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

August 2, 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. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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HOUSTON — A report that a child died shortly after being released from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Texas has inflamed the debate over the detention of immigrant families, though there were few details about what actually happened. The American Immigration Lawyers Association said it had learned of the death of a child shortly after the child and parent left the ICE family detention center at Dilley, Texas. The legal group said it was made aware of the death through someone in contact with the family it could not identify, and that it had no further details. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 520 words, photos.


HOUSTON — Houston officials have pushed back on claims that a detention facility being proposed in the city to house unaccompanied immigrant children is close to opening. The facility would house about 200 unaccompanied minors at a building that had previously been used as a homeless shelter and a temporary shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 380 words.


HOUSTON — A man suspected of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush’s doctors may have been seeking revenge for his mother, who died on the doctor’s operating table more than 20 years ago, authorities said. Joseph James Pappas, 62, should be considered armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference. By Juan A. Lozano. SENT: 560 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — The White House has said that the Justice Department did not consult President Donald Trump when officials dropped litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed plastic guns, which are illegal to own or assemble. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Justice Department “made a deal without the president’s approval,” referring to a settlement reached by the State Department in June. State acted on the advice of Justice Department lawyers. The internal rift came after a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make the untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. The company behind the plans, Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in late June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download. By Ken Thomas and Matthew Daly. SENT: 420 words, photos. Moved on political and financial news services.


— 3D GUNS-Q&A — A little-known dispute over 3D-printed guns has morphed into a national legal debate in the last week, drawing attention to a technology that seems a bit of sci-fi fantasy and — to gun-control advocates — a dangerous way for criminals to get their hands on firearms that are easy to conceal and tough to detect. The gun industry calls the outcry an overreaction that preys on unwarranted fears about a firearm that can barely shoot a round or two without disintegrating. It also raises a host of constitutional questions involving First Amendment protections for free speech and Second Amendment rights to own guns. Here are some questions and answers about the debate By Lisa Marie Pane. SENT: 1000 words, photos.


— TEXAS CONGRESSMAN-VIDEO — A Texas congressman’s office says he misspoke when suggesting a man once killed his wife because she was “unfair” in her demands during family court proceedings. SENT: 130 words.



AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wasn’t in court as his attorneys argued that the “Infowars” host who has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax didn’t defame one victim’s parents who say they’ve been tormented by his followers and forced to move seven times. The hearing included more than a half-hour of an Infowars episode played for a Texas judge, who at one point told onlookers to remain silent after some gasped when a lawyer for the parents said Infowars showed maps to the home of Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 400 words, photos.


The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said that sex abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick dating back decades raise serious questions about how the claims could stay secret for so long as the retired archbishop from Washington, D.C., rose in prestige and power. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Catholic archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said the allegations against his former colleague reveal a “grievous moral failure” and urged anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at the hands of the church to come forward. DiNardo reminded bishops in the United States to take those reports seriously and contact the police when required. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 540 words, photos.


— PIPELINE EXPLOSION-TEXAS — Five people, including a volunteer firefighter, have been injured in a series of explosions on a West Texas natural gas pipeline. SENT: 110 words.

— KITCHEN WORKER-ARRESTED — A kitchen worker at a North Texas jail faces charges after authorities say he sexually harassed and “inappropriately” touched inmates. SENT: 130 words.

— JET-ATTEMPTED THEFT — Prosecutors say an Arkansas man who’s not a pilot has been charged with trying to steal an American Eagle jet from Texarkana Regional Airport to fly to an out-of-state rap concert. SENT: 130 words.

— WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING — Prosecutors in Texas say a New York City man must serve nine months in federal prison for trafficking more than $150,000 worth of body parts from endangered African lions and tigers. SENT: 130 words.

— HOUSE FIRE-DEATH — Oklahoma police say a woman who fled to Texas has been arrested on charges of fatally shooting her roommate and setting their home on fire. SENT: 130 words.


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