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2 Texas football players charged with sex assault

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A University of Texas police spokeswoman says two Longhorns football players have been charged with felony sexual assault and their arrests are pending.

Spokeswoman Cindy Posey says the players charged Thursday are wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander. Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography.

Further details were not immediately available. It was not clear if either player has an attorney.

Sanders, a junior, has played in 23 career games and started seven last year. He has 39 career receptions for 376 yards and one touchdown. Sanders was suspended for the 2013 season opener after a drunken driving arrest.

Meander is a redshirt freshman who did not play last season.


Texas officials discuss human trafficking

LA JOYA, Texas (AP) - Members of a Texas legislative panel are parsing the distinctions between unaccompanied immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally and human trafficking victims who get assistance from state programs.

Officials estimate about 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant youngsters have entered the U.S. illegally since last October.

Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek testified Thursday before the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking at a field hearing in the border town of La Joya (luh HOH'-yuh).

Janek says his agency's programs serve those with legal status as refugees, an asylee (uh-SY'-lee)- as in someone granted asylum - or those who receive other government certification.

Human trafficking concerns the movement of people for purposes of exploitation, often sexual- or labor-related. Most immigrants recently crossing the Texas border do not meet that definition.


Houston man charged in woman's death, body burned

PASADENA, Texas (AP) - A Houston man has been charged with killing a 25-year-old woman whose burned body was found in a Pasadena field.

Harris County jail records show 37-year-old Jose Valentin Noriega was being held Thursday on a murder charge. Online jail records do not list an attorney for Noriega, whose bond was set at $70,000.

Police say Noriega was booked Wednesday over the death of Rocio Montoya. He body was discovered Monday by firefighters responding to a blaze. A medical examiner lists the cause of death as strangulation with blunt force trauma to the head.

Investigators did not immediately release a possible motive in the slaying. Pasadena police on Thursday did not immediately return messages.


Pampa military museum gets part of old nuke bomb

PAMPA, Texas (AP) - A military museum in the Texas Panhandle has acquired part of an inactive nuclear bomb on hand during the Cold War.

Pantex Plant crews on Wednesday helped unload an empty B53 nuclear weapons case at the Freedom Museum USA in Pampa.

The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs was dismantled in October 2011 at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, about 50 miles southwest of Pampa. The B53 weighed nearly 5 tons and was the size of a minivan.

Museum board president John Triplehorn says the item portrays U.S. history and the role played by the military.

The former bomb is on loan to Freedom Museum USA for two years.


AAA: Texas retail gasoline prices slip 4 cents

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Texas and nationwide retail gasoline prices have slipped 4 cents this week amid lower crude oil costs.

AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide settled at $3.41 per gallon.

Motorists across the U.S. are paying an average $3.55 per gallon.

The association survey found Amarillo has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at $3.32 per gallon. Drivers in El Paso have the most expensive gasoline in Texas at $3.49 per gallon.

AAA experts say retail prices at the pump have continued to move lower due primarily to lower crude oil costs as global geopolitical tensions stabilize.

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