AP source: Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking.
They spoke on ...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he’s taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.
The move Wednesday ...
Ex-Dallas City Council member replaces disgraced councilman
DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas City Council member will finish the term of a disgraced ex-councilman who resigned after pleading guilty to accepting bribes in a school buses scandal.
Carolyn King Arnold on Tuesday defeated Keyaira (key-AR’-uh) Saunders in the special election runoff for the ...
3 officers shot serving warrant on Texas man; suspect dead
HOUSTON (AP) — Three officers have been shot while serving a family violence warrant at a Houston-area home. The suspect was found dead in the house hours later.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bryn Forbes was happy to finally earn the first double-double of his basketball career, and even happier that it came in another San Antonio Spurs victory grounded in defense.
Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 rebounds as the Spurs beat the Phoenix ...
Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Blazers 111-103
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets’ bench came to the rescue twice Tuesday night, and the second time made the difference.
James Harden had 29 points and seven Rockets scored in double-figures as Houston used a big second-half run and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 111-103 ...
Democrat Carol Alvarado takes Texas Senate District 6 seat
HOUSTON (AP) — State Rep. Carol Alvarado narrowly avoided a runoff with fellow Democratic Rep. Ana Hernandez to win a special election for the state Senate District 6 seat and complete the term of Sylvia Garcia, who is heading to Congress.
Alvarado took 50.4 percent of the vote in ...
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — JaKeenan Grant and Jerekius Davis recorded career highs with 27 points apiece and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled past Prairie View A&M 122-90 on Tuesday night.
Davis made his first 10 shots, including his first seven 3-pointers before missing his only shot of the ...
Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Tuesday evening for fatally shooting a newlywed during a robbery more than 25 years ago.
Alvin Braziel Jr., 43, received lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the 1993 slaying of 27-year-old Douglas White, who was ...
The Latest: Texas executes inmate for killing newlywed
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Texas inmate (all times local):
A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a newlywed during a robbery more than 25 years ago.
Alvin Braziel Jr. received lethal injection Tuesday evening at the state ...
HOUSTON (AP) — In a case with echoes of the furor involving a Stanford University swimmer two years ago, advocates for sex-crime victims say the plea bargain that enabled a former Baylor University fraternity president to stay out of jail is another failure by the legal system.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to ...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration’s stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them.
During a Texas visit Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aimed at drastically reducing the ...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Phil Longo, Lonnie Galloway and Brandon Jones for the staff of new coach Mack Brown.
The school announced the hirings Tuesday.
Longo will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after two seasons at Ole Miss, where he ...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge on Tuesday found a former University of Texas student not guilty by reason of insanity in a random stabbing attack last year that killed one student dead and wounded three others.
State District Judge Tamara Needles found 22-year-old Kendrex White not guilty by ...
Top border security official defends use of tear gas
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top border security official told skeptical senators Tuesday that the use of tear gas on a group of migrants that included children was justified to manage a chaotic clash where a crowd was hurling rocks at agents and trying to illegally cross into the ...
Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program.
The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the farm bill (all times local):
The Senate has passed the farm bill, a multibillion-dollar legislative package to fund agriculture and food aid programs.
The legislation comes with an estimated price tag of $867 billion over a decade. ...
HOUSTON (AP) _ Powell Industries Inc. (POWL) on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $1.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.
The Houston-based company said it had profit of 13 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs, were ...
DALLAS (AP) _ Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. (PLAY) on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $11.9 million.
On a per-share basis, the Dallas-based company said it had profit of 30 cents.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six ...
Lawsuit accuses former Vermont priest of sexual abuse
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Texas man who says he was sexually abused as a boy by a Vermont priest is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.
The Burlington Free Press r
DENVER (AP) — The report was every bit as thorough as it was cringe-worthy.
And yet, when it was all picked apart and combed through, there wasn’t much new there.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jayson Stark, acclaimed for mixing humor with impeccable knowledge during more than four decades of commentary, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend from July 19-22 ...
Ex-Houston minister accused of stealing $800K from church
HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston minister has been accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from his church.
Jerrell Altic appeared in court Tuesday after surrendering to authorities.
A grand jury indicted the 40-year-old on Monday on a theft charge.
Ex-leader of Houston nonprofit pleads guilty over 2013 trip
HOUSTON (AP) — The ex-operator of a Houston nonprofit has pleaded guilty to concealing that Azerbaijan (ah-zur-by-JAHN’) paid for a 2013 visit by 10 U.S. lawmakers.
Kemal Oksuz was extradited from Armenia and
HOUSTON (AP) _ Francesca’s Holdings Corp. (FRAN) on Tuesday reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $16.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
The Houston-based company said it had a loss of 47 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for asset impairment costs, ...
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks were again talking about a great performance by a rookie.
This time it wasn’t Luka Doncic.
Jalen Brunson started at point guard for the second consecutive game and scored a career-high 17 points as the Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 101-76 on ...
