Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 1 Aug 2014 01:08:56 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 US, UN Announce Deal on 72-hour Gaza Cease-fire Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 5:38:14 PM Associated Press US, UN Announce Deal on 72-hour Gaza Cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas' tunnel network "with or without a cease-fire" and as the Palestinian death toll soared past 1,400. There was no immediate Israeli comment on the announcement.

In a statement released in New Delhi where Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to an unconditional cease-fire.

"This humanitarian cease-fire will commence at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended. During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place," the statement said.

"We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian cease-fire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the cease-fire."

The statement said the cease-fire was critical to give civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive humanitarian relief and have time to bury the dead, take care of the injured and restock food supplies. The time also will be used to repair water and energy infrastructure.

Earlier, the Israeli military said it was calling up an additional 16,000 reserve soldiers to pursue its campaign against the Islamic militants.

At least 1,441 Palestinians have been killed, three-quarters of them civilians, since hostilities began on July 8, according to Gaza health officials - surpassing the at least 1,410 Palestinians killed in 2009, according to Palestinian rights groups.

Israel says 56 soldiers, two Israeli civilians and a Thai agricultural worker have died - also far more than the 13 Israeli deaths in the previous campaign.

In Geneva, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay accused both Israel and Hamas militants of violating the rules of war.

She said Hamas is violating international humanitarian law by "locating rockets within schools and hospitals, or even launching these rockets from densely populated areas." But she added that this did not absolve Israel from disregarding the same law.

The Israeli government, she said, has defied international law by attacking civilian areas of Gaza such as schools, hospitals, homes and U.N. facilities. "None of this appears to me to be accidental," Pillay said. "They appear to be defying - deliberate defiance of - obligations that international law imposes on Israel."

Pillay also took aim at the U.S., Israel's main ally, for providing financial support for Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-rocket defense system. "No such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling," she said.

The Iron Dome system has been credited with saving countless lives as Hamas militants fired nearly 3,000 rockets at Israel.

At the United Nations, Israel's Ambassador Ron Prosor responded to criticism of his country, saying: "I think the international community should be very vocal in standing with Israel fighting terrorism today because if not, you will see it on your doorstep tomorrow."

Israel expanded what started as an aerial campaign against Hamas and widened it into a ground offensive on July 17. Since then, Israel says the campaign has concentrated on destroying cross-border tunnels militants constructed to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory and ending rocket attacks on its cities.

Israel says most of the 32 tunnels it uncovered have now been demolished and that getting rid of the remainder will take no more than a few days.

"We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu said Thursday in televised remarks. "Therefore, I will not agree to any offer that does not allow the military to complete this important mission for the security of the people of Israel."

For Israel, the tunnel network is a strategic threat. It says the tunnels are meant to facilitate mass attacks on civilians and soldiers inside Israel, as well as kidnappings, a tactic that Hamas has used in the past. Palestinian militants trying to sneak into Israel through the tunnels have been found with sedatives and handcuffs, an indication they were planning abductions, the military says.

Several soldiers have been killed in the current round of fighting by Palestinian gunmen who popped out of underground tunnels near Israeli communities along the Gaza border.

Israeli defense officials said the purpose of the latest call-up of 16,000 reserves was to provide relief for troops currently on the Gaza firing line, and amounted to a rotation that left the overall number of mobilized reservists at around 70,000. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

However, Israeli officials have also said they do not rule out broadening operations in the coming days.

Palestinians have fired more than 2,850 rockets at Israel - some reaching major cities but most intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. On Thursday alone, more than 100 rockets were fired toward Israeli cities, the army said.

One Israeli was seriously wounded when a rocket exploded in a residential area of Kiryat Gat in southern Israel, the military said. The rocket damaged a house and destroyed several cars parked on the street. Another rocket was intercepted over Tel Aviv by Israel's rocket defense system, the army said.

Israeli attacks continued Thursday, killing at least 56 Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials.

Gazans said munitions struck the Omar Ibn al-Khatab mosque next to a U.N. school in the northern town of Beit Lahiya. The office of the military spokesman said Palestinian snipers inside the mosque had shot at troops, wounding one Israeli soldier and prompting retaliatory fire.

