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Man Crushed by Vehicle

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:47 am

Gregg County Sheriffs Office patchLONGVIEW — A Gregg County man has been killed after a vehicle fell on him. Around 5:00 yesterday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Highway 300 Mobile Home Park north of Longview. They found trapped under a vehicle he had been working on Ismael Guerra Mendez, 25. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Tim Bryan.


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Authorities Continue to Investigate Marijuana Fields in Smith County

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:42 am

potfieldSMITH COUNTY — Smith County deputies are searching for the person or people responsible for a marijuana grow near Interstate 20. According to Lt. Gary Middleton, narcotics deputies discovered a marijuana field following a tip in the area of I-20 and FM 2015 Monday. Investigators also found irrigation pumps and decided to monitor the field from a distance. KETK reports, around 10:00 Tuesday morning, a Hispanic male was spotted watering the field of plants. As authorities approached the man, he ran from deputies. Read more …


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Police: Cross-Dressing Sex Offender Arrested for Sexual Assault

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

LesterMug11_1438184741145_3026188_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Longview police say a high-risk registered sex offender has been arrested for reportedly sexually assaulting a male in the dressing room of a store in the Longview Mall. According to KETK, Public Information Officer Kristie Brian says police responded to the call and arrived while the assault was happening, allegedly at the hands of Lester Levelle Reedy, 41. Officials say Reedy is also a cross-dresser and goes by a female alias at times. Authorities say Reedy has a criminal record that spans 25 years and was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in 2004.


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Fleming Named Texas Tea Party Chairwoman for Cruz Campaign

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

joann_fleming_ketk_pic_48291_ver1.0HOUSTON — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday that longtime conservative activist JoAnn Fleming of Smith County will become the Texas Tea Party Chairwoman for Cruz for President. On his campaign website, Cruz calls Fleming “one of Texas’ most experienced activists” with “a long record of leading the fight for conservative principles.” Also on the Cruz website, Fleming calls Cruz “a consistent fighter” for the rule of law, for the American people, and against a big government. Fleming says she’s proud to take on her new role. She’s a former Smith County Commissioner who’s now the executive of the activist group Grassroots America – We the People.


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Dead Body Found; Homicide Probe Underway

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:48 am

police-longviewLONGVIEW — A Longview death is being investigated as a homicide. Officers were dispatched at 9:20 Tuesday morning to the 700 block of Gilmer Road for a welfare check. They found the woman’s body in an apartment. KETK identifies the location as the Regency Park Apartments. Police obtained a search warrant and re-entered the apartment to continue their investigation.


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Flynn Seeks AG Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage, Benefits

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

Dan-FlynnVAN — Republican state Representative Dan Flynn of Van says licenses and benefits for same-sex couples are still illegal in Texas, and he’s asked Attorney General Ken Paxton for an opinion. Flynn argues that the state Legislature has not changed the Texas definition of marriage — which says it is only between a man and a woman. A critic of Flynn’s suggestion says any ruling by the attorney general would be non-binding. A Paxton aide said any opinion would be based on the law and should not be pre-judged.


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Planned Parenthood Skips “Political” Texas Senate Hearing

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

Planned Parenthood logo2AUSTIN (AP) – Planned Parenthood officials are not testifying before Texas lawmakers about covertly recorded videos that target the abortion provider, calling the emergency hearing “political gamesmanship.” Conservatives on the Texas Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday scolded Planned Parenthood for their absence. Republican Chairman Charles Schwertner said the organization needs to answer for how it operates in Texas. Texas is one of a number of GOP-controlled states that have launched investigations after the release of videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss how to harvest tissue for research from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood says it has done nothing illegal or improper. The hearing comes as Republicans in the U.S. Senate say the plan a vote to block federal funds to the women’s health provider.


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Austin Doctor Gets 10 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

Doctors symbolHOUSTON (AP) — An Austin physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and must repay $1.2 million for Medicare fraud. Dr. Dennis Barson was sentenced in Houston. Barson and his clinical administrator, Dario Juarez of Beeville, were convicted in November of conspiracy and health care fraud counts. An assistant medical director, Edgar Shakbazyan of Glendale, California, pleaded guilty in October on health care fraud charges related to kickbacks. Shakbazyan was sentenced to eight years in prison. Juarez received a nearly 11-year federal prison term. Prosecutors say the men in 2009 submitted fraudulent billing related to more than 400 patients for tests that were not done. Barson was the only physician affiliated with the clinic in Houston but Juarez, identified by prosecutors as an unlicensed physician’s assistant, saw patients.


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US Customs Officer Charged with Smuggling Immigrants

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

U.S. CustomsEL PASO (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been charged with smuggling four Mexican nationals into the United States. In a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, prosecutors charged 53-year-old Lawrence Madrid with smuggling immigrants into the United States on two separate occasions at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso. Homeland Security investigators accused Madrid of allowing three Mexican nationals to pass the station he was manning without proper documents on Aug. 10, 2010. Then, in September 2011, Madrid is alleged to have allowed another Mexican national to pass his permit window and subsequent inspection lanes after the man wrote his name on a piece of paper. The complaint says payments were made to an intermediary named by his initials. Madrid is a supervisory officer for the El Paso area.


