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Jun 13, 2014

Texas homeowner solves mansion cliff-hanger by burning down the house

AUSTIN, Texas June 13 (Reuters) – Demolition crews on Friday
burned down a luxury house that had been left dangling 75 feet
(23 meters) above a lake when a decaying cliff gave out
underneath the abandoned structure.

After a planned burn where crews set fuel-soaked bales of
hay at strategic points throughout the house, most of the
structure was reduced to ashes or plunged to the lake’s coast
within an hour of the fire being lit.

Jun 13, 2014

Lethal drugs leaked in botched Oklahoma execution -report

June 13 (Reuters) – Oklahoma failed to properly insert an
intravenous line to deliver lethal drugs to an inmate during a
botched execution in April, bypassing strong veins in his arms
and using a riskier entry point in the groin area, according to
a preliminary autopsy released on Friday by the inmate’s
lawyers.

Convicted murderer and rapist Clayton Lockett died,
apparently of a heart attack, about 30 minutes after prison
officials halted the execution, having failed to properly
administer the lethal injection. Prison officials drew a curtain
to cut off a view to witnesses about 15 minutes into the
procedure, as Lockett was squirming on a death chamber gurney.

Jun 13, 2014

Texas homeowner tries to solve mansion cliff-hanger by burning down the house

AUSTIN, Texas June 13 (Reuters) – Building crews set fire on
Friday to a luxury lake house left dangling about 75 feet (23
meters) on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath
the structure.

Live video showed the house being set on fire by work crews,
who earlier had placed hay bales soaked in fuel inside the
$800,000 house on Lake Whitney, about 75 miles (120 km)
southwest of Dallas, and broke windows for proper ventilation.

Jun 13, 2014

Texas to solve mansion cliff hanger by burning down the house

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Building crews were preparing to set fire on Friday to a luxury lake house left dangling about 75 feet (23 meters) on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath the structure.

Work crews could be seen on live video preparing hay bales soaked in fuel and breaking windows for proper ventilation of the $800,000 house on Lake Whitney, about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Dallas.

Jun 12, 2014

Texas Republican Abbott keeps strong lead in governor’s race: poll

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The front-runner for the Texas governor’s race, Republican Greg Abbott, has kept a solid lead over Democratic challenger Wendy Davis in their bids to run the economically and politically powerful state, a poll released on Thursday said.

State Attorney General Abbott, 56, leads state Senator Davis by 12 percentage points, widening an 11-point lead he had in a similar survey taken in February, the poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune found.

Jun 10, 2014

Private U.S. prisons for immigrants rife with abuses -report

AUSTIN, Texas, June 10 (Reuters) – Private prisons holding
more than 25,000 people who violated U.S. immigration laws are
cutting corners to generate profits and subjecting inmates to
systematic abuse, a report released on Tuesday by the American
Civil Liberties Union said.

The Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons, five of which
are located in Texas and eight in other states, have drawn
little attention and oversight, while subjecting inmates to
“shocking abuse and mistreatment,” the report said.

Jun 10, 2014

Private prisons for immigrants rife with abuses, report says

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Private prisons holding more than 25,000 people who violated U.S. immigration laws are cutting corners to generate profits and subjecting inmates to systematic abuse, according to a report released on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Criminal Alien Requirement prisons, five of which are located in Texas and eight in other states, have drawn little attention and oversight, while subjecting inmates to “shocking abuse and mistreatment,” the report said.

Jun 9, 2014

American detained in North Korea was on vacation tour, lawyer says

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. citizen detained in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, is a father of three with a passion for adventure who was in the country as part of a vacation tour, his lawyer said on Monday.

“Jeffrey loves to travel and loves the adventure of experiencing different cultures and seeing new places,” his attorney, Timothy Tepe, of Lebanon, Ohio, said in a statement.

May 30, 2014

Ohio town’s Korean War memorial under fire for blunders

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – An Ohio monument unveiled this week to Americans who fought and died in the Korean War has drawn calls for it to be replaced because of glaring omissions and historical inaccuracies including images from the Vietnam War and Desert Storm.

The black granite slab at Ross County Veterans Memorial Park in Chillicothe, Ohio, has sparked criticism from some families of those killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War because names of locals who died in the fighting were left off a plaque honoring area war dead.

May 23, 2014

Perry, Cruz battle to be star of Lone Star State’s Republican Party

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Neither U.S. Senator Ted Cruz nor Governor Rick Perry are on the ballot in Tuesday’s run-off elections in Texas, but that doesn’t mean the two larger-than-life politicians who share a penchant for cowboy boots are not central figures in the contest.

The Lone Star State’s two most prominent Republicans are dueling for dominance of the state party – and, perhaps, for the inside track to be the GOP’s nominee for the 2016 presidential race. Tuesday’s results could shift the balance in that battle.