Tourist shot on border lake

SAN ANTONIO — An American tourist was shot in the back of the head in Mexican waters on Thursday after being ambushed by armed boaters, a Texas sheriff said. It happened near the U.S. boundary of a lake where run-ins with pirates already had fishermen and Texas officials on alert.

Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said a 30-year-old man and his wife were riding personal watercrafts back from Mexico when about six gunmen approached in two boats. Gonzalez said the man was shot as the couple sped away at the sight of the boaters.

Gonzalez said the man's wife tried circling back to get him, but retreated back to U.S. waters after being fired upon again.

Gonzalez said he has contacted the Mexican consulate and asked them to look for the man. He said there was nothing else he could do.

Postal Service bid for higher rates rejected

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service's bid to raise the cost of mailing a letter by 2 cents was rejected Thursday, denying the agency immediate relief from a worsening financial crisis.

The Postal Service lost $3.8 billion last year and is headed toward an approximately $7 billion loss this year as people do more business on the Internet and the recession erodes the volume of marketing mail.

In July the post office had asked for a special rate increase for letters, postcards, periodicals, parcels and other services as one of several steps to cut its losses. The agency also had suggested cutting delivery service to five days a week and closing or consolidating offices — issues that were not addressed in Thursday's rate decision by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission.