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Multiple Cases of Sexual Abuse of a Child Turn Up Against a Tyler Man

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

Rance Kevin LusbyTYLER — Smith County authorities have turned up additional cases against a man arrested earlier this year for sexual abuse of a child. He is Rance Kevin Lusby, 59. The first incident is said to have occurred in 2010 while Lusby was doing landscape work for a family. Detectives then discovered there were two separate incidents reported to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office in reference to Lusby who had been accused of similar acts of sexual abuse against two other children. They were said to have occurred in 2010 against a 3 year old female and 2011 against a 3 year old boy. These two cases were investigated previously but were subsequently suspended due to lack of sufficient evidence. As the investigation continued, more evidence surfaced and Lusby was arrested back in April. Read more …


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Longview Murder Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:32 am

Jose ZamarripaLONGVIEW — Gregg County Crimestoppers is asking for the public’s help in locating a murder suspect. He is Jose Zamarripa, 27, of Longview, a suspect in a fatal south Longview shooting in January. He is a suspect in the death of Omar Hernandez, 22. Jail records show Zamarripa has been arrested five times under the name “Jose Maria Ibarra.” Charges range from possession of a controlled substance in 2007 to unlawfully carrying a weapon. Gregg County Crime Stoppers may pay up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to the arrest of Zamarripa. Contact Crimes Stoppers online at http://www.greggcountycrimestoppers.org or call 903-236-STOP (7687).


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One of Two Gang Members Arrested in Rusk County

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:32 am

Jamarion Miguel HoustonHENDERSON — One of two known gang members wanted by Rusk County authorities is in custody. Jamarion Miguel Houston, 20 (pictured), turned himself in at the Rusk County Jail last night. Still at large is Taurus Trevion Roberson, 21. Both are from Lufkin. Roberson has 13 warrants out for him and Houston has four. The two are wanted for theft of a firearm, burglary of a vehicle, credit card abuse and abuse of the elderly. If you know Roberson’s whereabouts you are asked to contact the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 903-657-3581 or Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477.


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East Texan Honored by the DPS

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

DPS badgeAUSTIN — A Smith County man has received one of the awards handed out by the Texas Department of Public Safety. He is State Trooper Jeremy Frazier of Tyler. He received a Lifesaving Award for his actions during a life-threatening incident last September. While on patrol, Frazier heard and responded to a request for emergency medical assistance for an unresponsive passenger in a vehicle on U.S. Highway 83 in Rio Grande City. Upon arriving at the scene, Frazier checked on the woman, removed an obstruction from her airways and began performing CPR until EMS arrived. The woman was ultimately transported by EMS to the hospital. Frazier was one of seven persons to received awards from the Texas Public Safety Commission and the Texas Department of Public Safety.


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Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin Welcomes Endangered Jaguar

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:41 am

zoogate3LUFKIN (AP) – An endangered jaguar has been born at an East Texas zoo as part of a breeding program called the Species Survival Plan. The Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin on Thursday announced the birth of the male cub. The jaguar was born Aug. 20 and named Balam, which is the Mayan word for jaguar. The animal weighed 1 pound, 6 ounce at birth, but has since grown to about 2 pounds. A zoo statement says the parents are 8-year-old Seraphina and 3-year-old Kabah. Zoo experts are tending to the cub because the first-time mother was not nursing her offspring and the newborn required special attention. The cub is not yet on public display.


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Texas Records 4th Death This Year Linked to West Nile Virus

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:45 am

mosquitoEL PASO (AP) — Health officials say a fourth person has died in Texas this year after contracting the West Nile virus. The El Paso Department of Health on Thursday announced the death of an 89-year-old man, but did not release his name or say when he died. Authorities say the elderly victim had several underlying medical conditions. City officials in Dallas on Tuesday announced the West Nile-related death of a resident. Tarrant County reported a West Nile-related death on Aug. 8. Kleberg County in South Texas reported a death last month that also was confirmed to be West Nile-related. The Texas Department of State Health Service says the state last year had 379 human cases of West Nile virus, including six deaths.


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Cruz, Trump to Hold Joint Event to Blast Iran Deal

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 2:25 am

Ted Cruz3GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are planning to appear together at an upcoming Capitol Hill rally against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Trump announced the event during an appearance Thursday in South Carolina, saying it would be “in the next few weeks.” Cruz aides confirmed Trump’s statement. They say that the Texas senator invited Trump to join him at an event sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America. Congress is expected to begin debate on the accord when lawmakers return from recess September 8. Trump, who leads most polls of GOP primary voters, called Cruz a “nice guy.” Cruz has declined to criticize the front-runner for his controversial comments on immigration or any other topic.


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Dallas Police Shoot Robbery Suspect Dead During Struggle

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 2:24 am

Dallas Police PatchDALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a suspect was shot dead in a struggle with an officer investigating a reported robbery at a suspected drug house near Fair Park. The incident happened about 1:30 Thursday afternoon. Police Chief David Brown says officers were trying to arrest the man when a struggle ensued. When the man broke for his car, two officers used a stun gun on him. However, the man pulled the prongs from his body both times and continued to flee. Brown says the man continued to struggle with police as he tried to get into a car. Eventually, the officer struggling with the man fired his gun several times, killing the man. Brown says the man had a box cutter, but he didn’t say if he wielded it as a weapon.


