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FORECAST: Saturday to be cold, bring 100 percent chance of rain

There’s a 20 percent chance Saturday morning will bring rain, but find your umbrella by noon, when the National Weather Service says the chance becomes 100 percent. The high Saturday will be near 50. The service expects new precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible but no major flooding is expected. The heaviest rainfall is expected east of the I-35 corridor. Rain...


APD chief responds to viral video of police punching man during arrest

APD chief responds to viral video of police punching man during arrest

Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley has weighed in on a video that has gone viral that shows officers punching and using a stun gun on a man during an arrest, saying that additional footage from a nearby security camera helps fill in gaps left by the viral video. A bystander recorded the video, which captures an incident that took place outside a convenience store Tuesday evening in downtown...
Doctor charged with illegally recording sex at West Lake Hills home

Doctor charged with illegally recording sex at West Lake Hills home

Austin police have charged a College Station doctor with illegally recording a woman without her knowledge during what she has alleged was a sexual assault. According to an arrest affidavit, Dr. Anthony Amoroso is charged with invasive visual recording, a state jail felony for which he faces up to two years behind bars. The document, filed Thursday, said police conducted a forensic search of Amoroso&rsquo...
Chief: Police shoot, injure man suspected of fatally stabbing woman

Chief: Police shoot, injure man suspected of fatally stabbing woman

An Austin police officer shot and critically injured a man authorities suspect stabbed a woman to death at a Central Austin apartment complex Friday morning. Police did not identify the victim, the suspect or the officer who fired his weapon on the 5000 block of Lynnwood Street, where the stabbing took place. “It is obviously with great sadness that we lost someone today,” interim Police...
Austin City Council to study demolitions’ effect on affordable housing

Austin City Council to study demolitions’ effect on affordable housing

The Austin City Council approved a pair of resolutions Thursday evening aimed at addressing a recent audit that found housing demolitions in Austin are on the rise and are happening with little safety oversight. Council Member Kathie Tovo brought both resolutions to the council. Tovo has called for tamping down on demolitions, which have been occurring more often in her Central Austin district than...

Man injured after cars crash into pole in North Austin

NORTH AUSTIN EMS: Man injured after cars hit pole A crash involving two vehicles that slammed into a pole in North Austin pinned one man in a car Friday afternoon, officials said. The crash happened shortly after 1 p.m. near North Lamar Boulevard and West Yager Lane. Medics extracted the man and took him to Dell Seton Medical Center for treatment, a spokesman for the Austin/Travis County Emergency...
Academy gives $500 shopping spree to local family

Academy gives $500 shopping spree to local family

Margarita Matias, 72, said she felt like Cinderella as she and her husband, Jessie, 60, pushed a shopping cart around the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Northeast Austin. It was a festive day with the cart sporting four big bows, one in each corner. The Matias family had been given a $500 gift card by Academy as part of the Statesman Season for Caring program, which highlights the needs of...
Pair of retail developments planned for Georgetown

Pair of retail developments planned for Georgetown

Two large retail developments, one including an Italian-themed village, are headed to Georgetown at Interstate 35 and Texas 29. Wolf Lakes Village is a proposed 164-acre retail/residential community with arched bridges, a plaza, three lakes and a wedding chapel planned for the northwest corner of the highways’ intersection. It also will feature corporate campuses, apartments, a cinema, a cathedral...
New solar contract tips the scales on Austin Energy’s renewable efforts

New solar contract tips the scales on Austin Energy’s renewable efforts

Austin Energy this week continued its solar power buying spree with a deal on a major new facility in West Texas that represents two milestones for the utility. Under the deal approved Thursday by the City Council, the utility will buy the solar power produced by a 150-megawatt facility to be built by Intersect Power. Austin Energy would pay $150 million over the life of the 15-year contract, with...
UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven to step down, citing health concerns

UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven to step down, citing health concerns

Bill McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, is planning to step down at the end of the academic year in May because of health issues he has been facing, he told the UT System Board of Regents on Friday afternoon.  McRaven’s decision was not completely unexpected, given that he was briefly hospitalized in November for what he described at the time as “a perfect storm...
5 things you can do to prepare for flu season that’s expected to be bad

