East Texas Headlines
LONGVIEW — In a Gregg County courtroom this morning, jury selection is scheduled to begin in the capital murder trial of Brendan Xavier Douglas, 25. He has been charged with aggravated robbery and capital murder in the May 15, 2012, shooting death of DeAundray Lamanze Rossum, 23. The shooting occurred in a parking lot at the Signal Hill Apartments on Longview’s south side. Also charged in the case are Torry and Deion Reed.
SULPHUR SPRINGS — A swimming accident has claimed the life of a Sulphur Springs High School Senior. Isaac Perez died while swimming on Saturday. The announcement was made on the bands Facebook page. The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department will be releasing more information regarding Perez’s death today. Read more …
ANGELINA COUNTY — Investigators searched a Huntington property after complaints of cock fighting and gambling Saturday. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Dallas County District Attorney Office executed the search warrant at 224 Clark Road. Twenty people were arrested and felony charges are expected to be filed. According to KETK, cock fighting paraphernalia, gambling paraphernalia and live animals were seized. Read more …
LONVIEW — Police say one person involved in a major vehicle accident in Longview on Tuesday has died. Wanda McCowan, 39, died Saturday at a Longview hospital after being injured in a head-on collision. According to KETK, she was the driver who investigators believes caused a three vehicle accident that injured several people, including two small children. Investigators determined a Kia Sorento, driven by Connie Jimmerson, Longview, was headed west on West Loop 281 when her vehicle was hit by McCowan traveling in the other direction. Police determined the McCowan drove into the center turn lane and then entered Jimmerson’s lane, causing the wreck. Read more …
ATHENS — A Henderson County man has been indicted for attempting to kill a peace officer. According to KETK, authorities report a grand jury handed up the indictment of Steven Clement Rei, 48, of Mabank, on April 9. Around 10:00 p.m. on January 22, deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. When deputies made it to the scene, they met a woman who called outside the house and were told Rei had displayed a 9mm handgun during an argument. Read more …
TYLER — Lightning appears to be the cause of a house fire in Tyler late Friday night. It happened in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road just before 10:30. According to KETK, when firefighters arrived at the scene, the entire second floor of the house was in engulfed. After several hours, fire crews were able to completely extinguish the blaze. The first floor received minor smoke and water damage. No one was injured during the blaze. Fire investigators say the fire was sparked by lightning.
EAST TEXAS — A state prosecutor who helped secure convictions in the Kilgore Kentucky Fried Chicken murders is one of two new prosecutors appointed in the Bernie Tiede case. According to the Longview News-Journal, documents from the Panola County District Clerk’s Office show Texas Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner, who worked on the KFC case, will take over Tiede’s case from Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson. Jane Starnes, another Texas assistant attorney general, also will be a prosecutor in the case. Starnes helped convict Eddie Ray Routh earlier this year in Stephenville in the death of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Read more …
PALESTINE — Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in Palestine. It happened just before 11:30 Friday night at the Chanel Stop & Go convenience store in the 1900 block of West Oak Street. According to KETK, two armed black men, wearing ski masks, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The store clerk says one of the men then came behind the counter and pointed a gun at the back of her head. The second man reportedly stole the clerk’s purse, identification, and cash. The two men then left the store. No injuries were reported. Read more …
TYLER — Tyler police say Christopher Champion, 28, was taken into custody Friday by the U. S. Marshals Task Force in Austin. Champion was the third family member who was wanted by Tyler police on outstanding warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance. A two-month Tyler Police narcotics investigation recently led to a large seizure of hashish, marijuana, cash, and weapons, as well as warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity. Read more …
PALESTINE — A Palestine woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk with a baby in her car. According to KETK, Anderson County Chief Deputy Troy Black said at around 2:30 p.m., dispatchers received several calls about a vehicle driving recklessly on Highway 19 N near Palestine. Callers told officials the automobile was only doing 30 miles per hour but was swerving all over the road and driving into the path of oncoming traffic. Read more …
TYLER — Students on the Patriot Talon staff at The University of Texas at Tyler received 33 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention, Dr. Dennis Cali, UT Tyler Department of Communication chair, announced. The annual convention is an opportunity for student journalists to compete in on-site competitions and be recognized for work from previous publications. The Talon staff received “Best of Show” in Div. II, one of five divisions. The staff also received “Best Website Navigation” and an honorable mention for “Best Online Interactivity” in Div. II as well as third place in “Overall Excellence” in Div. III. Read more …
TYLER Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of April 27, 2015. Schedules are subject to change due to weather, equipment or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention in these and all work zones.
