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Officials Monitor, Repair Damaged Smith County Roads

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

smithcounty-sealSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said late Wednesday afternoon that county roads still closed due to recent storm damage are all in precinct 3, to the west and northwest of Lindale. They include CR 4119 and CR 445. Both roads and culverts have been washed out and will be closed for several weeks until pipes can be ordered to repair the culverts, according to Davis. CR 499 was washed out due to a broken dam on a private pond and remains closed. CR 4129 is closed to drivers after a wooden bridge was damaged and moved 4 feet by water and debris. Davis says road and bridge crews will have to reposition and repair the bridge, which could take weeks. CR 496 and CR 411 remain closed after suffering washouts from the May 10 storm.


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Some Schools Remain Closed Following Storms

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:40 am

Rusk County storm damage 5-25-15EAST TEXAS — It’s another day off for a number of East Texas students following damage from Monday’s storms. Jacksonville, New Summerfield, and Henderson have canceled classes today. In New Summerfield, elementary students will be out the remainder of this school year. Secondary students, because of final exams, will be updated on a day to day basis. Carlisle had a two hour delay on starting classes today. Troup schools scheduled an early release. Read more …


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Gladewater Park Closed Because of Conditions

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

Gladewater Park ClosedGLADEWATER — Because of unsafe conditions, Gladewater Park is being closed. According to a notice on the city’s Facebook page, In the interest of public safety, the city of Gladewater has decided to close the Lake Gladewater Park due to the potential for unsafe water conditions caused by the area’s recent rainfall and runoff amounts. The lake has seen a significant increase in the water level and with more runoff and rain expected in the near future this is the logical and responsible thing to do to protect our citizens. Boaters who live on the lake are strongly encouraged to stay on the north side of the lake and avoid areas south of the boat ramps. Both public boat ramps are also closed as a result of this decision. The entire park will remain closed until deemed appropriate and safe to reopen.


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Longview Man Charged in Parking Lot Assault

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

KelanRichardsonMug_1432820512869_842809_ver1.0LONGVIEW — A Longview man remains jailed, charged with assault of a family or household member with a prior conviction and possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Kelan Tevorion Richardson, 24, is held on a total of $11,000 in bonds. He was arrested Tuesday in the 700 block of Texas 31 after police said he was beating a woman in a parking lot. The woman said Richardson asked her to bring him a cigarette, then punched her several times in the face after she brought it, police said. Police said Richardson also dropped a plastic bag that contained 20 pills of Xanax from his pocket while talking to an officer. Officers said the drugs weighed 3.1 grams, according to the arrest report.


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Longview Man Found Dead in Creek was Also Burglary Suspect

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

LongsGREGG COUNTY — A Longview man found dead in March near the Boorman Trail was connected to the burglary of a nearby pawn shop a few days before and apparently was running from police when he fell into water and drowned. According to the Longview News-Journal, the body of Kendrick Fitzgerald Hill, 32, was found March 6 floating face down in shallow water near the trail. According to an autopsy performed by Forensic Medical of Texas in Tyler, Hill died of hypothermia and drowning, and his death was ruled accidental. Hill also tested positive for PCP. Read more …


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Dam Breaks on Smith County Road 448

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:08 am

thSMITH COUNTY — The dam of a private pond on Smith County Road 448 has failed, causing water over County Road 455. But officials say the water over the latter road later dissipated and the thoroughfare remains open to drivers. According to KETK, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says the dam broke late Wednesday morning. Brooks stated nearby Brush Creek flooded and took on 10 surface acres of extra water at a maximum depth of 22 feet. He said water then flowed down into a nearby lake and contained the runoff.


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Water Restrictions Lifted in Palestine

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:09 am

thumb_lawn-sprinklers-1PALESTINE — The city of Palestine website reports that power has been restored at the local water treatment plans and water restrictions have been lifted. Power was lost at the plant due to the storms of May 25, so the city temporarily asked citizens to conserve water wherever possible, turn off sprinklers, and limit unnecessary water usage.


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Three Overcome by Carbon Monoxide

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

CO poisoning in Smith CountySMITH COUNTY — Three Smith County residents have been hospitalized after being overcome in their home by carbon monoxide. A family member found the three around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon in a home on County Road 3174. The grandmother and two grandchildren were all unconscious. They had been exposed to the gas from a generator. They were using the generator after storms knocked out the power. The three are listed in stable condition at East Texas Medical Center.


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One Burglary Suspect Arrested, One Sought

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

Monty SawyerSMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a burglary suspect in a wooded area. KETK reports the other suspect has already been captured. Lt. Gary Middleton said the search began around midday Wednesday. The search is taking place on County Road 1102 off Highway 155 South near FM 344. Read more …


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Oil Spill Closes I-20 Exit Ramp

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

TxDOT logoLONGVIEW — The U.S. 259 exit on Interstate 20 was closed Wednesday ight after a truck spilled oil on the road. The liquid was on the surface of the exit ramp and access road, and trailed east on U.S. 259 to where the truck was parked. in a truck rest stop area behind a restaurant. Sand was placed underneath the truck to absorb residual fluid. Fire crews sprayed the access road and intersection with water to clean up the spill.


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California Man Held in Two Monday Attacks in Longview

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

MichaelNajeraMug_1432735383417_795723_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Longview police have arrested a man in connection with Monday’s attack on a Pine Tree ISD bus driver — and he also faces charges in a Monday night incident. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, Calif., is being held in Gregg County Jail on more than $1 million bond. He faces an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in addition to other charges stemming from the second attack. Read more …


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$10K Reward Offered in Cold Case

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:09 am

Untitled_1432740538952_795743_ver1.0MARSHALL — The Dallas FBI’s Tyler Resident Agency, the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Marshall Police Department announced a $10,000 reward Wednesday in a cold case dating back more than 18 years. According to KETK, the agencies seek information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Edgar Dwight Dawson in February 1997. On February 21, 1997, Dawson was found dead in the driver’s side seat of his vehicle; he had been shot one time in the chest. Officials say the investigation, conducted by the Marshall Police Department and the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, went cold after all credible leads were exhausted. The case was reopened in 2014 after the Marshall Police Department announced a commitment to clear the city’s cold case murders. Read more …


