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Mar 10, 2014

Snowden: reforms vindicate my classified data leaks

AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 (Reuters) – Former security
contractor Edward Snowden, facing arrest if he steps foot on
U.S. soil, said the changes the American government and private
companies have made about managing massive amounts of data
helped vindicate his leaks of classified material.

Speaking to a sympathetic and tech-savvy crowd at the South
by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, via a video link from
Russia, Snowden added that the U.S. government still has no idea
what material he has provided to journalists.

Mar 9, 2014

Favreau goes from “Iron Man” to stainless steel food truck in new film

AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 (Reuters) – Actor, director and
screenwriter Jon Favreau traded the high-flying super hero
antics of his “Iron Man” movies for a quieter new film about a
celebrated chef who quits his job at a top-flight restaurant and
takes to the road in a food truck.

“Chef,” a small-budget, independent comedy with a big-name
cast, including Iron Man veterans Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett
Johansson, made its premiere at the South by Southwest film
festival in Austin this weekend.

Mar 7, 2014

Michigan woman dead for six years found only after money runs out

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – For six years the bills were paid, the grass was cut and no one noticed the body of the dead woman sitting in the back seat of a car in a garage of a residential Pontiac, Michigan neighborhood.

Her mummified body was finally found this week by someone dispatched to check on the property that fell into foreclosure after the money ran out of her account and the mortgage payments stopped, police said on Friday.

Mar 5, 2014

College-entrance SAT exam set for major overhaul in 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – An obligatory essay, arcane vocabulary words and penalties for wrong answers will be gone from the widely used SAT exam as of 2016 as administrators try to make the standardized test more reflective of a student’s readiness for college.

The College Board, which oversees the exam required by most colleges and universities for admission, wants the test to focus more on what students learn in high school and their ability to think analytically, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Mar 5, 2014

Big names set to win in Texas primaries shaken by Tea Party influence

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were projected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement shook up several races with established Republicans.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, will win his race by a wide margin, local media projected. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for governor, and state Senator Wendy Davis, the top Democratic Party candidate, were also projected to win in landslides, they said.

Mar 4, 2014

Texans vote in primaries shaken by Tea Party influence

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were expected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement are trying to topple established Republicans in several races.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, will win his race easily, opinion polls show. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for governor, and state Senator Wendy Davis, the top Democratic Party candidate, were also expected to win by wide margins.

Mar 3, 2014

Cruz steering Texas Republicans further right in primary fights

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The longest shadow in Tuesday’s primary election in Texas is being cast by a politician not even in the running, freshman U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican.

Cruz, just two years into his first major elected office, has arguably become the most loved politician among Republicans in Texas, an incubator for national conservative policies where the party dominates the statehouse and has not lost a statewide race since 1994.

Feb 24, 2014

Republican Abbott widens lead in Texas governor’s race over Davis

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Republican front-runner in the race for Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has increased his lead over likely Democratic rival Wendy Davis, according to a poll released on Monday.

State Attorney General Abbott has an 11-percentage-point lead over State Senator Davis, the poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune found. That was a wider lead than the six-point edge Abbott held in a November poll.

Feb 18, 2014

U.S. Marines’ daughter becomes Sports Illustrated swimsuit pinup

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – With parents who met while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Hannah Ferguson seemed destined for a life in uniform.

Instead, the girl from rural Texas ended up as a model who is one of the featured rookies in the iconic Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue that will be released on Tuesday.

Feb 16, 2014

Texan turning Japanese sake into a Lone Star tipple

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 16 (Reuters) – What could be more Texas
than this? Rice grown in Texas fields first planted by settlers
more than a century ago, processed by a Texan in the heart of
the capital, Austin, and sold under the product name “Rising
Star.”

Welcome to the world of the Texas Sake Company, almost
certainly the first – and most certainly the only – commercial
brewer of the Japanese rice wine operating in the Lone Star
State.