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DALLAS (AP) - A North Dallas prosecutor is seeking the exoneration of a man who served 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl. DNA tests identified another man as the culprit. Michael Phillips has said he pleaded guilty in 1990 to raping the teen at the advice of his attorney.

HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County authorities say a Texas inmate has confessed to killing a man 10 years ago. Sheriff's officials say Allan Eugene was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Richard Sepulveda (seh-PUL'-veh-da) in 2004. The two men had been arguing over a parking spot in southwest Houston.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Travis Audubon Society is hosting parties to watch birds called purple martins outside an abandoned Austin shopping mall. The birds are the largest North American swallow breed. They migrate to the spot in July and August as they head north from Brazil to breed. The Purple Martin Conservation Association says flocks have shown up on National Weather Service radar.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A jury will continue deliberations for a fourth day in the defamation trial against the estate of late Texan Chris Kyle. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says the sniper and best-selling author Chris Kyle defamed him by fabricating a story about decking Ventura in a California bar. Ventura's attorney has asked for millions in damages if the jury agrees Kyle lied.

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