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Feb 23, 2015

Texas trial for ‘American Sniper’ halted due to ice storm

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – The Texas trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie “American Sniper, was halted on Monday due to an ice storm.

Closing arguments had been expected to start Monday and now will come shortly after the trial resumes, followed by jury deliberations.

Feb 20, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol testing body cameras on agents

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. Border Patrol has been
placing body cameras on its agents in the field as it tests
whether the devices should be standard equipment, officials said
on Friday.

In September, U.S. Border Patrol said body cameras would be
used in trial runs for its agents following allegations of abuse
and use of excessive force. The tests with the body cameras are
scheduled to run through mid-2015.

Feb 20, 2015

Texas attorney general aims to void marriage license for same-sex couple

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The Texas attorney general
asked the state’s Supreme Court on Friday to revoke a marriage
license issued a day earlier to two women, arguing the move
violated a decade-old state ban against gay marriage and could
cause legal chaos.

Travis County, where the capital Austin is located, issued a
marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who
have been together for about 30 years and have two daughters. It
was the first license issued to a same-sex couple in Texas since
the ban was put in place.

Feb 20, 2015

Texas county issues historic marriage license to same-sex couple

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas county issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple on Thursday, the first legal certification for a gay couple in the state since its voters about a decade ago approved a measure defining marriage as only being between a man and a woman.

A Travis County clerk said the marriage license was given to just one couple, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, after a court order earlier in the day and the county, home to the state capital of Austin, is not planning to issue more licenses to same-sex couples.

Feb 17, 2015

Prosecution rests in ‘American Sniper’ murder trial in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Prosecutors finished calling witnesses on Tuesday in the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is charged with fatally shooting Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

Over several days of witnesses’ testimony, prosecutors reconstructed the day two years ago when they say Routh, 27, killed Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth, stole Kyle’s pickup truck and was taken into custody following a high-speed car chase.

Feb 11, 2015

Hollywood meets reality in Texas for ‘American Sniper’ trial

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – The timing, location and emotions came together at a Texas movie theater where 40 people watched the late showing of “American Sniper” just down the road from where a former Marine will stand trial for murdering the man whose story unfolded on the screen.

On Tuesday night, the crowd saw some of the final scenes in the life of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the film that has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture.

Feb 11, 2015

‘American Sniper’ murder trial to open in Texas

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) – Lawyers for an Iraqi war veteran will argue at the start of his trial on Wednesday that he was insane when he fatally shot former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is charged with murdering Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. A jury of 10 women and two men will hear the case.

Feb 9, 2015

‘American Sniper’ Texas murder trial nears as jurors’ screening completed

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Final jury selection began on Monday in a Texas court for the trial of the U.S. veteran accused of fatally shooting former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”

The screening of about 800 potential jurors began last week in a court in rural Erath County for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, 27, charged with murdering Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield in 2013 at a shooting range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth.

Feb 8, 2015

‘Alice in Wonderland’ at 150, more than child’s play and tea parties

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – As the celebrated children’s book of Britain’s Victorian era turns 150, an exhibit in Texas traces its history to show how “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” adapted and transformed through now-familiar concepts of merchandising and multimedia.

The Lewis Carroll book swept children’s literature when it was published in 1865, and the popular work was soon adapted for the theater,¬†Alice-themed toys and eventually films during the early days of the industry.

Jan 29, 2015

Texas rally by Muslims seeking tolerance disrupted by protesters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A rally at the Texas Capitol on Thursday by Muslims seeking religious tolerance was repeatedly disrupted by a small group of protesters who said the state belonged to followers of Jesus Christ and that Muslims should go back to the Middle East.

During opening remarks at the Texas Muslim Capitol Day event, a Christian activist from Michigan grabbed the microphone from the speaker and said: “I proclaim the name of the Lord Jesus Christ over the capitol of Texas. I stand against Islam.”