Divided House abandons vote on border bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigration crisis on the border after tea partyers withdrew their support in a dispute over a separate measure on deportations.
Speaker John Boehner issued a statement Thursday saying the House would continue to work on solutions to the crisis. His statement came shortly after the House postponed the vote on the final day before a five-week summer break.
In a last-ditch effort to win support, House GOP leaders had agreed to a separate vote on a companion measure that would have blocked President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants living here illegally.
Conservatives including House allies of Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz wanted a tougher measure.
Texas facility to start housing immigrant families
KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) - Federal immigration officials say a South Texas detention center will start housing women and their children who enter the United States officials illegally.
The Karnes County Residential Center will start taking in immigrants on Friday after a three-week conversion process from an all-male facility. Officials say it can hold up to 532 people but how quickly it will fill up is unknown.
The center is for families in expedited removal proceedings.
Illegal immigration in South Texas has surged in recent months, especially children travelling alone and parents bringing their children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Lacking enough family detention centers, the government has been releasing so-called "family units" with notices to appear before immigration authorities when they reach their destinations.
The center is 50 miles southeast of San Antonio.
IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-DALLAS COUNTY
Official: Dallas will not house immigrant children
DALLAS (AP) - An apparent decline in the number of migrant children crossing into the United States means Dallas County will not house up to 2,000 kids, as it had originally offered.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Thursday that federal officials have notified him that they no longer need space in Dallas.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border into the United States from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras since October. But new federal facilities are being opened and the number of daily entrants appears to have fallen in recent weeks.
Jenkins announced last month that Dallas County would help federal facilities overwhelmed by undocumented children. In recent weeks, he met with President Barack Obama and local community leaders on immigration and how to deal with the children.
Obama lavishes praise, attention on Julian Castro
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says incoming Housing Secretary Julian Castro works every day to live out the values and spirit of hard work that were instilled in him as a child.
Obama is lavishing praise on Castro during an appearance at Housing and Urban Development Department headquarters in Washington. The visit comes three days after Castro was sworn in to the job.
A former San Antonio mayor, Castro is a rising star in the Democratic Party and is frequently discussed as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2016. Obama raised Castro's national profile in 2012 when he chose him as the keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention.
Obama says Castro is young and driven. He's telling HUD's employees that they can't let their new boss down.
AAA: Texas gas prices fall another 4 cents
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Texas retail gas prices have fallen 4 cents this week due to high output from American refineries, balancing any potential fallout from world crises.
Triple A Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump was $3.37 per gallon.
Amarillo drivers are getting the cheapest gas at an average gallon price of $3.27, while El Paso gas is reported at $3.45 per gallon.
While fighting between Ukraine and Russia as well as Israel and Hamas have the potential to affect gas supply, AAA says refineries in the United States are reaching some of their highest production levels since 2005.
AAA reports that domestic gas demand has also fallen.
Drivers nationally are paying an average of $3.52 per gallon, 15 cents more than Texans.
Toddler attending circus in Dallas falls 1 level
DALLAS (AP) - A 2-year-old girl attending the circus in Dallas has been hurt in an accidental fall from the second level of the American Airlines Center to the main level.
Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel attended to the child Wednesday night, who was transported to Children's Medical Center of Dallas. A hospital statement listed her in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Her name was withheld at her family's request.
Arena general manager David Brown released a statement Thursday saying the girl was injured during the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Brown says the family was leaving their seats on the front row of the 200 level just before intermission when the child fell to the Plaza Level below.
Officials did not estimate the distance the child fell.
Rider gets 30 years for attacking Texas bus driver
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A bus passenger apparently upset about North Texas traffic delays has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for attacking the driver.
Carlos Fields, whose criminal history includes assault and robbery, was convicted Wednesday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 2013 incident in Fort Worth.
Investigators say Fields, while on the Fort Worth Transportation Authority bus, loudly complained about traffic delays, swore at the driver and eventually attacked him.
Jurors sentenced the 40-year-old Fields, who struck the driver in the face and threatened him with a knife, as a habitual offender.
Fields also has prior convictions for criminal mischief, criminal trespass, possession of a prohibited weapon and harassment of a public servant.
2 plead guilty in North Texas prostitution ring
PLANO, Texas (AP) - A woman accused of helping run North Texas brothels that masqueraded as massage parlors faces up to four years in prison in a plea deal.
Yu Lin Chang appeared in federal court in Plano and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S.
The Dallas Morning News reports Chang pleaded guilty Wednesday related to prostitution operations in Plano, Dallas and Hurst.
Authorities last year raided nine storefront operations. Most of the women working as prostitutes were from China or other parts of Asia.
Quyen Thuc Ha of Richardson was accused of paying more than $300,000 in bribes to undercover officers for what he thought was police protection for the businesses.
Ha last week pleaded guilty to two counts of bribery and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Houston man gets 25 years in child porn case
HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man who traveled to Maine and took sexually explicit images of a 14-year-old girl he met online must serve 25 years in federal prison.
Daniel Layne was sentenced Thursday in Houston. The 34-year-old Texan in February pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.
Prosecutors say Layne used the Internet to communicate with underage girls and discuss having sex with them.
The investigation began last year in Maine when a mother discovered a motel key card in her daughter's pants pocket and sexually graphic messages on her cellphone.
Layne's home was searched last September. Authorities seized computers, a table and cellphones with images of the girl. Layne was arrested in October.
Further details on the girl weren't released.
Cowboys' Carr to report soon following mom's death
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is expected to report to training camp soon after being with his mother in the final days of her battle with breast cancer.
Coach Jason Garrett said Carr's mother, Kathy Carr, died Wednesday. Carr was with her in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Carr missed the first nine days of camp, and Garrett said he could report over the weekend. The team is off Friday before returning to practice Saturday.
The 28-year-old Carr is going into his third season with the Cowboys after signing as a free agent. He spent his first four years with Kansas City.
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