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McCarthy withdraws from speaker race
tdtnews.com / Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:17:00 -0500
WASHINGTON — Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress.“We need a new face,” McCarthy declared after a closed-door meeting where House Republicans were prepared to nominate him as speaker but instead listened in disbelief as he took himself out of the running. “If we are going to be strong, we’ve got to be 100 percent united.”Allies said that even though he would certainly have emerged the winner from Thursday’s secret-ballot election of Republicans, McCarthy had concluded he did not have a path to getting the needed 218-vote majority in the full House later this month. A small but determined bloc of conservatives had announced they were opposing him, and they commanded enough votes to block him on the floor.

Iraq officials: mortar attack in Diyala province kills 35
oaoa.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:16:36 -0500
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police officials say at least 35 people were killed in a mortar attack on villages around the provincial capital of the country's eastern Diyala province.

Xcel to purchase 140 MW in solar near Roswell
myplainview.com / Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:54:00 -0500
ROSWELL, N.M. – Xcel Energy is adding luster to its growing renewable portfolio with Wednesday’s approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for the company’s purchase of 140 megawatts of

Death row in Texas gets its first new inmate of the year
wacotrib.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:05:02 -0500
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' death row is getting its first inmate of 2015, ending a 10-month hiatus in death sentences imposed by juries in the nation's most active capital punishment state.

Beilue: Ascent from depression unlocked through treatment
amarillo.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:16:13 +0000

The bottom — and there’s always a bottom — for Becky Irvine was in an Amarillo motel room in 2003. She checked in alone, naturally, with no intention of leaving.

It was about four years into her battle with depression. It began with the divorce and escalated quickly. She lost her job as a registered nurse, lost her three children and lost her will to live.

Irvine was living what seemed to be a normal life until around age 35. Then came the divorce, and in her words, “I just fell apart.”

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Fifth Street fountain fires to life on Baylor campus
wacotrib.com / Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:01:00 -0500
Workers walk around the under-construction Fifth Street Promenade and Rosenbalm Fountain as it was turned on Thursday just in time for class break.

UN high post, ensnared in alleged bribe case, ripe for risk
wacotrib.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:04:57 -0500
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — This is how a former president of the U.N. General Assembly, arrested this week in an alleged bribery scheme, paid himself, the criminal complaint says: John Ashe accepted more t

Paul Prudhomme: Cajun spices and a love of local ingredients
wacotrib.com / Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:45:55 -0500
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen during the early 1980s, chef and owner Paul Prudhomme would drive to his hometown near Opelousas in his pickup truck and come back loaded down with sup

McHugh pitches Astros to 5-2 win over Royals to open ALDS
wacotrib.com / Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:43:56 -0500
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has a "soft rule" when it comes to a rain delay during a game: If it lasts about an hour, he'll usually remove his starting pitcher.

Sanders’ debate mantra: Let Bernie be Bernie
oaoa.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:54:44 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no image consultants, no mock stages and no body language coaches.

Buzzfeed: High number of Texans jailed for being poor
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:20:26 -0400
Buzzfeed reports that a startling number of Texas residents are illegally jailed for being unable to pay their fines.

Washington gets defensive, holds on to beat No. 17 USC 17-12
wacotrib.com / Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:18:11 -0500
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly every Washington upperclassman insisted they took no personal pleasure in beating the coach who left them for Southern California two years ago.

AP Top 10 HS Football _ How They Fared
wacotrib.com / Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:19:57 -0500
Results for the teams ranked in The Associated Press Texas high school football poll.

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