Top stories this morning for Dec. 16, 2015

  • A man who walked into a southeast Houston convenience store is dead after he was shot during an attempted robbery. Police say that customer tried to wrestle a gun from the robber inside the Food To Go store on Almeda Genoa Road near Furman Road. Someone who was with the robber was able to get away and the wounded customer died at a hospital.
  • A man, who only wore underwear and tried to jump from a freeway sign near downtown Houston, is in police custody. Officers say the man kept yelling that he wanted to go back to El Salvador. Houston Police Department negotiators were able to convince him to get down from the sign before officers took him into custody. U.S. Highway 59 was closed during the negotiation process, but has since been reopened.
  • Arson investigators are trying to determine what caused a two-alarm apartment fire in southwest Houston. The fire started just before 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Villages of Meyerland apartment complex on Chimney Rock Road. The building was significantly damaged by fire and smoke, but no injuries were reported. 
  • The Federal Reserve is expected to announce the first interest rate increase since 2006. The hike in lending rates to banks is projected to be a quarter of a percentage point. The move would nudge rates up on everything from mortgages to bank savings rates and corporate bonds.
  • Two people were killed after a medical helicopter with three people aboard crashed on Tuesday night near Phoenix, Ariz. Officials say the third crewmember is safe. The Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson says the helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances and the investigation into the incident continues.
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