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Rookie Herta wins IndyCar Classic at 18 years old

Mar. 24, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Everything went Colton Herta's way on Sunday, from the victory on the race track to the sparkling wine on the podium instead of apple cider. The 18-year American rookie became the youngest winner in IndyCar history when he captured the IndyCar Classic after a late-race crash near the...

Logano leads pack of Fords to front at Martinsville Speedway

Mar. 23, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joey Logano led a Ford sweep at Martinsville Speedway with another pole-winning run for Team Penske. Logano turned a lap at 97.830 mph in Saturday qualifying to earn the top starting spot. His pole-winning run came roughly 90 minutes after Team Penske teammate Will Power won the...

Team Penske's Power to start on pole at IndyCar Classic

Mar. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Will Power topped qualifying once again. Now he has a chance to turn pole position into a tidy little payday if he can drive to another victory. The Team Penske star earned career pole No. 56 Saturday at the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas, edging Andretti...

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

Mar. 23, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn't even had a teacher strike. But as in...

IndyCar Classic a "home" race for Foyt family

Mar. 22, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Larry Foyt's memories of the Austin area mostly involve water skiing and packs of adolescent boys sneaking a peek at the nudist beach in an area called Hippie Hollow. The president of A.J. Foyt Racing would like to add something new to the mix: a checkered flag or at least a more...

IndyCar Classic set for debut race at US home of F1

Mar. 21, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN,Texas (AP) — From the time the first piles of dirt and rock were moved to start paving a new Formula One track in Texas, the owners of the Circuit of the Americas eyed a future with IndyCar. It may have taken longer than fans had hoped, but they finally have one. And with the first IndyCar Classic...

Catholic priest accused of groping woman during last rites

Mar. 20, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites. The Rev. Gerold Langsch, of Austin, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault by contact stemming from the Oct. 5...

Kansas artist carves out Beto O'Rourke image in Texas field

Mar. 20, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's face has been temporarily enshrined in a Texas field as the former Democratic congressman runs for president. A 2-acre circle with an image of the El Paso politician's face has been carved into a field near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The crop art also...

US professor is first woman to be awarded math's top prize

Mar. 19, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — An American professor has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, one of the world's most prestigious international mathematics awards. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo on Tuesday that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin...

Jaguars sign Geoff Swaim to help fill depleted TE position

Mar. 15, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free agent tight end Geoff Swaim, giving them another option at one of their most depleted positions. A seventh-round pick by Dallas in the 2015 NFL draft, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Swaim has 35 receptions for 336 yards and one touchdown in four...