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Off-Duty Houston Officer Shoots Combative Hospital Patient

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:44 am

Alan Christopher PeanHOUSTON (AP) — Houston police have released the identities of a hospital patient shot by officers during a struggle and the two officers involved in the struggle. A police statement identified the patient as Alan Christopher Pean, 26, who was shot in the abdomen during the struggle Thursday at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. He remained in critical condition at St. Joseph’s late Thursday. Also requiring hospital treatment for head lacerations were Officer O. Ortega, who shot Pean, and Senior Officer R. Law. The officers are on administrative leave pending investigation by the homicide and internal affairs divisions of the Houston Police Department, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.


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1 Arrested After 2 Shot at Texas Southern University Lot

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 2:20 am

Darrius T. NicholsHOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say a suspect has been accused of assault after two people were shot while at a Texas Southern University dormitory parking lot. Darrius T. Nichols was being held Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. City jail records didn’t immediately list bond or an attorney to speak for the 20-year-old Nichols, who does not attend TSU. Authorities are trying to determine what sparked Wednesday night’s shootings. A woman, who’s not a student, was treated and released. A man remains hospitalized in critical condition. Police are trying to determine if he attends TSU. A TSU officer saw a gunman fire toward a crowd. The man refused to drop his gun and turned toward the officer, who shot at the suspect but missed. The suspect surrendered.


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New Named Added to Texas Most Wanted List

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 2:18 am

Jesse Cruz JrAUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jesse Cruz Jr., 49, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list. Cruz, a violent sex offender, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Cruz has ties to the San Antonio area, which was his last known address. In 1993, Cruz was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact after an incident in Bexar County involving a 12-year-old girl. His criminal history also includes aggravated assault with deadly weapon and unlawful carrying of a weapon. A cash reward up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.


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Ex-Student Gets 8 Years, Took Loaded Guns to School

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:45 am

Brendan Sean TarwaterSAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former student at a San Antonio school has been sentenced to eight years in prison for taking loaded guns to campus. Brendan Sean Tarwater was sentenced Wednesday in San Antonio in a plea deal. Prosecutors say Tarwater in April 2014 took guns to James Madison High School, when he was a sophomore and 17 years old. Nobody was hurt. Tarwater, who’s now 18 and prosecuted as an adult, in June pleaded no contest to a third-degree felony of taking prohibited items, guns, to school. The weapons, an AK-47, two handguns, ammunition and a knife, were found in Tarwater’s backpack after his parents reported him missing. Tarwater originally was also charged with making terroristic threats.


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Off-Duty Dallas Policeman Helps Catch Alleged Fake Officer

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 7:44 am

Charles TroutmanDALLAS (AP) — Police have nabbed a driver accused of flashing law enforcement-style red and blue lights behind a vehicle being driven by an off-duty Dallas officer. Charles Troutman has been charged with impersonating a public servant and possession of marijuana. Dallas County online jail records do not list the 22-year-old suspect as still in custody Thursday or information on an attorney or bond for him. An off-duty Dallas officer was traveling in his personal vehicle on Interstate 30 before dawn Wednesday when a vehicle behind him flashed police-type lights. The officer became suspicious, pulled over and called 911. The suspect’s unmarked Chevrolet pickup truck drove by but was stopped by Mesquite police and Troutman was arrested. Dallas police are seeking other drivers allegedly pulled over by Troutman.


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Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Removal of UT Davis Statue

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 2:13 am

Jefferson Davis statue at U-T AustinAUSTIN (AP) — A judge has denied efforts to prevent the University of Texas’ from removing a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from the main area of campus. During a hearing Thursday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans called attempts to remove the Davis statue a “cultural atrocity.” They compared doing so to Islamic State forces destroying Middle East artifacts. But Judge Karin Crump ruled the university has the authority to move the statue. Activists say the nearly century-old bronze likeness of Davis highlights the university’s racist past. New school President Greg Fenves recently ordered it moved to a campus museum, but allowed other Confederate symbols to remain. A Sons of Confederate Veterans attorney said the group hasn’t decided whether it will appeal. Officials plan to move Davis’ statue within a few days.


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Texas A&M Buildings, Roads Closed Due to Gas Leak Reopened

Posted/updated on: August 28, 2015 at 2:11 am

Texas A&MCOLLEGE STATION (AP) —Activities on the Texas A&M University campus have returned to normal after a natural gas leak prompted the evacuation of several residence halls and other campus buildings. Officials at the school in College Station say the leak was discovered late Thursday morning at A&M’s central utility plant. Crews with Atmos energy found the leak during a routine inspection. A&M evacuated Hobby Hall, Neeley Hall, Hotard Hall, the Sbisa Dining Center and the central utility plant. Several nearby roads were also closed, as a precaution. The buildings and roads were reopened about three hours later after the leak was isolated, according to a university statement. The campus has more than 58,000 students.
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Ronda Rousey Delivers Message for Mom Who Helped Her Discover Childhood Speech Condition

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The lives of champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and speech pathologist and mom Laura Smith might seem worlds apart, but the two women share a unique connection.

Smith and her 5-year-old daughter, Ashlynn, met Rousey, 28, this spring at a book signing in Denver for Rousey's autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight.

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Sprint Cup Series Off This Weekend

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the Chase approaching, the Sprint Cup Series drivers have the weekend off.

They return to action Sept. 6 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, in the Bojangles' Southern 500. It's the second-to-last event before the Chase begins.

You can still get your NASCAR fix this weekend with the XFINITY Series' Road America...

