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Instagram Influencer's Cause of Death Revealed

Alexis Sharkey was found dead in November

(Newser) - The death of an Instagram influencer whose body was found along a Texas road in late November has been ruled a homicide. In the first update about the case since December, authorities also said that an autopsy showed that Alexis Sharkey was strangled to death, Fox News reports. A Houston...

2 Virginia Cops Charged With Breaching Capitol

Houston officer is likely to be charged, too

(Newser) - Two police officers from rural Virginia are facing federal charges for their alleged role in the Capitol riot. Sergeant Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker of the Rocky Mount Police Department, charged with unlawful entry into a restricted area and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, were photographed...

She Hung On 'for Dear Life' to Try to Save Stolen Puppy

Alize James clung to hood of getaway car after couple swiped dog from Texas pet store

(Newser) - Alize James loves "all types of animals," and she proved just how much on Nov. 4. That's when the worker at BullyKamp, a pet shop in Houston, says a man and woman entered the store and, after checking out different dog breeds, decided to buy a bully...

Ex-Cop Pulls Gun in Hunt for 'Fake Ballots': Report

Mark Anthony Aguirre is facing up to 20 years in prison

(Newser) - An ex-police captain was charged Tuesday after allegedly stopping a man at gunpoint in Texas and accusing him of voter fraud, CNN reports. Prosecutors say Mark Anthony Aguirre, 63, was even paid over $260,000 for his work. "He crossed the line from dirty politics to commission of a...

Video Allegedly Shows Driver Drinking Before Fatal Crash

Texas' Camilo Morejon charged in crash that killed his 3 passengers

(Newser) - A fatal crash in Houston is making headlines because of video from one of the vehicles taken just before the collision. It appears to show the driver drinking a beer and telling his three passengers that he drives better when he drinks, reports NBC News . The Facebook Live video of...

Here Are the US Cities Hardest Hit Financially by COVID

Half of America's top 10 are located in one state

(Newser) - With more than 225,000 dead and 8.6 million cases of COVID-19 in the US, the health consequences of the virus are obvious. But the financial repercussions have also been devastating, and some areas are suffering more than others. WalletHub looked at the biggest US cities across nine metrics...

Brain-Eating Amoeba Seen in State's Water Supply

Several areas near Houston are warned not to use tap water

(Newser) - The brain-eating amoeba that recently turned up in Florida has resurfaced in a Texas town's water supply, KHOU reports. On Friday, Texas environmental officials told residents in several areas near Houston—including Lake Jackson, Brazoria, Richwood, Freeport, Angleton, and Oyster Creek—to stop using tap water, even for bathing,...

100 Motorists Rescued as Beta Swamps Houston

Storm has weakened to a tropical depression

(Newser) - Beta weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas farther inland. Beta, which made landfall late Monday as a tropical storm just north of Port O’Connor, is the first storm named for a Greek...

Young Doctor Is Among Latest COVID Casualties

Adeline Fagan dies in Houston, one of 200K US deaths

(Newser) - The US has now reached the unwanted milestone of 200,000 COVID deaths , and one of those deaths out of Houston is drawing national attention. Adeline Fagan, a 28-year-old medical doctor, died after battling the coronavirus for about two months, reports the Houston Chronicle . Coverage:
  • The fight: Fagan was a
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Rubio: Chinese Consulate Was a 'Massive Spy Center'

State-run newspaper runs poll on which US consulate Beijing should close

(Newser) - The Chinese consulate in Houston was a "massive spy center," lawmakers say—and the fact that officials were seen burning documents at the Texas facility after the government ordered it to close seems to confirm it. The Houston Fire Department, which was praised by Chinese officials after putting...

'Outrageous': US Boots China From Consulate

Officials seen burning documents on Tuesday

(Newser) - The US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in "one of the biggest blows to diplomatic ties between the two countries in decades," reports Bloomberg . Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the consulate late Tuesday as footage showed officials burning documents in barrels in...

Texas Supreme Court Rules on GOP Convention

7-1 majority said state party can't force Houston to host in-person convention

(Newser) - The all-Republican Texas Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Texas Republican Party, which was seeking a ruling allowing it to hold its in-person convention in Houston this week. The move "effectively kills" the party's plans to hold the gathering as planned, reports the Houston Chronicle . Last...

Houston Mayor Scraps Texas GOP Convention

'The public health concerns outweigh anything else'

(Newser) - Houston officials on Wednesday canceled the Texas Republican Party's in-person convention, saying the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled. Mayor Sylvester Turner said that the city's lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas GOP signed to rent the downtown...

Comedian's Daughter Shot 3 Times at Traffic Light

Rickey Smiley's daughter caught in Houston crossfire

(Newser) - "I'm so mad right now, I don't know what to do," says comedian and syndicated radio host Rickey Smiley, whose daughter was shot multiple times in a suspected road-rage incident in Houston Sunday night. Aaryn Smiley, 19, was shot three times but is expected to recover,...

Police Helicopter Crashes Into Apartment Complex

Police say it was triggered by 'probably a bogus call'

(Newser) - Officials say a Houston police helicopter crashed early Saturday, killing one of the two officers on board and critically injuring the other, the AP reports. A pilot and tactical flight officer were aboard a police helicopter when it crashed at an apartment complex around 2am. They were flown to a...

Boy, 5, Shot While Making TikTok Videos With Father

Houston police say he was hit by stray bullet

(Newser) - With the Houston area under a stay-at-home order, 5-year-old Jordan Allen was playing on the balcony of his family's second-floor apartment last week, making TikTok videos with his father. Police say the boy was hit by a stray bullet at around 9pm last Tuesday when his father stepped inside...

Line That Carries Water to Half of Houston Breaks

(Newser) - A water main break from a plant that supplies about half of Houston left drivers stranded on a flooded freeway and forced businesses and schools to close because they had no water or low water pressure on Thursday. "This was a major, a major break," Mayor Sylvester Turner...

Babysitter Shot Nephew While 'Taking Selfies': Cops

Caitlyn Smith, 19, charged with injury to a child in Texas

(Newser) - A babysitter was taking selfies with a gun on Tuesday when she accidentally shot her 10-year-old nephew in the stomach, according to authorities in Texas. The boy was being watched by the 19-year-old at an apartment in Houston and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, per CNN , which...

Grim Request to City Residents After Blast: Look for Body Parts

At least 2 dead after Houston warehouse explodes

(Newser) - Two people died after a massive explosion Friday leveled a Houston warehouse, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing people from their sleep miles away, authorities say. The explosion happened about 4:30am inside a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment,...

A Foul Ball Hit a Girl's Head. 7 Months Later, an Update

Child hurt at Astros game has permanent brain injury, may have to take meds for life: lawyer

(Newser) - A young girl hit by a foul ball during a Houston Astros game in May has a permanent brain injury, a lawyer for her family says. Attorney Richard Mithoff tells the Houston Chronicle that the 2 1/2-year-old—who suffered a skull fracture at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May...

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