5 things you can do to prepare for flu season that’s expected to be bad

Look out, Central Texas, the flu will be coming our way, and epidemiologists — experts in disease — believe it’s going to be a rough season. Doctors have started to see increases of flu cases in Massachusetts and Georgia and in our neighboring states of Oklahoma and Louisiana. In Austin, we don’t have a deluge yet, said Dr. Albert Gros, chief medical officer at St. David&rsquo...
We Are Blood, Austin’s blood bank, puts out call for donations

We Are Blood, Austin’s blood bank, puts out call for donations

The holidays are a busy time of year. But when it comes to giving blood, things can be a bit slow. The need for blood never slows down, though, so We Are Blood, Austin’s blood bank, has kicked off what it’s calling the “12 Days of Giving.” Anyone who donates – or tries to donate – between now and Dec. 22 will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes. Those...

Community news: Austin launches busking program at Seaholm District

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Busking program launched The city of Austin Music & Entertainment Division has launched a busking program pilot within the Seaholm District as a draw to residents and visitors to newly opened public spaces and buildings in downtown Austin. The pilot will secure and activate prime busking spots throughout the development for musicians registered and selected through the program...
Even in progressive Austin, women still lag behind

Even in progressive Austin, women still lag behind

In Central Texas, gender disparities remain even as the region’s economy grows. Austin women continue to lag behind men in income, safety and financial security, and women and children are disproportionately living in poverty. But there have been some improvements, too, and a number of nonprofits are taking on these disparities directly. The latest data comes from a report by the Women&rsquo...
Dripping Springs High School engineering team competes in Abu Dhabi

Dripping Springs High School engineering team competes in Abu Dhabi

A team of engineering students from Dripping Springs High School spent a week in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates competing in the Land Rover 4x4 World Championships. The students placed 12th in a field of 23 teams from 18 countries after ranking as high as third during the multiday competition. The event involved each team designing and building a radio-controlled four-wheel drive vehicle to...
The numbers — and all those Fords — tell the story of new MoPac toll lanes

The numbers — and all those Fords — tell the story of new MoPac toll lanes

The people running the MoPac toll lanes want you to know, first of all, that the new ribbons of pavement segregated behind plastic pylons aren’t merely “Lexus lanes.” During a wide-ranging presentation to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board on the toll lanes’ first six weeks of full-fledged operations, officials included a chart showing the top five vehicle...
Austin panel smacks utility for lacking answers on water bill spikes

Austin panel smacks utility for lacking answers on water bill spikes

Months after hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Austin residents received huge September water bills after abnormally low August bills, Austin’s Electric Utility Commission flogged city staff members for answers. It didn’t get many. “I am very, very concerned,” said Commissioner Jim Boyle, who handed out copies of American-Statesman stories on the subject when the panel met this...
UPDATE: Officers did everything they could to save stabbing victim, chief says

UPDATE: Officers did everything they could to save stabbing victim, chief says

10:06 a.m. update: Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said officers did everything they could to save a woman who was stabbed to death in Central Austin during a violent incident that ended with an officer opening fire Friday morning. Manley said officers received a call at 6:38 a.m. for a disturbance between a man and a woman at an apartment complex in the 5000 block of Lynwood Street. ...
FORECAST: Cloudy with highs in 50s on Friday; good rain chances for Saturday

FORECAST: Cloudy with highs in 50s on Friday; good rain chances for Saturday

Friday forecast for Austin: Chillier air is creeping into the Austin area Friday morning — following a cold front that pushed through on Thursday — keeping high temperatures from climbing beyond the upper 50s, according to the National Weather Service.  However, Friday’s partially cloudy and cooler conditions will be replaced by rain on Saturday as a low pressure system, fueled...

Motorcyclist dies after falling more than 20 feet from U.S. 183

NORTH AUSTIN Motorcyclist dies after falling from U.S. 183 A motorcyclist has died from his injuries after he fell about 20 to 25 feet Tuesday from U.S. 183 onto Research Boulevard, Austin police said. The man was pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The motorcyclist was involved in a crash with another vehicle. Police said they will release more information about their investigation...
Police search for 4 men who stole from ATM after assaulting worker

Police search for 4 men who stole from ATM after assaulting worker

Cedar Park police are searching for four men who took cash from an ATM after assaulting a technician who was working on it Thursday afternoon in a credit union parking lot. Police were notified at 2:41 p.m. Thursday that four men got out of a vehicle and assaulted the maintenance technician in the parking lot at the Austin Telco Federal Credit Union at 511 North Bell Blvd., a news release said. The...
Viral video shows Austin police punching man during arrest; APD chief responds

Viral video shows Austin police punching man during arrest; APD chief responds

The interim Austin police chief has weighed in on a video that has gone viral that shows an Austin police officer punching a man during an arrest. The video, which captures an incident that took place outside a convenience store Tuesday evening in downtown Austin, was viewed 1.5 million times as of Thursday night, with many of the viewers questioning the officers’ actions. Chief Brian Manley...
Austin City Council shields whistleblowers from ethics board subpoenas

Austin City Council shields whistleblowers from ethics board subpoenas

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission may not subpoena the identities of city whistleblowers, the City Council said unanimously Thursday, smacking down one of the panel’s first uses of the subpoena power the council granted this year. The ethics commission is tasked with administering low-level sanctions or recommending that attorneys prosecute violations of city rules. Last month, it subpoenaed...
Suspect with prior child indecency arrest was overlooked in Greg Kelley case

Suspect with prior child indecency arrest was overlooked in Greg Kelley case

Attorneys seeking to overturn Greg Kelley’s child sex assault conviction on Thursday filed court records that provide details about a third suspect in the case. That man, whose name has not been released by law enforcement, had a prior arrest on a charge of indecency with a child and had also lived in the Cedar Park home where the abuse is alleged to have happened. Yet he had never been investigated...
Heroes on the Trail

Heroes on the Trail

It was Heroes Night at the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park on Tuesday, when veterans, active military, first responders (including police, fire, EMS) and natural disaster relief workers were honored. Instead of letters to Santa, guests had the opportunity to create “Letters to Heroes,” holiday letters to send to troops. (Photo by Casey Chapman Ross)
ACC a step closer to offering bachelor’s degree in nursing

ACC a step closer to offering bachelor’s degree in nursing

A proposed bachelor’s degree program in nursing has been approved by Austin Community College trustees. The program, designed for people who are already registered nurses, still needs approval from accrediting organizations and the state’s higher education agency. More than 7,700 registered nurses in ACC’s service area, which encompasses 19 school districts and 7,000 square miles...
Motorcyclist dies after falling from U.S. 183, police say

Motorcyclist dies after falling from U.S. 183, police say

A motorcyclist has died from his injuries after he fell about 20 to 25 feet Tuesday from U.S. 183 onto Research Boulevard, Austin police said. The man was pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The motorcyclist was involved in a crash with another vehicle. Police said they will release more information about their investigation into this crash in the coming days. The incident happened...
I-35 toll lanes in Austin cut from long-range transportation plan

I-35 toll lanes in Austin cut from long-range transportation plan

State transportation officials, reacting to anti-toll pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, voted Thursday to remove all new tollway projects from a key 10-year construction plan — including what would have been the addition of two toll lanes to each side of Interstate 35 through Central Texas. That 5-0 vote came despite the pleas of nearly a dozen Central Texas political...

Community news: Seton to develop health facility in Elgin

TRAVIS COUNTY NORTH AUSTIN Give to Fort Hood care packages Several community partners including Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Samaritan Counseling Center-Austin, Heroes Night Out and the city of Austin will deliver holiday care packages for families Wednesday at the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Unit. Donations to the care package will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Samaritan Center...
Here’s what we’re watching at today’s Austin City Council meeting

Here’s what we’re watching at today’s Austin City Council meeting

Today is the Austin City Council’s last general meeting of 2017, with a lengthy agenda of items officials hope to tackle before the council takes a six-week winter break. After initially agreeing to the idea, council members may vote for good to waive $6.8 million in permit fees for the first phase of the state’s Texas Capitol Complex plan to create a pedestrian mall on part of North Congress...
FORECAST: Cold front to bring highs in 50s, rain chances this weekend

FORECAST: Cold front to bring highs in 50s, rain chances this weekend

Thursday forecast for Austin: Temperatures across the Austin area will once again remain seasonable, with highs expected to reach into the mid-60s across the area.  However, a cold front expected to arrive Thursday morning will bring a new dose of cooler air that will slowly sink in, which will set the stage for a chilly overnight as temperatures drop into the low 40s with a small chance for...
If it costs $25.3 billion to be Santa, who could afford it?

If it costs $25.3 billion to be Santa, who could afford it?

A few weeks ago, I got an email from an English public relations strategist pointing me to the website of the United Kingdom’s “leading independent online florist”  The idea is that they did a “study” about how much it would cost to be Santa Claus (short answer: $25.3 billion) and I’m supposed to write something fun about that and you’re supposed...
Granger man, woman accused in deer shooting on federal property

Granger man, woman accused in deer shooting on federal property

Two people from Granger face up to two years in jail each in connection with shooting a deer on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property in Williamson County, according to arrest affidavits. Patrick McAndrew, 31, and Rebecca Epoch, 35, were both charged with taking wildlife resources without consent of the landowner, a state jail felony. McAndrew also was charged with hunting at night and hunting with...
Austin council votes to send police contract back to negotiating table

Austin council votes to send police contract back to negotiating table

The Austin City Council voted unanimously late Wednesday to send a proposed contract with the city’s police union back to the negotiating table amid concerns about the price tag and calls from civil rights activists for stronger oversight. The proposed deal would have provided officers with a 9.5 percent pay bump over the next five years along with a new stipend for patrol officers, which could...
Archive dive: 10 awesome photos from Zilker Park in the early 1980s

Archive dive: 10 awesome photos from Zilker Park in the early 1980s

Changing hands from William Barton in the 1830s to Andrew Jackson Zilker in the early 1900s the land that comprises Zilker Metropolitan Park has a long history as a desirable location. Fortunately, Zilker had more than money on his mind when he weighed the future of the land. In 1917, Zilker donated more than 350 acres of the land to the Austin school district, which then sold it to the city for parkland...
San Marcos officer mourned as a hero

San Marcos officer mourned as a hero

In the days since San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland died last week, Joe Fratangelo had been identifying himself to others as Copeland’s best friend. College fraternity brothers who later served as police officers together, they’d been friends for 38 years. “But after speaking with so many of you all,” Fratangelo said at Copeland’s funeral service Wednesday, &ldquo...
Man shot at North Austin apartment, EMS officials say

Man shot at North Austin apartment, EMS officials say

A man was found shot Wednesday afternoon at a North Austin apartment complex, and medics took him to the hospital, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. The man has serious injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, EMS officials said. He was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center. Police received the 911 call at 4:49 p.m. at Lamar Place Apartments, in the 6400 block of Burns Street. The...
Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project

Eanes school district pulls out of special education analysis project

As special education advocates continue to spar with state leaders over a $4.4 million, no-bid contract to data mine student records, one school district has decided to walk away from the project — at least for now. Eanes Independent School District told the Texas Education Agency Wednesday that it wants time to re-evaluate its part in the project, which has generated controversy over privacy...
Police: Round Rock man found passed out in car with 3 crying children

Police: Round Rock man found passed out in car with 3 crying children

A man was accused of child abandonment after he was found passed out in a parked car outside the Round Rock Public Library with three crying children inside the vehicle, an arrest affidavit said. Mark Author Webb, 29, of Round Rock, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance...

