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Texas court dismisses GOP donor's defamation lawsuit against Beto O'Rourke

Jun. 09, 2023 17:41 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court on Friday dismissed a billionaire's defamation lawsuit against Democrat Beto O'Rouke that was brought after O'Rourke criticized a $1 million campaign contribution to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The ruling by the Third Court of Appeals in...

Businessman linked to Texas AG Ken Paxton's impeachment charged with lying to get $172M in loans

Jun. 09, 2023 14:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas businessman at the center of the scandal that led to the historic impeachment of state Attorney General Ken Paxton was charged Friday with making false statements to mortgage lenders to obtain $172 million in loans. The federal indictment of real estate...

Texas businessman at center of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment scandal charged with making false statements

Jun. 09, 2023 12:32 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas businessman at center of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment scandal charged with making false statements.

The story behind Juneteenth and how it became a federal holiday

Jun. 09, 2023 11:18 AM EDT

Americans will soon celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free. For generations, Black Americans have recognized the end of one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history with joy, in the form of parades, street...

GM's electric vehicles will gain access to Tesla's vast charging network

Jun. 09, 2023 10:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicles made by General Motors will be able to use much of Tesla's extensive charging network beginning early next year. In addition, GM will adopt Tesla's connector, the plug that links an electric vehicle to a charging station. GM joins...

FBI arrests Texas businessman linked to impeachment of state Attorney General Ken Paxton

Jun. 09, 2023 01:26 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The FBI on Thursday arrested a businessman at the center of the scandal that led to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's historic impeachment, a move that came amid new questions about the men’s dealings raised by financial records the Republican's lawyers made public to try...

LBJ's daughter Luci watched him sign voting rights bill, then cried when Supreme Court weakened it

Jun. 08, 2023 12:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Luci Baines Johnson was a somewhat impatient 18-year-old on Aug. 6, 1965, when she happened to be on what she called “daddy duty,” meaning “I was supposed to accompany him to important occasions.” The occasion that day was President Lyndon Johnson’s...

Family of Texas woman killed says shooting was a hate crime

Jun. 07, 2023 18:08 PM EDT

CEDAR PARK, Texas (AP) — A man police say gunned down a woman outside an Austin-area gas station last week has been charged with murder, and the woman's family says the killing should be investigated as a hate crime as she was targeted because she was gay. Akira Ross, 24, was...

Rubín scores twice to lead Real Salt Lake to 2-1 victory over Austin

Jun. 04, 2023 00:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rubio Rubín found the net for the first time this season — scoring a goal in each half — to guide Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over Austin FC on Saturday night. Rubín staked Real Salt Lake (5-7-4) to a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Jasper...

US defense secretary says Washington won't stand for 'coercion and bullying' from China

Jun. 03, 2023 13:44 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin vowed Saturday that Washington would not stand for any “coercion and bullying” of its allies and partners by China, while assuring Beijing that the United States remains committed to maintaining the status quo on Taiwan and would prefer...