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Posted: Jun 3, 2014 2:31 AM

Updated: Jun 3, 2014 2:31 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Companies, customers and others critical of Texas gun rights advocates who have brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part of demonstrations supporting "open carry" rights now have the National Rifle Association as an ally. The NRA's lobbying arm has called the demonstrations counterproductive, scary and "downright weird."

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) A Fort Hood sergeant is scheduled to appear in military court to answer allegations that he set up a prostitution ring with cash-strapped female soldiers. Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen is accused of pandering and several other offenses. McQueen was a low-level coordinator in Fort Hood's sexual assault and harassment program.

HOUSTON (AP) Two suburban Houston sisters are accused of taking part in a scheme to defraud home decor retailer Garden Ridge Pottery of more than $2 million. Sandra Johnson has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Her sister Natalie Jeng has been charged with conspiracy to launder funds.

SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) A South Texas group wants to track down the painting of a World War II nurse that once hung in the lobby of the now-defunct hospital named after her. The Dolly Vinsant Memorial Foundation is offering a $1,000 reward to whoever locates the portrait of Wilma "Dolly" Vinsant Shea. She's a San Benito native who served as a U.S. Army Air Forces flight nurse.

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