A significant security breach: The body of a young stowaway was found inside a compartment near the wheel well of an Air Force cargo jet that landed in Germany. Air Force personnel found the boy's body Sunday night. The Pentagon says the stowaway was a black male who may have been of African origin.
Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well. The company says Crayola Experience Orlando will open next summer at The Florida Mall. Crayola Experience Orlando will feature 25 hands-on activities in 70,000 square feet of space. One attraction will let children create their own unique crayon with a personalized wrapper.
Israel has unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas. The fighting came as diplomatic efforts to forge a truce remain stalled despite a death toll that Palestinian officials say has risen above 1,200. The shadowy leader of Hamas says his group will not cease fire until its demands are met.
The European Union has approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions against Russia. The action was followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The sanctions are aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his country's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Is beefed-up border security worth it? A legislative panel is questioning what Texas will ultimately have to show for the $4.2 million per week it's spending on extra border security amid a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children. Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw told a Texas House hearing that while children aren't criminals, they're crossing the border with smuggling gangs.
Charitable bingo operators will be able to use proceeds from their games to lobby Texas lawmakers on a variety of issues, including gambling. The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down a provision of the Texas Bingo Enabling Act, saying it violates free speech rights of nonprofit organizations that hold bingo licenses.
A federal judge has ordered that a vessel about 60 miles off the Galveston coast carrying about 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil be seized. That follows a complaint filed by the Iraqi government, claiming the oil was smuggled out of Kurdish areas without its permission. The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government have squabbled over oil rights for years.
The stock market ended the day with a modest loss as investors waited for a series of big economic reports later in the week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to finish at 16,912. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped eight points and the Nasdaq inched lower by two points. Nine of the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500 fell. Only telecommunications stocks rose.
Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease. The doctor had been hospitalized in quarantine since he contracted the virus that has killed more than 670 people across West Africa this year. Health workers have been especially vulnerable to contracting Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids. Two American health workers are currently being hospitalized with Ebola in neighboring Liberia.
Thirteen states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement that's expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for some 17,800 U.S. military personnel. N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says deceptive practices by Rome Finance Co. included failing to accurately disclose charges and interest rates and helping retailers inflate prices, with repayments take from soldiers' paychecks. Rome Finance has done business as Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC
Stocks have been moderately higher in afternoon trading. Telecom companies rose the most among the 10 industry groups in the S&P 500. Traders plowed into a range of telephone and cable stocks. The moves come after Windstream Holdings announced plans to move some of its network into a trust that won't pay income tax.
House Speaker John Boehner says the House has no plans to impeach Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House to rally supporters ahead of November's mid-term elections. Some Republicans have said Obama would open the door to impeachment if he takes steps to end deportations of large numbers of immigrants here illegally, as the White House is contemplating. Other Republicans, including former Gov. Sarah Palin, already are calling for Obama to be impeachment.
The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a new warning today that the U.S. and European Union are prepared to slap additional sanctions on Russia if it continues to ship weapons, money and fighters across its border to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Israel is proving to be one of the subjects on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree. They're scrambling to finalize a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess. But the Senate wants the money for Iron Dome to be combined with a package for U.S. border security and wildfire assistance. A House panel wants the aid to Israel to be addressed separately.
Palestinian officials say ten members of one family were among at least 100 Palestinians killed in today's Israeli air strikes and tank shelling. Israel's escalation of its campaign in Gaza today is dealing a new blow to international efforts to reach a sustainable truce. Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of attacks, leveling the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza.
The stock market is making gains in early trading today. At 9:35 a.m. the Dow Jones industrial average rose 60 points to 17,042. The S&P 500 climbed four points to 1,983. And the Nasdaq gained 21 points to 4,466.
Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for NSA leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home. The German official tells a news agency that Snowden "surely doesn't want to spend the rest of his life being hunted" or "wandering from one asylum to the next." Opposition parties have demanded Germany allow Snowden to come to Berlin to testify to a parliamentary inquiry into the extent of U.S. surveillance. The government rejected. Snowden is currently in Russia.
A study by the Urban Institute says more than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects.
Two suspected carjackers accused of plowing into a Philadelphia family and killing three children, ordered held without bail. Nineteen-year-old Johnathan Rosa and 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford were arraigned on charges that include murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and robbery. Police say the two men carjacked a real estate agent and crashed her SUV about 15 minutes later, striking the three kids and their mom. The mom, a friend and the carjacked woman were injured.
A strong earthquake has shaken much of eastern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.3 quake at 6:46 a.m. Eastern Time was centered in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, about 260 miles east-southeast of Mexico City. The epicenter was relatively deep, 59 miles below the surface. Local news media say the tremor rocked buildings in Mexico City.
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