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Baby dies while in foster care at East Texas home

HUNTINGTON, Texas (AP) - Officials say a 2-month-old girl has died at an East Texas home as the woman with whom she was living ran an errand and left several other adults to watch the baby.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy was scheduled Monday on the infant, whose name wasn't immediately released.

Sheriff Greg Sanches says an initial review indicates the baby apparently died of natural causes.

Sanches says the woman in whose care the child was entrusted had to pick someone up Saturday and left the sleeping child in the care of several family friends at a home near Huntington. One of the adults checked on the girl, noticed she wasn't breathing and called 911.

Child Protective Services has been notified.

Huntington is about 120 miles northeast of Houston.


Texas man gets 16 years for injuring officer

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a car crash that caused a San Antonio police officer's leg to be amputated.

A state district judge delivered the punishment to 27-year-old Kevin Balditt on Monday. Balditt pleaded guilty in April to intoxication assault of a public servant, which is a second-degree felony.

Officer Michael Thornton had stopped to help a group with a flat tire one morning in January 2011. He was walking back to his patrol car when Balditt's car slammed into him. Thornton was pinned between the two cars and was nearly flung over a guardrail along the elevated highway.

Thornton's right leg was amputated about 3 inches below his knee. He now wears a prosthetic and serves in the department's DWI unit.


Prosecutors seek death for police officer's killer

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors are presenting their case for a death penalty for a 23-year-old man convicted of capital murder in the Christmas Eve killings two years ago of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner.

The punishment phase of the trial of Harlem Lewis III continues for a second day Tuesday in Houston.

Meanwhile, attorneys for Harlem Lewis III say they intend to present experts to testify that Lewis has an IQ of 76, barely above mental retardation range. Defense attorney Patrick McCann aims to convince the Harris County jury to imprison his client for life without parole.

Jurors deliberated about two hours Friday before finding Lewis guilty of the deaths of Bellaire officer Jimmie Norman and auto body shop owner Terry Taylor.


East Texas fugitive apprehended in Honduras

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Authorities say federal agents have apprehended a man in Central America who's wanted in East Texas on charges that include indecency with a child.

Jefferson County sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll said Monday that 31-year-old Matthew Cherry was arrested in an island community off the north coast of Honduras.

Sheriff's officials say Cherry was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of indecency with a child. Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service were acting on a tip when they took Cherry into custody Saturday.

Carroll says Cherry fled the country about two years ago to avoid prosecution. Officials contend he was preying on children in Honduras.

Cherry is scheduled to be transported to Houston later this week and then taken to Jefferson County.


Closings set in Ventura suit over sniper's book

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Closing arguments are set in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

The case is expected to go to the federal jury in St. Paul after lawyers for both sides sum up their cases Tuesday.

Ventura says Kyle's 2012 best-seller libeled him in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man identified in the book only as "Scruff Face" who allegedly said the Navy SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Kyle later said the man was Ventura.

Ventura testified the incident never happened. Kyle insisted in testimony taped before he was killed in Texas last year that it did.

Legal experts say Ventura must clear a high legal bar to win.


Texas A&M to restore anchor found in Puget Sound

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - An anchor recovered from Puget Sound north of Seattle and believed to be more than 200 years old has reached Texas A&M University for restoration.

School officials on Monday announced the anchor possibly from the HMS Chatham arrived in College Station via truck.

The 900-pound anchor was discovered six years ago by diver Doug Monk in an inlet off Whidbey Island. Floats were used to bring the anchor to the surface.

Experts want to know if the anchor was lost by the Royal Navy survey brig in 1792 during British explorer George Vancouver's adventures.

The anchor in June was taken to the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, to be prepped for transport to Texas. Restoration should take about 18 months at A&M's Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation.

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