Ted Cruz and John Kasich, GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s opposition in the race for the presidential nomination, announced Sunday plans to team up to keep Trump from the needed number of delegates by “clearing a path” for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico and Cruz in Indiana, Politico reports.
Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!
Austin police said callers with AT&T are having difficulty getting through to emergency services when calling 911 early Monday, the American-Statesman’s Katie Urbaszewski reports. AT&T is currently aware of the technical issue and working to resolve it.
This weekend you either already were a Beyoncé fan or became one when the singer premiered her visual album “Lemonade” on HBO, Austin360’s Jackie Wang reports. The album, which “seems to be about pain and struggle” tells of a “woman betrayed by her lover, a woman finding and wielding her sexuality, and a black woman holding her place in America.” Read Wang’s full review here.
The time to vote in the May 7 Prop 1 election is growing closer. If you’re still not sure where you stand, or are confused about how to vote to best represent that stance, you can read through our Q&A here or watch our “Three things to know” video here.
A new study by Duke University shows that 80 percent of Americans live in areas where the winters are warming faster than the summers, making for milder weather that may affect residents’ willingness to believe in or fear climate change, NPR reports. Warmer winters, however, cause major issues for plants and wildlife. Additionally, places outside the U.S. are experiencing quick-rising summer temperatures that are more readily felt.
Settling the federal case spurred by Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, the company agreed to pay U.S. customers who were affected $5,000 each, Deutsche Welle reports. The company also offered to repair any of the affected vehicles.
Austin is back at it with the rain. A large system of storms moving from North Texas is expected to graze the Austin area later this morning, the American-Statesman’s Robert Villalpando reports. Tonight temperatures are expected to drop to around 60 degrees, but sunshine and higher temperatures will return Friday.
Adding a new layer to the Whole Foods cake scandal, the pastor who accused the store of writing a gay slur on his cake has been revealed to be in the middle of a lawsuit concerning a $28,000 student loan default, Villalpando reports.
Yesterday’s historic decision to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman to be featured on U.S. paper currency, has many wondering just what the new bill will look like. Bustle has some speculations, but, as Wired reports, the bill won’t debut until 2020 and will take even longer to begin circulating.
Now that the New York primary is behind us, we can look ahead to what analysis by Slate says could be the most important primary of this election: Pennsylvania. According to Simon Maloy, because Pennsylvania has a unique delegate system on the Republican side (17 are awarded to the winner of the statewide majority and 54 are wildcards), and because delegates are free to vote differently than what is decided in the statewide election, the state can play a major role in determining who secures the nomination.
A large band of fast-moving storms is set to move through the Austin area Wednesday morning, the American-Statesman’s Robert Villalpando reports. The storms, which are headed toward Bastrop, are moving through Austin and have resulted in a significant weather advisory. Hail and strong winds might be present.
Whole Foods has turned the tables and filed a counter lawsuit against Jordan Brown, a pastor, who accused the store of selling him a customized cake with a gay slur on it, the American-Statesman’s Claudia Grisales reports. Whole Foods released a video Tuesday, which it says refutes Brown’s claim, and is now seeking $100,000 from the pastor for “intentionally, knowingly and falsely” accusing the store.
Just two days after a major earthquake left at least 500 people dead in Ecuador, a magnitude 6.2 quake struck the same area, Reuters reported. The earthquake was proceeded by a series of aftershocks, but no tsunami warning was issued.
It’s not just the food, culture or landmarks that distinguish one city from another — it’s the germs. Researchers have recently discovered that buildings, and the cities in which they’re located, have unique microbial signatures, NPR reports. This discovery could eventually be used to design healthier, more balanced microbiomes within buildings, which better compliment their surroundings.
Both front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have found themselves struggling for a nomination they were expected to claim long ago. New York, the home state for both candidates, could give the pair the boost they need to end weeks-long losing streaks that have strengthened opponents like Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.
The torrential rain that hit large portions of Central and Southeast Texas yesterday made for Houston’s rainiest day ever before noon, Slate reports. At least five people have been reported dead due to the weather.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed at least 28 and left another 320 wounded in Kabul, NPR reports. The attack follows the announcement of the beginning of the Taliban’s spring offensive. The rush hour traffic was said to account for the high number of fatalities.
Whole Foods has released a statement saying that a bakery team member who was accused of writing an anti-gay slur on a cake is “part of the LGBTQ community,” and the cake in question was packaged and sold with only the words “Love Wins” written on it, the American-Statesman’s Nicole Chavez reports.
Although Taylor Swift made the long journey to Texas to attend the wedding of one of her back-up singers in San Antonio, she didn’t make it quite as far as Austin to say hi, Austin360’s Eric Webb reports.
