East Texas Headlines
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm
EAST TEXAS — Henderson and Rusk County officials met Wednesday morning to assess the current state of the area and to discuss cleanup efforts. According to KETK, at 8 a.m., county and city leaders met with representatives of local agencies to get an assessment of the current situation on the ground. Among those attending the meeting were County Judge Joel Hale, Sheriff Jeff Price, City Manger Tim Kelty, Fire Chief and Henderson Emergency Manager Rusty Chote, County Emergency management Coordinator James Pike, Henderson Chief of Police James Pearson, and Henderson ISD Superintendent Keith Boles, as well as county commissioners, DPS troopers and representatives from local utility companies. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County Engineer Frank Davis said late Wednesday afternoon that county roads still closed due to recent storm damage are all in precinct 3, to the west and northwest of Lindale. They include CR 4119 and CR 445. Both roads and culverts have been washed out and will be closed for several weeks until pipes can be ordered to repair the culverts, according to Davis. CR 499 was washed out due to a broken dam on a private pond and remains closed. CR 4129 is closed to drivers after a wooden bridge was damaged and moved 4 feet by water and debris. Davis says road and bridge crews will have to reposition and repair the bridge, which could take weeks. CR 496 and CR 411 remain closed after suffering washouts from the May 10 storm.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm
LONGVIEW — Longview police have arrested a man in connection with Monday’s attack on a Pine Tree ISD bus driver — and he also faces charges in a Monday night incident. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Michael Jesse Najera, 36, of Escondido, Calif., is being held in Gregg County Jail on more than $1 million bond. He faces an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in addition to other charges stemming from the second attack. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm
SMITH COUNTY — The dam of a private pond on Smith County Road 448 has failed, causing water over County Road 455. But officials say the water over the latter road later dissipated and the thoroughfare remains open to drivers. According to KETK, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says the dam broke late Wednesday morning. Brooks stated nearby Brush Creek flooded and took on 10 surface acres of extra water at a maximum depth of 22 feet. He said water then flowed down into a nearby lake and contained the runoff.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm
MARSHALL — The Dallas FBI’s Tyler Resident Agency, the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Marshall Police Department announced a $10,000 reward Wednesday in a cold case dating back more than 18 years. According to KETK, the agencies seek information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Edgar Dwight Dawson in February 1997. On February 21, 1997, Dawson was found dead in the driver’s side seat of his vehicle; he had been shot one time in the chest. Officials say the investigation, conducted by the Marshall Police Department and the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, went cold after all credible leads were exhausted. The case was reopened in 2014 after the Marshall Police Department announced a commitment to clear the city’s cold case murders. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County Sheriff’s deputies continue to search for a burglary suspect in a wooded area. KETK reports the other suspect has already been captured. Lt. Gary Middleton said the search began around midday. The search is taking place on County Road 1102 off Highway 155 South near FM 344. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm
PALESTINE — The city of Palestine website reports that power has been restored at the local water treatment plans and water restrictions have been lifted. Power was lost at the plant due to the storms of May 25, so the city temporarily asked citizens to conserve water wherever possible, turn off sprinklers, and limit unnecessary water usage.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm
SMITH COUNTY — A chase through Smith County has led to the arrest of the vehicle’s driver. He is identified as Marco Matthew Gonzales, 32, Flint. It began just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon when a Smith County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over the vehicle on Loop 49 near the old Jacksonville Highway. The man sped away, at times reaching speeds up to 100 miles an hour. The chase ended under 30 minutes later when the suspect stopped and surrendered to authorities on Highway 155 near the Noonday Fire Department. The chase is said to have been triggered by the fact the man had an outstanding parole violation warrant. Gonzales was booked into the Smith County Jail on Charges of parole violation, evading arrest, and suspended drivers license.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison for defrauding a Kansas couple in an adoption scheme. Thirty-five-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday for two counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say Rippey admitted that she took $22,225 from a Shawnee, Kansas, couple who believed she was pregnant with twins and who wanted to adopt the children. The money was intended to pay for Rippey’s living expenses. Prosecutors say the transactions were based on Rippey’s false statements that she was pregnant and wanted to put her twins up for adoption.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm
TYLER — Funeral arrangements have been announced for former state representative Leo Berman. His life will be celebrated at Tyler’s Christ Episcopal Church, 118 South Bois d’ Arc at 2:00 Friday afternoon. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Berman died May 23rd following a long battle with lymphoma. After retiring from the military, he settled in Texas. While residing in Arlington,Texas, he was a member of the city council 1979–1985. Mr. Berman was a retired public affairs executive for Sun Exploration and Production Company. Representing District 6, Berman served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1999-2012.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm
ATHENS — An Athens teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the police department investigates a report of inappropriate texting between the high school teacher and a student. The investigation is just beginning and the teacher’s name has not been released. The school district is also conducting an investigation into the alleged texting.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm
TYLER — The new director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College will be Kim Lessner. She will oversee the science center’s growth and development, with primary responsibility for overall leadership, management, planning and fundraising activities. Most recently, Lessner served as development director for PATH in Tyler, where she was responsible for fundraising efforts, public relations, marketing, communications and special events such as PATH Week. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm
UNDATED — Authorities in Houston have confirmed two more storm-related deaths, raising the combined Texas and Oklahoma death toll to 19 people. Houston’s emergency operations center announced the deaths Wednesday in a news release. Officials estimate that anywhere from 800 to 1,400 homes in Houston have been damaged by the storms and flooding of recent days. Searchers are still looking for more than a dozen people in Texas who went missing during the powerful storms in recent days. The storm-related death toll in Texas stands at 15. Four people were confirmed killed in Oklahoma. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:53 pm
DALLAS (AP) – A study published this week in a medical journal says about a dozen more people were hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms last year after being exposed to the disease in Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that they ultimately tested negative for Ebola. The study, which was published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says the patients had developed fevers, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. They were hospitalized for one to five days and were released after tests came back negative. The report analyzed the effort in which almost 180 people in the Dallas area were identified in needing to be monitored for symptoms. Two nurses at a Dallas hospital were treated after contracting Ebola while caring for a man who had it.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Law enforcement groups from across Texas are demanding Gov. Greg Abbott veto a handgun open carry bill if they can’t strip out a restriction on police powers to question people carrying weapons. Abbott has pledged to sign an open carry bill into law. Police groups were angered when the Senate added a provision barring officers from asking someone carrying a handgun if they are licensed to have it. Lobbying groups from city police chiefs, sheriffs, and representatives of police unions in Dallas and Houston on Wednesday demanded the restriction be removed, calling it dangerous for police and the public. Conservatives say Texans should not be stopped for law-abiding activity. Minority lawmakers say the ban would prevent racial profiling. Texas has allowed concealed carry of handguns since 1995.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Disabled students who were charged with truancy and kicked out of school have accused 13 school districts and the Texas Education Agency of violating federal law. Three nonprofits filed the complaint Wednesday with the education agency, but are seeking an outside investigator. They accuse the agency and districts, including those in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, of violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read more …
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm
EL PASO (AP) – A fugitive former Los Angeles police officer charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight has appeared in a Texas courtroom after his arrest in northern Mexico. El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry said early Wednesday that Henry Solis went before a local magistrate for formal processing and is being held in a city jail. Solis was captured Tuesday by security forces in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, and deported back to the U.S. The FBI confirmed the arrest but did not give further information on the next legal steps for the 27-year-old. Officials said more would be revealed Wednesday. Solis, who was a rookie LAPD officer, is wanted in the shooting death of Salome Rodriguez outside a nightclub in Pomona, California, on March 13.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fired power plants from federal limits on particulates and other pollutants during startup, shutdown and maintenance at 19 power plants. A release from the Environmental Integrity Project on Wednesday says the exemptions made by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality between 2010 and 2013 show a “chronic disregard of federal Clean Air Act standards.” TCEQ spokesman Terry Clawson said in an email response that the agency followed the rules and did not relax any federal requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency. The groups allege public records show the state conspired with industry to illegally exempt 35 units at the 19 plants from federal particulate limits during the three stages of operation.
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 3:58 pm
AUSTIN (AP) – Texas lawmakers have sent to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill that bans the sale of shark fins in Texas, a move aimed at curbing the practice of cutting off the fins and tail and releasing the fish to die. The bill also bans possession of shark fins with intent to sell, regardless of where they were collected. Animal rights activists have long sought to restrict finning, which is used to supply some cultures where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy. Finning is already banned under federal law, but bill advocates say the practice has spiked on the black market in recent years in Texas waters. The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday would make shark finning a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
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(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James is headed back to the NBA finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 23 points during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night to help his team sweep the Atlanta Hawks, 118-88.
