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Thousands displaced as floodwaters rise in Texas

DALLAS — Thousands of people have been displaced and more were evacuated Wednesday along flooding waterways in southeast Texas, including the Sabine River, a long border between Texas and Louisiana that authorities said has reached levels not seen since 1884.

The heavy rains also inundated the Houston area about 100 miles to the west, where the bodies of a man and woman were recovered from the rain-swollen San Jacinto River after a small fishing boat was found damaged at the bottom of a 40-foot spillway.

Authorities warned such boaters in the flooded areas to watch out for wildlife, including poisonous snakes, trying to escape to higher ground. — AP

Texas officer who killed teen arrested on murder charge

ADDISON, Texas — An off-duty suburban Dallas police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old and wounded another juvenile was arrested Wednesday on charges of murder and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Farmers Branch Officer Ken Johnson was taken into custody Wednesday night by Addison police officers and was booked into Dallas County Jail.

The shooting happened Sunday evening. Officials have said that Johnson saw a vehicle being burglarized in his apartment parking lot and gave chase when the suspects fled. After the suspects' vehicle spun out, an altercation led to the shooting. — AP

Army official urges Congress to change Arlington rules

WASHINGTON — The acting Army secretary has signaled his support for legislation that would reverse a decision by his predecessor and allow female World War II pilots known as WASPs to continue placing their ashes at Arlington National Cemetery.

Patrick Murphy said during congressional testimony Wednesday that Congress needs to act because he doesn't have the authority to unilaterally fix a problem that stems from a decades-old law. — AP

Oicer mistook other cop as armed threat, chief says

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — The plainclothes police officer who died in a chaotic shootout at a Maryland police station was deliberately shot by a fellow officer who did not recognize him and viewed him as an armed threat, a police chief said Wednesday.

Police Chief Hank Stawinski did not identify the officer who fired at Officer Jacai Colson on Sunday afternoon. — AP

Obama orders new sanctions against North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hit North Korea with new sanctions Wednesday in response to the country's "illicit" nuclear test and rocket launch this year.

His executive order implements two sets of sanctions: those that unanimously cleared the U.N. Security Council and a separate set of U.S. sanctions he enacted after Congress overwhelmingly approved and sent him the legislation. — AP

Ohio can try again to execute inmate, state court rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state can try again to put to death a condemned killer whose 2009 execution was called off after two hours during which he cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks, the Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday.

The court's 4-3 ruling rejected arguments that giving the prisons agency a second chance to execute Romell Broom would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy. Federal appeals are likely. — AP

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