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Texans Salute MLK With Peace Marches, Music, Speeches

Thousands of Texans have saluted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with parades, music and speeches honoring the slain civil rights leader. MLK Day Parades were being held Monday in numerous Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. An MLK march, rally and cultural festival was scheduled on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. …

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Texas Athletes in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Two Texans will join the U.S. Olympic men’s bobsled team in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Sam McGuffie, of Houston was selected Monday morning to be a push athlete, tasked with rocketing the heavy sled off the starting line. McGuffie joins Evan Weinstock and Steve Langton on the push crew. McGuffie was also selected to be Codie Bascue’s brakeman in two-man. 28-year-old …

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Katie Uhlaender Joins Team USA in Pyeongchang

Texas’ own Katie Uhlaender will once again join Team USA for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. Team USA announced Monday that Uhlaender, who grew up in Central Texas, will join Kendall Wesenberg, Matt Antoine and John Daly for the U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team. Uhlaender, a three-time Olympian, finished sixth at the 2006 Torino Games, 11th at …

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Trump’s derisive comments ‘shameful,’ Mayor Turner says

President Donald Trump’s reported reference to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” didn’t sit well with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who called the comments “unfortunate and shameful.” Speaking at a press conference Friday with U.S. Sen Ted Cruz called on an unrelated topic, the mayor noted Houston’s diversity and that a quarter of Houstonians are foreign-born, and said he …

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Turner stands by employee suspended for conducting personal business on city time

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday staunchly defended his press secretary’s job performance following her recent two-week suspension for conducting personal business on city time and failing to turn over public records requested by a local journalist. Turner also lectured reporters on the newsworthiness of the city’s disciplinary action against Darian Ward, saying other issues are more important than “whether or …

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City Council confirms Houston’s first female public works director

City Council confirmed Carol Haddock, interim director of Houston’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, as the department’s permanent chief on Wednesday. Haddock, who has led the department since July, became the first woman to hold the post. “It doesn’t need to be noted, but at the same time it is of note: capable, competent, qualified, and also happens I …

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Volkswagen reports record global car sales in 2017

DETROIT (AFP) – Volkswagen said Sunday that its namesake brand sold more vehicles worldwide in 2017 than ever before, a sign it is recovering from a bruising emissions-cheating scandal three years ago. “We finished 2017 with the best performance ever for Volkswagen,” Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen passenger cars brand, said Sunday night at …

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World’s fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

MASERU: A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million. The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng mine in the landlocked southern African country and described the 910-carat find as of “exceptional quality”. “Since Gem …

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Tech gathering showcases gadgets we don’t need – until we do

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Today’s vision of a smart home has more to do with what’s technologically possible than what people really need. Thus the endless parade of internet-connected wine openers, water bottles, meat thermometers and refrigerators, and a dearth of automation that would clean and fold our laundry, pick up things around the house or assist aging people as …

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