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Gunman who wounded 2 Texas officers found dead

LA JOYA, Texas (AP) - South Texas authorities say a man suspected of shooting two police officers was found dead outside a home following an exchange of gunfire.

Hidalgo County sheriff's Commander Joel Rivera said Wednesday that officers found the body of Joaquin Cibrian after determining it was safe to approach the home in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya.

In the aftermath of the hours-long standoff Tuesday evening, authorities said only that the gunman was "presumed dead." Officers had raided the home to take Cibrian into custody on a capital murder charge alleging he fatally shot a 19-year-old Mexican national.

Officers eventually rammed the front door, inserted tear gas and exchanged fire with the 29-year-old Cibrian.

Authorities said two Edinburg officers were shot but are expected to recover.


Report: No crime committed at immigrant cemetery

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers say there isn't enough evidence to pursue criminal charges after several unidentified immigrants were found buried in single graves.

The agency released a report saying Funeraria Del Angel Howard-Williams, a funeral home in the border town of Falfurrias (fal-FYOO'-ree-uhs), didn't violate Texas law or overcharge the county for the burials.

The funeral home says it had advised Brooks County officials about limited cemetery space.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the findings were released after a grand jury didn't indict anyone.

County commissioners approved an investigation in June after a group helping reunite immigrant families exhumed several bodies at Sacred Heart Burial Park. Some remains were in trash bags.

Texas Rangers interviewed forensic anthropologists and funeral home officials. The Texas Funeral Services Commission also found no violations.


Man, 27, arrested after body found in law office

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a man whose body was found when officers answered a call about an after-hours disturbance at a West Texas law office.

A release from Lubbock police says 27-year-old Jestin Wayne Hooker was arrested on a charge of homicide hours after he was detained for questioning.

Jail records show Hooker, who was described in the release as a roommate of the victim, does not yet have an attorney.

Officers before dawn Wednesday responded to the downtown offices of Shackelford, Hawkins & Searcy.

The name of the man who died and a possible cause of death were not immediately released.

Police Sgt. Jason Lewis says arriving officers found the body inside the building.

Further details weren't immediately available.


Texas man gets life sentence for fatal shootings

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man has avoided a possible death sentence after accepting a plea deal in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife and her brother.

Forty-one-year-old Brian Berry was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday after pleading guilty to capital murder in the deaths of Keri Berry and Brandon Block in July 2013 at Keri Berry's home in Wall.

The San Angelo Standard-Times reports Berry also received a 20-year prison sentence for shooting Block's wife, who survived. He was ordered to pay more than $18,000 in restitution.

Capital murder is punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Prosecutors said last year they would have sought the death penalty against Berry if the case went before a jury.


Texan gets measles after softball event in Kansas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Texan has been diagnosed with measles after attending a softball tournament in Kansas where health officials later warned of possible exposure to the virus.

Tarrant County Public Health officials in Fort Worth on Wednesday announced a resident tested positive for measles after traveling outside Texas.

Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Christine Mann says the person attended a July Fourth weekend softball tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Officials from both health agencies declined to release further details on the individual.

Health officials on July 17 announced more than 30 people from Texas who traveled to the tournament may have been exposed to the measles virus. At least three recreational softball teams from Texas played in Wichita.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness that spreads through coughing and sneezing.


Mavericks' Felton pleads guilty in NYC gun case

NEW YORK (AP) - Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton has pleaded guilty in his New York gun case. He took a plea deal that involves admitting a felony but spares him jail.

Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon under an agreement prosecutors outlined last month. He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

Felton was arrested in February. Authorities said his estranged wife's lawyer brought a loaded semi-automatic handgun to a police precinct and said it was his.

Felton was charged under a state law that bans many large-capacity ammunition magazines. Prosecutors said Felton's could hold about 20 rounds.

Felton was then with the New York Knicks. He was traded to Dallas last month.

The NBA has said it's monitoring the case.


House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants.

The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate.

A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis but doesn't include any of the policy changes embraced by the House GOP.

Congresswoman Kay Granger, who led Boehner's working group, says that amending current law to allow speedier return of the Central American youths can be done while ensuring proper protections of the unaccompanied minors. Democrats say it would put the kids at risk by sending them back to brutal gangs.


Jury reconvenes in Ventura defamation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jurors have reconvened in St. Paul to deliberate on whether a late famed military sniper defamed former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.

Jurors received the case midday Tuesday, and they deliberated for about 4½ hours. They reconvened about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Ventura says Chris Kyle invented a story in his memoir "American Sniper" about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura supposedly insulted SEALs.

Ventura's attorney asked the jury for millions of dollars in damages for what the former Navy SEAL and pro wrestler claims is a lie.

But an attorney for Kyle's estate says Ventura failed to prove that Kyle made up the story or that Ventura suffered financially because of the book.

Kyle was slain at a gun range last year.

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