AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – When 107-year-old World War Two veteran Elmer Hill looked across the table at Richard Overton, he could hardly believe there was a living veteran older than him – even if only by a few months.
Hill met fellow centenarian Overton, thought to be the oldest living U.S. World War Two veteran, for the first time on Friday over lunch at an Austin senior citizens center, where they swapped war stories and longevity tips.
(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.
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.
(Reuters) – Three unpublished stories from reclusive U.S. author J.D. Salinger have been leaked online, with the source apparently an unauthorized book that sold on eBay, Internet news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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
/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.