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Police: Big Marijuana Haul Found in Vehicle Toolbox

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

SDC11282TYLER — Tyler police are reporting the arrest of two men from New Mexico around 10 p.m. last Sunday for possession of 176 pounds of marijuana. Police say the drug was located in the toolbox of the men’s pickup while they stayed at the La Quinta Inn on WSW Loop 323. K-9 Officer Steve Black says he saw the men in the parking lot standing next to a pickup acting suspiciously and that a strong odor of marijuana was soon detected coming from the truck. According to a police news release, Black found 160 individual packages of marijuana. 30-year-old Trey Bailey Bissett of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and 22-year-old Shawn C. Yelton of Dona Ana, New Mexico, were arrested and jailed on marijuana possession charges.


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Ex-Teacher Indicted for Solicitation of Minor

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

huddleston_1430756871696_286206_ver1.0GREGG COUNTY — A former Longview middle school employee has been indicted by a Gregg County grand jury on a charge of online solicitation of a minor. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Joey Huddleston, 35, was arrested April 27 on East Loop 281 after police say he made arrangements to meet with a 15-year-old boy on Airline Road. Police said Huddleston was aware of the boy’s age before the meeting. Huddleston had been communicating with the boy through online messages and traveled to meet the boy “with the intent of engaging in sexual conduct,” according to police. He is a former Foster Middle School teacher.


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Son of Longview Woman Found Dead Held on Murder Charge

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

daniel K murderer_1438378484133_3167828_ver1.0LONGVIEW — The son of a woman found beaten to death this week in Longview is now being held in the Gregg County Jail on a charge of murder. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Daniel Basor Kadima, 31, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of walking on the wrong side of the road. On Friday afternoon, online jail records showed that a charge of murder had been added with a $1 million bond. Hauwa Esther Kadima, 61, was found by Longview police officers during a check welfare call Tuesday morning in an apartment in the 700 block of Gilmer Road. She had fractures to her skull with laceration of the brain because of blunt impact to the head, according to initial autopsy findings. Read more …


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Palestine Issues Burn Ban

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

burn-ban_1PALESTINE — Effective Friday, July 31, the City of Palestine is under a burn ban and will not issue burn permits until further notice. According to a city news release, Fire Marshal Kyle Betterton says weather conditions are not currently favorable for burning. Officials say the hot, dry conditions make any spark potentially dangerous. You’re urged not to throw cigarette butts out of vehicles or onto grassy areas, and to maintain engines and machinery properly to stop random sparking. You’re also asked to be careful with outdoor grilling, which is deemed a potential hazard though it isn’t currently banned. Betterton says to be sure that when you are done grilling, extinguish all coals and don’t leave anything burning.


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Nebraska Pilot Critically Burned in East Texas Plane Crash

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

FAASULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) – Authorities say a 46-year-old pilot from Nebraska has been critically burned in the crash of his small plane at an East Texas airport. David German of Ogallala, Nebraska, was at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on Friday. Sulphur Springs police say the crash happened Thursday night at Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine O’Dell Aeromaster crashed and burned while taking off. Police Chief Jay Sanders says authorities are trying to determine whether German’s plane had engine trouble. German was alone on the aircraft. A hospital spokeswoman said German was in critical condition Friday and provided no additional information on his injuries.


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Super Load 2 Hitting the Road This Weekend

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Super Load 2TYLER – The second “super load” being transported from the Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview hit the road at 6 a.m. this morning and is expected to roll into Texas Sunday morning. In a news release, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) advises motorists to avoid the route scheduled for the convoy. “Super load” Part 2 is expected to enter Texas via U.S. 79 at Panola at about 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, according to the carrier, Edwards Moving and Rigging. The transport is delivering a super long reflux tank from the port to the plant in Longview but will travel a slightly different route for a portion of the trip. Read more …


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Longview Police Chief Retires

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Don DinglerLONGVIEW — Friday was the final day on the job for Longview Police Chief Don Dingler. The Longview native served the city 42 years. He had been police chief since 2011. Assistant Chief Mike Bishop will serve as interim police chief. A set schedule has not been determined for filling the police chief’s post. According to the Longview News-Journal, Dingler began his career with Longview as a police officer in 1973. Over the years, he \worked assignments in patrol, traffic, training, jail services and narcotics. As a command level officer, he served as the commander in all major components of the police department.


