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Sheriff: Review begun of Texas officers who led man by rope

Aug. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff says his office is reviewing whether any procedures were violated in the arrest of a black man who was led by a rope through city streets by two white officers on horseback. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset (TRAHS'-uh-set) said Monday that his office is...

Benson driving at 'high rate' of speed before fatal crash

Aug. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police said Monday they are still investigating the weekend motorcycle crash that killed former Texas Longhorns running back and NFL player Cedric Benson and a woman passenger. According to police, witnesses said Benson was driving his BMW motorcycle at a high rate of speed through a...

Black student 'shamed' when school officials colored hair

Aug. 19, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A student's parents are suing Texas school administrators for coloring in a hair design on the black student's head. The Houston Chronicle reports the 13-year-old student went to Berry Miller Junior High in April with an "M'' shaved on his head. Three administrators told the student he could...

Abbott names new election chief after voter citizenship flub

Aug. 19, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed a new secretary of state after his previous elections chief resigned amid backlash for wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of nearly 100,000 voters. The Republican governor on Monday announced that he appointed Ruth Ruggero Hughs to serve as...

Texas man who killed boy to make room in house gets life

Aug. 19, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a Texas man who told police he drowned a 3-year-old boy because his girlfriend was pregnant and they needed room in the home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Authorities say Bobby Woods Jr. told police that his girlfriend, Billie Jean Cuttler, was...

Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Aug. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast to a...

Pick 6: Minnesota, Baylor among dark horse league contenders

Aug. 19, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

College football is a chalky sport. Parity tends to be found in the middle class. The favorites usually win the championships. For some teams, though, simply being in contention late in the season or reaching the conference title game is a huge accomplishment. Just ask fans of Northwestern or Pitt, both of which...

Kentucky gas pipeline has history of deadly accidents

Aug. 19, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline in Kentucky that exploded this month and killed one person has a history of deadly accidents. The Courier Journal reports six people in Kentucky and nine people in total have died in gas explosions along the Texas Eastern Transmission Co. pipeline since...

DNA results reunite siblings separated most of their lives

Aug. 19, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

McKEE, Ky. (AP) — A brother from Texas and sister from Kentucky who were separated for most of their lives have been catching up on the past 53 years after matching DNA results online. WYMT-TV reports Jim Lawless flew from Houston to Jackson County, Kentucky, to meet Tracy Walton. She had just told her...

Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A's 4-1

Aug. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he's on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season. Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep....