MALAYSIA PLANE-TEXAS VICTIM
Family says Texas man on missing Malaysian plane
KELLER, Texas (AP) - The family of Philip Wood says the IBM employee was on board the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that went missing over the sea while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.
Les Williams, a family friend, says Wood was on board the plane but declined to elaborate, saying the family will issue a statement Monday.
Williams spoke Saturday from the North Texas home of Aubrey Wood, the passenger's father. A LinkedIn profile that Williams says belongs to Wood, says he is a Technical Storage Executive at IBM Malaysia.
Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 airplane, was last seen on radar at 1:30 a.m. (1730 GMT Friday) above the waters where the South China Sea meets the Gulf of Thailand. Two other American citizens also were on board flight MH370.
MALAYSIA PLANE-TEXAS FIRM
Austin tech firm had 20 employees on missing plane
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin, Texas-based technology company says 20 of its employees were aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea.
Jacey Zuniga, a spokeswoman for Freescale Semiconductor, says 12 Malaysian and 8 Chinese employees are "confirmed passengers." She says no American citizen Freescale employees were on the flight.
"At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families," Gregg Lowe, president and CEO of Freescale says in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event." The company, the statement reads, has assembled a team of counselors for those impacted by the tragedy.
Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 airplane, was last seen on radar at 1:30 a.m. (1730 GMT Friday) above the waters where the South China sea.
Rand Paul wins CPAC presidential straw poll
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's presidential preference poll.
The overwhelming win is purely symbolic, but reflects the Republican senator's popularity among conservatives who typically hold outsized influence in the GOP's presidential selection process.
Paul captured 31 percent of the vote. The son of retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul also won the poll last year.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz finished second place with 11 percent, followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
None of the Republicans in the poll have formally entered the 2016 race yet.
The victory was announced Saturday evening as the annual conservative conference wrapped up. Thousands of activists flocked to suburban Washington for the three-day gathering.
Nearly 2,500 hundred activists voted. They were younger and more male than the typical GOP electorate.
Person may have fatally fallen on Texas A&M campus
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Authorities believe a person has died after falling from a building on the Texas A&M University campus.
Texas A and M police say officers were called to the scene of an unknown medical emergency at 6:01 a.m. Saturday next to the Mitchell Physics Building.
Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of a person between the building and the street.
The preliminary investigation indicates the person fell from the sixth floor balcony of the physics building.
An autopsy has been ordered.
Police say family members of the victim have been notified. Officials did not release the name of the victim.
4 nabbed for trying to smuggle guns into Mexico
BRONWSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities say four people have been arrested for allegedly planning to smuggle high-powered weapons into Mexico.
The Brownsville Herald reports that U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrested U.S. citizens Cassandra Camacho and Daniel Cantu Junior as well as Mexican nationals Jesus Ivan Rodriguez and Nestor Leal-Cedillo.
They were arrested after meeting with an undercover ATF agent and exchanging $17,000 in cash for guns in a sporting goods store in Edinburg on Wednesday.
Court documents say Cantu told agents he knew the weapons, including three AK-47 rifles and one AR-15 rifle, were to be hidden before being transported by tractor-trailer rig to Mexico.
U.S. Magistrate Peter E. Ormsby in McAllen ordered the four individuals held without bond pending a detention hearing next week.
West Texas police close probe on found fetus
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - West Texas authorities say they have closed their investigation into a fetus found last month in a park.
The El Paso Times reports the medical examiner's office determined the fetus was 17-weeks-old and was not capable of surviving.
The fetus weighed 2.5 ounces, showed early signs of mummification and was buried in a local park. It was found February 14th by an El Paso family walking their dog. Neither gender nor cause of death was determined. The mother has not been located.
A police spokesman told the newspaper that officials closed the investigation because the fetus was determined to be non-viable.
The fetus, named "Baby Socorro," was given a funeral Thursday by the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.
ANCIENT BONES FOUND
Bones found in Round Rock may be Native American
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - Authorities say human bones discovered this week by construction crews in Central Texas are almost certainly ancient remains of Native Americans.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that Round Rock Police Cmdr. Alain Babin says an FBI anthropologist saw images of the bones and became "quite certain that they are ancient remains."
Anthropologists from Texas State University were set to go to the wooded area where roads for a new 225-home subdivision are being built. The area is known to locals as a good place to look for arrowheads.
If ancient American Indian remains are found on private land, the landowner must either preserve the site or have a professional, such as a licensed funeral director, coroner or a professional archaeologist remove them according to state law.
BODIES FOUND-GALVESTON COUNTY
Bodies of 2 women found in Galveston County ID'd
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas (AP) - Authorities have identified two women whose bodies were found near a garbage bin on the Bolivar (BAH'-lee-vur) Peninsula near Galveston.
The Galveston County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims as Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24 years old and from Houston.
Their bodies were found near a store in Port Bolivar. Authorities believe the women were killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped near the bin.
Investigators are still trying to determine how the women died. The Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine the cause of death.
The bodies were discovered about 7:45 a.m. Friday.
Authorities are looking for the victims' vehicle, a silver 2006 Kia Sorento SUV with grey trim.
HOUSTON-FATAL HOUSE FIRE
1 dead in Houston house fire
HOUSTON (AP) - Firefighters are investigating a fire at a north Houston home that claimed the life of a 69-year-old man.
Authorities responded to the blaze about 11:35 p.m. Friday.
At the scene, firefighters found flames coming out of the one-story home.
The man, whose name has not been released, was found in the home's bathroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Firefighters continue investigating the cause of the blaze, which might have started in the living room.
On Thursday, a fire at a northeast Houston home killed three people.
SCHOOL TRUSTEE-ABUSE CONVICTION
Ex-South Texas school trustee convicted of assault
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A former South Texas school board trustee has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that Kingsville school board trustee Rudy Macareno was sentenced by a jury on Friday.
Macareno had been convicted on Thursday of indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault.
Macareno was on trial for the 2010 assault of one girl, but three other girls testified they also had been victims. The four girls ranged in age from 7 to 17.
Karen Griffith, Kingsville assistant superintendent for support services, says Macareno resigned from the school board Friday morning. The board will hold a special meeting March 14 to discuss what will happen with his position.
Lady Gaga to give keynote at South by Southwest
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lady Gaga is scheduled to give the keynote address at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin.
Festival organizers made the announcement Sunday that the singer will follow in the footsteps of past speakers that have included Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Dave Grohl.
Lady Gaga will also perform at the festival on Thursday and then speak on Friday night with John Norris of Fuse.
The pop singer is the only artist to sell more than 5 million recordings with her first two hits in the digital music era. Her fourth studio album, ARTPOP, was released in November.
South by Southwest is one of the largest music industry events in the world with more than 2,200 acts giving thousands of performances over 10 days.
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