AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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TRUMP IMMIGRATION-LEGAL CHALLENGE
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump from immediately ending an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation, saying the administration’s decision was arbitrary because it was based on a flawed legal theory. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously kept a preliminary injunction in place against Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Trump administration has said it moved to end the program last year because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to DACA. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 770 words, photos. Moved on national general news services.
MEXICO CITY — Central American migrants in a caravan that has stopped in Mexico City have demanded buses to take them to the U.S. border, saying it is too cold and dangerous to continue walking and hitchhiking. About 200 migrants, representing the roughly 5,000 staying in a stadium in the south of Mexico’s capital, marched to the United Nations office in Mexico City to make the demand for transportation. The office was closed when the migrants arrived, but a dozen were received by U.N. representatives at a nearby location, said Ilberto Sosa Montes, a 45-year-old Honduran who is one of caravan’s coordinators. By Maria Versa and Christopher Sherman. SENT: 800 words, photos.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
ELECTION 2010-LGBT CANDIDATES
On the East Coast, West Coast and in heartland states between them, LGBT candidates scored a raft of notable midterm election victories — winning two governorships, at least nine seats in Congress, and their first-ever legislative seats in Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. The head of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which recruits and assists LGBT candidates, said many of the winners in Tuesday’s elections were motivated by concerns over the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for transgender people. “We’ve worked hard to achieve the rights we have today,” said the fund’s CEO, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “But we realize we’re still in a vulnerable position in many places.” For two LGBT candidates, their races were too close to call — U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona and Gina Ortiz Jones’ race for a U.S. House seat in Texas. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1000 words, photos.
TROOPS ON BORDER-OPPOSITION
PHOENIX — Amy Juan drove two hours north from her remote community on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to rally against the deployment of troops there. She’s one of many residents of the Southwest who oppose and are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s deployment of over 5,000 military troops to the border to fend off a slow-moving caravan of Central American migrants headed to the U.S. In El Paso, Texas, a march is planned to protest the deployment this weekend. In Laredo, the city’s mayor released a statement referring to the deployment as “false efforts” that will “harm morale and damage the economy of our region.” By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 550 words. Moved on general and political news services.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday it will deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, invoking extraordinary presidential national security powers to tighten the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The measures are meant to funnel asylum seekers through official border crossings for speedy rulings, officials said, instead of having them try to circumvent such crossings on the nearly 2,000-mile border. But the busy ports of entry already have long lines and waits, forcing immigration officials to tell some migrants to come back to make their claims. By Colleen Long. SENT: 900 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-TEEN VIDEO HEARINGS
The Trump administration says it is trying to speed up legal proceedings for some of the record 13,000 migrant children in federal custody by using video hearings to stream testimony from detained youths into courtrooms, The Associated Press has learned. So far, about 30 youths have appeared via videoconferencing before immigration judges in Phoenix and Harlingen, Texas, said Lydia Holt, an Office of Refugee Resettlement spokeswoman. Similar hearings have been conducted in immigration courts in Miami and New York City, said Kathryn Mattingly, a spokeswoman with the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. The AP learned they also have been scheduled in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, El Paso, Seattle, Tucson and San Francisco. By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke. SENT: 870 words, photos. Moved on national general and political news services.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
HOUSTON — The Houston Chronicle has retracted eight stories by a former political reporter after an independent investigation found they were based on sources whose existence couldn’t be confirmed. In a statement posted on the newspaper’s website Thursday, Chronicle Executive Editor Nancy Barnes said the newspaper also was correcting 64 other stories on which Mike Ward reported that contained unconfirmed sources upon which the premise did not rest. SENT: 440 words.
MAD STONE BLOODS GANG
NEW YORK — The FBI has arrested a New York man it describes as the “global chairman” of the violent Mad Stone Bloods street and prison gang. William Seeley, of Brooklyn, is charged with racketeering in a drug conspiracy indictment handed up last month in Norfolk, Virginia. Seeley’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Federal prosecutors say the Mad Stone Bloods operate in several states from Texas to Connecticut and report to leaders in New York. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 310 words. Moved on national general news services.
PONTIAC, Mich. — Michigan officials say a bone from the remains of a man found dead in 2016 was mistakenly buried with the remains of a teenage girl found dead in 1975. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office discovered the error this week while reviewing Darlene McKenzie’s case after the family complained of having to pick up additional remains. The medical examiner’s office says that a bone from Donald Smith’s remains was mistakenly released last year with McKenzie’s remains, which were buried in Pontiac in February 2017. The remains were both tested at the University of North Texas in 2016. SENT: 320 words.
— DEADLY HOUSE FIRE — A 28-year-old man has been arrested on charges relating to the death of four young children in a West Texas house fire. Wesley Lance Harvey was the father of three of the children killed. SENT: 130 words.
— ZETAS CARTEL LEADER-SENTENCING — Prosecutors say a 38-year-old man convicted of drug-related counts as leader of the Zetas cartel in Mexico has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison. SENT: 130 words.
— SHOOTING-TWO KILLED — A grand jury will hear the case of a Texas woman charged along with her husband and another Texas man in a double homicide in upstate New York. SENT: 130 words.
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