Fleming Named Texas Tea Party Chairwoman for Cruz Campaign
HOUSTON — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday that longtime conservative activist JoAnn Fleming of Smith County will become the Texas Tea Party Chairwoman for Cruz for President. On his campaign website, Cruz calls Fleming “one of Texas’ most experienced activists” with “a long record of leading the fight for conservative principles.” Also on the Cruz website, Fleming calls Cruz “a consistent fighter” for the rule of law, for the American people, and against a big government. Fleming says she’s proud to take on her new role. She’s a former Smith County Commissioner who’s now the executive of the activist group Grassroots America – We the People.
Man Crushed by Vehicle
LONGVIEW — A Gregg County man has been killed after a vehicle fell on him. Around 5:00 yesterday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Highway 300 Mobile Home Park north of Longview. They found trapped under a vehicle he had been working on Ismael Guerra Mendez, 25. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Tim Bryan.
Dead Body Found; Homicide Probe Underway
LONGVIEW — A Longview death is being investigated as a homicide. Officers were dispatched at 9:20 Tuesday morning to the 700 block of Gilmer Road for a welfare check. They found the woman’s body in an apartment. KETK identifies the location as the Regency Park Apartments. Police obtained a search warrant and re-entered the apartment to continue their investigation.
Authorities Investigate Marijuana Grown in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County deputies are searching for the person or people responsible for a marijuana grow near Interstate 20. According to KETK, Lt. Gary Middleton says narcotics deputies discovered a batch of marijuana in the area of I-20 and FM 2015. Sheriff Larry Smith said law officers are looking for a Hispanic male. He also warns drivers not to pick up any hitchhikers in the area. A DPS helicopter has been called in to assist with the search. No arrests have been made. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
Flynn Seeks AG Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage, Benefits
VAN — Republican state Representative Dan Flynn of Van says licenses and benefits for same-sex couples are still illegal in Texas, and he’s asked Attorney General Ken Paxton for an opinion. Flynn argues that the state Legislature has not changed the Texas definition of marriage — which says it is only between a man and a woman. A critic of Flynn’s suggestion says any ruling by the attorney general would be non-binding. A Paxton aide said any opinion would be based on the law and should not be pre-judged.
Videos Put Planned Parenthood Back Before Texas Lawmakers
AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is testifying before Texas lawmakers about his investigation of videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss how to harvest tissue for research from aborted fetuses. The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing Wednesday comes as U.S. Senate Republicans plan a vote to block federal aid to the women’s health provider. Democrats call it the latest GOP effort to weaken women’s health care programs. Texas is one of a number of Republican-controlled states that have launched investigations after the release this month of videos covertly recorded by an anti-abortion group. Planned Parenthood has said it has done nothing illegal or improper. Planned Parenthood officials are among those invited to testify before the Texas Senate committee, but it’s unclear that they’ll accept.
Jail Releases More Footage of Bland before Death
HEMPSTEAD (AP) — Texas authorities are releasing more video of Sandra Bland during her three days in jail. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said Tuesday that several hours of jail footage is being distributed to the media, partially in response to conspiracy theories about her death. He says these allegations have prompted death threats against county officials and that the most serious have been turned over to the FBI. The first portions of footage show Bland being taken out of a patrol car at the jail and questioned by a jailer. She’s then briefly placed in a holding cell before her mugshot is taken and she makes a phone call. Bland was found dead in her cell July 13, three days after her arrest. Authorities have ruled the death a suicide.
Police: Pastor Shoots Burglary Suspect at Church in Baytown
BAYTOWN (AP/STAFF) — Police say a pastor sleeping in his office at a Houston-area church awoke to confront a burglary suspect and then shot the man. Baytown police say the shooting happened around dawn Tuesday and the wounded man was transported to a hospital. His condition wasn’t immediately released. Officers converged on the Church of New Beginnings in Baytown, about 20 miles east of Houston, following reports of gunfire. Assistant Chief Roger Clifford says the pastor was at the church when he heard someone trying to break into the building. The minister, Benny Holmes, then armed himself and shot the suspect.