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Prosecutor: Texas AG Indicted for Felony Securities Fraud

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

AUSTIN (AP) — A special prosecutor says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on felony charges accusing the Republican of misleading investors before taking office. Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense attorney appointed by a judge to the case, told The New York Times on Saturday that Collin County grand jurors indicted Paxton on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser charge of not registering. The most serious allegations are that he encouraged investment in a tech startup that’s now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The charges stem from activity before Paxton took office in January. Paxton was fined last year for not disclosing to Texas securities regulators he was getting commissions for soliciting investors. Paxton aides didn’t respond to messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.


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Trooper in Sandra Bland Arrest had been Disciplined

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas trooper who arrested a black Chicago-area area woman after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop had been cautioned about “unprofessional conduct” in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper. The disciplinary entry regarding Trooper Brian Encinia of the Texas Department of Public Safety was contained in Encinia’s personnel file. The department released the file Friday in response to Freedom on Information requests. Encinia arrested Sandra Bland on July 10. She was found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead on July 13. Officials say she used a plastic bag to hang herself. Encinia’s performance evaluation for September and October 2014 referred to him receiving “a written counseling for unprofessional conduct … occurring while at a school in Austin.” The circumstances weren’t specified.


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Man Becomes Unresponsive, Dies in Dallas County Jail Lobby

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a panic-stricken man who dashed into a Dallas County jail lobby shouting that his wife was chasing him to kill him has died after being handcuffed and losing consciousness. Dallas County sheriff’s spokesman Raul Reyna says the 47-year-old man parked in a crosswalk in front of the county’s central jail and behaved erratically as he ran into a lobby late Saturday morning, calling for a supervisor. Reyna says the man ran into another lobby area, where a deputy handcuffed him to try to prevent him from hurting himself or others. Reyna says the deputy had just sat the man down when he became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead about 11:30 a.m. A cause of death has not been determined.


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Plano Woman who Drowned 2 Kids Released from Program

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

PLANO (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a mother found guilty of drowning her two young daughters by reason of insanity 11 years ago no longer must participate in court-ordered mental health services. Lisa Ann Diaz drowned her 3- and 5-year-old daughters by holding their heads under water in the bathtub of their Plano home. A jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity in 2004. The Dallas Morning News reports that Fifth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Carolyn Wright ruled that Diaz, who now goes by Lisa Ann Trevino, had been off medication since 2008 and no longer needed supervision. Prosecutors wanted her to remain in the program. Jurors decided Diaz suffered from psychotic delusions and didn’t know it was wrong to kill the girls.


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Records: Uber Driver Charged with Assault has Prior Record

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

DALLAS (AP) — A 56-year-old Uber driver who served time in federal prison on a weapons conviction has been charged with sexual assault. The Dallas Morning News reports that police have accused Plano man Talal Ali Chammout of sexually assaulting a woman July 25 in her Oak Cliff home after dropping her off. Chammout was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2006 in California for being a felon in possession of firearms and conspiracy to possess stolen government property. His felon status stemmed from a June 1995 assault conviction in California. Chammout’s attorney did not immediately return call seeking comment. Chammout was jailed Saturday in lieu of $100,000 bail. Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin told the newspaper that all drivers must pass background checks that include county, federal and multi-state records.


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1 Dead in Palo Duro Canyon Amphitheater Fireworks Explosion

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK (AP) — A stage manager of the amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas is dead after two containers of fireworks exploded. Randall County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Alexander says the 21-year-old woman was taking inventory when the explosion happened shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. No cause has been determined. The woman’s name hasn’t be released. The amphitheater is about 25 miles south of Amarillo. The outdoor musical “TEXAS” has been performed there for 50 years. Pyrotechnics are used throughout the show. Friday’s performance was canceled.


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Action Taken to Fix Mistakenly Awarded Work Permits

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says problems have been fixed that led to about 2,100 work permits being mistakenly awarded under President Barack Obama’s executive immigration action after a federal judge in Texas had put the plan on hold. Prosecutors detailed the corrective action in court documents filed Friday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen had threatened to hold Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration enforcement officials in contempt of court if the problems weren’t fixed. It was not immediately known whether Hanen still planned an Aug. 19 hearing to have Johnson and other officials explain the corrective action in person.


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Dallas Mayor Critical of Sex Exposition on City Property

Posted/updated on: August 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

DALLAS (AP) — An upcoming sex exposition in Dallas that’s billed as the largest of its kind in the U.S. is being criticized by a mayor who says it goes against the city’s position on the exploitation of women. Organizers for the three-day Exxxotica expo, which begins Friday, say it’s expected to draw more than 15,000 people. Chicago and Los Angeles have hosted Exxxotica in the past and its arrival in Dallas will mark the first time it’ll open in the Bible Belt. Mayor Mike Rawlings has sought ways to stop the event because he says it’s exploitative. But city attorneys say Dallas can’t deny the use of a city center just because of disapproval with the featured content. Exxxotica director J. Handy says his expo is tasteful and often the source of misconceptions.


