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Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises.

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.

Man charged in hot-car death of granddaughter

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

North Texas police say they've charged a man in the death of his granddaughter for leaving the child in a hot vehicle for eight hours after forgetting to take her to day care.

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.

Texas needs extra year for new teacher evaluations

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Texas will need an extra year to unveil a new teacher evaluation system that's required as the state seeks relief from some curriculum standards mandated by No Child Left Behind.

Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.

$25M goal for special license plates met early

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

A Texas state department says a company hired to make specialty license plates has hit its required $25 million revenue goal a few months early.

Texan claimed bingo cash paid for assault rifles

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

A South Texas woman who says she used bingo winnings to buy five assault rifles has been convicted of lying on the purchase records.

Old South Texas bottling plant may get new look

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

When he was 6 years old, Wayne Adickes pressed his nose against the glass window to look into the Cuero Coca-Cola bottling plant.