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Grand jurors deny politics played role in Perry indictment

chron.com — AUSTIN - Several members of the grand jury that indicted Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that his criticism of the indictment as based more on politics than substance is unfair and disrespectful to the months of work they put in.
Aug 19, 2014

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Aug 19, 2014

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J.J. Watt wants to remain with Texans; waiting for contract extension

blog.chron.com — ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - J.J. Watt wants to remain with the Texans as long as possible. The 2012 NFL defensive player of the year also knows he's in line for a major contract extension. Watt said Tuesday he hasn't considered holding out because it would keep him off the football field.

Marquee congressional race in Texas rated more competitive

blog.chron.com — Amid sinking approval ratings for President Barack Obama, there are signs that a marquee congressional race in Texas could be tightening in Republicans' favor, along with a half-dozen others across the nation. The contest in southwest Texas' 23 rd congressional district still looks good for first-term Democrat Pete Gallego of Alpine.

US officials: Video shows American's execution

chron.com — WASHINGTON (AP) â€" Two U.S. officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the victim executed by Islamic State militants as shown in a grisly video released Tuesday. In the statement, Foley's mother, Diane Foley, said the journalist, quote, "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

From Africa, with love: The tropics are coming alive

blog.chron.com — As we get deeper into August it appears the tropics are finally waking up. The National Hurricane Center has raised the likelihood of an area of low pressure north of South America in the Atlantic becoming a tropical storm to 40 percent over the next five days.

Crain has follow up with NY doctor that performed his biceps surgery

blog.chron.com — NEW YORK - Still hoping to pitch this season, Astros reliever Jesse Crain on Tuesday visited the surgeon who performed offseason biceps tendon surgery, Dr. David Altchek in New York. Crain was in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium briefly before leaving to catch a flight back to Houston.

Pearland East eliminated from Little League World Series

chron.com — Pearland East's run at the Little League World Series came to end Tuesday night at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. The Southwest Regional champions were unable to dig their way out of an early hole as they fell 6-1 to Chicago's Jackie Robinson West in an elimination game.
Aug 19, 2014

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McClain: Retired Broncos staffer Saccomano one of NFL’s all-time great guys

blog.chron.com — Englewood, Colo. - One of the highlights of coming to Denver to watch the Texans practice against the Broncos was seeing former media relations director Jim Saccomano. Saccomano retired after the 2013 season after 36 years with the Broncos, but he still has an office in the stadium and drops by when he feels like it.
Aug 19, 2014

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Harvey: Time for Johnny Manziel to grow up

blog.chron.com — Johnny Manziel is only 21, an immature NFL rookie. He'll grow up. Didn't many of us say something similar last year around this time? He's only 20, an immature college sophomore. He'll grow up. Or the year before? He's only 19, an immature college freshman. He'll grow up. Maybe he will.