DALLAS (AP) - As a wintry blast makes its way across the nation, schools in Texas canceled Friday classes and airlines canceled hundreds of flights. North Texans, who saw temperatures in the 80s earlier this week, are still haunted by the fiasco of a frozen Super Bowl week two years ago when the inadequate response to a winter storm crippled the region.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - An American chemistry teacher who was killed in Libya on Thursday left Austin about 18 months ago to work at Benghazi's International School. Students there say Ronald Thomas Smith II pushed them to work hard and succeed. A good friend says Smith "had a heart for Libya" and saw the teaching job as "a great opportunity to help people."
DALLAS (AP) - Former President George W. Bush is paying tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. In a statement about the anti-apartheid icon, Bush said: "This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas affiliate of the National Education Association and other advocacy groups are staging a rally and march to issue failing grades to U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz on social and educational issues. The lawmakers are being chided for failing to do more on issues the groups say are "critical to Texas families," including labor, public education, health care, immigration reform and voting rights.
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