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Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Christened in Front of Royal Family, Godparents

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Christened in Front of Royal Family, Godparents

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool /Getty Images)(KING'S LYNN, England) -- Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was christened on Sunday in a ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene ...

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Sen. Tom Cotton: Military Strikes Must ‘Remain an Option’ Over Iran Nuclear Program

Sen. Tom Cotton: Military Strikes Must 'Remain an Option' Over Iran Nuclear Program

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the deadline to reach a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program rapidly approaches, Sen. Tom Cotton said the threat of military action should "remain an option" to ensure a strong deal."It's never the preferred choice, but military force does have to remain an option if our diplomacy is going ...

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Inspectors Investigating Deck Collapse at North Carolina Beach House That Injured 14

Inspectors Investigating Deck Collapse at North Carolina Beach House That Injured 14

iStock/Thinkstock(EMERALD ISLE, N.C.) -- Police and building inspectors are investigating what may have caused a deck to collapse at an Emerald Isle, North Carolina, beach house, injuring at least 14 people.Preliminary findings reveal the floor joists and fasteners failed to hold the deck together, Emerald Island Town Manager Frank Rush told ABC News on Sunday. ...

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Three People Rescued From Crashed Car Before It Ignited

Three People Rescued From Crashed Car Before It Ignited

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(PENNSAUKEN, N.J.) -- Good Samaritans helped rescue three people from a car that crashed in New Jersey, reportedly pulling them to safety just before the vehicle caught fire.A vehicle carrying a 20-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman was headed south on Route 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey, early Saturday morning when the ...

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Polls Close on Historic Greek Referendum

Polls Close on Historic Greek Referendum

Polling station officials count the ballots at a polling station in Athens on July 5, 2015. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)(ATHENS, Greece) -- The polls have closed in Greece in a historic referendum that could determine the country’s future in Europe, its currency and impact the global economy.Greece’s government has cast the vote as one about increased ...

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Usher Makes a Statement on 4th of July at Essence Music Festival

Usher Makes a Statement on 4th of July at Essence Music Festival

Image Courtesy RCA/Saccenti(NEW ORLEANS) -- When Usher closed out Saturday night's concerts at the Essence Music Festival 2015 in the New Orleans' Superdome, he wanted to make a statement. After all, it was the Fourth of July, the day when America celebrates its Independence. The R&B crooner wore a black leather jacket with the words, "Have we really ...

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Rick Perry on Donald Trump: ‘I Was Offended by His Remarks’

Rick Perry on Donald Trump: 'I Was Offended by His Remarks'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said he didn’t believe that his fellow 2016 contender Donald Trump “understands the challenge” of strengthening the U.S.-Mexico border, adding he was “offended” when Trump labeled Mexicans “rapists” during a speech last month.“The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent ...

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Gladewater Car Dealership Catches Fire

GLADEWATER -- The McKaig car dealership in Gladewater was damaged after it caught fire around 3:45 Saturday afternoon. Authorities did not immediately confirm the cause of the blaze, though witnesses tell KETK a truck inside the dealership caught fire. Further details were not immediately available.

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Patrick Grassroots Board Dissolves amid Tea Party Grumbling

Patrick Grassroots Board Dissolves amid Tea Party Grumbling

AUSTIN (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 ...

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Texas Sheriff Maintaining State-Controlled Polygamous Ranch

SALT 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 ...

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Police Seek Missing Person

TYLER -- 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 ...

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Memorial Fund Set Up for Pine Tree Student/Athlete

Memorial Fund Set Up for Pine Tree Student/Athlete

LONGVIEW — 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. Pine ...

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Rio Ammunition Opens New Marshall Facility

MARSHALL -- 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 ...

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Patrick Grassroots Board Dissolves amid Tea Party Grumbling

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 7:45 am

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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Gladewater Car Dealership Catches Fire

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:21 am

GLADEWATER PIC_1436051105289_1834884_ver1.0GLADEWATER — The McKaig car dealership in Gladewater was damaged after it caught fire around 3:45 Saturday afternoon. Authorities did not immediately confirm the cause of the blaze, though witnesses tell KETK a truck inside the dealership caught fire. Further details were not immediately available.

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Texas Sheriff Maintaining State-Controlled Polygamous Ranch

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 7:47 am

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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Police Seek Missing Person

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:20 am

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 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

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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Rio Ammunition Opens New Marshall Facility

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

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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Report: Hiring by Paxton’s Office Violated State Law

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

Ken Paxton-Attorney GeneralAUSTIN (AP) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office hired several people from his campaign and elsewhere before they submitted applications or the jobs were posted publicly, as required by state law. The Austin American-Statesman reports that five people from Paxton’s successful campaign last year were given administrative jobs in the attorney general’s office. Five others came from former Governor Rick Perry’s office, and four more worked for Senator Ted Cruz.

