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Firefighters injured in FM 439 wreck
tdtnews.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:02:00 -0500
At least five firefighters with Central Bell Fire Rescue were injured Friday evening when the firetruck they were in was struck by a pickup driven by a man that reportedly cut in front of the firetruc

Gunfights and roadblocks hit Mexican border city; 3 dead
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:05:52 -0500
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles broke out Friday in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, leaving at least three dead, Mexican authorities said.

China: New bank to enhance international finance system
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:40:03 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — China's proposed infrastructure bank for Asia is intended to complement, not replace, existing lenders dominated by the U.S. and Japan, a senior Chinese official said Friday.

Harden, Rockets prepare to meet Dallas in 1st round
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:46 -0500
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden helped the Houston Rockets to their first division title since 1994 and the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs starting Saturday against Dallas.

Merritt’s 61 trumps Masters champion Spieth’s 62
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:41:05 -0500
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage.

Man indicted after quarrel with family
amarillo.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:35:01 +0000

A Randall County grand jury handed down a four-count indictment against a man who police said pointed a gun at a family in an Amarillo park.

Don Tyler Hankins,22, was indicted Wednesday on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, records show.

On Feb. 15, police were called by a member of a family of four gathered for a family function at John Stiff Memorial Park, 4800 Bell St. The family said a stranger was trying to pick a fight with them, and officers determined that Hankins initiated the conflict.

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Before ruling out an upset in NBA East, listen to these guys
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:38:24 -0500
Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs?

Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:42:31 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Rest a thing of past, now comes the playoff grind
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:29:55 -0500
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rest is supposed to be a good thing heading into the playoffs. But not too much, apparently.

House moves forward with bill to stop fracking bans
amarillo.com / Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:08:29 +0000

AUSTIN — After three hours of spirited debate, the Texas House of Representatives on Friday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would prohibit fracking bans like the one Denton voters approved in November.

It is the state — not local governments — that has the authority to regulate oil and gas operations in Texas, state Rep. Drew Darby said while explaining his House Bill 40.

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Clinton cautious about Obama’s Pacific trade deal
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:14:40 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she will be closely watching efforts by the Obama administration to negotiate a broad trade policy pact with Pacific nations that's raising concerns over

Word of the day for Saturday, April 18, 2015
amarillo.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:05:20 +0000

WORD OF THE DAY

mettle

■ met·tle

■ me-təl

Definition: (n) vigor and strength of spirit or temperament

Example: “They have in themselves what they value in their horse, mettle and bottom.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out
wacotrib.com / Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:29:09 -0500
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-produc

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