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Nearly a month into their quest to contain a gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials had their first major success Sunday, when robots threaded a thin tube into a broken pipeline almost a mile underwater. The tube was expected to work like a straw, sucking as much...
Even after thousands of drug-related slayings in this border city, U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials say that a war between rival cartels could continue for years – contradicting reports that one group had gained control over a key smuggling route. "Our intelligence...
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison still lives out of a hotel here and calls herself a "commuter" from Dallas. But she has otherwise cemented her return to the Senate since losing the Republican primary for governor to Rick Perry. After announcing in late March that she would stay in the...
Austin's electric utility is getting ready for an influx of energy-efficient cars that will be able to recharge their battery systems by plugging into the city's electric system. Austin Energy expects to build one or more public charging stations for those greener vehicles,...
The $1.4 billion price tag for new science textbooks and other materials has been causing sticker shock among state officials bracing for the upcoming budget shortfall. So, the State Board of Education on Tuesday must decide whether to push ahead despite the cost or delay the...
If you want to see how profoundly the state's population is changing, look at the faces of the children in Texas public school classrooms. In all but rural areas, Hispanic enrollment is rapidly surpassing that of whites. Hispanic schoolchildren make up nearly 49 percent of Texas...
BP said Saturday it failed in its first attempt to contain a massive oil spill by drawing crude from the blown-out well through a mile-long tube, but would try again overnight. The oil giant's workers are using remotely operated submarines in their attempt to thread the tube...
Scientists have found huge plumes of oil lurking under the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico, as BP hit a snag in its latest effort to slow down the oil blasting out of a broken undersea pipe. At least 210,000 gallons of oil a day has gushed into the Gulf of Mexico...
The scuffle over the appointment of the next U.S. attorney for the Dallas-based Northern District escalated Friday, as Sen. John Cornyn urged the White House to choose his preferred candidate. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins accused the Republican senator of...