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The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in December to reach 3.9 percent
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in December to reach 3.9 percent....

A man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique has become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on the execution of Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" (all times local):...

Texas is again observing "Confederate Heroes Day" as a state holiday after recent failed attempts to change the name and avoid occasional conflicts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas is again observing "Confederate Heroes Day" as a state holiday after recent failed attempts to change the name and avoid calendar conflicts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day....

Three members of a Dallas family who beat a pregnant teen and stomped on her belly until she miscarried have been sentenced to prison
DALLAS (AP) -- Three members of a Dallas family who beat a pregnant teen and stomped on her belly until she miscarried have been sentenced to prison....

A woman and her 8-month-old baby have been found dead in their Central Texas home after it caught fire and authorities say they consider the deaths suspicious
TAYLOR, Texas (AP) -- A woman and her 8-month-old baby have been found dead in their Central Texas home after it caught fire and authorities say they consider the deaths suspicious....

Prosecutors say a group of friends from Texas who flew to Boston last spring for an NBA playoff game committed a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries while in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) -- Prosecutors say a group of friends from Texas who flew to Boston last spring for an NBA playoff game committed a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries while in Massachusetts before being caught at the airport with more than $50,000 in their luggage....

A top manager who supervises the EPA's program for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites by climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change....

Investigators will comb through the charred wreckage in search for clues as to why the helicopter carrying the group of prominent friends went down after dark Wednesday
RATON, N.M. (AP) -- A husband and wife who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area of New Mexico....

Helicopter crash in New Mexico claims wealthy Texas investor and decorated pilots
RATON, N.M. (AP) -- Five friends, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, traveling to a ranch in New Mexico died when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Here's more about the prominent people on board:...

Neighbors of a Southern California couple who authorities say starved, and tortured a dozen of their children for years are trying to grapple with the revelations
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on the torture and abuse case against the parents of 13 children and young adults in California (all times local):...


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