Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

Sep 20, 2014

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

by Jamie Stengle

Visitors to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, can stroll along paths featuring colorful blooms abuzz with butterflies, relax while swinging under towering oaks, let their children play in a new family garden, get ideas for using native plants in their ...

Aug 6, 2014

Toyota leaving Hollywood roots to boost North American profits

A closer look at Toyota Motor Corp.’s record profit shows why the world’s largest automaker is leaving behind its Hollywood beginnings. While Toyota reported Tuesday it earned more money in last quarter than any automaker on the planet, profit from North America trailed behind ...

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

Jul 17, 2014

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge ...

Jul 7, 2014

U.S. will stem tide of child immigrants: official

Deportations are being stepped up of illegal migrants along the U.S. border, a top Obama adminstration official said Sunday, defending the White House’s handling of a flood of undocumented children. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told NBC television’s “Meet the Press” that officials ...

A spring hike in the American Southwest

May 31, 2014

A spring hike in the American Southwest

by Giovanna Dell'Oreto

“Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. With not a soul in sight among ...

Jan 23, 2014

Texas executes man for 1994 cop slaying, despite protests

A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 ...

Frigid 'Ice Friday' bears down on U.S. Midwest

Dec 6, 2013

Frigid 'Ice Friday' bears down on U.S. Midwest

Schools in Texas are canceling classes and shoppers have stocked up on milk, pet food and other supplies to prepare for the wintry blast that has brought frigid temperatures, ice and snow to much of the nation. Earlier this week, many in Texas were ...

Sep 27, 2013

Nissan's free recharges imitate Tesla playbook

Nissan Motor Co., the most prolific maker of electric cars, plans to offer free rapid charges for its battery-powered Leaf hatchback for new customers in Texas, experimenting with a strategy pioneered by Tesla Motors Inc. Starting Oct. 1, people who buy or lease a ...