WASHINGTON (AP) - An agreement to vastly increase fencing, patrols and high-tech monitoring along the U.S.-Mexico border has been formally unveiled in the Senate. The measure is an amendment to a sweeping immigration bill that now looks headed for passage next week with substantial bipartisan support.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf says he'll thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys. Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a statement today that both BP and claimants "rightfully expect fairness and objectivity from this claims process."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas House committee has approved legislation that would put in place new abortion restrictions in the state. All of the Republican members of the House Affairs Committee voted in favor of the measures today, while all of the Democrats opposed them.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio jury has convicted a former elementary school teacher of official oppression for allegedly directing her students to strike a 6-year-old schoolmate for being a bully. Prosecutors say Cynthia Ambrose told her students to line up and hit the boy so he would know what it felt like to be bullied.
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