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Two Dead in Southeast Texas Plane Crash

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

PORTLAND, Texas (AP) – Police say 2 people are dead in a small plane crash just north of Corpus Christi. KIII-TV reports that a man and a woman were on board, but no more details were immediately available on their identity or where they were headed. The plane crashed at the North Shore Country Club in Portland, about 150 miles southeast of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board on Twitter identified the plane as an Aeronca Champion 7BCM. The NTSB said it was investigating. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately return a message about the crash.

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San Antonio Missions Receive World Heritage Status from U.N.

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:03 am

thumb_alamo-1BONN, Germany (AP) – The San Antonio Missions in Texas have been awarded world heritage status by the U.N.’s cultural body. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee approved the listing Sunday of the five Spanish Roman Catholic sites built in the 18th century in and around what is now the city of San Antonio. Spain used the missions to convert indigenous people to Catholicism and make them Spanish subjects. The best known of the missions is The Alamo, site of the 1836 battle. The missions were the only site in the United States proposed for world heritage status at this year’s UNESCO meeting in Bonn, Germany. More than a dozen other sites have also been granted world heritage status in recent days, including Singapore’s Botanical Gardens, the Diyarbakir Fortress in Turkey and France’s champagne industry region.

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Houston Police: Train Hits Back of 18-Wheeler; No Injuries

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:01 am

HOUSTON (AP) – No injuries are reported after a train collided with a tractor trailer at a crossing in northwest Houston. Police tell KTRK-TV that a Union Pacific train hit the 18-wheeler, which hadn’t fully cleared the tracks yet. Debris from the trailer damaged a nearby vehicle.

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Feds: Immigrant Kids Given Adult Dose of Hepatitis A Vaccine

Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:06 am

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 5, 2015 at 8:06 am

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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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...

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Posted/updated on: July 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
KTYR
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 07/05/2015@1730C
ISSUED: 07/05/2015 0823C

TYLER–CITY OFFICE OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 91
MINIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 74
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00

LONGVIEW–AIRPORT OBSERVATIONS SINCE 7:00 P.M. CDT YESTERDAY:
MAXIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 83
MINIMUM THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 78
PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7:00 A.M. CDT: 0.00

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TODAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, high lower 90s, south winds 10-15 mph;
TONIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
TOMORROW: morning clouds then partly cloudy, high lower 90s, south winds 10-15 mph and gusty;
TOMORROW NIGHT: mostly clear, low middle 70s, south winds 10-15 mph;
TUESDAY: morning clouds then partly cloudy, high near 90, south winds 10-15 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY: morning clouds then partly cloudy, a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 90s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low lower 70s;
THURSDAY: morning clouds then sunny, high lower 90s;
THURSDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
FRIDAY: partly cloudy, high lower 90s;
FRIDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy, low middle 70s;
SATURDAY: partly cloudy then sunny, high lower 90s.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR July 4, 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).
MAXIMUM 93
MINIMUM 77
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.00
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 39.94

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR July 4, 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]).
MAXIMUM 95
MINIMUM 79
PRECIPITATION 0.01
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 0.01
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 41.47

REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
07/04/2015 1922C

Station Min. Max. PCPN.
Athens Texas A&M Forest Service 77 93
Bonham Texas A&M Forest Service 75 93 0.08
Center Municipal Airport 73 91 0.02
Clarksville Texas A&M Forest Service 75 89 1.99
Corsicana Campbell Field 77 94 tr.
Crockett Texas A&M Forest Service 75 92 0.03
Dallas Love Field 79 95
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport 78 94
*Edgewood Union Pacific Railway 77 94
Fort Worth Meacham Field 77 95
Gilmer Fox-Stephens Field 75 89
Greenville–Majors Field 77 91
Hallsville CWOP 75 91 0.07
Hawkins CWOP 76 93
Henderson Rusk County Airport 75 91
Houston Hobby Airport 76 92 0.01
*Jacksonville Cherokee County Airport 76 92
Linden Texas A&M Forest Service 70 84 1.44
Longview City 77 92
Longview East Texas Regional Airport 79 95 0.01
Lufkin–Angelina County Airport 76 95
Marshall Harrison County Airport 75 94
Mineola/Quitman–Wood County Airport 77 91
Mount Pleasant–Regional Airport 75 91 0.02
Nacogdoches A. L. Mangham Jr. Airport 79 90 0.17
Palestine Municipal Airport 76 93
Paris Cox Field 73 91 1.33
Shreveport Regional Airport 70 90 0.46
Sulphur Springs–Municipal Airport 77 93
Terrell Municipal Airport 76 92
Texarkana Webb Field 69 76 2.04
Tyler NWS City 77 93
Tyler–Pounds Field 78 92
(* Precipitation data may be reported from a nearby Forest Service
station, or from a cooperating station which reports through 7:00
a.m. CDT.
# 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: 07/05/2015 0817C
The core of the current upper air low is well to our east, though additional disturbances
are rotating around it. Thus, shower coverage today will be less than on Friday or yesterday.
Areal coverage today will be under 30 percent, and this will concentrate to our northeast.
Meanwhile, upper air high pressure is centered over west Texas and North Mexico. That
will be building in and our temperatures will warm and rain chances drop. A disturbance
crossing Wednesday looks to be our only shot at showers after today.
By late-week, our temperatures should be at or slightly above normal, and humidities will
be uncomfortably high. The approach of a weak cold front will increase surface winds today and
tomorrow, but they will likely remain short of advisory criteria. The front is likely to wash out
over Oklahoma Tuesday, and could help in mid-week shower formation especially over the
northern counties.
The next significant system looks to cross around the 13th or 14th.
At 8 a.m. today, skies are cloudy across the southeastern counties, and fair elsewhere.
Temperatures are from the middle 70s to near 80, and winds are southerly at about 10 mph. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 07/05/2015 0821C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Sunday PARTLY CLOUDY 91/73 30%/10%
Monday PARTLY CLOUDY 92/76 05%/10%
Tuesday MOSTLY CLOUDY 90/75 10%/10%

