Jake Bleiberg
Jake Bleiberg
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Churches Arm, Train Congregants In Wake Of Mass Shootings

Churches Arm, Train Congregants In Wake Of Mass Shootings

HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the “bad guy” raised the muzzle of an AR-15, took aim and squeezed the trigger. The simulated gunfight at the church in Haslet was part of a niche industry that trains civilians to protect their churches using the techniques and equipment of law enforcement. Rather than a bullet, the rifle fired a laser that hit...

August 16, 2019
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Twitter sues Texas AG, claiming retaliation for Trump ban

Twitter sues Texas AG, claiming retaliation for Trump ban

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-capitol-siege-ken-paxton-lawsuits-texas-89bb6505dd2cbd8665babae47afb7557Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-capitol-siege-ken-paxton-lawsuits-texas-89bb6505dd2cbd8665babae47afb7557Click to copyRelated topicsDALLAS (AP) — Twitter has filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, claiming the Republican used his office to retaliate against it for banning the account of former President Donald Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol.Days after the deadly January insurrection, Paxton into Twitter and...

Mar 9
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Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/dallas-officer-charged-2-counts-capital-murder-f2fe7901959a0b24f391ca7db412e960Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/dallas-officer-charged-2-counts-capital-murder-f2fe7901959a0b24f391ca7db412e960Click to copyRelated topicsDALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer’s instruction in 2017, authorities said.Bryan Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was arrested Thursday morning and...

Mar 4
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Lawyer tied to Texas AG probe found tracking device on truck

Lawyer tied to Texas AG probe found tracking device on truck

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/steve-lemmon-tracking-device-texas-37aa410a2a9f692227b46c6f7398de60Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/steve-lemmon-tracking-device-texas-37aa410a2a9f692227b46c6f7398de60Click to copyRelated topicsDALLAS (AP) — A Texas lawyer says he found a tracking device on his pickup truck during an escalating court battle with a businessman at the center of an FBI investigation into Attorney General Ken Paxton.In a court filing Monday, Steve Lemmon offered no evidence of how the tracker came to be on his truck and acknowledged not knowing who put it...

Feb 1
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Prosecutor: Capitol rioter aimed 'to take hostages'

Prosecutor: Capitol rioter aimed 'to take hostages'

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-fort-worth-texas-e13a0ee09d543415d46c3f34a02f444bClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-fort-worth-texas-e13a0ee09d543415d46c3f34a02f444bClick to copyRelated topicsFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs because he intended “to take hostages,” a prosecutor said in a Texas court on Thursday. “He means to take hostages. He means to kidnap, restrain, perhaps try, perhaps execute members of the U.S....

Jan 14
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AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general

AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/ken-paxton-austin-texas-crime-f8413d14842d848e69cf81bb4d2e87e2Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/ken-paxton-austin-texas-crime-f8413d14842d848e69cf81bb4d2e87e2Click to copyRelated topicsDALLAS (AP) — The FBI is investigating allegations that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton broke the law in using his office to benefit a wealthy donor, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.Federal agents are looking into claims by former members of Paxton’s staff that the high-profile Republican committed bribery, to help Austin real estate...

November 17, 2020
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Texas AG whistleblowers sue for wrongful firing, retaliation

Texas AG whistleblowers sue for wrongful firing, retaliation

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/business-ken-paxton-lawsuits-crime-austin-37b02b4f9ab93ed6d39c911f70e70210Click to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/business-ken-paxton-lawsuits-crime-austin-37b02b4f9ab93ed6d39c911f70e70210Click to copyRelated topicsDALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI, a lawsuit by four of the Republican’s former senior deputies claims.The...

November 13, 2020
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AP sources: Texas AG's affair tied to criminal allegations

AP sources: Texas AG's affair tied to criminal allegations

AP NEWSADVERTISEMENThttps://apnews.com/article/us-news-ken-paxton-extramarital-affairs-austin-texas-dc0c309fc829e62e5132aab56bcc686fClick to copyhttps://apnews.com/article/us-news-ken-paxton-extramarital-affairs-austin-texas-dc0c309fc829e62e5132aab56bcc686fClick to copyRelated topicsDALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship.The two people, who spoke to The...

November 5, 2020
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