(SPRING, Tx.) JUST IN: KTRK has reported that two people died in a fiery crash involving a 2019 Tesla Model S and its autopilot functionality while taking it for a test drive on Saturday night, according to authorities #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: The crash happened just after 9 p.m. on Hammock Dunes Place in the Carlton Woods Creekside subdivision. The victims were said to have been two men who were 59 and 69 years old, however police have not released their names yet.

59 and 69-year-old men dead after self-driving Tesla crash, authorities said: ‘The flames reportedly took hours to extinguish, and Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said the investigation has led them to believe that there was no one driving the car when the crash occurred’

In a similar incident another Tesla Model S catches fire twice in one day in California

Firefighters and medics were called to the scene after reports of an explosion in the woods after the Tesla ran off the road, authorities said.

The Tesla was traveling from a cul-de-sac on Hammock Dunes Place and did not negotiate a curve. The vehicle crashed into a tree before bursting into flames.

Crews found two bodies inside the vehicle, a man in the front passenger seat and another man in the back passenger seat.

The batteries on board the Tesla continued to ignite despite efforts to douse the flames, authorities said. It reportedly took around four hours and more than 30,000 gallons of water before firefighters decided to let the fire burn itself out.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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(EDINBURG, Tx.) CBP REPORT: Agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three sexual predators and a gang member within 72 hours #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.15: Friday afternoon, McAllen Border Patrol (MCS) agents apprehended a group of 14 illegal aliens near Hidalgo, Texas. During processing, agents discovered that one subject, a Honduran national, had a prior arrest by the Brooklyn Park Police Department (BPPD) in New York in 2018. BPPD charged the subject with criminal sexual conduct, a 3rd degree felony. The subject was convicted and sentenced to 15 months confinement. Within the group was a child traveling by himself:

USBP Arrests Convicted Sex Offenders and a MS-13 Gang Member in RGV: ‘Friday morning, Fort Brown Border Patrol agents arrested a male Salvadoran national near Brownsville, Texas. Record Checks revealed the subject, later identified as Guzman-Gomez, Nelson, was convicted in Harris County, Texas, for aggravated sexual assault with a child under 14 years old. Guzman-Gomez was convicted and sentenced to five years confinement’

On Saturday morning, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias station arrested a subject on a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas, attempting to circumvent the checkpoint. Record checks revealed the subject was arrested for aggravated sexual assault in the 1st degree by the Englewood Police Department in Bergen, New Jersey.  The subject was convicted and sentenced to 9 years confinement.

MCS agents also apprehended a subject from El Salvador, who’s record checks revealed, he is a Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member.  Subject was taken to the McAllen Border Patrol Station to be interviewed and processed.  

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.15: 2021:

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(MCALLEN, Tx.) Justice Dept Report: A man was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in federal prison following his conviction for conspiring to harbor noncitizens and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: Noe Garza, 46, from Edinburg, Texas, was sentenced March 24 in U.S. district court to 63 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 2, 2020:

HSI Laredo probe results in more than 5-year sentence of convicted felon for harboring noncitizens, possessing firearm: ‘Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case in coordination with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Edinburg Police Department’

At the hearing, the court heard additional information related to his criminal record to include prior convictions for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. The judge noted Garza had been breaking the law since he was 17. She added that she was particularly troubled Garza committed these crimes while having a pending human smuggling case from 2016 for which he failed to appear for sentencing.

“HSI works closely with its law enforcement partners in pursuit of identifying, arresting and bringing to justice individuals culpable of human smuggling,” said Timothy Tubbs, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Laredo. “We will continue to utilize our broad authorities to target those believed to engage in such crimes and who place personal profit ahead of public safety.”

According to court documents, on Feb. 28, 2020, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on Garza, but he fled the scene. Authorities soon apprehended him, at which time he admitted to being the caretaker of a stash house in Edinburg and helping coordinate transportation of illegal aliens farther north. A search of the residence revealed five noncitizens and two firearms. Law enforcement also found an additional firearm in the area of the traffic stop. Garza took ownership of all three firearms.

As a previously convicted felon, federal law prohibits Garza from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Garza will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility at a later date.

Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Alexis Garcia, with the Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.02: 2021:

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(DALLAS, Tx.) Latest Update: Police in Cedar Park have arrested Miles Speight, 19. They say people in the area can now safely leave their houses after a manhunt today Wednesday morning #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Update 03/31/2021 7:05 am*** The suspect was taken into custody by the Cedar Park Police Department. It is now safe for everyone to leave their homes. The investigation is still ongoing and charges are pending. Nothing further at this time:

— Leander Police (@Leander_Police) March 31, 2021

Police Arrest Texas Teen Police Say Stabbed His Mother To Death

March 31, 2021 at 7:20 am

Earlier TODAY LEANDER, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A manhunt is underway for Miles Speight, 19, who police said may have stabbed his mother to death this morning.

Miles Speight, 19 (courtesy: Leander Police Dept.)

Officers found Speight’s mother dead in her home in the 12000 blk of Hero Way West at 2:45 a.m.

Speight fled on foot, possibly armed with a knife before police arrived.

Police described him as Black, 5’10” 150 lbs. with a shaved head wearing unknown color shorts and a T-shirt.

The police department of the small town about 3 hours away from Dallas has asked residents to stay home and lock their doors.

The investigation is still ongoing.

There is a large police presence in the area of Hero Way West and Ran Road. Officers are searching for a male suspect possibly armed with a knife that may be on foot in the area. We are asking all residents in the area to stay in their homes and lock their doors.

— Leander Police (@Leander_Police) March 31, 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.31: 2021:

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(TEXAS) Justice Dept Report: Two citizens of Ukraine have been sentenced for trafficking & smuggling into the United States counterfeit cancer and hepatitis drugs #AceNewsDesk report

Ukrainian Traffickers Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Cancer and Hepatitis Drugs: ‘Maksym Nienadov, 36, was the owner of the Ukrainian-based company Healthy Nation. He and his co-conspirator and employee – Volodymyr Nikolaienko, 34 – pleaded guilty in July 2020 to both trafficking in and smuggling into the United States counterfeit drugs and conspiracy to do so. Nienadov also pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded drugs into the United States’

Today, Nienadov and Nikolaienko were sentenced to respective terms of 71 and 33 months in federal prison. Each defendant is expected to face removal proceedings following his term in prison.

“The defendants sought to profit off the illnesses of others, selling false hope – including fake drugs with no active ingredient – and risking the health of vulnerable patients,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This prosecution makes clear that we will hold accountable those who disregard the risks to patients by smuggling counterfeit drugs into the United States.”

“Those that traffic counterfeit drugs pose harm to our country’s most vulnerable citizens and will face consequences,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery of the Southern District of Texas. “Defenseless people need their medications for life-threatening illnesses. Schemes like these put patients at risk of not receiving the actual drugs required for treatment. This prosecution demonstrates the tremendous work by all our partners and our collaborative commitment to protecting our community and combatting counterfeit drug trafficking into the United States.” 

“Selling illegal prescription drugs in the U.S. marketplace puts consumers’ health at risk, but it is especially reprehensible when the drugs are intended for use with especially vulnerable populations, such as cancer patients,” said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI), Kansas City Field Office. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who sell illegal prescription drugs, knowing that they can jeopardize patients’ health.”

“We work tirelessly, alongside our federal partners and private sector stakeholders, to prevent counterfeit pharmaceuticals from infiltrating the American marketplace,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Houston. “Today’s sentencing is another example of our relentless efforts to ensure consumers are receiving the life-saving pharmaceuticals that they need to treat their afflictions.”

Nienadov and Nikolaienko were arrested in April 2019 after they arrived in the United States from Ukraine to discuss sales of future unlawful shipments of drugs. They have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined.

HSI and FDA-OCI conducted the investigation.

Senior Trial Attorney Jeff Pearlman of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Edwards of the Southern District of Texas prosecuted the case. Former CCIPS Senior Trial Attorney Kebharu Smith assisted in the prosecution.

