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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A U.S. immigration official says investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is part of a larger organization involved in human smuggling. A Texas congressman says the truck passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint Saturday night, about two hours before it was discovered outside a San Antonio Walmart. It's unclear if the immigrants were loaded into the truck before or after it crossed the checkpoint.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Authorities say a police officer is in serious condition after a fatal gunfight outside an apartment complex in San Antonio. Police say officers responding to a disturbance call at the complex early Wednesday believed a home invasion may have occurred. An officer confronted three suspects in a car and began struggling with the driver. The police chief says a passenger got out and began firing, striking the officer. At least two officers returned fire, killing the alleged gunman.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people has again passed the state Senate but still faces obstacles ahead. The vote Tuesday came less than a week into a special legislative session that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called after GOP leaders deadlocked in May over efforts to restrict which bathrooms transgender people can use.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maine Republican Susan Collins has been captured on a live microphone ripping President Donald Trump and poking fun at a fellow lawmaker who had been critical of her on health care. She tells a Senate colleague that Trump's proposed 2018 budget is "incredibly irresponsible." And then she had thoughts about Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, who challenged her to a duel over health care. Collins says of her Republican colleague: "I don't mean to be unkind, but he's so unattractive it's unbelievable."

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