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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...
BP hopes to know by Thursday afternoon whether its latest attempt to plug a blown-out undersea well with heavy mud may finally slow the oil that's been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC was pumping heavy mud into the leaking well off Louisiana's coast and executives said...
An aide to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, confirmed that Kaplan’s name has been sent to Obama for consideration. Doggett is chairman of the Democratic members of the Texas House delegation. The aide, Sarah Dohl, said Kaplan was the unanimous choice among those Democratic...
Looking healthy but now medicated for schizophrenia and depression, Hosam "Sam" Smadi politely admitted to a federal judge Wednesday that he tried to blow up the iconic downtown Fountain Place skyscraper last year. But the bomb he planted Sept. 24 under the building – a few...