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Floods Roll Through Texas, Okla., Kill Firefighter

Heavy rains also force evacuations

(Newser) - Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma this morning. Rogers County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Hudson says a firefighter in the northeast Oklahoma town of Claremore died early... More »

After Kids Succeed, Texas Teacher Eats Worms

Teachers step up to the plate, do 'gross but awesome' things

(Newser) - "It kind of made me want to throw up. But it was pretty awesome." That from a 10-year-old student at Clements/Parsons Elementary School who was marveling over what her teachers in Copperas Cove, Texas, did last Thursday. Namely, they fulfilled a bet: If their fourth- and fifth-grade students... More »

US Civil War Didn't End at Appomattox

The Battle of Palmito Ranch really brought it to an end

(Newser) - It's common knowledge that the four bloody, thunderous years of the American Civil War came to a solemn end when Southern Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox—but it's not true. The final land battle of the war wasn't fought... More »

Storm Wrecks Texas Town, Hurts 26

Severe weather stretches across state

(Newser) - About two dozen people were injured and some homes were destroyed after a severe storm struck the small town of Van in northeast Texas, an emergency management official says. The storm, which the National Weather Service said likely produced a tornado, hit the east side of Van Zandt County and... More »

Chlamydia Outbreak Stuns Texas High School

School's only sex-ed offers lessons in abstinence

(Newser) - School officials have declared an outbreak of chlamydia at a high school in Crane County, Texas, where the only sex-ed course is legally required to emphasize abstinence. School district officials sent out letters to parents last week warning that 20 of Crane High School's 300 students have come down... More »

Top Texas Lawman: Snoop a 'Dope Smoking Cop Hater'

He wasn't happy about trooper's photo with rapper

(Newser) - Texas' chief law enforcement official called Snoop Dogg a "dope smoking cop hater" before reprimanding a state trooper who posed for a picture with the rapper, according to emails made public yesterday. Snoop Dogg posted a photo to Instagram with Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears in March... More »

Pentagon: Truly, We Promise Not to Invade Texas

Spokesman debunks still-growing rumors about Jade Helm 15

(Newser) - If you haven't heard of the paranoia fest known as Jade Helm 15 yet, yesterday's announcement from the Pentagon might seem a little weird: It swears it doesn't plan to take over Texas and impose martial law. A spokesman felt compelled to officially tamp down those rumors,... More »

ISIS Claims Its First Attack on US Soil

Garland, Texas, shooters 'soldiers of the caliphate'

(Newser) - ISIS is claiming responsibility for an attack at a center near Dallas that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. An audio statement on the extremist group's al-Bayan radio station says that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the Sunday night attack; both men, identified yesterday... More »

2nd Muhammad Cartoon Shooter Identified

Nadir Soofi, 34, was apparently roommates with Elton Simpson

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials have identified the second shooter at the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, yesterday but say they don't know too much about him, CNN reports. Unlike the first identified shooter— 30-year-old Elton Simpson —Nadir Soofi, 34, hadn't already attracted the FBI's... More »

Shooting Suspect IDed, Linked to #TexasAttack Tweet

Elton Simpson may have foreshadowed shootout over Muhammad exhibit

(Newser) - One of the gunmen killed in the attack last night on the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, has been identified as 30-year-old Elton Simpson, an Arizona man convicted in 2010 of lying to the FBI, ABC News reports; the agency feared he was headed to Africa to... More »

2 Shot Dead Outside Texas 'Draw Muhammad' Event

Suspects opened fire in parking lot, were killed by police

(Newser) - Police shot two suspects dead after they allegedly opened fire outside a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, yesterday evening. The suspects were shot in the parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center after getting out of their vehicle around the time that the controversial event inside was scheduled to... More »

Texas to Deploy Troops to Monitor US Military

Governor accused of 'pandering to idiots'

(Newser) - The US military says its seven-state Operation Jade Helm 15 this summer will be a training drill for special forces—but Gov. Greg Abbott appears to have his doubts. Amid online conspiracy theories that the operation is an excuse for President Obama to impose martial law on Texas and put... More »

3 Hours Before Execution, Texas Killer Gets Stay

New DNA test to focus on metal shank used to kill prison guard

(Newser) - A Texas inmate on death row had his execution stayed yesterday just three hours before it was scheduled to be carried out. Robert Pruett, initially sentenced to 99 years in prison as an accomplice to a 1995 murder when he was 15, was then sentenced to death in 2002 over... More »

Texas Remedy for Skipping School: Send Teens to Jail

BuzzFeed finds at least 1K jailed over the last 3 years on charges related to truancy

(Newser) - High school students in Texas who make a habit of ditching school aren't just risking the wrath of an angry principal, they're going to jail. Actual, adult jail. A BuzzFeed investigation finds that more than 1,000 teens have been ordered to prison in the last three years... More »

Mislabeled Chemical Blamed in Aquarium Die-Off

14% of Texas State Aquarium's population killed

(Newser) - Aquarium workers thought they were treating tanks at the Texas State Aquarium with trichlorfon, a chemical that can be safely used to deal with a parasite that had invaded the tanks. But fish soon began dying , and now the aquarium's CEO says "preliminary results indicate that it was... More »

Problems Multiply for Vet Who Bragged of Cat-Killing

Kristen Lindsey being investigated by State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

(Newser) - The problems are multiplying for the Texas veterinarian who boasted about killing a cat with a bow and arrow . Dr. Kristen Lindsey has already lost her job at a clinic in Brenham and she's now being investigated by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, according to KBTX... More »

Big Problems for Veterinarian Who Boasted of Killing Cat

Kristen Lindsey was fired from her job, the matter is under investigation

(Newser) - A Texas veterinarian has lost her job after posting a Facebook photo on Wednesday night of what she described as her "first bow kill"—an apparently dead cat with an arrow through its head. KBTX reports Dr. Kristen Lindsey has since taken down her Facebook account, but the... More »

Texas Aquarium Accidentally Kills Scores of Fish

They think a chemical added to water to kill parasite may be behind deaths

(Newser) - "A truly sad fluke." That's how spokesman Richard E. Glover Jr. describes this week's events at the Texas State Aquarium, where nearly all the fish held in its two largest indoor tanks died following an effort to rid their waters of a "particularly difficult" parasite.... More »

'A Female Shouldn't Be President,' Says Female CEO

Cheryl Rios cites 'hormones,' 'biblical sound reasoning'

(Newser) - Cheryl Rios is the CEO of Dallas-based Go Ape Marketing , but some are saying her views on leadership are as primitive as her company's moniker. Rios recently made it clear on Facebook that she doesn't support Hillary Clinton as president—but it's not just Clinton herself that... More »

Underage Teen Avoids Ticket via Rock, Paper, Scissors

Officer threw scissors, is now in hot water

(Newser) - Call it justice, Texas-style. An alleged underage drinker at a College Station music festival got herself out of trouble by beating an officer in a game of rock, paper, scissors. The encounter was captured in a Vine that opens with "you're free to go," suggesting that what... More »

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