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Posted: Dec 13, 2013 6:00 AM

Updated: Dec 13, 2013 6:01 AM

WEST, Texas (AP) Crews have begun tearing down a Central Texas high school that was severely damaged in an April fertilizer plant explosion that claimed 15 lives. The superintendent of the West Independent School District says everything salvageable has been removed from West High School. Anew high school and a new combined middle and intermediate school will be built at the same site and should open in 2015. The project could cost up to $60 million. Portable classrooms are being used for displaced students.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A North Texas man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl in a field after she ran away from home. Jurors had convicted 36-old Miguel Angel Munoz of Arlingtonof of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the March 2011 attack. Authorities say the girl was walking across the field to meet her friend when Munoz grabbed her. A homeless man heard the assault and summoned help as the attacker fled.

DALLAS (AP) Investigators say two men have been fatally shot at a house in South Dallas. Dallas police early today responded to a 911 call from the home. Police did not immediately release further details including circumstances of the killings or whether officers are seeking any suspects.

DALLAS (AP) Etihad Airways next year will offer three round-trip flights per week between the United Arab Emirates and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The Persian Gulf carrier plans to use 237-passenger Boeing 777 jets to fly between DFW airport and Abu Dhabi. Etihad's DFW airport flights will begin Dec. 3, 2014, and depart Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline expects many passengers to come from the oil and gas industry.

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