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Swimmer Scoffs at Gators, Gets Killed by One

It's the first fatal attack in Texas in about 200 years

(Newser) - The sign said: "No Swimming: Alligator." The waitress said: "Please do not go swimming, there's a bigger alligator out here, just please stay out of the water." The swimmer said: "F--- the alligators." And that's how Texas recorded its first alligator death... More »

Kentucky Clerks Blocking All Marriages

Legal experts say they can expect to be sued

(Newser) - Clerks in at least five Kentucky counties are refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and heterosexual couples, citing their beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. "I have always tried to be fair to everyone and treat everyone the same," a clerk tells the... More »

Supreme Court Rules on Texas Abortion Clinics

Abortion-rights advocates say state law will close more clinics

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force about 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 today to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations, refusing to keep them on hold while the clinics... More »

Affirmative-Action Case Will Go Before SCOTUS Again

Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against University of Texas will get 2nd look by court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said today they'll hear for a second time the case of a... More »

Texas AG: Clerks Can Reject Gay Marriage

Paxton says they can follow their religious beliefs

(Newser) - County clerks in Texas with a religious objection to gay marriage should feel free to follow their conscience and not the Supreme Court's landmark ruling , according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In an opinion released yesterday, Paxton said that clerks can refuse to issue licenses to gay couples,... More »

At 70, Woman Finds Out She's White

Verda Byrd says she still identifies as a 'beautiful black woman'

(Newser) - Verda Byrd is, by her own description, a "beautiful black woman" who lived the full "black experience" while growing up in Kansas, per ABC News : She was raised by adoptive black parents, dated black men, and went to black churches and clubs. But in 2013, long after her... More »

No Charges for Vet Accused of Killing Cat With Arrow

There's not sufficient evidence Dr. Kristen Lindsey committed a crime

(Newser) - A Texas veterinarian may have angered a lot of people, but she won't be charged for allegedly killing a cat with an arrow through the head in April. The investigation into Dr. Kristen Lindsey could find no substantial evidence Lindsey committed a crime. Though she posted a photo of... More »

Texas Allows Gay Divorce, Still Outlaws Gay Marriage

Governor calls the court ruling wrong

(Newser) - The Texas Supreme Court upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple today, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place. The court, which is entirely stocked with elected Republicans, ruled in a 5-3... More »

SCOTUS: Texas Doesn't Have to Allow Confederate Plate

Plates are government property, not like bumper stickers

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today upheld Texas' refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag, rejecting a free-speech challenge. The court said in a 5-4 ruling that Texas can limit the content of license plates because they're state property and not the equivalent of bumper stickers. The... More »

Huge Fracking Leak Forced Evacuation in US City

Officials in Arlington, Texas, take Vantage Energy to task

(Newser) - A massive leak of fracking fluid poured into the streets of Arlington, Texas, two months ago and forced the evacuation of a hundred homes. Now city officials have taken Vantage Energy to task for its "unacceptable" handling of the 43,000-gallon spill, WFAA reports. During a city council meeting... More »

Texas to Feds: We Want Our Gold Back

State creating its own Fort Knox

(Newser) - It's an unusual move, and one that smacks of secession to some observers: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill to create a state-run depository to store gold and other precious metals. The facility will be the only state-level one of its kind, and the bill makes it... More »

Cops: Daughter, 13, Drives Drunk Parents From Bar

Very badly

(Newser) - Two parents in Austin, Texas, exercised great judgment in realizing that neither one of them was sober enough to drive home. But then the great judgment fell off a cliff, say police. The couple, out drinking Saturday night with their two kids in tow, gave the keys to the family... More »

Guy Linked to Police HQ Shootup Had Scary Past

James Boulware allegedly threatened to attack 'schools and churches'

(Newser) - The man linked to a violent assault on Dallas police headquarters was accused two years earlier of choking his mother, then fleeing to an East Texas town where schools were locked down out of fear he would attack them as "soft targets," according to accounts from police and... More »

Texans Keep Reporting UFOs That Resemble Something Else

Lenticular clouds do have funny shapes, however

(Newser) - A rash of UFO sightings in Texas is likely caused by certain cloud formations, unless you believe that UFOs disguise themselves as clouds. Several sightings last month garnered media attention, but scientists and meteorologists identified the airborne objects as disc-shaped "lenticular clouds" caused by warm air rising in cooler... More »

Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job

'I commend him,' said Alberto Iber of 99% minority school

(Newser) - North Miami Senior High School is in need of a new principal after its own defended a white police officer's actions during a Texas pool party melee , the Miami Herald reports. Alberto Iber has been reassigned to "administrative duties" (though the Sun-Sentinel reports he resigned) after writing this... More »

Lawyer: Texas Cop Was Having an 'Emotional' Day

She says Eric Casebolt now in hiding

(Newser) - Former McKinney, Texas, police officer Eric Casebolt isn't a racist or a psycho, but he had a very stressful shift before he had to deal with teenagers at a pool party, his lawyer says. She says that before he responded to that call, he had dealt with a call... More »

Court Ruling May Shutter Most Texas Abortion Clinics

After appellate decision, only seven meet new requirements

(Newser) - An appellate court ruling today means that women in rural Texas may have a long drive on their hands if they plan to get an abortion. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state's new rules , which essentially require clinics to have hospital-level building codes, reports the... More »

Texas Cop Resigns After Pool Party Video

Eric Casebolt in McKinney already had been suspended

(Newser) - Officer Eric Casebolt is out of a job. His lawyer tells Fox4News that Casebolt has resigned from the force in McKinney, Texas, after a volatile video emerged of him over the weekend responding to a call from a suburban pool party. In the video, he pins a black teenage girl... More »

Pool Party Teen: Cop Shoved Me, Pulled My Hair

Activists want Cpl. Eric Casebolt fired

(Newser) - Texas police have named the cop suspended after busting up a party at a community pool in McKinney. Eric Casebolt, who appears to pull a 15-year-old girl to the ground before pointing his gun at two teens in a YouTube video, has been put on administrative leave, reports the Dallas ... More »

Texas Cop Suspended After Pool Party Melee

Cop grabbed teenage girl and slammed her to the ground

(Newser) - An explosive video of Texas cops chasing, handcuffing, and cursing at black teenagers has led to one officer being placed on administrative leave, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to police in McKinney, Texas , it began with calls Friday night about teens using a community pool without permission and "... More »

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