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Dan Eggen Washington Post Violent crime in 2005 increased at the highest rate in 15 years, driven in large part by a surge of killings and other attacks in many Midwestern cities, the FBI reported yesterday. The FBI's preliminary annual crime report showed an overall jump of 2.5...
J. Michael Parker Express-News The pastor of an Austin Presbyterian church sanctioned Friday by a regional governing body for accepting an atheist as a member said the congregation will appeal the action to a church synod court, he declared Monday. "We'll definitely appeal,"...
Josh White Washington Post A sergeant who led a squad of Marines during the incident in Haditha, Iraq, that left as many as 24 civilians dead said his unit did not intentionally target any civilians, followed military rules of engagement and never tried to cover up the shootings...
JOSHUA BENTON The Dallas Morning News An alarming number of students who graduated from Texas high schools last month probably cheated to get there – and state education officials are in no hurry to catch them. A state-sponsored analysis found thousands of suspicious scores on...
Click2Houston.com A Houston police officer who has been living a secret life decided to share it with his fellow officers -- he is having a sex change operation and wants to remain on the force, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday. Sgt. Jack Oliver has been with HPD for nearly 25 years...
HOLLY K. HACKER and TERRENCE STUTZ The Dallas Morning News Texas teachers are embarking on a massive, quarter-billion-dollar experiment to find out whether big bonuses can produce big gains in student achievement, despite criticism that such plans are largely unproven. Like top...
Ruth Rendon Houston Chronicle A former teacher's aide will be allowed to keep the 3-year-old daughter fathered by a then-13-year-old student, but he must be allowed to see the child on a regular basis, a state judge ruled Wednesday. After two days of testimony, state District...
Ronald Brownstein and Janet Hook L.A. Times WASHINGTON — The Republican victory in a closely watched San Diego-area House race showed that even in a hostile political environment, the GOP can defend its strongholds against a stiff Democratic challenge. The result, however, shed...
Jenifer Warren LA Times SACRAMENTO — Americans spend $60 billion a year to imprison 2.2 million people — exceeding any other nation — but receive a dismal return on the investment, according to a report to be released today by a commission urging greater public scrutiny of what...