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Texas floods 'kill at least five'

Washington - Flooding in and around the US city of Houston has killed at least five people and prompted mass rescues, reports said.

Fracking puts 7.9 million people at risk of man-made earthquakes

Oklahoma City - About 7.9 million people are now at risk from man-made earthquakes, especially in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas according to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report issued earlier this week.

TX congressman wants magic to be recognized as national treasure

Texas congressman Pete Sessions, a Republican, doesn't believe in global warming and doesn't like big government. But he does like magic.

Singer Jae Franklin releases new solo single 'Weary' Special

Back in school, Jae and her sister were in a band called 'Girls Tyme' with classmates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Digital Journal asked the Houston-born star about her new single and about her memories of that time.

Texas health official forced out after Planned Parenthood study

Austin - A top health official in Texas is stepping down after co-authoring a study that angered Republican leaders because it suggested cuts to Planned Parenthood are restricting women's access to healthcare statewide.

Op-Ed: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and the art of being pathetic

The nutballs on the GOP side of the 2016 race for the presidency do not fill me with hope. That's especially true for Rafael "Ted" Cruz who seems so disconnected from reality that someone has to grab him out of the air.

Dr. Om Prakash: Psychologist and ex-freedom fighter Special

The renowned, U.S.-based psychologist, author and business and life coach had plenty to say to Digital Journal about his current work and his role in the Indian Independence Movement under Mahatma Gandhi 70 years ago.

'GoFundMe' shuts down Tennessee woman's campaign for lottery loss

Cordova - A Tennessee woman who launched a web crowdfunding campaign to make back money she lost on last week's $1.5 billion Powerball drawing has had her fundraising project shut down.

Power company keeps billing homeowners whose house was destroyed

Dallas - It was a bad end of the year in Texas for tornadoes. One family near Dallas had a secondary problem — they kept getting billed by the power company even though their house has been destroyed.

Texas BBQ restaurant offering discount to people who bring guns

Houston - To celebrate the recent passage of open carry laws in the state of Texas, one barbecue restaurant owner is offering an incentive to customers who bring their firearms.

Reclaim states' rights, says Texas Governor Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants a convention of the states to convene to "restore the rule of law in America." The convention outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution has never been invoked.

Eight killed by Texas tornadoes

Dallas - The storms ravaging several U.S. states have claimed another eight victims, in Texas. The death toll now stands at 26 people.

Suspicious fire at mosque on Christmas Day

Houston - Investigators with the Houston Fire Department are investigating a possible case of arson at a mosque in southeast Houston on Christmas Day.

N.J. gas station keeps $3.98 gas price despite cheaper gas nearby

Voorhees - Residents of this New Jersey town are asking why one local gas station is charging $3.98 per gallon when other nearby stations, including one across the street, are charging $1.79. The $3.98 price at the Lukoil station has stayed the same since August.

Texas executes triple child killer

Washington - Texas executed Wednesday a death-row inmate who killed three children in a fire at their home, the youngest of whom was his baby daughter aged just one.Raphael Holiday's other two victims were his step-daughters, who were aged five and seven.

Authorities: Texas judge expected to survive Austin shooting

Austin - A Texas state presiding judge was shot and injured late Friday in a still unexplained attack in West Austin, authorities said Saturday.

Interview: Aaron Beavers, founding member of Shurman Special

Described as a "high-energy Austin Texas-based roots rock and country soul band," this fervent foursome, led by the singer, guitarist and primary songwriter mentioned above, are about to release a new album, their first since 2012.

Review: George Strait back with 'Cold Beer Conversation'

"King" George has released his first new studio album since 2013's "Love Is Everything," proving that despite giving up touring, his recorded output remains as prolific as ever.

Op-Ed: Baseball playoffs reveal pitfalls of over-reliance on technology

Toronto - If baseball was smart in the way Apple Computer and Barack Obama were smart, it would endeavor to ensure that the extraordinary opportunity presented by the events of October 2015 was not frittered away.

Shia LaBeouf arrested in Austin

Austin - Actor Shia LaBeouf, who has starred in movies such as 'Transformers,' 'Man Down' and 'Fury,' was arrested in Austin, Texas on Friday.

Billy Morrison: Interview with a stalwart of the L.A. rock scene Special

Aside from his "day job" as the rhythm guitarist in Billy Idol's band, this English-born musician is preparing to release his second solo album. He also does a bit of painting and a bit of acting on the side. Digital Journal meets him.

'Good guy with gun' shoots carjacking victim in head, runs off

Houston - A "good guy with a gun" attempted to stop a carjacking Saturday night and the whole thing went horribly wrong when he allegedly shot the pickup truck's owner in the head and then fled the scene, Houston police say.

Teen brings homemade clock to school, gets arrested

Irving - Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested on Monday after bringing in a homemade clock. School and police officials described it as a "hoax bomb." But he won't be charged, police officials clarified.

Interview: Country singer Johnny Lee has been busy Special

Best known for the timeless standard "Looking for Love" Johnny Lee also had a number of other hits 'back in the day' and is still out on the road performing them live for his legions of fans. He spoke to Digital Journal.

Perry drops out of race for Republican presidential nomination

Saint Louis - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the crowded race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Friday after an abbreviated campaign that failed to generate enough early support to qualify for nationally televised debates.

High school football players could face charges for tackling ref

Marble Falls - Authorities in a small Texas city said Monday they are considering charging two high school football players with assault for a blindside tackle of a referee in the closing minutes of a game last week.

Caught on tape: Texas HS football players smash ref from behind

In a video shocking sports fans around the world, two high school football players are caught diving into a referee one play after the ref ejected several players from that team.

Murder charge in 'cold-blooded assassination' of U.S. policeman

Washington - The prime suspect in the "cold-blooded assassination" of a Texas sheriff's deputy was charged with murder Saturday, a day after the officer was gunned down from behind and shot multiple times at close range allegedly because he was a policeman.

Review: George Strait delights on new 'The Cowboy Rides Away' live DVD Special

Arlington - Country superstar George Strait released his newest concert film DVD, "The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium" on Eagle Rock Entertainment on August 28.

Interview with country legend Charlie Daniels Special

The bearded singer/guitarist/fiddler and leader of The Charlie Daniels Band, is about to release a new live album recorded at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas. He tells Digital Journal all about it and reveals why he's not yet ready to call it a day.
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