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Nov 5, 2014

After election defeat, Democrats aim for long-term gains in Texas

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Wendy Davis may have lost the battle for Texas governor by a wide margin on Tuesday, but Democrats are forging ahead in the belief that demographic trends will eventually help than conquer the Republican stronghold and alter the U.S. political map.

Democrats, who have not won a statewide election in 20 years, saw their top candidates suffer lopsided defeats. Republican Greg Abbott won the governor’s race by about 20 percentage points over Davis, a state senator who grabbed national attention last year when she filibustered a proposal to limit abortion rights.

Nov 5, 2014

Republican Greg Abbott wins Texas governor’s race

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Republican Greg Abbott has won the Texas governor’s race, Reuters/Ipsos projected on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Wendy Davis, a state senator who drew national attention last year when she filibustered a proposal to limit abortion rights.

Texas Republicans were also poised to sweep all statewide offices, extending years of futility for Democrats, who last won the Texas governor’s race in 1990 with Ann Richards.

Nov 5, 2014

Yet another George Bush wins an election in Texas

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – George P. Bush, the nephew of former U.S. President George W. Bush and grandson of President George H.W. Bush, declared victory on Tuesday in the race for Texas land commissioner, becoming the latest Bush to make a name for himself in the Lone Star State.

Bush, 38 and an attorney, also becomes the first person in his political dynasty family to win in his first major election.

Nov 5, 2014

Minnesota Vikings’ Peterson reaches plea deal to avoid jail

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reached a plea deal on Tuesday to charges of abusing his 4-year-old son that would see the former NFL most valuable player avoid any jail time.

Peterson, 29, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge. He must pay a fine of $4,000 and perform community service, under the deal reached in a court outside of Houston.

Nov 4, 2014

Minnesota Vikings’ Peterson reaches plea deal to avoid jail: media reports

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal to charges of abusing his 4-year-old son that would see him avoid any jail time, media reports said on Tuesday.

Peterson is scheduled to appear in a Texas court on Tuesday to face a child abuse charge for striking his son with a thin tree branch as a form of punishment, leaving the child bruised.

Nov 1, 2014

Economics of the Americas hit the fast track at Texas car auction

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 1 (Reuters) – On a prime patch of
riverfront real estate in the Texas capital, the economics of
the Americas are being played out at a classic car auction held
to coincide with the global sports spectacle of Formula 1 racing
making its annual stop in Austin.

Classic cars from around the world will be headed to the
auction block on Saturday, with a large contingent of the buyers
likely to be Latin Americans in Austin for the F1 United States
Grand Prix, one of the best-attended races on the F1 circuit.

Oct 31, 2014

American detained in North Korea said he wanted to help Christians

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The American detained by North Korea knew he risked jail by leaving a Bible behind at a club and was not abused during his nearly half year detention in the state often criticized for suppressing religious freedom, he told NBC News on Friday.

Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was released last week by North Korea and then returned to his home near Dayton. He had been one of three Americans held by mercurial state, which typically uses the release of foreign captives to build domestic political support for its leaders.

Oct 29, 2014

Executions in Texas and Missouri come as U.S. capital punishment drop

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Texas executed a convicted
murderer on Tuesday and Missouri plans to put a man to death
early Wednesday for killing a mother and children at a time when
the number of executions in the United States is on pace to be
the lowest in two decades.

Miguel Paredes died by lethal injection at the Texas death
chamber in Huntsville. He was convicted with two co-defendants
of killing three people in 2000. The co-defendants received life
sentences.

Oct 28, 2014

Two inmates to be put to death in Texas, Missouri, as overall U.S. executions drop

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Two U.S. inmates convicted
of murder as teenagers are scheduled to be put to death on
Tuesday and early Wednesday at a time when the number of
executions in the United States is on pace to be the lowest in
two decades.

Texas plans to execute Miguel Paredes, 32, who was convicted
with two co-defendants of killing three people in 2000.

Oct 22, 2014

Fowle back at Ohio home after half-year detention in North Korea

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday after a tearful reunion with this family at a U.S. Air Force base in the state, and his lawyer said he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in North Korea.

Fowle, 56, had been one of three Americans held by mercurial and secretive North Korea, which typically has tried to use the release of foreign captives as a way to build domestic political support for its leaders.