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Houston
Agencies: 911 outage for AT&T customers

Various law enforcement and government agencies in Texas and other states around the U.S. are reporting that AT&T customers are unable to call 911 from their cellphones.

A spokesman for Dallas-based AT&T said Wednesday evening the company is aware of service issues affecting some calls to 911 for wireless customers.

The spokesman could not immediately provide more details on how many states have been affected by the outage or when the problem would be fixed.

Woman files suit over arrest in biker shootout

A woman who says she was wrongfully arrested following a deadly 2015 shootout involving bikers at a Waco restaurant has filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations and asking for $350 million in damages.

Attorneys for Morgan English filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Austin federal court.

The lawsuit says English and her husband were set to attend a meeting of motorcycle clubs when they got caught in the shootout that left nine dead.

English's attorneys say the couple cooperated with police but were among the 177 individuals arrested. Prosecutors later did not indict the couple.

Austin
'Bathroom bill' heads to full Texas Senate

A North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" has cleared a first vote in Texas after 13 consecutive hours of public comment dominated by transgender-rights supporters who oppose the measure.

A Senate committee early Wednesday advanced the proposal that would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificates. The bill has drawn backlash from big businesses including Google and the NFL.

The 7-1 vote came nearly 21 hours after the start of the hearing that packed the Texas Capitol.

Parents of transgender schoolchildren were among more than 400 people who signed up to give often emotional testimony.

Republicans pushing the bill say they're trying to protect women's privacy in bathrooms.

The proposal now goes to the full Senate but faces resistance in the House.

-- The Associated Press