Texas bitcoin miners back online after power surge caused curtailments

Texas bitcoin miners back online after power surge caused curtailments

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Large-scale bitcoin mining operations in Texas are back online after sweltering temperatures that caused electricity use to spike led to power curtailments earlier in the month, an industry group said. All of the major bitcoin miners, which use energy-intensive supercomputers to mine for cryptocurrencies, had paused operations last week as temperatures soared in the Lone Star state and power demand hit all-time highs as residents and businesses turned up their air conditioners.  "The miners are all back on as of several days ago," said Lee Bratcher, president of the Texas Blockchain Council. "ERCOT is back into a normal…
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Two Mexicans charged after death of 51 migrants in sweltering Texas truck

Two Mexicans charged after death of 51 migrants in sweltering Texas truck

At least 51 migrants have died after being trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer truck found abandoned in Texas, authorities said, as two Mexican nationals tied to the unprecedented smuggling tragedy were charged in U.S. federal court. The deceased migrants, 39 men and 12 women, most of them citizens of Mexico, were discovered on Monday in an industrial area on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, about 160 miles (250 km) north of the U.S.-Mexico border. The incident marked the greatest loss of life on record from a human trafficking attempt in the United States, according to Craig Larrabee, an acting…
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Site of Texas school shooting to be demolished

Site of Texas school shooting to be demolished

The elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a teenage gunman killed 19 children and two teachers last month will be demolished, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. The mayor's announcement came several hours after a senior Texas official said the law enforcement response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School was "an abject failure" in which a commander put the lives of officers over those of the children. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin did not give a timeline for when the school would be demolished, but said at a council meeting: "You can never ask a child to go back or…
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Husband of teacher killed in Texas school shooting ‘dies of grief ‘

Husband of teacher killed in Texas school shooting ‘dies of grief ‘

The death toll from the Uvalde school shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers reached the campus’ extended family Thursday, when the husband of one of the slain teachers died of a heart attack. Guadalupe “Joe” Garcia – the husband of 46-year-old Irma Garcia, who was shot and killed while sheltering children in her classroom – died two days after the mass killing that shattered his family, a cousin of his wife confirmed on a verified GoFundMe page. The Garcias had been together for more than 30 years. They were high school sweethearts before marrying and having four children,…
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Minutes before school attack, Texas gunman sent online warning

Minutes before school attack, Texas gunman sent online warning

UVALDE, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers posted an online message warning that he was going to shoot up an elementary school minutes before he attacked, Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, as harrowing new details of the massacre emerged.# The gunman, whose rampage ended when police killed him, also had sent a message on Tuesday saying he was going to shoot his grandmother, followed by another internet post confirming he had done so, Abbott said at a news conference. The suspect's grandmother, shot in the face before her grandson left the home they shared and attacked the school, survived…
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‘Stand up to the gun lobby,’ Biden urges Americans after Texas massacre

‘Stand up to the gun lobby,’ Biden urges Americans after Texas massacre

Americans must stand up to the gun lobby and pressure members of Congress to pass sensible gun laws, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday after the killing of at least 19 children and two teachers in a Texas school shooting. "As a nation, we have to ask when in God's name we're going to stand up to the gun lobby, when in God's name we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done," Biden said in a televised speech, his voice rising to a crescendo. "I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don't tell…
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More of Europe’s crude supply is coming from deep in the heart of Texas

More of Europe’s crude supply is coming from deep in the heart of Texas

HOUSTON, (Reuters) - U.S. crude exports to Europe climbed in March and April as buyers across the Atlantic snapped up the country's light sweet grades to offset the expected loss of Russian oil, according to shipping data, traders and analysts. As the European Union weighs an oil embargo on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, U.S. exporters are ramping up shipments of U.S. light crude to Europe, helped by Washington's decision to release 180 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is flooding the domestic market. U.S. crude exports bound for Europe are close to 1.5 million barrels…
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British link to Texas synagogue attack

British link to Texas synagogue attack

A gunman who took four people hostage at a Dallas-area synagogue and was himself killed as federal agents stormed the temple was identified as a British citizen, while police in England said they had detained two teenagers for questioning in the investigation. The daylong siege at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, about 16 miles northeast of Fort Worth, Texas, ended in gunfire Saturday night with all four hostages released unharmed and with the suspect dead. It was not clear whether the gunman took his own life or was slain by members of the FBI hostage rescue team. During…
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Texas synagogue hostage taker was a British citizen, says FBI

