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February 22, 2017 3:09 AM HFD to unveil new community outreach vehicle

On Thursday, the Houston Fire Department plans introduce what they are calling a "community outreach vehicle" to help them focus fire prevention and safety efforts in some of the city's most at-risk neighborhoods. The public unveiling will be held at 10 a.m. outside KBR's downtown Houston office at 601 Jefferson. HFD officials said KBR made a $75,000 donation 15

February 21, 2017 5:01 PM News@noon: Healthy hippo; Duggan's State of the City

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, and Donald Trump might have another thing to worry about soon: A potential government shutdown. Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a budget-busting 10

February 21, 2017 4:11 PM Trump denounces anti-Semitic attacks as 'horrible'

WASHINGTON — Touring a new museum devoted to African-American history, President Trump said Tuesday he will do what he can to improve race relations and also denounced a series of recent threats and vandalism aimed at Jews. “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder 10

February 21, 2017 2:23 PM Extinguishing Donald Trump’s Swedish Immigration 'Fire'

They have problems. But they also have solutions. As a former intelligence officer, I am a major advocate of the maxim, “facts matter.” As such, I often find myself cringing when listening to President Trump wax philosophically – and creatively – on any number of issues. The most recent example of this are the president’s comments about Sweden, made during 16

February 21, 2017 1:01 PM Israeli soldier gets 18 months' jail for killing wounded Palestinian attacker

TEL AVIV A young Israeli soldier who killed a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on Tuesday, in a show of leniency that drew Palestinian outrage after one of the most divisive trials in Israel's history. Eleven months ago, Sergeant Elor Azaria was serving as an army medic in the town of Hebron in the occupied 14

February 21, 2017 12:57 PM Swede detained after Barcelona police fire on stolen butane gas truck

Police in Barcelona have detained a man after shooting at a truck loaded with butane gas canisters that was speeding the wrong way along a highway. They opened fire on the vehicle as it headed towards the Spanish city's harbour on Tuesday, officials said. The detained man is a Swedish national, a regional police spokesman told AFP news agency. Local 17

February 21, 2017 12:17 PM David Cassidy, dementia and his tragic family history

In going public with the news that he has dementia, David Cassidy admits that a part of him knew he would always fall prey to the memory-destroying brain disease. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he told the magazine. Cassidy, 66, also revealed that he has decided to stop touring as a musician to concentrate on his health 15

February 21, 2017 10:47 AM H.R. McMaster, Mike Pence, Vitaly Churkin: Your Tuesday Briefing

What you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday. • There were 2,473 billionaires in 2015, 6.4 percent more than a year earlier, by a new count. The top 10 — nine from the U.S., one from Spain — have a combined net worth of $582 billion. • Elitism is alive in Britain, and it’s not just over accents: A new report 11

February 20, 2017 11:56 PM St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

No bombs found, but it's the second threat at a JCC in as many months. The St. Paul Jewish Community Center in Highland Park has reopened after being evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat, police said. By 12:21 p.m., a St. Paul police spokesman said on Twitter that police did not find any bombs or "dangerous devices" at the center and people were allowed 20

February 20, 2017 11:10 PM David Cassidy of 'Partridge Family' says he has dementia

David Cassidy's tragic family history of dementia has always haunted him; and now it's here. The former star of TV's The Partridge Family said Monday he is battling the memory-destroying brain disorder. Cassidy's representative, Jo-Ann Geffen, confirmed to USA TODAY Monday that Cassidy, 66, has been diagnosed with dementia. He acknowledged the diagnosis 11