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Posted: Feb 24, 2014 6:00 AM

Updated: Feb 24, 2014 6:01 AM

(Information in the following story is from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com )

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A North Texas man is facing federal hate crime charges after authorities say he severely beat a gay man he met through an online service. A federal criminal complaint alleges 19-year-old Brice Johnson invited the victim to his home in Springtown, about 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The victim was beaten and thrown in the trunk of a car because of his sexual orientation. He suffered multiple fractures and was hospitalized for 10 days.

(Information in the following story is from: WFAA-TV, http://www.wfaa.com )

DALLAS (AP) More than three dozen people have been forced from their homes by a fire at a Dallas apartment complex. Fire officials say the blaze Sunday evening reached two alarms as flames shot through the roof of a two-story apartment building. No injuries have been reported and the fire remains under investigation.

(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com )

HOUSTON (AP) Members of a more than century-old Presbyterian church in Houston have failed to attract a supermajority of the congregation vote to join a more conservative group and break away from the Presbyterian Church USA. A majority of the 3,100-member congregation of First Presbyterian Church believed the national organization had become too liberal and favored joining a breakaway denomination, But the tally of 1,681 ballots Sunday fell 36 votes short of the supermajority needed to make the move.

(Information in the following story is from: The Eagle, http://www.theeagle.com )

BRYAN, Texas (AP) Texas A&M freshman defensive lineman Isaiah Golden is free on $2,000 bond after a weekend arrest for marijuana possession. Bryan police say the 19-year-old Golden was arrested Saturday night at an apartment complex. Aggie athletics spokesman Alan Cannon says he wasn't aware of the arrest but says it's school policy to immediately suspend a student-athlete after an arrest pending further investigation. Golden started six of the 11 games he played last season.

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