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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Fort Worth police say a man found hanging in a city jail cell has died. Police Sergeant William Hix says Gregory Hooper of Cleburne died Sunday at an area hospital. City police arrested Hooper on August 18th over allegations he choked his girlfriend and interfered with an emergency call.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) - Authorities say six Cuban men have landed on South Padre Island after drifting across the Gulf of Mexico because their boat engine failed. Cameron County Parks Chief Horacio Zamora says the men set off for Mexico 21 days ago on a 14-foot wooden boat. The men say the boat's engine malfunctioned two days into the trip and they tried to sail with a small shower curtain.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some online higher education courses are costing Texans more money than brick-and-mortar classes. State leaders have hailed online education as one fix for ballooning college prices. But the Dallas Morning News analyzed 18 universities and found that only the University of North Texas and the University of Texas had lower costs for online classes.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man has been reunited with his grandfather's watch after it was stolen three years ago. The watch was found by Harris County sheriff's detectives. The watch has been in Jowell Lydon's family for 53 years. It had been missing since someone broke into Lydon's home and stole his computer, television and jewelry in 2011.

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