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Aug 14, 2014

The other Texas border deployment: doctors, dentists, opticians

MISSION Texas (Reuters) – For the Texas State and National Guard, Operation Lone Star is a disaster preparedness exercise. For public health experts, it is a humanitarian mission. And for Itzel, a teenage schoolgirl, it is a chance to finally get glasses so she can read textbooks.

Operation Lone Star started 16 years ago to help the guard prepare for emergencies such as hurricanes or pandemics in south Texas. Since then it has expanded its medical care component, treating thousands in a region that hugs the Mexican border, including some who come because no identification papers are required.

Aug 11, 2014

Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/McALLEN Texas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while.

The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight the complexity of the child migrant issue for Obama, who has sought to emphasise his compassion while also insisting that his administration plans to send home most of the children, many of whom have fled violence in their homelands.

Aug 11, 2014

Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion

WASHINGTON/McALLEN Texas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while.

The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight the complexity of the child migrant issue for Obama, who has sought to emphasize his compassion while also insisting that his administration plans to send home most of the children, many of whom have fled violence in their homelands.

Aug 10, 2014

Missouri teen shot dead by police had assaulted officer: police

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The shooting death of a black teenager that sparked anger in a St. Louis community was started by a fight between the victim and an officer in a squad car that quickly escalated, police said on Sunday.

Police said Michael Brown, 18, physically assaulted the officer from the Ferguson police, who then fired multiple shots at Brown after he left the car on Saturday. The officer, who was not identified, is a six-year veteran and has been put on administrative leave, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference.

Aug 5, 2014

Texas Democrat Davis backs call for U.S. to fund National Guard at border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis supports a call backed by Republicans to have the United States pay to send National Guard troops to the border with Mexico but said on Tuesday the deployment was not a prudent use of resources.

The $12 million a month Texas will spend to deploy as many as 1,000 troops to bolster border security could be better allocated by helping support local sheriffs and relief groups, she told reporters.

Jul 30, 2014

Publisher to remove book passage that sparked Jesse Ventura lawsuit

By Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – The publisher of a book at the center of a successful defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura against the estate of a former Navy SEAL said on Wednesday it would delete the passage about a bar fight that sparked the suit.

HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corp, said the passage in the best-seller “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” by Chris Kyle would be removed, without offering further details.

Jul 30, 2014

Last U.S. crew member of Hiroshima bomber dies -reports

By Jon Herskovitz and Jonathan Kaminsky

(Reuters) – Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia at age 93, media reports said.

Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight that dropped the first nuclear bomb used in warfare. He later told reporters that after seeing one atomic bomb explode in war, he never wanted to see another one used again.

Jul 25, 2014

Troubled U.S. executions raise questions about doctors in death chamber

AUSTIN, Texas, July 25 (Reuters) – Troubled lethal
injections in Oklahoma and Arizona have raised questions whether
medical personnel are skilled enough to humanely put an inmate
to death, and if things go wrong, expert enough to revive one if
an order is given.

Almost all of the 32 states that use the death penalty
either require or permit a physician to attend executions, which
often are carried out by lesser-trained medical personnel, but
doctors who participate risk losing their license to practice
medicine if they are discovered to have helped.

Jul 23, 2014

Doubts raised about Texas plan to send National Guard to border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – As Texas prepares to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure its border with Mexico, several sheriffs in the region are expressing doubts on whether the money spent for the deployment could be better used elsewhere.

The National Guard said the troops were expected to be deployed in the next 30 days to support the state’s border security operation and work with law enforcement officers to keep criminals from entering the United States.

Jul 22, 2014

Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits.