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Texas Bathroom Bill Could Expose Transgender Kids

School districts that have been keeping secrets could be forced to expose children

(Newser) - Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers, and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends. But... More »

Man Calls His Date 'Threat to Civilized Society,' Sues Her

Brandon Vezmar wants $17.31 back after he says woman texted during movie

(Newser) - "I am fully aware of the weirdness of this situation," Brandon Vezmar tells KVUE . The 37-year-old from Austin, Texas, filed a complaint Thursday in Travis County small-claims court against a 35-year-old Round Rock woman for $17.31—the price of the 3D movie ticket he purchased for her... More »

Boy and His Teddy Bear Wow Cybersecurity Experts

11-year-old Reuben Paul is a cybersecurity whiz

(Newser) - It's possible the experts in attendance Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference in the Netherlands didn't know what to make of 11-year-old Reuben Paul when the sixth-grader from Texas took the stage. But by the end of his presentation, they were tweeting compliments like "respect" and "the... More »

'Odd Retching' Noise, Then a Mom's Panic

Her 10-year-old daughter had swallowed a piece of her fidget spinner toy

(Newser) - Fidget spinners, the hottest toy on the market, may also pose a serious choking risk. So says a mother in a Facebook post that's gone viral with more than 710,000 shares after her 10-year-old daughter swallowed one of the toy's weighted bearings. Kelly Rose Joniec, a Houston-area... More »

Teen Who Had Sex With Young GF Faces Harsh Consequences

She was only 12 at the time, he was 14, and now he may be deemed sex offender

(Newser) - A Texas mom says her family is "going through hell" as they wait to see if a Harris County juvenile judge will label her 14-year-old son a sex offender. The seventh-grader's attorney, Joseph Gutheinz, tells the Houston Chronicle his client is being charged with aggravated sexual assault after... More »

America's Oldest Veteran Turns 111 Years Old

Richard Overton credits God and cigars for his longevity

(Newser) - America's oldest veteran, Texas resident Richard Overton, turned an impressive 111 years old on Thursday, Live Science reports. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Overton served in the Pacific during WWII and has lived in the same house in Austin ever since. He credits his longevity to God and cigars,... More »

Mom Sues T-Mobile Over Baby's Death

Suit claims glitch prevented babysitter from getting through to 911 after Brandon Alex fell

(Newser) - The mom of a baby who died after his babysitter was put on hold with 911 for more than half an hour has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile for a system glitch that may have contributed to the boy's March death. The Dallas Morning News reports the complaint filed... More »

New Texas Law Punishes 'Sanctuary Cities'

Big-city police chiefs strongly opposed move

(Newser) - "Sanctuary cities" will be banned and local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials will be punished under a bill signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Sunday. The bill, passed by the state legislature last week, was signed in an event broadcast from the state... More »

Cop Who Shot Texas Teen Turns Himself In

Roy Oliver released on $300K bail

(Newser) - Roy Oliver, the former Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last Saturday night, turned himself in hours after an arrest warrant was issued Friday. Oliver, who was fired from the force in the Dallas suburb of of Balch Springs on Tuesday, was freed Friday night after posting... More »

Cop Who Shot 15-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder

Roy Oliver killed Jordan Edwards when he shot at car of full of teens

(Newser) - A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was fired , according to an arrest warrant issued Friday. The warrant for Roy Oliver, a former officer in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, was issued by the Dallas... More »

Police: 2 Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide at College

'I saw him shooting her three times,' witness says

(Newser) - Two people died Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide at a Texas community college, prompting an active-shooter alert that instructed students and employees to barricade themselves into rooms, the AP reports. It was the second deadly attack on a Texas campus this week. Irving police spokesperson James McLellan said it doesn'... More »

Texas Cop Who Killed Teen as He Left Party Is Fired

Chief: 'There were violations. I acted on them'

(Newser) - The police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards near Dallas on Saturday night has been fired and the boy's family says they hope he is charged with murder. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced Tuesday evening that officer Roy Oliver had been fired for violating departmental policies,... More »

Police Chief: Shooting Death of Teen Didn't Meet 'Core Values'

Family of Texas' Jordan Edwards said he had 'humble and sharing spirit'

(Newser) - The family of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old shot dead by a cop near Dallas Saturday night , issued a statement Tuesday remembering the boy as a "humble and sharing spirit" killed in an act of "horrific, unexplainable violence," per CBS Dallas-Fort Worth . The statement added Jordan's brothers... More »

Gripping Video Shows Water Rescue of Infant, Toddler

Both children are expected to be OK

(Newser) - Gripping video out of Texas shows bystanders frantically trying to rescue a family with two young children who were stuck in a truck that had overturned in a fast-moving stream shortly after tornadoes hit the state Saturday . After struggling to get into the car, where the backseat was submerged underwater,... More »

Boy, 15, Killed When Texas Cop Fires Into Car Full of Teens

Police erred in their initial statement about how the car was being driven

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy has died after a Dallas-area police officer fired into a car that authorities initially said was being driven in an "aggressive manner," the AP reports. However, the Balch Springs police chief later said his department incorrectly described why an officer shot at the vehicle. Jonathan... More »

Fatal Plane Crash in Texas Leaves 3 Dead

The plane was an air ambulance

(Newser) - Authorities say three people are dead after an air ambulance crashed overnight in Texas just south of the airport in Amarillo, the AP reports. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley says the small plane went down about 12:30am Saturday in an industrial section of the city between... More »

Couple on Way to Own Wedding Kicked Off United Flight

They say all they did was change seats

(Newser) - A bride and groom from Utah say they barely made it to their own wedding on time after getting kicked off a United Airlines flight. Michael Hohl and Amber Maxwell say they were on their way from Salt Lake City to Costa Rica with friends on Saturday when they boarded... More »

With Huge Backlog, Texas Bill Wants to Crowdfund Rape Kit Testing

Donations collected at the DMV would fund DNA testing

(Newser) - With thousands of rape kits languishing untested in Texas, one state lawmaker devised a clever solution: crowdfunding. Rep. Victoria Neave came up with the idea after learning that many rape investigations were going nowhere because there was no money to analyze evidence collected from victims, NPR reports. The Dallas Democrat... More »

He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

Cops: Brothel's Effort to Hide Condoms Fails Miserably

Hundreds clogged sewer pipe by massage parlor in Austin, say police

(Newser) - Neighbors of Jade Massage Therapy in Austin, Texas, had their suspicions about the place, but it was a property manager's unusual find that helped bring about prostitution charges—a broken pipe linking the business to the sewer had been clogged by hundreds of used condoms, reports MySanAntonio . "It'... More »

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