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December 01, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Clinton praises Bush for 'long life of service

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is remembering George H.W. Bush for his "great long life of service, love and friendship."

In a statement issued early Saturday, Clinton said he would be "forever grateful" for the friendship he formed with the man he turned out of the White House after one term.

Clinton, who defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election, says he was always struck by Bush's "innate and genuine decency" and by his devotion to his wife Barbara and his family.

Clinton says Bush's extensive record of public service was rare, with his years in the military, in Congress, the United Nations, China, the CIA and as vice president and president.

Clinton adds that Bush never stopped serving even after leaving office, working on tsunami relief in Asia and within the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina.

The two former presidents worked together on those relief efforts.


The Latest: Officer's lawyer says indictment not surprising

DALLAS (AP) — An attorney for a former Dallas police officer says he isn't surprised by the murder indictment of his client given the political pressure surrounding the case.

Robert Rogers says there has been a wave of "vindictive emotion" from people looking to indict Amber Guyger, who fatally shot her unarmed neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Rogers argued that emotion was injected into the grand jury process, particularly because Jean's mother testified.

Rogers says having a family member give testimony during a grand jury process is highly unusual. He says "it's time to work towards getting her a fair trial."


Boy, 15, arrested as suspect in series of rapes in 2 states

DALLAS (AP) — Police in Dallas have arrested a 15-year-old boy as the suspect in a series of sexual assaults, including two in Louisiana, and also are investigating whether he was involved in a woman's death this week.

Police said in a statement that the teenager was taken into custody Thursday and charged with aggravated sexual assault in connection to three separate rapes in Dallas in September and October.

Authorities say DNA and other evidence also link him to attacks that occurred in Bossier City, Louisiana, one in March and another in April.

Police say he's a suspect in the death Tuesday of a woman because of the proximity to where the Dallas attacks occurred.

In each assault, the suspect knocked on a door and either asked a woman for money or work before forcing himself inside.


Texas sues San Antonio police under sanctuary cities law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued the San Antonio police chief for what he says are violations of the state's immigration law targeting "sanctuary cities."

Paxton accuses Chief William McManus in a lawsuit Friday of violating the law when he refused to turn over migrants in a human smuggling case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. McManus released the migrants instead.

McManus and several other big-city police chiefs opposed the law. McManus argued his department had no legal authority to hold the migrants and that police released them to Catholic Charities.

His decision infuriated top Texas Republicans who pushed for the law. Paxton, who is under indictment for securities fraud, opened an investigation into McManus.

The city responded Friday with a statement accusing Paxton of "furthering a political agenda."


O'Rourke gets New Hampshire invite as 2020 buzz grows

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The New Hampshire Young Democrats have invited Rep. Beto O'Rourke to the home of the nation's first presidential primary amid heightened buzz the Texan could run for the White House after narrowly losing his state's Senate race.

The invitation arrived Nov. 10. Democrats in Iowa, whose caucuses kick off presidential voting, have extended similar invites.

O'Rourke spokesman Chris Evans said Friday "we've received invites to both" states but "no action has been taken on either."

Some Democratic donors are clamoring for the three-term lawmaker from El Paso to run for president in 2020, following his loss to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz by less than 3 percentage points in fiercely conservative Texas.

O'Rourke hasn't ruled out a presidential run, saying he'll decide what's next after his House term ends Jan. 3.


Trump administration vows to prosecute migrants in future

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials are vowing to address some of issues that forced them to decide against criminally prosecuting any of the 42 members of a Central American migrant caravan arrested last weekend.

The migrants had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally during a chaotic clash with Border Patrol agents near Tijuana Mexico. They were accused of illegally entering the country, which is a federal crime.

Homeland Security officials say they are working with the Justice Department to ensure caravan members who participate in "violent clashes" will be prosecuted.

Officials say agents arrested two caravan members late Thursday on assault charges in separate incidents with Border Patrol agents.


US to keep about 4,000 troops at border through January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the number of active-duty troops on the border with Mexico will drop from 5,600 to about 4,000, and their deployment will be extended through the end of January.

Officials say the Department of Homeland Security submitted a formal request for the additional military support Friday. It hasn't been approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. But military officials have been working with DHS for weeks to help craft a request that would be accepted by the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump deployed the troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants walking to the U.S. from Central America. Critics have called the deployment a political stunt before the midterm elections.

U.S. officials talked about the troop deployment on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.


ATF: Texas apartment fire that killed 5 intentionally set

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas say an apartment fire that killed five people last summer was intentionally set.

Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said during a news conference Friday that a criminal investigation into the July 20 blaze is underway.

He says investigators know how the fire at Iconic Village apartments and the Vintage Pads apartments in San Marcos was started and where, but won't reveal those details.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The fire occurred near Texas State University and four of the five killed were current or former students there, ranging in age from 19 to 23.

About 200 people were displaced.

San Marcos is 31 miles (50 kilometers) south of Austin.


The Latest: 3 dead, 7 injured in Border Patrol chase

CAMPO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says agents involved in a deadly chase tried to stop a pickup truck before it sped away from rugged terrain near the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the driver refused to stop and barreled onto Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

Witnesses say the pickup weaved through traffic and hit speeds above 100 mph (160 kph).

When authorities used a spike strip to deflate its tires, the driver lost control and crashed. The truck rolled over, ejecting occupants.

Three people were killed, including the only female. Seven others sustained serious injuries and were taken to an area hospital.

Police detained the driver, a U.S. citizen.

Border Patrol policy states chases should only occur when the benefit outweighs any danger.



Hawk native to South America wows crowd in Maine park

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A hawk that is native to Central and South America is generating a lot of attention from Maine's birding community after appearing in a Portland park.

The great black hawk was first spotted by Biddeford bird watchers in August, and popped up in Deering Oaks Park on Thursday. The bird attracted a large crowd of birders with binoculars and cameras on Friday morning.

Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox says "this is probably the first time anyone has been standing in snow and looking at a great black hawk." He says Maine residents sometimes sees rare birds, but "this is one for the record books."

Hitchcox says the bird appears to be in good health as it recently molted and was seen eating a squirrel.

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