DALLAS (AP) - Fire officials suspect a natural gas leak of causing an explosion that collapsed the roof of a newly renovated house, killing an 11-year-old girl and injuring four other members of her family. The blast happened about 6:30 a.m. Friday in a neighborhood about one-third of a mile north of Dallas Love Field. Firefighters arrived to find the shattered home and four injured family members in the front yard, one holding the unconscious girl in his arms. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Democrats are accusing top Republicans of attempting to suppress voting in an unusual way as the state heads toward what will be the first primary in the U.S. this year. Democrats say Republicans are targeting public schools and educational groups that say they're simply encouraging teachers to vote. Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued cease-and-desist letters to three school districts last week, accusing them of using state funds to disseminate candidate endorsements.
(AP) - They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they're women with lifelong injuries, anxiety and eating disorders. Former U.S. gymnasts and coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse. They say the culture was tacitly endorsed by USA Gymnastics and institutionalized by former star coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi. USA Gymnastics declined to comment. The Karolyis' lawyer denied they abused anyone.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's mayor says that six months after Hurricane Harvey's devastating and deadly flooding, recovery efforts in the United States' fourth-largest city aren't happening fast enough. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday that thousands still need help as they continue living either in hotels or in damaged homes. But Turner praised local efforts, including from nonprofit groups and residents. He says they've filled in some of the gaps as the city awaits more state and federal funding.
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