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The Governor in East Texas

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

thumb_greg-abbott-3KILGORE – If you’re looking for passage of bills in Austin legalizing marijuana in Texas, you may be disappointed. That’s the word from Governor Gregg Abbott who was in East Texas last night to speak at the Rusk County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. There are several marijuana related bills in the legislature, but Abbott said the legalization of marijuana in this session is highly unlikely. Texting and driving is another issue Abbott is following closely. According to KETK, the governor said he wants to ensure there are no more injuries, deaths or accidents due to texting and driving. And he added, “We need to find the right space between keeping people safe on the road and government micro-managing what people do. My concerns are we going to have laws that prohibit people from eating French fries as they drive down the roadway or where does the law end?” Abbott said he is still looking for clarity on how to draw that line.


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Lufkin Man Indicted in Wife’s Murder

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 10:27 am

Joshua Dale IngramLUFKIN — A Lufkin man accused of shooting and killing his wife in February has been indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury. Named this week in the indictment is Joshua Dale Ingram, 31. Acting on a tip from the suspect’s mother, who lived in California, the body of Jessica Ingram, 29, was found in a home on the 400 block of Cunningham Drive. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. His mother told officers he told her he had shot his wife and was planning on shooting himself. Also found in the home was a three month old baby, who was not harmed. After a three hour search for the suspect, he was found and arrested on Frank Street.


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Accused Murderer Enters Motion for Insanity Plea

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

jamescalvertmugTYLER — An East Texas man has entered a motion to change his original plea from “not guilty” to “not guilty by reason of insanity” in a 2012 murder-kidnapping that began at a Tyler home. According to KETK, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says James Calvert also refused to consent to a voluntary psychological evaluation by court-appointed experts. Calvert is accused of shooting and killing Jelena Radobanovic Sriraman before kidnapping their son, Lucas, on October 31, 2012. Calvert was captured late that same night in West Monroe, Louisiana, following a short police chase and a crash. In May, 2012, Calvert was involved in a custody battle with Sriraman.


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Longview Man Indicted in Sexual Assault Cases

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Edwin Craig VolcikMARSHALL – A Harrison County grand jury has indicted a Longview man for sexual assault of a child. Indicted on three counts was Edwin Craig Volcik, 45. Following a lengthy investigation, which was led by federal officials, Volcik was arrested in January at his home on Quail Lane. The Longview News Journal reports it began with an investigation of child pornography, but turned into something more. Investigators believed some of the children had been sexually assaulted.


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Gohmet for President?

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:46 am

Louie GohmertTYLER – Could there be a run for the White House in Congressman Louie Gohmert’s future? KETK reports The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, asked Gohmert if he would endorse Ted Cruz’s presidential bid. The Tyler Congressman told the paper, “Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding president; however, I haven’t ruled out an exploratory committee myself.” Later Thursday, an aide told the Texas Tribune that Gohmert was not entirely serious. “Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as being ironic,” the aide emailed to the Texas Tribune. Earlier this year, Gohmert went up against House Speaker John Boehner. Gohmert received only three votes.


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Sulphur Springs Police: Tyler Man Tries to Have Sex with Child via Ad

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

joshuastricklandhopkinscountySULPHUR SPRINGS — A Tyler man allegedly attempting to have sex with a child was arrested late Wednesday in Sulphur Springs. According to KETK, Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said Joshua Strickland, 30, was taken into custody on suspicion of solicitation of a child for sexual conduct and possession of a controlled substance. Strickland is accused of planning the meetup via a Craigslist ad, but in reality, the suspect was talking to an internet crimes against children officer posing as a 15-year-old girl, according to police. Read more …


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East Texas Man Faces Up to Life in Prison for Lufkin Fires

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

7244087_GLUFKIN (AP) – An East Texas man who told investigators he thought people were out to get him faces up to life in prison for starting several fires in Lufkin. Stanford Jones of Lufkin was convicted Wednesday of three counts of arson. Nobody was hurt in the November 2012 fires in Lufkin blamed on Jones, who remains in custody pending sentencing. Prosecutors say Jones posted angry comments online about thinking people wanted to get him and setting a match to Lufkin. One fire happened at a bar where the 34-year-old Jones had been drinking, later got sick and ended up hospitalized. Jones told police that he believed someone drugged him. He tested positive for cocaine and marijuana while hospitalized. The fires started the day after Jones, who has previous drug convictions, was discharged.