Scoreboard Roundup — 8/27/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 2, Detroit 0
Texas 4, Toronto 1
Kansas City 5, Baltimore 3
Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 4
Chicago White Sox 4, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 9, Chicago Cubs 1
Washington 4, San Diego 2
Pittsburgh 2, Miami 1
N.Y. Mets 9, Philadelphia 5, 13 Innings
St. Louis 5, Arizona 3

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Texans’ Ryan Mallett Misses Practice for ‘Personal Issue’

Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Texans back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett missed practice on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reported Mallett had overslept through Thursday's practice, but according to ESPN, later, Texans Coach Bill O'Brien said the absence was because of a "personal issue."

"It's between Ryan and I," O'Brien said. "It's a personal issue."

On Monday, Brian Hoyer...

Steelers’ WR Martavis Bryant Faces Four-Game Suspension

Don Juan Moore/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Martavis Bryant is already off to a rough pre-season start.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy by using marijuana, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports Bryant is hoping to hear about his appeal in the next week or more.

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Legendary Basketball Player Darryl Dawkins Dead at 58

Manny Carabel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary basketball player Darryl Dawkins, known as "Chocolate Thunder" for his ferocious slam dunks, died on Thursday at the age of 58.

ESPN reports that a statement from Dawkins' family cited a heart attack as the cause of his death.

Dawkins played 14 years in the National Basketball Association, including seven with the Philadelphia...

Segway Cameraman Wipes Out Usain Bolt After 200m Victory in Beijing

Michael Steele/Getty Images(BEIJING) — Usain Bolt may be the world’s man, but his speed was no match for an out-of-control Segway at the World Athletic Championship in Beijing Thursday.

A cameraman following behind Bolt on the two-wheeled electric vehicle after his 200m victory over American Justin Gatlin collided with the Jamaican sprinter, taking him down as he celebrated.

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Little League Cancer Survivor Gets to Meets Baseball Idol Mike Trout

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One group of Little Leaguers -- including a 14-year-old who battled cancer for years -- got to fulfill a cherished dream when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim invited them to play on their field.

It was a day of many firsts for the boys from West Covina, California, whose love for the game and for...

Scoreboard Roundup — 8/26/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 6, Milwaukee 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 6, N.Y. Yankees 2
Seattle 8, Oakland 2
Detroit 5, L.A. Angels 0
Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 3
Boston 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Toronto 12, Texas 4
Baltimore 8, Kansas City 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 9, Philadelphia 4
San Diego 6, Washington 5
Colorado 6, Atlanta...

Kurt Busch Announces Engagement

Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kurt Busch had big news to share on Twitter Wednesday.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver announced to his 200,000-plus followers that he's engaged. The lucky lady is Ashley Van Metre, a polo player.

Busch tweeted a photo of the two of them together, with an engagement ring noticeably on Van Metre's finger. He...


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Will Tropical Storm Erika Strengthen as It Heads Towards Florida?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Tropical Storm Erika is battering the Caribbean with heavy rain but will it become a hurricane as it heads towards Florida?

"[Erika] could strengthen a little bit before it moves inland over the Florida peninsula as we get into late during the weekend and early next week," says Michael Brennan of the National Hurricane Center....

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Virginia On-Air Shooting: Survivor’s Harrowing Tale of Facing Down Gunman

Family photo(MONETA, Va.) -- The woman who survived the horrific on-air shooting that left two journalists dead in Virginia earlier this week gave her husband a harrowing account of the fusillade.

Tim Gardner told ABC News that his wife, Vicki, the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was able to walk to the ambulance...

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Student Dead in Shooting at Savannah State University

iStock/Thinkstock(SAVANNAH, Ga.) -- Shots rang out on Savannah State University's campus Thursday, with one student killed and the university placed on lockdown.

The shooting, which occurred at the SSU Student Union building, was sparked by an altercation, the university said in a statement.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the metro Atlanta area, died in the shooting, the school said....

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Boy, 13, Keeps Father Alive After He’s Badly Hurt by Falling Boulder

Courtesy of David Finlayson(BOISE, Idaho) -- David Finlayson has his 13-year-old son to thank as he recovers at home today after being struck by a refrigerator-size boulder during a camping trip.

Finlayson, 52, and his son Charlie were backpacking and climbing near Ship Island Lake in a part of Idaho known as "River of No Return Wilderness" on Aug....

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Police Find Wig, Shawl and Gun in Virginia Shooter’s Car, Warrant Says

iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A briefcase with a wig, shawl and three license plates was among the items found inside the car of the gunman who killed two of his former colleagues during a televised interview in Virginia on Wednesday, according to a search warrant.

ABC News has obtained the warrant filed to search the rental car that Vester Lee...

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Controversial Guardrail to be Crash-Tested Again

iStock/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Five months after passing federally-ordered crash tests, the controversial guardrail blamed for dozens of deaths and injuries is being tested again, this time by a U.S. state which has been aggressively investigating the highway product.

According to a document obtained by ABC News, Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been working out details to test the...

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On-Air Shooter’s Firing Filmed by Cameraman He Later Killed

iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- The cameraman who was killed in the on-air shooting in Virginia Wednesday filmed his attacker being fired from their news station two years prior, according to court records.

Details about the February 2013 firing of Vester Lee Flanagan, who used the name Bryce Williams professionally, have emerged as part of the public court filings in relation...

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Kentucky Same-Sex Couple Denied Marriage License for Third Time

iStock/Thinkstock(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- A same-sex couple from Morehead, Kentucky, were denied a marriage license for a third time at the Rowan County Clerk's Office on Thursday, and the emotional exchange was caught on video.

The denial comes just one day after the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis' appeal to U.S. District Judge...

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Photo Shows Web Acronym ‘LOL’ Woven in Spiderweb

Heather Ar'ite(SEATTLE) -- One woman believes a spider had sent her a snarky message after she found the Web acronym "LOL" woven into its web.

