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Abortion Pill's Fate Uncertain as Judges Face Off

Texas' Kacsmaryk orders hold on mifepristone access, Washington's Rice orders the opposite

(Newser) - Access to the most commonly used method of abortion in the US plunged into uncertainty Friday following conflicting court rulings over the legality of the abortion medication mifepristone that has been widely available for more than 20 years. For now, the drug that the Food and Drug Administration approved in...

Probe Underway After Officer Confronts Uvalde Victim's Mom

Ana Rodriguez suffered bruises in altercation now under investigation by Texas DPS

(Newser) - The Texas Department of Public Safety says it's launched an investigation in response to footage showing an officer violently removing the mother of a Uvalde school shooting victim from her son's elementary school. Ana Rodriguez arrived at Uvalde's Flores Elementary School on Wednesday to check her son...

Cops: Man Shot Thief After Tracking Truck With Airtag

'Please do not take matters in your own hands like this,' police in San Antonio say

(Newser) - "If you are to get your vehicle stolen, I know it's frustrating, but please do not take matters in your own hands like this," a San Antonio police spokesman said after a suspected thief was shot and killed. The San Antonio Police Department said the owners of...

Texas Lawmaker Investigated After All Staffers Resign

They allege State Rep. Jolanda Jones was demanding and 'physically threatening'

(Newser) - Texas State. Rep. Jolanda "Jo" Jones is facing an investigation after her entire staff resigned Thursday, levying a host of allegations against the freshman Democrat. In a leaked resignation letter, Chief of Staff Kory Haywood, Legislative Director Catherine Mouer, and District Director Yesenia Wences describe an "abusive and...

Cops: Missing Boy's Family Took Off to Turkey Without Him

Texas authorities are now looking for 6-year-old Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez, not seen since November

(Newser) - Family members say they haven't seen Noel Rodriguez-Alvarez since November, but an Amber Alert wasn't issued in Texas until last weekend—and now, authorities say the 6-year-old boy's family traveled overseas two days before that red flag was sent up. Cops from the town of Everman on...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Mississippi needs to meditate, per WalletHub, while Minnesota seems to be handling its tension just fine

(Newser) - Need to squeeze one of those stress balls more than you used to? It could have something to do with where you live. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to see which ones were the most afflicted by anxiety and tension, examining more than three dozen metrics across four main...

Cops: 15-Year-Old Used Shotgun in Texas Shooting

School shooting victim named as Ja'Shawn Poirier, 16

(Newser) - Police in Arlington, Texas say the weapon used in Monday's school shooting was a shotgun, and they're still trying to determine where the 15-year-old alleged shooter obtained it. The 16-year-old boy killed in the shooting outside Lamar High School was identified Tuesday as Ja’Shawn Poirier, the Dallas ...

HSBC Just Got Itself Blacklisted in Texas

Lone Star State isn't happy with bank's new gas and oil financing policy

(Newser) - In the view of state Comptroller Glenn Hegar, HSBC has just messed with Texas. His beef: The European banking giant took a stand in December against providing "new finance, or new advisory services" for new oil or gas fields, as well as any infrastructure "whose primary use is...

In Southwest, 2 New National Monuments

President Biden to protect 514,000 acres of land in Nevada and Texas, one in nod to Native history

(Newser) - President Biden will move to protect some 514,000 acres of land in designating two areas in Nevada and Texas as new national monuments on Tuesday. The Avi Kwa Ame National Monument, comprising 506,000 acres in Southern Nevada, is "only the second national monument created specifically to protect...

Capitol Rioter Who Carried Zip Ties Is Convicted
Capitol Rioter
Is Sentenced

Another Capitol Rioter Is Sentenced

Larry Brock Jr., who carried zip-ties, is sentenced to two years

(Newser) - Another Capitol rioter has learned his fate—in this case two years in prison. Larry Brock Jr., a retired Air Force officer who entered the Capitol in combat gear and carrying zip-tie handcuffs, received that sentence in a DC federal courtroom on Friday, reports the AP . US District Judge John...

