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'Crazy' Numbers Rule Out Show by Vanilla Ice

Outdoor concert was planned for Austin

(Newser) - There will be no Vanilla Ice concert in Austin this weekend after all. "This date has been canceled and will be rescheduled for another time," a representative for the rapper said Thursday, CNN reports. The outdoor performance was planned for Friday at Emerald Point Bar & Grill, but... More »

Loophole Allows Vanilla Ice Concert in Texas

Austin venue is technically a restaurant

(Newser) - Vanilla Ice seems disinclined to stop, collaborate, and listen to health authorities in Texas, where he is going ahead with a concert Friday despite the state's surge in coronavirus infections. Gov. Greg Abbott closed bars and placed limits on large gatherings last week, but the rapper's Austin concert... More »

Bieber Calls Sexual Assault Claim 'Factually Impossible'

2 women post on Twitter about alleged attacks

(Newser) - Two women came forward on Twitter over the weekend with sexual assault claims against Justin Bieber, spurring a response from the 26-year-old Canadian pop star on the same platform—for one of the allegations, at least. Per USA Today , the first accusation came Saturday evening from someone named "Danielle"... More »

10 Top US Cities for Staycations

Being stuck close to home during the pandemic doesn't mean you can't take a break from it all

(Newser) - Even, or maybe especially, amid a pandemic, thoughts of vacation are bubbling up—and the idea of a "staycation" is looking more likely for most of us. WalletHub decided to figure out which US cities are the most appealing for those remaining close to home, looking at more than... More »

The Plane Touched Down. Suddenly, a Man Appeared

Southwest jetliner kills adult male on runway in Austin, Texas

(Newser) - A man was struck and killed by a commercial jet landing on a runway at an airport in Austin, Texas, authorities said. The pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, a Boeing 737 arriving from Dallas, reported seeing a person on Runway 17R at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The sighting occurred shortly... More »

Park Ranger's Lecture on Social Distancing Doesn't Go Well

Brandon Hicks, 25, is accused of pushing Texas park ranger Cassidy Stillwell into a lake

(Newser) - A Texas park ranger who was politely instructing a crowd on social distancing Thursday unexpectedly ended up in a lake—and the man accused of pushing him in has been arrested. The ranger, identified by CNN as Cassidy Stillwell, was patrolling Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park in Austin around 5pm... More »

Texas Reopens as Virus Numbers Hit 3-Day High

One expert warns that 'we should expect' a spike in coronavirus cases

(Newser) - Texas is reopening its economy as coronavirus case numbers remain high, and the media isn't letting it go. NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reports that Texas marked its first three-day stretch of over 1,000 new cases Saturday as stores, movie theaters, and restaurants reopened to limited capacity. In fact 1,... More »

One Sister Died of Spanish Flu, the Other of Coronavirus

Texas' Selma Ryan dies 102 years after her 5-year-old sibling

(Newser) - A Texas woman has died of complications from the novel coronavirus 102 years after her sister died of the Spanish Flu. Selma Ryan, who was not yet born when her 5-year-old sister, Esther Hoeffner, died in 1918, passed away Tuesday at an assisted living facility in Austin, reports KXAN . She... More »

Former Playboy Playmate Dead at 33

Ashley Mattingly committed suicide amid substance abuse battle

(Newser) - Former Playboy playmate Ashley Mattingly has died at 33. Believed to have committed suicide on Wednesday, Mattingly was found unresponsive at her home outside of Austin, Texas, by police on Thursday after a friend requested a wellness check, reports People . "We learned late Thursday night that it is believed... More »

They Were Told Spring Break Trip Was Safe. Now, 28 Are Sick

Students were on chartered plane

(Newser) - The University of Texas at Austin says 28 students have tested positive for the coronavirus—and most of them were on the same plane for a spring break trip. The Austin Public Health Department says the students were part of a group of around 70 people in their 20s who... More »

Man Accused of Shoving Dad Off Cliff, Laughing as He Fell

Gerald McCants reportedly lured his elderly father to cliff's edge with talk of a rattlesnake

(Newser) - A Texas man is accused of luring his elderly father to the edge of a cliff, then shoving him off, laughing as the man fell. Per an arrest affidavit, the 78-year-old father of Gerald McCants, 49, told Austin cops his son returned to the home they share around 8:30am... More »

He Showed Up at Beer Garden Barefoot, With a Corpse: Cops

Paul Joseph Garcia allegedly struck pedestrian who went through his windshield

(Newser) - A drunk driver fatally struck a pedestrian, who went through the windshield and into the passenger seat, before driving on with the body to a beer garden, according to police in Texas. Officers in South Austin responded to witness reports of a car driving recklessly without headlights on around 10:... More »

Looking for a Paycheck? Here's Where the Jobs Are At

With a relatively low national unemployment rate, it's a good time to be looking for work

(Newser) - New year, new you—and if that revamped version of yourself includes seeking out a change in employer, WalletHub has some suggestions on where you might want to look. The site examined more than 180 major US cities, looking at more than 30 metrics in two main categories: a city'... More »

Austin Warns Public About Measles Case

Person diagnosed with highly contagious disease visited restaurants, airport

(Newser) - Austin, Texas, has registered an unwanted milestone: its first measles case since 1999, reports KXAN . An unidentified person has been diagnosed with the highly contagious disease, and city officials have issued a public warning about the person's travels. The patient went to various restaurants and stores (including Chipotle and... More »

'Close Friend' of Missing New Mom in Custody

Body said to be Heidi Broussard's found; cops say Magen Fieramusca plotted to take her baby

(Newser) - An arrest has been made in the case of missing Texas mom Heidi Broussard after a body believed to be hers was found Thursday evening at a home near Houston. An infant girl was also found at the Jersey Village residence, thought to be Broussard's daughter, Margot Carey. The... More »

Family on Missing Mom, Baby: Good News Mixed With Horror

Police and FBI agents reportedly found body of Heidi Broussard, but infant Margot Carey is OK

(Newser) - Texas mom Heidi Broussard and her weeks-old daughter haven't been seen since the morning of Dec. 12, when the 33-year-old dropped her 6-year-old son off at an Austin elementary school. Now, there appears to be a tragic development after police and FBI agents descended upon a home in Harris... More »

Fiance Says Police Have Few Clues in Disappearances

Woman and newborn haven't been seen since Thursday

(Newser) - As police searched for Heidi Broussard, 33, and two-week-old Margot Carey, Broussard's fiance said they don't have much to go on. They haven't been heard from since Thursday, KVUE reports. "There's no signs of struggle," said Shane Carey, who is Margot's father. "... More »

Singer Revered by Kurt Cobain Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston cranked out dozens of albums

(Newser) - His iconic "Jeremiah the Innocent" frog graces the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets in Austin, his struggles with mental illness were well-documented, and his songs have been covered and revered by everyone from the Flaming Lips and Kurt Cobain to Tom Waits. Now, Texas and the entire musical... More »

America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities

Look for the learned in Ann Arbor, Mich.

(Newser) - "Smart" doesn't necessarily equate with "educated," but having an education can certainly help maximize one's natural intelligence—and there are certain US cities where the most scholarly are gathered. WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, specifically across two key... More »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

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