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Posted: Jul 5, 2012 6:04 AM

Updated: Jul 5, 2012 6:04 AM

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) A Texas death row inmate granted new DNA testing in his case says his "nightmare is almost over." Hank Skinner was convicted in the 1993 killings of his girlfriend and her two children. Skinner tells the Houston Chronicle he expects the DNA tests on several pieces of evidence will exonerate him.

HOUSTON (AP) Firefighters say a deadly fire near Houston may have started with a cigarette. The blaze last night engulfed a house in Humble Road Place, when firefighters found an elderly woman near the front door of the home. Eastex Fire Chief Bryan Harris tells KTRK-TV that the wooden home was almost entirely in flames when fire crews arrived.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) A Texas colonel shot and killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Bragg, N.C., will be laid to rest in College Station. The funeral and burial for Roy Tisdale is set for today. Tisdale was killed last week when Ricky Elder of Kansas shot him and another soldier before turning the gun on himself.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) A director of Garmin-Sharp has denied that any of the cycling team's riders have been banned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as part of its investigation into Lance Armstrong. Jonathan Vaughters says a media report about six-month bans for the riders is "completely untrue." Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, has always denied doping.

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