SMITH COUNTY – Tyler Maintenance crews plan to conduct base repair work on Farm Road 2015 between Farm Road 14 and Farm Road 16 as well as on Farm Road 1805 between Farm Road 1252 and the Van Zandt County line. Expect lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers. Read more …
DALLAS (AP) — A severe storm system that swept across northern Texas brought hail, high winds and numerous reports of tornadoes. The Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service said Sunday night it had received reports of twisters in locations across Johnson and Hill counties. TV footage from Johnson County’s Rio Vista, where a tornado was reported, showed downed trees, and debris and an overturned semitrailer in a roadway. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said just after midnight that the extent of damage wasn’t immediately clear. Deputies were headed to affected areas. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Hill County Emergency Management had no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
AUSTIN (AP) — Prescription drug deaths in Texas have been widely undercounted even as officials try to crack down on overprescribing and prescription drug-dealing. A joint investigation by the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman reveals that data from the Texas Department of State Health Services only counts overdose deaths involving certain painkillers, not all prescription drugs. The newspapers reported that the data does not include information from medical examiners whose drug screenings identify many more overdoses. The state’s method of tracking undercounts deaths in every major county across Texas, and often does not include deaths that involve multiple medications or prescription drugs mixed with alcohol or other illegal substances.
HOUSTON (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick predicts a looming legislative deadlock will be broken and that odds are “20 percent or less” that a summertime special legislative session will be needed. Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus had an argument at a Wednesday breakfast meeting over border security bills passed by each chamber. However, in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Patrick says both chambers seem to be adopting a more conciliatory tone with each other. He said he thinks he, Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott “are close to agreement on most of the important issues. The interview comes amid signs that the two chambers were at an impasse on tax cuts, border security and expanded pre-kindergarten and school voucher proposals.
BRENHAM (AP) — More than 200 people gathered to offer prayers and support for Blue Bell Creameries as the more than a century-old company works to resume operations after a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream prompted the company to recall all of its products. Residents, pastors and local leaders gathered Saturday in the town square in Blue Bell’s hometown of Brenham, Texas, for the nearly hour-long prayer vigil. Many wore shirts and paper hats with the company’s name on it. Some of the shirts said “I Get Cranky Without My Blue Bell.” The company has temporarily closed its plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama through at least next week so it can conduct intensive cleaning and employee training.
HOUSTON (AP) — A state district judge says she’ll appeal a judicial admonition over her Facebook posts about trials before her court. Part of the discipline the State Commission on Judicial Conduct meted out to Judge Michelle Slaughter is that she attend classes on the proper use of social media. In a statement to the Houston Chronicle, Slaughter said none of her Facebook posts expressed a bias for or against any party involved in the 2014 trial of David Wieseckel, who was accused of keeping his 9-year-old son in a 6-by-8-foot wooden box. Slaughter was removed from the case on a defense motion, and her replacement declared a mistrial. Wieseckel was later acquitted of unlawful restraint of a trial. Slaughter said the commission’s action restricts government transparency and her free-speech rights.
AUSTIN (AP) — Mayors of Texas communities that are home to military bases are seeking $150 million from state lawmakers in order to enhance the bases and make them less likely to be closed. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and mayors elsewhere are intensifying efforts to increase funding for bases like Naval Air Station Fort Worth. Elected officials say years of deep military cuts could result in another round of base closures. The federal government closed more than 350 installations from 1989 to 2005. Price and others want to increase from $2 million to $5 million the size of state grants that can be awarded annually to a community for base improvements. They note that other states like Connecticut and Florida have already poured millions into enhancements.
