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DPS Top 10 fugitive caught in Rockwall

Source: Texas Dept. Of Public Safety

A Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive sought on parole violation, larceny and drug charges has been caught in the Dallas area.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the arrest of 29-year-old Andrew Michael McArter. DPS says McArter was captured Wednesday afternoon as he arrived at a residence in Rockwall.

Investigators say McArter is a member of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood. His criminal history includes possessing/transporting anhydrous ammonia, assault, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting/evading arrest.

McArter in 2000 was linked to 17 burglaries, leading to his conviction for engaging in organized criminal activity.

DPS says no public tip was involved in this week's arrest. Further details on what led officers to McArter weren't immediately released.


Parties to cooperate in dinosaur auction dispute

The Mongolian government and a Dallas-based auction house have agreed to cooperate to try to resolve their dispute over a dinosaur fossil that was sold despite a court order.

A hearing set for Friday was canceled after a Dallas court extended a temporary restraining order.

According to court papers, Heritage Auctions has agreed to provide the Mongolian government all documents regarding the fossil's provenance, including the identity of the buyer.

In the spirit of cooperation, Mongolia's president will not contend that Heritage violated the restraining order when it sold the tarbosaurus skeleton in New York for $1 million on May 20.

Mongolia's president says it may belong to his country. Heritage says it was assured it was obtained legally.

Mongolian experts will inspect the fossil in New York on Tuesday.


Exxon Mobil considering Baytown expansion

Exxon is considering a multi-billion-dollar expansion of its giant petrochemical complex east of Houston.

The energy company has filed applications with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for permits to build an ethane cracker at its Baytown complex and two high performance polyethylene lines at its nearby plastics plant in Mont Belvieu.

Exxon says the review and approval process from government regulators should take about a year. It would then decide whether to move forward with the project. The company estimated Friday that the expansion could involve about 10,000 construction jobs, then 350 permanent jobs once the new facilities would be up and running in 2016.

Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Baytown complex already is the largest in the nation.


Southern Baptist leader reprimanded, show canceled

The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics chief has been reprimanded and his radio show canceled after he made inflammatory comments about the Trayvon Martin case.

Among other things, Richard Land accused President Barack Obama and other black leaders of shamefully exploiting Martin's death for political gain.

His comments upset many black Southern Baptist leaders, one of whom called for Land's resignation.

The controversy got more intense when a blogger revealed that Land's commentary was copied nearly verbatim from an editorial in the Washington Times.

After an investigation, the board of the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on Friday reprimanded Land for the comments and the plagiarism. Land, who is the commission's president, has previously apologized for both.

He declined to be interviewed.