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Two Arrested after Reports of Fights, Gunfire

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

thumb_police-lights-4MARSHALL — Multiple reports of a gang fight and gunfire at West End Park on West Rusk Street set the stage for a busy Wednesday night for the Marshall Police Department. According to KETK, reports of a large gang fight were called in to dispatch around 7:00 p.m., but responding officers were unable to locate anything unusual when they arrived. Another large fight, with shots fired, was reported on Paula Street in Bel Air Manor 45 minutes later. Once again the crowd had dispersed before officers arrived. according to police. Officers assigned to the Marshall Criminal Apprehension Team searched the area in an effort to locate the parties involved. Read more …


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Elections Officials Discuss Vote Centers

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

thumb_voting-computerTYLER — Elections officials from all over Texas came to Tyler Wednesday to learn about election day vote centers, according to a Smith County news release. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson said 68 people attended the workshop, including elections administrators, county clerks, county judges, county commissioners, and election judges from at least 15 counties. Smith County Commissioners JoAnn Hampton, Jeff Warr and Terry Phillips attended. Read more …


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Road Closures Friday in Tyler

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

image007TYLER — Weather permitting, the City of Tyler Street Department will make repairs to the 400 Block of Shiloh Road at Donnybrook Avenue today, between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Officials say traffic will be diverted to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound on Shiloh Road. Donnybrook Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Shiloh Road and Knoxville Drive. Northbound traffic on Donnybrook Avenue will be detoured to Knoxville Drive. The Street Department encourages travelers to use other routes if possible. Those who must travel through this area are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop.


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Talent Agency Wants Matt McConaughey Speaking Fee Secret

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Matthew-McConaugheyHOUSTON (AP) — A celebrity booking agency is saying it’s not all right, all right, all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey, a former Longview resident, to speak at the school’s May commencement ceremony. The university has declined to release the information because its contract with Celebrity Talent International includes a confidentiality clause. The school asked the Texas attorney general’s office to issue an opinion on whether such information can be kept private. The Houston Chronicle reports Celebrity Talent International President Glenn Richardson sent a March 9 letter to the attorney general’s office, saying payment and other details in McConaughey’s contract are a trade secret. Richardson also wrote that a reporter could use the information to create “unfair negatives online and take things out of context.”


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‘Touch a Truck’ Event Set for Saturday

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

police-tyler-car3TYLER — The Junior League of Tyler’s inaugural ‘Touch a Truck’ event is scheduled for tomorrow. The event will feature big-rigs, tricked out monster trucks, emergency vehicles and much more. Keeping with the name, guests will have full access to these vehicles. Community leaders will be on hand and the emphasis is on the kids. Touch a Truck starts at 10:00 tomorrow morning and runs until 4:00. It’s being held in the south parking lot of Broadway Square Mall (by Sears) and tickets are $5 each or $25 per family.


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Judge in Texas Blocks Federal Rules Change for Gay Couples

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Reed O'ConnorAUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples. In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples. Texas filed suit last week to block Friday’s implementation of the change. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that complying with the new regulations would have forced state agencies to either violate federal rules or a 2005 gay-marriage ban in the Texas Constitution. Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska joined the lawsuit. A Justice Department spokeswoman says the opinion was under review and it’s not immediately clear how many states are affected.


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Texas Bills Seek Outside Investigations of Police Shootings

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

thumb_texas-state-capitol-3AUSTIN (AP) — As national unrest swells over police officers not indicted in high-profile shootings, a Texas House panel is trying to calm public concerns that prosecutors who investigate officer-involved incidents are biased. Parents of children shot by Texas law enforcement officers told the newly-created Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement on Thursday that they are concerned about the lack of indictments. Under bills by Democratic representatives Harold Dutton Jr. and Ron Reynolds, officer-involved incidents and police misconduct would be prosecuted by someone other than the law enforcement officer’s local district attorney’s office. The bills were left pending in committee. Dutton told committee members that the “perception of bias has to be eliminated from the system,” adding that now, prosecutors are asked to “essentially prosecute their friends.”


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Health Services Bill is 1st Passed by Texas Legislature

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Four PriceAUSTIN (AP) — The first bill passed by both Texas chambers is on its way to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, a logistical and administrative measure for the Health and Human Services Commission. Sponsored by Republican Representative Four Price, the bill passed the Texas House on Thursday 143-0. It previously cleared the Senate. Although the bill was quite detailed, its 2,275 pages stacked more than a foot high. Price said that it didn’t change policy or give the commission more authority. He said it was the result of a review of the agency and took months to craft. The bill removes archaic language and explains relationships between the executive commissioner and agencies, among other things. Price said the bill was so long that he only read it entirely twice.


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School Voucher Bills Off to Contentious Start in Legislature

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

thumb_school-teacher-parentsAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate is getting its first taste of what should be a long and contentious debate over voucher plans that supporters say promote “school choice.” Proposals championed by powerful Lt. Governor Dan Patrick let families get state funding to remove children from struggling public schools and send them to private and religious alternatives. Democrats, during Thursday’s Senate Education Committee hearing, decried the idea as funneling funding from already cash-strapped public schools. They also worried that private schools won’t be held to state academic accountability standards. But Sen. Donna Campbell, sponsor of one of the top plans, said making schools adhere to free-market principles of choice will ensure funding is spent more efficiently. Patrick last session promoted major school voucher bills, but they stalled without passing either chamber.


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Tractor-Trailer Plows into I-35 Bridge, One Killed

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Salado bridge accidentSALADO (AP) — Investigators say the driver of a pickup truck was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into construction beams along a busy interstate in Central Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the 32-year-old Arlington man died when a beam fell onto his truck during the Thursday accident. Other details weren’t immediately released. Investigators say the oversized 18-wheeler hit beams being used to build an overpass along Interstate 35 in Salado, about 40 miles north of Austin. DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson says three other people were injured. A crane was brought in to help clear the wreckage.