"A lot of people found it crazy humorous," said Heather Ar'ite of Seattle, Washington. "I actually sent it to my mom and she asked me if it was real."

"I didn't know if the...

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Prep School Rape Trial Closing Arguments Describe Two Stories

ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) -- In the closing arguments Thursday regarding an alleged rape at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, attorneys for both sides asked jurors to question the credibility of the accuser and the defendant.

Owen Labrie, 19, is accused of raping a student in May 2014 at St. Paul's School, in Concord, New Hampshire. He is charged...

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How WDBJ Was Able to Get Through This Morning’s Newscast After On-Air Slayings

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) -- The heartbreaking task of getting back to work was the first assignment of the day for the staffers at WDBJ-TV in Virginia.

They returned to the news desk a day after two of their colleagues were fatally shot during a live interview.

"They're doing as well as can be expected," station general manager...

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How Words Like Butt-Dial and Redditor Make It Into the Oxford English Dictionary

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Redditor, shareable and butt-dial are among the latest words to join the Oxford English Dictionary, which keeps the definitive record of words that have permeated the English language.

Many of the words included in Thursday's quarterly update were popularized on the Internet or are terms spawned from experiences with technology. There's the frustrated gamer who...

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Slain Virginia Reporter’s Dad Vows to Push for Tougher Gun Screenings

Jay Paul/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The father of a Virginia-based reporter slain during a live television segment on Wednesday says he hopes to find purpose in his daughter’s death by pushing for stronger mental health screenings for prospective gun owners.

“I’m not going to let this issue drop,” Andy Parker said during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly....

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Connecticut Man Captures Stunning Shot of Seal Photobombing the Milky Way

Stephen Ippolito (GLASTONBURY, Conn.) — A photographer was taken by surprise during a routine session when a seal emerged from the darkness and made an unexpected appearance amidst the backdrop of our Milky Way.

"I was in shock," Stephen Ippolito of Glastonbury, Connecticut, told ABC News Thursday. "I've never been anywhere near a seal, so I didn’t know how close...

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Washington State Mom Ticketed for Driving While Breastfeeding

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A Washington State woman was pulled over and given a ticket after she admitted to breastfeeding while driving, a precarious practice for which she'd been busted before.

ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV reports a driver called 911 to report seeing a woman driving with a baby on her lap, and a short time later, state trooper Rocky Oliphant...

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Hundreds Feared Dead After Two Boats Capsize Off Libyan Coast

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Hundreds are feared dead after a pair of boats carrying people fleeing conflict and poverty capsized near Libya.

Libyan officials have been working around the clock trying to find survivors of two boats that sank off the coast of Libya Thursday night. One carrying 50 people capsized first, then later, another with 400 passengers.

Rescuers report the...

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Tropical Storm Erika Hits Caribbean, 4 Dead

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) -- Another powerful storm is churning in the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Erika arrives in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Thursday night and it may threaten Florida's Atlantic coast as soon as Monday.

So far, the storm's 12 inches of rain over the Island of Dominica caused floods and mudslides that led to the...

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Calgary’s Air Quality Affected by Washington State Wildfires

iStock/Thinkstock(CALGARY, Canada) -- The air quality in one Canadian city may be similar to Shanghai's.

Because of wildfires burning in Washington State, those living in Calgary can smell, see, and taste the smoky air.

One resident, Nolan Hill, says he's especially affected because of his asthma. He said "even climbing up a little bit of an incline...I have to...

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Saudi Arabian King Salman Visiting Washington Next Week

Carolyn Kaster/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Saudi Arabia's king is making a trip to Washington soon.

On Thursday, the White House announced Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud would be making his first trip to Washington D.C. since his ascension to the throne.

Next Friday, the Saudi king will meet with President Obama to discuss Syria, Yemen, and Iran's...

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ZSL London Zoo Holds Annual Weigh-In for 2015

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's time for these animals' annual check-up.

On Wednesday, the Zoological Society of London's London Zoo held its annual "weigh-in," weighing more than 17,000 animals as a way to keep a record of their health and well-being.

According to ZSL, the data is then inputted into a database called the Zoological Information Management System...

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American Kids Try Foreign School Lunches

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After watching this hilariously enlightening video, your kid heading back to school might not be complaining about that cafeteria sloppy joe after all.

Cut.com has compiled a video of American children trying school lunches from all over the world, with typical cuisines from India, Sweden, Japan, Cuba, France, Kenya and Afghanistan.

The results are not only...

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Hubble Telescope Captures Shimmering ‘Cosmic Butterfly’

ESA/NASA(NEW YORK) -- The cosmic butterfly, or as its known more formally, the twin jet nebula, was captured in a vibrant new image taken from the Hubble Telescope.

The glowing colors and expanding gas seen in the image are the final gasps of life for an old star, according to NASA.

The old star shed its layers, leaving its...

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Parole Review Board Sets Hearing Date for Oscar Pistorius

Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius could be released from jail in about three weeks.

A parole review board has set a Sept. 18 hearing date that could result in the release of the former Olympic runner.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Feb. 14,...

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Ukraine Reaches Debt Deal

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukraine has reached a debt restructuring deal with its creditors, according to the BBC.

The repayment period will be extended and Ukraine's sovereign debt will be cut by one-fifth, says Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko, according to BBC News.

Since the conflict with pro-Russian rebels began in the country's eastern side, the Ukrainian economy has...

