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TEMPLE, Texas — Gary Malcik wore a Trump T-shirt as he waited in a long, post-rally line to pose for pictures with Ted Cruz. It was a far cry from the waning weeks of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, when Donald Trump supporters repeatedly heckled the Texas senator at campaign events, and from that year’s Republican National Convention when Cruz was booed for refusing to endorse the party’s nominee. But Malcik, 69 and self-employed, said he’s glad to no longer have to choose sides. By Will Weissert. SENT: 880 words, photos.

WASHINGTON — A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar’s arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn’t hiding much anymore.

By Laurie Kellman and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1400 words, photos. Moved on general and political news services. An 850-word abridged version also is available on national general and political news services.

NEW YORK — Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint this week that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act because its targeting systems allow advertisers to exclude certain audiences, such as families with young children or disabled people, from seeing housing ads. The HUD action is separate from the federal lawsuit, filed in March in New York by the National Fair Housing Alliance and other organizations. The lawsuit says investigations by fair housing supporters in New York, Washington, D.C., Miami and San Antonio, Texas, show that Facebook continues to let advertisers discriminate even though civil rights and housing groups have notified the company since 2016 that it is violating the federal Fair Housing Act. It seeks unspecified damages and a court order to end discrimination. SENT: 310 words. Moved on general, financial, political and technology news services.

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge on Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children to seek asylum. During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw asked the two sides to come to an agreement over whether some deported parents should be returned to the U.S. to pursue asylum with their children. By Julie Watson. SENT: 440 words, photos.

DALLAS — Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas say there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and other black teenagers. The two teens testified Friday during the murder trial for fired Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver. Oliver fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after police broke up a house party last year. Witnesses Eric Knight and Jeremy Seaton told jurors they saw the shooting from a parking lot of a nearby nursing home. Seaton says the car backed up slowly before it accelerated forward, going into the wrong lane of traffic to avoid police. Oliver has said he feared for his and his partner’s safety when the car sped by. By Ryan Tarinelli. SENT: 1430 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was accused in court filings Friday of destroying evidence relevant to the case of families from Sandy Hook Elementary School who are suing him for claiming the massacre was a hoax. Attorneys for two Sandy Hook victims noted that Jones said during a recent broadcast of his radio program that he’d told his staff to delete information from the website of his “Infowars” media company after CNN cited content from it for violating Twitter policies. SENT: 330 words.

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways, the phenomenon at evangelical denominations is an offshoot of the #MeToo movement, as evidenced by the #ChurchToo hashtag accompanying accounts of church-related abuse that have been shared on Twitter. By David Crary. SENT: 1100 words, photos.

PHOENIX — The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors and win over their future business. Dan Hyer is the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in cases in Arizona in which the site has been accused of ignoring warnings to stop running prostitution ads, some of which involved children. Authorities say the Dallas-based site has brought in $500 million in prostitution-related revenue since its inception in 2004. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 470 words, photos.

HOUSTON — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stopped funding a Houston hospital’s renowned heart transplant program amid scrutiny over patient deaths. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center lost the federal funding Friday under a decision announced in June, the Houston Chronicle reported. The federal health agency announced the decision after finding that the hospital hadn’t done enough to correct issues that led to a high rate of patient deaths in recent years. The hospital will no longer be able to bill Medicare and Medicaid for heart transplants. SENT: 350 words.

NEW YORK — The toughest opponent for many NFL players and coaches during the blazing hot days of training camp sits far above the football field. The sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays are a leading cause of skin cancer, and shade is rare at most practice sites. So, slathered-on sunscreen, big bucket hats, long-sleeved T-shirts and slick sunglasses serve as lead blockers. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, Texans owner Bob McNair and Jaguars coach Doug Marrone are among some in the NFL community who have been successfully treated for melanomas. “Down in Houston with Mr. McNair, he would always remind us, ‘Hey, make sure you put sunscreen on. It’s important,’” said Titans coach Mike Vrabel, a Texans assistant the past four seasons. “It’s something that he went through, and as you’re out there every single day, just being conscious of it.” By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 1200 words, photos. Moved on national general, health and sports news services.

BOSTON — The pep talk was short and to the point, a reminder to reigning world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd that all was not lost. The 17-year-old had just fallen off the beam at the U.S. Classic last month, ending any serious chance she had at making a run at Simone Biles in the Olympic champion’s return to competition after a two-year break. In the moment, Hurd was frustrated. By Will Graves. SENT: 1100 words, photos.