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MCGREGOR, Texas (AP) - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site. A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco.

DALLAS (AP) - A 23-year-old former suburban Dallas man has been indicted on a federal count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft in the laser shining on a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter. A U.S. attorney's statement says FBI agents arrested Steven Alexander Chavez on Friday in Lubbock, to where he had moved recently from Garland. According to the indictment returned earlier this week in Dallas, Chavez knowingly aimed the laser pointer at a DPS helicopter on August 4th, 2013.

MIAMI (AP) - A man accused of leading a human trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to U.S. extortion charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. Eliezer Lazo entered the plea yesterday in Miami, Florida federal court. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 years more.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A noncommissioned sexual abuse prevention officer accused of operating a prostitution ring at a central Texas army base will face a military court martial. Fort Hood said Friday that Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen's case will go to trial.

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