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Government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River in Yuma, Ariz. Defense officials say the Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to fund the construction of 270 miles of border wall this year.
Associated Press

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to fund the construction of 270 miles of border wall this year as part of a counter-drug effort, defense officials said Thursday. 

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines said Thursday it has taken the grounded Boeing 737 Max out of its schedule until early June and is dropping more than 8% of its planned flights as a result.

Joe Biden has received his 10th endorsement from a Congressional Black Caucus member, from Texas Rep. Colin Allred.
Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday picked up his 10th endorsement from a Congressional Black Caucus member, with Texas Rep. Colin Allred’s decision underscoring the former vice president’s advantage with a crucial party constituency less than a month before 2020 voting begins.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and could expand the unusual practice to other cities
Associated Press

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and could expand the unusual practice to other locations. It’s an escalation of the conflict between federal officials and so-called sanctuary cities.

Flames from a backfire consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1, 2019.
Associated Press

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

Meat Loaf
Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Meat Loaf has filed a lawsuit against a hotel at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and organizers of a horror convention held there, blaming them for negligence when he fell from a stage while answering questions from convention goers last May.

Federal health statistics show a rise in per-person consumption and increases in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths tied to drinking.
Associated Press

Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again.

In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour "white lightning" from the five-gallon bottles on the deck into the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va.
Charles S. Borjes/The Virginian-Pilot / Associated Press

In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol.

The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December 1933, is now viewed as a failed experiment that glamorized illegal drinking, but there are several intriguing parallels in current times.

Associated Press

American Airlines said Tuesday it is removing the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule for two more months and canceling nearly 20,000 flights through early June, an acknowledgment of the ongoing uncertainty over when the grounded plane will fly again.

Gov. Greg Abbott presented the Governor's Medal of Courage to Jack Wilson, who shot and killed a gunman that attacked a White Settlement church.
Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman via AP

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave Texas’ highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch speaks during the Major League Baseball winter meetings in December.
Associated Press

Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the entire season Monday and the team was fined $5 million for sign-stealing by the team in 2017 and 2018 season.

For decades, the federal government has treated a mechanism called the lower receiver as the essential piece of the semiautomatic rifle, which has been used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings.
Associated Press

A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun’s parts or building the weapon.

At issue is whether a key piece of one of America’s most popular firearms meets the definition of a gun that prosecutors have long relied on.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks with attendees after a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Jan. 9.
Associated Press

Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety.

His departure now leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining African American candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

State election officials in at least two dozen states, including Texas and Nevada, have seen suspicious cyberactivity in the first half of January 2020, although it's unclear who was behind the efforts and no major problems were reported.
Associated Press

West Virginia reported unusual cyber activity targeting its election systems. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state was encountering attempted “attacks” at the rate of “about 10,000 per minute” from Iran. Information technology staff in Las Vegas responded to an intrusion, though the city says no data was stolen.

lightning over Dallas
Justin Terveen / For KERA

One person is dead after a car flipped into Five Mile Creek west of downtown Dallas around 7 p.m. Friday, according to Dallas police. 

Severe thunderstorms came through the area unleashing downpours that caused widespread flash flooding.

Border Wall in Yuma, Arizona
Matt York / Associated Press

Crews could start building a private border wall in South Texas within the coming days following a federal judge’s ruling Thursday that lifted a restraining order against the project.

 Tommy Fisher (right) talks with Sen. Kevin Cramer
Sen. Kevin Cramer's office / Via Associated Press

For Tommy Fisher, a federal court hearing set for Thursday next to the U.S.-Mexico border could result in his company getting a chance to prove it can build President Donald Trump’s signature border wall faster and better than the government.

Klein Forest High School in Klein, Texas
Klein Forest High School Facebook page

Two students were arrested after being charged with felony arson for allegedly igniting a firework inside a Houston-area high school cafeteria and causing several injuries, officials announced Wednesday.

Robinson Chirinos
Jeffrey McWhorter / Associated Press

Robinson Chirinos and the Texas Rangers were close Wednesday to a $6.5 million, one-year contract to reunite after the veteran catcher spent a season with the AL West rival Houston Astros.

Johnathan Aguilar's wife Amy and son console each other as friends and family of gather in front of Aguilar's childhood home on the east side of Austin on Jan. 5.
Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that last week’s seemingly random knife attacks by a homeless man at an Austin shopping plaza magnified a “sense of lawlessness” in the liberal state capital city, whose mayor has accused the governor of demonizing people living on the streets.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

A woman has become the third person in Texas to die from a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, according to health officials.

The Galveston County Health District said Monday the woman, who was 30 to 35 years old, died on Dec. 29 at a local hospital.

Debris is seen from the plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran
Mohammad Nasiri / Associated Press

A Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard, state TV reported.

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule stands on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Waco.
Associated Press

David Tepper is entrusting Baylor’s Matt Rhule to lead the Carolina Panthers out of what he views as a cycle of “long term mediocrity.”

Jason Garrett and Mike McCarthy at AT&T Stadium
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

The Dallas Cowboys will introduce Mike McCarthy as the ninth coach in franchise history Wednesday. The club made the announcement Tuesday, a day after McCarthy reached agreement on a deal to replace Jason Garrett. 

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

A contempt of court charge has been dropped against the Dallas County district attorney over a television interview he gave on the eve of a high-profile murder trial involving a police officer.

Paramedics perform CPR
Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman via Associated Press

The man accused of stabbing two people inside an Austin restaurant, killing a manager, has died of injuries he sustained after jumping from the roof of the building, police said.

pier 1 store
Donna McWilliam / Associated Press

Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online.

The home decor company said Monday it is closing up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. It didn’t say where the store closures would occur, but it operates stores in the U.S. and Canada. Pier 1 also plans layoffs at its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

Trinity Lewis
Jamie Stengle / Associated Press

A woman awaiting a court decision in her battle against a Texas hospital’s plan to end life-sustaining treatment for her 11-month-old daughter spoke out Monday after revoking the medical center’s permission to talk about her child’s treatment.

Mike McCarthy
Paul Sancya / Associated Press

A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former Green Bay coach to replace Jason Garrett.

Tinslee Lewis
Texas Right to Life / Via Associated Press

A Texas appeals court on Friday agreed to delay a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a hospital to end life-sustaining treatment for an 11-month-old girl who doctors say is in pain and will not get better.

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