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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. government posted a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of President Donald Trump's push to strengthen border security. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that denials of entry at official crossings and border arrests reached more than 39,000 in November. That's more than double the nearly 16,000 registered in April.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven says he will leave the school in May, citing unspecified health issues as a factor. The retired Navy admiral informed the system's Board of Regents of his decision during a meeting Friday. McRaven had multiple, recent clashes with state lawmakers and his three-year contract expires at the end of the year. As head of U.S. Special Operations Command, he directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

ANGELTON, Texas (AP) - An alleged serial killer has been indicted in the slaying of a North Texas college student nearly two decades after she went missing. A Texas grand jury indicted William Lewis Reece late Thursday on a charge of capital murder in the 1997 disappearance and death of 20-year-old Kelli Cox. Reece was charged this summer in three other cold-case killings in Texas and Oklahoma from the same year.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas transportation officials are removing all new tollway projects from a significant 10-year construction plan, including what would have been additional toll lanes on Interstate 35 through Central Texas. The Texas Transportation Commission unanimously voted Thursday to scrap all tolled projects from its Unified Transportation Program. The decision came despite pleas of nearly a dozen political, civic and business leaders in Central Texas to keep the I-35 express lanes in the plan.

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