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DALLAS (AP) - A Texas lab that's a leader in specialized DNA testing has stopped accepting samples from outside the state because of funding issues. The Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas uses grants to provide free testing. This year, the National Institute of Justice reallocated money used to identify missing people to help with a backlog of rape kits. But that means relatives of missing people are waiting longer for cases to be solved.

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say vandals spray-painted the word "Nazis" on a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A crew of city workers went to Lee Park early Saturday to power-wash the scrawled message off of the statue, one of three Confederate monuments in the city. A police spokeswoman says extra patrols will be in the park to prevent further vandalism.

BOSTON (AP) - Confrontations are happening amid a gathering of conservative rally participants and counterprotesters in Boston. TV cameras showed a group of counterprotesters chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner, shouting and swearing at him, but other counterprotesters intervened. Counterprotesters also grabbed an American flag out of a woman's hands, and she fell. "Free Speech Rally" organizers have publicly distanced themselves from the white supremacists in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Federal officials say a man has been arrested on a charge of transporting people who are illegally in the U.S. after 23 people were found in the semitrailer he was driving on Interstate 10 near El Paso. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 44-year-old Comothial Harper, a U.S. citizen from Bainbridge, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday. He remained in jail Friday. Officials say the immigrants appeared to be in good health.

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