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AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a lengthy committee room debate, lawmakers debated the idea of allowing state money to go to private schools. The “school choice” movement has never been as strong in Texas as it is now and lawmakers will soon decide on an easier path for parents to choose...
PARIS — Investigators were scouring for clues on Friday to help solve the mystery of why Andreas Lubitz , a 27-year-old German co-pilot, apparently slammed Germanwings Flight 9525 into a mountainside in the French Alps on purpose, killing all 150 on board. Prosecutors are...
Sen. Ted Cruz hasn’t made a final decision on whether he will sign up for Obamacare but will make up his mind “in the coming days,” a spokesman said Wednesday. Rick Tyler, national spokesman for the Texas Republican senator’s newly launched presidential campaign, also defended...
The incoming White House communications director defended the decision to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders last year, even as newly announced desertion charges for Bergdahl renewed Republican criticism of the prisoner swap. "Was it worth it? Absolutely," Jen...
A Montville Township police officer whose K-9 partner died after being left in their hot cruiser for four hours was convicted Wednesday on an animal cruelty charge. Sgt. Brett Harrison avoided a jail sentence, but was fined $500 by Medina Municipal Judge Dale Chase, who heard...
Parents in Montgomery County are outraged that a student who threatened a 12-year-old girl with a knife was allowed back in school. The girl's father, Jesse Martinez, of Porter, says New Caney Independent School District officials asked him to transfer his daughter to another...
As Supreme Court justices wrestle with a free speech case over specialty-license plates, another high-profile First Amendment dispute may soon reach the court. On Friday, the justices are scheduled to discuss in private whether to review a ruling against a group of white public...
American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia. Cash-strapped public universities also are driving the trend,...
Laurence Hill is a convicted rapist. His victims were 10- and 11-year-old girls he taught in a Seattle school. He served five years in prison for his crimes, and the Seattle School District paid his victims a $3 million settlement. And yet, Hill has never missed a monthly...