AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Four of the five living former presidents have made brief remarks at a concert to benefit victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter called on Americans to donate to the appeal that has raised $31 million so far. George H. W. Bush did not speak but waved from the stage.
PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for two missing crew members of a barge that caught fire off the Texas coast. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jennae Steinmiller says that emergency responders also worked to contain the spread of oil from the barge, which was nearing Mustang Island, about 14 miles from the site of Friday morning's explosion. A Port Aransas city official reported Friday that one crew member had died, but Steinmiller says she cannot confirm that.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mexico has joined a legal battle against a Texas law cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities, one of the toughest of its kind in the U.S. The Mexican government filed an amicus brief Thursday in a suit brought by several major Texas challenging the law in federal appeals court in New Orleans. The brief says the law forces Mexico to treat Texas differently than other states and interferes with diplomatic interests and ongoing negotiations on a range of bilateral issues.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Attorneys for a former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting dozens of athletes are pushing to have his trial moved out of the Lansing area. The Lansing State Journal reports that attorneys representing Larry Nassar filed a change-of-venue request because of what they called "inflammatory and sustained media coverage" that they say has made it difficult for Nassar to get a fair trial in the area.
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