The strike in Beit Lahiya damaged water tanks on the roof of a building near the mosque, sending shrapnel flying into the adjacent school compound, where dozens of Palestinians displaced by the fighting had taken shelter.

"The shrapnel from the strike on the mosque hit people who were in the street and at the entrance of the school," said Sami Salebi, an area resident.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said at least 15 people were wounded in the strike, including three who were in critical condition.

Among them was Kifah Rafati, who was being treated for shrapnel injuries at the nearby Kamal Adwan Hospital. She said she and her six children had been sleeping in a classroom inside the U.N. school when the explosion went off.

"There is no safety anywhere," the 40-year-old Rafati said.

Hamas has said it will only halt fire once it receives guarantees that a Gaza border blockade by Israel and Egypt - tightened after the Islamic militant group violently seized power in Gaza in 2007 - will be lifted.

Israel says it wants to decimate Hamas' rocket-launching capability, diminish its weapons arsenal and demolish the tunnels. It has launched more than 4,000 strikes against Hamas-linked targets, including rocket launchers and mosques where it says weapons were being stored.

More than a quarter of a million Palestinians in Gaza- over 236,000_are seeking shelter in 86 UNRWA installations, according to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness.

Israel says it is trying hard to avoid civilian casualties and blames Hamas for using civilians as "human shields." Israel has issued warnings before attacks through phone calls and text messages to residents among other methods.


Barzak reported from Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Associated Press writers Lara Jakes in New Delhi and Peter Enav and Yousur Alhlou in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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Barge Collision Temporarily Closes Bridge from Aransas Pass Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 5:31:14 PM Barge Collision Temporarily Closes Bridge from Aransas Pass

ARANSAS PASS - Police closed off the Dale Miller Bridge from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas due to a barge colliding with a support column. 

It took about an hour for inspectors from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Coast Guard to arrive at the scene.

As they assessed the damage, the Port Aransas Ferry ceased operations. That stretch of Highway 361 only runs between the Dale Miller bridge and the ferry landing.

As of 6:15pm, TxDOT started allowing traffic to cross the bridge and the Port Aransas Ferry landing resumed operations.


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Robstown HS Students Will be Kicking off the School Year with Construction Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 4:44:26 PM Caroline Flores Robstown HS Students Will be Kicking off the School Year with Construction

ROBSTOWN - The new school year is right around the corner and the students at Robstown High School will be greeted with a lot of construction. Demolition began at the campus last month and construction is expected to last through the school year.

The main English wing, a computer lab, and the quad have all been turned to chunks of concrete. In about a year it will all be transformed. The project follows voter approval of a 12-million dollar bond. Because of construction all English classes have been moved into a building behind the library, and one computer class will be held at Salazar Elementary.

"It's going to be a rough year. We're gonna ask our students to be very patient. But I am sure these are exciting times for Robstown ISD. The school is going to be beautiful," said Robstown ISD Superintendent Maria Vidaurri.

Staff plan to meet Thursday, August 7th, to map out how students will navigate around the construction.


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Astros Trade Three Former Hooks Players to Marlins Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 4:43:34 PM Associated Press Astros Trade Three Former Hooks Players to Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins were shoppers instead of sellers for a change at the trade deadline, and they added a starting pitcher to help make a playoff push.

Miami acquired right-hander Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros in a six-player deal Thursday. The Marlins also acquired infielder-outfielder Kiki Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates for third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-hander Francis Martes and a 2015 compensatory draft pick.

The Marlins, often out of the race before August, were in the market to upgrade their young, thin rotation after a recent six-game winning streak put them back in the playoff picture.

The 24-year-old Cosart is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this year but has struggled lately, allowing 21 runs in 21 1-3 innings over four starts in July.

The Astros made the deal Thursday while 22 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West.

Hernandez batted .284 in 24 games for Houston this year and hit .337 in 67 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Wates, a third-round draft pick in 2010, batted .299 in 74 games for Oklahoma City.

