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June 04, 2019 - 5:57 pm

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HOUSTON _ When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo first met Laura Pontikes in his conference room in December 2016, the leader of the U.S. Catholic Church's response to its sex abuse scandal said all the right things. He praised her for coming forward to report that his deputy in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese had manipulated her into a sexual relationship and declared her a "victim" of the priest, Pontikes said. Emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the relationship had gone on for years _ even as the priest heard her confessions, counseled her husband on their marriage and pressed the couple for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. She says she was assured that priest, Monsignor Frank Rossi, would never be a pastor or counsel women again. Months after that meeting, though, she found out DiNardo had allowed Rossi to take a new job as pastor of a parish two hours away in East Texas. When her husband confronted DiNardo, he said, the cardinal warned that the archdiocese would respond aggressively to any legal challenge _ and that the fallout would hurt their family and business. On Tuesday, after written inquiries by AP, the church followed through on promises to remove Rossi, announcing in a statement from his new bishop that he was being placed on temporary administrative leave. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 3830 words, photos, video. NOTE: A 960-word abridged version also is available.


SALT LAKE CITY _ A man who spoke out against his infamous father who led a polygamous-sect has died, his sister said Tuesday. Roy Jeffs was abused sexually and physiologically as a child by their father Warren Jeffs, and died by suicide May 29, his sister Rachel Jeffs said. He was determined to tell his story to help other loved ones break away from the group controlled by their father, who is serving a life prison sentence in Texas after being convicted of sexually assaulting girls he considered wives. Warren Jeffs refused an AP request for comment made through Texas prison officials Tuesday. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 480 words, photos.


AUSTIN, Texas _ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure into law on Tuesday that aims to eliminate the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in Texas. Abbott's approval comes as states across the country are using legislation to bolster testing requirements and attempt to clear their own buildup of untested rape kits. By Clarice Silber. SENT: 340 words, photos.



WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that fellow Republicans would be "foolish" to block the tariffs he's threatening on Mexican imports, but GOP senators fearing a new trade war were considering action and grilling his administration lawyers behind closed doors. Republicans are deeply concerned that Trump's proposed 5% tariffs on all imports from Mexico would spike U.S. consumers' costs, harm the economy and imperil a major pending US-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Mexico is concerned as well, and top officials are in Washington working to stave off the threatened trade taxes. If Congress should vote against the tariffs it would be a stiff rebuke to Trump, much like its earlier effort to reject money to build a long, impregnable border wall. But many on Capitol Hill remain hopeful talks this week between U.S. and Mexican officials will ease Trump away from the tariffs he's said will start next Monday. By Lisa Mascaro, Luis Alonso Lugo and Darlene Superville. SENT: 880 words, photos, video, audio. Moved on national political and financial news services.




Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050. The former vice president calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the investments coming from the private sector. Biden proposes covering the taxpayer costs by repealing the corporate tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed in 2017, while eliminating existing subsidies to the fossil fuel companies. Biden's plan _ a mix of tax incentives, federal spending, new regulation and more aggressive foreign policy on climate issues _ comes as he pushes back on rivals' assertions that his environmental agenda isn't bold enough. Biden's plan is similar in size and scope to what former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has proposed. Its total price tag falls short of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's pitch for $3 trillion in federal spending over a decade and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's $2 trillion green manufacturing plan, also unveiled Tuesday. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moved on national political and financial news services.



WASHINGTON _ The new top immigration official signaled Tuesday his agency is looking to step up deportations of families who are in the United States illegally, actions that would likely run into logistical hurdles and face strong public opposition. Mark Morgan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency would continue to prioritize deportations of people who have criminal histories, but that no one should be exempt from enforcement. The comments by Morgan, who took over the position last week, show a willingness to embrace a part of President Donald Trump's tough immigration agenda that past officials had balked at. Trump had fired him as head of the Border Patrol, but he returned to his good graces after regularly defending Trump's immigration policies on Fox News. By Colleen Long. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.


WASHINGTON _ Democrats ignored a White House veto threat on Tuesday and muscled legislation toward House passage that would give a chance for citizenship to an estimated 2 million-plus migrants, a bill that stands virtually no chance of enactment but lets them showcase their efforts on one of their highest-profile priorities. The measure is just one skirmish in Democrats' multi-front battle against President Donald Trump and most congressional Republicans over immigration, an issue that has deadlocked the two parties for decades. It is likely fated to join a host of other House-passed measures advancing Democrats' agenda that are running aground in the GOP-run Senate, including legislation on health care, gun control, climate change and election security. By Alan Fram. SENT: 910 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.



GALVESTON, Texas _ Planners have raised concerns about protecting public access to beaches amid an increasing number of private residences on the western part of Galveston. The Galveston County Daily News reports the popularity of the so-called West End has left some residents concerned that tensions with property owners are hampering public access to beaches. Cities along the Texas coast are required, by law, to maintain a public access point at least every half-mile along beaches. In Galveston most of the 41 access points are on the West End. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved on general and travel news services.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand _ Authorities in Fiji said Tuesday that a young Texas couple vacationing in the South Pacific country died from an unidentified illness. The couple arrived in Fiji on May 22 and were taken to a hospital after they became ill, according to Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services. It said in a statement their conditions worsened despite medical care and they died within a few days of each other. The ministry said it was working with police forensics, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to determine what caused the deaths. WFAA-TV identified the couple as David and Michelle Paul, from Fort Worth. By Nick Perry. SENT: 300 words.


