Texas court reverses DeLay conviction
Tom DeLay's political career collapsed in 2005 when the then-House majority leader, R-Texas, was indicted on money-laundering charges that resulted in a three-year prison sentence. But a state appeals court on Thursday threw out the November 2010 verdict, ruling that what he was convicted of — laundering corporate contributions to divert money to elect Republicans to the state Legislature — did not violate any state laws. DeLay was in Washington at a luncheon when the decision was announced. "I just thank the Lord for carrying me through all of this," he told reporters.
Spills, shutdowns from Colo. flooding
Flooding shut down hundreds of natural gas and oil wells in Colorado's main petroleum-producing region, triggering at least two spills, temporarily suspending a multibillion-dollar drilling frenzy and sending inspectors to gauge the extent of pollution. Besides the possible environmental impact, flood damage to roads, railroads and other infrastructure will affect the region's energy production for months. Analysts warn that images of flooded wellheads will boost public pressure to restrict drilling techniques such as fracking.
Mexico: Mexico City authorities say they have arrested a police officer and another man in the abduction and killing of 12 young people who were taken in May from a bar near the U.S. Embassy.
Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents reportedly captured or killed large numbers of Afghan government forces in the usually quiet northeast for the second time this year, officials said Thursday.
Gilberton, Pa.: Town officials said Thursday they intend to fire police Chief Mark Kessler, who was suspended after posting online videos of himself shooting automatic weapons and ranting about liberals and the Second Amendment.
Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Former student leaders at the University of Alabama called Thursday for more diversity within the school's racially segregated Greek system, and a federal prosecutor said her office is watching for signs of change.