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BC-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

December 17, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org.

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HOUSTON _ An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. Deportation flights are big business: The U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights in the last decade, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE’s budget for charter flights by 30 percent. By Nomaan Merchant and Angeliki Kastanis. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video by 2:30 p.m.



WASHINGTON _ Have government shutdowns lost their punch? President Donald Trump is threatening a partial shutdown over border wall funds, but the year-end shutdown scenario has become a regular feature on Capitol Hill. As Congress and the White House fight over funding, it’s hardly any comfort to the thousands of government workers who will go without pay this holiday season or the tourists hoping to visit closed national parks. By Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 690 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 p.m., photos. With: SHUTDOWN-GLANCE _A look at what would shut down if Congress and President Donald Trump don’t come to an agreement by Dec. 21. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m.



Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with an increasing number of migrants who speak neither English nor Spanish. By Julie Watson. SENT: 800 words, photos.


HOTAN, China _ Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west, and dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. The men and women inside are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. This is one of a growing number of internment camps in the Xinjiang region where as many as 1 million Muslims are detained; now the government is forcing some to work in manufacturing. By Dake Kang, Yanan Wang and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,500 words, photos, video to come later. Moving on national lines.


WASHINGTON _ A federal judge’s ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court. Judge Reed O’Connor’s opinion was issued late Friday and supporters of the law vowed to appeal and take other steps to preserve health benefits in the law sometimes called Obamacare. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 840 words, photos.


Silicon Valley is becoming Silicon Nation. Google is planning a major expansion in New York City, announcing Monday it will spend more than $1 billion on a new office complex that will allow the internet search giant to double the number of people it employs there. The move follows similar steps by Amazon and Apple to set up operations well outside their home areas. Hungry for engineers and other employees, tech companies are aggressively expanding beyond the Seattle-San Francisco corridor. Apple last week announced plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moving on news and business lines.


_ GAS STATION-FATAL SHOOTING _ Authorities in Texas say they’ve detained a suspect in the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk.



NEW YORK _ Baylor fell out of the top five for the first time in nearly a year after losing at Stanford. The Lady Bears dropped from third to sixth in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll on Monday after losing 68-63 on Saturday to the then-No. 11 Cardinal. Stanford moved up to eighth. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 350 words, photos.


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