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Texas Executes Woman Who Starved, Tortured Boy

Lisa Coleman guilty in 9-year-old's death

(Newser) - A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed this evening. Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection after the Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24pm local time,... More »

Texas Executes Killer After Appeals Fail

Supreme Court opts not to stop lethal injection of Willie Trottie

(Newser) - Texas today executed a man for killing his ex-girlfriend and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston. Willie Trottie's lethal injection was carried out about 90 minutes after the Supreme Court rejected his last-day appeals. Trottie, 45, contended he had poor legal help at his trial and... More »

Wendy Davis Reveals Abortion in Memoir

Defender of abortion rights discloses decision made on medical grounds

(Newser) - Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis ' new memoir is dedicated in part to daughters Amber, Dru, and Tate, and those familiar with Davis' life story might be puzzled by the last name on that list. That's because Davis is revealing for the first time that Tate is the unborn... More »

Oil Tanker 'Vanishes' With $100M Cargo

Kurdish ship carries crude that may legally belong to Iraq

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports. Headed for Galveston, the United Kalavyrvta was anchored at least 60 miles off-shore when it vanished from radar screens. The ship's haul fell under... More »

Judge Halts Texas Abortion Law Targeting Clinics

Restrictions create 'an impermissible obstacle' to women, judge says

(Newser) - A federal judge today threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. US District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Gov. Rick Perry... More »

Found at Goodwill: Human Skull

Detectives investigating the mysterious donation in Texas

(Newser) - Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. A homicide detective says that foul play is not suspected and that he just wants to know how the adult skull came to be left at the Goodwill store.... More »

Rick Perry Booked on Felony Charges

Governor has his mugshot taken, vows to be vindicated

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiled for his police mugshot and promised to be vindicated on abuse-of-power charges today. Perry turned himself in at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on the felony accusations, reports Reuters . “I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law," he... More »

Rick Perry Has to Have Mugshot Taken

But even the 'New York Times' editorial board thinks the charges are a joke

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be spared the indignity of an arrest warrant over his indictment on abuse-of-power charges, but he still must have his mugshot taken, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "He's going to have to be processed like every other person who is charged with a... More »

To Get Jailed With Beau, Woman Stole $4 Wine: Cops

If nothing else, it's an inventive solution for separated lovers

(Newser) - Move over, Romeo and Juliet: Texas brings us the tale of star-crossed lover Alicia Walicke, whose boyfriend the AP reports is the current resident of one of the nation's fine penal institutions. Her solution to their separation, as per the cops who busted her Wednesday? Steal a bottle of... More »

Rick Perry: Abuse of Power Indictment Is Abuse of Power

Says it's 'outrageous' and vows to fight it

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today that the indictment against him was an "outrageous" abuse of power and vowed to fight it. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I cannot and will not allow that to happen," Perry said at a news... More »

Rick Perry Indicted for 'Abusing His Powers'

Texas governor indicted for carrying out veto threat

(Newser) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry today for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption—making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century. A special prosecutor spent... More »

809-Pound Shark Fed to Poor, Homeless

Cook breaded and baked it, 'most people really enjoyed it'

(Newser) - An 809-pound tiger shark caught in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month has been cooked and served to more than 90 poor and homeless Texans. Timon's Ministries in Corpus Christi set up the donation of about 75 pounds of shark meat. Executive director Kae Berry tells the San ... More »

Texas Considers Alcohol Sales at Gun Shows

Texas State Rifle Association leader calls idea 'confusing'

(Newser) - Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced the proposal yesterday. It will hold a 30-day public comment period before any change is made. The... More »

Fitness May Fight Depression in Girls

Fit sixth-graders less likely to be depressed seventh-graders

(Newser) - The more fit a child is, the less likely he or she is to suffer from depression, a new study suggests. That's especially true for girls, according to researchers from the University of North Texas, who found a link among middle schoolers. The findings, which have yet to appear... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits Southern Beachgoers

Several deaths reported

(Newser) - Not long after Florida warned beachgoers to be careful, new reports are emerging of tourists suffering from flesh-eating bacteria. The Weather Channel points to reports of at least three deaths in the state this year, while others have suffered from Vibrio Vulnificus in Alabama and Texas. A Georgia man ended... More »

Guy Emailing Kid Porn Busted by ... Google

Big Brother is watching your email for illegal images

(Newser) - When registered Texas sex offender John Henry Skillern, 41, allegedly tried to email a pornographic image of a young girl to a friend, Google was watching with its email scanning software. "I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," a detective... More »

Firearms Instructor Shoots Himself During Gun Lesson

11-year police veteran was teaching family members

(Newser) - If making mistakes is best way to learn, Texas firearms instructor Sgt. Heath Vanek gave his family members a great lesson last month. The Hewitt Police Department officer was teaching them to shoot, and while showing them how to clear the chamber of a jammed semi-automatic … he shot himself... More »

Cops: Killer Heir Pees on Candy in Drug Store

Millionaire Robert Durst, 71, charged in Houston incident

(Newser) - Here’s something you don’t see every day—a multimillionaire peeing on a candy display in a CVS. That’s what Robert Durst is accused of doing Sunday in the upscale Texas shopping district Rice Village, KHOU reports. "He got his prescription, paid for it, exposed himself, urinated... More »

Inmates Trapped, Hurt When Texas Prison Roof Collapses

Most of the 19 injured suffered just cuts and bruises

(Newser) - Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals. One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after today's collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles northeast... More »

Texas Actress Gets 18 Years in Obama Ricin Threats

Shannon Richardson had tried to frame estranged husband

(Newser) - A Texas woman who had minor roles in The Walking Dead and the The Blind Side was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Michael Bloomberg. A judge sentenced Shannon Guess Richardson , 36, in federal court in Texarkana on a federal charge... More »

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