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Austrian Authorities Find Dozens of Bodies in Truck

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least 20 bodies have been found in the eastern Austrian province of Burgenland, according to the BBC.

At a police press conference on Thursday, an Austrian regional police commander said a refrigerated truck was found on the highway. The truck was apparently parked there on Wednesday.

BBC News says there could be as many...

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Sinkhole Swallows People Waiting at a Bus Stop in China

AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A sinkhole swallowed up at least four people in China as they were waiting at a bus stop, according to The Independent.

The sinkhole opened up on Saturday night and was caught on surveillance video.

The video shows the pavement opening up and people falling in. Bystanders came to their rescue and attempted to pull...

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ISIS Recruiter and Cyber Specialist Believed Killed in Drone Strike

icholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. military believes it has killed a senior ISIS recruiter and cyber specialist, a senior U.S. official tells ABC News.

The Pentagon has not confirmed the death of Junaid Hussain, but the official said that he was targeted by a drone strike in Syria earlier this week. Hussain is believed to be a computer expert...

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Why Scott Kelly Will Be Taking Russian Spacecraft for a Spin

NASA(NEW YORK) — American astronaut Scott Kelly is spending one year in space, but he'll get to briefly leave the International Space Station this week when he takes a short ride in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is being moved to make room for the arrival of additional crew members.

The ride will take about 25 minutes, beginning when...

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Dozens Found Dead in Hold of Ship Carrying Migrants from Libya to Europe

So-CoAddict/iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Dozens of people were found dead in the hold of a boat carrying migrants near the coast of Libya on Wednesday.

BBC News reports that about 50 people were found dead on Wednesday and 430 more were rescued alive by a Swedish coast guard ship. Thousands of migrants have died and many more rescued in recent months...

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Gunman in Afghan Military Uniform Kills Two American Airmen

Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two American service members were killed after an attacker wearing an Afghan National Defense and Security Force uniform opened fire on their vehicle in Helmand province early Wednesday morning, military officials announced.

Members of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission returned fire, wounding the attacker and another person in the same Afghan uniform.

The Department of Defense...

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Christmas in August: Walmart to Launch Layaway Plan

Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- The calendar may still say summer but retail giant Walmart is encouraging consumers to get in the Christmas spirit now.

With Labor Day more than a week away, the world's largest retailer is scheduled to launch its holiday season layaway plan four months before Dec. 25.

"Toy Week and the kick-off of our layaway...

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Gains for Wall Street as Crude Oil Jumps 10 Percent

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There were mass losses earlier this week? All gains for Wall Street on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average up 369.26 to finish the session at 16654.77. Its biggest two-day gain since December 2008.

The Nasdaq also jumped 115.17, ending at 4812.71, while the S&P 500 climbed 47.15 to 1987.66.

Crude oil also rose 10 percent...

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Facebook Hits 1 Billion User Milestone in a Single Day, Zuckerberg Says

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  For the first time ever, one billion people have logged onto Facebook in a single day, meaning 1 in 7 people in the world accessed their profiles, according to the company's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The milestone moment happened on Monday but was shared on Thursday in a Facebook post on Zuckerberg's wall....

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Keyless Ignitions Led to Carbon Monoxide Deaths and Should Have Been Recalled, Suit Says

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Some of the world’s biggest automakers should have recalled millions of vehicles with keyless ignitions because the cars, which don’t shut off automatically if the driver fails to press the start/stop button, could be a deadly carbon monoxide risk, according to a new lawsuit.

According to the suit, filed in Los Angeles Federal Court on behalf...

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Instagram Makes a Huge Change to the Shape of Your Photos

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The days of cutting a friend out of an Instagram photo in order to fit into the square format are over.

A huge new update to Instagram means photographs no longer have to be square. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app announced on Thursday it is also adding a rectangular landscape option to better accommodate...

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Facebook’s Answer to Siri and Cortana Is Called ‘M’

Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) — Facebook's answer to Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana is a virtual personal assistant called "M" that will be housed inside the company's Messenger app.

The social network wants users to know this one can do a lot more than answering questions and managing a person's calendar. M can actually help people complete tasks...

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Apple Ready For September Event

Apple(NEW YORK) -- It's official: After plenty of speculation, Apple Thursday confirmed it will hold an event Sept.  9 in San Francisco where it is widely expected the company will show off an iPhone 6S.

The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. PT and will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Apple is remaining tight-lipped...

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Group’s Investigation Finds Animal Abuse at McDonald’s Supplier

McDonalds(NEW YORK) -- An animal rights group is calling for action from McDonald's after its investigation found abuses at a Tennessee poultry farm that supplies the fast food chain.

Mercy for Animals has posted an undercover video showing chickens being hit with sticks and having their heads stepped on in overcrowded and filthy conditions before being shipped off to...

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Amazon Underground Offers Thousands of Dollars of Free Apps

Lisa Werner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amazon is turning the idea of an app store upside down.

The retailer is taking aim at the Google Play app store with its latest venture called Amazon Underground which claims to offer more than $10,000 worth of Android apps free of charge.

"Many apps that are marked as 'free" turn out to not...

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Facebook Begins Testing New Personal Digital Assistant

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is testing a new personal digital assistant. Its called "M" and it works inside Facebook Messenger.

But unlike its competitors, the new service can complete tasks on your behalf.

"It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more," David Marcus, the vice president of...

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Attack of the Drones: Company Creates Anti-Drone Ammo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amidst privacy concerns and the ubiquity of camera-bearing drones, an ammunition company has created a load aimed at, pun intended, "aerial drone/quad copter training and range shooting systems."

