The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a vigorously contested bill restricting access to abortion. The bill closely resembles one that the House passed last month, and which was ... more 
The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a vigorously contested bill restricting access to abortion. The bill closely resembles one that the House passed last month, and which was stalled in the closing minutes of a special session of the legislature by an 11-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Tuesday in the murder trial of Major Nidal Hasan who is accused of killing 13 soldiers in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, the largest non-combat massacre on a U.S. military base. Hasan, 42, an American-born Muslim who faces the death penalty if convicted by a military panel, is mounting his own defense at his court martial at Fort Hood, an Army base near Killeen, Texas. The case has been delayed by unusual turns including arguments over whether Hasan could keep his beard, the firing or attempted firing of two legal teams and the removal of a military judge. According to Randy Travis' publicist Kirt Webster, the singer has not undergone heart surgery since he was admitted to a Texas hospital. less 
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