Emily Bonilla is worried her district in metro Orlando, Florida, will be undercounted during next spring’s once-in-a-decade head count of everybody in the U.S. because of who lives there: new arrivals, immigrants, the poor, renters and rural residents who sometimes regard government with suspicion. Bonilla is a county commissioner in one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the U.S. With the 2020 census count less than a year away, a new report says undercounting certain populations will be likely. Florida, California, Georgia, New York, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico have the highest risk for undercounting, according to a think tank that conducts social and economic research. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 590 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Temperatures have been cooler than average and more precipitation over the last several months have combined to reverse New Mexico's fortunes when it comes to drought. State climatologist Dave DuBois and New Mexico's top water manager, State Engineer John D'Antonio, testified Tuesday before lawmakers on the status of the drought and reservoir levels. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 140 words. Will be expanded. Pursuing photos.


A glance at the list of candidates eligible for selection to the College Football Hall of Fame is likely to produce the following reaction: How is that guy not in yet? Heisman Trophy winners Rashaan Salaam, Carson Palmer and Eric Crouch are still waiting. The late Jerome Brown, an anchor on some of Miami's best teams in the late 1980s, is not in the Hall of Fame _ almost 30 years after his death. Eric Dickerson, half of SMU's famed Pony Express backfield, is not in yet. Can that be right? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on national general and sports news services.


DALLAS _ On a recent stormy morning, Mike Rawlings took the podium at his final annual police memorial event as Dallas mayor to again pay respect to the memories of two more cops who died in the line of duty. The Dallas Morning News reports Rawlings told the hundreds of police officers and their families, a group that had grown over the years to see him as their foe, that it's important to "always carry the pain of loss inside of us to remind us of the sacrifices that you make for us." Such moments in the spotlight will come to an end this month after eight years. A runoff election will be held Saturday to choose a new Dallas mayor. By David Tarrant, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 3200 words, pursuing photos. Moved on general, financial, political and lifestyle news services. Not for online use in the Dallas area.


_ HARVEY-RECOVERY-PORT ARANSAS _ Federal officials say most retailers in a South Texas town decimated by Hurricane Harvey have reopened as tourism authorities seek to woo visitors back. SENT: 130 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and travel news services.

_ EAST TEXAS SHOOTINGS _ Authorities say a second person injured during a shooting last week at an East Texas plumbing company has died. SENT: 120 words.

_ FATHER-DAUGHTERS-DEATH _ San Antonio police say a man and his two children have been found dead in a house where the electricity had been off since Friday and a generator was located inside. SENT: 130 words.

_ FORT WORTH-POLICE SHOOTING _ A man who investigators say pointed a loaded rifle at North Texas police during a domestic disturbance call later held a flashlight when an officer fatally shot him. SENT: 130 words.

_ GREENVILLE CITY MANAGER _ City leaders in Greenville, South Carolina, have chosen three finalists for the city manager's position including Jeff Jones, who’s chief operating office and deputy city manager for Mesquite, Texas. SENT: 80 words.

_ OILFIELD DEATH-PLEA _ A Houston company has reached a plea deal in the October 2014 death of an Alabama man who died in an explosion while working in the North Dakota oil patch. SENT: 130 words.

_ GRADUATION-FAKE CAKE _ A Houston-area family could have used a saw instead of a knife to slice a graduation cake from Walmart that was made of plastic foam. SENT: 130 words.



NEW YORK _ Brandon Maxwell, the Texas-born designer known for his longtime collaboration with Lady Gaga as well as for dressing other famous women like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle and Nicole Kidman, took top honors at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. Maxwell won the coveted womenswear award at the glittery ceremony at the Brooklyn Museum Monday evening. The menswear award went to designer Rick Owens. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 740 words, photos, video. Moved on national general, lifestyle and entertainment news services.


_ VOODOO FEST _ Guns N' Roses, Post Malone and Beck have been tapped to headline the 2019 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience this fall in New Orleans. SENT: 90 words. Moved on general and entertainment news services.



CVS Health is pushing deeper into health services with plans to add dietitians, medical equipment and space for the occasional yoga class to 1,500 stores over the next few years. The drugstore chain that quit selling tobacco several years ago said Tuesday it will expand a store model it recently tested. Its HealthHub stores will have about twice as much space devoted to health care as other locations and will aim to help people with chronic conditions like diabetes. The company started testing the changes in Houston late last year and will add more to that market this year as well as expand to Atlanta, the Philadelphia area and Tampa, Florida. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 810 words, photos. Moved on financial and health news services.


Anheuser-Busch is making good on its pledge to be a more renewable brewer. The company said it is partnering with San Francisco-based solar developer Recurrent Energy, which will build and maintain a 2,000-acre solar farm in Pecos County, Texas. Once it's completed in 2021, Anheuser-Busch will buy credits based on the energy the facility is delivering to the grid. Those credits will offset the electricity the company uses at its 22 U.S. breweries. Anheuser-Busch has a similar energy purchase agreement with an Oklahoma wind farm that opened in 2017. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 310 words, photos.


HONOLULU _ One of Hawaii's biggest housing developers has supplied extra units on single-family lots to help alleviate a shortage of living space. D.R. Horton has supplied accessory dwelling units constructed under a Honolulu program established in 2015, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The Texas-based company has built and sold 35 of the units attached to new homes at its master-planned community in Ewa, west of Honolulu, which is 13% of the 262 of the units built on Oahu. SENT: 250 words. Moved on general and financial news services.


_ YELLOWSTONE OIL SPILL _ A judge has approved an agreement for Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay $1.05 million to settle federal pollution violations over a 2011 pipeline break that sent oil into Montana's Yellowstone River. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general, financial and science news services.



ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Rangers have won four of Drew Smyly's last five starts. The lefty starts the series opener against the Orioles. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.


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