Cosart and Hernandez will join the Marlins on Friday. Wates will be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Moran was the sixth overall pick in last year's draft after playing at the University of North Carolina. He batted .294 with five home runs in 89 games this year at Single-A Jupiter.

Marisnick batted .277 with 10 homers in 89 games this year for Triple-A New Orleans. He has a career average of .178 in 58 major-league games.

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Fla. St. No. 1, Aggies No. 20 in USA Today Football Poll Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 3:44:11 PM Associated Press Fla. St. No. 1, Aggies No. 20 in USA Today Football Poll

The USA Today preseason Top 25 football coaches poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2013 record, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and last year's final ranking:

1. Florida State (56)14-015431
2. Alabama11-214558
3. Oklahoma (3)11-213826
4. Oregon (1)11-213149
5. Auburn12-212712
6. Ohio State (1)12-2126710
7. UCLA10-3108516
8. Michigan State13-110503
9. South Carolina (1)11-210094
10. Baylor11-296513
11. Stanford11-395510
12. Georgia8-5905-
13. LSU10-383314
14. Wisconsin9-465421
15. Southern Cal10-462719
16. Clemson11-25357
17. Notre Dame9-450924
18. Arizona State10-435820
19. Mississippi8-5346-
20. Texas A&M9-426618
21. Kansas State8-5257-
22. Nebraska9-422825
23. North Carolina7-6175-
24. Texas8-5143-
25. Washington9-4142-
Others receiving votes: Missouri 126, Florida 122, UCF 102, Mississippi State 74, Oklahoma State 56, TCU 54, Michigan 53, Iowa 49, Miami 45, Duke 41, Louisville 32, Marshall 27, BYU 18, Boise State 13, Louisiana 12, Virginia Tech 12, Texas Tech 8, Cincinnati 6, Minnesota 6, Northwestern 5, Fresno State 4, Oregon State 4, Georgia Tech 2, Houston 2, Arizona 1, Arkansas 1, Northern Illinois 1.

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George W. Bush Writes Book About His Father Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 3:41:23 PM Associated Press George W. Bush Writes Book About His Father

NEW YORK (AP) - Former President George W. Bush of Dallas has been working on a highly personal project since leaving the White House.

He's quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush of Houston.

Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the currently untitled book will be released in November.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

According to Crown, the book will cover the elder Bush's whole life and his influence on his son.

Crown in 2010 published the younger Bush's million-selling memoir, "Decision Points."

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City Policing Water Violators Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 3:28:07 PM Janine Reyes City Policing Water Violators

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The city is sending a clear message on stage 2 water restrictions: it means business.

The 'water police' are busy patrolling for violators in Corpus Christi.

We rode along with them to see how they do their job. Their first stop this morning was a house on Sun Valley Road. A tip led them to the home and when we got there, we found very clear violations. It sounded like rain right in front of the home this morning as the sprinkler sprayed water onto the roof, and it trickled down to the sidewalk below.

Before we ever made it to the home, we could clearly see water waste, with water runoff in front of house after house on Sun Valley Road, the only source, the one house we visited.

Water department worker Gilbert Castillo is a first responder for water waste.

He does have other duties, but today he's reinforcing the city's stage two water restrictions.

"Yesterday was trash," said one man he approached when he spotted his sprinklers running the day after his trash pick up day. "Yes, sir," Castillo responded, "I'm just going to give you a warning, let you know that I notified you that your sprinklers were running."

Next time, it will be a citation.

The man refused to talk to us on camera, but blamed the water violation on his stepson.

"Yeah, I'll have to get on his ---," the man said, "that's who's parked there."

But back to the neighbor, who decided to water the roof this morning, leaving runoff trickling down to the sidewalk below, and down the street as well.

No one answered there, but Castillo did collect evidence.

He also left a written warning. "It's the sprinklers, irrigation between 10 and 6, allowing water runoff into the street and gutter and allowing sprinklers to spray on paved area," Castillo said, identifying the violations.

If he comes here again, it could cost the person who lives there up to $500.

"If you got called back and it looks like this again, would you hesitate to cite them," we asked.