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Jameis Winston ‘Accepting My Role’ on Buccaneers

(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Rookie and number one overall draft pick Jameis Winston, recently named starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, told ESPN that he has "matured," since his time at Florida State University.

Winston, who was notably involved in some off-field incidents at Florida State, said Saturday that he has "matured since I...

Wrestler ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wrestling icon "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61.

Roderick Toombs, commonly known as Roddy Piper, died in his sleep Friday night, according to a statement from his agent.

"He was an icon, a legend, an amazing man and a true friend," said the statement. "He was also one of...

Tom Brady Outcome Expected in September

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL and the player's union have agreed it's "in everyone's best interest" for Tom Brady to know beforehand whether he can be the starting quarterback when the Patriots open for the regular season on September 10.

The union wants a federal judge in New York to vacate Brady's suspension.

The league wants...

Roundup of MLB Trades

David Lee/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- After a glut of moves earlier in the week, Friday's Major League Baseball trade deadline passed with a series of smaller deals.

The biggest name to be shipped out before the deadline was Yoenis Cespedes. The Detroit Tigers outfielder was sent to the New York Mets, who just days earlier saw a trade for outfielder...

One of the Men Tied to International Soccer Scandal Pleads Not Guilty

PongsakornJun/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- One of the men charged with corruption tied to international soccer pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday.

Alejandro Burzaco pleaded not guilty to a number of charges that accuse him of paying "bribes and kickbacks to obtain the media rights" to several soccer tournaments.

Prosecutors said Burzaco and others were part of a scheme...

IOC Names Beijing as Host City for 2022 Winter Olympics

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- The 2022 Winter Olympics are headed to China.

The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday that Beijing will be the host city for the Games. The IOC made its decision in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after hearing final appeals from officials representing Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, the other city in contention.

Beijing now becomes...

Sprint Cup Series Visits Pocono This Weekend

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) -- The Sprint Cup Series will race in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Windows 10 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBC Sports Network's coverage of the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend with a 69-point edge over Joey Logano atop the Sprint Cup points standings....

Scoreboard Roundup — 7/30/15

iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 9, Baltimore 8
Toronto 5, Kansas City 2
Boston 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Houston 3, L.A. Angels 0
Minnesota 9, Seattle 5
Cleveland 3, Oakland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 8, N.Y. Mets 7
Washington 1, Miami 0
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 1
Cincinnati 15, Pittsburgh 5
St....

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson Charged with Resisting Arrest, Speeding

Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, fresh off a four-game suspension for use of marijuana, was charged with multiple traffic violations and resisting arrest following an incident earlier this month.

According to a release from the St. Charles County, Missouri, Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, Richardson is believed to be the...

One Day After Failed Trade, Carlos Gomez Dealt to Houston

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros bolstered their lineup in advance of the trade deadline on Thursday, acquiring Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez less than a day after a trade involving Gomez to the New York Mets fell through.

On Wednesday night, reports of a Gomez trade to the Big Apple, where he began his career,...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sam DuBose Protests in Cincinnati Lead to Arrests

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

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

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CA in State of Emergency as Wildfires Continue to Burn

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California is in a state of emergency as wildfires rage on.

On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as firefighters continue to battle nearly two dozen wildfires. Daniel Berlant, a Cal Fire spokesman, said nearly 9,000 firefighters are on the front line.

"Right now, our largest fire that continues to threaten thousands...

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Family Desperately Seeks Answers to Missing Seattle Man’s Whereabouts

ABC News(SEATTLE) -- The search continues for software engineer Jeremiah Foco, who was en route to his job when he went missing over a week ago.

Foco’s friends plastered photos of the 34-year-old around his Seattle neighborhood, asking strangers if they had seen him.

"Our friend's gone missing,” a friend of Foco approached a passerby. “We've been looking for...

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Individual Jumps Bike Rack in Front of White House

Joe Ravi/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- An individual jumped the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House but not the actual fence, the Secret Service said Friday.

A statement from Brian Leary, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said, "At approximately 7pm tonight, an individual jumped the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue. The individual was immediately arrested by...

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Close Call: Delta Pilot Spots Drone Just Before Landing

Boarding1Now/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A Delta pilot flying into JFK airport in New York spotted a drone off its right wing as it approached the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.

