Author: Associated Press

Blue Bell pleads in ice cream listeria case; ex-CEO charged

AUSTIN (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Texas ice cream company has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated goods and its former CEO has been charged with conspiracy and attempted wire fraud in connection to a 2015 listeria outbreak that left…

Police kill gunman who hijacked a bus

ROWLETT, Texas (AP) - An official says a passenger opened fire on a Dallas-area public bus before hijacking it and leading officers on a chase that ended in a shootout in which he was killed and two officers were wounded.…

Weinstein sentenced to 23 years for sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) - Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. It's a sight the Hollywood mogul's multitude of accusers thought they would never see. Weinstein was convicted last month of raping a…

Netflix cancels SXSW screenings, events amid virus concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Netflix is canceling its South by Southwest screenings and events amid concerns about the outbreak of the new coronavirus. A company spokesperson says Wednesday that the streamer is pulling out of the annual Austin-based festival, which…

Man gets jail for video of himself licking ice cream tub

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - A 24-year-old man has drawn a 30-day jail term for posting on social media a video of himself removing an ice cream container from a Texas market freezer, licking the contents and returning the container…

Houston officials confirm first 2 cases of Coronavirus

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston officials say they've confirmed the first two cases of novel Coronavirus in the nation's third-largest county. The announcement Thursday came one day after a man in the nearby suburb of Fort Bend County became the first…

Warren ends 2020 presidential bid after Super Tuesday rout

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elizabeth Warren has ended her Democratic presidential bid after a disappointing finish in Super Tuesday states. That's according to a person familiar with her plans. The Massachusetts senator hasn't endorsed Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden. Warren's campaign…

High-profile companies pull out of SXSW amid virus outbreak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A rising number of high-profile companies and speakers have withdrawn from the South by Southwest music and arts festival amid mounting concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. Social media behemoth Facebook, tech news outlet…

Long lines frustrate Houston voters in black neighborhoods

HOUSTON (AP) - Hourslong lines frustrated voters in Houston as they tried to cast ballots in Texas' Democratic primary. Ahmed King said he went to four usual polling places in his predominantly African-American neighborhood before voting 15 miles (24 kilometers)…

'Judge Judy' will end 25-year run, but star sticking around

NEW YORK (AP) - ‘Judge Judy’ Sheindlin says she will stop making new episodes next year of the courtroom show that made her a star. But she's hardly disappearing. The tough-talking, 77-year-old former Manhattan family court judge says she's starting…

Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died

NEW YORK (AP) - The Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste” has died. Larry Tesler was 74. He made using computers easier for generations as a proponent of what he called…

Texas plans to close 2 state prisons amid population decline

DALLAS (AP) - Texas will close two of its more than 100 state prisons amid a yearslong decline in the incarcerated population and serious understaffing at some facilities. State Sen. John Whitmire on Thursday announced the planned closure of a…

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest man, said in an Instagram post Monday that he'll start giving grants…

Pier 1 files for bankruptcy protection amid online challenge

Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. is filing for bankruptcy protection. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has recently struggled with increased competition from online retailers such as Wayfair. Pier 1 said Monday it will…

Spokesman: Texas refinery fire under control, no injuries

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A city spokesman says a fire at a Citgo refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, is under control and air-quality monitoring suggests it is safe for residents to leave their homes. City spokesman Dale Stephán…

South Texas shrine to Don Pedrito Jaramillois vandalized

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) - Authorities are searching for vandals who damaged a south Texas shrine to faith healer Don Pedrito Jaramillo. Brooks County Sheriff Urbino “Benny” Martinez says the damage to the shrine to Don Pedrito Jaramillo in Falfurrias was…

1 dead, 3 hurt after motorcycle gang shootout at Texas bar

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - One person has been killed and three others injured following a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs at a bar in Midland Texas. The Midland Police Department says officers were called to Your Place bar at 8:26…

Baylor to suspend 14 baseball players after hazing incident

WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor University will suspend 14 baseball players during the upcoming season due to a hazing incident from last year, school officials announced Friday. The incident happened in February 2019 and officials said they became aware of…

Texas lawmakers are drafting a hair discrimination bill

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Legislative Black Caucus announced it's working on a bill that would ban discrimination based on hair textures and styles commonly associated with race following the suspension of a black high school student near Houston. The…