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Posted: Apr 26, 2013 6:03 AM

Updated: Apr 26, 2013 6:03 AM

HOUSTON (AP) A Houston-area man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 1982 slaying of his girlfriend. Jurors yesterday sentenced 65-year-old Manual Pena after convicting him of murder in the death of 19-year-old Sherri Strong. Cold case investigators reopened the case after reviewing Pena's violent criminal history since 1982.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Three people have been convicted in a South Texas fraud case involving $6.5 million in bogus charges for Air Force improvement projects. A federal jury yesterday convicted 62-year-old Donald Brewer, his 62-year-old wife Sherri Brewer and 60-year-old James McKinney. Sentencing has been set for June with penalties ranging from five to 20 years in prison per count.

SOCORRO, Texas (AP) A judge in West Texas says the Socorro City Council in 2011 broke state law by extending terms for elected members without voter approval. The judge yesterday ordered removal of two council members who resigned in February amid the legal dispute, but continued to serve. The judge also ordered the council to hold an election in November for three other seats.

NEW YORK (AP) AT&T has launched its home security and automation service in 15 cities with security cameras, thermostats and locks that users can control from phones and tablets. Dallas-based AT&T's "Digital Life" packages will be sold in cellphone stores. The initial launch includes Austin, Dallas and Houston.

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