One Killed, Several Slightly Hurt in Bryan Mobile Home Fire
BRYAN (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a Central Texas mobile home fire that left a woman dead and several other adults slightly hurt. Bryan police say the fire happened early Tuesday. Investigators say multiple adults were in the residence and everyone escaped, except one female. Authorities did not immediately release her name. An autopsy has been ordered. Bryan police say several occupants suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention.
Coast Guard Seeks Father, Son, Going Fishing near Freeport
FREEPORT (AP) — Coast Guard personnel are searching for a father and son last seen going fishing on the Brazos River south of Freeport. Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick says authorities do not suspect foul play in Tuesday morning’s disappearance of the two men. Brazoria County sheriff’s deputies contacted the Coast Guard to report finding an unmanned boat doing circles on the Brazos River. Kendrick says the keys were in the ignition and two cellphones were located on board. Kendrick identified the missing men as Phillip Orr, 52, and Brandon Orr, 28. The Coast Guard did not immediately provide hometowns for the father and son.
Austin Doctor Gets 10 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud
HOUSTON (AP) — An Austin physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and must repay $1.2 million for Medicare fraud. Dr. Dennis Barson was sentenced in Houston. Barson and his clinical administrator, Dario Juarez of Beeville, were convicted in November of conspiracy and health care fraud counts. An assistant medical director, Edgar Shakbazyan of Glendale, California, pleaded guilty in October on health care fraud charges related to kickbacks. Shakbazyan was sentenced to eight years in prison. Juarez received a nearly 11-year federal prison term. Prosecutors say the men in 2009 submitted fraudulent billing related to more than 400 patients for tests that were not done. Barson was the only physician affiliated with the clinic in Houston but Juarez, identified by prosecutors as an unlicensed physician’s assistant, saw patients.
US Customs Officer Charged with Smuggling Immigrants
EL PASO (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been charged with smuggling four Mexican nationals into the United States. In a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, prosecutors charged 53-year-old Lawrence Madrid with smuggling immigrants into the United States on two separate occasions at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso. Homeland Security investigators accused Madrid of allowing three Mexican nationals to pass the station he was manning without proper documents on Aug. 10, 2010. Then, in September 2011, Madrid is alleged to have allowed another Mexican national to pass his permit window and subsequent inspection lanes after the man wrote his name on a piece of paper. The complaint says payments were made to an intermediary named by his initials. Madrid is a supervisory officer for the El Paso area.
Officials: DFW Airport Security Breach Involved Lovelorn Man
GRAPEVINE (AP) — Police say a man blamed for a security breach at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport slipped onto a jet to try to stop his girlfriend from leaving. An airport police report released Tuesday says Damarias Cockerham of Garland faces a criminal trespass charge. The report says Cockerham on Sunday afternoon “walked” through a checkpoint without identification or a ticket. Police say Cockerham ran onto American Airlines Flight 1013, boarding for Guatemala City, Guatemala. Police say Cockerham appeared upset, then got off the plane and was arrested. Police took Cockerham’s keys, then found his car parked curbside at Terminal D. The Transportation Security Administration is reviewing the breach and has added more barriers to screening areas at the airport. Officials didn’t released custody information on Cockerham or details on his girlfriend.
Upper Houston Ship Channel Reopens after Diesel Spill
HOUSTON (AP) — A stretch of the upper Houston Ship Channel has reopened after about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and forced a three-hour closure. The Coast Guard says the area reopened around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Nobody was hurt in the incident involving fuel that entered Greens Bayou from a cement facility. The Coast Guard blamed a diesel storage tank that overflowed. Environmental experts were summoned for cleanup. The spill was contained using a boom. The 50-mile ship channel connects the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of Houston. The area is home to one of the world’s largest petrochemical complexes.
US Flag Mural Painted at New West Texas School After Dispute
EL PASO (AP) — A U.S. flag mural on a new West Texas school resolves a dispute over whether the building should blend in with the desert. Two artists on Tuesday continued the red, white and blue effort at the Congressman Silvestre & Carolina Reyes Elementary School in El Paso. Martin Zubia and Ulices Gonzalez are charging a discounted $5,000 fee. A subcontractor for the Canutillo Independent School District in January started painting a flag on the 313-foot wall. But the artwork violated a development agreement to use certain colors similar to the desert. The wall was then painted a rust-type color. Some veterans complained. An agreement was reached for the flag mural, but trustees lacked the money. The district and other supporters raised $15,000 in an effort called Operation Paint It Back.
