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INFANT DEATH-FATHER CHARGED

Police: Houston father charged in son's death

HOUSTON (AP) - Police say a Houston father has been charged with killing his 2-month-old son.

The Houston Police Department says 20-year-old Everton Bryan was charged with murder and arrested Tuesday. His son, Daniel, died at Texas Children's Hospital on Sunday. The child was admitted to the hospital Thursday with blunt-force trauma injuries.

A cause of death has not been released.

Police say Bryan admitted to hurting the child.

He was booked into the Harris County Jail on $80,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.

KIDS KILLED-DRIVER SHOT

Jury to get Texas road-rage murder case

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) - A Southeast Texas jury is to hear closing arguments in the trial of a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a drunken driver who killed his two sons in a crash.

The Brazoria County jury will hear arguments Wednesday before deliberating the murder case of David Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs). Both sides rested their cases Tuesday in a state district court in Angleton, with the defense calling just three witnesses.

Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, minutes after Banda hit a truck Barajas and his two sons were pushing after it ran out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.

If convicted, Barajas faces up to life imprisonment.

HOUSE EXPLOSION-DALLAS

Woman, 5 children hurt in Dallas house explosion

DALLAS (AP) - Investigators have determined a natural gas leak was responsible for an explosion that destroyed a Dallas family's home, injuring a woman and her five children.

A Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman says the Tuesday morning blast and fire were accidental in nature and resulted from a leak inside the house.

Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Lavender says the blast happened after the children's father had gone to work.

TASER INJURY-SETTLEMENT

Texas County reaches $775,000 deal in Taser case

CEDAR PARK, Texas (AP) - Bastrop County has settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family of a high school student who suffered a brain injury after a deputy shot him with a Taser.

The attorney representing Noe Niño de Rivera said Tuesday the agreement was reached Monday. The county admitted no fault as part of the settlement.

County officials and the defense attorney say the former Cedar Creek High School student has accumulated $1.3 million in medical bills from the November injury. Authorities say the deputy shot the teen with a Taser because he acted aggressively and "looked ready to fight." They say Niño de Rivera hit his head after being shot.

A county jury didn't indict either of the two deputies at the scene. The FBI continues to investigate.

TEXAS-LABOR DAY TRAVEL

Most Texans since 2008 to travel for Labor Day

IRVING, Texas (AP) - AAA Texas projects that more than 2.5 million Texans will hit the road or take wing for the Labor Day 2014 holiday.

The auto club said in a statement that the projection would be the highest number of Texans traveling for Labor Day since 2008 and a 1.9 percent increase from 2013.

The club predicts that 2.1 of those Texans traveling between Thursday and Monday will do so by auto. It credits labor market improvements, positive consumer expectations for disposable income and increased housing values for the increased travel. Consumer spending has exceeded income growth, show that more people are willing to take on debt to finance their summer's-end holidays.

Most travelers will find gas prices at their lowest levels for the season since 2010.

POLICE SHOOTING-BUILDING TRUST

In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

DALLAS (AP) - In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are making renewed efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust.

The idea often involves holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown considers it a preventative step. He says he prefers to be shouted at during a community meeting than to try to establish relationships after a deadly shooting, when it's too late.

To reassure the public, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins recently announced that he would begin sending two prosecutors to independently investigate every police shooting.

Similar efforts have been made in New York, Nashville, Kansas City and elsewhere.

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