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine provided substantial assistance.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.28: 2021:

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(TEXAS) CBP REPORT: Border crossing entry into the U.S has its problems with illegals trying to get into the country as U.S Issue new guidance today over changes to DACA rules for immigrants #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement announcing that DHS will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to preserve and fortify DACA: “

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on DACA: We are taking action to preserve and fortify DACA. This is in keeping with the President’s memorandum. It is an important step, but only the passage of legislation can give full protection and a path to citizenship to the Dreamers who know the U.S. as their home.”

Last Published Date: March 26, 2021

Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents recently encountered four large groups of illegal aliens: ‘70 Unaccompanied Children Encountered by Border Patrol Near the Rio Grande with 6-more stranded aliens three of them infants and a 9yr-old-child dies trying to cross from Mexico into Texas’

On Wednesday, RGV agents working near the Rio Grande, encountered two large groups of illegal aliens shortly after they made entry into the United States. Agents working near La Grulla, Texas, encountered the first group of 120 individuals early in the morning. The group consisted of 46 family members and 14 unaccompanied alien children (UACs).  Hours later in Hidalgo Texas, agents encountered a second group of 134 people, consisting of 37 family members and 32 UACs.  Seven of the UACs in this group were under the age of 12.

This morning, McAllen Border Patrol agents working near La Joya, Texas, encountered two more groups totaling 148 people. These groups also consisted of mainly family members and UACs. Border Patrol agents continue seeing an increase in UAC encounters along the border. This fiscal year, RGV has seen a 114% increase in UAC apprehensions compared to the same time frame last year.

McAllen UH-60 Crew Rescues Six Stranded Aliens, Three of Them Infants

EDINBURG, Texas – A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the McAllen Air and Marine Branch of Air and Marine Operations (AMO) rescued six illegal aliens that were stuck on a remote peninsula after illegally entering the United States. 

Yesterday, a McAllen Air Branch based UH60 crew spotted a group of six illegal aliens, three infants and three adults, in distress in a Resaca near McAllen, Texas. Due to no access roads, and the apparent fatigue of the group, the crew elected to find the safest landing area and move to a low hover and deploy an AMO Aviation Enforcement Agent and two Office of Field Operations Special Response Team personnel.

The agents and officers used a crash axe to widen a landing zone, which allowed the crew to make a one-wheel landing. The deployed personnel assisted the migrants to the Black Hawk, and they were safely flown to the levee and handed over to US Border Patrol agents.

9-Year-Old Child Dies Trying To Cross Border Into Texas From Mexico, Officials Say

March 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm

EAGLE PASS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 9-year-old child died while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas from Mexico, federal officials said.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that patrol agents responded to three individuals who were unresponsive on an island on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande on March 20 near Eagle Pass.

Border Patrol processed all subjects accordingly.

~CBP~U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.27: 2021:

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(HOUSTON) Justice Dept Report: A dual US-Venezuelan citizen & former official of Citgo Petroleum Corp has ‘pleaded guilty’ on Monday in connection to ‘International Bribery & Laundering’ during 2013 – 2019 of at least $7-million in contracts #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: According to court documents, between approximately 2013 and 2019, Jose Luis De Jongh Atencio (De Jongh), 48, a former procurement officer and manager in Citgo’s Special Projects Group, accepted more than $7 million in bribe payments from businessmen including Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino (Gonzalez), a dual U.S.-Venezuelan citizen, and Tulio Anibal Farias Perez (Farias), a Venezuelan national and Houston resident, and others in exchange for assisting the businessmen and related companies in procuring contracts with Citgo, and providing them with other business advantages:

Former Venezuelan Official Pleads Guilty in Connection with International Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme: ‘A dual U.S.-Venezuelan citizen and former official at Citgo Petroleum Corporation, a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), pleaded guilty Monday in connection with his role in laundering millions of dollars in bribes and corruptly providing business advantages to multiple individuals who obtained contracts with Citgo and PDVSA’

De Jongh admitted to directing bribe payments from Gonzalez, Farias, and others into bank accounts in the names of shell companies that he controlled in Panama and Switzerland. In some instances, he also directed the creation of fake invoices to justify the payments. De Jongh laundered the bribe proceeds through U.S. and international bank accounts and used the funds to purchase real property located in the Houston area. In addition to monetary payments, De Jongh also received bribes in the form of gifts and other things of value from Gonzalez, Farias, and others including tickets to a 2014 World Series Game, Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, and a U2 concert. Gonzalez and Farias also entered guilty pleas in connection with the case.

