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May 20, 2015

About 1,000 weapons found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – About 1,000 weapons including firearms and knives have been recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, a police spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

Gang members hid weapons in bags of potato chips and in bathrooms at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other with guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and chains, Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton said.

May 20, 2015

Shopping area reopens after deadly Texas motorcycle gang fight

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The shopping center in the central Texas city of Waco shut after a weekend brawl between rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead will reopen on Wednesday, police said.

Authorities still are investigating the main crime scene, a Twin Peaks restaurant in the center where five biker gangs used guns, knives, clubs and chains in a Sunday fight that spilled out into two parking lots. The battle ended in a hail of bullets from police positioned outside in anticipation of violence.

May 19, 2015

High bail, prolonged jail for bikers in deadly Texas gang brawl

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The bail is beyond reach, the booking process is moving at a snail’s pace and the time in jail is likely to be lengthy for the 170 people arrested in connection with the motorcycle gang fight in the Texas city of Waco that left nine dead.

Law enforcement wants gang members to remain behind bars, legal experts said, as they try to find out who did what to whom in a fight among more than 100 bikers. It happened at a Twin Peaks restaurant and spilled into two parking lots, leaving behind a trail of evidence that included blood, guns, knives and chains.

May 17, 2015

Central U.S. hit by floods after tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Thunderstorms and floods battered several central U.S. states on Sunday after a tornado series hit large parts of the area a day earlier, cutting power lines and damaging structures.

Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kansas were either under a flash flood watch or flash flood warning on Sunday morning as thunderstorms battered several central states, the National Weather Service said.

May 15, 2015

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell hit by Listeria outbreak to lay off workers

AUSTIN, Texas, May 15 (Reuters) – Texas ice cream maker Blue
Bell Creameries said on Friday it plans to lay off 37 percent of
its employees as it tries to restart operations after a Listeria
outbreak that led to a recall of its products and a hit to its
reputation.

“We have an obligation to do what is necessary to bring Blue
Bell back and ensure its viability in the future. This is a sad
day for all of us at Blue Bell, and for me personally,” Chief
Executive Officer and President Paul Kruse said.

May 15, 2015

Texas bill to hinder gay marriage dies in statehouse

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 in the most-populous Republican-controlled U.S. state.

May 15, 2015

Oklahoma woman charged with removing body parts from rival’s corpse

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the face and cutting body parts off the corpse of a romantic rival will appear in a Tulsa court on Friday for a hearing on increasing her bail, law enforcement officials said.

The Tulsa District Attorney this week also added a charge against Shaynna Sims for the “unlawful removal of body part from deceased” for cutting off the toe, and breasts from the body of the other woman, which was awaiting cremation at a funeral home.

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.