A woman is accused of harboring a runaway from San Antonio, who also had an outstanding warrant in Cameron County. Harlingen police had responded to a call about a prowler on the 900 block of East Carrol Street on Tuesday. They spoke to Gabrielle Marie Tapia. She allegedly provided them false information about the person they were looking for. She was charged with hindering apprehension and harboring a runaway child. Her bonds totaled $2,500.
Police in Omaha, Nebraska, say officers' gunfire killed a 'Cops' television show crew member and a robbery suspect at a fast-food restaurant. Police say the shooting happened last night after officers interrupted a robbery at a Wendy's in midtown Omaha. They say the suspect fired shots from a handgun that turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun.
A jury has acquitted a man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons. David Barajas cried when the verdict was read. He faced up to life in prison, if convicted. Prosecutors had alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a vehicle on a road near their hometown of Alvin. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.
The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine. A State Department spokeswoman says Russia has sent additional columns of tanks and armored vehicles into its neighbor's territory. She says the incursions suggest a "Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway" in the contested eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Israel's prime minister says Hamas was "hit hard" during seven weeks of fighting. And he says Israel didn't make any concessions in the deal that led to a cease-fire. Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on national TV, appeared to be responding to criticism from hard-liners in his government, and residents of southern Israel. They've said the war was a failure because it didn't stop Hamas from launching rocket attacks, or force that group from power in Gaza.
A former Houston police officer who survived being shot in the face is now facing charges on the other side of the law. Daniel Vaughan, 57, was arrested by the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. He's charged with attempt to commit indecency with a child and indecency by exposure, criminal episode. He's the last of four suspects, all accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. The other three suspects, including the child's father, have been charged.
Gov. Rick Perry says he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."
The possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate told reporters Tuesday in Midland that he had considered it appropriate for state funds to pay his legal fees.
Stocks were mostly flat in midday trading after wavering between small gains and losses through much of the morning. Investors had their eye on a batch of company earnings and the latest corporate deal news. Trading volume was light ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.
An appeals court in Cincinnati has overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 Amish in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. The court says the jury received incorrect instructions about how to weigh the role of religion in the attacks. Three defendants convicted of non-hate crime related charges did not challenge those convictions.
Missouri is getting a new state public safety director, nearly three weeks after the police shooting of Michael Brown led to violent protests in Ferguson. Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1. Nixon says he'll replace Jerry Lee, who's retiring after almost three years as director.
Spiders have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars. The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting off air flow. If that happens, it can cause the gas tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires.
Time Warner Cable says service has been largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem.
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year - hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's. Last month, the administration predicted that the economy would grow 2.6 percent this year. The CBO says the economy should grow by 3.4 percent over 2015 and 2016, and predicts that the unemployment rate will remain below 6 percent into the future.
Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation. The court ruled today that Stephen Whigham, injured in a company kickball game, is entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was required to attend the game as part of his job. He works for a PR firm, and organized the game as a team-building event for employees. During a game, he shattered two bones in his leg trying to avoid a tag.
A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Africa is now being treated at a hospital in Hamburg, after being flown to Germany overnight. His name and condition aren't being released. A spokesman for the WHO says the patient is a man from Senegal who had been working for the agency as a consultant in Sierra Leone.
Peter Curtis says he's discovered that a lot of "brave, determined and big-hearted" people were trying to win his release from a Syrian extremist group. He was finally freed Sunday after 22 months in captivity, and returned last night to the United States. The journalist, speaking outside his mother's home in Massachusetts today, said he's grateful for the many people, including strangers, who've welcomed him back since his return.
Israel's military says there are no reports of violations since a cease-fire with Hamas took effect yesterday evening. After more than seven weeks of fighting, the two sides settled for an interim agreement in exchange for a period of calm. Israeli media are reporting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose not to put the cease-fire to a vote in his security Cabinet because of opposition from ministers who wanted to continue the fighting.
U.S. stocks are showing little change in early trading, a day after the S&P 500 its first close above 2,000 points. Tiffany & Co. rose 4 percent after the jewelry company reported earnings that were well ahead of what analysts were expecting. European markets were slightly higher today.
The bodies of two men who had been bound with duct tape and stabbed numerous times have been recovered from a river in Philadelphia. The bodies were located after police came upon a third man walking along the road who told them he managed to get out of the river after also being bound and stabbed. The 20-year-old is reported in stable condition. Police say they do not yet know the identities of the two dead men.
A Southeast Texas jury is to hear closing arguments today in the trial of a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a drunken driver who killed his two young sons in a crash. Both sides in the case of David Barajas rested their cases yesterday, with the defense calling just three witnesses. Barajas is accused of shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, minutes after Banda hit a truck Barajas and his two sons were pushing after it ran out of gas. Barajas faces up to life in prison.
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