AUSTIN, Texas -- In Texas, things can heat up pretty quickly.
The calendar doesn't have to say June 20 for it to begin to feel like the summer season.
House Bill 401 is making its way through the current legislature is focused on protecting pets left in hot cars. If made law, Good Samaritans wouldn't face criminal charges or be held liable for breaking into a vehicle to save an animal in danger.
Jeff Pierce, legislative counsel for the Animal Defense Fund, a group that advocates for animal rights, said the bill covers dogs, cats, but also other animals who are considered pets. Though, it exempts livestock.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen dropped a strong hint Friday that an interest rate hike is on the way later this month.
While leaving just enough wiggle room in case conditions should change, the central bank leader said economic improvements of late will be a big part of the discussion at the March 14-15 Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
"We currently judge that it will be appropriate to gradually increase the federal funds rate if the economic data continue to come in about as we expect," Yellen said at a speech in Chicago, according to prepared remarks.
Fifty years ago this spring, the best-selling young adult novel of all time was published to adulation and outrage. This was 1967, so youth culture was not exactly new, but something about the plain, emotional voice of The Outsiders did away with the grown-ups' interference and spoke directly to teen readers in a new way. The aura surrounding the classic tale of warring adolescent cliques from opposite sides of the tracks is enhanced by the fact that the author was herself a teenager. ... S. E. Hinton was an Oklahoma high school student when she completed the manuscript she was then calling A Different Sunset. Her contract from Viking Press actually arrived the day she graduated from Tulsa's Will Rogers High School. Because she wasn't yet 21, her mother had to sign too.
Storm chasers and storm spotters came together Sunday to spell out a virtual tribute to Bill Paxton after learning about his sudden passing due to complications from surgery. They were paying homage to the man who played Bill Harding, a veteran meteorologist and storm chaser in the 1996 hit movie, Twister. The character Paxton portrayed is an icon for many who took part. ...
"The whole process took about two hours to come together," said [storm spotter John] Wetter, who added that there was high interest in the tribute from the storm chasing community. "There isn't a storm chaser alive that couldn't tell you some story about the impact that the movie has had on them as a storm chaser," he said. read more
Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines -- will join the Hall.