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O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star. Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By […]

Insect attack! U.S. West battling crop-killing swarms

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so:  Swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads.  Experts say this year could be a banner one for Mormon crickets – 3-inch-long bugs named […]

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War. Find this story and more in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Shooting won’t stop annual charity baseball game for Congress

The game will go on. The annual Congressional Baseball Game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, will be played Thursday. Find this story and more in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Last man on the moon, astronaut Gene Cernan dies at 82

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the moon who returned to Earth with a message of “peace and hope for all mankind,” died on Monday in Texas following ongoing heath issues, his family said. He was 82. Cernan was surrounded by relatives when he died at a Houston hospital, family spokeswoman […]

The big top comes down: Ringling Bros. circus is closing

ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. […]

Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90

HAVANA (AP) — Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died at […]

It’s Trump!

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump awakened a movement of angry working-class voters fed up with political insiders and desperate for change. On Tuesday, that movement propelled him to the White House. Trump’s stunning, come-from-behind victory over Hillary Clinton — a far more organized and experienced rival — served as a raised middle finger to […]

Trump, other Republicans win county

Donald J. Trump grabbed a majority of the total unofficial vote in Ellis County, county elections administration reported at around 8:15 p.m. The Republican nominee took 71.16 percent of the vote with 36,175 ballots cast in his favor. 12,582 ballots were cast for Hillary Clinton, with roughly 2.9 percent of votes going to third-party candidates. […]

Decision time for America

WASHINGTON (AP) — A polarized America went to the polls Tuesday to pick its 45th president, choosing to elect either Hillary Clinton as the nation’s first female commander in chief or billionaire businessman Donald Trump after a long and rancorous campaign that upended U.S. politics. The winner will inherit an anxious nation, angry and distrustful […]

Official: 40 to 50 buildings damaged in Oklahoma quake

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Dozens of buildings sustained “substantial damage” after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an Oklahoma town that’s home to one of the world’s key oil hubs, but officials said Monday that no damage has been reported at the oil terminal. Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said 40 to 50 buildings were damaged […]

Massive manhunt in Oklahoma ends with murder suspect dead

LEEDEY, Okla. (AP) — A massive, weeklong manhunt for a suspect in a string of violent crimes, including the killing of two relatives, the shooting of three law enforcement officers and multiple carjackings, has ended in a police chase and shootout that left the man dead in western Oklahoma. Authorities believe Michael Dale Vance Jr. […]

Manhunt for Oklahoma decapitation suspect continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities have been hunting for nearly two days for an Oklahoma man they say posted live videos to social media while running from police during a violent rampage that included shooting two police officers, armed car thefts, and killing his aunt and uncle, apparently attempting to cut off their heads. Michael […]

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an […]

Palm Springs Police Chief: 2 officers killed, 1 hurt; shooter at large

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Two Palm Springs police officers trying to resolve a family dispute were shot to death Saturday when a man they had been speaking calmly with suddenly pulled out a gun and opened fire on them, the city’s police chief told reporters. A third officer was wounded. The shooter was not […]

‘A monster’ Hurricane Matthew hammers Florida coastline

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Matthew spun dangerously close to Florida’s Atlantic coast Friday morning, scraping the shore with howling wind and heavy rain that left more than 476,000 without power. Some Ennis residents have family who have been evacuated. Get the full story in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Become a […]

SAGU responds to being placed on ‘shame list’

Southwestern Assemblies of God University responded to being cited by a national organization who included the Waxahachie-based school on its “Shame List.” Read about this story and more in Wednesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

Travel Alert: Delta resumes some flights, delays continue due to system problems

LONDON (AP) — Delta Air Lines canceled around 300 flights Monday after its computer systems crashed worldwide, stranding thousands of passengers on a busy travel day. One of the world’s largest airlines said that only 800 of nearly 6,000 scheduled flights were operational. The flight tracking site FlightStats Inc. said that there were delays on […]

Immigration center at former Corsicana state school rejected

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state board has rejected a plan to use a shuttered Texas boarding school in Corsicana as a federal immigration center for unaccompanied Central American children who entered the U.S. illegally. The mayor of Corsicana, about 55 miles south of Dallas, was in favor of the plan, but Gov. Greg Abbott […]

Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading Zika in U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mosquitoes have apparently begun spreading the Zika virus on the U.S. mainland for the first time, health officials said Friday in a long-feared turn in the epidemic sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean. Four recently infected people in the Miami area — one woman and three men — are believed […]

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