FBI agents on Friday arrested Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and unsealed a criminal indictment naming three other co-defendants, ushering in a new chapter in what is arguably the most high-profile public corruption investigation in Dallas history. A 106-page federal corruption indictment, filed under seal on July 23, is now public. It outlines a million dollar web of mail fraud, tax fraud, bribery and other malfeasance allegedly led by Price. He faces 30 years in prison.
The House has passed a bill that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes. However, the White House says millions of low-income families would lose the $1,000-a-child credit in 2018, when certain enhancements are set to expire. The White House is threatening to veto the bill, saying it favors high-income taxpayers over the poor, while adding $90 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.
The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans. The probe covers about 123,000 Chargers from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's also checking into a report that some Chevrolet Impala front passenger air bags may not inflate in a crash. A California crash analysis firm alleges that the weight sensor in the passenger seat can malfunction.
Stocks are sinking in afternoon trading on Wall Street, dragged down by disappointing news from Visa and Amazon. Amazon shares slumped 11 percent after the online retail giant posted a much wider loss than analysts had forecast, hit by expenses. Visa fell 4 percent after the credit card processing giant cut its full-year forecast on concerns about growth overseas.
Police in Seattle say a visiting Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle on Tuesday. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room in a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man, who admitted operating the drone equipped with a camera, saying he wanted to try it out. The man agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town. (pictured drone for illustration purposes only)
Two U.S. F16 fighter jets have escorted a Canadian plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport after a passenger threatened the plane. Sunwing Airlines says Flight 772 turned around over West Virginia this morning when an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft." Toronto police say a 25-year-old Canadian man has been arrested. NORAD says the two fighter jets from Ohio flew with the plane out of U.S. airspace to Toronto as a "precaution."
President Barack Obama meets with three Central American leaders this afternoon to urge them to help slow the exodus of unaccompanied children from their countries. Meanwhile, House Republicans say they're attempting to settle on a package of changes to address the problem, including sending National Guard troops to the border. Lawmakers are hoping to act before they leave Washington late next week for their annual August recess.
Top Palestinian officials have filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court, accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. They accuse Israel of war crimes, including apartheid, attacks against civilians, excessive loss of human life and colonization. To process the complaint, the court must first rule if it has jurisdiction in the Palestinian Authority. The territory isn't a U.N. member but became an observer in 2012.
Five Palestinians are reported dead after protests in two West Bank towns over Israel's 18-day military operation in Gaza. The mayor of one town says two people were killed there when clashes broke out after an Israeli motorist fired on protesters. Three people were killed in another town when clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian stone-throwers. Meanwhile, Israel says its airstrikes have hit more than 80 sites in Gaza today, while militants fired 50 rockets at Israel.
Germany's biggest airline, Lufthansa, says it will resume flights to Tel Aviv tomorrow, after canceling operations for several days over safety concerns. The European Aviation Safety Agency yesterday lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Israel's main airport, which it made because of security concerns after a Hamas missile landed nearby this week.
French investigators are due to arrive tomorrow at the scene of a plane crash in the northwestern African country of Mali. In the meantime, more than 200 troops are guarding the site, in a desolate and restive region of the country. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as the cause, although officials say bad weather is the most likely reason for the crash, which killed all 118 people on board. Nearly half of the victims were French. Soldiers today recovered one of the two flight recorders.
A judge is refusing to increase the sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April. Steve Utash was beaten when he got out of his pickup truck to help a boy who had darted in front of the vehicle. Five people pleaded guilty to assault. James Davis must serve a year in jail, although he can be released during the day for a job. Latrez Cummings is serving six months in jail. Prosecutors lost their bid today for tougher sentences.
A man who authorities say fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex near Philadelphia and was then shot by his psychiatrist remains in critical condition. Prosecutors say Richard Plotts is expected to be arraigned on murder charges today in his hospital room. Authorities are trying to determine more about the relationship between Dr. Lee Silverman and Plotts, including whether the doctor had reason to fear him and why the doctor had a gun. Silverman suffered a minor wound.
One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president. Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters today that the GOP has already "opened the door for impeachment" by contemplating suing the president over his use of executive authority. He says that any further executive action Obama may sign this year on immigration will "up the likelihood" of Republicans pursuing that path.
More remains of victims from the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine have left Ukraine for the Netherlands, where they will be identified. There's still been no announcement of any large-scale deployment of experts and security personnel to the crash site, which is still largely unsecured. Four Australian and three Dutch investigators walked today among the widely-scattered plane parts near two grazing cows.
As fighting rages in Gaza, there's also an increasing amount of unrest in the West Bank. A hospital official in the city of Nablus says two Palestinian men were shot and killed today in the northern village of Hawara. And a hospital in Hebron in the southern West Bank says a man was shot and killed in a nearby village, where witnesses say Israeli troops had clashed with Palestinian protesters. Israeli authorities say they're looking into the report.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas. The probe announced covers about 394,000 midsize cars from the 2006 through 2008 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 83 complaints about the problem.
Some weaker-than-expected earnings results are sending stocks lower this morning. The Dow industrials were about 100 points lower in the opening minutes. Shares in Amazon sank after it posted a quarterly loss.
President Barack Obama today will be calling on Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States. The White House meeting comes as Congress is deeply divided over proposals to deal with the crisis at the border.
Dutch and Australian investigators have walked through the unsecured crash site of the Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine. Their governments are preparing police detachments that will try to protect the crash area and help bring the last of the victims home. The Dutch prime minister says his country is ready to send 40 unarmed military police to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to help investigators. Australia's prime minister has said his government is close to a deal to send police.
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