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May 15, 2015

Texas bill to add barriers to gay marriage dies in House

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Republican-backed legislation to put new blockades on same-sex marriage in Texas died in the statehouse on Friday after failing to win approval by a midnight deadline amid stalling tactics by the Democratic minority.

The bill, called the “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act,” would block clerk’s offices in the state’s 254 counties from using tax money to issue licenses for same-sex weddings.

May 13, 2015

Texas executes man convicted of murdering three in Houston

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas on Tuesday executed a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend, her mother and grandfather in their Houston home in 2002 as he took revenge on the family for trying to cut off his relationship with the daughter.

Derrick Charles, 32, was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said.

May 12, 2015

Texas set to execute man convicted of murdering three in Houston

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set on Tuesday to execute Derrick Charles, 32, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather in their Houston home in 2002.

Charles is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT local time at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville for strangling the three.

May 11, 2015

At least four dead, 50 injured after Arkansas, Texas tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – At least four people were killed and 50 injured in Texas and Arkansas after a series of tornadoes hit the Great Plains states overnight, flattening buildings and snapping power lines, officials said on Monday.

Two people were killed in Van, about 70 miles southeast of Dallas, by a tornado that hit late on Sunday. Eight adults were still unaccounted for on Monday, Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen told a news conference.

May 11, 2015

No additional suspects in attack at Prophet Mohammad event: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – There were no suspects in last week’s failed attack at a civic center outside Dallas other than the two men who were fatally shot while trying to storm an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, police said on Monday.

Roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of Phoenix were killed by a Garland police officer and four Garland Police SWAT team members when they opened fire with assault rifles outside the cartoon event held in the Dallas suburb. An unarmed security guard suffered a minor wound.

May 7, 2015

Texas ice cream maker had Listeria problems in 2013: FDA

AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 (Reuters) – Texas-based Blue Bell
Creameries had a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant as early
as 2013 and did not do enough to make sure its factory was
sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration.

The documents released on Thursday and based on inspections
in March and April of this year said there were presumptive
positive tests as early as March 2013 for Listeria on surfaces
at the company’s Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant in places such as
a floor in front of freezers.

May 7, 2015

Texas ice cream maker had Listeria problems in 2013: FDA

AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 (Reuters) – Texas-based Blue Bell
Creameries had a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant as early
as 2013 and did not do enough to make sure its factory was
sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration.

The documents released on Thursday and based on inspections
in March and April of this year said there were presumptive
positive tests as early as March 2013 for Listeria on surfaces
at the company’s Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant in places such as
a floor in front of freezers.

May 7, 2015

Texas ice cream maker likely aware of Listeria problems in 2013: FDA

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries likely knew as early as 2013 of a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant and did not do enough to make sure its factory was sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The documents released on Thursday and based on inspections in March and April of this year said there were presumptive positive tests as early as March 2013 for Listeria on surfaces at the company’s Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant in places such as a floor in front of freezers.

May 6, 2015

Texas attack shows evolution of ‘lone wolf’ militants -U.S. officials

WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. investigators believe two men killed after opening fire on a Texas event that offered a prize for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad represent an evolving model of “lone wolf” militants who are radicalized partly by themselves and partly through long-distance engagement with organized militants.

Although the Islamic State movement claimed credit for the Texas shooting, several U.S. officials said investigators have no evidence that either of the men shot dead by security personnel after they opened fire at the Garland, Texas, event traveled to Syria or Iraq. U.S. court documents do show that one of the men, Elton Simpson, once tried to travel to Somalia.

May 5, 2015

Gunman in Mohammad cartoon attack in Texas monitored for years

GARLAND, Texas/PHOENIX (Reuters) – Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

Two government sources who asked not to be named said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix. Court documents show that Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and was convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia.