.

The measure was employed after hundreds of migrants attempted to storm the perimeter fences of the cross Channel Tunnel while chanting "open the border."

The tunnel is a 30 mile rail...

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Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force Apologizes for Story About Jericho the Lion, Says He’s ‘Alive and Well’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has apologized after claiming that a lion named Jericho, which they said was the "brother" of Cecil, was shot and killed by a hunter, and now says the lion is "alive and well."

"I would like to sincerely apologise for my last report where I stated that Jericho had been killed,"...

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Second Metallic Object Picked Up on Réunion Island

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police in Réunion are reporting a second metallic object has been picked up on the beach.

A plane wing found there last week has been sent to France for testing as it is suspected to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

A new, small piece of evidence was discovered near the same area...

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US Ship at Croatian Shipyard Catches Fire

The USS Mount Whitney destroyer sits in the waters of the Georgian city Poti on September 5, 2008. SEIRAN BAROIAN/AFP/Getty Images(RIJEKA, Croatia) -- A  U.S. ship caught fire while undergoing maintenance at a Croatian shipyard on Saturday.

According to the U.S. Navy, the U.S.S Mount Whitney was being worked on at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard since January. That work...

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UNAMI: 1,332 Killed, Over 2,000 Injured in Iraq Violence in July

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The United National Assistance Mission for Iraq says that more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in acts of terror and violence in July.

UNAMI's monthly press release shows the number of Iraqis killed in attacks last month was 1,332, and an additional 2,108 were injured in those attacks. The figures include 844 civilians killed and 1,616...

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Conflicting Reports Surround Brother of Cecil the Lion

iStock/Thinkstock(BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe) -- Cecil the Lion's brother, Jericho, was shot and killed Saturday, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said, in the wake of Zimbabwe calling for the extradition of the American dentist who admitted killing Cecil in early July.

"It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil's brother has been killed...

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MH370 Probe: What’s Next for the Flaperon?

iStock/Thinkstock(TOULOUSE, France) -- With authorities “increasingly confident” the airplane debris recovered Wednesday comes from MH370, the jet that vanished over the Indian Ocean last year, official analysis of the part is set to begin on Wednesday in Toulouse, France.

Engineers have tentatively identified the part as a “flaperon” from a Boeing 777, the same plane as Malaysia Flight MH370....

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What Microsoft Has to Gain from Reported Uber Investment

David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Uber has ballooned into a $50 billion transportation juggernaut just five years after its launch -- and now Microsoft is said to want a piece of the action.

The software company reportedly invested $100 million as part of a massive $1 billion fundraising round Uber recently completed, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people...

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Sears’ Glory Days Before It Began Bleeding Money

Fotosearch/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Once a go-to department store that dates back to the 19th century, Sears on Monday reported another double-digit sales decline.

As part of an update Monday on its anticipated financial performance, Sears Holdings, the parent of the namesake department store and Kmart, said same-store sales fell by 10.6 percent during its quarter-to-date period that ended...

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Greek Stock Enchange Re-Opens

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — After a five-week closure, the Athens Stock Exchange in Greece re-opened for trading on Monday.

The struggling country’s stock market is suffering huge losses, declining more than 20 percent on the first day back.

So far, Greece’s slump Monday has not translated to a downturn in stocks around the globe. Europe is holding steady, and while...

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ABC’s “GMA” on the Money: 4 Tips to Add Value to Your Home on a Limited Budget

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the Ponisciak family, "home sweet home" isn’t so sweet.

Joe and Heather Ponisciak are eager to sell their four-bedroom home in Mount Holly, New Jersey, so they can move to be closer to Heather’s job in Philadelphia.

Their home was initially listed for $325,000. They’ve already dropped the price twice, but it hasn't sold so...

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Verizon Employees Not Striking, But Still No Deal Reached

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Union leadership opted not to call for a strike of Verizon workers on Sunday despite no agreement in contract negotiations.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said that the two sides "remain far apart," in negotiations and that they "are disgusted by Verizon's attitude at the bargaining table." Still, Verizon employees will stay...

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Greek Stock Exchange Set to Reopen, Shares Expected to Dip 20 Percent

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a five-week closure, the Athens Stock Exchange will finally re-open on Monday and the exchange is expected to take a dive by as much as 20%, according to the BBC.

During the debt crisis, the government imposed capital controls and the stock exchange was shut down beforehand.

The BBC reports that traders are expecting...

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Head of Bankrupt Bitcoin Exchange Arrested in Tokyo

iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Japanese police have arrested the former head of a bankrupt virtual currency exchange.

Mark Karpelès, 30, was arrested on Saturday after a spokesman for the Tokyo police said Karpelès was suspected of inflating his bank account by $1 million after accessing the computer system of his defunct Bitcoin exchange called Mt. Gox.

Local media also report Karpelès...

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Verizon Employees Could Strike with Contract Set to Expire

(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Verizon employees could walk out on Sunday after what the company is calling "challenging negotiations" on new contracts.

The company says it made a "comprehensive initial offer" in June, including a wage increase, but that union leaders "countered with a series of proposals that did virtually nothing to advance the process of...

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How an iPhone App Helped Catch a Burglar

Tatsianama/iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Salt Lake City man is crediting his surveillance camera and an app on his iPhone with helping catch a burglar at his home.

Brian Ways, 25, has a surveillance app on his phone called Nest Cam, he told ABC News. The app, which detects motion and sound, records footage through a camera he set...

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Kraft Heinz Recalling Cheese Slices Due to Choking Risk

NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kraft Heinz is recalling some of its cheese products due to a choking risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

Select batches of he company's Kraft Singles -- in three and four pound packages -- are being recalled due to the risk of a small part of the packaging film sticking to...

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Investors Assess Latest Batch of Company Earnings to End the Month

tarabird/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks moved lower, to end the month, as investors assessed the latest batch of company earnings.

The Dow closed down 55 points, the NASDAQ fell a fraction and the S&P gave up 5 points.

Energy stocks were among the biggest losers. Exxon and Chevron dragged the Dow down more than 50 points.

Healthcare stocks, however, were...

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Mark Zuckerberg Announces He’s Going to Be a Dad

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a dad.

The Facebook CEO, 31, announced the happy news on his Facebook wall that he and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are expecting a daughter.

In the post, Zuckerberg opened up about the couple's struggles with starting a family and the "lonely experience"...

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JetBlue Responds to Family Kicked Off Flight Over Toddler’s Seating Arrangement

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue Airlines has responded to the online controversy that erupted after a family says it was kicked off a flight Monday because their 2-year-old son was sitting in his mom’s lap instead of his own seat.

The airline told ABC News in a statement that, “If a customer is unable to follow federally-mandated safety regulations,...

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Texas Man Says His iPhone Survived 9,300-Foot Fall

File photo. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- This is one extreme way to lose -- and later find -- your iPhone.

Ben Wilson, a Texas businessman, said he was riding in a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane from Houston to Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday when a change in pressure caused a door latch to open a few inches.

While Wilson noticed...

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Facebook’s Internet Drone: How It Works

Mark Zucerkberg/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is ready to take to the sky.

Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social network has completed production on Aquila, its first solar-powered drone that could one day help beam the Internet into some of the world's most remote areas.

The months ahead will involve plenty of testing for the unmanned, solar powered drone.

The aircraft...

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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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Amy Schumer Joins Sen. Chuck Schumer to Push for Gun Control Legislation

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Comedian Amy Schumer is joining forces with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to push for new gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.

The Trainwreck star appeared with the New York senator Monday morning at a news conference with a sign saying "Enough Is Enough" by their side.

"Amy may have started out as a comedian...

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

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

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

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Meet the Super Fan Trying to Convince Joe Biden to Run for President

Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Will Pierce is never far from Vice President Joe Biden.

The 27-year-old executive director of Draft Biden 2016, a super PAC dedicated to luring the vice president into the presidential race, is greeted by Biden’s face on a life-sized cutout every morning. Pierce works from a desk surrounded by Draft Biden signage and stickers.

After...

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Former President Jimmy Carter Undergoes Surgery on Liver

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Former President Jimmy Carter underwent an elective surgery on his liver Monday.

According to a statement from The Carter Center, Carter, 90, had a "small mass in his liver" removed. The procedure took place at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The operation "proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery," the...

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Today on the Trail — 8/3/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — On Monday, the Granite State is in the spotlight. The New Hampshire Union Leader's Voters First Presidential Forum is Monday evening and almost all of the GOP candidates will be there.

Donald Trump, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore are out, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Gov. Jeb...

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Poll: US Voters Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal 2 to 1

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration is lobbying Congress -- and the American public -- to get on board with its Iran nuclear accord. But a new poll shows that may be a tough sell.

American voters oppose the nuclear deal with Iran, 2 to 1, according to the latest polling from Quinnipiac University. And a majority says the pact...

