UPDATE: Victim in overnight homicide identified

UPDATE: The victim in this homicide has been identified as 24-year-old Tyrone Lee Underwood of Tyler. His family has been notified. The investigation is continuing. -------------- Tyler police are investigating a homicide in a case in which they were initially responding to a traffic accident. Today at 2:47 a.m., officers were dispatc…

Son gets 1st haircut from family barber

Even before our son was born, my husband talked about taking him to Cliff’s Precision Kuts for his first haircut. Joe Murphy is big on family history — we named our son Dean after his grandfather.

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UPDATE: Victim in overnight homicide identified

UPDATE: The victim in this homicide has been identified as 24-year-old Tyrone Lee Underwood of Tyler. His family has been notified. The investigation is continuing. -------------- Tyler police are investigating a homicide in a case in which they were initially…

26 January 2015 [12:08 PM]
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Spain: Cervantes searchers find casket with his initials

MADRID (AP) — Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a…

26 January 2015 [12:08 PM]
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Nor'easter threatens Northeast with up to 2 feet of snow

NEW YORK (AP) — Cities big and small along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a powerful and potentially historic storm that could unload 1 to 3 feet of…

26 January 2015 [12:00 PM]
Structure fire reported in northwest Smith County

(KYTX) - Firefighters from Lindale, Red Springs, and Dixie are responding to a commercial structure fire on CR. 496. Smith County Fire Marshal's office received the call Monday morning that a single story structure was on fire in the 13000…

26 January 2015 [11:59 AM]
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Alabama appeals block of same-sex marriage ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage — a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. Attorney General…

26 January 2015 [11:51 AM]
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Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James…

26 January 2015 [11:45 AM]
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Milk industry fights back against 'anti-dairy folks'

NEW YORK (AP) — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits…

26 January 2015 [11:24 AM]
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Storm postpones jury selection in marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (AP) — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says he's not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection. Judge George O'Toole Jr. acknowledged Monday that jury selection…

26 January 2015 [11:19 AM]
Smith County tax bill payments are due by Feb. 2

BY ADAM RUSSELL, arussell@tylerpaper.com Putting off till tomorrow what you could do today could cost you 7 percent of your tax bill if you wait too much longer. Property tax bills are typically due Jan. 31, but because the deadline…

26 January 2015 [11:15 AM]
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Mom going on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs. Lacey Spears, 27, of…

26 January 2015 [11:15 AM]
Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 50

DETROIT (AP) — At least 50 people have died in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. With five days before the deadline…

26 January 2015 [10:50 AM]
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Complaint challenges order barring female guards at Gitmo

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — At least one female guard at Guantanamo Bay is challenging a military judge's order that only male guards be given jobs requiring them to touch a detainee while escorting him to hearings and meetings with…

26 January 2015 [10:43 AM]
UPDATE: Eastbound I-20 in Van Zandt County reopened

UPDATE: Our news partners at KYTX CBS 19 are reporting that the eastbound lanes of I-20 in Van Zandt County have been reopened following an accident earlier this morning. ------------------- Traffic is stalled on Interstate 20 in Van Zandt County…

26 January 2015 [10:43 AM]
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Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow Video

The Associated Press Airlines are cancelling thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to three feet of snow barrels down on the region. Almost 1,900 flights scheduled for Monday have been…

26 January 2015 [10:40 AM]
Teen in custody after infant found dead in Dallas apartment

DALLAS (AP) — A 14-year-old girl is being questioned in the death of an infant found dead in a Dallas apartment. Police say a preliminary investigation indicates the teenager drowned the 3-month-old child while the mother was away from the…

26 January 2015 [10:39 AM]
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NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

Searching for Super Bowl highlights next week after the big game? They'll be available, legally, straight from the source. The NFL has protected its video as fiercely as any league, pushing most users to its website or to its broadcast…

26 January 2015 [09:17 AM]
10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. NORTHEAST BRACES FOR 'POTENTIALLY HISTORIC' STORM A blizzard warning is issued for a 250-mile stretch of the Northeast, including New York and…

26 January 2015 [07:20 AM]
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Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — The voice of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: "I don't…

26 January 2015 [07:18 AM]
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Galveston County officials want to root out beach squatters

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston County officials are seeking a change in state law to help them root out squatters living on beaches on Bolivar Peninsula. County commissioners will push the state Legislature this session for a change in the…

26 January 2015 [06:35 AM]
2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern." Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional…

26 January 2015 [06:16 AM]
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New AT&T Store offers interactive buying experience

Keith Ables has a passion for technology and helping people. When asked what he has enjoyed about working for AT&T for the past 10 years, he said, “Look around. This is a great reason to be here.” Ables, 40, of…

25 January 2015 [11:24 PM]
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Johnny Cace's Seafood & Steak House to close in March

The very last ingredient to be added to any of the handmade dishes at Johnny Cace’s Seafood & Steak House restaurant is love, the owners say, and that tremendous love is exactly the last thing they want customers to remember…

25 January 2015 [11:18 PM]
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Son gets 1st haircut from family barber

Even before our son was born, my husband talked about taking him to Cliff’s Precision Kuts for his first haircut. Joe Murphy is big on family history — we named our son Dean after his grandfather. So soon after we…

25 January 2015 [11:16 PM]
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Father, son work 26 mineral shows across U.S.

Luckily for Keith Harmon and his son Eddie, of Brownsboro, the Earth has been producing beautiful works of art for millions of years, otherwise known as gems, minerals, fossils and other precious substances. The pair, who are members of the…

25 January 2015 [11:09 PM]
Bible Verse 1-26

"But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity." (Philippians 4:10)…

25 January 2015 [11:08 PM]
Animal shelter namesake lived his life to fullest

Richard Daryl Klein once had a hawk as a pet. Family members of the Klein Animal Shelter’s namesake said he found the hawk on the side of the road suffering from a calcium deficiency. He scooped up the animal and…

25 January 2015 [10:59 PM]
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2 Tyler historic downtown buildings to be auctioned

Two historic downtown buildings will be placed on the auction block. The Fair Foundation and S.A. Lindsey buildings were given to the city in 2010 by the R.W. Fair Foundation with the intent of using them for future public private…

25 January 2015 [10:59 PM]
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Store clerk kills masked, armed robber

A shootout between a store clerk and a masked robber ended with the robber being fatally shot Sunday night just east of the Tyler city limits. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said his office received a 911 call about 7:34…

25 January 2015 [10:30 PM]