National Guard troops arrive at border
The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force said Thursday. Several guardsmen were seen Thursday afternoon manning an observation tower along the busy road leading to the Hidalgo International Bridge. They will serve as extra eyes on the border and report suspicious activity to authorities. State officials have estimated the deployment, called a "deter and refer" mission, will cost $12 million per month.
Slain U.S. general buried with honors
The highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War was buried with full honors Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony attended by his family and platoons of fellow warriors. Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, was killed Aug. 5 when a gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military academy near Kabul.
Day of mourning set for Flight 17
Still far from closure or clarity in its national tragedy, Malaysia on Thursday declared a day of mourning on Aug. 22 for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight shot out of the sky over Ukraine nearly a month ago. The remains of the first 16 Malaysian victims from the July 17 disaster are due to be flown from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that day, retracing the flight path of the doomed jet brought down by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile that Western intelligence says was fired from separatist-held territory. All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 were killed.
Death transforms presidential race
Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate, possibly complicating President Dilma Rousseff's effort to win re-election in October. The late Eduardo Campos' Socialist Party was widely expected to declare his running mate, Marina Silva, one of the country's most popular politicians, as its presidential candidate in the coming days. "If she runs, it becomes a more competitive race. It increases the likelihood of a runoff happening," said Joao Augusto de Castro Neves, Latin America director for the Eurasia Group consulting firm. "It would be a pretty close race to see who is going to be the runner-up."
Virginia: Prosecutors wrapped up their case in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Thursday.
Ohio: Jonathan Waters, the fired director of Ohio State's marching band, requested his job back on Thursday, citing what he called flaws in a university investigation and a positive performance review weeks before he was terminated.
Boston: Former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense. Bulger, 84, was convicted and sentenced on racketeering charges that tied him to 11 murders and other crimes from the 1970s and '80s.