Police: 2 dead after warehouse explosion shakes Houston

JUAN A. LOZANO | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON — Two people died after a massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, damaging nearby buildings and...

Hinch, Luhnow fired for Astros’ sign stealing

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball...

Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq

Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, firing a series of surface-to-surface missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops and warning the United States and its allies in the region not to retaliate. U.S. officials confirmed the strikes, though Iran only initially acknowledged targeting one base. There was no immediate word on injuries. Iranian state TV said the attack was in revenge for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose funeral procession Tuesday in his hometown of Kerman prompted angry calls to avenge his death, which drastically raised tensions in the Middle East. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Trump impeached by US House on charge of abuse of power

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution's ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. The historic vote split along party lines, much the way it has divided the nation, over the charges that the 45th president abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election. Then a majority of the House approved a second charge, that he obstructed Congress in its investigation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Camel, cow, donkey found roaming together along Kansas road

Authorities discovered a camel, a cow and a donkey roaming together along a Kansas road in a grouping reminiscent of a Midwestern Christmas Nativity scene. The Goddard Police Department asked for help Sunday in locating the owners of the “three friends traveling together (towards a Northern star).” Police said in a Facebook post that if they couldn’t find the owners, they would be “halfway toward a live Nativity this Christmas season.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Helicopters collide over South Texas ranch, killing 2 people

HEBBRONVILLE — Authorities say two small helicopters collided while herding deer on a ranch in South Texas, killing two men and injuring a third...

Texas deputy fatally shoots man armed with knife, tree limb

KOUNTZE, Texas — Authorities say an East Texas sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 31-year-old man after he used a knife and a tree limb...

Mexican cartel forces gas stations to refuse army vehicles

Mexican federal prosecutors say they have received complaints that gas stations in the northern border state of Tamaulipas are refusing to fill the tanks of army and police vehicles. The problem is centered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas. Nuevo Laredo has long been dominated by the old Zetas cartel, which has given birth to a splinter group known as the Northeast Cartel. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Source: Jeffrey Epstein dies by suicide while awaiting trial

BY JIM MUSTIAN NEW YORK — Financier Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, a former law enforcement...

After pair of mass shootings, Trump remains out of sight

BY JONATHAN LEMIRE BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first...