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Sheriff: People getting out of Texas trailer were work crew

Authorities say a group of people who were spotted getting in and out of a parked semitrailer in San Antonio were part of a work crew, not a human-smuggling operation.

Prosecutor won’t sue Texas AG Paxton over Jan. 6 records

Prosecutors say they won’t move forward with a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over his refusal to release his communications relating to his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last year.

Texas inmate asks to delay execution for kidney donation

A Texas inmate who is set to be put to death in less than two weeks has asked that his execution be delayed so he can donate a kidney.

Biden offshore drilling proposal would allow up to 11 sales

The Biden administration is proposing up to 10 oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and one in Alaska over the next five years.

Shifting abortion laws cause confusion for patients, clinics

The evolving legal landscape around abortion access is causing confusion for providers and patients across the country after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

As holiday weekend starts, airport crowds top 2019 numbers

The fireworks are still a few days away, but travel for the July Fourth weekend is off to a booming start.

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate.

In a small village, prayers and hope for missing migrants

The wait for news has been agonizing for families from Mexico to Honduras whose relatives were being smuggled through south Texas this week.

WVa opioid trial verdict still pending nearly a year later

Last July, a federal judge in West Virginia heard closing arguments in the first lawsuit to go to trial over the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic.

Texas orders districts to audit, fix school security issues

State officials are ordering local school districts across Texas to audit and correct security deficiencies at their schools before the start of the next school year.

Some Texas schools may call slavery 'involuntary relocation'

Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as “involuntary relocation” under new social studies standards proposed to the state’s education board.

Prosecutors: 'Tiger King' star trafficked endangered animals

Federal prosecutors in South Carolina say “Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been charged with buying or selling endangered lemurs, cheetahs, and a chimpanzee without the proper paperwork.

Killing of Mexican reporter may be linked to local politics

Mexico's president says the killing of a reporter in the northern border state of Tamaulipas may be linked to local politics.

Man who sold pistol to hostage-taker in Texas pleads guilty

Federal prosecutors say a man who sold a pistol to a man who used it to hold four hostages inside a Texas synagogue before being fatally shot by the FBI in January pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal gun crime.

US official: Migrants who died cleared inland checkpoint

A U.S. official says migrants were inside a tractor-trailer when it cleared an inland Border Patrol checkpoint, later ending up in San Antonio where 53 people were found deceased in the deadliest known smuggling attempt in the United States.

US official: Migrants in deadliest smuggling incident were in tractor-trailer when it cleared inland border checkpoint

US official: Migrants in deadliest smuggling incident were in tractor-trailer when it cleared inland border checkpoint.

Texas police: 4 migrants killed in smuggling attempt

Authorities in Texas say four migrants have died and three other people were hospitalized in another fatal human smuggling attempt.

Man gets life in prison in fatal shooting of Texas officer

Prosecutors say a man has been sentenced in Texas to life in prison in the 2018 fatal shooting of an undercover Fort Worth police officer.

Texas woman accused in cyclist death captured in Costa Rica

The U.S. Marshals Service says a Texas woman suspected in the fatal shooting of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson at an Austin home has been arrested in Costa Rica.

U.S. Marshals say Texas woman accused of killing professional cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson arrested in Costa Rica

U.S. Marshals say Texas woman accused of killing professional cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson arrested in Costa Rica.

Supreme Court: Biden properly ended Trump-era asylum policy

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Biden administration properly ended a Trump-era policy forcing some U.S. asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico.

Arizona county had largest white, Black, Hispanic growth

Metro Phoenix’s Maricopa County had among the biggest growth in white, Black and Hispanic residents last year, as well as the biggest increase overall of any U.S. county.

Police fatally shoot patient who had gun at Texas hospital

Authorities say officers fatally shot a patient at a Dallas-area hospital who had a gun in an emergency room.

Migrants in Texas trailer tragedy died seeking better lives

As families of the 67 people packed into a tractor-trailer and abandoned in Texas began to confirm their worst fears and talk of their relatives, a common narrative of pursuing a better life took shape from Honduras to Mexico.

NFL inisists on indefinite suspension at Watson hearing

The NFL and Deshaun Watson’s legal team presented their arguments before a disciplinary officer for a second day with both sides holding firm as the hearing is scheduled to continue in Delaware on Thursday.

EXPLAINER: Heat, humidity a perilous mix in immigrant deaths

An expert says the combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-airconditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of immigrants were found dead this week.

