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Elaborate Insurance Scam Ends in Housekeeper's Death

Cops: Dad, son planned murder of Anita Fox, 72

(Newser) - A father and son in Texas committed the ultimate crime of "greed," police tell NBC DFW . Cops say Gerard Gorman, 48, and his son Bernard Gorman, 27, allegedly followed 72-year-old housekeeper Anita Fox on her rounds for a few days last September, then murdered her in her employer'... More »

Texas Lets Lone 'Medically Fragile' Gay Couple Wed

Court orders county clerk to issue one marriage license

(Newser) - Texas has its first legally married same-sex couple as of this morning, reports the Austin American-Statesman —despite the Lone Star State's current ban on gay marriage. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who live in Austin and have been together 30 years, got a one-time court-ordered marriage license in... More »

Gallup: Texas No Longer GOP-Leaning

But more states have moved away from the Dems

(Newser) - Gallup has ranked the states by party preference, and while some of its findings are unsurprising—Wyoming and Utah are once again the most Republican states, with Massachusetts and Maryland the most Democratic—big changes are underway in Texas, one of the biggest election prizes of them all. According... More »

Marathon Runner Crawls to Finish as Body Gives Out

Hyvon Ngetich completed the Austin Marathon through sheer will

(Newser) - Hyvon Ngetich was leading the elite women's racing group at the 23-mile mark of Sunday's Austin Marathon in Texas, but as she got closer to the finish, her body said "No more," KeyeTV reports. But the 29-year-old wasn't about to give up so close to... More »

Judge Used Obscure Law to Block Obama on Immigration

White House says it'll appeal Texas ruling, but feds have to uphold for now

(Newser) - Millions of immigrants are cooling their heels instead of starting their deferred-deportation paperwork today after a Texas judge blocked President Obama's executive order on Monday. But how US District Judge Andrew Hanen did it is pretty fascinating: He used a little-used and vague administrative law from 1946 to ding... More »

Texas Judge Blocks Obama Immigration Order

He sides with 26-state lawsuit

(Newser) - A federal judge in Texas has issued an order banning officials from implementing "any and all aspects" of President Obama's executive order on immigration, just two days before the first applications for deferred deportation were to be received. US District Judge Andrew Hanen decided that a lawsuit led... More »

Texas Man Gets Life in Prison for 10th DWI

Bobby Gene Martin also threatened to kill an officer and his family

(Newser) - A Texas man was sentenced to two life sentences Wednesday for drunk driving. If that seems harsh, consider that Bobby Gene Martin, 64, racked up 10 DWI charges between 1981 and 2014, reports the Montgomery County Police Reporter . In the latest incident, Martin crashed his mom's pickup truck on... More »

Emotions High on Eve of American Sniper Trial

Lawyers for Eddie Ray Routh, accused killer of Chris Kyle, wanted change of venue

(Newser) - While Hollywood celebrities debate the politics underlying American Sniper, new drama is set to unfold in Stephenville, Texas. The trial of 27-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, accused of murdering Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (on whom the movie was based) and friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range in 2013, will begin... More »

Lawmaker Calls Texas 'Crazy,' Cites Dildo Law

Rep. Alcee Hastings lobs verbal bomb at House meeting

(Newser) - A Florida lawmaker says Texas is just plum "crazy"—and he cites a state dildo law to make his point, CNN reports. Rep. Alcee Hastings started the fracas Monday at a House Rules Committee debate when he called Texas "crazy" for rejecting federal health care expansion. Well,... More »

Guy on Death Row 30 Years Gets Last-Minute Reprieve

US Supreme Court steps in as Texas planned execution for Tuesday

(Newser) - A Texas inmate set to be executed next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve today from the US Supreme Court. Lester Bower Jr., 67, among the longest-serving Texas death row inmates, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday.... More »

School's Answer to Poop Plight: Look at Kids' Undies

Surprise inspection does not go over well

(Newser) - It's not like there's a how-to manual on how to go about finding a student with a penchant for pooping on the gym floor, but if there were, it would probably not include this: Line up the kids and order them to lower their pants for an underwear... More »

Bogus Texas Drug Cases Lead to Record Exonerations

125 exonerated last year in US, most ever

(Newser) - The US saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal substances, a report released today shows. The National Registry of Exonerations said 125... More »

Doubt Surrounds Texas' Beloved 'Houston Bible'

Tome used to swear in governors may not have been Sam Houston's

(Newser) - George W. Bush called it Sam Houston's Bible. Rick Perry swore on its centuries-old sheepskin four times. And today, Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott will lay his hand on the historic tome to take the oath of office. But archivists now say it's possible that Texas governors have... More »

Boyfriend Charged 8 Months After Prom Date's Death

Suspect's mom allegedly provided drugs, booze for her son and Jacqueline Gomez

(Newser) - The boyfriend of 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomez, who was found dead in a Houston hotel room the morning after her May 16 prom, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with her death, KHOU reports. Police say Eddie Herrera, 18, told them that he and Jacqueline drank alcohol together on... More »

10 Dead After Train Hits Prison Bus

Vehicle slid off embankment onto tracks

(Newser) - Police in west Texas say 10 people are dead after a prison bus slid off an embankment and onto railroad tracks, then got hit by a train, reports the AP . Details are still pretty thin, but NBC Dallas-Fort Worth says the bus was on Interstate 20 near Odessa this morning... More »

Texas Soldier's Mystery Death Not Ebola

He was found dead week after return from Liberia

(Newser) - A Fort Hood soldier recently returned from fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was found dead on his doorstep yesterday morning, but officials say conclusive tests have ruled the disease out as a cause. The 24-year-old returned to Texas with his unit last week and the tests were ordered as... More »

Cop Who Tasered Man, 76, Wants His Job Back

Lawyer says level of force 'reasonable'

(Newser) - The Texas police officer who Tasered a 76-year-old man twice during a routine traffic stop has been fired—but his lawyer says the decision was unfair and he plans to appeal it. Nathanial Robinson was canned by the Victoria Police Department last week after an internal investigation found he violated... More »

Camel Tramples, Kills 2 ... in Texas

Owner of camel farm had long raised the animals

(Newser) - A "large, aggressive camel" on a farm in Texas trampled the farm's owner and another person to death Saturday, Fox News reports. Officers in Wichita Falls say the bodies of owner Peggye McNair, 72, as well as Mark Mere, 53, were found near a male camel with blood... More »

4 Quakes Shake Dallas Area

Irving quakes centered near old Texas Stadium site

(Newser) - Nerves were jangled and items were jolted off shelves by four earthquakes in North Texas yesterday, but no major damage was reported. All four quakes were centered in the same location in Irving, Dallas County, where there have been 20 quakes reported since October 2014, NBC reports. The four quakes—... More »

Cops: Man Drove 1K Miles to Shoot Girlfriend's Family

Boyfriend shoots girlfriend's stepmom, dad on Christmas morning

(Newser) - Stephen Pollard still can't digest what happened: His 23-year-old son Preston drove more than 1,000 miles from Texas to Florida and allegedly shot his girlfriend's stepmother and her dad before killing himself in his car, WFAA reports. "I know my son," Stephen says of the... More »

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