Austin's Morning News

Jim Wolf REUTERS U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called for a 90-day deadline to start pulling American troops from Iraq. Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, has been criticized by some...
Ralph Thomas THE SEATTLE TIMES Scott Adams figured he was saving about $20 per carton the past few years by ordering his cigarettes online and by phone from out-of-state tobacco dealers. Those savings are proving mighty costly now. The state claims Adams owes nearly $8,000 in...
Louis Chude-Sokei THE LA TIMES Although not quite able to pass for white, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been able to pass for African American. He is biracial, but not white; black, but not African American; American but not African. What has entranced the country more than his...
Jerry Seper THE WASHINGTON TIMES An illegal alien got a "get out of jail free card" plus U.S. legal documents and monetary compensation from federal prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of using excessive force during an arrest...
LISA SANDBERG Houston Chronicle Texas drivers in polluted areas who are hanging on to their old, high-polluting clunkers might soon have added incentive to get more efficient vehicles, under legislation filed Thursday to bring the state into compliance with federal clean air...
ERIC HANSON Houston Chronicle A former Fort Bend Independent School District high school teacher has been arrested after being indicted on a charge of an improper relationship between an educator and a student, school district police said. Kimberly Dawn Hollis, 30, a teacher at...
CLAY ROBISON Houston Chronicle His crusade against cancer, including a controversial order to vaccinate schoolgirls against a virus linked to cervical cancer, is partly personal, Gov. Rick Perry revealed Thursday. Several family members have been stricken with one form or...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A woman gave birth to a boy outside a western Pennsylvania hospital a delivery that happened so quickly that the newborn wound up in his mother's sweatpants. "It happened so fast," Rebecca Johnson, 24, told the Daily Courier in Connellsville. "I didn't know what...
TERRENCE STUTZ The Dallas Morning News The Texas Tomorrow Fund's prepaid college tuition program is severely underfunded and could be short as much as $3.3 billion to meet its obligations over the next two decades, Comptroller Susan Combs warned Thursday. The projected shortfall...