Travis County man may have shot daughter before killing self

TRAVIS COUNTY Man may have shot daughter before killing self Authorities on Wednesday have identified a 9-year-old girl who was found dead Monday with her father in their southwest Travis County home. Evidence suggests that 42-year-old Yariv Kaplan man shot his daughter, Lielle, before turning the gun on himself, the Travis County sheriff’s office said. Lielle Kaplan’s death was ruled...
Williamson County joins federal program to help ICE with inmate checks

Williamson County joins federal program to help ICE with inmate checks

To speed up checks on criminal defendants suspected of being in the country illegally, the Williamson County sheriff’s office has entered into an agreement with federal authorities to train some of its officers to enforce immigration laws. Williamson County is among seven Texas counties to recently get approval for a growing program, known as 287(g), that gives local law enforcement the authority...
Iowa sisters reunited days before one dies in school bus fire

Iowa sisters reunited days before one dies in school bus fire

For the second time in her life, Paige Hough had to say goodbye to her sister. This time, it was permanent. Hough was separated from her sister 10 years ago when her family put 6-year-old Megan Klindt up for adoption. Days after the sisters reconnected this month, Megan was killed when an Iowa school bus caught fire after rolling into a ditch on Tuesday. She was 16. The driver of the bus, 74-year-old...
Pit bull pup debuts as police dog in Kansas

Pit bull pup debuts as police dog in Kansas

A police department in Kansas has employed the state’s first pit bull police dog, The Wichita Eagle reported. The Stafford Police Department added Kano, a 55-pound red nose pit bull that has one blue eye and one brown eye. The puppy was named after a character from the game “Mortal Kombat” because of his unique eye color and patches, the Stafford Police Department wrote in a ...
Texas man gets 52-year sentence for beheading wife

Texas man gets 52-year sentence for beheading wife

A Texas man was sentenced to 52 years in prison Friday in the decapitation death of his wife, the Waco Herald-Tribune reported. Davie Dauzat, 24, pleaded guilty to murder in Waco’s 54th State District Court. In August, a judge rejected a proposed plea agreement that would have given Dauzat a 50-year sentence for killing his wife, Natasha Dauzat, 21, on Aug. 25, 2016. Authorities said...
Georgia student discovers birth brother attended same college, had same major

Georgia student discovers birth brother attended same college, had same major

The slogan for purchasing a DNA test kit on the genealogy website Ancestry.com is "Open a world of possibilities." >> Read more trending newsFor a Georgia college junior, a DNA test earlier this week opened up his family history and helped him connect to a long-lost sibling and his birth parents.Kieron Christian Graham, 20, is majoring in political science at Kennesaw State University...
Precious photos show Santa visiting infants at Ohio hospital

Precious photos show Santa visiting infants at Ohio hospital

Santa Claus made a special trip to an Ohio hospital to spread Christmas love to babies in the newborn intensive care unit. At Akron Children’s Hospital, 66 families received a special visit from St. Nick, who held the infants and chatted with the babies’ older siblings, WJW reported. The hospital posted some of the photographs on its Facebook page.  The touching photos were...
Watch: Coyote attacks dog in suburban Chicago yard

Watch: Coyote attacks dog in suburban Chicago yard

An Illinois couple posted a scary video that showed their dog being attacked by a coyote. It happened very quickly in the Chicago suburb of Northfield, WGN reported. Boozer, a cairn terrier, was outside when a coyote rushed in and circled it. The coyote then attacked, biting the 14-pound dog’s head and dragging it around the back yard. The couple's home surveillance camera captured the...
California swimmer hospitalized after sea lion bites him on the arm

California swimmer hospitalized after sea lion bites him on the arm

A California man was hospitalized after being bitten on the arm by a sea lion in the waters off San Francisco, The Los Angeles Times reported. The attack occurred Thursday near Aquatic Park, San Francisco police said. The man had been swimming when the sea lion approached him. The man said he felt threatened and began splashing water at the animal, Officer Matthew Reiter said during a news conference...
Female Democrat pulls out of House race amid sexual misconduct accusations

Female Democrat pulls out of House race amid sexual misconduct accusations

Andrea Ramsey, a Kansas Democrat running for a House seat in 2018, has dropped out of the race amid sexual misconduct accusations, according to the Kansas City Star. The retired businesswoman — who was considered one of the Democratic Party’s brightest political prospects — was hoping to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas’ 3rd District in the 2018 midterm...
Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged in connection to his murder

Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged in connection to his murder

The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California and charged with first-degree murder Friday night. Sherra Wright-Robinson was arrested in her Riverside, California, home Friday. Jail records show she was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside at 9:28 p.m. PT. No charges are listed. Wright-Robinson was indicted and arrested for conspiracy, criminal...
Grandmother, granddaughter graduate together from college

