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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. immigration officials have released a Salvadoran woman who said a guard groped her inside an immigration detention facility. Advocates said in a statement Saturday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided Friday to grant deferred action to Laura Monterrosa-Flores, who had been held for months at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center outside of Austin.

CRESSON, Texas (AP) - The search for a man who's been missing since a North Texas chemical plant exploded and caught fire Thursday has been postponed because of dangerous site conditions. Cresson Mayor and assistant fire chief Bob Cornett said Saturday that fires are still burning at the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson. Cornett identified the missing worker who is presumed dead as 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell. Two other workers were injured in the explosion.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County sheriff's deputies found dead and dismembered animals in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after receiving calls that animals were being sacrificed. Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez says that deputies saw more than a dozen people inside a garage where a woman was cutting up animal parts.

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials say Southwest Airlines has been granted a permit to operate at the Honolulu airport. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the Dallas-based carrier was issued a revocable permit this month for space at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Southwest says it still intends to sell tickets this year for flights between the mainland and Hawaii, but it's not ready to announce flight routes.

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