14 Trapped in Stalled Tower of the Americas Elevator
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Firefighters used a pair of ladders to rescue 14 people, including two children, who were trapped in an external elevator on San Antonio’s iconic Tower of the Americas. The elevator that tracks up the stem of the 750-foot tower built for HemisFair ’68 in downtown San Antonio stalled about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster says fire-rescue crews were called to the scene about 20 minutes later after attempts to restart the elevator failed. One by one, firefighters brought occupants up a ladder to the top of the elevator car about 50 feet above the ground, then up a second ladder about 10 feet to an opening in the tower column. Firefighters carried the two children up the second ladder. All occupants were rescued after two hours.
4 Cannons from Confederate Warship Reach Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Four cannons recovered from a sunken Confederate warship have arrived at Texas A&M University for preservation. Officials say the cannons from the CSS Georgia were trucked to the school’s Conservation Research Lab on Monday. The Georgia was scuttled by its crew before Savannah fell to Union forces in 1864. The cannons were recovered from the ironclad, which is being raised from the Savannah River as part of a channel-deepening project. A&M’s research lab in College Station is working on the $15 million removal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy, which owns the ship and its contents. Experts hope to display many of the artifacts.
Baby Giraffe Dies at Dallas Zoo in Accident
DALLAS (AP) — A baby giraffe whose birth at the Dallas Zoo was viewed live on the Internet worldwide has died in an accident. A Dallas Zoo statement says Kipenzi, the 3-month-old giraffe, died about 5:30 Tuesday afternoon when she ran into a perimeter edge of the barn that’s part of the giraffe herd’s habitat. According to the statement, zoo keepers were routinely shifting the herd into their night barn when the calf began to scamper about the feeding yard. Zoo officials say she died immediately from three broken neck vertebrae. Kipenzi’s mother, Katie, was allowed to visit the calf’s body before veterinarians and zoo keepers removed it. Kipenzi’s birth April 10 was live-streamed on the Animal Planet website. Kipenzi is Swahili for “loved one.”
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Baltimore 7, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 3, Toronto 2
Pittsburgh 8, Minnesota 7
Arizona 8, Seattle 4
Oakland 2, L.A. Dodgers 0
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 4
Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 2
Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1
Houston 10, L.A. Angels 5
N.Y. Yankees 21, Texas 5
N.Y. Mets 4,...
(NEW YORK) -- A pair of NASCAR drivers is now engaged to one another.
Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston both announced on Twitter Tuesday that they are engaged.
Hemric posted a photo of himself with Ruston, who's flashing off her engagement ring. He wrote, "Amazing...
(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended without pay for 162 games, according to a press release from Major League Baseball (MLB).
Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone, which are both performance-enhancing drugs.
This is Mejia's second suspension this season. He was suspended for 80 games in April for the same violation.
(NEW YORK) — The National Football League announced its decision Tuesday to uphold the punishment imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the scandal that has become known as “deflategate.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, in large part, because investigators found he instructed his assistant to destroy his cellphone. It was the...
(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama was traveling overseas, it seems the White House caught up on its homework and completed all outstanding responses to petitions on White House.gov.
One noteworthy petition called on the White House to consider awarding New York Yankees great Yogi Berra with the presidential medal of freedom for...
(NEW YORK) — Le’Veon Bell could be playing ball sooner rather than later.
The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are negotiating to reduce the Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s suspension from three games to just one or two, sources told ESPN.
Along with the players’ union, attorneys for Bell argued at the time of Bell’s...
(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League now has its first female coach.
The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers, ESPN reports.
She is believed to be the...
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Arizona 4, Seattle 3
Chicago White Sox 10, Boston 8
Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 2
Kansas City 9, Cleveland 4
N.Y. Yankees 6, Texas 2
St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 1
Chicago Cubs 9, Colorado 8
San Francisco 4, Milwaukee 2
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(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Jeff Gordon's swan song at Indianapolis Motor Speedway did not go as well as he would've liked.