"No, not at all, a second time is automatically a violation if they're caught," Castillo said.

Castillo cannot actually issue citations, none of the utility department first responders can. But they do document the case and hand it over to code enforcement, who writes the citation.

As for the home in violation today, we looked it up and the homeowners live out of town, so it's probably a tenant. No one answered when we knocked.


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An Unwelcome House Guest Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 3:24:20 PM An Unwelcome House Guest

FLORIDA - A couple in Coral Gables, Florida was at home when they heard a knock on the door, but the knock turned out not to be a person.

Luann and George Alonso saw the shock of their lives when they found a nine foot alligator making a house call.

"I looked out the window, I couldn't see anything, as soon as I turned the light on, I saw that big gator right there right in front of the door, the tail was facing the front window, his body was against the door so we couldn't get out," said George Alonso.

The house backs up to a canal, and the gator could have just been out on a late night stroll.

They called police to investigate, and then called a trapper to take the animal away. The gator proved hard to reel in. It death rolled while the trapper pulled, tugged and finally hauled him away.


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USDA Overhauls Decades-Old Poultry Inspections Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 3:14:52 PM Associated Press USDA Overhauls Decades-Old Poultry Inspections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.

Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by around a fourth. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. There would also be more inspectors checking the facilities to make sure they are clean.

The changes would be voluntary, but many of the country's largest poultry companies are expected to opt in.

Federal law requires that government inspectors be present in poultry processing plants. Right now, many USDA inspectors stand in one place on the production line and check for visual defects. This doesn't do much to ensure the birds are safe to eat, since common poultry pathogens like salmonella and campylobacter are invisible. The new rules would better train inspectors to find hazards in the plant and would also require the companies to do more testing for pathogens.

USDA originally proposed the rule in January 2012, saying the reduction in inspectors would save companies and taxpayers money while also decreasing pathogens in the food supply. Consumer groups have said an overhaul is necessary but criticized that proposal, saying it would shift too much of the inspection burden to the industry.

The final rule abandons a controversial part of the original proposal that would have allowed companies to increase the speeds of processing lines in the plants. USDA said that increasing line speeds wouldn't affect food safety, but consumer groups argued it could make it harder to detect obvious contamination and harm worker safety.

Salmonella and campylobacter are commonly found in poultry and the two top foodborne pathogens that make people sick in the United States. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that salmonella causes around 1.2 million illnesses in the United States every year, including 450 deaths.

There have been several large outbreaks of salmonella in poultry in recent years. In July, California-based Foster Farms issued a recall after salmonella illnesses had been linked to their products for more than a year. That chicken has been linked to 621 illnesses in 29 states and Puerto Rico so far.

In 2011, an outbreak of salmonella linked to ground turkey products sickened 136 people and killed one, prompting a recall 36 million pounds of meat.

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Putin Cornered Over Ukraine Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 1:45:39 PM Associated Press Putin Cornered Over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.

He is caught between a determined West demanding that he disavow the pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine and increasingly assertive nationalists at home urging him to champion the mutiny and send in the Russian army.

The Malaysian plane disaster this week triggered another round of U.S. and EU sanctions, which for the first time targeted entire sectors of the Russian economy, severely limiting Putin's room for maneuver. He may be eager to sever ties with the rebels, but he would need to find a way to do so that would allow him to save face - an exceedingly hard task amid growing Western pressure.

Bowing to Western demands would potentially spell political suicide for the Russian leader, who has built his popularity on standing up to the West. Under pressure, he may choose instead to escalate the crisis and risk an all-out confrontation.

Putin didn't plan for it to happen this way.

Last fall, he used a combination of pressure and subsidies to prevent Ukraine from signing an association agreement with the EU and lure it into a Moscow-led alliance. When mass protests chased the Russian-leaning Ukrainian president from power in February, Putin saw it as a Western plot against Russia and quickly moved to annex Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea to head off what he said was the imminent threat of Ukraine joining NATO.

Putin then sought to maintain pressure on the West by fomenting a pro-Russian insurgency that flared up in Ukraine's mostly Russian-speaking industrial east in April, apparently hoping that a slow-burning conflict would help persuade the West to strike a compromise that would allow Russia to keep Ukraine in its orbit.

That strategy has failed. The West, especially Europe, long showed unwillingness to take a strong punitive stand against Putin. But the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane was the unforeseen event that overturned the dynamic, and compelled the West to act.

It appears that the Russian leader now is desperately looking for a way out from the crisis in hopes of containing the gravest threat to his rule to date. Here are some possible scenarios that may play out:


From the start, Putin wanted to a deal with a West that would allow Russia to maintain its leverage over Ukraine, and he has steadily tempered his ambitions.

At the onset of the turmoil, Putin hoped that Ukraine would join a Russia-dominated economic alliance. When such hopes evaporated with the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, Moscow began pushing for a "federalization" of Ukraine that would give broad powers to its provinces and allow them to deal directly with Moscow. Rebels later backed those demands by conducting independence referendums that both Ukraine and the West declared a sham.

The Kremlin then softened its rhetoric and started calling vaguely for a "dialogue" between the central government and the regions that would give the provinces a bigger say over local issues.

Now with his hand weakened by the plane disaster, Putin may be eager to accept any vague deal that would allow Moscow to maintain just a symbolic degree of influence. Such a deal, however, would have to involve concessions by both parties, something that is hard to achieve amid continuing fighting and growing distrust.

The West has demanded that the Kremlin disown the rebellion in eastern Ukraine. While Putin may despise the ragtag band of retired Russian officers and Moscow political consultants that have helped foment the mutiny, it would be hard for him to distance himself from them without denting his support base.

The Malaysian plane disaster, however, could offer a face-saving way of publicly condemning the rebel leadership. If an international investigation confirms that the missile that downed the plane on July 17 was launched by the rebels, Putin may say that Russia can't support those who were responsible for the tragic death of nearly 300 innocent people. Such a statement could pave the way for talks.


Putin possibly fears that any concessions would only lead to more Western pressure and may choose to remain defiant. If he keeps refusing to distance himself from the rebels, the West will remain reluctant to engage in any talks. Fighting in the east, which already involves heavy artillery and rockets pummeling residential areas, will raise the pressure on Putin to intervene militarily.

Putin is already facing scathing criticism in Russian nationalist publications and online forums for betraying Russian speakers in Ukraine by failing to send in the army.

At some point, fearing that the damage to his popularity could become irreparable, Putin may send more weapons to the rebels. More Western sanctions will not stop his hand, but rather may push him into a situation where any compromise would look like kowtowing to the West.

Pressed against the wall, Putin may even decide to send troops into Ukraine. They would likely crush the weak and disorganized Ukrainian military within days. The West would be unlikely to intervene militarily, but it would freeze virtually all ties with Moscow, sending the Russian economy into a tailspin. Living standards will plummet quickly, possibly spawning social unrest.


Some in the West may hope that the sanctions will encourage members of the Russian elites as well as the broad public to demand a change of course.

However, the tightly controlled Russian political system leaves little room for dissent. Billionaire tycoons, some of whom have close personal links to Putin, stand to lose a lot from Western sanctions and would like Putin to soften his policy. But hopes that they may somehow persuade the president to pull out of confrontation seem futile, as the oligarchs are too scared to form any kind of united group, and official loyalties are closely controlled by Putin's fellow KGB veterans who dominate the officialdom.

Many in Washington expected Putin's businessmen friends who were hit by U.S. sanctions in March to push him toward de-escalation. The opposite has happened. Instead of encouraging a pro-Western opposition, more sanctions will likely further strengthen the Kremlin hawks, who may push Putin toward an even more confrontational and isolationist course.

In a sense, the Russian leader has become hostage to his own propaganda that has cast the West as an enemy of Russia.

Putin's approval ratings so far have remained high, but if the economy starts collapsing under the brunt of Western sanctions his popularity would dwindle quickly. It doesn't mean, though, that pro-Western democratic forces would have any chance to expand their presence on Russia's political scene.

