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If another example of the failure of European intelligence services to share and act on information about potential terrorists was needed, Wednesday’s identification of the bombers in the deadly Brussels attacks the day before certainly provides it. At least one of the attackers...
Half a billion dollars is what accidents in Austin cost society every year. The Vision Zero Task Force came up with that number using an average between 2010 and 2014. Using data from the U.S. Department of Transportation , the task force calculated the cost of minor injury...
The Brussels suicide bombers included two Belgium-born brothers with a violent criminal past and suspected links to plotters of the Islamic State’s Paris attacks last November, the authorities said on Wednesday, raising new alarms about Europe’s leaky defenses against a militant...
Ten hours before terrorists struck Brussels, Donald J. Trump was on television describing his strategy for confronting the Islamic State: He would pound it with airstrikes, but any ground action must be taken by the United States’ partners in the region. He did not mention, if...
Even before Tuesday’s attack, European security services believed a sprawling network of Islamist radicals raised in the working-class districts of Brussels had emerged as the leading edge of Islamic State’s campaign to strike Europe. Read More
The terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday pose the worst kind of foreign policy dilemma for President Obama, pitting his instincts that he’s doing all he can to defeat the Islamic State against intense political pressure for him to do more. Obama has been making the case for...
Republican front-runner Donald Trump is threatening to go after rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, reacting to a harsh ad targeting the billionaire’s wife, Melania, that was funded by an anti-Trump super PAC. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump tweeted , “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of...
The Austin Police Department said its officers made 336 DWI arrests during the March 4-21 No Refusal period. Of the 336 arrests, APD said 222 were made during the hours in which the No Refusal initiative was in effect (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.). Read More
A Florida couple was arrested Wednesday morning after police say the wife hit her husband with a burrito and the husband responded by stabbing his wife with a fork. It happened Tuesday morning in Crestview, Florida, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say...