VAN HORN (AP) — A remote operation that resembles the Air Force’s famously secret Area 51 is one of two Texas sites playing host to a 21st-century space race. The private ventures at opposite edges the state are backed by Internet billionaires whose strategies and personalities seem worlds apart. Low-key Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over the past decade has bought huge tracts of West Texas mountains and desert for his Blue Origin firm’s launch site. Officials, who rarely discuss their plans, have said suborbital test flights may begin late this year. And 600 miles to the southeast, Elon Musk, who helped start PayPal, is building a launch operation for his high-profile SpaceX company, which also has a contract with NASA. Both men are intent on reusable spacecraft to trim space travel costs.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas trade delegation is arriving in Cuba with hopes of building a front-of-the-line trade position for renewed trade with the Caribbean nation long isolated by a U.S. trade embargo. The Dallas Morning News reports the delegation landing in Havana Sunday is looking to expand Cuban imports of Texas agricultural products. Texans have been working for years to lay a foundation for Cuban trade. In 2008, a 24-member delegation led by the state agriculture commissioner of the tie, Todd Staples, made a four-day agricultural trade mission to Cuba. Texas was selling about $25 million a year in agricultural goods to Cuba at the time under a food-and-medicine waiver in the U.S. trade embargo. Real trade awaits repeal of the embargo.
TEXAS CITY (AP) — State authorities are cleaning up sulfuric acid that leaked from five drums abandoned at a Houston-area storage facility. Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator Garret Foskit said Sunday the leak has been stopped but cleanup crews are still on-scene at the facility in Texas City. The highly corrosive chemical leaked from five 250-gallon containers and caused the brief closure Saturday of the Texas City Wye, a section of road near the Gulf Freeway. Foskit estimates about 75 full or partially filled 250-gallon containers were left at the facility, though it’s unknown whether all contained sulfuric acid. State agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, have responded to the leak. A Texas City official said air tests did not find any detectable threat.
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(MEMPHIS) -- The Memphis Grizzlies are on the cusp of eliminating the Portland Trailblazers from the first round of the playoffs, but they will have go without point guard Mike Conley in game four.
Conley's face was on the receiving end of Portland's C.J. Miller's elbow in the third quarter of Saturday's 115-109 victory.
"Mike Conley has...
(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs First Round: Cleveland Cavaliers 101 - Boston Celtics 93 (Cavaliers series win series 4-0)
MLB: Chicago White Sox 3 (7-9) - Kansas City Royals 2 (12-5) - Game 1
Detroit Tigers 8 (13-6) - Cleveland Indians 6 (6-11)
Chicago Cubs 5 (10-7) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (8-10)
Miami Marlins 6 (8-11) - Washington...
(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Kurt Busch snapped a long 35-race losing streak on Sunday at Richmond International Speedway after he held off Stewart-Haas racing teammate Kevin Harvick.
Busch led 291 of the 400 laps and credited his team for his successful day.
"We're winners in April. It feels good," Busch said. "Plenty of time to do...
(BOSTON) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business and swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round of the playoffs on Sunday 101-93.
Kevin Love left in the first quarter after suffering a dislocated shoulder and did not return and is questionable moving forward in the playoffs.
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(NEW ORLEANS) -- Pelicans officials plan to be aggressive as possible in presenting Anthony Davis with a maximum five-year deal that could exceed $140 million, according to league sources.
The exact figures will depend on how much the NBA salary cap actually rises in 2016, but sources told ESPN.com that the Pelicans indeed intend to present Davis with...
(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list due to a tight left hamstring before Sunday's game at Petco Park, marking the first time the outfielder has been on the DL inhis career.
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(CHICAGO) -- The Blackhawks are moving on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the winning goal late in the third period as Chicago defeated the Nashville Predators on Saturday Night, 4-3 to win their first-round series in six games.
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(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is expected to miss the rest of the 2015 season due to an Achilles injury he suffered Saturday night while stumbling out of the batter's box, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden, confirming an earlier report by Fox Sports.
