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July 4 Celebrations Held; Tyler Police Issue Traffic/Safety Advisory

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

thEAST TEXAS — East Texans are celebrating Independence Day with a variety of events. A number of communities scheduled traditional fireworks displays and other activities. Go to http://www.ktbb.com/calendarofevents/ for a sampling of what’s going on around the area. Meantime, Tyler police are putting out a traffic advisory detailing the 4th of July fireworks show at Lindsey Park. Officials also remind residents within city limits that discharging a firearm is illegal and so are all unauthorized fireworks. Read more …


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Patrick Grassroots Board Dissolves amid Tea Party Grumbling

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm

JoAnn-Fleming-150x150AUSTIN (AP/Staff) – The grassroots advisory board Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set up as a sounding board for his tea party constituency is dissolving after a legislative session that left the leadership of that constituency dissatisfied. In a joint statement issued Friday, Patrick and board chairwoman JoAnn Fleming said they mutually agreed to dissolve the board and work together on a less formal basis. Fleming (pictured) is a state tea party leader who heads Smith County-based Grassroots America – We the People. Patrick said the decision came after several board members “expressed a desire for greater independence” from Patrick and the Legislature. The Texas tea party network is the nation’s strongest with four dozen major conservative groups representing thousands of active members. The recent legislative session left movement activists openly unhappy.


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Police Seek Missing Person

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

image001TYLER — The Tyler Police Department is seeking a missing person. 23-year-old Dvontae Tramond Oliverires was last seen at 1:30 Friday afternoon on foot in the 2100 block of West Erwin in Tyler. He is African-American, 5’ 11”, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing only a pair of black shorts with white stripes and socks. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000.


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Memorial Fund Set Up for Pine Tree Student/Athlete

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Josh WarrenLONGVIEW — A fund has been set up to honor an East Texas student-athlete who died this week. KETK reports you can donate to the Josh Warren memorial fund at any Austin bank location. The 16-year-old Pine Tree football player died Wednesday after becoming ill the previous day following a workout session. Read more …


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Texas Sheriff Maintaining State-Controlled Polygamous Ranch

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm

thumb_warren_jeffs_1SALT LAKE CITY (AP/Staff) – Seven years after a massive police raid on a remote polygamous group’s ranch in Texas, a small-town sheriff is mowing the lawn and irrigating the orchard as the state tries to sell the expansive property. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran is tasked with making sure the property stays intact, including the gleaming white temple built by the Utah-based group led by Warren Jeffs. Jeffs (pictured) remains imprisoned at the Louis C. Powledge Unit near Palestine. Texas authorities assumed control of the $20 million property over a year ago. While the state pays the utility bills, there’s no extra money set aside for maintenance and Doran ends up doing much work himself. Prosecutor Allison Palmer is selling the property and is willing to consider a number of possible uses, including a law enforcement training center or a juvenile holding facility.


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Rio Ammunition Opens New Marshall Facility

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Rio-Ammunition-Announces-New-Cartridge-Manufacturing-Facility-In-Marshall-TexasMARSHALL — Officials with Marshall-based Rio Ammunition have announced the opening of the company’s new manufacturing facility in Marshall and call it a boon to the local economy. In a news release, officials say the plant has added over 40 new jobs to the community and has the ability to double that in coming years. Rio is a subsidiary of the Spain-based MAXAM firm, and Spanish officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting at the new East Texas facility. According to the news release, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, and Gov. Greg Abbott believe the opening “also signals that the state is open for business to future international investment as well.”


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Feds: Immigrant Kids Given Adult Dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

thSAN ANTONIO (AP) – Authorities say about 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a Hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they are being held with their mothers. U.S. Immigration and Customs spokesman Richard Rocha says health care professionals will monitor the children over the next five days for any potential side effects, though no adverse reactions are expected from the incorrect dose. Rocha says ICE and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs is investigating how the mix-up at the detention center in Dilley occurred and how such mistakes can be avoided in the future. As of Wednesday, the center about 70 miles southwest of San Antonio held about 2,000 women and children. Most are from Central American and entered the U.S. via Mexico.


