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El Paso Police Address Cop Who Pulled Gun on Kids

A mother has also accused an officer of choking her son

(Newser) - A Texas police department has issued a response to viral video that appears to show one of its own pulling a gun out on a group of kids. Per WLOS , the El Paso PD held a press conference Saturday about the incident, video of which began making the rounds on... More »

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Tucson's 'really cool' cactus gift is rejected

(Newser) - Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts (even really cool ones)," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says... More »

What CBP Found in Kid's Backpack Was Worth a Lot

Literally $141K in cash, in the backpack and a purse, at US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Maybe they forgot to move a decimal point (or two)? Per Customs and Border Protection rules , travelers going to and from the US can carry as much cash as they want, but they have to declare $10,000 or more. And so the $141,200 that CBP officers in Texas... More »

He Shot Boy Across Mexico Border; Case Heads to SCOTUS

Can foreigners have their day in American courts?

(Newser) - Sixty feet and the US-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the US Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head in 2010. US officials chose not to prosecute Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., and the Obama administration refused to extradite him so that he... More »

ICE Agents Arrest Woman in Domestic Violence Court

She'd gone there for a protective order, says attorney

(Newser) - Another immigration arrest is making headlines, this time in El Paso, Texas. Six federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested an undocumented woman who'd gone to court to get a protective order for domestic violence, reports KFOX . In fact, El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal thinks the... More »

Teen Killed on Carnival Ride: I'll Cherish 'Every Living Moment'

Samantha Aguilar was in the top 10% of her class

(Newser) - The 16-year-old Texas girl who died at a hospital Friday night after a carnival-ride accident at a church festival is being recalled as a standout student-athlete who was in the top 10% of her class at Hanks High School in El Paso. Samantha Aguilar "was very sweet and kind... More »

Teen Girl Dies After Being Thrown From Carnival Ride

A 2nd teen was flung from the Sizzler while a 3rd held on for dear life

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl died Friday after being thrown from a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso, Texas, the El Paso Times reports. According to ABC News , three teen girls were aboard the Sizzler when something went wrong. Two of the girls were flung from the ride; the... More »

Cops Give New Meaning to Elevator Music

Now do the stanky leg

(Newser) - Retiring El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Scherb has a reputation for "being highly professional," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. So just ignore the video of him in a bright orange button-down bustin' a move to Silento’s "Watch Me (Whip/Nae... More »

Spurned Suitor Arrested in El Paso's Oldest Cold Case

DNA on Doris Rivers' fingernails matches early suspect: police

(Newser) - Police in El Paso say they can finally close the books on what NBC News calls the city's oldest cold case: the brutal slaying of a young mother 45 years ago. After returning home from the movies just after midnight on Nov. 12, 1970, Doris Rivers' sister and 5-year-old... More »

8 US Cities Losing the Most People

El Paso is doing the worst

(Newser) - Bloomberg crunched census data to figure out which American cities are losing the most residents, and it turns out that El Paso, Texas, is faring the worst. "A lot of young, reasonably educated people are having a hard time finding work there," says a public policy professor... More »

VA Clinic Shooter Was Iraq Vet

Jerry Serrato worked as clerk at El Paso clinic

(Newser) - An Army veteran who fatally shot a psychologist at a West Texas veterans' hospital before killing himself was a former clerk at the clinic and had threatened the doctor in 2013, the FBI says. The gunman has been identified as Jerry Serrato, a 48-year-old who was medically discharged from the... More »

How the US Shrank One Square Mile

It happened 50 years ago at the Mexican border

(Newser) - It's been half a century since the US shrank by a square mile thanks to a combination of geography and politics. The Rio Grande, between Texas and Mexico, has shifted over the years—and its movements between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico have changed our borders. In... More »

Hospital Worker Exposed 700 Babies to TB

Texas woman was undiagnosed for nearly a year

(Newser) - A Texas woman with undiagnosed tuberculosis worked at a nursery in an El Paso hospital for nearly a year before she was diagnosed, potentially exposing 706 babies and 43 co-workers to the disease, reports Reuters . Calling TB "serious but treatable," El Paso's Department of Public Health is... More »

Woman Gets $5K Bill After Cavity Searches for Drugs

Those searches turned up no sign of drugs, by the way

(Newser) - A 54-year-old New Mexico woman is suing US customs and a hospital after an escalating series of drug searches that took six hours and yielded no sign of drugs—only a $5,000 hospital bill for her trouble. Some details, as rounded up by Raw Story , Reason , and the AP... More »

Pregnant Army Wife Brutally Stabbed, Delivers Baby

She was video-chatting with deployed husband

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Army wife was chatting with her deployed husband via FaceTime when she was brutally attacked and stabbed repeatedly in her Texas home, reports ABC News . A 19-year-old Fort Bliss soldier has been charged. Perhaps most miraculously, Rachel Poole, who was nine months pregnant, delivered a healthy baby girl... More »

Bullet From Mexico Hits Woman in Texas

El Paso woman injured by Juarez shootout

(Newser) - El Paso is considered one of America's safest cities, but it was painfully reminded of its proximity to one of the world's most dangerous yesterday. As cops battled carjackers in Ciudad Juarez, a stray bullet crossed the border and struck a Texas woman in the leg as she... More »

News Flash, Rick Perry: Texas Border Is Safe

An El Paso resident says resources are being wasted on security

(Newser) - GOP candidates love to talk about “securing” the border, especially Rick Perry. “It is not safe on that border,” the Texas governor said recently; last year, he even claimed, without any evidence at all, that bombs were exploding in the streets of El Paso. But “those... More »

Mexican Kids Who've Seen Hell Find Little Help in US

Border schools ill-prepared to deal with their trauma

(Newser) - Sift past story after story about the bodies piling up in Mexico and you'll find another tragedy: the trauma the country's violence-weary kids are struggling to cope with—which is seeping its way into ill-prepared US schools. NPR takes a look at a high school in El Paso, one of... More »

Foursquare Names World's Rudest Cities

Or at least those whose users swear a lot

(Newser) - Foursquare has been crunching numbers in its database and come up with the 20 rudest cities in the world, the Huffington Post reports. Or more precisely, the cities whose check-in tips contain the most curse words. The honor for English-speaking countries goes to Manchester, England. More »

US Teens Killed in Mexico Shooting

Authorities unsure of motive behind the killings

(Newser) - Three teenage boys have been shot and killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, authorities revealed yesterday, and at least two of them were US high school students in Texas. The boys were killed Saturday afternoon while browsing a car dealership, the AP reports. One was found inside a white Jeep Cherokee,... More »

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