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Texas Report Says ‘changing climate’ Intensifying Disasters

(AP) – A new Texas report says natural disasters on the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly destruction last year will only become more routine.  But the report released Thursday by a task force created by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t use the phrase “climate change.” The 200-page report also makes no mention of global warming. […]

AAA Predicts Nearly 9.1M Texans Will Travel Over Holidays

(AP) – An industry group predicts nearly 9.1 million Texans will travel during the upcoming end-of-the-year holiday season.   AAA Texas on Thursday offered the forecast. The estimate is 4.3 percent higher than the number of travelers a year ago.   The holiday travel period begins Saturday, Dec. 22, and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Nationally, […]

Senate OKs Resolution Blaming Saudi Crown Prince

(AP) – The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.   Senators unanimously passed a resolution Thursday in a direct rebuke to the crown prince. It calls for the Saudi Arabian government to “ensure appropriate accountability.”   It’s unclear whether the House will […]

US Appeals Court Blocks Trump Birth Control Coverage Rules

(AP) – A U.S. appeals court has blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.  A divided, three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday states were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama’s […]

Reports: French Police Have Killed Strasbourg Shooting Suspect

(Strasbourg) — Multiple reports say French police have killed the gunman responsible for the deadly Christmas market shooting. There’s a heavy police presence in an area of Strasbourg tonight, the city where three people were killed and dozens were injured after he opened fire in the market on Tuesday. Authorities say the suspect had been […]

Macron Rules Out Changes To Brexit Deal Text

(AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out the possibility that the Brexit withdrawal text that all 28 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, endorsed last month can be altered. Speaking ahead of a Brexit discussion at a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels, Macron said it is “important to avoid any […]

With OK From Congress, US Hemp Market Set To Boom

(AP) – Hemp is about to become legal nationwide.  A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats it like a regular crop.  President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law next week.  Hemp is a type […]

Apple Announces Plan To Build $1 Billion Campus In Texas

(AP) – Apple says it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas.  The company released a statement early Thursday saying it plans also include establishing sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, with more than 1,000 employees at each. The tech giant, which is based in Cupertino, California, says the […]

Boy Scouts Exploring “all options” To Address Fiscal Woes

(AP) – The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring “all options” to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.  “I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that […]

Russian Lawmaker Thinks Butina Pressured On Plea

(AP) – A senior Russian lawmaker says he’s convinced that the Russian woman who’s pleaded guilty to being a secret agent in the United States has done so under pressure. Leonid Slutsky is chairman of the Russian State Duma’s foreign affairs committee. He tells Russian news agencies that the charges against 30-year-old Maria Butina were […]