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Judge won’t give Texas ‘sanctuary city’ ban early blessing

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge Wednesday threw out Texas’ efforts to have a “sanctuary cities” ban preemptively declared constitutional in a victory for the state’s largest cities, including Houston and Dallas, which want the immigration crackdown blocked before it takes effect in September. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin made no judgment on …

Texas lawmakers try again to address rising pregnancy deaths

AUSTIN, Texas — Criticized over failing earlier to address skyrocketing pregnancy-related deaths, Texas lawmakers Monday pushed with renewed urgency efforts to examine why the state’s maternal mortality rate is what researchers say is not only the highest in the U.S., but the developed world. A University of Maryland-led study last year found that the state’s …

Teaxs’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

AUSTIN, Texas — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption – making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent …

Army: Fort Hood suspect had requested leave

  FORT HOOD, Texas — Army investigators on Monday released a more detailed timeline of last week’s fatal shootings at Fort Hood, describing an eight-minute rampage in which the suspect fired 35 shots over an area spanning the equivalent of two city blocks. Three people were killed and 16 others wounded in the shooting spree …

Gunman opens fire at Fort Hood; assault leaves 4 dead on same US Army base attacked in 2009

  FORT HOOD, Texas – A gunman opened fire Wednesday at the Fort Hood military base in an attack that left four people dead, including the shooter, at the same post where more than a dozen people were killed in a 2009 mass shooting, law enforcement officials said. One of the officials, citing internal U.S. …