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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Greg Abbott is backing out of a televised debate with Democrat Wendy Davis next month in Dallas because of a disagreement over the format. The two candidates for Texas governor have only one other debate planned but Abbott's spokesman says the campaign is trying to schedule another one.

DALLAS (AP) - Governor Rick Perry accuses President Barack Obama of "dithering" over the Islamic State group's attacks against Iraqi cities. Perry is one of several Republicans considering 2016 White House bids who are speaking Friday at a conservative summit in Dallas.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - El Salvador has opened a diplomatic office in McAllen -- the border city at the center of an immigration surge. Children from El Salvador account for about a quarter of the 63,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since last October. Arrests have been slowing down.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former Mexican state official has agreed to forfeit more than $6 million to Bexar (bayr) County. Prosecutors say the former treasurer in Coahuila (kwah-WEE'-lah) used millions from kickbacks to buy property in San Antonio. He's awaiting trial in the U.S.

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