The plane, an MD88 with five crew members and 154 customers on board, did not take evasive action and landed without incident, according to the FAA.

“About...

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From Wild Drinking, Drugs Scandal to Cyber Security Savior?

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. government contractor, several of whose employees were caught on video drunk and drugged on a sensitive security mission in Afghanistan, is now being used to help fix the massive security breach at the Office of Personnel Management.

“What are they thinking?” asked Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, who is now demanding to know...

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Watch Another Heated Traffic Stop Made by Cop Accused of Killing Samuel DuBose

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office(CINCINNATI) -- The police officer charged with murdering Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop earlier this month reportedly had another controversial run-in with motorists last year that was caught on video.

The revelation comes as union officials fought to get Ray Tensing's job back. Tensing was fired immediately after he was indicted on murder.

It also...

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Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Pleads Not Guilty

Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Alleged Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof appeared in court Friday to face federal hate crime charges.

Roof's new attorneys told a federal judge that Roof is prepared to plead guilty to 33 federal hate crimes stemming from last month's massacre at Emanuel AME Church that killed nine people.

But, the defense attorneys...

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Coast Guard Will Suspend Search for Teens Missing at Sea

US Coast Guard(MIAMI) -- The Coast Guard is expected to suspend its search for two Florida teenagers who've been missing at sea for one week.

The search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, will be suspended at sunset tonight, Capt. Mark Fedor, of the Coast Guard's 7th District in Miami, said at a news conference Friday.

The...

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Escaped Inmate Captured in Pa., Suspected of Murdering Woman

iStock/Thinkstock(KITTANNING, Pa.) -- An escaped inmate has been captured in western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Police said on Friday that Robert Crissman was caught a little more than 24 hours after he walked away from the Armstrong County Jail, where he was serving time for a probation violation. He is suspected of killing a woman during his brief freedom.

Crissman...

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Car Crashes into Barricade at US Capitol Building, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A car smashed into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol building Friday morning, putting the U.S. Capitol on high alert.

The maroon Nissan Altima, which had Florida plates, hit a security barricade at Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue Southeast, at the South entrance to the U.S. Capitol grounds just before 9 a.m.

The car did not...

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University of Cincinnati Police Officer Pays Bond, Released from Prison

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office(CINCINNATI) -- Officer Ray Tensing, charged in the shooting death of Sam Dubose, was released from a Cincinnati area prison on Thursday.

Tensing had been on suicide watch until his release at about 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Major Charmaine McGuffy said at a press conference outside the jail that Tensing had not received...

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Deliberations Begin in James Holmes Murder Trial

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- The jury in the James Holmes murder trial went home Friday now without reaching a decision with plans to continue deliberation on Monday.

Jurors were told to arrive at the Arapahoe County Courthouse prepared for a marathon afternoon. On Thursday, the jury received instructions and heard closing arguments from both the defense and...

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US Ship at Lithuanian Shipyard Catches Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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Conflicting Reports Surround Brother of Cecil the Lion

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

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

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MH370 Probe: What’s Next for the Flaperon?

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

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

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell Found Guilty of Assault in Sicilian Court

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(ROME, Italy) -- An Sicilian court has found supermodel Naomi Campbell guilty of assault.

A court in Sicily sentenced Campbell to a six month suspended prison term for whacking a photographer in the head with her handbag and scratching his eye.

Paparazzo Gaetano Di Giovanni was snapping pictures of the supermodel after she stepped off a...

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Report Finds Southern Italy Region Poorest in Eurozone

Frank Lombardi Jr/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) -- A report by the Association for Industrial Development in southern Italy shows that the region south of Rome are the poorest in the Eurozone.

Employment in southern Italy, long plagued by corruption and organized crime, is lower than in any country in the European Union, at just 40 percent.

Economic growth has been far...

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18-Month-Old Boy Burned to Death in West Bank Laid to Rest

Pawel Gaul/iStock/ThinkStock(JERUSALEM) -- It’s the tiniest grave in the village’s cemetery, just big enough for a bundle nearly two feet long.

Eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabsheh burned to death after Jewish extremists attacked his family today in the Palestinian village of Duma, near Nablus. By Friday night, the Palestinian Justice Ministry autopsy report found soot inside the toddler’s body, confirming he...

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Meet Earth’s Closest Rocky Neighbor Outside the Solar System

Artist's rendering. NASA/JPL-Caltech(WASHINGTON) -- Earth's closest rocky neighbor outside of the solar system has been confirmed using NASA's Spitzer telescope.

