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Third Family Member Arrested in Tyler Drug Case

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

christopherchampion_1429638328063_93769_ver1.0TYLER — Tyler police say Christopher Champion, 28, was taken into custody Friday by the U. S. Marshals Task Force in Austin. Champion was the third family member who was wanted by Tyler police on outstanding warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance. A two-month Tyler Police narcotics investigation recently led to a large seizure of hashish, marijuana, cash, and weapons, as well as warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity. Read more …


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Man Indicted for Attempted Capital Murder of Peace Officer

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

ReiSteven_1429889751887_259517_ver1.0ATHENS — A Henderson County man has been indicted for attempting to kill a peace officer. According to KETK, authorities report a grand jury handed up the indictment of Steven Clement Rei, 48, of Mabank, on April 9. Around 10:00 p.m. on January 22, deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. When deputies made it to the scene, they met a woman who called outside the house and were told Rei had displayed a 9mm handgun during an argument. Read more …


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Woman Allegedly Drives Drunk with Baby in Car

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

thumb_police-9PALESTINE — A Palestine woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk with a baby in her car. According to KETK, Anderson County Chief Deputy Troy Black said at around 2:30 p.m., dispatchers received several calls about a vehicle driving recklessly on Highway 19 N near Palestine. Callers told officials the automobile was only doing 30 miles per hour but was swerving all over the road and driving into the path of oncoming traffic. Read more …


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Tyler Police Search for School Burglar

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

TISDBreakInTPD_1429883900742_258407_ver1.0TYLER — The Tyler Police Department and Tyler Independent School District officers are searching for a person who allegedly broke into a local school. According to KETK, the reported break-in happened at Moore Middle School, 1200 South Tipton Avenue on Wednesday, April 15. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tyler Police at 903-262-1111.


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New Prosecutor Named in Bernie Tiede Case

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:42 am

Bernie TiedeEAST TEXAS — A state prosecutor who helped secure convictions in the Kilgore Kentucky Fried Chicken murders is one of two new prosecutors appointed in the Bernie Tiede case. According to the Longview News-Journal, documents from the Panola County District Clerk’s Office show Texas Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner, who worked on the KFC case, will take over Tiede’s case from Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson. Jane Starnes, another Texas assistant attorney general, also will be a prosecutor in the case. Starnes helped convict Eddie Ray Routh earlier this year in Stephenville in the death of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Read more …


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Patriot Talon, Adviser at UTT Recognized for Excellence in Journalism

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

UT Tyler TIPA GroupTYLER — Students on the Patriot Talon staff at The University of Texas at Tyler received 33 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention, Dr. Dennis Cali, UT Tyler Department of Communication chair, announced. The annual convention is an opportunity for student journalists to compete in on-site competitions and be recognized for work from previous publications. The Talon staff received “Best of Show” in Div. II, one of five divisions. The staff also received “Best Website Navigation” and an honorable mention for “Best Online Interactivity” in Div. II as well as third place in “Overall Excellence” in Div. III. Read more …


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Storm Leaves Thousands in Dallas-Fort Worth Without Power

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:27 am

DALLAS (AP) — A storm packing winds upward of 80 mph has left thousands of people without power in North Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that no injuries were reported in the wake of Friday night’s storm that produced golf-ball size in Waxahachie, and included tornado and thunderstorm warnings. Damaging winds up to 80 mph were reported in Stephenville in Erath County. In Tarrant County, isolated reports of 65- to 70-mph winds were registered. Dallas-based utility Oncor says more than 60,000 customers were left without electricity in Dallas-Fort Worth as power lines were damaged and trees were uprooted. Johnson County authorities say several houses were left without roofs near Godly and Joshua. Flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field were halted until the storms passed.


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Obama Uses Hospital Funds to Push Medicaid Expansion

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

thumb_barackobamaMIAMI (AP) – The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the costs of providing care for uninsured patients. The administration says states wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured if they expanded Medicaid. The top two targets so far are Florida and Texas, states with large numbers of uninsured residents that have received several billion dollars in recent years from Washington under the so-called low income pool. Florida’s hospital funding is the first of the nine states to expire, in June. But officials in Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas and New Mexico are watching closely.


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Jailers Fired after Inmate Left Alone for Weeks

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Six Harris County jailers have been fired and 29 others have been suspended after a mentally ill inmate was left unattended in his jail cell for weeks. Among those fired by Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Friday were two jail sergeants who have been indicted on record-tampering charges for signing off on paperwork stating that Deterrius Rashad Goodwin was in good condition in his second-floor cell in the Harris County Jail. Investigators said they found Goodwin alone amid insect-ridden food containers, a toilet clogged with feces and ropes made from his shredded jail uniform hanging from the ceiling. Garcia says the 29 unpaid suspensions range from one to 10 days. Both sergeants are free on $5,000 bond.


