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Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:58 AM

Updated: Feb 17, 2013 2:58 AM

BRYAN, Texas (AP) Two Texas fire lieutenants have died of burns after battling a lodge hall fire. A spokeswoman for the Central Texas city of Bryan confirmed the deaths of 54-year-old Greg Pickard and 36-year-old Eric Wallace. Mary Stratta says Pickard died yesterday in a Galveston hospital and Wallace at the scene. Stratta says the firefighters entered the burning Knights of Columbus hall in Bryan about midnight Friday, but didn't emerge when ordered to evacuate. She says two firefighters taken to the Galveston hospital for burns, Ricky Mantey Junior and Mitchel Moran, are both in serious but stable condition.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Jim Moss, former San Antonio Express-News executive editor, has died at the age of 77. Adele Moss says that her husband died Friday. He retired in 1997 after 28 years with the Express News.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) The warnings are out Portuguese men-of-war have invaded South Padre Island beaches. The gas-filled, jellyfish-like marine creatures look harmless enough translucent pinkish or purplish balloons lying on the sand. But they drag with them venomous tentacles that can leave fiery welts on the skin of hapless bathers and beachcombers with whom they come in contact. In rare cases, allergic reactions can prove fatal.

HOUSTON (AP) Billy Hunter has been unanimously voted out as executive director of the NBA players' association. Former Dallas Mavericks player Derek Fisher says yesterday was a day of change for the union, which had been critical of Hunter's leadership.

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