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Posted: Mar 11, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Mar 11, 2014 2:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Central Texas jury will continue deliberations today for the punishment of a woman convicted of arson in the bathtub burning death of her husband. The Travis County jury deliberated five hours yesterday before recessing in the punishment trial of Shriya Patel (pah-TEHL'). She faces a sentence of five years to life in prison for the April 2012 incident that killed Bimal Patel.

HOUSTON (AP) A Texas mother who drowned her five children in 2001 has dropped her request for permission to participate in group outings with other patients in the psychiatric hospital where she's under treatment. Andrea Yates dropped her request because of the public scrutiny it has drawn. Her attorney says she's the only Kerrville patient who has never received a group-outing pass.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via live video conference yesterday to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. The former NSA contractor remains in Moscow living in temporary asylum as he faces felony charges in the United States. That's after he revealed the agency's mass surveillance program.

DALLAS (AP) The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth has acquired a 17th century work by a Dutch artist considered one of the greatest landscape painters. Jacob van Ruisdael's "Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield" depicts billowing clouds above a scene featuring a stream with a forest on one side and a field on the other. It will go on display at the Kimbell in April.

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