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Privatization Deal for Terrell State Hospital Canceled

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Terrell State HospitalTERRELL (AP) — A multimillion dollar deal to privatize a public psychiatric hospital in Terrell has been killed after a state audit revealed contract irregularities by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. According to the Austin American-Statesman the State Auditor’s Office released a report Wednesday detailing how the process to privatize Terrell State Hospital bypassed procurement laws, used a flawed scoring system and did not consider if the state was receiving the most cost-effective deal. The report says that Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek played a role in some of the contract problems. The tentative contract was approved last October, but Janek stopped talks with Correct Care Solutions in late February about six weeks after the audit began. Janek says that he halted the contracted because he felt that a deal that would be good for taxpayer’s could not be reached.


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Gas Prices Down a Penny across Texas This Week

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

thumb_gasnozzleCOPPELL (AP) — Retail gasoline prices have slipped a penny this week across Texas. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide settled at $2.22 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices held steady at $2.42 per gallon. Drivers in the Dallas area are paying the most for gasoline, at an average $2.26 per gallon. The AAA survey found Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline statewide at $2.15 per gallon. Association experts say global crude prices have tumbled with reports of growing supply and the strengthening U.S. dollar.


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Nets F Thaddeus Young Out with Knee Strain

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young has a left knee strain that will keep him out of Friday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Young was injured late in the third quarter of the team's win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night. The injury occurred after he ran into Hornets guard Gerald Henderson. Young immediately...

Top Pick in 2014 Draft Brady Aiken Has Tommy John Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, pitcher Brady Aiken, had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow.

The 18-year-old Aiken is attending IMG Academy because he never reached a deal with the Houston Astros after they selected him with the top pick.

The left-hander threw fewer than 15 pitches last Thursday before leaving his...

Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds, to lift No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 7 Wichita State 81-70 Thursday. The Irish have advanced to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Notre Dame (32-5) had its offense going from tip off to the final buzzer....

Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Trailing by seven with 10:25 remaining, Wisconsin went on a 19-6 run, finished off by a Sam Decker layup, which gave the top-seeded Badgers the lead for good; they moved on to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament by knocking off the Tar Heels 79-72 Thursday.

Decker finished the game with...

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament: 

Midwest Region: (1) Kentucky 78 (37-0) - (5) West Virginia 39 (25-10)

 (3) Notre Dame 81 (32-5) - (7) Wichita St 70 (30-5)

West Region: (1) Wisconsin 79 (34-3) - (4) North Carolina 72 (26-12)

(2) Arizona 68 (34-3) - (6) Xavier 60 (23-14)

 

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 5 (27-36-10, 64...

Report: Colts Will Wait on New Deal for Chuck Pagano

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- According to a media report, the Indianapolis Colts and coach Chuck Pagano will not reach a deal on a contract extension before the season.

Two sources told NFL.com that the team will allow Pagano to see out the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2012.

Indianapolis has made the playoffs in each...

49ers Waive OL Jonathan Martin

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco 49ers released offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Thursday, the team announced.

Martin spent one season in San Francisco, appearing in 15 games (nine starts) at right tackle.

Martin played at Stanford and was a 2012 second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins, where he started all 16 games as a rookie.

In Martin's second season with...

Royals Name Yordano Ventura Opening Day Starter

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- The Kansas City Royals named pitcher Yordano Ventura the Opening Day starter on Wednesday.

"If you're going to ask a kid to go out in a do-or-die situation in Game 6 of the World Series and have him handle it, which he did, he is a perfect candidate for [Opening Day]," Royals manager Ned...

Lovie Smith Is a Fan of Jameis Winston

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has no problem with former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Smith believes that the former Heisman Trophy winner has moved past his off-the-field issues and thinks he's doing his best to mature.

"What do you want a quarterback to do? Well, you want him to be able to win...

Jason Garrett Backs Greg Hardy Signing

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett backed the signing of defensive end Greg Hardy on Wednesday at the NFL meetings.

Garrett said that the Cowboys in no way support domestic abuse, but after meeting with Hardy and speaking with him for over three hours, they feel they made the right choice.

"We brought him in and...


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Denise Huskins’ Attorney Says She Was Not Involved in a Hoax

Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The attorney for a California woman who was reported abducted but found safe two days later said Thursday that she was not involved in a "hoax."

"She is absolutely unequivocally, 100 percent, positively a victim and [there is] no 'hoax,'" said Huskins' attorney, Doug Rappaport.

"She's distraught, she's emotionally and physically broken," he said....

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At Least Two Unaccounted for After NYC Building Fire, Official Says

WABC-T(NEW YORK) — Two people were unaccounted for after a building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City, according to a New York Police Department official.

The NYPD official identified one of those unaccounted for as Nicholas Figueroa, 23. No information on the second person was immediately available.

Four people were in critical condition and at...

