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Hays County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable John Ellen patrols River Road at the 7A Resort in Wimberley, Texas
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7 States Face Flood Risk

Flash-flood watches and warnings were issued across seven states early Tuesday as an unprecedented downpour of torrential rain triggered "extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening" conditions in Houston

This May 23, 2014, file photo shows a sign at a Taco Bell in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

Taco Bell, Pizza to Nix Artificial Ingredients

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing

Time Warner Cable

Charter Buying Time Warner Cable in $55 Billion Deal

Charter Communications will spend $55.33 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal that would instantly create one of the largest pay-television and broadband operators in the U.S., after Comcast abandoned a deal amid regulatory opposition

Taylor Swift at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Taylor Swift's Mom Got Some Lyrics Confused

Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” includes one of the great misheard lyrics from the last year: “All the lonely Starbucks lovers.” But apparently even the artist's mom got tripped up by the line

Local residents and Sunni tribal fighters welcome newly arriving Iraqi Shi'ite Hizballah Brigade militiamen, who are joining the fight against ISIS militants in Khalidiya, west of Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraq Launches Operation to Drive ISIS From Anbar

Iraq announced the launch of a military operation to drive the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month

Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff as he leaves at the end of a mass of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican

Pope Francis Hasn't Watched TV Since 1990

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, who has made waves waves reaching out to disaffected Catholics and insisting on making the poor a top priority, hasn't watched TV since July 15, 1990, he revealed in an interview

Sir Jonathan Ive attend Sushisamba's second anniversary celebration with a performance by Lily Allen at VIP at Sushi Samba on Nov. 11, 2014 in London.

Apple's Design Guru Just Got a Big Promotion

Jonathan Ive is taking on an even more important role at Apple. The design mastermind behind the look of the iPhone and the iPad will be promoted from senior vice president of design to the newly created position of chief design officer

"Mortdecai" Photo Call In Tokyo

Johnny Depp Could Face Prison for Taking Dogs to Australia

Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for illegally bringing his dogs into Australia and failing to declare them. The star, who is filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, brought his two Yorkshire terriers into Australia on his private jet

Members of special police force chat after returning to a police camp near Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia, close to the border with Thailand

Rohingya Survivors Tell of Horrors

Malaysian police say at least 139 suspected graves have been found on the border with Thailand. The remains are believed to be a by-product of the human smuggling that for years has transported persecuted Rohingya from Burma and impoverished Bangladeshis

Uber At $40 Billion Valuation Would Eclipse Twitter And Hertz

Uber Looks to Conquer the Airport

Ride-hailing service Uber has already become ubiquitous on the streets of many major American cities. Now the company wants to conquer U.S. airports as well, brokering deals to allow its drivers to pick up arriving passengers in the same way taxis do

B.B. King performs in Los Angeles on November 11, 2011.

Attorney Dismisses Claims That B.B. King Was Poisoned

Two of B.B. King's daughters are claiming their father was poisoned by two aides who worked closely with him, but an attorney for King's estate says the allegations are ridiculous. Homicide detectives from the Las Vegas police department are investigating