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Man alleged to be regional Zeta leader guilty of 10 counts

SAN ANTONIO — A man witnesses called a regional leader of the violent Zeta drug cartel in the border city of Piedras Negras, Mexico, has been convicted of 10 drug-related counts by a federal jury in San Antonio.

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Damage shown from blast that stopped police-killing sniper

DALLAS — The blood stains have been removed. So has most of the debris. But some remnants of the blast that ended Micah Johnson's deadly police ambush in Dallas remain at El Centro College: a wall and door frame blown back several feet, and wires and metal dangling from a ceiling with no tiles.

Officials at the downtown community college on Tuesday showed reporters the damage left after Dallas police deployed a remote-controlled robot with about 1 pound of the explosive C4, set it off and killed Johnson early on July 8.

Johnson had opened fire on police officers working at a protest about recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota before making his way into the college. For about 4? hours, Johnson hid around a corner near the end of a long, narrow hallway of classrooms on the second floor of El Centro's Building B, the college's police chief, Joseph Hannigan, said. From there, Johnson fired about 200 bullets at officers, Hannigan said.

"There's no way for an officer to get in here and make an approach on the subject," he said, standing next to the spot where Johnson's body was found. "That's why the decision was made to do it mechanically."

In all, Johnson fatally shot five officers during the attack and wounded nine others, along with two civilians. Two of the injured were El Centro College officers who encountered Johnson as he tried shooting his way through some campus doors.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown has defended using the robot, saying Johnson had told police negotiators he wanted to kill more officers and had planted explosives.

Johnson, 25, who lived in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite and had served in the Army Reserves, started the ambush around 9 p.m. on July 7. As the peaceful protest neared its conclusion, he pulled up in a black SUV, talked to two Dallas police officers and then shot them, authorities said.

From there, Johnson began moving, seeking cover inside El Centro because he was coming under return fire, Hannigan said. There was no indication Johnson had previously staked out El Centro or made threats against it, he said.

Johnson eventually shot way inside through an entrance on the other side of campus and left a trail of blood leading to a stairwell, Hannigan said. He fired back at officers who followed him into the stairwell and headed to the campus library. He found a window, shot it out and fired down at officers on the street.

Johnson stayed on the move, Hannigan said. He wound his way back around to the other side of the building.

Textbook reignites Mexican American studies flap in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Activists and educators on Monday called a Mexican-American studies textbook proposed for use across Texas biased and poorly researched and argued that its contents are especially offensive in a state where a majority of public school students are Hispanic.

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Patient takes Dallas ambulance, crashes it into building

DALLAS — Authorities say a person being treated by medics in Dallas after an accident has been arrested after jumping into the ambulance and then crashing it into a building.

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Galveston motorcyclist fatally strikes child

GALVESTON, Texas — Authorities say a motorcyclist has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after fatally striking a 4-year-old boy playing on the side of the road in Southeast Texas.

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