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Police: Man who robbed poker game arrested

STAFFORD, Texas (AP) - Texas police have arrested a man in connection to the fatal shooting of a businessman at a poker game.

Stafford police made the announcement Thursday. It's unclear if they've charged the man, who they say killed 45-year-old Donald Leonetti.

Police say the suspected shooter was one of two masked men armed with rifles who robbed the high-stakes poker game on July 17.

Leonetti owned a Missouri City graphics company that made T-shirts. He and a dozen others had gathered for an invitation-only game in a shopping center.

Police say the masked men asked the players to empty their pockets and took about $20,000. They say the robbers fired at least two shots inside the room.

The second shot grazed the neck of another player who survived.


West Texas teenager dies from horse accident

BALLINGER, Texas (AP) - A West Texas teenager girl has died after being kicked in the head by a horse earlier this week.

A Shannon Medical Center official said Thursday that 17-year-old Ashley Virden was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Virden was riding horses with her father at their home south of Ballinger on Tuesday. The Runnel County Sheriff's Office says the horse bucked her off and then kicked her in the head.

A family member tells The San Angelo Standard-Times that the girl's body will remain on life support so her organs can be donated. The family member says they've already found a match for her lungs and possibly for her heart.


Family of American with Ebola claim to be healthy

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The family of a Texas-trained doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has shown no symptoms of the deadly disease.

Dr. Kent Brantly is in the isolation ward of a hospital where he had been treating Ebola patients on behalf of the Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. His wife Amber and 3- and 5-year-old children left Liberia days before Brantly quarantined himself after testing positive for Ebola, raising fears they may have been infected.

Amber Brantly says in a statement Thursday that she and the children are "physically fine."

American volunteer Nancy Writebol is also battling Ebola in Liberia.

Officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said Thursday they expect one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days."

Amber Brantly didn't mention a possible evacuation.


Texas man convicted of shining laser at aircraft

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a West Texas man of shining a laser at a helicopter flying overhead.

Don Ray Dorsett had been arrested was arrested Feb. 14 in El Paso. With Thursday's conviction in El Paso, the 28-year-old El Paso man faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced Oct. 2.

No one was injured in the Jan. 4 incident involving a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter. However, U.S. Attorney Robert Pittman has said that pointing lasers at aircraft poses a risk to flight crews, passengers and people on the ground. Consequently, it's a federal crime.

In 2013, 3,960 laser strikes were reported, a 1,100% increase since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started tracking the incidents in 2005.


Texas man gets probation in revenge porn case

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A Texas man has pleaded guilty to seeking revenge on his ex-girlfriend by emailing out videos of them having sex.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that 28-year-old Philip Welch Ingram struck the deal Thursday in exchange for five years of deferred adjudication probation. He pleaded guilty to improper visual recording and breach of computer security. Both are felonies.

Ingram must undergo psychological treatment and pay a $500 fine. He can't live in Tarrant County or contact the ex-girlfriend as part of the agreement.

Police say Ingram hid a video recorder to film the couple. They say after the two broke up Ingram hacked into her email. He sent the videos to the woman's parents, friends and employer.

Ingram declined comment to the newspaper after the hearing.


Fort Hood to change commanders Aug. 8

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss will become the new commander of Fort Hood and III Corps next month.

Maj. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland has been promoted to lieutenant general and will succeed Lt. Gen. Mark Milley as the top commander at the Central Texas Army post on Aug. 8.

Milley has been promoted to general and will become the commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Milley has commanded II Corps and Fort Hood since December 2012.


Pollock exhibit set for 2015 in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Museum of Art will be the only U.S. stop for a new touring exhibit next year of Jackson Pollock's work.

The exhibit will be the first in more than three decades to survey a phase of works known as his "black pourings" - a series of black enamel and oil paintings created between 1951 and 1953. "Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots" will open in Dallas in November 2015.

Some of Pollock's earlier works will be displayed as well to put into perspective the departure represented by the lesser-known works from the "black pourings" phase.

The exhibit is organized by the Dallas museum and the Tate Liverpool in England. It will premiere at the Tate Liverpool, running there from June through October of next year before coming to the U.S.

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