Explosion in Mexican customs office closes bridge
EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) - A four-lane bridge crossing the Rio Grande has been closed after two gas line explosions set the customs and immigration office ablaze in the Mexican community of Piedras Negras.
Local news reports Sunday said firefighters and emergency workers have arrived on-scene in Mexico.
It was unclear how many people were injured, but they were reportedly taken to area hospitals.
Eagle Pass police spokesman Sgt. Orlando Escareno said the source of the leak is unknown. He said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials were directly communicating with their Mexican counterparts.
Escareno added that a two-lane bridge through U.S. Customs to Mexico remains open.
A customs agent in Eagle Pass said she wasn't allowed to comment. South Texas CBP public affairs officers did not return calls seeking comment.
Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says a disparaging tweet from his personal account about the Democratic district attorney he's charged with unlawfully trying to oust was unauthorized.
A tweet from Perry's account Sunday, after the other post was deleted, said he does "not condone the tweet." The tweets were sent from Perry's verified account, but it was unclear who does the actual posting for the feed. Perry aides did not immediately return messages.
The earlier tweet linked to an unflattering mock image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was convicted of drunken driving in April.
Perry vetoed funds to her office when she refused to resign, which led to a grand jury indictment. Perry has pleaded not guilty and called the abuse of power charges a political ploy.
Fake sheriff's deputies rob home outside Houston
HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say two men impersonating sheriff's deputies have robbed a home where authorities previously searched for drugs.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the robbery occurred around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in Ames, outside Houston.
The home's occupants told Liberty County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Joel Davila that the men wore black with badge shoulder patches.
They brandished handguns and shouted, "Liberty County Sheriff's Department! Get on the floor!"
The men put pillowcases over the heads of the home's occupants and stole a suitcase containing about $6,000 and two guns.
The home had been the target of an Aug. 21 raid by the Texas Department of Public Safety and federal drug authorities.
But no law enforcement agency reported such activity this time. Investigators concluded it had been a robbery, not a raid.
DALLAS ZOO CRASH
No animals affected by minor crash at Dallas Zoo
DALLAS (AP) - Officials say no animals were affected when a pickup truck veered off a nearby roadway and flipped onto the property of the Dallas Zoo.
The Dallas Morning News reports the crash occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday.
The pickup was traveling on South Marsalis Avenue when it crashed through a guardrail and rolled onto zoo property.
Zoo spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said the crash caused "very minor" damage to the zoo's hospital. She said it did not occur near any habitats, and that the zoo's animals were doing fine.
The driver fled, and the pickup was towed away within hours.
Holloway said there was no indication the driver remained on zoo property for long, adding: "Not many people are crazy enough to wander around the zoo at night."
Fort Bliss amps up security over holiday weekend
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Fort Bliss says it's taking extra security precautions over Labor Day weekend.
Spokesman Ltc. Lee Peters says the U.S. Army post has closed some entry gates to non-Defense Department personnel, and increased random vehicle searches through Tuesday.
He said Sunday that the added security comes amid recent Defense Department guidance and internal security assessments.
Peters also cited media reports that have to be "assessed" about a possible attack on America's southern border by militants from the Islamic State extremist group that's attacking cities in Iraq.
The Army post also has warned the approximately 30,000 soldiers and 10,000 civilians who work there to expect "future change access controls" beyond Tuesday.
Peters says new protocol is also being developed due to recent shootings at Fort Hood, Fort Lee and the Navy Yard.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.