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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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— Dad In Bar-Kids In Car.

— EchoLight Studios-Rick Santorum.

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down abortion clinics across the nation's second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. By Chris Tomlinson.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Senate Democrats dug in Monday to block sweeping new restrictions on abortion, a move that threatened to also take down major transportation and juvenile justice bills with the final hours of the special legislative session ticking away. By Will Weissert and Jim Vertuno.


WASHINGTON — Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the court's 7-1 ruling that said a court should approve the use of race as a factor in admissions only after it concludes "that no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity." By Mark Sherman.

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— SUPREME COURT-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-TEXAS — University of Texas President Bill Powers said Monday's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in higher education will have no impact on the schools' admissions policy.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is limiting how juries can decide retaliation lawsuits, saying victims must prove employers would not have taken action against them if not for their intent to retaliate. The justices on Monday in a 5-4 decision sent back a doctor's discrimination lawsuit against the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. By Jesse J. Holland.

Eds: Incorporates Supreme Court-Discrimination Lawsuit.


PHOENIX — The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a complicated dispute over a law aimed at keeping immigrant families together in a case that underscores the occasionally tense relationship between immigration proponents and the Obama administration as Congress debates immigration reform. By Cristina Silva.


WASHINGTON — Historic immigration legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle with votes to spare on Monday, pointing the way to near-certain passage within days for $30 billion worth of new security measures along the border with Mexico and an unprecedented chance at citizenship for millions living in the country illegally. By David Espo and Erica Werner.

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HOUSTON — The Houston-area population continues to grow and that's created more cases for Harris County's 22 felony courts. The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that since 1985 the number of felony filings has doubled from about 22,000 annually to 44,000. It's also the last year the Legislature added a felony court to the county that includes Houston — the nation's fourth largest city with nearly 2.2 million people.


DALLAS — Mechanical glitches that caused three United Airlines flights to be cut short in the past week might have gotten little notice except for one detail: All the planes were Boeing 787s. The 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner, faces more scrutiny than normal because it was grounded for three months by concern about overheating lithium-ion batteries. By Airlines Writer David Koenig.


RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a former sailor's bid to clear his name in the high-profile "Norfolk Four" case. Eric C. Wilson of Jourdanton, Texas, is one of the four ex-sailors who said police intimidated them into falsely confessing to a 1997 rape and slaying. In 2009, then-Gov. Tim Kaine freed the other three men from prison but allowed their convictions to remain. Wilson, who was convicted only of rape, had been released from prison in 2005 and wasn't eligible for the conditional pardon. By Larry O'Dell.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two space station astronauts took care of a little outside maintenance Monday. Russian flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin replaced a main valve on the International Space Station, after emerging from their 250-mile-high home. By Marcia Dunn.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Students from low-income families who live in Texas' largest cities get outscored every year on standardized tests by their more affluent suburban neighbors, and 2013 was no different. In Austin, 55 percent of test-takers passed a challenging ninth-grade writing exam, for example, while in the suburbs of Leander 74 percent passed. By Benjamin Wermund, Austin American-Statesman.

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— BOY IMPALED-STATUE — A 14-year-old West Texas boy is dead after he ran into a bull statue on the Texas Tech University campus and impaled himself on one of its horns.

— TEXAS A&M-STRUCTURE-COLLAPSE — The last of four workers still hospitalized after the collapse of an under-construction Texas A&M University equestrian center has been upgraded to fair condition.

— HOUSE FIRE-2 KILLED — Two people have been killed in a weekend fire that consumed a home in Southeast Texas.

— PEARLAND-POLICE SHOOTING — A Houston-area police officer has shot and killed a theft suspect who tried to flee a hospital while being treated for injuries suffered during his arrest.

— THREE DEAD-LUBBOCK — Authorities have identified three people killed in what's described as a murder-suicide arising from a domestic dispute in West Texas.

— TEXAS EXECUTION-AVILA — A Texas death row inmate facing lethal injection this summer for the 2000 fatal beating of his girlfriend's son has had his execution delayed.

— UT SYSTEM REGENT-IMPEACHMENT — A powerful Texas House Republican wants to remove a University of Texas System regent, accusing him of interfering with the system's flagship Austin campus and its management.

— SURVEILLANCE-SHOE THIEF — If the shoe fits, steal it. Surveillance video on a Houston-area house shows a woman driving up to the home, opening packages that were left at the front door, taking some shoes from one of the boxes and trying them on before swiping the footwear.

— DAD IN BAR-KIDS IN CAR — Police say a 34-year-old man has been arrested for leaving his five young children in a car while he drank inside a Dallas bar.



Former U.S. Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is bringing Christian films to the big screen. EchoLight Studios said Monday that Santorum, known for his socially conservative views, has been named CEO of the Dallas-based Christian film production company. By Sarah Skidmore.

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NEW YORK — Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus plans to raise up to $100 million by returning to the stock market with an initial public offering. That amount is likely to change, though, as bankers gauge investor interest. The plan to go public, announced in a regulatory filing Monday, comes about eight years after private equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus bought Dallas-based Neiman Marcus for $5.1 billion. By Anne D'innocenzio and Michelle Chapman.

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DALLAS — Tenet Healthcare Corp. plans to buy fellow hospital operator Vanguard Health Systems Inc. for about $1.8 billion, in a deal that will expand its reach into new markets as millions of patients start to gain insurance coverage through the health care overhaul. Tenet said Monday that it will pay $21 per share, a 70 percent premium to Vanguard Health's Friday closing price of $12.37. The companies said the transaction also includes $2.5 billion in debt, and they value the entire deal at $4.3 billion.


— MUSIC-MUMFORD & SONS — Mumford & Sons are heading back on tour. The Grammy-winning band announced Monday that it has rescheduled dates in Dallas; The Woodlands, Texas; and New Orleans