The Homeland Security Department says there is no specific threat to the U.S. in the aftermath of the shooting incident in Canada's capital. The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was locked down as a precaution, and security was tightened at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.
Mexican authorities say 19 suspects died in three nearly simultaneous confrontations just across the border from Texas. The government of the border state of Tamaulipas says in all three cases suspected drug gang members opened fire on military or police between Reynosa and Matamoros, across from Brownsville.
President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S. Obama says that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine. And the President adds today that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with Ebola as a result of treating that now-deceased individual seem to be doing better.
A federal judge has fined a California company $25 million for misleading 110,000 people to buy into a work-at-home scheme that almost never paid off. The Zaken Corp. is also banned from advertising or selling work-at-home business opportunities in the future. Customers were sold a $148 business plan and told they could earn thousands within hours. But fewer than 1 percent earned any income.
The NHTSA has added 3.1 million vehicles to an initial warning covering 4.7 million cars and SUVs that have potentially dangerous air bags. Safety advocates say at least four people have died because of faulty inflator mechanisms made by Takata that can rupture and cause metal fragments to fly out. The warning covers certain models made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. The recall is limited to high-humidity areas
Canada's justice minister and other government officials are crediting a sergeant-at-arms with shooting a gunman who killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial in Ottawa. The sergeant-at-arms killed the attacker just outside the caucus rooms after he stormed Parliament. Officials have identified the gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Officials haven't commented on a possible motive.
An autopsy said a 15-year-old boy killed by police in Longview earlier this year had marijuana in his system. Police said Justin Aguilar shot at officers after he tried to rob a convenience store. The officers were placed on leave, and a grand jury is expected to consider the case next month.
The price of oil is really down today. It fell sharply after the Energy Department reported an increase in oil inventories that was far larger than analysts expected. The benchmark U.S. crude contract fell $1.97 to $80.52 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.51 to close at $84.71 in London.
Stocks are ending lower, breaking a four-day winning streak, as a drop in the price of oil dragged energy companies lower. The energy sector in the S&P 500 sank 1.7 percent, The index fell 14 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,927. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 153 points, or 0.9 percent, to 16,461. The Nasdaq fell about 36 1/2 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,382.
An autopsy says a 15-year-old boy killed by police in Longview earlier this year had marijuana in his system. Police have said Justin Aguilar shot at officers after he tried to rob a convenience store. The officers were placed on leave and a grand jury is expected to consider the case next month.
Odessa High School has been evacuated and closed for the day after a construction accident. A crew punctured a gas line near the main building on campus and at least five students were sickened before authorities could shut off the leak.
The first Ebola test for a quarantined dog belonging to a Dallas nurse hospitalized with the virus has come back negative. The city of Dallas says the one-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be tested again before his 21-day quarantine period ends Nov. 1. Bentley was quarantined after his owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola. She was the first of two Texas nurses infected after treating an Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital.
An Indiana judge has rescheduled a hearing for man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women -- after he refused to respond to her questions during his initial court appearance today. Darren Vann stood stone-faced during the hearing at the Lake County Jail after the judge asked him if he would swear to tell the truth. The judge warned Vann that he could be held in contempt, but he still declined to speak.
Good news on corporate earnings is nudging U.S. stocks higher, a day after the S&P 500 index had its best day of the year. Investors were also encouraged by a government report showing U.S. inflation is low and by hopes for new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.
Two experts say Michael Brown's official autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot in the hand at close range when he was killed by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained the St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy and an accompanying toxicology report showing Brown had used marijuana. The report says Brown and officer Darren Wilson struggled inside Wilson's SUV Aug. 9 and Brown was shot once in the hand. Brown was killed outside the vehicle.
Police are warning people in Canada's capital of Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops, after a shooting at the country's Parliament building. Police and witnesses say a gunman shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial, and then entered Parliament - where, according to a tweet from a Cabinet minister, at least 30 shots were heard. Two days ago, a recent convert to Islam killed a Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being killed by police.
South African prison officials say Oscar Pistorius spent his first night in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria. The prison commissioner says Pistorius seemed confused and tired when he entered the facility and was visited by the jail's psychologist and chaplain yesterday evening. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for the shooting death of his girlfriend last year.
Stocks are opening mixed as investors look over earnings reports from U.S. companies. European markets edged higher as investors were hopeful for new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. Yesterday, stocks posted some big gains -- giving the S&P 500 index its best day of the year.
The government says millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent. The government announced the increase as it released the latest measure of consumer prices. By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year.
Johnson & Johnson says it'll start safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus. The company says it's committed up to $200 million to speed up and expand production of a vaccine program being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, which is developing the vaccine with a Danish biotech company.
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