Hook, Line & Record? Girl, 8, reels in marlin almost 5 times her size, could set new standard

Eight-year-old Gillian Ricks, of Quitman, gripped her fishing rod, keeping it steady as waves of salty Atlantic Ocean water flooded the deck of the El Cazador fishing vessel off the coast of Bermuda. At the end of her line, a coveted blue marlin was putting up a big fight. The fish is the source of legends and is the largest of the Atlantic marlin…

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VIDEO: Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear

Videos online of Arturo, the only polar bear in Argentina, have sparked outrage from people all over the world. The movement to free Arturo, and move him to a more hospitable habitat is growing, but unfortunately, it may be too…

26 July 2014 [10:19 AM]
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US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the…

26 July 2014 [10:11 AM]
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Tyler woman celebrating 102nd birthday today

Claudine Robertson-Russell, of Tyler, will turn 102 years old today, family members announced. Mrs. Robertson-Russell was born July 26, 1912, in Marshall to Minnie Bolden-Robertson and Mack Montgomery. She was raised by her stepfather, Hugh Robertson, who moved to Tyler…

25 July 2014 [11:53 PM]
Car, bike show to help childrens' foundation

There will be a Car and Bike Show Aug. 2 at Robert E. Lee High school to raise money for the Save the Children Foundation. All funds donated will be used to help build schools, aid in disaster response, and…

25 July 2014 [11:53 PM]
Meeting on mental health set for Monday

A town-hall style “Community Conversation on Teen and Young Adult Mental Health,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday. The event will take place at Tyler Junior College-West Campus, 1530 S. Southwest Loop 323 in Tyler. At…

25 July 2014 [11:52 PM]
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Immigrants and the conduct by some Christians

It seems like the issue everyone is talking about are the thousands upon thousands of child refugees who are fleeing terrible circumstances in their Latin American countries and seeking safety in the United States. What is surprising, though, is the…

25 July 2014 [11:45 PM]
Cold front coming Monday

The weekend is looking uneventful across East Texas. Look for temperatures to warm a couple of degrees each day, as we dry out the soil from this week’s rainfall. The temperature should stay below 100. By Monday, the ridge of…

25 July 2014 [11:35 PM]
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Societies and lives changed by fathers

An amazing study was reported recently in Wired magazine, but its authors didn’t go far enough. Science shows that being a father changes a man’s brain. But fatherhood changes more than that. It changes the world. “A team led by…

25 July 2014 [11:22 PM]
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Investigation continues into toddlers' deaths; 1 arrested

Quitman police continued their investigation on Friday into the deaths of two girls, ages 3 and 4, and have confirmed an arrest in the case. Thomas Wayne “TJ” Liles, 19, of Quitman, was arrested and charged with tampering with…

25 July 2014 [11:14 PM]
Death And Funeral Notices, July 27, 2014

DEATHS EUGENE ABRAHAM SR., 90, Gladewater, died July 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. KATHLEEN RAE BACA, 49, Mineola, died July 18. Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba. PAUL T. DUGARD, SR., 80, Talihina, Okla., formerly of Wills Point, died June…

25 July 2014 [11:01 PM]
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Federal court upholds Florida's docs vs. glocks law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First…

25 July 2014 [09:00 PM]
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Pennsylvania: Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said. Two women, including…

25 July 2014 [08:59 PM]
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Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He emphasized to the…

25 July 2014 [08:58 PM]
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VIDEO/Wisconsin: "Do Not Call" List

"Do Not Call" List. Although this video is from Wisconsin, it applies to anyone in the United States who has experienced pesky telemarketing calls and has wanted said calls to end. Have you ever put your…

25 July 2014 [07:18 PM]
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VIDEO: Dallas Cowboys LB McClain convicted in Alabama

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Friday convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown and imposed an 18-day jail term that could interrupt the player's bid to restart his career.…

25 July 2014 [04:38 PM]
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Dallas County judge faces heat over offer to help migrant kids

Dallas County's highest elected official has offered up unused buildings in the area to shelter unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the border. AP's John Mone reports the politician has become a flashpoint in the immigration debate.…

25 July 2014 [04:33 PM]
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Sheriff's office seeks help to identify pharmacy burglary suspect

The Smith County Sheriff's Office requests the public's assistance in identifying a burglary suspect. Detectives say this man may be connected with multiple pharmacy burglaries across East Texas including Gregg, Smith, Henderson, Angelina, Cherokee and Anderson counties. Crimestoppers pays up…

25 July 2014 [11:44 AM]
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Pedestrian reportedly hit by 18-wheeler on Highway 271

A pedestrian is being treated by emergency responders at the intersection of Highway 271 and Farm to Market Road 2015 after reportedly being struck by an 18-wheeler. Only one lane of Highway 271 coming into Tyler is currently open while…

25 July 2014 [11:00 AM]
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VIDEO: East Texan competing in CrossFit Games in California

The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the world’s toughest athletes and a thrilling experience for spectators. Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games…

25 July 2014 [10:18 AM]