US, Cuba to normalize relations; Obama to speak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday.

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream Video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets.

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday Video

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens.

'Bernie' participants named in request of public records Video

PANOLA COUNTY (KYTX)- The latest development in the Bernie Tiede case is a public records request addressed to Panola District Attorney Danny "Buck" Davidson. This letter points to a possible conflict of interest that Davidson should have disclosed if he was paid for any part of the Bernie movie.

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John Tyler High School receives bomb threat

TYLER (KYTX)- John Tyler High School administrators received a bomb threat from an unknown caller claiming to be a detective. District administrators and Tyler ISD Police were contacted and an investigation of the claim, campus and surrounding area was performed…

17 December 2014 [03:10 PM]
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Teeth pulled, patient died, dentist suspended

DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A dentist whose patient died after developing complications while getting 20 teeth pulled will not be allowed to work during a comprehensive review of his practice. The Connecticut State Dental Commission voted…

17 December 2014 [02:51 PM]
1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring…

17 December 2014 [02:48 PM]
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Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream Video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is…

17 December 2014 [01:07 PM]
Waco officials vote $1.5 million for SpaceX expansion

WACO, Texas (AP) — Waco city officials have voted to contribute $1.5 million in economic development funds toward expanding the SpaceX rocket-making plant in nearby McGregor. Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has plans to spend $46 million on an…

17 December 2014 [12:34 PM]
NYC to try settling suit with Eric Garner's family

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Eric Garner's family. If an agreement is reached, it would avoid what could be…

17 December 2014 [12:28 PM]
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Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday Video

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a…

17 December 2014 [11:56 AM]
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Army's blimp-like airships get East Coast test

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) — The Army showed off a blimp-like airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation's capital or other major East Coast cities. The radar-toting vehicle will…

17 December 2014 [11:47 AM]
Hunter shot, killed by friend who slipped in mud

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a 57-year-old hunter is dead after one of his companions slipped in the mud and accidentally shot him in the back in northern Utah. Cache County deputies say the man was shot about 2…

17 December 2014 [11:38 AM]
Canada man finds woman for free trip around world

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named…

17 December 2014 [11:26 AM]
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US, Cuba to normalize relations; Obama to speak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the…

17 December 2014 [11:11 AM]
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West side of Kyle Field to be imploded Sunday

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The west side of Texas A&M University's Kyle Field will be imploded this weekend to make way for more football stadium improvements. Chancellor John Sharp says the blast will happen at 8 a.m. CST Sunday.…

17 December 2014 [11:02 AM]
Prison for Ex-Homeland Security official in Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An ex-Department of Homeland Security supervisor in South Texas must serve three years in prison for trying to cover up lapses in investigations and operations. Prosecutors say the conduct of Eugenio Pedraza of McAllen resulted in…

17 December 2014 [10:59 AM]
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'Bernie' participants named in request of public records Video

PANOLA COUNTY (KYTX)- The latest development in the Bernie Tiede case is a public records request addressed to Panola District Attorney Danny "Buck" Davidson. This letter points to a possible conflict of interest that Davidson should have disclosed if he…

17 December 2014 [10:55 AM]
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Multiple agencies bust 4 illegal gambling rooms, arrest man Video

TYLER (KYTX)-Illegal gambling has become a big problem in Henderson County, but now four game rooms across the county have been shut down after a lengthy investigation. John DeSanto is in custody right now charged with engaging in criminal activity…

17 December 2014 [10:52 AM]
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Lufkin baby died of malnutrition, dehydration Video

LUFKIN (AP) — A pathologist has testified that the 2013 death of a 2-month-old East Texas baby occurred due to malnutrition and dehydration. Dr. Candace Schoppe testified for the prosecution in the Lufkin murder trial of the boy's parents, 19-year-old…

17 December 2014 [10:51 AM]
UPDATE: Texas man sentenced to death in revenge plot

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace in North Texas was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a district attorney's wife in what prosecutors described as a revenge plot that left three people dead. Eric Williams was…

17 December 2014 [10:26 AM]
UPDATE: Power outages will be avoided

UPDATE: Upon further review, Oncor has decided that they will not need to make the changes that they thought would be creating short power outages in the downtown Tyler area, according to Charles Hill, Oncor spokesperson. --------- Portions of downtown Tyler…

17 December 2014 [09:55 AM]
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Solidarity march to be held in Tyler to promote peace, unity Video

TYLER (KTYX) - As protests surrounding recent police related deaths continue across the country, east Texans will soon come together in what's being called a "Solidarity March." The march hasn't happened yet, but as CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey found out,…

17 December 2014 [09:53 AM]
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Harrison County District Clerk arrested for public intoxication Video

MARSHALL (KTBS via KYTX) -A Harrison County official has been arrested, accused of being drunk at work. Melinda Craig, who is the Harrison County District Clerk, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon, in her office, for public intoxication. Authorities say she…

17 December 2014 [09:28 AM]
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Be aware of local carpet cleaning scam Video

The Better Business Bureau warns East Texans to be aware of a carpet cleaning scam currently being perpetrated in the area. Watch the video for more details.…

17 December 2014 [09:03 AM]
Police identify officer in Texarkana shooting

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Northeast Texas have released the name of an officer who fatally shot a burglary suspect who was holding a spoon. Texarkana police said Tuesday that Officer Brent Lawing fatally shot 35-year-old Dennis Grigsby on…

17 December 2014 [07:33 AM]
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Pharmacy owners arrested in '12 meningitis outbreak

DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Two co-founders and 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people were arrested early Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office…

17 December 2014 [07:31 AM]
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Better than I deserve

Strolling my 86-year-old grandmother in her wheelchair down the hallway of Providence Park Nursing Home led to an inspiring afternoon of reflection. An unfamiliar, tall, somber, well-dressed man stood in the hallway. I offered a simple, “Hello. How are you?”…

16 December 2014 [10:39 PM]
Christmas Under Bridge event Saturday

The Hunger for Love ministry will put on Christmas Under Bridge this Saturday and is in need of volunteers and donations. The event will include a 6 p.m. meal and concert under the Gentry Parkway Bridge. As many as 600…

16 December 2014 [10:26 PM]
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Retired handyman turns hobby into a business

On most days, Winford Stone can be found in his workshop, whittling scraps of wood into trucks, ducks and other toys. Stone, 70, is a retired handyman who started making toys about five years ago for his grandson. The hobby…

16 December 2014 [10:23 PM]