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Massive Alligator Spotted Again on Florida Golf Course

Myakka Pines Golf Course(ENGLEWOOD, Fla.) — A massive alligator seen roaming a Florida golf course has been spotted again.

The alligator, apparently named "Goliath," was seen eating a turtle on Thursday morning at the Myakka Pines Golf Course in Englewood, Florida, according to the club's Facebook page.

 

 

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Federal Judge Grants Injunction to Halt Expansion of Medical Leave Benefits to Some Same-Sex Couples

AndreyPopov/iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that will stop the expansion of medical leave benefits to some same-sex couples.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that "the Obama Adminstration's attempt to force employers to recognize same-sex marriages would have put state agencies in the position of either violating Texas...

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Courthouse Evacuated During Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Due to Bomb Threat

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- The courthouse where the Aaron Hernandez murder trial is being held was evacuated on Thursday morning due to a bomb threat.

ABC's Boston affiliate, WCVB-TV, reported that no explosives were found and employees were allowed back into the courthouse about an hour after the threat was called...

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Seattle Police Wrangle Wild Goats

Seattle Police Department(SEATTLE) -- Police in Seattle were able to stop a wild situation before it got worse on Thursday, after 10 goats escaped from their yard.

According to the Seattle Police Department, a group of kids reported being chased by another group of kids at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The only catch was that the second group of...

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Boyfriend of Denise Huskins Says He Was Not Involved in a ‘Hoax’

ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The boyfriend of a California woman who was reported abducted but found safe two days later said Thursday that he was not involved in a "hoax."

"Our client has no responsibility for this kidnapping," said the attorney for Anthony Quinn, the man from whose home the woman was allegedly abducted. "He is in terrible shape...

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Nineteen Injured in Building Collapse, Seven-Alarm Fire in New York City

WABC-TV News(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Fire Department has responded to a partial building collapse and seven-alarm fire Thursday at a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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How Police Busted a Businessman Accused of Faking His Death

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Florida businessman's alleged attempt to fake his death came to a halt when authorities said they caught him in North Carolina applying for a driver's license and passport with a stolen identity.

Authorities said they first sniffed out discrepancies in Jose Lantigua's application because he didn't have all the accurate information about the man whose...

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UVA Student Martese Johnson Makes First Court Appearance

Zach Gibson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- University of Virginia student Martese Johnson entered no plea Thursday to charges stemming from his bloody arrest last week.

Johnson was expected to enter a not guilty plea, but the prosecution asked for a continuance so the investigation could continue.

Martese and lawyer Daniel Watkins agreed to this and his next appearance will be...

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National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said Thursday.

Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested Wednesday at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to...

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Houston Road Rage Victim Recounts Her Terrifying Experience

Courtesy Hadford Family(HOUSTON) -- A Houston woman who was shot in the head in a road rage incident said the fact that she's alive must be torture for her attacker -- and she has a message for aggressive drivers.

Kay Hafford, 22, was on her way to work in Houston Friday morning when she honked at a driver of...

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Astronaut Scott Kelly Prepares for a Pioneering Year in Space on ISS

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Astronaut Scott Kelly is poised to break the record for time in space for a U.S. Astronaut when he launches to the International Space Station this week.

That’s a year with no hot showers, cold beers or the touch of his family. Kelly’s girlfriend Amiko Kauderer said she can’t call him, but he can call...

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Deadly Tornadoes, Storms Sweep Through Oklahoma

David Schliepp/iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) --  At least one person was killed as tornadoes and severe storms swept through northeast Oklahoma Wednesday evening.

One person was killed and several others injured at a mobile home park in Sand Springs, about seven miles west of Tulsa, after a possible tornado formed nearby, said the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Some 36,500 power outages...

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‘No Evidence’ California Physical Therapist Was Abducted, Say Police

ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- Police in Vallejo, California, have found "no evidence to support the claims" that a physical therapist was abducted from a home there before she was found alive two days later and more than 400 miles away.

Denise Huskins was found in Huntington Beach, California, Wednesday morning, police said. Her father, Mike Huskins, told ABC News...

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People Flock to See Jesus’ Face on Hillside in Colombia

iStock/Thinkstock(BOGOTA, Colombia) -- Many say you can see the face of Jesus in nature, but locals in a small town in Colombia are claiming that literally.

Both the faithful and opportunistic are flocking to see what they claim is an image of Jesus' face in a hillside in the town of San Francisco in the Colombian province of Putumayo,...

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In Joseph Kony Hunt, US Courts Defectors with Pop Music

STUART PRICE/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Three and a half years after President Obama sent 100 special operations troops to Africa to help root out Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony -- so far unsuccessfully -- the broader U.S.-supported international anti-LRA team has resorted to using a truly unstoppable force against the alleged war criminal: pop music.

Blasted over helicopter loudspeakers...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Had Hidden Illness; No Suicide Note Found

Adam Berry/Getty Images(DUESSELDORF, Germany) — There are indications that the co-pilot of the Germanwings aircraft that crashed into the French Alps Tuesday hid an illness from his employers, German prosecutors said in a statement Friday morning.

