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Texas Governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper
(Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state, in honor of the late Navy Seal sharpshooter portrayed in the film "American Sniper." The movie, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle who was killed by a disgruntled U.S. veteran on a Texas gun range in 2013, has been a box office hit as well as a flashpoint of debate between liberals and conservatives. Abbott, a Republican, made the announcement during a speech at the Texans Veterans of Foreign Affairs Mid-Winter Convention in Austin, according to a statement from the governor's office. "In honor of a Texas son, a Navy SEAL and an American hero a man who defended his brothers and sisters in arms on and off the battlefield I am declaring February 2nd Chris Kyle Day in Texas," Abbott said during the speech, according to the statement.
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:58:14 -0500
San Francisco police detain two over body parts in suitcase
San Francisco police said on Friday night they had detained two people in connection with a case involving a suitcase full of body parts discovered on a downtown street earlier this week. An anonymous tip offered around 7:30 p.m. local time led officers to the Tenderloin neighborhood where they found the individuals, one of whom was identified earlier on Friday as a person of interest in the homicide case, San Francisco Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said. The San Francisco Chronicle said the city medical examiner determined that the remains belonged to a "light-skinned male," but neither an identity nor cause of death could be immediately established. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:09:54 -0500
In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After the traditional call to prayer, Edina Lekovic stood in front of some 150 women seated on the floor at an interfaith center in Los Angeles, and delivered a sermon, a role traditionally reserved for Muslim men. Lekovic, an activist with California's Muslim Public Affairs Council, then joined the women in kneeling in prayer in the direction of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam. Friday's gathering at the interfaith center - a former Jewish synagogue near downtown Los Angeles with Stars of David etched into the stained glass windows - aims to encourage women to participate fully in Muslim prayer and education. Muslim women often meet for casual gatherings and prayer, but rarely do they unite in a formal setting, such as the Friday worship, under the banner of a mosque.
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:23 -0500
San Francisco police detain man in human remains case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Police detained a "person of interest" Friday night who had been shown in photos released earlier in the probe of human remains found inside a suitcase, authorities said. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:36:18 -0500
After historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday