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Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program will test whether the state can raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when gasoline tax...
A jury in Missouri recently awarded $251,000 in damages to a local woman who was wrongfully sued by a debt collector — more than 222 times the amount she’d been sued over — but that’s nothing compared to the additional $82.99 million in punitive damages assessed against the...
A summer rite of passage in the dog days of summer won’t be available to Boy Scouts at their camps or other activities because the group recently announced a ban on the use of water guns for anything other than target practice and a limit on water balloons. “Water guns and...
Waco, Texas (CNN ) A memo has gone out to law enforcement in the wake of Sunday's shooting, warning officers that members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle gangs reportedly had been instructed to arm themselves and travel to north Texas. "Obviously it's something we're...
Here's his editorial in the Dallas Morning News: In the past few years, Americans have witnessed shootings at a movie in Colorado, a 3-year-old shooting and killing his father in Indiana and, most recently, nine people killed in a fight among biker gangs in Waco. Amazingly,...
The mother of a third grader who was held in a "safe room" at a New Braunfels elementary school has spoken out for the first time. Lilian Snowden told KENS 5 she will home-school her two kids for the rest of this year, and probably until they're old enough to tell her when...
Law enforcement officers kept watch on the near-deserted streets in part of Waco where a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs at a restaurant left nine bikers dead and raised the specter of further violence. Authorities increased security to quell fresh attempts at criminal...
A complaint Friday alleged that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups. The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university has set quotas to keep the...