Michaels Stores Inc. says Thursday that about 2.6 million cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach but it has received "limited" reports of fraud.
The nation's largest arts and crafts chain, based in Irving, Texas, says that its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked.
Former President George W. Bush's annual mountain bike ride for U.S. military members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan will be held this year at his Crawford ranch in Central Texas. The three-day ride will start on May 1st. This will be the fourth year that Bush has hosted the Warrior 100K, a 100-kilometer ride.
U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen. Ragwitek is approved for patients aged 18 through 65. Merck's tablet for spring grass allergies, Grastek, was approved Monday for patients aged 5 to 65. Ragwitek and Grastek should be available in pharmacies by April 30.
Stocks are mostly higher on Wall Street as upbeat earnings news from several big U.S. companies encouraged investors. The S&P 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 1,864. A drop in IBM's stock pulled the Dow Jones industrial average lower. The Dow fell 16 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,408. The Nasdaq rose nine points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,095.
A man who was widely considered to be the most popular Spanish-language writer in centuries has died. A person close to the family confirms that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico.
He was 87. His novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. His works out-sold everything published in Spanish except the Bible.
Houston ISD officials say a student has been caught with a loaded handgun on the campus of Cullen Middle School.
Officials say school leaders received a tip, then detained the student and found the loaded gun in a backpack. The weapon has been confiscated.
HISD issued the following statement: "Please know that we take these situations very seriously. The safety of our students and staff at Cullen Middle School is always our absolute top priority."
President Barack Obama says the number of people who have signed up for health care coverage through the new insurance exchanges has reached 8 million. That's one million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected. Obama also says 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35.
Gasoline prices are creeping up across Texas. The average pump price has risen six cents in the past week to $3.49 per gallon. The auto club warns that prices could go higher as refiners make the switch to producing summer-blend gasoline.
A federal judge in Corpus Christi has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until ignition switches are repaired. GM had urged the court not to intervene and let a recall overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proceed. At least 13 deaths have been linked to the ignition switch defect.
Silvestre Barrera-Villegas, a member of drug trafficking conspiracy originating out Starr County, has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 10 years, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Barrera-Villegas, 52, of Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, pleaded guilty Jan. 29, 2014, to his role in smuggling more than 8,000 kilograms of marijuana in 2013.
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.
Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee. Otherwise they would have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated.
Repair is under way on 19-foot sinkhole in Pharr. The hole formed on the corner of Nolana Avenue and Frontage Road.
McAllen police raids at two homes yesterday are connected. The first happened on the 1100 block of Whitewing Avenue, where police seized 28 pounds of marijuana. The second happened just blocks away at 29th Street and Lark. Officers found 980 pounds of marijuana. Charges are pending in the cases.
Target is expanding the products available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com. Target first dabbled with subscriptions last September by making available 150 baby care products. Now the nation's second-largest discounter has expanded the program to nearly 1,600 items available for regular delivery - everything from beauty products and pet supplies to home office supplies.
The Labor Department says the number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase. The government says the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 312,000. That's the lowest four-week average since October 2007, just two months before the Great Recession started.
Tech stocks are struggling to stay in positive territory after a slump earlier this morning. At 9:40 a.m., the S&P 500 is up almost 1 point, at 1,863. The Dow Jones industrial average is down 11 points, at 16,414. And the Nasdaq is down 12 points, at 4,099.
CBP Officer Julio Trujillo and Security Officer Criserio “Cris” Gonzalez Jr. helped save the life of a traveler at the Hidalgo International Bridge pedestrian walkway. Last week, a 52-year-old Harlingen man had convulsions and collapsed while returning to the U.S. Trujillo and Gonzalez performed CPR on William David Wagner until EMTs arrived. The medics said they very well could have made the difference between life and death for Wagner.
A defense lawyer has told a jury in New York that an Egyptian Islamic preacher on trial on charges that he supported terrorism around the world has never harmed Americans. The attorney told jurors during an opening statement today that Mustafa Kamel Mustafa will testify in his own behalf. A prosecutor earlier claimed Mustafa was part of a global campaign to spread terror.
A Russian official says top diplomats from the U.S., EU, Ukraine and Russia are trying to forge a joint position on the crisis in Ukraine. A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry says they are working on a "substantial" statement to be presented publicly in Geneva. That's after lengthy discussions on how to calm spiraling tensions. The talks went into overtime following a television appearance in Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin denied that Russian troops are in Ukraine.
DPS recovered stolen property Hidalgo County on Monday.
DPS Aviation was conducting a border security flight in Hidalgo County, when they saw a white pickup truck parked away from a home. After checking, DPS found out the truck was stolen in Weslaco.
DPS Aviation also observed several farm trailers and other equipment located on the same property.
Additional items were seized at the location, and investigators are working to determine if they were also stolen.
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