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Commissioner allegedly offered to pay foe to drop out

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas county commissioner has been charged with a misdemeanor after a Texas Rangers investigation concluded he had offered to pay a 2015 primary opponent to drop out of the race.

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Officials: Woman forced 14-year-old into prostitution

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors in Houston say a woman held a 14-year-old girl against her will and forced the child to work as a prostitute, at one point having sex with 26 men over the course of a week.

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Houston considers use of genetically modified mosquitos

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus.

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First day of spring sees wave of record temperatures

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first day of spring saw temperatures in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas that broke or tied several high-temperature records, including four that were more than a century old.

The National Weather Service said it was 92 degrees in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 90 in Harrison, Arkansas, on Monday, tying records set in 1907. And 92-degree readings in Lubbock, Texas, and Lawton, Oklahoma broke records of 90 degrees in Lubbock and 91 in Lawton, both set in 1916.

"We've got a very large ridge of high pressure in the central U.S. ... pulling in dry hot air from the desert southwest," said Jonathan Kurtz, a meteorologist with the weather service in Norman, Oklahoma. "It's a little uncharacteristic for it to be this warm, this early."

Meteorologist Jeff Vitale in Lubbock agreed, saying there is no way to predict what will happen from year to year

"Some years are warm, some years are cool," Vitale said. "It (this year) is an anomalous pattern."

Other records include 92 degrees in Dallas to break the record of 91 set in 1932; 84 degrees in Houston broke the 1980 record of 83; and 85 degrees in Fayetteville, Arkansas, broke the 2011 record of 79 degrees.

Kurtz said an approaching low pressure system should provide milder temperatures from mid-week through the weekend, with daytime highs expected in the 60s and 70s by Wednesday, in the 70s and lower 80s on Thursday, and back into the 60s and 70s by Friday and throughout the weekend.

Thunderstorms are also possible Thursday and Friday, Kurtz said, mainly east of the Interstate 35 corridor.

‘Affluenza’ teen’s lawyers want him released from jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lawyers for a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck have turned to the Texas Supreme Court in an effort to secure his release from jail.

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