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Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the...

 

Texas executes avowed racist in black man's dragging death

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received lethal injection for...

 

'Texas 7' prison-break gang member gets execution reprieve

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners won a reprieve Thursday night from execution for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer after claiming his religious freedom would be violated if his...

 

Chaos erupts, 2 arrested during Texas execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Chaos erupted outside Texas' death chamber when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words. Billie Wayne Coble, a Vietnam War...

 

George H.W. Bush dies at 94; made greatest mark in Gulf War

HOUSTON (AP) — He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation," and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and w...

 

President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term,...

 

Top Texas court says condemned inmate not mentally disabled

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court narrowly ruled Wednesday that a death row inmate is mentally capable enough to execute, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that his intellectual capacity had been improperly assessed and agreement by...

 

Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral,...

 

Spokesman: George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday. Jim McGrath said on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "respondin...

 

Former President George HW Bush buoyed by tributes to wife

HOUSTON (AP) — In his first public comments since his wife's death, former President George H.W. Bush said Wednesday that he used to tease his spouse of 73 years that he had a complex about how much people liked her. That fact, he said, is buoyed b...

 

George and Barbara Bush, a 'storybook' 73-year marriage

HOUSTON (AP) — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17. Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history. "George Bush knows how I feel," Barbara...

 

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the...

 

Texas governor accepts recommendation, spares inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother. In sparing the life of Thomas "Bart"...

 

Mayor says Houston 'open for business' despite huge hurdles

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor insists that America's fourth-largest city is "open for business," but with areas under water, people not yet in their homes, and billions in damage to repair, major disasters that Harvey created are by no means...

 

Harvey strengthens into hurricane, takes aim at Texas coast

HOUSTON (AP) — Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in...

 

Man convicted of notorious dragging death gets court review

HOUSTON (AP) — A man on death row for the notorious slaying nearly 20 years ago of a black man chained to the back of a pickup truck and dragged along a bumpy rural East Texas road will get his claim of innocence and poor legal representation...

 

Top Texas court reduces killer's death sentence to life

HOUSTON (AP) — A man on death row for abducting a sheriff's deputy, keeping him handcuffed inside a patrol car trunk while demanding money from a bank and then killing the officer will serve life in prison instead after Texas' highest criminal...

 

US Supreme Court refuses appeals from 3 on Texas death row

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review appeals in three Texas death row cases, including one where a man pleaded guilty to a triple slaying in South Texas. The high court's rulings moved two inmates closer to execution:...

 

George HW Bush released from Houston hospital, returns home

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was released Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital where he received treatment for pneumonia for more than two weeks. Bush, 92, was experiencing breathing difficulties when he was admitted Jan. 14....

 

Court appeals temporarily delay Texas execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prison officials temporarily delayed the scheduled Thursday night execution of a man convicted of a fatal robbery at a Dallas-area sandwich shop while the U.S. Supreme Court considered multiple appeals to keep him...

 

Doctors consider removing tube for 41st President Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered Thursday whether to take out a breathing tube while his wife, Barbara, said she was feeling much better after undergoing treatment for bronchitis. Family spo...

 

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

HOUSTON (AP) — Former astronaut Gene Cernan, who as the last person to walk on the moon returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Monday, his family said. He was 82. Cernan was with his relatives when he died at...

 

Texas carries out first US execution of 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas on Wednesday put to death an inmate convicted of killing two men over phony a drug deal, the first U.S. execution of 2017. Christopher Wilkins, 48, was declared dead at 6:29 p.m., 13 minutes after a lethal injection o...

 

Death penalty, the mentally disabled at issue for justices

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether the nation's busiest state for capital punishment is trying to put to death a convicted killer who's intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution under the co...

 

Texas man who killed 2 neighbors set to die

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP, Oct. 5, 2016) — An East Texas man set to die for killing a neighbor couple 13 years ago during a shooting frenzy remains adamant about moving forward with his execution. Barney Fuller Jr. has told prison officials he's not...

 

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