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Surfer Drowns Off South Padre Island

A Texas A&M student has drowned while surfing off of South Padre Island. The student was among a group of four Aggies who’d been surfing near Isla Blanca Park Thursday afternoon. But he separated from the group and went further out into the Gulf, but didn’t come back. The other students flagged down a lifeguard, […]

Brownsville ISD Staffer Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

A Brownsville ISD nutrition services staffer, fired in March amid a criminal investigation, has now been indicted. A Cameron County grand jury has charged Leticia Arreola with embezzling more than $300,000 in cafeteria concession sales. Arreola worked as the school district’s food services accountant, and was in charge of collecting and depositing concession funds. But […]

Towns In Texas, Arizona Are Battlegrounds In Bathroom Debate

(AP) – An unlikely battleground over whether public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice is taking shape in two tiny towns in Texas and Arizona, neither of which currently enrolls anyone who is transgender. Eleven states suing the Obama administration claim that a new federal directive about transgender students […]

Man, Woman Charged In McAllen Bank Heist

The man suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank branch in McAllen more than a week-and-a-half ago is now in the Hidalgo County jail after being arrested in Tamaulipas. 36-year-old Joseph Robert Nocar of Elsa was tracked down by Tamaulipas state police Wednesday, then transferred to local authorities at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge.     […]

Bond Set For Local Law Officers Charged In Drug Corruption Scheme

A federal judge has granted bond to two local law enforcement officers six days after their arrests on charges stemming from a widespread drug corruption investigation. Bond was set Thursday at 75-thousand dollars for Border Patrol agent Daniel Polanco and Edinburg police officer Hector Beltran, who’ve been jailed since turning themselves in last Friday. Polanco […]

Key Arrest Made In 2-Year-Old’s Shooting In Detroit

(AP) – Police say they’ve made a key arrest in the shooting of a 2-year-old Detroit girl.  St. John Hospital spokesman Brian Taylor says the girl is in critical condition Thursday, a day after the shooting. Police earlier said she had died.  The girl was shot in the head while in a car with her […]

Group: Police Wrongly Threaten Homeless, Order Them To Move

(AP) – A civil liberties group says New York City police are violating homeless people’s rights by threatening them and ordering them to “move along” in public places.  The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the city’s Human Rights Commission Thursday on behalf of an organization called Picture the Homeless. It’s calling […]

UPDATE: Jet Fighters Collide On Training Mission

(AP) A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the four crew members on board two jet fighters that collided off the North Carolina coast suffered minor injuries, but are in “very high spirits.”   Lt. Cmdr. Krystyn Pecora told reporters Thursday that officials are “happy to have brought everyone home safely.”   A photo taken by The Virginian-Pilot shows […]

Italy Rescues 4,000 Migrants At Sea In 1 Day

(AP) – The Italian coast guard says some 4,000 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in 22 separate operations in one day.  Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro says Thursday that number may well be a record, given the previous highs of migrant rescues have been up to 6,000 over two days. Tens of thousands of […]

Obama Defends His Nuclear Record On Eve Of Hiroshima Visit

(AP) – In Japan, President Barack Obama is defending the vigor of his administration’s efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapon. He says his visit to Hiroshima will underscore “the sense of urgency that we all should have” about disarmament.  Obama, who began his presidency with an audacious call for a nuclear-free world, acknowledges […]