Judge Hears Case That Could Block Use of Abortion Pill

Texas judge had questions about court's 'sweeping authority' on mifepristone

(Newser) - A conservative judge in Texas raised questions Wednesday about a Christian group's effort to overturn federal regulators' decades-old approval of a leading abortion drug, in a case that could threaten the country's most common method to end pregnancies. Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk heard more than four hours of debate...

State Takes Over Country's 8th-Largest School District

Democrats slam Texas takeover of Houston schools as politically motivated

(Newser) - Texas officials on Wednesday announced a state takeover of Houston's nearly 200,000-student public school district, the eighth-largest in the country, acting on years of threats and angering Democrats who assailed the move as political. The announcement, made by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's education commissioner, Mike Morath, amounts...

Teen, 2 Stolen Horses Killed in Dallas Crash

2 other teens were hospitalized after early-morning accident, police say

(Newser) - The theft of three horses ended in tragedy on a Dallas road, police say. NBC-DFW reports that a 14-year-old died at the scene and two other teens, ages 16 and 17, were hospitalized in stable condition after a vehicle crashed into a group on horseback early Tuesday. Police said the...

Girl, 13, Found Locked in Shed 2 Weeks After Vanishing

Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho, 34, reportedly smiled as charges against him were read

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who went missing from Dallas, Texas, nearly two weeks ago has been found alive in North Carolina. Police say the teen met the 34-year-old suspect, Jorge Ivan Santos Camacho, on an app and he groomed her and convinced her to run away from her family, NBC DFW...

Cops: 3-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot Sister, 4

Houston girls were playing unsupervised, sheriff says

(Newser) - "Our hearts are broken," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after a 4-year-old girl was fatally shot in a Houston apartment Sunday. The sheriff said that in a "tragic" and "very preventable situation," the girl was apparently shot by her 3-year-old sister while they were...

4 Dead in Dallas Shooting
4 Dead in Dallas Shooting

4 Dead in Dallas Shooting

Details of apartment building shooting are not yet clear

(Newser) - Police in Dallas have confirmed four people died in a Sunday night shooting at an apartment building, the AP reports. Dallas Police Department Public Information Officer Juan Fernandez said in an email to the AP that officers responded around 7:10pm to a report of a shooting in the 3500...

Cops: Texas Mom Left Kids Alone for Weeks

Raven Yates allegedly left daughter, 12, and son, 3, and left for Alabama

(Newser) - The charges are disturbing enough that the case would likely have made headlines anyway. But the grinning face of the suspect upon her arrest—a mother charged with leaving her two kids to fend for themselves for several weeks—has generated a whole other level of attention. Police in Roman...

Prosecutors: He Kept Her Where She Was 'Not Likely to Be Found'

Houston authorities say Abraham Bravo Segura kept woman captive in trailer for 4 years

(Newser) - Deputies arrested a Houston man this week, and court records say he's being charged with kidnapping for holding a woman captive in his trailer for about four years. Abraham Bravo Segura, 42, was hit with the felony charge after his Wednesday arrest, for allegedly "secreting and holding" the...

Texas Sisters Went Missing in Mexico Last Month

2 siblings, friend who vanished haven't had as much publicity as 4 Americans abducted last week

(Newser) - Two sisters from Texas and a friend are missing in Mexico after they crossed the border last month to sell clothes at a flea market, US authorities said Friday. The abduction of four Americans in Mexico that was caught on video last week received an avalanche of attention and was...

Suit: My Ex's Friends Helped Her Get Abortion Pills

Marcus Silva filed his complaint against 3 women in Texas, where a near-total abortion ban is in place

(Newser) - Just days ago, five women sued the state of Texas, claiming they were denied abortions, despite the fact there was a deadly risk to them and their fetuses. Now, another abortion complaint in the Lone Star State, but this time in the other direction. A man is suing three women,...

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