Although the recent severe earthquakes in both Japan and Ecuador happened within a short span of one another, they are not related, the New York Times reports. The fact that the earthquakes occurred within such a short time of each other doesn’t even mean earthquake activity is increasing. Instead, the consistent data documenting the frequency of earthquakes as strong as these allows for their co-occurrence without any major significance.
The finish line won’t mean the end for some Boston Marathon participants during today’s race. As Today reports, some Boston Marathon bombing survivors will run an additional 3,000 miles across the United States to show thanks to the people who helped see them through recovery.
A man is suing Round Rock police for shooting and killing his 8-year-old Rottweiler, Bullet, when responding to an alarm at the man’s house, the American-Statesman’s Claire Osborn reports. Although the police said they shot the dog as he charged, an autopsy showed that the dog was shot while retreating.
The decision to parole 66-year-old ex-Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who helped kill Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary, is set to undergo administrative review by a parole board. Van Houten is the first Manson follower to make it this far in the parole process, the Associated Press reports.
Intended to encourage walking, biking and public transportation, possible real estate project The Avenue would be a 30-story luxury apartment tower on Congress Avenue and Austin’s first complex without any space for cars, the American-Statesman’s Shonda Novak reports.
During last night’s Democratic debate candidate Bernie Sanders criticized rival Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “superpredator” 20 years ago because, ” It was a racist term, and everybody knew it was a racist term,” Vox reports. The term is thought to characterize young, black Americans as violent or prone to criminal activity.
Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League responded to AMC Entertainment’s CEO Adam Aron’s assertion that cellphones and movie theaters might have a future together with a statement that adamantly supports the necessity of a no-texting policy, saying the alternative “could seriously hurt our industry,” Austin360’s Danielle Lopez reports.
Russian attack planes repeatedly flew within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea and twice passed below the ship’s navigation bridge Monday and Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Although the planes appeared to be unarmed they flew in what was identified as a simulated attack profile. The ship tried, unsuccessfully, to communicate with the planes via radio during the incident. U.S. officials said they are addressing the matter, while the Navy said the incidents are under review. White House press secretary Josh Earnest spoke out to say, “This incident … is entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other in international waters and international airspace.”
For the second time in 11 days an Austin police officer was shot and survived when a SWAT team member was shot in North Austin, the American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski and Roberto Villalpando report. The shooting suspect was taken into custody, and the APD bomb squad have been checking the home where the officer was shot for possible explosives. According to police Chief Art Acevedo the officer is in stable condition.
Possible exposure to hydrogen sulfide left one man in his 20s dead and 11 others injured at a West Campus apartment Wednesday afternoon, the American-Statesman’s Nicole Chavez reports. Firefighters found a “warning sign” on the door of the room from which the chemical was emanating, which read “Stay out: Hydrogen Sulfide.” Hydrogen sulfide is commonly used in chemical suicide, but firefighters said the possibility was still under investigation.
After months of speculation, U.S. health officials were able to confirm Wednesday that, when contracted by pregnant women, the Zika virus causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brain defects, the Associated Press reports. Prior the confirmation experts were wary of drawing the connection. “There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. Components of the Zika virus were found in the brain tissue and spinal fluid of the babies born with microcephaly.
The 17-year-old suspect in the Haruka Weiser homicide case, Meechaiel Criner, was a “chronic runaway” during his time in Texas Child Protective Services, officials said. The American-Statesman found three runaway reports for Criner during the last 14 months. On March 24 a caseworker at the foster home where Criner had been living called Killeen police to notify them that Criner had gone missing. 10 days later Weiser was killed on the UT campus. As part of an internal review, CPS is now reviewing whether or not guidelines were properly followed at the time Criner went missing.
Nearly 40,000 Verizon employees left their jobs and went on strike Wednesday morning after the company failed to make any progress in overdue contract negotiations, the Associated Press reports. The strikers are members of two unions — the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — who say the company, by postponing contract negotiations, is looking to begin relying more heavily on contractual workers and make layoffs easier. The company is also attempting to abolish a rule that would protect workers from having to work away from home for long periods of time.
UT freshman and dance major Haruka Weiser was sexually assaulted and died after being strangled, the American-Statesman’s Tony Plohetski reports. The cause of death was revealed by several officials familiar with the case. Police are awaiting the results of DNA lab tests before officially filing charged against suspect 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner, who was found burning items reportedly belonging to Weiser after her death last week. The conclusions from an autopsy aren’t expected for several weeks.
