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 ...

Perry leaving Texas office, doesn't rule out '16 bid

Jul 9, 2013

Perry leaving Texas office, doesn't rule out '16 bid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state’s history, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 amid speculation that he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. “I remain excited about the future and the challenges ...

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

Jun 28, 2013

Texas executes 500th inmate since death penalty reinstated

The state of Texas on Wednesday executed its 500th convict since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is in decline elsewhere. Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:37 p.m. in the ...