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Tyler ISD To Honor Top Graduates, Influential Educators

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

TISD logo3TYLER — The top performing students of the Tyler Independent School District and 35 influential TISD educators will step into the spotlight tonight during the Tyler ISD Foundation’s A Night of Shining Stars. The academic excellence recognition event will be held at 6:00pm at the Ornelas Activity Center in Tyler. The TISD Foundation, in cooperation with the Tyler ISD, will host the eighth annual A Night of Shining Stars to honor the top 20 graduating seniors of the class of 2015 from John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School. The top 20 students will be honored as Shining Stars. Each student selected one Tyler ISD educator who they felt made the biggest and most positive impact in their educational careers to be recognized alongside them as a Distinguished Educator. Read more …


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May Has Been Very Wet in Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

lighteningDALLAS (AP) — This has been the wettest month on record for Texas, and there are still several days left. The Office of the State Climatologist at Texas A&M University said Wednesday that an average of 7.54 inches of rain has already fallen in Texas in May. The previous record was 6.66 inches, which fell in June 2004. John Nielsen-Gammon, who serves as the state climatologist, says continuous storms for the past week to 10 days have contributed to rainfall records in many locales. The wettest area has been from Dallas-Fort Worth to the Red River, where some places have gotten more than 20 inches of rain. Recent storms have caused widespread flooding and killed at least 15 people in Texas and four others in Oklahoma. Twelve people in Texas are also missing.


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Latest on Flooding: Officials: Threat Remains Across Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Brazos River floodingUNDATED (AP) — While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas this week has tapered off, various cities aren’t out of danger, as officials warn about possible flooding from rivers swollen by rainfall. In suburban Houston, subdivisions along the San Jacinto River were expected to flood. In Wharton, located southwest of Houston, residents in 300 homes on the west side of the city were asked to evacuate due to the predicted rise of the Colorado River. And in the North Texas town of Horseshoe Bend, about 250 residents were asked to evacuate, as the Brazos River was expected to rise above its flood stage. The death toll from the storms and flooding has climbed to 21, 17 in Texas and four in Oklahoma. Houston alone had six storm-related deaths.


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No Longer Threat of Texas Dam Breaking

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Midlothian damDALLAS (AP) — Police say the threat of a dam southwest of Dallas breaking has passed. Midlothian police Capt. John Spann said late Wednesday morning that water was still coming over the earthen dam at Padera Lake, near Midlothian, but that the volume had decreased. The area has experienced days of heavy rain. Emergency personnel planned to shut down Highway 287 if the dam broke, because it could have flooded with a couple feet of water. About a dozen homes in the mostly rural area were threatened as well. Midlothian is some 25 miles southwest of Dallas.


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Police Groups Oppose Portion of Open Carry Bill

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Open CarryAUSTIN (AP) — Fierce opposition from police across the state on Wednesday derailed efforts to pass a bill allowing open carry of handguns on the streets of Texas, a significant delay that could threaten its passage before Monday’s end of the legislative session. The bill applies to Texans licensed to carry concealed weapons. It had appeared ready to pass the House and be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law. But law enforcement groups rallied strong opposition, demanding lawmakers take out a provision restricting police powers to question people carrying weapons, asking them for their licenses if they had no other reason to stop them. That argument swayed House members, who rejected an attempt to pass the bill and chose instead to negotiate a new version.


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Divisive Anti-Gay Marriage Bill Falls in Texas Legislature

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

gay couplesAUSTIN (AP) — Texas Republicans have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer. That means the first session under Republican Governor Greg Abbott will end next week without new restrictions that gay rights activists and some Texas businesses intensely opposed. The Texas Senate on Wednesday night had a final chance to vote on prohibiting government officials from giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But with only hours until a midnight deadline, the bill was scrapped. Computer maker Dell Inc. was among businesses that had urged lawmakers to not pursue the measure. Republicans instead passed a resolution that says they believe marriage is between a man and woman. The symbolic statement falls short of what some conservatives sought. The Legislature adjourns June 1.


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House OKs Family Department Bill Without Gay Adoption Limits

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Texas Department of Family and Protective ServicesAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a bill reorganizing a state family agency, without divisive rules allowing private child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children on religious grounds. The lower chamber voted 146-0 Wednesday to advance an overhaul of the Department of Family and Protective Services. The bill already cleared the Senate. House social conservatives had planned to attach an amendment before a preliminary approval vote that came Tuesday. It would have protected child agencies that object to gay and same-sex adoptions for religious reasons from being sued. Democrats opposed it and slowed debate down, however. With a key deadline looming at midnight Tuesday, the amendment was abandoned. It could have resurfaced Wednesday during final approval, but didn’t. The final vote didn’t include any amendments.


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Texas House Votes to Tighten Filming Rules at State Capitol

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Texas house of representativesAUSTIN (AP) — The House has altered a sweeping ethics bill, making it easier for lawmakers, and everyone at the Texas Capitol, to sue people who film them without permission. Lawmakers voted 100 to 40 Wednesday to allow those being filmed to ask the person doing so what they’re up to. If the person lies, but later releases footage, the amendment would facilitate lawsuits. The Legislature has been rocked by the American Phoenix Foundation, a conservative group with cameras that has descended on the Capitol, hoping to embarrass veteran lawmakers. Both Republicans and Democrats have complained about the group. But, since banning filming would violate state law, they’ve looked for other protections. The House version of the ethics bill must be reconciled with the Senate’s, meaning the amendment may not survive.