“Jose Luis De Jongh Atencio accepted millions of dollars in bribe payments — placing law-abiding individuals and companies at a competitive disadvantage — and then laundered those bribe payments into the United States to fund his lavish lifestyle,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This guilty plea demonstrates the commitment of the department and our law enforcement partners to hold accountable individuals who engage in corruption and use our financial system to promote and launder the proceeds of their crimes.”

“Foreign bribery schemes like this pose a significant threat to the public trust and fair-trade practices,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston. “This plea is a step in the right direction, but we will continue to level the playing field for companies and consumers by aggressively investigating individuals and corporations who violate the FCPA and misuse our financial system.”

De Jongh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller on Aug. 19, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Judge Miller will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. In addition, as part of his plea, De Jongh also agreed to forfeit over $3 million seized from his bank accounts and 15 properties that he purchased with his corrupt proceeds.

To date, the Justice Department has announced charges against 28 individuals, 22 of whom have pleaded guilty, as part of a larger, ongoing investigation by the U.S. government into bribery at PDVSA.

HSI Houston is conducting the ongoing investigation with assistance from HSI Boston and Miami.

Trial Attorney Sarah E. Edwards and Assistant Chief Sonali D. Patel of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert S. Johnson and John P. Pearson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristine E. Rollinson is handling the forfeiture aspects of the case.

The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General of Panama also provided assistance.

The Fraud Section is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters. Additional information about the Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.24: 2021:

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#Texas #HurricaneHarvey #ICE Approximately 4,500 Inmates Being Evacuated From 3 Texas Prisons Amid Heavy Rains Texas Department of Criminal Justice #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is moving detainees who are being held in facilities in Hurricane Harvey’s path, ahead of the potentially historic storm that’s barreling toward Texas #AceNewsDesk reports

Those currently being held at the Port Isabel Detention Center, located 30 miles east of Brownsville in Los Fresnos, Texas, are being transferred to facilities away from the storm’s impact area.Officials at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection released a joint statement on Friday indicating that “laws will not be suspended” in light of the storm, but they will ease up on non-criminal immigration operations at evacuation sites or shelters in the impacted areas.
The Department’s law enforcement components will be at the ready to help anyone in need of assistance. In evacuation or response, we are committed to making sure that we can assist local authorities quickly, safely, and efficiently,” the joint statement reads. “Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks.”The statement continues, “the laws will not be suspended, and we will be vigilant against any effort by criminals to exploit disruptions caused by the storm.”The statement posted on the Customs and Border Protection website does not explicitly mention checkpoints, which the agency said would remain open in a statement reported on by the Texas Tribune. “Border Patrol checkpoints will not be closed unless there is a danger to the safety of the traveling public and our agents,” the statement to the Tribune reads. “Border Patrol resources, including personnel and transportation, will be deployed on an as needed basis to augment the efforts and capabilities of local-response authorities.”That statement prompted a strong response from the American Civil Liberties Union, which called it a “disgusting move.”“The Border Patrol should never keep checkpoints open during any natural disasters in the United States,” said Lorella Praeli, American Civil Liberties Union director of immigration policy and campaigns. “Everyone, no matter the color of their skin or background, is worth saving.”A question to Customs and Border Protection officials about the status of checkpoints during the hurricane was not immediately answered.The joint statement in regard to #HurricaneHarvey differs slightly from a 2016 statement from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection that was issued ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Then, the agencies were far more explicit about enforcement activities, including those at checkpoints and what to do with individuals held in state and local custody.“There will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to Matthew, including the use of checkpoints for immigration enforcement purposes in impacted areas during an evacuation,” the 2016 statement reads #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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TEXAS: City Council of Denton repeal #fracking ban voted for by City Residents’

#AceNewsReport – Post Update: TEXAS:June.17: The City Council of the North Texas city of Denton on Wednesday repealed a ban on #fracking, voted for by city residents in November 2014.

