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Willie Nelson Irks Some Fans With Concert First

Singer will perform in Texas at Beto O'Rourke rally, Nelson's first public show for a political candidate

(Newser) - A free Willie Nelson concert in the heart of the Lone Star State seems like something that would attract fans of all political stripes, but there's a good chance the Sept. 29 event will feature a largely left-leaning crowd. That's because the country crooner is headlining a "... More »

Woman's Freeway Stunt in Heels Ends Badly

She wanted to prove she could run fast, but got hit by an SUV

(Newser) - A woman trying to prove she could run quickly in heels didn't run fast enough Saturday: The unidentified woman, who'd been asked if she could run in the shoes she was wearing, had nearly crossed Interstate 35 after leaving an Austin bar around 2:30am when she was... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good

(Newser) - Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living.... More »

2 Fires Blamed on Spontaneously Combusting Tortilla Chips

Only in Texas

(Newser) - Normally, tortilla chips need a healthy topping of spicy salsa to be described as fiery. Not, as it turns out, in Austin, Texas. In a Wednesday Facebook post, fire officials described arriving at July 12 factory fire caused by the "spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips. Yes, you read that... More »

America's Oldest Man Robbed of His Savings

Thieves stole Richard Overton's identity and broke into his bank account

(Newser) - Richard Overton is something of a celebrity in Austin, Texas, because the 112-year-old WWII veteran is the oldest living man in America. He now has a new distinction: the oldest American to be robbed of his savings, reports Newsweek . Family members recently learned that an unidentified thief used Overton's... More »

Cops: Teen, Young Wife Hired Hitman to Kill Jeweler Dad

Only child Nicolas Shaughnessy expected to receive millions, say police

(Newser) - His father was gunned down in a home invasion in March; in April, Nicolas Shaughnessy was named to take over the family business, Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas. Authorities now have other plans for the 19-year-old, per the New York Daily News . Arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal solicitation to... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Launch a Business

Oklahoma City is first on the list

(Newser) - If you've got the entrepreneurial itch and are on the hunt for the best place to jump-start a business, WalletHub has some insights. The site pulled out more than 180 large US cities and looked at 19 key metrics for each in three main categories: business environment, including the... More »

What May Have Tipped Austin Bomber Off: a Knock on His Door

EMS official says procedural change should prevent another mix-up

(Newser) - Emergency personnel have raced to fix a procedural issue that may have tipped off Austin bomber Mark Conditt, who blew himself up as police closed in. Officers staked out Conditt's Pflugerville home while he was out on March 20, with plans to arrest him when he returned, and notified... More »

Austin Bomber's Final Plan Involved McDonald's

If police moved in, Mark Conditt would detonate suicide bomb in crowded restaurant

(Newser) - Police have not released a 28-minute cellphone recording left by the Austin bomber before his death, but the Austin American-Statesman reports that Mark Conditt offers no motive or remorse for killing two and injuring five. Sources tell the newspaper that the 23-year-old describes himself as a "psychopath" in the... More »

Pink Gloves Helped Police Zero In on Mark Conditt

Pink gloves helped lead police to Mark Conditt

(Newser) - Police say 23-year-old Mark Conditt was the man who terrorized Austin with a weekslong bombing spree—but they don't know if they'll ever be able to say why. Police say a 25-minute recording found on Conditt's cellphone after he blew himself up early Wednesday contains a detailed... More »

Cops Find 'Confession' From Austin Bombing Suspect

25-minute cellphone recording found with Mark Conditt

(Newser) - Police have discovered a 25-minute recording on a cellphone found with bombing suspect Mark Conditt , and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says he considers it a "confession," the AP reports. He said at a news conference Wednesday that Conditt talks on the recording in great detail about the... More »

Deceased Austin Bombing Suspect Is Identified

Law enforcement sources say he was Mark A. Conditt of Pflugerville

(Newser) - Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt has been identified by law enforcement sources as the suspected Austin serial bomber, the American-Statesman reports. The suspect blew himself up early Wednesday. The paper says Conditt, identified by police as 24, but 23 according to the public records it viewed, completed a home-schooled high... More »

Chief: Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up as Cops Closed In

Austin suspect is 24-year-old white male

(Newser) - The Austin bombing suspect was located by police and blew himself up in his car as a SWAT team closed in, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters at a press conference early Wednesday. The chief said a SWAT team officer also shot at the suspect, who was tracked to... More »

Cops: Austin Goodwill Blast Caused by Military Device

Police believe incident is unrelated to bombings

(Newser) - A blast that injured a Goodwill worker in Austin Tuesday night appears to be unrelated to the series of deadly explosions that has shaken the city, police say. Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes says the scare was caused by a military training device that somebody had included in a box... More »

Austin Cops Think They Know Mailing Site of FedEx Explosive

It's possible the person who mailed it is on surveillance video

(Newser) - Austin cops have been looking for a break in the city's bombing spree, and they're hoping Tuesday morning's explosion at a FedEx facility will provide one. The Tuesday explosion happened at a shipping facility about an hour away from Austin in Schertz. But police think somebody sent... More »

Austin-Bound Package Explodes at FedEx Facility

1 person reportedly suffered a concussion

(Newser) - Hours after pleas for information about Austin's serial bomber, a package bound for the city exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio, injuring one. The explosion was reported just after midnight Tuesday at the FedEx Ground distribution center in Schertz, 65 miles southwest of Austin. A medium-sized box... More »

Austin Cops Hope Surveillance Tapes Lead to 'Serial Bomber'

Police ask residents to check their home tapes after fourth explosion

(Newser) - Austin police appear to have no leads after the fourth explosion by someone they're now calling a "serial bomber," but they hope the public can help. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley on Monday asked residents to hand over their home surveillance footage after Sunday night's blast,... More »

Cops: Latest Austin Bomb May Have Involved Tripwire

'That changes things,' chief says

(Newser) - The explosive device that injured two men in Austin on Sunday night appears to have been a different—and even more worrying—kind of device than the package bombs that killed two people earlier this month, police say. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said early Monday that investigators believe the... More »

4th Bomb Goes Off After Plea to Austin Bomber

2 men hurt in latest blast

(Newser) - There was a fourth explosion in Austin on Sunday night—hours after police urged the person behind three package bombs earlier this month to contact them and explain their "message." Officials say two men in their 20s were seriously injured in the blast in the southwest of the... More »

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