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Texas House OKs Ending Austin Residency Rule for Politicians

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Donna CampbellAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has passed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow statewide officeholders to live somewhere other than Austin. Drafted by tea party-backed Senator Donna Campbell, the proposal would excuse the governor and other officials elected by voters statewide form living in the state capital. It already cleared the Senate. As a proposed constitutional amendment, it needed two-thirds House support, or 100 minimum votes. It barely cleared that threshold Wednesday, passing 102 to 43. The measure puts a referendum on this November’s general election ballot. It lets voters decide whether to change the Texas Constitution, scraping a statewide officeholder residency requirement dating back to 1876. The ballot question is expected to cost the state nearly $120,000. But Campbell argues that modern technology has made the requirement obsolete


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Bill Seeks to Curb Shark Finning

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

shark finsAUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers have sent to Governor Greg Abbott a bill that bans the sale of shark fins in Texas, a move aimed at curbing the practice of cutting off the fins and tail and releasing the fish to die. The bill also bans possession of shark fins with intent to sell, regardless of where they were collected. Animal rights activists have long sought to restrict finning, which is used to supply some cultures where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy. Finning is already banned under federal law, but bill advocates say the practice has spiked on the black market in recent years in Texas waters. The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would make shark finning a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail..


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US Won’t Seek High Court Review in Immigration Case

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Justice Department logoWASHINGTON (AP) — The government says it won’t ask the Supreme Court to review a judge’s decision that put on hold President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The Justice Department announcement on Wednesday came one day after a federal appeals court panel refused to stay a Texas judge’s injunction that kept the sweeping immigration plan from taking effect. Spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the Justice Department is instead focused on its appeal that will be argued the week of July 6th before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The plan would shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation, but it remains on hold after the appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.


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Students Kicked Out of School for Truancy File Complaint

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Texas Education Agency3AUSTIN (AP) — Disabled students who were charged with truancy and kicked out of school have accused 13 school districts and the Texas Education Agency of violating federal law. Three nonprofits filed the complaint Wednesday with the education agency, but are seeking an outside investigator. They accuse the agency and districts, including those in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, of violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The districts are accused of failing to give students with disabilities individualized education services. Between 2010 and 2013, about 1,200 students with disabilities failed GED tests they were ordered by courts to take after being charged with truancy, a criminal offense. The groups filed a 2013 complaint triggering a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights investigation into whether Dallas County schools were too harsh on truants.


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Police: Dallas Man Posed as Doctor, Stole Ambulance

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Dallas Police PatchDALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man has been arrested after officials say he posed as a physician at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and later stole an ambulance from Medical City Dallas Hospital. Dallas media outlets report a 23-year-old man faces charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest. He was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Dallas County Jail. The suspect’s bail has been set at $7,000. Officials at Children’s Medical Center Dallas say the suspect said he was there to shadow a doctor, but was not able to produce any type of valid identification. A statement from the hospital says he was escorted from the building after questioning. Authorities say the man later stole an ambulance and was fleeing from police with the emergency lights on when he crashed into another vehicle.


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Slow Speed Chase Ends in Crash

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Fort Worth Police PatchFORT WORTH (AP) — A man has been arrested after leading police on a slow two-hour chase from Fort Worth to Arlington mostly along Interstate 30 that ended in a crash. According to a press release, police stopped a car Wednesday as part of a narcotics investigation. A Fort Worth police spokesman said the female driver got out and complied with police. The spokesman says the suspect, who was a passenger, then drove off. An armored SWAT vehicle joined the pursuit and pushed the suspect’s car, which hit a concrete divider before spinning. The suspect was surrounded by SWAT officers as he tried to climb out of a rear window. A police news release says that officers seized more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and that the suspect faces felony charges of evading arrest and possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance.


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Study: More Were Treated for Ebola-Like Symptoms in Texas

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Ebola hospital gearDALLAS (AP) — A study published this week in a medical journal says about a dozen more people were hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms last year after being exposed to the disease in Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that they ultimately tested negative for Ebola. The study, which was published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says the patients had developed fevers, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. They were hospitalized for one to five days and were released after tests came back negative. The report analyzed the effort in which almost 180 people in the Dallas area were identified in needing to be monitored for symptoms. Two nurses at a Dallas hospital were treated after contracting Ebola while caring for a man who had it. it.


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Texas Groups Petition Feds over Alleged Coal Exemptions

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

Coal Fired Power PlantAUSTIN (AP) — Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fired power plants from federal limits on particulates and other pollutants during startup, shutdown and maintenance at 19 power plants. A release from the Environmental Integrity Project on Wednesday says the exemptions made by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality between 2010 and 2013 show a “chronic disregard of federal Clean Air Act standards.” TCEQ spokesman Terry Clawson said in an email response that the agency followed the rules and did not relax any federal requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency. The groups allege public records show the state conspired with industry to illegally exempt 35 units at the 19 plants from federal particulate limits during the three stages of operation..


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BNSF Plans Temporary Layoffs with Slipping Freight Demand

Posted/updated on: May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

BNSF engineBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway says it’s planning employee furloughs due to slipping freight shipping demand across its rail network. The company said Wednesday in a statement that it hopes to call back employees “as soon as business needs change.” The railroad would not say how many employees were being furloughed but that they are “at different locations across our network.” BNSF is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated based in Omaha, Nebraska. The railroad is the biggest player in North Dakota’s oil patch, hauling most of the more than 1.1 million barrels that moves out of the region daily.


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Sepp Blatter: Corruption Allegations ‘Bring Shame and Humiliation’ to FIFA

Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images(ZURICH) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Thursday that the allegations of corruption brought against 14 people "bring shame and humiliation" to the global soccer organization.

"There can be no place for corruption of any kind," Blatter said in Zurich.

In a series of overnight busts on Wednesday, authorities arrested high-ranking FIFA officials over allegations of vast...

Blackhawks Defeat Ducks 5-2 to Force Game 7

Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Wednesday night, forcing a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

Blackhawks right wing Andrew Shaw scored two goals in the third period and Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane each scored a goal in the second period. Defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist...

Riley Curry Steals Spotlight Again as Warriors Advance to NBA Finals

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The true champion of the 2015 NBA Playoffs isn't a player with the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers, the two teams facing off for the title.

No, this postseason belongs to Riley Curry, the 2-year-old daughter of Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Riley stole the spotlight again on Wednesday, celebrating on the court after...

NASCAR Penalizes Three Teams for Charlotte Infractions

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three Sprint Cup teams have been penalized for infractions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosted the Coca-Cola 600 last weekend.

