Texas news minute

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant says the regulation of dangerous chemicals falls under a "patchwork" of U.S. standards that are decades old and weaker than those used elsewhere. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will present preliminary findings today to a U.S. Senate panel. The April explosion in West killed 15 people.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - At least 18 people have been arrested in an alleged synthetic marijuana production and distribution ring operating in Texas and Oklahoma. Federal investigators say the cases involve synthetic marijuana and bath salts sold in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas, Laredo, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla. The defendants include operators of some tobacco, smoke shop and convenience stores.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The body of a boy has been found in the backyard of a vacant North Texas house. Fort Worth police say the body was discovered yesterday afternoon during the search for a 5-year-old boy reported missing by his family. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former trainer at a South Texas military installation has been convicted of sexual misconduct and sentenced to two years in custody. Christopher Oliver was also given a dishonorable discharge yesterday. Oliver is a former elite training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

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