United Nations inspectors say chemical weapons were used in Syria, probably in several locations. A report finds that the weapons were definitely used in an Aug. 21 attack. Graphic video footage showed dozens of people gasping for air and bodies lined up. But the report did not determine whether the government or opposition were responsible for the alleged attacks.
The U.S. Department of Education has added a lack of resources to its reasons for not pursuing a civil rights investigation related to the El Paso Independent School District cheating scandal. Agency spokeswoman Dorie Nolt told the El Paso Times that in the past year the Office of Civil Rights received nearly 10,000 complaints while staffing levels are at their lowest level.
The University of North Texas board has officially named the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as its next leader. UNT regents voted unanimously today to hire 62-year-old Doctor Neal Smatresk as the university's next president. He will replace V. Lane Rawlins, who is retiring at the end of 2013.
Texas coach Mack Brown isn't saying whether December 30th's Alamo Bowl will be his final game with the Longhorns amid intense speculation about his future. Brown said at today's news conference that he has yet to talk with new Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers about his job. He deflected several other questions about his future.
The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize the diagnosis of "affluenza" that a psychologist say a wealthy North Texas teenager suffered from when he drove drunk and killed four people. The association says there is no such diagnosis in its most recent manual published in May. The 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the June crash in Burleson.
University of Texas President Bill Powers is restating his support for football coach Mack Brown as the jobs of both men remain uncertain. Powers says he will speak with Brown amid speculation that the Longhorns coach may be preparing for his final game. UT system regents are scheduled to discuss a "recommendation" about Powers' employment in a closed-door session.
Americans have been picking up the pace of their spending at retail businesses, giving a boost to the economy just in time for the holidays. But while the government says total retail sales rose by 0.7 percent in November, traditional retail stores didn't benefit as much. Consumers bought more cars, electronics, furniture and other big-ticket items. They also did more of their shopping online.
A federal judge in Montana has accepted a guilty plea from Jordan Graham. She was on trial on charges including first-degree murder in the death of the man to whom she was married for just eight days. Prosecutors say Graham pushed her new husband from a cliff at Glacier National Park after she decided she didn't want to be married to him. Today, Graham agreed to plead guilty to a second-degree murder charge. She'll face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Health officials say the flu season seems to be getting off to a more normal start this year. Reports of the flu have been increasing, particularly in the South. But it's nothing like last year, when flu hit early and very hard in early December. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's too early to know how bad this season will be or when it will peak. Flu is usually the worst in January or February.
There's word of a deadly U.S. drone strike in Yemen -- a country where the al-Qaida branch is considered to be among the most active in the world. Yemeni officials say the drone attack hit a convoy heading to a wedding party, killing at least 13 people. One official says al-Qaida militants may have been traveling with the convoy.
A 38-year-old Laredo man was convicted of multiple counts of drug and international money laundering charges. Oscar De Leon, aka “Shrek,” is one of 38 co-conspirators convicted in the drug conspiracy. Prosecutors said the operation existed from 2006 to 2010 and involved shipping cocaine, marijuana and money from Mexico through Laredo to Atlanta. Sentencing for De Leon is set for March.
As one federal panel looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own ban on those calls. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission told lawmakers today that his agency sees no technical reason to ban calls on planes. But he says the nation's transportation secretary told him this morning that his agency would be moving forward with its own restrictions.
It's a move in the right direction. That's how Paul Ryan, the Republican who chairs the House Budget Committee, describes the new budget deal he worked out with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. Ryan tells "CBS This Morning" that he was "a little caught off guard" by criticism from conservative groups over the budget deal, which restores $63 billion in spending that had been wiped out by mandatory spending cuts. Ryan says it's the best possible deal at a time of "divided government."
Women at high risk of developing breast cancer because of family history or bad genes have a new option to help prevent the disease. A study of 4,000 women found that a daily hormone-blocking pill cut the risk of developing breast cancer by more than half after five years of use. The drug is anastrozole. Results were reported today at a cancer conference in San Antonio.
Officials at a Colorado school where a 6-year-old boy was suspended for kissing a girl have dropped the term "sexual harassment" from the boy's record, instead calling the behavior misconduct. The change was made after the boy's parents and the principal met to discuss the issue. The girl's mother tells a newspaper that the school district did a great job protecting her daughter from repeated harassment from the boy.
The new university in the RGV just got its name. It's the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley.
An Amtrak train is on its way to Boston again after it struck a vehicle in rural Virginia that police said attempted to drive around a crossing bar. The crash destroyed the car and injured the driver. Amtrak says the train did not derail and none of its 46 passengers was injured in the crash.
The leader of an Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria is threatening to attack the United States. In a video showing an attack on a Nigerian air force base, the leader of Boko Haram dismisses last month's U.S. designation of his group as a terrorist organization and says: "Tomorrow you will see us in America itself." Few believe Boko Haram has such capability, though there are fears its insurgency could reach neighboring states.
Syria's main Western-backed rebel group is criticizing the decision by the U.S. and Britain to suspend nonlethal aid to opposition fighters in northern Syria. The two countries made the move after some of the aid was seized by Islamic militants. Al-Qaida-linked forces are fighting to overthrow President Assad, but they've also been battling other rebels and recently took control of Free Syrian Army bases and warehouses.
Stocks are falling once again, as prospects for a budget deal and more signs of a U.S. recovery suggest that the Federal Reserve may wind down its support for the economy. The government reported this morning that the four-week average number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits edged up to about 329,000 -- still close to the level where it was before the recession. Also, U.S. shoppers increased their spending last month.
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