The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement Thursday saying that genetically modified (GM) salmon is safe to eat and can be sold in the U.S., and labeling salmon GM is voluntary. read more
Twenty-five Republican governors vowed to block the entry of Syrian refugees into their states, arguing that the safety of Americans was at stake after the Paris attacks by terrorists. Among the governors were those from Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas and other states that have already resettled relatively large numbers of refugees from among the 1,900 Syrians accepted by the United States in the last four years. President Barack Obama, in remarks to reporters at the G-20 summit meeting in Turkey, said the United States had a moral obligation to accept refugees, as European nations have done, and he criticized Republican candidates like Senator Ted Cruz and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida who have said the United States should focus on protecting Christians fleeing warfare and persecution, as opposed to Muslims. "We do not have religious tests for our compassion," Obama said. "That's not who we are."
In a random attack, a former Texas A&M college football player hacked to death a male jogger on Dallas' White Rock Creek Monday at 8 a.m., then called police and admitted the crime. Thomas Johnson, 21, was a highly regarded wide receiver from Dallas Skyline High School who disappeared from A&M's team in 2012 and triggered a search. He left the school then, was recently was kicked out of his home and police said he was angry about his situation. A witness to the attack said, "You could tell it was a machete, coming down on what I wasn't sure at first but when I got closer I could tell it was a body. And he was repeatedly hitting it in the back of the neck."
An 18-year-old freshman college student is dead and another person is injured after a shooting at Texas Southern University. Houston police say two suspects are in custody and they are looking for a third person. The shooting happened at 11:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on campus property. This is the third shooting on the TSU campus in the past two months.
Investors are getting increasingly nervous that talks about a massive 'Bud-Miller' beer merger will end in failure. Shares in SABMiller fell by about 3% in London after reports that the brewer had turned down an initial takeover offer from its largest rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev. If the deal happens, it would be the biggest merger in brewing history, creating a "super brewery" with nine of the world's top 20 beers by volume and annual sales of $55 billion. read more