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A real zoodunit: Missing monkeys deepen mystery in Dallas

When two small monkeys were taken from the Dallas Zoo this week and a cut was found in their enclosure, it deepened a growing mystery.

Unprecedented profit for Exxon as travel, and war, heated up

Exxon Mobil posted record annual profits in 2022 as consumers globally struggled with high prices for gasoline, home heating and consumer goods.

Bring back dodo? Ambitious plan draws investors, critics

A company working on technologies to bring back extinct species has attracted more investors.

New gun regulations on stabilizing braces targeted in court

A conservative law firm has challenged new federal regulations on guns with stabilizing braces, suing to block a gun-control action touted by President Joe Biden after the accessories were used in two mass shootings.

Winter weather cancels flights, leads to death in Texas

Winter weather is bringing ice to Texas and nearby states, causing the cancellation of more than 980 flights and delays to nearly 800 more.

Tesla gets Justice Department subpoena for self-driving cars

The U.S. Justice Department has requested documents from Tesla Inc. related to its Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving” features, according to a regulatory filing.

Monkeys taken from Dallas Zoo in latest suspicious incident

Two monkeys were missing Monday from the Dallas Zoo in the latest in a string of suspicious incidents — including the death of an endangered vulture — that police are investigating.

'Laverne & Shirley' actor Cindy Williams dies at 75

Cindy Williams, who played Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the popular sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died.

Teen killed, four others injured in shooting at Texas lounge

Authorities say a high school student was killed and four others were injured when a person opened fire over the weekend at a hookah lounge in Austin, Texas.

Plan outlined for new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark, redevelopment

A new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark will be built as part of a massive redevelopment project in what was once a thriving Black neighborhood.

Skull found on riverbank in 1986 ID'd as missing NJ man

Authorities say a skull found on banks of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania more than 3 1/2 decades ago has been identified as that of a man long believed slain in New Jersey along with his girlfriend, whose body had been found in the river on the New Jersey side the previous year.

Mass shootings lead to widening divide on state gun policies

As mass shootings are again drawing public attention, states across the U.S. seem to be deepening their political divide on gun policies.

Online system to seek asylum in US is quickly overwhelmed

A mobile app for migrants to seek asylum in the United States has been overwhelmed since it was introduced this month in one of several major changes to the government’s response to unprecedented migration flows.

Afghan soldier seeking US asylum hopes for 'American dream'

After being held in detention in Texas for months during his legal fight to remain in the U.S., Afghan soldier Abdul Wasi Safi is now a free man as he works to secure asylum in America.

Ohio city rewrites abortion ban, advocacy groups end lawsuit

Groups representing social workers and women say they have succeeded in forcing a small Ohio city to significantly narrow its abortion ban and dropped their lawsuit.

Pandemic, culture wars revive 'school choice' policy push

Several years of pandemic restrictions and curriculum battles have emboldened longtime advocates of funneling public funds to private and religious schools in statehouses throughout the country.

5 women, immense power: Can they keep US from fiscal brink?

It’s the first time in history that the four leaders of the two congressional spending committees are women.

House GOP seeks new restrictions on use of US oil stockpile

For the second time this month, House Republicans are seeking to restrict presidential use of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile — a proposal that has already drawn a White House veto threat.

Texas death row inmates sue over solitary confinement

A group of Texas death row inmates have filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s prison system over its policy of mandatory and indefinite solitary confinement for all prisoners who are awaiting execution.

US sweetens pot to study siting for spent nuke fuel storage

The U.S. government is offering more money to find a solution for storing or disposing of spent nuclear fuel from the nation's commercial nuclear power plants.

Amid gains, railroaders seeking quality-of-life improvements

The contract imposed on railroad workers last fall didn't resolve their quality-of-life issues, but there are indications the major freight railroads might start to address some of their concerns about demanding schedules and the lack of paid sick time.

Boeing to be arraigned in court over two Max jet crashes

Boeing representatives and relatives of some of the passengers killed in two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets will meet face-to-face in a Texas courtroom Thursday, where the aerospace giant will be arraigned on a criminal charge that it thought it had settled two years ago.

Tesla reports record income; confirms Nevada truck expansion

Tesla says it intends to invest $3.6 billion to expand manufacturing capabilities in Nevada and is confident growing software-related profits will keep margins higher than any other automaker.

US investigating December flight cancellations at Southwest

The federal government is investigating whether Southwest Airlines knowingly scheduling more flights than it could handle in December, when it ended up canceling nearly 17,000 flights.

Some Jan. 6th rioters gain sympathy for cause in red states

Some participants in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection are taking their case that the 2020 presidential election was stolen to sympathetic audiences, including elected officials, in red states.

