• VIDEO: Tour bus fire on SH 130 in Pflugerville

    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Video showed a tour bus engulfed in flames on State Highway 130 in Pflugerville Wednesday.
    Around 3 p.m., a KXAN viewer sent us a video of the fire near East Pecan Street, as firefighters tried to put out the blaze around the center of the bus.
    A spokesperson for Pflugerville police says the tourists on the bus were able to get off the bus safely and moved to a nearby building to get out of the cold.
    Travis County Emergency Services District #2 was on scene put
  • Rex Tillerson out as secretary of state, Trump says

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (KXAN) — In a morning tweet, President Donald Trump announced Rex Tillerson would no longer be U.S. Secretary of State.
    Trump said current CIA director Mike Pompeo would replace Tillerson in the role. “He will do a fantastic job!” Trump added and thanked Tillerson for his service.
    Trump also announced Gina Haspel will become the new CIA director. She will be the first woman to head that agency.
    Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of
  • One dies after bus with Houston students aboard plunges into Alabama ravine

    LOXLEY, Ala. (KXAN/WKRG) — A tour bus carrying students returning to Houston from a school trip plunged into a ravine off an interstate in Alabama.
    Officials report one person died and between 12 and 20 people were hurt and that up to 45 people may have been on the bus, according to KXAN sister station WKRG. Interstate 10 eastbound was shut down on the Alabama side, west of the Florida border.
    It is not known which school students were returning from or where they went for their trip.
  • How to get free FAFSA help before early deadline Thursday

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — College isn’t getting any cheaper, and a local community group wants to make sure you or your future grad is getting as much financial aid as possible.
    Foundation Communities operates its College Hub to help people file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to meet Thursday’s priority deadline. Doing so ensures prospective college students get as much money in aid as possible. Filing the form by the early deadline opens
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  • Man tries to use sledgehammer to stop hit-and-run driver

    MIAMI (WFLA/CNN) – A crazy scene unfolded in Miami on Sunday when a driver tried to leave the scene of a car accident.
    In a video posted to Facebook, two men are seen yelling at the driver to stop as they pound on his car and try to open the doors. The driver manages to pull onto another street, and the crowd follows.
    A man pulled out a sledgehammer and began to break the windows of the driver’s car.
    The driver eventually pulled away again.
    Maxwell Lagutenko, 25, was later arrested.
  • Bali to shush social media for Day of Silence

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Bali’s annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense. This year it will be nearly impossible to do that anyway.
    The head of the Bali office of Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications, Nyoman Sujaya, said Tuesday that all phone companies have agreed to shut down the mobile internet for 24 hours during “Nyepi,” a day marking New Year on the predominant
  • Employee at Amazon facility in San Marcos charged with terroristic threat

    LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — A Snapchat post by an employee of the Amazon fulfillment center in San Marcos that read, “Don’t go to Amazon tomorrow” along with a photo of three rifles led to the employee’s arrest.
    Joshua Logan Hawkins, 19, was reported to police on March 9. In a Facebook post by the Lockhart Police Department Monday, officials say Hawkins, who has been charged with terroristic threat, lives in Lockhart.
    After seeing the Snapchat post, police got a warran
  • What we know about the victims of Monday’s package bombings

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Friends and family members are posting to social media about the young man who was killed in one of Monday’s package explosions. KXAN is choosing not to release his name, as the Austin Police Department is still notifying family members of his death.
    However, several friends and neighbors spoke with us, saying the 17-year-old had a big heart and was loved by many. They also say he was a talented bass player, about to graduate high school with a bright future.
    “H
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  • Chief Manley answers your questions about the package bombs

     
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN’s Phil Prazan sat down with interim Chief of Police Brian Manley to answer your questions about the package bombs that have gone off in Austin in the past two weeks.
    In a one-on-one interview, Manley said up to 100 federal officials are helping Austin police investigate what led up to the three package explosions that claimed two lives and injured two other people.
    Other than perhaps the most infamous mail bombing case of Ted Kaczynski — who, better
  • Cole and Vela face off for Dawnna Duke’s seat in first debate after primary

