Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:30 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2013 2:31 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An embattled University of Texas regent accused of misusing his office in an attempt to force out Austin campus president Bill Powers won't testify as a House committee reconvenes today. Regent Wallace Hall wasn't subpoenaed, and his attorney this week signaled concerns over lawmakers' intentions. Powers received a cautious endorsement last week from UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. Both men have clashed over the direction of UT's flagship campus and are expected to testify in the Hall investigation.
McALLEN, Texas (AP) Documents filed in the past few days in federal court in Miami indicate Carnival Cruise Lines knew about a risk of leaks from engine fuel hoses and recommended precautions before the ill-fated voyage of the Carnival Triumph. A lawsuit filed in February on behalf of dozens of passengers argues the cruise line and its parent Carnival Corporation were negligent in maintenance, allowing Triumph to sail from Galveston on Feb. 7. A Feb. 10 fire disabled the ship. Passengers endured a nightmarish tow to Mobile, Ala.
LOS ANGELES (AP) A jury deciding the ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett has concluded its first full day of deliberations. The panel of six men and six women is considering whether to allow Ryan O'Neal to keep the portrait or if it belongs to the University of Texas at Austin. The university is suing O'Neal to gain possession of the portrait, which it says should have been included in Fawcett's gift of all her artwork to the school. Another nearly identical portrait was given to the university and hangs in its art museum. O'Neal says the artwork was a gift from Warhol and he should be allowed to keep it.
(Information in the following story is from: The Brownsville Herald, http://www.brownsvilleherald.com)
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) Charges have been dropped against a federal agent who worked at the McAllen office of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General. Prosecutors had alleged that Marco Rodriguez falsified records at his supervisor's request. But the U.S. Attorney's office filed the motion asking that the charges against Rodriguez be dropped. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville granted the motion with prejudice earlier this month.