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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out new abortion restrictions that would have banned the procedure at most Texas facilities where women can legally end a pregnancy. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Friday sided with abortion clinics that challenged one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Governor Rick Perry in 2013. The state is expected to appeal.

PHARR, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard says at least two of its troops have requested financial assistance after deployment to the Texas-Mexico border in response to a surge of children pouring illegally into the United States. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Joanne MacGregor says the National Guard had initially identified 50 soldiers who might need financial help, but only two asked for help.

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston FBI is warning the public about "virtual kidnapping" schemes in which a telephone caller demands payment for the return of a family member or friend when no actual kidnapping has taken place. The FBI says today that perpetrators may be targeting doctors and dentists.

NEW YORK (AP) - Orbitz says it reached an agreement that will allow it to continue selling American Airlines and US Airways tickets on its sites. The Chicago-based company added that tickets previously bought on its sites are still valid. On Tuesday Fort Worth-based American and US Airways pulled listings from Orbitz sites as part of a dispute over the fees Orbitz charges to list and sell the flights.

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