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Jul 30, 2014

Last U.S. crew member of Hiroshima bomber dies -reports

By Jon Herskovitz and Jonathan Kaminsky

(Reuters) – Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia at age 93, media reports said.

Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight that dropped the first nuclear bomb used in warfare. He later told reporters that after seeing one atomic bomb explode in war, he never wanted to see another one used again.

Jul 25, 2014

Troubled U.S. executions raise questions about doctors in death chamber

AUSTIN, Texas, July 25 (Reuters) – Troubled lethal
injections in Oklahoma and Arizona have raised questions whether
medical personnel are skilled enough to humanely put an inmate
to death, and if things go wrong, expert enough to revive one if
an order is given.

Almost all of the 32 states that use the death penalty
either require or permit a physician to attend executions, which
often are carried out by lesser-trained medical personnel, but
doctors who participate risk losing their license to practice
medicine if they are discovered to have helped.

Jul 23, 2014

Doubts raised about Texas plan to send National Guard to border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – As Texas prepares to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure its border with Mexico, several sheriffs in the region are expressing doubts on whether the money spent for the deployment could be better used elsewhere.

The National Guard said the troops were expected to be deployed in the next 30 days to support the state’s border security operation and work with law enforcement officers to keep criminals from entering the United States.

Jul 22, 2014

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits.

Jul 22, 2014

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits.

Jul 21, 2014

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border: reports

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry was expected to announce plans on Monday to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security, according to local media, a move that could pile pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican Party candidate in the 2016 presidential election, planned a news conference at 2 p.m. local time (1900 GMT), to speak about immigration.

Jul 17, 2014

Group says it hits milestone in bid to turn Texas toward Democrats

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Alumni from the Obama 2012 presidential campaign reached what they called a milestone this week in their campaign to turn Texas from a Republican stronghold into a state where Democrats post wins capable of shaking the national political landscape.

The Battleground Texas group marked the 2 millionth call by its 22,000-strong volunteer army trying to amass Democratic votes from the state’s large Hispanic population and disaffected voters, including those who see Tea Party influence as pushing politics too far to the right.

Jul 16, 2014

Halting effects of alcohol linked to how the worm turns -study

AUSTIN, Texas, July 16 (Reuters) – Mutant worms generated at
a lab at the University of Texas may provide a pathway to
prevent people from becoming intoxicated after drinking alcohol,
a study released on Wednesday said.

The research could lead to new drugs to help people going
through alcohol withdrawal or even prevent them from feeling the
effects of a night of hard drinking, the scientists who wrote
the study said.

Jul 15, 2014

Court upholds University of Texas affirmative action plan

By Jonathan Stempel and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – A divided federal appeals court has upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action program, a year after the school was ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to scrutinize the school’s use of race in admissions more closely.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Tuesday it was persuaded that the use of race by the state’s flagship university was justified to achieve diversity, given a lack of workable alternatives.

Jul 15, 2014

Immigration activist Vargas detained at airport in Texas

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Prominent immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was detained at an airport in McAllen, Texas, on Tuesday as he was passing through a security checkpoint, immigration rights groups said.

Airport officials in the border city could not confirm that Vargas had been detained but said an unidentified individual was taken into police custody at a security checkpoint. McAllen police officials were not immediately available for comment.