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Group Posts Addresses of 'Muslim Sympathizers'

Days earlier, members held an armed rally outside a Texas mosque

(Newser) - The group responsible for an armed anti-Muslim protest at a Dallas-area mosque last weekend posted a list containing the names and addresses of dozens of Muslims and "Muslim sympathizers" to Facebook on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to the Huffington Post , the list contained personal information about... More »

Deadly Weather Hits Central US for Holiday Weekend

At least 6 people have been reported dead since Thursday

(Newser) - Deadly weather hit the central US at the beginning of the holiday weekend, with at least six people reported dead across multiple states as of Friday morning. WFAA reports four fatalities due to heavy flooding in north Texas. One body was pulled from a submerged Hyundai after the driver apparently... More »

Teen's Disappearance May Be Solved After 25 Years

Remains linked to Rosemary Diaz found 2 miles from where she was last seen

(Newser) - Rosemary Diaz was just 15 when she vanished while working at a country store just a half-mile from her home in Texas' Wharton County on Nov. 24, 1990. Police were unable to solve her disappearance even after the case appeared on America's Most Wanted, but new evidence suggests the... More »

Mom, Boyfriend Arrested in Toddler's Oven Death

They left 4 young kids home alone to go for pizza

(Newser) - The mother of a 19-month-old who died a horrific death after being left at home with three siblings may be in jail when her next baby arrives. Racqual Thompson, who is 8 1/2 months pregnant, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with child endangerment, along with boyfriend Cornell Malone, reports... More »

Planned Parenthood Is Suing Texas

The state is trying to block Medicaid dollars

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, this time against Texas, where the organization says health care access to 13,500 women is on the line. Federal courts have so far halted similar attempts in Arkansas,... More »

'Clock Kid' Wants $15M and Some Apologies

Ahmed Mohamed's family threatens civil lawsuit

(Newser) - The family of "clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed hasn't exactly forgotten about his arrest in September . Their lawyer today sent letters to the city hall and school district of Irving, Texas, threatening to file a civil lawsuit within 60 days unless they receive apologies and $15 million in payments,... More »

Thousands of Texans Have Tried to Give Selves Abortions

Among at-home methods: booze, drugs, 'getting hit or punched in the abdomen'

(Newser) - "It was the worst cramping I've ever had and probably one of the worst pains I've gone through. And … there's always that slight uncertainty of ... I don't really know what I'm doing." This interview with a 24-year-old Texas woman, part of a... More »

Police: Man Befriended Campers, Then Killed Them

Victims were a family celebrating a 24th birthday

(Newser) - William Hudson helped a family of seven get their vehicle unstuck from mud Saturday at an East Texas campsite and hung out with them for a bit, the AP reports. "Then something went wrong," Sheriff Greg Taylor tells the Corsicana Daily Sun . According to the AP, Hudson allegedly... More »

6 Found Dead in Campsite Massacre

Guy who lived next door is the main suspect

(Newser) - Six people were killed at a Texas campsite and a suspect has been arrested and charged in the weekend homicides, authorities said Monday. Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says the bodies were found in rural Anderson County, southeast of Dallas. William Hudson, 33, is charged with one murder count and... More »

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Major Abortion Case

For the first time since 2007

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come by late... More »

'Person of Interest' in Judge's Shooting Arrested

He was picked up on unrelated charge in Houston

(Newser) - Police in Houston have arrested a man described as a "person of interest" in Friday night's attempted assassination of Judge Julie Kocurek, according to the Austin Police Department. The arrest was on "unrelated charges," according to a brief statement from the department. Sources tell the Austin ... More »

Texas Crash Victim's Last Words: 'I'm Not a Pilot'

His 2013 death was ruled an accident this week

(Newser) - "I'm not a pilot." Those were the last words of a vacationing Englishman moments before he crashed a WWII-era P-51 Mustang into the sea outside Galveston, Texas, in 2013, the Telegraph reports. John Busby was vacationing with his wife for their 41st wedding anniversary when he paid... More »

Texas Judge Shot Outside Her Home

It appears she was targeted in connection with her work

(Newser) - A Texas judge was shot outside of her Austin home Friday night, and an initial investigation appears to show she was targeted, KXAN reports. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Judge Julie Kocurek—the presiding felony judge for Travis County—had just arrived home with a number of other people when... More »

Texas Sheriff Trying to ID Girl Strangled 35 Years Ago

She was found naked on side of highway in Huntsville

(Newser) - Thirty-five years ago on Halloween, a young woman showed up in Huntsville, Texas, asking for directions to the Texas Department of Corrections' Ellis Prison Farm. The next morning, on Nov. 1, 1980, a passing trucker spotted her body on the side of the highway, reports ABC13 . Likely aged 15 to... More »

Texas to Decide: Do Homeschooled Kids Need to Learn?

Case could have broad implications for homeschooling families

(Newser) - Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle dealership she ran with her husband and other relatives. Now the family is embroiled in a legal battle the Texas Supreme Court hears this week that could have broad... More »

At Least 5 Dead in Severe Texas Flooding

Intense rain hit areas around Austin, San Antonio, and Houston

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after intense flooding Friday and Saturday in Texas, the AP reports. Heavy rain started in the Austin and San Antonio areas Friday before hitting Houston with up to 8 inches early Saturday. Two bodies were found in the Houston area, one in a flooded... More »

Judge's Get-Out- of-Jail-Free Card: Get Married

Not everyone loves Randall Rogers' peculiar form of Texas justice

(Newser) - Those who saw the story over the summer of the Texas judge who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend to avoid jail may have thought it was a weird one-off judgment—but it turns out that may be Randall Rogers' default consequence for unwed couples in his courtroom, KLTV... More »

Student Claims Teacher Forced Class to Admit God Isn't Real

District says her story is more fiction than fact

(Newser) - "Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real," Texas seventh-grader Jordan Wooley told the Katy school board Monday. The Houston Chronicle reports Jordan was complaining about a critical-thinking skills assignment in which students were tasked with... More »

Texas Flooding Derails Train, Crew Members Rescued

The area had nearly 2 feet of rain in 24 hours

(Newser) - Two crew members had to be rescued when flooding in Texas overturned a 64-car Union Pacific freight train on its way to Houston early Saturday morning, NBC News reports. Navarro County, where the train was derailed around 3:30am local time, had received nearly 2 feet of rain in 24... More »

'Monster' Hurricane Nearing Mexico May Be 'Catastrophic'

Patricia most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in Western Hemisphere

(Newser) - Hurricane Patricia may turn out to be "the most devastating storm to ever hit Mexico," and millions of residents have been told to prep for a "worst-case scenario," reports NBC News . It's the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, with maximum sustained... More »

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