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Texas ready to execute man convicted of 1993 murder, assault

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Texas is scheduled on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of murdering a man and sexually assaulting his wife at a Dallas-area community college more than two decades ago.

Alvin Braziel, 43, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in the state’s death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT), the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Braziel was convicted and sentenced to death in 2001. He was accused of attempting to rob newlyweds Douglas and Lora White at gunpoint while they were on a walk along a jogging trail at Eastfield College, a Dallas area community college, on Sept. 21, 1993, according to court documents.

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The couple told Braziel they had no money before he shot Douglas and sexually assaulted Lora, according to her testimony in court.

As he was serving a sentence in another sexual assault case seven years later, authorities made a positive DNA match that placed Braziel at the scene of the crime against the Whites, court documents showed.

Braziel appealed his conviction on several grounds, arguing he was denied adequate legal representation, due process and that he is intellectually disabled and thus ineligible to be executed. His appeals were denied by several courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.

Braziel will be the 13th inmate to be executed in Texas and the 23rd in the United States in 2018, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, an organization that tracks executions in the United States.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee, Wis.; Editing by Scott Malone and Matthew Lewis

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Supreme Court to hear case demanding Trump’s taxes

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President Donald Trump is, like every other president, responsible for giving his tax returns to Congress. He has refused to do so for all three years he's filed his taxes.

U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden, who was put on the bench by President Trump, said that he would allow a House lawsuit to continue. That case involkes the 1924 law that says the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to seek tax returns.

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‘DESPICABLE’: Melania Trump finally responded to her husband bullying a teenager – and people are pissed

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First lady Melania Trump was blasted online for refusing to stand up to her husband's attacks on teenager Greta Thunberg, who has become a climate activist demanding a cleaner future for her generation.

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Roger Ailes was fearful that Trump would steer Fox News viewers away from the network: Megyn Kelly

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That was one of the many factoids revealed by former Fox host Megyn Kelly, who spoke to PBS's "Frontline" ahead of the new film "Bombshell" being released in theaters.

"Everyone had a binder like this," Kelly said about opposition research binders, showing that it was about an inch thick. Trump, by contrast, she described a binder that was more like five inches thick.

"The way Trump sees media, the way he sees life is all 'they like me' or 'they don't like me,'" she continued about the first GOP debate in 2015. "And in that moment I got moved from the 'she likes me' category to 'she doesn't like me.' And I do believe that night that the anger was real. His anger at me was real that night.

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