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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate held steady in February at 4 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the latest statewide jobless rate was the same as January. Nationwide unemployment last month was 4.1 percent. Midland had the state's lowest jobless rate last month at 2.5 percent. Commission officials say the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment in Texas during February at 7.1 percent.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The supervisor of the fugitive task force that helped apprehend the suspected Austin bomber says it's the most rewarding case in his 23-year career. Deputy U.S. Marshal Darren Sartin, who heads the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, said Friday that his team found Mark Anthony Conditt's vehicle in the parking lot of a hotel outside Austin around 2 a.m. Wednesday. He says his task force arrests hundreds of the region's worst criminals every year, but "this guy was way beyond them."

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A West Texas officer has fatally shot a suspect who police say pulled a gun while being served with a warrant related to indecency with a child. Abilene police Sgt. Lynn Beard says the shooting happened Friday morning at an apartment complex. Beard says police were attempting to serve the probation revocation warrant when the suspect produced a gun. Beard says the officer fired in self-defense. No officers were hurt. The officer has been put on administrative leave.

TEMPLE, Texas (AP) - Police in Central Texas say a 7-month-old boy has survived being accidentally shot by his 4-year-old brother. Temple police say the victim was hospitalized Friday in serious condition. The older boy was placed with Child Protective Services as officers investigate how he obtained the gun. Police say a woman believed to be the mother called 911 on Thursday afternoon to report the shooting at a house. Police say the woman was the only adult at the home during the incident.

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