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Third Family Member Arrested in Tyler Drug Case

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

christopherchampion_1429638328063_93769_ver1.0TYLER — Tyler police say Christopher Champion, 28, was taken into custody Friday by the U. S. Marshals Task Force in Austin. Champion was the third family member who was wanted by Tyler police on outstanding warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance. A two-month Tyler Police narcotics investigation recently led to a large seizure of hashish, marijuana, cash, and weapons, as well as warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity. Charged in the case are Paul Bronson Champion, 64, and his two sons Stephen, 32, and Christopher. Tyler Police narcotics investigators arrested Paul Champion for engaging in organized criminal activity (Felony 1st degree) and possession of controlled substance (State Jail Felony) with bonds totaling $1,075,000. Read more …


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Man Indicted for Attempted Capital Murder of Peace Officer

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

ReiSteven_1429889751887_259517_ver1.0ATHENS — A Henderson County man has been indicted for attempting to kill a peace officer. According to KETK, authorities report a grand jury handed up the indictment of Steven Clement Rei, 48, of Mabank, on April 9. Around 10:00 p.m. on January 22, deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of North Cherokee Shores Drive in Cherokee Shores in response to a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. When deputies made it to the scene, they met a woman who called outside the house and were told Rei had displayed a 9mm handgun during an argument. Read more …


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Woman Allegedly Drives Drunk with Baby in Car

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm

thumb_police-9PALESTINE — A Palestine woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk with a baby in her car. According to KETK, Anderson County Chief Deputy Troy Black said at around 2:30 p.m., dispatchers received several calls about a vehicle driving recklessly on Highway 19 N near Palestine. Callers told officials the automobile was only doing 30 miles per hour but was swerving all over the road and driving into the path of oncoming traffic. Read more …


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Tyler Police Search for School Burglar

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

TISDBreakInTPD_1429883900742_258407_ver1.0TYLER — The Tyler Police Department and Tyler Independent School District officers are searching for a person who allegedly broke into a local school. According to KETK, the reported break-in happened at Moore Middle School, 1200 South Tipton Avenue on Wednesday, April 15. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tyler Police at 903-262-1111.


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New Abortion Restrictions Passed, Then Scrapped

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Matt Schaefer2AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn. The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation. Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Representative Matt Schaefer of Tyler successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception. The entire bill was later pulled down after Democrats launched technical objections. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is strongly anti-abortion but the issue has not been a priority in his first session.


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Body Found In Nacogdoches County Identified

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Justin Ferrell2NACOGDOCHES — Human remains found in Nacogdoches County last month have been identified. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the body was that of Justin Farrell, 31, of Nacogdoches. He was reported missing in May, 2004. The human remains were found north of Cushing on March 13th. A person looking for their pet in the woods discovered found a bone believed to be human remains. Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Rangers searched the area and discovered other remains. At the time, investigators said foul play may be involved. On yesterday’s news release, the death is described as “questionable.” When Ferrell disappeared he was driving a silver 1996 Dodge Ram. The pickup has not been found.


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Patriot Talon, Adviser at UTT Recognized for Excellence in Journalism

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

UT Tyler TIPA GroupTYLER — Students on the Patriot Talon staff at The University of Texas at Tyler received 33 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention, Dr. Dennis Cali, UT Tyler Department of Communication chair, announced. The annual convention is an opportunity for student journalists to compete in on-site competitions and be recognized for work from previous publications. The Talon staff received “Best of Show” in Div. II, one of five divisions. The staff also received “Best Website Navigation” and an honorable mention for “Best Online Interactivity” in Div. II as well as third place in “Overall Excellence” in Div. III. Read more …


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Obama Uses Hospital Funds to Push Medicaid Expansion

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

thumb_barackobamaMIAMI (AP) – The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the costs of providing care for uninsured patients. The administration says states wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured if they expanded Medicaid. The top two targets so far are Florida and Texas, states with large numbers of uninsured residents that have received several billion dollars in recent years from Washington under the so-called low income pool. Florida’s hospital funding is the first of the nine states to expire, in June. But officials in Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas and New Mexico are watching closely.


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Jailers Fired after Inmate Left Alone for Weeks

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

HOUSTON (AP) – Six Harris County jailers have been fired and 29 others have been suspended after a mentally ill inmate was left unattended in his jail cell for weeks. Among those fired by Sheriff Adrian Garcia on Friday were two jail sergeants who have been indicted on record-tampering charges for signing off on paperwork stating that Deterrius Rashad Goodwin was in good condition in his second-floor cell in the Harris County Jail. Investigators said they found Goodwin alone amid insect-ridden food containers, a toilet clogged with feces and ropes made from his shredded jail uniform hanging from the ceiling. Garcia says the 29 unpaid suspensions range from one to 10 days. Both sergeants are free on $5,000 bond.


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Mexico Officials Investigate Case of Girl Wrongly Sent to U.S.

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Michoacan say they have launched an investigation into the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly taken to the United States to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother. Alondra Luna Nunez was returned to her family in Mexico on Wednesday after DNA testing in the U.S. showed she was not the daughter of Houston resident Dorotea Garcia. The state Prosecutor’s Office said Friday that it is looking into the case involving a civil court judge in Los Reyes, Michoacan. Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado was the judge who ruled in Alondra’s case. She said this week that it was not within her authority to order DNA testing, and she was obligated to ensure that Mexico followed international conventions on child abductions.


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Dallas Police: “Sweetheart Swindler” Took $16K from Man

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

DALLAS (AP) – Dallas police say they’re looking for a woman who tricked a man with dementia into applying for credit cards and gift cards – someone they’re calling the “Sweetheart Swindler.” Police said Friday that the woman identified herself as “Lisa” and convinced the man she was his friend. Police released video Friday of the suspected swindler talking to a person in a motorized wheelchair. He lost $16,000 until the woman stopped answering his phone calls.


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Two Indiana Brothers Sentenced in Texas Drug Case

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

DALLAS (AP) – Two Indiana brothers have been sentenced in a synthetic marijuana ring involving North Texas smoke shops and convenience stores. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Barry Bays and his brother, 28-year-old Jerad Coleman, were sentenced Thursday following their October convictions on multiple felony offenses. Bays was sentenced to just over 35 years in prison while Coleman was sentenced to just over 15 years. They were also ordered to pay about $7.3 million, which constitutes the proceeds from the conspiracy. Bays and Coleman had been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Food and Drug Administration, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue. Bays was also convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and using a communication facility to facilitate a drug felony.


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Boyfriend Gets Life for Slaying of Pregnant Teen Girlfriend

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm

ANGLETON (AP) – An 18-year-old man faces life in prison after Southeast Texas jurors convicted him of killing his teenage girlfriend who was pregnant with twins. Ryan Matthews was convicted of capital murder in the death of Arrijana Hill. Both Matthews and Hill were 16 when she was found dead last year in a pool of blood inside her family home in Pearland. Prosecutors accused Matthews of killing Hill because he was worried children would ruin his future as an athlete. Matthews admitted on the stand that he saw Hill the day of her death and that he threw away the shirt he was wearing that day. He will be eligible for parole after 40 years.


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Arlington Use of Free Suite at AT&T Stadium Draws Criticism

Posted/updated on: April 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm

ARLINGTON (AP) – A former official in the city of Arlington says the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb misuses its perk of a free suite at AT&T Stadium. Arlington received the suite from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when it lured the team from Irving to a new site. Bill Snider, also a past president of the Arlington Sports Authority, told WFAA-TV that the suite was intended to be used for encouraging business growth, particularly since the commercial areas near AT&T Stadium remain undeveloped. But WFAA found that the mayor, city council members and their spouses comprise about two-thirds of the guest lists at almost every event. Snider said the suite was not meant to be “a perk for being an elected official.” The city’s mayor, Robert Cluck, declined to be interviewed.


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Report: Angels to Trade Josh Hamilton

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(LOS ANGELES) -- After two disastrous seasons with the Angels, Los Angeles appears poised to trade Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. 

Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and former drug abuser, suffered a relapse this offseason. He was facing at least a 25 game suspension until a five-person arbitration panel ruled that he...

Tony Romo: We’re ‘Going to Win a Super Bowl Next Year’

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo likes his teams chances headed into next season.

Romo, who was receiving the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dream Ball Gala in Dallas recently, said that the team is "going to win a Super Bowl next year," ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer reports.