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Activist: Confederate Statue in Galveston Inappropriate

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:11 pm

GALVESTON (AP) – A Houston activist is campaigning to have Galveston officials take down a statue in front of the local courthouse that honors Confederate soldiers. Isaac Fanuiel tells the Galveston County Daily News that the monument is inappropriate on an island where federal troops announced the freeing of slaves at the end of the Civil War – a day commemorated as Juneteenth. Confederate symbols have received new scrutiny in Texas and across the South after the South Carolina church shooting last month that left nine black people dead. A white man linked to supremacist groups is charged with murder in their deaths. The Galveston statue is named “Dignified Resignation” and features a man holding a Confederate flag and a broken sword. A scroll at his feet reads, “Glory to the Defeated.”


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Pool where 3 Siblings Died Previously Cited for Cloudy Water

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

swimming pool waterIRVING (AP) – Inspection records show the pool where three children drowned had been cited for years as having cloudy water and lacking safety equipment. Family members gathered Friday to mourn the deaths of 10-year-old August Smith and her two brothers, 9-year-old Treshawn Smith and 11-year-old Anthony Smith. The three sunk at a pool at the Macarthur Place at 183 complex, and rescuers had trouble immediately finding the children due to the pool’s poor visibility. The Dallas Morning News reports the city of Irving issued several notices that the pool’s drains weren’t visible and, in one case, that a life pole was held together with electrical tape. The pool had a permit issued in August after initially being denied. City officials say the complex’s management is responsible for operating the pool correctly.


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Coast Guard Saves Six Fishermen off SE Texas Coast

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm

BAY CITY (AP) – Six fishermen are safe after being rescued overnight when their fishing boat capsized six miles off the Southeast Texas coast. The Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday that the fishermen were in a boat tied to an unmanned oil rig at around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, about six miles away from Bay City. When their boat began to take on water, three of the men were able to climb on the rig and call for help. The other three men were in the water. The Coast Guard says it dispatched a helicopter and response boat to track down the men. They were found drifting near each other about half a mile away from the rig. Bay City is about 20 miles south of Houston.


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Texas Wants Its Gold Back inside the State’s Borders

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

thumb_comptroller_texasAUSTIN (AP) – Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to keep its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum. Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold. That’s not just gold futures, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. It’s currently stored at a New York bank. The Legislature’s decision to bring its gold cache home was hailed by many conservatives who are suspicious of national government. But the Texas comptroller’s office is now trying to figure out how to create a depository, for which no funding was appropriated. The bill’s sponsor says he hopes private companies will offer to open one in exchange for charging storage fees.


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Texas Tech’s Cohen Named Dean of UM College of Liberal Arts

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – The University of Mississippi has hired Lee Cohen as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Cohen, professor and chairman of Texas Tech University’s psychological sciences department, will start Aug. 1. He will also teach psychology. The hiring was announced by the school in a news release by acting Ole Miss Chancellor Morris Stocks. Cohen has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at San Diego. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Oklahoma State University. For the past 15 years, he’s been a faculty member at Texas Tech.


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North Texas Brisket Bandit Causes Fire at BBQ House

Posted/updated on: July 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm

DALLAS (AP) – Police in North Texas are investigating a brisket bandit who caused a fire at a barbecue restaurant. KXAS-TV reports that the owners of Bet the House BBQ in Denton lost more than $1,500 in sales when a grease fire broke out early Friday morning. Surveillance video shows someone in a blue or red Honda Fit pull up to a smoker behind the restaurant, grab a brisket cooking inside, and drive away in 32 seconds. The thief left the door to the smoker open, allowing oxygen inside and causing a fire. Bet the House’s owners lost a catering order and almost a full day’s worth of sales. Denton is about 30 miles north of Dallas.


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San Antonio Spurs Sign Lamarcus Aldridge

Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lamarcus Aldridge has decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the star announced on his Twitter page on Saturday afternoon.

Aldridge, who is from Texas, said he is "excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends." The former Portland Trail Blazers forward had been among the...

Golfer Bubba Watson to Paint Over Confederate Flag on “Dukes of Hazzard” Car

Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson weighed in on the confederate flag debate on Friday, saying he would paint over the symbol on the General Lee -- the vehicle driven by the Duke brothers on 1980s television show The Dukes of Hazzard.

Watson tweeted on Friday saying that "All men ARE created equal,"...