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Court Panel to Hear Perry Appeal Includes ex-Perry Staffer

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:29 am

AUSTIN (AP) — An ex-Rick Perry’s staff member is one of three judges who will consider the ex-governor’s appeal to have his felony abuse-of-power charges dismissed. Justice Bob Pemberton is one of the judges from the Republican-dominated 3rd Texas Court of Appeals named to hear Perry’s appeal. According to his court website biography, Pemberton was a deputy general counsel on the former governor’s staff and briefing attorney to former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips, who is now on Perry’s legal team. Perry appointed him to the appeals court in 2003. Campaign finance reports show Pemberton has contributed to numerous Republican campaigns and committees, including $1,000 to Perry’s 2002 campaign for governor. The selection was first reported by the Texas Tribune. The panel will take briefs on the appeal May 13.


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Mexico Officials Investigate Case of Girl Wrongly Sent to U.S.

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Michoacan say they have launched an investigation into the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly taken to the United States to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother. Alondra Luna Nunez was returned to her family in Mexico on Wednesday after DNA testing in the U.S. showed she was not the daughter of Houston resident Dorotea Garcia. The state Prosecutor’s Office said Friday that it is looking into the case involving a civil court judge in Los Reyes, Michoacan. Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado was the judge who ruled in Alondra’s case. She said this week that it was not within her authority to order DNA testing, and she was obligated to ensure that Mexico followed international conventions on child abductions.


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Dallas Police: “Sweetheart Swindler” Took $16K from Man

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

DALLAS (AP) – Dallas police say they’re looking for a woman who tricked a man with dementia into applying for credit cards and gift cards – someone they’re calling the “Sweetheart Swindler.” Police said Friday that the woman identified herself as “Lisa” and convinced the man she was his friend. Police released video Friday of the suspected swindler talking to a person in a motorized wheelchair. He lost $16,000 until the woman stopped answering his phone calls.


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Court Again Refuses to Stop Texas Execution Next Week

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:32 am

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused for the second time in as many days to stop the scheduled execution next week of a man condemned for fatally stabbing a Texas corrections officer more than 15 years ago. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rejected an appeal from 35-year-old Robert Pruett. He’s set for lethal injection Tuesday evening in Huntsville for the December 1999 slaying of 37-year-old Daniel Nagle, an officer at the McConnell Unit prison near Beeville. Pruett’s attorneys argue he’s innocent, that prosecutors improperly withheld evidence and failed to properly preserve evidence that could exonerate Pruett. The appeals court disagreed. Testimony showed Pruett was angry about a disciplinary report from Nagle. At the time, Pruett already was serving a 99-year sentence for a 1995 Houston-area slaying.


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Two Indiana Brothers Sentenced in Texas Drug Case

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

DALLAS (AP) – Two Indiana brothers have been sentenced in a synthetic marijuana ring involving North Texas smoke shops and convenience stores. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Barry Bays and his brother, 28-year-old Jerad Coleman, were sentenced Thursday following their October convictions on multiple felony offenses. Bays was sentenced to just over 35 years in prison while Coleman was sentenced to just over 15 years. They were also ordered to pay about $7.3 million, which constitutes the proceeds from the conspiracy. Bays and Coleman had been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Food and Drug Administration, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue. Bays was also convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and using a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony.


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Boyfriend Gets Life for Slaying of Pregnant Teen Girlfriend

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

ANGLETON (AP) – An 18-year-old man faces life in prison after Southeast Texas jurors convicted him of killing his teenage girlfriend who was pregnant with twins. Ryan Matthews was convicted of capital murder in the death of Arrijana Hill. Both Matthews and Hill were 16 when she was found dead last year in a pool of blood inside her family home in Pearland. Prosecutors accused Matthews of killing Hill because he was worried children would ruin his future as an athlete. Matthews admitted on the stand that he saw Hill the day of her death and that he threw away the shirt he was wearing that day. He will be eligible for parole after 40 years.


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Arlington Use of Free Suite at AT&T Stadium Draws Criticism

Posted/updated on: April 25, 2015 at 7:18 am

ARLINGTON (AP) – A former official in the city of Arlington says the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb misuses its perk of a free suite at AT&T Stadium. Arlington received the suite from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when it lured the team from Irving to a new site. Bill Snider, also a past president of the Arlington Sports Authority, told WFAA-TV that the suite was intended to be used for encouraging business growth, particularly since the commercial areas near AT&T Stadium remain undeveloped. But WFAA found that the mayor, city council members and their spouses comprise about two-thirds of the guest lists at almost every event. Snider said the suite was not meant to be “a perk for being an elected official.” The city’s mayor, Robert Cluck, declined to be interviewed.


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Predators Rule Out D Weber for Remainder of Series

John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Nashville Predators announced Friday that defenseman Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the team's first-round playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury.

Weber has not played since Game 2 of the series when he endured the injury. There was speculation that Weber tore his ACL, but the...

Oilers Hire Peter Chiarelli as Team President

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- The Edmonton Oilers appointed Peter Chiarelli as the team's new president of hockey operations and general manager on Friday.

“I am honored to join such a great organization with a long history of success. There is a strong, young core here with good complementary players,” Chiarelli said. “I hope to bring it...

Hakeem Nicks Signs 1-Year Deal with Titans

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year deal with receiver Hakeem Nicks, the team announced Friday.

After playing his first five NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Nicks played last season with the Indianapolis Colts. It was a down year for Nicks who played in 16 games but only made 38 catches for...

Marlins Place OF Yelich on DL

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The Miami Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list Friday, with a lower back strain.

The move is retroactive to Monday.

The 23-year-old Yelich went on the disabled list for two weeks last season with a similar back injury.

"We'll get him checked out and see what's going on," Marlins skipper Mike Redmond said....

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/24/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets 130 - Dallas Mavericks 128 (Rockets Lead Series 3-0)

Washington Wizards 106 - Toronto Raptors 99 (Wizards Lead Series 3-0)

San Antonio Spurs 100 - Los Angeles Clippers 73 (Spurs Lead Series 2-1)

Stanley Cup Playoffs:  New York Rangers 2 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (F/OT) (Rangers Win Series 4-1)

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Report: Angels to Trade Josh Hamilton

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(LOS ANGELES) -- After two disastrous seasons with the Angels, Los Angeles appears poised to trade Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. 

Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and former drug abuser, suffered a relapse this offseason. He was facing at least a 25 game suspension until a five-person arbitration panel ruled that he...

Tony Romo: We’re ‘Going to Win a Super Bowl Next Year’

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo likes his teams chances headed into next season.

Romo, who was receiving the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dream Ball Gala in Dallas recently, said that the team is "going to win a Super Bowl next year," ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer reports.

Romo said he...

Evander Holyfield: Boxing Is ‘Coming Back’

David R. Lutman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield believes that boxing is on its way back to the main stage.

Holyfield said Friday that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight next weekend, for which he's giving away one lucky seat beside him, is energizing the sport.

"It's coming back," Holyfield told ABC Sports Radio. "Only thing I could do is...

Tiger Woods Will Play in Players Championship

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods announced Friday that he will play in the Players Championship that is set to take place May 7-10.

"Looking forward to going back to THE PLAYERS this year, hoping for a repeat of 2013," Woods tweeted.

Woods missed last year's championship due to an injury, but won the event two years ago....

Kawhi Leonard Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kawhi Leonard joins the company of a pair of Hall of Famers.

The San Antonio forward was selected NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP.

"It feels great," the 23-year-old Leonard said. "Growing up as a kid, you're watching...


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Severe Weather Outbreak for Parts of the Country This Weekend

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some 35 millions Americans from Texas to Mississippi to Kansas are at risk for tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

The widespread severe weather is expected to last into Saturday evening and a possible severe outbreak situation is expected to unfold going into the weekend.

Six states are all in the storm zone -- Corpus...

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Severe Weather Outbreak for Parts of the Country This Weekend

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some 35 millions Americans from Texas to Mississippi to Kansas are at risk for tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.

The widespread severe weather is expected to last into Saturday evening and a possible severe outbreak situation is expected to unfold going into the weekend.

Six states are all in the storm zone -- Corpus...

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Levee System in Pennsylvania Town Left Damaged By Groundhogs

ngevdmeeberg/iStock/Thinkstock(DANVILLE, Penn.) -- A sign of spring has brought new problems to one Pennsylvania town, as officials say that groundhog holes have left an important levee system damaged.

Almost 70 holes dug by groundhogs were plugged with concrete on Friday after being filled with carbon monoxide gas earlier in the week, according to a report by ABC News affiliate...

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Levee System in Pennsylvania Town Left Damaged By Groundhogs

ngevdmeeberg/iStock/Thinkstock(DANVILLE, Penn.) -- A sign of spring has brought new problems to one Pennsylvania town, as officials say that groundhog holes have left an important levee system damaged.