The alien rocky planet has been named HD 219134b and is 1.6 times the size of Earth, according to NASA. What makes this exoplanet special is it's 21 light-years away from Earth, while most other exoplanets that have been...

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Cecil the Lion: New Details Emerge into the Moments Before He Was Shot

Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The American dentist who acknowledged earlier this week that he shot Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe had “no idea” that he had killed a beloved and famous lion who was wearing a GPS tracking collar, according to the tour guide’s lawyer.

Professional hunter and guide Theo Bronkhorst was with Dr....

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Man Describes Finding Piece That Could Unravel MH370 Mystery

YANNICK PITOU/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Johnny Begue and his friend were out looking for stones earlier this week on Reunion Island when he stumbled upon a piece of an airplane wing washed up on the sand.

"I asked my friend to come help pick it up. First we thought that we'd use it as a piece of decoration and then...

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Arson Attack in West Bank Kills Palestinian Toddler, Injures Four

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- An arson attack in the West Bank killed a Palestinian toddler and injured four other family members on Friday.

The Israel Defense Forces said two houses near the Palestinian city of Nablus were set ablaze and sprayed painted with words in Hebrew.

The perpetrators are believed to have entered the village early Friday morning. The Israeli military...

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Taliban Names Mullah Omar’s Successor

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A day after confirming the death of its leader, Mullah Omar, the Taliban has named his successor.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor will serve as the group's new leader, the Taliban confirmed in a statement Friday. He was appointed by senior religious leaders and Taliban council.

The group also appointed Sirajuddin Haqani and Mawlavi Haibatullah, a senior...

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US Intel Assessment Suggested That MH370 Taken Off Course: Source

YANNICK PITOU/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U.S. intelligence agencies put together an assessment in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 indicating that the plane was deliberately taken off course, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

The assessment -- made months ago and concerning what most likely happened to the plane, which disappeared in...

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MH370 Probe: Recovered Airplane Part May Hold Clues About How Jet Went Down, Expert Says

(NEW YORK) -- The type of damage sustained by a piece of airplane debris that washed ashore on an island near Madagascar suggests that the plane likely did not suffer a high-speed, nose-down impact, one expert tells ABC News.

The debris, which engineers believe probably came from a Boeing 777, has sparked renewed speculation about the plight of MH370, a...

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Mexico City Bans Cages, Restraints at Facilities for People With Disabilities

ABC News traveled to Mexico City, Mexico, with Disability Rights International recently as the advocacy group investigated the conditions of state-funded facilities where children, some of them with disabilities, are left to grow up. ABC News(MEXICO CITY) -- A Mexico City official said the city would ban the use of restraints and cages on children under its care and...

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Verizon Employees Could Strike with Contract Set to Expire

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

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

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Kraft Heinz Recalling Cheese Slices Due to Choking Risk

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

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

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Investors Assess Latest Batch of Company Earnings to End the Month

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

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

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

Healthcare stocks, however, were...

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Mark Zuckerberg Announces He’s Going to Be a Dad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While Wilson noticed...

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Facebook’s Internet Drone: How It Works

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

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

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

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SoulCycle Planning IPO

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for SoulCycle(NEW YORK) -- SoulCycle is planning an initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.

The company, which began as an indoor cycling studio in New York City, now has 300,000 unique riders in 38 U.S. studios, the documents indicate. In 2012, the company says it...

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Unemployment Claims Clim Higher, Mixed Bag on Wall Street

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mixed day on Wall Street as unemployment claims jumped higher last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 5.41 to a close of 17745.98.

The Nasdaq ended the session at 5128.78, gaining 17.05 from its open, while the S&P 500 close up 0.06 to 2108.63.

SoulCycle is preparing to file for its initial public offering,...

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Sales of Body Camera Type Worn by Cop Indicted for Death of Samuel DuBose on the Rise

Taser International(NEW YORK) — The type of body camera worn by the Cincinnati police officer accused of murder is seeing robust sales, according to the company, which released its earnings report Thursday.

Officer Ray Tensing was arraigned today for the murder of Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop on July 19. Tensing's body camera video shows the encounter with...

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Amazon’s Push-to-Buy ‘Dash’ Buttons Go on Sale

Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon is bringing its one-click ordering system to everyday life with its Amazon Dash button.

The push-to-order buttons are now available to Amazon Prime members for $4.99, with 18 different buttons -- each covering a household product. (You may recall they were announced on April 1, leading many to wonder if it was Amazon's idea of...