Miguel Cabrera to DL for First Time in Career

Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Detroit Tigers star and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on Saturday, just one day after he suffered a strained calf while running the bases.

Cabrera was attempting to take second base on a hit-and-run Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays...

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/4/2015

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- 

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 5,  Pittsburgh 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N-Y Yankees 7,  Tampa Bay 5, 12 Innings
Detroit 8,  Toronto 6
Houston 12,  Boston 8, 10 Innings
L.A. Angels 8,  Texas 2
Chi White Sox 1,  Baltimore 0
Kansas City 3,  Minnesota 2, 10 Innings
Seattle 9,  Oakland 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 2,  Chi Cubs 1
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Report: DeAndre Jordan, Mavericks Reach Agreement on Contract

Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- DeAndre Jordan is leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report by ESPN.

Jordan and the Mavericks agreed to a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million that includes a player option after the third season to allow the center to return to free agency in July 2018, ESPN reports...

Hammon to Become First Female Head Coach of NBA Summer League

Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Becky Hammon will coach San Antonio's summer league team in Las Vegas, the Spurs announced Friday.

She will be the first female head coach in summer league history. Natalie Nakase served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

Hammon became the first female full-time assistant...

Wimbledon: Serena Williams Defeats Heather Watson in Three Sets

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Serena Williams was forced to three sets against Heather Watson in the third round of Wimbledon Friday, but managed to come out on top to continue her quest towards winning a Grand Slam.

Williams, the top-seeded player, beat Britain's Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

She will now play her sister, Venus Williams, in the fourth round....

Teen Who Survived Indonesia’s Tsunami Signs Pro Soccer Contract

SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An Indonesian teenager, who bravely survived a deadly tsunami as a young boy, is now fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

When Martunis was just 7 years old, a devastating tsunami struck Indonesia on Boxing Day 2004, killing his mother and two siblings, according to ESPN.

Martunis was stranded on a...

Alex Rodriguez to Get Ball from 3,000th Hit

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- After much debate, New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez will get the ball from his 3,000th hit on Friday.

Zack Hample, the fan who caught the milestone hit on June 19, will give Rodriguez the ball during a news conference at Yankee Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

In exchange, the Yankees will make...

Adelaide Crows Coach Phil Walsh Dies from Stabbing at Home

Matt Roberts/AFL Media/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Australia's sporting community is in mourning following the death of Phil Walsh, the head coach of Australian rules football team the Adelaide Crows.

Walsh's 26-year-old son Cy has been charged with his murder after police were called to the family home Friday and found Phil Walsh with multiple stab wounds.

Despite being treated by...


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All Clear Given After DC Police Investigate Suspicious Package

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Police in Washington, D.C. investigated a suspicious package on Saturday morning, eventually determining that it was not a threat.

U.S. Capitol Police closed down an area on First Street SE, near the National Mall, while they investigated. The D.C. Police Department later cleared the scene and said that all lanes were open.

The investigation was...

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Fourth of July: Nathan’s Eating Champ to Defend His 61-Hot Dog Title

Joey Chestnut wins the Men's Division with 61 Hot Dogs at the 2014 Nathan's Famous 4th July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)(CONEY ISLAND, N.Y.) -- In New York City, the 4th of July means one thing: Nathan's annual hot dog-eating...

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One Killed, Two Injured in Medical Helicopter Crash in Colorado

Photo: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue(FRISCO, Colo.) -- A medical helicopter crashed near a Colorado hospital on Friday, killing the pilot and injuring two other crew members.

Flight for Life Colorado posted a message to their Facebook page, saying that the crash occurred "immediately following take off" from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco. The helicopter's pilot was "fatally injured,"...

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July 4th Celebrations Put America on High Alert

Antonprado/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's a Super Bowl test for America's national security.

Celebrations marking the nation's 239th birthday are facing what some call the most serious threats since 2001.

“The threat stream is very high,” Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Downing said Friday. “In fact, we don't think it's been this high since 9/11.”

From Los Angeles to...

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July 4th Fireworks Accident Injures Nine in Colorado

Tracy Fox/iStock/Thinkstock(AVON, Colo.) -- About nine people suffered minor injuries during a fireworks mishap in a Colorado town late Friday evening, officials said.

