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India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence

NEW DELHI (AP) — If China has panda diplomacy, India has yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day in his first year in power in 2014. Since then, just as China under Pres...

 

Cyclone Fani hits India's east coast; 1.2 million evacuated

NEW DELHI (AP) — Cyclone Fani made landfall on India's eastern coast on Friday as a grade 5 storm, lashing beaches with rain and wind gusting up to 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour. The India Meteorological Department said the "extremely...

 

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister...

 

India signs $5 billion deal for Russian air defense systems

NEW DELHI (AP) — India signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems on Friday despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors. The deal was signed in New...

 

Texas chemical plant, CEO indicted for 'reckless' release

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The North American subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer and two senior staff members were indicted Friday in connection with last year's explosion at the Crosby, Texas, plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Arkema...

 
 By EMILY SCHMALL    Regional    May 18, 2018

Cases against bikers struggle 3 years after Waco shootout

WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors who have failed to convict a single person in the three years since a Waco shooting left nine bikers dead are trying a new tack of targeting fewer cases, but attorneys for the bikers say the evidence is so...

 
 By EMILY SCHMALL    Regional    May 10, 2018

1st murder charges filed in 2015 biker shooting in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting that involved police and members of another biker club outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas. The...

 

US pecan growers seek to break out of the pie shell

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The humble pecan is being rebranded as more than just pie. Pecan growers and suppliers are hoping to sell U.S. consumers on the virtues of North America's only native nut as a hedge against a potential trade war with...

 

Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators. One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm, while w...

 

'That's how she's wired': Pilot lauded for handling crisis

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she...

 

Texas tycoon T. Boone Pickens shutters energy hedge fund

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, who is recovering from a series of strokes and a fall last year, said Friday that he is closing his Dallas energy-focused hedge fund after what he described as "one hell of a roller coaster ride...

 

Project Veritas head mocks Washington Post handling of hoax

DALLAS (AP) — The founder of a conservative nonprofit caught attempting to entice The Washington Post to report a false sex assault allegation against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore mocked the newspaper's handling of the hoax and...

 

Texas woman accused of mailing bombs to Obama, Abbott

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A woman accused of mailing potentially deadly homemade bombs to then-President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016 was arrested, in part, due to cat hair, a cigarette box and an almost-destroyed shipping label...

 

Hundreds line up for Texas church shooting family funeral

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of mourners lined up to enter a funeral service Wednesday for eight members of a family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church. At least seven hearses could be seen outside an even...

 

Thousands mourn 8 family members killed in Texas church

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Three thousand people mourned eight members of a family who were among the more than two dozen killed in a shooting at a small Texas church Wednesday before the funeral procession headed to a cemetery near the site...

 

Texas church shooting victims honored, funeral held

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Two white hearses carrying the bodies of a couple killed in last weekend's Texas church shooting were followed by a long procession of vehicles Saturday evening that avoided passing the church where more than two...

 

Pastor: Texas church that was attacked will be demolished

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished, the pastor said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention earlier...

 

'So many babies in there': church shooting claims 8 children

LA VERNIA, Texas (AP) — By the time Paul Brunner rolled up in his ambulance to the worst mass shooting in Texas history, the First Baptist Church was a chaotic triage scene. Parents cried and kids screamed, and nearly all the victims appeared to...

 

Authorities review video of small-town Texas church attack

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Authorities have reviewed video from inside the small-town Texas church where a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including footage that shows the assailant shooting victims in the head during Sunday...

 

Documents: Police did little to stop Waco biker showdown

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement officers prepared for war in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015. In parking lots surrounding the Twin Peaks restaurant just off Interstate 35, 16 police officers, including a SWAT team of 11, were poised with assa...

 

Lawsuits claim Texas loopholes allow illegal air emissions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An environmental group is attempting to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten Texas air pollution control permits that it says have loopholes that allow for illegal emissions, according to five federal...

 

School sex complaints to federal agency rise _ and languish

HOUSTON (AP) — Hector and Itza Ayala sat in a conference room at Houston's prestigious performing arts high school, clutching a document they hoped would force administrators to investigate their 15-year-old daughter's claim of a classroom sex...

 

School sex complaints to federal agency rise _ and languish

HOUSTON (AP) — Hector and Itza Ayala sat in a conference room at Houston's prestigious high school for the performing arts, clutching a document they hoped would force administrators to investigate their 15-year-old daughter's claim of a classroom...

 

Student sex assault reports, state by state

Unlike colleges and universities, there are no national requirements for U.S. elementary and secondary schools to track student sexual assaults. But 32 states and the District of Columbia do maintain information, though it is inconsistent and...

 

A closer look at littlest victims of schoolhouse assaults

The children were confused, scared and hurt. In their own words, they did their best to convey what other students had done to them in the school restroom, the gym and the bus. What their families learned left them shaken and set up an unexpected,...

 

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