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These US Cities Are Heaven for Mosquitoes

Los Angeles tops Orkin's top 50 list

(Newser) - Time to break out the repellent: Mosquito season is bearing down upon us. Pest control company Orkin wanted to see which cities in America have the most issues with the flying pests, so it analyzed the numbers on how many customers it provided residential mosquito treatments to in major metro...

Stormwaters Receding, but the Mosquitoes Aren't

Bugs are out in force in Houston, and it may be a common theme elsewhere

(Newser) - Houston is soaked. And the unusually heavy rain of the last few weeks—including a devastating storm last week —has led to an annoying side effect: mosquitoes. The city of bayous is all too familiar with the pests, of course, but they are out early and with a vengeance...

'It Was Fierce. It Was Intense. It Was Quick.'

Severe thunderstorms rip through Houston, killing at least 4; some could be without power for weeks

(Newser) - Power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston, an official warned Friday, after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city, knocking out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region, blowing out windows on downtown high rises, and flipping vehicles. The National Weather Service said...

Severe Storms Kill at Least 4 in Houston

'Downtown is a mess,' mayor says, urging residents to stay home

(Newser) - Fast-moving thunderstorms pummeled southeastern Texas on Thursday for the second time this month, killing at least four people, blowing out windows in high-rise buildings, downing trees, and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area. Officials urged residents to keep off roads, as...

Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas
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Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas

Flooding rescues top 400, with more rain expected Sunday

(Newser) - High waters flooded neighborhoods around Houston on Saturday following heavy rains that have already resulted in crews rescuing more than 400 people from homes, rooftops, and roads engulfed in murky water. Floodwaters inundated a wide region Saturday, from Houston to rural East Texas, where game wardens rode airboats through waist-high...

Robbery Victim Charged in Shooting Death of Girl, 9

Tony Earls opened fire on truck after he was robbed at Houston ATM, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A man accused of fatally shooting a 9-year-old girl when he was robbed at a Houston ATM in 2022 has been indicted on a murder charge in her death. Tuesday's indictment against Tony Earls comes nearly two years after another grand jury declined to indict him in the death...

These Are the Most Diverse Cities in America

The top 3 all hail from Maryland, with Gaithersburg at No. 1

(Newser) - America is going through an "extreme makeover"—at least in terms of diversity, according to WalletHub , which took a peek at which major metropolitan areas rank highest in this regard. The site looked at more than 500 of the nation's biggest cities, scanning more than a dozen...

Doctor Accused of Thwarting Patients' Transplants

J. Steve Bynon Jr. oversees abdominal transplants at Texas' Memorial Hermann

(Newser) - The surgeon who's led the abdominal transplant program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston since 2011 is accused of altering records to potentially deny patients a shot at a life-saving liver. The hospital abruptly shut down its liver and kidney transplant programs in recent days after the doctor,...

The 'Little Rascals' Arrested for Bank Robbery

Boys ages 11, 12, and 16 allegedly passed threatening note in Houston

(Newser) - Three boys, ages 11, 12, and 16 and dubbed the "Little Rascals," have been arrested for robbing a bank in Houston, authorities confirmed Wednesday, per the AP . Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the youngsters are in custody and have been charged with robbery by threat. Gonzalez said...

She Vanished 2 Weeks Ago With Dog, Who Just Turned Up

Houston Police searching for Christina Johnson, 27, last seen March 6

(Newser) - A Texas woman who's been missing for two weeks was last seen walking her dog. That dog turned up Friday almost 8 miles from where 27-year-old Christina Johnson was last known to be, raising fears for the recent college graduate who'd returned home to plan her next move....

United Airlines Isn't Having a Very Good Week

Plane rolls off runway in Houston, hours after tire fell off another plane in San Francisco

(Newser) - People often clap when their plane lands, but maybe everyone should hold that applause until their ride makes it to the terminal gate. Passengers on a United Airlines flight found that out the hard way Friday morning, when their jet touched down OK at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport,...

NASA Puts Out Call for Volunteers: 'Martians Wanted'

Live and work in Mars simulator for a year to help space agency prep for the real thing

(Newser) - For those just itching to find out what it's like to live on the red planet, NASA has your dream job. The space agency is looking for four volunteers for its next mission to simulate life on Mars for a year. Selected applicants would actually be living in Houston,...

Joel Osteen Lauds 'Heroes' of Megachurch Shooting
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Joel Osteen Returns to His Church

Pastor praises law enforcement, his Houston megachurch's security team after Feb. 11 shooting

(Newser) - Lakewood Church was back in business on Sunday, a week after a shooting at Joel Osteen's megachurch in Houston left the shooter dead, her young son critically injured, and another man hurt. The congregation offered up prayers for the injured, as well as for 36-year-old shooter Genesse Moreno, while...

Neighbors Say They Warned Cops About Megachurch Shooter

Her former mother-in-law is also speaking out

(Newser) - The neighbors of Genesse Ivonne Moreno, the woman who opened fire in Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch on Sunday before she was fatally shot by police, say they'd been trying to warn authorities about her for years. The six women held a news conference to describe the harassment and...

Police Identify Megachurch Shooting Suspect

Genesse Ivonne Moreno was fatally shot by off-duty officers inside Lakewood Church

(Newser) - The woman who opened fire in Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch on Sunday has been identified as 36-year-old Genesse Ivonne Moreno, but many details, including the motive, remain unclear. The Houston Chronicle reports that Moreno, who was fatally shot by two off-duty officers working security inside Lakewood Church, was named...

Students Rebel Against Phone Policy, Get a Big Warning

Houston superintendent threatens to suspend kids who walk out of high school over phone ban

(Newser) - Students who don't like their Texas school's new cellphone policy carried out a series of protests over the past week, and now their district's superintendent is warning of repercussions. Chron.com reports that "hundreds" of students at James Madison High School in Houston protested in front...

Coast Guard Was Inspecting a Port, Noticed Strange Barking

'Connie the Container Dog' was definitely an unexpected surprise

(Newser) - Keen ears on the part of a group of US Coast Guard inspectors led to the rescue last week of a dog trapped in a Texas shipping container. Bryan Wainscott, Ryan McMahon, Lucas Loe, and Jose Reyes were on the job Wednesday at the Port of Houston, randomly selecting containers...

Tickets for College Football Final Are Up in the Stratosphere

Average ticket price for a seat at the game in Houston on Monday is $2,845, per SeatGeek

(Newser) - The Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies face off Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but fans who want to watch the matchup in person will pay a pretty penny to attend. Citing SeatGeek numbers, Axios reports that you'll need at least $1,302 to even get...

These Are the Most Sinful Cities in America

Las Vegas ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list, while Pearl City, Hawaii, proves most virtuous

(Newser) - Christian teachings have long warned against the seven deadly sins, yet since the beginning of time, humans just can't seem to lick their related vices. WalletHub wanted to see which US cities are rife with people acting "illicitly," so it examined more than 180 of the largest...

Army Aims to Rectify 'Largest Mass Execution' in Its History

More than a century later, soldier convictions related to the 1917 Houston riots are overturned

(Newser) - It was, as the Washington Post reports, "the largest mass execution carried out in the history of the US Army." On Dec. 11, 1917, 13 Buffalo Soldiers were hanged in a military camp near Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The African American cavalry soldiers of the...

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