Austin's Morning News

Sudarsan Raghavan THE WASHINGTON POST U.S. troops are conducting security sweeps in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City for the first time in three years, part of a revamped plan to pacify the capital. Yet the Mahdi Army militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has not risen up...
Janet Fife-Yeomans AAP THREE children have won a share of the estate of a man said to be their sperm donor father after using tweezers to pluck his eyebrows for DNA testing as he lay dead in a hospital morgue. In a landmark decision, the NSW Supreme Court yesterday granted...
SIMON ROMERO The New York Times OPEC seeks to strengthen its grip on world oil markets with announcement of cuts in production, aggressively displaying its desire to maintain oil prices at their highest sustained level in two decades; prices rise in response, up more than 3...
The Associated Press A teen accused of posting pictures of his potted marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia on MySpace.com faces charges after police monitoring for gang activity traced the information to him. Authorities said a label on the picture of potted pot plants read...
Jonathan E. Kaplan THEHILL.com Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the Democratic Caucus chairman, has told new Democratic members of Congress to steer clear of Stephen Colbert, or at least his satirical Comedy Central program, “The Colbert Report.” “He said don’t do it … it’s a risk...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A Christian doctor who calls his practice a refuge from crudeness and vulgarity was accused of discrimination by a tattooed mother who said he wouldn't treat her sick toddler because she didn't conceal her body art. Tasha Childress, 24, said she took her...
Chris Serres and Matt McKinney STAR TRIBUNE Beryl Dsouza was late and in no mood for delays when she stopped at a Target store after work two weeks ago for milk, bread and bacon. So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier -- who had on the traditional headscarf, or hijab, worn...
ASSOCIATED PRESS A nonprofit that runs a national post-abortion telephone talk line has unveiled a series of electronic greeting cards that concerned friends and family can send to a woman after she chooses to terminate a pregnancy. "Women having abortions are calling our line...
John Kelly THE WASHINGTON POST Monica Hammock and Edwin Castillo did not have the best experience with the contractor they hired in 2003 to work on their Mount Pleasant rowhouse. In fact, they said it was a year-long, $30,000 nightmare. Where once Monica might have voiced her...