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Child Underwent 13 Surgeries. Cops Say They Weren't Needed

Mother suspected of having Munchausen syndrome by proxy arrested

(Newser) - By the time he was 7 years old, Christopher had been seen at Texas hospitals and pediatric centers 323 times and underwent 13 major surgeries, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports. He was put on full-time oxygen, confined to a wheelchair, fitted with a feeding tube, and entered into hospice care.... More »

Gun Range Worker Accidentally Shoots, Kills Customer

Rifle discharged during cleaning, sending bullet through wall: police

(Newser) - A 36-year-old man walking toward a gun range was fatally shot Tuesday before he stepped inside. Joshua Cummings had just got out of his vehicle and was walking across the parking lot of Hot Wells Shooting Range near Cypress, Texas, shortly after 9am when a rifle accidentally discharged inside, reports... More »

Talk in GOP Rep's Office, per Ex-Aides: Strip Clubs, Breasts

Blake Farenthold also accused of 'acts of aggression or rage'

(Newser) - It isn't just talk of "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" that allegedly permeates Rep. Blake Farenthold's office. Though the Republican congressman from Texas has denied wrongdoing after paying $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim three years ago, two former aides tell... More »

Ex-Priest Gets Life for 1960 Murder of Parishioner

John Feit killed the schoolteacher after she went to him for confession

(Newser) - A jury on Friday sentenced an 85-year-old former priest to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher and former beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served, the AP reports. The same jurors in Texas found John Feit guilty of murder Thursday night. Prosecutors... More »

Ex-Priest Guilty of Murdering Beauty Queen in 1960

John Feit confessed to 2 fellow priests

(Newser) - An ex-priest was convicted of murdering a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen on Thursday, more than 57 years after Irene Garza went to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen intending to go to confession. Garza's body was found days after her April 16, 1960, disappearance. An autopsy revealed... More »

The Color Purple Out, Mein Kampf in for Texas Inmates

List of 10K books banned in Texas prisons has some surprising entries

(Newser) - Prisoners in Texas can't read the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple or the best-selling Freakonomics; some of the works of Hunter S. Thompson or a collection of Shakespearean sonnets; or books from the Where's Waldo series, The Simpsons, and Monty Python. They can, however, read Hitler's Mein ... More »

'This Bologna Has a First Name, It's S-E-I-Z-E-D'

Border officers have a little fun after woman busted smuggling 227 pounds of Mexican bologna into US

(Newser) - What a load of baloney! Seriously, it was a lot of bologna. CBS4 reports US Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a woman Wednesday morning after she was discovered attempting to smuggle 227 pounds of "contraband" Mexican bologna into the US via the Paso Del Norte border crossing in... More »

Sheriff Casts Doubt on 'Attack' That Killed Border Agent

Despite what Trump, others are claiming

(Newser) - A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured US Border Patrol agents said he thinks they were hurt in an accident, not an attack, the AP reports. The injured agents were found Nov. 18 next to Interstate 10 near Van Horn, which is about... More »

Doctor Warned Child Services About Girl Later Found Dead

CPS in Texas investigating death of Sherin Mathews

(Newser) - Months before 3-year-old Sherin Mathews choked to death in the Dallas suburb of Richardson as her adopted father allegedly forced her to drink milk , a doctor contacted Child Protective Services to report the girl was possibly being abused, reports the Dallas Morning News . Speaking at a Wednesday custody hearing regarding... More »

Rep. Barton After Nude Pic Leaks: 'It's Time to Step Aside'

Texas congressman says he won't run for 18th term

(Newser) - "I've been listening to a lot of people the last week in Texas," Rep. Joe Barton says. "There are enough people who lost faith in me that it’s time to step aside." The longtime Republican congressman told the Dallas Morning News on Thursday... More »

Clue in Mail Bomb Sent to Obama: Cat Hair Under Label

Another clue: 'obliterated' eBay shipping label on package sent to Gov. Greg Abbott

(Newser) - A 46-year-old Texas woman faces a host of charges after she allegedly mailed explosives to then-President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Julia Poff of Sealy had been repeatedly denied Social Security benefits and was also upset with the handling of a... More »

Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop

Suspect was captured more than 100 miles away

(Newser) - A man suspected of killing a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop was taken into custody more than 100 miles away, authorities said Thursday night. The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter that the suspect was apprehended in neighboring Waller County. The Texas Department of Public Safety... More »

Judge Declares Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional

The federal judge overturned ban on common second-trimester procedure

(Newser) - A lawyer for abortion providers in Texas is hailing a "complete victory" after a federal judge in Austin struck down a law restricting the most common form of second-trimester abortion yesterday. The ban on so-called "dilation and evacuation" abortions was approved by the Texas Legislature in May as... More »

FBI Isn't Sure Whether Border Agents Were Attacked

Authorities believe men may have fallen

(Newser) - After Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was fatally injured and his partner badly hurt in the Big Bend area of West Texas just before midnight Saturday, officials and lawmakers spoke of an attack, and a union spokesman said he believed rocks were involved. The FBI, however, now says the incident... More »

Woman With Profane Anti-Trump Sticker Goes After Sheriff

Karen Fonseca added Troy Nehls' name to her list, and the back window of her truck

(Newser) - The Texas woman who became infamous last week after Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls threatened to arrest her for driving around with a "F--- Trump" bumper sticker on her truck has added the sheriff's name to her latest expletive-ridden decal, the Houston Chronicle reports. Yesterday Karen Fonseca... More »

Driver Taking Court-Ordered Breathalyzer Test Kills Teen

The 31-year-old was not impaired at the time of the crash

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Arlington, Texas, woman died Friday after being involved in a crash a week prior with a driver who police say may have been distracted by a court-ordered Breathalyzer test. The unnamed driver, 31, told police that he took his eyes off the road for three or four seconds... More »

Border Patrol Agent Killed, Partner Hurt in Texas Attack

Trump repeats call for border wall

(Newser) - President Trump repeated his call for a border wall Sunday night after a Border Patrol agent was fatally injured and another seriously hurt while on duty in west Texas. US Customs and Border Protection says Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were injured after responding to activity in the Big... More »

Uber Driver Tapes Drink-Fueled Rant, Dallas Prosecutor Is Fired

Jody Warner has apologized for her 'language' but says Shaun Platt isn't telling the whole story

(Newser) - A Texas Uber driver says he was threatened and insulted by an intoxicated Dallas prosecutor while taking her home, and she's now lost her job with the DA's office, per the Washington Post . Shaun Platt, 26, tells ABC News that while transporting 32-year-old Jody Warner home from a... More »

This Is America's Most Dangerous Highway

3 of the worst 5 are in Florida

(Newser) - Sorry, Florida drivers. Teletrac Navman is out with its list of the 25 most dangerous highways in the US, and three of the five worst are in the Sunshine State, Click Orlando reports. The absolute worst? Florida's Interstate 4, which is just 132 miles long—it connects Tampa, Orlando,... More »

Truck's Anti-Trump Sticker Causing a Tizzy in Texas

Fort Bend County sheriff posted a photo of it on Facebook

(Newser) - A sheriff in Texas has raised the possibility of criminal charges over a pickup truck bearing a vulgar message about President Trump and his supporters, Time reports. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a photo of the truck, whose license plate isn't visible and which bears a large... More »

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