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DR. PEPPER-REBATE SCHEME

Texas man gets probation in Dr Pepper rebate scheme

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man has been sentenced to five years probation for participating in a rebate scheme that defrauded soda giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. of more than $1 million.  Joseph A. Isaac was sentenced during a court hearing in Houston federal court on Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in September.  Prosecutors say Isaac’s company was in charge of a rebate campaign by Dr Pepper that paid money to customers who returned bottle caps and paid vendors who switched to Dr Pepper Snapple Group products.  Authorities say Isaac failed to pay the rebates and instead pocketed the money.

POLICE SHOOTING-TEXAS-CHILDREN

Texas man: Police shot, hurt 3-year-old daughter, teen son

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A man says police in West Texas shot and injured his 3-year-old daughter and his teenage son as officers searched a home.  Luis Gomez told KOSA-TV that his daughter and son were shot around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in Midland. Erin Bailey, a spokeswoman for city of Midland, confirmed that an officer-involved shooting took place but referred all other questions about it to the Texas Rangers. A spokesman for the Texas Rangers didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. Gomez says as police executed a search warrant at the home, his son was shot in the arm and his daughter was shot in the back. His son was taken into custody and his daughter is in a hospital.

DALLAS OFFICER-MISTAKEN APARTMENT VIDEO

PSA on man killed by Dallas officer to air during Super Bowl

DALLAS (AP) — The lawyer for the family of a black man who was killed in his apartment by a white Dallas police officer says a public service announcement honoring his life will air during the Super Bowl. Attorney Lee Merritt says the two-minute video is narrated by the family of Botham Jean. He was killed in September 2018 by an officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own. The ad was produced by Jay-Z's company Roc Nation and the NFL. It debuted Wednesday. In it, Jean's mother says what happened to her son “should not happen to another family.”

DREADLOCKS-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Texas high school bars student who won't cut dreadlocks

MONT BELVIEU, Texas (AP) — The family of a black high school student in Texas says he won’t be allowed to walk at his graduation ceremony if he doesn’t cut his dreadlocks as school officials have asked. Deandre Arnold is a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu in Southeast Texas. He attended a district meeting Monday to protest the hair request. Family members and several activists accompanied him. Deandre’s family is from Trinidad. He says many men in his culture wear dreadlocks. The Barbers Hill Independent School District says it allows dreadlocks but has rules about length.

BODIES-TEXAS BEACH

New charges filed in case linked to NH couple's deaths

KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor says new charges have been filed against a Utah couple arrested last year in connection with the deaths of a New Hampshire couple found buried at a South Texas beach. Kleburg County District Attorney John Hubert says 33-year-old Amanda Noverr and 33-year-old Adam Curtis Williams now face charges of tampering with evidence, felony theft, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Both were arrested in Mexico last year in connection with the deaths of James and Michelle Butler, but they have not been charged with murder. A gag order prevents attorneys including defense lawyers from commenting on the case.

AP-US-BORDER-WALL-WASHINGTON

Far from US-Mexico border, Seattle judge weighs wall funding

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Washington state is considering whether to block President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars from military construction projects to build sections of border wall along the Southern border. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein said Thursday she hoped to rule within a few weeks on the state's challenge to the administration. An appeals court ruling expected soon in a similar challenge could take precedence over her decision. Attorney General Bob Ferguson argues that Washington would lose out on tax revenue if a military construction project at Naval Base Kitsap is canceled as planned.

TEACHER ARRESTED-GUN

Texas teacher accused of bringing handgun to school

TOMBALL, Texas (AP) — A Texas teacher who authorities say brought a handgun to school and made threatening comments about colleagues has been arrested. Mark Davis, a history and geography teacher at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, located northwest of Houston, was arrested Wednesday. He's charged with possessing a weapon in a prohibited place and threatening to exhibit or use a firearm at a school. A criminal complaint says a teacher who encountered Davis Tuesday said he “appeared to be more angry than usual.” Although Davis had a license to carry a handgun the school had posted notices prohibiting people from bringing guns onto campus.

MISSING WOMAN

Missing Standing Rock mother found in Texas

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman who disappeared from the Standing Rock Reservation more than two months ago has been found in Texas. Law enforcement and volunteers had searched extensively for 30-year-old Kara Lynn Mauai after she disappeared Nov. 8. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said in a statement Wednesday night that the mother of three was found safe in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. The Bismarck Tribune says authorities had suspended their searches and were focusing on a Dallas suburb where Mauai had apparently been spotted at a bus station. Law enforcement told family members and tribal officials Tuesday that Mauai was believed to be in danger and possibly seeking shelter at soup kitchens.

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North Dakota signals no new conditions on pipeline expansion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have signaled that the state won't impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. An attorney for the North Dakota Public Service Commission said requiring additional measures could draw a legal challenge from the Texas-based pipeline's owner, Energy Transfer. The company wants to double the capacity of the pipeline to as much as 1.1 million barrels daily to meet growing demand for oil from North Dakota. It's seeking permission for additional pump stations in the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois.

IMMIGRATION-FAMILY SEPARATION

9 parents separated from families return to children in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine parents who were deported as the Trump administration separated thousands of migrant families landed back into the U.S. to reunite with children they haven't seen in a year and a half. The group arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Guatemala City on Wednesday night. The trip was arranged under the order of a federal judge who found the U.S. government had unlawfully prevented them from seeking asylum. Some of the children were at the airport to greet them, a powerful reminder of the lasting effects of Trump's separation policy.