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OBAMA-IMMIGRATION

Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.

Obama's self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act on immigration is rapidly approaching. Administration officials say the goal had been to announce Obama's decision around Labor Day. But a host of national security crises that interrupted Obama's August vacation have pushed back the announcement, likely until mid-September.

Obama faces an onslaught of opposition from conservatives to one option under consideration: broadening a 2012 deferred prosecution program to include millions more people.

If Obama chooses that option, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, therefore ceding wide latitude to the White House to prioritize which individuals should be deported.

TEXAS FEMALE VOTERS

Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) - Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor's race.

The state senator's push to win the support of Texas women once was symbolized by the bright coral sneakers she wore during a filibuster of abortion restrictions. But she's striking a far different tone in her first statewide TV ad.

The spot is a shadowy dramatization of a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman who raped a Texas mother in the 1990s.

Davis then toured rape crisis centers and blasted her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, for siding against the victim when her lawsuit reached his courtroom when he was a judge.

KIDS KILLED-DRIVER SHOT

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A jury has acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons.

David Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs) cried when the verdict was read Wednesday. He faced up to life in prison, if convicted.

Prosecutors had alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a vehicle on a road near their hometown of Alvin. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.

Defense attorney Sam Cammack (cah-mack) says Barajas didn't kill Banda and was only focused on saving his sons. The gun used to kill Banda wasn't found and there was little physical evidence tying Barajas to the killing.

LIGHTNING-CHILDREN HIT

Children injured after being struck by lightning

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Three children were hospitalized after being struck by lightning while on a soccer field in the Austin area.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Captain Darren Noak said the children were injured Tuesday afternoon on the field in Bee Cave. The children were all initially taken to Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, but Noak said one of the children was transferred in critical condition late Tuesday night to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

A message left Wednesday with Dell Children's on the condition of the two children there was not immediately returned. The ages of the three children could not be confirmed.

Noak said that it was not storming at the fields when the lightning struck.

MAT-TAPED CHILD

Texas couple contends school taped son, 2, to mat

WILLOW PARK, Texas (AP) - A couple has filed a lawsuit claiming that a North Texas Montessori academy used duct tape to secure their young son to his napping mat to prevent him from wandering about.

The suit filed Tuesday by Brad and Kristi Galbraith claims negligence and other charges against the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park, west of Fort Worth.

It contends academy staff used the tape in June to restrain the 2-year-old and another child. It says a former employee snapped photos of the 2-year-old and forwarded them to the Galbraiths and others.

A phone message left Wednesday at the academy was not immediately returned, but in a previous statement the school said the matter was reported to state Child Protective Services. The statement noted the school has an "exemplary" performance history.

SOUTH TEXAS KIDNAPPING

Man accused of kidnapping ex-boss' wife

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - An arrest warrant has been issued for a South Texas man in the kidnapping of his former employer's wife.

Police said said Tuesday that the 30-year-old Weslaco man is accused of kidnapping the 58-year-old woman from her home south of Donna on Monday. The woman, who suffered minor injuries, was able to escape that man and another unknown captor later in the day. With duct tape still on her face, she was able to wave down a vehicle.

The Monitor in McAllen reports that Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies along with the Department of Public Safety and other local agencies searched the home and surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspects.

MOSQUITO VIRUS-TEXAS

Case of chikungunya virus confirmed in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) - Public health officials have confirmed the first human case of the chikungunya (chicken-GUN'-yuh) virus in Dallas.

Dallas County Health and Human Services on Wednesday confirmed the first case in the city. The person was infected with the virus during a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. The Dallas resident was diagnosed after returning to North Texas.

It's at least the 14th Texas case of the illness, which is considered rarely fatal but marked by joint pain, fever, muscle aches and rash. Recovery typically takes about a week.

Mosquitoes that carry the virus are found in Texas, but only Florida so far has reported a spread of the virus.

It cannot be spread from person to person.

COLLEGE RAID-EL PASO

FBI raids offices of former college in Texas, NM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - FBI agents in West Texas and New Mexico have raided the offices of a former college and the house of its owners as part of an investigation that includes the U.S. Department of Education.

FBI spokesman Michael Martinez said three search warrants were served Wednesday and no arrests have been made. He declined to elaborate.

One campus of Anamarc College and the owners' house are in El Paso. Another campus is in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

The El Paso Times reports Anamarc was a private college with an enrollment of more than 1,200 students, offering programs in medical-related fields.

It was co-owned by CEO Ana Maria Piña Houde and her husband, Marc Houde, the chief financial officer. The school closed in July, before the semester's end, because of financial difficulties.

BUS WRECK-HOUSTON

Company involved in Houston crash not registered

HOUSTON (AP) - Records show a private bus company involved in a crash that caused minor injuries to Houston middle School students wasn't authorized by the state to be on the road.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman Adam Shaivitz tells the Houston Chronicle that they will investigate Nancy's Bus Service.

According to state records and Shaivitz, the Houston company is not registered with the state as required. Its registration was revoked in 2009 because it was not insured. A phone number for the company could not be located.

The bus was taking students to Revere Middle School in southwest Houston Tuesday when it hit a tree. Houston police said 18 students and the driver were hospitalized.

Police say the driver told investigators a mechanical failure caused the bus to veer left.

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