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May 9, 2014

Texas veterinarian says he was too busy to put down sick pets

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas veterinarian facing animal cruelty charges for keeping a dog meant to be euthanized alive as a source for blood transfusions said on Friday he was too busy to put the pet down and made a mistake by not abiding by its owners’ wishes.

Millard “Lou” Tierce said at a hearing in Austin of the Texas State Veterinary Board of Medical Examiners, that he is a changed man and will now euthanize a pet when an owner requests it. The board is deciding whether to revoke his license.

Apr 27, 2014

Clippers players show unity after owner’s alleged racist comments

April 27 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers players appeared to stage a protest against racist comments allegedly made by the team’s owner by turning warm-up jerseys inside out so as not to have the team’s name displayed ahead of a playoff game on Sunday.

Owner Donald Sterling is facing intense criticism after celebrity news site TMZ.com on Friday posted a 10-minute recording in which a person reported to be the NBA owner tells a woman not to post photographs of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games. .

Apr 27, 2014

NAACP drops honor for Clippers owner over ‘racist’ recording

April 27 (Reuters) – The NAACP civil rights group will not honor Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award after the Los Angeles Clippers owner was allegedly caught making racially disparaging comments, the organization’s head said on Sunday.

Sterling was severely criticized after the celebrity news site TMZ.com on Friday posted a 10-minute recording in which a person reported to be the NBA owner tells a woman not to post photographs of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games.

Apr 9, 2014

Texas to execute Mexican national for murder and rape

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas plans to execute on Wednesday Ramiro Hernandez, 44, a Mexican citizen who was convicted of bludgeoning a man to death and repeatedly raping his wife.

Texas is set to put Hernandez to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT at its death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, Hernandez would be the sixth convict executed in Texas this year and the 16th in the United States.

Apr 7, 2014

Fort Hood base shooting rampage lasted eight minutes: investigators

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The shooting rampage at Fort Hood U.S. Army base last week started with an argument over leave and lasted eight minutes, with the suspected shooter getting in and out of his car as he fired on soldiers he worked with and others who happened onto his path, investigators said on Monday.

Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, drove his car slowly through the central Texas base as he carried out the rampage. He got out at two facilities, including the place he was assigned, fatally shooting three people and wounding 16 more before turning the gun on himself, Christopher Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, told a news conference.

Apr 7, 2014

Appeals court overturns stay of execution in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas will carry out the execution of convicted murderer Ramiro Hernandez this week after a U.S. appeals court on Monday ruled that the state does not have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug.

Texas is set to execute Hernandez, a 44-year-old Mexican native, on Wednesday for breaking into the home of a couple in 1997, beating a man to death and raping his wife.

Apr 7, 2014

U.S. appeals court overturns stay of execution in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, April 7 (Reuters) – Texas will carry out the
execution of convicted murderer Ramiro Hernandez this week after
a U.S. appeals court on Monday ruled that the state does not
have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug.

Texas is set to execute Hernandez, a 44-year-old Mexican
native, on Wednesday for breaking into the home of a couple in
1997, beating a man to death and raping his wife.

Apr 6, 2014

U.S. lawmaker urges easing gun rules on bases after Fort Hood shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers should look at arming commanders and easing restrictions for carrying weapons on military posts in the United States in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Fort Hood base in Texas, a prominent congressman said on Sunday.

The remarks came as the Fort Hood Army base set up a mental health hotline over the weekend for those who carry emotional scars or feel traumatized after suspected gunman Ivan Lopez, 34 and under psychiatric evaluation, shot dead three people, wounded 16 and then turned the gun on himself in the second deadly rampage at the post in five years.

Apr 3, 2014

Appeals court allows Texas executions to proceed

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two Texas inmates challenging the state’s lack of disclosure about the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections this month.

The decision puts back on track an execution scheduled for Thursday evening that had been suspended temporarily earlier on Wednesday by a federal judge in Houston, who found that Texas has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs.

Apr 3, 2014

U.S. appeals court allows Texas executions to proceed

AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court
overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two
Texas inmates challenging the state’s lack of disclosure about
the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections
this month.

The decision puts back on track an execution scheduled for
Thursday evening that had been suspended temporarily earlier on
Wednesday by a federal judge in Houston, who found that Texas
has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs.