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Posted: Jul 11, 2014 3:46 PM

Updated: Jul 11, 2014 3:46 PM

VISTA, Calif. (AP) Court documents allege the man accused of killing six members of a Houston-area family became angry with his mother a week before the shootings and choked her until she passed out. Karla Haskell obtained a temporary restraining order against her son, Ronald Haskell, and told a judge he taped her to a chair before choking her. Court records contend Ronald Haskell threated to kill his mother, his father and his sister.

DALLAS (AP) Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has been arrested for possession of marijuana. Grapevine police say Soto was stopped Wednesday for speeding and he was found with the drug. Soto apologized and expresses embarrassment for the incident in a statement released today by the Rangers.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Outgoing Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has asked Denton officials to not support a grassroots petition advocating a ban on hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. Smitherman wrote a letter yesterday to Mayor Chris Watts and the Denton City Council, calling the petition "extremely misguided." City leaders temporarily halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in Texas to permanently ban the practice.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal was filed today in the case of Kurt Mix. Prosecutors accused Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

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