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — East Travis County voters decided to vote out 22-year incumbent State Rep. Dawnna Dukes in favor of someone new. Two people will face off in a May runoff election, immigration attorney “Chito” Vela and former Austin Mayor pro-tem Sheryl Cole.
    Both candidates came into KXAN to debate the issues facing House District 46.Read more about primary election nightTexans vote in their primary runoffs May 22.
  • Austin package bombs draw parallels to the ‘Unabomber’

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — The bomber who police believe packaged and planted three bombs on home porches is not amateur according to a “parcel bomb” expert.
    Package bombs explode on a monthly basis across the world but most of it spurs from political groups in Europe and South America. Less so in the United States. The ATF investigated around 700 explosions in 2016 — the latest information available — but only three were hand placed inside boxes.
    “Usually there’s
  • Austin explosions prompt reminders, worries of package safety

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — After two more explosive packages were left on Austin porches Monday, people across the city expressed their worries and talked about how to keep their homes safer.
    Monday, Austin police investigators determined a package bomb that killed a teen and injured a woman was likely connected to a bomb that killed a man on March 2. Investigators say it appears the packages were placed on porches instead of being left by a delivery driver. APD believes these explosions are part of
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  • Trump honors World Series champion Houston Astros

    President Donald Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their first World Series win, an “incredible victory” that Trump said was even more special following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city.
    Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 last year to clinch the title. Trump, who played baseball in high school, declared it “was one of the greatest baseball games anybody has ever seen.” The Astros jumped to a 5-0 lead by the second
  • Innovators talk tech for minority youth at SXSW

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — How does our 21st-century technological society adapt to be as inclusive as possible for all citizens? A South by Southwest panel tackled this topic.
    The panel, labeled “Minority Report: Engaging Kids of Color in Tech,” featured several founders of organizations that promote digital literacy for young people, particularly minorities.
    During the discussion, the panelists said they want to ensure as Texas’ minority population continues to grow, tech companie
  • PHOTOS: Police investigate three package bombs left at Austin homes

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three package bombs that have exploded at Austin homes in the past two weeks have led to a massive response from the Austin Police Department and other state and federal law enforcement agencies.
    In total, the three explosions have killed two people and injured two others. Photos from the scenes of the bombing locations in east and southeast Austin Monday show the FBI, ATF and numerous Austin police officers and command staff at the scenes investigating.Read more: Three pac
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  • Gov. Abbott offers $15,000 reward in Austin package bomb cases

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is offering a $15,000 reward following three package bombings in the state’s capital city.
    “First and foremost, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of these atrocious attacks,” said Gov. Abbott. “I want to assure all Texans, and especially those in Austin, that local, state and federal law enforcement officials are working diligently to find those responsible for these heinous crimes. As the investigatio
  • Texan among five killed in helicopter crash in New York

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas firefighter and an Argentine woman were among five passengers killed when a helicopter plunged into New York City’s East River as the pilot said the engine had failed.
    Argentina’s New York consulate said Monday that Carla Vallejos Blanco was one of the victims in the crash Sunday night. The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department confirmed that Fire-Rescue Officer Brian McDaniel also died.
    McDaniel, 26, had been with the department since May 2016. According to NBC
  • APD: Don’t pick up or open packages you aren’t expecting

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you receive a package you are not expecting and do not recognize the sender or something doesn’t seem right, call 911.
    Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley issued the warning to residents Monday after investigators determined a package bomb that killed a teen and injured a woman was likely connected to a bomb that killed a man on March 2.
    Austin Police are asking residents to call 911 if they receive a package they are not expecting.
    Investigators say it a
  • LIVE: At least one hurt in another package explosion in southeast Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Officials are responding to a reported explosion in southeast Austin. The Austin Fire Department tweeted it was another package explosion.
    Multiple crews headed to the scene in the 6700 block of Galindo Street around 11:50 a.m., which is near Montopolis Drive and US 183. Austin-Travis County EMS says a woman in her 70s was taken to the hospital with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Another woman in her 80s had an unrelated medical issue.A package explod
  • Man allegedly in country illegally charged after being found in hotel with AR-15 and bumpstock

