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10 Best US Cities for Business Startups

Orlando tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Anyone stuck in a cubicle at a dead-end job has dreamed of either hitting it big in the lottery or of starting a business—and for the latter, there are certain US cities that may be just the ticket to making that dream become reality. WalletHub examined startup opportunities in... More »

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average... More »

These Are the 10 Best College Towns in the US

WalletHub ranked them based on cost of living, social environment, other factors

(Newser) - Think the quality of the education is the only important factor when choosing a college or university? Think again. Studies have suggested a school's location is just as important when it comes to student success—and there's also, of course, the cost of living to think about. WalletHub... More »

Apple Made a $30B Promise. It Just Started Delivering

Company is planning a $1B campus in Austin, smaller-scale campuses in other cities

(Newser) - Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas; break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Calif.; and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a... More »

Austin Residents May Have to Boil Tap Water for 2 Weeks

Texas city struggles to treat water supply after flooding

(Newser) - Residents of the Texas state capital may have to boil their tap water for as long as two weeks, an official said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to treat a water supply filled with silt, mud, and debris after heavy rains and flooding. The Austin American-Statesman reports that Travis County Chief... More »

3D-Gun Advocate Accused of Sex With Minor Now in Jail

Cody Wilson is back in Texas

(Newser) - The owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns was back in the US Sunday after being arrested in Taiwan, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl, the AP reports. The US... More »

Willie Nelson Irks Some Fans With Concert First

Singer will perform in Texas at Beto O'Rourke rally, Nelson's first public show for a political candidate

(Newser) - A free Willie Nelson concert in the heart of the Lone Star State seems like something that would attract fans of all political stripes, but there's a good chance the Sept. 29 event will feature a largely left-leaning crowd. That's because the country crooner is headlining a "... More »

Woman's Freeway Stunt in Heels Ends Badly

She wanted to prove she could run fast, but got hit by an SUV

(Newser) - A woman trying to prove she could run quickly in heels didn't run fast enough Saturday: The unidentified woman, who'd been asked if she could run in the shoes she was wearing, had nearly crossed Interstate 35 after leaving an Austin bar around 2:30am when she was... More »

This City Is the Smartest in America—by Far

Michigan's Ann Arbor nabs No. 1 spot on WalletHub list of most educated metro areas

(Newser) - Where do people in the know live, work, and play? WalletHub examines the educational levels in America's 150 most populated metro areas, looking at nearly a dozen metrics in the "Educational Attainment" and "Quality of Education and Attainment Gap" categories—to wit, what diplomas or degrees a... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good

(Newser) - Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living.... More »

2 Fires Blamed on Spontaneously Combusting Tortilla Chips

Only in Texas

(Newser) - Normally, tortilla chips need a healthy topping of spicy salsa to be described as fiery. Not, as it turns out, in Austin, Texas. In a Wednesday Facebook post, fire officials described arriving at July 12 factory fire caused by the "spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips. Yes, you read that... More »

America's Oldest Man Robbed of His Savings

Thieves stole Richard Overton's identity and broke into his bank account

(Newser) - Richard Overton is something of a celebrity in Austin, Texas, because the 112-year-old WWII veteran is the oldest living man in America. He now has a new distinction: the oldest American to be robbed of his savings, reports Newsweek . Family members recently learned that an unidentified thief used Overton's... More »

Cops: Teen, Young Wife Hired Hitman to Kill Jeweler Dad

Only child Nicolas Shaughnessy expected to receive millions, say police

(Newser) - His father was gunned down in a home invasion in March; in April, Nicolas Shaughnessy was named to take over the family business, Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas. Authorities now have other plans for the 19-year-old, per the New York Daily News . Arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal solicitation to... More »

10 Best Big US Cities to Launch a Business

Oklahoma City is first on the list

(Newser) - If you've got the entrepreneurial itch and are on the hunt for the best place to jump-start a business, WalletHub has some insights. The site pulled out more than 180 large US cities and looked at 19 key metrics for each in three main categories: business environment, including the... More »

What May Have Tipped Austin Bomber Off: a Knock on His Door

EMS official says procedural change should prevent another mix-up

(Newser) - Emergency personnel have raced to fix a procedural issue that may have tipped off Austin bomber Mark Conditt, who blew himself up as police closed in. Officers staked out Conditt's Pflugerville home while he was out on March 20, with plans to arrest him when he returned, and notified... More »

Austin Bomber's Final Plan Involved McDonald's

If police moved in, Mark Conditt would detonate suicide bomb in crowded restaurant

(Newser) - Police have not released a 28-minute cellphone recording left by the Austin bomber before his death, but the Austin American-Statesman reports that Mark Conditt offers no motive or remorse for killing two and injuring five. Sources tell the newspaper that the 23-year-old describes himself as a "psychopath" in the... More »

Pink Gloves Helped Police Zero In on Mark Conditt

Pink gloves helped lead police to Mark Conditt

(Newser) - Police say 23-year-old Mark Conditt was the man who terrorized Austin with a weekslong bombing spree—but they don't know if they'll ever be able to say why. Police say a 25-minute recording found on Conditt's cellphone after he blew himself up early Wednesday contains a detailed... More »

Cops Find 'Confession' From Austin Bombing Suspect

25-minute cellphone recording found with Mark Conditt

(Newser) - Police have discovered a 25-minute recording on a cellphone found with bombing suspect Mark Conditt , and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley says he considers it a "confession," the AP reports. He said at a news conference Wednesday that Conditt talks on the recording in great detail about the... More »

Deceased Austin Bombing Suspect Is Identified

Law enforcement sources say he was Mark A. Conditt of Pflugerville

(Newser) - Pflugerville resident Mark A. Conditt has been identified by law enforcement sources as the suspected Austin serial bomber, the American-Statesman reports. The suspect blew himself up early Wednesday. The paper says Conditt, identified by police as 24, but 23 according to the public records it viewed, completed a home-schooled high... More »

Chief: Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up as Cops Closed In

Austin suspect is 24-year-old white male

(Newser) - The Austin bombing suspect was located by police and blew himself up in his car as a SWAT team closed in, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters at a press conference early Wednesday. The chief said a SWAT team officer also shot at the suspect, who was tracked to... More »

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