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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry says he will file a motion seeking to stop the criminal case against the possible 2016 presidential candidate. Austin attorney David Botsford says today that Perry's defense team will attack the constitutionality of the prosecution and two felony indictments that accuse the governor of abusing his power.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Public health officials in Tarrant County have confirmed the North Texas county's first case of chikungunya (chicken-GUN'-yuh) virus disease. Officials at Tarrant County Public Health say a resident of Mansfield, a suburb about 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth, has been diagnosed with the disease after returning home from the Caribbean. Other details are being withheld to protect the patient's privacy.

HOUSTON (AP) - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that Texas shut down 13 rigs this week, while Oklahoma's rig count declined by one.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico is now launching a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime. President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday the new police agency "is prepared to serve and protect Mexicans in areas where it is needed". The force known as the gendarmerie is made up of fresh recruits whose average age is 28, trained by the Mexican army.

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