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Slain techie's wife seeks answers from US government.

Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 25 The wife of slain Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla has publicly sought answers to what she perceived was a spread in American hate crimes as mourners held a vigil at a local church for the victims of the bar shooting in which her husband died. Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and his colleague ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Texas Democrats say emphasizing voter ID fears could drive up turnout in 2018.

DALLAS — Melissa Thrailkill witnessed Republicans in Texas win the messaging battle — and elections — for years by using immigration as a unifying issue for the party's base. She said it's now time for Democrats to unify around a single issue that evokes strong emotion and turnout in mid...

- The Raw Story - US

Early Walt: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week.

Sure, NASA found seven Earth-size planets that could theoretically harbor life, but that wasn't the only discovery to make headlines this week: Grad Student Finds Early Walt Whitman Novel : A University of Houston grad student poking around in the Library of Congress' archives stumbled across an 1850s novel by none...

- Newser - US

Profile of Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff, whose true crime stories, oral histories, political profiles have earned her a reputation as a virtuoso of longform .

Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review: Profile of Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff, whose true crime stories, oral histories, political profiles have earned her a reputation as a virtuoso of longform  —  Unemployed college graduate Pamela Colloff and her friend Margaret Brown in 1994 set off from New York on a road ...

- Mediagazer - US

Kansas shooting: FBI probing into 'hate crime' angle.

, Feb. 25 : With reports emerging of the gunman harassing the two Indian engineers before opening fire at a Kansas bar killing one man, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing whether the shooting could be a possible hate crime.Adam W Purinton was charged with murder for shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his ...

- Sify - IN

Indian embassy in US providing all help to family of slain engineer.

Washington, Feb 25 The Indian embassy in Washington said it is closely monitoring the tragic shooting incident in Kansas and providing all help and assistance to the family of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in an apparent hate crime. In a statement, embassy spokesman Pratik Mathur said the Indian ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Transgender boy 2 wins away from girls state wrestling title.

CYPRESS, Texas — Mack Beggs could win a Texas state wrestling title on Saturday.

- Billings Gazette - US

'Twin Peaks' immersive experience planned for SXSW.

Showtime says it is planning a "Twin Peaks" immersive experience as part of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin.

- UPI - US

New immigration rules will hurt the vulnerable, US bishops warn.

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2017 / 12:24 pm .- The Trump administration’s new border and immigration enforcement rules needlessly endanger the vulnerable, militarize the border and will cause many other problems, the U.S. bishops warned this week. “They greatly expand the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

ExxonMobil Wins An Anti-SLAPP Motion In Texas, While Landry's Loses.

The oil giant uses a law designed to protect citizen protesters to go after an employee who sued it for slander.

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Staging of 'The Bodyguard' heads to Hippodrome.

Almost 25 years after moviegoers flocked to see Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in the story of a pop music diva and the former Secret Service agent hired to protect her from a stalker, "The Bodyguard" is back, this time on the stage. On Tuesday, the musical version of the 1992 hit film reaches...

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Transgender wrestler wins his first matches while competing in girls state tournament

Mack Beggs, the transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, is halfway home to capturing the Class 6A state girls wrestling championship in the 110-pound weight class. … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Band leaves fecal matter on stage during fundraiser at AvantGarden 

By Steven Romo/Posted at; - HOUSTON , What started as a fundraiser for a man battling cancer turned into a health hazard situation after volunteer performers defecated on stage, the venue's owner said. Amy Stanley organized a fundraiser at AvantGarden … Continue reading → The post Band leaves fecal ...

- worldwide hippies - US

Asylum seeker with brain tumor returned to detention center in Texas

A Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States was returned to a Texas detention center after spending almost two weeks in a hospital, U.S. immigration officials said Thursday.

- FOX News - US

Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

The Texas-based company building the Dakota Access pipeline says oil could be flowing in less than two weeks.

- Hawaii News Now - US

Federal Judge Stops Texas From Blocking Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood

Although Planned Parenthood is no stranger to controversy, their 30 health centers in the Texas are likely breathing a collective sigh of relief this week, as are the individuals they serve. A federal judge put a temporary halt to the Medicaid funding termination notice issued to Texas Planned Parenthood,......

