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DALLAS — The Southern Baptist Convention opens its annual national meeting Tuesday in an anxious mood as the denomination’s all-male leadership grapples with the fallout of multiple sexual misconduct cases. One order of business is a draft resolution co-signed by dozens of SBC leaders calling on the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. to repudiate any rhetoric or behavior that dishonors women. The resolution denounces those who commit or cover up such actions, and urges congregations and ministers to abide by all laws mandating the reporting of sexual abuse and assault. In a late addition to the program, the SBC announced that Vice President Mike Pence would address the meeting on Wednesday. Not on the agenda in Dallas is any reconsideration of the SBC’s doctrine of “complementarianism,” which espouses male leadership in the home and in the church and says a wife “is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband.” However, numerous SBC leaders are saying the doctrine needs to be observed in a way that’s respectful of women and encourages them to play an active role in church affairs. By David Crary and Ryan Tarinelli. UPCOMING: 610 words by 1 a.m. Will be updated.
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BOGOTA, Colombia — He fought in epic battles against the galactic empire. Now an actor who portrayed “Star Wars” legend Chewbacca is fighting for Venezuela’s poor with an online fundraising campaign whose proceeds will benefit a charity feeding underprivileged children in the crisis-wracked South American nation. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in five “Star Wars” movies, has so far raised more than $10,000 through the sale of commemorative coins showing the Wookiee warrior’s hairy legs and a bullet belt slung around a map of Venezuela. The 74-year-old actor, who is retired, said that the idea emerged after he met Elisa Arguello, a Venezuelan actress and “Star Wars” fan who migrated three years ago to the Dallas-Fort Worth area where Mayhew also resides. By Manuel Rueda. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved on international general and entertainment news services.
ATLANTA — A Texas-born man who prosecutors say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel using ruthless violence to defeat rivals and secure control of drug trafficking routes has been sentenced by a federal judge in Atlanta to serve nearly five decades in prison. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie” because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to serve 49 years and one month and was also ordered to forfeit $192 million, which prosecutors say is a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez was responsible for importing into the United States. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— LA BARBIE-SENTENCING-THE LATEST
JUDICIAL SANCTIONS FOUGHT
HOUSTON — A former judge in Harris County running for election to return to the bench is fighting sanctions from a state judicial conduct panel that found she violated the rights of an alleged rape victim by ordering the woman to jail. SENT: 300 words.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Federal officials within another month expect to wrap up environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that a judge ordered a year ago. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has met with all four American Indian tribes who are fighting the pipeline in court and said they weren’t being given a meaningful role in the study process. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 370 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.
— SAN ANTONIO-NEW EDITOR — Former Los Angeles Times managing editor Marc Duvoisin has been appointed the new editor and vice president of the San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
— FIREFIGHTER DIES — Officials say a Texas firefighter who was battling wildfires in the western part of the state has died after suffering a medical emergency. SENT: 130 words.
— HARVEY-COMPLAINTS — More than 400 lawsuits and complaints have been filed by Texas homeowners against dozens of contractors making repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey flooding. SENT: 130 words.
— TECH COMPANY-NEW ORLEANS — A Texas-based company plans to open a technology center in New Orleans that will employ 350 people. SENT: 130 words.
— TOILET SNAKE — A South Texas man says he was cleaning the bathroom at his home when his 6-year-old son alerted him. About 3 feet of a snake was slithering out of the toilet and climbing toward a window. SENT: 130 words.
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