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Plane from Tyler Crashes, 4 Injured

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Robert Gentry plane crashGORDONVILLE (AP/STAFF) — Authorities say a small plane flying out of Tyler crashed into a North Texas home, leaving four people injured. According to KETK, those on board at the time of the crash were Robert Gentry, 61, of Tyler; 51-year-old Karen Christian; Gentry’s daughter, Annie, 14; and Colin Howell, 17. The plane, which was registered to Robert Gentry, left from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport just before 12:30 Sunday afternoon, en route to the Gordonville, Texas, airport. Read more …


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Man Gets 40 Years in Prison for Murder

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

brandoncouchmugrcsoEMORY — Rains County Attorney Robert F. Vititow reports Brandon Couch has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering his grandmother on November 14, 2012. According to KETK, the sentence was handed down by Judge Paul Banner, the fourth judge assigned to the case. Couch had opted to have the judge impose the sentence after the jury returned a guilty verdict. Read more …


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Trial to Begin for Grandmother Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

glyndamorrowmugscsoSMITH COUNTY — Following jury selection Monday, trial proceedings for an East Texas grandmother are slated to begin Tuesday in Tyler. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on the night of July 31, Glynda Denise Morrow, 54, Chandler, was driving on County Road 1113, also known as Lake Placid Road, in Smith County with her 5-year-old granddaughter. According to accident reports, Morrow’s SUV ran off the road and hit a tree. Both Morrow and her granddaughter, Lydia Sykes, were taken to the hospital. The child later died from her injuries. According to KETK, Morrow’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was over the state’s legal limit of .08.


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Officials: Wide-Ranging ID Theft/Forgery Ring Busted in East Texas

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

3arrestedhendersoncoATHENS — Authorities say a two-month-long investigation into an identity theft and forgery ring resulted in the arrest of three people Thursday in eastern Henderson County. According to KETK, after hearing from a victim in early February, authorities say they uncovered incidents in Tyler, Canton, Chandler, and the DFW area. Brandon Holloway, 27, of Arlington, is accused of operating the ID theft and forgery ring. He was arrested for fraudulent use/possession of identifying information as well as a parole warrant for a previous ID theft conviction. Brandon L. Lee, 27, of Brownsboro, was arrested for a weapons-related warrant from Ohio. Brandon Holloway’s wife, Steffanie L. Holloway, 37, of Arlington, was arrested for a parole warrant stemming from a previous arson conviction. Read more …


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Man Dies in Hudson Mobile Home Fire

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

flames_mgnHUDSON (AP/Staff) – A 73-year-old man has died in a mobile home fire in Hudson. Authorities pronounced Ed Clark dead at the scene of the early Monday blaze. Hudson Fire Marshal Joe Burton tells The Lufkin Daily News that the fire remains under investigation. He says the point of origin though appears to be around a gas heater installed in the living room. He says the victim was known to wear oxygen and he feels that the oxygen tubing might have gotten around the heater’s pilot lighting. Next door neighbor Walter Ginn said neighbors tried to rescue Clark before firefighters arrived, but as they made the attempt after seeing him lying on the floor near the front door, something exploded.


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Truck Hits Longview Home

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Longview Police PatchLONGVIEW – A Longview home has been damaged when hit by a pickup. The accident occurred Saturday night near the intersection of Oakdale and 12th streets. Firefighters had to remove the driver from the pickup. Longview police have not released the driver’s name or condition. It marks the second time a vehicle has hit that home.


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Longview Family Seeking Medical Marijuana for Son’s Treatment

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

neo.ktbb.comLONGVIEW — Money is being raised so a 5-year-old Longview boy can be treated in Colorado with cannaboid oil, which comes from marijuana. Rachel Johnson says little Lleyton has up to 30 seizures a day and the plan is to move there for a 30 day trial period. Her family needs eight thousand dollars. She doesn’t want to have to move away for good. There are stories of numerous kids, like Lleyton, who are doing well with the treatment. A bill in front of the state legislature would legalize a weak form of cannaboid oil, which Johnson says may not be strong enough to help her son.


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Time for Smith County-Wide Clean Up

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

landfillTYLER — The annual Smith County-Wide Clean Up began Monday and runs through May 2nd. Smith County citizens can pick up vouchers to take 3 cubic yards of solid waste, which fills the bed of a regular sized pickup, and/or bulk items to be disposed of at the Greenwood Farms Landfill for free. Vouchers are available at the Smith County Annex Building, 200 East Ferguson, or at any Smith County Constable or Justice of the Peace Office. The vouchers will be good for 6:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and 6:30am to noon on Saturday, March 30 through May 2, 2015. The Greenwood Farms Landfill is at 12920 Farm-to-Market Road 2767, or Old Kilgore Highway, in Tyler. Maps to the landfill will be handed out with the vouchers. Read more …


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TxDOT Project Updates

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

TxDOT signTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of March 30. Schedules are subject to change due to weather or equipment related issues.

SMITH COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler are performing base repairs on State Highway 135 between Troup and Arp with the roadway reduced to one travel lane and flaggers conducting traffic. The same work is being conducted on Farm Road 2015 from Farm Road 16 to Farm Road 14 Expect lane closures. Read more …


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Report Blames Health Commissioner for $110M in No-Bid Deals

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:52 pm

thumb_greg-abbott-2AUSTIN (AP) – A report ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott puts much of the blame for a $110 million no-bid contract scandal on the leader of Texas’ biggest state agency. The report released Monday stops short of directly calling for the removal of Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek. But it repeatedly faults Janek for not doing his job. The report says that the massive agency can’t succeed “without significant changes” in management of leadership. Janek’s agency has been under intense scrutiny over awarding a lucrative contract to an Austin tech company to root out Medicaid fraud. Criminal investigators are looking into how the contrast skirted the usual bidding process. The scandal is the first big crisis for Abbott since he took office in January.


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Police: Woman Left Daughter Alone in Dumpster outside Spa

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

GARLAND (AP/Staff) – Dallas police say a woman has been arrested after leaving her 7-year-old daughter to spend the night alone in a dumpster outside a spa. Alicia Carroll of Garland faces a charge of abandoning and endangering a child. The 28-year-old remained in Dallas County Jail Monday on $25,000 bond. A person listed as her attorney did not immediately return a call. Police say Carroll called them Sunday morning saying the person she left her daughter with on Saturday night would not return the child. But police say further investigation revealed Carroll left her daughter outside the King Spa and Sauna. Officers found the girl Sunday morning after being flagged down by citizens who had seen her near the spa. The child was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released to a family member.


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$8 Million in Illegal Honey Seized in Houston

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Almost $8 million in illegally imported honey from China has been seized by U.S. Customs and Homeland Security in Houston over the past two years. The Houston Chronicle reports that since October last year, 660 drums of Chinese honey that was smuggled through Latvia have been taken by authorities. China is the world’s leading producer of honey. Before the latest seizures, federal agents disrupted a network of honey importers who managed to evade $180 million in antidumping duties, which are penalties placed on imports that are priced at less than fair value. The penalty is imposed top provide relief to domestic industries that may be hurt by the low import values. According to Richard Halverson, with Homeland Security’s Houston investigations unit, the city has become a focal point for illegal honey imports, but officials are not sure why.


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Labor Officials: New Mexico, West Texas Workers Underpaid

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Federal labor officials say oil and natural gas workers in New Mexico and West Texas have been underpaid by more than $1.3 million. The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division made the announcement Monday. The findings stem from an enforcement initiative launched by the division last year. Officials say overtime violations led to the underpayment to some 1,300 workers. Among the problems found, employers were failing to include bonus payments when calculating overtime rates, weren’t paying for time spent working off-the-clock, and were paying flat rates despite the hours worked by employees. There were also instances of workers being misclassified as independent contractors. A regional labor official, Cynthia Watson, says there’s a misconception that because oil and gas workers typically earn more than minimum wage that they’re being paid legally.


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Clerk Who Died after Abduction Remembered

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – More than 40 people gathered at a College Station convenience store to remember a clerk who died after being abducted from the store and beaten. The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports that mourners gathered Saturday to remember 55-year-old Kevin Garcia, who worked the night shift at the store for 14 years. Garcia was found in the bed of his pickup in a suburb of Fort Worth more than 10 hours after his March 17 kidnapping. He died March 20. Garcia’s sister, Denise Etherton, said Garcia didn’t know he was loved by so many. A tree now stands outside the store in Garcia’s memory. Nathaniel Tillery currently faces charges of kidnapping, assault and robbery. Police are investigating to determine if new charges are filed.


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Selena’s Dad: Mixed Feelings about Fans Marking Star’s Death

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

selena_mediumSAN ANTONIO (AP) – Twenty years after Selena was killed in Texas by her fan club president, the “Queen of Tejano” will be remembered with concerts, lookalike contests, and a massive festival in April. Her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations. Abraham Quintanilla III says his family remembers Selena every day, but doesn’t mark the March 31 anniversary of her death. Quintanilla says he’s happy people want to keep remembering Selena, but that his family doesn’t feel her death is something to celebrate. Among events in Texas, there will be a 5K run titled “Bidi Bidi Fun Run,” a museum exhibit and a festival. In California, New York and Illinois, there will be concerts and lookalike contests. Selena was shot March 31, 1995, at a motel in Corpus Christi.