The incident occurred in Avon, where the town was having its annual Salute to the U.S.A. fireworks show. A shell appeared to have exploded in its tube instead of properly firing into the sky, according to...

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Bark and Awe: The Working Dogs of the US Military

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- They’re some of the military’s most loyal and dedicated assets -- and they also happen to be the furriest.

Military working dogs can help patrol bases, detect explosives and narcotics, and even take down hostile threats, all at the direction of their trainers.

“I would say it is the best military job there is. If...

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‘Enjoy Your Ride, Cuz We Sure Will!’ Sign in Baltimore Police Transport Van Under Investigation

A sign on the inside of a Baltimore's police van. (Obtained by ABC News)(BALTIMORE) -- A sign inside a Baltimore police van that says "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" has sparked criticism in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray -- and the department has launched an internal investigation, according to officials.

The department was put...

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San Francisco Woman Shot, Killed While Strolling on Pier with Father in ‘Random Shooting’

A California woman was shot and killed in an apparent random act of violence. (Courtesy of Steinle family)(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A San Francisco woman was recently shot and killed in a seemingly "random shooting" while she was strolling and taking photos with her father in a tourist-heavy area of the city, according to the authorities and the victim's family....

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Men Catch Shark on North Carolina Beach as String of Attacks Rattle Nerves

A man pulled a shark out of the water in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on July 3, 2015. (Anna Korman) (KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C.) -- Amid a string of shark attacks in North Carolina, two beach-goers turned the tables on one shark that got a little bit too close for comfort on Friday.

Two men were fishing in Kill...

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City in Drought-Stricken Calif. Forced to Dump 550,000 Gallons of Water

Fuse/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water went to waste in California at a time when water conservation efforts are more serious than ever for the drought-stricken state.

The mayor of Poway, a city in San Diego County, defended the decision to dump 550,000 gallons of drinking water into a nearby canyon, according to ABC News...

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Mall Security Guards Suspended After Punching Teen on Video

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A cellphone video that’s burning up the Internet Friday morning has led to the suspensions of three security guards seen repeatedly punching a shirtless 15-year-old boy outside the Stonecrest Mall south of Atlanta.

Witnesses say the guards were trying to get a group of underage kids to leave. Mall policy says someone has to be 18 to...

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Mass. Police Desperate to Identify Girl Found Dead in Trash Bag

Massachusetts State Police(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts authorities have released new photos in hopes of identifying a young girl who was discovered dead inside a trash bag.

On June 25, a dog walker found the girl's body on the western shore of Deer Island in Winthrop, a peninsula in Boston Harbor opposite Logan Airport, Massachusetts State Police said. The girl was...

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Car Wedged Under Milk Tanker in Accident on Tennessee Highway

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MT. JULIET, Tenn.) -- A father and his two sons managed to survive a scary car crash with a tractor trailer.

A Nissan Maxima and a commercial tractor trailer -- carrying milk -- collided on a Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, highway on Thursday morning, wedging the smaller car underneath the tanker, police told ABC News Friday.

The 33-year-old father...

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This Fourth of July Could Be Among Deadliest Ever on Highways

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An estimated 35 million Americans will be on the roads this holiday weekend, and this year could be one of the deadliest due to drunk drivers, according to AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit group, estimates that about 400 Americans will die on the roads this weekend, with...

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Shark Attack Surge in North Carolina: What Could Be Behind It

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As beach season hits high gear this holiday weekend, some people in North Carolina are calling for beach closures amid a surge in shark attacks over the past month.

There have been 11 shark attacks off the shores of the Carolinas this year, most in just the last three weeks.

On Wednesday, a 68-year-old man was...

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Iran Nuclear Agreement Getting Closer

CGinspiration/iStock/Thinkstock(VIENNA) -- According to diplomats, Iran and the P5+1 nations have reached an agreement on lifting sanctions against Iran as part of a larger nuclear deal.

The deal was approved by experts on both sides, though a senior administration official says that "there will remain some open issues that can only be decided by ministers." One of those issues...

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Drifting Baby Reportedly Rescued Out at Sea in Turkey

Turkish coast guard rescue 10 month-old baby Melda Ilgin as she drifts a kilometer out to sea on a sea buoy in Ayvacik district of Canakkale province, Turkey on July 3, 2015. (Photo by Hanife Erdinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)(AYVACIK, Turkey) -- A baby girl was reportedly rescued by the Turkish coast guard after she drifted out to sea.

