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DALLAS (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted implementation of a judge's order that Texas make sweeping changes to its foster care system. The stay by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday puts the entire case on hold until it can hear arguments against the final order issued hours earlier by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) - A defense attorney says a Texas judge mentioned God while defending why he improperly urged a jury to acquit a woman accused of trafficking a teenager. Sylvia Cavazos said Friday she'll seek a retrial over state District Judge Jack Robison interrupting deliberations last week to tell jurors they shouldn't convict her client. Jurors ignored his pleadings and returned a guilty verdict. Cavazos says the judge expressed in chambers that he felt God had told him to speak to the jury.
DALLAS (AP) - Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap "Peyton Place," has died. Her daughter Mimi Vanderstraaten says Malone died Friday from natural causes in her hometown of Dallas.
RATON, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico sheriff says residents from nearby ranches were among the first to arrive at a fiery helicopter crash that killed five people, including Zimbabwe opposition leader Roy Bennett and his wife, Heather. Colfax County Sheriff Rick Sinclair said Friday that he had joined a game warden and paramedics in searching the rugged terrain for the wreckage after a survivor called 911. He says that when the crews arrived, residents were already working to extinguish the flames.
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