Almost 70 holes dug by groundhogs were plugged with concrete on Friday after being filled with carbon monoxide gas earlier in the week, according to a report by ABC News affiliate...

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Baltimore Police Reveal New Details in Freddie Gray’s Death

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said on Friday a "massive investigation" is looking at every aspect of the arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal injury a week after he was taken into custody.

Police released a new image of Gray on Friday as he was taken into custody,...

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Wife’s Intuition Saves Husband Trapped Under Fallen SUV

ABC News(SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah) -- Nicole Mayhew was at work Monday morning when she says she had a strong feeling.

“I had this feeling come over me that I needed to go home and check on my husband,” Mayhew, of Saratoga Springs, Utah, told ABC News.

Mayhew left work and went home, where she found her husband, 43-year-old Scott...

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New Video Shows Teen Slammed by Guard, Beaten by Inmates in Rikers Island Jail

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Newly released surveillance footage from Rikers Island, New York City's 400-plus-acre prison complex, is raising concerns about alleged abuse and violence inmates face while behind bars there.

The footage, obtained by The New Yorker, appears to show New York City teen Kalief Browder being slammed to the ground by a Rikers Island guard in...

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Miracle, the Newborn Kitten Found 24 Hours After Indiana Apartment Complex Fire

Sarah Green(JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.) -- Miracle, a tabby that apparently survived an Indiana blaze that destroyed an apartment complex, chased 48 families from their homes and killed at least seven other cats, is now living up to his name.

Now 2 weeks old, the feline was discovered at the scene by Capt. Rusty Hall of the Jeffersonville Fire Department, one...

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Statue of Liberty Evacuated Following Bomb Threat

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Statue of Liberty was evacuated Friday after a caller made a threat stating that "they were going to blow up" the landmark, authorities said.

The National Park Service, which operates the landmark and island in New York City, said the call came in at 11 a.m. and everyone was "immediately evacuated and all personnel...

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Mystery Colorado Highway Shooting Points to Possible Serial Attacker

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- After four attacks centered on a northern Colorado highway within three days, authorities are concerned a serial shooter may be on the loose.

Police are trying to determine whether the incidents in Larimer and Weld counties are linked, the most severe of which was Wednesday, when a woman was shot in the neck.

The 20-year-old woman was...

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SkyWest Passengers Who Fainted Sat in the Middle of the Plane

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Why three people lost consciousness on a SkyWest Airlines flight this week remains a mystery, but they shared at least one thing: proximity.

The passengers who fainted were in two rows in the middle of the plane -- rows 11 and 12 -- over the wings on their flight from Chicago to Hartford, Connecticut, Wednesday....

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Swedish Cops Stop NYC Subway Fight En Route to Broadway Show

Ray Casanova/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Four Swedish cops vacationing in New York City helped break up a fight between two straphangers on a 6-train subway Wednesday afternoon, the New York City Police Department confirmed Thursday.

New York City resident Raymond Casanova caught the incident on cellphone video and uploaded it to YouTube, he said.

"I was hopping on an uptown...

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Shayna Hubers Convicted of Murder in Boyfriend’s 2012 Shooting Death

ABC News(NEWPORT, Ky.) — A 24-year-old Kentucky woman was convicted of murder Thursday in the 2012 shooting death of her on-again, off-again boyfriend.

Jurors deliberated for almost five hours before reaching a verdict.

Shayna Hubers shot attorney Ryan Poston six times, with prosecutors alleging she shot Poston out of anger after he tried to break up with her.

Hubers had...

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Stage Collapses at Indiana High School, Students Injured

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A high school auditorium stage in Indiana collapsed during a student performance Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, police said.

The accident happened at Westfield High School, located about 20 miles north of Indianapolis.

The students were performing the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the time of the accident.

A Westfield Police Department spokesman,...

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Prosecution Rests in Penalty Phase of Tsarnaev Trial

FBI (BOSTON) -- Prosecutors rested their case in the penalty phase of the trial against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings, by showing a dramatic video from the day of the explosions.

The video showed Denise Richard with her 8-year-old son Martin. Martin was killed in the bombings. A trauma surgeon testified that Martin did not...

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Hundreds Dead After Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal

Abigail Hunter(KATHMANDU, Nepal) -- At least 688 people were killed after a massive earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, collapsing centuries-old temples and triggering avalanches on Mt. Everest.

The magnitude-7.9 earthquake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Images of the country show extensive damage...

