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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A man convicted of kidnapping an 8-year-old girl as she walked with her mother along a Texas street has been sentenced to life in prison. A federal judge sentenced 51-year-old Michael Webb on Thursday in Fort Worth. A jury convicted him in September. Webb admitted to the FBI that he snatched the girl on May 18 in Fort Worth while fighting off her mother. Authorities found the girl early the next morning in Webb’s hotel room.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Customers have returned to a Walmart in Texas that had been closed since a gunman fatally shot 22 people there in August. About 50 shoppers lined up early Thursday to enter the renovated Walmart in the border city of El Paso. Walmart didn’t have a guard in the store on the day of the attack, but it has since hired off-duty officers to work at all of its area stores. A suburban Dallas man has pleaded not guilty to carrying out the attack, which authorities say targeted Mexicans.

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - A Nicaraguan mother is struggling to keep her baby healthy inside a damaged tent in a refugee camp near the U.S.-Mexico border. The girl had pneumonia, and her medication is running low after leaving the hospital. They’re among as many as 2,000 immigrants waiting for U.S. court hearings in the camp where clean water is scarce, toilets are overflowing and smoke fouls the air. Nonprofit groups are struggling to provide basic services without more support from the U.S. or Mexican governments.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A prominent Texas state lawmaker has admitted that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he says he will seek drug treatment. The state police say airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping the envelope on the ground as he climbed into a vehicle on Sept. 6. Nevarez said in a statement sent to several news outlets Thursday that the “the news is true” and he will seek treatment. He hasn’t been charged.

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