The price of oil is down. It fell to its lowest level since Feb. 6. Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 29 cents to $97.88 a barrel today on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It ended the week with a loss of $4.21 a barrel, or 4 percent.
General Motors Financial Company Incorporated has purchased a facility in Arlington to expand its operations center campus there and accommodate 800 to 900 employees, most of them new hires. GM Financial says Friday the purchase was completed on the 240,000-square-foot facility that takes up 22 acres.
Some street flooding has been reported in Houston after storms dumped several inches of rain and cut power to thousands of homes and businesses. The National Weather Service says a weak cold front moved through the Houston area today. Parts of Harris County had more than 6 inches of rain. CenterPoint Energy reported about 1,600 customers without electricity Friday afternoon as crews worked to restore power.
The stock market is closing out its worst week in two years. Traders moved money into investments traditionally seen as having lower risk today, such as U.S. government bonds, gold and utility stocks. The Dow industrials, which lost more than 300 points yesterday, finished 69 points lower today. The slump has interrupted five months of steady gains. The S&P 500 fell five points. It's lost 2.7 percent this week -- its biggest decline since June of 2012. The Nasdaq composite fell 17 points.
A medical examiner has ruled that the chokehold by a police officer on a New York City man last month caused his death. Eric Garner's death has been ruled a homicide. A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner says asthma and heart disease were contributing factors. Garner's videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry, and Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" the investigation into his death.
The Transportation Security Administration will pay $15,000 to those who can come up with a way to make security lines move more efficiently.
It quietly posted an advertisement online hoping someone somewhere has an idea it can incorporate at airports nationwide.
The TSA wants the pre-check lines to last five minutes or less and all the regular lanes to be no more than 10 minutes.
President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere. Obama says while Congress is on vacation, he'll have to make tough choices about meeting immigration challenges himself. He's alluding to executive action he's said he's considering to deal with immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is defending the league against criticism that it was too lenient when it suspended Ray Rice for two games. The suspension stemmed from his domestic violence arrest, after he allegedly struck his fiancee -- who's now his wife -- in New Jersey in February. Goodell says the Baltimore Ravens running back has accepted responsibility for his conduct, and that Rice recognizes he made a "horrible mistake."
A toddler is dead, after she suffered burns in an east Harris County home. The state child care licensing agency is looking into the possibility that the tragedy occurred at an unlicensed child care operation. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a two-year-old girl was taken by Life Flight to a Houston hospital where she was pronounced dead. The details of what happened are not yet known. Officials with Children's Protective Services are investigating.
House Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for the eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as kids. The measure would also address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders are optimistic that they can get the support of conservatives for two bills that Republicans can highlight when they return home to voters during the five-week summer break. Votes are expected later today.
After a failed attempt at a cease-fire, the fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating again, with Israeli forces moving deeper into southern Gaza in search of a soldier who was apparently captured. A Hamas spokesman won't confirm or deny that the group is holding the missing Israeli. The spokesman says the soldier's disappearance, and the death of two other Israelis, is being used as a cover for what he calls a "massacre" of Palestinians.
A West Texas teenager girl has died after being kicked in the head by a horse earlier this week. Hospital officials said today that 17-year-old Ashley Virden was pronounced dead on Wednesday. Virden was riding horses with her father at their home south of Ballinger, Texas on Tuesday.
The Runnel County Sheriff's Office says the horse bucked her off and then kicked her in the head.
Dallas Cowboys great Robert Newhouse is being laid to rest Friday.
His funeral began this afternoon.
Plenty of his former teammates, including Roger Staubach and Calvin Hill, filed in, sharing hugs as they honored their old friend.
Newhouse died last week at age 64 of complications from heart disease. He played 12 seasons in the NFL, all with the Cowboys.
Crews have begun removing cars trapped by flooding from a broken water line on the UCLA campus. Repair crews are shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at UCLA continue to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says work on the pipe itself is expected to be completed late today or early tomorrow. Then work could begin on repairing the famed boulevard.
Plans are underway to bring back one of the two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Africa. A small private jet based in Atlanta has been dispatched to Liberia, where the two sick Americans work for missionary groups. Officials say the jet is outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The two Americans are Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. The plane can only carry one patient and officials have'nt said who is to be picked up
Secretary of State John Kerry is condemning what he calls an "outrageous" violation by Palestinian militants of the Gaza cease-fire he helped to broker. Kerry is also demanding the immediate release of an Israeli soldier apparently abducted by the radical Hamas movement. In a statement, Kerry says the militant attack, which killed two soldiers, came despite assurances that both sides had given to the United Nations about respecting the cease-fire.
Butter does not go great with everything. A semitrailer overturned early this morning on Indianapolis Interstate 465 just west of the interchange with Interstate 65, dumping 45,000 pounds of butter in packages, along with other dairy products. Police say thousands of tubs of butter broke open, and the highway's eastbound lanes are coated. Police say the truck driver apparently fell asleep and hit a highway barrier. No one was injured.
Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes because engine vibration can turn the switches from "run" to "accessory." That can shut off the engine and cause a crash. The affected bikes are from the 2014-and-a-half model year.
Artillery fire can be heard in the distance as international investigators in eastern Ukraine get ready to search a rural area for remains of some of the Malaysia Airlines crash victims. The team also is looking for jet debris. But there's still danger in the area. Several hours before the team arrived, 10 Ukrainian soldiers were killed when their convoy was ambushed by pro-Russian separatists, and 13 other soldiers are unaccounted for. There are also four unidentified bodies.
Hiring continues to pick up. The Labor Department says employers added 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. But July's gain was less than in the previous three months. And the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent as more Americans started looking for work.
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