Snake River Shooting Products claims its new Drone Munition, "also generates a discussion on the growing drone market in general," according to the company’s site.

Its website notes,...

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Walmart to Stop Selling Assault Rifles in US Stores

snyferok/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Walmart will cease sales of assault rifles in its stores in the U.S.

The New York Times reports that the policy change is related to customer demand and not gun politics. The decision, Walmart says, was made before the Wednesday shooting that left two television journalists dead in Virginia, but was widely publicized later in...

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Markets Hold onto Gains, Wipe Out Tuesday’s Losses

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After six straight days of major losses, Wall Street rebounded in a big way Wednesday, with all three major indices finishing the session up more than 3 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed nearly four percent to 16285.51 -- a gain of 619.07 on the day.

The Nasdaq jumped 191.05, 4.24 percent, to 4697.54, while...

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Uber’s Latest Move into the World of Self-Driving Cars

Courtesy Uber(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Uber's latest move into the world of self-driving cars is taking the ride-hailing service to Arizona.

Partnering with the University of Arizona's College of Optical Science, Uber will focus on safety and mapping technology for driverless vehicles, company officials said. A fleet of automobiles with futuristic looking white contraptions affixed to their roofs will travel...

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Stephen Hawking’s Black Hole Breakthrough

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(STOCKHOLM) -- Here's a piece of good news for deep space voyagers.

If you feel you are in a black hole, Stephen Hawking believes all hope is not lost.

The famed cosmologist presented his new theory about black holes at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday. While being sucked into a...

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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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Bill Clinton Sought State Department OK for Paid Speeches Related to North Korea, Congo, New E-mails Show

Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for the Starkey Hearing Foundation(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News has obtained State Department e-mails that shed light on Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking engagements and show he and the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval for invitations related to two of the most repressive countries in the world -- North Korea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo....

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What’s Inside Just Released Huma Abedin State Department Emails

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newly released e-mails offer a glimpse into Hillary Clinton confidant and personal aide Huma Abedin, who is facing growing scrutiny for her “special government employee” status inside the U.S. State Department while Clinton was in her final year as secretary of state.

Abedin has worked for Clinton for years, including her days in the U.S....

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Words People Most Associate with 2016 Candidates

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- "Crook," "weak," "joke" are just a few of the words that voters said when Quinnipiac University asked them the first word that pops into their heads when they think of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.

Quinnipiac asked 1,563 voters and reported only the words that were said at least five times.

So what...

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2016 Candidates Respond to the Virginia Shooting

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The 2016 field of presidential candidates highlighted their various positions on gun control on Thursday while offering prayers and support in the wake of a shooting in Virginia that took the lives of two television journalists.

Other prominent shootings have prompted strong reactions from both sides -- calls for stronger gun control from the left and...

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Donald Trump’s Campaign Co-Chairman Blasted Trump While Working for Rick Perry

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump's new national co-chairman Sam Clovis, who recently defected from Rick Perry's campaign, sent emails as recently as two months ago questioning Trump's Christian faith and condemning his comments about John McCain, according to emails obtained by ABC News.

Sam Clovis, while serving as Perry's Iowa chairman, wrote in an email titled "Faith and Our...

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Hillary Clinton Equates GOP Stance on Women to Terrorists’ Views

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Hillary Clinton compared her Republican rivals’ views on women’s health issues to those of “terrorist groups” in a Cleveland speech Thursday.

She named Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, calling their conservative views on reproductive rights “dead wrong for 21st century America,” pledging her campaign is “going...

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Donald Trump Asks a Woman to Perform ‘Inspection’ to See If He Has Toupee

Scott Olson/Getty Images(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- Donald Trump is ready to settle one issue once and for all: Does he wear a rug?

"I don't wear a toupee,” Trump told a laughing crowd at an event in Greenville, South Carolina. “It's my hair. I swear."

He then decided that the situation required an “inspection” -- so he called a woman...

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Clinton Addresses Possible 2016 Biden Run

Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(ANKENY, Iowa) — Hillary Clinton left her Hamptons vacation Wednesday to get back on the campaign trail in the critical state of Iowa, where she fielded questions about Vice President Joe Biden and his potential run for president.  

“I mean Joe has had more terrible events than most people can even contemplate. Losing...

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New National Poll Shows Clinton Losing Steam

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On the heels of the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis, a new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday morning shows Hillary Clinton clocking in a 45 percent, her lowest number in a national poll during this election cycle.

[SEE THE FULL POLL RESULTS HERE]

The new poll also shows that only 34 percent of...

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Obama Foundation Seeking Architect for Presidential Library

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The competition for architects seeking to build the Obama presidential library has begun.

On Wednesday, the Barack Obama Foundation began the process of officially soliciting architectural designs for the library, which is to be built in Chicago on one of two locations: Jackson Park or Washington Park.

The deadline to submit plans is Sept. 16....

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Today on the Trail — 8/27/15

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Thursday? Read below to find out their schedules:

Donald Trump


Trump is back on the trail Thursday with a morning event and possible press conference in South Carolina.

Marco Rubio and Rick Perry are also both in South Carolina.

Hillary Clinton

Still on her break from vacation,...

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President Obama Marks Decade of Katrina Recovery in New Orleans

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- President Obama marked a decade of recovery after Hurricane Katrina, touring New Orleans on Thursday not only to get a first-hand look at the progress made after the storm destroyed the city, but also to encourage its residents to achieve "real change."

"If Katrina was initially an example of what happens when government fails,...

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State Party Chairs: ‘Time Is Running Out’ for Joe Biden 2016 Candidacy

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- What will Joe do?

