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Here's the latest for Thursday February 18th: Cruz comes back to Texas; GameStop hearing on the hill; Democrats release immigration plan; NASA rover lands on Mars.

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DAVID MARTIN: This is "AP NEWSMINUTE." As Texas remains in the grip of an unprecedented freeze, US Senator Ted Cruz was seen at an airport in Cancun after reportedly purchasing a ticket home Thursday. Cruz said he had traveled to Mexico for a family vacation, leaving his home state as thousands of constituents struggle without power or safe drinking water.

House lawmakers grilled the CEO of online trading platform Robinhood as they examine the recent wild swings in the price of GameStop stock. Keith Gill, a GameStop enthusiast known online as "Roaring Kitty" also testified. The company's shares soared 1,600% in January thanks in part to platforms like Robinhood.

KEITH GILL: I'm [? not a cat. ?]

DAVID MARTIN: Democrats unveiled a major immigration overhaul that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the US without legal status. The legislation reflects the immigration reform priorities that President Joe Biden laid out on his first day in office. And a NASA Rover has landed on Mars in a quest to bring back rocks that can answer the question whether life ever existed on the red planet. David Martin-- the Associated Press, with "AP NEWSMINUTE."