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Clayton Williams with George H.W. Bush and Phil Gramm
Pat Sullivan / Associated Press

Clayton Williams, a colorful Texas oilman and philanthropist whose 1990 run for governor was derailed after joking about rape and acknowledging he went a year without paying income taxes, has died. He was 88.

Pat Eaton-Robb / Associated Press

The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Christopher Connelly / KERA

The owner of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and dozens of other newspapers across the country filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday.

Dougal Brownlie / The Gazette via AP

The nation’s two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday that they can harm students’ mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.

Victoria Jones / Associated Press

Energy producer BP said Wednesday it wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050, an ambitious target born out of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

It took a year of campaigning, countless stump speeches and an especially strong night on the debate stage for little-known Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to break into the top tier of the 2020 campaign in New Hampshire.

Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church and even involved retired Pope Benedict XVI.

New Livestrong logo on slideshow
Eric Gay / Associated Press

The cancer charity whose yellow wristbands became a global brand under founder Lance Armstrong is seeking to reinvent itself, years after donations and revenues crashed along with the disgraced cyclist’s career.

Temple Police officer Carmen DeCruz
Bell County Jail / Via Associated Press

A Central Texas police officer was charged Monday with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop, officials said.

Temple Officer Carmen DeCruz was charged with the second-degree felony in the Dec. 2 shooting of Michael Dean, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said in a statement. 

Baylor University

Baylor University will suspend 14 baseball players during the upcoming season due to a hazing incident from last year, school officials announced Friday.

ICE Office Washington

The mother of a 5-year-old Guatemalan boy sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the medical care he has received in detention for a head injury suffered before the family was arrested.

Sadayuki Goto / Associated Press

China’s top Communist Party investigators are looking into “relevant issues raised by the public” about a whistleblower doctor who was threatened by police after publicizing his concerns about the new virus and has now died from it. The party’s announcement Friday came as the death toll in mainland China rose to at least 636. The outbreak has now infected more than 31,200 people worldwide.

Pete Buttigieg
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

The Democratic Party’s seven strongest presidential contenders are preparing for what could be the fiercest debate of the 2020 primary season as the race barrels ahead toward a series of contests that will help determine the course of the nomination fight.

El Paso Walmart
Andres Leighton / Associated Press

The man accused of killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more in a shooting that targeted Mexicans in the border city of El Paso, Texas, has been charged with federal hate crimes.

snowy highway in Tulsa
Mike Simons / Tulsa World via Associated Press

A powerful winter storm dropped snow throughout parts of Oklahoma and Texas on Wednesday and brought the risk of ice to northwest Arkansas.

Winter storm warnings or advisories were in effect from El Paso, Texas, and eastern New Mexico to the St. Louis metropolitan area, the National Weather Service.

Tinslee Lewis
Texas Right to Life / Via Associated Press

An appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of a Texas mother who does not want a hospital to end life-sustaining treatment for her 1-year-old daughter.

rendering of President Trump
Chelsea Beck / NPR

President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address Tuesday, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. 

Two joggers run through Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Associated Press

Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years.

The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses.

Derrick Nnadi
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Uncomfortable and under duress for much of the game, Patrick Mahomes suddenly recaptured his mojo — and lifted Andy Reid and the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory — the team’s first NFL championship in a half-century.


More than a dozen Dallas police officers have been disciplined for making offensive statements on social media, including posts that were bigoted or made light of police violence.

Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida
Associated Press

Law enforcement officials say they have a 30-year-old woman in custody after the SUV she was driving breached a security checkpoint at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw identified Friday’s intruder as Hannah Roemhild. He says she wasn’t “even remotely close” to getting into the “inner perimeter” of the resort in Palm Beach. Bradshaw says Roemhild was impaired.

A clerk wearing a face mask and a plastic bag stands in a pharmacy in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Jan. 31.
Associated Press

The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations.

Red tape circles a damaged home on Bridgeland Lane in Houston after the Watson Grinding Manufacturing explosion Jan. 24.
Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle / Associated Press

An electrical spark likely ignited a gas leak that led to a massive explosion in Houston last week, killing two workers, injuring 20 others and damaging hundreds of buildings, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Composite image of neutron star
X-Ray: NASA/CXC/J.Hester (ASU); Optical: NASA/ESA/J.Hester & A.Loll (ASU); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Gehrz (Univ. Minn.) / Via Associated Press

NASA is pulling the plug on one of its great observatories — the Spitzer Space Telescope — after 16 years of scanning the universe with infrared eyes.

In this combination of photos taken Jan. 29, people wear various masks as they wait at immigration counter at Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal in Sepang, Malaysia. Face masks are in short supply in parts of the world.
Associated Press

People around the world are buying up protective face masks in hopes of keeping the new virus from China at bay. Some companies have required them for employees. Schools in South Korea have told parents to equip their children with masks and hand sanitizer when they return from winter vacation.

But do the masks work? It depends.

Funeral workers disinfect themselves after handling a virus victim in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Thursday.
Chinatopix / Associated Press

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has been exported to more than a dozen countries as a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week.

A construction worker rests at the site of the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital being built
Chinatopix via Associated Press

World health officials expressed “great concern” Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is starting to spread between people outside of China, a troubling development as China and the world frantically work to contain the outbreak. For a second day, the number of infections grew dramatically.

Warren Buffet is selling all of Berkshire Hathaway’s publications to Lee Enterprises for $140 million.
Associated Press

Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving up on the newspaper business.

He’s selling all of Berkshire Hathaway’s publications to Lee Enterprises for $140 million, including the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska and The Buffalo News in New York.

American Airlines said it will suspend flights between Los Angeles and both Shanghai and Beijing from Feb. 9 through Mar. 27.
Associated Press

British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new and deadly virus intensifies.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane
Associated Press

Boeing, an icon in American manufacturing, suffered its first annual financial loss in more than two decades as the costs related to its marquee aircraft doubled to more than $18 billion after a pair of deadly crashes.