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Majestic Theatre to host free Veteran's Day concert

<p>The Majestic Theatre will host a free concert this Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, featuring the United States Air Force Band of the West.</p> <p>This concert will feature the music of John Philip Sousa, John Williams, Leroy Anderson, Gustav Holst, Carmen Dragon, William Owens, and Major Glenn Miller.</p> <p>The Texas Children's Choir will perform as well. The concert is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Ticket holders will be let into the Majestic Theatre at 6 p.m. Non-ticket holders will be able to enter at 6:45 p.m. with the concert scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here for more information on tickets.</a></p>

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:05:39 GMT

9-year-old in SA for cross-country charity bike ride

<p>Four years and many charitable rides later, a young boy is taking his charity work to another level. </p> <p>C.J. Burford is riding his bike across the country to raise money for the National Children's Cancer Society.</p> <p>His goal is to average a distance of 40 miles a day and raise $100,000 for the NCCS.</p> <p>Burford isn't your typical 9-year-old. He is gearing up and ready to kick cancer in the butt by riding his bike across the country.</p> <p>"I saw what happens when you go through cancer and go through the chemo, it's a big financial burden," said  C.J. Burford.</p> <p>He began his ride Sept. 1 in Oceanside, California, and he will end in St. Augustine, Florida. This weekend he rode into the Alamo City. </p> <p>His sister, Kenadi Burford, said this mission came to him after he saw his grandmother survive throat cancer.</p> <p>"It really impacted his life because he was 5 years old when she was diagnosed. So when she had all her chemotherapy, he still remembers it," said Kenadi Burford. </p> <p>"I know you can't totally do away with cancer, but I wanted to help it I wanted to do something about it," said C.J. Burford.</p> <p>He has already completed 1,300 miles of the trip and raised $15,000. </p> <p>"You're never too young or too old to do anything, you can always help somebody else," said C.J. Burford.</p> <p>For real-time updates, photos and more information on how to partner with C.J. on this journey, <a href="" target="_blank">visit his Facebook page</a>.</p>

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:39:11 GMT

3-year-old girl beaten to death in NYC, police say

<p>A 20-year-old man is under arrest in the beating death of a 3-year-old girl whose 5-year-old brother also was assaulted in a Brooklyn apartment.</p> <p>Police say Jeida Torres was unconscious and unresponsive Saturday afternoon in the apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood.</p> <p>A Fire Department spokesman says the girl was rushed to a hospital in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead. Her brother is in stable condition at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.</p> <p>Police say Kelsey Smith was arrested on charges of assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17-years-old. It wasn't clear if he has a lawyer. Police say Smith has been hospitalized in stable condition.</p> <p>Neighbor Keith Best tells the New York Daily News and New York Post that the boy had big bruises on his face and arms.</p>

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:07:32 GMT

At least 21 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

<p>A suicide bombing in a predominately Shia area of Baghdad has left 21 people dead and 25 people injured, according to a police source with knowledge of the incident speaking to CNN by phone. The source asked not to be identified for security reasons. </p><p>The bomber targeted a Shia mosque in the city's northeast al Harithyia neighborhood, the source said.</p><p>As of Sunday, there has been no claim of responsibility.</p><p>The past few weeks have seen a series of car and suicide attacks on Shia targets, some of which have been claimed by ISIS.</p><p>Although Baghdad's perimeter has appeared to hold firm against ISIS encroachment, the militant Sunni group has made strategically valuable gains in the country's Anbar province, west of the capital.</p><p>ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, has been accused of massacring Shiites in areas it controls.</p>

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:04:33 GMT

Romo, Murray carry Cowboys past Giants 31-21

<p> Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes, DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game to start a season, and the Dallas Cowboys won their sixth straight by beating the New York Giants 31-21 Sunday.</p><p>Romo had a fourth scoring pass overturned on replay. Instead, Murray wound up with his seventh rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard plunge.</p><p>Murray finished with 128 yards rushing to pass Brown, who hit the century mark in the first six games of the 1958 season for Cleveland.</p><p>The Cowboys (6-1) are off to their best start since they went 13-3 in 2007 and were the top seed in the NFC before losing to New York in their first playoff game.</p><p>Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants (3-4), who have lost to the NFC East's top two teams in consecutive weeks.</p><p>___</p><p>Online: and</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:53:13 GMT

Pitbull featured act for Cowboys' Thanksgiving

<p> Pitbull will be the featured halftime entertainer at the Dallas Cowboys annual Thanksgiving Day home game.</p><p>The rapper's performance at the game against the Philadelphia Eagles will help kick off the Salvation Army's annual red-kettle fundraising campaign. This is the 18th year the charity will use the high-profile platform to launch its holiday season.</p><p>The kettle campaign has raised nearly $1.9 billion since the partnership with the Cowboys began in 1997, including $136 million last year.</p><p>With the announcement Sunday, Pitbull will join other past kettle kickoff performers like Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood and Destiny's Child.</p><p>___</p><p>AP NFL website: and</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:51:34 GMT

Cowboys' Murray gets 7th straight 100-yard game

<p> DeMarco Murray is the first running back in NFL history to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games.</p><p>The NFL rushing leader reached 100 yards on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter for the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants on Sunday.</p><p>The fourth-year back from Oklahoma was tied with Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who hit the century mark in six straight games to start the 1958 season for Cleveland.</p><p>Murray was on the verge of reaching 900 yards through seven games, on pace to surpass 2,000 yards two years after Adrian Peterson had 2,097 for Minnesota.</p><p>Eric Dickerson had an NFL-record 2,105 yards in 1984 for the Los Angeles Rams.</p><p>___</p><p>Online: and</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:55:20 GMT

Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker

<p> A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare.</p><p>A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas showed no symptoms during the cruise but self-quarantined out of caution. Carnival Cruise Lines said it was informed by health authorities Sunday morning that she tested negative for Ebola. Vicky Rey, vice president of guest care for Carnival Cruise Lines, said the woman and her husband drove themselves home after arriving in Galveston.</p><p>The Ebola scare added some drama to the trip for the more than 4,000 passengers on the ship.</p><p>They learned through a public address system announcement that one of the passengers was being monitored for Ebola. They watched developments about the Ebola outbreak and their ship on the news. The boat was not allowed to dock in Cozumel, depriving passengers of one of the top port destinations. Travelers snapped pictures of a Coast Guard helicopter as it landed to get a blood sample from the passenger.</p><p>"We weren't worried. We ended up just hanging out and enjoying the rest of the trip," said Meredith Brooks, a Houston banker who was on her honeymoon during the cruise.</p><p>State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that when the woman left the U.S. on the cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, on Oct. 12 health officials were requiring only self-monitoring. Officials stepped up their response while the cruise was underway and two nurses were diagnosed with Ebola.</p><p>Carnival Cruise Lines said the woman was "not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew" and that it was in close consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p><p>Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard crew flew in a helicopter Saturday to meet the Carnival Magic and retrieved a blood sample from the woman. He said the blood sample was taken to a state lab in Austin for processing.</p><p>The ship was refused clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico on Friday, a day after Belize refused to let the passenger leave the vessel. There were no restrictions placed on other passengers aboard the ship, officials said.</p><p>Passenger James Dinkley of Thelma, Texas, took the cruise to celebrate his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife. He said there was some initial confusion and agitation after they learned of the situation, were delayed in Belize for several hours and had the Cozumel visit cancelled. But he said the cruise line kept everyone informed with regular updates after that.</p><p>"There was a lot of confusion, especially when they canceled our Cozumel day," he said.</p><p>Carnival gave passengers credit for the missed Cozumel leg. They received $200 in credits and a 50 percent discount on future cruises.</p><p>___</p><p>Associated Press Writer Josh Hoffner contributed to this report.</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:36:44 GMT

Texas GOP closing in on another Election Day sweep

<p> The biggest shake up of Texas politics in decades is two weeks away.</p><p>As early voting begins Monday, little has changed since campaigns launched a year ago: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is still favored to become the next governor, George P. Bush is poised to win his political debut and Democrats remain longshots to break a 20-year losing streak in statewide races.</p><p>But it's an election that will be transformative if not dramatic. Every major statewide office is changing hands, which makes Nov. 4 the start of the biggest power shift in Texas government since at least 1990.</p><p>Until then, here's where things stand:</p><p>___</p><p>GOVERNOR</p><p>Abbott will begin the final stretch Monday in East Texas, riding a comfortable lead in public polls and a 5-to-1 advantage in campaign cash over Democrat Wendy Davis. Unlike gubernatorial races in Wisconsin and Florida that are going down to the wire, Texas hasn't been the toss-up that Democrats hoped.</p><p>Davis, a state senator, is scheduled to cast her ballot Monday in Fort Worth. Her television ads that magnified Abbott's use of a wheelchair and a 1990s rape lawsuit have drawn national attention and put her on the defensive from critics, but Davis hasn't backed down while trying to become the first Democrat in the governor's mansion since Ann Richards.</p><p>__</p><p>LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR</p><p>Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick has done few public events since ousting three-term incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a nasty and expensive GOP primary runoff. But his low profile hasn't harmed his prospects.</p><p>The talk radio host and tea party star is a heavy favorite over Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. His hard-line stance on immigration has drawn rebuke from even some fellow Republicans, but Van de Putte remains a big underdog to stop Patrick from taking over the position that presides over the Legislature's upper chamber and ushering in an aggressive new conservative agenda.</p><p>__</p><p>OTHER STATEWIDE OFFICES</p><p>Even though the leaders of Texas' biggest offices come January will be new, the faces won't be - with one likely exception. George P. Bush, the son of potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush and nephew of George W. Bush, is set to become land commissioner and be the first member in the famous family to win their first election.</p><p>Republicans Ken Paxton (attorney general), Glenn Hegar (comptroller) and Sid Miller (agriculture commissioner) are likewise heavily favored against their little-known and underfunded Democratic opponents.</p><p>___</p><p>CONGRESS</p><p>Texas has 36 congressional seats, but the only really contested one is the sprawling 23rd district that stretches from San Antonio to El Paso. The seat has switched from Democrat to Republican in each of the last three election cycles, and incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego is now trying to fend off Republican challenger Will Hurd.</p><p>Sen. John Cornyn is also up for re-election against heavy underdog David Alameel.</p><p>___</p><p>VOTER ID</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to enforce voter ID at the polls after a lower court deemed the requirement unconstitutional and the equivalent of a poll tax. A record 14 million registered voters in Texas will now need one of seven approved kinds of photo ID to cast a ballot.</p><p>___</p><p>Follow Paul J. Weber on Twitter:</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:34:46 GMT

New military medical team to help with Ebola in US

<p>Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States.</p> <p>His spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the team drawn from across the military services will include 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious diseases and five trainers in infectious disease protocols.</p> <p>The team will go to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for training in infection control and special protective equipment. Training is expected to start within the next week.</p> <p>Kirby says the team won't be sent to West Africa or elsewhere overseas. He says members will be called up for service in the U.S. only if needed by public health officials.</p>

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:25:41 GMT