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      Texas news minute

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Thousands of students have an unscheduled day off after a cold front scattered snow and ice across parts of Texas. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas until midday Friday. Forecasters say conditions are expected to improve by Saturday. Austin and San Antonio could see temperatures in the 70s by Sunday.

      FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas house fire has claimed the lives of a woman and one of her 6-year-old twin daughters and left three other people hurt. The Fort Worth Fire Department says the blaze was reported shortly before 2 a.m. CST Friday. Investigators say a woman and one of her girls died in the blaze. The other twin, a man and a woman survived with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

      HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police have fatally shot a robbery suspect in an exchange of gunfire following a carjacking and a chase. Authorities say no law enforcement officers were injured in Thursday night's incident. Investigators say the suspect fired at officers during the pursuit. Houston police returned fire and killed the unidentified gunman.

      WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments to impose new safety rules on so-called oil trains, warning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil. Pipeline supporters say the warning highlights the need for Keystone XL, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. An oil train derailed and exploded in North Dakota last month, creating massive fires. A similar incident occurred in Quebec in July.

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