Amid the war in Ukraine and Western sanctions, the weak and disorganized Russian liberals have become increasingly marginalized, while extreme nationalist forces have strengthened considerably.

Economic meltdown would further allow nationalist groups to expand their sway, and Russian volunteers now fighting in eastern Ukraine may become an explosive element in a changing political equation.

The prospect of potential unrest could re-ignite fears that accompanied the 1991 Soviet collapse. Thousands of nuclear warheads, smoldering conflicts between a myriad of ethnic groups, separatist movements and crumbling industrial infrastructure that could lead to technological disasters make any instability in Russia deadly dangerous for the rest of the world.

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Snowden's Asylum Status Ending Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 1:35:27 PM Associated Press Snowden's Asylum Status Ending

MOSCOW (AP) - Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his application for an extension.

Snowden was stranded in a Moscow airport last year en route from Hong Kong to Cuba, shortly after he revealed the NSA's sprawling program of tapping phones. He received temporary asylum in Russia, attracting Washington's ire.

Under Russian law, that status must be renewed annually. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, was quoted by the state news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday as saying he expected a decision soon on the application and that Snowden could stay at least until the decision is made.

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Firefighters Sell Shirts for Cancer Awareness Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:49:28 PM Mike Gillaspia Firefighters Sell Shirts for Cancer Awareness


CORPUS CHRISTI - From August through October, local firefighters sell t-shirts to raise money for cancer awareness. And it appears to be paying off!

Over the last six years, the Cancer Awareness Relief Effort (C.A.R.E.) has donated over $150,000 to local agencies, including the American Cancer Society, First Friday and Driscoll Children's Hospital, as well as to several local firefighters and their families. This year, they will be adding the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation to the list, and plan to present them with a check on Friday, August 1st at 10:00 AM. The event will take place at the hall of the Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters Association (6014 Ayers). The pink fire truck will also be on hand.

C.A.R.E. shirts may be purchased at the hall Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The cost is $12 per shirt for sizes S-XL, and $15 per shirt for sizes XXL-XXXXL.

For additional information, call (361) 814-4437.


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Guns Stolen in Home Invasion Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:43:42 PM Guns Stolen in Home Invasion

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are on the hunt for two men who terrorized a man inside his southside apartment last night.

The home invasion happened at the Glen Willows Apartments on Everhart.

Police say the two intruders kicked down the victim's door, held him at gunpoint, and took several guns from inside the apartment.

The victim told police he didn't know the pair and that they appeared to be looking for someone else.


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Residents Worry about Dead Trees Rotting and Getting Chopped Down Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:59:04 AM Rachel Cole - Residents Worry about Dead Trees Rotting and Getting Chopped Down

SINTON - Severe drought continues to take its toll. The latest victims appear to be those beautiful old oak trees in San Patricio County. The county is now cutting down many of those trees but some citizens think it never should have come to this.

Crews spent the last two days cutting down four huge trees out front of the courthouse and County Judge Terry Simpson says, it's all for safety.

"Limbs like this one here that we're going to trim out of this tree, if it falls and somebody's underneath it, they're going to get hurt," he said.

Judge Simpson says, a man called him about 30 days ago to let him know, one of the dead branches did fall on his car.

"I was concerned that we damaged his vehicle but he kind of laughed and said no, it didn't hurt the vehicle, he said it was a pick up and it fell in the bed," Judge Simpson added.

But long time resident Leslie Ratliff isn't laughing, she's not happy to see the beautiful trees slashed down into debris.

"Sinton has lots and lots of old Oak trees and it's an older community and it just breaks my heart to see that happen," Ratliff said.

The decision to chop them down, came after TxDOT crews and Sat Patricio county officials spotted the rotting wood at the base of the trees.

"There were some dead trees here that need attention before someone got hurt," Judge Simpson said.

Ratliff says, that being cautious is a good move by the county. Although, she wonders what will be done in the future to preserve the trees.

"I would certainly not want anyone to get hurt or property to be damaged but I don't know maybe we could just water them a little more," she added.

The county currently waters once a week and plans to re-plant new trees at a later time. For now, crews will clear the clutter and take the branches to the fair grounds, where it will be recycled for wood.