The 10-month-old...

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Injured Sept. 11 Firefighter Wins $5 Million From Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket

Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Mercado, a retired New York firefighter who sacrificed his health as a 9/11 responder, is now getting something back from New York, through the form of a lottery ticket.

The 63-year-old father, who lives in Orange County, New York, started buying scratch-off tickets when he retired from the fire department 11 years ago, he...

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Kids Construct Largest American Flag Made of LEGOs

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Oh, say can you see ... a giant American flag made from LEGOs?

It’s the largest of its kind, constructed from over 100,000 LEGO bricks.

Earlier this week in Washington, D.C., children and their families lined up to help build the flag at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian Institution, which includes the museum,...

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JetBlue Operates First Flights from New York to Havana

rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue is taking advantage of the thawing tensions between the U.S. and Cuba.

In a press release out Friday, JetBlue announced they had operated their first charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

The flights make JetBlue the first major airline to operate between the U.S....

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TripAdvisor Members Name the Nation’s Best Burgers

ehaurylik/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to burgers, everybody's got one. An opinion that is.

But some voices are louder than others and TripAdvisor, which bills itself as the world's largest travel site, has announced the nation's 10 best burger restaurants, based on millions of reviews.

Featured restaurants have a minimum of 100 reviews and 10 or fewer...

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Reddit Revolts After Employee Dismissal

Photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) – If you’re looking for cat pictures, trying to find the latest movie news, or if you’re just avoiding your family this weekend by browsing Reddit, you may have a hard time.

Social media website Reddit is on a virtual lockdown after the sudden firing of an employee.

Victoria Taylor...

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Expert Advice on How to Avoid the Top Three Grilling Gaffes

hd3dsh/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Let’s face it -- grilling ain’t no picnic.

Cooking anything over high heat in front of all your family and friends is stressful, and the inexperienced are prone to make mistakes.

In fact, you’re probably bound to make one of these three most common blunders, according to the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s survey of more than...

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Greece ‘No’ Vote May Mean No More Cash Monday

iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) – Greece is running out of cash, fast.

Banks are shut down in Greece, limits have been imposed on ATMs, and according to the head of the Greek Banks Union, there may be no money in ATMs on Monday morning.

Greeks will vote on Sunday whether or not they support more international loans from creditors. A “yes”...

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Aetna to Acquire Competitor Humana in $37B Deal

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Aetna announced on Friday that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Humana to buy the health insurance competitor for $37 billion.

If it goes through, the deal would create the nation's second largest insurer, behind United Health.  

“The acquisition of Humana aligns two great companies and will significantly advance our strategy of...

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L.A.’s Giga-Mansions Spark Feuds Between Developers, Residents

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Some high-end developers are giving up on the McMansions for the new “giga-mansions” in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, but many residents are upset over the construction of these enormous, extravagant homes.

Luxury mansions soaring above 20,000 square feet are popping up on street after street in these areas, some...

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This $16 Hot Dog Is No Ballpark Frank

The "Humm Dog" is a bacon wrapped hot dog with truffle mayonnaise, Gruyere, truffle celery relish and celery leaves. (Angel Canales)(NEW YORK) -- The hot dog is a staple of American summer. As the country celebrates the Fourth of July this weekend, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs.

Most...

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Markets Close Slightly Lower, As Focus Shifts to Weekend Greece Vote

r_drewek/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets ended the day slightly lower on Thursday, as all eyes are once again on Greece and its referendum on Sunday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,730.11, down 27.80 from its open.

The NASDAQ was down by 3.91 to finish the day at 5,009.21, while the S&P 500 was also down by 0.64...

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Fourth of July: Let These Five Apps Help With Fun, Food, Travel Plans

StephanieFrey/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Fourth of July!

Whether you're hitting the road, planning an all-American cookout or looking for some fun in the sun, these five apps can help you enjoy the holiday weekend to its fullest.

The Revolution: Interactive Guide


First things first, let's not forget why we're celebrating the Fourth of July. This free app for the...

