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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...
Much as we'd like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford'...
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - It's seems like an oversight or some cruel clerical error but it's actually the law. A Houston man has battled in court for more than a decade because he is being forced to pay for a child that DNA proves isn't his. “It's been a tough battle. I've been paying...
AUSTIN -- Looters stole dozens of guns, including assault rifles, a jewelry and a coin collection worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Travis County man's home during his trip to Mexico. Investigators from the Travis County Sheriff's Office tell him the burglary looks...