NASCAR on Wednesday placed Jamie McMurray's crew chief, Matt McCall, on probation through the end of the year because the right rear quarter panel wheel opening for McMurray's car was modified after qualifying inspection...

Scoreboard Roundup — 5/27/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 5, L.A. Angels 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 12, Texas 3
Chi White Sox 5, Toronto 3, 10 Innings
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 6, Boston 4
Seattle 3, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 3, Oakland 2
Baltimore 5, Houston 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 5, Miami 2
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Ray McDonald Arrested for Violating Restraining Order

Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again on Wednesday after allegedly violating a restraining order.

Released on Monday by the Bears after his second arrest on domestic violence charges, police say McDonald was at a Santa Clara residence prohibited by the order, which...

IndyCar Driver James Hinchcliffe Released from Hospital After Terrifying Crash

David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, who was involved in a horrific crash during practice before the Indianapolis 500 last week, was released from an Indiana hospital on Tuesday.

According to the IndyCar Series, Hinchcliffe had surgery on May 18 and was released on Tuesday. He had suffered left thigh and pelvic...

FIFA Inquiry Leads to Calls for Delay in Presidential Vote

Photo by Pressefoto Ulmer/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid a U.S. and international investigation of corruption within FIFA, the Union of European Football Associations on Wednesday called for a delayed vote for FIFA's presidency.

The election was set to take place on Friday, with incumbent president Sepp Blatter vying for a fifth term. Blatter has been skewered...

Cavaliers Sweep the Hawks to Advance to NBA Finals

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James is headed back to the NBA finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 23 points during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night to help his team sweep the Atlanta Hawks, 118-88.

"We've worked our tail off all season to get to this point, and to be able to represent the Eastern Conference and...

FIFA Officials Arrested over Alleged $150M Bribery Scheme

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ZURICH) -- In a series of overnight busts, authorities arrested high-ranking FIFA officials over allegations of vast racketeering and corruption involving more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades in soccer’s controversial governing body, law enforcement officials said.

In all, 14 people, which include a trio of sports marketing executives, have been charged by the...


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Parts of Great Plains Brace for More Rain Amid Cleanup Efforts

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Millions of Americans in the Great Plains are bracing for more rain and severe weather after being battered for days by powerful storms that are being blamed for several deaths.

Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect Thursday for parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the latter of which has already been devastated by...

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NC Teacher Allegedly Caught Threatening Students in Secret Recording

Creatas/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A North Carolina elementary school teacher was apparently captured threatening students in a secret recording, parents say.

Leona Cain says her son Sammy had been trying to tell her for months that his teacher at Alderman Road Elementary School in Fayetteville was verbally abusive, but she says she didn’t believe him until she sent her 10-year-old...

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Florida Pilot Arrested After Plane Strikes a Shed

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after the plane he was piloting struck a shed, authorities said.

According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher John Hall, 57, was arrested and booked in jail Wednesday, charged with reckless operation of a vessel -- operation of an aircraft while under the influence -- as...

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Video Captures Shooting of Second-Grader in Massachusetts

iStock/Thinkstock(DORCHESTER, Mass.) -- Authorities in Massachusetts pleaded for help from the public Wednesday as a 7-year-old remained hospitalized after being hit by a stray bullet while riding his bike.

"If you have information, holding onto it only helps the suspect," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. "The person who shot Divan needs to be held accountable."...

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Florida Doctor Arrested By Feds in Massive Drug Racketeering, Manslaughter Scheme

Roel Smart/iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A South Florida doctor and seven of her employees were arrested Wednesday by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in a massive racketeering and manslaughter scheme.

The DEA charged Dr. Lynn Averill with handing out hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for painkillers at her clinic—some of which resulted in patient overdose deaths.

DEA officials, who conducted a...

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Father of Suspect in DC Mansion Fire Wants Perp to ‘Suffer the Consequences’

Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) -- The father of a suspect charged in a quadruple homicide in Washington, D.C., Wednesday offered his condolences to the families of the victims and hoped that whoever committed the “heinous crimes, my son included, will suffer the consequences of their actions.”

Dennis Witt's son, Daron Wint, has been named a suspect in the slayings of...

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Penn State Kicks Embroiled Fraternity Off Campus For Three Years

Mark Treese/iStock/Thinkstock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- The Pennsylvania State University fraternity that came under fire for allegedly posting pictures of nude women on Facebook has been shut down for three years.

The move by university officials comes after Kappa Delta Rho was suspended in March by a student-led council for allegedly posting nude and partially nude photos of women online....

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Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A Georgia man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

The U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of Georgia announced the plea in a press release Wednesday. The FBI says Leon Nathan Davis, 37, attempting to join ISIS for more than a year. Davis was arrested at an Atlanta airport...

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Nebraska Outlaws Death Penalty

benkrut/iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- Nebraska legislators overrode the state governor Wednesday to replace the death penalty in the state with life sentence without parole.

The decision came after the governor vetoed a bill banning the practice on Tuesday. The move comes at a time when states are struggle to keep lethal execution drugs stocked. In Nebraska, that’s resulted in a...

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Pentagon Inadvertently Shipped Live Anthrax to Labs in Nine States

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Samples of live anthrax were inadvertently shipped to private research laboratories in nine states and one in South Korea that were supposed to have received dead anthrax samples, the Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday.

There is no known risk to the general public and there have been no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection...

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NOAA Issues Forecast for 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA's break down of storms for 2015 hurricane season. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- The coming hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin is expected to be calmer than normal, but that doesn't mean the East Coast is off the hook, according to a forecast issued Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.

There's a 70 percent chance...

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DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary

Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- Savvas Savopoulos was a CEO with a passion for side projects such as the design of a martial arts studio.

His wife, Amy Savopoulos, was raised as a "citizen of the world," having grown up in a military family, and had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers.

Their 10-year-old son, Phillip, who was believed to have been...

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Deputy Ambushed by Three Men Saved by His Dog

iStock/Thinkstock(PEARLINGTON, Miss.) -- A police K-9 came to the rescue of an officer who was being ambushed by three men and the dog most likely saved his life, authorities said Wednesday.

