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Mexican President Felipe Calderón urged U.S. lawmakers Thursday to restore a controversial assault weapons ban, saying easy U.S. availability of the high-powered firearms contributes to the escalating violence in his country. Calderón said an increase in drug cartel killings...
In coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico, environmental officials are feverishly collecting water, sediment and marine animal tissue samples that will be used in coming months to help track pollution levels resulting from the oil spill. Hundreds of millions of dollars are...
Social conservatives on the State Board of Education were poised late Thursday night to push for a curriculum standard that would encourage high school students to question the legal doctrine of church-state separation – a sore point for social conservative groups across the...
The Galena Park Independent School District is investigating reports that staff at Normandy Crossing Elementary changed students' answers on the high-stakes TAKS test in April to cheat their way to higher scores. Superintendent Mark Henry said on Thursday that the district has...
Marine Lance Cpl. Philip P. Clark and his wife, Ashton, were making big plans for his return from Afghanistan this summer. “We had a lot of plans and wanted kids. He wanted to have a baby as soon as he got home, and we were talking about that,” she said. “He wanted a girl, and...
A Jefferson High School teacher was scheduled to return to the classroom today, more than a week after she was placed on administrative leave following allegations she made racist remarks to students. Senior Augustine Ortiz complained that a May 6 discussion on Arizona's...
The offer of new digs for the governor was not entirely without precedent. And the price was right. “$1 a year,” declared Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller, standing beside a green-and-white mobile home on cinder blocks in the labor group’s parking lot near the Capitol...
Bill White's arsenal of issues against Rick Perry – school dropouts, toll roads, the governor's business subsidy fund, his longevity in office and divisive campaigning and governing – has a familiar ring. Kay Bailey Hutchison used them all in the Republican primary. And lost...
President Barack Obama shuns talk of a "war on drugs." But when he welcomes Mexican President Felipe Calderón to the White House today, that nation's bloody fight with drug cartels – and its implications for U.S. security and immigration policy – will be a top agenda item. The...