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Chile Volcano Eruption: Hiker Witnesses Exact Moment Calbuco Erupts

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUERTO VARAS, Chile) -- The exact moment Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by a man hiking in Llanquigue National Reserve, according to the video's description.

The video shows a forest area with gentle waterfalls that appears to be a distance away from the foot of the 6,500-foot-high volcano.

After 28...

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Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Detainee Bail

John Moore/Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- A Canadian, once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo, was freed on bail Friday by a court.

Omar Khadr was freed by a judge in Edmonton after spending nearly half his life in custody.

Khadr was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, accused of killing a U.S....

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This American in Britain Is the Envy of Social Media

Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) -- An American woman studying in Britain has gained more than 335,000 followers on Instagram by posting pictures and stories about her fairy tale life at Cambridge University.

Caroline Calloway, 23, left New York almost two years ago. When she started blogging about white-tie dinners, fancy balls and young men in polo gear, her social media...

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Meet Dusty, the Australian Pet Kangaroo Who Thinks He’s a Dog

Ashley Stewart(Esperance, AUSTRALIA) -- Dusty the kangaroo is considered a family pet to an Australian family in Esperance that rescued him as a baby from his mother's pouch when they found her dead on the side of the road in 2013.

Now, you can find Dusty, 2, hopping around and in and out of Ashley Stewart's family home on...

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What Makes the Hubble Space Telescope So Special

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago on Friday, no one could have predicted the trove of new discoveries it would make about our cosmos.

NASA heralded the launch of Hubble on April 24, 1990, as "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope."

Hubble's incredible reach -- made...

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Angelina Jolie Rips United Nations for Inaction in Syria

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday.

"The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in...

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Armenians Mark 100th Anniversary of Mass Killings

iStock/Thinkstock(YEREVAN, Armenia) -- Armenians on Friday are marking a century since the death of 1.5 million of their countrymen at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces.

Among those on hand for the ceremony in the Armenian capital were the presidents of France and Russia.

Leading up to the date, other world leaders, along with Pope Francis, have referred to...

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Royal Baby Watch, Marathon and Prince Harry’s Return Have London Abuzz

Clive Mason/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mothers know that delivering a baby can sometimes be a marathon and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a sprint.

The world’s most famous expectant mother, Duchess Kate, may find herself literally in the midst of a marathon if she goes into labor with her second child Sunday.

Kate, 33, and due any day now, is waiting...

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Extremists Sought in Possible Plot Against the Vatican

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Extremists may have plotted an attack against the Vatican in 2010, authorities in Italy said Friday in announcing the arrests of nine suspected Islamist extremists of Afghan and Pakistan origin.

Arrest warrants were issued for others in the sweep, authorities said.

The suspects are all said to be members of an international terrorist organization affiliated with al...

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Middleton Family Expected to Have ‘Huge Influence’ on Royal Baby

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's Prince William and Duchess Kate aren't afraid to let the world see their love and affection, much like William's mother, the late Princess Diana, showered her boys -- William and his younger brother, Prince Harry -- with affection in public.

Unlike William's father, Prince Charles and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who rarely show...

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Iranian Convoy Tracked by US Near Yemen Has Turned Around, Official Says

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in a file photo from 1993, has been patrolling the waters near Yemen. DERRICK CEYRAC/AFP/Getty Images(SANA'A, Yemen) -- An Iranian convoy that some U.S. officials were concerned might be carrying weapons for the Houthi rebels in Yemen has turned around and is no longer bound for Yemen.

A U.S. defense official says that...

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EU Leaders Meet to Discuss Migrant Situation

Bunyos/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It is time to take responsibility for the deaths of thousands of migrants at sea, said European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini on Thursday.

European leaders met this week to discuss the thousands who have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa into Europe this year, hundreds of whom died when their ships have sunk...

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See Elian Gonzalez 15 Years After US-Cuba Controversy

Roberto Chile(HAVANA) -- Exclusive new photos of Elian Gonzalez, the now-21-year-old industrial engineering student at the University of Matanzas in Cuba, have been released to ABC News.

They are the most recent photos released of Gonzalez by Fidel Castro’s former personal photographer.

Gonzalez, who was 6 when he was at the center of a 1999-2000 tug-of-war between the U.S....

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Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam Pearlman

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gadahn, the al Qaeda spokesman killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation, was an American-born suburbanite named Adam Pearlman who went from listening to heavy metal to Islamic radical.

On the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, the State Department had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of 36-year-old Adam Yahiye...

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How the Apple Watch Compares to Fictional Dream Watches

Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch, on sale starting Friday, may be touted as the wearable tech that fans have been waiting for, but it's not quite the watch of our dreams yet.

