Uber sued in Texas sex assault case
A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in Dallas is suing the ride-hailing company and the suspect. The Dallas Morning News reports that the woman filed the lawsuit Tuesday seeking more than $1 million for medical expenses and damages. The woman alleges Talal Ali Chammout attacked her July 25. The Plano man has been charged with sexual assault. He is free on bail. Uber has said it mistakenly granted driver status to Chammout. A message left for his attorney wasn't immediately returned Wednesday. An Uber spokeswoman also didn't return a message.
Inmate executed in officer's death
Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez got his wish Wednesday when he was executed for striking and killing Corpus Christi police Lt. Stuart Alexander with an SUV during a chase more than six years ago. The lethal injection was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from his attorneys who disregarded both his desire to die and lower court rulings that Lopez was competent to make that decision. Lopez, 27, was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. CDT. He became the 10th inmate put to death this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state. Nationally, he was the 19th prisoner to be executed.
2 admit smuggling heroin by dronE
Two California men have pleaded guilty to using drones to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of heroin from Mexico to the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday the pleas in federal court in El Centro, Calif., represent the first drug seizure involving a drone along California's border with Mexico and possibly along the entire nearly 2,000-mile divide between the two countries. Jonathan Elias, 18, and Brayan Valle, 19, both of El Centro, admitted driving to a field in Calexico, Calif., in April to pick up a bag of heroin that was sent across the border by drone. They each face maximum sentences of 20 years in prison.