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3 state employees killed in West Texas helicopter crash

Aug. 9, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve, the department announced Sunday. The group was surveying desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area on Saturday when the helicopter went down, according...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, Slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen's mother Gloria Guillen wears a sticker with her daughters image and a Blessed Virgin Mary necklace during a news conference on the National Mall in front of Capitol Hill in Washington. Army leaders are delaying the planned transfer of the Fort Hood commander, as a team of independent investigators heads to the base to determine whether leadership failures contributed to the murder of a soldier earlier this year, and several other deaths. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Fort Hood commander's transfer on hold amid investigations

Aug. 7, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army leaders have delayed the planned transfer of the Fort Hood commander, as a team of independent investigators heads to the base to determine whether leadership failures contributed to the murder of a soldier earlier this year, and several other deaths. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt,...

Adrian Arvizo lights luminarias for the luminaria remembrance drive-thru to honor the one-year mark of Aug. 3, 2019, at Ascarate Park Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020,  in El Paso, Texas.  (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Ceremonies for El Paso shooting anniversary shaped by virus

Aug. 3, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Twenty-three pillars of light shot into a cloudy El Paso sky to commemorate the lives lost during a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart one year ago — a memorial visible from both sides of the US-Mexico border. The white beams stood out against the orange glow of the...

In this May 23, 2020  photo provided by Tito Anchondo, Paul Anchondo is held by his grandmother, Brenda Anchondo in El Paso, Texas. The toddler is unlikely to learn until years from now what happened to his parents in events that many El Paso residents still struggle to comprehend, said uncle Tito Anchondo, whose brother Andre and sister-in-law Jordan died in the shooting at a Walmart store last year. (Herman Delgado via The AP)

Orphaned toddler grows up in shadow of massacre, coronavirus

Aug. 2, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

An infant boy who survived a shooting last year that left his parents and 21 others dead now likes to thumb through picture books and dance to a Batman jingle with his grandmother, according to an uncle who helps care for the 1-year-old. It will be years before Paul Anchondo learns what happened to his parents in...

In this UGC undated photo provided by Stephanie Melendez, is her father David Johnson, center, her daughter, Kaitlyn-Rose Melendez, left, and Stephanie's mother Kathy Johnson. The Johnson family credits him with saving granddaughter Kaitlyn Rose, 9, and his wife, Kathy, by pushing them to the ground at a checkout counter when a gunman opened fire Aug. 3, 2019,at the Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas. (Stephanie Melendez via AP)

El Paso marks Walmart shooting anniversary amid pandemic

Aug. 2, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

When Stephanie Melendez, her husband and two young daughters tested positive for the coronavirus, the person she most wanted to call was her father. “I’m married. I have my family. He was still the one I called when I got sick and he’d bring me Gatorade,” said Melendez, 32. "So when...

Man dies in El Paso after campus police use stun gun on him

Jul. 29, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A naked man who was chasing a female driver in an El Paso intersection has died after university police used a stun gun on him, officials said. The driver called police at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to report a nude man who was running after her car, University of Texas at El Paso...

Texas man charged in Los Angeles killing of teen girl

Jul. 28, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas man was was charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenage girl at the scene of an illegal street race in Los Angeles last weekend, prosecutors said. Ramon Roque Monreal, 33, of El Paso was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, but his hearing...

Texas man held in Los Angeles killing of teen girl

Jul. 27, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas man was arrested in the fatal shooting of a teenage girl at the scene of an illegal street race in Hollywood during the weekend, Los Angeles police said. Ramon Roque Monreal, 33, of El Paso was booked for investigation of murder on Sunday and was held on $3 million bail, a Police...

A Hampton Inn is shown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Phoenix. The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a private contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking children to three Hampton Inns in Arizona and Texas under restrictive border policies implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

Monitor calls on US to stop detaining migrant kids in hotels

Jul. 23, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A court-appointed monitor for immigrant youth called on the U.S. government to stop detaining children as young as 1 in hotels before expelling them to their home countries, saying the practice could lead to emotional and physical harm. In a report filed late Wednesday, Andrea Ordin also...

A Hampton Inn is shown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Phoenix.  The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a private contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking children to three Hampton Inns in Arizona and Texas under restrictive border policies implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

AP Exclusive: Migrant kids held in US hotels, then expelled

Jul. 22, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels, sometimes for weeks, before deporting them to their home countries under policies that have effectively shut down the nation’s asylum system during the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents...