Make us your home page

Border Patrol agents attacked, fire shots


Border agents attacked, fire shots

U.S. Border Patrol agents opened fire Saturday along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border after being pelted by rocks and having a gunman point a weapon in their direction on the Mexican side of the river, an agency spokesman said.

Spokesman Henry Mendiola said no Border Patrol agents were injured in the incident Saturday near Brownsville. He did not know if anyone else was hurt. He said the Mexican government had been notified and was responding to the area. The FBI also was investigating.

Mendiola said several people had been taken into custody but that he could not provide details about the suspects or charges they face.

One of the agents started shooting after being "unable to take cover" when rocks were thrown, while the other opened fire after seeing a suspect on the Mexican side of the river pointing a gun at him, Mendiola said.


Great white shark attacks kayak

A great white shark, estimated to be up to 18 feet long, sheared through the front end of a 13 1/2-foot kayak floating about a quarter-mile from the popular Eastside surf spot known as Pleasure Point in Monterey Bay near Santa Cruz, Calif., authorities said. The attack, which happened about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, is a rare occurrence for the area, as no one has reported a shark bite in several decades in the waters around Santa Cruz County, according to Sean Van Sommeran of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. The male kayaker was thrown from the craft but was unharmed. He was plucked from the ocean by a boater who witnessed the incident.


Richardson, Texas: A crane collapse on the University of Texas at Dallas campus killed two construction workers Saturday, officials said, leaving a mangled chunk of the crane laying atop an unfinished building where workers were heard screaming as the accident unfolded.

Newton, Mass.: U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, 72, tied the knot Saturday evening with his longtime partner, Jim Ready, 42, in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Mexico City: Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Mexico's capital on Saturday to protest Enrique Pena Nieto's apparent win in the country's presidential election, accusing his long ruling party of buying votes.

Kiev, Ukraine: Emergency department spokeswoman Yulia Yershova said a bus carrying Russian religious pilgrims crashed early Saturday in Ukraine, killing 14 of the 45 people on board.

Sanaa, Yemen: Security forces exchanged gunfire with protesters in southern Yemen during rallies Saturday calling for the region's secession, leaving at least four people dead, security officials said.

Times wires

Border Patrol agents attacked, fire shots 07/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 7, 2012 10:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours