AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Board of Education has preliminarily voted to restore Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller to the state’s history curriculum and to slightly soften language about the Arab-Israeli conflict — surprising moments of bipartisanship for members who have long waged ideological battles about how students in the nation’s second largest state learn history. The moves came after the board’s 10 Republicans and five Democrats heard hours of often impassioned testimony from students, teachers, activists and university experts on proposed edits meant to streamline academic standards for history. A final vote is scheduled for Friday and more changes can still be made. By Will Weissert. SENT: 720 words, photos.
BALTIMORE — Several Roman Catholic bishops have urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a sense of the bishops’ aspirations regarding anti-abuse efforts. Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, echoed Paprocki’s call, saying parishioners and priests in his diocese are “very, very angry.“The three-day assembly opened Monday with a surprise announcement by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Vatican, he said, was ordering the bishops to delay votes on two anti-abuse proposals until after a Vatican-convened global meeting on sex abuse in February. By David McFadden and David Crary. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moved on national general news services.
WASHINGTON — Did someone say caravan? One week after Election Day, President Donald Trump’s daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of “bad thugs” and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent. The migrant caravans are still trudging along, the largest still about 1,000 miles from the southern border, but Trump — and many in the conservative media — have dramatically reduced the frequency and intensity of their dire warnings now that they no longer feel the same urgency to stir up GOP voters. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to visit the border Wednesday. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved on national political news services.
— MATTIS-BORDER — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, where troops are helping erect barriers and performing other tasks in support of border security. SENT: 130 words, photos.
IXTLAN DEL RIO, Mexico — The U.S. government said it was starting work to “harden” the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico. Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing four lanes at the busy San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego, California. It said the closures were needed “to install and pre-position port hardening infrastructure equipment in preparation for the migrant caravan and the potential safety and security risk that it could cause.” By Maria Versa. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM SEEKERS — A federal judge set a hearing for Monday to determine whether to temporarily halt the Trump administration’s latest immigration policy change denying asylum to anyone caught crossing the border illegally. SENT: 120 words.
TEXAS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
GOP COUNTY CHAIRMAN-OFFICE RAID-TEXAS
DALLAS — A former Houston-area Republican Party chairman is accused of stealing and misapplying funds at his law firm, according to court documents released. The documents come a day after Jared Woodfill’s law office was raided by investigators with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities wheeled off with carts of documents and reported seizing more than 125 boxes of case files. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 330 words.
— ELECTION 2020-CASTRO — Democrat Julian Castro is meeting with potential supporters about running for president in 2020. SENT: 120 words, photos.
— ELECTION 2018-TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — A judge has denied Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones’ efforts to extend a deadline for fixing provisional ballots in her race against Republican Congressman Will Hurd. SENT: 130 words.
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NEW YORK — The infamous Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been alternately portrayed at his U.S. trial as a calculating leader of a bloodthirsty smuggling operation that funneled tons of cocaine and other drugs into American cities and a scapegoat for a conspiracy whose actual mastermind bribed crooked Mexican officials as high as the president to keep his freedom. In opening statements amid tight security in federal court in Brooklyn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fels told a jury whose identities have been kept secret how the man who got his start in a modest marijuana-selling business became a kingpin known for using an army of hit men to wipe out his competitors and anyone within his Sinaloa cartel who betrayed him. “Money. Drugs. Murder. ... That is what this case is about,” Fels said. By Tom Hays. SENT: 830 words, photos. Moving on national general news services.
FORT WORTH, Texas — The brother of a Fort Worth man accused of killing an inmate in a jail cell says his sibling shouldn’t have been housed with another person because he’s diagnosed with schizophrenia and has hallucinations. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Brandon Flores doesn’t believe that his 43-year-old brother David Flores fatally attacked 76-year-old Clinton Don Simpson because Simpson is an alleged child molester or because of his age. SENT: 300 words.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Atwater Studios has a 3D animated “Bob” from Bob’s Discount Furniture in the works, once used 11,000 pencils to build a Mount Holyoke College logo for a photo shoot and opens all the doors and windows in winter to photograph Friendly’s sundaes while the ice cream is still frozen and before the chocolate syrup runs. Not to mention the extensive work Atwater does for Lego, which maintains its North American headquarters a few miles away in Enfield, Connecticut. Helen of Troy Ltd., which opened a new headquarters in Massachusetts in 2016 after being based in Texas in 2016, licenses brands like Honeywell and Pur and uses Atwater Studios. By Jim Kinney, The Springfield Republican. SENT: 950 words.
— SHOOTING-AUSTIN-JUDGE — Two more men have received long prison sentences for a 2015 assassination attempt on a state judge outside her home. SENT: 130 words.
— DEER BLIND-DEPUTY SHOT — A North Texas sheriff’s deputy is recovering as the search continues for a trespasser who shot him in the foot and fled a deer hunting site illegally set up on private land. SENT: 130 words.
— FAMILY BURNED-GASOLINE — A West Texas woman and her three children have been burned in a flash fire while using gasoline in a fireplace for warmth a day after fuel was disconnected to the home. SENT: 130 words.
— REI STORE-OKLAHOMA — REI plans to open its first store in Oklahoma next fall. Officially known as REI Co-op and based in the Seattle area, the chain operates 154 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, including stores in Texas and Kansas. REI says it has 17 million members, including 46,500 in Oklahoma. SENT: 130 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
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