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Noriega to Appear Before His Trial Judge

Posted: 08/13/2007 - MIAMI (AP) - Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega wants U.S. officials to send him back to his home country when he finishes his drug trafficking and racketeering sentence next month, but American prosecutors are pushing for him to be extradited to France to face another trial. Noriega is set to appear Monday before Senior U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler, the same jurist who presided over his original trial.

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Astronauts Begin Spacewalk

Posted: 08/13/2007 - HOUSTON — Two astronauts began a spacewalk Monday to replace equipment on the international space station as NASA worked feverishly to decide whether the shuttle Endeavour's crew would need to repair a gouge on the ship's belly later this week. A chunk of insulating foam smacked the shuttle during liftoff last week, creating a 3 1/2-inch-long gouge that penetrates all the way through the thermal shielding on the ship's underside.

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LA Mayor Calls for Investigation After Thousands Stranded at LAX

Posted: 08/13/2007 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mayor of Los Angeles wants an investigation of the weekend computer crash that stranded thousands of people at Los Angeles International Airport. Antonio Villaraigosa calls what happened "troubling and unacceptable." He says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should seek changes "to ensure faster and more convenient processing of passengers" in the event of another system failure.

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Bedias Woman Charged with False Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Report

Posted: 08/13/2007 - DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Texas woman who told authorities she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted has been arrested for making a false report, officials said. Alexandra I. Zografos, 19, of Bedias, claimed she was abducted by a man in Orion, Ill., on June 20 and forced to drive to a rural area near Muscatine, where she was assaulted by the man and another man, neither of whom she knew.

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Woman Arrested in Connection with Two Slain Officers

Posted: 08/13/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Marshals have arrested a woman considered a suspect in a shooting that killed two police officers and a suspect in Louisiana. Twenty-six-year-old Tonya Smith was captured Sunday in an RV park near Interstate 10 east of Houston after investigators got a tip on her whereabouts.

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Man Held After Houston Child Dies

Posted: 08/13/2007 - HOUSTON (AP) - A 28-year-old man has been arrested after a 3-year-old boy died of injuries that witnesses said occurred when the man was wrestling with the boy and his two siblings. Kevron Powell was charged with reckless injury to a child and is being held in the Harris County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

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"Varmint" Thief Takes Pricey Boots

Posted: 08/13/2007 - SAINT JO, Texas (AP) - A boot maker has some choice words for a man who swiped a pair of $10,000 custom-made cowboy boots from his shop in Texas. He says the thief is a "varmint" and a "low-life scum."

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Highway 6 in Bryan Re-opens After Accident

Updated: 08/14/2007 - Highway 6 in Bryan has re-opened following a several hour closure. Officials say a cement truck overturned prompting north bound lanes to close.

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TYC Plan to Use Pepper Spray on Inmates Draws Criticism

Posted: 08/13/2007 - AUSTIN (AP) - A Texas Youth Commission proposal calls for guards to rely on pepper spray to subdue unruly juvenile prisoners. That's angered justice advocates, who call the practice barbaric and regressive.

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Karl Rove Resigns

Updated: 08/13/2007 - President Bush's close friend and chief political strategist Karl Rove is resigning. The White House says Rove plans to leave the administration at the end of August.

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Dallas Freeway Shootout Leaves Three Dead

Posted: 08/13/2007 - DALLAS (AP) - Two police officers responding to what they thought was a wreck on a downtown freeway were caught in a shootout that killed three people and wounded a patrolman and another person. Two men reportedly stopped Sunday morning to render aid at an accident on a freeway near downtown Dallas when the shooter opened fire.

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Triple Digits Prompt Heat Advisory

Updated: 08/13/2007 - After hitting 102 degrees Sunday afternoon (8/12), the National Weather Service has extended a Heat Advisory which includes most of the Brazos Valley.

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50 Ideas to Improve Health Care

Updated: 08/13/2007 - U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady is traveling Texas this month asking for opinions and ideas about improving health care.

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Stogie Tax To Fund Insurance Program For More Kids

Updated: 08/13/2007 - At J.J.'s Package Stores cigar connoisseurs have a variety to choose from to make their hearts content. Owner and president of J.J. Ruffino and Family, Incorporated J.J. Ruffino said it is a simple pleasure that is easily enjoyed.

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Merv Griffin Dies at 82

Updated: 08/13/2007 - Former talk show host and entertainment mogul Merv Griffin has died.

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Men Concerned About Kids' Education

Updated: 08/12/2007 - Some area kids got the chance to soak up more summer fun before they have to head back to school. The Concerned Black Men of the Brazos Valley hosted the 3rd annual "Back to School Party" at the Neal Recreation Center in Bryan on Saturday.

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Bringing Health and Information To The People

Updated: 08/12/2007 - The 13th Annual Hispanic Plus Health and Information Fair was hosted by the First Baptist Church of Bryan on Saturday. Every year, the the fair serves as a one stop shop for area residents to receive medical and social services and information.

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Inaugural Show Takes Off At Coulter Field Airport

Updated: 08/12/2007 - Long trails of smoke quickly caught people's attention while planes flying low, only inches from touching one another, had hundreds of eyes including Ryan Gapalac's fixed on the sky. "It's really cool," Gapalac said. "I really like airplanes."

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Trouble for Endeavor?

Posted: 08/11/2007 - NASA engineers examine images of a gouge in Endeavor's heat shield.

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SecDef Gates Returns to A&M, Receives Degree

Updated: 08/11/2007 - Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the former president of Texas A&M University, took part in Friday's summer commencement ceremonies, as he received an honorary degree from the university.

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Heating Up Safety Steps For Summer

Updated: 08/11/2007 - Sweltering heat has replaced weeks of rain and it's forcing people to look for cool places. Any place where water is available seems to the place of choice to stay cool.

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Aggie Degrees Conferred

Updated: 08/11/2007 - Commencement exercises today closed out summer studies at Texas A&M University. More than 1,900 Aggies received their degrees on Friday at two different ceremonies at Reed Arena.

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Keeping the Blues Alive in Navasota

Updated: 08/11/2007 - Offering some smooth sounds, some local bands and plenty of entertainment. The Navasota Blue's Fest is back and in full swing, keeping blues music alive, and paying tribute to a local blues icon.

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