ORANGE, Texas (AP) - A police affidavit says a Southeast Texas man found naked and stained with blood told officers that he killed his 2-year-old daughter, who had been bludgeoned with a hammer. The affidavit says an officer's body camera captured 26-year-old Yovahnis Roque confessing Tuesday in the death of his child in a home in Orange, near the Louisiana border. Police say her body was found in a closet.
HOUSTON (AP) - Legal wrangling was expected to continue in court Thursday between the American Civil Liberties Union and the government over thousands of children separated crossing the Mexico border before a June court order requiring the speedy re-unification of families. Advocates and lawmakers are also questioning the treatment of children who cross with relatives other than their parents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection argued the group incorrectly categorized cases involving other relatives.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico oilfield regulators would recover the authority to directly levy civil fines against well operators who fail to properly maintain equipment or spill waste under proposed legislation backed by the Democratic administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Initial committee deliberations were scheduled Thursday on a bill that is being closely watched by industry representatives. State fines against sloppy oilfield operators in New Mexico have ground to a halt.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas border county and a nonprofit civil rights group have jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court aiming to overturn President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration. El Paso County and the Border Network for Human Rights filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in El Paso. The 39-page complaint asks a judge to declare Trump's declaration unconstitutional and block any federal activity undertaken pursuant to the declaration.
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