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DALLAS — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a taped deposition played for jurors this week that the league was responsible for problems that left hundreds of fans without seats or with restricted views during the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.

“I’m not blaming others. I’m blaming ourselves. I’m accepting responsibility,” Goodell said in the deposition, which was recorded in 2013. “It is our event. It is our responsibility to produce it in a positive way and make sure we deliver on our promise.”

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has set an emergency special election for March 31 to fill Texas House District 124’s vacant seat. Then State Rep. José Menéndez won a runoff election last month to replace Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Like Menéndez, Van de Putte is a San Antonio Democrat, but left the upper chamber to run for mayor.

The special election will replace Menéndez, who formally moved from the House to the Senate in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday.

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NEW YORK — Sen. Ted Cruz’s book, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America, is coming out this summer.

HarperCollins Publishers told The Associated Press on Thursday that it has set a June 30 release date for the book, for which Cruz reached a reported seven-figure deal last year. Cruz, a first-term Texas Republican considering a presidential run in 2016, said in a recent telephone interview that in a time of “extraordinary challenges,” he wants to tell his story and share his message of free markets and constitutional liberties.

AUSTIN — A new report calls truancy policies in Texas a “flawed and inequitable patchwork” that led to the criminal prosecution of 115,000 children for not going to school in 2013.

The analysis by Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, was released Thursday. It says Texas lawmakers should decriminalize truancy, which is an unexcused absence from school. It also calls for lightening laws that send students aged 12 and older to adult criminal courts.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — An attorney representing the widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle claims both a judge and jury made mistakes that led to a $1.8 million defamation verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

In a brief filed Wednesday, Taya Kyle’s lawyer says the verdict contradicted evidence, violated the First Amendment and should be overturned by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Star Tribune ( reports that attorney John Borger argued the account didn’t meet the legal threshold for defamation.

Ventura’s lawsuit alleged Chris Kyle fabricated claims in his autobiography about punching Ventura after he made offensive comments about Navy SEALS in a California bar. Ventura says it never happened.