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USA: Plano Police investigate racist graffiti on school windows, doors

USA: Plano Police investigate racist graffiti on school windows, doors

Plano (Texas) [USA], Feb. 28 : This week, for the students at Plano West Senior School, started with hateful and racist graffiti, scribbled on several windows and doors of the school.


Phones to be built in a way to allow Govt. to gain access, says Obama

Phones to be built in a way to allow Govt. to gain access, says Obama

Texas, Mar. 12 : With the next hearing in the Apple encryption case scheduled for March 22, U. S. President Barack Obama broke his silence on the ongoing debate between the Apple and the FBI about penetrating encryption, saying that mobile devices should be built in a way to allow the government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws.

"If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there's no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?" Obama said while speaking at the Southwest festival in Texas.


Convicted murderer is executed in Texas

Convicted murderer is executed in Texas

Washington : The state of Texas has executed a death row inmate convicted of fatally shooting a man in 1998, after robbing his victim of eight dollars.

Juan Garcia, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:26 pm local time, a prison system spokeswoman told AFP. He was put to death by lethal injection.

Garcia, who was a teenager at the time of the murder, previously had sought clemency over mental health issues, but filed no appeal yesterday.

Prison officials said that Garcia's final remarks were, in part: "The harm that I did to your dad and husband, I hope this brings you closure to all of you. I never wanted to hurt any of you." He was the 11th person put to death this year in Texas, the US state with the greatest number of executions, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.


Man kills seven family members, shoots self in US

Man kills seven family members, shoots self in USHouston - A man has killed his daughter and six minor grandchildren and later committed suicide in north Florida, police said.

The horrific mass shooting incident took place yesterday near Bell, a town of about 500, located roughly 48 kms west of Gainesville when a man killed his daughter and her six children, aged 3 months to 10 years, before killing himself, Gilchrist County deputies said.

The shooter, identified as 51-year-old Don Spirit, contacted emergency services '911' at about 4 pm, officials said adding that the first deputy to arrive at the home on NW 30th and NW 39th streets made contact with Spirit before he committed suicide.


Woman executed in US

Houston - In a rare occurrence, a 38-year-old woman has been executed in Texas for the starvation and torture death of her partner's nine-year-old son, becoming the only fifteenth women to be executed in the US since 1976.

Lisa Coleman was executed yesterday by injecting a lethal injection after the US Supreme Court rejected her last-day appeal. She was pronounced dead 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year.

Execution of female inmates is a rare occurrence in US, especially in Texas.


Three Japanese students die in California crash

San Marcos - Three Japanese college students were killed and five others injured when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a power pole, officials have said.

The eight students were trapped in the 2000 Honda Prelude after the crash late Thursday on a state highway in Oceanside, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said yesterday.

The car went down an embankment and struck the pole, shearing it in half and leaving power lines dangling, Bettencourt said. The lines did not touch the ground.

The 19-year-old male driver and two passengers a man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Two women and three men suffered moderate to major injuries.


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