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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, A full gallery oversees the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott giving his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, a longtime Republican incumbent held onto his west Houston state House seat by the slimmest of margins, a mere one-tenth of percentage point in a race that helped the GOP withstand a Democratic wave. This year, the stakes are even higher. AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State legislative elections key to redistricting power

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Not long ago, Berta Patterson’s corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come. Up the road is the Harris County GOP headquarters. In the other direction are the old 9th floor offices of the late Republican President George H.W. Bush. Roughly in between is Trini Mendenhall...

Voters cast their ballots for the general election at Victory Houston polling station in Houston, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Race for Texas intensifies amid surging turnout, COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ surprising status as a battleground came into clearer focus on Friday as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris devoted one of the race's final days to campaigning across America's largest red state and early voter turnout zoomed past 9 million —...

Aubrey Calaway, 23, waits to vote outside Victory Houston polling station in Houston early Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The location was one of the Harris County's 24-hour locations. ( Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Houston looks to boost turnout by offering 24-hour voting

Oct. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — As rapper Bun B finished his late-night set during a drive-in concert to promote eight 24-hour polling places in and around Houston, he urged fans to go out into the night — and early morning — to vote. “It feels good to see my people out there that are ready to vote,...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2008, file photo, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, left, talks with head coach Mike D'Antoni during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in Phoenix. D'Antoni and Amare Stoudemire are joining Nash's coaching staff, bringing a glimpse of the old Phoenix Suns to Brooklyn. Nash hired his old coach and pick-and-roll partner as assistants Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, filling out his staff for his rookie season as an NBA coach. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Nash hires D'Antoni, Stoudemire for his Nets coaching staff

Oct. 30, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike D'Antoni and Amare Stoudemire are joining Steve Nash's coaching staff, bringing a glimpse of the old Phoenix Suns to Brooklyn. Nash hired his old coach and pick-and-roll partner as assistants Friday, filling out his staff for his rookie season as an NBA coach. D'Antoni won the first of...

Today in History

Oct. 30, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2020. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights icon became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda; President George W....

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa stands with his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

Oct. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa didn't envision returning to the dugout when he stood at the podium in Cooperstown six years ago and took his place alongside baseball's greats. That started to change the past few seasons. And he simply couldn't resist the opportunity the Chicago White Sox gave him. La Russa,...

Cincinnati's Jaheim Thomas grabs the shirt of SMU kick returner Bryan Massey (8) on a kickoff return during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Dallas. Cincinnati won 42-13. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

No. 22 SMU hosts Navy with both teams coming off losses

Oct. 29, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

Navy (3-3, 3-1 American) at No. 22 SMU (5-1, 2-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2). Line: SMU by 13. Series: Navy leads 13-8. WHAT'S AT STAKE Since there are no divisions in the American Athletic Conference in the pandemic-shortened season, the race remains wide open. The winner of this matchup will still be in...

FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, the logo for ExxonMobil appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   Exxon Mobil is slashing 1,900 jobs from its U.S. workforce as the pandemic continues to sap demand for fuel. The Irving, Texas-based oil giant said on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, the reductions will be both voluntary and involuntary and will largely come from its management offices in Houston.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Exxon, Chevron to cut US jobs as oil industry struggles

Oct. 29, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil is slashing 1,900 jobs from its U.S. workforce, and Chevron plans to cut a quarter of the employees at its recently-acquired Noble Energy as the pandemic saps demand for fuel. Exxon said Thursday the reductions will be both voluntary and involuntary and will largely come from...

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson warms up before the start of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Houston Texans desperate to improve after sinking to 1-6

Oct. 29, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — This was not how Houston’s season was supposed to go. All offseason the Texans talked of taking a step forward in 2020 after winning the AFC South two years in a row. Instead everything fell apart. And now the Texans are in their bye week as one of the NFL’s worst teams with a...

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (7) is tackled by Cincinnati linebacker Jarrell White (8) for a loss during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Pandemic alters No. 22 SMU's prep for Navy's triple option

Oct. 29, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — No. 22 SMU's preparation for Navy's triple-option running game is a little different in this pandemic-altered season. The Mustangs (5-1, 2-1 American Athletic) are missing a few dozen of the scout-teamers they can normally roll through the repetitions in practice. “When you play Navy,...