AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX
Aug. 28, 2018
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AUSTIN, Texas — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, despite a federal court order barring him from posting the plans online. Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he'll make the plans available to anyone who wants them at any price. He said sales started Tuesday morning and that he'd already gotten nearly 400 orders. That follows a federal judge in Seattle blocking Wilson's company from posting the blueprints online. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 250 words, with photo. Will be updated.
TEXAS OFFICER-MURDER TRIAL
DALLAS — A jury in Dallas has started its second day of deliberations in the trial of a white former Texas police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager leaving a house party. Roy Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department days after he shot into a moving car filled with five black teens, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in April 2017. A Dallas County jury deliberated for eight hours Monday and resumed their work Tuesday. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 130 words, with photos. Will be updated.
AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 150 words, with photo.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The former CEO of an Oklahoma ambulance services agency has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a civil kickback lawsuit filed in Texas. UPCOMING: 250 words.
OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT
BISMARCK, N.D. — Twenty environmental and civil liberties groups are launching a task force aimed at fighting back against lawsuits they believe are aimed at limiting free speech and silencing critics. Among them are Greenpeace and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have been fighting a racketeering lawsuit filed by the Dallas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 400 words.
Never get between a university and its trademarks. That's the lesson dozens of people learn every year when they unwittingly provoke the wrath of big universities and the lawyers they hire to protect their mascots, slogans and logos. Records gathered by The Associated Press show that some major universities send their lawyers after even slight perceived threats to their brands, sending flurries of letters threatening legal action or trying to block new trademarks deemed too close to their own. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 960 words, with photos.
— GULF CARTEL-SON — The son of an imprisoned former Mexican drug cartel leader must serve more than two years behind bars for falsely claiming to be a U.S. law enforcement officer and flashing a gun at a Texas bar.
— CHILD SEX ASSAULT-ARREST — A man facing child rape charges in Massachusetts has been arrested in Texas as he tried to board a plane heading to his native Guatemala.
— SUPREME COURT-WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION-LEPAGE — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has joined 15 other Republican leaders across the nation in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire their workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
— POPE CAR-INDIANA AUCTION — A 1976 Ford Escort GL once owned by St. Pope John Paul II is hitting the auction block in Indiana for the second time in a matter with ties to Texas.
— WOMAN-DOORBELL — Authorities in Texas are trying to find a woman who was captured on video ringing a doorbell in the middle of the night.
— FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT SERVICE — The Flagstaff, Arizona, airport will offer non-stop service to Denver, starting next year.
SPOT MEMBER EXCHANGE:
RICHMOND, Texas — Lauren Hall sits atop a brown and white speckled horse, Santana. The Houston Chronicle reports the young woman's back is straight and her grin is wide. Her cheetah print boots, lined with pink, are flopped on either side of the horse's saddle. Hall is a much different rider than when she first got on the saddle four years ago. The 28-year-old was born with a rare genetic condition that affects almost every aspect of her daily life, and she can get anxious at times. After spending time at the SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship's Richmond facility, Hall has become a confident and cheerful rider. By Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 910 words, pursuing photos.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right-hander Walker Buehler (6-4), who has a 1.11 ERA over his last five starts, pitches for the defending NL champions when they play the Texas Rangers. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. CDT.
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