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West Side home invasion suspects caught

<p>Three men are in custody after police say they attempted to rob a West Side family in their apartment.</p> <p>It happened just after 5 p.m. in the 5500 block of Culebra Road at the Monticello Manor apartments Thursday.</p> <p>Warrant officers with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office who happened to be at the apartment complex assisted in the arrests. </p> <p>Stacy Gray came face-to-face with the suspected robbers. For a brief moment, she feared for her life.</p> <p>"They ran toward this way and that was it. It was just scary because I had my child in my arms and I fell," said Gray. </p> <p>Several residents said they heard a woman scream for help and saw three masked men running from a second-floor apartment in broad daylight.</p> <p>“I was really scared, I didn't want to get shot and I ran because I had my nephew in my hands," said resident Alexis Teniente. </p> <p>She considers them lucky because the warrant officers were already on the property. They saw the scuffle and managed to capture two of the suspects almost immediately.</p> <p>The third suspect was caught without incident. Police said no one inside the apartment that was broken into was injured.</p> <p>Investigators are working to determine if the suspects and victims know each other.</p> <p>The three suspects face charges of robbery and home invasion. Their names have not yet been released.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:08:44 GMT

5 teens arrested in East Side burglary

<p>Five teenagers were arrested Thursday after police broke up an apparent burglary on the East Side of the city.</p> <p>Police caught the five suspects at a home in the 4000 block of Mystic Sunrise Drive, in the same neighborhood where the alleged burglars live.</p> <p>Around 6 p.m. a witness noticed five people coming from a house with computers, TVs and stereos that didn't belong to them.</p> <p>Police and a SWAT team quickly responded, but by the time they arrived the suspects had already fled to their home and refused to come out.</p> <p>"Finally after talking with them for a period of time on the intercom system not getting any response, finally they did slowly come out of the house. First a male came out of the house and then probably about 15-20 minutes (later) we got four others that came out of the house," said Lt. Scott Bell, of the San Antonio Police Department.</p> <p>The suspects range in age from 17-18.</p> <p>Police are working to obtain a search warrant at the home to get a better idea of what was taken. </p> <p>The suspects will be questioned about other possible burglaries in the area.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:05:27 GMT

Clemson, Texas A&M to play 2 games

<p> Clemson and Texas A&M have agreed to a two-game series in 2018 and 2019.</p><p>The schools announced the games Thursday night.</p><p>The teams will play at Texas A&M in 2018 and at Clemson in 2019.</p><p>The schools have played four times previously, the last coming in 2005 when the Tigers beat Texas A&M 25-24 at Clemson's Memorial Stadium.</p><p>The games mean that Clemson will face two Southeastern Conference schools each season from 2016 through 2019. Clemson plays Auburn in 2016 and 2017 before picking up Texas A&M. Clemson closes the season each year against state rival South Carolina.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:42:41 GMT

Mali confirms its first case of Ebola, Health Ministry says

<p>A 2-year-old girl in Mali has been diagnosed with Ebola, making her the West African country's first confirmed case, health officials said Thursday. </p><p>The girl was brought to Mali from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak this year is believed to have started, World Health Organization spokeswoman Yvette Bivigou said.</p><p>The girl, whose father died of Ebola, was taken to the hospital in Kayes after a nurse noticed she was suffering from what appeared to be Ebola-like symptoms. A test confirmed the girl has Ebola, Health Ministry spokeswoman Markatie Daou said. </p><p>"The girl is still in the hospital in Kayes together with members of her family who might have been exposed to the virus," she said.</p><p>The confirmed case in Mali makes it the sixth West African country to be hit by the virus, which the WHO reported has killed more than 4,800 people. </p><p>Ousmane Kone, Mali's minister for public health, called for people in Kayes, west of the capital city of Bamako, to "stay calm" and observe "hygiene measures."</p><p>"We identified the first contacts of the patient," he said. Even so, he asked anyone who had contact with the girl to contact authorities. </p><p>The news comes just days after the WHO announced that vaccine trials are expected to begin in January in West Africa. </p><p>The initial vaccine tests are being given to volunteers in countries such as Mali, the United States and England.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:36:02 GMT

Feds warn against decorative contact lenses

<p>If you’re buying decorative contact lenses without a prescription, you could do serious damage to your eyes.</p> <p>Because many choose the various lenses to accompany ghastly and ghoulish costumes at Halloween, federal officials are cracking down on illegal sales of contact lenses while warning consumers to buy at their own risk.</p> <p>“Operation Double Vision” targeted people selling counterfeit lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses and lenses unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration.</p> <p>The FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have made 74 seizures with more than 20,000 pairs of lenses seized. <a adhocenable="false" href="https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-agencies-warn-against-counterfeit-decorative-contact-lenses-1" target="_blank">The agencies issued the warning Thursday</a>.<br> </p> <p>Contact lenses are not allowed to be sold without a prescription.</p> <p>“Our concern is that consumers who buy and use decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription can run significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness,” said Philip J. Walsky, acting director of FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations. “It is always better to involve a qualified eye care professional and protect your vision.”</p> <p>The agencies recommend:</p> <ul> <li>Consumers should get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor</li> <li>Get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements and an expiration date</li> <li>Buy the lenses from a seller who requires you to show a prescription (even if you’re shopping online)</li> <li>Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting and wearing the lenses</li> </ul> <p>Anime or circle lenses, which give the wearer a wide-eyed look, have not been approved by the FDA.</p> <p>If you’ve worn the lenses and have signs of an eye infection – including redness, lasting eye pain or decrease in vision – see a doctor immediately.</p> <p>"You'd never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. "You only get one pair of eyes and risking a lifetime of vision for a quick thrill is quite frankly not being vision smart. Contact lenses are like sponges that can absorb bacteria and cause an infection if not handled properly. A lifetime of good vision is so much more important than a cheap Halloween accessory.”</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:25:57 GMT