Deputy Todd Frazier was traveling along a remote stretch of Highway 90 in Pearlington, Mississippi, on Monday when he saw a blue Lincoln Town Car at a deserted...

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Why the US Is Investigating FIFA

FIFA's global headquarters in Zurich. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Soccer, the world's most popular sport, may not be the biggest game in America, but the U.S. Department of Justice wants to "send a message that enough is enough" when it comes to corruption regarding the game's international governing body, authorities said.

U.S. and South American sports marketing executives are...

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Flash Floods Leave Apocalyptic Scenes Across Texas

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(HOUSTON) -- A flash flood warning was issued for parts of six counties in Texas that include Houston, and parts of the city remain underwater after a weekend of torrential rain.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 6:14 a.m. local time and was expected to last for three hours.

City officials have confirmed...

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Lindsey Graham Goes to Israel, Meets with Prime Minister

US Senate(JERUSALEM) -- Days before Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is expected to jump into race for the Republican presidential nomination, the senior senator from South Carolina traveled to Israel Wednesday, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and holding a press conference on his trip.

The purpose of the visit by Graham, a longtime supporter of Israel in...

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UN Report Says World Hunger Decreasing

Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The number of undernourished people in the world has fallen by more than 20 percent since the early 1990s, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said on Wednesday.

In the newest edition of the U.N.'s annual report on world hunger, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world is 795 million --...

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Cuba, US Expect to Announce Embassy Openings Next Week

Ruskpp/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Cuba and the United States are expected to formally announce the re-opening of embassies in Havana and D.C. next week, ABC News has been told by two sources close to negotiations.

The announcement is expected to come from their respective capitals, following Friday’s anticipated announcement of Cuba’s removal from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cuba...

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India’s Deadly Heatwave Melting Roads

Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW DEHLI, India) --  A devastating heatwave has left more than 1,100 people dead over the past month in India, and photos also show the toll on the country's infrastructure.

Temperatures in the cities of Allahabad and Varanasi surpassed 110 degrees on Wednesday, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Photos show asphalt...

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How a California Woman Fell in Love With a Vatican Swiss Guard

Jonathan Binaghi and Miranda Emde at the Vatican. Courtesy Miranda Emde(NEW YORK) -- This isn’t a fairy tale. It’s the true story of a woman from Huntington Beach, California, who fell in love after asking a question of a Swiss Guard while on vacation at the Vatican.

Miranda Emde, 31, had written down 16 requirements for her future husband...

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Fire Engulfs Ship Off Coast of Germany

German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME)(LONDON) -- A freighter carrying fertilizer was abandoned by its crew off the coast of Germany after the vessel caught on fire, German officials told ABC News.

But after more than two days of smoldering, and a failed attempt to extinguish the flames, the ship is no longer at risk of exploding, German...

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Queen Elizabeth Opens New Session of UK Parliament

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Queen Elizabeth II opened a new session of Britain's parliament on Wednesday with the traditional pomp and pageantry.

As expected, she announced plans for a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union during her speech.

"My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union, and pursue reform of the...

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Four Taliban Fighters Killed After Attack on Afghan Guesthouse

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Four gunmen attacked an upscale neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan overnight, engaging in a fierce firefight with security forces, according to officials.

There were no casualties other than the four gunmen, all of whom were killed.

Police say the attackers were targeting a guesthouse in the area.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier this...

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Ride-Sharing App UberPOP Blocked in Italy

Uber(ROME) -- UberPOP has been blocked throughout Italy.

The ride-sharing app, similar to the American UberX , allows users to order a ride from a driver without a commercial licence. Italian taxi drivers, on the other hand, are tightly regulated with severe limits on the number of licenses.

A judge ruled Tuesday that UberPOP "was subject to only minor...

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Ramadi Fell to ISIS Fighters Even Though They Were ‘Vastly Outnumbered’ by Iraqi Troops

zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The city of Ramadi is controlled by “hundreds” of ISIS fighters who were able to seize the city after Iraqi military commanders ordered the withdrawal of several thousand Iraqi troops from the city.

That’s according to a U.S. official who also confirmed that the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Ramadi may have been prompted by the unexplained...

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Rockets Launched at Israel by Militants in Gaza

Joel Carillet/iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- After weeks of quiet, sirens blared across parts of southern Israel on Tuesday.

Militants in Gaza launched the first long-range rockets since the 50 day war last summer between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.

Residents in the south reported hearing several explosions, but Army officials have confirmed just one rocket fired from Gaza hit near...

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Ancient Italian Artifacts Found in US

EcoPic/iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Artwork stolen from the ancient city of Pompeii has been found in the United States.

Sixty years ago, thieves stripped three exquisite frescoes from the walls of Pompeii, an ancient city famously destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The first century artworks depict a young woman with a cupid on her shoulder, a...

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Australian Mother Reportedly Travels to Syria to Join Islamic State

thekoala/iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- An Australian mother is reported to have left her young children with a babysitter to fly and join the Islamic State in Syria.

Counter-terrorism police have started an investigation into the disappearance of 26-year-old Jasmina Milovanov, who calls herself Assma Abdullah.

Milovanov, the mother of a five and seven year old left in the care of a...

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Ireland Targets Same-Sex Weddings in New Tourism Campaign

Patryk Kosmider/iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- One day after an overwhelming majority voted yes to gay marriage in a historic referendum in Ireland, a new campaign from Tourism Ireland is already targeting the LGBT community by endorsing the country as a prime place to tie the knot.

The video, titled "Ireland Says I Do," promotes the most beautiful destinations for Irish weddings...

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Moving Day at the International Space Station

NASA(NEW YORK) -- NASA flight controllers are preparing to relocate a storage module at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking the biggest change to the space outpost's structure since the module was installed in 2011.

The Permanent Multipurpose Module, which is used for storage, will be detached from the Unity module and carefully moved via a robotic arm...

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Oculus Rift Total Package Price for Virtual Reality Won’t Be Cheap

Oculus VR®(RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.) -- The price of virtual reality won't be cheap.

When Oculus Rift releases its consumer headset and computer next year, CEO Brandon Iribe said the system will likely cost around $1,500 -- making the virtual reality dream for the masses expensive.

"We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out...

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Weekly Jobless Claims Shoot Up to 282,000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims continued to climb last week, increasing by 7,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending May 23, the number of people filing for benefits shot up to 282,000. Claims for the previous week were revised up by 1,000 to 275,000.

The Labor Department said there were no...

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SkyMall Catalog to Return to Planes Later this Year

SkyMall(NEW YORK) -- SkyMall was the quirky catalog most commonly found on airplanes before the company declared bankruptcy in January. This week, its new owner since April is declaring "SkyMall is back."

C&A Marketing, based in New Jersey, purchased SkyMall at auction for $1.9 million. While SkyMall folded its paper catalog, pointing to the proliferation of online devices on...

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Walmart Agrees to Settle Civil Lawsuit with Tracy Morgan

Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Walmart has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit brought by comedian Tracy Morgan, ABC News has learned.

The terms of the proposed settlement were not disclosed, and will need to be approved by a federal judge in New Jersey, where the case was filed.

"Walmart did right by me and my family, and for...

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Office Depot to Pay $3.4 Million Settlement Over Defective Chairs

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Office Depot has agreed to pay out 3.4 million dollars for defective office chairs that allegedly hurt dozens of desk-hunched workers’ backs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Office Depot received nearly 200 reports about the chairs from customers, over 30 of which resulted in injuries.

Companies are required to report product defects...

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iOS Text Message Bug Causes Problems for Some iPhone Users

pcruciatti/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A bug in Apple's iMessage app is wreaking havoc on some iPhones, causing them to reboot after receiving a specific string of characters via text.

Apple said the company is "aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an...

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Wall Street Posts Gains Following Labor Department’s State Unemployment Report

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rebounding from a poor day on Tuesday, Wall Street posted major gains following a mixed report on state unemployment levels from the Labor Department.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 18162.99, a gain of 121.45 from its open.

The Nasdaq closed up 73.84 to an all-time high of 5106.59, and the S&P 500...

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The Web Is Becoming A Giant Television Set

Ryhor Bruyeu/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The internet may soon be less about typing and more clicking and watching. In other words, the web is becoming a giant TV screen: video is expected to become at least 80 percent of consumer traffic on the web by 2019.

Those figures come from a new forecast by Cisco.

Clicks on YouTube...

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Inside an Ecocapsule: A Futuristic Wind and Solar Powered Pod-Like Home

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A small wind and solar powered pod home called the Ecocapsule could be the home of the future if its creators have their way.

While the egg-shaped homes look more like something from a Hunger Games movie, Nice Architects, a company based in Slovakia, said each Ecocapsule has an "efficient spatial layout [that] allows you to...

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Gas Prices Continue to Rise

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Gas prices continue to go up as summer nears.

The Energy Department says the average price of regular unleaded gas went up about three more cents in the past week and now stands at $2.77 a gallon.

In California, the average is about a buck higher. And in the southern part of the state, it's even worse....

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Microsoft’s Cortana Is Coming to iOS, Android Devices

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft's sassy virtual personal assistant Cortana will soon be staking out a spot on competing platforms.

Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft's operating systems group, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that Cortana will be available as an option on Android and iOS devices later this year as a companion to Windows 10.

A phone companion...

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Wall Street Continues Slump After Holiday Weekend

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow suffered its worst day in a month on Tuesday as all of the sectors of the S&P 500 continued to drop after the holiday weekend.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,041.54 on Tuesday, down 190.48 from its open.

The Nasdaq was down by 56.61 to close at 5,032.75. The S&P 500 was...

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Lilly Pulitzer Accused of ‘Fat Shaming’ at Company Headquarters

alexandradabija/iStock/Thinkstock(KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.) -- Lilly Pulitzer is again stirring up controversy along with its colorful cocktail-and-dress culture, but it has nothing to do with its Black-Friday-style team-up with Target last month.

The brand's King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, headquarters was the subject of an online story and slideshow Tuesday on New York Magazine's The Cut. Among...

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What Jony Ive’s Promotion Means at Apple

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Jony Ive was already the most prominent design visionary at Apple and now the London-born designer, who has the honor of having a sir before his name, is stepping into the newly created position of chief design officer.

The move will allow Ive to focus his energy on current design projects and future initiatives, according to...

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US Home Sales Surge in April

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) -- Homes sales were up in April nearly 7 percent from March with 517,000 single-family homes sold, according to the latest figures released by the Commerce Department.

March sales were also revised up a few thousand units signaling a good sign in the housing market's recovery. But David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home...

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George Pataki Set to Join Pool of 2016 Hopefuls

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- On the heels of Rick Santorum’s presidential announcement in Pennsylvania Wednesday, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce he’s joining the ballooning field of 2016 candidates on Thursday.

Pataki will be making his decision known in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Ahead of his announcement, the Republican released a video on his website Thursday morning....

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Campaign Finance Watchdog Groups Call for Probe of Jeb Bush

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Jeb Bush makes his way through key primary states, two campaign finance watchdog groups are pushing for the Department of Justice to investigate the potential candidate’s interactions with his super PAC.

Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center filed a letter with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the DOJ requesting a special counsel to...

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Rick Santorum ‘Sickened’ by Josh Duggar Molestation Allegations

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he was “sickened” by allegations that reality TV star Josh Duggar molested underage girls when he was a teenager.

In an interview that aired Thursday on Good Morning America, ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania for his reaction to the story...

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Obama Administration Won’t Appeal Immigration Ruling to Supreme Court

baumsaway/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to life a block on the Obama administration's executive action on immigration, a ruling that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security expressed disappointment towards, while saying that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was not in the cards just yet.

"The Department of Justice is...

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Rick Santorum on Hillary Clinton: ‘We’ve Taken Her On’

ABC/Matthew Putney(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum is ready for Hillary, but not in the way her supporters are.

The former Pennsylvania Republican senator turned two-time presidential candidate is in a “great place” to begin “countering a big, top-down, statist approach that Hillary Clinton has advocated,” he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Wednesday.

