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November 17, 2018 - 12:00 am


2 killed in Texas crash of vintage World War II fighter

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (AP) — A vintage World War II fighter plane has crashed into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Fredericksburg, Texas, killing the two people on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was destroyed and several automobiles damaged.

Texas Department of Public Transportation Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed the two deaths to the San Antonio Express-News .

The World War II P-51D Mustang fighter crashed at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

The Mustang was first built by North American Aviation in 1940 and was used by the U.S. military in World War II and the Korean War.

Fredericksburg is home to the National Museum of the Pacific War . The museum said on Twitter that one of those in the plane who was killed was a veteran. It is not clear if those killed or the plane were associated with the museum, which has a collection of World War II equipment and memorabilia.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA said they would investigate at the site, which is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of San Antonio.


Police: Mississippi woman kidnapped 2 girls from Texas home

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Mississippi woman who they say abducted two girls from their home in Texas.

Thirty-three-year-old Crystal Gaylene Edwards was being held Saturday in the Rankin County, Mississippi, jail on charges that include two counts of kidnapping.

Authorities say Edwards was acquainted with the girls' family and appeared at their home northeast of Dallas early Friday morning. They didn't specify how the girls, ages 8 and 11, are related.

Police in Texas, working with the U.S. Marshals Service and officers in Edwards' hometown of Pearl, Mississippi, tracked Edwards and the girls to Jackson, Mississippi, where she was apprehended later Friday. The girls weren't physically harmed.

Authorities have not indicated a motive in the case.

Jail records don't indicate whether Edwards has an attorney yet.


State special agents fatally shoot Houston robbery suspect

HOUSTON (AP) — Special agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety have shot and killed a Houston robbery suspect and apprehended two others after seeing them leave a business they had apparently robbed.

DPS Lt. Craig Cummings says the agents were conducting a surveillance operation late Friday when they saw a vehicle associated with several aggravated robberies that have occurred in the Houston area in recent weeks.

Agents saw three suspects leave the vehicle and enter a business. The agents confronted them as the armed suspects then left the business and Cummings says shots were fired when the suspects refused to drop their weapons.

No one else was struck by gunfire besides the suspect who was killed. Their identities have not been released.

Authorities say at least one of them may be a teenager.


Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket has blasted off from Virginia with space station supplies, the second shipment in two days.

Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn Saturday. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier.

The U.S. delivery will arrive at the orbiting lab Monday, a day after the Russian shipment. Among the 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of goods inside the Cygnus capsule: ice cream and fresh fruit for the three space station residents, and a 3D printer that recycles old plastic into new parts.

This Cygnus is named the S.S. John Young to honor the legendary astronaut who walked on the moon and commanded the first space shuttle flight. He died in January.


Georgia: Deputy fatally shoots man who stabbed him at hotel

(Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a deputy shot a man who stabbed him multiple times.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy Stephan Psillos shot 25-year-old Jack Darrel Fields Jr. of El Paso, Texas. Fields was pronounced dead at the scene. The wounded deputy was taken to Augusta University Medical Center for treatment.

A GBI news release says the sheriff's office was called to a Residence Inn on Thursday night. Psillos responded and encountered Fields in the hotel's lobby.

The statement says Psillos attempted to place handcuffs on Fields, but Fields resisted arrest. It says Fields then pulled a knife from his coat pocket and attacked Psillos, stabbing him several times. Psillos fired his service weapon, striking fields.

An investigation is ongoing.



Texas Democrat attends House orientation amid contested race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones has been in Washington attending orientation for new members of Congress despite Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd continuing to hold a lead of 1,000-plus votes in their contested race to represent a sprawling West Texas district.

The race is close enough that Ortiz Jones could seek a recount and still has a couple of weeks to do so. She's more than 1,000 votes behind Hurd out of 209,000 counted.

Ortiz Jones hasn't so far, but also hasn't conceded. Instead, she's saying she's working to ensure that "every vote is counted."

The 800-mile district runs from San Antonio to El Paso and is a perennial battleground. Hurd, who was first elected in 2014, has already declared victory.


Julian Castro says O'Rourke's future no factor in 2020 bid

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Julian Castro says whether he runs in 2020 won't be influenced by whether Texas' other big Democrat, Beto O'Rourke, also makes a bid for the White House.

Castro said Friday he hasn't talked to O'Rourke about what's next after losing a surprisingly close U.S. Senate challenge to Republican Ted Cruz.

Castro was the nation's housing secretary under President Barack Obama and is the former mayor of San Antonio.

The 44-year-old Castro has said he's likely to run for president and expects a crowded field of Democratic contenders. O'Rourke said during his Senate campaign that he didn't see himself running for president, but that hasn't quieted speculation since losing to Cruz by fewer than 3 percentage points.

Castro was speaking in San Antonio at a conference on Mexican American civil rights.


Baltimore mayor picks Fort Worth chief as next top cop

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor has chosen a Texas police chief as her nominee to lead the city's troubled force, seeking to reign in a soaring pace of homicides and boost public trust in a tattered department.

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Friday picked Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, saying he's led a large police department and was "well versed on training and community engagement." Her spokesman confirmed that she expects Fitzgerald will start working as acting leader in coming days.

He will need to be confirmed by the Baltimore City Council.

Recent years have been tumultuous for Baltimore's police department, where upheaval and leadership instability has become the norm. Fitzgerald would be the fourth leader this year alone.

Baltimore is struggling to implement a consent decree mandating sweeping police reforms.


Migrants get cool reception in Mexican border town

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Many of the nearly 3,000 migrants who have reached the border with California say they do not feel welcome in the Mexican city of Tijuana.

The vast majority were camped out at a sports complex, sleeping on a dirt baseball field and under bleachers. The city opened the complex after other shelters were filled to capacity. Church groups provided portable showers, bathrooms and sinks — and handed out coffee and doughnuts.

But the mayor has called the migrants' arrival an "avalanche" that the city is ill-prepared to handle, while some locals have shouted insults.

It's a stark contrast to the many Mexican communities that welcomed the caravan with signs, music and donations of clothing after it entered Mexico nearly a month ago.


The Latest: 2 Georgia slayings solved after man confesses

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say they have closed the decades-old slayings of two women based on confessions by a man being held in Texas who says he killed as many as 90 people over four decades.

Two Bibb County investigators traveled to Decatur, Texas, to question 78-year-old Samuel Little.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that one victim was killed in 1977 and another in 1982. In the 1982 case, a woman's body was found in the backyard of a Macon home. She had been strangled. Police identified her as Fredonia Smith.

The 1977 victim was never identified. Her skeletal remains were found at the edge of some woods in a local backyard.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says Little gave them specific details and information" linking him to both slayings, and Smith's family was notified about the new developments.

Little was already serving a life sentence in California when he was interviewed by a Texas investigator that resulted in the confessions.

Authorities in Louisiana say they've closed two longstanding murder investigations because of confessions by a man being held in Texas who says he killed as many as 90 people over four decades.

An internal Louisiana State Police memo obtained by The Associated Press says 78-year-old Samuel Little provided details on two killings in the Gulf Coast town of Houma "that only the murderer would have known."

Fifty-nine-year-old Dorothy Richard was found dead in 1982 and the body of 40-year-old Daisy McGuire was discovered in 1996. Both had been strangled.

The memo says Little has confessed to other killings in Louisiana and those claims are being investigated.

Little is being held on a murder charge in West Texas.

He was already serving a life sentence in California when he was interviewed by a Texas investigator that resulted in the confessions.

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