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Bombs at Mosque, Restaurant in Central Nigerian City Kill 44

Source: AP

Two bombs blamed on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigeria's central city of Jos, killing 44 people, officials said Monday.

Sixty-seven other people were wounded in the attacks Sunday night and were being treated at hospitals, said National Emergency Management Agency coordinator Abdussalam Mohammed.

The explosion at the Yantaya Mosque came as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama'atu Izalatul Bidia organization, which preaches peaceful co-existence of all religions, was addressing a crowd during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to survivors who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronized by state governors and other elite politicians seeking specialties from Nigeria's mainly Muslim north.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bombs-mosque-restaurant-central-nigerian-city-kill-15-32242854
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jul 6, 2015, 03:51 AM (0 replies)

11-foot rattlesnake caught just outside George West (updated with photo)

A friend of mine mentioned this on Facebook. An 11-foot rattlesnake was caught just outside of George West, Texas, about 85 miles south of San Antonio on June 26. This was my childhood home and my father ended up killing two rattlesnakes near our house when I was young.

Fire engulfs chemical plant in Waller County

A fire at a chemical plant Saturday night lit up the sky northwest of Houston and led to a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents.

Twelve fire departments responded to the fire at the Flowchem facility located on FM 529 in Brookshire, which was eventually contained. No injuries were reported and no workers were on site when the blaze started, said Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, who was at the scene.

"We issued a code red and advised people within a few miles of this facility, from FM 362 to the Waller County line ... to a shelter in place until Hazmat had a better idea of what we were dealing with," Duhon said.

Flowchem produces chemicals that help streamline the flow of oil and other liquids through pipelines. The site stored flammable alcohol-based chemicals and soy bean oil, but the fire did not reach them and no air quality issues were reported, Duhon said.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Fire-engulfs-chemical-plant-in-Waller-County-6367182.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 05:02 PM (0 replies)

Roswell airport gets $9M in federal funding

The Roswell airport has received a federal grant that will help boost planned renovations.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the Roswell International Air Center has been awarded $9 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The funds will go toward the third phase of a four-phase project to bolster 5,000 feet of runway.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced the grant earlier in the week in a news release.

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/607866/abqnewsseeker/roswell-airport-gets-9m-in-federal-funding.html

Because we don't need anymore alien spaceships crash landing!

Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 09:56 PM (4 replies)

Two killed in plane crash in Portland

PORTLAND, TEXAS - Two people were killed Saturday afternoon when the small plane they were flying in crashed in Portland.

Portland police said the aircraft crashed near the edge of the water at the North Shore Country Club around 2:20 p.m. Police were unsure where the plane was flying to or what brought it down.

http://www.caller.com/news/local-news/2-killed-in-plane-crash-in-portland_11779374 (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 07:31 PM (1 replies)

Internet erupts after Tim Duncan announces decision to return for 19th Spurs season





The moment Spurs fans have been anxiously waiting to hear for months has finally come — living legend Tim Duncan will return for the 2015-2016 season.

No. 21 will turn 40 next year in a Spurs jersey, something he’s been sporting for nearly two decades.

The huge news wasn’t announced in a televised press conference or a featured ESPN article – instead it was nonchalantly transmitted via text message to San Antonio Express-News Spurs beat writer Mike Monroe, in true Duncan fashion.

“Straight from Tim Duncan: ‘I’ll be on the court next year,’” Monroe tweeted as the first source to the information.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/Spur-Tim-Duncan-announces-his-decision-to-return-6363425.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 07:17 PM (3 replies)

2 ways to a job in AG’s office: the hard way and the political way

When seeking a job at the Texas attorney general’s office, it’s less about what is on your résumé than who you know.

In Attorney General Ken Paxton’s first weeks in office, he filled his higher ranks with at least 14 people connected to him and other prominent Republicans — quiet “appointments” that his office defends in spite of state law, which requires that jobs be advertised when they’re filled from outside the agency.

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Officials refused to answer questions about how they choose who is appointed and who must face hiring hurdles.

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An official determination on whether Paxton broke the law can only come from the attorney general himself.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/2-ways-to-a-job-in-ags-office-the-hard-way-and-the/nmrLr/ (subscription required)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 02:29 PM (0 replies)

Hundreds of Arizona Inmates to Be Moved Following Riot

Source: AP

About 700 inmates at an Arizona prison were being moved to new locations Friday after disturbances on consecutive days left their housing units uninhabitable.

Nine corrections officers suffered minor injuries in the incidents at the privately run Arizona State Prison-Kingman, which has had a long history of problems. No inmate injuries were reported.

The first disturbance occurred Wednesday at a minimum-security unit, followed by what he described as an unrelated riot Thursday night at a medium-security unit that took several hours to quell, Department of Corrections spokesman Andrew Wilder said.

The agency said the riot caused severe property damage to two housing units, but did not elaborate on what it entailed. The prison remained on lockdown Friday as authorities investigate.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hundreds-arizona-inmates-moved-riot-32216623
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 05:25 AM (5 replies)

Chafee's Campaign Leaves Some NH Democrats a Bit Puzzled

Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire's Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the war in Iraq.

Then smiles turn to laughter when he pitches another idea: The U.S. should switch to the metric system.

The former Rhode Island governor has visited the first primary state of New Hampshire a dozen times this year. But he seems to be making barely a ripple — aside from curiosity about some of his policy platforms.

In Belknap County, at least some Democrats seemed intrigued by Chafee as someone who could represent an alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the commanding favorite for the nomination. But they are also puzzled by what he talks about sometimes.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/chafees-campaign-leaves-nh-democrats-bit-puzzled-32219116
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 04:32 AM (5 replies)

Texans’ average home insurance premium increases 7% to 8%

AUSTIN — Home insurers have raised their premiums an average 7 percent to 8 percent this year, despite healthy profits and below-average property losses, new filings with the state show.

Leading the way is State Farm Insurance, which had the highest or second-highest premiums of 33 companies selling coverage in several Dallas-area ZIP codes where rates were examined by The Dallas Morning News. State Farm, the largest property insurer in Texas, is charging those rates even as it refunds $352 million to its customers for past overcharges, under a settlement with the state.

The rate hikes in 2015 are slightly less than last year. But the average increases are large when stacked up against the rate of inflation in the U.S., about 1.5 percent the past two years.

By contrast, the cost of auto insurance policies has remained stable this year, with average increases of 1 percent or less in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A year ago, auto premiums were up an average 11 percent in the area.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20150703-texans-average-home-insurance-premium-increases-7-to-8.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 04:29 AM (3 replies)
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