Agents Sweep Home Of Dead Suspect In Serial Austin Bombings

Technicians have removed bomb components and homemade explosives from inside the Pflugerville home of an Austin bombing suspect who died early this morning, officials said. ATF Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski said the bombmaker had a "signature style" and that components in the house were similar to components found in the devices that exploded this month in Austin. One of the rooms had a considerable amount of bomb-making material, he said.

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Section 230: A Key Legal Shield For Facebook, Google Is About To Change

Updated at 5:17 p.m. ET It's 1995, and Chris Cox is on a plane reading a newspaper. One article about a recent court decision catches his eye. This moment, in a way, ends up changing his life — and, to this day, it continues to change ours. The case that caught the congressman's attention involved some posts on a bulletin board — the early-Internet precursor to today's social media. The ruling led to a new law, co-authored by Cox and often called simply "Section 230." This 1996 statute became...

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2018 Elections: Runoff Set To Replace Lamar Smith In Congressional District 21

The race for Congressional District 21 is headed for a runoff, and the candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats — will have to ask their supporters to vote again in May .

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San Antonio officials broke ground Wednesday on a 112 acre site that will be the first IKEA in the area. This will be Texas’ sixth IKEA store, which is a Swedish company known for supplying fashionable furniture and housewares that require assembly.

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For those looking to build a career focused on technical skills, the EastSide Education & Training Center is a community-based option for earning access to an entry-level job or higher education opportunities.

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Local and federal law enforcement agencies are digging deeper into Austin bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt's background. Still. there has been no word about his motive.

But a former FBI profiler, whose work led to the capture of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, believes the next phase of the investigation could move fairly quickly.

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We’ve all got bills – and the state of Texas does, too. Bills are nothing to be afraid of, if you can manage them. If you miss some payments or take on more debt than is healthy, your credit score will go down and your interest rates will go up. Suddenly, your debt has become overwhelming.

Currently, Texas has a AAA credit rating, the best there is, so it’s less expensive for the state to borrow money and it makes for a hospitable business environment. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has issued a warning about the state’s credit rating and its rainy day fund, which helps the state keep up with its long term liabilities.

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The suspected serial bomber who died north of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday morning was Mark Anthony Conditt, a 23-year-old who grew up in the area, public records show. Conditt died from an explosion that police say he triggered when a SWAT team was closing in on him.

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The Army is facing a manpower shortage in an era when most young Americans don’t qualify to serve in the armed forces—mostly because of obesity. But the service has come up with a way to screen recruits whose health habits put them at greater risk of injuries during training.


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A string of bombings in Austin this month have the city on edge. Two people have been killed and four others hurt.

The Austin Police Department, along with state and federal agencies, are racing to figure out who’s behind the bombings. And the radius of their investigation grew Tuesday, after a package exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, a city of roughly 40,000 that borders San Antonio and is about 60 miles south of Austin.

But that blast was just the beginning.

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Cities around the country have been working to diversify their "energy mix" – the combination of natural resources and technologies used to fuel power grids.

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Local and federal agencies are investigating the recent package explosions in Austin and Schertz — and Texans are worried, unsure of what to expect when a box appears at the front door.

Who Might Be Behind The Austin Bombings?

Mar 20, 2018

A package on its way to Austin exploded overnight at a FedEx facility in San Antonio, the fifth explosion of a device either in Austin or bound for the city.


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San Antonio Symphony

As the San Antonio Symphony's season continues, just a few short weeks ago, its situation was dire.

Federico Chavez-Blanco

Composer Federico Chavez-Blanco, who is a native of Mexico and San Antonio resident, has written music for telenovelas such as “Azul Tequila” and “Señora,” and on a number of films and documentaries.

He was commissioned to compose the music for this year’s San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations, and said scoring music for movies or TV depends on what the music director or music supervisor envisions for the program.

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For San Antonio-area creatives, curators and art enthusiasts, March is a time to celebrate the city's contemporary art scene.

Guadalupe “Lupito” Acuña

From spring blooms to classical music to a squeezebox competition, your weekend is here.



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