Bexar Co. searching for election day workers

<p>The Bexar County Elections Department is in desperate need of election day workers. </p> <p>A class is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to cover all key points to adequately prepare for election day.</p> <p>Committed individuals looking to earn some extra money are needed to fill slots for clerks and judges.</p> <p>Positions pay up to $12 an hour, depending on the responsibility. </p> <p>Election day is Nov. 4.</p> <p>To register for the class, call 335-VOTE. </p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:40:58 GMT

Texas mom allegedly tried to kill hospitalized son

<p> A Houston-area woman charged with attempting to kill her hospitalized 5-month-old son has come under scrutiny in the 2013 death of her toddler daughter in Mississippi.</p><p>Harris County jail records show 19-year-old Cynthia Wood of Galena Park was being held Thursday on a charge of attempted capital murder. Her bond is $250,000. Court records show Wood has denied harming the boy.</p><p>Prosecutors say security video from Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital shows Wood on Oct. 12 putting her hand over the boy's mouth. A nurse spotted Wood.</p><p>The boy, who was hospitalized for breathing trouble, was resuscitated. He's in the custody of Child Protective Services.</p><p>Authorities have not released the video, which prompted Houston police to review the death of Wood's year-old daughter, Madilynn, in Jackson, Mississippi, of apparent natural causes.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:33:25 GMT

Average retail gas prices drop to $2.89 in Texas

<p> Retail gasoline prices across Texas continue to fall below the mark of $3 per gallon.</p><p>AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average unleaded price at the pump this week is $2.89, a drop of 10 cents from a week ago. The national average now is $3.08.</p><p>AAA says of the metropolitan areas in Texas, drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth are paying the least at $2.80 while motorists in Corpus Christi pay the most at $2.92.</p><p>The drop in gas prices has sent the national average to a low not seen since early 2011 and increased the chances the national price could fall below the $3 mark for the first time since 2010.</p><p>AAA officials say low demand combined with abundant supply has kept downward pressure on global oil prices.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:32:47 GMT

Official seeks return of $440,000 oil spill claim

<p> The former FBI director assigned to look into claims arising from the BP oil spill has asked a federal judge to order the return of more than $440,000 from an Alabama fisherman.</p><p>In a motion filed Thursday, Louis Freeh alleges that the claim paid to Gill Johnson Sr. was based on 2008 and 2009 tax returns that contained false information and that were never filed.</p><p>Contact information for Johnson was not available. A call to the New Orleans-area law firm identified in court filings as representing him was not returned Thursday. However, Freeh filed papers late Thursday saying the firm had withdrawn as Johnson's attorneys and agreed to pay back more than $109,000 in legal fees from the claim.</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:31:44 GMT

Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom

<p>Remember in the late '90s when you would kill time in AOL and IRC chatrooms or post on Usenet? You'd strike up conversations with strangers about subjects you were all interested in, say "The X-Files," container gardening or The Fugees. </p><p>Facebook wants to bring some of that community back with a fun new iOS app called Rooms. The free app, released on Thursday, lets you create or join chatrooms based on shared interests. </p><p>Start a "room" for "Law & Order" fan fiction writers, toss up a background photo of Olivia Benson and customize your name or like button with gun or knife emojis. People who join the room can post photos, text and videos. You can share the invite wide or keep the guest list short, though the posts are public. </p><p>The social media giant is 10 years old. </p><p>That's solidly middle-age in Internet years, as evidenced by the number of parents and grandparents who have successfully colonized Facebook. To avoid obsolescence, the company has been quick to jump on any new messaging trends that are hip with the kids. It bought Instagram and WhatsApp. It made a Snapchap clone called Poke in 2012, and another called Slingshot earlier this year. </p><p>Recently, anonymity has been a hot topic embraced by standalone apps such as Whisper and Secret, and cherished by people whose online personas are entirely pseudonymous. Facebook saw first-hand how much people value being able to communicate under their chosen identities. The company started cracking down on members who weren't adhering to its "real-name" policy and incurred the wrath of activists and drag queens. </p><p>Rooms takes the opposite stance. It doesn't require people to use their real name, and encourages chatters to use as many "nicknames" as they like for different rooms. In the blog post announcing the app, Facebook's Josh Miller trumpets the key feature.</p><p>"In Rooms, you can be 'Wonder Woman' -- or whatever name makes you feel most comfortable and proud. You can even create different identities for different contexts."</p>

Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:27:20 GMT