Gordon, a native of Indiana who's currently in his final season as a full-time Sprint Cup Series driver, finished 42 out of 43 Sunday in the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. His No....
(BOSTON) -- The 2024 Olympics may still be hosted in America, but they aren't going to be in Boston.
On Monday, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled an offer for the 2024 Olympics to be hosted in Boston.
Many Boston residents were hesitant to support the bid from the start, a main reason for the committee's decision....
(WASHINGTON) -- A team of scientists on Tuesday revealed that a set of 400-year-old skeletons are believed to be early leaders from Jamestown, the place where the English settlement of North America took root, at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
“They were four of the first founders of English America,”...
(WASHINGTON) -- Looks like your chances of getting into your dream school just got easier -- at least, if your dream college is George Washington University.
The Washington, D.C. private college is removing the SAT and ACT from most freshmen admission requirements, The Washington Post reports.
The reason speaks to the ongoing debate about the alleged cultural bias of...
(AURORA, Colo.) -- Bob Holmes took the stand Tuesday in a desperate attempt to save the life of his son, who was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre.
James Holmes is potentially facing the death penalty after being convicted of 165 counts on July 16.
"Do you still love...
(PASADENA, Calif.) -- A huge tree fell and hit children near a museum in California on Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically.
The tree toppled over around 5 p.m. near the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, hitting children who were waiting to be picked up by their parents from summer day camp.
"I heard a...
(HOUSTON) -- Texas officials released new footage of Sandra Bland in the county jail where she remained for three days until her death, showing her talking to officers, facing a magistrate judge, sleeping in a holding cell and making multiple phone calls.
One clip from the day after her arrest shows a seemingly upset Bland in her orange...Read more...
(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old has been arrested for allegedly murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a recycling bin in Santa Cruz, California, police said Tuesday.
The teen, who lived on the same property at the Tannery Arts Center where 8-year-old Madyson Middleton's body was found, took her to his apartment and...Read more...
(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- The FBI has arrested a man who allegedly wanted to detonate a bomb at a Florida beach and attack police at their homes in what authorities describe as an ISIS-inspired terror attack, officials said.
Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West, Florida, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction...Read more...
(SEATTLE) -- A cyclist's GoPro camera on his helmet caught his recent close encounter with a SUV at an intersection in Seattle, Washington, where the driver crashed into the cyclist and sped away.
The cyclist, Trip Volpe, was headed northbound on Dexter Avenue at Thomas Street when the SUV made a quick turn in front of him, ABC...Read more...
(CONCORD, Calif.) — A California car salesman was in for the ride of his life after a customer test-driving the vehicle tried to steal it with him in it, police said.
The salesman, from a dealership in Concord, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, was on a test drive with a customer on Monday, according to the Concord...
(WASHINGTON) — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted release from prison by the U.S. Parole Commission, according to a U.S. official.
Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after being arrested in 1985 for stealing secrets for Israel. Laws at the time mandated eligibility for parole after serving 30 years, according to the Justice Department.
He is now...
(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — The Coast Guard sent a chopper to waters off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, Tuesday in the expanded search for two Florida teens who've been missing at sea for days, authorities said.
The chopper responded Tuesday to a Good Samaritan's report of something small and rectangular in the water.
The sighting was...
(WASHINGTON) — The Virgin Galactic pilot who miraculously parachuted to safety after SpaceShipTwo disintegrated over the Mojave Desert last year felt as though something was trying to rip his helmet off as he fell to the ground.
Peter Siebold’s interview was included in a release Tuesday by National Transportation Safety Board. Following a nine month investigation, the agency...
(PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.) -- Prison worker Joyce Mitchell poured her heart out to investigators about her relationships with the convicted murderers she helped escape from an upstate New York prison, detailing her increasing sexual contact with one of them and her deepening involvement in the plot over time, according to a series of statements she made...Read more...
