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Posted: Nov 2, 2013 2:30 AM

Updated: Nov 2, 2013 2:31 AM


Official: 4th person dies in Texas flooding

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Rescue personnel have recovered the body of a woman and her infant child, both of whom were swept from her vehicle during flash floods in the Austin area.

Travis County sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade says 31-year-old Josefina Rodriguez and her 8-month-old son were found dead Friday afternoon. He says their bodies were found close together about 1.5 miles from where floodwaters swept her vehicle from a south Austin road.

Both had been missing since Thursday morning.

The deaths bring to four the number of people killed by the Central Texas flooding Thursday. Rains that began Wednesday dumped up to 13 inches in some parts. The storms prompted dozens of emergency rescues.

Austin police say a body was recovered Thursday from a creek. Another man died in Caldwell County flooding.


5 immigration protesters released

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Federal officials in Texas have released five immigrant protesters who surrendered in September to U.S. authorities at the border with Mexico.

The five released Friday evening had crossed the border illegally and surrendered to protest federal immigration policies.

Hours earlier, a judge in El Paso denied requests for asylum by two immigrant protesters. Eight of the immigrant protesters remain detained, seven of them having been denied asylum and the other awaiting parole.

One of the 25 immigrants detained in El Paso in September previously was deported. Authorities released 11 people Tuesday from that group of young immigrants. They were brought to the U.S. as children but are not citizens.

They're called "dreamers" in reference to the Dream Act that would grant immigrants like them lawful status in the U.S.


La. reserve deputy fatally shoots robbery suspect

HOUSTON (AP) Police are investigating the death of a Houston man they say was shot dead by a reserve sheriff's deputy from Louisiana whom he tried to rob.

Dead is 25-year-old Cortdalro Damarcel Brown.

A police statement says the reserve deputy from Franklin Parish, Louisiana was sitting in his car with his brother in a Houston apartment complex parking lot Tuesday night when Brown approached, brandished a handgun and tried to rob them.

The 29-year-old man, whom police didn't identity, drew his own handgun and shot Brown in the chest. Brown died a short time later at a hospital.

Reserve deputies in Franklin Parish are unpaid; the title is honorary.


Border Patrol surveillance balloons return

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) Military balloons are returning to the skies over the South Texas border as U.S. Customs and Border Protection tests the old-school surveillance platform for a second straight year.

CBP had tested the aerostats, similar to World War Two-era barrage balloons, last year. This year, they'll be tethered in Penitas (pehn-YEE'-tahs), near the Rio Grande 15 miles west of McAllen, about 10 miles further west near Sullivan City, and 70 miles to the north near Falfurrias, an area heavily traveled by immigrants.

The balloons will carry sensors allowing operators to monitor activity near the border that could threaten homeland security.

A CBP statement says it will build on last year's tests to discern whether military-surplus aerostats could assist with border security.


Venezuela's government seizes US-owned oil rigs

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuela is quietly seizing control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state oil monopoly was months behind on payments.

The seizure started Thursday after a judge in the state of Anzoategui entered a Superior depot and ordered the company to hand over the rigs to an affiliate of state-owned PDVSA. Four members of the local police and national guard are overseeing the equipment's removal.

PDVSA in a court document obtained by The Associated Press calls the expropriation essential to Venezuela's development.

Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez used to go on national television ordering troops to seize everything from supermarkets to foreign-owned oil companies. However his successor Nicolas Maduro has avoided expropriations six months into his rule.


Chicago lawyer convicted in NY in tax fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) A Chicago lawyer has been convicted in New York for his role in what authorities have called the largest tax fraud in history.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says Paul Daugerdas was found guilty Friday of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, evade taxes, commit mail and wire fraud and other crimes.

Daugerdas is ex-head of the Chicago office of the now defunct Texas-based law firm Jenkens and Gilchrist. Prosecutors say he made $95 million in fees from creating and marketing tax shelters for wealthy clients. They say he owed more than $32 million in taxes but paid less than $8,000.

The tax shelters were marketed from 1994 through 2004.

Daugerdas faces up to 58 years in prison when sentenced next March.

A co-defendant was acquitted of all charges.


Cowboys' Claiborne, Waters out against Vikings

IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne and guard Brian Waters will miss Sunday's game against Minnesota with injuries.

Claiborne strained a hamstring against Detroit last weekend, and owner Jerry Jones says he expected last year's first-round pick to miss two games. If Claiborne sits next week against New Orleans, he'll have the bye week to get ready for a return.

Waters injured a triceps muscle against the Lions, along with less serious knee and rib injuries.

Safety J.J. Wilcox will miss his second straight game with a right knee sprain.

Wilcox's sprain is similar to a left knee injury that kept running back DeMarco Murray out the past two weeks. Murray is probable for the Vikings.

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware is doubtful with a quadriceps injury.

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