Govt lawyer: Oil rig owner hindering federal probe
The owner of the oil rig that exploded and led to the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill is thwarting a federal board's efforts to make safety recommendations that could prevent such an accident from happening again by not honoring the organization's subpoenas, a government lawyer told a judge on Wednesday.
Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored warning to back off
After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer followed and confronted the black teenager after a police dispatcher told him to back off.
City: Texas mayor targeted in alleged murder plot
Officials say a Texas mayor and an attorney were targeted by an alleged murder-for-hire plot that federal authorities say was orchestrated by the owner of a topless club embroiled in a dispute with the city.
Obama-Romney showdown starts off with a harsh tone
The 2012 presidential general election has begun. It won't be pretty.
Planned Parenthood sues Texas over exclusion
Eight Planned Parenthood organizations sued Texas on Wednesday for excluding them from participating in a program that provides contraception and check-ups to women, saying the new rule violates their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and association.
ERCOT doesn't foresee rolling summer power outages
The state's electric grid operator is predicting that Texas will make it through the summer without rolling outages after the system was pushed to the brink last year.
Recent twisters spawn claims topping $300 million
An insurance industry group estimates the tornadoes and hailstorms that caused scattered devastation in North Texas last week has prompted damage claims topping $300 million so far and could top $500 million.
North Texas mayors urge permanent watering limits
Mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth and two of their biggest suburbs are considering making semiweekly watering restrictions permanent as part of a regional water conservation plan.
Pres. candidate Perry had little time for Texas
Crisscrossing the U.S. during his unsuccessful presidential bid appears to have left Rick Perry little time for Texas, with the governor logging only about 24 hours of official time handling state matters during his nearly six-month campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of his office schedule.
Large tornadoes, damage reported in Dallas area
Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tearing roofs off homes, tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots.
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