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Bipartisan Deal Sets Up Homeland Security Vote In Senate

Feb 25, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. Approval in the Senate would send the issue to the House, where some conservatives derided the plan as surrender to the White House. Other Republicans predicted it would clear, but Speaker John Boehner declined to say if he would put it to a vote.

DEL RIO, Texas — Eight more people are headed to federal prison in a public corruption probe involving a South Texas county.

Ex-Maverick County Commissioner Eliaz Maldonado was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $173,000. Maldonado pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe in a construction bidding scam since 2010.

Three ex-county workers and four Eagle Pass businessmen were also sentenced in Del Rio, for terms up to 10 years. All pleaded guilty to theft or bribery counts.

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STEPHENVILLE — A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed American Sniper author Chris Kyle, and his neighbor Chad Littlefield.

After a two-week trial in which jurors heard testimony about defendant Eddie Ray Routh’s erratic behavior, including statements about anarchy, the apocalypse and pig-human hybrids, they convicted Routh Tuesday night in the deaths of Kyle and Littlefield at a Texas shooting range two years ago.

Pills Before And After Sex Can Help Prevent HIV, Study Finds

Feb 24, 2015
Courtesy http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/

Seattle — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although those methods are still considered best.

Defying GOP, Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Feb 24, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

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