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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.

Jan 18, 2014

In letters, J.D. Salinger bemoans trappings of fame

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 18 (Reuters) – In a letter to his college
friend, a young J.D. Salinger writes about yearning for fame. In
ensuing correspondence to the same woman and her son over the
next four decades, the American author describes how much he
loathes his status as a celebrity.

In the letters from Salinger to Ruth Smith Maier, a woman he
met while attending Ursinus College in Pennsylvania in 1938, the
two share stories about parenthood, working as a writer and
general banter about popular culture.

Jan 15, 2014

Texas, Ohio fight over Air Force One where LBJ took oath

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The foundation that backs
the library for President Lyndon Baines Johnson is locking horns
with the Air Force museum in Ohio over an Air Force One jet that
Johnson admirers believe belongs in Texas.

The LBJ Foundation is seeking to have the modified Boeing
707 that came into service under President John F. Kennedy and
in which Johnson took the oath of the presidency hours after
Kennedy’s assassination, transported to Austin and put on
display near the LBJ Presidential Library.

Jan 12, 2014

Myth-busting librarians debunk rumors about Texas’ Wild West laws

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Legend has it that the
long arm of Texas law once extended to hotel balconies where the
men with star badges would take into custody anyone who violated
a state statute forbidding people to hunt buffalo from such a

The legend ends at the Legislative Reference Library of
Texas, where a small team of well-referenced librarians has gone
through the records and sorted out fact from fiction when it
comes to the laws of the Lone Star State.

Jan 12, 2014

Permit to hunt endangered rhino sells for $350,000 despite protests

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia sold for $350,000 at an auction in Dallas on Saturday with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals despite protests from animal rights groups that saw the sale as immoral conservation.

The license allows for the killing of a single, post-breeding bull, with Namibian wildlife officials on hand for the hunt to make sure an appropriate animal is selected.

Jan 8, 2014

Texas club auctions rhino hunt permit in bid to protect species

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Dallas Safari Club will auction a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia, possibly fetching up to $1 million with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals in a move seen by some animal rights groups as ethically dubious conservation.

The license being auctioned on Saturday is supposed to allow for the killing of a single, post-breeding bull, with Namibian wildlife officials on hand for the hunt to make sure an appropriate animal is selected.

Dec 28, 2013

Four killed, three wounded in Louisiana crime spree

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A Louisiana man is suspected of killing his wife, ex-mother-in-law and a former employer before turning a shotgun on himself and committing suicide at four locations outside of New Orleans, police said on Friday.

The suspect Ben Edward Freeman, 38, was also believed to have shot three other people in the crime spree that took place on Thursday night in Lafourche Parish, about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.