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Posted: May 25, 2014 5:31 AM

Updated: May 25, 2014 5:31 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was long viewed as biding his time for when a Hispanic Democrat with a national profile could be a formidable contender for Texas governor. Instead, this week the 39-year-old rising political star accepted President Barack Obama's offer to become the nation's housing secretary.

BRYAN, Texas (AP) A Texas dentist appointed by Governor Rick Perry to a state board has resigned from the panel after being arrested on charges he secretly recorded an employee as she changed clothes. Doctor William Birdwell was a member of the Texas Board of Dental Examiners until his resignation Friday. He was appointed to the panel by Perry in 2009.

TYLER, Texas (AP) Authorities are examining human remains found rolled up in a carpet that was dumped and burned on a rural East Texas road. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says a vehicle later found ablaze Friday in nearby woods likely belonged to the victim. The owner of the vehicle is a man in his 50s from the Fort Worth area but authorities did not release his name. The remains were found near Tyler, about 95 miles southeast of Dallas.

GILMER, Texas (AP) The bloated carcasses of eight dogs have been found in a Northeast Texas creek and authorities say scars and cuts indicate they were used for dog fighting. The Longview News-Journal reports most of the animals were pit bulls used for fighting while the others were mixed breeds.

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