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Posted: Jan 25, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Jan 25, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) More than a quarter of a million students have an unscheduled day off after a cold front left icy conditions in parts of Texas. Ice hindered drivers in parts of Central Texas. The Austin Independent School District and the University of Texas, with more than 50,000 students, canceled classes Friday.

NEW YORK (AP) The frigid winter of 2014 is setting the price of natural gas on fire. The price in the futures market soared to $5.18 per 1,000 cubic feet on Friday, up 10 percent to the highest level in three and a half years. The price of natural gas is up 29 percent in two weeks, and is 50 percent higher than last year at this time.

HOUSTON (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Texas college student from Saudi Arabia who's serving life in prison for trying to make a bomb for use in a religious attack. Former President George W. Bush possibly was among his targets. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from 23-year-old Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) A West Texas lawyer has been sentenced in El Paso to 20 years in federal prison for scheming to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. U.S. District Judge David Briones sentenced El Paso lawyer Marco Antonio Delgado on Friday. Delgado was found guilty in October of conspiring to launder up to $600 million for a now-defunct drug cartel.

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