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Texas House OKs school finance bill, property tax reform

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has unanimously approved a sweeping, bipartisan school finance bill that brings an extra $4.5 billion into Texas classrooms in an attempt to overhaul the state's troubled school finance system. The plan approved on Saturday seeks to increase annual per-student funding by $1,020 to $6,160, give $1.6 billion in teacher raises and send schools another $5 billion for property tax relief. A previous House version of the bill attempted to pump $6.3 billion into the state's public education system. The chamber also cleared another measure designed to limit

Man dies in Hawaii after reported shark attack

MAUI, Hawaii (AP) — A man has died in Hawaii after a reported shark attack. Authorities say shark warning signs were being posted in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui where the man died Saturday morning. The signs will remain in place until at least noon Sunday. The man's name has not been released.

Fighter pilots saw small plane crash off Florida coast

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a small airplane that crashed hundreds of miles off the coast of Florida shortly after it was approached by U.S. military jets. News outlets report that Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport air traffic controllers lost communication with the Cessna business jet Friday afternoon, prompting the Florida Air National Guard to dispatch two F-15 fighter jets. Maj. Mark R. Lazane is a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. He told The New York Times that the fighter jets approached the plane, but it "rapidly"

3 soccer teammates killed by driver while waiting for bus

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A driver has crashed into three South Florida soccer teammates who were waiting for their bus, killing the teens. The Miami Herald reports the crash occurred Saturday morning in North Miami. Authorities say the unidentified driver survived the wreck and was hospitalized in serious condition. The teens were in their soccer uniforms, ready to play in a tournament in Weston. They were part of the Little Haiti Football Club, a nonprofit that identifies low-income children with athletic talent. Pat Santangelo sits on the board of directors for the soccer organization. He

The Latest: World War II soldier buried in Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on funeral services for a WWII solider from Montana whose remains were identified last year. (all times local): 5 p.m. A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were identified last year. A memorial and funeral with full military honors was held Saturday in Bozeman for Army Pvt. William A. Boegli, who was raised in Sedan, Montana. He was killed while leading a group of litter bearers to evacuate wounded soldiers in the 1944 invasion of Angaur Island. The

Woman facing eviction gets help from Arnold Schwarzenegger

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 102-year-old woman facing eviction from her California home of nearly 30 years is getting help from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Los Angeles Times reports Thelma Smith was given until June 30 to move out by landlords who say their daughter needs a place to live. Los Angeles' rent control law provides relocation assistance for elderly and disabled. But Smith, a retired secretary for the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation, lives in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, just outside the city limits. The law doesn't apply there. Schwarzenegger, who knew Smith

Bernie Sanders holds first home state rally of 2020 campaign

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders has held his first home state rally of his 2020 campaign, telling a large crowd on the Vermont Statehouse lawn that his ideas that seemed radical to some in the last presidential election — such as health care for all and raising the minimum wage — are not so radical today. Sanders told the crowd on Saturday that this is a pivotal moment in American history. He said the 1% in this country have enormous wealth and power but 99% is a lot bigger. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream co-founder Ben Cohen on

The Latest: Braggs, Oklahoma completely surrounded by water

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on major flooding Oklahoma and Arkansas from severe weather across the central U.S. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Officials say a small town in eastern Oklahoma is completely surrounded by water and without power from major flooding on the Arkansas River. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says about 260 residents live in Braggs and it is not clear how many people evacuated before the flooding began. Cain says Muskogee County officials are urging voluntary evacuations of low-lying areas along the river, where water could be seen

Mississippi rep accused of punching wife issues statement

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker accused of recently punching his wife has issued a statement, saying the incident has been misrepresented, although he did not say how so. Authorities say state Rep. Doug McLeod was drunk and bloodied his wife's nose after she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. According to separate statements from the couple, each referred to "many fabrications and misrepresentations" in the media about the May 18 incident. McLeod, a Republican from Lucedale, says he would address the allegations once "the process is complete." McLeod's

Mississippi rep accused of punching wife issues statement

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker accused of recently punching his wife has issued a statement, saying the incident has been misrepresented, although he did not say how so. Authorities say state Rep. Doug McLeod was drunk and bloodied his wife's nose after she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. According to separate statements from the couple, each referred to "many fabrications and misrepresentations" in the media about the alleged incident. McLeod, a Republican from Lucedale, says he would address the allegations once "the process is complete." McLeod's