Justice Clarence Thomas challenges 1964 libel case

The case decision determined public figures must prove actual malice in libel cases -- which is a higher standard than typical citizens are held to.

Customs intercepts over $12M in meth at border crossing

Rare oarfish, ancient omens of natural disaster, captured by Japanese fishermen

Bramble Cay melomys: First mammal extinct due to climate change, Australia says

Grand Canyon museum visitors exposed for years to radiation, safety manager says

Odessa EZ-Rider route temporarily closing Wednesday

Houston girl first child in the country to get life-saving implant

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  Exclusive: Heartbreaking videos show moments before fatal gas explosion

Switching workers to 4-day week improved productivity, CEO lauds

Iowa mom gets life for death of baby son found in maggot-infested diaper

Stop school shootings? Campuses know how, and lawmakers are listening

Southwest ‘operational emergency’ spreads to Dallas due to out-of-service aircraft

Texans with disabilities call for action on community attendant wages

Southwest Airlines cancels hundreds of flights amid mechanical problems

In a statement, the Dallas-based airline said there is no common theme to the issues facing its 750 airplanes.

Trump chooses Jeffrey Rosen for deputy attorney general

President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Jeffrey Rosen, a longtime litigator and deputy transportation secretary, to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general.

Froot Loops Mini Donuts will return to Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s

Froot Loops Mini Donuts are coming back to Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s at participating locations for a limited time.

Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

  Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Alabama woman who joined ISIS wants to return home

Walmart’s new corporate policy may cost man with cerebral palsy his job

Vatican admits it has rules for priests who father children

‘Alarming’ number of people received restricted fentanyl, study says

Two former Presidio County officials sentenced to prison on bribery charges

Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose knot

The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry have apologized for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway.

‘Drive Smart’ campaign seeks to reduce fatal accidents on Texas highways

The number of commercial vehicle fatal crashes in the Odessa district made up for fifteen percent of the statewide total, despite having only about 1.5% of the state’s population.

Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

City of Odessa provides new rifles to police department

During their Tuesday meeting, Odessa City Council members considered buying 145 AR style rifles for the Odessa Police Department.

7 Syrian refugee children die in Canadian house fire

The family was among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years.

Renovations coming soon to vacant Vaughn Building for new hotel

Midland’s Downtown Development is stepping up to the plate by bringing a new hotel in the place of the vacant Vaughn building built in 1963.

  Blackshear is focused on raising reading literacy through personalized teaching

ECISD may shut the doors of Blackshear Elementary if they don't raise reading levels

Trump denies report saying he asked Whitaker to interfere in Michael Cohen investigation

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a New York Times report that he tried to interfere with the investigation of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up comes to Sweetwater

There will be a Miss Snake Charmer pageant, carnival, cookoff, gun and knife show, flea markets, food vendors and more.

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.

Man leads police chase in stolen Pepsi truck after fight with girlfriend

Police were able to arrest the driver once the truck was trapped in grid-lock, but then it rolled forward and hit a school bus.

Hiker rescued in Utah after being stuck in quicksand for 10 hours during snow storm

When crews located Osmun, he was suffering from hypothermia, exposure and other injuries, officials say

Payless ShoeSource files for bankruptcy, closing North American stores

The company, based in Topeka, Kansas, updated the number of stores it is closing to 2,500, up from the 2,100 it cited on Friday when it confirmed it was planning to liquidate its business.

Video: Woman gets aggressive with couple for having photo shoot for baby in her neighborhood

Things got heated at what was supposed to be a photo shoot for a baby and now Houston police are tracking down people who witnessed this confrontation.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crews repairing downed street light at Faudree, Hwy 191

A street light at Faudree and Highway 191 was knocked over Tuesday.

Trump administration to launch worldwide effort to decriminalize homosexuality, reports say

The Trump administration is planning to launch a global effort to end the criminalization of homosexuality, according to a report from NBC News.

USA Gymnastics names Li Li Leung new president and CEO

USA Gymnastics has appointed Li Li Leung its new president and CEO as it faces bankruptcy and the threat of desertification by the United States Olympic Committee. She will be USA Gymnastics' fourth CEO in the past 23 months.

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

Teach your kids about NASA’s female pioneers with this $16 LEGO set

LEGO has made it a little easier to teach your kids about female pioneers in STEM and space exploration through its Women of NASA kit.

Roger Stone to appear in court after Instagram post featuring judge

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone, a longtime Donald Trump confidant, must show for a hearing Thursday afternoon and prove why she shouldn't modify or revoke his bail or implement a full gag order in his case.

Students push to lower minimum voting age in Oregon to 16

The students raised issues ranging from gun control, to climate change, to equality.

Midland victim listed in complaints of illegal organ harvesting

Among the list of complaints the county commissioner submitted was that of illegal organ harvesting of a young Midland victim who was killed in an explosion back in August 2018.

  1 dead following accident at Big Spring Tokai Carbon CB facility

At this time the victim has not been identified and there are no further details about the incident. An internal investigation is ongoing.

Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session

The 85-year-old justice walked unassisted to her seat beside Chief Justice John Roberts when the court began its public session Tuesday. She returned to the bench eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer.