Texas man on death row pleads guilty in 2 cold-case killings

A man already sentenced to death for an Oklahoma cold-case killing has pleaded guilty to murder in the deaths of two girls whose disappearances also went unsolved for decades.

Mexican migrant in Texas tragedy hoped to reach kin in Ohio

Two cousins from a remote community in southern Mexico were among the 67 people packed into a tractor-trailer and abandoned under the sweltering Texas sun.

Justices say vet who lost job as Texas trooper can sue state

The Supreme Court has allowed a former state trooper to sue Texas over his claim that he was forced out of his job when he returned from Army service in Iraq.

Clinics scramble to divert patients as states ban abortion

The Supreme Court's ruling allowing states to regulate abortion has set off a travel scramble in some parts of the U.S.,  as abortion providers redirect patients to states that still allow the procedure.

San Antonio migrant deaths lead to slow effort to ID victims

Bodies without identification documents, remote villages without phone service, the need to share fingerprint data across borders and even stolen IDs are complicating efforts to identify the 51 dead migrants found in San Antonio as families from Mexico to Honduras worry their loved ones could be among them.

2 workers presumed dead after trench collapse in Texas

Officials say two workers are presumed dead after a trench they were digging for a sewer line collapsed in Texas and buried them.

AP sources: NFL insists on indefinite suspension for Watson

The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension while Deshaun Watson’s legal team argued there’s no basis for that punishment as both sides presented their cases in front of a retired judge in Delaware on Tuesday, two people in attendance told The Associated Press.

New indictments returned against a convicted serial killer

New capital murder indictments have been returned accusing a convicted Dallas-area serial killer of four more deaths.

Truck tragedy a reminder of struggle to stop migrant deaths

President Joe Biden says the deaths of migrants who were in the back of a tractor-trailer in Texas are "horrifying and heartbreaking.".

Amberjack count: tags worth $250 to Gulf, S Atlantic anglers

A program to improve greater amberjack population estimates in the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico is bringing anglers the chance for $250 catches.

Judge told to recuse himself in former Texas officer's trial

A new judge must be assigned to oversee the murder case against a former Texas police officer after defense attorneys successfully argued that the initial judge must recuse himself.

Hospital confirms deaths of 2 more migrants, bringing death toll to at least 48 after trailer abandoned in San Antonio

Hospital confirms deaths of 2 more migrants, bringing death toll to at least 48 after trailer abandoned in San Antonio.

46 migrants found dead in abandoned trailer in San Antonio

Forty-six people have been found dead after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer on a remote back road in Texas.

Abortion battles in state courts after Supreme Court ruling

Abortion bans are temporarily blocked in Louisiana and Utah, while a federal court in South Carolina says a law sharply restricting the procedure can take effect there immediately.

A look at the deadliest migrant suffocation incidents

Officials said 46 people have been found dead and 16 others were taken to hospitals with heat-related illnesses after a tractor-trailer rig containing suspected migrants was found Monday on a remote back road in southwest San Antonio.

Houston-area sheriff withdraws as candidate for ICE director

A Houston-area sheriff has withdrawn from consideration for Immigration and Customs Enforcement director.

San Antonio Fire Chief: 46 people died from heat in semitrailer

San Antonio Fire Chief: 46 people died from heat in semitrailer.

AP source: At least 40 found dead in back of tractor trailer

A U.S. official says at least 40 people have been found dead inside a tractor-trailer in a presumed migrant smuggling attempt in South Texas.

AP source: At least 40 people found dead in back of tractor trailer in San Antonio area

AP source: At least 40 people found dead in back of tractor trailer in San Antonio area.

Man acquitted of murder because of insanity escapes hospital

A 29-year-old man acquitted by reason of insanity of murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his father in Austin has escaped from a state hospital to which he was committed.

Biden suspends rules limiting immigrant arrest, deportation

The Biden administration has suspended an order that had focused resources for the arrest and deportation of immigrants on those considered a threat to public safety and national security.

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Biden aims at China in new illegal fishing policy framework

The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat illegal fishing by China and ordering federal agencies to better coordinate amongst themselves in a bid to promote sustainable exploitation of the world’s oceans.

Lawsuit: Texans 'turned a blind eye' to QB Watson's actions

A lawsuit alleges the Houston Texans had been told that their former quarterback Deshaun Watson was sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage sessions, but instead of trying to stop him, the team provided him with resources to enable his actions and “turned a blind eye” to his behavior.