In addition, a search of the home of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, yielded no suicide note, and there is no evidence that political...

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Australia Museum Offers Nude Art Tours of Exhibition for Exhibitionists

National Gallery of Australia(CANBERRA, Australia) — There's plenty of beautiful nude art worth viewing. But is it worth viewing art in the nude?

If ticket sales are any indication, it seems so. For three days the National Gallery of Australia will offer nude tours of a current exhibit are already sold out.

Nude tours of "James Turell: A Retrospective" will...

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Saudis Lead Coalition Against Shiite Rebels in Yemen

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Saudi Arabia is leading a military offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebel group that has taken over large areas of Yemen while Egypt says it's prepared to join the Saudis and other Arab nations in what's been deemed "Operation Decisive Storm."

Saudi military jets have undertaken bombing raids against Houthi positions in Yemen's capital of Sanaa...

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Iraqi Forces Repel ISIS Counterattacks

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Iraqi forces were able to repel a number of ISIS attacks this week, despite the fact that much of the attention has been on the Iraqi attempt to retake the city of Tikrit from ISIS militants.

The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that Iraqi Security Forces defeated four separate ISIS attacks on March 24. The attacks took...

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Pope Francis Surprises Homeless Visitors During Private Vatican Tour

neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- The Vatican opened its doors Thursday to the homeless of St. Peter's Square, allowing the people who usually only see its steps outside to observe its beauty inside, and be greeted by Pope Francis himself.

A group of 150 homeless men and women took a guided tour of the museum and gardens and received dinner...

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US Drops Anti-ISIS Leaflets over Syria

US Dept of Defense(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The Pentagon has released a copy of a leaflet that was dropped over ISIS' defacto capital in Syria earlier this month.

The leaflet drop is part of the U.S. military’s psychological operations to show potential ISIS recruits that they are part of a losing effort.

Some 60,000 of the leaflets were dropped over...

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Tikrit Offensive: Iranian General Steps Out, US Steps In

iStock/Thinkstock(TIKRIT, Iraq) -- The U.S. agreement to conduct airstrikes to support the Iraqi offensive to retake Tikrit was contingent on Iranian-backed militias pulling out of the operation, the commander of U.S. Central Command said Thursday.

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Lloyd Austin said the Shia militias, led by Iranian Quds Commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani, had left...

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Third American Victim in Germanwings Crash Identified

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The third American victim who died in the Germanwings plane crash has been identified as Robert Oliver.

Oliver, 37, was an American citizen born in Barcelona, Spain.

He worked as a real estate coordinator for the Spanish-based fashion company Desigual, a company spokeswoman told ABC News. Oliver covered German real estate for the company and was...

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What We Know About Germanwings Flight’s Final 10 Minutes

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Details about the final 10 minutes of the Germanwings flight that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps are becoming a bit clearer Thursday.

Audio from inside the cockpit indicates co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German citizen, was in control of the Airbus A320. That's according to Brice Robin, public prosecutor of Marseille, who spoke...

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Andreas Lubitz, Germanwings Co-Pilot, Received Training in Arizona

Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The co-pilot who was at the controls when the Germanwings flight crashed this week received some of his training in America, the airline's CEO revealed Thursday.

Andreas Lubitz, 28, was a German citizen and started working for Germanwings' parent company Lufthansa at a flight training center outside of Phoenix in 2008, company officials said....

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Germanwings Crash: How Co-Pilot Kept Captain Out of the Cockpit

iStock/Thinkstock(COLOGNE, Germany) -- The protocols that were put in place to stop an attacker from taking control of a plane were used against a captain by his co-pilot that resulted in the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, the airline's CEO suggested Thursday.

The CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, spoke on Thursday about the safeguards in place to...

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Germanwings Crash: What We Know About the Co-Pilot

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MARSEILLE, France) -- The co-pilot who was at the controls of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week had logged relatively few hours, at least by U.S. standards, prior to the fatal flight.

He has been identified by French authorities as German citizen Andreas Lubitz, 28, and his actions in the final minutes of...

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to ‘Destroy the Plane,’ Prosecutor Says

F. Balsamo - Gendarmerie nationale / Ministere de l'Interieur via Getty Images(MARSEILLES, France) — The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, public prosecutor of Marseille, said Thursday.

"The intention was to destroy the plane," he said, later adding: "Death was instantaneous."

Speaking at...

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New Jersey Man Sues Builders over $1.6 Million ‘Uninhabitable’ House

WABC-TV(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The $1.6 million “dream house” a New Jersey man had built for his wife 10 years ago has become a never-ending nightmare for him.

When the house in Florham Park, New Jersey, was completed in 2007, Humayun Akhtar, 66, discovered the home’s interior and exterior had cracks and that the house was “sliding down the...

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Why Customer Service Representatives Might Be Deliberately Making Your Experience Worse

JumpStock/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More and more disgruntled customers are posting personal horror stories online about their interactions with customer service representatives at call centers.

