Iraqi officials say a car bomb that exploded near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad has killed 15 people and wounded another 40. The attack came hours after a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a police checkpoint on a highway just south of Baghdad, killing four civilians and three policemen. The United Nations says more than 1,100 Iraqis died in violence in September, not including killings in areas now controlled by Islamic State extremists.
A nine-member team of federal health officials is tracking anyone who had close contact with a man being treated for Ebola in Dallas. The director of the CDC says those who may have been exposed to the virus will be watched closely for 21 days and anyone who develops a fever will be isolated immediately. Three members of the ambulance crew that transported the man to the hospital have tested negative for the virus. They're restricted to their homes while their conditions are observed.
Stocks are sliding today, putting the market on course for its third loss in a row. The Dow has been down by more than 150 points in midday trading. Airlines stocks fell as investors feared that news of the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the U.S. might discourage people from traveling.
President Barack Obama says he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting at a challenging time, and he says Israel is in a "turbulent neighborhood." Obama and Netanyahu spoke at the beginning of their meeting at the White House, their first since the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas. Netanyahu says nations should "look outside the box" on a solution that creates a Palestinian state, including bringing in other Arab states.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps is facing five traffic charges, including three involving drunken driving, after being pulled over by police in Baltimore. Police charged Phelps early yesterday with DUI, but weren't specific about the substance they said affected his driving. Now, online charging documents show that the charges include driving while impaired by alcohol. The charges also include speeding. In a statement, Phelps apologized and said he takes "full responsibility."
General Motors and Chrysler are both reporting 19 percent gains in their U.S. sales in September. GM's says its sales rose on big demand for its pickup trucks. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup rose 54 percent, while the GMC Sierra pickup was up 25 percent. Chrysler saw strong demand for the new Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Ram pickup.
Two senior lawmakers are urging Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job. Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland say they've lost confidence and trust in the ability of Julia Pierson to protect President Barack Obama. They were among the lawmakers questioning Pierson yesterday, about last month's security breach at the White House. A man jumped over the fence and was able to make it deep into the executive mansion before being stopped.
A Texas man charged with killing his 77-year-old grandmother and dismembering her body with a chain saw has pleaded guilty to murder.
A judge sentenced David Christy to 20 years in prison Tuesday as part of a plea deal. The remains of Johanna Kruse Christy were found buried in shallow graves behind her home where she lived with her grandson in February 2013.
Three members of the ambulance crew that transported a man diagnosed with Ebola to a Dallas hospital have tested negative for the virus.
They are restricted to their homes as health officials monitor their conditions. Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed says the Dallas Fire-Rescue EMS crew was tested Tuesday night and sent home.
They have not exhibited any symptoms of the virus.
The highest criminal court in Texas has refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed DeLay's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated.
A senior Democratic lawmaker wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her post, after a series of embarrassing presidential security breaches. Elijah Cummings of Maryland didn't call for Pierson's firing or resignation during a hearing yesterday, but he's now told MSNBC that he doesn't "feel comfortable with her in that position." Pierson testified about a Sept. 19 White House security breach and Cummings and other lawmakers said they were unimpressed with her explanations.
Stocks are heading lower in early trading, putting the market on course for its third loss in a row. General Mills fell 1 percent after the company said it would cut up to 800 jobs, the second time it's reduced its work force in a month. The company is struggling as Americans eat fewer boxed and frozen meals.
Airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Syria haven't prevented deadly clashes overnight near Syria's border with Turkey. Activists say dozens of militants and Kurdish fighters were killed. And they say Islamic State fighters have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, who were captured during the fighting. Meanwhile, twin bombings near a school in central Syria have left at least 17 people dead, including 10 children.
A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights. City leaders halted fracking as they consider making their city the first in the state to permanently ban the practice. City officials say it's the first time Denton has been sued on the issue. Other royalty owners and former state officials have threatened Denton with suits if an outright fracking ban is passed by public referendum in November.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has acknowledged her agency's failure in its mission of protecting the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued. Pierson faced blistering criticism from lawmakers as she testified before Congress today. But her promised review of how the storied but blemished agency carries out its mission of protecting the president left lawmakers from both parties cold.
U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013. That includes the $38 billion in local, state and federal taxes the industry said it paid last year. Unlike prior studies, tribal gambling and some legal online gaming were included. The American Gaming Association announced the results of the study at a news conference Tuesday.
The man accused of scaling the White House fence and going into the mansion now faces federal and local charges. Army veteran Omar Gonzalez has been indicted for allegedly intruding into the White House while armed with a folding knife. He also was charged with two violations of District of Columbia law, which carry a maximum penalty of five years. Gonzalez is due to appear in court tomorrow.
Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola. The case announced by the Centers for Disease Control is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation. Hospital officials previously said the patient's symptoms and recent travel indicated a possible case of Ebola.
The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the program, immigrants from those countries who are lawfully in the United States will be able to request that child relatives still in those three countries be resettled in the United States as refugees.
The feds are getting out of the football broadcast blackout business. The FCC voted today to end the 1975 blackout rule, which bars NFL home games that haven't sold out from being televised in the local market. But the vote won't actually end blackouts. It just shifts the responsibility entirely to the NFL and its television partners.
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