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Posted: Mar 9, 2014 3:55 AM

Updated: Mar 9, 2014 3:55 AM

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) The son of retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's straw poll for the second straight year. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the purely symbolic vote with 31 percent of the 2,500 votes cast, followed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz who polled 11 percent yesterday in Maryland. None of the Republicans in the poll have formally entered the 2016 race yet.

PORT BOLIVAR, Texas (AP) Authorities have identified two women whose bodies were found near a garbage bin on the Bolivar (BAH'-lee-vur) Peninsula near Galveston. The Galveston County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims as Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24 years old and from Houston. Their bodies were found near a store in Port Bolivar around 7:45 a.m. Friday.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) Federal authorities say four people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly planning to smuggle high-powered weapons into Mexico. The Brownsville Herald reports that U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrested U.S. citizens Cassandra Camacho and Daniel Cantu Junior as well as Mexican nationals Jesus Ivan Rodriguez and Nestor Leal-Cedillo in Edinburg.

KELLER, Texas (AP) The family of Philip Wood says the IBM employee was on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing over the sea while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China. Les Williams, a family friend, says the Keller, Texas man was on board the plane but declined to elaborate, saying the family will issue a statement.

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