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Citing Trump Remarks, Most Of President’s Arts Council Quits

(AP) – Another presidential advisory committee appears to be breaking up.  Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and virtually the entire membership of the President’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. In a letter dated Friday, 16 of 17 committee members cited the “false equivalence” of President Donald Trump’s comments about […]

Tillerson Condemns Hate Speech, Says Bigotry Is Un-American

(AP) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values the U.S. was founded on and promotes abroad.  In his most extensive comments on race and diversity since last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tillerson on Friday called racism “evil.” He said freedom of speech […]

Finland Steps Up Security After Fatal Stabbings

(AP) – Finland’s interior minister says security is being stepped up across the Nordic country after stabbings that killed at least two people in a western city.  Paula Risikko made the announcement during a news conference in Turku, where the stabbings happened.  Police say that a suspect is in custody and being treated in a […]

Police Check If Barcelona Van Driver Among Dead

(AP) – A regional police official in Spain says that authorities are investigating whether the Barcelona van attack driver is among the suspects killed by officers after the attack in the nearby resort of Cambrils. The official, however, said that officers couldn’t yet confirm that the Barcelona van attacker was among the five suspects killed […]

More Than 250 Arrested In Month-Long Sex Sting

(AP) – Authorities in Houston say a month-long sting operation has resulted in arrests of more than 250 sex buyers and traffickers.  Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the arrests by his agency and Houston police account for about 25 percent of more than 1,000 arrests made by a coalition of law enforcement agencies in […]

Calls To Remove Confederate Markers Return To Texas Capitol

(AP) – A top Texas Republican wants the accuracy of memorials around the state Capitol reviewed amid calls to remove Confederate monuments.  A spokesman for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Thursday that the powerful GOP leader will work with a Dallas lawmaker who this week singled out one Confederate plaque as “indefensible on historical […]

Man Arrested In Death Of Robbery Accomplice Slain By Another

(AP) – Fort Worth police say a man has been arrested on a murder charge after his accomplice was shot and killed by an occupant of the home they planned to   rob of marijuana and money.  Police say 25-year-old Quazian Walker turned himself in after 21-year-old Jose Franco was killed Wednesday. Though Walker didn’t fire […]

Ex-Deputy Gets 15 Months For Game Rooms Extortion

(AP) – A former sheriff’s deputy in West Texas must serve 15 months in prison for extorting money from illegal gambling operations and tipping the businesses off to investigations.  Prosecutors say former Ector County Sheriff’s Deputy David Oscar Limon was sentenced Thursday in Midland. He was also fined $13,200. Texas law bans casino-style gambling. Some […]

Texas Unemployment Rate Improves To 4.3 Percent, Same As US

(AP) – The Texas unemployment rate improved to 4.3 percent in July to mirror the national jobless figure.  The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the third straight month of declining statewide unemployment. The June unemployment rate for Texas was 4.6 percent. A TWC statement says Amarillo had the lowest jobless rate in Texas last […]

North Korea Warns US On Nuclear Weapons Talks

(AP) – North Korea is warning the United States that it will never put its nuclear weapons program on the negotiating table as long as the U.S. keeps up its “hostile policy and nuclear threat.” The warning came from North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong in the transcript of his conversation with U.N. […]