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Teen charged in videotaped Houston-area burglary

HOUSTON (AP) - A teenager has been charged with burglary after security video from inside a Houston-area house showed a man with a flashlight peering at a sleeping toddler in a crib.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says nobody was hurt in the April 5 burglary and the 18-year-old suspect faces an initial court appearance Monday.

Christopher Gomez has been charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation. Authorities earlier this week publicized the home invasion video in an effort that generated tips and led to Thursday night's arrest. Online jail records had no listing of an attorney for Gomez, whose bond was set at $300,000.

The video shows a man in a cap using a flashlight to check out various rooms as the family slept.

Computer equipment and cash were stolen.


Houston condominium complex guard fatally shot

HOUSTON (AP) - An armed security guard at a Houston condominium complex has been fatally shot and police are seeking a man who fled after being denied entry.

Police say the shooting happened early Friday near a small security structure at an entrance to the gated complex. Police say 51-year-old Rene Almeida was transported to a Houston hospital, where he was declared dead.

A gun belonging to Almeida, who was in his first week of guard work at the complex, has not been found.

Witnesses reported seeing a man trying to visit someone at the complex, but was not allowed to enter. Police say the man left. The guard was shot minutes later.

Police are reviewing security camera video.


Report: FBI probe includes legal work by Davis

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the agency.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a 2012 conflict-of-interest complaint alleges that the state senator from Fort Worth voted on toll legislation while representing the North Texas Tollway Authority.

Investigators in Travis County reviewed the case last year but closed it without an investigation. The FBI, however, continues examining the matter.

Davis' legal work and political activities are part of that ongoing investigation. But it's unclear if they're the focus or only part of the materials collected in the case.

A Davis spokesman said he wasn't aware that she was the subject of any investigation. He denied that Davis' legal work conflicted with her senatorial duties.


Border Patrol arrests about 80 at South Texas camp

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally have been arrested at a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas.

Border Patrol spokesman Danny Tirado told The Monitor in McAllen that it was unclear whether any of those arrested Thursday afternoon were guides suspected of guarding the immigrants.

The immigrants told authorities they had been at the site in McAllen for at least a week with little food or water. Tents and huts were camouflaged with mesquite branches and they slept on pieces of cardboard on the ground.

The Border Patrol made more than 154,000 arrests along the section of the U.S.-Mexico border in southernmost Texas last year, more than anywhere else on the Southwest border.

The majority of immigrants come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.


Texan, 98, a Doolittle Raider, to mark anniversary

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A 98-year-old retired Air Force pilot who's among just four surviving Doolittle Raiders will mark the anniversary of the war-changing flights at a ceremony in Texas.

Officials with Joint Base San Antonio say retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole is expected to be on hand Friday afternoon for a commemorative toast.

Cole lives in Comfort, Texas, about 40 miles northwest of San Antonio. He was among 80 men who risked their lives on the April 18, 1942, World War II bombing mission on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Cole was then-Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle's co-pilot.

Doolittle's archives are at the University of Texas at Dallas.


Austin City Council approves voucher resolution

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Leaders of a Central Texas city have adopted a resolution barring landlords from summarily rejecting applicants who want to use federal vouchers to pay the rent.

The Austin City Council voted Thursday in favor of the "source of income" measure involving housing complexes. Race, religion and gender are already banned as reasons for landlords to nix rental applications.

City Manager Marc Ott will seek public opinion for writing an ordinance to be presented to the Austin City Council by August.

Backers say the measure will provide more housing options for low-income residents. Critics raised questions about additional paperwork and regulatory burdens associated with federal housing rules.

The planned ordinance would not make accepting federal vouchers mandatory. Austin landlords could still reject applicants based on their credit scores and criminal histories.


Texas jobless rate slips to 5.5 percent in March

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate has slipped to 5.5 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the March unemployment figure, compared to a 5.7 percent statewide jobless rate in both January and February.

The latest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Texas compares to a 6.7 percent nationwide jobless rate during March.

The TWC says Texas employers added 9,100 jobs last month - for a total of 310,000 jobs added over the year.

The Midland area had the lowest jobless rate last month across Texas, at 2.7 percent. TWC figures show the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent.

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