"We've worked our tail off all season to get to this point, and to be able to represent the Eastern Conference and...
(NEW YORK) -- The NHL Eastern Conference is anyone's for the taking.
The New York Rangers dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game 6 Tuesday night, winning 7-3 to tie the series up at 3 a piece.
Rangers center Derick Brassard led the team with three goals and two assists.
"Last game we got shut out in our own...
(ZURICH) -- In a series of overnight busts, authorities arrested high-ranking FIFA officials over allegations of vast racketeering and corruption involving more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades in soccer’s controversial governing body, law enforcement officials said.
In all, 14 people, which include a trio of sports marketing executives, have been charged by the...
(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 4, L.A. Angels 0
Houston 4, Baltimore 1
N.Y. Yankees 5, Kansas City 1
Toronto 10, Chi White Sox 9
Seattle 7, Tampa Bay 6, 10 Innings
Texas 4, Cleveland 3
Minnesota 2, Boston 1
Detroit 1, Oakland 0
Pittsburgh 5, Miami 1
Chi Cubs 3, Washington 2
(PITTSBURGH) -- The matchup in Week 1 between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots would be better having Tom Brady involved, according to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger was asked on Tuesday’s session of organized team activities if his teammates were sure if Brady won’t be in the lineup, as Brady’s appeal...
(HOUSTON) -- Houston Rockets fans had an unexpected, and dangerous encounter after Monday night’s win against the Golden State Warriors when torrential rains caused flash flooding throughout the city.
"All towards the end of the game whenever there was a time out in the last few minutes in the fourth quarter, they made an announcement saying, ‘We strongly advise...
(NEW YORK) -- On the basketball court, Abby Bishop is a fierce forward in the WNBA, set to make her return this month to the Seattle Storm.
Off the court, Bishop, 26, is still adjusting to life as a single mom to her nearly 2-year-old niece, Zala.
Bishop was able to gain legal guardianship of Zala after a...
(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- The Anaheim Ducks are just one win away from taking the Western Conference and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Ducks now lead the series 3-2 after a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime Monday night. Left wing Matt Beleskey scored the winning goal 45 seconds into OT during...
(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Rockets still have a chance at making it to the NBA finals.
Thanks in part to a solid performance by guard James Harden, the team avoided being swept by the Golden State Warriors during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals Monday night.
Harden scored a playoff career-high of 45 points, helping the...
(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 3, L.A. Angels 4
N.Y. Yankees 14, Kansas City 1
Baltimore 4, Houston 3
Minnesota 7, Boston 2
Oakland 4, Detroit 0
Texas 10, Cleveland 8
Toronto 6, White Sox 0
Seattle 4, Tampa Bay 1
Colorado 5, Cincinnati 4
N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 8, Milwaukee...
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Dr. Bob’s Weather Report and Forecast
Posted/updated on: May 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm
WEATHER REPORT AND SUMMARY:
VT [VALID TIME] THROUGH 05/28/2015@0530C
ISSUED: 05/27/2015 1632C
TYLER-LONGVIEW METROPOLITAN AREA FORECAST:
TONIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms mainly this evening, low lower 70s, south winds about 5 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
THURSDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
THURSDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low lower 70s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
FRIDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
FRIDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s, south winds 5-10 mph, severe weather risk–marginal;
SATURDAY: mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s, south winds 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
SUNDAY: mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high lower 80s;
SUNDAY NIGHT: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
MONDAY: mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
MONDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low middle 60s;
TUESDAY: mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s;
TUESDAY NIGHT: partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, low upper 60s;
WEDNESDAY: partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms, high middle 80s.
MID-RANGE OUTLOOK FOR JUNE 4-10, 2015:
Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
TYLER CLIMATE DATA FOR May 27, 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.
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 11.08
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 36.21
LONGVIEW CLIMATE DATA FOR May 27, 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]
MONTH-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 11.48
YEAR-TO-DATE PRECIPITATION 34.16
PUBLIC FORECAST EXPLANATION
ISSUED: 05/27/2015 1619C
For starters, the models did not handle last night well. For today, scattered showers and
thunderstorms are developing to our south, and more to our southwest near An Angelo. My
thinking is that showers are possible in our area this evening. Severe weather is less likely
tonight because of weak upper air ridging.