There are more than 3,000 apps available, from adjusting your hearing aid volume with Beltone's app or controlling your PowerPoint presentation from your wrist. But...

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Tech Company Gains Boost Markets To End Week

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)  -- Big gains in tech companies on Friday helped to push the markets higher to end the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,080.14, up 21.45 from its open.

The Nasdaq rose by 36.02 to close at 5,092.08. The S&P 500 was up by 4.76, finishing the session at 2,117.69.

Amazon stock soared 15 percent...

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What Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal’s Demise Means for Consumers

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Some consumer advocates call the death of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal a victory for consumers, but it won't fix every problem about cable and broadband services, they say.

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the two companies' decision to abandon their deal to merge "is the best outcome for American consumers."...

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Seven Apple Watch Apps You Need to Try

Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Screen real estate is at a premium on the Apple Watch and has challenged developers to figure out how to create unique and valuable experiences for the wrist.

Along with the arrival of the Apple Watch Friday, more than 3,000 apps have been optimized for the wearable device -- including many social networking staples, such...

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Royal Baby May Give $120 Million Boost to British Economy

ABC News(LONDON) — The celebratory response to Britain's next royal baby may boost the British economy by $120 million, but the economic effects may be stronger if it's a baby princess, according to some experts.

It's not hard to notice the unequal sales attention when it comes to the clothing worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, compared...

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Over-the-Top Bachelor, Bachelorette Parties Blow Minds and Budgets

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you feel like your life is beginning to resemble a scene from one of The Hangover films, it very well may be. The current trend of seemingly never-ending, over-the-top bachelor and bachelorette parties has become a real-life phenomenon.

What was once a ritual evening with friends before one’s wedding has in recent years evolved into...

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Tax Freedom Day: Why You Can Actually Afford Your Tax Bill Now

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Like most people, you probably filed your taxes by April 15 -- but Friday is actually the day you've earned enough this year to pay your tax bill, according to one think tank.

The Tax Foundation, which describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization that researches tax policies, says April 24 is the day when the...

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What You Need to Know About Apple Watch

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It doesn't seem that long ago that Apple CEO Tim Cook first began talking about the game-changing Apple Watch that was to come.

Seven months later, what Cook calls Apple's "most personal" device will be on the wrists of the first buyers Friday as some will have the opportunity to pick up the hotly anticipated...

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Americans Love Binging on Cable and Streamed TV Episodes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Binge-watching cable and streamed TV has become an American obsession based on the findings of Deloitte LLP's Digital Democracy Survey.

Nearly seven in ten of the 2,000 content consumers admitted binge watching a series at least once, which involves viewing three or more episodes in one sitting.

Perhaps more surprising is that three in ten of...

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Solar Power Becoming More Desirable But Still Too Expensive

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Solar power is more popular than ever in the U.S. but it still has a long way to go to catch up with more traditional sources of heating homes and businesses.

The online technology journal Clean Edge says on the positive side, close to nine in 10 of the 1,700 people it surveyed believe that renewable...

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Comcast Pulls Out of Deal with Time Warner

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The proposed marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is over.

Comcast will announced in a written statement Friday that it is walking away from the $45 billion deal involving it purchasing Time Warner stock.

“Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but...

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Thirty Years After Ill-Fated ‘New Coke’ Debut, Coke Thriving

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the ill-fate "New Coke."

On April 23, 1985, Coca-Cola made the decision to replace the formula of its flagship soft drink. The decision was called one of the biggest business blunders of the century, as customers loudly expressed their disappointment and passion for...

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US Government Files Complaint Against Quicken Loans for Improper Lending Practices

Ridofranz/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has filed a complaint against Quicken Loans, accusing the company of "improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration."

"Those who do business with the United States must act in good faith, including lenders that participate in the FHA mortgage insurance program," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer. "To...

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Inside the New Apple Watch App Store

Alyssa Newcomb/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Apple opened its Apple Watch app store for business Thursday, showing off the thousands of apps that have been developed for the company's first-ever wearable device.

When displayed on the Apple Watch, the apps are represented by tiny circles and are clustered together, almost like a beehive, as user swipe and twist the digital...

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Markets Continue to Rise, Unemployment Claims Remain Steady

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street continued in the upwards direction on Thursday, bringing the Nasdaq to an all-time high.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 20.42 to close the day at 18,058.69.

The Nasdaq ended trading at a new record close of 5,056.06, up 20.89 from its open. The index hadn't closed at a record high in 15 years....

