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Romania to extradite man over Texas slayings

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian-born Texas fugitive charged in the shooting death of his wife and their son at the family’s Houston-area house can be extradited to the U.S. The Bucharest Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Camil Matase, who was caught in eastern Romania on Nov. 20, can be returned to Houston to […]

Giffords completes skydive on shooting anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again. Across the city, others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising […]

Pentagon chief in rare visit to nuke missile base

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making a rare visit to an Air Force nuclear missile base, hoping to boost morale among the men and women who operate, maintain and safeguard the nation’s Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles. Officials have said those service members are increasingly tired of working […]

Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to his constituents and said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by his staff, one day after emails and text messages revealed his administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution. Christie also said he was firing Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, […]

Man on trial for assault flees Texas courthouse

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man charged with beating his ex-girlfriend and setting her house on fire has fled from a South Texas courtroom after stepping out to say he needed to make a call. Bexar County jail records do not list 31-year-old Christopher Jones as being in custody Thursday. A judge in San Antonio […]

Man pleads guilty to 2012 Austin sword slaying

AUSTIN (AP) — A man described by a psychiatrist as delusional has pleaded guilty to murder in a 2012 sword slaying in Central Texas. A judge in Austin will decide whether 37-year-old Thomas Brock must serve up to life in prison for the killing of Luis Hernandez Vigil. The 57-year-old victim was fatally stabbed outside […]

More than 100 turtles saved after Texas cold snap

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Experts say more than 100 green sea turtles have been rescued after this week’s cold weather in South Texas left them paralyzed. The Houston Chronicle  reports most of the reptiles discovered Tuesday were in the upper part of the Laguna Madre. National Park Service spokeswoman Donna Shaver says green sea turtles […]

Rodman, ex-NBA All Stars arrive in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman said Monday that a game he and other former National Basketball Association players are planning in North Korea will be a “birthday present” for one of their most unlikely fans: leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman’s squad — featuring ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker — […]

Iraq calls on Fallujah residents to expel al-Qaida

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister urged Fallujah residents on Monday to expel al-Qaida militants to avoid an all-out battle in the besieged city, a sign that the government could be paving the way for an imminent military push in an attempt to rout hard-line Sunni insurgents challenging its territorial control over the western approaches […]

Rio garbage boats aim to clean Olympic waters

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A stout green catamaran plied the polluted waters of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay alongside wooden fishing boats, but its catch Monday consisted not of grouper or swordfish but rather plastic bags, empty soda bottles and a discarded toilet seat. The catamaran is one of three so-called “eco-boats,” floating garbage […]

5 things to know about the record-breaking freeze

CHICAGO (AP) — Much of the country grappled Monday with a historic freeze that shuttered schools and businesses at the start of the first full work week of 2014. Flights, trains and bus transportation were disrupted, thousands were left without power and even parts of the country used to fending off hypothermia and frostbite had […]

Girl declared brain dead moved from hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after a surgery is now in a facility where her family can take care of her, a place her uncle says that believes as much they do that she’s alive. A critical care team took Jahi McMath while she was attached to […]

Supreme Court puts Utah same-sex marriage on hold

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gay couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married. The justices did not rule on the merits of the […]

Federal appeals court reviews Texas abortion law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday on whether the state of Texas can enforce a law that led to the closing of several abortion clinics, a case that ultimately appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans […]

Dallas man pleads to mutiltating, eviscerating cat

DALLAS (AP) — A suburban Dallas man is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges for beating a cat with a hammer and then beheading and eviscerating the animal. Jurors will decide the sentence for 18-year-old Oscar Vega, of Grand Prairie, after he pleaded guilty to the charges […]

Texas health advisers blast new proposed rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Counselors who help Texas residents up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act criticized proposed state rules Monday that would require them to undergo additional training and pay fees, saying the regulations would impede people from getting health care. Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber held a public hearing on the […]

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation’s quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage.

Texas appeals court overturns DeLay conviction

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court overturned the money laundering conviction of former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday, saying there was insufficient evidence. The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling that it decided to “reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of […]

Dyess’ 7th Bomb Wing commander can handle all national security threats, including zombies

If hordes of the walking dead ever rush the main gate at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilenians can rest easy: The commander of the 7th Bomb Wing has a plan.

Egypt slaps nighttime curfew on Cairo, 10 regions

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s government has slapped a monthlong nighttime curfew on Cairo and 10 provinces.

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