No significant disturbance tomorrow means that activity will be driven primarily by
daytime heating. And, we’re keeping scattered activity in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon
A series of disturbances associated with the next upper air trough should increase shower
activity this weekend and into early next week. A weak cold front may lower temperatures
The situation for the middle of next week is becoming less clear. The hope that the
pattern would shift and the rains would end is looking less probable. Instead, we may keep the
disturbances. Complicating matters further is the tropical system in the Eastern Pacific, which
could become a tropical storm and contribute to rainfall late next week.
Temperatures are going to continue running near to slightly above normal.
At 4 p.m. today, skies are sunny, temperatures in the 80s, and winds southerly at about 10
CODED CITIES FORECAST–TYR
ISSUED: 05/27/2015 1630C
DAY WX TEMP POP
Thursday SHOWERS 71/85 30%/40%
Friday THUNDERSTORMS 71/83 30%/50%
Saturday THUNDERSTORMS 69/82 30%/50%
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(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- Nebraska legislators overrode the state governor Wednesday to replace the death penalty in the state with life sentence without parole.
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(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon said Wednesday that live anthrax spores were accidentally shipped to private research laboratories in nine states.
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March sales were also revised up a few thousand units signaling a good sign in the housing market's recovery. But David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home...
(GENEVA) -- A new report from the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency, has found that 3.2 billion people -- about 44 percent of the world's population -- will have used the Internet by the end of this year.
The number is incredibly staggering considering in 2000 there were just 400 million estimated Internet users in the entire...
(NEW YORK) -- Another cable mega-merger is in the works. This time, it's Charter Communications buying its much larger rival Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.
Ahead of the deal, Time Warner -- the second biggest company in the country -- was valued at $78.7 billion.
Charter also wants to buy a smaller company, Bright House Networks,...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The average American spends about $1,000 a year on their cellphone bill, but some industry insiders estimate about $50 billion is wasted annually on parts of the plan they don't even need or use. So how do you know if you are getting the most bang for your buck?
Todd Dunphy used to work for Verizon...
(LAKE GEORGE, N.Y.) -- What's old is new again in the tourist town of Lake George, New York, where a newly reopened Howard Johnson's restaurant is seeing a resurgence in popularity among baby boomers.
Following the closure of a Lake Placid HoJo's outpost this spring and rumors that the Bangor, Maine, franchise's demise looms on the horizon, the...
(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- In the ongoing fare war between Australia's budget airlines, it would seem that travelers are the current victors.
Tigerair, a short-haul carrier owner by Virgin Australia, dropped roughly 500 fares to the rock-bottom price of $9 per flight on select routes this weekend in a bid to lure passengers away from competitors like Jetstar.
(WASHINGTON) -- Self-dubbed hair icon and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton assured voters Wednesday that if she gets elected president, her hair -- unlike that of her would-be predecessors -- will not turn gray over the course of her term.
“All of our presidents come into office looking so vigorous,” Clinton said during a campaign...
(WASHINGTON) -- Vivian Bailey, 97, never had the chance to go on a field trip as a child, but on Tuesday, she took the “field trip” of her dreams to the White House and was even...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton will have some company when she visits South Carolina on Wednesday: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, and only other female candidate in the race, is planning to rain on Clinton’s parade by hosting her own event outside of the hotel where Clinton will be delivering a keynote address.
(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton returns to South Carolina Wednesday for the first time in nearly eight years for a one-day swing through the state’s capital, Columbia.
During her short visit, Clinton’s focus will be on women and minorities. She will participate in a roundtable discussion with “minority women small business owners” in the morning and then deliver...
(WASHINGTON) -- Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania who lost the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, says he’s “ready” to run for president in 2016.
“I’m ready to do this again,” he said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.
“It's an exciting opportunity,” he told Stephanopoulos. “To...
(WASHINGTON) -- In a federal court filing submitted late Tuesday night, the State Department proposed a new plan to rollout heavily scrubbed versions of 55,000 emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The State Department said it will begin posting the emails on its website starting on June 30 and then continue posting them every...
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama scolded the Senate on Tuesday for leaving town for a week-long recess without reaching an agreement to renew certain provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire at midnight on May 31 if Congress fails to reach a compromise.
“The House of Representatives did its work which strikes the appropriate balance,”...