Grandmother, granddaughter graduate together from college

For the first time in its 150-year history, Chicago State University awarded diplomas to a grandmother and granddaughter during the same ceremony, WLS reported. Belinda Berry, 62, and Karea Berry, 25, both walked across the stage at the Jones Convocation Center on Thursday to accept their diplomas.  Grandma graduated at the top of her class with a 3.8 grade-point average in business. Her...
Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home

Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CTV reported Saturday. The Toronto Police Service is investigating the deaths as "suspicious." During a news conference Friday, Constable David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies. Hopkinson said police, fire units and ambulance responded to a "medical complaint"...
Taco Bell to add self-serve ordering kiosks

Taco Bell to add self-serve ordering kiosks

Taco Bell is ready to give its customers more access in 2018. The fast-food chain will be increasing its digital presence and will add self-serve ordering kiosks, The Orange County Register reported. Taco Bell, which operates more than 6,700 restaurants, said it has reached an agreement with its franchisees to fund new services that provide customers and employees with “frictionless digital...
Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Ryan Lochte’s son and fiancee are clearly the lights of his life, and a new photo of his bouncing baby boy is proving that. Lochte, 33, regularly gushes about his 6-month-old son Caiden Zane and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid on his Instagram page. The highly decorated Olympic swimmer said he’s grateful for a fresh start after landing in hot water for his drunken behavior at the Rio Olympics...
How to decide when home remedies are better than antibiotics

How to decide when home remedies are better than antibiotics

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics. “If your child has an ear infection, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers in place of antibiotics,&rdquo...
Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Every year around holiday time, there’s an influx of articles about how to stick to your healthy eating goals and resist temptation. You may read about how to say no to second helpings, stop gobbling up fat-laden appetizers or alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water to combat calories. That advice is practical, but it focuses too much on what not to do. It could end up making you feel...
Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple’s trying out something entirely new: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies, this is the first time that it’s actually...
Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

ST. LOUIS — Half-reclined and wrapped in a shawl, Lauren Underhill spins a sprig of red-blossomed pineapple sage with her left thumb and index finger. Under the shawl, a catheter tube connects to a vein infusing her bloodstream with a cocktail of anti-cancer drugs. Underhill, who has stage 4 colon cancer, spends up to five hours at the Siteman Cancer Center south of St. Louis during such appointments...
Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

The internet is great place to shop for plane tickets, laundry detergent, artisan jewelry and pretty much anything else you might ever want to buy. But a new report says there’s one big exception — health care. If you expect the World Wide Web to help you figure out how much you’ll need to pay to get your hip replaced, a painful joint isn’t your only problem. And if you think...
Billionaire’s son sues ex-fiancée to get $250,000 engagement ring back

Billionaire’s son sues ex-fiancée to get $250,000 engagement ring back

Billionaire Bill Koch’s son Wyatt is no longer engaged, and he wants the quarter-million dollar ring back from his ex-fiancee. >> Read more trending news  Lawyers filed a civil lawsuit on Wyatt Koch’s behalf Tuesday to attempt to force Ivie Gabrielle Slocumb to return the expensive piece of jewelry. “The ring is wrongfully detained by (Slocumb),” the lawsuit...
With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

With in-depth report, Austin mulls pros, cons of 8 sites for MLS use

The Austin City Council postponed action regarding the potential future home of a Major League Soccer club this week, but there is plenty to discuss after eight publicly owned sites were unveiled as possibilities earlier this week. The city released a detailed report Thursday, providing more information about the sites identified as having the potential to be home to a stadium or practice facility...
Billie Lourd shares photo of mom Carrie Fisher, honoring ‘Star Wars, her last movie

Billie Lourd shares photo of mom Carrie Fisher, honoring ‘Star Wars, her last movie

Billie Lourd is remembering her late mother, Carrie Fisher, in a touching Instagram post. >> Read more trending news  The touching photo Lourd shared Friday shows the pair clinging to each other on the red carpet of a recent movie premiere. The mother and daughter starred in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” back in 2015, and now Fisher’s last movie, “Star Wars: The...
6 reasons why you're not losing weight – even though you're trying

