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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge is considering whether a new Texas "sanctuary cities" law backed by the Trump administration can take effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia on Monday appeared interested in how the law signed by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and scheduled to take effect in September would be enforced. The Justice Department is helping Texas defend the law in a San Antonio court. Garcia is unlikely to rule immediately.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is recommending a defense budget for 2018 that's more in line with the thinking of his GOP colleagues. Committee aides say Rep. Mac Thornberry will release a roughly $696.5 billion blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year. That's about $8.5 billion less than Thornberry had been pushing. But it's still more than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Investigators say a man recently arrested on a drug charge is a person of interest in the 1988 shooting deaths of two West Texas teenagers. A search warrant obtained by the San Angelo Standard-Times says hair, fingernails and other items found in the San Angelo home of 47-year-old John Cyrus Gilbreath link him to the teens.

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas police officer has surrendered to authorities after being indicted on a count of aggravated assault in the shooting death of a woman. Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Hess is being held Monday at the Dallas County jail on a $250,000 bond. He's accused in the January death of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes, who police say was driving a stolen car. Hess has been placed on administrative leave.

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