AUSTIN, Texas — Attorney General Ken Paxton and his Democratic challenger, Rochelle Garza, are neck and neck in a new poll, a sign the embattled incumbent is vulnerable in November. Paxton leads Garza 34%-32% among registered voters — the tightest margin of any statewide contest, according to a Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll released Sunday. Eight percent supported ...

DALLAS — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is maintaining a modest lead over Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the simmering race for Texas governor, though his road to victory could be bumpy. According to a new poll from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, Abbott has a 7-point cushion over O’Rourke, unchanged from a similar survey in May. The poll, conducted Aug. 1-7, surveyed ...

WASHINGTON — It is August, so Blake Snell is the pitcher the Padres intended him to be and need him to be. The left-hander has in his two seasons with the Padres been inexplicably inconsistent — until summer gets going and he heats up. In the Padres' 6-0 victory Sunday against the young and scuffling Nationals, Snell was almost unfair. His slider broke into the zone and out of it, as the ...

A man crashed his car into a barricade protecting the U.S. Capitol early Sunday and fired a handgun in the air several times before fatally shooting himself. Nobody else was hurt, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement. The man’s vehicle became engulfed in flames as he exited and started shooting, at which point officers attempted to approach the man when he shot himself, the police said. ...

A Pennsylvania man arrested Saturday night for the murder of a woman is allegedly the same man who drove his car through a crowd raising money for fire victims earlier that night, killing one. Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24, has been charged with two counts of criminal homicide, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed early Sunday. Around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, police responded to calls in Berwick, ...

PHILADELPHIA — There’s something about Pennsylvania’s political DNA that’s playing out in this year’s crucial Senate race. It’s not that we have one unifying statewide identity, but we are a state with lots of intense regional identities — that can oftentimes breed distrust of out-of-towners. People don’t say they’re from Pennsylvania. They say Pittsburgh or Philly; NEPA or the Lehigh Valley; ...

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said gasoline prices should fall further after dropping to less than $4 a gallon for the first time since March. “We hope that that’s true but, again, it can be impacted by what’s happening globally,” Granholm said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Prices in the fourth quarter are expected to average $3.78 a gallon, according to an Energy ...

LOS ANGELES — The woman whose Mar Vista home caught fire after Anne Heche crashed her car into it on Aug. 5 has spoken out about the actor's death. Lynne Mishele — who had been renting and living in the house on Walgrove Avenue with her three pets — posted an Instagram video on Friday "sending love to everybody involved" in the accident. Heche was in a coma this week and died at age 53 on ...

Anne Heche’s organ recipients have been selected, and the actress is set to be removed from life support Sunday afternoon, according to a report. The organ transplant procedures will begin once Heche is off life support, TMZ reported. Details including how many recipients were identified or which organs will be donated have not been revealed. Heche was declared brain dead earlier in the week ...

At least 41 people were killed and about a dozen others hurt when a fire broke out at a church in greater Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said. Firefighters and ambulances were dispatched to Abo Sefein church in the Imbaba district of Giza on Sunday in response to a blaze the interior ministry said was traced to an electrical fault with an air-conditioning unit. The health ministry said that 12 ...

ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center continues to keep its eye on a low pressure area located off the Texas coast. In its 2 p.m. Sunday tropical update, the NHC said that a large area of showers and thunderstorms continues to move over southern Texas in association with the low pressure area located inland. The NHC gives the system a 0% chance of additional development, but heavy ...

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A U.S. congressional delegation led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., landed in Taiwan Sunday for a two-day visit, a trip that risks keeping tensions with China high after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went earlier this month. The delegation will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and local lawmakers, according to a foreign ministry statement. ...

WASHINGTON — A senior Democratic lawmaker said he hasn’t seen any evidence that materials the FBI seized from Donald Trump’s home were properly declassified, casting doubt on the former president’s explanations. “And the idea that 18 months after the fact Donald Trump could simply announce, ‘Well, I’m retroactively declassifying, or whatever I took home had the effect of declassifying them,’ ...

A man crashed his car into a barricade protecting the US Capitol early Sunday and fired a handgun in the air several times before fatally shooting himself. Nobody else was hurt, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement. The man’s vehicle became engulfed in flames as he exited and started shooting, at which point officers attempted to approach the man when he shot himself, the police said. ...

CHICAGO — When Chicago-born R&B star R. Kelly walked out of the Cook County criminal courthouse a free man in 2008, it wasn’t just a stroke of luck. Kelly’s stunning acquittal on child pornography charges nearly a decade and a half ago was the result of a carefully crafted strategy by a team of veteran Chicago criminal defense attorneys, who employed nearly every street-fight tactic in the ...