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Despite a renewed emphasis on physical fitness in Texas schools, an annual study shows high school students are even more out of shape than last year, and most students are still short of the state's "healthy zone" benchmarks. Fitness tests on 2.9 million students in third grade...
BP could plug its gushing Gulf oil well by the end of July, ahead of a projected target of August, if weather conditions permit and the drilling of relief wells keeps going smoothly, the newly appointed executive in charge of the company's response said Friday. http://www.chron...
A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said. The fire fight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles from the Arizona border, near the city...
Some of the trailers provided to victims of Hurricane Katrina and banned from being used for housing again are showing up back on the coast as housing for oil spill cleanup workers. In the wake of Katrina, the 120,000 or so trailers became a symbol of the government's inept...
Businesses offering products and services to help clean up the gulf oil spill are taking their cases to the media and to lawmakers as they try to persuade – and sometimes pressure – BP. Firms hawking everything from fishing boats to sophisticated engineering express frustration...
The city spent almost $38,000 to build a new parking lot at the Lake Como Park neighborhood pool, even though the pool is closed this summer and could be closed for the foreseeable future. The project was part of a $407,000 competitive bid awarded under a voter-approved bond...
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — Against the roiling backdrop of unsubstantiated accusations, ugly chat-room rumors and persistent scrutiny from his sport's anti-doping forces, Lance Armstrong embarks upon his last ride into cycling's sunset Saturday in the unfamiliar role of...
A San Antonio man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for his role in a series of bizarre cat mutilations three years ago that garnered national attention. Jordan Scott Mitchell, 24, pleaded no contest to three counts of animal cruelty in February for the torture...
With hurricane-whipped waves pushing more oil onto the Gulf of Mexico's once-white beaches, the government pinned its latest cleanup hopes Wednesday on a huge new piece of equipment: the world's largest oil-skimming vessel. As the monstrous vessel made its way toward the Gulf...