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Minutes before he was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison, Hosam "Sam" Smadi apologized for trying to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper. "Your honor, I'm so ashamed of what I did," Smadi said, standing before U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn on Tuesday in a bright...
The leaders of the nation's most prestigious universities are reaching out to their counterparts in Mexico, saying more partnerships between the two countries could help with some of the border's most intractable problems. The relationship was one of the topics discussed during...
Democrat Bill White debated the governor who wasn't there Tuesday, accusing Rick Perry of enriching his political friends and leaving the state in fiscal trouble. White struggled when asked to say something positive about Perry, eventually citing his military service. "My...
As a growing number of states move to strengthen their DNA databanks, many investigators and crime victims in Texas say dangerous criminals may escape justice here because the state fails to require DNA sampling of most arrestees. The federal government and at least 20 other...
Now’s the time to grab a Thanksgiving turkey and a holiday ham and pop them in the freezer, as the cost of meat is on the rise. It’s all about corn, experts say, which is a primary feed source for beef and is used to feed poultry and pigs. Corn futures have soared close to a two...
The gunman looked detached, "almost like he wasn't there." He might not have known one victim was pregnant. He never spoke after he began shooting fellow soldiers. He might not have been aiming at anyone in particular. Those details were elicited from witnesses by defense...
If the candidates for governor were chain stores, Rick Perry would probably be Safeway and Bill White would be Target. Many believe Perry's campaign is playing it safe. He has eschewed editorial boards and is refusing to debate. His campaign is limited to a few stops a day,...
Former first lady Laura Bush told an audience of about 1,200 people at the Paramount Theatre that reading is the guiding principle of her life, but she never thought she would actually write a book. Bush, who co-founded the Texas Book Festival while her husband was Texas...
Early voting starts today. This year's appeals to coax voters to the polls in October carry an unusual urgency after a fire destroyed nearly all the county's election machines seven weeks ago. The first public statement County Clerk Beverly Kaufman made in response to the fire...