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Space Cowboys? That's what you'll call Astros team in Sugar Land
Ex-boyfriend arrested in death of Houston teen shot 22 times
Former voice of Houston sports who rose to fame at ESPN dies
The 7 best rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests that you can buy online
1st for Louisiana: Drug-resistant fungus found at hospital
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A hospital in New Orleans says it has identified two patients infected with a rare, drug-resistant fungus — the first time it's been found in Louisiana. Candida auris has already...
U. of Michigan reaches $490M settlement over sexual abuse
By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and LARRY LAGE
Stacey Abrams: Voting rights legislation can be passed
By SUDHIN THANAWALA
Airman to be sentenced in Arizona in Mennonite woman's death
By FELICIA FONSECA
Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case
By PETER SMITH
3 teens found dead inside Houston-area home
How the teens died is still under investigation, but police say the bodies showed signs of trauma.
'Wintry mix' in the forecast for Greater Houston this week
Meteorologists say there's a small chance of frozen precipitation, but don't hold your breath...
New Live Nation mega festival draws concern after Astroworld
Some fans are saying Live Nation organizing the upcoming When We Were Young Festival is a major...
What mask to wear for the Deltacron variant
Even if deltacron were real, expert guidance remains the same on how to protect yourself
More National News
US begins offering 1B free COVID tests, but many more needed
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, people across the U.S. can log on to a government website and order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. But the White House push may do little to ease the omicron surge, and experts say Washington will have to do a...
By MATTHEW PERRONE and KATE BRUMBACK
Texas wildfire no longer growing, some evacuations lifted
A wildfire in a central Texas state park is no longer growing and no injuries were reported after the blaze, suspected to have been caused by a prescribed burn, charred 1.2 square miles (3.2 square kilometers) in the city of Bastrop, officials...
By KEN MILLER
Stocks mixed on Wall Street; investors review earnings
Stocks turned mixed in afternoon trading on Wall Street as investors review the latest corporate earnings and prepare for higher interest rates. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% as of 12:47 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 42 points,...
By DAMIAN J. TROISE
White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags
DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue in a 10-hour standoff that ended in his death was checked against law enforcement databases before entering the U.S. but raised no red flags, the White House said. Malik...
By MICHAEL BALSAMO, JAKE BLEIBERG and ERIC TUCKER
Pioneering fashion journalist André Leon Talley dies at 73
NEW YORK (AP) — André Leon Talley, a towering and highly visible figure of the fashion world who made history as a rare Black editor in an overwhelmingly white industry, has died. He was 73. The death Tuesday of Talley, the influential former...
By JOCELYN NOVECK
3 cops face complex federal trial in George Floyd's death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who were with Derek Chauvin when he pinned George Floyd to the street is expected to be complex as prosecutors try to prove each officer willingly violated the Black...
By AMY FORLITI
Donors to launch Houston newsroom with $20M in seed funding
Five philanthropies plan to spend more than $20 million to bolster news coverage in Houston and create what they say will be one of the largest local nonprofit news organizations in the country. The newsroom is anticipated to launch later this...
By HALELUYA HADERO
New York AG says Trump's company misled banks, tax officials
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general says her investigators have uncovered evidence that former President Donald Trump’s company used “fraudulent or misleading” valuations of its golf clubs, skyscrapers and other property to get loans and...
By MICHAEL R. SISAK
EXPLAINER: Microsoft's Activision buy could shake up gaming
Microsoft stunned the gaming industry when it announced this week it would buy game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company than Nintendo. Microsoft, maker of the Xbox...
By MATT O'BRIEN and TALI ARBEL
Russia says it will take nothing less but NATO expansion ban
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia maintained a tough posture Wednesday amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning that Moscow will accept nothing less but “watertight” U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansion to...
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling
Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month. In a memo sent Tuesday to employees, the Seattle coffee giant said it was responding to last week’s ruling by...
By DEE-ANN DURBIN
Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain lifetime award for comedy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian, talk show host and political influencer Jon Stewart has been named the 23rd recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy. The 59-year-old Stewart — born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz...
By ASHRAF KHALIL
Ex-Detroit council member gets 2 years in prison for bribes
DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit City Council member who quit after pleading guilty to a bribery scheme was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Andre Spivey acknowledged his “very poor choices" in accepting $36,000 but had hoped to get...
By ED WHITE
Judge refuses to toss excessive force claims in man's death
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit's claims that police on Maryland’s Eastern Shore used excessive force on a 19-year-old Black man who died in 2018 during a struggle with officers who handcuffed him and...
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
Florida on pace for smallest orange crop in over 75 years
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on pace to produce the smallest crop of oranges in more than 75 years, according to a forecast released this month. The Sunshine State is on pace to produce 44.5 million 90-pound boxes of oranges during the current...
The Sundance Film Festival is back and online once more
The lights may be dim at the Eccles Theater and Park City's Main Street will have fewer cinephiles packing the snowy sidewalks when the Sundance Film Festival begins its 44th edition Thursday night. But if 2021 proved anything, it's that the...
By LINDSEY BAHR
Family seeks to sue Lebanon over dead father's captivity
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Lebanese American man’s survivors, who filed an ambitious lawsuit last year alleging Lebanon’s security agency kidnapped and tortured him before he died in the U.S., hope to find an opening after the agency recently...
By KATHY McCORMACK and JON GAMBRELL
Mexican abortion advocates look to help women in US
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Decades ago, Mexican activists drove women into the United States to terminate their pregnancies at clinics. Now it’s women in the U.S. who are facing more challenges to accessing abortion services and again Mexican activists...
By MARÍA VERZA
Ford recalls 200K cars because brake lights can stay on
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 200,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off. The recall covers certain 2014 and 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars as well as some 2015 Mustangs. All...
3 dead, others injured in Wisconsin apartment building blaze
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Three people have died as a result of a fire at a senior apartment building in southeastern Wisconsin that also injured several others, officials said. Kenosha Fire Chief Christopher Bigley said in a statement Tuesday the...
Texas wildfire forces evacuations; planned burn may be cause
A wildfire in a Central Texas state park forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Tuesday in the city of Bastrop — the site of a deadly blaze more than a decade ago — and officials said a prescribed burn may be to blame. The fire started in...
By ACACIA CORONADO
‘Harder They Fall,’ 'Insecure,' H.E.R. nab NAACP awards noms
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix could be a dominant force at next month’s NAACP Image Awards. The streaming giant on Tuesday emerged with a leading 52 nominations including the film “The Harder They Fall.” The movie — featuring a large starry cast...
By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.
Body cam footage released in 2018 California bar massacre
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video from cameras worn by deputies who responded to a mass shooting at a Southern California bar in 2018 and recordings of calls for help released Tuesday captured the chaos, horror and confusion of the massacre that left a...
By BRIAN MELLEY and CHRISTOPHER WEBER
In wealthy LA enclave, harsher penalties for wasting water
In a wealthy enclave along the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents are now facing more aggressive consequences for wasting water. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District northwest of Los Angeles hopes to spur water...
By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask right now?
NEW YORK (AP) — Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s. It's especially important now with health...
By EMMA H. TOBIN