6 reasons why you're not losing weight – even though you're trying

How many friends or colleagues have said to you they're trying to lose weight in the past week? Or perhaps you're that friend or co-worker. We often tell others – and ourselves – that we're aiming to shed a few pounds, but we don't see the results we'd like. If this describes you, you're certainly not alone. The latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Two-vehicle crash causing delays in North Lamar and Yager Lane

TRAFFIC ALERT: Two-vehicle crash causing delays in North Lamar and Yager Lane

A crash involving two vehicles that slammed into a pole in North Austin pinned one man in a car Friday afternoon, officials said.  Authorities are cautioning motorists to expect major delays in the area near North Lamar Boulevard and West Yager Lane, where the crash happened shortly after 1 p.m. Medics rushed to to the collision, extracted the man and took him to Dell Seton Medical Center...
5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

5 tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us – and is especially handy during the holidays – but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirate. They count on our being lax but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall ...
Can you guess the Texas state park based on its Christmas ornament?

Can you guess the Texas state park based on its Christmas ornament?

If you’re into Christmas, and you’re into Texas, and you’re into the state parks that call Texas home, then Texas Parks and Wildlife has just the ornaments for you. As it has since 2002, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is selling park-themed collectible Christmas ornaments.  This year’s ornaments feature three different state parks: Garner State Park, Lake...
5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

Made for watching by the roaring fire, cocoa in hand, slippers on feet, the delightful, wintry scenes of Hallmark Channel holiday movies are not typically fit for Southern settings. It only makes sense: how are you going to have the Christmas Festival of Ice and similar “Winter Wonderland” themes set in Charlotte, or Atlanta or Rocky Top, Tennessee? What's surprising is that...
Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Walmart

Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Walmart

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift. For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported.  According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor...
Florida man stranded on lake fountain after stolen swan boat drifts away

Florida man stranded on lake fountain after stolen swan boat drifts away

Firefighters rescued a Florida man early Friday who was stranded on Lake Eola’s  iconic Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain after the swan-shaped paddle boat he allegedly stole drifted away, the Orlando Police Department said. Police said they were dispatched to an unknown trouble call shortly after 3:45 a.m. when a person at the Post Parkside apartments reported that a man who was standing...
US Marine helicopter window falls from sky, injures child

US Marine helicopter window falls from sky, injures child

A 20-pound window of a US Marine Corps helicopter fell off in mid-flight onto a school playing field Tuesday, slightly injuring a child on the Japanese island of Okinawa, CNN reported.  US Forces Japan said in a statement that the window of a CH-53 transport helicopter fell onto a sports field at an elementary school outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. "We take this report extremely...
In 1998, ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Disney would buy Fox

In 1998, ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Disney would buy Fox

Doh! Another prediction comes true on the long-running “The Simpsons” animated sitcom. In 1998, the sitcom predicted that The Walt Disney Company would buy 21st Century Fox. In other episodes, the show also has forecasted the presidency of Donald Trump and a Super Bowl halftime show featuring Lady Gaga. NBC News reported.  Here’s a rundown: This prediction came...
Family awarded $48 million in lawsuit over child's torture death

Family awarded $48 million in lawsuit over child's torture death

A jury awarded $48 million to the family of an 8-year-old girl who was tortured and killed in 2013 in a negligence lawsuit filed against the doctor who treated her, The Chicago Tribune reported. Jurors deliberated for two hours Wednesday before finding that child-abuse pediatrician Norell Rosado was medically negligent in his treatment of Gizzell Ford, the Tribune reported. Rosado treated...
Police use Taser on Florida middle school student

Police use Taser on Florida middle school student

A school resource officer in Florida used a Taser on a middle school student while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, The Tampa Bay Times reported. The fight occurred after school in the bus circle at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, the Pinellas Park Police Department said. The officer tried to break up the fight but one of the students ignored him...
Uber driver charged in rape of 16-year-old girl

Uber driver charged in rape of 16-year-old girl

An Uber driver in Georgia was arrested Thursday after a 16-year-old girl said she was raped in suburban Atlanta, police said. Abdoulie Jagne, 58, of College Park, was identified as the man police said allegedly raped a girl in the Gwinnett County city of Norcross, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.  Uber officials said Jagne had been with the company for a couple of months...
Firefighter dies battling California blaze