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US Economy Grew 2.3% in Second Quarter; Jobless Claims Jump to 267K

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The American economy grew 2.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, the Commerce Department revealed on Thursday.

In another good sign, first quarter growth was revised to show a slight rise of 0.6 percent.

Economists are looking for better growth in the second half of this year.

In other economic news, jobless claims jumped to...

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Yahoo Unveils New LiveText Texting App

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You used to just send a text message. Not anymore.

Mobile users are flocking to amped-up messaging services like Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime. The options are myriad and Yahoo is jumping into the fray with an innovation of its own: Streaming video plus chat, but no audio at all. It’s typing, reading and watching, all...

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Average Age of Cars in the US Jumps to 11.5 Years

AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Americans are keeping their cars vehicles longer than ever before, new data shows.

According to IHS Automotive, the average age of all passenger cars and light trucks in the U.S. is now 11.5 years, a slight increase from last year.

This rising age is partly due to the growing reliability of automobiles and the recession.

 “As...

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“Angry Birds 2″: What Makes This Version Different

Angry Birds 2 was released Thursday, July 30, 2015. (Rovio)(NEW YORK) — Angry Birds are taking flight once again.

The latest edition, Angry Birds 2, includes everything players loved about the first game, with some additional surprises including sharper graphics, multi-stage levels and if you can believe it, even more destruction.

"Angry Birds 2 doubles down on...

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The Lowell Hotel to Debut Scotland’s First Home-Grown Tea

www.weeteaplantation.com(NEW YORK) -- It’s Scottish tea time, America!

Scotland's first home-grown tea is making its way to U.S. soil next week.

"Next Tuesday, the Upper-East Side’s acclaimed Lowell Hotel will be the first U.S. establishment to serve Scotland’s only home-grown teas in the atmospheric surroundings of its iconic Pembroke Room. Guests and visitors of the New York hotel will...

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Mixed Day on Wall Street, Despite Upbeat Monthly Employment Report

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An upbeat monthly unemployment report didn’t help the markets to close out the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,849.46 on Friday, down 56.12 from its open.

The Nasdaq however was up by 9.33 to close at 5,068.46. The S&P 500 fell by 3.01, to finish the session at a close of 2,092.83.

The...

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US Economy Adds 280K Jobs in May

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs to their payrolls in May, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.

Last month's figures beat expert expectations of just 227,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate was “essentially unchanged,” the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said, at 5.5 percent. The prior month, the rate stood at 5.4 percent.

 Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent...

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CVS Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Profiling Customers, Worker Discrimination

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Four former CVS workers are suing the pharmacy chain and some of its managers in a potential class action lawsuit, claiming that staff in multiple New York City stores racially profile African-American and Hispanic shoppers, using racial slurs.

The suit alleges that the workers were "routinely" directed, among other things, to "follow...

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Texas Attorney General Reportedly Indicted on Felony Charges

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

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

It was...

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Biden’s Political Operation Coming to Life As He Considers Presidential Run

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden could be aiming to drop the "vice" from his job title.

One of Biden's advisers told ABC News that Biden is "not saying no" to challenging Hillary Clinton and others for the Democratic nomination. "This is his time to figure it out," the adviser added.

Biden's political operation is...

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Why the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary Could Make History

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The 2016 Republican primary is on course to become the most crowded in modern presidential history.

The GOP now has 17 major contenders for the nomination -- former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced on Wednesday -- breaking the record previously held by the 16 candidates who sought the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1972.

Counting presidential...

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What August Means for the Iran Deal and Democrats

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For weeks, President Obama has had the ear of Democrats on the Iran nuclear agreement, meeting with members one-on-one and dispatching his advisers to hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill.

But with members leaving town until September, the administration is losing its greatest asset in the lobbying campaign: proximity.

“The recess is not good for the administration,”...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid in President’s Weekly Address

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- This week's presidential address celebrates the fiftieth birthday of Medicare and Medicaid.

A press release from the White House said, "These programs are a promise that if we work hard, and play by thd rules, we'll be rewarded with a basic measure of dignity, security, and the freedom to live our lives as we want."...

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Gives Update in GOP Weekly Address

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- This week's GOP Weekly Address gives an update to the people on progress being made by the new Congress.

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) says, "Here's the bottom line: we are just getting started on solving problems to empower you, have the opportunity to pursue your own future and reach your full...

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Meet The Chicken Mogul, Baseball Owner and Trump Brother Funding The 2016 Campaigns

It’s all about the money in the race for 2016.