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(CALGARY, Alberta) -- The Calgary Flames iced the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday Night, 7-4 to win their first-round playoff series in six games. It’s the first time the Flames have advanced to the second round since 2004, when they appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.
The Canucks opened the game...
(SAN DIEGO) -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Howie Kendrick and third baseman Juan Uribe each hit a home run as Los Angeles (11-6) defeated the San Diego Padres (10-9) on Saturday night, 11-8.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the second inning, Gonzalez took a 2-2 pitch from Ian...
Dr Bob Peter's Forecast
Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 04/27/2015@1800C
ISSUED: 04/27/2015 0453C
TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 82
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 66
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.07
LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 83
MINIMUM THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 65
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 4:00 A.M. CDT: 0.01
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: widespread showers and thunderstorms–a few this morning perhaps severe, otherwise cloudy and cool, high near 70, east winds 10-15 mph, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation,) severe risk–slight;
TONIGHT: cloudy with widespread showers and thunderstorms, low middle 50s, north winds 5-10 mph, (80 percent probability for measurable precipitation,) severe risk–marginal;
TOMORROW: cloudy with a 40 percent chance for light rain during the morning, high lower 60s, north winds 10-15 mph;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 40s, north winds 5-10 mph;
WEDNESDAY: mostly sunny, high near 70, northwest winds about 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low near 50;
THURSDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 50s;
FRIDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 70s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 50s;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy, high near 80;
SATURDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low upper 50s;
SUNDAY: partly cloudy, high upper 70s.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR April 26, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich
Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 6.85
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 23.90
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR April 26, 2015(The report is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding eighteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-four hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]).
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 5.60
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 22.65
REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Municipal Airport 59 82
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 54 83
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 57 84
Corsicana Campbell Field 66 84 tr.
Crockett Houston County Airport 67 84
Dallas Love Field 61 87
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 58 84 tr.
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 62 86
Fort Worth Meacham Field 59 84 tr.
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 57 86
Greenville–Majors Field 55 88
Hallsville CWOP 59 88
Hawkins CWOP 55 88
*Henderson Rusk County Airport 58 85
Houston Hobby Airport 68 84 tr.
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 66 84
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 54 89
Longview City 59 89
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 62 87
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 69 86
Marshall Harrison County Airport 60 89
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 57 86
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Field 64 82
Palestine Municipal Airport 64 88
Paris Cox Field 55 84
Quitman CWOP 59 89
Shreveport Regional Airport 64 90
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 59 86
Terrell Municipal Airport 62 88
Texarkana Webb Field 55 85 0.01
Tyler City Office 61 86
Tyler–Pounds Field 62 86
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
# Indicates estimated data.
@ Indicates incomplete data.
? Indicates questionable data.
R indicates that a record was set or tied.
All other precipitation reporting periods are for the 24 hours
ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT; maximum and minimum temperatures are
within the eighteen hours ending at 7:00 p.m. CDT.)
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 04/27/2015 0438C
Severe weather thus far has been concentrated just to our south, and it will likely remain thus as
it moves out of range this morning. Tornado Watch #125 is up until 9 a.m. below a Shreveport-
Quitman line, and does include both Tyler and Longview. However, the best dynamics appears
to have been south and southwest of us, and as of a few minutes ago was showing no sign of
building northward based on the counties under warning at that time.
Look for showers this morning, a break, and then re-development later this afternoon.
Whether that is severe will depend on the cold front’s moving through and staying. If we’re in
the warm sector, we could see severe weather; if we’re in the cool sector, heavy rain is our
biggest potential problem.
We should begin clearing out tomorrow night, Additional rainfall tomorrow should be
only scattered. Total QPF before this ends will likely run between one and three inches. Today
there will be a south to north increase gradient; tonight and tomorrow, the gradient should
The mid- and late-week periods will be dry. It will start out cool with warming back to
seasonal levels by next weekend.