But former service representatives Mark Pavlic and Jacob Curtis recently told ABC News’ 20/20 that the stress of the job and even the customers themselves are sometimes responsible for those negative experiences.

“You almost never...

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Unemployment Claims Drop, Wall Street Follows Suit

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was another poor day on Wall Street, with all three major indices posting losses, the fourth consecutive negative day on Wall Street.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 40.31 to 17,678.23.

The Nasdaq posted 13.16 in losses, closing the day at 4,863.36, while the S&P 500 dipped to 2,056.15, down 4.90 from its open.

The...

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Facebook Reveals Plan for Unmanned Internet Airplanes

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- In his mission to connect the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed on Thursday that his company has been quietly testing unmanned aircraft that can beam Internet access from the sky.

"Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live...

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Battle of the Phones: Samsung vs. HTC

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge faced off in a beauty contest with the HTC One M9, it would be hard to say which phone would take the crown.

Samsung and HTC's new devices are sleek, but ultimately what's on the inside will help guide people in the market for a new...

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Lyft Aims to Out-Uber the Competition with New Feature

Lyft(NEW YORK) -- No longer will your Lyft driver assume you don't like to listen to Taylor Swift in the car just because you're wearing a business suit.

The ride-sharing company is inviting drivers and passengers to share personal details with each other, including hometown, favorite music and a short bio. The new app feature will launch early next...

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Twitter Launches Periscope Live Streaming App

Twitter, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Twitter launched its Periscope live streaming app on Thursday, gunning for the estimated hundreds of thousand of users and others that upstart streaming app Meerkat has attracted during its first month in existence.

Broadcasts from around the world are featured on the home screen of the Periscope app showing off everything from friends dining at...

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Jobless Claims Down by 9,000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims were slightly lower last week, decreasing by 9,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending March 21, the number of people filing for benefits dropped to 282,000. The previous week, claims stood at 291,000.

The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures....

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High Energy TV Commercials Often Backfire

Banastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With airtime on TV expensive, advertisers will do whatever they can to stand out from the rest of pack, often by producing loud, fast-moving and obnoxious commercials.

Instead of grabbing viewers’ attention, advertisers may be doing just the opposite, particularly if commercials are run during shows that are low key or even melancholy.

Researchers from Oxford...

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Easter Purchases This Year Could Add Up to $16.4 Billion

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Easter is a great bridge into the spring season and as usual, people will open their wallets wide to buy the various sundries associated with the holiday.

The National Retail Federation predicts that consumers will spend $16.4 billion this season with the bulk of it going towards food, clothing, gifts and naturally, candy like chocolate bunnies, jelly...

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Handmade Gifts Top Machine-Made Products for Loved Ones

Stockbyte/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift that was made with tender, loving care?

Certainly, most mass-produced merchandise doesn’t really fall into that category, no matter how good the quality of the workmanship might be.

Researchers from Cornell and two European universities tested this theory on a group of people who were told to choose from...

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Starbucks Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Frappuccino with Special Drink

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- Starting Thursday, and for five days only, Starbucks is celebrating its famous Frappuccino's 20th anniversary with a special beverage.

"To commemorate Frappuccino's 20th anniversary, Starbucks is offering a limited-time Birthday Cake Frappuccino blended beverage," the company's website says. The drink will include vanilla bean and hazelnut flavors and will be topped with...

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Elmer’s Products Agrees to Licensing Deal with LiquiGlide, Company with Non-Stick Solution

Photo by Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company may have created the ultimate solution to a problem that has plagued us for years -- how to get the last drop out of the ketchup bottle.

LiquiGlide has created a solution that "makes viscous liquids slide easily," the company's website says. The company's solution...

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Pennsylvania Man’s $7 Million Ticket Tucked in Dad’s Get-Well Card

Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Pennsylvania man is feeling very well, thank you, after he won a $7 million lottery prize from a ticket that was enclosed in a get-well card from his father.

“I don’t play the lottery at all, but my father is a retired hospital administrator-turned-avid Lottery player,” Joseph Amorese of Easton, Pennsylvania, said, according to...

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Taco Bell to Unveil Biscuit Taco, Hopes to ‘Reinvent the Fast Food Breakfast Experience’

lawcain/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Taco Bell will unveil a new breakfast option for those hoping to "live mas" even earlier in the day.

The company says it encourages customers to "defect to the next generation of breakfast," beginning on Thursday when the biscuit taco is unveiled. According to a press release, the restaurant's morning offering will include a...

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Kids Set to Take over the White House for a Day (Sort of)

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Having a parent who works at the White House is no longer a prerequisite for participating in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The chance to spend a day “at work” at the White House used to be limited to the sons and daughters of...

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Senator Harry Reid Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2016

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a Senate career that has spanned three decades.

Known for his feisty and combative style in the Senate, the 75-year-old Nevada Democrat made the announcement in a YouTube video earlier Friday morning.

Earlier this year, Reid suffered a serious eye...

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Secret Service Officials Reported Agents in White House Incident Did Not Appear Intoxicated, Documents Show

BackyardProduction/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New documents obtained by ABC News reveal conflicting accounts by top Secret Service officials about whether two senior agents were drunk when they drove into the White House complex.