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US Flag Mural Painted at New West Texas School After Dispute

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

flag mural-El PasoEL PASO (AP) — A U.S. flag mural on a new West Texas school resolves a dispute over whether the building should blend in with the desert. Two artists on Tuesday continued the red, white and blue effort at the Congressman Silvestre & Carolina Reyes Elementary School in El Paso. Martin Zubia and Ulices Gonzalez are charging a discounted $5,000 fee. A subcontractor for the Canutillo Independent School District in January started painting a flag on the 313-foot wall. But the artwork violated a development agreement to use certain colors similar to the desert. The wall was then painted a rust-type color. Some veterans complained. An agreement was reached for the flag mural, but trustees lacked the money. The district and other supporters raised $15,000 in an effort called Operation Paint It Back.


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14 Trapped in Stalled Tower of the Americas Elevator

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

Tower of the AmericasSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Firefighters used a pair of ladders to rescue 14 people, including two children, who were trapped in an external elevator on San Antonio’s iconic Tower of the Americas. The elevator that tracks up the stem of the 750-foot tower built for HemisFair ’68 in downtown San Antonio stalled about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster says fire-rescue crews were called to the scene about 20 minutes later after attempts to restart the elevator failed. One by one, firefighters brought occupants up a ladder to the top of the elevator car about 50 feet above the ground, then up a second ladder about 10 feet to an opening in the tower column. Firefighters carried the two children up the second ladder. All occupants were rescued after two hours.


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4 Cannons from Confederate Warship Reach Texas A&M

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

Confederate cannon-Texas A&MCOLLEGE STATION (AP) — Four cannons recovered from a sunken Confederate warship have arrived at Texas A&M University for preservation. Officials say the cannons from the CSS Georgia were trucked to the school’s Conservation Research Lab on Monday. The Georgia was scuttled by its crew before Savannah fell to Union forces in 1864. The cannons were recovered from the ironclad, which is being raised from the Savannah River as part of a channel-deepening project. A&M’s research lab in College Station is working on the $15 million removal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy, which owns the ship and its contents. Experts hope to display many of the artifacts.


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Baby Giraffe Dies at Dallas Zoo in Accident

Posted/updated on: July 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

Dallas Zoo-baby giraffe 4-12-15DALLAS (AP) — A baby giraffe whose birth at the Dallas Zoo was viewed live on the Internet worldwide has died in an accident. A Dallas Zoo statement says Kipenzi, the 3-month-old giraffe, died about 5:30 Tuesday afternoon when she ran into a perimeter edge of the barn that’s part of the giraffe herd’s habitat. According to the statement, zoo keepers were routinely shifting the herd into their night barn when the calf began to scamper about the feeding yard. Zoo officials say she died immediately from three broken neck vertebrae. Kipenzi’s mother, Katie, was allowed to visit the calf’s body before veterinarians and zoo keepers removed it. Kipenzi’s birth April 10 was live-streamed on the Animal Planet website. Kipenzi is Swahili for “loved one.”


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New England Patriots Owner Bob Kraft Defends Tom Brady

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft on Wednesday called the NFL's investigation and decision to uphold quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension "extremely frustrating and disconcerting."

Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was fined by the NFL.

"I was wrong to put my faith in the league," Kraft said,...

Tom Brady’s Destroyed Smartphone: A Look at Where Those Texts Went

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The destruction of Tom Brady's Samsung phone wouldn't have been enough to immediately get rid of his text messages, however the window of time he waited to disclose to the NFL he destroyed the phone would have been enough time for all traces of his communication to disappear.

Brady's destroyed smartphone turned out to...

Tom Brady Responds to NFL Suspension Decision on Facebook

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responded Wednesday to the NFL's decision to uphold the four-game suspension in relation to the "Deflategate" scandal, saying he was "very disappointed."

"I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," Brady said in a post to Facebook. "Despite submitting to hours of...

Scoreboard Roundup — 7/28/15

iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 7, Atlanta 3
Philadelphia 3, Toronto 2
Pittsburgh 8, Minnesota 7
Arizona 8, Seattle 4  
Oakland 2, L.A. Dodgers 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 4
Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 2
Kansas City 2, Cleveland 1
Houston 10, L.A. Angels 5
N.Y. Yankees 21, Texas 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 4,...

NASCAR Drivers Announce Engagement

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A pair of NASCAR drivers is now engaged to one another.

Camping World Truck Series driver Daniel Hemric and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Kenzie Ruston both announced on Twitter Tuesday that they are engaged.

Hemric posted a photo of himself with Ruston, who's flashing off her engagement ring. He wrote, "Amazing...

New York Mets Pitcher Suspended

33ft/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended without pay for 162 games, according to a press release from Major League Baseball (MLB).

Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone, which are both performance-enhancing drugs.

This is Mejia's second suspension this season. He was suspended for 80 games in April for the same violation.

Mejia's...

NFL Upholds Tom Brady’s Suspension over Deflategate Scandal

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The National Football League announced its decision Tuesday to uphold the punishment imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the scandal that has become known as “deflategate.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, in large part, because investigators found he instructed his assistant to destroy his cellphone. It was the...

White House Responds to Petition for Yogi Berra Medal of Freedom

NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama was traveling overseas, it seems the White House caught up on its homework and completed all outstanding responses to petitions on White House.gov.
 
One noteworthy petition called on the White House to consider awarding New York Yankees great Yogi Berra with the presidential medal of freedom for...