(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- The longest-serving Independent senator in U.S. history, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, kicked-off his presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination Tuesday with a colorful and lively event in Burlington.
With blue-grass music, tie-dye and free ice cream, the afternoon event felt half like a summer festival and half like a political rally.
A self-identified "Democratic Socialist,"...
(WASHINGTON) -– More than 100,000 taxpayers may of had some of their private information stolen from IRS computers during this tax season.
The agency said on Tuesday that sophisticated thieves managed to steal some of that information outside the IRS to get in and get illegal refunds.
According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the thieves got into their system...Read more...
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is not disputing Defense Secretary Ash Carter's contention that the Iraqi Army lacks the will to fight.
“Well, that certainly has been a problem we’ve seen in the past; that's what allowed ISIL to make such significant gains last summer,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told ABC News in Tuesday’s press briefing when pressed...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Capitol building, including the Capitol Visitor Center, was temporarily evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to an audible alarm, the Capitol Police said.
Staff and visitors were evacuated from the Capitol. Lawmakers are currently in recess and were not in session for the rare evacuation.
Staff was allowed back into the Capitol building one hour after the...
(WASHINGTON) -- As popular Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain seeks a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, a potential Democratic opponent emerged on Tuesday after Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a three-term lawmaker from Flagstaff, entered the race.
"In Arizona we tell it straight, so let’s get right to it,” Kirkpatrick said in a campaign video announcement. “I’m announcing my...
(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Tuesday is expected to file its schedule for releasing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails as requested by a judge last week.
The judge requested the department release them in batches every 60 days, and on Tuesday, we should find out when that will start.
Campaign reporters and Clinton have...
(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign kick-off event in Vermont Tuesday evening.
“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart,” Sanders said in a statement. “There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.”...
(WASHINGTON) -- “H” swag is now officially for sale.
Hillary for America launched its online store Tuesday morning for supporters to buy “everyday gear” -- sweatshirts, tee-shirts, mugs, pillows, signs, etc. -- to show support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.
Many of the products they’re selling have the “H” logo on them. Among the offerings: “The Everyday...
(NEW YORK) -- Increases in the rates of three major sexually transmitted diseases in Rhode Island have led local health officials to warn that high-risk behaviors could be to blame, including the use of social media to “arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters."
Among the statistics, HIV rates have risen 33 percent, gonorrhea cases are up 30 percent...
(LONDON) -- Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.
"It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies," said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home's deputy manager. "They both made such a positive...
(NEW YORK) -- A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.
The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.
Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove...
(BETHLEHEM, N.H.) -- A New Hampshire principal battling a rare cancer was brought to tears when her senior class unanimously decided to give up their senior class trip and donate nearly $8,000 to her medical care.
Courtney Vashaw, principal of the Profile school for both junior and high school students in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was diagnosed with a rare...
(NEW YORK) -- New versions of "The Pill" could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.
The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.
But, as ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out,...
(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.
The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.
In second place was...
(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.
At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.
Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining...
(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Alba rocks a sexy bikini on the latest cover of Shape magazine but admits her fit physique doesn't come easy.
"I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks," she told the June issue. "Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me...
(HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old California softball player is reportedly fighting for her life days after a brain aneurysm led her to collapse on the field.
Dana Housley told her coach she “felt dizzy” before collapsing on the field, according to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC-TV.
She was taken to Kaiser Permanente in...
(NEW YORK) -- A snapshot of a young cancer patient has gone viral after the girl's mother posted the picture on Facebook.
Maliyah Jones is just 5 years old but has already been battling neuroblastoma for nearly three years, according to a Facebook page run by her mother, Tazz Jones.
Earlier this year, Jones snapped a picture of...
(NEW YORK) -- Forget the bar. If you're looking for love, stop at the local coffee shop because apparently caffeine puts the mojo in a cup of joe.
A small field study found men who chatted up women at cafes surrounded by the pleasant aromas of coffee and pastries were more likely to walk away with a phone number....
(NEW YORK) -- Since 2002, doctors have used Botox to paralyze the facial muscles underneath wrinkles, but it may be doing more than simply stopping these muscle movements – it may make the skin more youthfully elastic.
Researchers backed by Allergan, the company that makes Botox, studied the effects of Botox injections on 43 women in a study published...
(NEW YORK) -- Sandra Lee is home from the hospital.
