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Members of an anti-Islam group protested outside a mosque in Irving Saturday. They were armed with guns and appeared in opposition to plans for Syrian refugees to be settled in the United States. Irving police were also there in large numbers, with SWAT teams on standby. A group...
A surveillance video has been released by New Orleans police of the moment a man shot a Tulane medical student who was coming to the aid of a woman who was being mugged. The Good Samaritan, 25-year-old Peter Gold, was shot in the stomach early on Friday morning after he...
Donald J. Trump, who earlier in the week said he was open to requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a database, said on Thursday night that he “would certainly implement that — absolutely.” Mr. Trump was asked about the issue by an NBC News reporter and pressed on...
The hotel says 138 people remain inside. The gunmen stormed it shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, eyewitnesses say. Malian officials said 30 hostages have been freed. State TV earlier put the figure at 80. Three people have been shot dead and two soldiers wounded,...
Some members of the Austin City Council have begun exploring the possibility of paying police officers more for living within city limits. Austin police officers have been the highest paid in the state for years, with a first-year officer earning approximately $65,000. For more...
The passports had been doctored to replace the photographs with those of the Syrians. The Syrian men were held in Honduras after their arrival from Costa Rica. The men had traveled by air from Syria to Lebanon, then to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and on to Honduras...
Today's City Council meeting (Nov. 19) may not last into the wee hours like last week's, but the 98 agenda Items display plenty of Austin's current official preoccupation: how to incentivize various forms of housing sufficient to respond to the high demand – and maybe even bend...
Once a happy-go-lucky student at one of Brussels' most prestigious high schools, Saint-Pierre d'Uccle, Abdelhamid Abaaoud morphed into Belgium's most notorious jihadi, a zealot so devoted to the cause of holy war that he recruited his 13-year-old brother to join him in Syria...
Nearly a year after the City of Austin initially approved ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, new city regulations threaten their future operation. To be clear, Austin City Council isn’t looking to outright ban Uber. But the company has made it clear that the proposed...