At 4 a.m. today, skies were cloudy with widespread showers across the southern half of
the region. Temperatures were near 70 where rain was not falling to the 60s where it was, with
north winds at about 10 mph. RKP
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 04/27/2015 0450C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Monday THUNDERSTORMS 71/54 80%/80%
Tuesday RAINY 64/48 40%/05J%
Wednesday SUNNY 71/52 05%/05%
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(MOBILE, Ala.) -- A second body was found in Alabama waters after a storm capsized several sailboats during a regatta, the Coast Guard said Sunday.
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Omar Khadr was freed by a judge in Edmonton after spending nearly half his life in custody.
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(LAS VEGAS) -- Tickets for the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, called the "fight of the century," have creeped up on Super Bowl prices, but what you’ll pay for the worst seat in the house might surprise you.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao May 2, 3 p.m. ET, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas,...
(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch, on sale starting Friday, may be touted as the wearable tech that fans have been waiting for, but it's not quite the watch of our dreams yet.
There are more than 3,000 apps available, from adjusting your hearing aid volume with Beltone's app or controlling your PowerPoint presentation from your wrist. But...
(NEW YORK) -- Big gains in tech companies on Friday helped to push the markets higher to end the week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,080.14, up 21.45 from its open.
The Nasdaq rose by 36.02 to close at 5,092.08. The S&P 500 was up by 4.76, finishing the session at 2,117.69.
Amazon stock soared 15 percent...
(NEW YORK) -- Some consumer advocates call the death of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal a victory for consumers, but it won't fix every problem about cable and broadband services, they say.
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the two companies' decision to abandon their deal to merge "is the best outcome for American consumers."...
(NEW YORK) -- The author of a forthcoming book on Hillary Clinton and foreign donations made to her family's foundation defended the accuracy of his research, saying in an interview on ABC's This Week Sunday that while he found "no direct evidence" she took official action at the State Department to benefit donors to her family's foundation, the...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Interactions on the social platform Facebook related to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas more than doubled those of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a period measured earlier this month according to data -- which is approximate -- provided to ABC News by Facebook.
Facebook, which measured the data from April 17 to April...
(WASHINGTON) -- Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week.
"There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama once again brought jokes to the 89th annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.
From cracks about his birth certificate to jabs at his vice president, Obama has always been willing to go the distance to get laughs from the White House press corps and their Hollywood guests.
This was Obama's second to last dinner...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Barack Obama brought out a surprise guest during his monologue at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night.
Obama had Keegan-Michael Key, of Comedy Central's Key and Peele, come on the stage in character as the president's anger translator Luther. As the president rattled off issues like global warming and campaign finance, Luther...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Government is offering help to Nepal after Saturday's massive 7.8 earthquake.
The U.S. is sending disaster response teams to Nepal to help in the search for survivors.
A team from USAID will determine how much long term help the United States can provide, including a specialized search and rescue team from Virginia to help...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government is preparing to order the first round of sanctions against foreign entities or individuals involved in hacking, according to a senior Department of Justice official, in what will be the first test of the government's newest tool in cyber deterrence.
The presidential authorization for cyber-specific economic sanctions, announced at the start of the month,...
(WASHINGTON) -- What are Donald Trump, model Chrissy Tiegen and Bradley Cooper all doing in Washington, D.C. this weekend?
These celebrities are on hand to attend what’s affectionately dubbed by Beltway insiders as “Nerd Prom” -- or otherwise known as the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Each year, the commander-in-chief takes a night off from serious governing to poke...
(WASHINGTON) -- The “Girl You Wished You Never Started a Conversation With at a Party” is about to host Washington’s biggest party.
That’s right, Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong, whose irritating party persona quickly become an SNL fan favorite, will headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a lavish event where the press, politicos...
(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama makes the case for his trade deal, which has been met by push-back from fellow Democrats and Republicans.
“If America doesn’t shape the rules of the global economy today, to benefit our workers, while our economy is in a position of new global strength, then China...
(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin spoke of new legislation regarding Congressional control over new trade agreements he argues will create jobs and boost wages to fuel economic growth.
