Man arrested for fatal shooting of fellow gang member

HOUSTON (AP) A man accused of fatally shooting a fellow gang member during a drive-by-shooting gone wrong has been arrested on a murder charge.

Houston police say 22-year-old Craig Vincent was arrested Monday at a motel for the Sept. 22 slaying of 18-year-old Cedric Wills.

The Houston Chronicle reports on its Web site that Vincent is being held on $75,000 bail.

Homicide Detective C.P. Abbondandolo says police originally believed Wills the suspect in a March 2007 gang-related killing was shot in retaliation by a rival gang.

But Abbondandolo says Vincent apparently shot Wills as the two men were hanging out a car's window about to open fire on a rival gang when Wills moved in front of Vincent's gun.

Vincent and others dropped Wills off at a hospital.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) The state attorney general has temporarily shut down an assisted-living center whose manager is accused of kicking and withholding food from residents, threatening to hit them with a hammer and locking some of them outside overnight.

The temporary injunction order signed by a judge Friday comes two months after the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services began investigating complaints at Oasis Village, including that some residents were forced to sleep on metal bed frames without mattresses.

The 16 residents, some elderly and some disabled, have since been moved to other centers or are staying with relatives, said DADS spokeswoman Cecilia Fedorov.

Bobbie Edmonds, an attorney for manager Bertha McCoy and Oasis, said the allegations are untrue. She said it was "appalling" that state workers claimed McCoy admitted doing any of the abusive actions.

Authorities arrest 11 in East Texas dogfighting ring

DALLAS (AP) Eleven people face animal cruelty charges after authorities broke up a dogfighting ring in rural East Texas, officials said Monday.

Acting on an anonymous tip, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Department arrived at a home Sunday and found between 10 and 15 people surrounding a pen in which pit bulls were fighting. Four suspects were arrested at the scene, with the rest running off into a nearby wooded area, officials said.

Deputies searching the property found 11 pit bulls, some of which were still in cages inside vehicles. Deputies also found the carcasses of eight dogs in varying states of decay and an unknown number of dog skeletons.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas took custody of the dogs, officials said.

Farmers Branch seeks to have new rule considered in federal suit

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (AP) A Dallas suburb mired in a lawsuit over its attempts to bar illegal immigrants from renting in the city asked a federal judge on Monday to consider its newly revamped ordinance instead of the previous one.

The request would consolidate the ordinances and allow the judge to deliberate the validity of both, said Michael Jung, attorney representing Farmers Branch.

The City Council approved a rule last week banning home and apartment rentals to illegal immigrants. The new rule would require potential tenants to get rental licenses from the city, which would ask the federal government for the applicant's legal status.

Farmers Branch has already been fighting a lawsuit filed by apartment complex owners and civil rights groups over an earlier rule barring landlords from renting apartments to most illegal immigrants.

Fewer overnight office stays, but other stopgaps worry advocates

AUSTIN (AP) Fewer abused or neglected children are spending the night in Texas Child Protective Services offices, but more have been forced to stay in emergency shelters with their case workers, according to e-mails released from Gov. Rick Perry's office.

The issue made headlines last year when it was revealed that more than 100 children spent the night in state offices in May because they had nowhere else to go. After a public outcry, the number of children sleeping in offices immediately began to decrease, starting in June.

That decrease came in conjunction with a spike in the number of children who spent at least one night in the custody of their case workers, according to an e-mail written by Perry's health and human services policy analyst in November.

Rather than allowing children to spend the night in offices, Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins said children who have not been placed in regular foster care are taken to a residential facility. At least two CPS workers must stay with each child until they can be placed in foster homes.

3 indicted in illegally exporting electronics

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Three men accused of trying to export electronic equipment from Saipan to a Chinese company without an export license have been indicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Federal prosecutors said Peter Zhu, Ding Zhengxing, and Su Yang were indicted by a federal grand jury in El Paso on charges that they violated terms of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The men allegedly tried to buy and export amplifiers used in digital radios and wireless area networks and other amplifiers used for linear or saturated power applications.

Zhengxing and Yang were arrested Friday in Saipan, capital of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, where they had allegedly traveled to pick up the amplifiers.

Zhu, who has not been arrested, was purported to be with Shanghai Meuro Electronics Company in China.

Zhengxing and Yang were accused of being involved in the delivery of the devices, which required export control licenses.

A federal judge in Saipan ruled Sunday that Zhengxing and Yang should be returned to Texas to face the charges, prosecutors said.

It was unclear Monday where Zhu was or if any of the men have hired lawyers.

Armstrong foundation to launch fitness networking Web site

AUSTIN (AP) The Lance Armstrong Foundation is getting into the online social-networking business with a Web site focusing on health and fitness issues.

The for-profit site,, will launch later this year in a partnership with Demand Media Inc., an online media startup run by Richard Rosenblatt, the former head of

The site will cover a range of health issues with blogs, chat rooms, videos and other tools visitors can use to interact and share their own content.

The site will link to the nonprofit site, but the new site will not focus on cancer issues, the target of Armstrong's foundation.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Demand Media has about 60 Web sites, mostly focusing on niche activities with dedicated participants, such as golf, that it uses to generate advertising revenue. The company will keep any profits generated by

Rosenblatt said the health-and-fitness market targeted by is broader than the categories the company has focused on in the past.

"If we were going after a broad category like health and fitness ourselves, we wanted have the best brand," he said. "We would not take on a category this fat unless we had the LiveStrong brand."

Foundation president Doug Ulman said the organization sees the venture as a chance to drive awareness for its cause and the LiveStrong brand. The agreement also calls for Demand Media to provide online social networking tools and technologies for the foundation's Web site.

Those tools, which were valued at $8 million to $10 million, will enhance the nonprofit site by allowing cancer patients to "to share experiences, ideas and thoughts," Ulman said.

Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, and his cancer-fighting foundation each received an equity stake in Demand Media, officials said.

Rosenblatt and Ulman would not disclose the dollar value of the equity grants. But the stakes could be valuable if Demand Media is acquired or goes public.

"If they were to go public or were bought today, it would be a very significant amount of money donated to the foundation," Ulman said.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,