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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas annual sales tax holiday has been set for Aug. 8-10 as families prepare to send children back to school. Comptroller Susan Combs says shoppers can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the tax-free holiday weekend. The state law...
Authorities are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally. A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered as detention facilities for many of the more...
After a weekend break, jurors weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle are entering their fifth day of deliberations. Jurors have had the case since last Tuesday. They're expected to return to the federal courthouse...
A West Texas man has died after his pickup truck was struck by a train. The Midland Reporter-Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/1xnlcxL ) 43-year-old Filiberto Baeza was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Sunday night. Midland Police say Baeza drove through one of the...
A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia. Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, says told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr...
HOUSTON (AP) - The Coast Guard says ammonia that leaked from a vessel forced the closure of the Houston Ship Channel and nearby bridges while sending four workers to a hospital. Coast Guard officials said in a release that the tanker Sombeke was docked at the Houston Ammonia...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Wealthy alumni usually finance new football stadiums or libraries at their old colleges. Tom and Leti Contreras are donating nearly $1 million to build a bar. The couple met at St. Mary's University in the 1980s at an on-campus spot known as The Pub. It closed...
A judge has recommended the exoneration of a Texas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape based on recent DNA testing. Judge Gracie Lewis said Friday that the conviction of 57-year-old Michael Phillips should be vacated. The matter now goes to the Texas Court of...
DALLAS (AP) - A North Dallas prosecutor is going to court to seek exoneration of a man who served 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will ask a state district judge on Friday to exonerate Michael...