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How big was Big Tex?

The giant fiberglass cowboy that for 60 years greeted visitors to the State Fair of Texas with a "Howdy, folks!" stood 52 feet tall, wore a 75-gallon hat and 50-pound belt buckle. The big guy started life in 1949 as a giant Santa Claus. In 1952, the fair bought him for $750 and turned him into a cowboy. The cowboy passed last week in a massive fire. Authorities don't know what caused the blaze but vowed to replace Big Tex.

Has President Obama restricted gun sales?

The National Rifle Association once warned that Obama would be the "most anti-gun president in American history," but gun sales have soared since he took office, the Associated Press found. The number of licensed gun dealers was up in 2011 for the first time in 20 years. Sales jumped by 86 percent for Rugers and 44 percent for Smith & Wesson, the Associated Press said. NRA income is up, too. It ended 2010 with $24 million.

Why do Fort Hood families want a 2009 shooting spree declared a terrorist act?

Soldiers and family members at the Texas Army base said the shooting by Muslim-American soldier Nidal Hasan that left 13 dead should be declared a terrorist act so those injured in the rampage would be eligible for the Purple Heart and other war-related benefits. About 160 people would get the same benefits as troops killed or wounded in a war if the Pentagon agrees.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner