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Posted: Mar 1, 2013 3:46 PM

Updated: Mar 1, 2013 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) The State Department says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed, regardless of whether the U.S. approves a plan to pipe oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas. A draft environmental report acknowledges that development of tar sands in Alberta would create greenhouse gases but makes clear that alternative methods to the Keystone XL pipeline also pose a risk to the environment.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A weekend funeral is scheduled for Harvey Van Cliburn, the celebrated pianist whose virtuosity triumphed at Moscow's Tchaikovsky piano competition at the height of the Cold War. A family spokesman says the funeral is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where Cliburn worshipped for decades.

ODESSA, Texas (AP) Authorities say the death of a 3-year-old Russian boy adopted by a West Texas couple has been ruled an accident. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland says Max Shatto died due to an internal laceration of an artery due to self-inflicted blunt trauma. Bland says bruises on the boy's body were from self-inflicted hitting and that no drugs were found in Max's system. Russian authorities have blamed the Shattos for Max's death.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been cleared of more serious issues after team doctors diagnosed a muscle strain in his chest. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said today that Cruz was sent to an Arizona hospital to rule out anything more serious.

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