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Associated Press DEL RIO, Texas – A recent standoff between National Guardsmen and heavily armed outlaws along the Mexican border has rattled some troops and raised questions about the rules of engagement for soldiers sent to the border in what was supposed to be a backup role...
Josephine Hearn POLITICO.COM Rep. Loretta Sanchez has quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, accusing the chairman, Rep. Joe Baca, of telling people she's a "whore." Baca denied the charge. In an interview with The Politico Wednesday, Sanchez, a California Democrat as is Baca,...
DIANNE SOLÍS and LAURENCE ILIFF The Dallas Morning News The amount of money that Mexican immigrants sent back to their homeland hit a record $23 billion in 2006 – suggesting a greater number of workers are sending more money home. Immigration experts attributed last year's 15...
Sharon Jayson USA TODAY Many young black Americans think the government treats most immigrants better than it treats most black people in the USA, according to a national study being released Thursday. It asked 15- to 25-year-olds about issues from politics and government to sex...
BRIAN ROGERS The Houston Chronicle A former Carver High School teacher was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for having sex three times with a male student. Shanikka Campbell, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of sexual assault of a child. The first encounter...
Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pressing the Bush administration for routine access to military aircraft for domestic flights, such as trips back to her San Francisco district, according to sources familiar with the discussions...
RENÉE C. LEE Houston Chronicle Von Pardue leaves his north Conroe home every day at 5 a.m. for a mile walk, but on Wednesday his exercise routine unexpectedly turned into a wrestling match with a vicious pit bull. The dog lost. Pardue unwittingly choked him to death. The 65-year...
Toni Clarke REUTERS All self-respecting painkillers these days offer "fast-acting relief," a promise we accept to mean anywhere from 15 minutes to more than an hour. For Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is developing drugs for migraine, pain, panic and agitation, "fast" has to...