A woman has been convicted of lying on records she filled out to buy five assault rifles from dealers in South Texas last summer. Yadira Garcia of Alamo says she used thousands of dollars in bingo winnings to buy the guns. One of them later turned up in Mexico. The woman faces up to 30 years in prison.
A federal agency is warning doctors not to use compounded drugs from a plant in Temple. FDA inspectors say they recently uncovered unsanitary conditions at Unique Pharmaceuticals' plant and say several lots of drugs that were supposed to be sterile were not. But officials say they're not aware of any illnesses linked to the products.
Pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine are making it clear that they are not done shooting at the skies, even amid the international outrage and grief over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The rebels today shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets, about 20 miles from the wreckage of the jetliner. Those planes were brought down even as the first bodies of victims from the Malaysian plane were being flown from Ukraine to the Netherlands.
The medical director at a hospital in Gaza City says no one was hurt in an Israeli attack on the hospital today. The Israeli military says it houses a Hamas command center. The hospital official says all 97 patients and staff had been evacuated following Israeli warnings. Israeli troops and Hamas militants fought today near a town in the southern Gaza Strip, where dozens of families fled their homes.
General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S. The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. The biggest recall announced today is for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.
AT&T has posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US. AT&T says it earned $3.55 billion, or 68 cents per share. Excluding some one-time items, AT&T's earnings were 62 cents per share, a penny shy of expectations. Revenue, however, was $32.58 billion, slightly above expectations.
Stocks have come to a mixed finish on Wall Street, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Apple and Microsoft both reported results that beat forecasts. The S&P 500 rose 3.48 points to close at 1,987, a new closing high. The Nasdaq composite rose 17.68 points to end at 4,473.70. However, Boeing dragged the Dow lower, finishing down nearly 27 points at 17,086.63.
Senior Shiite politicians say Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by top ally Iran to persuade him to step down. Al-Maliki has resisted pressure to step aside, including from former Shiite political allies. His critics call him too divisive to win Sunni support against a Sunni insurgency.
The White House says Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is being "ridiculous and offensive" for suggesting that a suspension of U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv is an attempt to impose an economic boycott on Israel. The Federal Aviation Administration issued the order yesterday after a Palestinian rocket struck about a mile from Israel's major airport, in Tel Aviv. Some foreign carriers also suspended flights.
The bodies of some of the Dutch victims on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine last week have arrived in their homeland. In a silent ceremony in the Netherlands, 40 wooden coffins were carried by 40 identical hearses. Many of the 298 victims aboard the ill-fated flight were from the Netherlands. Meanwhile in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists said they attacked two Ukrainian air force jets in the same area where the passenger plane fell.
Texas will need an extra year to unveil a new teacher evaluation system that's required as the state seeks relief from some curriculum standards mandated by No Child Left Behind. State Education Commissioner Michael Williams wrote the U.S. Education Department today saying a pilot evaluation program would be delayed 12 months.
The International Monetary Fund has scaled back its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year, mostly because of a sharp contraction in the first quarter. The global lending organization projects growth will be just 1.7 percent this year, down from a 2 percent estimate in June. That would make 2014 the weakest year since the recession ended in June 2009. The IMF's outlook is more pessimistic than the Federal Reserve's, which expects growth of at least 2.1 percent.
A former Fort Worth firefighter has been arrested and charged with child sex abuse. Richard Frederick Adams, 62, was arrested Monday. He recently worked for the Hudson Oaks Fire Department. Two young relatives of Adams alerted the Parker County Sheriff's Office, earlier this month.
According to a search warrant, the children say he molested them on different occasions in the two Weatherford homes Adams owned, as well as in his car.
General Motors has issued six more recalls today. That brings the company's total for the year to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. The largest recall today involves faulty seats in nearly a half million cars and small SUVs. GM is conducting a company-wide safety review. The company wants to change a corporate culture in which safety was a low priority.
A police officer in Afghanistan who's charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death. The ruling announced today by a court in Kabul followed a two-hour court hearing yesterday. Under Afghan law, the verdict and sentence are subject to several stages of review.
Forty coffins containing remains of Malaysia Airlines crash victims are being escorted to a military barracks in the Netherlands, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking work of identifying them. Church bells rang as two military transport planes carrying the coffins arrived. It's a national day of mourning in the Netherlands, which was home to 193 of the 298 people aboard the jetliner that was shot down in Ukraine last week.
Dutch investigators say the voice recorder from the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine was damaged but not manipulated, and its data is still intact. The investigators handed two so-called black box flight recorders to a lab in southern England today. The Dutch Safety Board says the information on the recorder will now be studied. Investigators will also start studying the other recorder, containing flight data, tomorrow.
Even though the U.S. government has told airlines to stop flying to Tel Aviv, for now, that hasn't kept Secretary of State John Kerry from landing there today. He's continuing his effort to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Kerry is reporting progress -- but neither side appears to be close to backing down. Battles raged today near a southern Gaza town, in a war that has killed nearly 700 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.
House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants. The recommendations from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate. A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis but doesn't include any of the policy changes embraced by the House GOP.
A federal judge in New York has ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people." U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa issued the order from the bench today after describing why Argentina must live up to documented promises it made to bondholders it now demonizes as "vultures" before it experienced a record $100 billion default in 2001.
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