(MAHWAH, N.J.) — Two employees who deliver cash to ATM machines in the Mahwah, New Jersey area "inadvertently" left behind $150,000 worth of cash in a satchel on a lawn during a recent stop, according to police.
Surveillance video from the area showed that shortly after the ATM delivery employees drove away, a white van drove up and...
(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The Coast Guard has searched 27,000 square miles for two teenagers believed to be lost at sea off the coast of Florida.
An area roughly the size of West Virginia had been searched for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen as of midnight Tuesday. The two 14-year-olds were last seen Friday when they...
(NEW YORK) -- Windows 10 is here -- and for the first time in a while, there's actual excitement about Microsoft's operating system upgrade.
There's a sharper new browser that puts Internet Explorer to shame, Cortana integration and an emphasis on a more productive experience in Windows. Windows 10 is so radically different that Microsoft even skipped...
(NEW YORK) -- A recent investigation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) showed security failures at many of the country's busiest airports.
Investigators were able to take mock explosives and other material through checkpoints.
Fare-Compare CEO Rick Seaney says, "If you can actually pass fake stuff through that kind of security, whether it's the body scanner or the x-ray...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Stocks regained some ground after several big companies reported better than expected earnings and as markets in China and Europe stabilized.
As global stock markets calmed, investors moved money out of safe-haven assets like bonds and commodities. Better than expected earnings lifted big companies like UPS, Ford, and Reynolds American.
After the bell, Twitter and Yelp...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — Chances are your Android device is one of the 950 million Android phones vulnerable to an exploit that allows hackers to gain control of the device by sending a malware infected picture message.
Details of the hacking threat, which has been dubbed Stagefright, were published this week by cyber security research firm Zimperium.
The only devices...
(LOS ANGELES) — People who own a Nike+ FuelBand may be getting $15 or a $25 Nike gift card if a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over the fitness device's accuracy receives final approval.
A class-action lawsuit alleges that Nike and Apple breached their warranty and made false or misleading statements over the FuelBand's ability to accurately...
(NEW YORK) — Expect Samsung to go even bigger at the company's "Unpacked" launch event.
While the South Korea-based electronics company is keeping its agenda for the Aug. 13 event in New York City under wraps, it's widely expected Samsung will stick to what it does best and...
(FT. PIERCE, Fla.) -- Florida treasure hunters hit the sunken treasure jackpot.
Brent Brisben -- a co-founder of 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC, which has the rights to dive at the wreckage site where the gold was ultimately discovered -- told ABC News that the 60 gold artifacts on the bottom of the ocean floor...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The Kang sisters -- Soo, Dawoon and Arum -- stunned everyone when they said no to $30 million, walking away from Mark Cuban’s record-setting offer for their dating app on ABC’s Shark Tank earlier this year.
“We got so many emails, ‘You sisters are so crazy! What are you thinking?’” Dawoon Kang told ABC...
(WINFIELD, Kan.) -- There’s a lot to celebrate as you get older. Especially when you’re 103 and Walmart’s oldest employee in the United States.
Meet Loren Wade, who on Saturday celebrated his 103rd birthday and 33 years as a Walmart employee with dozens of his closest friends.
“It was great. Lots of people. It was quite a deal,”...
(NEW YORK) -- New York's LaGuardia Airport is getting a makeover.
Vice President Joe Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing that the airport will be torn down next year and rebuilt.
The plans to revamp the airport come after several complaints about LaGuardia. Vice President Joe Biden explained, "It's about the hallways that don't...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- World markets sank after Chinese stocks suffered another sell off and US stocks fall for a fifth day.
The Shanghai "share index" shed more than 8 percent, it's biggest one-day decline since 2007 and it had a ripple effect around the world.
The Dow now at a six month low after dropping 128 points to just...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- During its first year in existence, Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org initiative has brought free online access to more than one billion people in emerging markets but it turns out the service could also be beneficial for mobile providers' bottom lines.
Launching first in Zambia, Internet.org has since teamed up with mobile operators in 17 countries...Read more...
(PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.) — Hello, Dolly!
Dolly Parton's Tennessee resort opens Monday in the Great Smoky Mountains. The 300-room DreamMore Resort is named for the singer's 2012 book of the same name.
