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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 2:00 PM

Updated: Jan 17, 2014 3:32 PM

HOUSTON (AP) The Texas agency that regulates the state's oil and gas industry says it has been investigating new allegations that methane is contaminating North Texas water. The Texas Railroad Commission move comes after residents complained that university researchers had found high levels of the explosive gas in their water. Commission spokeswoman Ramona Nye says the investigation began in August and should be completed next month.

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Border Patrol says agents made more arrests along the Mexican border in Texas last year than any other place in the country. The agency said today that agents in Texas made 235,567 arrests in the budget year that ended in September. For much of the last decade, Arizona had been the busiest section of the Mexican border. Agents there last year made 125,942 arrests.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A man who confessed to killing women decades ago has been sentenced to life in an Oregon prison with no chance for parole. Jeffrey Cutlip was sentenced today. He was was living in Texas in 2012 when he contacted police and confessed to killing four women. Police have only been able to confirm three of the slayings. Cutlip pleaded guilty to killing Marlene Claire Carlson and Julie Marie Bennett in the early 1970s and to killing Nielen Doll in 1993.

DALLAS (AP) A white supremacist has been sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for mailing threatening letters to state judges and prosecutors. Federal authorities say 28-year-old Jesse Brister of Conroe (KAHN'-roh) was sentenced today. He pleaded guilty in September to mailing threatening communications. Prosecutors say he is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and was already in custody on an unrelated matter.

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