Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:30 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2013 2:31 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Mississippi Governor and RNC Chairman Haley Barbour has accused tea party lawmakers like Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of tarnishing the GOP brand with their refusal to bend during the budget impasse in Washington. Cruz's GOP critics also include former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu.
GILMER, Texas (AP) A former East Texas county commissioner has been sentenced to probation for holding a state game warden at gunpoint. A state judge sentenced Lloyd Allen Crabtree, a former Upshur County commissioner, in Gilmer after he pleaded guilty to taking a firearm from a peace officer. Gilmer is 110 miles east of Dallas.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) The government of Guyana says the Venezuelan navy has detained the crew of an oil exploration vessel operated by Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum in waters disputed by the two South American nations. Guyana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the RV Teknik Perdana was ordered by a Venezuelan navy ship to divert to Margarita Island in Venezuela and its U.S.-based crew remains held there.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up from the ground. Wheat farmer Steven Jensen found September 29th turned out to be one of the largest spills recorded in the state. San Antonio-based Tesoro Logistics said the affected portion of the pipeline has been shut down.