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DAVE MONTGOMERY Star-Telegram A Mexican drug smuggler who testified under immunity that he was shot by two now-imprisoned Border Patrol agents was linked to a second drug-smuggling case in Texas that happened nearly eight months after the shooting, according to a Drug...
TIARA M. ELLIS The Dallas Morning News Shirley Reed wasn't sure whether the gun was real even after the stranger fired a warning shot. But the 60-year-old woman wasn't going to give up the keys to her car. He lunged at her, and as they wrestled on the ground, she felt the gun...
Bill Cotterell news-press.com A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents. "I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to...
The Associated Press A substitute teacher who taped a student's mouth shut and bound four others to their seats at Pleasant Grove Elementary School was banned from working in Jefferson County schools one day after the incident. The woman, whose name was not released by school...
ASSOCIATED PRESS Maybe it was the umpteenth coke-dealing anthem or soft-porn music video. Perhaps it was the preening antics that some call reminiscent of Stepin Fetchit. The turning point is hard to pinpoint. But after 30 years of growing popularity, rap music is now struggling...
Charisse Jones USA TODAY The City Council is poised to pass a resolution today that would symbolically ban the racial slur known as the "N-word," part of a growing national debate about the use of the word. The measure encourages New Yorkers not to use the word and to become...
Nelson Hernandez THE WASHINGTON POST Prince George's County public schools officials are investigating an incident in which the aunt of a second-grader at a county charter school ordered him to remove his pants and underwear and whipped him in front of his teacher and classmates...
Denise Gellene LA TIMES A study of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus has found that 3.4% of females in the U.S. ages 14 to 59 are infected with at least one of four viral types that could be blocked by the controversial vaccine Gardasil, researchers reported Tuesday...
Leslie Earnest and Adrian G. Uribarri LA TIMES It was a return policy made in shopper heaven, but it became hellish for Costco Wholesale Corp. Customers at the membership warehouse chain could buy a snazzy big-screen TV, use it indefinitely and take it back anytime. They could...