Report: Le’Veon Bell’s Suspension Reduction Under Negotiation

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Le’Veon Bell could be playing ball sooner rather than later.

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are negotiating to reduce the Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s suspension from three games to just one or two, sources told ESPN.

Along with the players’ union, attorneys for Bell argued at the time of Bell’s...

Arizona Cardinals Make Jen Welter NFL’s First Female Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League now has its first female coach.

The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers, ESPN reports.

She is believed to be the...


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New York Man Arrested for Supporting ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(LACKAWANNA, N.Y.) —  A western New York man has been arrested on charges of supporting ISIS, officials said.

A member of the Muslim community in Lackawanna, near Buffalo, New York, tipped the FBI to Arafat Nagi.

“A member of the community expressed concern that Nagi could, in fact, commit violence either in the United States or abroad,” an official...

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Buffalo Snow Pile Refuses to Melt Eight Months After Snowstorm

Patrick McPartland/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The sun is shining, swimming pools are open and there’s still a giant snow pile in New York.

The calendar says it’s almost August, but an estimated 12-feet-tall snow pile still lingers in Buffalo, New York from a snow storm eight months ago.

“The original problem started back in November,” New York state...

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Video Shows Chattanooga Gunman’s DUI Arrest

Chattanooga Police(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Newly released video shows the Chattanooga gunman being arrested for driving under the influence earlier this year, an incident his family believes may have led to him opening fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing five service members.

The video shows Mohammod Abdulazeez being stopped after 2 a.m. on April 20 by police...

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Couple on Trial for Allegedly Allowing Underage Drinking Before Teen Killed in Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The mother of a Raleigh, North Carolina, teenager killed in a car crash last year broke down while testifying in the trial against a couple accused of allowing her son and several other teens to drink before the crash.

Carrie Taylor testified Tuesday that she and her husband, a North Carolina state trooper, learned of their...

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400-Year-Old Remains Identified as Founders of Jamestown

Michael Lavin, Courtesy of Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation(WASHINGTON) -- A team of scientists on Tuesday revealed that a set of 400-year-old skeletons are believed to be early leaders from Jamestown, the place where the English settlement of North America took root, at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

“They were four of the first founders of English America,”...

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Why Do Some Colleges No Longer Require an SAT Score?

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Looks like your chances of getting into your dream school just got easier -- at least, if your dream college is George Washington University.

The Washington, D.C. private college is removing the SAT and ACT from most freshmen admission requirements, The Washington Post reports.

The reason speaks to the ongoing debate about the alleged cultural bias of...

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James Holmes’ Father Says Son Is ‘Excellent Kid’ in Desperate Bid to Save His Life

Shelly Greer/Hemera/iStock/ThinkStock(AURORA, Colo.) -- Bob Holmes took the stand Tuesday in a desperate attempt to save the life of his son, who was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre.

James Holmes is potentially facing the death penalty after being convicted of 165 counts on July 16.
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Eight Kids Hurt, Two Critically, When Tree Falls Outside Museum

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(PASADENA, Calif.) -- A huge tree fell and hit children near a museum in California on Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically.

The tree toppled over around 5 p.m. near the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, hitting children who were waiting to be picked up by their parents from summer day camp.

"I heard a...

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Officials Release Sandra Bland Jail Footage to Address Theories About Her Death

Sandra Bland/Facebook(HOUSTON) -- Texas officials released new footage of Sandra Bland in the county jail where she remained for three days until her death, showing her talking to officers, facing a magistrate judge, sleeping in a holding cell and making multiple phone calls.

One clip from the day after her arrest shows a seemingly upset Bland in her orange...

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Teen Arrested for Murder After 8-Year-Old’s Body Found in Recycling Bin, Police Say

Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old has been arrested for allegedly murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a recycling bin in Santa Cruz, California, police said Tuesday.

The teen, who lived on the same property at the Tannery Arts Center where 8-year-old Madyson Middleton's body was found, took her to his apartment and...

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Man Arrested In ISIS-Inspired Plot to Bomb Florida Beach, Officials Say

Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- The FBI has arrested a man who allegedly wanted to detonate a bomb at a Florida beach and attack police at their homes in what authorities describe as an ISIS-inspired terror attack, officials said.

Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West, Florida, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction...

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Cyclist’s Helmet Cam Captures Moment SUV Hits Him Then Speeds Away

Trip Volpe(SEATTLE) -- A cyclist's GoPro camera on his helmet caught his recent close encounter with a SUV at an intersection in Seattle, Washington, where the driver crashed into the cyclist and sped away.

The cyclist, Trip Volpe, was headed northbound on Dexter Avenue at Thomas Street when the SUV made a quick turn in front of him, ABC...

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How a Car Salesman Allegedly Kidnapped During a Test-Drive Escaped

iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, Calif.) — A California car salesman was in for the ride of his life after a customer test-driving the vehicle tried to steal it with him in it, police said.

The salesman, from a dealership in Concord, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, was on a test drive with a customer on Monday, according to the Concord...

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Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard Granted Parole

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted release from prison by the U.S. Parole Commission, according to a U.S. official.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after being arrested in 1985 for stealing secrets for Israel. Laws at the time mandated eligibility for parole after serving 30 years, according to the Justice Department.

He is now...

