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A beached whale discovered on Galveston Island early Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, has died from what investigators believe to have been natural causes and, as of Wednesday morning, Dec. 23, marine biologists are performing a necropsy to verify the cause of the mammal's death.

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USS Texas

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Dec. 22 for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

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Police in Orange arrested 39-year-old Jacque Demont Robinson for public intoxication on Dec. 19, his second time behind bars within a month having previously been arrested Nov. 25 for suspected possession of a controlled substance in the form of a "wet" cigarette - a cigarette dipped in PCP. This time, the responding officer reports Robinson seemed to be high on the drug again - blankly staring, removing clothing and reeking of "acetone," a chemical smell often associated with the toxic intoxicant PCP.

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Burglars in Orange reportedly stole Christmas presents from two families during separate weekend incidents.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department, officers responded to a residence in the 3400 block of Bowling lane at about 9:50 p.m. on Dec. 18 in reference to a break-in at the home. The female resident told police that when she returned home from being gone, she entered her home to discover several rooms of the house had been rifled through and various items were scattered about the domicile.

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As you drive around this holiday season, you will see patrol deputies out on the streets enforcing the traffic laws of the state. One of those deputies may stop you and you may wonder why, when you know that you did not do anything wrong. Instead of a traffic citation, you may receive a gift card

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