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November 27, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: US officials say 69 migrants arrested in clash

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says 69 migrants were arrested on the California side of the border after trying to cross from Tijuana to the U.S. during a confrontation where agents fired tear gas.

He says nearly 1,000 people rushed vehicle lanes and went around the border crossing to try to get into the U.S. on Sunday. He says some threw rocks and bottles at U.S. agents, but there was no report of violence Monday.

McAleenan says the Border Patrol's use of force policy allows agents to use tear gas, but the incident would be reviewed. He said the "dangerous situation" was resolved without serious injury.

Mexico's National Migration Institute said that 98 migrants were being deported after they tried to breach the U.S. border.


Democrat O'Rourke won't rule out 2020 presidential run

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke isn't ruling out a potential 2020 presidential run.

Asked about one at a Monday town hall in his native El Paso, the three-term Democratic congressman described vacationing last week with his family, something he said he wasn't able to do for the past 18-plus months while challenging Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

O'Rourke lost by about 3 points, close enough in deep-red Texas to spark speculation he could try for the White House.

He said he's focused on his family and representing his district until leaving the House on Jan. 3. But after that, he and his wife will "think about what we can do next to contribute to the best of our ability to this community."

O'Rourke then grinned at his wife, Amy, asking, "Was that OK?"


Flood insurance rebuilds homes with public money repeatedly

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — After Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the nation's financially troubled, taxpayer-backed flood insurance program is likely to restore homes and businesses that have already been rebuilt repeatedly, sometimes at costs totaling more than the building is worth.

Nearly 37,000 properties from the Carolinas to California have repeatedly flooded and been rebuilt — some dozens of times — through the National Flood Insurance Program. The program is $20 billion in debt and must be reauthorized by Congress this month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency runs the flood insurance program. Its records show Louisiana has had the most repeatedly flooded properties, with 23 percent of the total. The 10 states with the most repeatedly flooded insured properties are mostly along the Gulf and East Coasts, but also include Missouri along the Mississippi River.


George W. Bush to receive award from Lincoln foundation

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President George W. Bush will receive a prestigious leadership prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

The foundation announced Monday that Bush will receive the 2019 Lincoln Leadership Prize during a ceremony on April 1 in Chicago.

The annual award recognizes people for a lifetime of service in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, the nation's 16th president.

Ray McCaskey, chairman of the foundation's board of directors, says much of Lincoln's legacy was defined by his leadership during the Civil War. McCaskey says Bush also faced great challenges and demonstrated "resolute leadership" after the Sept. 11 attacks.

In a statement, Bush says Lincoln was one of the nation's greatest presidents and that he's proud to accept the award bearing his name.


Grand jury weighs Dallas officer shooting of black neighbor

DALLAS (AP) — A grand jury is hearing evidence in the case of a former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment after she said she mistook it for hers.

Daryl Washington, an attorney for the family of the slain man, said the grand jury began hearing the case Monday. Amber Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge after the Sept. 6 shooting of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old native of St. Lucia.

Guyger, who is white, was later fired from the Dallas Police Department .

The grand jury will hear evidence and decide whether to indict Guyger. It could also decide on a more serious charge.

Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas in the shooting.


Houston-area ATM mistakenly dispenses $100 bills, not $10s

HOUSTON (AP) — An ATM in the Houston area has been shut down and was temporarily guarded by law officers after mistakenly dispensing $100 bills instead of $10s and word of the glitch got out on social media.

Some Harris County sheriff's deputies protected the outdoor ATM after Sunday night's incident and notified Bank of America.

A bank statement Monday says a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. Bank of America also says customers will be able to keep the additional dispensed money.

Officials with North Carolina-based Bank of America didn't say how much cash was wrongly dispensed.


Greece: Retrial ordered over Texas tourist killing

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A prosecutor in Greece has ordered the retrial of seven suspects on murder charges over the fatal beating of Texan tourist Bakari Henderson on an island resort last year.

The six men — five Serbian nationals and a British man of Serbian origin — were jailed from five to 15 years last week after being found guilty of deadly assault.

But a public prosecutor Monday ordered the retrial of the six men for murder by a more senior panel of judges. A seventh man, a Greek national cleared last week, will also stand trial for murder.

Henderson, a 22-year-old from Austin died in July 2017 after being beaten in the street following an argument in a bar in the Laganas resort area of Zakynthos island.


French-American man abandons attempt to swim Pacific

TOKYO (AP) — A French-American man has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship.

Organizers said Monday that long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte had abandoned the attempt. He had completed about 1,500 nautical miles (2,780 kilometers) of the 5,000-mile (9,260-kilometer) journey.

The announcement was made by online science publisher Seeker, which partnered with Lecomte and has been documenting his attempt.

Lecomte said the damage to the sail was "an insurmountable blow" and called the premature end to the swim "a deep disappointment."

He had set out on June 5 from Japan's Pacific coast and was swimming an average of eight hours a day. Violent storms had already forced him to interrupt the swim once and return to Japan in late July.


Hip-hop artist 'El Dreamer' killed in fatal motorcycle crash

(Information from: KVIA-TV,

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the hip-hop artist known as "El Dreamer" and "Tattd Dreamz" was killed in fatal motorcycle crash in El Paso.

KVIA-TV reports Texas Department of Public Safety says Raymond Harley Saenz died Sunday after a trooper attempted to stop his speeding motorcycle.

According to the agency, Saenz saw the trooper, sped and ran a red light. Authorities say the 29-year-old Saenz then crashed into another motorist.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says Saenz died at the scene.

The El-Paso-born Saenz was set to perform with singer Frankie J in Albuquerque on Saturday.

He was known for such bilingual songs as "Running in Place" and "Black Out."



Decision results in shake-up on New Mexico oil and gas panel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A shake-up has resulted from a recent decision by New Mexico oil and gas regulators to ease restrictions on well locations for a Texas-based company operating in one of the nation's oldest producing basins.

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has removed his agency's appointee to the Oil Conservation Commission after that staffer voted in favor of the request by Hilcorp Energy during a Nov. 19 hearing.

Dunn tells The Associated Press he's concerned about plans by Hilcorp to target thousands of its wells in the San Juan Basin toward a formation known as the Blanco-Mesaverde gas pool. Density limits had prevented the company from doing that without being granted exceptions for individual wells.

Dunn contends his office wasn't properly notified of the hearing and that 101 square miles (263 square kilometers) of state trust land could be affected.

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