Texas synagogue hostage taker was a British citizen, says FBI

The FBI identified a hostage taker killed at a Texas synagogue as a British citizen, after U.S. President Joe Biden earlier on Sunday said the gunman had used weapons he got off the street to commit "an act of terror." The FBI identified the man as Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was killed after the safe release of his four hostages on Saturday night. The incident in Colleyville, Texas, "was an act of terror,“ said Biden, who was in Philadelphia with first lady Jill Biden packing carrots and apples at a food bank in a visit to the city to…
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Suspect who took hostages at Texas synagogue was British – Sky News

Suspect who took hostages at Texas synagogue was British – Sky News

UPDATE SkyNews reports that the suspect who was shot dead by officers after taking four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was British COLLEYVILLE, Texas, Jan 15 (Reuters) - All the remaining hostages being held at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, were safely released on Saturday night more than ten hours after a gunman disrupted a religious service and began a tense stand-off with police. Members of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team stormed the synagogue to free the three remaining hostages. The gunman was dead, Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said at a news conference. The gunman had initially taken…
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U.S. appeals court sets Jan 7 argument date in Texas abortion case

U.S. appeals court sets Jan 7 argument date in Texas abortion case

A United States appeals court has set a Jan. 7 argument date in the Texas abortion case, where the panel will hear the state's bid to push a legal question about enforcement to the state supreme court. The challengers of Texas' near total ban on abortion contend the move will delay a merits ruling in the U.S. district court. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a ban on most abortions in Texas but allowed a legal challenge to proceed, with the fate of the Republican-backed measure that allows private citizens to enforce it still hanging in the balance. via Reuters
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UPDATE: Stampede after crush at Houston music festival kills at least eight, injures many

UPDATE: Stampede after crush at Houston music festival kills at least eight, injures many

(Reuters) -At least eight people were killed and many others injured in a crush at the opening night of Houston's Astroworld music festival triggered by a surge of fans pushing toward the stage, officials said on Saturday. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña confirmed the casualty figures from Friday's night's disaster at a news conference early on Saturday outside NRG Park. A sold-out audience of about 50,000 people attended the first day of the festival featuring rapper Travis Scott. At around 9 p.m. the crowd that had gathered for Scott's performance began to push toward the front of the stage, causing…
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Verstappen on pole and Hamilton alongside in Texas

Verstappen on pole and Hamilton alongside in Texas

(Reuters) -Red Bull's Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen secured pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix in the dying seconds on Saturday as Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second. Verstappen leads seven times world champion Hamilton by six points with six races remaining and the pole at Austin's Circuit of the Americas was the ninth of the season for the Dutch 24-year-old -- and eighth in the last 11 races. "Ah yes, this feels really, really good," he exclaimed over the team radio after beating Hamilton by 0.209 of a second with a final flying…
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U.S. appeals court reinstates Texas abortion law, two days after it was halted

U.S. appeals court reinstates Texas abortion law, two days after it was halted

A U.S. appeals court late on Friday temporarily reinstated Texas’s restrictive abortion law, which bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and outsources enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a conservative-leaning intermediate appeals court, granted a request on Friday by the Texas Attorney General’s Office to temporarily suspend a judge’s order blocking the abortion ban. The administrative stay from the Fifth Circuit, a conservative-leaning appeals court, came in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department on Sept. 9. The purpose of the administrative stay is to…
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Judge temporarily blocks enforcement of Texas abortion law

Judge temporarily blocks enforcement of Texas abortion law

A federal judge temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, the toughest such law in the United States, following a challenge from President Joe Biden’s administration after the U.S. Supreme Court let it proceed. The action by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin prevents the state from enforcing the Republican-backed law, which prohibits women from obtaining an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, while litigation over its legality continues. The case is part of a fierce legal battle over abortion access in the United States, with numerous states pursuing restrictions. “This Court will not sanction one more…
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Samsung Electronics close to finalising $17 bln Texas chip plant -sources

Samsung Electronics close to finalising $17 bln Texas chip plant -sources

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is close to finalising the construction of a $17 billion semiconductor factory in Williamson County in the U.S. state of Texas, three people with knowledge of the matter said. Samsung told Reuters that it is continuing due diligence in multiple locations, and that it has yet to make a decision. The factory will make advanced logic semiconductor chips and is likely to create about 1,800 jobs, Samsung previously said in filings to state officials. One of the people said though no decision has been made, the Austin suburb of Williamson County is the frontrunner due to…
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Biden warns of ‘unconstitutional chaos’ due to Texas abortion ban

Biden warns of ‘unconstitutional chaos’ due to Texas abortion ban

A Texas law imposing a near-total ban on abortion that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to stand will cause "unconstitutional chaos" by infringing on a right that women have exercised for almost a half-century, President Joe Biden warned on Thursday. The court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, also raised questions about how it will rule on a more sweeping upcoming case that could curb abortion rights nationwide, as it left in place the ban on abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy. Texas' ban has so far survived legal challenges partly because of an unusual feature that leaves enforcement up…
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First case of monkeypox detected in Texas resident

