Metroplex Health System offers free screening today

Metroplex Health System is offering free health screening from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Lions Club Park Senior Center.

Testing includes glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Free health information also is available for participants.

The senior center is at 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen. For more information, call (254) 501-6399.

Bush wishes tax cuts didn't bear his name

LOS ANGELES - George W. Bush, the man behind the tax breaks now sparking debate from President Barack Obama and his likely challenger, Mitt Romney, just wishes that the policies didn't bear his name.

"I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts," he said, chuckling, during a speech at the New York Historical Society. "If they were called someone else's tax cuts, they'd be less likely to be raised."

The policies, with Bush's moniker firmly attached, are turning out to be a key election talking point.

Man charged in attack on Texas senator's office

FORT WORTH - A homeless man accused of throwing a bag filled with six Molotov cocktails at the office of state Sen. Wendy Davis last month has been charged with arson.

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office said 40-year-old Cedric Steele was formally charged Tuesday with the second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

Steele was arrested March 20, hours after the incident in which no one was injured. Investigators said he tried unsuccessfully to speak to Davis in the days before the alleged attack and talked of aliens after his arrest.

Missing swimmer's body found on beach

CORPUS CHRISTI - The U.S. Coast Guard said a body found on a Coastal Bend beach is that of a man who had been missing since swimming near the Port Aransas jetties on Sunday.

A Coast Guard statement said Port Aransas police found the body around midday Tuesday. No identity was released, but the statement said the man had been part of a party of four men swimming off the city jetties Sunday afternoon, only two of whom returned safely to shore.

Toddler found in lagoon dies

GALVESTON - A 2-year-old found floating in a beachfront lagoon in Galveston died.

Officials with the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office and Galveston Island Beach Patrol said Mia Briones was with relatives when she apparently wandered off Sunday night. After a 10-minute search, relatives found her in the lagoon near the beach.

A medical examiner's spokesman told The Galveston County Daily News the toddler was pronounced dead at an area hospital early Monday morning. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.

The girl disappeared after a beach patrol member working security at a recreational vehicle park told her relatives camping wasn't allowed on the beach.

Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said the relatives assume the toddler walked off as they were gathering their things to move.

Puppy set on fire in southeast Dallas

DALLAS - Dallas police are investigating after a 4-month-old puppy was badly burned last week in the southeast Dallas area of Pleasant Grove.

Police received a call April 4 about a group of males setting a dog on fire at an apartment complex. The group scattered when police arrived.

A witness told police someone poured lighter fluid on the puppy before setting him on fire.

Before police arrived, a woman tried to put out the flames while the crowd laughed.

Witnesses also told police someone tried to strangle the puppy with a rope.

DFW Rescue Me is caring for the Labrador terrier mix they've named Justice. He was burned on more than 60 percent of his body.

-Herald staff, wire reports

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