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Phones to be built in a way to allow Govt. to gain access, says Obama

Texas, Mar. 12 : With the next hearing in the Apple encryption case scheduled for March 22, U. S. President Barack Obama broke his silence on the ongoing debate between the Apple and the FBI about penetrating encryption, saying that mobile devices should be built in a way to allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.

"If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there's no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?" Obama said while speaking at the Southwest festival in Texas.

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Convicted murderer is executed in Texas

Washington : The state of Texas has executed a death row inmate convicted of fatally shooting a man in 1998, after robbing his victim of eight dollars.

Juan Garcia, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm local time, a prison system spokeswoman told AFP. He was put to death by lethal injection.

Garcia, who was a teenager at the time of the murder, previously had sought clemency over mental health issues, but filed no appeal yesterday.

Prison officials said that Garcia's final remarks were, in part: "The harm that I did to your dad and husband, I hope this brings you closure to all of you. I never wanted to hurt any of you." He was the 11th person put to death this year in Texas, the US state with the greatest number of executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Man kills seven family members, shoots self in US

Man kills seven family members, shoots self in USHouston - A man has killed his daughter and six minor grandchildren and later committed suicide in north Florida, police said.

The horrific mass shooting incident took place yesterday near Bell, a town of about 500, located roughly 48 kms west of Gainesville when a man killed his daughter and her six children, aged 3 months to 10 years, before killing himself, Gilchrist County deputies said.

The shooter, identified as 51-year-old Don Spirit, contacted emergency services '911' at about 4 pm, officials said adding that the first deputy to arrive at the home on NW 30th and NW 39th streets made contact with Spirit before he committed suicide.

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Woman executed in US

Houston - In a rare occurrence, a 38-year-old woman has been executed in Texas for the starvation and torture death of her partner's nine-year-old son, becoming the only fifteenth women to be executed in the US since 1976.

Lisa Coleman was executed yesterday by injecting a lethal injection after the US Supreme Court rejected her last-day appeal. She was pronounced dead 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year.

Execution of female inmates is a rare occurrence in US, especially in Texas.

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Three Japanese students die in California crash

San Marcos - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials have said.

The eight students were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on a state highway in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said yesterday.

The car went down an embankment and struck the pole, shearing it in half and leaving power lines dangling, Bettencourt said. The lines did not touch the ground.

The 19-year-old male driver and two passengers a man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women and three men suffered moderate to major injuries.

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American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection Fort Worth (Texas), Nov 30 : American Airlines’ parent company AMR Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

AMR Corporation has lost 162 million dollars in the third quarter of 2011 and has reported losses in 14 of the last 16 quarters.

According to the BBC, the company expects the airline, the world’s fourth-largest airline in passenger miles transported, to continue to operate as normal throughout the bankruptcy process.

The airline employs 78,000 staff worldwide and operates out of five major US hubs.

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Polygamist sect leader sentenced to life for child sex abuse in Texas

 Polygamist sect leader sentenced to life for child sex abuse in TexasTexas, Aug 10: Polygamist sect leader and Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints head Warren Jeffs has been sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting two under age followers in Texas.

He was found guilty of coercing two teenage girls into a `spiritual marriage'. Jeff also became a father to a child of a 15 year- old girl.

A forensic analyst testified Jeffs, 55, had an almost certain DNA match to the child of a 15-year-old mother.

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Polygamist sect leader convicted of child assault in Texas

Polygamist sect leader convicted of child assault in TexasTexas, August 5: Polygamist sect leader and Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints head Warren Jeffs has been convicted of child assault charges in Texas.

He was found guilty of coercing two teenage girls into a `spiritual marriage'. Jeff also became a father to a child of a 15 year- old girl.

However he did not react when the verdict was read out, the BBC News (US and Canada) reports. He faces possible life imprisonment for his crime.

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Shot Congresswoman Giffords speaks and asks for toast

 Shot Congresswoman Giffords speaks and asks for toastHouston (Texas), Feb. 10: The chief of staff of shot US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has said that she has recovered enough to speak, and has askedfor toast for breakfast.

In an e-mail, the aide said that Giffords made the verbal request on Monday when staff at the Houston hospital where she is being treated brought her a meal.

Six people were killed and several others were wounded in the January 14 gun attack launched by 22-year-old Jared Loughner.

Loughner is currently jailed pending trial for the shootings.

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Super Bowl 2011 sets US TV record audience of 111 million

Super Bowl 2011 sets US TV record audience of 111 millionArlington (Texas, US), Feb. 8: Super Bowl 2011 set a new record for the largest U. S. television audience for a single broadcast on Sunday (February 6).

The Green Bay Packers'' 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Texas drew a U. S. TV audience of 111 million, topping the 2010 final tally by almost 5 million, according to data released on Monday by broadcaster Fox.

Last year, 106.5 million watched the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, surpassing the 106 million who tuned in for the finale of the comedy "M*A*S*H" in 1983, The Telegraph reports.

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Ex-president Bush, wife safe after police detain man outside Dallas home

 Ex-president Bush, wife safe after police detain man outside Dallas home Dallas (Texas), Dec. 23 : Former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush were reported to be safe and sound after police detained a man near their home on Wednesday night.

According to local news reports, a man was caught erratically driving a muscle car in the upscale Preston Hollow neighborhood.

According to Fox News, as many as 13 police cars responded to what was then listed as an "executive threat" at around 8:15 p. m. Central Time, when the man-apparently accidentally-drove onto the president''s property.

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US woman offers $1k as reward to anyone who can get her a new job!

US woman offers $1k as reward to anyone who can get her a new job!Texas, July 7 : A woman in the US, who is so frustrated with being unemployed for more than a year, has offered 1,000 dollars as reward to anyone who can help her get a permanent job.

Sonja Funakura, 51, has saved 500 dollars and a friend has offered to give the other 500 dollars.

“It’s based on if I get a job offer,” Wfaa. com quoted her as saying.

“I figure the worst case scenario, I’ll give them my first paycheck. Literally. That’s better than going another year like this,” she said.

Funakura is a financial analyst and has worked as an accountant, but got laid off more than a year ago.

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Research 2000/Daily Kos: McCain Leads Obama In Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Wyoming

Research 2000/Daily Kos: McCain Leads Obama In Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, WyomingThe Research 2000/Daily Kos’ latest McCain vs Obama opinion polls show that John McCain is currently leading Barack Obama in Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Wyoming — and McCain and Obama are statistically tied in North Dakota.

Study Confirms Vioxx Has Long Term Heart Risks

Study Confirms Vioxx Has Long Term Heart RisksAfter a long-term analysis of people who took Vioxx, researchers found that the arthritis drug doubled risk of heart attack, stroke and death persisted at least a year after people stopped taking the painkiller.

The study, published by the British medical journal The Lancet, also showes the higher risk started soon after patients began taking Vioxx, though the study notes a small sample size precludes a definitive finding on this issue. The study also notes that in the same class of painkillers known as Cox-2 inhibitors which could result in similar harm.

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Recent Polls: McCain Leads Obama In Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas

Recent Polls: McCain Leads Obama In Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, TexasJohn McCain is presently leading Barack Obama in Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas — that’s what say the recent Obama vs McCain polls conducted in these states.

Alabama, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas are certainly strongholds of the Republicans. Let’s check out what the recent Obama vs McCain polls conducted in these states say.

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