 Water quality and quantity has not been affected by hundreds of fracking wells in and around Ponder, Texas, but residents complain of air quality from fracking operations, the town’s Director of Public Works Gary Morris told Sputnik

In November 2014, 59 percent of voters in Denton backed the bill prohibiting fracking within city limits amid rising concerns that the oil-and-gas-extraction technique would cause serious harm to the environment. The Texas Oil & Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office sued the city in response.

 On May 18, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed the House Bill 40 into law, making it the state’s prerogative to decide whether to allow #fracking in cities.

“The Denton City Council voted 6-1 to amend to repeal Initiative Ordinance No. 2014-01, known as the hydraulic fracturing ban. As this ban has been rendered unenforceable by the State of Texas in HB 40, it is in the overall interest of the Denton taxpayers to strategically repeal the ordinance,” a statement, published on the official website of the city of Denton, reads.

The City Council stressed that the decision was arrived at after taking into account all the residents’ concerns and the long-term interests of the city.

#Fracking is the practice of using high-pressure injections of water, sand and toxic chemicals into underground shale formations to extract natural resources. A number of researchers believe that #fracking can cause serious damage to the environment, and even trigger minor earthquakes.

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TEXAS: ‘ Lawyer: Officer didn’t target black teens at Texas pool ‘

#AceNewsReport#Breaking Update:June.11: Texas officer was not targeting minorities:

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DALLAS (AP) – A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer said, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls.

As activists demanded Wednesday that prosecutors charge former officer David Eric Casebolt, his attorney Jane Bishkin said…

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TEXAS: ‘ DPS INTENDS TO FINGER PRINT EVERYONE OF DRIVING AGE ‘

#AceNewsServices – TEXAS – October 30 – The Texas Department of Public Safety might as well be called the Texas Department of Public Invasiveness. 

They have launched a plan to fingerprint every single person of driving age in the state, after which they will add the person’s prints to the criminal database.

Is it just me or is that a rather Dystopian plan?
Jon Cassidy of Watchdog.org writes:

The credit for breaking the news on those two items goes to consumer affairs columnist Dave Lieber of the Dallas Morning News, whose long-running “Watchdog” column often shows up in my Google Alerts, for obvious reasons.

As an old-school columnist, Lieber tends to keep his opinions subdued, and he does not generally call people dishonest.

But I have no problem with doing that, so I’d like to point out that the DPS spokesman he quotes at length is less than straightforward about his department’s legal authority.

Source: Activist Post: Did You Hear? Texas Plans to Fingerprint EVERYONE within the Next 12 Years.

#ANS2014

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SUPREME COURT ALLOWS TEXAS TO ENFORCE NEW PHOTO ID LAW AT POLLS ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections, reaching the opposite conclusion from a similar Wisconsin case a week earlier, following last weeks refusal.  

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

The order, coming two days before early voting is set to begin, completes a series of voting rights challenges that had come before the court on an emergency basis. The justices also upheld new restrictions on voting in North Carolina and Ohio that did not include photo ID requirements.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections.

The order was not signed, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a six-page dissent, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg said.

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TEXAS: ‘ HEALTH CARE WORKER ABOARD CARNIVAL CRUISE LINER EBOLA TEST IS NEGATIVE ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Texas) – October 19 – The health care worker aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship who was being monitored for signs of Ebola passed a blood test and was allowed to leave with other passengers when the ship docked Sunday in Texas, health officials said.

“We are able to confirm that the (Ebola) test was negative,” Galveston County Health Authority spokesman Kurt Koopman said in an e-mail to USA TODAY. 

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UNITED STATES: ' US Border Patrol Opens Fire on American Militia Member at Texas Border '

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Texas) – August 30 – The US Border Patrol announced on Friday that one of its agents fired numerous shots at an unidentified person at the Texas border with Mexico.

​The person in question was armed but did not return fire and was not hit, and later came forward as an American militia member.

Despite calls from Border Patrol to back off, several militia groups are now patrolling the border in an attempt to discourage immigrants from entering the US illegally.

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Harry Reid: ' Immigrants Who Entered US Illegally at Young Age Should Not Be Deported '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 17 – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says immigrants who came to the country illegally at a young age are now legitimate residents and should not be deported.

Reid made the remarks in response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is demanding that an emergency spending bill for the border reverse President Obama’s 2012 order that halted deportations of so-called Dreamers.

By Alexander Bolton @ The Hill 

#ANS2014 

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‘ Woman Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Sending Barack Obama Ricin Laced Letters ‘

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES (Texas) –  July 16 – A woman from Texas has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after sending US President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg letters laced with highly toxic ricin.

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Thirty-six-year-old Shannon Guess Richardson was sentenced Wednesday after having pleaded guilty in December to possessing and producing a biological toxin.

Richardson was arrested in June 2013 after authorities said she tried to implicate her estranged husband after he filed for divorce.

Prosecutors say Richardson, who had minor acting roles in film and television, mailed three letters from New Boston, outside Texarkana, then went to police and claimed that her husband did it.

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‘Water War in Texas One Man's Past and Future '

#AceNewsServices TEXAS – June 06 – Gary Cheatwood grew up near the town of Cuthand, in far northeast Texas, and he always found peace along the wooded banks of Little Mustang Creek. His grandfather had bought 100 acres in 1917 and now Gary’s family owns 600 acres of bottom land near where the creek’s clear waters meet the Sulphur River.



He especially loves the woods around the creek—some 70 species of hardwood trees, including a massive Texas honey locust that ranks as official state champion. “This forest is not making money,” says Cheatwood, a retired surveyor and construction manager. “But a lot of things are more important than money.

The trees give me pleasure.”

Everything about the land pleases Cheatwood. Still wiry and lean at 75, he walks it every week, always wearing his standard outfit of lace-up work boots, jeans, plaid flannel shirt, and baseball cap.

He collects finely crafted Caddo and Cherokee Indian arrowheads.

In the spring, blue and yellow wild-flowers bloom.

He takes pleasure, too, in looking for rare creatures—the American burying beetle, a certain obscure shrew, even the eastern timber rattlesnake.

Yet as he stood on the creek bank this January, he knew his family could have their homestead taken by the state of Texas. If Texas Water Development Board planners have their way, sometime in the next 20 years or so Cheatwood’s land will disappear under Marvin Nichols Reservoir, a proposed 72,000-acre lake meant to provide water to the Dallas-Ft. Worth “Metroplex” 135 miles to the west. Some 4,000 of his neighbours (a few estimates go as high as 10,000 people) will also become refugees, driven off their lands, either for lake bottom or for the hundreds of thousands of acres to be taken as “mitigation.”

All over rural Texas, large swaths of farmland and ranchland and coastal estuaries face a similarly precarious future. A convergence of extended drought, supply-side water policy, and relentless economic and population growth has led to bitter fights over how water is to be used.

The current drought began in 2006 and, with the exception of occasional years of what was once considered near-normal rain, has never really gone away. By far the state’s greatest climatic trauma occurred in 2011, when a full 85 percent of the state qualified as suffering from “exceptional drought,” the most severe category listed by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Hot, dry winds blew across the state from early spring through the summer and fall. For weeks temperatures ranged well over 100 degrees, and reached 110 degrees in places.

Texas dried out so much that it literally caught fire: 31,453 wildfires burned more than 6,000 square miles. Gary Cheatwood’s tiny Cuthand Volunteer Fire Department fought 18 blazes by itself and cooperated with other agencies in fighting dozens more. “We were afraid to leave our homes to get groceries,” Cheatwood says. “If we weren’t at home when the fires came, no one could call for help.” An estimated 300 million trees died from lack of water.

People bought feed to keep birds and deer alive. Reservoirs in West Texas ran dry.

Read More: ECOWATCH

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` Tornado hits US States of Oklahoma and Arkansas Leaving Devastation in its Quake '

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – April 28 – A powerful tornado storm system has ripped through several US states, killing one person in Oklahoma and at least 16 others in central Arkansas while causing major damage in the Great Plains, Midwest and Southern states.

