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Police kill gunman who opened fire on U.S. courthouse

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Police identify the shooter as 22-year-old Brian Clyde, who caused no deaths or injuries when he began firing at the courthouse entrance from a sidewalk

DALLAS COURTHOUSE SHOOTING. A general view of the Earle Cabell Federal Building on June 17, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. white supremacist convicted of lynching black man to be executed

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:28 PM

John William King, one of 3 men convicted of the June 1998 killing of James Byrd, is to die by lethal injection at the Huntsville penitentiary.

Fil-Am Clark, Virginia topple Texas Tech to claim US-NCAA title

Apr 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Virginia claims the NCAA crown one year after becoming the first No. 1 seeded team to be knocked out of the competition

CHAMPION. Filipino-American Kihei Clark plays point guard in the University of Virginia's NCAA champion squad. Photo from Kihei Clark's Instagram

Forget chocolate, how about a cockroach for Valentine's?

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

How does naming a cockroach after your ex and feeding it to a meerkat sound?

U.S. bishops release names of 300 Texas clergy accused of abuse

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Bishops of Texas release the names of about 300 Catholic clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse dating back 70 years

US CLERGY. The Archdiocese of Chicago is seen following a press conference by advocates for clergy abuse victims. Photo by  Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Apple unveils plan for $1 billion campus in Texas, U.S. expansion

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) The new campus – for engineering and other functions, but not manufacturing – will be near Apple's existing facility in Austin and initially accommodate 5,000 new employees, with room to grow to 15,000

A NEW APPLE CAMPUS. A reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Member of 'Texas Seven' executed 18 years after police murder

Dec 05, 2018 - 7:51 PM

With the execution of Joseph Garcia, only two remain in death row of the group known in infamy as the 'Texas Seven' for killing a police officer during a 2000 crime spree

TEXAS SEVEN. Texas planned to execute a man Tuesday who, along with 6 others known as the "Texas Seven," killed a police officer during a 2000 crime spree before being arrested thanks in part to the television program "America's Most Wanted." Texas Department of Criminal Justice/AFP Photo

Ted Cruz reelected to Senate in Texas in win for Republicans

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Ted Cruz overcomes major deficits in fundraising to ultimately defeat his charismatic rival Beto O'Rourke, whose campaign electrified Democrats across the country

WIN FOR REPUBLICANS. In this file photo, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Get Out The Vote Bus Tour rally at the Redneck Country Club on November 5, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Races to watch in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Here is a look at some of the most interesting contests

SENATE RACE. Incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz is facing Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke. Photos from Shutterstock

Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

Sep 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Cody Wilson – who advocates 3D-printed weapons – is currently in Taiwan according to the island's authorities. He is wanted in the US for having sex with a 16-year-old, according to police.

CODY WILSON. In this file photo Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator", in his factory in Austin, Texas on August 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly West/AFP

US police woman held for shooting black man in wrong apartment

Sep 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The victim, an African-American, is identified as Botham Shem Jean, 26, an immigrant from the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia

U.S. cop walks into apartment she thought was hers, kills man

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Dallas police still do not know what interaction occurred between the Texas police officer and victim Botham Shem Jean

Texan begins selling 3D-printed gun plans despite judge's order

Aug 29, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Seattle-based US District Judge Robert Lasnik says in his Monday ruling that free speech rights were 'dwarfed' by the harm Cody Wilson's actions could cause

3D-PRINTED GUNS. In this file photo taken on July 11, 2013, software engineer Travis Lerol takes aim with an unloaded Liberator handgun in the backyard of his home in Hanover, Maryland. File photo by Robert Macpherson/AFP

Wanted: Filipino priest accused of sex abuse in U.S.

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Suspended Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes, who also admitted to financial irregularities, is believed to have fled to the Philippines

WANTED. Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes is accused of sexual abuse in the United States. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas

Tanauan-PH claims 2018 Senior League Softball World Series tiara

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Royevel Palma stars for Tanauan Little League after striking out 15 and allowing only two hits and zero runs in 7 innings

CHAMPS. Tanauan Little League becomes the first team from the Asia-Pacific region to win a Senior League World Series title. Photo from littleleague.org

U.S. police capture suspected serial killer in Texas

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Police is Houston, Texas say Jose Gilberto Rodriguez is suspected to have killed at least 3 people in 7 days

MUG SHOT. This booking image obtained July 17, 2018 courtesy of the Houston Police Department shows suspect Jose Gilberto Rodriguez. Photo by Houston Police Department/AFP

Some U.S. migrant children shelters accused of violations – report

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The new report cites government and other reports for accusations of physical and sexual abuse, and violations of standards for children's safety and care. The alleged breaches occur at privately-run shelters where migrant children receive long-term housing.

TENT ENCAMPMENT. Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Texas family sues U.S. government after mass shooting

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:55 AM

A lawsuit has been filed by Joe and Claryce Holcombe, who are in their mid-80s and lost their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the Texas church shooting

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS. Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting

May 23, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Sabika Sheikh is among the 10 people gunned down at a high school in Santa Fe when a heavily armed student opened fire on classmates

BURIAL. Relatives carry the flag-draped coffin of slain Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, who was killed during a school shooting in Texas, following her body's arrival from the US at her home in Karachi on May 23, 2018. Photo by Imran Ali/AFP

Texas school gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say

May 22, 2018 - 8:56 AM

'I think that there is definitely something going on in terms of mental health history,' says lawyer Nicholas Poehl

REMEMBER. Greg Zanis lines up crosses he built in front of Santa Fe High School on May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. The crosses are a memorial to the victims of last Friday's shooting when 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered the school with a shotgun and a pistol and opened fire, killing 10 people. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Texas Muslims mourn slain Pakistani exchange student

May 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Among the mourners is the Sabika Sheikh's first cousin who lives in the United States. She says Sheikh's relatives are completely devastated.

