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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX

December 3, 2018

Good morning! 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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WASHINGTON — Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness. Bush, who died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94, is to be honored with a state funeral at National Cathedral in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, followed by burial Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M. Before that, his body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda for a public viewing from his arrival in Washington on Monday until Wednesday morning. By Darlene Superville and John Rogers. SENT: 690 words, with photos, video.


— FBN--WEEK 13-THE LATEST: There were moments of silence around the NFL for former President George H.W. Bush, including by his hometown Texans two days after Bush died in Houston. CBS made the unusual move of showing the national anthem and the moment of silence in Houston. Bush was a regular at Texans games and frequently did the coin toss. The team displayed pictures of him at games and with players.


HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several private and public events in Houston and Washington before he is buried in Texas next to wife, Barbara, and their daughter Robin, who died in 1953. The events for Bush, who died Friday at age 94, will be held over four days. They include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral and a private service at Bush’s longtime church in Houston. The public will be able to pay their last respects during public viewings of his casket in both cities. Here are details about those events. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 610 words, with photos, video.


HOUSTON — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan. He found early success in the state’s oil fields, helped change the landscape of Texas politics and loved Tex-Mex food. And in his adopted hometown of Houston, Bush, who died on Friday, and his wife Barbara endeared themselves to the city and its residents through their kindness, accessibility and support of charitable causes and local sports teams. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 660 words, with photos.


WASHINGTON — George H.W. Bush didn’t lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life. Surrounded by loved ones Friday night as he lay in bed at home in Houston, he was approached by the wife of his longtime friend, James A. Baker III, who was in the room with her husband. She raised a hand and placed it on the former president’s forehead before telling him, “We love you very much, Jefe,” using the Spanish word for “chief” that her husband says he used to address Bush. Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, died late Friday at age 94. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 680 words, with photos.


HOUSTON — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17. Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history. “George Bush knows how I feel,” Barbara Bush had said. “He is the hero ... He is my hero.” George H.W. Bush was at his wife’s side when she died on April 12 at age 92 and had been holding her hand all day. Her death was followed by his own on Friday, about eight months later. He was 94. By Michael Graczyk. SENT: 780 words, with photos.


KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was known for his jogs along the rocky Maine coast, playing fast-paced golf, fishing in his speedboat and transforming his home in this seaside village into the “Summer White House.” He also built lasting friendships in the town that he’d visited since he was a boy. Bush, who died Friday at age 94, goes way back in Kennebunkport. The three-story, stone-and-shingle home at Walker’s Point has been in the family since the turn of the century, and the former president spent every summer there since boyhood except when he served as a Navy aviator in World War II. By David Sharp. SENT: 780 words, with photos.


JOHANNESBURG — In the final days of his presidency, George H.W. Bush committed the U.S. military to a mission many would later regret, ordering more than 20,000 troops into Somalia to “save thousands of innocents from death.” Within months, the image of dead U.S. soldiers dragged through the streets of Mogadishu profoundly changed the way the U.S. approached Africa. And yet it is barely mentioned in the explorations of Bush’s legacy since his death on Friday in Houston. Bush was 94. By Cara Anna. SENT: 670 words, with photos.



HONG KONG — Last year, a little-known Chinese researcher turned up at an elite meeting in Berkeley, California, where scientists and ethicists were discussing a technology — an emerging tool for “editing” genes, the strings of DNA that form the blueprint of life. He Jiankui saw the power of this tool, called CRISPR, to transform not only genes, but also his own career. In visits to the U.S., he sought out CRISPR pioneers such as Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University’s Dr. Matthew Porteus, and big thinkers on its use. He has said he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. He pursued international experts at Stanford and Rice University in Houston. By Marilynn Marchione and Christina Larson. SENT: 1,410 words, with photos.


SNYDER, Texas — Big fans of unusual art may have to squint in order to check out 120 pieces of tiny artwork in West Texas. An exhibit called “Tiny Art!” is running through Dec. 22 at the 1818 Arthouse, a gallery in Snyder, the Abilene Reporter-News reports. The largest art on display is limited to 10 inches long, but many are just a few inches tall or wide. SENT: 220 words, with photos.


— FUGITIVE KILLED-EAST TEXAS — Investigators say officers have fatally shot an armed man who was sought on an attempted capital murder warrant after allegedly shooting at a Texas trooper last week. With photo.

— MOTHER-DECAPITATED SON — A Houston woman has been charged with capital murder in the grisly death of her 5-year-old son who prosecutors say was drowned and decapitated. With photo.

— SCHOOL BUS-ACCIDENT — Investigators say one adult has been critically injured and several students were slightly hurt when a school bus returning from a basketball tournament was hit head-on by a car in North Texas.

— HARVEY-RESPIRATORY STUDY — Medical experts in Galveston are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm. With photo.

— WHOLE FOODS SHOOTING — Police say an employee was shot during an attempted robbery at a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C. Whole Foods is based in Austin, Texas.

— OIL-GAS SURVEY — A Texas-based petroleum company plans to search for oil and gas deposits underneath a city in Colorado.



HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and the Houston Texans intercepted rookie Baker Mayfield three times, returning one for a score, to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games with a 29-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Texans (9-3), who opened the season 0-3, haven’t lost since Sept. 23 to take a commanding lead atop the AFC South. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 640 words, with photos.


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