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TYLER — Tyler Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman of her purse before knocking her to the ground. Officers responded to the East Texas Medical Center parking lot last night where a 63-year-old woman walking to the entrance of the parking garage was approached by the suspect who had a weapon and demanded the woman’s purse. He then stole the purse and knocked the woman down and fled on foot. Police say the victim suffered a broken arm during the aggravated robbery. The suspect was described as a black male approximately5-9 wearing dark clothing. The suspect was last seen running east bound from ETMC with the victim’s purse. The investigation continues at this time.
School Bus Wreck in Longview
LONGVIEW – No injuries were reported this morning when a Longview School Bus and a car were involved in what school officials are calling a fender-bender. About 50 Ware Elementary School students were on the bus when the accident occurred at Libby Lane and East Glenn Street in Longview. Damage to the bus was minor, and the car had front end damage . The children were transported to another bus and were in class before 9 a.m.
Air Bag Investigation
DETROIT – The Chrysler Jeep Liberty is at the center of an investigation after 50 people reported they were injured when the air bag deployed without a crash happening. The National Highway traffic Safety Administration started investigating Liberty SUVs from 2002 and 2003 model years in September. It was upgraded to a full engineering analysis last week. Safety regulators say the air bag computer may fail due to an electrical voltage spike.
Couple Flees to Texas with Monkeys in Tow
TEXAS-LOUISIANA LINE — A Louisiana couple has fled to Texas with their four Capuchin monkeys amid a crackdown on wild animals in private homes. Jim and Donita Clark says they won’t go back home to Louisiana until they’re assured the monkeys won’t be taken. The Clarks are afraid new home inspections by state officials are a pretext for confiscating animals.
Americans’ Incomes Rise in December
WASHINGTON — Americans’ incomes rose last month by the most in nine months, a hopeful sign after a year of weak wage gains. The Commerce Department says incomes rose 0.5 percent, the strongest increase since a similar gain in March. Consumer spending was unchanged, following weak gains of 0.1 percent in both October and November. The income increase after paying taxes and adjusting for inflation was 0.3 percent in December. For the year, inflation-adjusted incomes rose 0.9 percent, just half the modest 1.8 percent rise in 2010.
Megaupload Data to be Deleted
WASHINGTON — Some 50 million users of Megaupload could see their data deleted as soon as Thursday. Federal prosecutors have blocked access to the service, saying it facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other content. Seven people are facing charges. Megaupload’s attorney says the data is important to the company’s defense and it’s working with prosecutors to keep it from being erased.
Florida Primary Election Today
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — The attacks continue ahead of tomorrow’s Florida Republican presidential primary. Mitt Romney, who has surged back to front-runner status, is keeping the pressure on Newt Gingrich. Gingrich accuses Romney of “carpet bombing” tactics and telling outright lies.
“The Help” Wins Big at SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES — “The Help” is the big winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The Deep South drama claimed the guild’s ensemble award, the show’s equivalent of a best-picture prize. Also on Sunday night, Viola Davis of “The Help” took home the award for best actress and Octavia Spencer was voted best supporting actress. Both played black maids going public with uneasy truths about their white employers in Mississippi during the 1960s .
Super Bowl Week in Indianapolis Begins
INDIANAPOLIS — Super Bowl fans are descending on Indianapolis for the Feb. 5 game and the city is trying to prepare for whatever may come its way. Indianapolis Power & Light has replaced 150 manhole covers in high-traffic areas after a series of underground explosions last year turned the covers into dangerous projectiles. The city also plans to sweep Lucas Oil Stadium and have 1,000 police on hand.
Subcommittee to Hear Drilling Testimony
MIAMI — A congressional subcommittee will hear testimony today in Florida about the implications of Cuba’s plan to drill for oil off its coast. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, experts and U.S. officials will testify on the risks and whether the U.S. is prepared for possible spills. One expert says a Cuban spill could damage the nation’s ecology and economy.
Beef Recall in Minnesota
ST. MICHAEL, Minn. — A Minnesota wholesaler is recalling more than a ton of beef sirloin products because the labels fail to indicate that one ingredient is milk, a possible allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says J&B Group Incorporated is recalling over 2,600 pounds of products. The products were made between January and September of last year, and were distributed for institutional use in Texas and two other states.