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Ship That Doomed France's Colonial Land Grab Is Reborn

La Belle sunk in 1686 as La Salle failed to settle Texas, Southwest

(Newser) - A 17th-century shipwreck rebuilt inside a Texas museum will let visitors walk the deck of a frigate whose sinking some 330 years ago explains why no one speaks French in Texas, the AP reports. The doomed La Belle was France's last hope to settle Texas and the American southwest,... More »

As Mom Held in Murder Try on Son, Cops Eye 2nd Kid's Death

Woman, 19, tried to suffocate baby in video

(Newser) - A Houston mom has already been accused in the attempted murder of her baby son; now, she's also facing a probe in the death of her 20-month-old daughter, authorities say. Cynthia Kaye Wood, 19, brought the son to the hospital, saying he'd had seizures and might have epilepsy,... More »

Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law

State can do so during this year's midterm elections

(Newser) - The Supreme Court said today that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID for the November election. A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in... More »

$100K Drug Bust Made Thanks to Wrong Address

Houston trio nailed for pot, coke, meth, heroin, LSD, pain pills, hashish—and guns

(Newser) - If you're going to have someone ship you a package of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine via FedEx, make sure the sender has the correct address. Three Houston residents are likely cursing the person who mislabeled just such a package after it arrived at the wrong residence and the owner... More »

Texas College Turns Down African Students Over Ebola

Navarro College sends rejection letters saying just that to 2 Nigerians

(Newser) - They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but a two-year community college 58 miles outside of Dallas may today be disagreeing with that phrase. Navarro College is making headlines after it was yesterday revealed that the school is reportedly turning away applicants who hail from Ebola-stricken countries.... More »

Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Stay Open in Texas

More can open doors as case is heard in lower courts

(Newser) - Thirteen abortion clinics that shut down in Texas earlier this month can reopen while legal challenges wind through the court system, the Supreme Court ruled today. The decision means that a total of 21 clinics will be open throughout the state, reports ScotusBlog . Justices issued a four-sentence order that blocked... More »

Louisiana Fights to Keep Dallas Ebola Ashes Out

Attorney general seeking restraining order before incinerated waste is buried

(Newser) - Six truckloads of linens, carpets, bedding, and other materials were taken from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying, all of it potentially contaminated with the Ebola virus—and it's not clear where it will end up. The material was reportedly brought to Port Arthur, Texas, on... More »

Texas Health Worker Has Ebola

Treated Thomas Duncan; reported low-grade fever Friday

(Newser) - Health officials say a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test. A statement posted on the Texas Department of State Health Service's website today says "confirmatory testing will be... More »

Courts: Voters Don't Need ID at Wisconsin, Texas Polls

Critics say requiring ID now would 'virtually guarantee chaos at the polls'

(Newser) - Advocates of voter ID laws say they help address absentee voter issues; critics say the laws are discriminatory against poor, elderly, and minority voters. Two courts went with the nays last night in Wisconsin and Texas, blocking identification requirements at the polls that some say would have "virtually [guaranteed]... More »

Female Immigrants: We're Abused at Detention Center

Geo Group Inc denies wrong-doing at Texas facility

(Newser) - Workers at an immigrant holding facility in Texas have sexually abused female detainees and fondled them in front of people, including children, according to a letter sent by lawyers to US officials. The letter calls for "an immediate investigation" and received an immediate denial from Geo Group Inc, the... More »

Ralph Hall, Oldest in US House, Hurt in Car Accident

91-year-old in serious condition: report

(Newser) - The oldest-ever serving member of the House of Representatives is in the hospital following a car accident. Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, 91, is being treated in Plano, WFAA reports. He was reportedly riding in a vehicle when another hit it; afterward, he was airlifted to the hospital, and KXII... More »

Dallas Ebola Patient Now in Critical Condition

Thomas Duncan's health had been stable

(Newser) - The Ebola patient in Dallas is in critical condition, says the hospital that has been treating him. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan is being treated, didn't provide any further details about his condition. The hospital previously said Duncan was being kept in isolation and that... More »

Most Texas Abortion Clinics Shut Down Overnight

Court decision closes 13 of 21 clinics

(Newser) - All but eight of the remaining 21 abortion clinics in Texas were forced to shut down overnight after a federal appeals court upheld the state's tough restrictions on abortion. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the law's requirement for abortions to take place in expensive ambulatory... More »

Missing Girl Found 12 Years Later in Mexico

Sabrina Allen, who disappeared when she was 4, located near Mexico City

(Newser) - Sabrina Allen, a Texas girl who went missing at the age of 4 in 2002, was found alive in a small town southeast of Mexico City yesterday and is now back in the US, the Austin Police Department confirms to ABC News . Private investigator Philip Klein tells ABC that Mexican... More »

The Dallas Ebola Case: What You Need to Know

'No doubt' case will be isolated: CDC director

(Newser) - The US has seen its first Ebola diagnosis , but there's no reason to panic, officials say: "There's all the difference in the world between the US and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading," notes CDC director Thomas Frieden. "There is no doubt in my... More »

First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in US

Patient in Dallas hospital is in isolation

(Newser) - The world's Ebola outbreak has officially reached the US. The CDC today confirmed the first diagnosis in the nation, reports NBC Fort Worth-Dallas . The patient, who is in isolation at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had recently traveled to Liberia in West Africa and developed symptoms about... More »

Doctor Who Poisoned Lover's Coffee Gets 10 Years

Texas cancer specialist expected to lose license

(Newser) - In a Texas courtroom yesterday, Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo's lawyer urged jurors to look at her whole life as a world-renowned breast cancer doctor, and not just the "one small slice" of it in which she poisoned her lover's coffee . But that argument didn't sway the jury,... More »

How the US Shrank One Square Mile

It happened 50 years ago at the Mexican border

(Newser) - It's been half a century since the US shrank by a square mile thanks to a combination of geography and politics. The Rio Grande, between Texas and Mexico, has shifted over the years—and its movements between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico have changed our borders. In... More »

Kids Get Drug Dealer's Custom Shoe Collection

As Casey Molina heads to jail, Boys & Girls Club gets donation

(Newser) - A convicted drug dealer in El Campo, Texas, won't need his custom sneakers and hat collection in prison—so they're going to the Boys & Girls Club, the Houston Chronicle reports. Cops found 22 pairs of collector Nike Air Jordans and quite a few sports caps in the... More »

Hospital Worker Exposed 700 Babies to TB

Texas woman was undiagnosed for nearly a year

(Newser) - A Texas woman with undiagnosed tuberculosis worked at a nursery in an El Paso hospital for nearly a year before she was diagnosed, potentially exposing 706 babies and 43 co-workers to the disease, reports Reuters . Calling TB "serious but treatable," El Paso's Department of Public Health is... More »

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