Brita is recalling more than 242,000 children's water filter bottles because the bottle lid can break, possibly causing serious cuts. Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking, but no injuries have been reported. The recalled bottles are a violet bottle with Dora the Explorer, a pink bottle with Hello Kitty, a blue bottle with SpongeBob Square Pants and a green one with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Each bottle has a Brita logo and white lid.
The foreign minister of Honduras says in a visit to the Texas-Mexico border that her country is working to dissuade its citizens from embarking on the dangerous journey to the United States. From October to July, about 63,000 unaccompanied children were arrested after entering the U.S. illegally, double the number from the same period a year earlier. Another 63,000 families - mothers or fathers with young children - were arrested during that period.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit the first-in-the-nation primary state this weekend after his indictment on charges he abused the power of his office. Some Republican voters are focused less on the indictment and more on how Perry handles it, for clues of his prospects in the 2016 presidential race. Perry is charged with carrying out a threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for the state's public integrity unit after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, refused to resign.
A North Texas jury has found a man guilty of attempted capital murder for hiring someone to kill his wife. Denton County prosecutors say 54-year-old John Franklin Howard wanted to have Nancy Howard killed so that he could be with his mistress. A police affidavit filed shortly after Nancy Howard was shot in August 2012 said her husband paid a man $20,000 to kill her. The shooter was arrested.
Israeli officials say militants have fired at least 20 rockets into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip today, including one that set off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv. There have been no reports of injuries. Israel has responded with airstrikes, which Palestinian officials say have intensified throughout the evening. A Palestinian medical official says a 40-year-old woman and a 2-year-old girl have been killed. Israel has withdrawn its delegation from the cease-fire talks in Egypt.
The stock market's summer swoon appears to be over for now. The S&P 500 closed within six points of its all-time high today, less than two weeks after slumping on concerns about rising tensions in Iraq and Ukraine. The S&P gained nearly 10 points to finish at 1,981.60. The index is up 1.4 percent for the week. The Dow rose 80 to 16,919, while the Nasdaq composite climbed 19 to 4,527.
McDonald's plans to start selling its packaged coffee at supermarkets nationally by early next year. It's a move intended to help raise the profile of the coffee sold at its U.S. restaurants. The world's biggest hamburger chain is partnering with Kraft Foods to manufacture and distribute the bags of McCafe ground and whole bean coffee, as well as single-cup pods that can be used in at-home coffee machines. Other chains already sell branded packaged coffee at retailers.
U.S. stocks are moving slightly higher in midday trading after investors got some encouraging news about home building and corporate earnings. Investors were encouraged by a bounce in home construction and news that consumer prices rose at the slowest pace in five months. Bond prices are flat. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is holding at 2.40 percent.
Gov. Rick Perry's office says the Republican is planning to turn himself in within hours for booking on abuse of power charges at a courthouse in Austin. Perry plans to make statements upon entering the Travis County Courthouse at 5 p.m. Tuesday and after he leaves. Perry was indicted Friday on two felony counts of coercion and official oppression.
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is intensifying. The Israeli military says a total of 10 rockets have fallen, including one that damaged a coffee shop in southern Israel. Israel's civil defense authority is reopening public bomb shelters within a 25-mile range of Gaza. Palestinian officials report more than two dozen Israeli airstrikes. They say at least two people, one of them a 2-year-old girl, were killed by strikes in Gaza City.
St. Louis police say officers shot and killed a 23-year-old man who was wielding a knife and refused to drop it. Police Chief Sam Dotson says officers responded to a store where the man was reported to have stolen energy drinks and a pastry. Dotson says the man was acting erratically and told responding officers to "shoot me now." He says officers opened fire when the man began approaching them with the knife.
The city of Ferguson, Missouri, says it working hard to learn from the "discord and heartbreak" surrounding the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. In a statement, the St. Louis suburb says it wants to get more black officers onto the police force and to rebuild the West Florissant Avenue business district that has been torn up by nightly confrontations between police and protesters.
The University of Texas System's Board of Regents is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to avoid tuition increases for in-state students. The plan will use money from the permanent university endowment to help tuition flat at the Austin campus and eight others.
A summons has been issued for Texas Governor Rick Perry to be arraigned on Friday but it's not clear whether he'll be in court. A spokesman says the indicted governor doesn't need to appear in person and a special prosecutor says Perry could waive the arraignment.
A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River near Cincinnati has been closed after a fuel oil spill. The Coast Guard calls it a medium-sized spill, estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons. Duke Energy says the spill happened last night during a fuel transfer at a substation in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati.
President Vladimir Putin plans to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart in Belarus next week. The Kremlin says Putin also will meet with officials from the European Commission and the Eurasian Customs Union, which comprises Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says "stabilizing the situation" in eastern Ukraine will be a key topic of discussion. More than 2,000 people have been killed in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Kiev's forces in eastern Ukraine.
The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people. The U.N. health agency says the death toll has risen to 1,229 from among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. But agency officials warn that measures to restrict travel in heavily infected areas, including quarantines of whole villages and counties, are limiting access to food in many cases.
A South Texas hospital nurse has been charged with indecent exposure after police say he exposed himself to a cancer patient. San Antonio police say Richard Pacheco prior to the alleged incident told the woman he served in Iraq and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Pacheco was arrested yesterday after the hospital reported the woman's allegations.
A Syrian opposition group says Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the man known as Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi was killed near Syria's border with Lebanon by a bomb planted in his car. Hezbollah's TV operation also reports al-Iraqi's death but says he was killed by the Syrian army. The Shiite group is a longtime ally of the Syrian government, fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
Israel says it's carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire. Earlier, the Israeli military said three rockets had been fired from Gaza, landing in open fields near the southern city of Beersheba. The exchange comes as Egypt tries to broker a long-term cease-fire to end the war.
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