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Sen. Tom Cotton: Military Strikes Must ‘Remain an Option’ Over Iran Nuclear Program

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the deadline to reach a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program rapidly approaches, Sen. Tom Cotton said the threat of military action should "remain an option" to ensure a strong deal.

"It's never the preferred choice, but military force does have to remain an option if our diplomacy is going to be credible,"...

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Rick Perry on Donald Trump: ‘I Was Offended by His Remarks’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said he didn’t believe that his fellow 2016 contender Donald Trump “understands the challenge” of strengthening the U.S.-Mexico border, adding he was “offended” when Trump labeled Mexicans “rapists” during a speech last month.

“The fact is that I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party,”...

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Obama Celebrates Military Families on July 4th: ‘Freedom Is Not Free’

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- On the Fourth of July, President Obama reminded thousands of military families celebrating the holiday in his backyard that American freedom comes at a cost.

"Freedom is not free. It’s paid by all the folks who are here today and all the folks who are around the world," the president said Saturday at an Independence...

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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.

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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.”

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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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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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Fargo, North Dakota Man Sums It All Up in Two-Word Obit

kzenon/iStock/Thinkstock(FARGO, N.D.) -- A North Dakota man who wanted to keep his obituary short and simple chose to communicate the news of his death in just two words.

Doug died.

The 85-year-old Douglas Legler died on June 27. His daughter Janet Stoll told ABC affiliate WDAY-TV "he just wanted it short and sweet. He came up with it. He...

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Hilary Swank Puts Career on Hold to Care for Dad

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hilary Swank is taking a break from her work to care for her dad, who recently had a lung transplant.

"My dad is living with me," the 40-year-old Oscar winner revealed to HuffPost Live on Thursday. "I'm his sole caretaker right now."

Swank said she has even put work on hold in...

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Meghan Trainor Postpones Concerts Due to Vocal Cord Hemorrhage

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Fans hoping to see Meghan Trainor perform live this weekend will have to wait.

The "Lips Are Movin" star has canceled her tour stops in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Friday and in Connecticut on Saturday, due to a vocal cord hemorrhage.

"I'm so sorry Megatronz please forgive me," she wrote...

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Study: Nationality of Your Surgeon Revealed by Your Breast Implants

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The appearance of your breast augmentation can actually tell a story of where you've lived, a new study suggests.

"We asked 614 plastic surgeons from 20 different countries, and through a computer survey [of] what was their ideal shape of breasts were, and they were able to adjust the images," said Dr. Neil Tanna, a board-certified...

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Jim Carrey Apologizes for Posting Photo of Autistic Boy

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jim Carrey has apologized to the family of a young child with autism after posting pictures of the boy without their permission during an extended Twitter rant about California's new vaccine legislation.

The Truman Show star tweeted his mea culpa Thursday night, apologizing to the family of Alex Echols of Eugene, Oregon.

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Your Body: Understanding Allergies

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

Allergies can be so frustrating -- and scary if they’re severe. But can they go away? Or worse, can they develop later in life?

Some say your immune system changes every seven years, and some don’t even know where most allergies come from.

I developed a life-threatening food allergy out...

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Tired EMS Workers a Prescription for Danger on the Roads, Experts Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The emergency medical services industry is trusted to save lives, but all of that can change when a worker dozes off behind the wheel.

