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What She Did at 84, Many Never Do

Janet Fein felt a sociology degree was 'substantial'

(Newser) - After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her, the AP reports. Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from... More »

Federal Judge's Ruling on ACA an 'Assault' on Americans

ObamaCare has been deemed unconstitutional; the appeals process gears up

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has twice voted (in 2012 and 2015) to keep the Affordable Care Act in place; it may soon see its third big case related to the health care law. That's because US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas has responded to a suit from... More »

Apple Made a $30B Promise. It Just Started Delivering

Company is planning a $1B campus in Austin, smaller-scale campuses in other cities

(Newser) - Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas; break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Calif.; and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a... More »

10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

A Stolen AK-47, Then: 'She Was Screaming in Pain'

Texas teen was trying to shove gun down her pants, cops say

(Newser) - A teen was hospitalized, then charged after she ended up shooting herself in the foot with a stolen firearm, Texas police say. Cops say they responded to a shooting call in Harris County and found two females, 17, and a 16-year-old male at the scene, per ABC News . A Facebook... More »

Home Listing's Racy Photos Create a Buzz Near Houston

Main realtor website removes them, but listing agent doesn't mind the controversy

(Newser) - More than a month ago, real estate agent Kristin Gyldenege put up a listing for a standard-issue three-bedroom house in the Houston suburbs. Crickets. It barely registered on potential buyers' radar, with fewer than 1,000 views over 40 days. Then, as the Houston Chronicle explains, Gyldenege struck upon a... More »

2 Dead After Warehouse Drug Sting

One Houston suspect fled, hid in a quarry

(Newser) - It was a scene that could have been taken from countless TV dramas: Nine armed gang members arrived for a drug deal at a warehouse Wednesday night, only to discover they had been set up by undercover officers in a sting operation. Police in Houston say two of the suspects... More »

7 Families Sue Suspected School Shooter's Parents

They didn't do enough to keep guns away from Dimitrios Pagourtzis: suit

(Newser) - Sabika Sheikh's parents saw it as an opportunity. Sending their daughter to the US as an exchange student from Pakistan could give her a leg up in a later career in business or diplomacy , Abdul Aziz and Farah Naz thought. Three weeks before she was to complete her school... More »

Obama Crows Over Own Lack of Indictments in Interview

'Nobody in my administration got indicted,' he tells gala crowd

(Newser) - Former President Obama got in a dig at the Trump administration at a Rice University gala on Tuesday without even mentioning the president's name. Obama's 50-minute interview with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III—the namesake of the nonpartisan Baker Institute for Public Policy, which was... More »

ATM Spits Out $100 Bills by Mistake, Bank Says 'Keep It'

It happened at a machine in Houston

(Newser) - Banks aren't usually known for giving out free money, but Bank of America is begrudgingly making an exception after one of its Houston ATMs went haywire over the weekend, spitting out $100 bills instead of smaller denominations, per KTRK . A man discovered the glitch while withdrawing money Sunday night,... More »

A Shout Amid Flames: 'Can Somebody Catch My Baby?'

3 injured in 'brutal' Dallas apartment fire

(Newser) - Around 40 Dallas residents are homeless for Thanksgiving but thankful to be alive after what the Dallas Morning News describes as a "brutal" fire at an apartment complex. Three people including a firefighter were injured Wednesday, per NBC DFW , though rescuers and residents likely prevented further calamity. They banged... More »

Man Who Fled on Final Day of Trial Found 10 Years Later

Murderer has been returned to Texas

(Newser) - A man who disappeared on the last day of his 2008 murder trial has been captured in Mexico and returned to Texas, authorities say. Hidalgo County prosecutors said in a news release that 35-year-old Oscar Davila Rodriguez was returned to the US last week. The statement didn't include details... More »

What Hit Texas' Court System Tuesday: 'Black Girl Magic'

19 African-American women ran for judge positions in Harris County; all 19 won

(Newser) - The most populous county in Texas got hit with some "black girl magic" on Tuesday—which is why you'll now see a whole bunch of proud female African-American judges on the bench going forward. While much of the nation was hyperfocused on another race in Texas—that of... More »

Cruz Beats Beto in Texas Nail-Biter

Texas Republican will keep his seat

(Newser) - It was close, but Ted Cruz will keep his Senate seat in Texas. The Republican defeated Democrat Beto O'Rourke Tuesday, reports CNN . O'Rourke jumped out to an early lead in returns, but the lead then went back and forth throughout the night. Cruz, though, eventually dashed Democrats' hopes... More »

They Were Married Just 1.5 Hours. Then Their Copter Crashed

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were on their way to honeymoon when family chopper went down

(Newser) - Family members say a Texas couple was killed in a helicopter crash just hours after they were married. Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were married Saturday at Byler's family ranch in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, reports KTRK . Byler's grandfather, William Byler, tells the TV... More »

In Medical First, Couple Both Carry Their Baby

Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter explain how Effortless Reciprocal IVF made it possible

(Newser) - A same-sex Texas couple explained to ABC News what the traditional route for birthing a baby in their situation is: Use donor sperm, have one woman carry the baby, and have the other woman adopt the child. Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter of Mountain Springs mixed up that process in a... More »

He Was Killed in His Own Home by a Cop. Now, a Lawsuit

Amber Guyger is 'dangerous individual,' complaint brought by Botham Jean's family says

(Newser) - The family of a black man who was shot to death in his own apartment by a Dallas cop has brought a lawsuit against both the former police officer and the city of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports. The complaint filed by the parents and sister of 26-year-old Botham... More »

Texas Sees Massive Turnout in Early Voting

Trump declares himself a nationalist at Cruz rally

(Newser) - With two weeks to go until the midterm elections, passions—and voter turnout—are running high in Texas. In Houston early Monday, thousands of people lined up at a voting location hours before early voting began, the Houston Chronicle reports. Authorities say early voting turnout has been much higher than... More »

Family That Painted Political Sign Faces 'Fit of Rage'

Shannon Bennett's family battles their HOA

(Newser) - Is painting your lawn the same as putting up a sign? A Texas family says it is after painting "BETO" on their front yard—but their homeowner's association wants the message removed, the Hill reports. Shannon Bennett and her husband say they painted the letters in support of... More »

Gun Collector Gets 7 Years for His 'Piece de Resistance'

Vietnam vet Alfred Pick had illegal M14

(Newser) - The fully automatic M14, spotted at a Texas gun show in the early 1980s, reminded Alfred Pick of the weapon he'd carried as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam. So he bought it, even though the gun was illegal to own and its serial number had been scratched out. Decades... More »

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