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Texas Rules Fetal Remains Must Be Buried, Cremated

Whether they're from miscarriages or abortions, no matter the gestational age

(Newser) - Texas women came forward earlier this month to tell their miscarriage and abortion stories to fend off proposed new funerary rules for embryonic and fetal tissue, but sharing their experiences apparently fell short of the mark. Per state health officials, starting Dec. 19, hospitals, abortion clinics, and other facilities will... More »

GOP Elector Quits, Says Trump Not 'Biblically Qualified'

Art Sisneros of Texas says he felt he had no choice but to step down

(Newser) - There's been talk of "faithless electors" trying to overturn the Electoral College vote on Dec. 19 that presumably will fall in Donald Trump's favor, but one Texas elector has so much faith that he's taking a different route, per the Houston Chronicle : He's resigning his... More »

A 'Likely' First in Texas: Zika Spread by Local Mosquito

Lone Star State would join Florida in having local transmission cases

(Newser) - Texas health officials knew it was "only a matter of time," and that time has arrived, they now say: The state has logged its first case of Zika likely spread by a local mosquito, the Guardian reports. This news puts Texas alongside Florida as the only other state... More »

Passenger Jumps From Plane After Landing in Houston

She won't face charges, police say

(Newser) - Seasoned passengers say they'd never seen anything like it: A female passenger at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport opened an emergency door and jumped 15 feet to the ground via the wing after the plane landed Monday afternoon, NBC-DFW reports. The United Airlines flight from New Orleans had landed... More »

One Courageous Marine Died While Another Deceived

'Marines don't behave like this,' says Casey Owens' sister of Brandon Blackstone's fraud

(Newser) - "Marines don't behave like this." That's the disgusted assertion of Lezleigh Owens Kleibrink, whose late brother, Casey Owens, was an actual celebrated Marine—and whose identity was more or less assumed by a man who claimed most of Owens' achievements as his own. WFAA reports on... More »

Texas Trooper Injured by Gunfire From Mexico

Federal agent was also hit

(Newser) - A Texas state trooper was wounded on the Texas-Mexico border when a bullet apparently strayed from a gun battle on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper suffered a leg wound in the Friday afternoon incident, the AP reports. The trooper... More »

Texas: Women Convicted of Raping Girls Were Innocent

The 'San Antonio 4' are exonerated

(Newser) - "Excited" and "happy" is how the San Antonio Four are feeling after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals officially exonerated them of child sexual abuse on Wednesday after a 20-year fight. Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera, and Anna Vasquez were declared innocent after being wrongfully convicted of... More »

Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Says Victim Promised Her a Baby

Yesenia Sesmas claims she had a deal

(Newser) - A Texas woman accused of fatally shooting a new mom and kidnapping her baby has told police she did so because the child had been promised to her, reports KWCH . Suspect Yesenia Sesmas, 34 is a former co-worker of 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, who was found dead in her Wichita home... More »

Police 'Ambush' Suspect Was Upset Over Custody Battle

'I lashed out at someone who didn't deserve it'

(Newser) - The suspect arrested in the ambush shooting of a San Antonio police detective says he was angry about a child custody battle and "lashed out at somebody who didn't deserve it." Otis Tyrone McKane was being led by police to the Bexar County Jail late Monday when... More »

Suspect in Cop Killing Was in Police HQ Before Attack: Chief

'I think uniform was the target': San Antonio police chief on gunning down of Detective Benjamin Marconi

(Newser) - A man thought to have gunned down a San Antonio police officer —one of four cop shootings over a 24-hour period this weekend—came into the police department's downtown headquarters just hours before the Sunday morning ambush, MySanAntonio.com reports. SAPD Chief William McManus said at a Monday... More »

4 Different Cities, 4 Different Cop Shootings in One Day

Sunday saw officer killed, 3 wounded, with 3 of the shootings apparently targeted

(Newser) - It was a tough Sunday for law enforcement across the country, with four separate shootings leaving one police officer dead and three wounded, CBS News reports. And three of the attacks appear to have targeted their victims, authorities say: Detective Benjamin Marconi in San Antonio, Texas, was killed while writing... More »

Biggest-Ever US Oil Find Made

USGS says Texas formation could hold 20B barrels

(Newser) - Things are bigger in Texas, especially oil deposits: The United States Geological Survey announced this week that its assessment of the Wolfcamp formation in West Texas has identified the largest continuous oil and gas deposit ever found in the US, Bloomberg reports. The USGS says the formation holds 20 billion... More »

Chili's Manager Takes Away Vet's Free Veterans Day Meal

Manager says other customers raised doubts about his service

(Newser) - The parent company of Chili's says it wants to make things right after a veteran had his free meal taken away on Veterans Day, the AP reports. Ernest Walker posted a video to Facebook on Friday of a manager taking away his meal at a Chili's in the... More »

Texas Women: Don't Make Us Bury Miscarried Fetuses

New rules would require burial of all fetal tissue

(Newser) - If proposed new rules are put into place in Texas, all embryonic and fetal tissue will need to be buried or cremated—whether after an abortion, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy. On Wednesday, during the Texas Department of Health Services' second public hearing on the proposed rules, women came forward to... More »

Teen's Body Found Days After Mom, Sister Slain

Kirsten Fritch's boyfriend, Jesse Dobbs, is expected to be charged

(Newser) - The body of a 16-year-old Texas girl missing since Tuesday—after her mother and sister were found murdered in their Baytown home—has been discovered. A search team found Kirsten Fritch's body Thursday morning in a wooded area not far from the Texas City bar where her boyfriend was... More »

Body of Missing Texas 10-Year-Old Found in Well

Police say Kayla Gomez Orozco was murdered by a family member

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Kayla Gomez Orozco has been found dead after a four-day search, the Dallas Morning News reports. A family member, 24-year-old Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, has been charged with murder. Kayla went missing Tuesday night near Tyler, Texas, triggering an Amber Alert and a regional search. The search was called off on... More »

Earnhardt Jr. Decides Speeding Full-Time Is His Thing

Gets pulled over in Texas on the way to the racetrack

(Newser) - Some people just can't leave work at the office. Take Dale Earnhardt Jr., for instance, who was pulled over for speeding Sunday on his way to the Texas Motor Speedway, the Charlotte Observer reports. His girlfriend, Amy Reimann, was in the car with him— Sporting News says he was... More »

Famed Pianist's Wife Ruled Unfit for Murder Trial

She's accused of smothering 2 young daughters

(Newser) - Sofya Tsygankova, the estranged wife of famed Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, has been declared unfit to stand trial for the murder of the couple's two young daughters earlier this year. NBC reports that a Texas judge has ordered the 32-year-old to spend 120 days in a mental health facility... More »

Golfers Swing at Clinton, Trump at Texas Driving Range

A 'touch of fun in this stressful election'

(Newser) - Stressed voters can swing at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at a driving range in Texas where photos of the presidential candidates are displayed as targets for speeding golf balls, the AP reports. Alpine Target Golf Center in Longview has hung the portraits on round hay bales since late October.... More »

Cops: Woman Hits Police Car While Taking 'Topless Selfie'

The Texas A&M freshman also allegedly had an open bottle of wine in her SUV

(Newser) - A Texas A&M student was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly crashed into a police car while taking a "topless selfie" for her boyfriend, KAGS reports. According to the Eagle , the cruiser was parked in the street with its emergency lights flashing when it was rear-ended by an SUV.... More »

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