First case of monkeypox detected in Texas resident

A rare case of human monkeypox was detected in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, making it the first case of the virus seen in the state. The viral illness was found in a U.S. resident, who recently traveled from Nigeria to the United States and is currently hospitalized in Dallas. "While rare, this case is not a reason for alarm and we do not expect any threat to the general public," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. Other than Nigeria, outbreaks have also been reported in central and western African countries since 1970, with a…
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Samsung considering another Texas location for $17 bln chip factory

Samsung considering another Texas location for $17 bln chip factory

Samsung Electronics has applied for tax breaks to potentially build its planned $17 billion U.S. chip factory in a location in Texas other than Austin, where it has an existing chip plant, according to a document filed with Texas state officials. Samsung is considering a location in Williamson County in Texas for the chip contract manufacturing facility that would consist of an investment "in excess of $17 billion dollars" and result in 1,800 new jobs, the document made public on Thursday showed. Williamson County is home to the Taylor Independent School District, which is considering the tax breaks Samsung has…
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At least 13 people wounded in Austin, Texas shooting

At least 13 people wounded in Austin, Texas shooting

At least 13 people were wounded in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas early on Saturday, police said, adding the suspected shooter was still at large. Two of the injured are reported to be in a critical condition, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said in a statement. “I cannot say that there is no further public danger at this point because the suspect is not in custody. It appears at this point to be isolated to this one area," Chacon said. The incident took place at around 01:30 am in the Sixth Street Entertainment District area and there…
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Biden says it’s a ‘big mistake’ for states to lift mask mandates

Biden says it’s a ‘big mistake’ for states to lift mask mandates

NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said decisions to end the required wearing of masks - such as those by governors of Texas and Mississippi - amounted to "Neanderthal thinking" given the rising death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. Asked if he had a message to Texas and Mississippi, Biden told reporters: "I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference." Biden said the increasing availability of vaccinations was making a difference in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was critical to remain vigilant about…
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Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas

Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas which has suffered widespread power blackouts and water shortages during a deadly deep freeze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Millions of residents in the United States' biggest oil and gas producer have dealt with power outages, and nearly half of Texas' residents on Friday had to endure disrupted water service. Nearly two dozen deaths have been attributed to the storm and a frigid snap. The action makes federal funding available to individuals across the state, including assistance for temporary housing and…
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Cold, lack of water overwhelm Texas hospitals more than COVID-19 did

Cold, lack of water overwhelm Texas hospitals more than COVID-19 did

Feb 19 (Reuters) - Texas doctor Natasha Kathuria has practiced medicine in 11 countries, worked through the 2014 "Snowmageddon" storm that ground Atlanta to a halt, and survived the past year's COVID-19 pandemic crush. But Kathuria and some other doctors in Texas are saying they have never seen a more harrowing week than this one. Record-setting cold weather has cut water and grid energy supplies to hospitals across a wide swath of Texas. Electricity and water services were resuming, but many homes and some hospitals still did not have either on Friday. Half the state's population was under a "must-boil"…
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Texans struggle through historic cold

Texans struggle through historic cold

Texas officials warned of "disasters within the disaster" of historic cold weather that left millions without heat for a third day on Wednesday, telling residents to prepare for energy to not return until the weekend. Residents in over 100 counties in Texas have been told to boil their drinking water as treatment plants continue to suffer from energy blackouts, officials said. Upward of 12 million people in the state -- the country's second largest with a population of roughly 29 million -- have either have no drinking water on tap in their homes or have drinking water available only intermittently.…
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U.S. Supreme Court swiftly ends Trump-backed Texas bid to upend election results

U.S. Supreme Court swiftly ends Trump-backed Texas bid to upend election results

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court and subvert the will of voters. Trump bemoaned the decision late Friday, tweeting: "The Supreme Court really let us down. No Wisdom, No Courage!” The high court's order was a stark repudiation of a legal claim that was widely regarded as dubious, yet embraced by the president, 19 Republican state attorneys general and 126 House Republicans. Trump had insisted the…
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Coronavirus in the US: California and Texas see record spikes

Coronavirus in the US: California and Texas see record spikes

California and Texas both marked record spikes in new COVID-19 infections on Monday, a Reuters tally showed, as Los Angeles reported an "alarming" one-day surge in America's second-largest city that put it over 100,000 cases. Los Angeles has become a new epicenter in the pandemic as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge there despite California Governor Gavin Newsom's strict orders requiring bars to close and residents to wear masks in nearly all public spaces. "The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations signals that we, as a community, need to take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19," Barbara Ferrer, director of public health…
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US Democrat Beto O’Rourke drops out of 2020 presidential race