It’s the question on Democrats’ minds as Democratic National Committee members gather in Minneapolis for their summer meeting. Vice President Biden won’t be speaking at the gathering, although the announced candidates -- including Hillary Clinton -- are all slated to address members.

Biden did speak with DNC members on Wednesday, lobbying...

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Obama: Gun Violence ‘Breaks My Heart’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama spoke about the shooting that left a pair of Virginia journalists dead on Wednesday with an ABC affiliate, calling their deaths heartbreaking.

"It breaks my heart every time when you read about or hear about these kind of incidents," the president told WPVI-TV in a one-on-one interview. Acknowledging the...

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Trump to Hold Meeting With Religious Leaders

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to host a meeting of religious leaders Sept. 28. Sources within the Trump campaign say this private meeting is not affiliated with the campaign.

“I was privy to meet Mr. Trump and I immediately liked him,” said Pastor Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Center,...

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Pup That Used to ‘Hop Like a Kangaroo’ Gets Prosthetic Paws

Marilyn Hendrickson(NEW YORK) -- A pup named Journey is now able to run like other dogs after being fitted with special prosthetic legs.

The Shiba Inu/Jundo mix lost her front paws after she was set on fire along with her siblings and was the only survivor.

Marilyn Hendrickson, director of donations at the MEOW Cat Rescue shelter in Seattle,...

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Your Body: Are Your Breasts Causing You Back Pain?

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

Some of us are more blessed than others in the bosom department. But sometimes it may seem like a curse, as large breasts can cause intense back and shoulder pain. 

I have many patients who are plagued by having large breasts. They have pain, and they feel self-conscious in clothes or swimsuits....

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SoulCycle Has Alleged ‘Illegal’ Payment System, Suit Says

Alli Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A customer of the popular fitness craze SoulCycle says the company is forcing riders to use an "illegal" payment system that requires customers to buy certificates with "unreasonably short expiration periods," according to a new lawsuit.

Rachel Cody, of Los Angeles, told ABC News that SoulCycle's payment policy is "infuriating," because the firm requires...

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See a Pair of Twins Hear Their Mom for the First Time

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A pair of twin girls were able to hear their mother clearly for the first time this week after they were both fitted with new hearing aids.

Kayla and Kiara Hernandez were born with moderate hearing loss and in need of hearing aids to hear properly, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

But...

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Radio Host Elvis Duran Details Dramatic 105-Pound Weight-Loss Journey

Noam Galai/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the host of the number one Top 40 morning radio in the country, Elvis Duran had no problem dishing out “real talk” to his seven million loyal listeners or rubbing elbows with the likes of Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and dozens of other A-list celebrities.

But one thing he was deeply insecure about...

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Real On-Air Violence Can Traumatize Viewers

iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- The shooting on live television in Virginia Wednesday could have a psychological effect on the thousands of viewers who were exposed to the traumatic event, according to some experts.

Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were shot to death as they did a live interview for Roanoke station WDBJ-TV. Viewers to the daily morning show...

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How Virginia Shooting May Help Psych Experts See Warning Signs

Jay Paul/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The slaying of two journalists on live television Wednesday became more shocking when the suspected gunman posted video he says he took of the shooting to his Facebook page, delivered a 23-page document about his motives and tweeted after the attack.

By poring over the documents believed to have been sent by Vester Flanagan,...

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‘Date-onomics’: How to Play the Numbers Game to Find Love

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’re a single woman looking for a man but you think there are no good ones left, a new book on dating says it’s not just your imagination.

Author Jon Birger suggests the problem for women trying to find “Mr. Right” isn’t as much about interest as it numbers.

“It’s not their fault,” Birger told...

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In-Ear Thermometer May Help Women Overcome Fertility Problem

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An estimated 1.2 million women are trying to get pregnant and struggling. What if technology could help? That’s the question Vanessa Xi, founder of Yono labs, asked after she struggled with fertility issues. Her invention: an in-ear thermometer you sleep with.

First let’s back up and look at the way women currently determine their window of...

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‘Bus Don’t Move’ Parody Video Shines Spotlight on School Bus Safety

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children all across the country are going back to school, and one popular mom blogger is taking the time to raise awareness about the serious issue of school bus safety with a humorous parody video that’s going viral.

Deva Dalporto’s video, “Bus, Don’t Move,” riffs off “Bust A Move,” the popular 1989 hit by Young MC....

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Study: Sexism, However Subtle, Is Detrimental to Women at Work

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hostility and acts of overt sexism at work have negative consequences on women’s occupational well-being. But a new review of past research on almost 75,000 working women finds that “high frequency/low intensity” workplace sexism can be just as bad.

The study, published Thursday in the Psychology of Women Quarterly, says these "low intensity" behaviors include...

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Your Body: Are Smoothies Healthy for You?

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

Smoothies are not only a summer favorite, but a go-to health option for a healthy diet. But are they really that healthy?

Smoothies taste great, but it turns out that lots of them are loaded with calories from added sugars and fats, and enough carbohydrate grams to match that of...

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Study: HIV Patients Benefit from Receiving Antiretroviral Treatment Earlier than CDC Recommendation

sfreestee/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study has found that HIV patients benefit from taking antiretroviral medications regardless of how early the disease is caught, which runs counter to CDC recommended treatments.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at nearly 5,000 patients with HIV and a higher count of specific white blood cells,...

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Seattle Children’s Hospital Warns 12,000 Patients of Possibly Improperly Sanitized Equipment

ChaNaWiT/iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle Children's Hospital is notifying thousands of patients that certain equipment may not have been properly sanitized.

