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Feb 15, 2014

Texas suspends first doctor under new abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Texas has suspended a
Houston doctor’s license for performing abortions without
getting privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital, the
first such move under a new state abortion law that went into
effect last year.

The Texas Medical Board said on Friday that physician
Theodore Herring performed 268 abortions between Nov. 6 and Feb.
7 without the right to admit patients to an authorized hospital
within 30 miles (48 kms) of where the procedures took place.

Feb 7, 2014

Hundreds of thousands lose power after U.S. Northeast storm

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Utility crews worked on Thursday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the U.S. Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the region, but flights began returning to normal after thousands of delays or cancellations.

The latest in a series of winter blasts dumped up to a foot of snow on Wednesday and early Thursday on the Eastern Seaboard from Maryland to Maine. About 100 million people, or one-third of the U.S. population, lives in the region.

Feb 6, 2014

Hundreds of thousands without power after U.S. Northeast storm

Feb 6 (Reuters) – Utility crews on Thursday worked to
restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses
in the U.S. Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the
region. But flights began returning to normal after thousands of
delays or cancellations.

The latest in a series of winter blasts dumped up to about a
foot (30 cm) of snow on Wednesday and early Thursday on the
Eastern Seaboard from Maryland to Maine. About 100 million
people – or one-third of the U.S. population, lives in the
region.

Feb 5, 2014

Texas to execute woman convicted of killing man for insurance money

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to execute a woman convicted of leading a plot to kidnap, torture and then beat to death a mentally disabled man to collect insurance money.

The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, plans to execute Suzanne Basso, 59, at 6:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time (2400 GMT) on Wednesday by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville.

Jan 29, 2014

Daughters of Texas Democrat Davis defend mother in bio brouhaha

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The daughters of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis rallied to her defense against accusations that their mother embellished her biography, saying in open letters released on Tuesday they wanted to “set the record straight.”

Davis, a Democrat, is trying to recover from a major setback after the Dallas Morning News earlier this month questioned details about the inspiring life story at the center of her campaign of how she went from teenage mother in a Texas trailer park to Harvard Law School graduate.

Jan 27, 2014

Texas executes Mexican national despite diplomatic protests

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Mexican national convicted for the 1994 slaying of a Houston police officer was executed by lethal injection in Texas on Wednesday, ending a capital murder case that put him at the center of a diplomatic dispute.

Edgar Tamayo, 46, who was denied an 11th-hour stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court, was pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m. local time (0332 GMT) at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to officials at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Jan 23, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court denies stay of execution in Texas for Mexican

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Mexican national Edgar Tamayo on Wednesday, allowing Texas to put to death the convicted killer who is also at the centre of a diplomatic dispute.

Texas has until midnight local time (0600 GMT) to execute Tamayo at its death chamber in Huntsville.

Jan 23, 2014

Texas delays execution of Mexican national amid diplomatic protests

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Texas delayed the
execution of Mexican national Edgar Tamayo scheduled for
Wednesday as it waited word on an appeal from the U.S. Supreme
Court to keep alive the convicted killer who is also at the
center of a diplomatic dispute.

The Mexican government has called on Texas to halt the
execution, saying it would be a violation of international law
and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Texas Governor
Rick Perry to consider a stay.

Jan 22, 2014

Texas to execute Mexican national in face of diplomatic protest

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to execute Mexican national Edgar Tamayo on Wednesday for killing a Houston police officer in 1994 despite objections from the Mexican government, which said implementing the death penalty would violate international treaties.

Tamayo, 46, was convicted of shooting dead Houston police officer Guy P. Gaddis, who had arrested him on suspicion of robbery.

Jan 21, 2014

Texas Democrat Davis battles suspicions of embellishing life story

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – An inspiring escape-from-poverty story helped Texas Democrat Wendy Davis rise to political prominence, but suspicions that she embellished parts of her biography could hurt her campaign for governor.

Davis’s campaign is facing its first test in crisis management after the Dallas Morning News in the past week published reports questioning details of how Davis, a state senator, went from teenage mother in a Texas trailer park to Harvard Law School graduate.