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Texas 8th-grader wins National Geographic contest

May. 22, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, took home top honors Wednesday in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed during a competition at the National Geographic Society...

Texas man gets life sentence for abduction of 2 sisters

May. 21, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man accused of fatally beating a Central Texas woman, kidnapping her daughters and sexually assaulting one of them for five months was sentenced Tuesday to life in federal prison. Terry Allen Miles, 45, was convicted in February of several charges, including two counts of kidnapping...

Texas passing laws, but not leading abortion fight this time

May. 17, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sidestepping bigger abortion battles playing out elsewhere in the U.S., Texas Republicans on Friday pushed a bill toward Gov. Greg Abbott's desk that would ban the state's liberal capital city from leasing a downtown building to Planned Parenthood for just $1. For Texas, which has...

Houston senior Boling sets high school 100 meter record

May. 12, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Houston Strake Jesuit senior Matthew Boling ran the 100-meter dash in 10.13 seconds to break the high school record in the event. He set the record Saturday at the Texas UIL state track and field championships that was held at the University of Texas. Boling surpassed the previous mark...

Uber, Lyft losses keep competitors at bay

May. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers. But in one way it has been good for investors who snatched up the newly public companies' stock: The losses have scared off the...

Texas boys ranch moves forward as more men discuss abuse

May. 11, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — When Allan Votaw stepped onto Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Texas in 1957, the 5-year-old hoped he and his two brothers — ages 3½ and 6 — had found a home. Instead, the now-66-year-old says, they found a "horror house" where sadistic staff members whipped children until they...

Florida, Texas schedule home-and-home series for 2030-31

May. 10, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida and Texas have scheduled a home-and-home series beginning in 2030. The Gators will face the Longhorns in Gainesville on Sept. 7, 2030. Florida will travel to Austin, Texas for another non-conference game on Sept. 6, 2031. The powerhouse programs first played in 1924, a 7-7...

Texan pleads guilty over scam PACs for 2016 candidates

May. 9, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Texas man has pleaded guilty to creating fake political action committees in 2016 supporting Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that raised more than $500,000. Kyle Gerald Prall pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of mail fraud. The Justice...

Texas may give F1's US Grand Prix its missing $25 million

May. 9, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The promoters of Formula One's U.S. Grand Prix blew a deadline to collect their annual $25 million in Texas taxpayer money to help pay for the 2018 race. Now state lawmakers are about to give them another chance and make it easier to get the funds in the future. The Grand Prix depends...

Houston streets fill up with water; man dead in Austin

May. 8, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — It was a scene that has repeated itself countless times in the Houston area: heavy rainfall made area roadways impassable and flooded homes, schools and businesses. On Wednesday, the Houston area was drying out after severe thunderstorms a day earlier caused flash flooding , inundating...