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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

December 19, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org

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EL PASO, Texas _ Lawyers for the family of a 7-year-old girl who died in the custody of border agents hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the shelter where her father is staying. UPCOMING: 500 words.


WASHINGTON _ A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence in their home countries or domestic violence from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued this year by cannot be used to determine whether an immigrant has a credible fear of persecution or torture in their home countries, the first step to making an asylum claim in the U.S. The judge said the administration’s policy on asylum seekers violates federal immigration law. By Colleen Long. SENT: 540 words, with photos.


Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,240 words, with photos, video.



_ IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-ARIZONA. By Astrid Galvan. SENT: 750 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON _ Legislation to avoid a partial federal shutdown threatened at week’s end and keep the government running through Feb. 8 awaited a Senate vote Wednesday after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the short-term spending measure was a “simple” bill that would show Republicans, who control Congress now, will finish the year by not prolonging a potential crisis. He also lashed out at Democrats, who will reclaim their House majority in January, for failing to give Trump any of the $5 billion that the president wanted for the wall. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 60 words, with photos. Will be updated.



_ BORDER WALL-EXPLAINER. By Nomaan Merchant and Colleen Long. SENT: 840 words, with photos.


AUSTIN, Texas _ During this year’s Texas Senate race, some home-state Democrats grumbled that West Texan Beto O’Rourke wasn’t softening his liberal positions enough to finish a near-upset of GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Now, as the outgoing congressman mulls a 2020 White House run, a small but vocal segment of activists is suggesting he’s not liberal enough, arguing he’s more about feel-good flash than commitment to values that will excite his party’s ascendant leftist wing. By Will Weissert. SENT: 870 words, photos.



BERLIN _ An award-winning journalist who worked for Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s leading news outlets, has left the weekly after evidence emerged that he committed journalistic fraud “on a grand scale” over years, the publication said Wednesday. Spiegel published a report after an internal probe of Claas Relotius, a 33-year-old staffer known for vivid investigative stories. The magazine said Relotius resigned Monday after admitting some articles included made-up material from interviews that never happened. Spiegel said Relotius acknowledged fabricating parts of at least 14 stories, including a piece about an American who he said volunteered to witness executions of death row inmates, such as one in Texas. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 430 words, with photo.


_ BURNING VEHICLE-RESCUE _ Some Southeast Texas sheriff’s deputies have saved a man who was on fire inside his burning vehicle in a dramatic rescue captured on law enforcement video. Pursuing video.

_ FORT WORTH-PURSUIT-DEATH _ Texas police investigating a report of an armed man using social media to threaten to kill himself say he was found dead after an exchange of gunfire, a chase and a wreck.

_ MISSING BOYS-WATER _ Texas regulators have closed a facility operated by a nonprofit group serving homeless and abused children after two boys drowned during a beach outing.

_ SCHOOL STABBING-FORT WORTH _ A former high school student has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for cutting the throat of a classmate at a Fort Worth high school.

_ FATAL VEHICLE FIRE-ID _ Officials have released the name of a 77-year-old man, recently living in Texas, who died in a car fire in northwestern Montana earlier this month.

_ SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC _ Indiana officials say they rejected a Texas-based nonprofit’s request to open an abortion clinic because necessary information wasn’t disclosed on an application.

_ FLORIDA-POPULATION GROWTH _ Almost 2.5 million people have moved to Florida since the beginning of the decade and officials say in pure numbers, only Texas added more people in a single year.

_ MIGRANT CARAVAN _ Authorities in northern Mexico say they have detained three people in the killing of two young Honduran migrants in the border city of Tijuana.



MISSION, Texas _ Carlos Jaime Torres’s family recently gathered under a tree to watch him lowered to his final resting spot at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. The Monitor reports the late veteran received a hero’s welcome back to the country that twice deported him, complete with full military funeral honors _ a 21-gun salute, taps, and presenting of the flag to the next of kin. Torres died this month in Reynosa, Mexico, at 64. Torres was brought to the U.S. as a child and raised in California. By Daniel A. Flores, The Monitor. SENT: 650 words, pursuing photos.



HOUSTON _ Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros have finalized a $32 million, two-year contract. The 31-year-old, whose deal was announced Wednesday, had spent his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians, where he was a three-time All-Star. Brantley is a career .295 hitter and gives Houston an upgrade to an outfield anchored by center fielder George Springer. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 120 words, with photo. Will be updated following 1:30 p.m. CST news conference.


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