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Dallas Zoo 'Heartbroken' Over Latest Suspicious Incident

Endangered vulture found dead just days after enclosures slashed around 2 other habitats

(Newser) - Police and Dallas Zoo officials haven't yet solved the mystery of who cut through the fencing of a clouded leopard enclosure, as well as the fencing around a monkey habitat. Now, a more tragic and equally suspicious development: A rare, endangered bird of prey has died, in what the...

Texas Prisoners Are on Hunger Strike

Some inmates have been in solitary confinement for more than 20 years

(Newser) - Prisoners in Texas are in the second week of a hunger strike to demand an end to the practice of keeping inmates in solitary confinement for much, much longer than the 15 days that the United Nations considers torture. One of their main demands is that "under no circumstances...

She Was Set to Read to Kids, Got Derailed by Pottymouth

Texas school district cancels appearance by author Emma Straub over f-bomb-filled tweet

(Newser) - On Emma Straub's website , a write-up about her newly released children's book, Very Good Hats, notes that the "joyous and inventive read-aloud will inspire kids to see ordinary objects in a whole new way." Straub, the daughter of horror writer Peter Straub and author of such...

Feds Won't Seek Death for Shooter Accused of Killing 23

Patrick Crusius accused of opening fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2019

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at a West Texas Walmart in 2019, per the AP . The Department of Justice disclosed the decision not to pursue capital punishment against Patrick Crusius in a...

HS Football Players Hospitalized After 300+ Push-Ups at Practice

Some of them for nearly a week

(Newser) - Multiple student-athletes had to be hospitalized after a Texas high school football practice held on Jan. 6, and after outrage from parents, the state Department of Family and Protective Services is investigating. Rockwall-Heath High School placed Coach John Harrell on leave after the offseason football workout, which involved hundreds of...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

Missing Zoo Leopard Found. Now, Mystery of 2 Cut Fences

Officials at Dallas Zoo say cut was found in fence to leopard enclosure, as well as at monkey habitat

(Newser) - First, the good news: Nova, the clouded leopard who vanished from her enclosure at the Dallas Zoo, has been found . The 4-year-old big cat was found to be missing on Friday morning from the habitat she shares with her sister, Luna, leading the zoo to temporarily shut down "due...

He Had Wife Killed, Wouldn't Look at Son as He Awaited Execution

Texas executes ex-cop who hired 2 people to murder his estranged wife

(Newser) - A former suburban Houston police officer was executed Tuesday for hiring two people to kill his estranged wife nearly 30 years ago amid a contentious divorce and custody battle, the AP reports. Robert Fratta, 65, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the November 1994 fatal...

Cops: Restaurant Customer Killed Robber, Gave Money Back to Patrons

Grand jury will decide on charges for Texas man

(Newser) - A man who killed an armed robber Thursday night at a restaurant in Houston came forward to speak to police Monday. Surveillance video shows a masked man dressed in black waving a gun around as he robs patrons at a taqueria in southwest Houston. Police say the customer rose from...

Inmate Filmed for Comedy Central 'Roast' Appeals Death Sentence

Gabriel Hall's lawyers say attorneys should have been present during Jeff Ross special

(Newser) - Lawyers for a death row inmate in Texas say it was unconstitutional for prosecutors to use unaired footage from a Comedy Central special filmed in jail. Gabriel Hall was sentenced to death a few months after the special with "Roastmaster General" Jeff Ross was filmed in the Brazos County...

Worker Mistaken for Burglar, Shot on Christmas Eve

He was checking for burst pipes at Texas apartment complex

(Newser) - A maintenance worker checking for frozen and burst pipes at a Texas apartment complex on Christmas Eve was fatally shot by a resident who thought he was a burglar, police say. Cesar Montelongo, a 53-year-old father of five, was shot on the resident's balcony at the Clayton Point Apartments...

Greg Abbott Slammed After Migrants Dropped Off in DC

Prominent Dems, WH blast 'shameful stunt'; Texas governor still hasn't confirmed he sent buses

(Newser) - The White House and prominent Democrats are blasting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after three busloads of migrants were dropped off in frigid weather on Christmas Eve outside of Vice President Kamala Harris' DC home. "Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in below freezing temperatures on...

Ex-Cop Sentenced in Killing of Atatiana Jefferson

Aaron Dean shot Texas woman through back window of her home

(Newser) - A former Texas police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson through a rear window of her home in 2019 was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years and 10 months in prison for his manslaughter conviction. Aaron Dean, 38, had faced up to 20 years in prison, but jurors also had the...

At Uvalde, Police Response Wasn't the Only Problem
At Uvalde, Police Response
Wasn't the Only Problem

At Uvalde, Police Response Wasn't the Only Problem

Medical response was chaotic, uncoordinated, and may have cost lives: report

(Newser) - The slow response of police to confront the gunman at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, has been well documented. But a new examination of video and audio from the scene, as well as interviews, shows that the medical response that day in May also was mired in chaos and...

Pilot's Ejection Caught on Camera After Fighter Jet Crash

Pilot is OK after slow-moving accident at Texas military base

(Newser) - The pilot of a fighter jet that crash-landed in Texas will be fine after ejecting from the plane after it hit the ground. The Washington Post describes the "bizarre slow-moving crash" that took place Thursday morning at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, where a spectator captured...

Ex-Cop Who Shot, Killed Atatiana Jefferson Convicted

Aaron Dean found guilty of manslaughter

(Newser) - The former Texas cop who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson as she played video games with her 8-year-old nephew was on Thursday convicted of manslaughter in the 28-year-old's death. Aaron Dean faces up to two decades behind bars when the trial's sentencing phase begins Friday, CNN reports. Dean was...

Reports Out on Escaped Inmate Who Killed Man, 4 Grandsons

Officers violated procedures before escape of Texas inmate Gonzalo Lopez

(Newser) - A multitude of security lapses such as inadequate strip searches, poorly applied restraints, a staffing shortage, and an environment where correctional officers became complacent created the conditions that led to the May escape of a Texas inmate , resulting in the deaths of five people , according to two reviews of the...

Warrant: FedEx Driver Panicked After Hitting Girl

The delivery was a Christmas gift for Athena Strand, mother says

(Newser) - A delivery driver charged in the slaying of a 7-year-old Texas girl told investigators that she wasn't seriously hurt when he struck her accidentally with his van, but that he panicked and killed her, according to an arrest warrant. Tanner Lynn Horner said that he put Athena Strand in...

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Found Guilty of Serial Killings

Juan David Ortiz convicted of capital murder

(Newser) - A former US Border Patrol agent was convicted of capital murder Wednesday in the slayings of four women in Texas in 2018. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, so Juan David Ortiz will receive an automatic sentence of life behind bars without the possibility of parole, the AP reports.

Cops: Woman in Hazmat Suit Left Human Waste at Station

Assistant fire chief's wife was arrested for illegal dumping

(Newser) - Authorities in a small Texas town have disclosed the who, what, where, and when in an illegal dumping case—the assistant fire chief's wife, 50 pounds of human waste, the police station, and Nov. 10, respectively—but the why is still unclear. According to an arrest affidavit filed Dec....

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