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June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am


US to open temporary shelter in Texas for immigrant children

HOUSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they will open a temporary shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children in far west Texas as existing facilities reach capacity.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that authorities would open a shelter at the Tornillo port of entry, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of El Paso. The spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about whether children would be kept outdoors.

The numbers of children in existing facilities have surged as the Trump administration institutes a zero tolerance policy against families that try to enter the U.S. without legal permission. Hundreds of families have been separated, with parents detained and their children placed in government shelters.


Ex-doctor charged in 1988 attack after victim dies

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas prosecutors say an ex-physician has been charged in the death of a woman left incapacitated after being sexually assaulted and strangled in 1988.

Dallas County jail records show 56-year-old George Guo was being held Thursday on a capital murder charge with a $5 million bond.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office says Guo was arrested Wednesday in Houston in the June 1988 attack on Dr. Katherine Bascone in Highland Park.

The attack left Bascone blind and with a brain injury. She died in earlier this year.

Authorities say DNA testing helped in the investigation.

Records show Guo was convicted in 1991 of burglary, and his medical license was revoked. Guo was also convicted of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault in a 1999 incident. He left prison in 2013.

Online records don't list an attorney representing Guo.


Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is citing the Bible in defending the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant parents from their children after they enter the U.S. illegally.

Sessions was responding to criticism from the archbishop of Galveston-Houston. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that separating babies from their mothers was immoral.

Speaking Thursday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sessions said crossing the border illegally is a crime and the government shouldn't be vilified for enforcing laws. He pointed to a verse in the Book of Romans on obeying the laws of government, saying, "God has ordained them for the purpose of order."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the administration would like to fix the "broken system," but it's up to Congress to change laws.


Texas abortion clinics suing to undo old laws after 2016 win

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion providers are suing to undo decades-old regulations on doctors and clinics that they say deserve a second look after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016.

The lawsuit filed Thursday challenges longstanding requirements over ultrasounds, waiting periods and licensing. Courts have already upheld some of the laws.

But the abortion provider Whole Woman's Health wants a federal judge to take a fresh look through the lens of a major Supreme Court decision that struck down a 2013 Texas anti-abortion law.

More than half of Texas' abortion clinics shuttered under that law. Only a handful have reopened.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is a staunch abortion opponent. His office has asked lawmakers to consider expanding the attorney general's power to enforce abortion laws on the books.


Ex-US Navy man sentenced for taking classified information

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A former member of the U.S. Navy has been sentenced to prison for illegally keeping classified national defense information, including that of some U.S. nuclear operations.

The Justice Department says 43-year-old Weldon Marshall of Sherman, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

Marshall pleaded guilty March 5 as part of a deal in which he admitted taking top secret documents when he left the Navy in 2004. He also admitted taking secret documents about U.S. operations in Afghanistan while he worked as a defense contractor for various companies.

Marshall's rank and how he used the documents were not revealed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani and defense attorney Mark Diaz declined further comment.


The Latest: Voter: Vindicated by high court on clothing law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Minnesota voter who challenged a law restricting what could be worn to a polling place welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that agreed with him.

The high court struck down the law on Thursday, saying it violated the First Amendment. Most states have laws restricting what voters can wear to cast their ballots, but Minnesota's law is one of the broadest.

Andy Cilek was blocked from voting in 2010 while wearing a "Tea Party Patriots" shirt. He says the case isn't really about T-shirts or buttons, but rather "political exploitation of a statute that was overly broad."

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon says he'll make sure election judges know about the court's decision. However, Simon says his read of the ruling is that it's OK to continue banning clothing that advocates for specific candidates.


Remains of Korean War POW from South Texas to be buried

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The remains of a Texas serviceman taken prisoner of war following a 1951 battle with Chinese forces in South Korea have been identified and will returned to his family.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Thursday announced the remains of Army Pfc. Felipe A. Champion of Brownsville will be buried June 21 in his hometown.

Champion was age 19 and with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, when he was reported missing in action in February 1951. The U.S. determined Champion was a prisoner of war.

Another American POW, after being released, reported Champion died in custody at the Suan Bean Camp in 1951.

North Korea in 1992 returned 15 boxes of remains reportedly from where Champion was believed to have died. DNA evidence helped identify Champion last August.


George Strait part of Hurricane Harvey recovery campaign

ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Country star George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years.

Strait is part of a radio and TV campaign called "Find Yourself in Rockport-Fulton." He says the coastal area is one of his favorite places and encourages tourists to return to the area, which was hit by the hurricane in August.

Strait visited the area in September with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The TV commercials start this month in San Antonio and Austin. The radio spots will air in the Texas Hill Country and New Braunfels.


Texas inmate condemned for TCU professor death loses appeal

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a 45-year-old man on Texas death row for the 2004 suffocation of a retired TCU professor whose body was found in Oklahoma after she was abducted in Fort Worth.

Attorneys for Edward Lee Busby argued unsuccessfully to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Busby, from Gray County in the Texas Panhandle, was mentally impaired, meaning he's ineligible for execution, and had deficient legal help at his trial and in earlier stages of his appeals.

Busby was convicted of the slaying of 77-year-old Laura Lee Crane, who was abducted from a Fort Worth grocery store parking lot. He was arrested in Oklahoma City driving Crane's car and led authorities to her body in Oklahoma just north of the Texas border.


Spain's king and queen visit New Orleans for tricentennial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The king and queen of Spain are coming to New Orleans as part of the city's tricentennial celebration.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are scheduled to arrive Thursday night in Louisiana, which was a Spanish colony from 1763 to 1802.

They'll meet privately Friday with Gov. John Bel Edwards. Then Mayor LaToya Cantrell will welcome them at Gallier Hall , a former City Hall opened in 1853 and renovated for the city's 300th anniversary.

Friday evening, they'll visit St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo , built as the government seat under Spanish rule and the center of New Orleans government until Gallier Hall opened.

Saturday, musicians and Mardi Gras Indians will perform for the royal couple. Then they leave for San Antonio, Texas — another former Spanish colony celebrating its tricentennial.

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