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Ex-con gets 70-year sentence for rape, robbery

|Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014

An ex-convict has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for beating and raping a North Texas woman last year before stealing her car.

Rate hikes not challenged by Texas commissioner

|Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014

The Texas insurance commissioner has allowed the three largest home insurers to impose significant rate hikes on many policyholders despite the objections of a state consumer advocate.

Texas woman sentenced in school embezzlement case

|Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014

The former business manager of a Central Texas school district has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from the district.

More than 100 animals seized from Texas property

|Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

The Galveston County Sheriff's office and the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have seized more than 100 animals from a residence in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

Man drowns in Devil's Punchbowl east of Aspen

|Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Authorities are investigating a drowning at a popular swimming hole east of Aspen.

Man sentenced for kidnapping North Texas girl

|Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

A 27-year-old Ohio man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl from North Texas.

Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'gigafactory' FAQs

| |Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected to open in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.

Correction: Sept 11-Survivor Trees story

|Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

In a story Sept. 12 about seedlings from a tree at the World Trade Center, The Associated Press misspelled the word for a tree that survived the World Trade Center attacks. It is a callery pear tree, not a celery pear tree.

Vikings' Adrian Peterson accused of child abuse

| |Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Authorities in Texas issued an arrest warrant Friday for star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted on a charge of child abuse for using a branch to spank his son. He was swiftly benched by his team for this weekend's game against New England.

Texas police find body of child

|Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Texas authorities say they've recovered the body of a small child in Austin and believe it's the remains of a missing 2-year-old boy.