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'9/11 revenge' killer executed in Texas

A Texas man was executed early today for killing a convenience store clerk during a shooting spree he said was retaliation for the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

Even the babies are bigger in Texas

A Texas mother is waiting to find out if her hefty baby boy will make the record books as one of the biggest newborns in the state's history. JaMichael Brown was born on Friday in an east Texas hospital weighing a whopping 16lbs 1oz.

'Thriller' jacket sells for £1.1m

A famed black-and-red calfskin jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the "Thriller" music video has sold at auction for $1.8m (£1.1m). Darren Julien, the president of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, said Milton Verret, a commodities trader from Austin, Texas, bought the jacket on Sunday.

Travel By Numbers: Texas

The minimum number of continuous comfortable riding hours a Texan cowboy can rack up on a personally crafted saddle (a bespoke saddle will set you back by about $600). If you fancy yourself as a would-be cowboy or girl, then Ranch Rider offers riding holidays at the Dixie Dude Ranch near Bandera, the self-styled Cowboy Capital of the World. Prices start at £799 per person full board with riding and saddle included, but excluding flights from the UK.

Austin: A taste of the Texan takeaway

Hungry for something new? Austin has long been the most progressive city in the Lone Star State. Now even its street food has gone gourmet. John Lee tucks in

The Big Six: Cool motels

Built in 1956 by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Hotel Valley Ho was the first motor resort in Scottsdale and was for many years a gathering place for stars and high society. After a period of decline, it was completely renovated five years ago and has returned to its stylish roots. Luxurious rooms come in tropical colours, while the Tiki bar/restaurant Trader Vic's has had a suitably retro make-over.

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The death row prisoner, the judge who sentenced him, and the

They are tough in Texas and perhaps it is not surprising there has been little sympathy for the whining of Charles Dean Hood about the odd "daytime soap" circumstances of his conviction back in 1990 for double murder. He is on death row in a US state that has no peer in its enthusiasm for executing prisoners.

Writers' archives: A sad estate of affairs

Why do even left-wing writers like David Hare and Harold Pinter sell their papers to the highest bidder? Paul Taylor examines the vexed question of writers' archives