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Inside Joyce Mitchell’s Relationships with Escaped Prisoners and Fantasy of a New Life

G.N. Miller - Pool/Getty Images(PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.) --  Prison worker Joyce Mitchell poured her heart out to investigators about her relationships with the convicted murderers she helped escape from an upstate New York prison, detailing her increasing sexual contact with one of them and her deepening involvement in the plot over time, according to a series of statements she made...

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American Dentist Who Admitted Killing Cecil the Lion Now Hounded on Social Media

Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who acknowledged hunting and killing Cecil, a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, is now the one being hounded on the Internet by protesters flooding his social media, creating online petitions and mocking him on parody accounts.

Over 273,000 tweets contained the trending hashtag #CeciltheLion on Twitter...

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NASA’s Mars Orbiter Is Making a Huge Maneuver

This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission over the red planet. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- NASA's next Mars lander won't even launch until next year, but the space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is making a big move on Wednesday to get ready.

The spacecraft will make its biggest maneuver Wednesday since 2006, undergoing a planned 77-second firing...

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Australia Campaigns to Kill Millions of Feral Cats

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Australia is declaring war, not on extremists, but on cats.

Part of a strategy to protect endangered birds and small mammals, Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced a plan to humanely cull 20 million feral cats by 2020.

Cats that live in the wild are "a major cause of decline for many land-based endangered animals such as the...

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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Has Died, Afghan Officials Say

Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Mullah Omar, whose Taliban regime in Afghanistan sheltered Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda for years before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, has died, Afghan officials said on Wednesday.

The Afghan president's and prime minister's offices offered no specifics as to how or when Omar died. The announcement was made as Kabul and the Taliban...

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Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu Readmitted to Hospital

Ashraf Hendricks/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu was readmitted to a hospital in South Africa Wednesday just over a week after being discharged.

According to a statement from The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation, the 83-year-old was hospitalized again "after expressing renewed discomfort." He had been discharged from the hospital on July 21.

Desmond...

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Russian Man’s Adventure Gone Wrong

Fuse/iStock/ThinkStock(TORONTO) -- A Russian adventurer survived in Arctic waters after his helicopter crashed.

Sergey Ananov was flying around the Arctic Circle in a tiny helicopter when the engine failed as he was flying over open water between eastern Canada and Greenland.

He was able to escape the helicopter and grabbed a life raft. He then swam to an ice...

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Son of Col. Gaddafi Sentenced to Death

LorenzoT81/iStock/ThinkStock(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- A Libyan court has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and eight others to death, according to the BBC.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is the son of Libya's late removed leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

The death sentences come as a result of war crimes related to the revolution back in 2011.

According to the BBC, Abdullah al-Senussi, the former...

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Gay CIA Contractor Claims Dangerous Harassment in War Zone

Brett Jones(WASHINGTON) -- He spent 13 years on secret missions around the world for the CIA, but when former Navy SEAL Brett Jones looked into his cell phone camera and pressed “record” earlier this month, he was scared.

“The reason I’m making this is, in the event that something happens to me, there’s evidence I’m in Afghanistan working as...

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Refugee Crisis Unfolding in Ukraine

Bigandt_Photography/iStock/ThinkStock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- One of the less obvious consequences of the war in Ukraine is the refugee crisis unfolding there.

Charities in Ukraine are warning about a huge hidden refugee emergency. Fighting in the country between Ukraine's army and Russian-backed rebels has forced almost 1.4 million people to flee their homes. Charities say the Ukrainian government is failing to...

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Minnesota Dentist Acknowledges Killing Zimbabwe Lion Named Cecil

Cecil, Zimbabwe's famous lion, has reportedly been killed by a hunter. (Brent Stapelkamp)(NEW YORK) -- An American dentist acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion named Cecil during a recent hunting trip to Zimbabwe.

Dr. Walter Palmer, 55, in a statement, said, "In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I...

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Cassini: What It Saw on Saturn’s Moon Tethys

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute(NEW YORK) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a huge impact basin on Tethys, one of Saturn's 62 known moons, shining brightly and spiking curiosity about the landscape of the icy world.

While the rest of the moon appears dark, the photo shows a 280-mile impact region called Odysseus, spanning near half the width of the entire...

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Algae Invasion Turns Yellow Sea Green

iStock/Thinkstock(QINGDAO, China) -- It's beach time as usual for people on vacation in eastern China -- despite a thick layer of green algae appearing at popular resorts.

More than 13,500 square miles of water along the Qingdao coast have been affected by the phenomenon, Chinese media reported, and it's been a recurring event since 2007.

Scientists say the plant...

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John Kerry Names New US Special Envoy for Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Michael Ratney will replace Daniel Rubinstein as the third U.S. special envoy for Syria since the war there began in 2011, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, Kerry said Ratney is "a Senior Foreign Service officer who is fluent in Arabic and whose distinguished career has spanned Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, and...

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NATO Gathers to Discuss Violence Along Turkey-Syria Border

iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- An emergency gathering of NATO countries is taking place in Brussels Tuesday morning to discuss the increasingly volatile situation in Turkey.

In recent days, trouble in neighboring Syria has spilled over the border. Those troubles include bombings and shootings that killed police, soldiers and civilians.

Turkey has responded by launching airstrikes into Syria and Iraq.

Officials in...