- FindLaw - US

Midday open thread: Exxon gives up on a hunk of tar sands; Swedish town discusses subsidizing sex

Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Sweden attacks! What's coming up on Sunday Kos … Why a terrorist attack is more likely with a weak President, by David Akadjian Trump crowds evoke for me our ugly legacy of racial terrorism and lynching, by Denise Oliver Velez 'The United States is not safe for refugees,' by Mark E Andersen ...

- Daily Kos - US

Retired U.S. Navy admiral calls Trump's media comments 'greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime'

xThe FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump February 17, 2017 University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, had a strong reaction to the Donald Trump's tweet calling the media the enemy of the people and he ...

- Daily Kos - US

Cartoon: Hide and seek with ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been at the center of some pretty awful news this week. A woman in Texas who was seeking a protective order against her abusive partner was arrested at the courthouse  after said abusive partner tipped ICE off to her immigrations status. In Virginia, ICE agents ambushed men leaving ...

- Daily Kos - US

Transgender boy wins first 2 matches of girls tournament

CYPRESS, Texas — Mack Beggs won two matches at the Texas state championships Friday. But the larger conflict — over whether a 17-year-old transgender boy should be wrestling girls — remained unsettled.

- Billings Gazette - US

Oklahoma regulator issues new directive to curb quakes

HOUSTON - Oklahoma's oil and gas regulator on Friday issued a wider directive limiting future increases in wastewater disposal underground in another effort to address a rash of temblors that have occurred amid the shale boom.

- Reuters - US

Spada's painting

A public lecture on Leonello Spada has just been held at the Grand Master's Palace, in Valletta. Many insist that a painting at St Augustine's priory in Valletta was painted by Spada. It depicts St Augustine washing Christ's feet. Originally, this altarpiece used to be found in a side altar at the first church of the Austin ...

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The Latest: Border Patrol wants probe of woman's detention

EL PASO, Texas " The Latest on the controversy over the arrest on immigration charges of a transgender woman at an El Paso courthouse :5:10 p.m.The Border Patrol has asked for an internal investigation of...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Transgender boy competes in girls tournament

A 17-year-old transgender teen is being forced to compete against girls because of a policy from the Texas governing policy for athletics requiring students to compete against the gender listed on their birth certificates.         


Teenage wrestler takes transgender rights to the mat in Texas championship

High school athlete Mack Beggs and many of his opponents want him to wrestle against boys, but the transgender boy on Friday wrestled in a Texas championship for girls because of state sport regulations on gender. Beggs, 17, is transitioning from girl to boy, and the governing body for Texas school ...

- The Raw Story - US

Industry groups appeal Texas judge's ruling upholding retirement rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed a Texas federal judge's ruling upholding a Labor Department's regulation aimed at putting retirement savers' interest first on Friday, the latest salvo in the securities industry's fight against the regulation. Earlier this month, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Teen wrestler fights for transgender right

The battle in the United States over transgender rights has extended to the high school wrestling mat, with a Texas teen caught in the middle.

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Victim in Kansas shooting hailed as a hero for 'standing up to hate'

Witnesses at Austins say patron Adam Purinton was kicked out of the bar for directing racial slurs at two Indian men, also dining at the bar. Mr. Purinton later came back with a gun and told the two men to, Get out of my country,' before opening fire, according to witness reports. Mr. Grillot said he took cover and began to ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Man pleads guilty to interfering with commercial flight crew

LUBBOCK, Texas " A man who disrupted an American Airlines flight from the Los Angeles area, forcing it to make an unscheduled landing in Lubbock, Texas, has pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew.Jerry Ba Nguyen ...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Texas policy forces transgender teen boy to wrestle against female athletes at state championship

It was the parents and coaches, Mack Beggs' wrote on social media, that were making waves, not the kids: 'These kids don't care who you put in front of them'

- National Post - CA

Release Sought For Transgender Immigrant Who Asked For Protection Order From Boyfriend

EL PASO, Texas — The arrest by federal authorities in El Paso of a transgender woman who was seeking protection from an abusive boyfriend has led to questions about what lengths authorities will go to apprehend people under newly stepped-up immigration policies.

