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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 64-year-old Mexican citizen on death row in Texas has been executed for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos received a lethal injection Wednesday night for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and 3-year-old son Jonathan. The slayings occurred at their home in Progreso, along the Mexico border.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon's second-ranking officials says the number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800. That's far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the border against what he called an "invasion" of migrants. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan notes that the current mission is scheduled to end Dec. 15. But he adds, "That could always be amended."

DALLAS (AP) - A 26-year-old Texas sailor killed during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor will be buried in Dallas on the 77th anniversary of the attack. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Thursday announced services for Navy Fireman 1st Class Albert U. Kane of Fort Worth will be held Dec. 7. Burial is planned at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Kane, on Dec. 7, 1941, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when the battleship was attacked.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The "New Mexico True" tourism brand developed by outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez may be expanded under Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham. As a candidate, Lujan Grisham promised to seek efforts to attract more visitors to the Southwestern state and strengthen the "New Mexico True" brand. The brand uses images of New Mexico's popular tourist attractions in billboards and commercials in Texas, Arizona, New York and Illinois.

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