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Bernie Sanders Lands a Sweet Endorsement from Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder

US Congress(FRANKLIN, N.H.) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders landed the sweetest food endorsement so far of the 2016 election cycle: Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s.

The ice cream magnate spoke Sunday to a gymnasium of supporters in Franklin, New Hampshire, telling them “as a person who has been his constituent for the last 30 years,...

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Hillary Clinton’s $2 Million Television Ads: All About Her Mom

ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  There's one person Hillary Clinton really want the voters of America to get to know more than anybody else. And her name is Dorothy Rodham.

Dorothy is Clinton’s late mother. She died in 2011. But she's playing a starring role in her daughter’s presidential campaign, and is the focus of Clinton’s first television ads.

On Tuesday,...

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Obama to Announce Climate Change Action Monday

YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will announce a major effort to fight climate change this week, with the White House posting a preview video on its Twitter account on Sunday.

The White House says Obama's Clean Power Plan will be announced Monday and will represent "the biggest step we've ever taken to #ActOnClimate." In the video, the...

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Bernie Sanders Responds to Possible Joe Biden Run

(US Congress)(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said he's "very fond" of Vice President Joe Biden, but that "the American people... want to go beyond conventional establishment politics."

Sanders made the statements in response to a question from ABC News' Jonathan Karl about Biden considering another run for president.

Sanders suggested that voters are looking for a change in...

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Donald Trump Plays Down Expectations, Says ‘I’m Not a Debater’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential contender Donald Trump played down expectations for the first GOP debate slated for Thursday, saying “I’m not a debater” and he would not be "throwing punches" against his opponents on the stage.

“These politicians, I always say, are all talk no action. They debate all the time," Trump told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on...

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Rick Santorum Says GOP Debate Rules ‘Arbitrary’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Sunday that the criteria for the first Republican debate this week, which will limit participation to the Top 10 GOP candidates according to recent national polls, are “arbitrary.”

“These national polls are irrelevant,” Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who ran for president in 2012, said on ABC's...

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Lindsey Graham Quips About Cellphone and Trump on Road Trip with John McCain

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Lindsey Graham took his secret weapon to New Hampshire Saturday: John McCain.

The two attended several functions, including a barbecue for veterans, a house party, an outdoor concert and a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.

McCain is still revered by many New Hampshire Republicans, and Graham tried to tap into that enthusiasm as...

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Stories You’ll Care About in Politics This Week

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It was the week Scotland had something in common with Iowa and New Hampshire, red trucker hats became the new sweater vest, and the GOP 2016 field now stands at a lucky number 17. Plus, a Friday Clinton document dump for the ages.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the stories the ABC News political team...

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Texas Attorney General Reportedly Indicted on Felony Charges

Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was reportedly indicted on multiple felony charges on Saturday.

ABC affiliate KVUE-TV in Austin reports that a grand jury indicted the state attorney general and the charges will be unsealed on Monday. A Tarrant County judge was appointed to preside over the case, KVUE adds.

It was...

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‘Picky Eating’ in Kids May Be Cause for Greater Concern

Liquidlibrary/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The problems of “picky eating” in kids may extend beyond the dinner table -- perhaps even to the psychiatrist’s couch, according to a new study published in Pediatrics Monday.

Duke University researchers looked at 917 kids between 2 and 6 years old, assessing their degree of picky or “selective” eating. They found that children with moderate...

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Your Body: How to Keep Your Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

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

Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school.

And contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced.

So, here are some things you should know:

Make sure your teens get all the practice they can. There are graduated...

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Do Men and Women Think They Can Be ‘Just Friends’?

Hemera/Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — The longtime debate over whether men and women can be “just friends” continues. This time, science is weighing in.

Researchers from the University of Alabama conducted a study on college students and found that both men and women believe that actual platonic friendships between opposite sexes are possible, reports Vocativ.

Sounds promising, but most students...

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Bronzer 101: Bobbi Brown Breaks Down the Basics of Bronzer

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bronzer is the secret for getting that beach-ready glow without soaking up damaging UV rays.

The look has been perfected by A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham.

Makeup guru and Yahoo Beauty’s editor-in-chief, Bobbi Brown, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday as part of the Yahoo Your Day series – a...

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More Health Care Cuts Expected in Puerto Rico

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Health care officials in Puerto Rico are bracing for more Medicare cuts, according to The New York Times.

The island is facing a huge cut to Medicare as well as a shortage of funding for Medicaid.

The Times reports that more than 60 percent of those living in Puerto Rico take Medicare or Medicaid.

Decreasing...

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Four Legionnaires’ Disease Deaths in the Bronx

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Four people have died from Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx this summer.

A fourth person died from Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx part of New York, according to a report on Saturday. There have been 65 confirmed cases of people with Legionnaires' since July 10, 55 of which were hospitalized.

The four people who died...

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FDA Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities of Hospira Infusion System

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical company Hospira announced Friday that they are aware of "cybersecurity vulnerabilities" associated with the company's Symbiq Infusion System.

The devices, computerized pumps that allow for continuous delivery of general infusions, are used in hospitals and nursing homes. Hospira notes in a statement that...

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FL Blind Woman Gets a Bionic Eye to Improve Vision

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Thanks to a revolutionary procedure, a woman who was blind for 16 years is now able to see.

Carmen Torres, of South Florida, is the first recipient of a bionic eye. At 18, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, in which the vision declines over a period of time, according to ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV.

“You have...

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Doctor Who Survived Ebola Says Experimental Vaccine ‘A Way Forward’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City doctor, who made headlines after he was diagnosed with Ebola, said he hoped an experimental vaccine could be “a way forward” for a region decimated by the deadly virus.

Craig Spencer, an emergency room physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital, made headlines last year when he contracted Ebola after treating patients for...

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Special Forces Soldier Paralyzed After Trying to Save a Drowning Girl

iStock/Thinkstock(DESTIN, Fla.) -- A heroic act to save a drowning girl last Saturday left a Special Forces soldier paralyzed.

Sgt. First Class Tim Brumit was responding to screams that a girl was drowning in the waters of Crab Island in Destin, Florida, amid a storm. As he later recalled, he felt his neck break immediately upon hitting the water....

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Maryland Cat Owner Pens Heartfelt Letter to Future Adopter Before Dying

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC)(DERWOOD, Md.) -- A Maryland animal shelter is hoping that a heartfelt letter written by Susie the cat's previous owner before her death, will help the feline's chances of finding a forever home.

"I'm sure that when she wrote it, she wrote it just to the intent of getting it to the...

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Record Heat: How the Body Reacts to Soaring Temperatures

Tomwang112/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Officials in both Iran and Iraq declared a mandatory holiday this month after temperatures soared far into the triple digits.

In Iraq, temperatures reached a sweltering 126 degrees and officials declared a mandatory holiday to try and protect people from succumbing to the heat. In Iran, the country faced possible record-breaking temperatures and high humidity that...

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Study: Ebola Vaccine Tested in Guinea Proves to Be 100% Effective

iStock/Thinkstock(GENEVA) -- Researchers may have found a vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus

A new study conducted on Ebola-affected communities in the African country of Guinea has proved to be 100 percent effective in stopping the spread of the virus.

Doctors used what they call a "ring vaccination" strategy, vaccinating the friends, family, neighbors and coworkers of almost 100...

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‘Skinny’ the Fat Cat Reveals 22-Pound Weight Loss

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Skinny, as he is now appropriately called, was found abandoned in a Dallas suburb back in 2012. The cat weighed a whopping 41-pounds and had a hard time walking more than five steps.

But all that changed when he was adopted by veterinarian Dr. Brittney Barton, of HEAL Veterinary Hospital, in 2013.

Barton started Skinny...

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Is Social Media Making Teens Sad?

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Generation Z is notorious for being glued to their phones and spending countless hours on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. And, according to a new study, all that time spent on social media may be making them unhappy.

Research conducted by the Ottawa Public Health agency, and published in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior,...

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Gwyneth Paltrow Says She Didn’t Come Up with ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced in 2014 that they were splitting after 10 years of marriage, the pair famously referred to their split as a "conscious uncoupling."  The actress now revealed they didn't come up with the term.

In the September issue of Fast Company, Paltrow said the term was created by Elise Loehnen, the editorial director...

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Candace Cameron-Bure Shares More About “Fuller House,” Inspiration Behind New Book

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Candace Cameron-Bure has reunited with her Full House co-stars for Netflix's upcoming sequel, Fuller House. The actress revealed more about the series on Monday's Good Morning America.

"This journey is really about the three women. It's a little flip-flop of the original show," she teased.

On Fuller House, Cameron-Bure's character will be a widowed mother...

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Latest “Mission: Impossible” Movie Tops the Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions(LOS ANGELES) -- Earning the top spot at the weekend box office was anything but Mission: Impossible for Tom Cruise.

