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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge has for now halted the scheduled execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer." Anthony Allen Shore was to be put to death Wednesday evening, but the judge withdrew the execution warrant just hours before Shore was set to die. The judge was responding to a request from prosecutors who want to further investigate an alleged scheme in which Shore says another death row inmate asked him to confess to his crime. Shore's execution is now set for Jan. 18.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge has halted the execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer" so authorities can investigate an alleged scheme in which the inmate says a fellow death row prisoner asked him to confess to another killing. Anthony Allen Shore was scheduled to be given a lethal injection Wednesday evening, but the judge withdrew the execution warrant at prosecutors' request just hours before Shore was set to die.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan has ordered that authorities either transport the woman or allow her to be transported by others to the clinic. The case originated in Texas, where the unnamed woman is being held by federal immigration authorities, and was brought to the Washington court by the American Civil Liberties Union.

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas will provide a $47 million no-interest loan to Houston in order to replace eight bridges west of downtown that block the flow of floodwaters during heavy downpours. The city will forward the money to the Harris County Flood Control District so that bridge replacements along Brays Bayou can begin in March. The Houston Chronicle reports that the loan is just one piece to the long-delayed flood-relief plan known as Project Brays.

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