Illegal border crossings plunge among Cubans, Nicaraguans

The Biden administration says U.S. authorities have seen a 97% decline in illegal border crossings by migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela since Mexico began accepting those expelled under a public health order.

Oregon primate research facility under scrutiny after deaths

A state lawmaker in Oregon is using thousands of pages of redacted documents he sought for more than a year to launch legislation demanding more accountability and oversight of a primate research facility with a long history of complaints.

Elon Musk's tweeting style seizes spotlight in Tesla trial

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s impulsive and sometimes inflammatory usage of Twitter has taken center stage in a trial focused on whether he misled investors with his 2018 tweets indicating he had lined up financing to take the electric automaker private, a proposal that rapidly unraveled.

Attorney: Afghan soldier seeking US asylum has been freed from immigration detention in Texas after charge dropped

Attorney: Afghan soldier seeking US asylum has been freed from immigration detention in Texas after charge dropped.

Agency delays protections for imperiled bat, prairie chicken

The Biden administration is temporarily delaying legal protections for two imperiled species after getting pushback from congressional Republicans.

Woman gets over 6 years in prison for role in romance scams

A Texas woman who played a role in internet romance scams that cheated victims out of a total of about $2.6 million has been sentenced to over six years in prison on federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

Charge dropped against Afghan soldier seeking asylum in US

Federal prosecutors have dropped an immigration charge against an Afghan soldier who’s been detained for months after he was arrested trying to cross the Mexico border in an attempt to seek asylum in the U.S. as he fled the Taliban in his home country.

Late Grant Wahl to get US Soccer's Colin Jose Media Award

The late Grant Wahl will be honored with this year’s Colin Jose Media Award, given to journalists who made long-term contributions to soccer in the United States.

Woman pleads guilty to sending ricin in 2020 letter to Trump

A Canadian woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington to mailing a threatening letter containing the poison ricin to then-President Donald Trump at the White House.

Citizen journalist's lawsuit heard by federal appeals court

A Texas-based online citizen journalist wants a federal appeals court to revive her lawsuit against Laredo area officials over her 2017 arrest.

Severe weather threat moves east after tornadoes hit Texas

A winter storm that brought severe weather to the Gulf Coast is heading east a day after tornadoes caused widespread damage and injured three people.

Uvalde families press urgency after California shootings

Families of the 21 victims killed in a Texas elementary school shooting last May gathered Tuesday at the state capitol in Austin to renew their calls for tighter assault weapon restrictions, just days after three separate shootings in California left 24 people dead.

GOP states sue Biden administration over new border policy

Twenty states with GOP attorneys general are suing the Biden administration over a major change in immigration policy.

7 killed in Texas highway crash; 1 in critical condition

A young passenger of an SUV involved in a head-on collision on a Texas highway that left seven others dead remains in critical condition.

Tornado emergency issued near Houston as storm moves through

Forecasters have issued a tornado emergency for areas near Houston as a powerful storm heads toward the Gulf Coast.

Texas silent after Guard member shoots migrant on border

Texas military records show a National Guard member shot and wounded a migrant during a struggle this month on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Elon Musk takes stand for 3rd day in Tesla investors lawsuit

Elon Musk has returned to the stand in federal court in San Francisco to testify in a class action lawsuit filed by Tesla investors alleging he misled them with a tweet.

Elon Musk returns to stand for 3rd day of testimony dissecting his tweets about a Tesla buyout that didn't happen

Elon Musk returns to stand for 3rd day of testimony dissecting his tweets about a Tesla buyout that didn't happen.

Willie Nelson to celebrate 90th birthday at all-star concert

Willie Nelson is turning 90 this year and he's celebrating with an all-star, two-day concert in Los Angeles this April.

WalMart shooting suspect to plead guilty to federal charges

The man accused of killing nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at a Texas Walmart plans to plead guilty to federal charges in the case.

Suspect in 2019 mass shooting at Texas Walmart says in court records he will plead guilty to federal charges

Suspect in 2019 mass shooting at Texas Walmart says in court records he will plead guilty to federal charges.

EPA considers tougher regulation of livestock farm pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will study whether to toughen regulation of large livestock farms that pollute waterways.

NTSB details deadly accident involving airport ground worker

Federal accident investigators are providing details about the death of an airport worker in Alabama on New Year's Eve.

Refusal to release inaugural donors exposes gap in Pa. law

The refusal thus far of Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro to disclose who paid for his inaugural party has exposed the gap in state law that lets governors in Pennsylvania escape the kind of transparency sometimes required elsewhere.

Four Oath Keepers convicted of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

Four members of the Oath Keepers have been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack in the second major trial involving far-right extremists accused of plotting to forcibly keep President Donald Trump in power.