46 Indicted on Charges Related to Smuggling Drugs on Flights

dept.-of-justiceDALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities say 46 people are facing charges related to smuggling drugs on airline flights from Dallas to cities nationwide.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas released a statement saying most of the defendants are from northern Texas and would appear in court beginning Wednesday.

They face charges that include intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamines, conspiracy and money laundering.

The indictment says undercover agents gave some suspects packages purporting to be drugs that were carried on flights to Chicago, San Francisco and other cities for payments of up to $9,000.

Authorities say four defendants either worked at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport or used ties to an airport worker to bypass security.

It’s unclear how many defendants are in custody. The U.S. attorney’s office declined comment beyond its press release.

Apple’s iPod Touch Update Brings Faster Chip, Better Camera

AppleNEW YORK (AP) — Apple is refreshing its iPod Touch music player for the first time in nearly three years, as the company seeks to make music a central part of its devices once again.

The new Touch has a faster processor and better cameras, plus a software update that enables Apple Music, a $10-a-month service that offers unlimited playback of millions of songs. Apple Music launched June 30 as music fans increasingly embrace subscriptions over pay-per-song services such as Apple’s industry-leading iTunes.

The iPod was Apple’s first successful foray beyond personal computers. Interest has waned, though, as many people now use smartphones such as the iPhone to listen to music.

The starting price remains at $199.

Officials: 3-Year-Old Found in Disney World Resort Pool Dies

disney-worldKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a 3-year-old boy found in a pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has died.

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say the boy was found Tuesday evening and was transported to Celebration Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies say the child somehow became separated from his parents at the hotel and was later found in the pool.

Officials say the child and his family were visiting from out of town.

No other details were immediately released.

Driver’s Ed Car Collides with Tractor-Trailer; 2 Teens Dead

ambulance-lightsWARWICK, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a driver’s ed car collided with a tractor-trailer at a New York intersection, killing two teenage passengers and sending two other teens in the car and the driving instructor to hospitals with serious injuries.

Warwick police say the accident happened Tuesday morning when a teenage girl behind the wheel of the car apparently crossed into the path of the truck.

Goshen School Superintendent Daniele Connor says all four teens were students at the district high school, which contracts with Decat Driving School in Middletown to provide driver’s training to students.

Officials say the two boys who died were in the back seat of the car. The girl and another male teen and the instructor were taken to hospitals, as was the truck driver.

Their names were not released.

Vet Finds 62 Hairbands, 8 Pairs of Underwear Inside Dog

odd-newsMARS, Pa. (AP) — This hungry Labrador has some unusual taste buds.

A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach during exploratory surgery.

The head technician at Good Shepherd’s Veterinary Hospital said the black Lab named Tiki wasn’t responding to medicine for vomiting, diarrhea and a loss of appetite, and X-rays showed a mass in its stomach.

Last week’s surgery lasted two hours, and the vet and his technician were shocked at the items that were pulled out.

The dog’s owner, Sara Weiss, says Tiki once swallowed a plastic foam dart, but that passed through the dog’s system naturally.

Army Cuts Could Grow Bigger if Budget Impasse Persists

armyWASHINGTON (AP) — The Army is moving ahead with big troop reductions that could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop additional across-the-board budget cuts this fall.

This is unfolding in the midst of a war against the Islamic State group that the Obama administration says is likely to require a long-term military commitment.

Army officials were notifying members of Congress on Wednesday of details of how they intend to reduce the active-duty force from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000 within two years.

The size of this reduction was settled months ago, but congressional delegations have been waiting on word of how the cuts would be distributed and timed. The biggest cuts are expected to be made at units based in Georgia and Alaska.

Indiana, Federal Authorities Raid Home of Subway Spokesman

jared-fogleZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Here are the latest developments in Tuesday’s raid at the home of Subway restaurant chain spokesman Jared Fogle (all times are local):

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2:45 p.m.

An attorney for Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle says his client is cooperating with authorities who raided his suburban Indianapolis home early Tuesday.

Attorney Ron Elberger released a statement several hours after the raid that says Fogle “has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion.”

Authorities have declined to comment on the raid at Fogle’s house in Zionsville or describe the nature of the investigation.

Subway says the company believes the raid “is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee.”

In May, federal prosecutors charged 43-year-old Russell Taylor with production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Taylor is the former head of the Jared Foundation.

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12:35 p.m.

Subway says a raid at the home of its spokesman Jared Fogle is likely linked to an investigation into an employee at the foundation he founded to combat childhood obesity.

In a brief emailed statement Tuesday, the restaurant chain expresses shock and concern at the raid on Fogle’s Indiana home.

Subway says the company believes the raid “is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee.”

In May, federal prosecutors in Indianapolis charged 43-year-old Russell Taylor with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Taylor is the former head of the Jared Foundation.

A Subway representative, Cindy Carrasquilla, didn’t respond when asked for more details.

Fogle became a Subway spokesman after losing 245 pounds by regularly eating Subway sandwiches.

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10:20 a.m.:

FBI agents and Indiana State Police are at the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle and have removed electronics from the property.

FBI Special agent Wendy Osborne said Tuesday that the FBI was conducting an investigation in the Zionsville area but wouldn’t confirm it involved Fogle.

WTHR-TV and The Indianapolis Star report the house belongs to Fogle and that he was detained while electronics were removed from the home and analyzed inside a mobile forensics van.

Calls to Fogle’s home went unanswered Tuesday.

South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

south-carolina-state-buildiCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.

The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The bill must pass a two-thirds vote, which is likely to be held Tuesday.

Monday’s vote comes less than a week after the 15th anniversary of South Carolina taking the flag off the Capitol dome where it flew since the early 1960s and moving it to beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers.

Lawmakers had largely ignored the flag until the killing of nine black people during a Bible study at a historic African-American church on June 17.

9-Year-Old Loses Hand While Playing with Fireworks in Boston

ambulance-lightsBOSTON (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has lost a hand while playing with fireworks in Boston.

Police say a 5-year-old boy was also injured in the accident Sunday in the Dorchester neighborhood.

The 9-year-old’s family says he is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Investigators are trying to determine where the illegal fireworks came from.

The state fire marshal’s office says a man was hospitalized with serious injuries to his hand while igniting fireworks Saturday in the backyard of a home in Saugus. Investigators found a large cache of fireworks in a bedroom of the home.

Authorities also reported large seizures of fireworks over the weekend in Pembroke, Hyannis and Dennis.

California Couple Married 75 Years Dies in Each Other’s Arms

wedding-ringsSAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since.

They told their children they wished to die in each other’s arms. And last month at their home in San Diego, just days before their 75th wedding anniversary, that wish was fulfilled.

95-year-old Alexander’s health was failing rapidly after he broke his hip. His children put Jeanette in bed next to him.

According to their daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, after Alexander died, Jeanette said, “Wait for me, I’ll be there soon.”

The family left her alone and just hours later, Jeanette died too.

The couple was buried Monday at Miramar National Cemetery.