Super PACs — outside groups that can raise unlimited money to spend for presidential candidates — need to release their donors and total money by Friday night at midnight. Not all the reports are in, but we are already starting to learn which mega-donors are forking over big bucks, and...

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Bill and Hillary Clinton Made $140 Million Over Last 8 Years

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton paid roughly $57 million in federal and state taxes over the last eight years based on a statement just released by the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign.
The statement does not say how much Clinton earned each year.

According to the returns, Bill and Hillary Clinton made an income of $140,937,785 over the past...

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Trump Sues Chef Who Backed Out Of Restaurant Deal

Robin Marchant/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a prominent chef to pay $10 million in damages after the food star bailed on plans to open a new restaurant inside Trump’s latest project in the nation’s capital.

Last year the group began $200 million in renovations on the historic Old Post Office Pavilion in downtown Washington. And within...

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Hillary Clinton ‘Fit to Serve as President,’ Doctor Says

Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Massachusetts Conference for Women(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton’s doctor says she has no lasting effects from a concussion she suffered while serving as secretary of state in 2012, backing up statements that she has made in the years since the incident.

A statement released on Friday by Clinton’s doctor detailing her current and past health...

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Hillary Clinton Emails: 1,300 Messages from Private Account Released

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department released a third batch of highly sought after emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's controversial private email account Friday.

Posted on the State Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website, the collection includes just over 1,300 emails all dated in 2009.

One email sent to Secretary Clinton in November of...

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Next Shutdown Showdown: Planned Parenthood?

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Could a debate over Planned Parenthood funding shut down the government? According to conservative Republicans in Congress, the answer is yes.

Many have been warning that they will hold up measures to fund the government past October if the legislation contains any taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood, which became the center of debate again after...

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Obama: Congress Needs to Stop Funding Transportation ‘By The Seat Of Our Pants’

YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed the short term Highway Reauthorization Act, which will provide $8 billion in federal funding for highway and infrastructure repairs until October 29.  While he said the three month funding is a “good thing,” the president said Congress needs to stop its patchwork funding for transportation projects.

“That’s a good thing because if...

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Today on the Trail — 7/31/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Friday?

Read below to find out their campaign schedules:

  • In Tinley Park, Illinois the Black Conservative R.I.S.E Initiative Conference will feature retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also called the “All Lives Matter Conference,” it is a conservative gathering of African American anti-abortion activists.
  • Wisconsin...
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Deadline Nears for Super PACs to File Campaign Finance Disclosures

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Friday is the deadline for super PACs to file campaign-finance disclosures covering the first half of the year.

By midnight, we should have a solid tally of who's up and who's down in the money race, judged by campaign and super PAC fundraising combined.

The campaigns disclosed their numbers two weeks ago, and some of the super...

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FDA Warns of Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities of Hospira Infusion System

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

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

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FL Blind Woman Gets a Bionic Eye to Improve Vision

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

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

“You have...

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

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

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

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Special Forces Soldier Paralyzed After Trying to Save a Drowning Girl

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

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

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Maryland Cat Owner Pens Heartfelt Letter to Future Adopter Before Dying

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

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

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Record Heat: How the Body Reacts to Soaring Temperatures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barton started Skinny...

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Is Social Media Making Teens Sad?

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

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

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Your Body: Are You Caring for Your Lips the Way You Should?

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

You use them every day for some of the most important things you do, and if you’re not careful, they might be silently suffering.

We’re talking lips, ladies, and things you should be doing to look out for their well-being.

If your lips are dry, that's a sign that you’re...

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NIH Says Study Showed Electrical Stimulation Could Allow Paralyzed Patients to Move Legs

Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers(NEW YORK) -- The National Institutes of Health reported successful use of non-invasive electrical stimulation treatment for paralysis on Thursday, citing the ability of five paralyzed patients to move their legs.

The study involved use of electrical stimulation to the spinal cord for five men with complete motor paralysis. The number of patients who have achieved...

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How MMA Fighter Ronda Rousey Got Over Her Body Issues

Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ronda Rousey recently posed in Sports Illustrated for its swimsuit issue. Instead of dropping weight like most do before stripping down and putting on a bikini, the champion MMA fighter decided to pack on a few pounds.

"I felt like I was much too small for a magazine that is supposed to be celebrating...

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Gatwick Airport Introduces Meals to Make Fliers Happier

Loop Images/UIG via Getty Images(LONDON) — Arriving at the airport isn't usually an experience travelers equate with a positive mood.

But fliers traveling from London's Gatwick Airport will find mood-boosting food available, designed specifically to make fliers happier before boarding.

