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Fatal Fight Between Neighbors on Tape: 'C'mon, Shoot Me!'

Kara Box has cellphone video of confrontation between her late husband, 2 neighbors

(Newser) - Cops say a 37-year-old Texas man was shot dead by two neighbors earlier this month after an argument over a mattress, and now Aaron Howard's common-law wife has video of the confrontation. "People deserve to know what actually happened," Kara Box tells KTXS . See that site or... More »

Pranking McDonald's Pays Off for Friends

It was all about increasing diversity, they say

(Newser) - Payback's a … well, in this case, payback is $50,000. That's what two friends in Texas got after they pranked the McDonald's in Pearland by hanging a poster of themselves in the restaurant to give it some Asian representation, FOX reports. "We were eating at... More »

Texas School Official Explains Move on Helen Keller, Clinton

Dropping them from curriculum is not about politics, says chair of state education board

(Newser) - The Texas State Board of Education has proposed teaching changes that would, among other things, remove Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the curriculum. But in an op-ed at the Washington Post , the chair of the state board pushes back against what she sees as "misguided criticism" of the... More »

Great-Grandma Takes One Shot, Fells Huge Gator

'Don't mess with Nana'

(Newser) - "One shot in the head and he just went under." With that, great-grandmother Judy Cochran had the makings for a pair of alligator boots, or perhaps a closet full of them. "Don't mess with Nana," says Cochran, mayor of Livingston, Texas, where she snagged a... More »

Border Patrol Agent Wanted to 'Eradicate All Prostitutes': Cops

Juan David Ortiz befriended sex workers before murders, say authorities

(Newser) - A Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women over 12 days wanted "to eradicate all the prostitutes," authorities in Laredo, Texas, tell USA Today , and they're not ruling out the possibility of more victims. The bodies of two women had already been found when 35-year-old Juan... More »

5 Most, Least Diverse States

WalletHub considers race, religion, politics, and more

(Newser) - The same three states leading the country in racial diversity also lead the pack when it comes to socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious, and political diversity, according to WalletHub . The site considered a host of metrics from race and language to educational attainment for its ranking of all 50 US... More »

Cops: Border Patrol Cop Went on Killing Spree of Prostitutes

10-year veteran arrested after a 5th woman managed to escape

(Newser) - Texas authorities charged a US Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station. Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was charged... More »

The Vote Is In: Hillary Set to Be Cut From Texas History Lessons

And also Helen Keller, if state Board of Education's vote is finalized in November

(Newser) - The Texas Board of Education says it's trying to "streamline" the social studies curriculum in its public schools, and one way it plans on doing so is by getting rid of two big names from the required learning plan. The Dallas Morning News reports that on Friday, the... More »

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 »

Marine's Midnight Murder Leaves Wife 'Speechless'

No suspects named in Friday shooting in Lemon Grove, Calif.

(Newser) - Alexia Truax married her best friend last spring before giving birth to the couple's son in September. A year later, her world has been turned upside down. "Speechless" is how the 20-year-old Texas resident describes feeling after learning her husband, Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Truax Jr., was fatally... More »

His Girl Drowned While Fishing. Was It an Accident or Murder?

Wendell Lindsey's daughter died in 1990

(Newser) - "I let her down," says Wendell Lindsey of his 10-year-old daughter Jeanette, who drowned on Feb. 27, 1990, despite his attempts to save her. Lindsey was 33 at the time; he's now 62, and serving a life sentence at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit prison in Gatesville,... More »

Cop Says Man Shot in Home Ignored Her Commands

Lawyer slams 'self-serving' affidavit

(Newser) - Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer arrested for fatally shooting a man after she entered the wrong apartment, says Botham Jean ignored her verbal commands. According to an affidavit released Monday, Guyger told investigators that the door of Botham's apartment was unlocked and slightly ajar and it opened when... More »

Dallas Cop Charged Days After Killing Man in Own Apartment

Amber Guyger faces manslaughter charge

(Newser) - A Dallas police officer who killed a man in his home after entering the wrong apartment unit was arrested Sunday night—and the man's relatives, whose lawyer said Officer Amber Guyger was receiving favorable treatment , are wondering why it didn't happen sooner. The 30-year-old officer was arrested on... More »

More 'Sick' Planes Are in the News. This Time It's Measles

Passengers on 4 Southwest flights in Texas warned they may have been exposed to disease

(Newser) - First Emirates , then American , and now Southwest. All three airlines this week have had passengers or crew stricken by illness, and the latest episode involves the measles. NBC DFW reports that Southwest Airlines is working with the CDC to get in touch with passengers who were on four Southwest flights... More »

Man Crashes Into Dallas TV Station, Rants About 'Treason'

Suspect arrested at FOX4 building

(Newser) - A pickup truck smashing into a Dallas newsroom did nothing to stop reporters from doing their jobs early Wednesday. Per FOX4 , a male was heard ranting about "high treason" after he repeatedly drove a truck into the building shortly after 6am, shattering floor-to-ceiling windows. The man, who mentioned a... More »

Beto vs. Ted Keeps Getting More Interesting in Texas

Challenger O'Rourke's national profile is growing, thanks in part to his old days in a band

(Newser) - The race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke in Texas is emerging as one of the must-watch races of the midterms. Cruz, of course, is the Republican incumbent hoping to keep his Senate seat, while O'Rourke is a 45-year-old three-term congressman mounting a surprisingly strong challenge. A new... More »

Texas Police Learn Identity of Woman in Odd Doorbell Video

32-year-old is a domestic violence victim

(Newser) - Police aren't releasing a name, but they say they've identified the woman captured ringing the doorbell of a Montgomery County, Texas, home in the middle of the night last Friday; surveillance video showed her wearing only a shirt and what appeared to be wrist restraints. It turns out... More »

Anti-Vaxxer Nurse Fired for Post About Measles Patient

It included 'protected health information,' says Texas Children's Hospital

(Newser) - A Texas Children's Hospital nurse is out of a job after posting about a toddler who tested positive for measles on an anti-vaccination Facebook page. Identifying herself as a "nonvaxxer" on a since-removed page called Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children-Texas, the woman wrote Friday that she'd seen... More »

My 600-lb Life Star Dies at 50

Lisa Fleming is 'no longer in pain, stuck in that bed' daughter says

(Newser) - The daughter of a TLC reality star bears sad news about her mom. TMZ reports 50-year-old Lisa Fleming, who appeared on the network's My 600-lb Life in the winter, died on Thursday. Deadline reports Fleming died at her home in Texas, of unknown causes. Danielle Fleming posted about her... More »

Cops: Bank Teller's Signal Led to Violent Robbery Attempt

Houston police say woman alerted accomplices who tried to steal $75K withdrawal

(Newser) - A woman withdrew $75,000 in cash from a Houston bank minutes before she was brutally attacked at her family's gas station, where she runs a check-cashing business. It was no coincidence, according to police, who say a 25-year-old Wallis State Bank employee was involved. Police allege Shelby Taylor... More »

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