Firefighter dies battling California blaze

A California firefighter died Thursday while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, KSWB reported. Cory Iverson, 32, of Escondido died near Fillmore while helping to battle the 10-day-old fire, which has burned more than 249,500 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures. Iverson had been with the Cal Fire department since 2009. He was the father of a 2-year-old daughter and his...
Eighth planet found orbiting distant star

Eighth planet found orbiting distant star

An eighth planet has been discovered orbiting a star 2,545 light-years from Earth, NASA announced Thursday. The star, called Kepler-90, is located in the Draco constellation. It is the first known star to have as many planets orbiting it as our solar system does, NASA said. NASA scientists had known about seven planets orbiting Kepler-90. The eighth planet -- dubbed Kepler-90i -- is a hot, rocky...
Watch: He’s going to Harvard, and Louisiana student’s reaction is priceless

Watch: He’s going to Harvard, and Louisiana student’s reaction is priceless

It has been quite a week for two Louisiana brothers. Both were accepted into big-name colleges, and separate videos of their reactions have gone viral. On Tuesday, 16-year-old Ayrton Little and his classmates at T.M. Landry College Preparatory waited as he opened his email to see if he had been accepted into Harvard University’s 2019-2020 class, WAFB reported. The junior’s reaction...
Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Pennsylvania Walmart

Anonymous donor pays $40,000 in layaway bills at Pennsylvania Walmart

“Santa B” has struck again, and more than 200 families received a wonderful Christmas gift. For the second straight year, an anonymous donor paid for all of the items on layaway for 200 families at a Pennsylvania Walmart, WJAC reported.  According to the staff of the Walmart store in Everett, “Santa B” paid more than $40,000 of layaway items. Last year, the same donor...
Police: Georgia shopper beaten, shot at in Kroger parking lot

Police: Georgia shopper beaten, shot at in Kroger parking lot

A shopper was robbed, beaten and shot at in the parking lot of a Georgia grocery store, police said. His assailants also told the man to “stop moving or (I’m going to have to) kill you,” according to the report. The incident happened about midnight Wednesday, which is one hour before closing time at the Kroger on Old National Highway, according to a new police report. The customer...
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused girls 

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler opens Janie’s House for abused girls 

The first thing you see when you walk into Janie’s House is a quote painted in script on the wall: “They say the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” >> Read more trending news  Those words from Mark Twain would resonate with anyone. But Steven Tyler turned them into a mission. On Nov. 1, the first-ever...
Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Actress Halle Berry ‘done with love’ after latest break-up

Halle Berry doesn’t need a man and she has the Instagram story to prove it. >> Read more trending news  On Wednesday, the actress reportedly shared a photo on her Instagram story of a rope shaped like a heart and the words “done with love” along with three flexing muscle emojis. The post comes just hours after US Weeklyreported that she had split from her music producer...
Tavis Smiley accuses PBS of ‘biased and sloppy’ investigation, denies any misconduct

Tavis Smiley accuses PBS of ‘biased and sloppy’ investigation, denies any misconduct

Former PBS host Tavis Smiley is fighting back against sexual misconduct allegations, accusing PBS of a conducting a “biased and sloppy” investigation.  >> Read more trending news  The network suspended the “Tavis Smiley” show on Wednesday after former staffers accused the interviewer of inappropriate behavior. According to Variety, the longtime...
Bullets aimed at officers' chests stopped by vests

Bullets aimed at officers' chests stopped by vests

A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the...
Here’s why the Drag is looking a little more colorful...

Here’s why the Drag is looking a little more colorful...

One of the University of Texas at Austin’s busiest crosswalks is looking a little more colorful as of Wednesday. Capital Metro tweeted early Wednesday morning that Guadalupe Street in front of the University Co-Op would be repainted. What they did not mention is that it wouldn’t be painted white... According to American-Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera, UT Design graduate student...
Bullets aimed at officers' chests stopped by vests, officials say

Bullets aimed at officers' chests stopped by vests, officials say

A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the...
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