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Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.

Republicans say they believe they will command the votes to prevail later Thursday on the legislation to send resources to the U.S.-Mexico border and speed the return of unaccompanied minors arriving here from Central America.

They also intend to advance a companion measure that would block President Barack Obama from expanding a program that offers relief from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

That legislation was added at the last minute after conservative support for the border bill looked soft, partly because conservatives said it didn't go far enough to limit Obama.


White House decries House vote on deportations

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says in a statement that the House is driving an approach to immigration focused on rounding up and deporting 11 million immigrants who are not legally in the United States and separating their families.

House Republicans have scheduled a vote to prevent Obama from undertaking further deportation relief in an effort to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border.

Obama in 2012 decided to defer deportations and give work permits to immigrants who entered the country illegally as children before 2007.


Toddler attending circus in Dallas falls 1 level

DALLAS (AP) - A 2-year-old girl attending the circus in Dallas has been hurt in an accidental fall from the second level of the American Airlines Center to the main level.

Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel attended to the child Wednesday night, who was transported to a hospital. Her name and further details on her condition weren't immediately available Thursday.

Arena general manager David Brown released a statement Thursday saying the girl was injured during the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Brown says the family was leaving their seats on the front row of the 200 level just before intermission when the child fell to the Plaza Level below.

Officials did not estimate the distance the child fell.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials on Thursday referred questions to American Airlines Center officials.


Paid leave for new Austin parents proves popular

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Paid leave for new Austin parents who are city employees is proving more popular than officials had expected.

Austin last year became the first Texas city to offer paid leave to its employees to care for a newborn or a newly adopted or foster child.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the city paid out about $691,000 in the program's first seven months. That's more than double the amount the city expected to pay for the entire year.

City officials expected 60 employees to take the paid maternity or paternity leave. In the first seven months, 162 parents took time off work.


Thieves in Houston make off with hair extensions

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police are investigating a hair heist by thieves who stole pricey extensions used for weaves.

Security video shows a pickup-truck crashing through the front door of a beauty supply store early Wednesday when the business was closed.

Several people are seen scrambling from the vehicle and grabbing packets of human hair extensions, which can sell for up to $200 apiece. Lt. Larry Crowson says the suspects tossed the items into the bed of the truck before fleeing.

Kevin Kim, whose family owns the business, estimates the stolen hair products are worth thousands of dollars.

Houston police say cash was also taken by the thieves, who remain at large.


Dallas traffic signals timed, ire to pedestrians

DALLAS (AP) - Pedestrians at most of the downtown intersections in Dallas are finding the buttons they push to get a walk signal don't do anything.

The Dallas Morning News reports that nearly all of the city's 200 traffic signals function on a pre-timed system. The push-to-walk buttons don't work how pedestrians expect them to because the signals change based on set time increments.

The assistant director of the Department of Street Services says the city doesn't need the buttons. He says the pre-timed signals are safer for pedestrians.

Dallas switched to the pre-timed system when the vehicle detectors of its old signals stopped working. The old system slowed traffic and prevented lights from changing regularly.


Ginobili will not play for Argentina at World Cup

(AP) - Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina at the FIBA World Cup because of a stress fracture in his right leg that has bothered the San Antonio Spurs guard since the playoffs.

The Argentine Basketball Federation announced the decision on Thursday. The World Cup will be played starting Aug. 30 in Spain, and Ginobili's loss is a big blow for Argentina's chances.

The 37-year-old Ginobili played through the injury while helping the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. He has long relished international competition, but the San Antonio Express-News first reported earlier this week that the Spurs requested Ginobili not play in Spain because of the lingering issue.

Skipping the World Cup will help Ginobili recover and be ready for next season with the Spurs.

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