Ryan, the House Ways & Means Committee Chairman, said the proposed “trade promotion authority” bill is widely supported by farmers,...
(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to food, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is learning the art of self-control.
As he travels around the country weighing a run for the presidency in 2016, Bush has managed to adhere to the Paleo diet, learning how to navigate a campaign trail with tempting food around every corner.
On a recent...
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.
“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.
“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told...
(WASHINGTON) — President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been "inconsistent and disappointing" for years in their time of...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- At the box office this weekend, Furious 7 dominated yet again.
For a fourth straight week, Furious 7 took the top spot, taking in $18.3 million.
The last time a film was on top for that long was the Hunger Games three years ago. It’s expected that Furious 7’s reign will finally come to an...
(WASHINGTON) -- Arguably the best part of the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner isn't the president becoming Comedian-in-Chief for the night -- but the odd couple pairings of Hollywood stars hanging with political power players and media heavy hitters.
This year's "Nerd Prom" was no exception, producing a bevy of interesting moments.
Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright -...
(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner sat down for a far-ranging two-hour interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer that aired Friday on ABC’s 20/20.
Here are the 12 biggest moments from that interview:
1. Bruce Jenner: 'I’m a Woman’
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner said. “People look at me differently. They see you as this...
(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner spoke for the first time about how he is ready to put a lifetime struggle with gender identity behind him -- embrace being transgender and live the rest of his life as a woman.
“I’m actually really excited about the future ... about what I could do to be able to do some...
(NEW YORK) -- After Grey's Anatomy killed off Patrick Dempsey's character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, a.k.a. McDreamy, the 49-year-old actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what next for him.
First, Dempsey has two projects he's working on, The Limit and Fodors, along with taking the "rest of the year off to develop."
He said, "I would like to...
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Danny McBride and Anthony Bourdain are making the most of their time in Charleston, South Carolina.
Thursday evening, McBride, who's in town shooting a new series, Vice Principals, and Bourdain, who met with local chef Sean Brock, joined South Carolina local Bill Murray for a Charleston RiverDogs game.
"Bill owns a...
(NEW YORK) -- Of all the women in the world, you would never think that Victoria Beckham's daughter Harper, 3, would be a "tomboy," but she is.
Beckham, 41, spoke to Ellen DeGeneres earlier this week and couldn't stop gushing about her youngest child.
The last time she was on the comedian's show was seven...
(NEW YORK) -- For years, Bruce Jenner’s relationships with his famous children have been documented for the reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Recently, however, their typically breezy conversations took a decidedly more personal turn, when the former Olympian opened up to them about his gender transition.
“I tried to explain to them that. ... ‘As...
(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families.
Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer...
(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past.
On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial.
"I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too," she told...
(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Kelly Clarkson!
The original American Idol turned 33 on Friday -- but only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows how she'll be celebrating.
Asked by a fan on Twitter how she'll mark her special day, Clarkson tweeted, "Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :)."
Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013....
(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict and newcomer Eric Hill Jr. all star in Brotherly Love, a film set at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, famous for its star graduates such as Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith.
While Palmer portrays Jackie Taylor, who has ambitions of a music career before getting distracted by love, Hill plays...
(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes did something fans never thought she would go through with.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
The creator of the hit ABC show killed off Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka "McDreamy," played by Patrick Dempsey.
After “McDreamy” stopped to help people injured in a crash, his own car was...
(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
The Age of Adaline -- Blake Lively stars as a woman who has remained 29 years old for almost eight decades following an accident. She falls for a philanthropist, played by Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman. Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker...
(NEW YORK) — The Full House spin-off announced by Netflix earlier this week seemingly has a similar premise to that of the original series: a widow raising children with the help of a relative and a friend. However, Candace Cameron Bure maintains that Fuller House won't be a carbon copy of her popular 1987-1995 sitcom.
Cameron Bure is...
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Today in History
1908 - 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
1920 - Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence
1922 - Fritz Lang's "Dr Mabuse, der Spieler" premieres in Berlin
1924 - Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
1977 - 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
1978 - Cooling tower collaspes at a...