LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Police in eastern Pakistan say a short-circuit ignited a leaking gasoline tank on a minibus carrying children to school, burning 16 to death along with one teacher. Several children were badly injured.
PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys for the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., say they'll appeal a federal judge's ruling that his office systematically racially profiled Latinos in its immigration patrols. Critics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PEYE'-oh) say his officers rely on race in their immigration enforcement. Lead attorney Tim Casey says the sheriff's office "has never used race and will never use race in its law-enforcement decisions."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry and members of the Legislature will honor soldiers from Texas killed in combat. Lawmakers from both chambers will crowd onto the House floor today to join relatives of the fallen soldiers for a tribute. It will be a solemn start to the final weekend of the legislative session.
The Southwest Key Program will hire more than 300 workers for two new shelters for immigrant children. The organization will open one new shelter at the old Dolly Vinsant Hospital in San Benito and a second at a site near Expressway 77/83. The organization also will hire 100 people more for its shelter in Brownsville.
A North Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a teenager whose body was dumped in a rock pit in 1984. Alonzo Grayson was found guilty in the death of Bobby Ray Taylor. Authorities say Grayson was dating Taylor's younger sister when the couple shot the teen outside a pool hall in January 1984.
Governor Rick Perry isn't saying whether he'll order lawmakers to stay at the Capitol for a special legislative session. The regular 140-day session ends Monday. But Republican state Senator Kevin Eltife is among a growing number of lawmakers convinced their work won't be finished next week.
A raccoon was responsible for the overnight power outages in San Benito. We learned the raccoon got into some equipment and was electrocuted. AEP officials said a piece of equipment damaged in the process caused the outages. Crews have since restored power to the impacted areas.
Police say that a Dallas elementary school teacher whose year-old daughter died after being left for hours in her car told officers she thought she had dropped her daughter off at day care that morning. Police revealed the information in the arrest warrant for 42-year-old Vibha Marks, who is charged with child abandonment.
Some 55 people were hurt, most not seriously, in a chain-reaction crash involving four school buses in northern Indiana. One driver was seriously hurt. The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined.
The Phoenix jury in the Jodi Arias murder trial returns tomorrow to deliberate on her fate. The panel has so far been unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison -- or to death -- for killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
Officials in Oklahoma say they've positively identified all 24 of the fatalities from Monday's monster tornado that tore through the Moore area. Ten of those who died were children, including two infants. Authorities say the EF5 twister may have caused $2 billion or more in damage. President Barack Obama plans to visit on Sunday.
The Arroyo Colorado Bridge in Rio Hondo is undergoing an in-depth inspection this week. The work will reduce traffic to one lane until Friday. The work is happening from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Texas Department of Transportation crews are checking the bridge for electrical, mechanical and structural problems. The inspection happens every seven to eight years.
AEP reports that some 2,200 customers were without power in McAllen. School officials said Garza and Sanchez elementary schools lost power just after 3 p.m. today. AEP officials said the power outages did not affect any schools in the area.
The Arroyo Colorado bridge will be down to one lane from 8:30 to 3 p.m. It is undergoing an in-depth inspection until Friday. Texas Department of Transportation says this type of inspection is done every seven to eight years for preventative maintenance. Crews are checking the bridge for electrical, mechanical, and structural issues.
A grand jury cleared an Edinburg restaurant owner in the shooting of an intruder. The shooting happened in March at the Pump Jack Mexican Restaurant. The owner told police he was inside his restaurant when the suspect broke in. Autopsy results showed the man was shot four times. Prosecutors said the case was dropped because of a lack of evidence.
A Mexican national will spend 14 years behind bars for leading a crack cocaine operation in the Rio Grande Valley. A judge today sentenced Emmanuel Barrientos, 33, to 168 months in federal prison. DEA agents and Rio Grande City police busted Barrientos in November, 2012, after an undercover operation involving 20 drug buys. Barrientos pleaded guilty in March.
Brooks County deputies said they found two more bodies in the brush on Monday. They said the body count could surpass the record 129 found in 2012. Deputies said they have found 22 bodies this year. All are believed to be illegal immigrants. The county now is working with Baylor University to do DNA testing on the bodies.
A San Juan woman says alleged Zeta cartel members left a threatening message at her home. Police said this is the first time they encounter an alleged cartel message threatening local residents. Police said the message demanded $500,000. Police raided the house in 2010 and seized a large amount of drugs. Investigators are trying to determine the veracity of the threat.
Firefighters are battling a massive blaze at a home in Rio Grande City. The house on Sauz Street continues to burn. Several fire trucks have left the area to reload their water tanks. A woman was injured when she went in to save her pets.
Harlingen police are searching for information on a hit-and-run. It happened Saturday around 11:55 p.m. on the 7100 block of West Business 83. Witnesses said a small, black passenger car hit a man on a bicycle and fled the scene. The car was last seen heading south on Stuart Place Road. The victim suffered a head injury and is now in stable condition. If you have information on the case, you're asked to call (956) 425-8477.
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