Edgar Tamayo put to death in Texas after Supreme Court denies stay

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Edgar Tamayo Arias, a Mexican national, was put to death Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer almost 20 years ago.

Commission urges Texas to stay execution of Mexican national

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The scheduled execution of a mentally-disabled Mexican national violates international and U.S. law, a group urging Texas to halt the lethal injection says.
Ex-U.N. Ambassador Richardson: Rodman's conduct 'reprehensible'

Ex-U.N. Ambassador Richardson: Rodman's conduct 'reprehensible'

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Former United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson called retired basketball player Dennis Rodman's conduct in North Korea "reprehensible."

DeMint: Immigration reform would be costly

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Former South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said implementing the bipartisan immigration reform proposal before Congress would cost trillions of dollars.

North Korea asked to grant amnesty to U.S. national

PYONGYANG, North Korea, May 2 (UPI) -- The United States urged North Korea to grant amnesty and release U.S. national Kenneth Bae, who has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in that country.

Richardson: N. Korea showing 'defiance'

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Some experts analyzing North Korea's threats of war and pre-emptive strikes said they need not be taken literally but also didn't dismiss them.

Pyongyang engaged in image overhaul

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A string of visits to North Korea by foreign officials and private media executives is part of Pyongyang's efforts to improve its image, a scholar said.

Change in rhetoric seen from Kim Jong Un

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The North Korean leadership of Kim Jong Un appears to be stressing economic gain over "belligerent rhetoric," a South Korean scholar said.

U.S. citizen delegation leaves North Korea

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he discussed Internet access for North Koreans during a "productive" trip to Pyongyang with Google's executive.

Richardson team ends North Korean trip

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Google head Eric Schmidt Thursday ended their North Korea visit, which Richardson described as "successful."

Richardson, Schmidt land in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The North Korean state news agency confirmed Monday that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson arrived Monday in Pyongyang.
Richardson: N. Korea trip 'humanitarian'

Richardson: N. Korea trip 'humanitarian'

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson say his trip with Google chief Eric Schmidt to North Korea is purely for humanitarian reasons.

North Korea takes aim at U.S. policy

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. actions in the Asia-Pacific region suggest the country aims to start a war on the Korean Peninsula, a North Korean newspaper reported Friday.

U.S.: Timing of N. Korea trip not helpful

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has questioned the timing of a planned North Korea visit by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and former ambassador Bill Richardson.

UPI NewsTrack Business

Markets turnaround Thursday ... 2012 job cuts lowest total since 1997 ... Google exec to travel to North Korea ... Big Apple business activity expands ... News from United Press International.
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Bill Richardson
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) attends a performance by recording artists Vince Gill and Amy Grant at the White House in Washington on February 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III (born November 15, 1947) is an American politician, who served as the 30th Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Before being elected governor, Richardson served in the Clinton administration as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary. Richardson has also served as a U.S. Congressman, chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. On December 3, 2008, then-President-elect Barack Obama designated Richardson for appointment to the cabinet-level position of Commerce Secretary. On January 4, 2009, Richardson announced his decision to withdraw his nomination because of an investigation into improper business dealings in New Mexico. In August 2009, federal prosecutors dropped the pending investigation against the governor, and there has been speculation in the media about Richardson's career, as his second and final term as New Mexico governor has concluded.

Bill Richardson was born in Pasadena, California. His father, William Blaine Richardson Jr. (died in 1972), of New England Yankee and Mexican descent, was an American Citibank executive who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and lived and worked in Mexico City. His mother, María Luisa López-Collada Márquez is the Mexican daughter of a Spanish father from Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain and a Mexican mother and was his father's secretary. Richardson's father was born in Nicaragua. Just before Richardson was born, his father sent his mother to California to give birth because, as Richardson explained, "My father had a complex about not having been born in the United States." Richardson, a U.S. citizen by birthright, was raised during his childhood in Mexico City. He was raised Roman Catholic. At age 13, Richardson's parents sent him to Massachusetts to attend a preparatory school, Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, where he played baseball as a pitcher. He entered Tufts University in 1966 where he continued to play baseball.

Richardson's original biographies stated that he had been drafted by the Kansas City Athletics and the Chicago Cubs to play professional baseball, but a 2005 Albuquerque Journal investigation revealed that he never was on any official draft. Richardson acknowledged the error which he claimed was unintentional, saying that he had been scouted by several teams and told that he "would or could" be drafted, but was mistaken in saying that he was actually drafted.

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