“We’ve...

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Hillary Clinton Pokes Fun at President Obama: My Hair Won’t Turn White in the White House

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Self-dubbed hair icon and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton assured voters Wednesday that if she gets elected president, her hair -- unlike that of her would-be predecessors -- will not turn gray over the course of her term.

“All of our presidents come into office looking so vigorous,” Clinton said during a campaign...

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President Obama Issues New Rule To Protect Drinking Water

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a clarification to existing water standards, President Obama issued a new rule aimed at protecting drinking water Wednesday.

The president says the “Clean Water Rule” will make existing permits clearer. The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers will regulate federally-protected sources, and be able to issue swifter penalties when water...

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Rick Santorum Slams Rand Paul on ISIS: ‘I’d Expect to Hear That From Maybe Bernie Sanders’

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- Newly-minted presidential candidate Rick Santorum Wednesday slammed fellow 2016 hopeful Rand Paul, who said he blames Republican hawks for the rise of terrorist group ISIS.

“I think that is just fundamentally a misunderstanding of the nature of the enemy we face,” Santorum said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“ISIS didn't...

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Meet the 97-Year-Old Who Was Surprised by Obama on Her ‘Field Trip’ to the White House

President Barack Obama welcomes Vivian Bailey, escorted by Vice President Joe Biden just outside the Oval Office, May 26, 2015. David Lienemann/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Vivian Bailey, 97, never had the chance to go on a field trip as a child, but on Tuesday, she took the “field trip” of her dreams to the White House and was even...

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Carly Fiorina to Attend Luncheon, Hold Roundtable in SC

Ann Johansson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton will have some company when she visits South Carolina on Wednesday: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and only other female candidate in the race, is planning to rain on Clinton’s parade by hosting her own event outside of the hotel where Clinton will be delivering a keynote address.

In...

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Hillary Clinton Visits SC, Focusing on Women and Minorities

Theo Wargo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton returns to South Carolina Wednesday for the first time in nearly eight years for a one-day swing through the state’s capital, Columbia.

During her short visit, Clinton’s focus will be on women and minorities. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with “minority women small business owners” in the morning and then deliver...

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Rick Santorum on Running for President 2016: ‘Ready to Do This Again’

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, says he’s “ready” to run for president in 2016.

“I’m ready to do this again,” he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“It's an exciting opportunity,” he told Stephanopoulos. “To...

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State Department Proposes Rollout of Clinton Emails Starting June 30

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a federal court filing submitted late Tuesday night, the State Department proposed a new plan to rollout heavily scrubbed versions of 55,000 emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The State Department said it will begin posting the emails on its website starting on June 30 and then continue posting them every...

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Obama on Freedom Act: ‘This Needs to Get Done’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama scolded the Senate on Tuesday for leaving town for a week-long recess without reaching an agreement to renew certain provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire at midnight on May 31 if Congress fails to reach a compromise.

“The House of Representatives did its work which strikes the appropriate balance,”...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Kicks Off Presidential Campaign

ABC News(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- The longest-serving Independent senator in U.S. history, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, kicked-off his presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination Tuesday with a colorful and lively event in Burlington.

With blue-grass music, tie-dye and free ice cream, the afternoon event felt half like a summer festival and half like a political rally.

A self-identified "Democratic Socialist,"...

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Teen Softball Player Dies Days After Having Brain Aneurysm

California Thunder via KABC(NEW YORK) -- A California softball player has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field.

Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Family and teammates had held out hope that the 15-year-old player would survive the traumatic event.

Housley’s family announced...

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The Treadmill Is Back: Workout Tips You Can Use at Home or in the Gym

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The treadmill is back. The once-monotonous machine is finding its groove again.

The machine is making a comeback in fitness classes, and celebrities including Heidi Klum, Shakira and Zoe Saldana are sprinting their way to great shape on treadmills.

Fitness experts Anna Kaiser, Alycia Stevenin and David Siik appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday to...

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FBI Investigating Medical Device That Spread Cancer in Some Women

Dmitrii Kotin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The FBI is investigating whether Johnson and Johnson was aware that a surgical device it manufactured could spread cancer in the women on whom it is used.

Johnson and Johnson is one of the leading manufacturers of the power morcellator -- a surgical device that breaks down growths in the uterus so that they can...

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Mystery Illness Cited as Dozens of NC Students Stay Home Sick

Fuse/Thinkstock(UNION COUNTY, N.C.) -- North Carolina health officials have yet to find an explanation for a mysterious illness suspected of contributing to about one-third of students at an elementary school staying home Friday.

Officials said they believe many of the students who were absent stayed home because of the disease that is under investigation.

At least 160 students and...

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Vermont Governor Announces ‘Park Prescription’ Program

carlosbezz/iStock/Thinkstock(WATERBURY, Vt.) -- Everyone knows that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," but Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday a new program that will have doctors prescribing visits to state parks instead of apples.

Under the new "Park Prescription" program, doctors all around the state of Vermont will prescribe their patients time outdoors. Those prescriptions, meant...

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National Safety Council Warns Traffic Fatalities Up from 2014

csakisti/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Safety Council issued a warning on traffic fatalities on Wednesday, noting that each of the past six months has seen higher numbers of traffic deaths than the same month last year.

That trend, the NSC says, is expected to last into the summer, a period it calls the "100 deadly days." Between Memorial...

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Man Survives Lightning Strike to the Head During Memorial Day Weekend Outing

Comstock/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(IDAHO CITY, Idaho) -- A man who went on an all-terrain vehicle ride with friends over Memorial Day Weekend is now recovering from what could have been a life-threatening incident.

Ryan Cross was with friends on a camping trip near Idaho City, Idaho, when they came across an unexpected storm on Sunday.

"They were riding, and it started raining...

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FDA Approves Two New Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Piotr Marcinski/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a pair of treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

Viberzi and Xifaxan, medications manufactured by two different companies, can be used, the FDA says, in adult men and women to treat IBS with diarrhea. The National Institutes of Health says that IBS affects 10 to 15 percent of...