The hospital says it was unclear during what timeframe the cleaning lapse may have occurred, and therefore were notifying all patients who underwent procedures from the time that the Bellevue Clinic opened in 2010. In total, the hospital says, the...

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Wi-Fi Lawsuit Claims Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure Caused Syndrome

KreangchaiRungfamai/iStock/Thinkstock(SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.) -- A lawsuit filed by a Massachusetts couple claiming that a school's Wi-Fi network is harming their son is drawing attention to a condition that is so controversial that many in the medical community even question its existence.

The parents filed a lawsuit claiming that the Fay School in Southborough has "high-intensity Wi-Fi emissions" that have harmed...

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Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds Among Honorees for Academy’s Governors Awards

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands will receive Honorary Awards with Debbie Reynolds nabbing the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The awards will be given at the Academy's 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14 in Hollywood.

"The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors...

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Caitlyn Jenner Feels Ready for ‘Normal’ Relationship with a Man

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- In a new clip from  I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner opens up to transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan about dating a man. Still, her friend and confidant is worried that she wants to date for the wrong reasons.

"It would be very attractive to me to have a guy treat me like a woman...like a normal woman,"...

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Review: “We Are Your Friends” (Rated R)

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Full disclosure: In a past life, I was a sushi-loving house music D.J. from California’s San Fernando Valley who had dreams of rocking parties in Ibiza while 10,000 half-naked sweaty bodies gyrated and chanted my name. We Are Your Friends is about a sushi-loving house music D.J. from the San Fernando Valley...

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How Pamela Anderson’s Sons Found Out About Her Fame

Ray Mickshaw/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Believe it or not, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has two teenage sons.

Brandon, 19, and Dylan, 17, her children with ex-husband Tommy Lee, were too young when the show was a hit in the '90s, so they were caught off guard one year when they started going to surf camp and found out about their famous heartthrob of a...

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Lea Michele Details How She Found Love Again After Cory Monteith’s Death

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- When Lea Michele's boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith died unexpectedly from substance abuse two years ago last month, the actress struggled to put her life back together. But Michele, who recently published a self-help book for women titled You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life, said she found love again because she focused...

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Is Bethenny Frankel Dating “The Profit’s” Marcus Lemonis?

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Clearly, Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel is having fun now that's split from her estranged husband. After being linked earlier to Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet, Us Weekly now reports Frankel is dating Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's The Profit.

A source told the magazine, "They met over the summer and have been seeing each other. He’s...

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New “Star Wars” Teaser Released

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- There has been an awakening, this time on Instagram.

A new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released on Instagram using the platform's new landscape orientation, which allows users to post widescreen videos.

The short teaser concludes with the shot of villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and his red,...

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Vine Star Hayes Grier to Join “Dancing with the Stars” Season 21

ABC(NEW YORK) -- The upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars will include a teenage Vine star. Hayes Grier was announced Wednesday as the latest celebrity to join the reality TV competition's roster for the show's 21st season.

The show tweeted the news Wednesday morning, directing fans to follow the social media-savvy 15-year-old on Vine and Twitter.

Hayes, from North Carolina,...

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“Mr. Robot” Finale Postponed Because of Virginia Killings

Virginia Sherwood/USA Network(NEW YORK) -- After Wednesday morning's horrific killings in Virginia, USA Network has decided to postpone the season finale of Mr. Robot since one of the scenes is eerily similar.

Mr. Robot, about "a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night," according to the show's website,...

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Report: Paula Deen and Chaka Khan Joining “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Dancing with the Stars is cooking up more celebrities for the ballroom this season.

According to E! News, controversial chef Paula Deen and Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among those competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of the show.

If the rumors are true, Deen would be joining the dancing competition after being courted...

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Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter Chelsea Leaves Home Again

Courtesy of Rosie O'Donnell(NEW YORK) -- Rosie O'Donnell's adopted daughter has left home again.

Chelsea O'Donnell, who left home earlier in the month before being returned home by police on August 18, recently turned 18 and opted to live with her birth mother instead of the comedian.

O'Donnell's publicist told ABC News: "Chelsea made a decision when she turned...

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Hear Jennifer Hudson Sing “The Color Purple” Musical Theme Song

Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Hudson is giving us a sneak peek at her role as Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple.

In a new Facebook video for the production, Hudson and co-star Cynthia Erivo stand inside a recording booth and perform the title song.  Their performance is interspersed with footage from the show.

"[It's] a timeless piece...

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Is Chris Martin Dating Another Actress?

Anton Corbjin(LOS ANGELES) -- After an on-again, off-again romance with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Martin reportedly is now dating another actress.

Us Weekly reports the Coldplay frontman was seen dining in Brooklyn, New York, recently with Annabelleand X-Men: First Class actress Annabelle Wallis.

A source tells the magazine that the two were “very clearly a couple.”

Another insider claims that Martin, 38, and...

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David Spade Opens Up About Time Jack Nicholson Stole His Girlfriend

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Back in the late 1990s, David Spade was dating Twin Peaks actress Lara Flynn Boyle -- that's until Jack Nicholson showed up.

"Nicholson asked Lara Flynn Boyle out in front of me," Spade tells Details magazine in its September issue, adding that his then girlfriend was angry that "I didn't stick up for her."

"I said, 'I've been in this town...

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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: The Last Seven Semifinalists Are Revealed

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday night's installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday's final quarterfinals show learn which of them had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.

Also back this week was the “Dunkin’ Save," which allowed viewers to vote live to...

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