- TPM News - US

US rig count increases 3 this week to 754; Texas up 8

HOUSTON " The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 754.A year ago, 502 rigs were active.Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 602 rigs...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Texas man faces deportation after years of protected status

HOUSTON " Immigration officials began deportation proceedings this week against a Houston-area father of two who says he had lived for years in the U.S. under a protected status given to some immigrants.Jose Escobar, a 31-year-old...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Governor's Mansion 'Queer Dance Freakout' Protests 'Bathroom Bill'

What began as a small protest over the Texas bathroom bill grew to a 75-person "Queer Dance Freakout" on the street in front of the historic Texas Governor's Mansion. The troupe protested a bill in the Texas Legislature that would require men and women to use bathrooms and dressing rooms designated to the sex on their birth ...

- Breitbart - US

Indian techie shot dead in US

An Indian engineer was killed and two were injured on Friday when an American navy veteran, yelling "get out of my country", fired at them in a crowded bar in Kansas City.Srinivas Kuchibhotla , working at GPS-maker Garmin headquarters in Olathe, died in hospital of bullet injuries, while his Indian colleague Alok Madasani ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Jordan: Syrian family prepares for a new life in Texas

- UN - INT

Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge

US stocks have screamed to records since Election Day because investors are expecting Donald Trump's White House to cut taxes for business, make regulations easier for them and goose more growth out of the economy. But investors around the world are questioning whether the rally is exhausting itself.

- Times Of India - IN

Release sought for immigrant who asked for protection order

EL PASO, Texas " The attorney for a Mexican immigrant woman arrested in El Paso while obtaining a protective order against her allegedly abusive boyfriend has asked a judge for her immediate release.Irvin Gonzalez's public...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Release sought for immigrant who asked for protection order

EL PASO, Texas — The attorney for a Mexican immigrant woman arrested in El Paso while obtaining a protective order against her allegedly...

- - US

Slain Indian engineer was 'outstanding', 'friendly'

Washington: Neighbours, friends and family remembered Srinivas Kuchibhotla -- an Indian engineer who was killed in a bar shooting in the US earlier this week -- as a quiet and an outstanding human being.Kuchibhotla was killed when former US Navy personnel Adam W. Purinton, a white, shot him and another Indian at the Austins ...

- Sify - IN

Speaker Ryan Gets Staged Horseback Border Tour From Officials

House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to the Texas/Mexico Border where he was taken for a ride by a horse he could not control. Border Patrol agents quickly corralled the horse that attempted to run off with Speaker Ryan and led him back to the group.

- Breitbart - US

Texas Preschool Teacher Fired Over Anti-Jewish Tweet

Nancy Salem, a preschool teacher in Arlington, Texas, was among 24 anti-Israeli activists at the University of Texas, Arlington. She was exposed by a campus watchdog group, Canary Mission.

- Yahoo! News - US

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

The Texas-based company building the Dakota Access pipeline says oil could be flowing in less than two weeks.

- Hawaii News Now - US

Dr Phil interview with 'Cannibal Killer' accused of eating man's face can be broadcast rules judge

Austin Harrouff is waiting to stand trial for the murders of John Stevens and Michelle Mischon.

- - UK

The Struggles Of Austin's Music Scene Mirror A Widened World

As the face of Austin's music office prepares to depart, the city's problems and successes may offer a lesson for the world at large about globalization and technology.

- NPR - US

The Latest: Dakota Access pipeline could be operating soon

CANNON BALL, N.D. " The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. :7:15 a.m.The Texas-based company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline says oil could be flowing in less than two weeks.Energy...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla killed in Kansas - Know more about shooter

Purinton, an ex-US Navy serviceman, mistook the victims for "Middle Easterners" when he shot them dead in Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas.

- Zee News - IN

Kansas shooting victim:'I just did what was right thing to do'

A 24-year-old American who is being hailed as a hero for trying to stop a shooter who killed an Indian in Kansas City, today said it was "actually the right thing to do".Ian Grillot hid behind a table when the 51-year-old gunman, Adam Purinton, started shooting hurling racial slurs following an altercation at Austins Bar ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Teen Dies Protecting Mom in Subway Shop Holdup

Houston police say an 18-year-old sandwich shop employee was fatally shot as he tried to protect his mother during an attempted robbery at the store. Police say Javier Flores and his mother were the only people working in the southeast Houston Subway restaurant near closing time Wednesday night when two...

- Newser - US

Texas oil production down from 2015

If preliminary data are accurate, total Texas crude oil production for 2016 was down 10 percent from the previous year, the state government reported.

- UPI - US