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Brothers, 12 and 7, Accused of Stabbing Texas Woman

The older boy has been charged with aggravated assault

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy in Texas has been charged with aggravated assault over the stabbing of a 59-year-old woman, a crime that police say also involved the boy's 7-year-old brother. The Harris County woman is in critical condition, USA Today reports. Investigators say the woman, who has a mental illness,...

Concrete Truck Slams Into Bus Full of Pre-K Students

Boy on bus, man in another vehicle killed in Bastrop, Texas

(Newser) - A cement truck veered into a school bus carrying more than 40 pre-K students returning from a field trip to a Texas zoo Friday, killing a boy on the bus and a man in another vehicle, authorities said. Officials said the bus rolled over on the highway in Bastrop, in...

The 'Little Rascals' Arrested for Bank Robbery

Boys ages 11, 12, and 16 allegedly passed threatening note in Houston

(Newser) - Three boys, ages 11, 12, and 16 and dubbed the "Little Rascals," have been arrested for robbing a bank in Houston, authorities confirmed Wednesday, per the AP . Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the youngsters are in custody and have been charged with robbery by threat. Gonzalez said...

In Texas, Apparent Temperature Approaches Oven Setting

Heat index values climbing 3 times faster than measured temperature, says David Romps

(Newser) - Think temperatures are rising fast? That's nothing compared with the apparent temperature, or heat index, which is increasing three times faster than the measured temperature, according to a study offering a new way to look at the heat index, with a focus on Texas last summer. The heat index...

Texas Immigration Law Back on Hold Already

Federal appeals court blocked law hours after SCOTUS allowed it to take effect

(Newser) - Hours after the Supreme Court allowed Texas' controversial new immigration law to take effect, it's already back on hold. Some of the high court justices wrote an opinion indicating the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals—which earlier stayed a ruling striking down the Texas law, leading the federal...

SCOTUS Says Texas Can Start Arresting Migrants

Divided court allows law to take effect while legal battle plays out

(Newser) - A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted a stay on a Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the US-Mexico border illegally while a legal battle over immigration authority plays out. The Biden administration is suing to strike down the measure, arguing it's...

She Vanished 2 Weeks Ago With Dog, Who Just Turned Up

Houston Police searching for Christina Johnson, 27, last seen March 6

(Newser) - A Texas woman who's been missing for two weeks was last seen walking her dog. That dog turned up Friday almost 8 miles from where 27-year-old Christina Johnson was last known to be, raising fears for the recent college graduate who'd returned home to plan her next move....

SCOTUS Extends Block on Texas Plan to Arrest Migrants

State law has been put on hold indefinitely

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday indefinitely extended its block on a Texas law that would give police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the US while the legal battle it sparked over immigration authority plays out. The one-page order signed by Justice Samuel Alito did not set...

Texas' Crackdown on Porn Has Officially Begun

Pornhub disables its site in Lone Star State over new legislation regarding age verification

(Newser) - An appeals court has cleared the way for Texas to enforce a law requiring age verification before someone can surf porn sites, and, not surprisingly, the porn sites aren't happy about it. In a 2-1 ruling on March 7 by the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit...

United Airlines Isn't Having a Very Good Week

Plane rolls off runway in Houston, hours after tire fell off another plane in San Francisco

(Newser) - People often clap when their plane lands, but maybe everyone should hold that applause until their ride makes it to the terminal gate. Passengers on a United Airlines flight found that out the hard way Friday morning, when their jet touched down OK at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport,...

Uvalde Parents Erupt at Report Praising Police

Investigator tries to leave meeting without facing parents

(Newser) - An investigation Uvalde city leaders ordered into the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers defended the response by local police at a City Council meeting Thursday, prompting shouts of "cowards" from the audience and causing several family members of victims to angrily walk out....

Mom Spiked Drink of Son's Alleged Bully: Cops

Texas police say Jennifer Lynn Rossi's homemade concoction landed son's schoolmate in the hospital

(Newser) - A Texas mom has been arrested after police say a concoction she whipped up to push back on kids allegedly bullying her son ended up sending one child to the hospital. USA Today reports that sheriff's deputies were dispatched Tuesday to the Legacy Traditional School-Alamo Ranch in San Antonio,...

In Texas' Biggest Wildfire, Utility Issues a Mea Culpa

Xcel Energy says its facilities 'appear to have been involved' in starting the Smokehouse Creek Fire

(Newser) - The utility provider Xcel Energy said Thursday that its facilities appeared to have played a role in igniting a massive wildfire in the Texas Panhandle that grew to the largest blaze in state history. Texas officials have said they're still investigating the cause of the fire that has burned...

After Battling Wildfires for a Week, Fire Chief Dies at House Fire

Tragedy in Texas leaves two sons without a father

(Newser) - A Texas fire chief whose small town was among the hardest hit last week by historic blazes sweeping across the Panhandle died Tuesday while fighting a house fire, authorities said. The house fire that Fritch Fire Chief Zeb Smith, 40, responded to wasn't caused by a wildfire, but Smith...

Warthog He&#39;d Raised From Birth Turned Murderous
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Warthog He'd Raised From Birth Turned Murderous

Austin Riley tells his story to 'Texas Monthly'

(Newser) - Austin Riley has spent years on his family's ranch in the Texas Hill Country, caring for and spending time with the animals. In 2017, when a warthog piglet's mother died in childbirth, Riley immediately took over, bottle-feeding the newborn and letting it sleep inside the family home until...

Missing 12-Year-Old Found Safe After 8 Days in Texas

Houston man arrested as police investigate alleged trafficking of girl

(Newser) - A missing 12-year-old girl has been found safe in her home state of Texas after eight days, reports KTRK . A 27-year-old Houston man has been arrested in her disappearance. The girl went missing on Feb. 22 from her Houston-area home, and neighbors' surveillance cams spotted her getting into a pickup...

Jerry Jones Must Take Paternity Test, Judge Rules

Texas judge upholds decision involving suit by woman who says Dallas Cowboys owner is her dad

(Newser) - Father's Day this year might look different for Jerry Jones. A Texas judge on Wednesday nixed an appeal by the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, the most valuable sports franchise in the world, in a 2022 paternity case involving a 27-year-old woman who says Jones, 81, is her biological...

Texas Fire Leaves Behind a Desolate Landscape

Largest wildfire in state history is just 5% contained

(Newser) - As the largest wildfire in Texas history engulfed his town, Danny Phillips was left helpless. "We had to watch from a few miles away as our neighborhood burned," he said, his voice trembling with emotion. In his hard-hit town of Stinnett, population roughly 1,600, families like his...

The Force of the Texas Wildfire, in 5 Stats

Blaze, now the largest in Texas history, remains 3% contained

(Newser) - It took just four days for a spark to become the largest wildfire ever seen in Texas. The Smokehouse Creek Fire that erupted Monday had spread to roughly 1.1 million acres on Thursday, topping the 2006 East Amarillo Complex Fire, which burned 907,245 acres, per the Houston Chronicle...

Texas Inmate's Last Words: I Didn't Do It

Ivan Cantu has long claimed he didn't kill his cousin, cousin's girlfriend

(Newser) - A Texas man who had long claimed his conviction more than 20 years ago was based on false testimony and questionable evidence was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting two people, including his cousin, the AP reports. Ivan Cantu received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 6:47pm at...

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