His fifth film in the series, Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, opened in first place, earning an estimated 56 million dollars.

The weekend's other new film, the comedy reboot Vacation, didn't fare nearly as well. The Ed Helms flick...

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Khloe Kardashian Says She’s Lost 35 Pounds

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Khloe Kardashian recently turned heads, wearing very little on the cover of Complex magazine, and now she's revealing how she got that amazing body she flaunted.

Kardashian, 31, told Australian radio hosts Fitzy & Wippa that she's obsessed with working out.

In fact, she was jet lagged after her long travels, but still decided to hit the gym.

"It wasn't...

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Valerie Harper Insists, ‘I Am Not, Nor Have I Been, in a Coma’

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Valerie Harper, who was hospitalized Wednesday after being found unconscious backstage during a performance at a Maine theater, is denying reports that she fell into a coma.

"My dear friends and fans! As always, thank you for your amazing support," the Rhoda star wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. "I am happy to report I...

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“Ghostbusters'” Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Others Visit Hospital in Costume

Sony(BOSTON) -- Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and others from the cast of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot took a break from fighting ghosts to raise spirits at a Boston hospital on Saturday.

McCarthy, Wiig and current Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones appeared in full costume at Tufts Medical Center, where they posed for photos with patients.

"Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts...

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Charlize Theron Adopts Second Child

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlize Theron added to her family with the adoption of her second child, a source tells E! News.

The 39-year-old South African-born Oscar winner adopted an African-American baby girl named August, who was born in the United States in July.

August joins three-year-old brother Jackson, who is also African-American.

Theron adopted Jackson and has raised him as...

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“Bachelor in Paradise” Recap: Ashley I.’s Sister Tags Along in Mexico

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The second-season premiere of the ABC spin-off Bachelor in Paradise Sunday night was highlighted by the return of Ashley Iaconneti, and the introduction of her sister.

Ashley I., the self-professed virgin from Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor, brought along her younger sister Lauren to Mexico to join several other Bachelor/Bachelorette alumni, even though Lauren had no previous connection...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Aunt Removed from Memorial Service

Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown was remembered at a memorial service in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Saturday. 

There was family tension at the gathering -- Bobbi Kristina's aunt, Leolah Brown, was removed from the service after she interrupted Pat Houston, the sister-in-law of Bobbi Kristina's late mother, Whitney Houston.

Tyler Perry helped escort Brown outside St. James United Methodist Church, Entertainment Tonightreports. 

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Demi Lovato Thanks Fans for Support After Dog’s Death

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Demi Lovato has been going through a tough time since her beloved dog, Buddy, died. But thankfully, she has fans who are supporting her. The singer took to Instagram Friday to thank everyone for their outpouring of kindness.

“We can't thank you all enough,” she writes on behalf of herself and boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. “This has been the most...

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Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Welcome Baby Girl Jagger Snow

Michael Yarish/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashlee Simpson and actor Evan Ross welcomed their first child together Thursday night.

On their Instagram accounts, the couple wrote, "We are overjoyed about the birth of our precious baby girl Jagger Snow Ross.  July 30, 2015.

A source told E! News, "Their whole family was around to support them," a source said. "Ashlee is doing great...

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Paul McCartney Rocks Lollapalooza

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(CHICAGO) -- Alternative rockers, hip hop, and emo performers bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney on night one of Lollapalooza.

A sea of tens of thousands of fans spread across Grant Park in front of the stage as McCartney played a more than two-hour-long set, pounding out more than 30 songs on both guitar and piano.  The songs...

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Zoe Saldana Says ‘It’s Been Difficult’ Getting Back in Shape After Twins

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been a long journey for Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana getting her body back after having twins last November.

But she recently posted an inspiring picture to Facebook, showing off her toned stomach, writing, "Almost there! It's been difficult but so rewarding. I feel strong. All it takes is determination! Mommies...

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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Off-Broadway Production

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Lupita Nyong'o has starred in some of the biggest movies, graced the cover of some of the biggest magazines and has even won an Oscar. Still, the actress' next move is an off-Broadway production.

E! News reports Nyong'o is set to star in Eclipsed at New York City's Public Theater The play, written byThe Walking...

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“Harry Potter” Stars Wish J.K. Rowling Happy 50th Birthday

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling's 50th birthday is Friday.

The Harry Potter author was celebrated by Time magazine, which asked the Potter films' stars to say something nice on her big day. Here's what they had to say:

Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape in the series, said: "The Happiest of Birthdays, Jo. A breeze for the supreme...

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