Parton's presence is felt throughout, with instruments she toured and performed with on display and album covers lining the walls of the lobby. Guests will be...
(NEW YORK) -- Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are among the leaders from the science and technology worlds calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, warning that weapons with a mind of their own "would not be beneficial for humanity."
Along with 1,000 other signatories, Musk and Hawking signed their names to an open letter...
(NEW YORK) -- Apple is expanding sales of its Apple Watch outside the company's store by allowing its flagship wearable device to be offered at Best Buy locations across the United States.
Beginning Aug. 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer outside of Apple stores to offer customers the chance to purchase an Apple Watch in...
(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...Read more...
(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.
(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...Read more...
(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...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- An anti-abortion group has released another undercover video showing Planned Parenthood workers discussing prices to process and ship fetal tissue.
Three Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday said that the video is enough reason to cut off the organization's funding.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at a Washington DC rally, "The US department of justice should...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- House and Senate leaders have agreed on a last minute deal to keep highway projects going this summer and VA hospitals open for now.
The bill would not only keep money flowing to bridge and road project, but it would also reallocate $3 billion dollars in VA funding to prevent the agency from closing hospitals and imposing...Read more...
(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The FBI says that suspicious letters and packages sent to government offices throughout Oregon don't appear to contain any hazardous materials, despite some initial concern.
The FBI, Oregon State Police and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working "to determine the origin and nature" of about 20 letters sent to Oregon sheriffs or their offices, the FBI...Read more...
Meet Jim Gilmore: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Full name: James S. "Jim" Gilmore III
What he does now: Gilmore serves as a member of the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors. He’s also the President and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative think tank founded in 1977.
What he used to do: He served as the governor of Virginia from...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) — It was a macabre “who’s who” of gun violence: family members whose loved ones were killed in Charleston, Aurora, and in several other high-profile shootings, standing together to urge Congress to vote on tighter background check laws.
Speaking on Capitol Hill, they uttered the locations of the latest episodes of gun violence, whose families join their...
(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, said Tuesday that she is "the best of friends" with her ex-husband, responding to a report in the Daily Beast on Monday that cited her 1989 divorce case deposition in which the former Mrs. Trump claimed Trump allegedly raped her once.
A statement Tuesday from Ivana Trump appeared to...
(WASHINGTON) — The White House isn’t interested in pardoning NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
The president’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco responded Tuesday to a petition calling for Snowden to be pardoned, saying that he should return to the U.S. to “be judged by a jury of his peers” rather than “running away from...
(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama departed Ethiopia on Air Force One Tuesday after capping off his five-day, two-country visit to Africa with a speech before the African Union -- the first time a U.S. president has addressed the 54-country body.
“I stand before you as a proud American. I also stand before you as the son...
(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama thinks he ‘could win’ a third term in the White House if he wasn’t barred from running again.
“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Obama said Tuesday in a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”
(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- On the last day of his five-day, two-country visit to Africa, President Obama toured a food factory in Ethiopia Tuesday morning, highlighting efforts to promote food security in the region.
Donning a USAID cap, the president spoke with a local farmer at the Faffa Foods plants and touted the U.S. government’s Feed the...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Congressional Republicans are demanding the President ask his Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner to resign.
They insist he hasn't cooperated and let the agency destroy evidence that could prove the IRS targeted conservative groups.
The agency released a statement saying Commissioner Josh Koskinen has cooperated and has been truthful and employees have testified in more than 30...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- More fallout from the controversial undercover video of a Planned Parenthood meeting.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and 134 of her colleagues sent a request to the Department of Justice on Monday requesting an investigation. Blackburn says the video shows Planned Parenthood is illegally selling fetal organs.
The organization is apologizing for the tone of their...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- The first Republican Presidential debate is just 10 days away, but the question remains: who will be on stage and who will be watching from home?
Fox News, which is hosting the first debate next Thursday in Cleveland, says that they will include the top 10 candidates from an average of the five most recent national...Read more...
Meet John Kasich: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Name: John Richard Kasich
Declared as a candidate: July 21, 2015 at the Ohio State University.