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SoBe Apologizes for Joke Bottle Cap Message About ‘Trapped’ Worker

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Beverage brand SoBe is apologizing for a joke message under its bottle caps that has caused some alarm among drinkers.

Some customers say the message under some SoBe caps with the words, "Help me trapped in SoBe factory," is no joking matter.

"It's tasteless and mocks people who actually do work in slave like conditions ......

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Whole Foods Founder, CEO Apologize for Overcharging

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The CEOs and founder of Whole Foods are apologizing for overcharging customers and offering free food to people in return.

"Straight up, we made some mistakes. We want to own that and tell you what we’re doing about it,” Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, said in a video published on Wednesday.

Investigators...

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USPS Unveils New Elvis Stamp Artwork

Elvis Presley featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1993. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Just like his previous postage stamp from 1993, a new stamp featuring Elvis Presley shows the King of Rock and Roll in his youthful glory.

The United States Postal Service released the artwork Thursday for the upcoming Presley stamp that will be issued on Aug....

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

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

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

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

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Mixed Day on Wall Street, Despite Upbeat Monthly Employment Report

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

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

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

The...

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US Economy Adds 280K Jobs in May

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

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

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

 Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent...

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CVS Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Profiling Customers, Worker Discrimination

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

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

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Hillary Clinton Marches in Parade, Reporters Kept Behind Rope Line

iStock/Thinkstock(GORHAM, N.H.) -- At the Fourth of July parade Hillary Clinton marched in Saturday in Gorham, New Hampshire, reporters following the candidate were kept -- and at moments, dragged -- behind an actual moving rope line.

The rope, which two Clinton staffers held on to on either side, was meant to give Clinton space as she walked down the...

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Hillary Clinton Encourages Distraught Gay Child Depicted in Viral Photo

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A Humans of New York photo showing what it says is a distraught young boy crying because he is gay has gone viral, with thousands of people commenting on Facebook offering advice and words of support.

“I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me,” the caption reads....

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Obama Pays Tribute to Military Members, Wishes Women’s Soccer Team Luck in Weekly Address

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama paid tribute to the men and women in the military, touched on the country’s diversity and wished the women’s soccer team luck in the World Cup final on Sunday.

The president said he is going to spend the day outdoors “grilling burgers and dogs,” celebrating Malia’s birthday...

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GOP Weekly Address: Let’s Come Together to Protect All That Makes America Great

US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Will Hurd of Texas discussed Republicans' efforts to provide U.S. troops and intelligence professionals with the support they need to carry out their vital missions.

Hurd spoke of the importance of funding America’s military, despite claims that Senate Democrats have held the defense spending bill hostage in order to get...

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Hillary Clinton Not Fazed By Bernie Sanders’ Crowds

ABC News(HANOVER, N.H.) -- Hillary Clinton does not yet seem fazed by Bernie-mentum.

During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Friday, the Democratic presidential front-runner responded to a question from a reporter about the massive crowds her challenger, Vermont Sen.Bernie Sanders, has seen at his own campaign events this week.

“We each run our own campaigns and I...

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Iran Nuclear Negotiations Continue Over Holiday Weekend

Photo by Getty Images(VIENNA) -- The deadline passed three days ago, but the U.S. and Iran are still at it this July 4th weekend, trying to make an historic nuclear deal.  

Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna to try to work through unresolved issues that prevented an agreement...

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Richard Nixon Biographer: Hillary Clinton Has ‘Nixonian Attributes’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It’s become almost cliché in American politics to call a politician Nixonian or “like Nixon” -- and it’s rarely a positive to compare an officeholder or candidate to the only U.S. president to resign from office.

Yet to Evan Thomas, the author of a new Nixon biography who also covered the Clinton White House, comparing...

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What the 2016 Presidential Campaign Looks Like on Snapchat

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Before Chris Christie announced his presidential candidacy, he posted a picture on Instagram and Twitter with his Snapchat handle.

He immediately made use of the app during his campaign trek through New Hampshire. Users who follow Christie on Instagram can currently access his snap story, a nearly 3-minute long series of videos showing bits of his...

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Did the US Spy on German Journalists?

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Just how far did American spying on Germany go?

Berlin is looking into whether the U.S. was monitoring German journalists at places like the magazine Der Spiegel.

The White House's national security team didn't deny the reports, but said the U.S. only does surveillance when there is a national security or intelligence concern at stake.