It all started with an allegation -- via anonymous email -- that Secret Service agents were “extremely intoxicated” as they drove through an active crime scene set up...

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Kerry Travels to Switzerland for Start of Latest Iran Nuclear Negotiations

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) -- Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday at the start of the next round of European Union-coordinated nuclear negotiations.

 



A senior...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signs Controversial Bill on ‘Religious Freedom’

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill on Thursday that could allow business owners to refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation.

"Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," Pence said in a statement Thursday, "because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith."...

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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Federal Prison

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was released from federal prison on Thursday, about six months before his original release date.

Jackson, the former Illinois congressman and son of Reverend Jesse Jackson, pleaded guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds in 2013.

He began his sentence on Nov. 1, 2013. He was scheduled for...

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GOP Congressman Sees Paying NCAA Athletes an ‘Inevitability’

Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- With March Madness highlighting the billion-dollar enterprise that is NCAA athletics, pressure is building from prominent former athletes, state lawmakers, and even members of Congress to allow -- or even require -- colleges to pay the student-athletes who bring them so much revenue.

Speaking on the ESPN/ABC podcast Capital Games, Rep....

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Ben Affleck Comes to Capitol Hill to Talk Congo

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Actor Ben Affleck came to the Senate Thursday to talk about a philanthropic topic -- his Eastern Congo Initiative -- but he couldn’t escape the fame of his other job: Being "Batman."

Affleck himself kicked off the Batman talk when he gave a shout out to one of his senatorial co-stars in the upcoming film,...

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Rand Paul Reverses Stance on Defense Spending

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul reversed his stance on defense spending Thursday, when he introduced an amendment to the budget that would increase defense spending by $190 billion over the next two years.
 
This increase in defense spending runs counter to the budget Paul introduced in 2011 just months after joining the Senate. That plan,...

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Rep. Aaron Schock Bids Congress Farewell

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Aaron Schock returned to the Capitol on Thursday, casting a final vote in the House before delivering a farewell address to close a nearly two-month drama for the Illinois Republican.

On the final day of legislative business before his March 31 resignation becomes official, Schock cast a vote in favor of a bipartisan deal...

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Bipartisan Vote Sends Permanent ‘Doc Fix’ Bill to Senate

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- By an overwhelming bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives pulled together on Thursday to send the Senate what supporters are calling the most-significant entitlement reform of the past 20 years.

In a rare display of bipartisanship, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came together to strike a deal, repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate and...

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DEA ‘Sex Parties’ Funded by Drug Cartels, IG Report Says

DEA.gov(WASHINGTON) — Senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents working overseas allegedly participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by drug cartels, according to a newly-released Department of Justice Inspector General report on the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by law enforcement agencies.

The conduct occurred over a period of years, according to the report. In addition to soliciting prostitutes, the...

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Lawmakers Told Top DHS Official Played Politics, Appeared to Violate Ethics

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Homeland Security Inspector General told Congress Thursday that the federal agency's second in command violated his own ethics policy at least three times by giving special access -- or the appearance of favorable treatment -- to powerful political insiders seeking help with immigration matters.

Asked directly by lawmakers if Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had violated...

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Pope Francis to Visit White House in September

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Pope Francis will visit the White House on Sept. 23, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced on Thursday.

A day later, as previously reported, Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress, becoming the first pope in history to do so.

During his visit to the White House, President Obama and the pope will pick...

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Would Biden Run Against Lindsey Graham in 2016? VP Says ‘Hell Yeah!’

Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- When Vice President Joe Biden returns to his old stomping grounds in the Senate, you can always count on a moment of Biden being Biden.

Biden, who was on the Hill Wednesday for an address by Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, bro-ed out with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, an old friend and...

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Manufacturer of Scopes Cited in Spread of LA ‘Superbug’ Releases Updated Disinfection Process

ChrisPole/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Olympus America, the company that manufactures the duodenoscopes that were cited in the spread of a superbug at a Los Angeles hospital in February, released an urgent safety notification regarding updated cleaning processes to ensure high levels of disinfection in between uses.

The new process, which consists of "revised manual cleaning and high level disinfection...

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Ebola Patient at NIH Upgraded from Critical to Serious Condition

Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A patient being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda was upgraded from critical to serious condition, the NIH said Thursday.

The NIH still did not share any additional details about the patient, who was admitted on March 12. The patient was...

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CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new set of anti-smoking ads featuring real smokers who are living with the long-term health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

The "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign was first launched in 2012. "Since its launch," the CDC...

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Blind Hawaii Woman Gets Bionic Eye to See Again

Fuse/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A Honolulu woman who went blind two years ago will soon be able to see again thanks to her new bionic eye.

Surgeons at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii implanted the device on Tuesday into a 72-year-old Japanese-American woman who had gone blind two years ago due to an incurable hereditary disease called retinitis pigmentosa, said...

