AUSTIN, TX (KTRK) — A tea party-backed Texas state lawmaker has filed a bill to fully legalize marijuana, seeking to strike any prohibition of it from state statute. Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview filed his proposal late Monday. In a statement, he said he seeks to “reframe the current marijuana discussion.” House Bill […]

Let’s face it — money talks. And for some jobs in 2011, there was a little more talking going on. We took a look at the top 20 jobs in 2011 that had the largest year-over-year salary growth. All of the positions had salary growth of at least 5 percent since last year. Many factors […]

 American employers stepped up their hiring in December, bringing the unemployment rate down again. The economy added 200,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday, closing out the year with 1.6 million jobs gained in 2011. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, the lowest level since February 2009. The encouraging news was […]

According to a recent new report by the U.S. Census Bureau, one in six Americans are now living in poverty — more than 46 million people, or roughly 15 percent of all Americans. This is the highest number since the Census Bureau began tracking poverty 52 years ago. In 2010 alone, 2.6 million more American […]

Despite five months of blistering attacks on dissent, the Syrian regime has yet to score a decisive victory against a pro-democracy uprising determined to bring down the country’s brutal dictatorship. President Bashar Assad still has the military muscle to level pockets of resistance, but the conflict has robbed him of almost all international support. Even […]

The downgrading of U.S. government bonds by Standard & Poor’s has become a campaign-shaping event for President Barack Obama and whoever his Republican adversary turns out to be. In fact, it’s ensured that the 2012 election will be fought on the battlefield of debt and unemployment. The reverberation from that demotion means that Electoral College […]

At least 45 civilians were killed in a tank assault by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to occupy the center of Hama, an activist said on Thursday, in a sharp escalation of a military campaign aimed at ending an uprising against his rule. Reacting to intensifying assaults on Syrian cities and towns, the U.N. Security […]

  Hacker group Anonymous continued its battle with PayPal this week, encouraging users to cancel their accounts over recent arrests and the company’s refusal to handle transactions for whistleblower site Wikileaks. The effort, dubbed Operation PayPal (or #OpPayPal), kicked off around 4am Eastern time and called on Anonymous supporters to “immediately close their accounts and […]

 You’ve heard of employers conducting criminal and background checks. Now, some companies are also conducting social media checks of potential employees. Evan Urbania with Chatterbox, a social media consulting firm, explains there are companies who can gather all your online comments, posts, feeds and photos to create a profile of who you are online. “We […]

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — New York state ushered in gay marriage at the stroke of midnight Sunday, with a Buffalo couple among the first to wed. Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd said “I do” moments after midnight on Goat Island, with rainbow-colored lights on Niagara Falls in the background. The couple have been together for more […]