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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. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury on Monday indicted a Texas sheriff on charges accusing him of destroying or concealing video in an investigation into the death in custody of a Black man, Javier Ambler, that was filmed by a police reality TV series “Live PD." Williamson County records show Sheriff...

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...

More than 20 workers hurt in crane accident in Austin, Texas

Sep. 16, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two cranes collided Wednesday at a construction site in Austin, Texas, causing one of them to partially collapse and injuring at least 22 workers who were sent scrambling for safety, authorities said. The cranes collided and got tangled several stories above a building under...

Tiffany Shelton helps her 7-year-old son, P.J. Shelton, a second-grader, during an online class at their home in Norristown, Pa., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Norristown Area School District plans to offer online-only instruction through at least January 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

Schools that are mostly Black, Latino favor starting online

Sep. 11, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Missi Magness wanted her children back in school. The parent of a first-grader and a sixth-grader who attend schools on Indianapolis’ southeast side struggled trying to oversee her children’s schooling while working from home this spring. “They need the structure, they need the...

This photo provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office via The Beaumont Enterprise shows Jonathan Torres. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, a federal judge sentenced Torres to five years in prison following his conviction for planting two bombs in Beaumont, Texas, in 2018. (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)

Texas man sentenced to 5 years in prison for 2018 bombing

Sep. 9, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Beaumont man to five years in prison following his conviction for planting bombs in the Southeast Texas city two years ago. Jonathan Matthew Torres, 42, pleaded guilty last year to possession of an unregistered destructive device and was later found...

Boaters flying flags honoring U.S. President Donald Trump crowd Lake Travis in Lakeway, Texas, during a boat parade Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, that attracted hundreds of watercraft of all sizes. Although this boat did not capsize, a spokesperson for the Travis County sheriff’s office in Texas said “several” boats sank Saturday while taking part in the parade in support of Trump. There were no reports of fatalities or injuries.  (Bob Daemmrich via AP)

Sheriff: Five boats sank in Texas Trump parade, no injuries

Sep. 6, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five boats sank in a Texas lake during a nautical parade in support of President Donald Trump as tightly packed boats created large waves, officials said Sunday. Boaters began calling for help “almost immediately” after the procession for Trump’s reelection got...