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor ...
Man paralyzed by ’76 Davis mansion shootings dies at 64
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gus “Bubba” Gavrel Jr., who was shot and left paralyzed in the 1976 shootings at the Fort Worth mansion of oil millionaire T. Cullen Davis that left two dead, has himself died at age 64.
A statement issued Monday by the Greenwood Funeral Home says Gavrel died ...
Texas Tech WR Antoine Wesley skipping final season for NFL
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Receiver Antoine Wesley is skipping his final season at Texas Tech to enter the NFL draft, marking the third straight year an offensive star of the Red Raiders left early to turn pro.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, an MVP candidate this year, did it two ...
Report: USOC and others delayed in response to Nassar
DENVER (AP) — An independent report details a toxic pattern of bureaucratic paralysis among Olympic leaders who reacted slowly, if at all, after they knew Larry Nassar was suspected of molesting young gymnasts.
From the top office at the U.S. Olympic Committee to FBI bureaus in three ...
Praise for Jerry Jones? Cooper trade really did boost Dallas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jerry Jones is getting praised for a football move.
There might not be a better way to explain the impact of the oft-criticized owner and general manager’s bold trade for Dallas, sending a 2019 first-round pick to Oakland for receiver Amari Cooper with the Cowboys ...
HOUSTON (AP) — A three-story house in Houston built in 1927 by a World War I veteran and long-rumored to have been home to actor Clark Gable has been demolished.
- AP All-America team: Tide leads with 4 of 10 CFP players
- Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is named the AP Player of the Year
- Oklahoma's Murray beats Alabama's Tagovailoa for Heisman
- No. 1 Alabama has 5 players first-team AP All-SEC selections
- Haskins, Bush receive top honors on AP All-Big Ten team
- No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers
- Murray the Big 12 offensive player of year, OU's 4th in row
- Top Pac-12 quarterback? Easy. Minshew is AP panel's choice
Agency: Fear of returning home spikes at US-Mexico border
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of people expressing fear of returning to their home countries when stopped at the U.S. border with Mexico has spiked, according to figures released Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
U.S. border authorities fielded 92,959 “credible fear” claims — the ...
The U.S. Olympic Committee’s firing of chief of sport performance Alan Ashley is the latest development stemming from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
An independent ...
HOUSTON (AP) _ Quanex Building Products Corp. (NX) on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $6.5 million.
The Houston-based company said it had profit of 19 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 22 cents per share.
The housing materials maker ...
US grand jury indicts 3 in alleged health care fraud scheme
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted three people, including two physicians, on charges that they engaged in a kickback scheme and conspired to commit health care fraud.
Prosecutors in Tulsa say the indictments were handed up Monday against 58-year-old Dr. Gary ...
O’Brien defends late penalty from Clowney in loss to Colts
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien on Monday defended Jadeveon Clowney and his late offside penalty that factored into Houston’s 24-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, which ended a nine-game winning streak.
“He’s an aggressive player and you never want to take away ...
Texas school district’s enrollment drops after mass shooting
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A growing number of students are leaving the Houston-area school district where 10 people were killed in a mass shooting in May.
Enrollment at the Santa Fe public school district has dropped by more than 4 percent this year, according to attendance figures obtained ...
3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a couple at a Kansas fair whose bodies were found days later in shallow graves in a national forest in Arkansas.
The Kansas Attorney General said 52-year-old Kimberly Younger, of ...
Texas firefighters save more than 100 snakes from house fire
CONROE, Texas (AP) — Firefighters in Texas have rescued more than 100 snakes from a home that caught fire over the weekend.
Authorities say a Christmas tree may have sparked the blaze Saturday near Conroe, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Houston. The snakes included pythons and boa ...
US starts to withdraw troops from Trump border mission
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday.
About 2,200 of the active ...
SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — Texas high school boys and girls public and private school basketball rankings as compiled by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches for the week of Dec. 10:
1. Denton Guyer, 10-2; 2. Allen, 13-1; 3. Rockwall, 12-3; 4. Lake ...
Tribes seek to challenge Corps’ Dakota Access pipeline study
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Four Native American tribes that are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are seeking to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a spill would not greatly impact tribal populations.
The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala ...
Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs
WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don’t sing the same tune, researchers have found.
A study released Monday examined why Panama’s tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities ...
3 mares donated to boost Chincoteague pony population
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Three Chincoteague ponies have returned to their ancestral Virginia island to help boost the herd’s population.
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company spokeswoman Denise Bowden wrote in a Facebook post that this year has been one of the most difficult in terms of herd ...
AP PHOTOS: Migrants in Tijuana trickling over and under wall
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — A steady trickle of Central American migrants have been finding ways to climb over, tunnel under or slip through the U.S. border wall to plant their feet on U.S. soil and ask for asylum.
In recent weeks, Honduran migrant Joel Mendez fed his 8-month-old son, Daniel, ...