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BP officials insist safety was a top priority on the Macondo drilling project more than 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, but there were plenty of reasons for the oil giant to want to cut corners to save time and money. The drilling rig cost BP about $530,000 per day to lease...
At least 50 South Texas activists, most of them from San Antonio, are in Phoenix today for the “National Day of Action against SB 1070,” a protest drawing participants from across the United States opposed to Arizona's new immigration law. Representing a coalition of social...
Globs of sticky brownish ooze soil miles of sensitive shoreline and marsh from Alabama to Louisiana. Pelican rookeries are awash in oil. Oyster beds and shrimp nurseries face certain death. All the while, long, slender barriers intended to protect the shoreline float twisted,...
Describing the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a wake-up call, President Barack Obama on Thursday banned new drilling in deep coastal waters and ordered floating rigs to stop work on some 30 exploratory wells. He also blocked planned drilling in Arctic waters this...
John Kach raised his pants legs to gasps from students at Martin Luther King Academy, where he was driving home the point that even teenagers need to be vaccinated. His prosthetic legs were given to him after his own were amputated — along with all the fingers on both hands. All...
Scientists have tracked ocean temperatures in the hurricane-prone waters of the Atlantic since the end of World War II, but never have they seen a run-up to hurricane season as sobering as this one. The tropics are even warmer than the toasty waters that spurred the 2005...
The state-run facility in Lubbock for the mentally disabled, where outcries of shoddy care and exploitation sparked a federal investigation five years ago, still has big problems, independent monitors reported Thursday. At least 13 employees have been dismissed since July as a...
Even though Texas won't be getting the bulk of the National Guard troops ordered to the U.S.-Mexico border, both candidates for governor refrained from being overly critical of the Obama administration's deployment decision. GOP Gov. Rick Perry said he would wait to see whether...
A public meeting to address the future of a South Side cylinder-repair company turned into a fierce grilling session Wednesday night, as community leaders tried to determine how the business had managed to operate without the proper zoning for four years. Though the session...