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Dec 7, 2013

U.S. teacher killed Libya remembered as force for change

By Curtis Skinner and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Ronnie Smith, the American teacher shot dead by gunmen in Libya, was remembered on Friday by his students and friends as an inspirational figure making a difference in the troubled North African country.

Smith was gunned down on Thursday as he was exercising in the Libyan city of Benghazi where he worked as a chemistry teacher for the last year and a half, security sources and school officials said. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.

Dec 4, 2013

Texas executes inmate who killed guard in escape attempt

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas executed by lethal injection on Tuesday a man convicted of slamming a pickup truck into a mounted correctional officer in a prison escape attempt in 2007, knocking her off the horse and killing her.

Jerry Martin, 43, was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m. U.S. Central Time (0027 GMT on Wednesday) at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Nov 29, 2013

Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leaked online: reports

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Three unpublished stories from reclusive U.S. author J.D. Salinger have been leaked online, with the source apparently an unauthorized book that sold on eBay, Internet news source BuzzFeed reported on Thursday.

It was difficult to trace the origin of the collection called “Three Stories,” with the only known copies of the stories existing in research libraries at the University of Texas and Princeton University, it said.

Nov 27, 2013

Texas frees daycare operator accused of ‘satanic’ sexual abuse

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas has released a woman who spent 21 years in jail on charges of sexually abusing children in satanic rituals at her daycare facility, saying expert medical testimony that helped convict her was wrong.

Frances Keller, 63, was released on bond late Tuesday night and her husband, Dan Keller, who was convicted at the same time, will be released within a week in a deal reached with lawyers for the two, the Travis County district attorney’s office said.

Nov 23, 2013

A thoughtful time at JFK bar in Dallas on assassination anniversary

DALLAS (Reuters) – Over chardonnay and bourbon, patrons in plush leather chairs at the Kennedy Room in Dallas talked on Friday of conspiracy theories and of a city repairing its reputation to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Many seeking to remember the occasion had sought out the JFK-themed bar, where a picture of the president and his wife hangs among shelves of liquor and a mantel above a fireplace holds volumes of books on his presidency.

Nov 23, 2013

On 50th anniversary of JFK death – tears, memories, suspicion

DALLAS (Reuters) – U.S. President John F. Kennedy was remembered as a transcendent leader of a rising nation at a ceremony in Dallas on Friday, the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while bitterness remained for many who disbelieve the official story of how he died.

“Our collective hearts were broken,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told a crowd of about 5,000 who came to a frigid Dealey Plaza, near where Kennedy was slain, for a commemoration marked with prayer, song and tears.

Nov 22, 2013

On 50th anniversary of JFK death, Dallas holds its first memorial

DALLAS (Reuters) – Dallas will observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Friday with its first official ceremony to mark the event seen as the darkest day in the city’s history.

Kennedy will be remembered with prayers, a speech by Mayor Mike Rawlings and military jets flying over the city’s Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was shot.

Nov 21, 2013

How the JFK assassination transformed media coverage

DALLAS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Six seconds in Dallas 50 years
ago changed the way media worked for decades to come.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22,
1963, was a transformative live, global TV news event. It swept
an industry without a playbook for covering a breaking story of
such magnitude and utterly changed how people receive their
news.

Nov 13, 2013

Florida, Texas execute men convicted of murders

/AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Both
Florida and Texas executed convicted murderers on Tuesday, with
Florida using a new drug in its lethal injection procedure that
has been challenged in court by death row inmates who say it
would leave them in extreme pain.

Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at the state prison in
Starke, Florida, at 6:18 p.m. EST (2318 GMT), 18 minutes after
the lethal injection procedure got underway.

Nov 13, 2013

Florida executes convicted murdered; Texas set to execute killer

/AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Florida
executed a convicted rapist and murderer on Tuesday, using a new
drug in its lethal injection procedure that has been challenged
in court by death row inmates who say it would leave them in
extreme pain.

Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at the state prison in
Starke, Florida, at 6:18 p.m. EST (2318 GMT), 18 minutes after
the lethal injection procedure got underway.