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No Signs of Steve Fossett or Plane

Posted: 09/06/2007 - MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - National Guard C-130s and helicopters with thermal imaging equipment searched the soaring peaks and sagebrush desert of northwest Nevada for any sign of adventurer Steve Fossett, who was still missing Thursday morning. Fossett disappeared Monday after taking off from a private airstrip in a single-engine plane to scout sites for an attempt at a land-speed record in a rocket-propelled car.

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Arizona Student Killed; Roommate Held

Posted: 09/06/2007 - TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A University of Arizona student whose roommate had recently accused her of stealing from her is suspected of killing the woman during a fight in their dorm room, authorities said. Galareka Harrison, 18, has been released from a hospital and was to be booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death Wednesday of Mia Henderson, also 18, university spokesman Johnny Cruz said.

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No Charges for Teen in Friend's Skateboarding Death

Posted: 09/06/2007 - FLOWER MOUND, Texas — Authorities said they won't file charges against a teenage driver who ran over his friend as the friend was being towed for a skateboard stunt. Kyle Darroca, 15, of Lewisville, died August 22 shortly after he was run over. He had been holding onto the side of his friend's moving Ford Explorer to gain speed for a skateboarding trick, police said.

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Teachers Complain; State Scales Back Field Testing

Posted: 09/06/2007 - AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency said it will reduce the amount of field testing in public schools this year in response to complaints that the rough-draft exams take up too much time. The agency has informed district superintendents that its cutting back field testing by 46 percent for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and by 51 percent for the new end-of-course exams that will be administered to high school students starting in a few years.

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Man Who Claimed to be Billy the Kid Won't Be Exhumed

Posted: 09/06/2007 - STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - The body of a man who claimed to be Billy the Kid will not be exhumed because of local resistance and questions over the grave's authenticity. Steven Sederwall, the former mayor of Capitan, New Mexico and a retired federal officer, had petitioned Hamilton city officials in April. He wanted permission to exhume the body of Ollie "Brushy Bill" Roberts, who died in 1950.

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Teen Gets 50 Years for Killing Mom with Baseball Bat

Posted: 09/06/2007 - STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A teenager has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating his mother to death with an aluminum baseball bat. Eighteen-year-old Cody Roberson pleaded guilty to murder this week.

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Thompson Announces his Candidacy for President

Posted: 09/06/2007 - DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Fred Thompson has finally made his long-expected jump into the presidential fray. The veteran actor and former Tennessee senator begins a campaign tour of early primary states this afternoon in Iowa, portraying himself as a common-sense conservative.

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Moderate Quake Hits Puerto Vallarta

Posted: 09/06/2007 - MEXICO CITY (AP) - Some jangled nerves but no damage are reported from a moderate earthquake that shook Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, late Wednesday. Preliminary readings in the U.S. and Mexico put the strength at 4.9 to 5.2.

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Lawsuit Seeks Release of Austin Man Who Took Part in African Coup

Posted: 09/06/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A former Sierra Leonean coup leader who lives in Austin is challenging his detention by immigration officials. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of 39-year-old Sam Kambo says his detention is a violation of his constitutional rights.

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SC Man Who Raped, Killed Amarillo Woman Executed

Posted: 09/05/2007 - A repentant South Carolina drifter was executed Wednesday in the Texas death chamber for strangling and raping an Amarillo woman months after being paroled.

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Training Aggie Docs in Bevo's Backyard

Updated: 09/05/2007 - A $9 million appropriation from the Texas legislature will have future Aggie doctors studying medicine in Longhorn country.

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Structurally Deficient Bridges in Brazos County Listed

Updated: 09/05/2007 - A half dozen bridges in Brazos County are considered structurally deficient. During Wednesday's Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, Texas Department of Transportation officials presented a breakdown of bridge classifications and their criteria.

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Diabetes in Children On the Rise

Updated: 09/05/2007 - A child's risk of developing diabetes can begin as early as in the womb. High blood sugar levels in mothers -to- be can cause gestational diabetes, a resistance to insulin, causing their sugars not to metabolize.

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Second A&M Official Quits Over CDC Probe

Updated: 09/05/2007 - There has been another resignation at Texas A&M Univeristy in the wake of a negative report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas A&M officials confirmed Wednesday the university's biosafety manager, Brent Maddox, resigned on August 31.

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Suspect Charged in A&M Hacking

Updated: 09/05/2007 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed a charge in the February hacking of Texas A&M's NetID system.

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Texas Buys Davy Crockett Letter

Posted: 09/05/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - Once Davy Crockett laid eyes on Texas, he was sold. That's what he indicated to his daughter and son-in-law in a letter penned just two months before he died defending the Alamo. The letter now belongs to the Texas Historical Commission. The state bought the letter for nearly $500,000 from a family-owned fine arts auctioneer in Houston.

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Original Columns to be Displayed at Nine Eleven Memorial Site

Posted: 09/05/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Visitors to the Nine-Eleven memorial in New York City will see two huge pieces of the World Trade Center's original steel facade. The two columns, each 70 to 90-feet high, will be inside a glass-walled pavilion that leads people to a museum devoted to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing her Four Children

Posted: 09/05/2007 - GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to killing her four young children. In court yesterday, Angelica Alvarez described how she took them to the basement and gave them sleeping pills before strangling them with her bare hands. The children ranged in age from eight to two.

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Medical Examiner Says Inmate's Death was Homicide

Posted: 09/05/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled as homicide the death of an inmate who was arrested by Pasadena police for public intoxication. The office says 51-year-old Pedro Gonzales died mainly from trauma to the lungs with rib fractures.

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Opening Statements Set in BP Explosion Trial

Posted: 09/05/2007 - GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled today in Galveston in the first trial stemming from the March 2005 chemical plant explosion that killed 15 people. More than 170 others were injured in the blast at the BP plant in Texas City.

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Mattel Recalls 800,000 Toys Worldwide

Posted: 09/05/2007 - NEW YORK (AP) - Mattel has announced its third major recall of Chinese-made toys in a little more than a month. The recall is the latest blow to the world's largest toy maker as the critical holiday shopping season approaches.

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