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Thursday, November 15, 2018 1:00 am

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Mexican executed for family slayings

Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago.

Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife, Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and 3-year-old son Jonathan at their home in Progreso, along the Mexico border.

The 64-year-old Ramos became the 21st inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 11th given a lethal injection in Texas, the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

Massacre suspect attacks jail guard

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention officer at the county jail and now faces new charges including use of the officer's electric stun device, authorities said Wednesday.

The Broward sheriff's office said in an email Wednesday that Cruz assaulted Sgt. Raymond Beltran around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Jail records show Cruz now is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and use of an “electric or chemical weapon against an officer.”

The 20-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people and wounded 17 others.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer arrested

Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said.

The alleged victim in the case had visible injuries, according to Officer Tony Im, a police spokesman. But Avenatti slammed the allegation as “completely bogus” and “fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation” in a statement released by his law firm. Police declined to provide any details about the alleged victim, including that person's relationship to Avenatti.

'Little House' actress dies at 93

Katherine MacGregor, who played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV's “Little House on the Prairie,” has died, a representative said Wednesday. She was 93.

MacGregor died Tuesday at a retirement community in Los Angeles, said Tony Sears, who is acting as her attorney.

The California-born MacGregor began as a dancer in New York before shifting to acting, studying under legendary teacher Sanford Meisner.

Her screen career consisted of tiny film roles and TV guest spots before she landed on “Little House on the Prairie,” the TV series that ran from 1974 to 1983, based on a beloved book series.