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BP crews Friday positioned a 100-ton, four-story containment dome over the major leak site of an out-of-control oil well, an effort that offered the most immediate hope of corralling a spill that already has closed Gulf of Mexico fishing and threatens the environment onshore...
Ted Alexander sat in a big overstuffed chair and reacted with surprise when told the 65th anniversary of V-E Day was just 48 hours away. “Sixty-fifth? I didn't realize it,” he said. “That's a lot of time.” This was Thursday just before noon, Alexander's 93rd birthday. He lives...
Forty years ago, the entire South Side of San Antonio smelled like a dump. Raw sewage flowed into Mitchell Lake and landfills and junkyards pockmarked the landscape. No one in their right mind would have invested there, said former Mayor Henry Cisneros. On Friday, when Texas A...
The Houston Area Respite Center should be able to keep its doors open —and possibly expand services for children with special needs — because of a recent surge in donations. More than $5,500 has been collected in the week since the center announced that fundraising woes had...
Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison pressed for more federal action Wednesday in securing the Mexican border and preventing violence from spilling over into the United States. "We need to change the mindset here in Washington, D.C., that somehow we've done...
Billy Clary was pulling his tractor trailer with 7,500 gallons of diesel, enough to fill a backyard swimming pool, from the loading rack at AGE Refining on Wednesday morning when he felt the explosion. “When you hear a boom like that, you already know what it is,” he said...
U.S. mothers of newborns today are more likely to be older, better-educated, foreign born, unmarried or a minority than their counterparts of less than two decades ago, according to a report released today. The report by the Pew Research Center found that women older than 35...
Seated on an oversized couch at her beloved ranch house, former first lady Laura Bush explained why so much of her new memoir is devoted to early years in West Texas and the mutual friends who introduced the "old maid of Midland" to the town's most eligible bachelor. "I wanted...
Three workers forced to escape on lifeboats after an explosion aboard an offshore drilling platform claim in a lawsuit filed this week that they were kept floating at sea for more than 10 hours while the rig burned uncontrollably. The Texas lawsuit provides some of the most...