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Dean Goodman REUTERS The Dixie Chicks, who stirred up a hornet's nest with a jibe at President Bush, won all five Grammys for which they were nominated on Sunday, including the coveted album of the year. The victory marked a stunning validation for the female country music trio...
ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press As the only Spanish-speaking staffer in his division, Dallas city employee Norman Herrera takes at least one call a day from a resident en espanol. The questions range from where to pay a parking ticket to how to get trash pick up on a day other...
Associated Press With so many non-violent Mexican citizens clogging an increasingly jammed Texas prison system, a state lawmaker thinks it may be time for Texas to set up its own prison in Mexico. After all, he figures, the inmates would be closer to home and they're going to be...
DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press For most of the past five weeks, House Republicans could do little else but watch as majority Democrats passed major legislation without giving them a chance to propose changes or offer alternatives. So when they finally got a chance Thursday...
KRISTEN HAYS Houston Chronicle Big Oil behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. has dropped any pretense of questioning whether global warming is real. Now the company is seeking to position itself as an active player in efforts to lower greenhouse gases. "The appropriate debate isn't on...
AMAN BATHEJA Star-Telegram A North Texas lawmaker wants to bring daily gym periods back to Texas public schools. State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, introduced legislation today that would require “moderate or vigorous” daily physical activity for students from kindergarten...
Associated Press A woman who auctioned a painting that belonged to her grandmother, hoping to get a few thousand dollars to pay for her daughter's college tuition, was stunned when the picture fetched $600,000. San Francisco Chronicle The painting, sold Sunday by Clars Auction...
MIKE BAKER The Associated Press Democrat John Edwards, who has made an anti-poverty message the theme of his 2008 presidential campaign, is taking heat for the lavish home he has constructed in Orange County, N.C. In December, Edwards chose the modest backyard of a New Orleans...
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS Dieters got a new tool Wednesday to help them take off the extra pounds – the first government-approved nonprescription diet pill. The Food and Drug Administration said the fat-blocking weight-loss pill orlistat, which has been available by prescription,...