A...

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Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign So Far

Heidi Gutman/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has been a presidential candidate for only a little more than two weeks, and his White House bid so far has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride.

Trump has offended some, wowed others and managed to find himself running in second place in a crowded field of candidates -- just behind Jeb...

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Miss Universe Joins Chorus Slamming Donald Trump

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- The reigning Miss Universe joined a chorus of voices denouncing controversial remarks by the pageant’s owner, Donald Trump.

“I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful,” Paulina Vega wrote in an Instagram post. “As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community.”

Trump...

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Secret Santa Mystery in Hillary Clinton’s Emails May Be Solved

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Was it really Christmas in July for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, or did it just seem that way because she happened to need a haircut?

That's the question in the air as one of the biggest mysteries from the Clinton emails may be close to being solved.

Two emails released by the State...

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How Bernie Sanders Is Attracting Monster Crowds (and Whether Hillary Should Be Worried)

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- "Bernie-mentum." No one is quite sure how to spell it, but Bernie Sanders supporters definitely feel the growing momentum for their underdog candidate.

“Hopefully, Webster dictionary will recognize it as a new word soon,” said volunteer Tyson Manker of Jacksonville, Illinois, who drove five hours to help at Sanders’s massive rally in...

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President Obama and Scott Walker Vie for Spotlight in Wisconsin

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker(L) after arriving on Air Force One at La Crosse Regional Airport in La Crosse, Wisconsin, July 2, 2015. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)(LA CROSSE, Wis.) -- When President Obama touched down La Crosse, Wisconsin  on Thursday to give a speech on the economy, he was forced to share the spotlight...

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President Obama Mocks GOP Nominating Contest as Political “Hunger Games”

ABC News(LA CROSSE, Wis.) -- What if the presidential nominating process were like Hunger Games?

Well, President Obama suggested on Thursday that the GOP field has enough candidates to try it out.

“I've lost count how many Republicans are running for this job. They'll have enough for an actual Hunger Games,” Obama joked during a speech in...

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Sunburn Art is Trending and Doctors are Speaking Out

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A social media trend is leaving dermatologists burned up this summer.

Many people who see their skin as a blank canvas for art get a tattoo, but what about getting something else that may be just as permanent?

A new social media trend called #sunburnart has people showing off their burned skin after strategically placing sunscreen...

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Texas Child Saves Woman Who Had Seizure in Pool

iStock/Thinkstock(TYLER, Texas) -- A 7-year-old Texas girl responded with grace under pressure, reportedly saving a woman who had a seizure from drowning in a pool.

Dasia Wessner was visiting the Glascow Trails Community mobile home park swimming pool in Tyler, Texas, Wednesday when she noticed a family friend in trouble, ABC News affiliate station KLTV reported.

Natalie Foster, 34,...

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Study Finds Hope for Potential HIV Vaccine

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A vaccine to help protect against HIV may be closer to reality than previously though, one study indicates.

The study, published in the journal Science, found that one potential HIV vaccine can be used to protect rhesus monkeys from the disease. Fifty percent of the monkeys given the vaccine were protected, researchers say, when...

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Chris Daughtry Plays for the Troops, Chows Down on Fourth of July

RCA RecordsTo some, the Fourth of July means the beach, beer and barbecues, but Daughtry will spend that day being reminded of the true meaning of the holiday -- they'll be performing for the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  "It's just, like, the best crowd ever," says Chris Daughtry.

"That’s gonna be fun. We always love playing for...

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Trisha Yearwood Lives Up to Her Culinary Reputation on the 4th

Russ Harrington/Sunshine SachsHaving written three best-selling cookbooks and hosting her hit show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, on the Food Network, it’s no surprise that Independence Day at Grammy-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood’s house sounds like it lives up to her culinary reputation. But the Peach State native says she tends to stick to family traditions, like her mother’s coleslaw. ...

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Longtime “Sesame Street” Regular Leaving the Show

Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesOne of Sesame Street's most beloved cast members is leaving the show.

During the American Library Association Annual Conference Monday, Sonia Manzano -- best known as "Maria" on Sesame Street -- announced she's stepping down.

"After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the Library tweeted Monday.

Manzano, 65, has won...

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