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Thousands of Students Perform Haka Dance for Beloved Teacher

iStock/Thinkstock(PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand) -- Thousands of high school students in New Zealand performed a traditional haka dance as a send-off for a beloved teacher who died.

Video shows at least 1,700 students from Palmerston North Boys' High School on the country's North Island performing the dance last Friday at the funeral service of Dawson Tamatea, who died on...

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Delta Introduces Latest Commercial Airline Perk: Upgrades to Private Jets

Delta Airlines(NEW YORK) -- For a few very frequent fliers, an upgrade no longer means a seat in first class. On Delta, the very best customers will have the option to fly private instead.

The airline calls the option to fly private "a new surprise-and-delight program" limited to Medallion members traveling on select commercial Delta flights. Being a Medallion...

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Meet the New Face of Dior: She’s 14 and Her Runway Walk Sparked Major Controversy

Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sofia Mechetner is sultry, sophisticated and wore a barely-there sheer white gown as she led a parade of models at Christian Dior’s Paris fashion show earlier this month.

And, she’s just 14 years old.

The Israeli native is the new star of the luxury fashion brand’s fall collection, but her tender age has reignited...

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Curb Your Spending Appetite with an All-Cash Diet

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Freezing your assets -- like in Confessions of a Shopaholic -- shows us how some go to extremes to chill their spending.

Following that strategy is 23-year-old Kathleen Elkins, a Business Insider reporter challenging herself to a cash-only diet. She’s budgeting $125 a week for daily purchases outside of rent and utilities, which is about $21...

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Windows 10 Is Here: What You Need to Know

JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Windows 10 is here -- and for the first time in a while, there's actual excitement about Microsoft's operating system upgrade.

There's a sharper new browser that puts Internet Explorer to shame, Cortana integration and an emphasis on a more productive experience in Windows. Windows 10 is so radically different that Microsoft even skipped...

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Security Failures Found at Many of the Nation’s Airports

Artfoliophoto/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A recent investigation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) showed security failures at many of the country's busiest airports.

Investigators were able to take mock explosives and other material through checkpoints.

Fare-Compare CEO Rick Seaney says, "If you can actually pass fake stuff through that kind of security, whether it's the body scanner or the x-ray...

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Stocks Regain Ground As Markets in Europe and China Stabilized

JaysonPhotography/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks regained some ground after several big companies reported better than expected earnings and as markets in China and Europe stabilized.

As global stock markets calmed, investors moved money out of safe-haven assets like bonds and commodities. Better than expected earnings lifted big companies like UPS, Ford, and Reynolds American.

After the bell, Twitter and Yelp...

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Android Stagefright Hack: How to Make Sure You’re Protected

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Chances are your Android device is one of the 950 million Android phones vulnerable to an exploit that allows hackers to gain control of the device by sending a malware infected picture message.

Details of the hacking threat, which has been dubbed Stagefright, were published this week by cyber security research firm Zimperium.

The only devices...

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How Nike FuelBand Users Could Get Money as Part of Class Action Settlement

Getty Images News(LOS ANGELES) — People who own a Nike+ FuelBand may be getting $15 or a $25 Nike gift card if a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over the fitness device's accuracy receives final approval.

A class-action lawsuit alleges that Nike and Apple breached their warranty and made false or misleading statements over the FuelBand's ability to accurately...

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Samsung Has Surprises in Store for August Event

An invite to an upcoming Samsung Galaxy event in New York. (Samsung)(NEW YORK) — Expect Samsung to go even bigger at the company's "Unpacked" launch event.

While the South Korea-based electronics company is keeping its agenda for the Aug. 13 event in New York City under wraps, it's widely expected Samsung will stick to what it does best and...

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Florida Sunken Treasure Discovery from 1715 Shipwreck Valued at over $1 Million

1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC(FT. PIERCE, Fla.) -- Florida treasure hunters hit the sunken treasure jackpot.

Brent Brisben -- a co-founder of 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC, which has the rights to dive at the wreckage site where the gold was ultimately discovered -- told ABC News that the 60 gold artifacts on the bottom of the ocean floor...

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Where Startup that Turned Down $30M “Shark Tank” Offer Is Today

Coffee Meets Bagel(NEW YORK) -- The Kang sisters -- Soo, Dawoon and Arum -- stunned everyone when they said no to $30 million, walking away from Mark Cuban’s record-setting offer for their dating app on ABC’s Shark Tank earlier this year.

“We got so many emails, ‘You sisters are so crazy! What are you thinking?’” Dawoon Kang told ABC...

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Walmart’s Oldest US Employee Celebrates His 103rd Birthday

Courtesy Walmart(WINFIELD, Kan.) -- There’s a lot to celebrate as you get older. Especially when you’re 103 and Walmart’s oldest employee in the United States.

Meet Loren Wade, who on Saturday celebrated his 103rd birthday and 33 years as a Walmart employee with dozens of his closest friends.

“It was great. Lots of people. It was quite a deal,”...

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New York’s LaGuardia Airport Will Be Rebuilt

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York's LaGuardia Airport is getting a makeover.

Vice President Joe Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in announcing that the airport will be torn down next year and rebuilt.

The plans to revamp the airport come after several complaints about LaGuardia. Vice President Joe Biden explained, "It's about the hallways that don't...

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Global Markets Sink After Chinese Stocks Suffer Sell Off

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- World markets sank after Chinese stocks suffered another sell off and US stocks fall for a fifth day.

