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Texas (/ˈtɛksəs/, locally /-səz/; Spanish: Texas or Tejas [ˈtexas]) is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., while San Antonio is the second-most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, respectively. Other major cities include Austin, the second-most populous state capital in the U.S., and El Paso. Texas is nicknamed "The Lone Star State" to signify its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texan state seal. The origin of Texas's name is from the word taysha, which means "friends" in the Caddo language.

Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes common to both the U.S. Southern and Southwestern regions. Although Texas is popularly associated with the U.S. southwestern deserts, less than 10% of Texas's land area is desert. Most of the population centers are in areas of former prairies, grasslands, forests, and the coastline. Traveling from east to west, one can observe terrain that ranges from coastal swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, and finally the desert and mountains of the Big Bend.

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, and is the busiest airport in Texas. In terms of aircraft movements, it is the third busiest airport in the world. In terms of passenger traffic, it is the sixth busiest airport in the world transporting 59,064,360 passengers in 2005. In terms of land area, it is the largest airport in Texas, the second largest in the United States, and fourth largest in the world with a ground area larger than the island of Manhattan. It is the nation's tenth busiest international gateway, behind Honolulu International Airport. The airport was recently named as "The Best Cargo Airport in the World" according to the second edition of a survey.

The airport serves 129 domestic destinations and 36 international, and is the largest and main hub for American Airlines (800 daily departures), the world's largest airline, and also the largest hub for American Eagle, the world's largest regional airline. The airport is often referred to by its IATA airport code, "DFW." It has its own post office and its own ZIP Code. DFW is connected by shuttle bus to a commuter rail station just south of the airport. The Trinity Railway Express line serves both downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.

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Michael Saul Dell (born February 23, 1965 in Houston, Texas) is the founder of Dell, Inc.. Dell is the son of an orthodontist and grew up in a well-to-do Jewish family. Dell attended Memorial High School in Houston, Texas, where he did not excel scholastically.

After graduating high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin intending to become a physician. While at the university, he started a computer company called PCs Limited in his room in Dobie Center. The company became successful enough that, with the help of an additional loan from his grandparents, Dell dropped out of college at the age of 19 to run the business full-time.

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  • October 24: Five United States ex-presidents raise relief funds at hurricane event
  • August 28: Many in Texas still reeling following hurricane Harvey
  • August 7: Former Governor of Texas Mark White dies aged 77
  • June 17: Amazon.com to acquire Whole Foods at US$42 per share

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    Irving is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within Dallas County. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 191,615. Irving is within the Dallas–Plano–Irving metropolitan division of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, designated by the U.S. Census Bureau and colloquially referred to as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

    Irving contains the Las Colinas area, including the Mustangs at Las Colinas, which is the largest equestrian sculpture in the world. Irving has the headquarters of ExxonMobil, Michael's Stores, and Zale Corporation, and the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America. Irving is home to the Dallas Cowboys until a new stadium is finished in Arlington, TX in 2010.

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    Federally protected areas
    San Jacinto Monument seen from the USS Texas
    Landmarks
    Alamo Mission in San Antonio
    Fort Sam Houston
    King Ranch
    San Jacinto Monument
    Spindletop
    Texas State Capitol
    USS Texas (BB-35)
    Presidential libraries
    George Bush Presidential Library
    George W. Bush Presidential Library
    Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
    Battle of Palo Alto historical marker
    Historic places
    Adolphus Hotel
    Barton Springs
    Hotel Paso del Norte
    Caverns of Sonora
    Dealey Plaza
    Eisenhower Birthplace Historic Site
    El Camino Real de los Tejas Historic Trail
    Elissa
    Fair Park
    Fort Concho
    Fort Davis Historic Site
    Lyndon B. Johnson Historical Park
    Mission San Juan Capistrano
    Natural Bridge Caverns
    Palo Alto Battlefield Historic Site
    Plaza Hotel (El Paso, Texas)
    San Antonio Missions Historical Park
    Strand Historic Landmark District


    Eagle Point, Caprock Canyons State Park

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