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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A forecast of excessive heat this weekend has prompted the cancellation of the weekend's racing at a North Texas thoroughbred horse racing track. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie says the live racing was canceled for the sake of "the safety and welfare" of the horses and jockeys. Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, west Tennessee and parts of Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky were all under heat advisories or warnings Friday.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge says the Trump administration is making "great progress" toward meeting a July 26 deadline to reunite more than 2,500 children with their families after they were separated at the border. Justice Department attorneys said Friday in San Diego that 450 children 5 and older had been reunified, up from 364 a day earlier.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A U.S. Army specialist born in South Korea has sued to demand a response to her American citizenship application after the military moved to discharge her. Yea Ji Sea, a 29-year-old from Gardena, California, who has served four years and is assigned to the duty station at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court. A Department of Justice spokesman declined comment on the case.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Jurors have convicted a man in the 2016 death of an Oregon woman who was sexually assaulted strangled on the University of Texas campus. Meechaiel Criner was found guilty of capital murder Friday in the death of 18-year-old Haruka Weiser. The conviction means an automatic life sentence. Criner was 17 at the time of the killing, so he was ineligible for the death penalty. Weiser was a freshman dance major. She was walking to her dormitory after a rehearsal when she was attacked.

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