    INDIANAPOLIS (WCMH) — A man allegedly in the country illegally is facing federal charges after investigators say he had a rifle with a scope, bipod and bumpstock in a hotel near the Indianapolis Women’s March in January.
    According to court documents, a security officer at Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis spotted firearms in the front and back seat of Ahmed Alaklouk’s vehicle that was parked on hotel property on January 20. The security officer then called police.
    When po
  • World Series champions Astros visit White House

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Keuchel’s new suit arrived not a moment too soon.
    Now the ace pitcher has the proper attire to wear when visiting the most famous residence in the country.
    Keuchel and his World Series champion Houston teammates will leave their spring training home Monday morning to visit the White House.
    “I’m looking forward to it,” Keuchel said. “I got a new suit. Also gained some pounds, so my old suits didn’t fit.”
    It’
  • Three package bombs in two weeks are likely connected, police say

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three package bombs at Austin homes in the last two weeks are believed to be related, Austin police said Monday as they investigated two explosions Monday morning within 5 hours of each other.
    In total, the three explosions have killed two people and injured two others.
    In the third explosion just 11:50 a.m. Monday, a 75-year-old Hispanic woman walked outside her home in southeast Austin and found a package. It exploded when she picked the package up, Interim Chief of Polic
  • Police: Two deadly explosions in Austin are related

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two deadly explosions in Austin in the last two weeks are likely related, Austin police said Monday as they investigated the latest incident at a home in east Austin.
    “I want the public to be aware and to be cautious because, again, we have two cases that are very similar and that have both resulted in a loss of life and until we find who committed this act and take them into custody, then yes it is appropriate for residents to be concerned if you receive a package yo
  • One killed, two hurt in package bombs at Austin homes Monday

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three package explosions at Austin homes in the last two weeks are believed to be related, Austin police said Monday as they investigated two explosions Monday morning within 5 hours of each other.
    In the latest explosion just before noon, a 75-year-old Hispanic woman walked outside her home and found a package. It exploded when she picked the package up, Interim Chief of Police Brian Manley said, describing the packages as average size boxes, that are “not exceptiona
  • One dead, one hurt in package explosion in east Austin

    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are responding to reports of a package that exploded at a home in east Austin.
    Austin-Travis County EMS says a boy in his teens died at the scene and a woman was taken to a hospital after the explosion around 6:44 a.m. in the 4800 block of Oldfort Hill Drive, which is between 51st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The woman has serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.
    Police are on scene and investigating another suspicious pac
  • Plane carrying 71 people crashes, catches fire in Kathmandu

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, killing at least 50 people, officials and witnesses said.
    The exact number of dead and injured remained unclear amid the chaos of the crash and the rush of badly injured people to nearby hospitals, but Brig. Gen. Gokul Bhandari, the Nepal army spokesman, said it was clear that at least
  • Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A passenger plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed and burst into flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, killing dozens of people, officials said.
    The death toll remained unclear amid the chaos of the crash and the rush of badly injured victims to nearby hospitals. Brig. Gen. Gokul Bhandari, the Nepal army spokesman, said 50 people had died and the fate of the others was unknown. But a police official, speaking on condition of anon
  • Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance

    DUBLIN (AP) — Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland.
    Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw collapsed while performing Sunday night in Dublin.
    McGraw’s wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan’s Instagram page saying, “He’s been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage.”
    A representative for McGraw issued a statement saying McGraw was attended to by lo
  • 5 killed in helicopter crash into New York City’s East River

    NEW YORK (AP) — All five passengers aboard a helicopter that crashed into New York City’s East River were confirmed dead early Monday morning by a NYPD spokesman.
    The pilot was able to escape the Sunday night crash after the aircraft flipped upside down in the water, officials said. He was rescued by a tugboat.
    The helicopter, a private charter hired for a photo shoot, went down near Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence.
    Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter shows the red
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