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Keller school halts step-by-step cocaine trade assignment

KELLER, Texas — A North Texas school district has halted an assignment requiring sixth-graders to make a step-by-step plan on how dealers distribute cocaine.

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Texan crashes into Okla. hotel after bill dispute

ALVA, Okla. — A Texas driver faces charges after surveillance video shows his pickup truck crashing into the front desk of a Oklahoma hotel and nearly hitting two women.

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San Antonio officer shoots, kills 3 dogs to save man from mauling

SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio police officer has shot and killed three dogs that mauled a man and attacked the officer.

Investigators say the attack took place early Tuesday. Police are trying to determine who owns the dogs.

The officer responded to a 911 call about a man screaming for help and being mauled by several dogs. The officer tried to fight off the dogs then opened fire.

Houston plumber sues dealer after truck seen in Jihadist photo

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas plumber is suing a truck dealer after a vehicle emblazoned with his company's name and phone number — and carrying gun-toting fighters — appeared in a photo circulated by purported Islamic extremists.

Mark Oberholtzer filed the lawsuit against Charlie Thomas Ford Ltd., of Houston, last Wednesday. Oberholtzer wants more than $1 million to cover the damage to his company, Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, since the photo was circulated on social media in 2014.

Oberholtzer says he's received death threats and over 1,000 phone calls since the photo appeared online.

The lawsuit says the dealer didn't remove the Mark-1 decals as promised before shipping the vehicle to Turkey.

The dealer didn't return a call seeking comment Monday.

The Associated Press has not been able to verify the photo.

Official: Insufficient funds to host unaccompanied children

SAN ANTONIO  — A top health official has voiced concern that too little money is available to house the unexpectedly high numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told members of Congress' appropriations committee Friday that the agency "may face serious funding challenges in meeting the costs of accommodating the increased number of children."

The agency hopes to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2014, when tens of thousands of children and families overcrowded Border Patrol shelters.

Agency spokesman Mark Weber says the letter doesn't ask for additional funds beyond the president's budget request.

A total of 10,588 unaccompanied children crossed the border in October and November, prompting the agency to open new shelters in Texas and California.

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