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FBI confirms package in SE Austin FedEx is a bomb connected to previous explosions
 6:40 p.m. update: FBI officials have confirmed a suspicious package found Tuesday morning at a FedEx ground facility in Southeast Austin contained an explosive device, according to a news release.  Officials also confirmed that the package, as well as another one that exploded at a FedEx in Schertz early Tuesday, are connected to...

1:10 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

6:40 p.m. update: FBI officials have confirmed a suspicious package found Tuesday morning at a FedEx ground facility in Southeast Austin contained an explosive device, according to a news release.  Officials also confirmed that the package, as well as another one that exploded at a FedEx in Schertz early Tuesday, are connected to...
Fourth explosion this month injures two; this time in Southwest Austin
 An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city’s residents. Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard (Loop...

1:51 AM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

An explosion tore through a quiet Southwest Austin neighborhood Sunday night, sending two men to the hospital with serious injuries and heightening worries that a serial package bomber is targeting the city’s residents. Shortly before 9 p.m., an explosion rocked a neighborhood north of Southwest Parkway near the MoPac Boulevard (Loop...
Hundreds of shell casings, 15 empty magazines found at church
 6:20 p.m. update: Authorities found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty magazines at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after a shooter opened fire there, killing 26 people, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman, officials said at a news briefing Monday evening. According to Texas Department Public Safety regional director...

1:37 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

6:20 p.m. update: Authorities found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty magazines at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after a shooter opened fire there, killing 26 people, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman, officials said at a news briefing Monday evening. According to Texas Department Public Safety regional director...
We need your help, not your jokes
 Hey, rest of the world, now is not the time to trot out your jokes and stereotypes about Texas. That should go without needing to be said. Two publications on Thursday proved otherwise. Wading into classlessness as deep as Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters, French political satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and  American political website...

9:38 PM Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Hey, rest of the world, now is not the time to trot out your jokes and stereotypes about Texas. That should go without needing to be said. Two publications on Thursday proved otherwise. Wading into classlessness as deep as Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters, French political satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and American political website...
Rick Perry gives head-scratching explanation of ‘supply and demand’
 Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and current U.S. Energy secretary, toured a coal-fired power plant on Thursday to learn about the West Virginia energy industry. Then he proceeded to dig a hole of his own by offering a rather, um, simplified lesson in economics. “Here’s a little economics lesson: supply and demand. You...

7:56 PM Thursday, Jul. 06, 2017

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and current U.S. Energy secretary, toured a coal-fired power plant on Thursday to learn about the West Virginia energy industry. Then he proceeded to dig a hole of his own by offering a rather, um, simplified lesson in economics. “Here’s a little economics lesson: supply and demand. You...
Rick Perry's headscratching explanation of ‘supply and demand’
 Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and current U.S. energy secretary, toured a  coal-fired power plant on Thursday  to learn about the West Virginia energy industry. Then he proceeded to dig a hole of his own by offering a rather, um, simplified  lesson in economics. “Here’s a little economics lesson: supply and demand...

6:46 PM Thursday, Jul. 06, 2017

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and current U.S. energy secretary, toured a coal-fired power plant on Thursday  to learn about the West Virginia energy industry. Then he proceeded to dig a hole of his own by offering a rather, um, simplified lesson in economics. “Here’s a little economics lesson: supply and demand...
Texas Sen. John Cornyn blasts Hillary Clinton’s comments about losing to Trump
 U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas began his questioning of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday morning by blasting Hillary Clinton for her campaign-related comments a day earlier. In her first interview since the presidential election, Clinton on Tuesday had cited Comey’s October comments about the FBI’s investigation into...

3:59 PM Wednesday, May. 03, 2017

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas began his questioning of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday morning by blasting Hillary Clinton for her campaign-related comments a day earlier. In her first interview since the presidential election, Clinton on Tuesday had cited Comey’s October comments about the FBI’s investigation into...
McRaven on Trump’s bombing in Syria: ‘One strike does not make a strategy’
 University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven, better known to the rest of the world as the mastermind of the U.S. raid that took down Osama bin Laden, says he has great confidence in President Donald Trump’s military advisers to deal with the growing crisis over Syria but that “one strike does not make a strategy.&rdquo...

12:42 AM Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven, better known to the rest of the world as the mastermind of the U.S. raid that took down Osama bin Laden, says he has great confidence in President Donald Trump’s military advisers to deal with the growing crisis over Syria but that “one strike does not make a strategy.&rdquo...
They don’t call them the Red Raiders for nothing: What does Texas vs. Tech have to do with the Russia hearings?
 As if it weren’t surreal enough that the director of the FBI is testifying to Congress about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign, consider what happened when a West Texas congressman tried to use the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders to make a point during Monday’s high-profile hearing...

4:43 PM Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

As if it weren’t surreal enough that the director of the FBI is testifying to Congress about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign, consider what happened when a West Texas congressman tried to use the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders to make a point during Monday’s high-profile hearing...
Truck Wreck
A truck lies in a ditch off of U.S. 290 West near William Cannon Drive in Southwest Austin on Monday morning.

3:35 PM Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

A truck lies in a ditch off of U.S. 290 West near William Cannon Drive in Southwest Austin on Monday morning.
Welcome to the Longhorn family, Sergio Garcia
 Sergio Garcia played at the World Golf Championship Dell Match Play in March. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Longhorns picked up a big-time golf commitment Friday. Not a new recruit, but a new fiancé. Spanish golf pro Sergio Garcia, who turns 37 on Monday, and former Longhorn golfer Angela Akins announced their engagement via...

