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Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf sentenced to 5 years
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:32:25 UT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation. A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won't have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of time he's served in Montana. Leaf violated his Texas probation when he ran afoul with the law in Montana for breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs. He pleaded guilty for felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug in 2012. Leaf attorney Bill Kelly III said the Texas judge gave Leaf credit retroactively for his Montana prison time. The 38-year-old has been granted parole but has not been released.

DC teacher to apologize for Bush-Hitler assignment
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:02:55 UT
D.C. Public Schools says the McKinley Middle School teacher sent students home with a Venn diagram asking them to compare and contrast Hitler and Bush, with instructions that said, "both men abused their powers." At least one parent found it troubling, telling WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1wgZmgt) that the assignment states opinion as fact and shows disrespect for the office of the president.

NFL to look into its handling of Rice case
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:31 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL called in a former FBI director to examine how it pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case as pressure increased for the league to be more transparent about its original investigation. The move late Wednesday came hours after The Associated Press reported that a law enforcement officer said he sent an NFL executive a video in April that showed Rice striking his then-fiancee at a casino. Goodell has maintained that no one in the NFL saw the video until it was released by TMZ Sports Monday. Women's organizations, members of Congress and players have called for more detail about the NFL's handling of the Rice case. The criticism intensified after the law enforcement official's account.

Man in federal custody, charged with sexual assault on flight from Japan
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:02:00 UT

A Japanese citizen is accused of sexually assaulting a woman sitting next to him on a flight from Japan to Houston.

Mitsuaki Takahashi, 36, was a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Narita, Japan, to Houston, on Aug. 20. He was seated next to a 21-year-old woman, also a Japanese citizen, according to court documents.

Teen writes book, hopes to see it as TV series
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:00:00 UT
(AP) — While many teen girls are concerned with the latest fashions, cell phones and their friends, 15-year-old Abby Summers has bigger issues — like how to convince major Hollywood producers to turn her book into a television series. Summers has recently published her first book, "The Unknowns," and while that might be satisfaction enough for some people, Summers is already planning the second book in what will be a trilogy and will be pitching her book before producers in Los Angeles in September, The Batesville Daily Guard reported (http://bit.ly/1oyMO26 ). Summers' fictional book, "The Unknowns," centers around six teenagers who awake to find themselves in a forest and make their way to a place called Ataxia. The main character, Alex, is adopted and raised in an abusive home with alcoholic parents and has learned to survive on her own — a trait she would need to survive. Summers' book shows she's got quite an imagination as it is a far cry from her real life with parents Mark and Crystal and brother, Andrew, 17, who has Bardet-Biedl syndrome with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that will eventually take his sight. Summers was chosen by her publisher, Xlibris, as one of 10 authors to participate in an Author Solutions Pitchfest, an event that allows authors to deliver their story ideas for movie and TV show adaptation directly to Hollywood decision-makers. Attendees will attend a workshop to practice their pitch and then be given two minutes to pitch their idea to representatives from a variety of agencies, studios, management and production companies. Selected authors will be given an opportunity to pitch via video conference to Tom Jacobson, who has produced Ferris Bueller's Day Off, ''Flashdance, and Christmas Vacation.

Weighing the pros and cons of living in Wal-Mart and other stores
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:10:00 UT

This week we found out that a 14-year-old boy had taken up residence inside a Corsicana Wal-Mart. The boy had set up shelter in the aisle dedicated to baby supplies and toilet paper.

Ravens cut Ray Rice after latest video release
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 8 Sep 2014 18:31:21 UT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have cut running back Ray Rice. Hours after the release of a video that appears to show Rice striking his then-fiancee in February, the team terminated his contract Monday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

Richest members of Congress include four from Texas
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:46:00 UT

The men and women wield big power and big bank accounts according to the latest list. As both one of the largest and populous states, Texas has its share of congressmen with plenty of green.

AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:54:22 UT
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched the video. The person said he sent a DVD copy of the security camera video to an NFL office and included his contact information. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games following the February incident, but the Ravens released Rice on Monday and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the website TMZ released the video. "In the context of a criminal investigation, information obtained outside of law enforcement that has not been tested by prosecutors or by the court system is not necessarily a reliable basis for imposing league discipline," he wrote.

Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:56 UT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. Last year, the black-and-orange butterflies covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, down from more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) at their recorded peak in 1996. Because the butterflies clump together by the thousands in trees, counting individuals in near impossible; instead they are counted by the area they cover. Mexican writer and environmentalist Homero Aridjis, said the butterflies face a number of challenges, including climate change and illegal logging in Mexico, in addition to the loss of habitat in the United States.

Rifle reported to be used in Charles Whitman killing spree up for sale
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:59:00 UT

A rifle reportedly used to carry out one of the worst killing sprees in Texas history is up for sale in Dallas by a gun collector.

Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:03 UT
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. After years of lobbying for more nutritional information on alcoholic beverages, public health advocates say the menu labeling rules are a first step. "Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to the calories Americans are consuming, and most of the time when people have a drink they have absolutely no idea what its caloric impact is," says Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. [...] FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency decided to include it in the final rules this year after those who commented on the rule were largely in favor of such labeling because of its potential impact on public health. Treasury's oversight, which includes minimal input from FDA, has "well served the consuming public," a coalition of alcohol groups wrote in a 2011 comment asking to be left out of the menu labeling rules. Endless combinations of mixed drinks won't have to be labeled at bars, unless they are listed on a menu, and the FDA is allowing restaurants to use estimates of calories and ranges of calories without listing the exact amount in every different drink. Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau said for the first time that beer, wine and spirits companies could use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving.

Perry sending National Guard to fight crime along border
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:37:00 UT

Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday he is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to bolster Texas Department of Public Safety troopers sent to the region in the wake of an ongoing surge in unaccompanied minors that has overwhelmed federal immigration authorities.

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