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Worried Husband's Call to Cops Ends in Tragedy for Wife

Woman shot, killed during mental health check after she wouldn't stand down with gun: Austin police

(Newser) - Police in Texas shot and killed a woman after responding to a mental health call, NBC News reports. The woman's husband called police, saying she was acting erratically and he was worried about her; he also informed police that she had a weapon. When officers arrived on the scene... More »

Austin Shooting Kills Woman, Injures 3 More

Cops describe 'very chaotic scene' in downtown entertainment district

(Newser) - A shooting in a crowded entertainment district of downtown Austin early Sunday set off a chaotic scene, leaving one woman dead and three others wounded and police searching for a suspect. Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley says police received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly... More »

Video Shows Violent Arrest of Texas Schoolteacher

White officer tells Breaion King that black people are 'violent' and 'intimidating'

(Newser) - Twenty-six-year-old elementary school teacher Breaion King was pulled over for driving 15mph over the speed limit in Austin, Texas, NBC News reports. Moments later, she was being pulled from her car by officer Bryan Richter and thrown to the ground—twice. According to the Austin American-Statesman , the incident happened in... More »

Top 6 US Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

Austin is No. 1

(Newser) - Some cities are better than others when it comes to offering opportunities to young entrepreneurs. has ranked the best ones based on population growth, educational level, taxes, and how many of these workers are already bringing home a nice paycheck. The Lone Star State gets more than one... More »

Valedictorian's Tweet Causes an Uproar

Texas student encounters anger online over her 'undocumented' boast

(Newser) - A high school senior in Austin, Texas, had good reason to do a little playful boasting: "Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs," tweeted Mayte Lara Ibarra on Friday, the day she graduated from Crockett High School. But it was one final... More »

Uber, Lyft Spent $8M to Win Austin Vote—and Lost

It was the most expensive campaign in city history

(Newser) - Uber and Lyft have made good on their threat to terminate operations in Austin as of Monday morning after a referendum didn't go their way. The companies spent more than $8 million—more than 50 times what their opponents spent—in a failed attempt to overturn the Texas city'... More »

Pastor Sues Whole Foods Over Cake, Gets Sued Back

Company says it has proof no anti-gay slur was written on cake

(Newser) - Whole Foods is taking claims that an employee wrote a homophobic slur on a custom cake so seriously that it's countersuing the guy who made them. Church of Open Doors pastor Jordan Brown, who is openly gay, sued Whole Foods on Monday after a video showed a cake from... More »

Student's Chemical Suicide Injures 11

Lethal gas was 'intentionally created,' says official

(Newser) - A male student was found dead of an apparent "chemical suicide" in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday that injured 11 others, police say. Residents reported a foul smell at the 21 Pearl apartment complex near the University of Texas around 2pm, which management officials traced to a specific apartment with... More »

Before Jack the Ripper Came America's First Serial Killer

The 'Midnight Assassin' terrorized Austin in the 1880s

(Newser) - For years, author Skip Hollandsworth has been trying to solve the case of the Midnight Assassin—a serial killer who brutally slayed six women and a 12-year-old girl in Austin, Texas, between December 1884 and December 1885. But, he tells the Star-Telegram , "I still have no clue," adding... More »

Killer Sought After Freshman's Body Found in Creek on College Campus

Haruka Weiser suffered 'unthinkable brutality'

(Newser) - Austin police are searching for a killer after the body of an 18-year-old University of Texas freshman was found in a creek behind the campus's alumni building, ABC News reports. Haruka Weiser, a theater and dance major from Portland, Ore., was last seen leaving the drama building Sunday night.... More »

Cop Fired for Shooting Naked, Unarmed Teen

David Joseph killed by Texas officer who says 17-year-old charged him on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Officer Geoffrey Freeman had a stun gun, pepper spray, a baton, and a beanbag gun at his fingertips when he confronted a 17-year-old running naked through the streets on Feb. 8, the New York Daily News reports. Instead, the Texas cop with 10 years on the Austin police force drew... More »

The 10 Best US Cities to Call Home

There are some surprises

(Newser) - Looking for a fresh start somewhere? US News & World Report just released its first list of the best places to live in America. The publication used data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, and more; its own rankings of high schools and hospitals; and a survey of thousands of... More »

Cat Guy Says He's Figured Out Feline Longevity

It involves home-cooked breakfast and a movie

(Newser) - Jake Perry's cats live the good life. And they live it for a long time. One of Perry's felines—Granpa Rexs Allen, who lived to be 34—broke the Guinness World Record for oldest cat in 1998. Seven years later, his kitty Crème Puff topped that record,... More »

'Mass Farting' Meets Fake Gun Massacre

Protesters take to the streets in Austin, Texas

(Newser) - The gun-rights debate has apparently boiled down to a fake mass shooting and machines that spit out fart noises. It all happened Saturday in Austin, Texas, where pro-gun activists staged a mock gun-massacre at a church and anti-gun protesters countered with what they called a "mass farting," the... More »

Texas Judge Shot Outside Her Home

It appears she was targeted in connection with her work

(Newser) - A Texas judge was shot outside of her Austin home Friday night, and an initial investigation appears to show she was targeted, KXAN reports. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Judge Julie Kocurek—the presiding felony judge for Travis County—had just arrived home with a number of other people when... More »

Fight Over Smoke Threatens Sacred Texas BBQ

Austin decides not to regulate, but neighbors of one restaurant have sued

(Newser) - Austin is a barbecue town, and anyone who lives there "may very well live downwind of a barbecue joint," notes a post at Munchies . That may sound great, but for those who live too close, the smoke can be a real problem. After neighbors complained, a city council... More »

Affirmative-Action Case Will Go Before SCOTUS Again

Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against University of Texas will get 2nd look by court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said today they'll hear for a second time the case of a... More »

'Extraordinary Shot' Stopped Austin Gunman

Police Sgt. Adam Johnson hit him dead-on from 312 feet away

(Newser) - Police Sgt. Adam Johnson was gripping the reins of two horses when he fired and hit a gunman dead-center in the chest—from 312 feet away, Fox News reports. General reaction from those in the know: Wow. "At a minimum, it was [an] extraordinary shot," says a retired... More »

Gunman Fires 100+ Rounds in Austin at 2am

Police officer shoots, kills suspect

(Newser) - A police sergeant who was outside Austin police headquarters shot a gunman in the wee hours of the morning today; that gunman is dead, though it's unclear if he died by the sergeant's bullet or his own. KVUE reports by way of a news conference that 911 calls... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

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