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Increase in STDs After Rise of Social Media Dating?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Increases in the rates of three major sexually transmitted diseases in Rhode Island have led local health officials to warn that high-risk behaviors could be to blame, including the use of social media to “arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters."

Among the statistics, HIV rates have risen 33 percent, gonorrhea cases are up 30 percent...

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103-Year-Old Twins Die Within Weeks of Each Other

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.

"It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies," said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home's deputy manager. "They both made such a positive...

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Connecticut Woman Swallows Grill Brush Bristle in Burger

WTNH(NEW YORK) -- A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.

The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove...

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Senior Class Donates Nearly $8,000 to Principal Battling Cancer

WMUR(BETHLEHEM, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care.

Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare...

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Newer Birth Control Pills Could Up Blood Clot Risk

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New versions of "The Pill" could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.

But, as ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out,...

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Gallup: Mississippi Is Most Obese State for Second Straight Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was...

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Receding Texas Floodwaters Can Leave Behind Health Hazards

photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining...

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New David Duchovny Drama “Aquarius” Premieres Thursday Night

Vivian Zink/NBC(NEW YORK) -- David Duchovny will return to The X-Files universe in early 2016, but in the meantime he's starring in a new drama for NBC.

Aquarius, premiering Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, is set in 1967 Los Angeles, and features Duchovny as a homicide detective investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who, it turns...

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“Entourage” Cast Dishes on Film at New York City Premiere

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- The boys are back in Hollywood. In the film adaptation of the hit HBO series Entourage, Adrian Grenier's Vincent Chase wants to step behind the camera to write and direct his first big-budget film. Grenier told ABC Radio what else fans can expect from the film.

"It's everything that you always want from Entourage...

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Is a “19 Kids and Counting” Spin-Off a Possibility?

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) -- While TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting after a report revealed sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Duggar, there's speculation that a spin-off of the reality series could happen at the cable network.

People magazine, citing a source close to the Duggars, says a show centered on a couple of newlyweds in the family, Jill and Derick Dillard and Jessa and Ben...

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Lindsay Lohan Has Completed Community Service Obligations

Adam Rose/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Some positive news for Lindsay Lohan -- she's completed the community service obligations required of her in connection with a 2012 reckless driving case.

Santa Monica City Attorney Terry White told E! News Wednesday that the Mean Girls star has fulfilled her obligations ahead of Thursday's deadline, which coincides with a court hearing in the matter.

In February, a...

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Amy Schumer on Hollywood Sexism: ‘People Just Hate Women’

The Hollywood Reporter(LOS ANGELES) -- Amy Schumer thinks she's figured out the reason for the inequality of women in show business.

"I think people hate women," the Inside Amy Schumer creator and star declared during a roundtable of comedic actresses assembled by The Hollywood Reporter for its June 5 edition.

"I don't think they want to hear a woman talk for too...

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Jeremy Renner Crashes Houston Couple’s Wedding

Peter Kramer/NBC(HOUSTON) -- Jeremy Renner had a little downtime during a trip to Houston, Texas, for the Comicpalooza convention, so he decided to crash a wedding.

"There was a reception at the bar in the hotel I stayed in," the Avengers: Age of Ultron star tells People magazine. However, he was careful not to upstage the guests of honor.

"I was...

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Taylor Swift Tells Fan Not to Call Her ‘Mom’

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Note to young fans: Taylor Swift is not your mom.

While catching up with her fans on Tumblr this week, Taylor addressed one girl in particular who keeps calling her “mom.” She responded to a video from the girl’s actual mom, in which the woman asks her daughter to stop using the maternal term to refer...

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Are Khloe Kardashian and Rick Fox Dating?

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Has Khloe Kardashian moved on from rapper French Montana to former basketball player Rick Fox?

According to Us Weekly, the two were spotted last Friday on a date at Casa Vega, a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles' Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

Several eyewitnesses said they saw the two come in late and grab a table. One source added, "It looked...

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Archie Panjabi Opens Up About Rumored Faked Scene on “The Good Wife”

David M. Russell/CBS(NEW YORK) -- When Kalinda, played by Archie Panjabi, and Alicia, played by Julianna Margulies, shared a final scene together on the recent season finale of The Good Wife, it almost seemed too good to be true.

After the scene aired, rumors spread online that the two actresses shot the scene separately and the final product was computer...

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U2’s Longtime Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan Has Died

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS (LOS ANGELES) -- Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.  

KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.

Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE +...

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Kevin Connolly Recalls Awkward Run in with Liam Neeson on “Entourage” Set

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- When Kevin Connolly reprises his role as Eric Murphy in the film adaptation of the former HBO series, Entourage, he'll be showing a lot of skin.

To prepare for the film, the actor said on Wednesday's Live with Kelly and Michael that he "basically didn't eat for three days was the way to go....

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“The Bachelorette’s” Britt Nilsson Shares Photos of New Romance with Former Contestant

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Britt Nilsson was sent home last week on The Bachelorette, but this week she's sharing photos proving that she's still happily with Brady Toops.

The two met on this season of the ABC competition, which was different than past seasons because two bachelorettes, Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe, met 25 men, who were asked to vote for the woman they wanted to...

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Jason Statham Finally Gets Funny in “Spy”

Universal(NEW YORK) -- The last time we saw Jason Statham onscreen, he was playing the bad guy inFurious 7. But in his latest film, Spy, where he stars opposite Melissa McCarthy, the British actor gets funny.

Statham -- who's best-known as an action star in movies like The Transporter and The Expendables -- admits in the June issue of ...

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Tatum O’Neal Says ‘I’m Dating Women Now’

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Tatum O'Neal was once married to tennis star John McEnroe, but now she's looking for love in different places.

"I like women," O'Neal tells People magazine. "I definitely have been dating mostly women recently." 

"I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth," she continues. "They're gentle, and also more intelligent than the men...

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What Would Cast of “San Andreas” Take in Actual Earthquake?

Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne Johnson arrived on a fire engine with a rescue helicopter overhead at Tuesday night’s Los Angeles premiere of the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas

Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California.  But say he was in an actual earthquake --...

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