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Toddler Attending Circus in Dallas Falls 1 Level Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 8:19:46 AM Toddler Attending Circus in Dallas Falls 1 Level

DALLAS (AP) - A 2-year-old girl attending the circus in Dallas has been hurt in an accidental fall from the second level of the American Airlines Center to the main level.

Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel attended to the child Wednesday night, who was transported to a hospital. Her name and further details on her condition weren't immediately available Thursday.

Arena general manager David Brown released a statement Thursday saying the girl was injured during the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Brown says the family was leaving their seats on the front row of the 200 level just before intermission when the child fell to the Plaza Level below.

Officials did not estimate the distance the child fell.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials did not immediately provide additional information Thursday.

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US Jobless Aid Applications Rise to 302,000 Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 8:14:27 AM US Jobless Aid Applications Rise to 302,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The prior week's was revised down to 279,000 claims, the lowest since May 2000.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 3,500 to 297,250. That's the lowest average since April 2006, more than a year before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When employers keep their workers, it suggests potential income gains, active hiring and confidence that the economy is growing.

Economists forecast that the employment report being released Friday will show that 225,000 jobs were added in July, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The prior week's was revised down to 279,000 claims, the lowest since May 2000.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 3,500 to 297,250. That's the lowest average since April 2006, more than a year before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When employers keep their workers, it suggests potential income gains, active hiring and confidence that the economy is growing.

Economists forecast that the employment report being released Friday will show that 225,000 jobs were added in July, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet.


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Still Hope for Showers! Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 7:39:32 AM Meteorologist Maclovio Perez Still Hope for Showers!

There is hope on the horizon. Today you will see few more clouds as gulf moisture rolls back in. Sunny and hot otherwise with a high of 98. Up north an unusual cool front in North Texas will drift south and on Saturday and Sunday will collide with our gulf air and trigger a few scattered showers around these parts. High over the weekend will top out in the low 90's. Rainfall totals will average about .23 of an inch but these will be slow moving and may drop heavier rain in isolated spots.

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Beauty Meets Beast Hair Expo Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 7:29:37 AM Candace Torrez Beauty Meets Beast Hair Expo

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Beauty Meets Beast Hair Expo is sure to bring forth competition and education to the hair industry of Corpus Christi.

The Beauty Meets Beast Hair Expo is taking place August 17th and 18th at Club XS Ultra Lounge.

Owner of J-Styles Hair Salon, Jessica Acuna and a strong team of stylists have put together a show with both barbers and cosmetologists.

From Barber Battles to Modern Trend Cutting there are many different categories of which stylists will compete in.

Workshops will be taking place with instuctors such as Pravana Educator, Susan Moore and Luis and Michael of the Gold Star Team LA Barber Shop. A special appearance will be made by reality TV star J Dillard.

Proceeds from this event are to benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information contact Jessica Acuna at 361-779-8273.


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14 Arrested in Galveston Drug Bust Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 6:01:21 AM 14 Arrested in Galveston Drug Bust

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Galveston Police say they've arrested 14 people on felony drug charges after an extensive narcotics investigation.

A city police spokesman told The Galveston County Daily News ( ) on Wednesday there is a growing cocaine and methamphetamine problem in the city. He says the seven-month, multi-agency investigation resulted in 21 indictments. Arrest warrants have been issued for the five Galveston men who weren't detained in a police sweep Tuesday night.

The spokesman says law enforcement used undercover officers, recording devices and video cameras. He says some of the people charged have gang affiliations or connections to drug traffickers in Mexico.

The names of the people arrested have not been released.


Information from: The Galveston County Daily News,

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Israel Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Continuous News Thu, 31 Jul 2014 5:38:13 AM Israel Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire."

Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won't allow Israel to complete its mission of destroying the sophisticated tunnel network, which has been used to carry out deadly attacks inside Israel.

Israel launched its air campaign on July 8 to stop unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza toward Israel. It expanded the operation with a ground offensive on July 17 with the primary purpose of blocking Hamas infiltration attempts through the tunnels.

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