The lifestyle guru, who underwent a double mastectomy last week, shared photos of herself with her partner, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and their bird, Phoenix.
"Home after a long week in the hospital," she wrote. "So happy to be in my own backyard. There is no place...
(CLEVELAND) -- If you’re allergic to tree and grass pollen, Memorial Day is probably not your favorite holiday.
It’s the time of year when the spring tree pollen end up overlapping with the summer grass pollen, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. David Lang, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic, said many people experience this allergy “double whammy.”
(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother is out of jail after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.
Heather Hironimus posted bond and was released Saturday night, according to authorities in Palm Beach County.
Hironimus, 31, had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for...
(NEW YORK) -- When Kalinda, played by Archie Panjabi, and Alicia, played by Julianna Margulies, shared a final scene together on the recent season finale of The Good Wife, it almost seemed too good to be true.
After the scene aired, rumors spread online that the two actresses shot the scene separately and the final product was computer...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.
KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.
Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE +...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- When Kevin Connolly reprises his role as Eric Murphy in the film adaptation of the former HBO series, Entourage, he'll be showing a lot of skin.
To prepare for the film, the actor said on Wednesday's Live with Kelly and Michael that he "basically didn't eat for three days was the way to go....Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Britt Nilsson was sent home last week on The Bachelorette, but this week she's sharing photos proving that she's still happily with Brady Toops.
The two met on this season of the ABC competition, which was different than past seasons because two bachelorettes, Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe, met 25 men, who were asked to vote for the woman they wanted to...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- The last time we saw Jason Statham onscreen, he was playing the bad guy inFurious 7. But in his latest film, Spy, where he stars opposite Melissa McCarthy, the British actor gets funny.
Statham -- who's best-known as an action star in movies like The Transporter and The Expendables -- admits in the June issue of ...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Actress Tatum O'Neal was once married to tennis star John McEnroe, but now she's looking for love in different places.
"I like women," O'Neal tells People magazine. "I definitely have been dating mostly women recently."
"I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth," she continues. "They're gentle, and also more intelligent than the men...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne Johnson arrived on a fire engine with a rescue helicopter overhead at Tuesday night’s Los Angeles premiere of the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas.
Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California. But say he was in an actual earthquake --...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- America’s Got Talent returned for its landmark 10th season on Tuesday, beginning their search for the country's best talent in New Jersey.
Tuesday's showcase included a hypnotist who got judge Howie Mandel, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, to temporarily get over his phobia, and a stuttering stand-up comic.
Mandel was back behind the judges' table along...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Forbes has announced its list of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2015, and Beyonce was named one of the most powerful women in entertainment.
Queen Bey ranks number 21 on the overall tally of 100 and she second among other women in the entertainment industry who made the list, behind Oprah Winfrey. Other celebs on the list...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Congratulations may be in order for Keira Knightley, who was expecting her first child with husband James Righton.
According to Us Weekly, the two have welcomed their bundle of joy. There's no word on when the baby was born, the gender of the newborn or the name.
Knightley barely even announced her pregnancy. Instead, the news...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who has struggled with alcohol addiction in the past, has issued an apology after he was photographed earlier this month in London with what appeared to be a vodka bottle in his hand.
In a message posted on his fiancée Mara Lane's Instagram account, the Dracula star said, "Mara and I...Read more...
(SYDNEY) -- Although Johnny Depp's two dogs are out of Australia, the Pirates of the Caribbean star could be facing jail time and a large fine.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian Senate committee on Monday said that if the incident is brought to trial, and Depp is found guilty, the actor will face up to 10...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- A handful of sponsors confirmed Tuesday they are no longer advertising with 19 Kids and Counting, after Josh Duggar last week responded to reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago.
A spokesperson for Payless ShoeSource told ABC News, “Payless' ads ran during this show as part of a larger buy with TLC. We are...Read more...
(LOS ANGELES) -- Although they are divorced, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are still dedicated to raising their two children together.
The pair, along with their kids, attended a party in honor of Memorial Day on Monday at producer Joel Silver's house in Malibu, reports People magazine.
"Gwyneth and Chris arrived separately," a source told the magazine. "At the party, they were...Read more...
(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham celebrated a different kind of freedom on Memorial Day -- by posting a photo of herself in her lingerie.
"Love my @lonelylingerie and I think I will wear it to dinner with some boots & a smile because we are all very lucky to be free," she joked on Instagram.
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