Tony Ayala Jr., a rising star in boxing before a 1983 rape conviction that led to the first of two prison terms, died in San Antonio Tuesday. He was 52. Bexar County medical examiner records indicate Ayala died at a family-owned gym where he was trying to build a career as a trainer. There was no immediate cause of death. Ayala was 19 when he was arrested and convicted of raping a schoolteacher. After serving 16 years of a 35-year term for rape, Ayala spent 10 more years in prison in Texas on a parole violation in another case. He was released last year.

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DALLAS  — It could take at least a year for the East Texas town of Van to rebuild from a tornado that cut a 10-mile-long path through the community, leaving two dead and injuring dozens, officials said Tuesday.

The twister Sunday packed winds of about 140 mph and a Red Cross assessment team determined about 120 homes in Van were either damaged or destroyed, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster.

Also sustaining heavy damage were the nearby elementary and intermediate schools, along with the school district’s administrative building, prompting the district to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES — Researchers say a rising percentage of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the share of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining.

A Pew Research Center report released Tuesday says 68 percent of Hispanics spoke only English or spoke English very well in 2013, up from 59 percent in 2000.

The report says the share of Hispanics who speak Spanish at home dropped to 73 percent from 78 percent over the same period.

The shift comes as migration to the United States from Latin America has slowed.

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NEW YORK — The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

Christianity is still the dominant faith in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says.

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CORPUS CHRISTI — A South Texas university’s drone research has been expanded to include air traffic, border oversight and fire prevention. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday announced additional projects using unmanned aircraft.

The school has collaborations with NASA, the Texas A&M Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

A&M-Corpus Christi operates one of six Federal Aviation Administration test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.