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DALLAS — The case against a white off-duty Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor in his home will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter, the district attorney said. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said her office will first collect all of the evidence surrounding Thursday's fatal shooting by Dallas Officer Amber Guyger, who told authorities she mistook the neighbor's apartment for her own. She's free on bond. The victim, 26-year-old Botham Jean, was a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Arkansas. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 1100 words, photos, video.





WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They're aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. With midterm elections barely two months away, the second crack at tax cuts is portrayed as championing the middle class and small businesses. Republican Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, who heads the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is looking toward a vote on the legislation by the House this month. The solid Republican majority in the House nearly ensures passage before the November elections. But prospects for the legislation in the Senate are weak, given the slim Republican majority and concern over the potential for further blowing up the deficit with a new tax cut — without corresponding new revenue sources. And even some House Republicans oppose a new tax bill. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 720 words, photos. Moved on general, financial and political news services.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Florence has exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 130 mph and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. The South Carolina governor ordered the state's entire coastline to be evacuated starting at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee. Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did last year over Texas, dumping days of rain, although not quite as bad. Two other storms were spinning in the Atlantic. Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak. In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 910 words, photos, video. Moving on national general, travel and weather news services.






SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon man facing church discipline for his public opposition to closed-door, one-on-one interviews of youth has said he thinks he might have helped his chances slightly during a disciplinary hearing but not enough to stave off excommunication. Sam Young, 65, said local church leaders in Houston who held the Sunday night hearing told him they'll be sending their decision by mail in the coming days. They told him he's accused of apostasy, which refers to teaching inaccurate doctrine or publicly defying guidance from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 570 words, photos.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — A Houston-based oil and gas company wants New Mexico regulators to ease restrictions on well locations in two counties within one of the oldest producing basins in the U.S., saying the change will result in the capture of more natural gas. The request involving San Juan and Rio Arriba counties comes as an oil and gas boom has helped to refuel state coffers. That includes a recent record-breaking lease sale on the other end of the state near the Texas state line that promises nearly a half-billion dollars more in revenues. But environmentalists and landowners are concerned about increasing well densities in the northwest as developers look to tap more reserves in the San Juan Basin. By Susan Montoya Brown. SENT: 630 words, photos. Moved on general and financial news services.


NEW ORLEANS — A German zoo is sending its last orangutan to Louisiana, with a stopover in Texas, and he's already learning some English. Jambi is a 22-year-old Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species of the red-haired Asian great apes. He'll travel 5,000 miles from Hannover Adventure Zoo to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he will join three females: Reese, Feliz, and Feliz's daughter, Menari. But first, Jambi must spend about a month out of view at the Dallas Zoo, which is approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a quarantine location for imported primates. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 470 words, photos.


DETROIT — Lawyers rushed to meet a deadline to file lawsuits against Michigan State University to qualify for $75 million set aside for more victims of Larry Nassar. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past week, including one on behalf of 21 Jane Does who said they were sexually assaulted by the campus sports doctor. Michigan State in May agreed to pay $425 million to 332 victims and set aside $75 million for additional claims. Some assaults were reported to have occurred at a U.S. National team training camp at the Karoyli Ranch in the Sam Houston Forest north of Houston, Texas. By Ed White. SENT: 250 words, photos. Moved on general and sports news services.


— REPORTER-FRABRICATION ALLEGATION — A Houston Chronicle reporter has resigned after questions arose about the existence of persons quoted in one of his stories. SENT: 130 words.

— HOBBS-FATAL CRASH — Authorities say a Texas man has died after a car crash in New Mexico. SENT: 110 words.

— MAN RESCUED-WOODS — An East Texas man missing since Friday has been rescued from a creek after apparently spending a rainy weekend lost in some woods. SENT: 130 words.

— TEXAS PANHANDLE-PLANE CRASH — Investigators say a single-engine plane has crashed shortly after takeoff from a Texas Panhandle airport in an accident that left all four people on board hurt and destroyed the aircraft. SENT: 130 words.


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