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

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

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

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

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

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

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Iraqi Forces Repel ISIS Counterattacks

Iraqi Forces Repel ISIS Counterattacks

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

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Secret Service Agents Did Not Appear Intoxicated, Documents Show

Secret Service Agents Did Not Appear Intoxicated, Documents Show

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

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Report: Colts Will Wait on New Deal for Chuck Pagano

Report: Colts Will Wait on New Deal for Chuck Pagano

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- According to a media report, the Indianapolis Colts and coach Chuck Pagano will not reach a deal on a contract extension before the season.
Two sources told NFL.com that the team will allow Pagano to see out the final ...

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Courthouse Evacuated During Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Due to Bomb Threat

Courthouse Evacuated During Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Due to Bomb Threat

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

ABC's Boston affiliate, WCVB-TV, reported that no ...

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CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers

CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers

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

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

Kerry Washington Reveals She Live Tweeted 'Scandal' While in Labor

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

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

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Talent Agency Wants Matt McConaughey Speaking Fee Secret

HOUSTON (AP) — A celebrity booking agency is saying it's not all right, all right, all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey, a former Longview Resident, to speak at the school's May commencement ceremony. The university has declined to release ...

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

SULPHUR SPRINGS — A Tyler man allegedly attempting to have sex with a child was arrested late Wednesday in Sulphur Springs. According to KETK, Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said Joshua Strickland, 30, was taken into custody on suspicion of solicitation of a child for sexual conduct ...

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Elections Officials Discuss Vote Centers

TYLER -- Elections officials from all over Texas came to Tyler Wednesday to learn about election day vote centers, according to a Smith County news release. Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson said 68 people attended the workshop, including elections administrators, county clerks, county judges, county commissioners, and ...

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Road Closures Friday in Tyler

TYLER — Weather permitting, the City of Tyler Street Department will make repairs to the 400 Block of Shiloh Road at Donnybrook Avenue today, between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Officials say traffic will be diverted to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound on Shiloh Road. Donnybrook Avenue will be ...

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Accused Murderer Enters Motion for Insanity Plea

Accused Murderer Enters Motion for Insanity Plea

TYLER — An East Texas man has entered a motion to change his original plea from "not guilty" to "not guilty by reason of insanity" in a 2012 murder-kidnapping that began at a Tyler home. According to KETK, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says James Calvert also ...

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Two Arrested after Reports of Fights, Gunfire

MARSHALL — Multiple reports of a gang fight and gunfire at West End Park on West Rusk Street set the stage for a busy Wednesday night for the Marshall Police Department. According to KETK, reports of a large gang fight were called in to dispatch around 7:00 ...

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

LUFKIN (AP) - An East Texas man who told investigators he thought people were out to get him faces up to life in prison for starting several fires in Lufkin. Stanford Jones of Lufkin was convicted Wednesday of three counts of arson. Nobody was hurt in the November 2012 ...

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Accused Murderer Enters Motion for Insanity Plea

Posted/updated on: March 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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

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

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:52 am

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

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

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:51 am

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

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Two Arrested after Reports of Fights, Gunfire

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:50 am

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

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Elections Officials Discuss Vote Centers

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:50 am

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

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Road Closures Friday in Tyler

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:49 am

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

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Talent Agency Wants Matt McConaughey Speaking Fee Secret

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:47 am

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

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Judge in Texas Blocks Federal Rules Change for Gay Couples

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:38 am

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

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Texas Bills Seek Outside Investigations of Police Shootings

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:37 am

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

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Texas House Gives Final OK to Ban on Texting while Driving

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:35 am

texting and drivingAUSTIN (AP) – The Texas House has given final approval to a statewide ban on texting while driving, which now faces a Senate vote. Representatives voted 104 to 39 on Thursday to pass the bill by Republican Rep. Tom Craddick, a former House Speaker who has sponsored similar legislation for the past two sessions. This isn’t the first time the ban has passed the House. Representatives approved it in 2013, but it died in the Texas Senate. In 2011, a similar proposal cleared the Legislature. But it was vetoed by former Gov. Rick Perry, who called it a “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t said whether he’ll veto a ban. Some form of texting while driving already is prohibited in 44 states and 38 Texas cities.

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Health Services Bill is 1st Passed by Texas Legislature

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:33 am

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

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School Voucher Bills Off to Contentious Start in Legislature

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:32 am

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

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Texas School District Accused of Mishandling School Funds

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:30 am

Dallas School District logoDALLAS (AP) — About a dozen parents and taxpayers have accused the Dallas Independent School District of taking money from low-income schools to fund pet projects. The Dallas Morning News reports that a complaint was filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education against the second-largest public school district in Texas. The complaint alleges that the district, which has about 160,000 students, has been cutting local money to schools that receive federal Title I funds for low-income and other disadvantaged students. The federal funds are meant to supplement local funds that are used to help students. District watchdog Bill Betzen, who signed the complaint, said he wants more financial openness from the district. Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles said that the complaint is based on “inaccurate analysis” of school funding data, and that the complaint has no merit.

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Dallas Woman Accused in Illegal Butt Injections Surrenders

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:28 am

Denise Rochelle RossDALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a woman accused of providing illegal buttocks injections has surrendered to authorities. Investigators say Denise Rochelle Ross, 43, surrendered Wednesday. She was booked into the Dallas County jail but online jail records Thursday show she has been released. She has been charged with practicing medicine without a license. Auhorities say Ross and another salon worker provided illegal hydrogel injections that were sealed with Super Glue. One customer said she suffered soreness and psychological problems after the procedure. The second worker is being sought by police. Police Lt. Thomas Castro says Ross also is being investigated in the death of a 34-year-old woman whose body was found at the salon last month after she had received an injection. Jail records did not indicate an attorney for Ross.

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Body of Student Found in Marshy Area of South Padre Island

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:26 am

Jordan BrittenSOUTH PADRE ISLAND (AP) — Police have found the body of a college student who was reported missing following a spring break trip to South Texas. South Padre Island police on Thursday morning located the body of 20-year-old Jordan Britten of Killeen in a marshy area. No cause of death was immediately released, pending autopsy results on the student from Central Texas College in Killeen. Police spokesman Adrian Rodriguez says officers found the body in an area not far from where Britten was last seen Friday night attending a concert. Britten’s car was discovered parked nearby on Monday after his family reported him missing. Police who searched Britten’s vehicle found illegal narcotics. Authorities have not ruled out foul play. Rodriguez says police are investigating all possibilities since confiscating drugs from Britten’s vehicle.

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Baby Found Dead at Houston-Area House, Mom in Hospital

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:24 am

Crime SceneHOUSTON (AP) — A newborn has been found dead at a Houston-area home after the mother went to a hospital and reported giving birth nearly a week earlier. Harris County sheriff’s deputies located the dead baby after the woman sought medical attention Thursday. Authorities say medical personnel determined the 30-year-old woman recently gave birth and asked about the baby. The woman provided an address. Deputies who went to the house located the dead child. Officials believe the child was born last Friday.

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

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:22 am

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

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2 West Texas Officers Shoot Dog During Call, Pet Survived

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:20 am

Odessa dog shotODESSA (AP) — A West Texas homeowner wants to know why police shot his dog after the pet apparently lunged at two officers in an incident captured on patrol car video. Odessa police Sgt. Pete Gonzalez says the dog was shot Wednesday while approaching officers in an aggressive manner. The officers were outside a house responding to a security alarm. Gonzalez says the two officers defended themselves by shooting the dog, which survived. The 2-year-old Labrador retriever named Smoke was taken to a veterinarian for treatment of jaw and leg wounds. Owner Cory Brooks says police should not use lethal force on a dog. Brooks says Smoke was defending the family’s home. The dog is heard barking on the video. The officers are seen back away from the animal before opening fire.

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South Texas Militia Member Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charge

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:17 am

John Frederick FoersterBROWNSVILLE (AP) — A South Texas militia member who pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. John Frederick Foerster of Brownsville remains in custody pending sentencing by a federal judge. Foerster, with a 2001 burglary conviction, pleaded guilty Wednesday over the incident last August in some brush near Brownsville. Prosecutors say Foerster pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent, who then opened fire. Nobody was hurt. The incident happened as agents were pursuing some immigrants in a wooded area near the Mexican border. Authorities have said the gunfire happened on private land and it appeared the armed man wearing camouflage had permission to be on the property.

