Puerto Rico bill signed
President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday. Obama signed the bill hours after it won final Senate passage Wednesday night. The bill creates an oversight board that will supervise some debt restructuring and negotiate with creditors. This came as Puerto Rico’s governor signed an executive order on Thursday to implement a debt moratorium on more than $1 billion worth of general obligation bonds.
Two charred bodies found
Authorities planned autopsies on two charred bodies found 45 miles east of San Diego after a wildfire swept through the region. The county medical examiner’s office said the male and female bodies located Wednesday were between two boulders on a hill 50 to 70 yards from the closest residence. Significant injuries prevented visual identification of the bodies. Residents had reported a couple who lived on the property were missing. The fire erupted near the town of Potrero on June 19.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.
Report of shooter is false
The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an “active shooter” report that turned out to be a false alarm. The report stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces doing a routine inspection. The confusion was heightened by a planned active-shooter drill at Joint Base Andrews that had not yet begun. Officials said in a Facebook post Thursday that there was no shooter and no threat to the base.
Abortions drop 15 percent
Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion. The health department released the statistics Thursday, after lengthy delays it blamed on finalizing the data. Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, applauded Thursday’s statewide numbers. “After a very tough week, the new TX #abortion figures make my day! Down in every category,” he tweeted.
Compiled from wire reports.