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Larry Copeland USA TODAY Surveillance cameras at major intersections dramatically reduce the number of drivers who barrel through red lights, two new research reports say. The findings come as debate about the controversial devices continues a decade after they were introduced...
KSAT.com Lillian Stiles was in her yard when she was attacked by a pack of dogs and killed. The 76-year-old woman was only a few steps from her lawnmower and her family doesn't know if she was dragged from the seat or taken down when she stepped off. With the memory of a mauling...
Sig Christenson San Antonio Express-News A one-time Lackland AFB training instructor who posed nude in Playboy magazine says she's quit the service after being demoted from staff sergeant to low-ranking airman. The trainer, Michelle Manhart, said life on the base became...
Betsy Rothstein THE HILL Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) believes it is his right as a Muslim to be sworn into Congress with the Quran. But apparently, the freshman lawmaker doesn’t believe it’s Rep. Tom Tancredo’s (R-Colo.) right to smoke a cigar in his congressional office...
WNBC.com A former high school teacher who caused controversy by posing in a bikini is causing a stir again by posing in much less. Erica Chevillar used to teach history at West Boca Raton High School. However, she gave up the job after parents complained that her side job...
AMY HARMON The New York Times There is no established ritual for how an anonymous sperm donor should contact his genetic children. But for Jeffrey Harrison, Valentine’s Day seemed as good an occasion as any. “It’s a short life,” he said, “and these children need to have some...
KRISTINA SHEVORY The New York Times Construction cranes are dotting the skyline here after a six-year hiatus. Large swaths of downtown, once largely parking lots, low-slung buildings and warehouses, are being demolished to put up glass skyscrapers, and land that had been vacant...
GARY SCHARRER Houston Chronicle Some of the state's corporate heavy hitters and former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff are teaming up to defend Texas public schools and ask lawmakers to invest more in education. They want the Legislature to offer high-quality all-day pre-K and...
E. Scott Reckard David Streitfeld Adrian G. Uribarri LA TIMES Bank of America said Tuesday that it was issuing credit cards to Spanish-speaking immigrants who may not have Social Security numbers, triggering complaints that the nation's largest retail bank is tacitly endorsing...