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GEORGE HW BUSH-SECRET SERVICE
COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ The U.S. Secret Service has ended its detail for George H.W. Bush after nearly 40 years of protecting the former president, who was known by the code name “Timberwolf.” The agency says its security detail officially ended at 6 a.m. Friday “with no incidents to report” following Bush’s burial Thursday at his presidential library at Texas A&M University. In its final notification, the Bush Protective Division said: “You will be missed by all of us.” Agents served as honorary pallbearers during some of this week’s events honoring the 41st president. Bush died Nov. 30 at age 94. SENT: 150 words, with photos. A longer version is not planned.
WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill to fund key government departments for two-weeks, setting up a pre-Christmas showdown over border wall funding. Trump’s signature on the measure keeps the government open through Dec. 21. Both houses of Congress passed the measure by voice vote on Thursday. Trump says wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for his proposed wall. The stopgap bill avoided a partisan funding fight this week when Washington paused for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 and was buried Thursday at his library in College Station, Texas. SENT: 117 words. A longer version is not planned.
HOUSTON _ A new report finds that the Air Force failed six times to report information that could have prevented the ex-airman who killed more than two dozen people in a Texas church from purchasing a gun. The Department of Defense’s inspector general released its report Friday about how the Air Force’s systems failed in the case of Devin Patrick Kelley, who carried out the November 2017 massacre in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs. Kelley served almost five years in the Air Force. During that time, he was court-martialed for assaulting his wife and stepson yet was able to purchase four firearms after his conviction. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 550 words.
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CONFEDERATE LICENSE PLATE-TEXAS
AUSTIN, Texas _ The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has denied a Confederate group’s latest attempt to create a specialty license plate celebrating Confederate soldiers. The department’s board voted 5-3 Thursday to reject the license plate design proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which features a rebel soldier carrying a Texas regiment’s special flag at a Civil War battle. The plate was backed by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who said “there’s no profit in hiding our history.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
ST. LOUIS _ A Roman Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 Midwestern and Southern states _ including Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas _ said Friday that it has found “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955. The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, which is based in St. Louis, also released the men’s names. Most are deceased and others are no longer Jesuits. A spokeswoman said four are still members of the province but are not active in ministry and live in supervised housing. By Jim Salter. SENT: 710 words.
_ CHURCH ABUSE-JESUITS-THE LATEST
BOSTON _ A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system Massachusetts uses to assign its Electoral College presidential votes, rejecting the argument that it violates the principle of “one person, one vote.” The case is one of several spearheaded by the onetime lawyer for former Vice President Al Gore that is targeting the winner-take-all system used in 48 states, which critics ultimately hope to get before the U.S. Supreme Court. The group behind the case, which includes former Gore lawyer David Boies, filed similar lawsuits in California, Texas and South Carolina. The California case has also been dismissed while the others are still pending. SENT: 250 words.
OIL BOOM-PERMIAN PROMISE
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Some of the largest oil companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state lines, tapping one of the nation’s richest oil and gas regions. Now the stakes just got higher, as the U.S. Geological Survey announced Thursday that portions of the Permian Basin could potentially hold more than 46 billion barrels of oil and some 280 trillion cubic feet of gas. The agency says that’s the largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 620 words, with photos.
_ SEVERE WEATHER _ Houston authorities have activated their emergency operations center and the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch as a storm system could bring up to 10 inches of rain in some areas.
_ MAIL CARRIER-SHOT _ A San Antonio man must serve seven years in federal prison for his role in the 2017 shooting and robbery of a South Texas mail carrier.
_ REPEAT-HEALTH CARE-FRAUD _ A Dallas-area woman serving time for health care fraud faces up to 80 more years behind bars after prosecutors say she ran another scam while imprisoned to help pay her legal bills.
_ DRUG ARREST _ Authorities say a 25-year-old woman from Laredo, Texas, has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after police found nearly $7 million in heroin in a hidden compartment under her child’s seat after a South Carolina traffic stop.
_ LYMAN COUNTY FATAL _ Authorities have identified a Texas truck driver who died in a vehicle crash in south central South Dakota’s Lyman County.
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EXCHANGE-GEORGE HW BUSH-BUSINESSMAN
HOUSTON _ Never-before published personal correspondence from George H.W. Bush in the archives of Houston law firm Baker Botts capture a period in the late president’s life that is often overshadowed by his political accomplishments: his career as a risk-taking entrepreneur who helped revolutionize the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. The Houston Chronicle reports Baker Botts represented Bush and his company from his days as a young wildcattter in West Texas through their expansion into offshore drilling to Bush’s entry into public life. By John Roper, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1,270 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news, business & entertainment lines.
DALLAS _ The Stars go for a season-best fourth straight win in a visit from San Jose. The Sharks have won two in a row since ending a four-game losing streak. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.
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