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Woman Charged With Sending Ricin Letter to Trump to Remain in US Custody

A U.S. federal judge on Monday ordered the continued detainment of a Candian-French woman arrested earlier this month on suspicion of mailing ricin-filled letters to President Donald Trump and six people in Texas. H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr., a magistrate judge in Buffalo, New York, said…

Taking You There: ‘Stepped Rocks With Water’

After 29 years in the FBI, I investigate privately, including cases of recovering stolen art. That puts me on email lists for major auction houses. Occasionally, I bid and am fortunate to add a piece to my own collection. One painting from last year was…

Russia suspected in crippling US election hack

By Jack Gillum, Jessica Huseman, Jeff Kao and Derek Willis This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. Last week, voters and election administrators who emailed Leanne Jackson, the clerk of rural Hamilton County in central Texas, received bureaucratic-looking replies. “Re: official…

Federal Judge Blocks Elimination of One-Punch Voting in Texas

A federal judge in Texas blocked the state from enforcing a law that eliminated the ability of voters to choose one party’s entire slate of candidates, known as straight-ticket or one-punch voting. U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo said in a memorandum and order (pdf)…

Texas Election Fraud Raises Mail-In Concerns

The Texas attorney general on Thursday announced over 100 felony charges against four people allegedly engaging in election fraud. Some of the charges were for illegal actions involving voting by mail. This is the latest in the controversies posed by expanded mail-in voting ahead of…

Democrat Primary: Arrests Made in Illegal Ballot Harvesting Scheme

Texas law enforcement officials arrested four individuals Thursday for their alleged involvement in an illegal ballot harvesting scheme in the state’s 2018 Democrat primary election. Among those apprehended and facing some of the 134 felony voter fraud charges was the Democrat who claimed the primary…

Texas Governor Proposes Harsher Penalties for Rioters

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday unveiled a slate of legislative proposals that would up penalties for being involved in or helping financially aid riots, including an automatic jail sentence of at least six months for those who strike law enforcement officers. “Today, we are…

Jesus Christ Statue in Texas Cathedral Destroyed, Suspect Arrested

A 90-year-old Jesus Christ statue in St. Patrick Cathedral’s in El Paso was destroyed during vandalism in a Texas church, said officials. Isaiah Cantrell, 30, of El Paso, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana, as reported by the El Paso…

What the Supreme Court Fight Means for the Senate Majority

The struggle over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court could help propel Democrats to the brink of a Senate majority in November’s election. But whether it lifts them over that threshold could turn on the terms of the confirmation fight. Given the nature…

Man Wanted in Slaying Pregnant Girlfriend as Her Son Slept: Police

Officials in Texas are searching for a suspect wanted in the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend over the weekend, according to the Houston Police Department. An 8-year-old boy walked into his apartment in Houston over the weekend and saw his mother, Ashley Garcia, severely beaten. …

The Election Is Already Under Way in America’s Courts

Although the election is not technically until November 3, election season is already well under way—most significantly in the dozens of election-litigation cases that are determining how people can vote, whether they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted. In the many cases…

Tropical Storm Beta Forecast to Make Landfall Late Monday

HOUSTON—Parts of Texas and Louisiana braced Monday for flooding and damaging storm surge as Tropical Storm Beta slowly worked its way into a part of the country that’s already been drenched and battered during this year’s exceptionally busy hurricane season. The storm was no longer…

The Core Lesson of the COVID-19 Heart Debate

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. Last Monday, when I called the cardiologist Amy Kontorovich in the late morning, she apologized for sounding tired. “I’ve been in my lab infecting heart cells…

4 People Killed in Single-Engine Airplane Crash in Texas: Officials

Four people from Louisiana died after their single-engine plane crashed in Texas while they tried to make an emergency landing, said officials on Sunday. The crash took place in a field near Hilltop Lakes. The Texas Department of Public Safety told The Eagle newspaper that…

AMBER Alert Issued for Missing 1-Month-Old in Texas

An AMBER Alert was issued for a 1-month-old baby in Texas and was last seen on Sept. 18 in Wells, Texas, officials said. A person of interest and a truck was located in the disappearance of the child, Armaidre Antwan Marquie Argumon, said the Wells…

Pregnant Teen Who ‘Wanted a Baby so Bad’ Killed by Boyfriend: Police

A pregnant Texas teen is dead, and authorities said that her boyfriend killed her. The incident happened earlier this month at Executive Inn on Highway 16 in Graham, Texas, said officials. The victim was identified as pregnant 19-year-old Klowie Moore. “It’s a lot, it’s devastating,…

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