CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A search is underway for a 16-year-old North Texas boy missing since being swept away by Gulf surf at Corpus Christi. A Corpus Christi police statement says officers received a call for help shortly before 11 a.m. Friday on Padre Island near Bob Hall Pier. A man told arriving officers that the teen had been swimming with a group but couldn't be found when the group came ashore. A police spokesman says rough surf quickly ended a boat search but officers are searching the shore while the U.S. Coast Guard searches by air. In a statement, the superintendent of the Mansfield public schools, near Fort Worth, said the Lake Ridge High School ninth-grader had been attending the SkillsUSA state competition.
SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — An ex-principal at a North Texas elementary school faces up to life in prison after being arrested at a mall for trying to solicit sex from someone he thought was a boy. Oscar Figueroa of Carrollton was convicted Friday of coercion and enticement of a minor. The 47-year-old Figueroa remains in custody pending sentencing by a federal judge in Sherman.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The term of a Texas grand jury considering the cases of bikers arrested after a deadly shootout last year at a Waco, Texas, restaurant has expired, giving defense attorneys hope that the 39 people whose cases weren't considered won't be indicted. But McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said Friday that he could still present the cases to another grand jury and that the criminal investigation continues.
HENDERSON, Texas (AP) — Jury selection began Friday in the sentencing trial of an East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the dark comedy "Bernie." Bernie Tiede was convicted in 1999 of killing Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than 40 years his senior he befriended in the town of Carthage. Tiede was given life in prison, but allowed to go free temporarily after his original prosecutor said he now believed Tiede deserved a lesser prison sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of a teenage girl killed in a drive-by shooting has spent six years showing the graphic photo of her dead daughter to policymakers in a push for changes in gun laws. She says she hopes her daughter's death won't be in vain and that lawmakers will be persuaded to enact universal background checks and limit sales of high-powered automatic weapons. Her one-woman mission harkens to other movements that seek jarring images to press for change.