What he does now: Kasich is the 69th Governor of Ohio, elected first in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
What he used to do: Kasich was a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers up...
Meet Donald Trump: Everything You Need To Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About The 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Name: Donald John Trump
What he does now: Trump has been the chairman and president of the Trump Organization since 1971 and is the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
What he used to do: During summers as a teen, Trump worked for his father’s company at construction sites. Influenced by his father to start...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Summer is the time for sunshine, sipping lemonade and swimming. But could it be risky?
Swimming puts your hair and skin in direct contact with chlorine, which can have some pretty damaging effects. If you’re not careful, it can cause your skin to get red and itchy, and your hair...
(WASHINGTON) -- A top federal drug enforcement official says the heroin addiction epidemic in the United States is the worst he's ever seen.
More deaths occur every year from overdoses than gunshot wounds or car accidents.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Deputy Administrator Jack Riley says "Heroin can be found on virtually every corner of our country and places I've...Read more...
(CINCINNATI) -- Kroger is recalling four of its store-brand spices over fears of a possible salmonella contamination.
The spices being recalled include Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds.
"Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) — A surge of outbreaks related to a microscopic parasite has officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banning all cilantro imported from a Mexican state.
Cilantro farms in Pubela have been blamed for causing repeated cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The disease is caused by...
(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- For the last few decades, women have been breaking professional barriers. But a new report by Harvard’s Educational School reveals there’s a hidden barrier teen girls are running up against.
“Girls are facing biases from many sources, from teen boys, from some parents, and they are facing biases from each other,” Richard Weissbourd, co-director of Harvard’s...
(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The deadly MERS virus that rattled South Korea with 36 deaths is now virtually gone.
With no news cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in more than three weeks, the country's prime minister told residents Tuesday they "can now be free from worry," the BBC reports.
The World Health Organization, however, won't declare the...
(NEW YORK) -- A child’s smile can light up any room, but it may be harder to find smiling young faces in a children’s hospital.
Martand Bhagavatula, 12, of Yorba Linda, California, was determined to do something about that.
“I was playing violin for youth group at a pediatric hospital," he said. "And what I'd noticed is that most...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Does your teenage daughter like to play rough?
In the age of girl power, lots of our young ladies are buffing up to do the same things boys do, especially in sports. But is this safe?
Research does show that young women who participate in sports tend to have better...
(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Three young women are giving back to their community.
According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the women are volunteers at White Plains Hospital in Westchestery County, where they provide comfort to worried parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. That unit happens to be where all three of the women were born.
Kathryn Linehan,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) — When medications work they alleviate pain, heal infection, prevent disease or even save lives. But every medication comes with the risk of side effects — and, occasionally, those side effects are debilitating or deadly. Are companies always reporting those adverse effects in a timely manner, though? Apparently, they are not, according to researchers.
Drug manufacturers are...
(NEW YORK) — If you ask 100 different parents about their journey to parenthood, there would be 100 different stories to share.
In the case of the Olsons of Minnesota, the journey to becoming parents for the third time was not only a figurative one, but a literal one as well.
Sarah and David Olson always knew...
(NEW YORK) -- Women with newborns get advice, of course, from their families, friends and neighbors. But a new study reveals that up to half of mothers don't get any advice from their doctors on some important topics, including where and how to put their infant to sleep.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 mothers of infants at 32 different...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Did you know that acupuncture may be able to help stress and anxiety?
Research shows that this go-to pain reliever may also be good for keeping you calm and can treat things like PMS, menopause symptoms and even infertility.
So how does it work? We don’t completely know. But 3,000-plus...
(NEW YORK) -- The overwhelming majority of young cancer patients are unaware of the affect that chemotherapy could have on their fertility, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at nearly 500 patients from around the U.S. involved in the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program. They found that 80 percent of women and 74 percent of...
(TUSTIN, Calif.) -- One town in California can't scratch away this itch.
According to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, a two-block section of Tustin has “higher than normal rates” of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus. The area includes 40 homes and two public parks.
In Orange County, 32 samples of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Election season is underway and former Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey wishes she could get in on the jokes sure to come from her old NBC sketch comedy show.