FUNERAL PRAYERS. A host family member of Sabika Sheikh wipes away a tear while speaking at her funeral prayer service at the Brand Lane Islamic Center on May 20, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Texas school shooting: What we know

May 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, bursts into a classroom and opened fire at Santa Fe High School, as the school day was beginning around 8:00 am

VIGIL. Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

10 dead in Texas school shooting, student arrested

May 19, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The gunman, arrested on murder charges, is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High School

SHOOTING. This undated combination of two selfie photos available on social networks May 18, 2018 shows 17 yr old Santa Fe shooting suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis. OFF/SOCIAL NETWORKS/AFP

At least 8 dead in Texas high school shooting

May 18, 2018 - 10:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The shooting incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles southeast of Houston

Texas bomb suspect blows himself up, leaves confession

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say that on the phone recording, Mark Conditt 'does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate'

PACKAGE BOMBINGS. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley briefs reporters during a press conference on March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. File photo by Suzzane Cordeiro/AFP

6th reported explosion in Texas unrelated to bombings – authorities

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The Austin police department says the explosion was caused by 'an incendiary device,' not a package bomb

Fifth package blast reported in Texas

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the explosion was connected to 3 previous bombings in Austin and the bomber used a tripwire in the latest attack, showing a higher level of skill.

PACKAGE BOMBINGS. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley briefs reporters during a press conference on March 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Photo by Suzzane Cordeiro/AFP

Flood-ravaged Houston in love with World Series kings

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:13 PM

'We just wanted to show the city how much we love them and care about them'

UPLIFTING. The victory of the Houston Astros in this year's World Series is the light amidst the devastation in Houston. File photo by Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Hundreds attend Sunday service a week after Texas church shooting

Nov 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

A temporary memorial is also opened inside the church where the mass shooting took place

ROSES FOR THE VICTIMS. The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs is turned into a memorial to honor those who died on November 12, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Pence in Texas for prayer service as church shooting victims identified

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Among the victims identified are 8 children, officials say

IN MEMORIAM. Twenty-six crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 8, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Texas church shooter once escaped mental hospital

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says meanwhile that the bureau has recovered the phone belonging to the gunman, but has been unable to access the device so far

TRIBUTES. Brenda Woldridge (2L) and Meredith Cooper lay flowers at a memorial outside the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 7, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Pro-Duterte bloggers slam Roque, Lorenzana on China dredger, Texas attacker | Midday wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:21 PM

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Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:09 AM

(UPDATED) The US Air Force is investigating its failure to enter the Texas church shooter's domestic violence conviction – which legally barred him from buying or owning guns – into a national criminal database

PROBE. Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 7, 2017

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Hi! Here's a roundup of the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Family dispute suspected in Texas church shooting

Nov 07, 2017 - 6:41 AM

(UPDATED) Investigators are focusing on reports that the suspect had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who regularly attended the church but was not there during the assault

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS. Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Roque urges Sereno to quit, Lorenzana on Baco, Lacson on Ventura | Evening wRap

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:21 PM

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PH 'grieves' with U.S. after Texas mass shooting – DFA

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Secretary Cayetano: 'We are saddened by this unimaginable tragedy in San Antonio that took the lives of many innocent men, women, and children'

CRIME SCENE. Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images/AFP

Texas mass shooting leaves U.S. mourning, Trump says guns not to blame

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:42 PM

'This isn't a guns situation,' Trump insists, calling it 'a mental health problem at the highest level'

IN MOURNING. A candlelight vigil is observed on November 5, 2017, following the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead according to authorities. Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP

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Nov 06, 2017 - 12:58 PM

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Trump condemns 'horrific shooting' in Texas church

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Trump: 'This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of worship. Our hearts are broken.'

IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump addresses US and Japanese business leaders at the US Ambassador Bill Hagerty's (not pictured) official residence in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Gunman kills 26 at Texas church service

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:33 AM

(UPDATED) The worshippers are gunned down at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small rural community about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio

In this screen grab taken from a Facebook video released by user Jordan Steubing, Police and first responders block a road near a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017. Jordan Steubing/Facebook/AFP

Mission accomplished, Houston: Astros dedicate win to city

Nov 02, 2017 - 1:05 PM

The Houston Astros fulfill a promise. Ever since Hurricane Harvey deluged the Houston region in August, the Astros have been men on a mission.

JUBILATION. Houston Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane hoists the Commissioner's Trophy after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:55 AM

At the same time Houston s mayor says his city is now 95 dry and already open for business

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: A teddy bear is seen on top of water logged items set on a curb in front of a home as people start to rebuild after their homes were inundated with water after torrential rains caused widespread flooding during Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on September 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi on August 25, dumped around 50 inches of rain in and around areas of Houston and Southeast Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump visits evacuees at shelter in storm-battered Houston

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The sprawling Texas city was taking tentative steps back to normalcy after a week of flooding that damaged 40 000 to 50 000 homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing to emergency shelters

WITH THE KIDS. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump listen to children, victims of Hurricane Harvey, at NRG Center in Houston on September 2, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Some Texans head home, others still in peril

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:56 AM

UPDATED One week after the Category 4 storm lashed southeast Texas rescuers are still searching by air and by boat for people trapped in their flooded homes

GOING HOME. Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Photo by Emily Kask/AFP