The airport teamed up with nutritionist Jo Travers to become the first airport in the world to introduce a...

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Body Cameras: Experts Weigh In on How They Could Affect Police Officers

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Body camera footage made headlines again this week after Officer Ray Tensing was indicited for murder after he allegedly shot a man in the head during a traffic stop.

At a news conference, prosecutor Joseph Deters said the footage was "shocking" and cited it as a key component in the evidence that lead a...

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Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease Sickens 46 in NYC

BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease has infected at least 46 in New York City and health officials said the bacteria has already been found in cooling units on top of at least two buildings.

Two patients with Legionnaire's disease died during the outbreak, but officials stressed that the two patients, a man and...

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Paul McCartney Rocks Lollapalooza

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

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

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

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

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

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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in Off-Broadway Production

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Khloe Kardashian: We Still Call Caitlyn Jenner, Bruce

Cindy Ord/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Since Caitlyn Jenner debuted her new look on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, her family has been slowly getting used to her new look. Khloe Kardashian even admitted Thursday that she still calls her step-father, Bruce, Jenner's name at birth.

"We don't like to say that Bruce is gone, per se. We, my sisters and I, we...

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How Eddie Redmayne Transformed into Stephen Hawking for “The Theory of Everything”

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-nominated actor Eddie Redmayne said it took him four months to prepare for his role as physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Redmayne said he reconfigured his body, with a choreographer’s help, to capture Hawking at each specific stage of his decades-long battle with ALS.

“I just needed to train my body, just...

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Report: Selena Gomez Will Be a Mentor on “The Voice” Season Nine

ABC/Randy Holmes (NEW YORK) -- Selena Gomez is coming to The Voice. The singer will reportedly appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Gwen Stefani’s team.

A source tells Us Weekly Selena has already impressed the cast and crew. “She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source says....

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“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” Opens Friday

Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Vacation wasn't really a destination spot for moviegoers during its opening day.

The comedy reboot earned 3.8 million dollars on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That total includes the 1.2 million raised from late-night showings on Tuesday night.

[Read a review of the film.]

Vacation is joined at the box office...

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HBO Exec Hoping for Many More Seasons of “Game of Thrones”

Helen Sloan/HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- The fifth season of the HBO hit Game of Thrones aired this year. How much longer will the fantasy drama remain on TV? The president of programming for HBO envisions at least a few more sessions.

Speaking Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Michael Lombardo said, “Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the...

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Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan Controversy: ‘We’ve All Talked Trash’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed to learn that fellow pro wrestler Hulk Hogan used racial slurs in a sex tape. However, he does not consider the Hulkster, whose birth name is Terry Bollea, to be a racist.

Johnson, who once wrestled Hogan at a WWE WrestleMania pay-per-view, commented on the controversy Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour...

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Cara Delevingne’s Awkward Interview Defended by “Paper Towns” Author

Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Cara Delevingne's now-infamous morning TV show interview in support of the film Paper Towns, in which the anchors accused her of being "in a mood," has sparked a heated debate over whether or not her behavior was justified, and now the book's author has come to Cara's defense.

In an essay in Medium on Thursday, John...

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Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Vacation Together

Justin Stephens((LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer seem to be the newest celebrity BFFs.

On Thursday, the Trainwreck star tweeted photos of a recent vacation with some of her girlfriends.

group shot, captioned “Binders of women,” shows a group shot of the funny woman, 34, and her friends on the float in the water. In the back, a...

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Review: “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” (Rated PG-13)

Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Due to its many moving parts, characters and twists, some people are going to find the plot of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation a bit complicated, but it’s quite simple, really.

Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt believes there’s a rogue international network of former spies called “The Syndicate.” The CIA doesn’t believe him and wants to put the...

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Tami Roman Suffers a Miscarriage

Kelsey McNeal/WE tv(NEW YORK) -- Reality star Tami Roman and her boyfriend, Reggie Youngblood, suffered a miscarriage.

A rep for the couple, who currently star on WeTV's Marriage Boot Camp, told TMZ the two are "mourning their loss with close friends and family. The couple requests prayers and privacy as they get through this difficult time."  

Reportedly, Roman was three...

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Alan Thicke Approves of Robin Thicke’s New Girlfriend

Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Robin Thicke's new girlfriend, April Geary Love, gets a thumbs up from dad, Alan Thicke.

"She's lovely," Alan told E! News at the Vacation premiere in Los Angeles. "It's a great time for him. [He has an] album coming out and April is there and supportive."

The 18-year age gap between the 38-year-old "Blurred Lines" singer and...

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