Fey is particularly excited about what the show will say about Donald Trump's presidential candidacy when it returns this fall.
"I think it's one of those things where...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Two stars of the hit Fox series Empire have gotten engaged. Trai Byers popped the question to co-star Grace Gealey, People magazine reports.
Byers plays the eldest son of the Lyon family on Empire, who together run a record label. Gealey portrays the ex-girlfriend of Terrence Howard's label head, Lucious Lyon.
There's no word on when the...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- After much hype, last Sunday night's premiere episode of E!'s new series, I Am Cait, got off to an okay start.
The reality series, which details how Caitlyn Jenner and her family are handling her transition to a woman, only attracted 2.73 million viewers, according to Deadline.
To put it into perspective, that's only seven percent more than...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel are going strong after almost a year and a half of dating.
Klum, 42, wished her man a happy 29th birthday in the best possible way. "I love you my V HAPPY BIRTHDAY," she wrote on Instagram next to a picture of the two smiling.
Klum and Schnabel were linked early last year...Read more...
(ATLANTA) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's body was released to the family's designated funeral home on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, and now we've learned new details about her funeral arrangements.
A source confirmed to ABC News that she will be laid to rest this Saturday, August 1, at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Geary has played Luke Spencer on General Hospital for nearly three decades. Until Monday, that is, when his final episode on the ABC soap opera aired.
"It is act three, curtain up, and I’m there center stage," he told ABC's Nightline of his new chapter.
Geary, 68, won eight Emmy awards for the role. He also cemented...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe chose Shawn Booth on Monday night's season finale, and now the couple is engaged to be married. Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, the reality star admitted she always had her eye on the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut.
"You go through the show and I think they try to confuse you, but the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- "The Bachelorette," Kaitlyn Bristowe, has found love with Shawn Booth.
She accepted a proposal from the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut on the season finale of the ABC series on Monday night.
The romantic moment came after Kaitlyn spurned Nick Viall, now a runner-up on The Bachelorette for two consecutive seasons.
When Kaitlyn chose Shawn as the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Producer and star Tom Cruise, plus Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, and the other stars ofMission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation hit the red carpet at the movie's New York City premiere Monday night.
"It's such a fun character," says Cruise, who will be seen as super-spy Ethan Hunt for the fifth time when the movie hits theaters Friday....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The death on Sunday of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown has closed a chapter, but the story is far from over, says Essence Entertainment Director Cori Murray.
"No, it isn’t. I mean, on one hand, there’s no more suffering for Bobbi Kristina, but on the other hand there are tons of questions that still need to be...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Khloe Kardashian didn't bite her tongue when it came to addressing the ongoing criticism of her young sister Kylie Jenner and her rumored boyfriend Tyga.
In an interview with Complex, Khloe argues that Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old and believes her dealing with the 25-yeard-old rapper isn't an issue.
"I think at 16 I was probably f****** someone...
(NEW YORK) -- Shia LaBeouf is involved in a new controversy, this time involving a fight with his girlfriend that was caught on video.
The clip, obtained by Entertainment Tonight, shows the 29-year-old actor fighting with his girlfriend, British actress Mia Goth, 22, outside a hotel in Tubingen, Germany, where she's reportedly filming a movie.
Shia is then seen...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Ireland Baldwin can laugh off the fact that her dad, Alec Baldwin, called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig" in an infamous voicemail that leaked eight years ago.
Ireland, 19, on Sunday tweeted a photo of herself and her father, who's holding a children's book titled If I Were a Pig....
She joked, "If I were a...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- After showing fans a sneak peek video of her wedding day on Instagram, Fantasia Barrino is sharing photos of her honeymoon photos with new husband Kendall Taylor.
Barrino has taken to Instagram to share photos of her tropical vacation, which includes shots of her lounging on the beach and another of herself strolling through a rainforest....Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Jason Derulo is a singer and songwriter, but this year, he added "reality show judge" to his resume, joining the panel of Fox's long-running series So You Think You Can Dance. As the show heads into the home stretch, the "Want to Want You" singer says his time on the panel this season has been...Read more...