A car crashed into the Edinburg Teacher’s Credit Union at University Drive and 3rd Avenue in Edinburg. One person was injured.
Pope Francis is condemning the practice of extraordinary renditions used by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The pope calls it "abuse" for countries to allow suspects to be kidnapped from their territory and transferred to torture centers. In a speech to the International Association of Penal Law today, Francis also denounced the use of preventive detention as a "hidden, illegal punishment" and called life prison terms "hidden death sentences."
Two senators say they will introduce legislation to stop Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits. The proposal by Democrats Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania would deny federal benefits to people who participated in Nazi persecutions during World War II. The announcement comes after The Associated Press found that dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the U.S.
An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is home in Rhode Island. Ashoka Mukpo contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He was released from the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit yesterday and flew back to Rhode Island by private charter last night with his father and girlfriend.
Activists say U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people -- mainly Islamic militants -- since they began last month. The report comes as fighting flares in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani. It's been the target of a massive offensive by the militants since the middle of last month.
An already upbeat mood on Wall Street today may be getting even brighter. A measurement designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after showing no gain in August. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose eight-tenths of a point. Stocks have been higher since the opening bell, with the Dow gaining more than 200 points in morning trading. Investors were encouraged by positive earnings reports from GM, Caterpillar and other companies.
The hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus says its revenue and patient rolls have plummeted. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in financial statements yesterday that its revenue fell 25 percent in the first 20 days of October, shortly after Thomas Duncan was admitted with Ebola. The hospital says emergency room visits have fallen more than 50 percent.
The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are earning about $1 million a month just from black market oil sales. The official who leads the department's effort to undermine the group's financial strength says the militants have also taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. He says the group gets several million dollars a month from wealthy donors, and from extortion rackets and other criminal activities, such as robbing banks.
Earnings gains from General Motors, 3M and other big companies are driving stocks sharply higher in early trading. GM rose 2 percent after reporting that its third-quarter profit doubled thanks to big earnings from SUV and truck sales.
U.S. Ebola preparedness is getting some mixed reviews in a new poll. The Associated Press-GfK poll finds a lack of confidence among Americans that their local hospitals can safely handle a patient. But the respondents also say the broader U.S. health care system will be able to prevent Ebola from spreading in this country. Most Americans say the U.S. also should be doing more in West Africa.
International stock markets fell today after another slump in oil prices added to doubts about the strength of global demand and China's manufacturing output grew at the slowest pace in five months. Futures point to opening bel gains on Wall Street today. Benchmark U.S. crude oil was down but remains above $80 a barrel. The dollar inched up against the yen and was little changed against the euro.
Authorities say residents in a South Los Angeles neighborhood attacked the driver of an ice cream truck that struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike. The boy was struck last night and died later at a hospital. Police say after the child was hit, a crowd attacked the ice cream truck driver, who told police that bricks also were thrown at his truck and someone threatened him with a knife. He sustained only bruises. Police say the collision was an accident.
After falling to a 14-year low, the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits is up again. Despite last week's increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam. The Labor Department says applications rose 17,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 283,000. That is the sixth straight week below 300,000. Applications have fallen 19 percent in the past year.
The Maryland man the Secret Service says climbed over the White House fence last night is now charged with felonies for assaulting a police dog and making threats. Twenty-three-year-old Dominic Adesanya was quickly taken into custody on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and K-9 teams that constantly patrol the grounds. Video by news cameras shows the fence jumper punching at two Secret Service dogs. The suspect is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous warrants.
Canadians are asking, who is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Canadian man authorities say shot and killed a soldier standing guard at Ottawa's war memorial yesterday? Court records that appear to be the gunman's show that he had a long rap sheet, with a string of convictions for assault, robbery, drug and weapons offenses, and other crimes. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling Zehaf-Bibeau and a man who on Monday ran over two soldiers in a Quebec parking lot, terrorists.
FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift-recipients a year ago. The delivery giants were caught off-guard by bad weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping. An estimated 2 million packages were late at Christmas.
The Homeland Security Department says there is no specific threat to the U.S. in the aftermath of the shooting incident in Canada's capital. The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was locked down as a precaution, and security was tightened at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.
Mexican authorities say 19 suspects died in three nearly simultaneous confrontations just across the border from Texas. The government of the border state of Tamaulipas says in all three cases suspected drug gang members opened fire on military or police between Reynosa and Matamoros, across from Brownsville.
President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S. Obama says that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine. And the President adds today that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with Ebola as a result of treating that now-deceased individual seem to be doing better.
A federal judge has fined a California company $25 million for misleading 110,000 people to buy into a work-at-home scheme that almost never paid off. The Zaken Corp. is also banned from advertising or selling work-at-home business opportunities in the future. Customers were sold a $148 business plan and told they could earn thousands within hours. But fewer than 1 percent earned any income.
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