2 charged in death of North Texas student, 17
DALLAS (AP) - Police say two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old schoolmate in North Texas.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the body of Wylie East High School student Ivan Mejia was found Saturday night in Garland. Police say he had been killed on a road behind the Wylie school. It's not clear how he died.
A 911 call about a car veering off a highway Saturday led police to a wooded area in Garland. Wylie police Sgt. Donna Valdepena says officers spotted the car and waited for the two 16-year-olds to return to it. She says they asked the teens what they were doing and they said "burying a body."
They are being held at a juvenile detention facility in Collin County.
3 fires claim 5 lives in Houston since Thursday
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Fire Department officials say a person has died in a house fire, bringing to five the number of fatalities due to structure blazes in the city in the past three days.
The Houston Fire Department said fire crews found the latest victim Sunday morning in the back of a house as they entered to combat the flames.
On Friday night, a 69-year-old man was found by firefighters inside the bathroom of a house that was on fire. Three bodies were recovered from the remains of another house that burned on Thursday.
All incidents are being probed by arson investigators and police detectives. No identities have been released of the victims.
Man accused of setting fire over marijuana
HOUSTON (AP) - An 18-year-old has been arrested after being accused of starting a fire in his mother's Houston-area apartment because she would not give him money to buy marijuana.
The Houston Chronicle reports that John Carter is facing arson charges for setting his mother's clothes on fire on Saturday.
Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office says damage to the apartment was limited to the clothing.
Carter is jailed on a $30,000 bond.
MALAYSIA PLANE-TEXAS FIRM
US-based firm's workers on plane headed to meeting
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin-based technology company says its 20 employees on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China.
Freescale Semiconductor spokeswoman Jacey Zuniga said Sunday the employees - 12 from Malaysia and eight from China -work at facilities in their respective countries that manufacture semiconductor chips.
The employees were aboard Flight MH370, which went missing early Saturday over the South China Sea.
Zuniga says the company is focusing on its employees and their families and watching for any new developments.
Freescale Semiconductor has been developing microprocessors, sensors and other technology for the past 50 years.
The company has more than 18,000 employees and operates manufacturing facilities, design centers and sales offices throughout the world.
SMALL PLANE LANDING-ASSISTANCE
Plane guided into landing after equipment failure
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A North Texas flying instructor and his student had to get some help landing their plane after one of their instruments malfunctioned.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the instructor and his student had taken off in a single engine plane from an airport in Addison Sunday morning on a training flight to College Station.
Before arriving, the instructor discovered his attitude indicator - a gyroscope needed when landing through clouds and bad weather- wasn't working.
Stewart Pearcy, a Houston flight controller, talked the instructor through the landing.
Pearcy says he had the instructor fly 30 miles away from the airport and come in on a straight path through the clouds, guided in by a beacon that is part of an airport's landing system.
The plane landed safely.
HURRICANE PROTECTION PLANS
Study to review hurricane protection ideas
HOUSTON (AP) - A new $4 million study will look at two ideas that have been proposed as ways to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surge that could cause billions of dollars in damage and wreak havoc on the largest petrochemical complex in the country.
One idea would be a system of levees and flood gates proposed to run from Galveston to High Island dubbed the "Ike Dike." The other is a 600- to 800-foot wall that would be placed across the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel.
The Houston Chronicle reports the ideas were developed after Hurricane Ike devastated the upper Texas coast in 2009.
A series of public meetings in late spring will be held to discuss both proposals.
BORDER TOURISM-SPRING BREAK
Mexican border city hopes to lure Spring Breakers
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - The Mexican border city of Matamoros long ago gave up catering to Spring Breakers who would cross over in droves from Texas beach resorts.
But in the midst of a three-year increase in American tourism in Mexico, Matamoros now sees the potential to reopen many of the bars and restaurants that closed after cartel violence drove tourists away.
The city plans to open a children's water park and pier to lure Mexican visitors for Holy Week next month. It wants to focus next year on luring Spring Breakers from South Padre Island, Texas. A pivotal part of that plan will involve working to reopen businesses geared toward young Americans.
Other former Spring Break meccas, such as Rosarito Beach south of California, now focus on attracting wealthier, middle-aged travelers.
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