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White House Correspondents Dinner: 10 Celebrities Taking Washington By Storm This Weekend

ABC/Rick Rowell(WASHINGTON) -- What are Donald Trump, model Chrissy Tiegen and Bradley Cooper all doing in Washington, D.C. this weekend?

These celebrities are on hand to attend what’s affectionately dubbed by Beltway insiders as “Nerd Prom” -- or otherwise known as the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Each year, the commander-in-chief takes a night off from serious governing to poke...

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Cecily Strong ‘Terrified’ to Host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- The “Girl You Wished You Never Started a Conversation With at a Party” is about to host Washington’s biggest party.

That’s right, Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong, whose irritating party persona quickly become an SNL fan favorite, will headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a lavish event where the press, politicos...

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Obama Makes Case for Trade Deal in Weekly Address

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama makes the case for his trade deal, which has been met by push-back from fellow Democrats and Republicans.

“If America doesn’t shape the rules of the global economy today, to benefit our workers, while our economy is in a position of new global strength, then China...

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Paul Ryan Touts Expanding Trade in GOP Weekly Address

United States House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin spoke of new legislation regarding Congressional control over new trade agreements he argues will create jobs and boost wages to fuel economic growth.

Ryan, the House Ways & Means Committee Chairman, said the proposed “trade promotion authority” bill is widely supported by farmers,...

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How Jeb Bush Sticks to His Paleo Diet on the Campaign Trail

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to food, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is learning the art of self-control.

As he travels around the country weighing a run for the presidency in 2016, Bush has managed to adhere to the Paleo diet, learning how to navigate a campaign trail with tempting food around every corner.

On a recent...

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US Hostage Policy Review To Focus on Family Communication

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.

“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can...

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Obama on Hostages: ‘We All Bleed When We Lose An American Life’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.

“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told...

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Obama Tries Selling Trade Deal as the Anti-NAFTA

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama went straight into the progressive lions' den Thursday to sell the Pacific trade deal he’s trying to pass: his old campaign organization-turned-advocacy-group, Organizing for Action.

His goal was clear: convince the audience at the spring meeting that this is the best possible trade negotiation, with stringent labor and environment...

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Boehner Offers Condolences to Families of Slain Hostages, Says Now Is ‘Not a Time for Excuses’

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner expressed condolences to the families of the American and Italian hostages killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January.

Speaking Thursday on the deaths of Warren Weintein and Giovanni Lo Porto, Boehner, R-Ohio, emphasized that he believes the independent review that the president announced “is entirely appropriate."

"As President Obama indicated,...

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Obama’s Top White House Correspondents’ Dinner Jokes

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson(WASHINGTON) -- No president wants to be known as a big joke -- except on the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Each spring, the commander-in-chief sets aside his usual gravitas to tickle the funny bones of the White House press corps and their celebrity guests.

Obama is no stranger to the...

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Rick Santorum, Foster Friess, Major Donors Go Golfing

ABC/IDA MAE ASTUTE(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum and some of his top -- and most deep-pocketed -- supporters gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona Thursday for a luncheon and golf outing.

An aide to Santorum tells ABC News, “Over 25 major Republican and conservative donors from nearly a dozen states were in attendance, where they heard from Santorum,...

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Warren Weinstein Family Blasts US Government over Al Qaeda Hostage Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been "inconsistent and disappointing" for years in their time of...

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Ronald Reagan in the Nude: Former White House Usher Tells All

David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Skip Allen was new to being a White House usher for President Ronald Reagan when it fell to him to deliver a top-secret document to the commander in chief in the private residence.

While the document was designated "for the President's eyes only," Allen would end up seeing more than he bargained for that...

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Rubio Leads All Republicans in New Presidential Poll

(NEW YORK) — Florida Senator Marco Rubio has moved to the front of the very crowded field of candidates and potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

That’s according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which showed that Rubio has 15 percent support of likely Republican voters.

While that’s hardly a ringing endorsement, it does show that the Florida...

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Obama Welcomes New England Patriots to White House, Jokes About ‘Deflate-Gate’

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama welcomed the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House on Thursday, but didn't miss the chance for a bit of a punchline.

"I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events," Obama said Thursday, "but with the Patriots in town I was worried...

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Heroin Use Continues To Rise Over 10 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -– The number of heroin users has continued to increase over the past 10 years.

From 2002 to 2013, the number of heroin users has increased from 404,000 to 681,000, while the number of users undergoing treatment has increased from 277,000 to 526,000, according to a survey released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

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Bruce Jenner: ‘I’m a Woman’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families.

Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.

“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer...

