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Buried Hotel Guests Text About Avalanche

(AP) — Italy’s premier is urging Italian authorities to redouble efforts to reach people isolated by new earthquakes and unusually heavy snow.  Criticism is pouring in about how emergency officials have responded to today’s avalanche that buried a hotel in the central Abruzzo region and left at least 30 people missing. Trapped hotel guests texted […]

Dance Party Takes To DC Streets To Protest Mike Pence

(AP) — With glow sticks, hula hoops and rainbow flags, protesters took a dance party to the streets near the vice president-elect’s temporary home to oppose his positions on LGBT issues.  News outlets report that more than 100 people accompanied by a truck blasting music danced Wednesday night through the usually quiet Chevy Chase area […]

Johnson Says No Specific Threat

(AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says there’s “no specific credible threat” against Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday.  Johnson said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday that security will be extraordinarily fortified anyway to prevent truck attacks like the Bastille Day assault in Nice, France, last year. Eighty-six people were killed.  Johnson says this […]

UPDATE: Perry Says Climate Is Changing, Partly Man-Made

(AP) — Rick Perry says he believes the climate is changing — and that some change is naturally occurring, and some is man-made.  The former Texas governor is Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, and he’s facing a Senate hearing Thursday.  Perry says in prepared testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources […]

James Harden Gives Fan Present On Her 100th Birthday

(AP) — James Harden took some time out after the Houston Rockets’ win over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to give a fan a present on a her 100th birthday.  Video shows Harden signing a ball for the woman and spending a few moments sitting next to her in her courtside seat and posing for pictures […]

Houston Flooding Causes Release Of 1M Gallons Of Wastewater

(AP) — Flooding in Houston that resulted from Wednesday’s heavy rains has caused more than 1 million gallons of wastewater to be inadvertently released. The city says in a statement that the release caused wastewater to be discharged in various locations, including some 500,000 gallons downtown near the University of Houston. Officials have notified the […]

Judge Reinhold Pleads No Contest In Dallas Airport Dispute

(AP) — Actor Judge Reinhold has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in an airport security dispute at Dallas Love Field. The Dallas Morning News reports Reinhold entered the plea Tuesday and accepted deferred adjudication. The charge will be dropped if the 59-year-old Reinhold stays out of trouble for 90 days. Authorities say Reinhold […]

Democrats Again To Lead Just 2 Texas Senate Committees

(AP) — Democrats will again head just two Texas Senate committees, the same number that the minority party ran last session in 2015.  Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Wednesday that all committee assignments from two years ago will remain the same except one. Brenham Republican Lois Kolkhorst will now run Senate Administration, which had […]

Texas House Speaker Pans Bathroom Bill, Exposes GOP Divide

(AP) – A powerful Texas Republican says a proposal barring transgender people from using public restrooms of their choice statewide is bad for business.  It’s a sentiment that’s out of step with Texas’ leading conservatives who back the proposal, despite it echoing a law that caused economic upheaval in North Carolina. Texas House Speaker Joe […]

2-Month-Old Girl Dies After Mauled By Pet Dog

(AP) – Investigators say a 2-month-old Central Texas girl has died after being mauled by the family’s pet German shepherd at home while her father slept.  San Marcos police say the girl died Tuesday afternoon after suffering numerous animal bites. Her name wasn’t immediately released. Police say the father told investigators that he fell asleep […]