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WASHINGTON — Army leaders will announce Friday that they’ve chosen Austin, Texas, for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars, U.S. officials said. The Army laid out plans to create the so-called Futures Command last October, marking the first time in decades that the service has added such a high-level, new headquarters. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 470 words. Will be updated with announcement.
HANOI, Vietnam — A court in southern Vietnam is scheduled to put on trial next week an American citizen of Vietnamese descent accused of disturbing public order after he took part in rare protests, state media reported Friday. William Nguyen, from Houston, was arrested on June 10 after participating in protests in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City against a proposed law on special economic zones that some fear would be dominated by Chinese investors. SENT: 390 words.
JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. — In a southwest Louisiana crawfish pond, two endangered whooping crane chicks peck about for crawfish, insects, plants and other food. They’re only 2 months old, but they dwarf the full-grown great egrets nearby. The chicks — both those in the wild and captivity — are part of generations of work to bring back the birds, which barely escaped extinction in the 1940s. This year, Louisiana scientists are celebrating a milestone — five chicks born in the wild. The only truly wild flock migrates between Texas and Alberta, Canada, and makes up about two-thirds of all birds in the wild. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 760 words, with photos, video.
FRIDAY THE 13TH
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. — There’s nothing superstitious about Friday the 13th as two towns celebrate the day with tours or tattoos. Masked maniacs on Friday take to the streets of Blairstown, New Jersey. The community and its surroundings are where the 1980 horror movie “Friday the 13th” was filmed. Meanwhile, Ghostrider’s Tattoo Studio in Lubbock, Texas, is offering piercings and tattoos for $13 for the fifth year in a row. With tip, customers will pay $20 for what usually costs a minimum of $50. SENT: 120 words. Updated on merits.
— POLICE SHOOTING-DALLAS — Dallas police say a man driving a stolen vehicle was fatally shot by officers after raising his weapon at them after driving into a creek.
— MAIL CARRIER SHOT — A man convicted of shooting a South Texas mail carrier, stealing her delivery vehicle and firing at officers pursuing him must serve 20 years in federal prison.
— OIL LEASE SALE — The federal government’s Aug. 15 oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico will offer slightly more acreage than officials originally announced.
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