Romo said he...

Evander Holyfield: Boxing Is ‘Coming Back’

David R. Lutman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield believes that boxing is on its way back to the main stage.

Holyfield said Friday that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight next weekend, for which he's giving away one lucky seat beside him, is energizing the sport.

"It's coming back," Holyfield told ABC Sports Radio. "Only thing I could do is...

Tiger Woods Will Play in Players Championship

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods announced Friday that he will play in the Players Championship that is set to take place May 7-10.

"Looking forward to going back to THE PLAYERS this year, hoping for a repeat of 2013," Woods tweeted.

Woods missed last year's championship due to an injury, but won the event two years ago....

Kawhi Leonard Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kawhi Leonard joins the company of a pair of Hall of Famers.

The San Antonio forward was selected NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP.

"It feels great," the 23-year-old Leonard said. "Growing up as a kid, you're watching...

Royals-White Sox Game Leads to Bench-Clearing Brawl

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- A wild seventh-inning brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals on Thursday started near the first-base foul line, ranged out toward second base and resumed again near the first-base bag, ending with the ejection of five players, including both starting pitchers.

It all started when Chicago's Jose Abreu was hit in the left...


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Baltimore Police Reveal New Details in Freddie Gray’s Death

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said on Friday a "massive investigation" is looking at every aspect of the arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal injury a week after he was taken into custody.

Police released a new image of Gray on Friday as he was taken into custody,...

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Chile Volcano Eruption: Hiker Witnesses Exact Moment Calbuco Erupts

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(PUERTO VARAS, Chile) -- The exact moment Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by a man hiking in Llanquigue National Reserve, according to the video's description.

The video shows a forest area with gentle waterfalls that appears to be a distance away from the foot of the 6,500-foot-high volcano.

After 28...

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Canadian Judge Grants Former Guantanamo Detainee Bail

John Moore/Getty Images(EDMONTON, Alberta) -- A Canadian, once the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo, was freed on bail Friday by a court.

Omar Khadr was freed by a judge in Edmonton after spending nearly half his life in custody.

Khadr was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, accused of killing a U.S....

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This American in Britain Is the Envy of Social Media

Getty Images(CAMBRIDGE, England) -- An American woman studying in Britain has gained more than 335,000 followers on Instagram by posting pictures and stories about her fairy tale life at Cambridge University.

Caroline Calloway, 23, left New York almost two years ago. When she started blogging about white-tie dinners, fancy balls and young men in polo gear, her social media...

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Meet Dusty, the Australian Pet Kangaroo Who Thinks He’s a Dog

Ashley Stewart(Esperance, AUSTRALIA) -- Dusty the kangaroo is considered a family pet to an Australian family in Esperance that rescued him as a baby from his mother's pouch when they found her dead on the side of the road in 2013.

Now, you can find Dusty, 2, hopping around and in and out of Ashley Stewart's family home on...

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What Makes the Hubble Space Telescope So Special

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago on Friday, no one could have predicted the trove of new discoveries it would make about our cosmos.

NASA heralded the launch of Hubble on April 24, 1990, as "the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo's telescope."

Hubble's incredible reach -- made...

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Angelina Jolie Rips United Nations for Inaction in Syria

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famed actress and special envoy on refugee issues, Angelina Jolie, issued a fierce rebuke of international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, addressing the United Nations Security Council at the U.N. headquarters in New York Friday.

"The problem is not lack of information. We know in excruciating detail what is happening in...

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Armenians Mark 100th Anniversary of Mass Killings

iStock/Thinkstock(YEREVAN, Armenia) -- Armenians on Friday are marking a century since the death of 1.5 million of their countrymen at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces.

Among those on hand for the ceremony in the Armenian capital were the presidents of France and Russia.

Leading up to the date, other world leaders, along with Pope Francis, have referred to...

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Royal Baby Watch, Marathon and Prince Harry’s Return Have London Abuzz

Clive Mason/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Mothers know that delivering a baby can sometimes be a marathon and sometimes, if you’re lucky, a sprint.

The world’s most famous expectant mother, Duchess Kate, may find herself literally in the midst of a marathon if she goes into labor with her second child Sunday.

Kate, 33, and due any day now, is waiting...

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Extremists Sought in Possible Plot Against the Vatican

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Extremists may have plotted an attack against the Vatican in 2010, authorities in Italy said Friday in announcing the arrests of nine suspected Islamist extremists of Afghan and Pakistan origin.

Arrest warrants were issued for others in the sweep, authorities said.

The suspects are all said to be members of an international terrorist organization affiliated with al...

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Middleton Family Expected to Have ‘Huge Influence’ on Royal Baby

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's Prince William and Duchess Kate aren't afraid to let the world see their love and affection, much like William's mother, the late Princess Diana, showered her boys -- William and his younger brother, Prince Harry -- with affection in public.

Unlike William's father, Prince Charles and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who rarely show...

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Iranian Convoy Tracked by US Near Yemen Has Turned Around, Official Says

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in a file photo from 1993, has been patrolling the waters near Yemen. DERRICK CEYRAC/AFP/Getty Images(SANA'A, Yemen) -- An Iranian convoy that some U.S. officials were concerned might be carrying weapons for the Houthi rebels in Yemen has turned around and is no longer bound for Yemen.

A U.S. defense official says that...

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EU Leaders Meet to Discuss Migrant Situation

Bunyos/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It is time to take responsibility for the deaths of thousands of migrants at sea, said European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini on Thursday.

European leaders met this week to discuss the thousands who have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa into Europe this year, hundreds of whom died when their ships have sunk...

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See Elian Gonzalez 15 Years After US-Cuba Controversy

Roberto Chile(HAVANA) -- Exclusive new photos of Elian Gonzalez, the now-21-year-old industrial engineering student at the University of Matanzas in Cuba, have been released to ABC News.

They are the most recent photos released of Gonzalez by Fidel Castro’s former personal photographer.

Gonzalez, who was 6 when he was at the center of a 1999-2000 tug-of-war between the U.S....

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Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam Pearlman

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gadahn, the al Qaeda spokesman killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation, was an American-born suburbanite named Adam Pearlman who went from listening to heavy metal to Islamic radical.

On the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, the State Department had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of 36-year-old Adam Yahiye...

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‘Samurai Ghost': Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind Girl

Courtesy Martin Springall(NEW YORK) -- A photo of a 4-year-old girl on a beach in Zushi, Japan, seems innocent until you look closely behind her legs and back.

A closer look appears to reveal a mysterious pair of boots and part of a blue shirt peeking out from behind her

The photo, which was uploaded to Reddit by a...

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How the Apple Watch Compares to Fictional Dream Watches

Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The Apple Watch, on sale starting Friday, may be touted as the wearable tech that fans have been waiting for, but it's not quite the watch of our dreams yet.

There are more than 3,000 apps available, from adjusting your hearing aid volume with Beltone's app or controlling your PowerPoint presentation from your wrist. But...

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Tech Company Gains Boost Markets To End Week

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)  -- Big gains in tech companies on Friday helped to push the markets higher to end the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 18,080.14, up 21.45 from its open.

The Nasdaq rose by 36.02 to close at 5,092.08. The S&P 500 was up by 4.76, finishing the session at 2,117.69.

Amazon stock soared 15 percent...

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What Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal’s Demise Means for Consumers

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Some consumer advocates call the death of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal a victory for consumers, but it won't fix every problem about cable and broadband services, they say.

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that the two companies' decision to abandon their deal to merge "is the best outcome for American consumers."...

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Seven Apple Watch Apps You Need to Try

Apple, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Screen real estate is at a premium on the Apple Watch and has challenged developers to figure out how to create unique and valuable experiences for the wrist.

Along with the arrival of the Apple Watch Friday, more than 3,000 apps have been optimized for the wearable device -- including many social networking staples, such...

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Royal Baby May Give $120 Million Boost to British Economy

ABC News(LONDON) — The celebratory response to Britain's next royal baby may boost the British economy by $120 million, but the economic effects may be stronger if it's a baby princess, according to some experts.

It's not hard to notice the unequal sales attention when it comes to the clothing worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, compared...

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Over-the-Top Bachelor, Bachelorette Parties Blow Minds and Budgets

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you feel like your life is beginning to resemble a scene from one of The Hangover films, it very well may be. The current trend of seemingly never-ending, over-the-top bachelor and bachelorette parties has become a real-life phenomenon.

What was once a ritual evening with friends before one’s wedding has in recent years evolved into...

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Tax Freedom Day: Why You Can Actually Afford Your Tax Bill Now

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Like most people, you probably filed your taxes by April 15 -- but Friday is actually the day you've earned enough this year to pay your tax bill, according to one think tank.

The Tax Foundation, which describes itself as a non-partisan, non-profit organization that researches tax policies, says April 24 is the day when the...

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What You Need to Know About Apple Watch

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It doesn't seem that long ago that Apple CEO Tim Cook first began talking about the game-changing Apple Watch that was to come.

Seven months later, what Cook calls Apple's "most personal" device will be on the wrists of the first buyers Friday as some will have the opportunity to pick up the hotly anticipated...

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Americans Love Binging on Cable and Streamed TV Episodes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Binge-watching cable and streamed TV has become an American obsession based on the findings of Deloitte LLP's Digital Democracy Survey.

Nearly seven in ten of the 2,000 content consumers admitted binge watching a series at least once, which involves viewing three or more episodes in one sitting.

Perhaps more surprising is that three in ten of...

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Solar Power Becoming More Desirable But Still Too Expensive

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Solar power is more popular than ever in the U.S. but it still has a long way to go to catch up with more traditional sources of heating homes and businesses.

The online technology journal Clean Edge says on the positive side, close to nine in 10 of the 1,700 people it surveyed believe that renewable...

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Comcast Pulls Out of Deal with Time Warner

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The proposed marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is over.

Comcast will announced in a written statement Friday that it is walking away from the $45 billion deal involving it purchasing Time Warner stock.

“Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but...

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Thirty Years After Ill-Fated ‘New Coke’ Debut, Coke Thriving

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday was the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the ill-fate "New Coke."

On April 23, 1985, Coca-Cola made the decision to replace the formula of its flagship soft drink. The decision was called one of the biggest business blunders of the century, as customers loudly expressed their disappointment and passion for...

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US Government Files Complaint Against Quicken Loans for Improper Lending Practices

Ridofranz/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has filed a complaint against Quicken Loans, accusing the company of "improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration."

"Those who do business with the United States must act in good faith, including lenders that participate in the FHA mortgage insurance program," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer. "To...

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Inside the New Apple Watch App Store

Alyssa Newcomb/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Apple opened its Apple Watch app store for business Thursday, showing off the thousands of apps that have been developed for the company's first-ever wearable device.

When displayed on the Apple Watch, the apps are represented by tiny circles and are clustered together, almost like a beehive, as user swipe and twist the digital...

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Markets Continue to Rise, Unemployment Claims Remain Steady

tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street continued in the upwards direction on Thursday, bringing the Nasdaq to an all-time high.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 20.42 to close the day at 18,058.69.

The Nasdaq ended trading at a new record close of 5,056.06, up 20.89 from its open. The index hadn't closed at a record high in 15 years....

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How Jeb Bush Sticks to His Paleo Diet on the Campaign Trail

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to food, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is learning the art of self-control.

As he travels around the country weighing a run for the presidency in 2016, Bush has managed to adhere to the Paleo diet, learning how to navigate a campaign trail with tempting food around every corner.

On a recent...

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US Hostage Policy Review To Focus on Family Communication

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.

“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can...

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Obama on Hostages: ‘We All Bleed When We Lose An American Life’

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.

“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told...

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Obama Tries Selling Trade Deal as the Anti-NAFTA

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama went straight into the progressive lions' den Thursday to sell the Pacific trade deal he’s trying to pass: his old campaign organization-turned-advocacy-group, Organizing for Action.

His goal was clear: convince the audience at the spring meeting that this is the best possible trade negotiation, with stringent labor and environment...

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Boehner Offers Condolences to Families of Slain Hostages, Says Now Is ‘Not a Time for Excuses’

ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner expressed condolences to the families of the American and Italian hostages killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January.

Speaking Thursday on the deaths of Warren Weintein and Giovanni Lo Porto, Boehner, R-Ohio, emphasized that he believes the independent review that the president announced “is entirely appropriate."

"As President Obama indicated,...

