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Ralph Thomas THE SEATTLE TIMES Scott Adams figured he was saving about $20 per carton the past few years by ordering his cigarettes online and by phone from out-of-state tobacco dealers. Those savings are proving mighty costly now. The state claims Adams owes nearly $8,000 in...
Louis Chude-Sokei THE LA TIMES Although not quite able to pass for white, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been able to pass for African American. He is biracial, but not white; black, but not African American; American but not African. What has entranced the country more than his...
LISA SANDBERG Houston Chronicle Texas drivers in polluted areas who are hanging on to their old, high-polluting clunkers might soon have added incentive to get more efficient vehicles, under legislation filed Thursday to bring the state into compliance with federal clean air...
ERIC HANSON Houston Chronicle A former Fort Bend Independent School District high school teacher has been arrested after being indicted on a charge of an improper relationship between an educator and a student, school district police said. Kimberly Dawn Hollis, 30, a teacher at...
CLAY ROBISON Houston Chronicle His crusade against cancer, including a controversial order to vaccinate schoolgirls against a virus linked to cervical cancer, is partly personal, Gov. Rick Perry revealed Thursday. Several family members have been stricken with one form or...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A woman gave birth to a boy outside a western Pennsylvania hospital a delivery that happened so quickly that the newborn wound up in his mother's sweatpants. "It happened so fast," Rebecca Johnson, 24, told the Daily Courier in Connellsville. "I didn't know what...
TERRENCE STUTZ The Dallas Morning News The Texas Tomorrow Fund's prepaid college tuition program is severely underfunded and could be short as much as $3.3 billion to meet its obligations over the next two decades, Comptroller Susan Combs warned Thursday. The projected shortfall...
ASSOCIATED PRESS The NBA banished Tim Hardaway from All-Star weekend in Las Vegas because of his anti-gay remarks. Hardaway, who played in five All-Star games during the 1990s, was already in Las Vegas to make a series of public appearances this week on behalf of the league. But...
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...