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Video Shows Guy Skip TSA Security, Board Plane

Damarias Cockerham walked through an unused metal detector in Dallas

(Newser) - He didn't have a ticket, or even ID, yet a 25-year-old man was able to board a plane in Dallas last July. Authorities say Damarias Cockerham, caught on surveillance video , walked through a security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport "without being stopped by a TSA agent" and... More »

Shooting at Texas Apartment Complex Kills 4

Shooter is among the dead; 'no further threat to the public,' police say

(Newser) - A shooting at a Texas apartment complex on Saturday left four people dead including the suspected shooter, reports the AP . Bastrop Police Det. Vicky Steffanic said at a news briefing that the dead were one man, two women, and a child. Another child was taken to a hospital with injuries... More »

Video Shows Violent Arrest of Texas Schoolteacher

White officer tells Breaion King that black people are 'violent' and 'intimidating'

(Newser) - Twenty-six-year-old elementary school teacher Breaion King was pulled over for driving 15mph over the speed limit in Austin, Texas, NBC News reports. Moments later, she was being pulled from her car by officer Bryan Richter and thrown to the ground—twice. According to the Austin American-Statesman , the incident happened in... More »

Top 6 US Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

Austin is No. 1

(Newser) - Some cities are better than others when it comes to offering opportunities to young entrepreneurs. MoneyRates.com has ranked the best ones based on population growth, educational level, taxes, and how many of these workers are already bringing home a nice paycheck. The Lone Star State gets more than one... More »

Federal Court Guts Voter ID Law in Texas

It must be watered down before the November election

(Newser) - A big win for the White House and critics of voter ID laws: A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas' strict law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections. The ruling was a striking election-year victory for President Obama's administration, which... More »

Couple Married 58 Years Die Hand-in-Hand

'I just can't believe something like this would ever happen'

(Newser) - A few months after suffering a stroke, George Rodriquez died July 5 with his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years grasping his hand. Three hours later, Ora Lee Rodriquez was dead, too. It's like something out of The Notebook, daughter Corina Martinez tells Fox 29 . "I... More »

Dallas Chief's Stevie Wonder Speech Resonates

Chief David Brown delivered soulful tribute at memorial service

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a stirring call for unity at Tuesday's memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, but the city's top cop's soulful tribute is the one getting the most attention. Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited lyrics from Stevie Wonder's "As," explaining... More »

Texas Beauty Queen Forced to Return Crown

Miss Corpus Christi Latina had checkered past

(Newser) - From scandal to lawsuits to a dethroning, it's safe to say that the inaugural year of the Corpus Christi Latina beauty pageant was not an unqualified success. Acirema Alayeto, Miss America Latina's national director, says Caitlin Cifuentes has had her crown revoked and has been replaced by runner-up... More »

Texas Governor Badly Burned in Accident

Greg Abbott kept injuries quiet for days after Dallas shootings

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was hiding a painful secret when he spoke to the media after last week's shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas. The governor suffered severe burns on both of his legs in an accident while vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., several hours before the... More »

Police Chief: Dallas Sniper Had 'Devastating' Plans

Micah Johnson 'thought what he was doing was righteous'

(Newser) - Dallas sniper Micah Johnson had plans for even greater mayhem than the murder of five police officers , Dallas Police Chief David Brown revealed in a CNN interview Sunday. The chief says bomb-making materials and a journal found at the 25-year-old's home signal that he had plans for an attack... More »

Inmates Bust Out of Cell to Save Jailer's Life

Texas prisoners saw him keel over

(Newser) - Eight inmates in Parker County, Texas busted out of a holding cell to save the life of the guy who put them there. Inmate Nick Kelton tells WFAA that after the guard at the District Courts building keeled over from an apparent heart attack, the prisoners shouted for help and... More »

Slain DART Officer Was a Newlywed

Brent Thompson remarried 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - Just two weeks after her wedding day, Brent Thompson's bride is now a widow. Thompson, 43, was one of five police officers shot and killed in Dallas on Thursday and the first Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer killed in the line of duty since the agency was created in... More »

Bomb-Detonating Robot Killed Dallas Suspect: PD

And other updates from Thursday's shooting

(Newser) - Details continue to emerge regarding Thursday night's police shooting in Dallas , with Mayor Mike Rawlings calling it a "heartbreaking morning," per the Dallas Morning News . Of note:
  • At least 14 people in total were shot at the police brutality protest, Rawlings confirmed, per WFAA : The death toll
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Civilian Shot in Dallas Protected Son From Bullets

Shetamia Taylor was wounded in right leg after throwing her body on top of 15-year-old son

(Newser) - Five police officers are dead and at least seven were injured after a shooting in Dallas Thursday night during a rally against police brutality, but at least one civilian was also injured during the attack—and she was hurt while trying to protect one of her children, her sister tells... More »

Photo Intern Takes Powerful Image at Dallas Hospital

Pain of shooting's aftermath is evident in photo by Ting Shen

(Newser) - "I was by the hospital on the sidewalk, and when I stared into the entrance, I heard some sobbing." That's Ting Shen's description, via NPR , of the scene at Baylor University Medical Center after Thursday night's shooting in Dallas , which left five police officers dead... More »

Dallas Shooter Killed After Cops' Deadliest Day Since 9/11

It was 'like a little war,' witness says of assault during protest

(Newser) - A standoff in downtown Dallas that followed the fatal shooting of five police officers has ended with one suspect's death. CBS News reports that the suspect—who vowed to hurt more law enforcement officers, told negotiators "the end is coming," and claimed there were bombs planted "... More »

Cops: 3 Suspects in Custody After Dallas Shootings

Another is still exchanging fire with police

(Newser) - Three suspects are now in custody after the killing of five police officers during a protest Thursday night, and a fourth suspect is still exchanging fire with police, Dallas Police Chief David Brown says. The chief says the suspect has told negotiators he plans to hurt more officers and has... More »

11 Cops Shot, 5 Killed During Dallas Protest

One suspect in custody after shootout

(Newser) - Five police officers have been killed and at least six injured in what Mayor Mike Rawlings calls a "heartbreaking moment for the city of Dallas." Police say the officers were shot "ambush-style" by at least two snipers in elevated positions during a march to protest police shootings... More »

Teen Loses Leg, Maybe Sight From DIY 'Sparkler Bomb'

15-year-old Texas boy tied nearly 200 sparklers together before lighting them

(Newser) - Even a single sparkler on the Fourth of July can cause harm —and a Texas teen learned they're even more dangerous when you tie a bunch of them together, NBC News reports. Rowdy Radford, 15, was at his aunt's home in Sargent on Saturday when he decided... More »

Texas Gov Says No 'Texit,' Tries to Cash in on Brexit

Greg Abbott announces ad buy inviting UK companies to Lone Star state

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott isn't on board with a "Texit," but is seizing a chance to take advantage of Brexit. Abbott announced Saturday the state will run digital ads on British websites over the July 4th weekend urging companies to "declare independence from high taxes" and... More »

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