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Texas prosecutors drop Alex Jones' drunken driving charge

Sep. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors in Texas have rejected a drunken driving charge against conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones, who was arrested in Austin earlier this year. The Travis County attorney's office rejected the misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated against Jones on Sept. 18,...

3 hurt when small plane crashes northwest of Austin, Texas

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

LAGO VISTA, Texas (AP) — Three people were injured when their single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area northwest of Austin on Monday afternoon, Texas authorities said. Capt. Darren Noak with the Austin-Travis County EMS said that of the three adults aboard, one who had to be extricated from the plane...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020, file photo, head mortician Jordi Fernandez prepares a coffin before placing the body of a COVID-19 victim in an underground parking garage turned into a morgue at the Collserola funeral home in Barcelona. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Worldwide grief: Death toll from coronavirus tops 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Joginder Chaudhary was his parents’ greatest pride, raised with the little they earned farming a half-acre plot in central India to become the first doctor from their village. For the coronavirus, though, he was just one more in a million. After the virus killed the 27-year-old...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, cemetery workers place the coffin containing the remains of Jose de Arimateia, 65, who died from COVID-19 complications, into a niche at the municipal cemetery in Nova Iguacu, Brazil. The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders’ resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work....

In this Sept. 28, 2020, booking photo provided by the Williamson County, Texas, Sheriff's office shows Sheriff Robert Chody, who was booked into his jail Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, on a $10,000 bond. A grand jury indicted the Texas sheriff Monday on charges accusing him of destroying or concealing video in an investigation into the death of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in police custody last year. Chody is facing the third-degree felony charge that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. (Williamson County Sheriff via AP)

Texas sheriff indicted after probe into Black man's death

Sep. 29, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff has been indicted on charges of destroying or concealing video in an investigation into the death in custody of a Black man, Javier Ambler, that was filmed by the police reality TV series “Live PD," prosecutors said Monday. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020 file photo, Justin Haley celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity auto race at Daytona International Speedway  in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are Made Here” division of NASCAR and it fits this year's playoff class well.    (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Xfinity Series playoffs begin with drivers seeking Cup rides

Sep. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ross Chastain opened this week preparing for the start of the Xfinity Series playoffs and celebrating his promotion to the Cup Series. He is one of the lucky title contenders – he knows where he will be driving next season. The Xfinity Series prides itself as the “Names Are...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) throws a pass against UTEP during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Ehlinger and No. 8 Texas open Big 12 play at Texas Tech

Sep. 24, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

No. 8 Texas (1-0) at Texas Tech (1-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX). Line: Texas by 18. Series record: Texas leads 52-17. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Texas needs a quick start in the Big 12 as the Longhorns chase their first league crown since 2009. Texas looked good in its season opener but can't afford an early...

An ultralight aircraft sits mangled along Interstate 14 and the East Central Texas Expressway in front of Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Two people were killed in the accident, authorities said. (Thaddeus Imerman/The Killeen Daily Herald via AP)

2 dead after ultralight aircraft crashes on Texas interstate

Sep. 24, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — Two men died after their ultralight aircraft crashed on an interstate in front of a hospital in Central Texas on Thursday, authorities said. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Washko said a 911 call came in about 11 a.m. that a plane had gone down on Interstate 14...

Texas ex-deputies: Leaders gave gift cards for using force

Sep. 18, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Two former employees of a Texas sheriff's office say leaders rewarded officers with steakhouse gift cards when they used force on the job. The Texas Rangers and the Williamson County prosecutor's office are investigating at least five use-of-force incidents involving the Williamson...

This undated photo provided by Mike Austin shows his wife Holly Barlow-Austin in Texarkana, Texas, before her 2019 death after being held in a Texarkana jail. Her family brought a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Sept, 16, 2020, against LaSalle Corrections, claiming its staff neglected Barlow-Austin's care and ignored her pleas for help as her health deteriorated and she went blind. (Courtesy Mike Austin via AP)

Lawsuit: Private jail company caused Texas woman's death

Sep. 16, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The family of a woman who died after being held in an East Texas jail last year filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the company that runs the facility, claiming its staff neglected her care and ignored her pleas for help as her health deteriorated and she went blind. Holly Barlow-Austin's...