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Despite its reputation as a conservative bulwark, Texas has long acted more like California or New York when it comes to aversion to guns in public. Mr. Abbott’s expected signature will make Texas the 45th state to allow open-carry of handguns in public spaces, a fact that polls suggest is indicative of a deeply-held suspicion of handguns and gun-carriers in the Lone Star Republic. Yet a years-long push by tea party lawmakers and gun rights advocates has steadily worn down the resistance at the Austin statehouse, yielding to a contentious 96-35 vote on Friday, just a month after the Texas Senate passed a similar open carry bill. Indeed, lawmakers in some ways spoke up on behalf of a minority of Texas residents who want to see an increase in open-carry. More »Texas embraces handgun 'open-carry': What took 'em so long?
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party has slipped slightly further behind the ruling Conservatives ahead of next month's general election, according to an opinion poll to be published in Sunday's Observer newspaper. The poll showed support for the Conservatives steady at 36 percent, while support for Labour dropped by 2 percentage points since the last poll a week ago to 32 percent, market research company Opinium said on Saturday. ... More »Labour slip further behind Conservatives in poll - Opinium
Five teenagers have been arrested in Australia over what police have described as an Islamic State-inspired terror plot. Among the suspects are two 18-year-old boys who were allegedly preparing a major attack in Melbourne to coincide with an ANZAC Day ceremony to commemorate World War One. At a news conference, it was revealed the teenagers had links to Numan Haider, an 18-year-old who was shot dead last September after stabbing two police officers. Haider became of interest to counter-terrorism officials after he appeared to wave an Islamic State flag at a shopping mall. More »Australia Arrests Teens Over IS 'Terror Plot'
Security arrangements for next weekend's Anzac Day commemorations in Britain are being reviewed following terrorism arrests in Melbourne, although there is no specific threat, police said Saturday. More »UK reviews security of Anzac Day events after Australian arrests
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than Jeff Gordon, who has already said he'll retire at the end of this season. More »Kenseth content in car and not contemplating retirement
Larry Darrell Upright died this week. "In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children .... Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. We promise not to vote for Hillary," one mourner wrote. A CNN poll released Monday shows that Hillary Clinton's unfavorable ratings are on the rise, now at 44 percent – the highest since 2008 – and her favorable rating is at its lowest level since 2008. More »One man's last wish, 'Don't vote for Hillary Clinton.' Will it matter?
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale limped off with an apparent calf strain early on in their La Liga game with Malaga on Saturday and could be a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid. The Welshman went down clutching his left calf and he was replaced by Javier Hernandez after two minutes. Bale, the world's most expensive player, scored crucial goals as Real won the Champions League and the King’s Cup last season but he has struggled during this campaign with fan criticism that he is too selfish on the ball. ... More »Real's Bale substituted with suspected calf injury
A "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a southeastern Nigerian town, the government said Saturday. More »'Mysterious' disease kills 18 in Nigeria: official
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's new-found inspiration led to a 3-0 win over Paderborn while Bayern Munich closed in on the Bundesliga title with a 2-0 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday. More »Bayern closer to Bundesliga title with win over Hoffenheim
Lee Brennan kicked 0-6 as Tyrone booked a long overdue return to the U21 final. More »Tyrone oust Roscommon to continue a day of shocks in the U21 football semis
By Tom Hayward LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard struck late in the first half to secure a 1-0 home win over Manchester United and open a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday. Belgium international Hazard found a neat finish in the 38th minute to grab his 18th goal in all competitions this season after Chelsea spent much of the opening period on the back foot. United continued to dictate possession after the break but the hosts, who now have 76 points with six games remaining, defended stoically and stretched their advantage over second-placed Arsenal, who they visit next weekend. United are a further point back in third, four clear of rivals Manchester City who host West Ham United on Sunday. More »Chelsea open up 10-point lead with gritty United win
Her attacker was sentenced to 90 years in prison. More »Natasha McShane making “remarkable” progress five years after vicious attack
The Oscar-winning actress stars opposite Michael Fassbender in the film about the Apple co-founder. More »Kate Winslet: Steve Jobs movie 'so exciting'
Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration has revoked the city of South Portland's "business friendly" status because of a local ordinance that bans tar sands oil from being exported from ... More »LePage revokes South Portland's 'business friendly' status
By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title. Sebastian Rode scored in the 38th minute and Hoffenheim's Andreas Beck added an own goal in stoppage time as Bayern opened a 13-point lead over second-placed VfL Wolfsburg, in action against Schalke 04 on Sunday, with five matches left. "We played a good first half with a lot of control," said coach Pep Guardiola, who left Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Jerome Boateng on the bench at the start to give them a rest and selected youngsters Mitchell Weiser and Gianluca Gaudino. More »Second-string Bayern edge closer to Bundesliga title
Saudi Arabia, which is leading a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for conflict-torn Yemen. More »Saudis pledge to fund aid for Yemen, keep up air raids
Is this Katie Hopkins’ most outrageous rant yet? More »No one can believe what Katie Hopkins has said about migrants now
WASHINGTON (AP) — The hugely popular game "Angry Birds" is showing Earth Day some love this year. More »Earth Day aims to reach millions with 'Angry Birds' game
By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - A group headed by former al Qaeda fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide raid on U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali in which at least three people were killed. Mauritanian news website Alakhbar posted an audio statement claiming the attack on behalf of the armed Islamist group al-Mourabitoun. "We, the Mourabitoun group, announce the martyrdom operation that one of our knights, Ibrahim al-Ansari, undertook at the headquarters of the Nigerien forces," said the low-quality recording, posted on the website on Friday. Its authenticity could not be verified, but Alakhbar has often posted statements from Islamist militants in Mali. More »Islamist group claims attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali
Ed Miliband has attempted to convince voters the party has learnt from its past mistakes on immigration by unveiling tough new measures to tackle the issue. Mr Miliband admitted Labour had made errors in 2004 under Tony Blair that left "working people" facing "dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for". Unveiling a five-point policy at an event in Wirral, the Labour leader said he would ensure that all NHS workers would be "required to speak English to a sufficient standard so they can care effectively for patients". He said a Labour government would legislate to give healthcare regulators the power to enforce the rule. More »Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English
MONACO (AP) — Monte Carlo is not Rafael Nadal's playground anymore, and Novak Djokovic is claiming the throne left vacant by the King of Clay. More »Djokovic beats Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final
The ex-Leinster forwards coach has guided Clermont into their second European final. More »Gibbes lies in wait for former club Leinster in Champions Cup final
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are again proposing a commemorative coin to help fund a National Coast Guard Museum in New London. More »Connecticut congressional effort proposes Coast Guard coin