By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is set to hear arguments on Wednesday on whether to dismiss an abuse of power charge against former Governor Rick Perry, who has said the case against him is politically motivated. The longest serving governor in Texas history was indicted on the two charges in August 2014 by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state. In July, a Texas state appeals court threw out a lesser charge against Perry for coercion of a public official, leaving only the abuse of power charge.
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Republican leaders in Congress prepare to block Syrian refugees from the United States, one lawmaker proposed requiring three national security chiefs to certify personally that each refugee admitted from Iraq or Syria is not a threat. The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul, said his bill would strengthen security measures for all refugee populations seeking to enter the United States. It also would stipulate that no Syrian or Iraqi refugee can enter the United States until Congress receives certification that they are not a national security threat, he said in a statement late on Tuesday.
An apparently intoxicated 32-year-old Polish woman attempted to open an exit door on a British Airways flight from London to Boston on Tuesday, prompting people on the plane to restrain her, the Massachusetts State Police said. "The investigation into this incident indicates this was a case of unruly behavior, with no known connection to terrorism at this point," state police spokesman David Procopio said. Troopers took Polish national Kamila Dolniak, a passenger aboard British Airways Flight 213, into custody after the airliner landed at Boston's Logan International Airport, authorities said.