New Jersey police officer leaves pregnant waitress $100 tip with handwritten note

The officer left the generous tip after learning the waitress was pregnant.

Taco Bell worker puts hundreds of notes into orders to brighten customers’ days

Within the few minutes it takes to prep an order, this Taco Bell employee takes a moment also to deliver what she hopes is a smile.

‘Montana is useless’: Change.org petition seeks to sell state to Canada for $1 trillion

The United States has a lot of debt and land to spare. So a group of a petitioners on Change.org are looking to make the biggest U.S. land deal since the Louisiana Purchase. This time, America is selling, not buying.

Vatican admits secret rules for priests who have kids, report says

Vincent Doyle, a man whose father was a Catholic priest, told the Times he was shown a document containing the guidelines when he traveled to Rome. The Vatican confirms the document exists, but says it is "internal."

Police: Off-duty ICE officer kills man outside Georgia Walmart

News outlets report no charges have yet been filed in the Sunday death of 45-year-old Johnathan Liddell, who Douglasville police say was found dead in his vehicle from an apparent gunshot wound.

Robert Fabian pretrial hearing canceled

Fabian is accused of the murder of his on-and-off girlfriend, Zuzu Verk.

Chanel: Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

Karl Lagerfeld, a fixture for decades in the world of fashion, has died in Paris, multiple news outlets reported. He was 85 years old.

Howard Co. VFD warning of phone scam

If you have received one of these calls you are asked to call the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.

Video: Police rescue 2 kids from carjacking suspect in Oklahoma

Two kids, aged 4 and 5, were in the car when it was taken.

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 presidential run

The independent senator from Vermont has made a lasting impact on American politics.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020

Sanders is joining a crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination

Inside the shop that sells items confiscated at Texas airports

If you’re looking for a real deal and more than just a neck pillow, the State Surplus Store will be your new favorite place.

The story behind the guy who went to a Dallas dog park covered in peanut butter

Some bets are tougher to lose than others.

  Man arrested for slapping 12-year-old stepdaughter’s bully, police say

Police said the suspect shouted at and slapped his stepdaughter’s 12-year-old classmate for allegedly calling her names and throwing rocks at her.

16 people rescued after spending hours trapped on SeaWorld ride

The gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride.”

Official: Deputy AG Rosenstein expected to depart in March

Rosenstein is second in command at the Justice Department, and had been the top official for the Russia investigation from its outset.

Baby, babysitter hospitalized after man accidentally fires gun at WA house party

While the 1-year-old was in her babysitter’s care, deputies say the suspect accidentally fired another man’s gun, hitting the little girl in the leg and her babysitter in the pelvis.

Alabama newspaper editor calls for KKK to lynch Democrats in DC

Sutton confirmed with the Montgomery Advertiser that he penned the editorial, in which he claimed that after the Civil War, former slaves would borrow robes and horses from their former masters and ride to scare off evil-doers.

Willie Nelson and Family come to Midland

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Water and oil not mixing is an exception in the Permian Basin

The University of the Permian Basin holds their second Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference.

New shelter will house survivors of domestic violence using strong support system

The Crisis Center of West Texas is opening up a new location for their shelter

New York City aims to stop hairstyle discrimination

New York City doesn't want people to have their hairstyles held against them, and it unveiled novel guidelines Monday against hairdo discrimination.

ECISD schools read up for literary competition

ECISD elementary schools are reading up for Battle of the Bluebonnets competition on February 22.

Odessa College kicks off 35th Wrangler Rodeo this week

Odessa college is inviting West Texans to the 35th Annual Wrangler Rodeo at the Ector County Coliseum on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 21 through Feb. 23.

Powerlifter moves overturned Jeep as medics rescue man trapped underneath

No fatalities were reported, but the Tinsley suffered serious injuries and Belcher remembered seeing the face of the other driver covered with blood.

Oswald killed Kennedy, but that’s not what official marker says

When people move to North Texas, in my experience, one thing that tends to fascinate them is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Fifty-five-years later, Dealey Plaza, where it happened, remains one of the top tourist destinations in the area.

Rapid DNA technology gets mixed reviews in Houston

When crime happens in Houston, the race is on to find the person responsible and get them off the street as quickly as possible.

Austin residents protest Trump’s national emergency declaration on President’s Day

As part of a nation-wide movement, a small crowd gathered at Republic Square in Downtown Austin to protest President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

OPD arrest man in connection weekend murder

Odessa police are investigating a murder that occurred over the weekend.

‘I love you’: Aurora victim texted his wife after he was shot

A plant manager killed by an employee during a shooting at a suburban Chicago manufacturing facility texted one last message to his wife as he lay dying.

Nothing to whine about... today is National Drink Wine Day!

According to Medical News Today, “moderate” wine consumption is said to be good for the health.

Alec Baldwin asks if Trump tweet on SNL skit is threat against him, family

Does a tweet from President Trump criticizing Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of him on “Saturday Night Live” count as a threat against the actor? That’s what Baldwin is apparently asking after Trump lashed out at the comedy show and NBC following Baldwin’s latest go-round as the commander in chief.

Man’s discarded napkin, genealogy site leads to arrest in 1993 stabbing death

Investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin.