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Police: 8th Grade Teacher Murdered His Neighbors

Cary Heath was arrested Monday at a Texas middle school

(Newser) - Cary Heath was arrested Monday at the Texas middle school where he teaches eighth-grade science a day after police say he murdered two of his neighbors, NBC DFW reports. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , shots were fired shortly before 4am Sunday at a home down the street from where... More »

Carjacking Victim Tracks Suspect to State Fair

Seems like a reasonable place to spend the day after stealing a car

(Newser) - A woman left her car idling while she ran inside a Texas burger joint last week, and when she got back in, a man pulled her out and drove off with her car ... to, possibly, the place you'd least expect. The car has a LoJack, and the woman and... More »

'Born Again' Baby Has Rare Distinction: 2 Births

First at 23 weeks so doctors could remove tumor, then at 36 weeks

(Newser) - "Sacrococcygeal teratoma" are not the words you want to hear during a pregnancy ultrasound, but that's what Margaret Boemer was confronted with when she went for her 16-week checkup. In an interview shared by Texas Children's Hospital with CNN , the Texas mom, who already had three kids... More »

Man Had Wife's Family Killed to Lure Her to Funeral—and Her Own Death

Samuel Velasco is looking at a mandatory life sentence

(Newser) - It sounds more the stuff of a soap opera than reality, but as an El Paso, Texas, courtroom has heard, it was very much the stuff of real life—and death. Samuel Velasco was last Monday convicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country: The... More »

Texas Student Went to the Movies, Then Vanished

Zuzu Verk didn't show up for an Oct. 12 midterm

(Newser) - Police in western Texas are asking for the public's help in finding Zuzu Verk, a 22-year-old university student who has been missing for more than a week—and is believed to be "endangered." Police in the city of Alpine say the reward for information leading to Verk'... More »

Board Rules on Texas Vet Who Killed Cat With Bow

She won't have license revoked permanently

(Newser) - The Texas veterinarian who outraged animal lovers nationwide by bragging about killing a cat with a bow and arrow is not going to lose her license permanently. CBS News reports that on Tuesday, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners decided that Kristen Lindsey's vet license should be suspended... More »

Worried Husband's Call to Cops Ends in Tragedy for Wife

Woman shot, killed during mental health check after she wouldn't stand down with gun: Austin police

(Newser) - Police in Texas shot and killed a woman after responding to a mental health call, NBC News reports. The woman's husband called police, saying she was acting erratically and he was worried about her; he also informed police that she had a weapon. When officers arrived on the scene... More »

5-Year-Old Saves 2-Year-Old Brother After Deadly Crash

He pulled his brother from the burning wreckage

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy is being called a hero after pulling his 2-year-old brother from the fiery wreck that killed their father, KPRC reports. According to KHOU , the boys were riding in an 18-wheel moving truck with their father shortly after 1am Friday in Houston when the truck hit a guardrail... More »

Drunk Driver Gets 99 Years So 'We Can All Sleep at Night'

Jose Marin has been convicted of DWI eight times

(Newser) - A Texas prosecutor urged jurors to put a 64-year-old serial drunk driver away for a long time so "we can all sleep at night," the Houston Chronicle reports. So after nearly six hours of deliberation Thursday, a jury sentenced Jose Marin to 99 years in prison for his... More »

911 Operator Accused of Hanging Up on Callers

Crenshanda Williams is charged in Houston

(Newser) - "Ain't nobody got time for this," a former Houston 911 operator was recorded as saying as she allegedly hung up on a security guard calling to report a street-racing incident. NBC News reports 43-year-old Crenshanda Williams is being charged with interfering with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor,... More »

Teen Athlete Rescues the National Anthem

Texas volleyball player Marina Garcia belts out song after CD malfunction

(Newser) - Marina Garcia was all ready to play for her Texas high school's volleyball team Friday night, but she had one task to take care of before the first spike: rescuing the national anthem. Fox 29 reports that the senior stepped up to the mic when something went awry with... More »

Cops: Husband Faked Own Kidnapping to Hang With Pals

Rogelio Andaverde apparently really wanted to get out of the house

(Newser) - In fairness to Rogelio Andaverde, two masked men did force their way into his Texas home and take him away at gunpoint in front of his terrified wife. It's just that police say he staged the whole thing—because he wanted to spend some time with the boys and... More »

US Breakthrough in Womb Transplants Offers New Hope

1 of 4 living donor transplants at Baylor looks promising

(Newser) - America's first uterus transplant might have failed , but doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that one of the country's first living donor womb transplants could be a success. Surgeons at Baylor University Medical Center say they performed the living donor transplants on four women, aged 20 to 35—each... More »

Texas Prisoners Can Read Hitler, but Not Jon Stewart

State's scattershot book censorship in prisons has come under fire from civil rights groups

(Newser) - It's Banned Books Week, literature's annual celebration of the books that have challenged social order and standards over the years. When you think of banned books, you probably think of school reading lists, but book censorship can be even worse in prison. Texas' penitentiary system, the largest in... More »

Giant Cross to Rise in Texas, 'Like God Is Pointing His Finger'

230-footer in Corpus Christi will be largest in the US

(Newser) - A big cross is going up in Texas, but "big" is a bit of an understatement. When the steel structure is completed in Corpus Christi, perhaps next year, it will stand 230 feet high. As a feature at Texas Monthly explains, that will make it the biggest in the... More »

In Houston Shooter's Porsche: 2,500 Rounds of Ammo

(Newser) - The disgruntled lawyer killed by police in Houston after randomly shooting six drivers outside a condo complex Monday morning definitely had a thing for the Nazis, but police aren't sure whether that was his motive. Capt. DW Ready, head of the police homicide division, says the shooter—identified by... More »

Gunman Wounds 6 in Houston; Suspect 'DOA'

It happened early Monday at a strip mall

(Newser) - Another mass shooting: Six people were shot and wounded at a strip mall in Houston Monday morning, reports the Houston Chronicle . Police shot the gunman, who appears to have been acting alone, they announced via Twitter . "There are no reports of other suspects." The AP is now reporting... More »

She Was in Love and Expecting. Now She's 'Living a Nightmare'

Kristian Guerrero is warning people not to drink and drive

(Newser) - Everything was going right for Kristian Guerrero. She was married to an "amazing" man, Fabian, with whom she was expecting a child this December. Then came the unthinkable: While driving in San Marcos, Texas, on Aug. 2—the same day Fabian's US residency was approved, per Inside Edition... More »

Viral Images of Girl Being Disciplined Spark Debate

Man seen pulling girl by hair in Walmart

(Newser) - A man in Texas is being investigated after several Walmart shoppers spotted him pulling a girl by a section of her hair held against his shopping cart. Shoppers Erika and Robert Burch say they asked him to stop, and when he told them to mind their own business they took... More »

Obama, Black Lives Matter Sued for 'Igniting a Race War'

Dallas police sergeant wants more than $500M in damages

(Newser) - A Texas police sergeant has filed a federal lawsuit against the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama, among others, for "igniting a race war." The Dallas Morning News reports Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, a 17-year veteran of law enforcement and president of the Dallas Fallen... More »

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