Amtrak operation costly, but passenger rail still has charm

Gayle and Billy Harper arrived at the Amtrak depot early. Their train wasn’t scheduled for departure until 9:25 a.m., but the couple was half an hour early. They were excited, they admitted. “It’s our first wedding anniversary,” said Billy, a retiree who lives in Longview. “We’re going in to Fort Worth for a couple of…

A search for the living among the dead in the Mediterranean Video

A crowded fishing boat that one survivor said carried 700 migrants capsized north of Libya overnight, and only a few dozen people were rescued Sunday, raising fears that it could become the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant sea disaster.

Sight-giving nonprofit seeks volunteers

  A Tyler-based nonprofit organization that provides sight-giving eye surgeries for people in Togo, West Africa, is seeking short-term volunteers to assist with the work. Believe and See is searching for medical and nonmedical volunteers to work with patients with eye diseases that cause blindness. Volunteer needs include: registered nurses,

Tyler artist found his passion early

  As an artist, David Dunham works with paint on canvas and ink on skin. His art captures the bright neon colors and shapes of animated characters that have stuck with him since childhood. The 31-year-old father of two has been drawing his entire life. “I remember being 3 years old sitting on a bar stool at the counter drawing,” he said.

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Death and Funeral Notices 4-20

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19 April 2015 [04:17 PM]
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Over 1,000 attend Mini Maker's Faire

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19 April 2015 [01:19 PM]
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Hundreds gather to mark 20 years since Oklahoma City bombing Video

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Original AP report of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

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19 April 2015 [10:08 AM]
Team Focus helps fatherless boys in Alabama, Texas, other states

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Islamic State video purports to show killing of Christians in Libya

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Wikileaks: Ben Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

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19 April 2015 [08:27 AM]
3 shot, injured at Delaware State University cookout

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Focus on the outdoors 4-19

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