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Dallas Officer Dies Day After Being Shot at Home Depot

Armando Luis Juarez has been arrested in the shooting

(Newser) - A 27-year-old Dallas police officer died Wednesday after being shot the day prior at a Home Depot in Lake Highlands. The Morning News identifies the officer as Rogelio Santander. He'd been called to the store around 4pm by a cop who was working an off-duty job there and noticed... More »

Revenge Porn Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Meanwhile, the first lawsuit has been filed under New York's similar law

(Newser) - A Texas appeals court says a state law that punishes those who post intimate images from previous or current relationships online without consent is unconstitutional. Per the AP , the 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler ruled Wednesday that the revenge porn law violates the US Constitution by restricting expression... More »

Teacher on Leave After 'Gross' Slavery Assignment

Worksheet at Texas charter school asked students to list both negative and positive aspects of slavery

(Newser) - When Roberto Livar's wife picked up their son Wednesday from Great Hearts Monte Vista charter school in San Antonio, Texas, the 8th-grader was "distraught" over an assignment in history class, Livar tells KABB . The worksheet he completed was entitled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,"... More »

Grandma Who Allegedly Killed Lookalike Found at Texas Bar

Lois Riess apprehended Thursday night

(Newser) - Lois Riess' time on the run has come to an end. The Minnesota grandmother is accused of killing her husband at their Blooming Prairie home in late March and then murdering Pamela Hutchinson, a woman who bore a resemblance to her , earlier this month in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. A... More »

Researchers Gave Baboons a Tool. They Used It to Escape

4 baboons are quickly recovered in Texas after using a barrel to gain freedom

(Newser) - Animal researchers saw the 55-pound barrel as an "enrichment tool." Baboons, to whom it was given, apparently saw only a means for escape. Indeed, four baboons briefly escaped the Texas Biomedical Research Institute Saturday after propping a barrel against a wall of their open-air enclosure and using it... More »

Mom's Obituary Helps Feds Catch 1981 Prison Escapee

He walked away from 9-year sentence

(Newser) - Investigators say a woman's obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison. The US Marshals Service says 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident Thursday at an office in Houston where he worked under a pseudonym, the AP... More »

He Got Full Rides to 20 Schools. TV Anchors Called It 'Ridiculous'

Some say DC journos were racially motivated in remarks about Michael Brown

(Newser) - One might think a high school senior called the "best thing in Texas" by Texas Monthly , and who got accepted to 20 colleges —some of which were Ivy Leagues, and all of which offered him a full ride with grants and scholarships—would receive universal praise in the... More »

Arizona, Texas Sending National Guard to Border

Governors respond to President Trump's request

(Newser) - Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the US-Mexico border in response to President Trump's call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas Military Department, the umbrella agency... More »

What May Have Tipped Austin Bomber Off: a Knock on His Door

EMS official says procedural change should prevent another mix-up

(Newser) - Emergency personnel have raced to fix a procedural issue that may have tipped off Austin bomber Mark Conditt, who blew himself up as police closed in. Officers staked out Conditt's Pflugerville home while he was out on March 20, with plans to arrest him when he returned, and notified... More »

A New Kind of Threat for Ted Cruz: a Democrat With Money

Beto O'Rourke raised more than any Democratic US Senate hopeful in Q1

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's re-election campaign got off the ground Monday with a new slogan: "Tough as Texas." On Tuesday came an indication that Cruz's fight may be tougher than expected. Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced on Twitter that his campaign brought in $6.7 million... More »

As Doctors Operated on Her Brain, She Gave Them a Concert

Woman plays flute during deep brain stimulation in Houston

(Newser) - To be a professional flute player with uncontrollable shaking of the head and hands is less than ideal, and after years of battling a neurological disorder called essential tremor , Anna Marie Whitlock Henry decided she'd had enough. So the 63-year-old underwent brain surgery last week to remedy the tremors—... More »

She Didn't Even Want to Vote. Now She's Going to Jail for It

Convicted felon who'd been on supervised release says she didn't know she couldn't vote

(Newser) - Crystal Mason cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election just like millions of other Americans—but unlike millions of other Americans, the Texas woman was a convicted felon, and on Wednesday she was sentenced to five years for that vote in Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Mason,... More »

Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Wasn't Fully Disclosed

6 months later, only a few spills have been investigated by the feds: AP

(Newser) - More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, the extent of the resulting environmental assault is beginning to surface, while questions about the long-term consequences for human health remain unanswered. County, state, and federal records pieced together by the AP and Houston Chronicle reveal more than... More »

Pink Gloves Helped Police Zero In on Mark Conditt

Pink gloves helped lead police to Mark Conditt

(Newser) - Police say 23-year-old Mark Conditt was the man who terrorized Austin with a weekslong bombing spree—but they don't know if they'll ever be able to say why. Police say a 25-minute recording found on Conditt's cellphone after he blew himself up early Wednesday contains a detailed... More »

Cops Find 'Confession' From Austin Bombing Suspect

25-minute cellphone recording found with Mark Conditt

(Newser) - Police have discovered a 25-minute recording on a cellphone found with bombing suspect Mark Conditt , and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says he considers it a "confession," the AP reports. He said at a news conference Wednesday that Conditt talks on the recording in great detail about the... More »

Chief: Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up as Cops Closed In

Austin suspect is 24-year-old white male

(Newser) - The Austin bombing suspect was located by police and blew himself up in his car as a SWAT team closed in, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters at a press conference early Wednesday. The chief said a SWAT team officer also shot at the suspect, who was tracked to... More »

Cops: Austin Goodwill Blast Caused by Military Device

Police believe incident is unrelated to bombings

(Newser) - A blast that injured a Goodwill worker in Austin Tuesday night appears to be unrelated to the series of deadly explosions that has shaken the city, police say. Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes says the scare was caused by a military training device that somebody had included in a box... More »

Austin-Bound Package Explodes at FedEx Facility

1 person reportedly suffered a concussion

(Newser) - Hours after pleas for information about Austin's serial bomber, a package bound for the city exploded at a FedEx facility near San Antonio, injuring one. The explosion was reported just after midnight Tuesday at the FedEx Ground distribution center in Schertz, 65 miles southwest of Austin. A medium-sized box... More »

Cops: Latest Austin Bomb May Have Involved Tripwire

'That changes things,' chief says

(Newser) - The explosive device that injured two men in Austin on Sunday night appears to have been a different—and even more worrying—kind of device than the package bombs that killed two people earlier this month, police say. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said early Monday that investigators believe the... More »

4th Bomb Goes Off After Plea to Austin Bomber

2 men hurt in latest blast

(Newser) - There was a fourth explosion in Austin on Sunday night—hours after police urged the person behind three package bombs earlier this month to contact them and explain their "message." Officials say two men in their 20s were seriously injured in the blast in the southwest of the... More »

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