Texas state trooper hit by gunfire

from Mexico

FRONTON

A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gunbattle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

Lt. Johnny Hernandez of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound.

The state trooper was hit about 1 p.m. Friday while on foot patrol with the Border Patrol agent in Fronton, on the border about 105 miles upstream from Brownsville. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement says the federal agent also was hit but was protected by body armor.

The trooper, whose identity hasn’t been released, was in stable condition at a McAllen hospital.

Hernandez says it’s unclear who was involved in the gunfight.

Nephew of ex-NBA player Camby found dead on property

PEARLAND

Police in Texas have found the body of the 9-year-old autistic nephew of former NBA player Marcus Camby who went missing during the family’s Thanksgiving celebration on Camby’s property.

Pearland Police Lt. Onesimo Lopez told the Houston Chronicle that the body of Marcus McGee was found in a lake on Camby’s Houston-area property on Saturday morning.

Lopez said there appeared to be no signs of foul play.

McGhee, who had autism and was nonverbal, was reported missing Thursday. He had traveled to Texas from Connectictut for the holiday.

A Coast Guard helicopter had searched local bodies of water Thursday but found nothing.

Former classmates of “alt-right” leader set up refugee fund

DALLAS

Alumni of a private boys’ school in Dallas have set up an online fundraising campaign for a nonprofit that helps refugees and asylum-seekers, in repudiation of the ideas espoused by their “alt-right” leader classmate.

The Dallas Morning News reported that members of the St. Mark’s School of Texas Class of 1997 hope to raise $25,000 for the International Rescue Committee in the name of their “white supremacist” classmate Richard Spencer.

A speech Spencer gave last weekend in Washington, D.C., at an alt-right conference drew Nazi-style salutes from people in the audience.

Last December, the state of Texas tried to bar the International Rescue Committee from resettling Syrian refugees in Texas. But in June, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Texas had no legal standing to bring a suit.

Republican senator: Pipeline protesters should leave camp

CANNON BALL, N.D.

North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline should respect the law and leave the protest area.

The Republican made the statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter Friday to Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault that said the federal land about 50 miles south of Bismarck on which the vast majority of protesters have gathered at the Oceti Sakowin camp will close Dec. 5.

Archambault says the letter cites the oncoming winter and confrontations between protesters and police. He also says, “our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever.”

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