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Texas's top appeals court denies DNA testing in death penalty case

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Texas' top criminal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that an inmate facing execution is entitled to DNA testing.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Kentucky Derby trail heats up in Florida

The road to the Kentucky Derby warms up this weekend in Florida while other big-money races are scattered around the country.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Police seek information in theft of Texas historical items

LIBERTY, Texas, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Museum officials say they're trying to determine the number of historic artifacts stolen from the museum home of former Texas Gov. Price Daniel late last week.
The Issue: 2014 should be a good year for economy

The Issue: 2014 should be a good year for economy

The current year, 2013, has been marked by economic distractions such as the government shutdown, concern over a possible U.S default and a general recalcitrance by lawmakers in Washington.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Mom pleads not guilty to injuring 6-year-old son's genitals

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- An Army sergeant's wife who allegedly admitted damaging her son's genitals in a fit of rage entered a not guilty plea in a Texas court.

Mother arrested for injuring son by pulling on his penis

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A mother was arrested at a Texas army base for allegedly injuring her son by pulling on his genitals then using superglue to treat the wounds she caused.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

Last week's college football schedule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- This week's college football scores for USA Today Coaches' Poll ranked teams.

This week's college football schedule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- This week's college football schedule for USA Today Coaches' Poll ranked teams.

This week's college football schedule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- This week's college football schedule for USA Today Coaches' Poll ranked teams.

COL FB: Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston State 28

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Johnny Manziel returned to the starting lineup and amassed 426 passing yards Saturday in No. 7 Texas A&M's 65-28 pounding of Sam Houston State.
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Sam Houston
Prince Charles of England toured the San Jacinto Monument to Texas' Freedom in suburban LaPorte, Texas, February 19, 1986. The Prince (with carnation) chats with tourists outside the 570 foot tall limestone tower built on the site where General Sam Houston defeated Mexican General Santa Anna in 1936. (UPI Photo/Bruno Torres/Files)
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Samuel Houston, known as Sam Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863), was a 19th-century American statesman, politician, and soldier. He was born in Timber Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, of Scots-Irish descent. Houston became a key figure in the history of Texas, and was elected as the first and third President of the Republic of Texas, US Senator for Texas after it joined the United States, and finally as governor of the state. Although a slaveholder and opponent of abolitionism, he had unionist convictions. He refused to swear loyalty to the Confederacy when Texas seceded from the Union, and resigned as governor. To avoid bloodshed, he refused an offer of a Union army to put down the Confederate rebellion. Instead, he retired to Huntsville, Texas, where he died before the end of the Civil War.

His earlier life included migration to Tennessee from Virginia, time spent with the Cherokee Nation (into which he later was adopted as a citizen and took a wife), military service in the War of 1812, and successful participation in Tennessee politics. Houston is the only person in U.S. history to have been the governor of two different states (although other men had served as governors of more than one American territory).

A fight with a US Congressman, followed by a high-profile trial, led to his emigration in 1832 to Mexican Texas. There he soon became a leader of the Texas Revolution. He supported annexation by the United States. The city of Houston was named after him during this period. Houston's reputation was honored after his death: posthumous commemoration has included a memorial museum, a U.S. Army base, a national forest, a historical park, a university, and the largest free-standing statue of an American.

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