Waco, Texas

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At Waco Rally, Trump Vows Political Vengeance

'2024 is the final battle—it’s going to be the big one'

(Newser) - Donald Trump took a defiant stance at a rally Saturday in Waco, Texas, disparaging the prosecutors investigating him and predicting his vindication as he rallied supporters in a city made famous by deadly resistance against law enforcement, per the AP . With a hand over his heart, Trump stood at attention...

Waco Biker Brawl: 9 Dead, 177 Charged, 0 Convictions, 1 Very Good Defense Team

It's fair to say justice was served, just not for any of the victims

(Newser) - The war between the Cossacks and Bandidos began with a disagreement over the right to wear a “Texas rocker” vest patch, and the 2015 climax outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco had everything: fists, chains, brass knuckles, clubs, knives, and copious gunfire. Nine bikers died (some by police...

School District Shuts Briefly After COVID Kills 2 Teachers

Closure will allow for isolation and recovery, Texas superintendent says

(Newser) - A Central Texas school district closed its schools until after the Labor Day holiday Tuesday after two teachers died last week of COVID-19. Connally Independent School District officials closed its five suburban Waco schools for the rest of the week after the COVID-19 death on Saturday of Natalia Chansler, 41,...

Fixer Upper Homes Are Beautiful, but Can Be Tricky to Sell
There's a Little
Problem With Waco's
Fixer Upper Homes
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There's a Little Problem With Waco's Fixer Upper Homes

They can be tricky to sell, considering the asking price for some

(Newser) - Chip and Joanna Gaines are famous for their gorgeous renovations of Waco, Texas, homes for their HGTV show Fixer Upper. There's just one problem: The average price for homes sold in that area at the moment is around $215,000—a lot less than, say, the $679,000 price...

9 Were Killed. 177 Were Arrested. None Will Be Charged

All charges dropped in 2015 Waco biker shootout

(Newser) - No one will be convicted or otherwise held accountable for the 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs in a Waco restaurant parking lot that left nine people dead and at least 20 injured, prosecutors in Central Texas said Tuesday. In a statement announcing all charges will be dropped in the...

What to Get a Pregnant Orangutan? Zoo Starts Registry

For that primate who has everything

(Newser) - A Texas zoo has set up a gift registry for an expectant orangutan couple, complete with bubble bath and a Dolly Parton CD. The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is requesting several items for Mei and KJ on the Target registry, reports the AP , which also includes the movie Zootopia,...

HGTV Couple's Ultimate Fixer Upper: Waco
HGTV Couple's Ultimate
Fixer Upper: Waco
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HGTV Couple's Ultimate Fixer Upper: Waco

Renovation experts Chip and Joanna Gaines have given their hometown a new shine

(Newser) - "The story of Waco is the story of how a city can break your heart." And from David Koresh and the Branch Davidians to biker shootouts and sex assault scandals at Baylor, Waco's heart has been broken again and again. But Taffy Brodesser-Akner, writing at Texas Monthly ...

106 Indicted in Waco Biker Bloodbath

Grand jury has 80 more cases to consider

(Newser) - A grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, was asked to consider charges against 106 bikers arrested after the shootout in Waco that killed nine people in May—and it returned with 106 indictments. The busloads of bikers are charged with "engaging in organized criminal activity," but there are...

Surveillance Video Shows Biker Bloodbath in Waco

Bikers are seen firing guns, attempting to revive friends

(Newser) - Five months after nine people were killed and 18 were injured in a shootout between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas, leaked surveillance video released by CNN —and previously described by the AP—shows the chaos at the scene. Members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club are seen...

3 Weeks After Shootout, Bikers Rally in Waco

Prosecutor: Video shows bikers executing each other

(Newser) - Three weeks after a shootout left nine bikers dead and 177 behind bars, hundreds of bikers rallied in Waco, Texas, yesterday to support the 102 still being detained. Around 500 bikers, some of them holding signs like "No More Massacres in Waco" and "Biker Lives Matter," rode...

Ex-Vice Cop Among Arrested Waco Bikers

Cops say they found guns in bags of tortilla chips

(Newser) - One of the 170 bikers arrested after Sunday's shootout in Waco, Texas, was arresting people himself until 11 years ago. Martin Lewis, 62, was a detective in the vice department in San Antonio until he retired in 2004, reports CNN . The department "primarily investigates prostitution, gambling, and liquor...

US Has 300 Outlaw Biker Gangs
 US Has 300 Outlaw Biker Gangs 

US Has 300 Outlaw Biker Gangs

'These guys have never gone away'

(Newser) - Outlaw motorcycle gangs are in the spotlight after Sunday's slaughter in Waco , though law enforcement officials say they've been thriving for many years out of the public eye. "These guys have never gone away. I'm shocked that people are shocked that this happened," the ATF'...

Behind Waco Bloodbath: a Piece of Cloth

Bandidos-Cossacks rivalry goes back to '60s

(Newser) - The Waco shootout that left nine men dead, 18 injured, and 170 behind bars had its roots in a decades-long rivalry and a dispute over a small piece of cloth, insiders say. The Bandidos and the Cossacks have been rivals since both gangs were formed in Texas in the '...

Cops: 170 Bikers Could Face Capital Murder Charges

Bail set at $1 million each after Waco shootout

(Newser) - The McLennan County Jail is full of bikers after Sunday's gang shootout in Waco, and they're likely to be there for a while: Bail has been set at $1 million each for around 170 people arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime , reports the Dallas Morning News...

Waco Cops: 192 Detained in Biker Bloodbath

Twin Peaks restaurant to blame, Waco police say

(Newser) - Nearly 200 people have been detained after a biker-gang shootout left nine people dead yesterday in Waco, Texas—but police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton tells the Waco Tribune-Herald there's still "plenty of room in our jail" for gang members who travel to the city seeking payback. The...

9 Dead in Biker-Gang Shootout
 9 Dead in Biker-Gang Shootout 

9 Dead in Biker-Gang Shootout

Motorcycle gangs turn restaurant into 'shooting gallery'

(Newser) - A motorcycle-gang shootout in Waco, Texas, left nine people dead and 17 injured today when gangs opened fire in a restaurant and its parking lot, KWTX reports. Cops and sheriff's deputies surrounded the Twin Peaks Restaurant this afternoon after reports of shots fired, and were securing the parking lot...

Branch Davidians Waiting on Resurrection of Koresh
Branch Davidians Waiting
on Resurrection of Koresh
20 years later

Branch Davidians Waiting on Resurrection of Koresh

And a new religious community sets up at Waco complex site

(Newser) - David Koresh died, along with scores of followers, 20 years ago during a federal raid on the Branch Davidians' Waco, Texas, compound—but even after two decades, some survivors believe Koresh will be resurrected, NPR reports. "We survivors of 1993 are looking for David and all those that died...

Texas Plant Had No Sprinklers, Fire Walls

10 first responders believed to be among the dead: mayor

(Newser) - Authorities are coming to grips with the extent of the devastation following a Wednesday night explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant . About 200 people were injured and 12 bodies have been recovered so far, the AP reports. That's far fewer than the nearly 40 victims Mayor Tommy Muska had...

Dozens Feared Dead in Texas Plant Blast

Locals evacuated amid concerns of another explosion

(Newser) - At least five to 15 people have died in a fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas, NBC News reports—and the toll could ultimately be in the dozens, notes the Dallas Morning News . The number of people injured has already passed 160 as patients grapple with "blast injuries, orthopedic...

Scores Hurt as Blast Rocks Fertilizer Plant Near Waco

Devastating explosion hits West, Texas

(Newser) - A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco tonight injured dozens of people, left the factory a smoldering ruin, and damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. The blast at the plant in West, a community north of Waco, happened shortly before 8pm and could be heard 45 miles...

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