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Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Scandalous Family History

TLC(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past.

On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial.

"I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too," she told...

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her Birthday Plans with Husband Brandon Blackstock

Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Kelly Clarkson!

The original American Idol turned 33 on Friday -- but only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows how she'll be celebrating.

Asked by a fan on Twitter how she'll mark her special day, Clarkson tweeted, "Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :)."

Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013....

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“Brotherly Love” Centers on a Family Trying to Survive Inner-City Philadelphia

Brotherly Love/Jamal Hill(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict and newcomer Eric Hill Jr. all star in Brotherly Love, a film set at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, famous for its star graduates such as Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith.

While Palmer portrays Jackie Taylor, who has ambitions of a music career before getting distracted by love, Hill plays...

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Patrick Dempsey Talks Epic “Grey’s Anatomy” Shocker

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes did something fans never thought she would go through with.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

The creator of the hit ABC show killed off Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka "McDreamy," played by Patrick Dempsey.

After “McDreamy” stopped to help people injured in a crash, his own car was...

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“The Age of Adaline,” “Little Boy Open Friday;” “Ex Machina” Expands

"Little Boy" - Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

The Age of Adaline
-- Blake Lively stars as a woman who has remained 29 years old for almost eight decades following an accident. She falls for a philanthropist, played by Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman. Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker...

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Bruce Jenner Interview Airs Tonight on ABC

Heidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) — ABC’s special, Bruce Jenner -- The Interview, airs tonight during a two-hour edition of 20/20.  The former Olympic athlete, who is now 65 years old, talks with Diane Sawyer about his life.

Details about what is discussed during the interview have not been released by ABC, but in promo clips provided by the network,...

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Candace Cameron Bure Says “Full House” Spin-Off Won’t ‘Pretend We’re Back in the ’80s’

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — The Full House spin-off announced by Netflix earlier this week seemingly has a similar premise to that of the original series: a widow raising children with the help of a relative and a friend. However, Candace Cameron Bure maintains that Fuller House won't be a carbon copy of her popular 1987-1995 sitcom.

Cameron Bure is...

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Mo’Nique Talks Latest in Lee Daniels Controversy & New Film “Blackbird”

Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Mo'Nique caused a flurry of headlines earlier this year, when she accused Empire creator Lee Daniels of telling her she had been blackballed by Hollywood after winning an Academy Award for her role in Precious in 2010.

Daniels, who directed Precious, didn't seem to deny that he said that to the comedienne and even...

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Release Dates for “Fast and the Furious,” “Fifty Shades” Sequels Announced

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Furious 7 and Fifty Shades of Grey are two of the highest-grossing movies of the year so far, so it's no surprise that Universal Pictures has scheduled sequels for both.

The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise will open April 14, 2017, Universal announced Thursday. Vin Diesel is expected to return to the...

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“Everybody Loves Raymond” Star Dead at 19

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's three children on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of a suspected suicide at the age of 19, his manager tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor is believed to have shot himself outside his family's home in Texas on Thursday. Sweeten played Geoffrey...

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Movie Review: “The Age of Adaline” (Rated PG-13)

"The Age of Adaline" - Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — It’s springtime, with love and flowers in bloom, which means it’s the perfect time of year for a movie date. But pickings have been slim on that front lately, unless the testosterone of Furious 7 turns you on.  Thankfully, the decently date-worthy The Age of Adaline arrives in theaters this weekend,...

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Grey’s Anatomy Shocker! A Major Character Is Killed Off

ABC/Richard Cartwright(NEW YORK) -- One of Grey's Anatomy's most popular characters died, stunningly, in Thursday night's episode of the series.

*Spoiler Alert*

Say goodbye to "McDreamy."

Patrick Dempsey's character on Grey's Anatomy was shockingly killed off the ABC series on Thursday night's episode, titled "How to Save a Life." Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd was attempting to help victims...

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Arraignment for Man Accused of Stalking Sandra Bullock Postponed

ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- The arraignment of Joshua James Corbett, the man accused of stalking Sandra Bullock and breaking into the Gravity star's home, was postponed on Thursday and moved until next month.

The judge approved a bid by the defense team to delay Corbett's arraignment until May 6. Corbett faces numerous guns and weapons charges, as well as...

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Reese Witherspoon to Narrate New Harper Lee Novel

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Reese Witherspoon is set to narrate the audiobook edition of Harper Lee's much-anticipated new novel, Go Set a Watchman, which is scheduled to come out July 14, the publisher said Thursday.

"The publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is the literary event of the year, and Reese Witherspoon’s extraordinary talent and...

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