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Schedule gets serious now for NFC East-leading Cowboys

Nov. 18, 2019 6:33 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are alone in first place in the NFC East again after another strong showing from the quarterback who’s having a breakthrough season three years after he was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Now they get to play the team that helped...

Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Nov. 14, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment. The state police said airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping...

Supporters rally on behalf of death row inmate Rodney Reed

Nov. 13, 2019 11:08 PM EST

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Protesters rallied in support of Rodney Reed’s campaign to stop his scheduled Nov. 20 execution. The protesters rallied Wednesday afternoon outside the Bastrop County district attorney’s office in Bastrop, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) southeast of Austin. They heard...

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...

The Latest: Family wants governor to consider new evidence

Nov. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on pressure from lawmakers and celebrities to call of the execution of Rodney Reed in Texas (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The family of a Texas death row inmate whose conviction has come under new scrutiny say Republican Gov. Greg Abbott needs to grant a reprieve at a rally...

Texas governor opens homeless campsite amid feud with Austin

Nov. 7, 2019 9:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican governor said Thursday he is creating a homeless campsite on state land in the capital of Austin, escalating a battle with the city's liberal leaders over people living on the streets. Greg Abbott's announcement was met with a mix of muted welcoming and accusations of...

Jets' Adams clears air with Douglas, Gase about trade talk

Nov. 7, 2019 6:42 PM EST

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jamal Adams finally cleared the air with Joe Douglas and Adam Gase. The New York Jets safety spoke with the general manager and head coach Monday, six days after Adams said he was "hurt" by being "shopped" by the team in trade talks. Adams chatted last week with team chairman and...

Jones excels in his return, leading Texas to a 69-45 victory

Nov. 5, 2019 11:04 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Andrew Jones didn't just return to basketball competition Tuesday after a long absence. He took a star turn. Jones, absent for nearly two years while receiving treatment for leukemia, rejoined the Texas rotation and scored a career-best 20 points in 29 minutes as the Longhorns defeated...

Hamilton clinches F1 championship No. 6 at US Grand Prix

Nov. 3, 2019 5:45 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lewis Hamilton could have settled in for a nice Sunday drive to win the Formula One championship. There was no chance he was going to do that. Not with history at his fingertips. Hamilton wrapped up his sixth career F1 championship with a second-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix, a...

Expanding US footprint is like walking in quicksand for F1

Nov. 1, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Formula One officials have dreamed of expanding in the U.S. since the day the series returned to American soil in 2012. Every step must feel like quicksand. While American television ratings are rising and the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas has developed into a durable, popular race, dreams...