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A group of white-winged doves, native to Texas, has built a nest on the exterior light of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday. The doves, who arrange sticks and twigs for their nest, raise one or two chicks. Congregants have noticed the birds caring for a growing nestling atop the light, where the birds are protected from predators.

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League City

Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor identified

A 19-year-old Houston-area sailor who died in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor has been identified.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Tuesday announced Navy Seaman 2nd Class Richard J. Thomson of League City has been accounted for 77 years after the attack.

Military officials say Thomson was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which capsized during the bombing. The attack on the battleship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Thomson.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were interred in cemeteries in Hawaii.

Military officials in 2015 exhumed USS Oklahoma unknown remains for analysis, including DNA testing. That led to Thomson being accounted for in March.

El Paso

Soldier charged for killing wife on base

Officials say an Army sergeant has been charged with murder in the death of his wife on a West Texas military base.

An Army spokesman says Staff Sgt. Amy Colbert died on April 6 at Fort Bliss, a base in El Paso. After an investigation, Sgt. Lance Colbert was charged with murder, threatening, stalking and using “indecent language” under military code on April 11. Details of the alleged killing were not released, and the Army declined to provide further information.

Amy Colbert enlisted in 2011 and served combat tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait. She was posthumously promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant.

Lance Colbert enlisted in 2012 and deployed to Afghanistan. He is being held in military custody and has not had a date set for his initial court hearing.


Man offered money to beat transgender woman

Dallas police say a man was offered $200 to beat a transgender woman in an attack that was recorded as a crowd gathered to holler and watch.

A police affidavit released Monday says the woman accidentally backed into a vehicle before the driver of that vehicle pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave unless she paid for the damage.

Police say that as a crowd gathered, someone offered $200 to 29-year-old Edward Thomas to beat the woman, who suffered a concussion, fractured wrist and other injuries.

Police say a second person stomped on the woman’s head in Friday’s attack but hasn’t yet been charged.

Thomas was being held Tuesday at the Dallas County jail on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. Jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

San Antonio

Baby born without skin receiving treatment

A baby boy is receiving specialized hospital care three months after he was born without skin.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Ja’bari Gray has been hospitalized since his Jan. 1 birth in San Antonio and transferred Friday to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. There specialists tentatively diagnosed him with Epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that leaves extremely fragile skin subject to blisters and tears even from minor friction or trauma.

Ja’bari’s mother, Priscilla Maldonado, says she and husband Marvin Gray are undergoing genetic to confirm the diagnosis, and surgery is planned to cut scar tissue fusing Ja’bari’s chin to his chest. His eyes also have been fused since birth.

Ja’bari has skin on his head and some on his legs but none on his arms or torso.

—The Associated Press