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Feb 9, 2015

‘American Sniper’ Texas murder trial nears as jurors’ screening completed

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Final jury selection began on Monday in a Texas court for the trial of the U.S. veteran accused of fatally shooting former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

The screening of about 800 potential jurors began last week in a court in rural Erath County for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, charged with murdering Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth.

Feb 8, 2015

‘Alice in Wonderland’ at 150, more than child’s play and tea parties

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – As the celebrated children’s book of Britain’s Victorian era turns 150, an exhibit in Texas traces its history to show how “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” adapted and transformed through now-familiar concepts of merchandising and multimedia.

The Lewis Carroll book swept children’s literature when it was published in 1865, and the popular work was soon adapted for the theater,¬†Alice-themed toys and eventually films during the early days of the industry.

Jan 29, 2015

Texas rally by Muslims seeking tolerance disrupted by protesters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A rally at the Texas Capitol on Thursday by Muslims seeking religious tolerance was repeatedly disrupted by a small group of protesters who said the state belonged to followers of Jesus Christ and that Muslims should go back to the Middle East.

During opening remarks at the Texas Muslim Capitol Day event, a Christian activist from Michigan grabbed the microphone from the speaker and said: “I proclaim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ over the capitol of Texas. I stand against Islam.”

Jan 25, 2015

U.S. East Coast braces for ‘historic’ blizzard on Monday

By Brendan O’Brien and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine was bracing for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday that is expected to dump as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for the northern section of the East Coast from Monday afternoon until Tuesday and placed states from New Jersey to Indiana under winter storm watches and advisories.

Jan 25, 2015

TV talk show pioneer and New York mainstay Joe Franklin dies at 88

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin, who interviewed thousands of people from a dancing dentist to Academy Award winning actors in a far from glamorous New York studio has died at the age of 88, his long time producer said on Sunday.

Franklin, a New York broadcasting institution who helped bolster the careers of then emerging stars such as Al Pacino, Bill Cosby and Bette Midler, started his TV talk show in the 1950s and kept in running into the 1990s.

Jan 20, 2015

Republican Abbott becomes Texas governor, pledges border security

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Republican Greg Abbott was
sworn in as the new governor of Texas on Tuesday, pledging to
fight the Obama administration over border security and grow the
state’s $1.4 trillion a year economy.

But as he takes office in the state that is the country’s
largest oil and gas producer, the Texas comptrollers’ office has
warned of a steep drop in revenue in energy production taxes and
fees, an item Abbott did not mention in his inaugural address.

Jan 15, 2015

Tesla’s Musk woos Texas lawmakers, talks track, car plant

AUSTIN, Texas/DETROIT Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors CEO
Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers on Thursday to ease restrictions
on sales of his electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect
of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his
“hyperloop” mass transit concept in the state.

Texas is one of several states that have barred, or strictly
limited, Tesla’s ability to sell cars directly to consumers
through company-owned stores.

Jan 15, 2015

Tesla’s Musk woos Texas lawmakers with talk of track, car plant

AUSTIN, Texas/DETROIT Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors CEO
Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers on Thursday to ease restrictions
on sales of his electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect
of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his
“hyperloop” mass transit concept in the state.

Texas is one of several states that have barred, or strictly
limited, Tesla’s ability to sell cars directly to consumers
through company-owned stores.

Jan 14, 2015

Ten killed, five injured after Texas prison bus hits train

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people skidded off an icy overpass and hit a freight train on Wednesday, leaving at least 10 people dead and five others injured, officials said.

Two correctional officers and eight inmates died from injuries sustained in the accident near the west Texas city of Odessa, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Jan 13, 2015

Grillers’ dreams steeped in smoke at Texas Camp Brisket

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) – To the members of Camp Brisket, listening to Aaron Franklin discuss the role of smoke in slow-cooking a piece of meat was like watching Hank Aaron break down his home run swing or Joe Montana give tips on how to mount a Super Bowl winning drive.

About 100 campers came last week to Texas A&M University’s Meat Science and Technology Center to learn from the greatest pit masters in the state, including Franklin, to cook brisket. It can take a day to turn the somewhat cheap cut into a mouth-watering meal, but it takes years of dedication to make it sublime.