Sunday's Dallas Marathon canceled due to ice storm
DALLAS (AP) - This weekend's Dallas Marathon has been canceled after a North Texas ice storm snarled travel and left more than a quarter of a million homes and business without electricity.
Organizers of the Dallas Marathon on Friday afternoon cited weather and canceled Sunday's race, which usually draws about 25,000 runners from around the world.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle canceled nearly 1,000 flights Friday due to foul weather in Texas. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled almost 90 flights.
Oncor (ON'-kor) on Friday morning had nearly 268,000 homes and businesses without power. Crews trimmed that number to about 200,000 outages by late Friday afternoon.
At least two traffic deaths statewide are blamed on the wintry weather.
American, Eagle cancel nearly 1K flights amid ice
DALLAS (AP) - Transportation in North Texas struggled to recover from disruptions caused by accumulated ice and sleet.
Freezing rain and sleet on Friday forced the cancellation of more than 750 airline departures from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. That's about 90 percent of the Friday flight schedule.
At Dallas Love Field, Southwest Airlines cancelled 42 departures.
Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines and American Eagle canceled nearly 1,000 flights throughout their systems because of the winter storm's effects on its DFW hub. Dallas-based Southwest canceled almost 90 flights systemwide.
American and American Eagle operate about 3,500 flights daily worldwide. Southwest makes 3,200 flights systemwide daily, and its AirTran Airways subsidiary makes 410 flights.
Power returns to downtown Dallas after vault fire
DALLAS (AP) - Power has been restored to Dallas City Hall and the rest of a five-block downtown area after an underground electric vault fire during an ice storm.
Oncor (ON'-kor) spokeswoman Jeamy Molina (JAY'-mee moh-LEE'-nuh) says authorities are trying to determine what started Friday's apparent weather-related fire.
Utility officials say the fire happened around 4:30 a.m. Flames could be seen shooting out of a sidewalk manhole as the equipment blew out.
Oncor then cut power to the area so crews could work on the vault. Officials at Dallas City Hall, which has backup generators, were notified.
Molina says power was restored shortly before 8 a.m. Friday.
Winter storm disrupts regional basketball games
DALLAS (AP) - The arctic blast that's packing ice and freezing rain has disrupted a number of basketball games planned through the weekend in the region.
The SMU-Hofstra men's basketball game scheduled for Saturday at Doctor Pepper Arena in Frisco has been postponed. The game was rescheduled for January 19th.
Also postponed was a basketball game Friday night involving Abilene Christian University and Open Bible College. The game is now planned for December 18th at Moody Coliseum in Abilene.
The University of Southern Mississippi will not travel to Conway, Arkansas for a basketball game Saturday against Central Arkansas. A makeup date has not been announced.
UNIVERSITY OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING
University officer in San Antonio kills student
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A police officer for a university in San Antonio has shot and killed a student during a struggle following a traffic stop near campus.
Alamo Heights police say a University of the Incarnate Word officer early Friday fatally shot 23-year-old student Robert Cameron Redus. The officer's name wasn't immediately released pending a review of the incident.
Alamo Heights police Lieutenant Cindy Pruitt says the officer pulled Redus over for speeding and driving in an erratic manner. The vehicles ended up in an apartment complex parking lot and a struggle broke out.
Authorities say Redus was shot several times by the officer, who radioed for help.
Further details weren't immediately available.
Worker dies in Houston-area construction accident
HOUSTON (AP) - One worker has been killed and another hurt after the ground collapsed during repairs on a broken water main in the Houston area.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office on Friday announced the trapped worker was dead at the scene. Authorities say another worker was extricated Thursday night but has unknown injuries.
The accident happened in northwest Harris County as the two workers went into a hole to reach the water main, then the walls gave way.
Names of both victims and further details on the condition of the survivor weren't immediately released.
Federal safety investigators have been notified about the accident.
Advocacy groups issue 'F' grades to Cruz, Cornyn
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas affiliate of the National Education Association and other advocacy groups have issued failing grades to U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz on key social and educational issues.
Also getting 'Fs' amid a frigid rally on the steps of the state Capitol Friday were fellow Republicans and U.S. Representatives John Carter and Roger Williams.
The four were chided for failing to do more on issues "critical to Texas families, including labor, public schools, health care, immigration reform and voting rights."
Organizers included the Texas State Teachers Association and the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as the Workers Defense Project.
They insisted the event wasn't about partisan issues but basic civil and human rights for all Americans.
AT&T says it doesn't have to disclose NSA dealings
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Dallas-based AT and T says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers' communications data despite complaints that the telecom giant has been sharing and selling that information to federal intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency.
In a letter sent Thursday to the Securities and Exchange Commission, AT and T said it protects customer information and complies with government requests for records "only to the extent required by law."
AT and T's letter was a response to a November 20th shareholder revolt sparked by the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the ACLU of Northern California and others. The groups are demanding that AT and T and Verizon be more transparent about their dealings with the NSA.
Indictment issued in Texas cancer agency scandal
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas grand jury has indicted a former executive of the state's $3 billion cancer-fighting agency with fraud for his involvement in improperly awarding an $11 million taxpayer-funded grant.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said Friday that Jerald Cobbs has been charged with securing execution of a document by deception. It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The grand jury found that Cobbs committed a first-degree felony when he placed the grant on an agenda for approval before it had undergone required scrutiny.
The state agency, known as CPRIT, was revamped by lawmakers this summer and installed an entirely new governing board.
Attempts to reach Cobbs or an attorney were not immediately successful Friday.
PONZI SCHEME-CENTRAL TEXAS
SEC complaint contends pair operated Ponzi scheme
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two people have been charged with operating a Central Texas-based Ponzi scheme that raised nearly $18 million purportedly for investments in oil and gas interests.
But the federal Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that Robert Helms and Janniece Kaelin instead used most of the money from investors in more than a dozen states for personal and business expenses.
An SEC complaint contends the pair violated antifraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act.
Helms and Kaelin operated Austin-based Vendetta Royalty Partners. Prosecutors say Ponzi payments were made to investors to create the impression they were earning returns on a profitable investment.
The complaint says the two failed to disclose to investors pending litigation against them and misrepresented the performance of investments under their management.
Texans fire coach Gary Kubiak
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have fired coach Gary Kubiak.
The team announced the decision Friday, one day after the Texans lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville. Houston (2-11) played miserably and was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.
The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and was working under a three-year contract that runs through 2014. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A and M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup in Denver and has made his mark as an offensive guru and quarterbacks mentor.
He suffered a mini-stroke during a November 3rd game, but had returned to the team. The Texans said defensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.
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