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A chain portrait of George Floyd is part of the memorial for him, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, near the site of the arrest of Floyd who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Victim in police encounter had started new life in Minnesota

May. 27, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

Before he died after being pinned for minutes beneath a Minneapolis police officer's knee, George Floyd was suffering the same fate as millions of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic: out of work and looking for a new job. Floyd moved to Minneapolis from his native Houston several years ago in hopes of...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, flames and thick, black smoke light up the pre-dawn sky following and explosion at the TPC plant in Port Neches, Texas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that it cited TPC for three willful violations by not developing and implementing procedures for emergency shutdown and not inspecting and testing process vessel and piping components. TPC faces $514,692 in civil OSHA fines, stemming from the explosion and fires. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

OSHA: 3 willful violations led to plant blasts in Texas

May. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. officials cited the owners of a Southeast Texas chemical plant where November blasts and fires injured three workers and caused widespread damage to the surrounding community. The Nov. 27 blasts at the TPC Group plant in Port Neches, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) east of Houston,...

This selfie provided by Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Ross Stripling shows Stripling at his home in Houston, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Stripling has spent much of the last two months working on an island -- the one in the kitchen of his Houston home. With baseball halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher returned to his offseason job as a stockbroker. (Ross Stripling via AP)

Ross Stripling pitches ... financial advice during pandemic

May. 27, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

Ross Stripling has spent much of the last two months working on an island —- the one in the kitchen of his Houston home. With baseball halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander returned to his offseason job. When not throwing fastballs, he pitches clients as a financial...

FILE - In this March 4, 2020 file  photo, opposition leader Juan Guaido listens during a legislative session being held at a religious, private school in Caracas, Venezuela, an alternative location due to the government continuously blocking their access to National Assembly chambers. Guaidó said Monday, May 11, 2020 that two U.S.-based political advisers have resigned following a failed incursion into Venezuela aimed at capturing President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

Citgo sues Miami firm over millions lost in Venezuela fraud

May. 26, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — When the U.S. recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation's rightful leader last year it did more than just trigger a bitter feud with socialist leader Nicolás Maduro. Increasingly, it's also unleashing a torrent of lawsuits. The latest came Tuesday, when the...

FBI: only 1 attacker in Texas naval base shooting

May. 26, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The FBI said Tuesday that its investigation points to only one attacker in the shooting at a Texas naval air base, days after the agency suggested another person involved might be on the loose. FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Greeves said last week that investigators were working...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler, left, gives autographs during a spring training baseball workout in Clearwater, Fla. Wheeler's last start before his 30th birthday could have come against his former team. Wheeler, who struck out 24% of the batters he faced last season with the Mets, left New York in free agency last winter for a $118 million, five-year deal with the NL East rival Phillies.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

What Would Have Been: Zack against Mets and Motor City golf

May. 25, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

The Major League Baseball season would be about one-third of the way through its 162-game schedule if not for the coronavirus pandemic, and the NBA and NHL would have been closer to crowning their champions. While NASCAR is running live races without spectators, The Associated Press looks at some of the other...

David Philo, co-owner of Verdegreens, plants basil on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Farmers, ranchers adapt to new eating routines amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — “We woke up one day, and all the restaurants were closed. All of them,” said Felix Florez, the owner of Black Hill Ranch, a hog farm in Cypress. Just like that, the coronavirus pandemic changed his business overnight. Florez — who also has his own restaurant, Cherry...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans are brandishing the latest approach in their uphill fight for House control this November: battering moderate Democrats for backing a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Virus, economy, Trump and cash hamper GOP's bid for House

May. 23, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are brandishing the latest weapon in their uphill fight for House control this November: votes by moderate Democrats to pass a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill promising benefits for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. They're also celebrating their recent capture...

Judge lifts stay on sale of Venezuela's US refineries

May. 22, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday approved moving forward with the sale of Venezuela’s prized U.S.-based CITGO refineries, allowing a Canadian mining company to collect $1.4 billion it lost in a decade-old takeover in the South American nation by the late socialist President Hugo...

Waving to those cheering her on, Britney Carrasco holds her diploma in her other hand as her vehicle drives past the crowd at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Coronavirus concerns caused a traditional graduation to not be possible, but students were still able to celebrate their big day with a drive-thru ceremony where their teachers and family came out to support and celebrate their accomplishment. (Ben Powell/Odessa American via AP)

Bars and bowling allies among expanded openings in Texas

May. 22, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas bars, bowling alleys, skating rinks and even some strips clubs began to reopen ahead the Memorial Day weekend as the state continues to gradually restart one of the world's largest economies after it was ravaged by shutdowns caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Republican Gov....