US Democrat Beto O’Rourke drops out of 2020 presidential race

Democrat Beto O'Rourke dropped out of the crowded 2020 U.S. presidential race on Friday, saying it had become clear his campaign did not have the resources to continue to seek his party's nomination. A former Texas congressman, O'Rourke was struggling to qualify for the next Democratic debate after months of poor showings in opinion polls and lackluster fundraising. O'Rourke, 47, who became a Democratic rock star after almost winning a U.S. Senate seat in Texas in 2018, is not expected to run for the Senate next year, although party leaders are expected to urge him to run. Via CNN
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Photo Story: Rain cause by Tropical Storm Lorena hit Mexico

Photo Story: Rain cause by Tropical Storm Lorena hit Mexico

Cars pass travel along a flooded street after heavy rain, cause by Tropical Storm Lorena hit the area, in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. In the meantime, further north, Tropical Storm Imelda left 2 persons dead in Texas, in the United States. At least 700 flights were also cancelled Thursday at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and an additional 200 flights were delayed due to the storm. EPA-EFE/JUAN CARLOS CRUZ
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Trump visits Dayton and El Paso

Trump visits Dayton and El Paso

US President Donald Trump has visited emergency workers and survivors of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas - one of two cities shaken by gun attacks that took 31 lives. Hispanic people were targeted in an apparent hate crime when a gunman in El Paso shot dead 22 people on Saturday. Trump himself has been accused of stoking hatred against Hispanic people. He came to Texas from Dayton, Ohio, where he had visited survivors of a shooting in which nine people died. Trump said before leaving Washington that he was concerned about "the rise of any group of hate...…
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Trump to visit El Paso and Dayton

Trump to visit El Paso and Dayton

President Donald Trump has announced that he will travel on Wednesday to the scenes of the two weekend mass shootings, defying backlash by some in both communities who have urged him not to come. Trump had been widely expected to pay visits to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, at some point this week after the Federal Aviation Administration issued travel advisories for both areas. But his plans have prompted backlash from within some of the communities, especially in El Paso, where the president’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has been blamed by many for potentially motivating the suspected shooter. Many grieving residents…
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Trump says “perhaps more has to be done” after weekend shootings

Trump says “perhaps more has to be done” after weekend shootings

President Donald Trump has said "hate has no place" in the US after 29 people were killed in two mass shootings over the weekend, amid accusations that he bears some responsibility. An attack on a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas left 20 dead, while nine died in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Trump said "perhaps more has to be done" to stop such attacks. As the president spoke, top Democratic presidential candidates -- including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker -- demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recall Congress from its recess, currently slated to last until the second…
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America in shock after shootings in Ohio and Texas

America in shock after shootings in Ohio and Texas

Two mass shootings, in Texas and Ohio, that killed 29 people in less than 24 hours in the United States has prompted debate over whether President Donald Trump's rhetoric was partly to blame for the surging gun violence. The first assault occurred on Saturday morning in the border city of El Paso in Texas, where a gunman killed 20 people at a Walmart store before surrendering to the police. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the gun assault appeared to be a hate crime, and police cited a "manifesto" they attributed to the suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, as evidence that the bloodshed was racially motivated. Crusius was…
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Ten persons killed in plane crash in Texas

Ten persons killed in plane crash in Texas

A light aircraft has crashed into an airport hangar in Texas killing all 10 people on board. The plane, a twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air, crashed shortly after take-off at Addison Airport, around 17km from Dallas, on a trip to Florida. It veered into the hangar before bursting into flames. No-one was inside when the aircraft plunged through its roof and the victims are those who were on board the aircraft.   Via CNN
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Eleven bodies, believed to be of people who died of clashes between criminal groups, discovered near Mexican border

Eleven bodies, believed to be of people who died of clashes between criminal groups, discovered near Mexican border

Reuters report that eleven bodies were discovered on Friday in a Mexican town close to the U.S. border, days before president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to visit for a series of forums seeking to stem the violence in the country. El Paso Times reports that prosecutors in Mexico's northern Chihuahua state are investigating the killing of 11 people inside a home in Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The state's attorney's office said in a statement Friday that the victims were eight men and three women. Investigators were working to determine the victims' identities and the motive in…
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17-year-old being held in custody following Santa Fe school shooting which claimed the life of 10 students

A 17-year-old suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis — an introvert who had given off few warning signs — had surrendered and been taken into custody, following the latest in a series of school shootings which rocked the small Southeast Texas town of Santa Fe, on Friday morning. Pagourtzis, armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver smuggled under his coat, opened fire on his high school campus, killing 10 people, many of them his fellow students, and wounding 10 more, the authorities said. It was barely after 7:30 a.m. at Santa Fe High School, about 35 miles southeast of Houston, when gunfire…
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