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After Beryl, Houston-area farmers pull together to face unique challenges

Jul. 14, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

PORTER, Texas (AP) — Hurricanes cause trouble for everyone, but farmers have a whole other list of problems. Beryl has been no exception: Over the past week, the storm damaged crops, soaked rabbits and chickens, terrified goats, put horses at risk of developing colic and left cows...

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal to upend Texas' age verification law for porn websites

Jul. 02, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal from the adult entertainment industry seeking to upend a Texas law that requires pornographic websites to verify the age of their users. The justices will review an appellate ruling that allowed the age...

“Always go out on top”: Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp will retire June 2025

Jul. 01, 2024 16:25 PM EDT

John Sharp, Texas A&M’s longest serving chancellor who has transformed the university system and boosted the flagship’s academic and athletic brands over his 13 years at the helm, will retire in June 2025. Citing a desire to “always go out on top,” Sharp, 73, said in an...

The Supreme Court casts doubt on Florida and Texas laws to regulate social media platforms

Jul. 01, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday kept on hold efforts by Texas and Florida to limit how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users in a ruling that strongly defended the platforms' free speech rights. Writing...

The Supreme Court keeps on hold Florida and Texas laws seeking to limit how social media platforms regulate user content

Jul. 01, 2024 10:28 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court keeps on hold Florida and Texas laws seeking to limit how social media platforms regulate user content.

Today in History: June 30, Night of the Long Knives

Jun. 30, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, June 30, the 182nd day of 2024. There are 184 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 30, 1934, Adolf Hitler launched his “blood purge” of political and military rivals in Germany in what...

Texas Supreme Court upholds ban on youth gender transitions. It's the largest state with such a law

Jun. 28, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youths Friday, rejecting pleas from parents that it violates their right to decide on and seek medical care for their children. The 8-1 ruling from the all-Republican...

Louisiana becomes first state to allow surgical castration as punishment for child molesters

Jun. 21, 2024 18:02 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state where judges can order offenders guilty of certain sex crimes against children to undergo surgical castration under a bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry on Tuesday. While the punishment of surgical...

The Supreme Court rejects a settlement in a water dispute between New Mexico and Texas

Jun. 21, 2024 17:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a settlement between Western states over the management of one of North America’s longest rivers. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the water-sharing deal between Texas and New Mexico can't go through because the...

Texas electricity demand could nearly double in six years, grid operator predicts

Jun. 20, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

The state’s main electric grid operator has sharply increased its prediction for how much power demand will increase in coming years. If it’s accurate, the state would need to be able to provide nearly double the amount of power within six years. Two factors led to the higher...