In a recent Associated Press survey, only 1 in 5 Americans say they have been following the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination Merrick Garland, but two thirds support the Democratic party’s demands that the Republican-run Senate seriously consider Garland for the opening. Only about a quarter of Republicans and Democrats expressed extreme interest in the issue, supporting the theory that the argument will only appeal to committed partisans, while Americans in the middle find the issue “irritating.”
Hispanic students are seven times more likely, and black student five times more likely, to enroll in schools with high rates of poverty, the American-Statesman’s Melissa B. Taboada reports. According to the State of Texas Children annual report, there is a lack of Hispanic and black students in advanced courses, and despite improved graduation rates, black and Hispanic students continue to trail after their white peers. High-poverty schools are more likely to employ rookie teachers, and teacher tenure has been identified as one of the indicators of a school’s quality of education.
What a soggy morning in Austin, Texas. 3 inches of rain fell during storms moving through Central Texas Tuesday night, the American-Statesman’s Roberto Villalpando reports. While the threat of rain is expected to dissipate by early Wednesday morning, “possible severe storms” are expected for the coming weekend.
According to a new Associated Press poll, most American voters don’t believe any of the remaining presidential candidates effectively represent their beliefs. Half of Americans said they would be either disappointed or angry if Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton or GOP front-runner Donald Trump were nominated. A quarter of those polled said they would feel this way if both were nominated. Even within their respective parties, Clinton and Trump as nominees don’t seem to excite voters. Among all the remaining candidates, only Bernie Sanders elicited more positive responses than negative.
Today, on Equal Pay Day, Democrats have the opportunity to address wage inequality and put pressure on Republicans for the party’s passivity on the issue, the Associated Press reports. President Barack Obama will speak, alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, at a women’s equality event in D.C. Tuesday, where he will designate the Sewall-Belmont House a historic site in the women’s suffrage movement. For further reading on the subject, Lilly Rockwell of 512 Tech recently reported on a new study conducted by job site Hired that found women are offered lower salaries at tech companies.
Following a police chase of a man in a Lexus SUV early Tuesday morning the vehicle crashed into a South Austin home, the American-Statesman’s Katie Urbaszewski reports. The driver fled the crash and has not yet been located by police. The chase began when the driver would not stop for police near Barton Creek Square mall and police identified the vehicle as stolen. A helicopter and dogs were employed to help locate the suspect, but police were not able to do so.
Around 200 University of Texas students silently walked along the path freshman Haruka Weiser took before she was killed last week, Monday, the American-Statesman’s Philip Jankowski reports. Many carried flowers and candles to be placed in front of a statue called “Hope,” where they stood silently for 30 minutes. Since the arrest of 17-year-old suspect Meechaiel Criner earlier this week, relatives have spoken out revealing the teen’s long history of mental health issues and difficult childhood. The murder has reopened the ongoing campus carry debate, critics of which say wrongfully politicizes a tragic situation.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler sat down with the Statesman Shots’ Tolly Moseley and Omar L. Gallaga to address a few pressing issues. Among them, Austin’s affordability issue and the tension headache that is the city’s traffic situation. Adler also took a moment to clear up a common misconception: He is and hasn’t ever been the original drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Steven Adler.
John Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, saying the trip was symbolic of “the strength of the relationship that we have built, the friendship that we share, the strength of our alliance and the strong reminder of the imperative we all have to work for peace for peoples everywhere.” An emotional Kerry also said the history of the city, where 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb during the final days of World War II, should serve to remind humanity to avoid conflict and rid the world of nuclear weapons. Kerry neither apologized, nor was pressed to do so during his visit, the Associated Press reports. “We all know it’s not going to happen overnight. We have to get there,” Kerry said of denuclearization.
With a quadruple-bogey 7, forfeiting a five-shot advantage on the 12th hole, 22-year-old Jordan Spieth catapulted himself toward a loss at Augusta National — something he isn’t familiar with. Instead, 28-year-old Danny Willett took home his first green blazer with a three-stroke win over Spieth, the American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls reports. “A lapse of concentration on 12, and it cost me. I didn’t take a deep breath. I went up and put a quick swing on it,” Spieth said of the loss.
Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was reportedly shot in his back and torso during a road rage incident that killed him, the Associated Press reports. 28-year-old Cardell Hayes was arrested, charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond, following the incident Saturday night. Hayes shot at both Smith and his wife after an argument that ensued when Hayes rear-ended Smith’s car.
According to a new poll by the Associated Press, Americans trust Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to handle a number of issues more than they do GOP front-runner Donald Trump. The majority of those polled even chose Clinton over Trump when asked who would be better at “making America great.” There were a few areas where Trump and Clinton, however, came up pretty evenly on. 38 percent polled trust Clinton to handle the economy, while 36 percent trust Trump.