It has the makings of a Hollywood film: a head of state dodging an assassination attempt from a drone. That's what Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro says happened to him on Saturday.A loud blast could be heard as Maduro was giving a speech. On stage, troops rushed to protect the president behind portable ballistic shields. Seconds later, state TV cameras showed soldiers scrambling in response to an apparent second explosion from another drone, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil. Seven soldiers were injured. A video posted to Twitter shows a drone exploding in mid-air. CBS News could not authenticate the video.Maduro – who was unharmed – said the incident was an attack on his life. He blamed the Venezuelan "far right" in addition to the U.S. and Colombian governments. Both countries have denied any involvement. Venezuelan officials said the two drones were loaded with about two pounds of C-4 explosives. They were able to knock off one of the drones … [Read more...] about Apparent drone attack in Venezuela highlights growing concern for U.S.
By Katherine Blunt Updated 10:46 am CDT, Monday, August 6, 2018 Photo: Pedro RUIZ/GAMMA, Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico's president-elect, has plans to overhaul the country's energy sector by investing billions of dollars to boost oil and gas production and improve refineries. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico's president-elect, has plans to overhaul the country's energy sector by investing billions of dollars to boost oil and gas production and improve refineries. Photo: Pedro RUIZ/GAMMA, Getty Images Mexican energy sector overhaul could reduce U.S. export demand 1 / 1 Back to Gallery An ambitious plan to boost Mexico's oil and gas production could potentially slow the country's energy sector reforms and hinder trade opportunities … [Read more...] about Mexican energy sector overhaul could reduce U.S. export demand
By Katherine Blunt Published 8:09 am CDT, Monday, August 6, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Gas prices in Houston fell slightly last week as crude oil prices hovered beneath $70 a barrel. Gas prices in Houston fell slightly last week as crude oil prices hovered beneath $70 a barrel. Houston gas prices fall as U.S. oil stockpiles rise 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Gas prices in Houston fell slightly last week as crude oil prices hovered beneath $70 a barrel on news that U.S. inventories had increased. The average price of regular unleaded in the Houston area fell 1.7 cents to $2.60 a gallon, while the national average held steady at $2.86 a gallon, according to GasBuddy, which tracks fuel prices nationwide. In Houston, gasoline costs nearly 49 cents more than it did at this time last year. Nationally, prices have increased by about 52 cents during the same period. RELATED: Houston gasoline prices remain flat The Energy … [Read more...] about Houston gas prices fall as U.S. oil stockpiles rise
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran will be rigorously enforced and remain in place until the Iranian government radically changes course. Speaking to reporters aboard his plane on his way home from a three-nation trip to Southeast Asia, Pompeo said Monday's re-imposition of sanctions is an important pillar in U.S. policy toward Iran. He said the Trump administration is open to looking beyond sanctions but that would "require enormous change" from Tehran. "We're hopeful that we can find a way to move forward but it's going to require enormous change on the part of the Iranian regime," he said Sunday. "They've got to behave like a normal country. That's the ask. It's pretty simple." Pompeo called the Iranian leadership "bad actors" and said President Donald Trump is intent on getting them to "behave like a normal country." A first set of U.S. sanctions that had been eased by the Obama administration under the terms of the landmark 2015 Iran … [Read more...] about Pompeo says “enormous change” needed in Iran to reverse U.S. sanctions
CBS News has learned the number of people caught illegally crossing the United States' northern border is up 142 percent. Border Patrol agents apprehended 445 people entering the U.S. from Canada during the first six months of 2018; that compares with 184 during the same period last year. The northern border is very easy to cross, which was actually the original intention. But it also makes it very difficult to secure. An unguarded metal fence is the only thing keeping smugglers from entering a remote corner of New York State – a small part of the physical security infrastructure along America's northern border. Norm Lague, the Border Patrol agent in charge here, says it's impossible to cover 100 percent of the entire 5,525-mile-long U.S.-Canadian border, the longest and busiest land boundary in the world. "It's a tough challenge to go ahead and take the limited resources we have and work in such a vast area," Lague told correspondent Don Dahler About 400,000 people and more … [Read more...] about Illegal U.S. northern border crossings up 142 percent from last year