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In the Lone Star State, a 1-in-4.7B Birth

Thelma Chiaka welcomed sextuplets in Houston Friday

(Newser) - Thelma Chiaka now has six more mouths to feed. Per the Houston Chronicle , the Texas mom gave birth to sextuplets Friday morning at Houston's Woman's Hospital of Texas—two sets of twin boys and a pair of twin girls, all weighing in at between 1 pound, 12 ounces... More »

'Bomb Cyclone' Could Hit 70M Americans

Hunker down—heavy snow, strong winds expected

(Newser) - Some 70 million residents of the central US may soon come face-to-face with a "bomb cyclone." The rare weather system—the Conversation has a helpful explainer—arrives Wednesday and could bring with it blizzards, tornadoes, and floods. Per CNN , "more than [45 million] people are under a... More »

Rock Thrown From Overpass Kills Mom in Front of 3 Kids

Texas case is being treated as murder

(Newser) - In a horrific incident in Texas on Saturday, a mother was fatally injured in front of her boyfriend and their three children by a rock thrown onto their vehicle on Interstate 35 near Temple. The large rock "struck and entered the vehicle’s windshield, making contact with the front... More »

Judge Claimed Jury Was Wrong—Because God Said So

Judge Jack Robison given public warning in Texas

(Newser) - Told jurors had found a woman guilty of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, a Texas judge demanded they keep deliberating because God had assured him the defendant was innocent. Comal County District Court Judge Jack Robison received a public warning after claiming on Jan.... More »

Police: Officer Responding to Alarm Killed by Homeowner

Texas homeowner charged with manslaughter

(Newser) - A West Texas police officer responding to a home security alarm was shot and killed early Tuesday by a homeowner who believed he was being burglarized. City officials in Midland say that Officer Nathan Heidelberg died after being struck by gunfire just above his protective vest, the AP reports. A... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

Beto O'Rourke's Big Decision: He's 'Excited' to Share It

Former Texas congressman says he'll let us know about his political future 'soon'

(Newser) - Texas constituents may be disappointed to hear that, after trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, Beto O'Rourke won't be trying the same against Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. That's what sources said to be "close" to the former Democratic congressman told the Dallas Morning ... More »

Amazon Prime Jetliner Just Disintegrated

Authorities are beginning to work through the wreckage of Atlas Air flight 3591

(Newser) - The Boeing 767 cargo plane fell 11,750 feet in roughly 30 seconds—and when it struck Trinity Bay in Texas, all three people on board were killed. Media reports are revealing that and more about a jet airliner that apparently nose-dived Saturday and left a heartbreaking trail of debris... More »

Jetliner Crash Has No Apparent Survivors

A Boeing 767 goes down in Trinity Bay, Texas

(Newser) - A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard disintegrated after crashing Saturday into a bay east of the city, according to a Texas sheriff. Witnesses told emergency personnel that the twin-engine plane "went in nose first," leaving a debris field three-quarters of a mile... More »

Teacher Chops Waist-Long Hair for Bullied Girl

'You can look any way and still be true to yourself'

(Newser) - Shannon Grimm misses her waist-length hair, but she says chopping it off was a small price to pay for brightening a child's life. The kindergarten teacher at Meador Elementary School in Houston noticed students were teasing a girl in her class about her short hair, saying it made her... More »

Drug Raid Ended in 2 Deaths. Now, a Cop Accused of Lying

Gerald Goines will 'more than likely be charged with serious crime' after raid that also hurt 5 cops

(Newser) - More details are emerging after a drug raid in Texas last month that left two people dead and five police officers injured. Undercover narcotics officers had been carrying out a search warrant on Jan. 28 for a Houston house that was reputed to be a drug den when shots rang... More »

'This Is Top of the List of Worst Cases, as Far as Children'

4 kids found malnourished in feces-strewn home, including 2 in dog cage

(Newser) - A Texas couple faces child endangerment charges after four malnourished children were found covered in feces and urine, including a 4- and 5-year-old locked in a 3-by-3 foot dog kennel. Deputies made the discovery at a home in rural Wise County while responding to a domestic disturbance Tuesday morning. While... More »

Houston Seeks 'Forever Home' for Tiger Found by Pot Smoker

Big cat was found in 'rinky-dink' cage in abandoned home

(Newser) - All's well that ends well, though the outcome at an abandoned Texas home could've been a lot different. Per KTRK , authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked... More »

In Dueling Rallies, Trump Taunts Beto Over Crowd Size

'I say that may be the end of his presidential bid,' says the president

(Newser) - President Trump and Beto O'Rourke held dueling rallies across the street from each other—and across the Rio Grande from Mexico—in El Paso on Monday night. Both men addressed the border wall issue, with Trump, at his first rally of the year, speaking under signs that read "... More »

Texas Woman Killed While Setting Up a Garage Sale

Elizabeth Barraza was raising money for anniversary trip

(Newser) - "I had to trade our fifth anniversary for her funeral," says the grieving husband of a Texas woman fatally shot while setting up a garage sale to raise extra spending money for an anniversary trip planned for two days later. Police in the Houston suburb of Tomball say... More »

He Sought Help With His Vape Pen. Then It Killed Him

Texas' William Brown died 2 days after his mechanical vape mod exploded

(Newser) - A second American has lost his life to a vape pen . William Eric Brown died Jan. 29, two days after he suffered a vape pen explosion in the parking lot of Smoke and Vape DZ shop in Fort Worth, Texas. The manager, who called 911, said the 24-year-old had been... More »

MMA Fighter Recaptured After Escaping Prison Van

Cedric Marks is suspected of 2 killings

(Newser) - An MMA fighter suspected of killing at least two people, including an ex-girlfriend, was captured Sunday after escaping from a prisoner transport van in Texas, authorities say. Cedric Marks was taken into custody after a nine-hour manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, Montgomery County sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer said... More »

Migrant on Hunger Strike: I'm Being Force-Fed

Man says he's tied down and force-fed through tubes

(Newser) - Nine men—up from six earlier this week—are being force-fed under court order in a detention center in El Paso, Texas, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. One of the hunger strikers, a 22-year-old man from Indian who called the AP on Friday, described how he is dragged from... More »

Catholic Leaders in Texas Name 286 Accused

Dioceses identify those accused of sexually abusing minors

(Newser) - Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania, the AP reports. Fourteen dioceses in Texas named those credibly... More »

Executed Killer Named in 1979 Cold Case

Jerry McFadden was executed in Texas in 1999

(Newser) - A convicted murderer called "The Animal," who was executed by the state of Texas in 1999, has been identified via DNA as the person who killed a young woman in Portland, Oregon, nearly 40 years ago. Anna Marie Hlavka, 20, was killed in an apartment on July 24,... More »

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