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Senators scrutinizing the Deepwater Horizon disaster Tuesday zeroed in on unusual pressure readings, bypassed tests and the application of cement barriers as possible problems contributing to the April 20 explosion of an offshore drilling rig and the growing oil spill in the...
Ross Perot Jr. raised the stakes Monday in his battle with fellow billionaire Mark Cuban over the ailing financial performance of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks are "insolvent and/or in imminent danger of insolvency," according to a lawsuit filed Monday in state district...
As congressional hearings on the Deepwater Horizon disaster kick off today, lawmakers are likely to get a tangle of finger-pointing from the corporate leaders whose companies are being sued for negligence in connection with the disaster. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...
The amount spent on lobbyists has grown in every Texas legislative session for a decade — until the national recession stemmed the spending for the 2009 Legislature, according to a report released Monday by Texans for Public Justice. The campaign finance group found lobby...
Texas Sen. John Cornyn sharply criticized Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Monday, hinting strongly that her lack of judicial experience, privileged background and role in Harvard University's efforts to bar military recruiters make it unlikely he will support her...
While oil and gas companies have pushed the frontiers of offshore drilling into deeper, more dangerous waters over the last decade, their government watchdogs stayed behind in the shallows, clinging to long-standing practices and failing to plan for new hazards, according to...
The first steps to freedom aren't between opening steel gates or beneath menacing guard towers, but through double glass doors and down the stairs to 12th Street. It's just about the only way out alive from the Texas prison system. About 90 percent of male prison inmates in the...
While BP says it will pay to clean up the mammoth oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant has repeatedly placed blame elsewhere for the tragic rig accident last month that started it all. How much longer it will be able to keep saying so, however, is another...
A leukemia diagnosis for Destiny Cantu, 10, devastated her family, up-ending their usual routine at home in Pearsall by her need for thrice weekly treatments at a hospital in San Antonio. Fortunately, Ronald McDonald House Charities has helped the Cantus, as it has more than 15,...