A tornado killed one person in Quapaw, a small residence in Oklahoma, on the border of Kansas and Missouri, authorities announced, saying the storm struck the town around 5:30pm local time.

Twitter Reports:

My hometown sustained a direct #tornado hit. Pray for those in Quapaw, Oklahoma and neighboring communities affected. pic.twitter.com/B8deCqBKaP
— Mr. Saturday Night (@MSN_Barry) April 28, 2014
The authorities are still trying to access the scene which has allegedly suffered damage to half of the community.

2 dead after tornado strikes Quapaw, Oklahoma. @cbsnewspath: Aerials of storm damage. Via @tomcbs4 pic.twitter.com/fNcAxfhn2r
— Brendon Geoffrion (@tvbrendon) April 28, 2014
“Looks like about half of the town got extensive damage as well as the fire department,” Ottawa County Emergency Management director Joe Dan Morgan announced.

From Katie Elizabeth: Damage earlier today in Baxter Springs, KS from a tornado. #KSWXpic.twitter.com/e7XLflnwdd
— Nathan Young (@nvyoung) April 28, 2014
The tornado then continued towards, Baxter, where authorities say the twister injured several people and caused extensive damage. Emergency service responders are now checking the roughly 4,200 residents.

Tornado earlier in Baxter Springs, photo by Trevor Burrows pic.twitter.com/D5TMIyLGUg
— William Lynch (@WilliamLynchMO) April 27, 2014
Tornado warnings are also in effect in for parts of Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee. More twisters were also recorded in parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, but no injuries were reported there.

“The greatest risk for a few intense tornadoes will exist across much of Arkansas perhaps into western and central Missouri,” a weather service advisory said.

Pray for Mayflower, guys. It’s needed right now. #arwxpic.twitter.com/NGLO5lxb9v
— Jesse (@WhistlePig11) April 28, 2014
Television footage showed damaged and overturned vehicles after a massive tornado struck about 10 miles (16km) west of Little Rock, Arkansas moving north-eastward for 30 miles (48km).

The twister ripped through along Interstate 40 between the suburbs of Maumelle and Mayflower, causing damage there. There were no immediate reports of causalities there. But a “mass casualty situation” was reported in the town of Vilonia, Arkansas, a spokesman for the Faulkner County Sheriff’s office said.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed late Sunday that at least eleven people had died after a tornado tore through central Arkansas.

According to the Storm Prediction Center of the national weather service, affected areas that remain under threat of “severe potential” tornadoes with “95 percent probability of watch issuance” are Arkansas, far eastern Oklahoma, and far north-east Texas.

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` White Supremacist Organisation the `Klu Klux Klan ‘ is on the Rise and is Kicking off Their Recruitment Drive’

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 14 – (RT) – White supremacist organization the Ku Klux Klan looks determined to take advantage of a struggling economy, anger over immigration and wariness of America’s first black president as it kicks off an aggressive new recruitment drive.

Borrowing a popular theme from US wartime propaganda posters, American neighbourhoods in Texas, Louisiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania over the weekend discovered leaflets in their mailboxes and on car windshields that read, “The KKK Wants You!” – complete with a depiction of a hooded figure adorned with Klan insignia pointing at the reader.http://www.kkkknights.com/

The leaflets provide contact numbers for local recruiting offices, as well as “24/7 hotlines” and associated websites.

“Someone is passing out hateful flyers in the Acadiana area, telling Eunice residents the KKK is ‘awake’,” reported WGNO of New Orleans.

The flyers were signed by the “Loyal White Knights,” which their website ‘Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’ claims is “the largest and most active Klan in America.”

Read More: http://on.rt.com/9m3dgm

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US President `George W Bush ' Dabbles in a New kind of Oil this Time as a Portrait Artist'

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 05 – (VOA) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has a new title to add to his resume: painter.

The subjects of his paintings? World leaders – a theme he knows well.

Bush’s portraits go on display in his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas Saturday.

The exhibit, titled “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” will feature his paintings of world figures he worked with during his presidency from 2001 to 2009, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (BBC)

Bush began his painting hobby two years ago. In an interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works for the network,

Bush said although he does not think he is a great artist, “a whole new world has opened up” for him.

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