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Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Texas ready to execute member of 'Texas 7' for policeman's murder

Texas is scheduled on Tuesday to execute a member of the "Texas 7," a group of inmates who killed a police officer at a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve in 2000 after they escaped a maximum security prison days earlier. Joseph Garcia, 47, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m.

Fraternities, sororities sue Harvard over single-sex club crackdown

A group of U.S. fraternities and sororities on Monday sued Harvard University, saying its crackdown on single-sex clubs amounted to sexual discrimination. In lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in Boston, the group challenged a policy that the Ivy League university adopted in 2016 and began enforcing this academic year that Harvard said was intended to end longstanding practices of exclusion at the elite school.

Autopsy review: Man slain by police in Alabama mall was shot from behind

The man gunned down by police who mistook him for the suspect in an Alabama shopping mall shooting on Thanksgiving night died after being struck by three bullets, all fired from behind him, a lawyer for his family said on Monday. The official autopsy of Emantic "EJ" Bradford, 21, has yet to be released, but an independent review from a pathologist commissioned by his family indicates Bradford had his back to police when he was shot, civil rights attorney Ben Crump told reporters.

Corporate tax breaks cost U.S. schools billions of lost revenue: report

Corporate tax subsidies, in the spotlight again after Amazon.com Inc's secretive quest to find a site for its second headquarters, are costing American public schools big money, a report will say on Tuesday. In fiscal 2017, U.S. public schools lost $1.8 billion across 28 states through corporate tax incentives over which most schools themselves had little or no control.

Georgia to pick new elections chief amid voting rights debate

Georgia voters return to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new elections chief in a state where critics accused Republicans this autumn of exploiting the position to suppress minority voting rights. Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow were forced into a runoff in the secretary of state race after neither candidate secured a majority of the vote in the Nov. 6 general election as required by state law.

White nationalist rally victim 'pulseless' after crash: rescue worker

The woman killed by a car at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, looked lifeless after being struck, the rescue worker who tried to save her life testified on Monday at the trial of the man charged with murdering her. The woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was "pulseless," with no heartbeat or breath, Charlottesville fire Captain Steward "Nick" Barrell, a paramedic, testified in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border

Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain detention by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum. Since mid-October, thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, have traveled north through Mexico toward the United States in a caravan, some walking much of the long trek.

U.S. top court snubs environmental challenge to Trump's border wall

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump's administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies. The justices' declined to hear the groups' appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in California rejecting their claims that the administration had pursued border wall projects without complying with applicable environmental laws. The groups are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Defenders of Wildlife.

Mourners line up to honor former President Bush at U.S. Capitol

The historic and ornate U.S. Capitol Rotunda was hosting mourners on Tuesday paying respects to the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who died last week at the age of 94 and will be buried on Thursday in his home state of Texas. A casket bearing Bush's body arrived on the Capitol grounds at sunset on Monday for a ceremony led by congressional leaders who celebrated the life of the Republican president and father of the 43rd president, George W. Bush.

Number of dead, missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops

The death toll in California's deadliest wildfire was revised downward to 85 and the number of people believed missing dropped again to 11, down from a high of more than 1,200 about two weeks ago, officials said Monday. The number of dead was revised from 88 after DNA tests on remains by the coroner's office, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said late Monday in a televised press conference.

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