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HOUSTON (AP) - An ex-neighbor has been charged in the December fatal stabbing of a 72-year-old woman whose body was found in her burned Houston-area home. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Ethen Drake has been charged with capital murder. Investigators believe he stole cash and drugs from Caroline Stagne, then set her house on fire.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Canadian man awaiting possible deportation because of charges against him in his home country has died in federal custody. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 46-year-old Peter George Rockwell's family authorized his removal from life support after Rockwell suffered a heart attack or stroke Feb. 15. He was declared dead Saturday at a Houston-area hospital.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Many Texas Republicans would like to emulate Ted Cruz's rise from one-time political longshot to national tea party superstar. But in the three-way GOP race for Texas attorney general, state Sen. Ken Paxton has been the least shy about campaigning openly as Cruz's second coming. In an interview, Paxton confirmed modeling his campaign after Cruz's 2012 grassroots-fueled U.S. Senate bid, saying "It works."

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