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Obama’s Top White House Correspondents’ Dinner Jokes

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson(WASHINGTON) -- No president wants to be known as a big joke -- except on the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Each spring, the commander-in-chief sets aside his usual gravitas to tickle the funny bones of the White House press corps and their celebrity guests.

Obama is no stranger to the...

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Rick Santorum, Foster Friess, Major Donors Go Golfing

ABC/IDA MAE ASTUTE(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum and some of his top -- and most deep-pocketed -- supporters gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona Thursday for a luncheon and golf outing.

An aide to Santorum tells ABC News, “Over 25 major Republican and conservative donors from nearly a dozen states were in attendance, where they heard from Santorum,...

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Warren Weinstein Family Blasts US Government over Al Qaeda Hostage Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama personally took responsibility Thursday for the death of an American and an Italian hostage killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in January, but his words appear to be little comfort to the family of the American, who said the U.S. government as a whole has been "inconsistent and disappointing" for years in their time of...

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Ronald Reagan in the Nude: Former White House Usher Tells All

David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Skip Allen was new to being a White House usher for President Ronald Reagan when it fell to him to deliver a top-secret document to the commander in chief in the private residence.

While the document was designated "for the President's eyes only," Allen would end up seeing more than he bargained for that...

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Rubio Leads All Republicans in New Presidential Poll

(NEW YORK) — Florida Senator Marco Rubio has moved to the front of the very crowded field of candidates and potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

That’s according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which showed that Rubio has 15 percent support of likely Republican voters.

While that’s hardly a ringing endorsement, it does show that the Florida...

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Obama Welcomes New England Patriots to White House, Jokes About ‘Deflate-Gate’

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama welcomed the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House on Thursday, but didn't miss the chance for a bit of a punchline.

"I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events," Obama said Thursday, "but with the Patriots in town I was worried...

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Secret Service Took Over a Year to Replace Alarm System at Residence of George H.W. Bush

Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service, which has been the target of many pointed questions in recent years, took more than a year to replace an alarm system at the home of former president George H.W. Bush, a report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General, released Thursday, said.

The alarms...

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Why Ronald Reagan’s Attempted Assassin John Hinckley Jr. Wants More Freedom

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for the second day of oral arguments on allowing him more freedom.

John Hinckley Jr. has been at least temporarily committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington for insanity after he attempted to assassinate Reagan outside...

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Slain American Warren Weinstein’s Congressman Wants ‘Hostage Czar’

Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The congressman who represents the family of slain American Dr. Warren Weinstein in the House of Representatives is crafting legislation to create a “hostage czar” who would be empowered to cut through bureaucracy in order to maximize the capabilities of the U.S. government to deal with hostage situations.

“There...

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Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general Thursday, 166 days after she was first nominated for the post.

The Senate approved Lynch’s nomination with a vote of 56 to 43.

The Senate took over five months to confirm Lynch after her nomination was mired in political fights.  President Obama nominated Lynch...

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Heroin Use Continues To Rise Over 10 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -– The number of heroin users has continued to increase over the past 10 years.

From 2002 to 2013, the number of heroin users has increased from 404,000 to 681,000, while the number of users undergoing treatment has increased from 277,000 to 526,000, according to a survey released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

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Why Botulism Is Found in Canned Foods and How to Keep Your Pantry Safe

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a botulism outbreak following a church potluck in Ohio left a woman dead and sickened up to 28 others, health officials say canned food could be to blame.

Officials are looking into canned fruits and vegetables as well as pasta and potatoes salads and other menu items, according to Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Shannon...

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CDC Issues Alert Following Indiana HIV Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Health officials said on Friday that a HIV epidemic in rural Indiana among injection drug users is still not under control, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide alert.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced that he is extending a state of emergency to battle the epidemic, as officials say more than 140...

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Foods Kids See in TV Ads Do Not Meet Nutritional Standards, CDC Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Over half of the foods in advertising directed at children were ineligible for advertising if they followed government standards, the CDC says in a new report.

The CDC looked at a list of over 400 foods approved by the industry regulated Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and compared them against the government’s recommendations, which have...

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Blue Bell Hits Restart Button on Its Operations After Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Ice Cream(NEW YORK) -- After a listeria outbreak that shut down Blue Bell Ice Cream operations and left three consumers dead, the company has announced a reboot.

Starting April 27, Blue Bell will "embark on an intensive cleaning program," the company said, and retrain employees at all four of its ice cream plants for the next week...

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Papyrus Texts Reveals Ancient Egyptian Hangover Cure

The Egypt Exploration Society(CAIRO) -- You may want to keep this info handy, depending on your plans this weekend: An ancient Egyptian hangover cure has just been discovered.

Five hundred thousand papyrus texts from Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, dating back to the second century AD (1,900 years ago) were dug up by Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt from 1896 to 1907,...

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Mother of Woman in Coma Says She Knew Daughter Would Wake Up

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Even when doctors told Anna Moser her pregnant daughter would never wake up from her coma, she knew it wasn't true.

Sharista Giles, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, was four months pregnant when a car accident landed her in a coma in December. She woke up earlier this month to learn she'd had the baby, whom they'd called...

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“How I Met Your Mother” Star Cobie Smulders Reveals Secret Battle with Ovarian Cancer

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) — How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders reveals in a new interview that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer during the show's third season, when she was 25 years old.

In the May edition of Women's Health magazine, the actress, now 33, reveals, "I had tumors on both ovaries, and the cancer had spread...

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How Your Old CDs and DVDs Can Save the Environment

iStock/Thinkstock(KENT, Ohio) — Still trying to figure out what to do with all those CDs and DVDs that have collected in your living room and den?

If you’re so inclined, pack them up and ship them off to Mietek Jaroniec, a chemist at Kent State University, who together with fellow U.S. and Polish researchers has come up with a...

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Don’t Worry, Be Sex-Happy

Wavebreak/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — You’re probably not aware of it but you might be living in one of the most sex-happy cities in the U.S.

Men’s Health magazine has come up with its list of places where people are sexually active and the winner this year is the Austin, Texas, already considered one of the most liberal cities in the...

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Meet the Mother, Daughter Behind the Viral Instagram ‘Crazy Jewish Mom’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Many mothers and daughters have intensely close relationships, but it might be difficult to be more hardcore than Kate Siegel and her mom Kim Friedman.

Siegel says her mom texts her as often as 50 times a day, with messages like, “Unless you are carrying my grandchild, go to the gym and stop eating garbage,”...

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Family Shares Heartbreaking Story of UK’s Youngest Organ Donor

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- On what would have been their son's first birthday, the family of the youngest organ donor in the United Kingdom are sharing the story of their son's short life to encourage others to become organ donors.

Hours after being born, Teddy Houlston became the youngest organ donor in the U.K. last year, when doctors were able to...

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USDA Approves Import of Apples from China

Purestock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday approved regulations that would allow for the import of fresh apples from China.

Food advocates have argued about pollution issues in China and the potentially resultant chemical residue that could be on imported apples.

Currently, the FDA inspects less than one percent of imported fruit. All apples imported from China,...

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recalls All Products After Positive Listeria Test

Jeni's sweet corn with blackberry ice cream. (Photo by Bonnie Trafelet/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Another ice cream company has recalled all of its products over listeria.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams recalled all of its ice creams, frozen yogurts and other products Thursday after a random sample tested positive for listeria as part of a Nebraska Department...

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Cancer Blogger Belle Gibson Now Says She Was Never Sick

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Australian wellness guru Belle Gibson reportedly built her career around claims she survived several different kinds of cancer with alternative medicine, but this week, she confessed that it was all a lie.

"No. None of it's true," she reportedly told The Australian Women's Weekly magazine in an issue on stands Thursday.

Gibson, 23, claimed to have had...

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Bruce Jenner: ‘I’m a Woman’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families.

Now, the former Olympian is revealing a secret that has caused him turmoil for decades.

“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer...

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Melissa Etheridge Uncovers Scandalous Family History

TLC(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past.

On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial.

"I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too," she told...

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals Her Birthday Plans with Husband Brandon Blackstock

Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday, Kelly Clarkson!

The original American Idol turned 33 on Friday -- but only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows how she'll be celebrating.

Asked by a fan on Twitter how she'll mark her special day, Clarkson tweeted, "Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :)."

Clarkson married Blackstock in 2013....