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Dallas Woman Behind Bars for Allegedly Giving Illegal Butt Injections

Dallas County Sheriff's Department(DALLAS) -- A Dallas woman has been arrested for allegedly administering to patients illegal cosmetic procedures -- butt injections -- without a medical license, according to police.

Denise Rochelle Ross, known as "Wee Wee," turned herself in to authorities Wednesday because she had been wanted for practicing medicine without a license, according to the Dallas Police...

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“Fancy Nancy” Optioned by Disney Junior for 2017

Jane OConnor and Robin Preiss Glasser/Harper Collins(NEW YORK) -- Fancy Nancy is coming to the small screen.

The book series has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated series and TV movie slated for 2017, the network and publisher announced on Friday.

"Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a...

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“Home” and “Get Hard” Open Nationwide Friday

"Home" - Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Home -- An alien race takes over the Earth, but one girl eludes the visitors and befriends a fugitive alien named Oh. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG....

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Movie Review: “Get Hard” (Rated R)

"Get Hard" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are two of the funniest people on the planet.  So how did they end up making such an unfunny movie?
 
Ferrell plays James, a wealthy banker who lives in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood and is engaged to a gorgeous, spoiled woman (Community’s Alison...

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Josh Peck Recommends John Stamos to Replace Zayn Malik in One Direction

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  When it comes to music, John Stamos is no slouch.

Not only did the 51-year-old play a musician in Full House, he's toured with the legendary Beach Boys.

So, when Zayn Malik, 22, quit One Direction Wednesday, actor Josh Peck, who plays Stamos' son in an upcoming show, took to Vine to recommend a...

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Kerry Washington Reveals She Live Tweeted ‘Scandal’ While in Labor

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Washington is super dedicated to her role as the star of Scandal and live tweets every episode of the hit ABC series.

In fact, the Emmy Award-nominated actress live tweeted while she was in labor last year.

"Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the...

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“Furious 7″ Features Touching Tribute to Paul Walker

Photo by William Volcov/BrazilPhotoPress/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fast & Furious fans should prepare to break out the Kleenex when the latest installment in the franchise, Furious 7, opens next Friday.

Tyrese Gibson, one of the film's stars, said the film will end with a touching tribute to the late Paul Walker, who died off the set in a...

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“Downton Abbey” Will End After Next Season

ITV(NEW YORK) -- It appears the rumors are true. Popular PBS drama Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.

Series executive producer Gareth Neame announced the news Thursday. In a statement, he says: "Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes...

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One Direction Bandmates Post Emotional Messages Following Zayn Malik’s Departure

Eric McCandless / ABC(NEW YORK) — One Direction bandmates Harry Styles and Liam Payne posted emotional messages to Twitter hours after Zayn Malik announced he would be leaving the band.

"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined," Malik, 22, said in a statement posted to the group's official Facebook page on Wednesday....

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Jon Hamm Addresses His Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Carin Baer/AMC(NEW YORK) — Following the revelation earlier this week that he recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, Jon Hamm says he feels fortunate to have the support of his family and friends.

In an interview with the Australian magazine TV Week, the Mad Men star said the 24-hour period after the news broke was tough on him....

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“Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke Explains Why She Turned Down Lead Role in “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Helen Sloan/HBO(NEW YORK) — Can you imagine Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke as the naive college student Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey? It almost happened.

The starlet met twice with the film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, but decided to turn the role down.

As for why she said no, Clarke tells The...

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Director Not Returning for Sequel

"Fifty Shades of Grey" - Focus Features(NEW YORK) — Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return for the sequel. She made the announcement via a statement released to Deadline on Wednesday.

She said, "Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank...

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Jon Hamm Recalls Emotional Final Day of Shooting for “Mad Men”

Frank Ockenfels/AMC(LOS ANGELES) — The Mad Men cast gathered in Los Angeles Wednesday night for a premiere of their show's final episodes.

Jon Hamm was on the red carpet just 24 hours after his rep revealed that the actor recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction. 

Hamm, who plays Don Draper on the AMC drama, recalled the...

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Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart Attend Get Hard Premiere in LA

"Get Hard" - Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart hit the red carpet in Los Angeles Wednesday night for the premiere of their new comedy Get Hard.

Ferrell plays a millionaire convicted of fraud who is given 30 days to get his affairs in order before he heads to prison. He hires a guy he wrongly...

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Movie Review: “Home” (Rated PG)

"Home" - Fox(NEW YORK) — Dreamworks’ newest animated feature, Home, isn’t exactly a world-beater, but it is does revolve around a world invasion. Our world, to be exact.
 
The Boov are intergalactic nomads, who look like the Scrubbing Bubbles and Despicable Me’s Minions procreated. They speak English but the way in which they arrange their sentences is...

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HarperCollins Reveals “Go Set a Watchman” Cover Design

Harper Collins(NEW YORK) -- Publisher HarperCollins revealed the cover art for author Harper Lee's upcoming novel Go Set a Watchman, the follow-up to her beloved book To Kill a Mockingbird.

The cover, visible on the HarperCollins website, features an oak tree in the foreground with a set of train tracks and on oncoming locomotive in the...

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