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December 03, 2018 - 12:00 am


George H.W. Bush guided by concern for humanity

DALLAS (AP) — George H.W. Bush teamed up with one-time rival and fellow former President Bill Clinton to raise money for victims of natural disasters. He also created a program that has honored thousands of American volunteers.

It was all part of Bush's vision for what he called a "kinder, gentler nation."

Bush was a humanitarian and made volunteerism a hallmark of his presidency from 1989 to 1993. His "thousand points of light" initiative honored the nation's volunteers.

When he accepted his party's nomination for president, he said he was guided by certain traditions. He said: "One is that there is a God and He is good, and His love, while free, has a self-imposed cost: We must be good to one another."

The former president died late Friday at his Houston home. He was 94.


Washington to pay respects, bid farewell to George H.W. Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington as a nation prepares to bid farewell to its 41st president.

His remains will arrive in Washington on Monday, and he will lie in state at the Capitol through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, to be attended by President Donald Trump and other dignitaries.

Bush will then be returned to Houston for burial Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

He will be laid to rest alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter who died of leukemia at age 3.

Bush was president from 1989 to 1993. He died Friday in Houston at age 94.


Bush gets tributes at Kennedy Center Honors program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony honoring lifetime artistic achievement featured multiple tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age 94.

The night kicked off with an extended standing ovation in Bush's memory at the request of hostess Gloria Estefan, who described Bush as "a wonderful man who dedicated his life to service." President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump did not attend for the second straight year.

This year's honorees for lifetime achievements in the arts were Cher, composer Philip Glass, country music legend Reba McEntire and jazz icon Wayne Shorter. An unprecedented special award went to the co-creators of "Hamilton" for their genre-bending musical.


George H.W. Bush's life embodiment of Texas spirit

HOUSTON (AP) — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan.

He found early success in the state's oil fields, helped change the landscape of Texas politics and loved Tex-Mex food.

And in his adopted hometown of Houston, Bush, who died on Friday, and his wife Barbara endeared themselves to the city through their kindness, accessibility and support of charitable causes and local sports teams.

Ricardo Molina, whose family owns Molina's Cantina, one of Bush's favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, says he remembers Bush's kindness to his staff whenever he would stop by to eat.

Jim Granato, with the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs, says Bush is "considered a Texan even if he doesn't have the accent."


The Latest: Bush's service dog lies by flag-draped casket

WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush's spokesman has posted a photo of the late president's service dog lying in front of a flag-draped casket.

Jim McGrath posted a picture Sunday of the yellow Labrador retriever named Sully with the caption, "Mission complete. #Remembering41."

The nation's 41st president died Friday at his home in Houston at 94. He will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.

Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs nonprofit organization. The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Sully will return to America's VetDogs in New York through the holiday season before joining the Water Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program.


Reports: Nexstar snags $4.1B deal to buy Tribune Media

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Media outlets are reporting that Nexstar Media Group, whose stations reach nearly 39 percent of all U.S. television households, has reached an agreement to buy Tribune Media for around $4.1 billion.

The deal would make Texas-based Nexstar the biggest operator of local TV stations in the U.S. The agreement was reported Sunday by Reuters and Bloomberg citing unnamed people familiar with the deal. They said the deal could be announced Monday.

Tribune's deal to sell itself to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.9 billion collapsed about three months ago. Sinclair is currently the largest local TV operator.

Chicago-based Tribune Media owns or operates 42 local TV stations reaching about 50 million households and national entertainment network WGN. It also has a stake in the TV Food Network.


Officers return fire, kill suspect in Texas trooper gunfire

CENTER, Texas (AP) — Investigators say officers have fatally shot an armed man who was sought on an attempted capital murder warrant after allegedly shooting at a Texas trooper last week.

The Department of Public Safety says 28-year-old Antonio Aguilar of Center was killed early Sunday. No officers were hurt in either incident.

Sgt. David Hendry says Aguilar was sought following a traffic stop Wednesday in which an SUV backed into a DPS vehicle, a trooper opened fire and then a suspect shot at the trooper.

Officers on Saturday received a tip that Aguilar was at a home in Center, 160 miles (257.48 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Hendry says officers negotiated with Aguilar until he came out and began firing.

Officers returned fire.

A man from Center was charged Sunday with harboring a fugitive.


Experts to study respiratory health of Harvey residents

(Information from: The Galveston County Daily News,

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm.

The Galveston County Daily News reports the study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims' homes.

The study is accepting participants who'll be monitored for a year. Officials will focus on whether respiratory health has changed after people moved back into homes damaged by Harvey, which made landfall in Southeast Texas in August 2017.

Heavy rain blamed on Harvey swamped parts of Houston. Beaumont and Port Arthur were also pummeled by Harvey's rainfall.

Sharon Croisant, with UTMB's Center for Environmental Toxicology , says results could help shape the way homes are rebuilt after natural disasters amid concerns such as mold.



Houston woman charged in death of son who was decapitated

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman has been charged with capital murder in the death of her 5-year-old son who prosecutors say was drowned and decapitated.

Harris County court records show 43-year-old Lihui Liu was being held without bond Sunday. Online records did not list an attorney for Liu, who appeared before a judge Saturday and faced another court appearance on Monday.

Houston police on Friday night responded to a report of a stabbing at a home. Authorities say the boy's father returned from work and found the child's body wrapped in a plastic bag and inside a trash can in the family's garage.

Authorities haven't released a possible motive in the killing of the boy. His name wasn't immediately released.


Petroleum company to map oil, gas under Colorado city

(Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald,

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A petroleum company plans to search for oil and gas deposits underneath a Colorado city.

Crews from Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum plan to place seismic sensors in areas around the east side of Loveland.

Trucks belonging to the company will then vibrate the ground. Vibrations picked up by the sensors will help to create maps of the underlying geology.

The Loveland Herald reports the work will take place over the first two weeks of December. Company officials say they will try to avoid disrupting traffic by working after hours.

Anadarko last surveyed the geology of the Loveland area in 2013. The study prompted the company to drill 13 oil wells south and east of town.


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