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TATUM, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a Texas man has died in a car crash in southeastern New Mexico. New Mexico State Police say 24-year-old Ryan Sklencar of McQuenney was declared dead at the scene of the accident Tuesday afternoon in the small town of Tatum. They say Sklencar was driving on U.S. 380 near the New Mexico-Texas border when his jeep crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a commercial vehicle

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - School lessons about the Civil War often depend on where the classroom is. Lessons vary from state to state, and even among schools district. Some emphasize states' rights along with slavery, and economic and cultural differences between the North and South. Others highlight Confederate and Union commanders. In Texas, debate focused on slavery being a Civil War "after issue" when curriculum standards were approved in 2010 by the state's Republican-controlled Board of Education.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has sentenced a lottery computer programmer to up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in several lottery games over six years. Judge Brad McCall on Tuesday also ordered Eddie Tipton to repay more than $2 million that the scheme paid Tipton and others. Tipton worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Iowa. He fixed lottery games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An attorney for Greenpeace says a lawsuit filed against it and other groups by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline is meritless. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners alleges the groups' actions opposing the pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois interfered with its business, facilitated crimes and acts of terrorism, incited violence and violated laws. Greenpeace attorney Tom Wetterer says the lawsuit aims to "silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation."

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