The Shanghai "share index" shed more than 8 percent, it's biggest one-day decline since 2007 and it had a ripple effect around the world.

The Dow now at a six month low after dropping 128 points to just...

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Internet.Org: Where Mark Zuckerberg’s Pet Project Stands 1 Year Later

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- During its first year in existence, Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org initiative has brought free online access to more than one billion people in emerging markets but it turns out the service could also be beneficial for mobile providers' bottom lines.

Launching first in Zambia, Internet.org has since teamed up with mobile operators in 17 countries...

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

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

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

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

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Mixed Day on Wall Street, Despite Upbeat Monthly Employment Report

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

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

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

The...

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US Economy Adds 280K Jobs in May

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

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

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

 Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent...

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CVS Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Profiling Customers, Worker Discrimination

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

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

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Hillary Clinton Calls Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Disturbing’

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national...

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Hillary Clinton Calls Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Disturbing’

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national...

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Senators Address Sexual Assaults on College Campuses, Propose Legislation

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Kirsten Gillibrand and Patty Murray were among a group of senators speaking before a committee Wednesday on ways to deal with sexual assaults on university campuses.

Sen. Murray, D-Wash, said the issue impacts a huge number of college students.

"The harsh reality is that one out of five women is sexually assaulted in college,...

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Senators Address Sexual Assaults on College Campuses, Propose Legislation

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Kirsten Gillibrand and Patty Murray were among a group of senators speaking before a committee Wednesday on ways to deal with sexual assaults on university campuses.

Sen. Murray, D-Wash, said the issue impacts a huge number of college students.

"The harsh reality is that one out of five women is sexually assaulted in college,...

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Today on the Trail — 7/29/15

ABC News(WASHINGTON) —  Where will the 2016 presidential candidates be on Wednesday?

Read below to find out their campaign schedules:

The AFL-CIO Executive Council meets in Silver Spring, Maryland to host several presidential candidates including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Mike Huckabee is the lone Republican.

The candidates will try and woo the important union...

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Hillary Clinton Still Hasn’t Taken a Position on Keystone

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Voters want to know where Hillary Clinton stands on the Keystone XL issue, but the former Secretary of State has yet to take up the issue.

At an event in New Hampshire Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was asked by a voter for a "yes or no" answer on whether she would vote to approve the Keystone pipeline....

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Three Republican Presidential Candidates Say Planned Parenthood Video Enough to Cut Funding

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An anti-abortion group has released another undercover video showing Planned Parenthood workers discussing prices to process and ship fetal tissue.

Three Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday said that the video is enough reason to cut off the organization's funding.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at a Washington DC rally, "The US department of justice should...

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House and Senate Leaders Agree on Highway Projects and VA Funds Deal

Catuncia/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- House and Senate leaders have agreed on a last minute deal to keep highway projects going this summer and VA hospitals open for now.

The bill would not only keep money flowing to bridge and road project, but it would also reallocate $3 billion dollars in VA funding to prevent the agency from closing hospitals and imposing...

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No Toxic Substances in Suspicious Letters Sent to Oregon Government Offices, FBI Says

ABCNews.com(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The FBI says that suspicious letters and packages sent to government offices throughout Oregon don't appear to contain any hazardous materials, despite some initial concern.

The FBI, Oregon State Police and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are working "to determine the origin and nature" of about 20 letters sent to Oregon sheriffs or their offices, the FBI...

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Meet Jim Gilmore: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesFull name: James S. "Jim" Gilmore III

Party: Republican

What he does now: Gilmore serves as a member of the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors. He’s also the President and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, a conservative think tank founded in 1977.

What he used to do: He served as the governor of Virginia from...

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Gun Violence Survivors Urge Background Check Legislation

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It was a macabre “who’s who” of gun violence: family members whose loved ones were killed in Charleston, Aurora, and in several other high-profile shootings, standing together to urge Congress to vote on tighter background check laws.
 
Speaking on Capitol Hill, they uttered the locations of the latest episodes of gun violence, whose families join their...

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Donald Trump’s Ex-Wife Ivana Disavows Old ‘Rape’ Allegation

Ron Galella/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, said Tuesday that she is "the best of friends" with her ex-husband, responding to a report in the Daily Beast on Monday that cited her 1989 divorce case deposition in which the former Mrs. Trump claimed Trump allegedly raped her once.

A statement Tuesday from Ivana Trump appeared to...

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White House Responds to Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House isn’t interested in pardoning NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
 
The president’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco responded Tuesday to a petition calling for Snowden to be pardoned, saying that he should return to the U.S. to “be judged by a jury of his peers” rather than “running away from...

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Obama Concludes Visit to Africa with Speech Before African Union

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama departed Ethiopia on Air Force One Tuesday after capping off his five-day, two-country visit to Africa with a speech before the African Union -- the first time a U.S. president has addressed the 54-country body.

“I stand before you as a proud American. I also stand before you as the son...

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Obama Thinks He ‘Could Win’ Third Term in White House

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- President Obama thinks he ‘could win’ a third term in the White House if he wasn’t barred from running again.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Obama said Tuesday in a speech before the African Union in Ethiopia. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”

The president’s...

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Obama Tours Food Factory on Last Day in Ethiopia

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) -- On the last day of his five-day, two-country visit to Africa, President Obama toured a food factory in Ethiopia Tuesday morning, highlighting efforts to promote food security in the region.

Donning a USAID cap, the president spoke with a local farmer at the Faffa Foods plants and touted the U.S. government’s Feed the...

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House Republicans Asking President to Fire IRS Head

marcnorman/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- Congressional Republicans are demanding the President ask his Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner to resign.

They insist he hasn't cooperated and let the agency destroy evidence that could prove the IRS targeted conservative groups.

The agency released a statement saying Commissioner Josh Koskinen has cooperated and has been truthful and employees have testified in more than 30...

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Cincinnati Bengals’ Devon Still Says Daughter Leah Remains Cancer Free

Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still shared the great news that his daughter, Leah Still, remained cancer-free after undergoing new scans Tuesday.

The girl, who battled a stage 4 neuroblastoma, had a routine scan done Tuesday and Still was happy to later share that there were no signs the cancer had...

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Historic Dual Hand Transplant Gives Boy Second Chance at Life

Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- When Zion Harvey was 2 years old, the Maryland boy developed a serious infection that resulted in the removal of his hands and feet.

On Tuesday, doctors at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced that the 8-year-old boy had become the first child in the world to receive a dual hand transplant....

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Report: Many Hospitals Failing at Keeping Patients Safe from Infections

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hospitals are doing a lousy job at keeping patients safe from infection, according to Consumer Reports, which rated 3,000 hospitals in the U.S.

"For the first time we rated hospitals on avoiding MRSA and C. diff infections, and the results were pretty sobering. Only 6 percent of hospitals scored well against both infections," said Doris...

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Your Body: How to Minimize Chlorine Damage While Swimming

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

Summer is the time for sunshine, sipping lemonade and swimming. But could it be risky?

Swimming puts your hair and skin in direct contact with chlorine, which can have some pretty damaging effects. If you’re not careful, it can cause your skin to get red and itchy, and your hair...

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Heroin Addiction Epidemic on the Rise in the U.S.

Jeng_Niamwhan/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) --  A top federal drug enforcement official says the heroin addiction epidemic in the United States is the worst he's ever seen.

More deaths occur every year from overdoses than gunshot wounds or car accidents.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Deputy Administrator Jack Riley says "Heroin can be found on virtually every corner of our country and places I've...

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Kroger Recalls Four Store-Brand Seasonings

Svetl/iStock/ThinkStock(CINCINNATI) -- Kroger is recalling four of its store-brand spices over fears of a possible salmonella contamination.

The spices being recalled include Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds.

"Customers who have purchased the above products should not consume them and should return them to a store for a full refund...

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What You Need to Know About Outbreak Linked to Cilantro

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A surge of outbreaks related to a microscopic parasite has officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banning all cilantro imported from a Mexican state.

Cilantro farms in Pubela have been blamed for causing repeated cyclospora outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The disease is caused by...

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Study: Teen Girls Face Leadership Biases

iStock/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- For the last few decades, women have been breaking professional barriers. But a new report by Harvard’s Educational School reveals there’s a hidden barrier teen girls are running up against.

“Girls are facing biases from many sources, from teen boys, from some parents, and they are facing biases from each other,” Richard Weissbourd, co-director of Harvard’s...

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Deadly MERS Outbreak Virtually Over, South Korea Says

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The deadly MERS virus that rattled South Korea with 36 deaths is now virtually gone.

With no news cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in more than three weeks, the country's prime minister told residents Tuesday they "can now be free from worry," the BBC reports.

The World Health Organization, however, won't declare the...

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Boy, 11, Starts Foundation to Make Sick Kids Smile

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A child’s smile can light up any room, but it may be harder to find smiling young faces in a children’s hospital.

Martand Bhagavatula, 12, of Yorba Linda, California, was determined to do something about that.

“I was playing violin for youth group at a pediatric hospital," he said. "And what I'd noticed is that most...

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Your Body: Are Contact Sports Safe for Young Girls?

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

Does your teenage daughter like to play rough?

In the age of girl power, lots of our young ladies are buffing up to do the same things boys do, especially in sports. But is this safe?

Research does show that young women who participate in sports tend to have better...

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Three Women Born at Same Hospital Return to Volunteer

peterspiro/iStock/ThinkStock(WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.) -- Three young women are giving back to their community.

According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, the women are volunteers at White Plains Hospital in Westchestery County, where they provide comfort to worried parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. That unit happens to be where all three of the women were born.

Kathryn Linehan,...

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Drug Companies Sometimes Slow in Reporting Adverse Events to FDA

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When medications work they alleviate pain, heal infection, prevent disease or even save lives. But every medication comes with the risk of side effects — and, occasionally, those side effects are debilitating or deadly. Are companies always reporting those adverse effects in a timely manner, though? Apparently, they are not, according to researchers.

Drug manufacturers are...

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See These Adoptive Parents Meet Their Newborn Daughter

Kristen Anne Photography(NEW YORK) — If you ask 100 different parents about their journey to parenthood, there would be 100 different stories to share.

In the case of the Olsons of Minnesota, the journey to becoming parents for the third time was not only a figurative one, but a literal one as well.

Sarah and David Olson always knew...

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Many New Moms Get ‘Bad’ Advice, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women with newborns get advice, of course, from their families, friends and neighbors. But a new study reveals that up to half of mothers don't get any advice from their doctors on some important topics, including where and how to put their infant to sleep.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 mothers of infants at 32 different...

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Ed Helms Hits the Road in “Vacation”

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Ed Helms stars in Vacation, the reboot of the 1983 film comedy National Lampoon's Vacation, something the comic actor says he doesn't take lightly. 

"It's such a privilege. I mean, the whole Griswold universe is something that has meant to so much to me over the years," Helms said on Wednesday's Live with Kelly and...

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Ben Affleck’s Rep Slams Reports He’s Dating Former Nanny

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck doesn't want you to believe reports he's dating his children's former nanny.

According Us Weekly, the actor has been dating Christine Ouzounian, who reportedly was hired in the spring to care for Affleck's three children with estranged wife, Jennifer Garner. The magazine added that when Garner realized that her husband and Ouzounian were seeing each other,...

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“Vacation” Reboot in Theaters Wednesday

Warner Bros. (New Line)(LOS ANGELES) -- Looking for a Wednesday getaway? You could take a trip to your local theater to see the new Vacation reboot, starring Ed Helms.

[Read a review of the film.]

Helms is a grown-up Rusty Griswold in the comedy, which is now in theaters. He decides to take his wife, played by Christina Applegate,...

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Why Did Netflix Create “Full House” Spin-Off, “Fuller House”?

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Fuller House, the highly anticipated Full House spin-off, is set to come to Netflix in 2016, but the cast has already started filming, said the cable network's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

"At the taping of the episode this past week, when the cast shows up on stage the audience reacts immediately," he added Tuesday...

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“Paper Towns'” Cara Delevingne Angers TV Morning Show Hosts

Fox(SACRAMENTO) -- Model/actress Cara Delevingne's appearance on Good Morning Sacramento on Tuesday turned ugly.

The 22-year-old, appearing on the show remotely to plug her new movie Paper Towns, angered a few of the anchors when she appeared to be less than enthusiastic about giving the interview.

The segment got off to a bad start when one of...

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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: The ‘Judge Cuts’ Continue with 7 Acts Advancing to Live Rounds

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- America’s Got Talent continued its “Judge Cuts” on Tuesday. Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel continued the four-week process of picking 36 acts for the live performance shows. This week, actor/comedian Marlon Wayans -- invited by Howie -- joined the regular panel and got to use the "Golden Buzzer" for his favorite act, sending them to Radio City Music Hall...

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Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Added to NBC’s “The Wiz Live!”

ABC/Michael Ansell(NEW YORK) -- Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will star in NBC's upcoming live musical production of The Wiz.

The network said Tuesday that Latifah will play the Wiz, "the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax."

Latifah has past experience with musicals,...

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Review: “Vacation” (Rated R)

Warner Bros. (New Line)(NEW YORK) -- There’s only one Vacation. OK, there have actually been four theatrically-released Vacation movies and as of now, five.

This reboot stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, who’s grown up to be a pilot for a discount airline. He’s an underachiever in both his professional and...

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Tina Fey Says ‘I Wish’ I Could Join In on “Saturday Night Live’s” Election Jokes

Anthony Behar/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Election season is underway and former Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey wishes she could get in on the jokes sure to come from her old NBC sketch comedy show.

Fey is particularly excited about what the show will say about Donald Trump's presidential candidacy when it returns this fall.

"I think it's one of those things where...

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Report: “Empire” Stars Get Engaged

Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Two stars of the hit Fox series Empire have gotten engaged. Trai Byers popped the question to co-star Grace Gealey, People magazine reports.

Byers plays the eldest son of the Lyon family on Empire, who together run a record label. Gealey portrays the ex-girlfriend of Terrence Howard's label head, Lucious Lyon.

There's no word on when the...

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“I Am Cait” Premieres to Only 2.7 Million Viewers

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- After much hype, last Sunday night's premiere episode of E!'s new series, I Am Cait, got off to an okay start.

The reality series, which details how Caitlyn Jenner and her family are handling her transition to a woman, only attracted 2.73 million viewers, according to Deadline.

To put it into perspective, that's only seven percent more than...

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Heidi Klum Declares Love for Boyfriend Vito Schnabel

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel are going strong after almost a year and a half of dating.

Klum, 42, wished her man a happy 29th birthday in the best possible way. "I love you my V HAPPY BIRTHDAY," she wrote on Instagram next to a picture of the two smiling.

Klum and Schnabel were linked early last year...

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Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral and Burial Details Revealed

Lifetime(ATLANTA) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's body was released to the family's designated funeral home on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, and now we've learned new details about her funeral arrangements. 

A source confirmed to ABC News that she will be laid to rest this Saturday, August 1, at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta,...

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Anthony Geary Explains What’s Next After Leaving “General Hospital”

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Geary has played Luke Spencer on General Hospital for nearly three decades. Until Monday, that is, when his final episode on the ABC soap opera aired.

"It is act three, curtain up, and I’m there center stage," he told ABC's Nightline of his new chapter.

Geary, 68, won eight Emmy awards for the role.  He also cemented...

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“The Bachelorette’s” Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth Look Forward to Life Together

Fred Lee/ABC(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe chose Shawn Booth on Monday night's season finale, and now the couple is engaged to be married. Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America, the reality star admitted she always had her eye on the 29-year-old personal trainer from Connecticut.

"You go through the show and I think they try to confuse you, but the...

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