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  • 16 indicted in North Texas ID theft, bank scam

    SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say 16 people have been indicted in a North Texas identity theft and fraud scheme blamed for more than $1.3 million in bank losses. Details were announced Thursday on the 76-count federal indictment returned last month in Sherman. The defendants face charges of...

  • West Texas man pleads guilty in cattle fraud case

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A West Texas ranch manager has pleaded guilty to scamming a company out of at least 120 cattle. U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman says 44-year-old James Jones faces up to 20 years in federal prison for two wire fraud charges. Midland oil company Henry Resources hired Jones in...

  • Houston store owner gets 4 years in ID theft cases

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston auto-related store owner has been sentenced to four years in federal prison in a wire fraud and identity theft case involving his business. Austyn Enahoro Afenkhena of Houston was also ordered Thursday to pay nearly $246,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say the...

  • Police: El Paso body found weeks after burning

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso authorities say a man found bound and burned to death in a vacant downtown building had been dead for at least three weeks before utility workers found him. Investigators announced their determination Thursday and say they're trying to identify him through DNA and...

  • Police: West Texas man arrested after police chase

    ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Police have jailed a West Texas man who they say led officers on a chase through Odessa. Odessa police have charged 18-year-old Alex Hernandez with evading arrest. He was also booked on two misdemeanor warrants for failure to attend school. Police say officers engaged...

  • Prosecutor: Man groped woman on Houston flight

    HOUSTON (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Japanese man who they say molested a female passenger on an international flight to Houston. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said this week that the 36-year-old man was arrested Aug. 21 upon the arrival of a United Airlines flight from Narita,...

  • Texas man gets 18 years in federal child porn case

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. A federal judge handed down the punishment to 23-year-old Michael Glasenapp on Thursday. He will serve 18 years and four months in prison followed by 30 years of...

  • Texas Democrats seek federal probe of raid

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a raid by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office on a nonprofit voter registration group. In 2010, armed investigators dispatched by Abbott's office suspecting election fraud raided the...

  • Feds: 21 arrested in Aryan Brotherhood drug ring

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested 21 members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang in an alleged conspiracy to sell methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney's Office for western Texas said Thursday that investigators have seized 9 pounds of crystal meth and 15 firearms from the group...

  • Livestrong takes hit after Armstrong confession

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Livestrong cancer charity reports a sharp downturn in donations and revenue in 2013 after founder Lance Armstrong admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during most of his record-setting cycling career. In federal forms released this week, Livestrong noted its...

  • Abbott again questions Davis book tour during race

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Wendy Davis on Thursday disputed ethics allegations raised by Republican opponent Greg Abbott over promoting her new memoir in the final stretch of the Texas governor's race. Abbott's campaign said it had filed a formal complaint to the Texas Ethics Commission,...

  • Texas man convicted of organizing ID theft ring

    DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old North Texas man has been convicted on federal charges of organizing an identity theft ring that victimized more than 1,000 people. Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Anthony Minor of Cedar Hill was convicted of nine counts that include bank fraud and...

  • Perry says he is 'prepared' for 2016

    "I may not run in 2016, but I've spent the last 20-plus months preparing," the Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

  • FBI agents search suspect's home in DA deaths

    KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — FBI agents are again searching the home of the man suspected of killing a North Texas district attorney, his wife and his top assistant. Agents were seen Thursday at the home of Eric Williams, a former justice of the peace set to go on trial this year for the killings in...

  • Nobody hurt in fire at Houston's Alley Theatre

    HOUSTON (AP) — Fire has damaged part of the under-renovation Alley Theatre in downtown Houston. Authorities say nobody was hurt in the fire that broke out late Thursday morning in the performing arts venue. Houston firefighters checked some duct work in the air conditioning system as the...



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