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Posted: May 15, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: May 15, 2014 2:31 AM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A Texas judge has rejected a push by state officials to block a same-sex couple's divorce and child-custody case from proceeding. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office had argued that there could be no divorce since the Texas Constitution bans same-sex marriages. State attorneys say Texas has an interest in defending that ban.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) University of Texas System regents are postponing some decisions on proposed tuition hikes that are opposed by Governor Rick Perry. Regents yesterday approved raising tuition for out-of-state students at UT campuses but expressed reservations about higher costs for Texas residents. It's the second time in two years Perry has balked at proposed tuition hikes.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) The trial of a man authorities say was a bodyguard to a now-dead Mexican drug cartel leader is underway. Federal prosecutor John Johnston says witnesses and evidence will show Rigoberto Ruiz Alatorre smuggled drugs into the U.S. for Gabino Salas Valenciano and killed a man in New Mexico in 2006 as part of the operation they ran.

DALLAS (AP) Scissors used by astronaut Alan Bean when he walked on the moon sold for $100,000 at an auction of space gear. Bean's collection of two-dozen items brought in about $625,000 yesterday. A pen used by the Apollo 12 lunar module pilot during his 1969 moonwalk sold for about $53,000. A cloth waist strap with traces of moon dust sold for about $94,000.

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