WASHINGTON ― During the Barack Obama years, Republicans in Congress grew accustomed to kicking around one particular organization that advocated for the poor ― a group they claimed had been involved in a nefarious conspiracy to steal the 2008 election. After nearly a decade, lawmakers are still at it, even though Obama is gone and the organization no longer exists. On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a 2,000-plus-page government spending bill. One small item in that mammoth bill bans federal funds from being spent to support a group called the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
Austin American-Statesman: The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday. ... He described how authorities tracked down the suspect's vehicle to a Round Rock-area hotel. Police began following the suspect's vehicle, and as SWAT approached, the suspect detonated a bomb in the car, Manley said. Manley said an officer had fired at the suspect, and another officer who was knocked back by the blast was treated for minor injuries. read more
The suspect in a spate of bombings that terrorized residents of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday after detonating an explosive inside his vehicle as a SWAT team tried to apprehend him on the side of a highway, officials said. Authorities had tracked the suspect -- a 24-year-old white man -- to a hotel in Round Rock, a city in the Austin metropolitan area, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference.
A tally of about 1,400 absentee ballots in Washington and Greene counties Wednesday morning increased Democrat Conor Lamb's razor-thin lead in Western Pennsylvania's special congressional election to 627 votes, according to unofficial results. Lamb collected 609 of the absentee ballots cast in Washington County, compared with 547 for Republican Rick Saccone and six for Libertarian Drew Miller, said Assistant Elections Director Melanie Ostrander. In Greene County, Lamb picked up 93 more votes from absentee ballots, Saccone got 107 and Miller received one, the county's elections website showed. read more
Dennis Edwards, the Detroit singer whose gritty, electric vocals led the Temptations into a new phase of their career, died Thursday night in a Chicago hospital. He was 74. Edwards, who joined the iconic Motown group in 1968 in the wake of David Ruffin's firing, was the prominent voice on enduring Temptations hits such as "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)" and "Cloud Nine." He remained a staple of the core group through the 1980s, and in the '90s formed a splinter act that eventually toured as the Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards. read more