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Privatization Deal for Terrell State Hospital Canceled

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:15 am

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

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Gas Prices Down a Penny across Texas This Week

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:11 am

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

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U.S. Government Approves Dallas Club’s Rhino Import Permit

Posted/updated on: March 27, 2015 at 1:10 am

black rhinoDALLAS (AP) – The U.S. government will allow a Texas man to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros he hopes to kill in Africa as part of a conservation fundraiser. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that importing the carcass from Namibia meets criteria of benefiting the conservation of the species. The hunter, Corey Knowlton, bid $350,000 at an auction last year that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the black rhino. But the agency also is allowing Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager, to import his sport-hunted black rhino trophy to the U.S. Namibia directly sold him a hunting permit. Humane Society chief executive Wayne Pacelle says the federal agency is sending a “mixed message,” noting rhino poaching is on the rise.

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Report: Colts Will Wait on New Deal for Chuck Pagano

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

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

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49ers Waive OL Jonathan Martin

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

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

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

In Martin's second season with...

Royals Name Yordano Ventura Opening Day Starter

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

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

Lovie Smith Is a Fan of Jameis Winston

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

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

Jason Garrett Backs Greg Hardy Signing

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

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

"We brought him in and...

White Sox Name Samardzija Opening Day Starter

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Chicago White Sox named Jeff Samardzija the team's Opening Day starter.

The 30-year-old Samardzija, who was traded to the Sox in December, takes the place of Chris Sale, who will miss the start due to a fractured bone in his right foot.

Samardzija has had the honor of being an Opening Day starter before. He...

NFL Makes Rule Change Because of the Patriots

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The New England Patriots gained a crucial first down against the Baltimore Ravens in their playoff game in January when running back Shane Vereen lined up as an ineligible slot receiver to confuse the Ravens. If they try that again next season, they will be penalized five yards.

On Wednesday, the NFL passed a rule...

ESPN: MLB Investigating Marlins P Jarred Cosart for Gambling

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for possible involvement in sports related gambling, according to ESPN.com.

Trouble came Cosart's way when he allegedly exchanged multiple direct messages with a gambling authority on his Twitter account. This exchange became public when it was shared on the site by a...

West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday

G. Fiume/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- There may not be many people that think Kentucky will lose their perfect season and a chance at winning a national title when they play West Virginia Thursday, but there's at least one: Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr.

"I give them their props," Miles said Wednesday. "Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they're...

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/25/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Brooklyn Nets 91 (30-40) – Charlotte Hornets 88 (30-40)

Los Angeles Clippers 111 (47-25) – New York Knicks 80 (14-58)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (54-17) – Orlando Magic 83 (22-51)

Indiana Pacers 103 (31-40) – Washington Wizards 101 (40-32)

Chicago Bulls 116 (44-29) – Toronto Raptors 103 (42-30)

Miami Heat 93 (33-38) – Boston Celtics...

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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast

Posted/updated on: March 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm   Print This Print This

WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
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VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 03/27/2015@0500C
ISSUED: 03/26/2015 1639C

TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: mostly clear and cool, low lower 40s, northwest winds about 10 mph becoming light and variable;
FRIDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 60s, west winds about 10 mph becoming northwesterly;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low upper 40s, north winds about 5 mph becoming light easterly;
SATURDAY: mostly sunny, high middle 70s, south winds 5-10 mph;
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly clear, low lower 50s, south winds about 10 mph;
SUNDAY: mostly sunny, high upper 70s, south winds 10-15 mph.
EXTENDED FORECAST:
SUNDAY NIGHT: becoming mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers, low upper 50s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
MONDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers, low upper 50s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 60;
WEDNESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 70s;
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy, low lower 60s;
THURSDAY: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high upper 70s.

TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR March 26, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich
Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum
and minimum temperatures represent the observations during the preceding fifteen hours, and precipitation during the preceding twenty-one hours. The temperature and cumulative precipitation observations are made at NWS/419207, Tyler, Texas City Office, 95.3W/32.3N, 158M.
MAXIMUM 66
MINIMUM 51
PRECIPITATION 0.00
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.02
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.06

LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR March 26, 2015
(The report is for the twenty-one hours ending at 2100 Greenwich Mean Time, 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight-saving Time. The maximum and minimum temperatures represent observations during the preceding fifteen hours, while the precipitation represents observations during the preceding twenty-one hours. The observations are made at WMO/722470, Longview, Texas–East Texas Regional Airport, [94.7W/32.4N, 107M]
MAXIMUM 66
MINIMUM 52
PRECIPITATION Tr.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 8.24
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 17.05

PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 03/26/2015 1629C
High pressure continues building in behind this morning’s cold front, though winds have begun
to come down and skies are clearing. By 4 p.m., the clearing line had reached Mount Pleasant-
Palestine, and should reach the Louisiana border by nightfall.
Velocities should be high enough overnight that frost is unlikely, except in a few
sheltered locations. Full sun tomorrow will permit warmer temperatures. The ridge should go
east of us by Saturday morning, bringing a warming trend.
Another front will be going stationary somewhere around here next Monday or Tuesday.
Combine that with a series of disturbances, and rain chances come back.
I think our failure to get more than a few isolated showers this morning far from what we
had forecast was due to the activity in Oklahoma consuming most of the lifting energy.
At 4 p.m. today, temperatures are in the lower 60s, and winds are northwesterly at 10-20
mph. RKP

CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 03/26/2015 1637C

DAY WX TEMP POP
Friday SUNNY 43/69 10%/10%
Saturday SUNNY 47/75 00%/10%
Sunday SUNNY 52/79 10%/00%

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

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

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

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Courthouse Evacuated During Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Due to Bomb Threat

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

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

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Seattle Police Wrangle Wild Goats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Police Busted a Businessman Accused of Faking His Death

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

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

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UVA Student Martese Johnson Makes First Court Appearance

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

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

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

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National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS

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

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

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Houston Road Rage Victim Recounts Her Terrifying Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Describes Brutal Conditions of His 5-Year Captivity

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has described in his own words the brutal conditions he endured as a Taliban prisoner for five years, a time during which he said he was kept in constant isolation. Bergdahl also claims he attempted to escape about a dozen times, including once when he was able to...

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Va. Gov. McAuliffe Signs Executive Order for Increased Training, Accountability of Alcoholic Beverage Control

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday signed an executive order that would implement more stringent training and oversight of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The decision to sign the order comes in the wake of an investigation into ABC agents who arrested University of Virginia student Martese Johnson earlier this month. The agents allegedly...

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Deadly Tornadoes, Storms Sweep Through Oklahoma

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

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

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Former University of Oklahoma Fraternity Member Apologizes, Admits Words Were ‘Mean, Hateful and Racist’

ABC News(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Former University of Oklahoma student and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member Levi Pettit offered a public apology on Wednesday for his role in leading the racist chants that were captured on video earlier this month.

"Let me start by saying I’m sorry, deeply sorry. I’m so sorry for the pain that I’ve caused and I...

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

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

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

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Iraqi Forces Repel ISIS Counterattacks

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

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

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Pope Francis Surprises Homeless Visitors During Private Vatican Tour

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

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

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US Drops Anti-ISIS Leaflets over Syria

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

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

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

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Tikrit Offensive: Iranian General Steps Out, US Steps In

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

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

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Third American Victim in Germanwings Crash Identified

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

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

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

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What We Know About Germanwings Flight’s Final 10 Minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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Vatican Opens Doors to Homeless for Special Tour, Dinner

iStock/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) -- The Vatican will open its doors on Thursday to the homeless of St. Peters’ Square, allowing the people who usually only see its steps outside to observe its beauty inside.

A group of 150 homeless men and women were invited to take a guided tour of the museum and gardens, participate in private prayer in the...

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

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

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

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Germanwings Crash: What We Know About the Co-Pilot

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking at...

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Why NASA Plans to Grab Asteroid Chunk

NASA(NEW YORK) -- NASA wants to relocate a piece of an asteroid and tow it into orbit around the moon as part of a test of new technologies that could be used on a manned mission to Mars.

The space agency had considered attempting to capture an entire asteroid, but instead said this week it would pluck a 13-foot...

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“New York Times” Report: Germanwings Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- One of the pilots of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps may have been locked out of the cockpit, a senior military official involved in the investigation told The New York Times.

The official said that the audio on the cockpit voice recorder indicated one of the pilots was outside of...

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Saudi Arabian Ambassador to US Announces Airstrikes Against Houthi Rebels in Yemen

Scott Rothstein/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that his nation had begun airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

"The use of force is always the last resort and it is with great reluctance that we took this step," al-Jubeir said. "We will do whatever it takes in order to protect villages...

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US Embassy in Uganda Issues Emergency Warning Citing ‘Possible Terrorist Threats,’ Says Attack Could Happen ‘Soon’

Pawel Gaul/iStock/Thinkstock(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- The U.S. Embassy in Uganda has issued an emergency warning to American citizens, warning of "possible terrorist threats" and that an attack could take place "soon."

"Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Mission has cancelled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels in the coming days," the message states. U.S. citizens are advised...

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Why Customer Service Representatives Might Be Deliberately Making Your Experience Worse

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

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

“You almost never...

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Unemployment Claims Drop, Wall Street Follows Suit

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

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

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

The...

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Facebook Reveals Plan for Unmanned Internet Airplanes

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

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

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Battle of the Phones: Samsung vs. HTC

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

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

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Lyft Aims to Out-Uber the Competition with New Feature

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

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

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Twitter Launches Periscope Live Streaming App

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

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

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Jobless Claims Down by 9,000

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

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

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

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High Energy TV Commercials Often Backfire

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

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

Researchers from Oxford...

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Easter Purchases This Year Could Add Up to $16.4 Billion

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

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

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Handmade Gifts Top Machine-Made Products for Loved Ones

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

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

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

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Starbucks Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Frappuccino with Special Drink

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former CFO on Food Stamps After Controversial Viral Video

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A former CFO is now on food stamps after a video he posted on YouTube two and a half years ago criticizing Chick-Fil-A went viral and destroyed his career.

Adam Smith, 37, was the CFO of a medical device manufacturer in Arizona, until the summer of 2012, when he -- and thousands of other people...

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

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

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

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Kerry Travels to Switzerland for Start of Latest Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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

 



A senior...

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

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

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

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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Federal Prison

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

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

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

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GOP Congressman Sees Paying NCAA Athletes an ‘Inevitability’

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

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

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Ben Affleck Comes to Capitol Hill to Talk Congo

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

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

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Rand Paul Reverses Stance on Defense Spending

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

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Rep. Aaron Schock Bids Congress Farewell

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

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

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Bipartisan Vote Sends Permanent ‘Doc Fix’ Bill to Senate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pope Francis to Visit White House in September

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

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

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

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Botches Parking Job Outside Capitol Building

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton may need to work on her parking skills.

In video obtained by ABC News, Norton, 77, is seen exiting her vehicle Wednesday morning, which was parked awkwardly in an angled parking spot on Capitol Hill. Norton, a 12-term Democrat representing Washington, D.C., in Congress, pulled straight into the spot,...

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DOJ Inspector General Finds Waste and Mismanagement in Government’s Use of Drones

DOJ(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice's Inspector General on Wednesday released a report detailing "waste and mismanagement" in the federal government's use of drones.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent approximately $600,000 on drones, the report says, but never flew them operationally. The ATF's drone program was suspended in 2014, but a week after the suspension,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ebola Patient at NIH Upgraded from Critical to Serious Condition

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

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

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CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers

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

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

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Blind Hawaii Woman Gets Bionic Eye to See Again

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

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

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Dallas Woman Behind Bars for Allegedly Giving Illegal Butt Injections

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

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

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NASA Studies Kelly Twins to Understand Space’s Impact on Human Body

Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NASA will examine how a year of zero gravity will affect the human body when Scott Kelly blasts off for an extended stay on the International Space Station.

But NASA isn’t just going to look at Kelly and fellow astronaut Mikhail Kornienko. The team also will be following Scott Kelly’s identical...

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What Drew Barrymore Said About Her Post-Baby Body

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- For every star who seemingly bounces back to her pre-pregnancy size weeks after giving birth, there's Drew Barrymore to keep it real.

"After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself," the 40-year-old actress admitted about her post-baby body in Glamour magazine. "You feel...

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Indiana Governor Declares Public Health Emergency to Battle Worst HIV Outbreak in State History

iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Thursday declared a public health emergency for an Indiana county battling what is believed to be the worst HIV outbreak in the state's history.

Pence said 79 cases have been confirmed, and, with more testing underway, "We expect that number to go up."

The cases have either been found in or are connected...

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Leah Still’s Cancer in Remission, NFL Player Dad Says

Oleg Nikishin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The cancer-stricken 4-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still is in remission, the football player announced on Wednesday.

Doctors diagnosed Leah Still with stage 4 neuroblastoma on June 2, but they told Devon Still on Wednesday that Leah was in remission, he said on his Instragram account, adding that it was...

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Brittany Maynard’s Family Releases Video in Support of Right-to-Die Legislation

Compassion & Choices/YouTube(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Nearly four months after Brittany Maynard's death, her family has released a video of her testimony for a right-to-die bill in California. She recorded it before her death, and it was presented Wednesday to the California legislature ahead of a Senate committee vote.

Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed from California, was diagnosed with terminal brain...

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Optimism May Be Key to Better Heart Health

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — If you're one of those Gloomy Gus-types with a perpetual dark cloud hanging over your head, knock it off or all those cheery, come-what-may kind of folks will outlive you.

A University of Illinois study suggests people who maintain positive attitudes are destined for better heart health.

Lead author Rosalba Hernandez and other researchers surveyed 5,100 participants...

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Indiana Gov. Will Declare ‘Public Health’ Emergency in County After HIV Spike

iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The governor of Indiana will declare a “public health disaster emergency” after a spike of HIV cases in southern Indiana has alarmed health officials.

 



Gov. Mike Pence's planned declaration comes after Scott...

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Simple Rice Cooking Method May Drastically Cut Calorie Count, Scientists Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A simple method for cooking rice could someday reduce its calorie count by as much as 60 percent, the authors of a new research study say.

The technique involves boiling the rice with a small amount of coconut oil, placing it in the fridge for several hours to cool it down and then microwaving it briefly....

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Why Legendary Bodybuilder Who Died with Almost Zero Body Fat Lives On

sportnahrung-engel.de(NEW YORK) -- Austrian bodybuilder Andreas Munzer, who died 19 years ago this month, remains both the gold standard and a cautionary tale for men striving for the ripped, lean look the sport demands.

Although it could not be confirmed, he appears to have died from multiple organ failure, the likely result of years of alleged anabolic steroid abuse....

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Amy’s Kitchen Recall: What to Know About Spinach Listeria Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amy's Kitchen and at least three other organic food companies have recalled products this week because of listeria found in organic spinach, which may cause you to think twice before you reach for foods containing Popeye the Sailor Man's favorite ingredient.

Here's what you need to know:

What was recalled?

Amy's Kitchen, which makes organic products,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Furious 7″ Features Touching Tribute to Paul Walker

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

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

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“Downton Abbey” Will End After Next Season

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

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

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

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

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

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Jon Hamm Addresses His Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Director Not Returning for Sequel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart Attend Get Hard Premiere in LA

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

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

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Movie Review: “Home” (Rated PG)

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

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HarperCollins Reveals “Go Set a Watchman” Cover Design

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

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

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Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Welcome a Daughter

D Dipasupil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's a girl for Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent!

The couple welcomed a daughter via a surrogate on March 23, Berkus announced on Facebook Wednesday.

"Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015," he wrote. "We are so excited to finally...

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Zayn Malik Is Leaving One Direction

Eric McCandless / ABC(NEW YORK) -- Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction.

The singer said on Facebook that the decision was a personal one, and apologized to fans who may be disappointed by his choice.

"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now...

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Get Your First Look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

Warner Bros(LOS ANGELES) -- Entertainment Weekly just got the first look of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and he looks every bit like Superman's arch nemesis.



The movie, featuring...

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Obama & Bergdahl: A complete embarrassment.

Franklin Roosevelt would never have traded five dangerous enemies of the United States for one Army deserter. Not even the feckless Jimmy Carter would have made such a fool of himself.

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Colon Cancer: Preventable, Treatable, Beatable

Colon cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S. and the sad fact is that it doesn’t have to be. Catch colon cancer early and it’s one of the most treatable and beatable cancers. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, nurse practitioner and colon cancer expert Jan Seliga discusses the critical role that screening plays in preventing and beating colon cancer. Visit the Health Connection website!


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Today in History for 26th March 2015

Historical Events

1668 - England takes control of Bombay, India
1799 - Napoleon captures Jaffa, Palestine
1937 - William H Hastie becomes 1st black federal judge (Virgin Islands)
1982 - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release "Ebony and Ivory" in the UK
1986 - Geffen records signs Guns and Roses
1997 - "Annie" opens at Martin...

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Healthy Side Dishes: Avocado Side Dish

Avocado Side Dish

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"This dish combines the complementary colors and flavors of avocado, lime, green onion, tomato, garlic and cilantro with chili. The whole lot is dressed over a bed of pasta to complete the meal."

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1. A native; aborigine. 2. Something, as a rock, formed or originating in the place where found.

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