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Children’s Hospital, UMC agree to begin another round of mediation possibly next week
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:59:25 MST
El Paso Children's Hospital and University Medical Center of El Paso should return to the negotiating table to settle a financial dispute that has created a deep rift between the two hospitals.

Drug-laden drone crashes near US-Mexico border
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:35 UT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot. Six packets of the drug, weighing more than six pounds, were taped to the six-propeller remote-controlled aircraft.

Train carrying Bakken crude derails, burns in Illinois
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:28:00 -0600
GALENA, Ill. — A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois, bursting into flames and prompting officials to suggest that everyone with 1 mile evacuate, authorities said.

Capacity crowds pack screenings of ‘The Interview’
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:11:16 UT
Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "The Interview" became available on a variety of digital platforms Wednesday afternoon, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. At Atlanta's Plaza Theater, a sell-out crowd Thursday hailed the film's release, washing down popcorn with beer and cocktails and uniting for a boisterous sing-along of "God Bless America" before the opening credits. At the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, owned by "Game of Thrones" author George RR Martin, the schedule also includes the Spanish art-house release "Flamenco," the locally made "The Twilight Angel" and an Italian film festival. The back story of "The Interview" has itself played out like a Hollywood satire, in which a cartoonish farce distracts from some of the holiday season's most prestigious films: "Selma," the drama about the 1965 civil rights march; Angelina Jolie's adaptation of the best-selling World War II story "Unbroken"; and the all-star, big-screen version of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." [...] Darrell Foxworth, a special agent for the FBI in San Diego, said Wednesday the agency was sharing information with independent movie theater owners showing "The Interview" out of "an abundance of caution" and to educate them about cyber threats and what help the FBI can offer. [...] the government should subsidize tickets to make that possible.

Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:50:24 MST
WASHINGTON >> In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans.

UTEP men’s basketball: Miners turn frustration into rout of North Texas
elpasotimes.com / Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:02:11 MST
UTEP put last week's disappointment so far into the rear view mirror it was last seen in Van Horn ... and fading fast.

Representatives from Mexican universities visit UTEP, recruit students
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:27:53 MST
Representatives from about 20 Mexican universities gathered at the University of Texas at El Paso on Wednesday to encourage U.S. students to study abroad in Mexico.

Austin teacher resigns amid sexual assault accusations
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:30:20 UT
Austin teacher resigns amid sexual assault accusations A district spokesman says school officials learned the math teacher was under investigation by Lago Vista police over winter break.

Chihuahua mountain crime boss killed in shootout, officials say
elpasotimes.com / Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:49:52 MST
The suspected leader of a crime group was killed in a shootout with Chihuahua state police Tuesday evening in the mountains in the southwestern corner of the state, officials said Thursday.

Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:51:40 UT
NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route of the nationally televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which counted Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger among its six new giant balloons. Like bedazzled rock fans who land coveted stage-front spots, she and her cousins were lucky enough to score the front row of a 20-person-deep crowd. The honor of leading the parade went to the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band from Western Carolina University. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Power outages from the first major snowstorm of the season could force some residents of the Northeast to celebrate Thanksgiving much like the pilgrims and Native Americans did almost 400 years ago — in the dark. Ian Rhodes, of Concord, New Hampshire, had planned to host his first Thanksgiving with his wife and two young children for a dozen people, but the power outage changed that. To the delight of some and consternation of others, it's increasingly become commonplace to see stores open on Thanksgiving, as retailers try to entice shoppers inside and kick off the holiday shopping season a day earlier than the traditional Black Friday.

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:18 UT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years. Analysts believe the economy is maintaining momentum in the current quarter, with a big fall in gas prices expected to bolster consumer spending. Business spending on equipment grew at a 7.2 percent rate in the third quarter, and residential construction grew at a 1.8 percent rate. Much of the optimism for the economy going forward stems from the strength of job growth, which has lowered the unemployment rate to a six-year low of 5.9 percent. The additional workers should translate into more income and consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. [...] they viewed the Fed's statement as a warning that if the economy strengthened more than expected in coming months, rate hikes could start occurring sooner than investors think.

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