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Posted: Dec 23, 2013 2:30 AM

Updated: Dec 23, 2013 2:31 AM

HOUSTON (AP) He wears a hat like Santa, but often it's a sombrero. And he uses a pack of burros or motorcycles to make his grand entrance. Meet Pancho Claus, the Tex-Mex Santa. This character is mostly a Texas thing and hands out gifts to low-income and at-risk children. Pancho Claus was born from the Chicano civil rights movement and has become an adored Christmas fixture in many Texas cities, including Houston, Lubbock and San Antonio.

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) An Austin-area school district has shut down its websites that were hacked and the education updates replaced with obscene images and vulgar language. The Round Rock Independent School District websites were closed yesterday. A message on the main site said "All Round Rock ISD websites are currently unavailable" and apologized for the inconvenience. District officials say no student information was compromised.

RENO, Texas (AP) North Texas has had another minor earthquake in an area where more than a dozen quakes were recorded in November. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.3 magnitude quake happened at 11:31 a.m. CST yesterday in Parker County. The quake was centered a mile south of Reno, in an area about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. No immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake.

(Information in the following story is from: Valley Morning Star, http://www.valleystar.com)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) An Austin attorney convicted of racketeering in a judicial bribery scandal is appealing his conviction and 20-year prison sentence. Rosenthal is appealing to the U.S. Court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Rosenthal was convicted on 13 counts including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and tampering with a proceeding. Prosecutors say Rosenthal was one of the lawyers who bribed former state District Judge Abel Limas for favorable decisions.

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