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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Boston Celtics 116 (33-41) – Charlotte Hornets 104 (31-42)

Los Angeles Lakers 113 (20-53) – Philadelphia 76ers 111 (18-57)

Atlanta Hawks 101 (56-18) – Milwaukee Bucks 88 (36-38)

Toronto Raptors 99 (44-30) – Houston Rockets 96 (50-24)

Memphis Grizzlies 97 (51-24) – Sacramento Kings 83 (26-47)

Utah Jazz 104 (33-41) – Minnesota Timberwolves...

Falcons Fined $350K & Lose NFL Draft Selection

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 on Monday for piping in crowd noise during home games at the Georgia Dome over the past two seasons.

The Falcons will also have their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft taken away. If they have multiple picks in that round, the league will dock...

Browns GM Ray Farmer Suspended Four Games

NFL(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season on Monday for sending text messages to team personnel during games in 2014. The league also fined Cleveland $250,000.

Farmer’s suspension will begin on the midnight of the Sunday before the Browns’ Week 1...

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Not Concerned over Contract Situation

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and even Joe Flacco are among the highest paid players in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson remains one of the best bargains in the league at $1.5 million, which he'll make next season. It's one of the lowest salaries for a starting quarterback in...

ESPN: Georgia State Guard R.J. Hunter to Enter NBA Draft

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With Georgia State's end-of-season run still fresh in everyone's mind, ESPN reports guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hunter will reportedly hold a news conference on Tuesday to make the decision official.

Hunter had a very productive collegiate career during his three seasons at Georgia State as he's the leading scorer in school history....

Hornets’ Al Jefferson Will Not Be at Full Strength for the Rest of the Season

NBA via Utah Jazz(NEW YORK) -- As the Charlotte Hornets fight for there playoff lives with the regular season winding down, they'll have to do it with one of their best players feeling less than 100%.

Head coach Steve Clifford announced that center Al Jefferson will not be fully healthy for the remainder of the season.

“Al is not...

Craig Sager Suffers Leukemia Recurrence

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- NBA Broadcaster Craig Sager has suffered a recurrence of his Leukemia, according to his son.

Sager's son shared the news via his Twitter feed:

We wanted to ensure he was taken care of & that we knew what the next steps were before we shared this #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/IhUM2nK8yl

Mariners Prospect Passes Away After Boating Accident

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(NEW YORK) -- Victor Sanchez, a 20-year-old prospect of the Seattle Mariners, lost his life from injuries sustained in a February boating accident, according to the team.

Sanchez reportedly suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after being struck in the head by a propeller while swimming in the Venezuelan coastal town of Campano.

"The Seattle Mariners...

Hamlin Wins at Martinsville

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(MARTINSVILLE, Va.) -- At NASCAR's famous "slow" track, Denny Hamlin survived the rubbing and racing to take the checkered flag at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin outlasted Brad Keselowski in the final five laps, who said he "did everything I could other than wreck him." 

Hamlin remembered Joe Gibbs Racing president, J.D. Gibbs, who was recently hospitalized for...

Alabama Dismisses DT Taylor

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide have dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor from the football team after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, the team announced.

The 21-year-old was taken into custody after a...


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Missing Minnesota Sorority Sister Went Into River From Bridge, Cops Say

Minneapolis Police Department(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Police searching for a missing University of Minnesota student said they have found video showing the young woman going into the Mississippi River from a bridge.

Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said.

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Pennsylvania Man Killed by Falling Headstone While Decorating Grave for Easter

YourNikonMan/iStock/Thinkstock(THROOP, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania man was killed Monday morning after the gravestone he was decorating for Easter fell on top of him.

Stephen Woytack, 74, was hanging a cross on his mother-in-law’s headstone at the Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Throop, Pennsylvania, when the stone fell on him, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV.

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Missing Calif. College Soccer Player Found Dead

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A missing California college student has been found dead, the victim of a traffic accident, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The University of California-Berkeley student, Eloi Vasquez, 19, was visiting friends at the University of Southern California when he was last heard from early Saturday morning.

"Earlier today the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing...

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NASCAR Investigating Whether Race Teams Tampered with Tires

File photo. John Harrelson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NASCAR officials are investigating whether race teams tampered with tires using a technique called “bleeding” to gain an improper advantage.

Officials seized tires from eight teams following the last two races, including tires from Kurt Busch and Joey Logano.

“Bleeding” involves poking miniscule holes in the tires to slowly release air, improving...

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Prosecution Rests in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- The government on Monday rested its case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after teary-eyed jurors heard grueling, heartbreaking testimony about the bombing's youngest victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard.

Richard was 4 ft. 5 in. tall and just under 70 lbs. when he was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, 2013, Chief Medical Examiner...

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Yawning, Whistling Might Get You Flagged at Airport Security

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Excessive yawning, whistling and too much laughter could possibly find you detained by airport security agents for further questioning, according to a recently released list.

The SPOT Referral Report, which stands for "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques," was obtained a week ago by The Intercept, which claims the unclassified report is a "closely held"...

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Hotel Partying Preceded Deadly Shooting At NSA Gate, Sources Say

@TPratt_Capital/Twitter(FORT MEADE, Md.) -- One man is dead and another severely injured after gunfire erupted Monday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The injured man was identified as Kevin Fleming, 20, of Baltimore, according to law enforcement sources. Fleming and another man were in a stolen Ford Escape SUV...

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancee Cites Infidelity, Describes Moving Mystery Box

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, told the jury at his murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, Monday that Hernandez instructed her to remove a mystery box from their home -- a home they continued to share, she added, despite her suspicions he had been unfaithful to her.

Hernandez told her to "go downstairs in...

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Caught on Video: California Firefighter Falls Through Roof of Burning Home

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A 25-year firefighting veteran is in critical condition after falling Sunday through the roof of a California home consumed by fire.

The firefighter, who has not been named, was responding to a fire that broke out around 1:30 p.m. in the garage of a Fresno, California, home.

The heart-stopping moment the firefighter fell was captured on...

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Disappearance of California Woman Wasn’t a Joke, Lawyers Say

Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- Lawyers for a California woman and her boyfriend are steadfast that the woman’s disappearance wasn’t a joke, despite police saying the kidnapping was orchestrated and never happened.

“This is no hoax,” said Doug Rappaport, the attorney for 29-year-old Denise Huskins. “This is not a laughing matter.”

Huskins turned up unharmed Wednesday, two days after...

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JetBlue System Outage Leads to Long Lines, Delays

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A nationwide system outage was reported by JetBlue Monday morning, with long lines and delays reported at several airports as passengers were manually checked in.

No flight cancellations have been reported.

Representatives with the budget airline addressed the situation on social media, individually responding to concerned passengers.

“We apologize. The cause of the systemwide outage...

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Eight Dead, 10 Injured After Van Crashes into Florida Canal

iStock/Thinkstock(MOORE HAVEN, Fla.) — At least eight people died and 10 others were injured after the van they were riding in crashed into a Florida canal, authorities said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened at 12:31 a.m. Monday at State Road 78 and U.S. Highway 27 in Moore Haven, Glades County, in the southern part of...

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Coney Island Roller Coaster Gets Stuck on Opening Day

Shawn Waite/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Some Coney Island visitors in New York City had a scarier roller coaster ride than they expected Sunday when the Cyclone at Luna Park got stuck, stranding passengers high in the air.

The coaster stalled as it was going up, the New York Police Department said. Passengers were then evacuated safely, according to a Luna...

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Second Body Recovered from New York City Building Collapse Site

FDNY(NEW YORK) --  A second body was found Sunday at the site of a New York City building explosion and collapse, a city official told ABC News, shortly after New York City Police Department said the searchers looking for two people believed to be missing found a first body.

Identification of the body was pending, said the NYPD. The...

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Minnesota Sorority Sister’s Disappearance Triggers Desperate Search

Minneapolis Police Departmen(MINNEAPOLIS) — A University of Minnesota student called "an amazing sister and friend" seems to have disappeared with out a trace.

Jennifer Houle was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said.

Friends said they think Houle, 22, left the bar to...

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Iran Nuclear Talks: As Deadline Nears, Sticking Points Fester

iStock/Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- With just over 24 hours until the deadline for negotiating parties to come to a political understanding about ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the most contentious issues within the talks have yet to be resolved.

Negotiators still have not reached an agreement on how many centrifuges might remain online at Iran’s deep-buried Fordo nuclear reactor, whether...

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Pack of Stray Dogs Stand Guard at Animal Lover’s Funeral

Patricia Urrutia(NEW YORK) -- A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected -- and surprising -- tribute from the animals when she died.

At the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, there was a pack of stray dogs who came inside the funeral home to stand guard.

Suárez's daughter, Patricia Urrutia, told...

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Turkey Detains Five Dutch Citizens Trying to Join ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Turkish military officials say they have detained five Dutch citizens who were attempting to cross the border into Syria to join ISIS.

Nearly 100 Syrian nationals were also caught trying to enter Turkey in recent days, according to the officials.

Thousands of foreigners, including a handful of Americans, have crossed the porous border to Syria to join...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Previously Had Suicidal Thoughts, Prosecutor Says

ABC News / Flight Aware(DUSSELDORF, Germany) — Prosecutors in Germany said Monday that the co-pilot of the downed Germanwings plane had been treated by a psychotherapist because of previous suicidal tendencies.

Dusseldorf prosecutor Christoph Kumpa's update came six days after authorities say Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately flew the jetliner into a mountain. Kumpa said that they still do...

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Amanda Knox’s Ex Speaks Out After Overturned Conviction

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) -- Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend said on Monday he will no longer tolerate being called a murderer after Italy's high court ruled to exonerate him and Knox of murder last week.

Speaking in Italian, Raffaele Sollecito said at a press conference in Rome that he feels like a kidnap victim who after seven years and five months...

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Arab League Sets Up Military Force, Backs Saudi Air Strikes in Yemen

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As their region of the world becomes more unsettled daily, the 22-nation Arab League has announced the formation of a joint military force to deal with security threats faced by any of its members.

At the conclusion of its summit Sunday, the League also issued support for air strikes led by Saudi Arabia against Houthi Shiite...

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Tunisia Museum Gunman Killed in Raid

iStock/Thinkstock(TUNIS, Tunisia) — Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday that his military forces have killed one of the gunmen involved in the deadly attack on tourists at the National Bardo Museum two weeks ago.

Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was one of nine militants who died in a raid over the weekend near the border with Algeria....

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Talks Coming Down to the Wire to Finalize Iran Nuclear Deal

iStock.Thinkstock(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — The U.S. and its allies might be close to a deal that would ensure Iran doesn't build nuclear weapons but it remains unclear whether whatever differences that exist can be resolved by Tuesday’s deadline.

Negotiators are in 11th hour talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, to make an agreement happen.

The P5+1 group -- the five permanent members...

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Air Canada Hard Landing: Passengers Were ‘Lucky,’ Officials Say

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — An Air Canada jet attempting to land at the Halifax international airport Sunday morning touched down about 1,100 feet before the runway, damaging the landing gear, ripping off the nose cone, mangling one wing and the engine and ripping off the other before it skidded to a stop, officials said....

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US And Partners Announce Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

Ivan Cholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new round of airstrikes was conducted in Iraq and Syria by U.S. and coalition forces on Saturday.

According to U.S. Central Command, there were 14 airstrikes in Iraq conducted by attack, fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIS targets. Three airstrikes near Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul destroyed two tactical units and a...

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Netanyahu Voices Criticism of Iran Nuclear Talks

Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty images(JERUSALEM) -- As the clock ticks down in Switzerland on a nuclear talks with Iran, the Israeli leader is again voicing criticism.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a strong warning on Sunday against negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran.

Netanyahu said “The Iran-Lausanne-Yeman axis” was very dangerous to humanity and must be stopped.

The...

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Pope Francis Prays for Germanwings Victims During Palm Sunday Mass

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- As French salvage workers continue to retrieve bodies from the Germanwings crash in France, Pope Francis offered his prayers to the victims of the crash during Palm Sunday celebrations in St. Peter’s Square.

Under a clear blue sky, Pope Francis opened the Christian Holy Week with Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square...

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Cities Around The World Mark Earth Hour

Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lights switched off across the world on Saturday as major cities marked World Earth Hour.

Places such as Berlin, Rome, Amman, Jordan, and New York City’s Empire State Building pulled the plug at 8:30 p.m. local time.

“This is not exclusive for the developed countries, or the developing countries so it’s affecting...

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Air Canada Plane Skids Off Halifax Runway; 23 Injured

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) -- Twenty-three passengers and crew members on board an A320 Air Canada flight were hospitalized Sunday when the plane experienced a hard landing at the Halifax international airport.

The plane, incoming from Toronto, skidded off the runway upon landing early Sunday local time, said Halifax Stanfield International Airport spokesman Peter Spurway....

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Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Seemed Like a ‘Normal Guy,’ Fellow Pilot Says

Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images(DÜSSELDORF, Germany) -- A German pilot who recently flew with the co-pilot accused by French prosecutors of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane said he seemed like a "normal guy," and he "had plans for the future."

French prosecutors have said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately slammed the passenger plane into a mountain on Tuesday. Authorities have...

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The Most Gorgeous Cave Home You’ve Ever Seen

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While the idea of cave dwelling may conjure images of Fred Flintstone, one desert sculptor has created a home that rivals those above ground in architectural beauty.

Ra Paulette, a New Mexico-based artist and subject of the 2014 Oscar-nominated short documentary CaveDigger, has carved out sweeping halls and cathedral columns underground for years...

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Encouraging Data on Consumer Spending, Home Sales Lifts Markets

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The financial markets soared on Monday following the release of encouraging data on consumer spending and home sales.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session at 17,976.31, up 263.65 from its open.

The Nasdaq rose by 56.22 to close at 4,947.44. The S&P 500 was also up by 25.22 points to close at 2,086.24.

Consumers...

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Florida Woman Finds Rare Lithograph Print at Goodwill

Maureen Flaherty(SUMMERFIELD, Fla.) -- A Florida woman who purchased a $43.50 lithograph print of a dog at a Goodwill store is now auctioning off the painting for charity after learning it could be worth thousands of dollars.

Maureen Flaherty, of Summerfield, Florida, was paying for items she purchased at the grand opening of a local Goodwill store on March...

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Florida Grandmother Poses in Staged Photos for For-Sale House

Makenzie Ball/Twitter(DAVENPORT, Fla.) -- An 86-year-old Florida grandmother is a viral star after her granddaughter shared photos of her humorously posing in her home on Twitter.

Yolie Ball, who lives with her husband, Don, in Davenport, Florida, says her phone has been ringing off the hook since Thursday night, when her 15-year-old granddaughter, Makenzie Ball, called to tell her...

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See Disneyland Being Built as It Celebrates 60 Years

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- It's the diamond celebration for one of the world's most beloved theme parks.

In the 60 years since it was built, Disneyland has become a part of so many travel memories. It's hard to imagine that it wasn't so long ago that the theme park was just a patch of dirt.

In the...

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Volvo to Build First Factory in US

Volvo Car Group(NEW YORK) -- Volvo will soon be making cars in the U.S.

The Swedish automaker announced on Monday that it will be building its first manufacturing facility in the states, adding to the company's two factories in Europe and two in China.

“Volvo Cars cannot claim to be a true global car maker without an industrial presence...

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Tesla to Unveil New Product Line Next Month

Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- What does Elon Musk have up his sleeve?

The Tesla CEO tweeted on Monday that a new product line will be unveiled next month -- and it's not a car.

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Lincoln Continental Makes a Comeback

Ford Motor Company(NEW YORK) -- The Ford Motor Company is bringing back the Lincoln Continental after more than a dozen years.

The automaker announced on Monday that a new version of the full-size luxury sedan will be available next year after being pulled from the assembly line in 2002.

For those who can't wait to see what the new...

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Most Americans Still Having Problems Making Ends Meet

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Although all the signs point to an economic resurgence six years after the so-called Great Recession, a lot of folks remain in the financial doldrums.

That's the chief finding by the Chicago-based Center for Financial Services Innovation, which polled 7,000 people. According to the survey, a staggering 57 percent of adults in the U.S. claim to still...

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Shopping for Cosmetics Has Become More Selective

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A surprising number of Americans have more than just looking good on their minds when they purchase cosmetics.

Nielsen surveyed 1,000 people regarding their attitudes of how cosmetics are manufactured and 57 percent said the most important packaging claim is that it's "not tested on animals" and "cruelty-free."

Nearly as many, 56 percent, claim the SPF...

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Former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Speaks Out for First Time Since Ouster

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since his ouster, former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is talking publicly about being at war with the company he built and overcoming a reputation tarnished by allegations of sexual misconduct and mismanagement.

"I want everybody to know I’m not 'the Sleaze King,'" Charney told ABC News' 20/20 in an exclusive...

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Steak ‘n Shake Expanding Into Pakistan

SeanPavonePhoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the pioneers of the premium burger market is now expanding into Pakistan.

Steak ‘n Shake announced on Friday that it will open 15 new locations in Pakistan, after signing an exclusive agreement with FM Foods Pvt. Ltd., an affiliate of MJ Holdings.

"FM Foods is the perfect partner to introduce the Steak 'n...

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Lonely Bros Can Grow Their ‘Wolfpack’ With New App

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- There’s a new app for bros looking for other bros to hang with, and it could be the salvation of the modern male heterosexual friendship.

It’s called Wolfpack and, yes, it does howl.

The brainchild of Nile Niami, a movie producer turned real estate developer, he said a recently divorced friend inspired him to create...

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Ellen Pao Loses Big Silicon Valley Sex-Bias Case to Kleiner Perkins

Justin Sullivan / Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A preeminent venture capital firm was mostly victorious in Silicon Valley's biggest sex discrimination suit.

A jury has ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the case. At the center of the lawsuit and court case is Ellen Pao, 45, the interim CEO of Reddit and former partner at...

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California Chinese Restaurant Turns the Tables on Yelp Reviewer

iStock/Thinkstock(MILLBRAE, Calif.) -- The owner of a Chinese restaurant in the California city of Millbrae, near San Francisco, is taking a stand against a scathing review, and he says he has video to disprove the negative comments.

Yelp user “Dan W.” gave Wonderful restaurant a one-star review, claiming it was “busy and potentially understaffed. It’s not that classy of...

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimination against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination last week, said in a statement on Monday that he favors the new law.

"I want to...

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimination against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination last week, said in a statement on Monday that he favors the new law.

"I want to...

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Top Pediatricians Group Urges Metric System to Solve Dosing Problems

vectomart/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Each year, more than 70,000 kids visit the emergency room as a consequence of unintentional medication overdose.

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes one major reason for overdose is that liquid medication is prescribed in the form of teaspoons, a practice ripe for inaccuracy, according to researchers,  since a run-of-the-mill teaspoon in the kitchen may hold...

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Inside Parents’ Struggle to Choose Risky Prenatal Surgery

Courtesy Ross Family(PHILADELPHIA) -- Luelle Ross seems like a typical 1-year-old girl in many ways, playing with her toys and going for a ride in her stroller. But while her life is just getting started, it has already been a long journey for her parents.

Before Luelle was even born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, and her parents,...

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Why You Should Care About GNC’s New Supplement Guidelines

GNC / PR Newswire(NEW YORK) -- After being one of four companies to be accused of selling phony dietary supplements, GNC announced Monday that it will institute better testing guidelines.

Health experts say consumers should still be vigilant when picking out their herbal pills and remedies.

Here's what you need to know:

What happened?

The New York State attorney...

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What the Inside of Your Fridge Says About You

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Show us your fridge!

That's the popular demand of users on Periscope, Twitter's new live-streaming app released last Thursday.

Showing the contents of your fridge apparently gets you lots of "hearts," users say, and no one -- not even self-professed paranormal investigators -- are free from fridge viewing requests.

 

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Billboards to Welcome Newborns Gaining Popularity With Parents

Henrico Doctors' Hospital(RICHMOND, Va.) -- That rented stork you have on your lawn? Oh, baby please.

Parents of newborns are taking birth announcements to new heights -- literally.

With the help of the hospitals they deliver in, parents can see their baby's name in lights. Or more specifically on a billboard, along with all the pertinent details of their...

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Quadruple Amputee Dog Receives Life-Changing Prosthetics

Better Paws for Brutus(NEW YORK) -- Brutus the Rottweiler had a bit of trouble getting around because he became a quadruple amputee when he was just a puppy.

"He was left outside by his breeder," said Brutus' rescuer Laura Aquilina. "I don't know if it was on purpose, but it was admitted that he lost his paws because of...

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American Ebola Patient’s Condition Improves to Fair

NIH(BETHESDA, Md.) -- An American health care worker who is being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland continues to show improvement.

The NIH announced on Monday that the patient's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.

The patient, who has not been identified, contracted the disease while volunteering at...

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An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctor Away After All, Study Finds

Top Photo Group / Thinkstock(HANOVER, N.H.) -- An apple a day probably won’t keep the doctor away, but it may keep you out of the pharmacy, a new study has found.

Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School decided to find out whether the old adage about eating the crunchy fruit daily and staying healthy is actually true. To do so,...

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Cats Ought Not to Be Fat and Dogs Shouldn’t Look Like Hogs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Although a lot of attention is being paid to the obesity epidemic in this county, millions are neglecting to see how it affects other members of their households, namely, pets.

The Association of Pet Obesity and Prevention (APOP) in its annual report of the problem says that a whopping 58 percent of cats are overweight in...

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Millennials Claim Sex Assaults Are Rampant in College and High School

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Most young adults in the U.S. believe that sexual assaults are a regular occurrence in both college and high school.

A survey of 2,300 Americans ages 18-to-35 conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that close to three-fourths of this group agree with the statement that sexual assault is “somewhat” or “very” common on college campuses....

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Oklahoma Reports First Case of Measles Since 1997

RidvanArda/iStock/Thinkstock(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced on Friday the state had received the first confirmed measles case in Oklahoma since 1997.

Officials said the person is a spouse of an Oklahoma State University student who lives off-campus, and recently traveled out of the country.

State health officials are working with the Payne County Health Department,...

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Restaurants May Lack Healthy Meals for Kids

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The “kid’s menu” at your local restaurant may fall short when it comes to nutritious fare, according to a new study that looked at restaurants in two states in the southeastern United States.

Researchers at Virginia Tech looked at nearly 140 children menus from various restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia in a study published...

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Indiana Couple Welcomes ‘One in a Million’ Set of Triplets

WRTV(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.

Ashley and Matt Alexander of Greenfield, Indiana, were surprised weeks ago when they learned they were expecting three new additions to their family during a routine sonogram, according to ABC affiliate WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"She was checking [Ashley] and...

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Germanwings Crash: How Often Pilots Commit ‘Aircraft-Assisted Suicide’

ABC News / Flight Aware(NEW YORK) -- Although authorities said the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed earlier this week in France intended to “destroy the plane” with 150 people on board, so-called “aircraft-assisted suicides” are rare, according to researchers who reviewed decades of crash data. Still, they’ve occurred in the past, and sometimes, the pilots expressed their...

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School Tells ‘Tiny’ Girl Her Body Mass Index is Too High

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A Missouri mother is livid after her daughter came home from elementary school with a note saying that her body mass index was too high despite her lean frame.

"She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda Moss, of Belton, Missouri, told KMBC, ABC's...

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See North West Look For Easter Eggs

Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Easter came early for North West.

Kim Kardashian posted photos on Instagram on Sunday of her daughter looking for eggs with a friend.

"My baby girl on the hunt for Easter eggs at the farm! #PerfectSunday #GettingReadyForNextWeek #SpringTimeEasterFestival," she captioned one.

It's been a busy month for the toddler.

West, who turns 2 in June,...

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WrestleMania 31: Five Things to Know About New Champ Seth Rollins

Ray Tamarra/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- It wasn't a big name like John Cena or Brock Lesnar who walked away with the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday night.

It was Seth Rollins.

You may have heard the young wrestler's name kicked around over the last few months, but who is the new champ?

Here are five things to...

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“The Walking Dead” Season Five Finale Recap

Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's season five finale of AMC's The Walking Dead was 90 minutes long and it made good use of them, with cliffhanger moments for some series favorites -- who, bucking a Walking Dead trend, managed to stay alive.

Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers

Morgan returned to the series, shown waking up after spending the night in...

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Harvey Weinstein ‘Being Investigated’ After Model Files Complaint

Harvey & Georgina Weinstein. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is "being investigated" after a 22-year-old model filed a complaint with police on Friday evening, the NYPD confirms to ABC News.

The unidentified Italian woman claims Weinstein groped her in his office at the Tribeca Film Center in Manhattan around 6 p.m. Friday. No charges...

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Robin Williams’ Wife and Kids’ Lawyers Meet in Court

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Legal teams for Robin Williams' widow and for his three children appeared in a San Francisco courtroom Monday to determine who will get what of the late actor's estate.

Lawyers for both parties said they hope to have the matter resolved by June 1, the date set for the next hearing.

"This is very,...

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Is Tracee Ellis Ross’ Rainbow Pregnant on “black-ish”?

ABC/Tony Rivetti(NEW YORK) -- When black-ish returns Wednesday, Tracee Ellis Ross' character Rainbow may have a "little secret."

"Dre thinks that Rainbow is pregnant," she teased on Monday's Good Morning America. "And perhaps she is, perhaps she isn't."

On black-ish, Ross portrays Rainbow, a doctor and mother of four kids. Her husband, Dre, is played by comedian...

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Hilary Duff Explains Why She Dyed Her Hair Green

(LOS ANGELES) -- What in the world would make Hilary Duff dye her blonde tresses green?

"I've never done anything like this, and I was just in Cabo [San Lucas, Mexico] with my son and I was staring at the ocean and I was like, 'I want that on my head,'" she said on Monday during her 12th appearance on...

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“The Daily Show” Names Trevor Noah as New Host

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — The Daily Show has found their new host.

South African comic and Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart when he leaves the show later this year, the network announced on Twitter.

"It's official: we're thrilled to confirm @Trevornoah will be the next #DailyShow host," read the tweet.

Noah, 31, first appeared on...

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It’s Latin Night on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday Night

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Monday night's edition of Dancing with the Stars should be steamy and sexy.

It will be Latin Night on the ABC dance competition, with the 11 remaining couples performing dances such as the Samba, Rumba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Paso Doble and Cha Cha.

Noah Galloway, a double amputee war vet, and his partner, Sharna Burgess, will...

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“Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber” Airs Monday Night

Courtesy of Comedy Central(LOS ANGELES) — You've heard all about it, but now you can finally see it: Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber airs Monday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The show features celebs like Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart and Shaquille O'Neal ripping into the Bieb about everything from his sexuality, to his arrests, to his relationship with...

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“Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson Apologizes to Police After Racial Profiling Accusation

Chuck Hodes/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on the hit TV series Empire, has apologized after accusing police in Glendale, California, of racially profiling her 20-year-old son, Marcel, during a traffic stop.

"I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother's job is not easy and neither is...

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Hugh Jackman Hints He’s Giving Up Wolverine Role

Fox(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman may be hanging up his claws for good.

The Australian actor is set to star in a third Wolverine film that will be released in 2017. Jackman hinted over the weekend that he may retire from the mutant role after that.

Jackman, 46, posted to Instagram on Saturday a photo of his hands,...

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Report: Harrison Ford Released from Hospital

Fernando Leon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Harrison Ford reportedly has been released from the hospital following his plane crash earlier this month.

A source tells People magazine that the 72-year-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones actor was seen driving in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Ford crashed a single-engine, World War II-era plane on a golf course near the Santa Monica...

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“Home” Smashes Expectations at Weekend Box Office

Fox(NEW YORK) -- In the battle between R-rated comedy and animation at the box office over the weekend, there was a clear winner.

Home, the animated alien adventure featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Rihanna, won the weekend and smashed expectations. The film opened to an estimated $54 million.

In second place, the Kevin Hart and Will...

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Angelina Jolie Makes First Post-Surgery Appearance

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie made her first appearance post-surgery when she attended the Kids' Choice Awards with two of her children on Saturday night.

The actress brought her daughters Shiloh and Zahara to the awards show, hugging them both when she won the "orange blimp" for Best Villain for her role in the Disney movie...

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