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Posted: Jan 5, 2014 5:30 AM

Updated: Jan 5, 2014 5:31 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas, the nation's top cattle-producing state, lost 15 percent of its animals during a two-year drought as ranchers sold them to out-of-state buyers or sent them to slaughter. That dropped the size of the United States' overall herd to its lowest since the 1950s. Moisture is returning to Texas and feed prices are dropping, and ranchers' interest in rebuilding their herds is rising, but it won't be a quick process.

HOUSTON (AP) Former first lady Barbara Bush has been discharged from a Texas hospital where she spent nearly a week being treated for pneumonia. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath says the wife of former President George H.W. Bush was released from Houston Methodist Hospital late yesterday morning. The 88-year-old Bush family matriarch had been hospitalized since Monday.

HOUSTON (AP) Houston police say one male partygoer has been killed and two others wounded in gunfire during an argument outside a home. Police say nobody has been arrested over the shots fired early yesterday during a party involving about 60 people mainly teenagers at a house.

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Police Department plans to overhaul its use-of-force training program after criticism stemming from recent officer shootings. The Dallas Morning News reports that the department is preparing to replace its current crop of seven rank-and-file instructors senior corporals with sergeants. Chief David Brown said in a recent news release that a main goal of the new training is to rebuild public trust.

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