Austin's Morning News

By JANET ELLIOTT and CLAY ROBISON Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN — A lawmaker abandoned his effort to preserve some Confederate statues after a riveting, and sometimes heated, debate that veered into slavery, civil rights and terrorist groups. "I apologize...
Mar 21 09:07 PM US/Eastern By DANIELA FLORES Associated Press Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Jason Pellegrino (an 8.2 on the attractiveness scale) says the problem with Internet dating services is not enough really hot-looking people. So he and a business partner have created...
By SAMUEL MAULL NEW YORK Mar 21, 2007 (AP)— A couple can proceed with a lawsuit against a fertility clinic they filed after the wife gave birth to a daughter whose skin they thought was too dark to be their child, a judge has ruled. Thomas and Nancy Andrews, of Commack, N.Y.,...
SALEM, Ore. Mar 21, 2007 (AP)— A former Woodburn coach has gotten a state reprimand for biting the thigh of one of half a dozen wrestlers who tried to give him a wedgie. At a December 2005 practice, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission said, team members tried to give...
By FIONA MACRAE DAILY MAIL Good looks could help guilty defendants dodge justice, researchers have said. They reported that in an experiment jurors were more likely to convict suspects deemed ugly than those seen as attractive. It is thought that the principle applies elsewhere...
By IAN FISHER Published: March 22, 2007 ROME, March 21 —An Italian journalist who was held hostage for 15 days by the Taliban in lawless southern Afghanistan was ransomed for five Taliban prisoners, the Italian government and Afghan officials confirmed Wednesday. It appears to...
Lisa Marie Gómez Express-News Former Lackland AFB training instructor Michelle Manhart is known for her six-page Playboy photo spread and for her struggles with the Air Force, which pushed her out of the service after the February edition hit the streets. Now she's going to be...
By Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer March 21, 2007 SACRAMENTO — After repeatedly being asked about his conservative critics, including talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped his diplomatic veneer Tuesday and declared their views irrelevant to his...
By Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer March 21, 2007 SASABE, MEXICO — The dusty Grand Central Station of illegal journeys into the United States lies on the fringes of this village near the Arizona border, in a junkyard littered with demolished cars. Migrants wearing backpacks...