A Good Morning America investigation discovered that EMS driver fatigue is an issue causing increasing concern in the EMS industry, with some calling for federal standards limiting shift lengths or addressing the...

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Measles Death Under Investigation in Washington

RidvanArda/iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Officials are investigating the first measles death for the U.S. in a dozen years.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, a recent autopsy revealed a Clallam County woman died this spring because of an undetected measles infection.

A news release said she most likely was exposed during a visit to a local medical facility...

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Possible Link Between Eye Color and Alcoholism Risk Revealed in New Study

malyugin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's a new potential clue in the ongoing effort to understand the genetic links to alcoholism: eye color.

People with lighter eye colors appear to be more likely to develop alcoholism, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

The study, published this week, examined genetic samples from 1,263 people...

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Mystery Solved: Woman with Amnesia and Battling Cancer Has Been Identified

Agencies including INTERPOL are helping with the search for “Sam’s” family and true identity.(http://www.interpol.int/)(CARLSBAD, Calif.) -- A woman with amnesia and battling cancer who was found wandering in southern California has finally learned who she is after she and officials -- both at the local and international level -- spent months searching for her identity and family.

The woman,...

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Why Mass Killings May Be Contagious, New Study Examines

Moxe/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study is examining whether a single mass killing can be “contagious” -- and therefore lead to other violent incidents.

Researchers from Arizona State University examined data from mass shootings and looked for “clusters” of shootings that would indicate they didn’t occur at the same time by chance.

Sherry Tower, lead author of the study...

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Georgia Dentist Office Defends ‘Papoose’ Restraint After Parent Complaint

Fuse/Thinkstock(CARROLTON, Ga.) -- A Georgia dentistry practice that’s under fire for using a restraint device on a child is defending its use of the so-called papoose board, saying every parent signs a consent form and is allowed to stay with the child during a procedure.

“[The] guideline is, if the child is moving a lot or crying or kicking,...

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Usher Makes a Statement on 4th of July at Essence Music Festival

Image Courtesy RCA/Saccenti(NEW ORLEANS) -- When Usher closed out Saturday night's concerts at the Essence Music Festival 2015 in the New Orleans' Superdome, he wanted to make a statement. After all, it was the Fourth of July, the day when America celebrates its Independence. 

The R&B crooner wore a black leather jacket with the words, "Have we really achieved our independence,"...

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Billy Joel Marries in Surprise 4th of July Ceremony

Myrna Suarez/WireImageBilly Joel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.

The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly.  By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.

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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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Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant Finds New TV Home

ABC NewsAfter being dropped by NBC and Univision, Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant has found a home on the Reelz cable network.

“The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part...

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Laurence Fishburne to Star in “Roots” Remake

ABC/Michael AnsellBlack-ish star Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, in a remake of the 1977 ABC miniseries being simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story, chronicling the life of Kunta Kinte, will be an original, contemporary production, combining material from Haley's novel...

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Sandra Bullock Scared by Media’s “Open Hunting Season” on Women

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesMonths after being named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman, Sandra Bullock is speaking out against what she calls the media's shaming attacks on women's looks and age.

"I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or...

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Paul Rudd Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagicAnt-Man star Paul Rudd got a huge honor Wednesday: the 2,554th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rudd seemed truly overwhelmed to get a star, saying, "This is incredible."

He was impressed that his Ant-Man co-star Michael Douglas showed up to say a few words. Douglas talked about not being impressed the first time he met Rudd...

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Billy Joel Sets MSG Performance Record with Help from Kevin James

Al Pereira/WireImageBilly Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.

He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist. 

Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We...

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Stephen Colbert Hosts Michigan Cable Access Show, Interviews Eminem

Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTubeWhile the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe.

The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube...

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Iggy Azalea “Saddened” Media Is “Trying to Create a ‘Beef'” Between Her and Britney Spears

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCRapper Iggy Azalea insists that her supposed feud with pop singer Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.

Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two  artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the...

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Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes

Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsAs America prepares to celebrate its independence July 4, country music superstar Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who've helped fight for the country.

So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by...

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Trailer Debuts for “Creed,” New “Rocky” Movie

Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros.A trailer for the latest film in the Rocky series, Creed, had debuted.

The movie stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's rival/pal played by Carl Weathers in previous Rocky films. The trailer features the return of Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa.

Creed, helmed by Jordan's...

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Ben & Jen Reportedly in Therapy “For Years”; Will Continue to Live on Same Property Despite Split

C Flanigan/WireImageWhen Ben Affleck thanked his now-estranged wife Jennifer Garner at the 2013 Oscars for working on their marriage for "10 Christmases," he apparently wasn't kidding.  A source tells US Weekly magazine the couple nearly divorced three years ago, and was participating in regular couples therapy to try to salvage their marriage.

According to the source, the two were...

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