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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.

May 13, 2014

U.S. appeals court grants stay hours before Texas execution

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate hours before he was to be put to death on Tuesday to see if the punishment should be suspended because the convict was intellectually disabled.

Convicted rapist and murderer Robert James Campbell was set to be the first inmate executed in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised new questions about capital punishment.

May 13, 2014

Texas plans first execution since Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas is set to put to death convicted rapist and murderer Robert James Campbell on Tuesday in the first execution in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised questions about capital punishment in the country.

Lawyers for Campbell are seeking a stay, saying the problems in Oklahoma and secrecy surrounding the providers of execution drugs demand a halt to allow for a sober reflection on how the death penalty is carried out.

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.