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Suspect in 8 Chicago-area slayings turns up dead in Texas

Suspect in 8 Chicago-area slayings turns up dead in Texas

A man suspected of shooting eight people to death and wounding another in suburban Chicago has turned up dead hundreds of miles away in Texas, where he apparently took his own life after an encounter with law enforcement there, police said. The death of 23-year-old Romeo Nance near the town of Natalia, Texas, about 35 miles (56 km) southwest of San Antonio, ended a manhunt that began with the slaying of one man and the wounding of another in two Chicago-area shootings on Sunday, police said. The search for a suspect in Sunday's gun violence led police to the discovery…
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Freed ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero returns to United States after prison stay

Freed ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero returns to United States after prison stay

IMAD CREIDI THE man who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda", Paul Rusesabagina, arrived in the United States after being released from prison in Rwanda last week, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. Rusesabagina, a U.S. permanent resident who has lived in exile in San Antonio, Texas, for over a decade, was sentenced in September 2021 to 25 years over his ties to a group opposed to Rwandan President Paul Kagame that has an armed wing. The 68-year-old, a vocal critic of Kagame, says he was lured to Rwanda in 2019 when he boarded a private plane in Dubai…
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Hanna pummels Texas coast with strong winds, heavy rain

Hanna pummels Texas coast with strong winds, heavy rain

ADREES LATIF HANNA, the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, left a trail of destruction along the Texas coast on Sunday, downing power lines, flooding streets and toppling 18-wheeler trucks as torrential rains threatened the area. Hanna came ashore on Padre Island on Saturday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity and later made a second landfall in Kenedy County, Texas. It swept through a part of the state hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. By Sunday, it had weakened to a tropical depression. Powerful winds from Hanna knocked over at least three…
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‘I just ask God to help me’: Texas funeral home crushed by death as U.S. COVID toll nears 500,000

‘I just ask God to help me’: Texas funeral home crushed by death as U.S. COVID toll nears 500,000

CALLAGHAN O’HARE and MARIA CASPANI SUNDAY is traditionally a quiet day for Chuck Pryor's Houston funeral home, but on this Sunday in February, almost a year after the global pandemic reached Texas, the phone was still ringing. Pryor took the call: COVID-19 had taken yet another American life -- pushing the nation's death toll closer to the half-million mark -- and another grieving family required the services of the exhausted funeral director and his staff. "It's just mentally taxing," Pryor, 59, who runs a small funeral home business with his wife Almika, told Reuters earlier this month. The sheer number…
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