3:03 PM Saturday, Jan. 07, 2017

Sergio Garcia played at the World Golf Championship Dell Match Play in March. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The Longhorns picked up a big-time golf commitment Friday. Not a new recruit, but a new fiancé. Spanish golf pro Sergio Garcia, who turns 37 on Monday, and former Longhorn golfer Angela Akins announced their engagement via...
Live today from the Longhorn Network, it’s the greatest Longhorn of them all
 Bevo XV hangs out on his ranch during Longhorn Network’s “Bevo Home for the Holidays.” What else would a TV network devoted to the Longhorns do on Christmas morning than, well, devote seven uninterrupted, commercial-free and Christmas-themed hours to Bevo. Just as it did on Dec. 25, 2014, when Bevo XIV ruled the roost, the...

3:02 PM Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

Bevo XV hangs out on his ranch during Longhorn Network’s “Bevo Home for the Holidays.” What else would a TV network devoted to the Longhorns do on Christmas morning than, well, devote seven uninterrupted, commercial-free and Christmas-themed hours to Bevo. Just as it did on Dec. 25, 2014, when Bevo XIV ruled the roost, the...
Houston regent rips UT over Big 12 expansion, hiring Herman
 The chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents ripped the University of Texas on Tuesday for hiring away the Cougars’ football coach and for UT’s role in the Big 12’s decision to spurn Houston and other potential expansion partners. “It’s unfortunate the way that it all happened in the end. It...

4:12 AM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents ripped the University of Texas on Tuesday for hiring away the Cougars’ football coach and for UT’s role in the Big 12’s decision to spurn Houston and other potential expansion partners. “It’s unfortunate the way that it all happened in the end. It...
A Charlie Strong eulogy from Matthew McConaughey
 Matthew McConaughey — dressed down in a T-shirt, hat on backward and looking like he might be prepping for his next role as a Wise Man in a Christmas pageant — had a few off-the-cuff and wise words to say about Charlie Strong on Monday night when a Fox7 Austin reporter stopped him in downtown Austin.  This was the scene...

2:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Matthew McConaughey — dressed down in a T-shirt, hat on backward and looking like he might be prepping for his next role as a Wise Man in a Christmas pageant — had a few off-the-cuff and wise words to say about Charlie Strong on Monday night when a Fox7 Austin reporter stopped him in downtown Austin. This was the scene...
Finebaum: UT treatment of Strong is ‘shameful and disgraceful’
 ESPN college football commentator Paul Finebaum said Monday that the University of Texas isn’t treating Charlie Strong fairly as speculation swirls about the coach’s future in Austin. Citing a high-ranking university source, the American-Statesman reported Sunday that university officials have decided to fire Strong, despite...

5:32 PM Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

ESPN college football commentator Paul Finebaum said Monday that the University of Texas isn’t treating Charlie Strong fairly as speculation swirls about the coach’s future in Austin. Citing a high-ranking university source, the American-Statesman reported Sunday that university officials have decided to fire Strong, despite...
Rep. McCaul talks of impeaching Hillary Clinton
 U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin warned Wednesday that Hillary Clinton could be headed toward a Nixon-like impeachment showdown if elected president next week. “That’s something that I’ve been talking about that hasn’t been mentioned very much,” McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security...

9:43 PM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin warned Wednesday that Hillary Clinton could be headed toward a Nixon-like impeachment showdown if elected president next week. “That’s something that I’ve been talking about that hasn’t been mentioned very much,” McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security...
Kelso: Sooners couldn’t field a team without stealing from Texas
 I’m wearing a red shirt. You got a problem with that? John Kelso, humor columnist If you’re a Texan, you might. The thing that may gall University of Texas Longhorn fans the most about those innocent-looking citizens sitting across the way in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday wearing all that crimson attire? These Okies are...

5:29 PM Friday, Oct. 07, 2016

I’m wearing a red shirt. You got a problem with that? John Kelso, humor columnist If you’re a Texan, you might. The thing that may gall University of Texas Longhorn fans the most about those innocent-looking citizens sitting across the way in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday wearing all that crimson attire? These Okies are...
Kelso: Sooners couldn’t field a team if they didn’t steal from Texas

5:10 PM Friday, Oct. 07, 2016

I’m wearing a red shirt. You got a problem with that? Former Lake Travis standout Baker Mayfield, now a team captain at Oklahoma, throws a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) If you’re a Texan, you might...
Horns fall to No. 21 in AP poll, No. 24 in coaches poll
 Just hours after Texas’ late-night (OK, early morning) loss to Cal, Associated Press college football poll voters punished the Longhorns by dropping them from 11th to 21st in this week’s poll. The Longhorns (2-1) dropped eight spots, to 24th, in the coaches poll. Alabama retained the top spot in both polls, while Ohio State moved...

6:41 PM Sunday, Sep. 18, 2016

Just hours after Texas’ late-night (OK, early morning) loss to Cal, Associated Press college football poll voters punished the Longhorns by dropping them from 11th to 21st in this week’s poll. The Longhorns (2-1) dropped eight spots, to 24th, in the coaches poll. Alabama retained the top spot in both polls, while Ohio State moved...
2 Longhorns identified as victims of Rio robbery
 UT junior Jack Conger, seen competing in the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay heat 1 on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was identified as one of four armed robbery victims. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) Two Olympic swimmers with University of Texas ties have been identified as victims of a Saturday night gunpoint robbery...

1:46 PM Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016

UT junior Jack Conger, seen competing in the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay heat 1 on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was identified as one of four armed robbery victims. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) Two Olympic swimmers with University of Texas ties have been identified as victims of a Saturday night gunpoint robbery...
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