Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:51:40 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons. Like bedazzled rock fans who land coveted stage-front spots, she and her cousins were lucky enough to score the front row of a 20-person-deep crowd. The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Power outages from the first major snowstorm of the season could force some residents of the Northeast to celebrate Thanksgiving much like the pilgrims and Native Americans did almost 400 years ago — in the dark. Ian Rhodes, of Concord, New Hampshire, had planned to host his first Thanksgiving with his wife and two young children for a dozen people, but the power outage changed that. To the delight of some and consternation of others, it's increasingly become commonplace to see stores open on Thanksgiving, as retailers try to entice shoppers inside and kick off the holiday shopping season a day earlier than the traditional Black Friday.
Texas TV meteorologist improving after shooting
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:33:24 UT
Texas TV meteorologist improving after shooting Crawford says that he didn't know his attacker and that there was no interaction between the two before the suspect shot him.
Extra $86M in border security up for approval
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:04:06 UT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Another $86 million on border security spending in Texas is up for approval by the state's top budget office. Republican Gov. Rick Perry on Monday will formally present to the Legislative Budget Board plans to finance an extended deployment of state troopers and the Texas National Guard.
1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:18:43 UT
Perry won three honors as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit "Dark Horse," favorite female artist — pop/rock and favorite artist — adult contemporary. Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favorite album — rap/hip-hop for "The New Classic" and favorite artist — rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake. Taylor Swift kicked off the AMAs as a mad woman and man eater by feeding a boy a poisonous apple, holding burning roses and giving crazy eyes during a performance of her song about her dating life. "To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying you believe in the same thing I believe in — that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated," said Swift, who recently removed her music from streaming service Spotify. Beyonce, who didn't attend, won favorite female artist — soul/R&B and favorite album — soul/R&B for her self-titled effort. Carrie Underwood was named favorite female artist — country and the soundtrack for "Frozen," the year's top-selling album, won top soundtrack.
Teacher accused of anti-Muslim remarks to resign, get 3 months’ pay
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:26:18 UT
A third-grade HISD teacher accused of making profane and anti-Muslim remarks on a public access television show will resign immediately and receive three months' pay under a deal approved by the school board Thursday. In online clips, Box could be heard referring to "bacon-haters," using profanity in connection with Muslims and asking, "Can't Ebola just take one for the team and take out Obama?"
Drones become popular holiday gifts
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:09:03 UT
The demand has grown as the industry and government are working together to address safety concerns. Michael Perry, spokesman for DJI, which makes the popular Phantom 2 Vision+ and new Inspire models, said demand for drones has moved "pretty dramatically out of being a pretty niche field into more of a consumer electronics field." All three of the biggest personal drone makers — DJI, Parrot and 3D Robotics — have formed a coalition to lobby the FAA to help develop standards for personal drone use. Additionally, on Monday, drone industry officials said they are teaming up with the U.S. government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The campaign includes a website — www.knowbeforeyoufly.com — which advises both drone operators of FAA regulations and how to fly their unmanned aircraft safely. The industry also said it plans to distribute safety pamphlets at industry events and work with drone manufacturers to make sure safety information is enclosed inside the packaging of new drones.
Fire destroys Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:15:24 UT
(AP) — A fire has destroyed one of two memorials at the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson police spokesman Devin James says the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Escapee from federal prison in Texas recaptured
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:24:34 UT
BURNET, Texas (AP) — An ex-CEO of some Oklahoma energy companies has been caught after escaping from a minimum security federal prison in Central Texas. Morrisett is the former chief executive officer of Red Earth Resources Inc. and Alpine Petroleum LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Believe it or not: Texas could have stayed a country
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:07:00 UT
If Mirabeau Lamar had his way, the Republic of Texas would have mantained its own independence as a cotton and mineral-producing nation of North America.
Police: Videos show 1-year-old putting handgun in mouth
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:52:56 UT
Evansville police discovered the videos after a 19-year-old man was arrested for trying to sell a handgun to an undercover officer. Police say the mother told officers the girl was holding a pellet gun; investigators say it was a .40-caliber handgun.
Winfield, long-serving Marlboro Man, dies in Wyoming at 85
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:26:26 UT
The Marlboro Man was a macho cowboy whose image in advertising from the 1950s to the late 1990s made filtered cigarettes more appealing to men. Winfield's rugged good looks made him the face of Marlboro cigarettes in magazine and television ads from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.
Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:29:59 UT
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. [...] it's unclear what the news means for industry titan Bacardi, which was driven from its Cuba headquarters by the 1959 Castro revolution. [...] company representatives wouldn't give details when asked Thursday what, if any, plans it has if the more than 50-year-old embargo on Cuban goods ends, now that President Barack Obama is working to normalize relations with the country. Licensed U.S. travelers to Cuba will be able to bring home merchandise worth up to $400, of which $100 can be spent on alcohol and tobacco products combined. Like the rest of the eased trade, travel and currency restrictions announced Wednesday, the rum rules will take effect when official revise and publish the regulations — perhaps weeks away.
‘Saved by the Bell’ actor due in a Wis. courtroom
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:31:27 UT
A criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee (oh-ZAH'-kee) County charges Diamond with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. A criminal complaint says Diamond and his fiancee got into a tussle with two men and a woman at the Grand Avenue Saloon Thursday night.
Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:56 UT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. Last year, the black-and-orange butterflies covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, down from more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) at their recorded peak in 1996. Because the butterflies clump together by the thousands in trees, counting individuals in near impossible; instead they are counted by the area they cover. Mexican writer and environmentalist Homero Aridjis, said the butterflies face a number of challenges, including climate change and illegal logging in Mexico, in addition to the loss of habitat in the United States.
Old maps, photos show Texas cities at their smallest
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:39:00 UT
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Texas as these 19th-century illustrations show.
Rio Grande Valley