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Posted: Nov 18, 2012 2:31 AM

Updated: Nov 18, 2012 2:31 AM

VETERANS PARADE-CRASH-VIGIL

Hundreds gather in Texas for train crash vigil

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) Residents have gathered for a vigil in a West Texas town where a train crashed into a parade float this week, killing four war veterans.

About 300 people attended Saturday night's memorial in downtown Midland. They lit white candles and prayed for the victims' families and the community as a whole. The town square was lined with American flags.

Mayor Wes Perry told the crowd that "the next few days will be tough but when we get to the other side, it will be better."

Ministers prayed for the community to have strength in wake of the tragedy.

City Manager Courtney Sharp says Midland is "grieving and in pain."

The Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were killed Thursday when a freight train slammed into the float. Sixteen people were injured.

VETERANS PARADE-TRAIN CRASH

NTSB: Signals activated before float on tracks

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) Federal investigators say the warning signals at a railroad crossing in West Texas were activated before a parade float crossed the tracks in an accident that killed military veterans.

National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind made that announcement at a news conference Saturday. He said the signals had been activated seven seconds before the float crossed the tracks.

Four veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan were killed Thursday when a freight train slammed into the parade float in Midland. Sixteen people were injured.

Rosekind said the NTSB reconstructed the accident using video cameras from the train and a sheriff's vehicle.

He said the train started sounding its horn nine seconds before it hit the float. The train engineer also used the emergency brake five second before the crash.

GULF RIG FIRE

Coast Guard: Body found near burned Gulf oil rig

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Authorities say that divers hired by the owner of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire on Friday have recovered a body near the site.

Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said the unidentified person was found Saturday evening by divers hired by Houston-based Black Elk Energy who were inspecting the platform. Vega said the Coast Guard was turning over the remains to local authorities.

The news came shortly after the Coast Guard suspended a 32-hour-long search for two workers missing after the fire erupted. The search covered a 1,400-square-foot area. Vega said the Guard could resume the search if there is credible evidence that one of the workers survived.

Four other workers who were severely burned remained at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana on Saturday night.

IRANIAN ACTIVIST SLAIN

Police seek tie in 2 deaths, 1 an Iranian activist

(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)

HOUSTON (AP) Houston police are investigating if there is a link between the killing of an Iranian activist nearly a year ago and the more recent shooting death of her boyfriend's twin brother.

The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday Coty Beavers was found dead in his Houston-area apartment on Monday. Authorities say Beavers was shot multiple times.

Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland says investigators have not yet found a connection between Beavers death and the killing of 30-year-old Gelareh Bagherzadeh. He says they are pursuing leads.

The sheriff's office confirmed Beavers was the twin brother of Cory Beavers, Bagherzadeh's boyfriend and the last person to see her alive. She had also been shot to death.

Bagherzadeh was an outspoken critic of Iran's human rights policies.

DALLAS-FATAL SHOOTING

31-year-old killed, 2 hurt in Dallas shooting

(Information in the following story is from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com)

DALLAS (AP) Dallas police are investigating an overnight shooting in which one person was killed and two others were wounded.

The Dallas Morning News reports the killing of a 31-year-old man early Saturday makes this November one of the deadliest in recent memory. The newspaper reports at least 13 homicides have occurred so far this month. This compares to a total of 15 in all of November 2008.

Police say the 31-year-old was in a Dallas home with two other people when a man entered and "began shooting." All three people in the home were shot. Police say two were shot multiple times. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others are being treated in Dallas hospitals.

POND DEATHS

Mother begs for help in Fort Worth area car crash

(Information in the following story is from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A mother is heard on a 911 tape released by police begging rescuers to break the windows of her car moments before the vehicle became submerged in a Fort Worth-area pond.

The car sank Thursday, trapping 36-year-old Christina Williams and her 22-month-old daughter, Tisiphone Rose Williams, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday. Fort Worth firefighters and divers rescued them, but both died.

"Break the glass, break the glass, break the glass, break the glass," Williams is heard screaming on the 911 recording as two men pounded on the windows. John Piszor told the Star-Telegram he was unable to break the glass before the car sank.

The newspaper reports Williams was on her cell phone and ran a stop sign, crashing through an iron fence and into the pond.

TEXAS-HOUSE-SPEAKER'S RACE

Speaker Straus challenged from the right again

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas House Speaker Joe Straus presided over arguably the most-conservative legislative session in state history last year.

Yet his bid for another term faces a challenge from the right.

The tea party and grassroots are clamoring that the San Antonio Republican didn't do enough to limit government and let some conservative projects die without becoming law.

Straus unseated Republican Speaker Tom Craddick in 2009. He overcame two challengers from within his own party to retain his post two years ago, winning support from GOP representatives but also from Democrats.

This time he's facing Republican Representative Bryan Hughes who says he's more conservative than Straus.

The speaker may have to contend with his party's conservative wing while also appeasing Democrats, some of whom are angry about his leadership in 2011.

AIR FORCE SEX SCANDAL

Military expands probe in air force sex scandal

(Information in the following story is from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Military prosecutors are investigating whether additional charges should be filed against a staff sergeant implicated in a widespread sex scandal after one of the victims testified she was retaliated against for reporting the unwanted advances.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday that investigating officer Major Jeffrey Biller may charge Staff Sergeant Donald Davis with obstruction of justice and maltreatment. Davis has already been charged with sexually abusive contact with a recruit in his unit and having sex with a technical school trainee.

The sex scandal has rocked Lackland Air Force Base, which graduates more than 36,000 airmen annually. Investigators say in the past year 40 women at Lackland had inappropriate contact with instructors or were sexually harassed or raped. Five instructors have been convicted. Nearly 12 others are under investigation.

HOUSTON ZOO-LIONESS

Houston Zoo euthanizes 22-year-old African lioness

(Information in the following story is from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com)

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Zoo staff have euthanized a 22-year-old African lioness, Celesto, who was born at the facility in 1990.

The Houston Chronicle reported late Friday that Celesto had been sick for about two years. She was euthanized Friday morning after a decline in kidney functioning. Veterinarians saw a drop in her quality of life.

Celesto was born at the Houston Zoo in 1990. Her mother and father, Kili and Bruno, had been seized by sheriff's deputies and federal agents during a search for illegal drugs at a Kansas farm in 1988. A third lion, Lindi, was also seized in that raid.

Zoo staff described Celesto as feisty, stubborn and strong-willed.

F1-US GRAND PRIX

Vettel wins pole position at US Grand Prix

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured the pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting him in the perfect spot to chase his third consecutive world championship.

Driving in the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas, Vettel dominated three practice sessions before securing the pole Saturday with a blistering round of qualifying in Austin, Texas. Vettel claimed the spot with a time of 1 minute, 35.657 seconds.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will start eighth Sunday after running 1.643 seconds slower than Vettel. Alonso trails Vettel by 10 points in the drivers' championship.

If Vettel wins Sunday, Alonso must finish no worse than fourth to force the championship into the final race of the season next week in Brazil.

Sunday's race with be Formula One's first in the U.S. since racing at Indianapolis in 2007.

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