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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has blocked a new Texas law seeking to ban a commonly used abortion method. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel extended indefinitely a temporary ban he'd previously issued. That overturns _ at least for now _ a state law that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed in June banning a second-trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. Texas can and will appeal, but federal courts in at least four other states already had blocked similar laws.

HOUSTON (AP) - Almost three months to the day after Harvey slammed into Texas, killing more than 80 people and damaging at least 200,000 homes, residents of the Texas Gulf Coast are celebrating Thanksgiving however they can. Some are gathering at churches that have held large meals for people displaced by the storm and volunteers spending the holiday away from their families to help rebuild.

DALLAS (AP) - FBI officials say they are investigating the death of a border patrol agent and injuring of another in West Texas as a "potential assault," but they wouldn't rule out that they were injured in some other way. Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a news conference in El Paso on Tuesday that the bureau is offering a reward of $25,000 for information that might lead to a resolution of the case. The officials wouldn't say why they believe the agents might have been attacked.

DALLAS (AP) - Texas Congressman Joe Barton is apologizing after a nude photo of him circulated on social media. Barton said in a statement Wednesday that while separated from his second wife, prior to their divorce, he had sexual relationships "with other mature adult women." The 68-year-old Republican says the relationships were consensual and have since ended. He says he's sorry he didn't use better judgment.

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