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Firm drops bid to force drilling on holdouts

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Hilcorp has dropped its bid to force holdout property owners in Pennsylania to accept drilling under their land, saying Friday the energy company wants to move beyond a protracted fight and begin producing oil and gas.

FBI warns about 'virtual kidnapping' schemes

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The Houston FBI is warning the public about "virtual kidnapping" schemes in which a telephone caller demands payment for the return of a family member or friend when no actual kidnapping has taken place.

Ind. Gov. Pence discusses presidency in Texas stop

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence jokes that he's heard the argument that the next president of the United States should be a governor — and that he's "sympathetic" to it.

Man charged with kidnapping in Houston van theft

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Houston police say a man accused of stealing a daycare center minivan containing five young children has been charged with kidnapping.

El Salvador opens consulate in South Texas

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

A Texas border city further cemented its position at the center of a surge of Central American immigrants by opening its fourth foreign diplomatic office Friday.

Former Mexican state official to forfeit $6.5M

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The former treasurer of a Mexican border state has agreed to forfeit $6.5 million to Bexar (bayr) County, prosecutors in San Antonio said.

Convicted Texas rapist sentenced to life in prison

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

An El Paso man convicted of rape has been sentenced to life in prison.

Man gets life in prison in death at Tyler park

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

A man convicted in the death of a woman caught in gang crossfire while at an East Texas park with her 3-year-old son has been sentenced to life in prison.

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.

Man found fatally shot on San Antonio trail

|Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

A 19-year-old man has been found shot to death on a San Antonio trail.