Fatal Crash Shuts Down I-30 In East Dallas

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Fatal crash shuts down I-30 in far east Dallas. (CBS 11)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities say one person is dead after a crash on eastbound I-30 and Highway 80 near Big Town Blvd, shutting down the interstate Friday morning.

The accident happened around 6:15 a.m. as authorities begin to investigate the crash. They say they anticipate eastbound I-30 to be shut down for the next few hours.

Drivers are being forced to exit at Buckner Blvd.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Police: 5 Suspects Killed In Spanish Resort Hours After Barcelona Attack

BARCELONA (CBSNEWS/AP) – Police fatally shot five people wearing fake bomb belts who staged a car attack in a seaside resort in Spain’s Catalonia region on Friday, just hours after a van plowed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona promenade, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week elsewhere in Catalonia — were connected and the work of a large terrorist group. Three people were arrested, but the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack remained at large and the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of the latest European rampage claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Reuters news agency reports, citing an unnamed judicial source, authorities investigating both attacks believe there may have been a cell of eight people involved, and that the group planned to use butane gas canisters.

Authorities were still reeling from Thursday’s Barcelona attack when police in the popular seaside town of Cambrils, about 130 kilometers and nearly 80 miles, to the south, fatally shot five people near the town’s boardwalk who had plowed into a group of tourists and locals with their blue Audi 3. Six people, including a police officer, were injured, though it wasn’t clear how badly.

Catalonia’s interior minister, Joaquim Forn, told Onda Cero radio that the five suspects killed in a subsequent shootout with police were wearing fake bomb belts.

“They were fakes, but very well made, and it wasn’t until the bomb squad carried out the controlled explosion of one that they could determine they were fakes,” he said.

The Audi and a damaged police car were towed from the scene Friday.

The Cambrils attack came hours after a white van veered onto Barcelona’s picturesque Las Ramblas promenade and mowed down pedestrians, zig-zagging down the strip packed with locals and tourists from around the world.


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Veterans Get Expanded College Assistance Under Trump

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) – Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law.

The law removes a 15-year time limit on using GI benefits. It also increases money for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

The Forever GI Act builds on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a full-ride scholarship to any in-state public university, or a similar cash amount to attend private colleges. It amounts to the largest expansion of college aid for veterans in a decade.

Veterans would also get additional payments if they complete science, technology and engineering courses.

Advocates say thousands of veterans stand to gain from the expanded benefit.

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Apple CEO Makes $2 Million Pledge To Fight Hate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook’s pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend.

Cook made the commitment late Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Cook also told Apple employees in the memo that he strongly disagrees with President Donald Trump’s attempts to draw comparisons between the actions of the white nationalists and protesters opposing them. Cook believes equating the two “runs counter to our ideals as Americans,” making him the latest prominent CEO to distance himself from Trump’s remarks in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, which left a woman dead and more than a dozen injured.

Apple is giving $1 million apiece to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. It will also match employee donations to those two groups and other human rights organizations on a two-for-one basis.

Meanwhile, American Airlines will donate $150,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, airline spokesman Matt Miller said.

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Bush Presidents Denounce Racism & Hatred In Statement On Charlottesville

DALLAS (AP) – President George H.W. Bush & George W. Bush released a joint statement on Wednesday, denouncing racism, anti-Semitism and hatred after the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Senate’s top Republican also condemned what he’s calling the “messages of hate and bigotry” carried by the KKK and white supremacist groups in Charlottesville.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement doesn’t specifically address widely criticized remarks by President Donald Trump, who said white supremacists don’t bear all the blame for last weekend’s violence.

The Bushes also didn’t address President Trump’s comments in their statement.

McConnell says the groups behind the Charlottesville violence are planning a rally in Lexington, in his home state of Kentucky. He says “their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.”

Trump said there were “some very bad people” among the protesters. But he also said: “You also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

McConnell says “there are no good neo-nazis.”

This is a developing news story. Refresh for the latest details.

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Teacher Shoots Self In Classroom At Georgia High School

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a teacher took a handgun into a high school near Atlanta and shot himself.

Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Jesse Hambrick says no students were hurt, and no other injuries were reported.

Hambrick tells The Associated Press that the teacher took the weapon into Lithia Springs High School about 7:15 a.m. Thursday and then suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a classroom.

Hambrick said authorities don’t believe any students witnessed the shooting.

The teacher, described as an 18-year employee of the school, was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

According to CBS46, the teacher contacted another teacher who called 911 on his behalf. 

Hambrick didn’t have information on his condition.

All Thursday classes were canceled at the school about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Atlanta.

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Mazara Homers, Drives In 5 As Rangers Top White Sox 9-8

ARLINGTON (AP) — Nomar Mazara keeps driving in runs, and it’s helping the Texas Rangers climb in the AL wild-card race.

Mazara had five RBIs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Rangers held on to beat the Chicago White Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.

The Rangers (60-60) reached .500 for the first time since July 15 with their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. The defending AL West champs, out of the division race behind Houston, pulled 1 ½ games behind the idle Los Angeles Angels for the AL’s second wild card.

“I trust what I got and the team’s been rolling right now,” said Mazara, who has 25 RBIs in his past 19 games and 82 for the season. “We’re putting a lot of good at-bats together. When I go up to the plate I don’t try to do too much, stay as calm as possible.”

Mazara’s 16th home run capped the Rangers’ second four-run inning, which included two injury replacements on the mound for the White Sox in their fifth straight loss. Chicago, carrying the AL’s worst record, dropped to 7-24 since the All-Star break.

The White Sox twice pulled within a run late after trailing 8-5, including in the ninth on Jose Abreu’s 23rd homer, a solo shot. But Alex Claudio finished a two-inning save for the left-hander’s sixth of the season.

Chris Beck replaced starter Reynaldo Lopez in the fifth and took a sharp comebacker from Adrian Beltre off the back of his right shoulder. The right-hander stayed in the game without getting checked and allowed Mazara’s high drive to right-center.

After a trainer finally came out, Beck exited with a right shoulder bruise. Lopez (0-1) was removed because of soreness on his right side in his second start since coming up from the minors.

“There was no visible marks,” manager Rick Renteria said of Beck. “According to him it just scraped him. He didn’t feel like it got him. But we weren’t going to take a chance. That area is not where you want to take a chance.”

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (4-2) retired all five batters he faced after starter Tyson Ross walked a season-high six and allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Chicago pitchers walked a season-high nine.

Rangers backup catcher Brett Nicholas had his second homer in two starts, a two-run shot in the third, and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. Mazara had a two-run single later in the third. He finished one RBI shy of his career high.

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