Crews work overnight in clean up of oil spill

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) The Coast Guard says nearly half the oil that spilled at a major Texas port during a collision between a tanker and a towing vessel has evaporated, dispersed or been recovered from the water.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Casey Ranel said Monday about 175,000 gallons of oil had been evaporated or dispersed. She says about 46,200 gallons or 10 percent of the total oil spilled was recovered.

About 462,000 gallons of oil spilled when an 800-foot tanker headed for an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery in Beaumont collided with a vessel pushing two barges.

Nobody was hurt.

A&M researchers studying far galaxies

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Star gazing has paid off for some Texas A&M researchers with a new look at some very old galaxies.

Two A&M astronomers were part of a team that has spent months studying the characteristics of some of the most distant recorded galaxies.

The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported Monday that scientists used a new wide-field camera on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. They interpreted images that show galaxies from about 13 billion years ago.

Steven Finkelstein and Casey Papovich relied on images and data from the camera, which are available to the public through NASA.

Papovich says what they saw are believed to be "the most distant things anyone has found."

Finkelstein and Papovich offered details this month to the American Astronomical Society.

IDs on 2 plane crash victims in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A high school student from Fort Worth and his flight instructor died in the crash of a small plane in Ellis County.

A statement from the Fort Worth Independent School District said counselors would be on hand Monday at Dunbar High School to help students and staff cope with the death of Eric Schultz.

The district says the 15-year-old sophomore and Greg Green, an instructor with the Claude R. Platte Future Pilots Program, died Saturday when their small plane crashed near Waxahachie.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Soil shift in San Antonio leads to evacuations

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A soil shift in northwest San Antonio led to the evacuation of dozens of homes over fears that two retaining walls could collapse near widening gaps.

Engineers are trying to try to determine why the soil is giving way, leaving several homes with structural damage, near openings up to 15 feet deep.

About 200 people attended a meeting Sunday night with emergency personnel and representatives of builders.