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“Brotherly Love” Centers on a Family Trying to Survive Inner-City Philadelphia

Brotherly Love/Jamal Hill(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict and newcomer Eric Hill Jr. all star in Brotherly Love, a film set at Philadelphia's Overbrook High School, famous for its star graduates such as Wilt Chamberlain and Will Smith.

While Palmer portrays Jackie Taylor, who has ambitions of a music career before getting distracted by love, Hill plays...

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Patrick Dempsey Talks Epic “Grey’s Anatomy” Shocker

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday night's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes did something fans never thought she would go through with.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

The creator of the hit ABC show killed off Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka "McDreamy," played by Patrick Dempsey.

After “McDreamy” stopped to help people injured in a crash, his own car was...

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“The Age of Adaline,” “Little Boy Open Friday;” “Ex Machina” Expands

"Little Boy" - Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

The Age of Adaline
-- Blake Lively stars as a woman who has remained 29 years old for almost eight decades following an accident. She falls for a philanthropist, played by Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman. Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker...

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Bruce Jenner Interview Airs Tonight on ABC

Heidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) — ABC’s special, Bruce Jenner -- The Interview, airs tonight during a two-hour edition of 20/20.  The former Olympic athlete, who is now 65 years old, talks with Diane Sawyer about his life.

Details about what is discussed during the interview have not been released by ABC, but in promo clips provided by the network,...

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Candace Cameron Bure Says “Full House” Spin-Off Won’t ‘Pretend We’re Back in the ’80s’

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — The Full House spin-off announced by Netflix earlier this week seemingly has a similar premise to that of the original series: a widow raising children with the help of a relative and a friend. However, Candace Cameron Bure maintains that Fuller House won't be a carbon copy of her popular 1987-1995 sitcom.

Cameron Bure is...

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Mo’Nique Talks Latest in Lee Daniels Controversy & New Film “Blackbird”

Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Mo'Nique caused a flurry of headlines earlier this year, when she accused Empire creator Lee Daniels of telling her she had been blackballed by Hollywood after winning an Academy Award for her role in Precious in 2010.

Daniels, who directed Precious, didn't seem to deny that he said that to the comedienne and even...

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Release Dates for “Fast and the Furious,” “Fifty Shades” Sequels Announced

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Furious 7 and Fifty Shades of Grey are two of the highest-grossing movies of the year so far, so it's no surprise that Universal Pictures has scheduled sequels for both.

The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise will open April 14, 2017, Universal announced Thursday. Vin Diesel is expected to return to the...

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“Everybody Loves Raymond” Star Dead at 19

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's three children on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of a suspected suicide at the age of 19, his manager tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor is believed to have shot himself outside his family's home in Texas on Thursday. Sweeten played Geoffrey...

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Movie Review: “The Age of Adaline” (Rated PG-13)

"The Age of Adaline" - Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — It’s springtime, with love and flowers in bloom, which means it’s the perfect time of year for a movie date. But pickings have been slim on that front lately, unless the testosterone of Furious 7 turns you on.  Thankfully, the decently date-worthy The Age of Adaline arrives in theaters this weekend,...

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Grey’s Anatomy Shocker! A Major Character Is Killed Off

ABC/Richard Cartwright(NEW YORK) -- One of Grey's Anatomy's most popular characters died, stunningly, in Thursday night's episode of the series.

*Spoiler Alert*

Say goodbye to "McDreamy."

Patrick Dempsey's character on Grey's Anatomy was shockingly killed off the ABC series on Thursday night's episode, titled "How to Save a Life." Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd was attempting to help victims...

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Arraignment for Man Accused of Stalking Sandra Bullock Postponed

ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- The arraignment of Joshua James Corbett, the man accused of stalking Sandra Bullock and breaking into the Gravity star's home, was postponed on Thursday and moved until next month.

The judge approved a bid by the defense team to delay Corbett's arraignment until May 6. Corbett faces numerous guns and weapons charges, as well as...

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Reese Witherspoon to Narrate New Harper Lee Novel

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Reese Witherspoon is set to narrate the audiobook edition of Harper Lee's much-anticipated new novel, Go Set a Watchman, which is scheduled to come out July 14, the publisher said Thursday.

"The publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is the literary event of the year, and Reese Witherspoon’s extraordinary talent and...

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