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A former Austin State Hospital psychiatrist under investigation over sexual abuse allegations has protested his 2011 firing. Dr. Charles Fischer has filed an official grievance over his Nov. 14 dismissal. Fischer has also notified the Texas Medical Board that he intends to fight...
The parents of an eighth-grader who was fatally shot by police inside his South Texas school are demanding to know why officers took lethal action. But police say the boy was brandishing what appeared to be a handgun Wednesday, though it turned out to be a pellet gun...
A top prosecutor says a man who has spent 31 years in prison for sexual assault didn't receive a fair trial and that the conviction should be vacated. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said Tuesday that prosecutors failed to reveal information in 1981 that could have...
A North Texas judge has been removed from presiding over a death penalty case after ruling that the state law allowing the penalty is unconstitutional. An administrative judge sided with Dallas County prosecutors that state District Judge Teresa Hawthorne should be removed from...
Federal securities regulators have sued a Texas-based provider of so-called "life settlements,'' accusing it and three top executives of defrauding shareholders by overvaluing the life insurance policies it buys from its customers. In a statement Tuesday, the Securities and...
Investigators say a soldier accused of bringing explosives into an airport in his carry-on bag may have flown halfway across the country with them the week before. A U.S. attorney's spokesman says Trey Scott Atwater of Hope Mills, N.C., waived his initial appearance in federal...
Just when drought conditions seemed to be improving, some wildfires are even burning in the southeast Texas marshland. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll says firefighters responded to about half a dozen blazes Monday. He says the wind-whipped fires destroyed several...
A member of the U.S. military allegedly found with explosives in his airport luggage on New Year's Eve is expected to make his first court appearance. Trey Scott Atwater was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court. Authorities say the 30-year-old tried going through a...
Ron Paul is hopeful that the more structured organization of Iowa supporters he has built in his second bid for the Republican nomination will turn out big in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses. "We, the people, are growing and I'm optimistic,'' Paul told an audience in...