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'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...

Barge Slams Into Texas Bridge
Oil Spill Estimate Is a Relief

Oil Spill Estimate Is a Relief

Barge hit Pelican Island Bridge in Texas, cutting island off from Galveston

(Newser) - The Coast Guard on Thursday gave a preliminary estimate that up to 2,000 gallons of oil spilled into Galveston Bay when a barge crashed into a Texas bridge the day before. "We're pretty confident there was much less oil introduced to the water than we initially estimated,...

Abbott Pardons BLM Protester's Killer

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a full pardon Thursday to a former Army sergeant convicted of murder for fatally shooting an armed demonstrator in 2020 during nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice. Abbott announced the pardon just minutes after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles disclosed it...

Family Thought They Could Handle Flood, Got Swept Away

Lucas Warren's parents survived ordeal near Burleson, Texas, but the 4-year-old didn't

(Newser) - A couple miraculously survived after being swept away by rushing floodwaters in Texas over the weekend, but their 4-year-old son did not. According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call came in around 2am local time on Sunday to report a vehicle with three people inside, stuck...

Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas
Floodwaters Keep
Rising in Texas

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...

Clark Makes WNBA Debut: 'You Couldn't Ask for a Better Game'

New guard for Indiana Fever scored 21 points against Dallas Wings in exhibition match

(Newser) - More than three hours before Caitlin Clark made her WNBA debut with the Indiana Fever in a preseason game against the Dallas Wings in Arlington, Texas, on Friday night, some fans among the sellout crowd were lined up outside the arena dressed in No. 22 University of Iowa jerseys. And...

Rescues, Evacuations Follow Texas Floods

"It is not your typical river flood,' official warns

(Newser) - Officials in Houston are urging residents to prepare for worsening flooding after heavy rains that have led to high-water rescues and mandatory evacuation orders. "This threat is ongoing, and it's going to get worse. It is not your typical river flood," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the...

Congressman Cuellar Indicted on Bribery Charges

Texas Democrat and his wife accused of improper ties with Azerbaijan officials

(Newser) - Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and his wife were indicted on conspiracy and bribery charges and taken into custody Friday in connection with a federal probe into ties between American business leaders and the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, per the AP . From 2014 to 2021, Cuellar and his...

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...

2nd Person Dies After Man Drives Semi Into Building: Cops

Authorities say driver intentionally drove into building

(Newser) - A second victim has died more than a week after a man allegedly drove a stolen 18-wheeler into a Texas public safety office. Police identified Cheryl Turner, 63, as the second person killed; a 78-year-old man died on the day of the incident. Police say Clenard Parker, 42, was a...

Texas Boy Admits Killing Man When He Was 7

Authorities say boy, now 10, was too young at the time to be charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas say a 10-year-old boy who was questioned about a threat to kill another student made a chilling confession. In a news release , the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office said the boy told investigators he had killed a man in an RV park in early 2022, a week...

Overflowing Texas Water Tower May Be a 'Worrisome Escalation'
In Texas, an
Water Tower
Points to Russia
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In Texas, an Overflowing Water Tower Points to Russia

Russian hackers have claimed responsibility, in what may be nation's first attack on US water

(Newser) - A water tower in a small Texas town overflowed in January, spilling tens of thousands of gallons into the streets. Now, Google-owned cybersecurity company Mandiant says the incident in Muleshoe may be the first hack into US water systems by Russia after infiltrators tied to one of that country's...

4 States Hit by 911 Outages
Light Pole
Knocked Out
911 Calls

Light Pole Installation Knocked Out 911 Calls

Emergency calls were waylaid in multiple states

(Newser) - A cause has been identified in the 911 service outage that affected multiple states on Wednesday: A crew cut into a fiber line while installing a light pole in Kansas City, the AP reports. Lumen Technologies said Thursday that its line that was snapped, though the light pole was somebody...

'Instead of Curing Pain,' This Doctor 'Inflicted It'

Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Jr. found guilty of causing cardiac emergencies through drugged IV bags

(Newser) - A Texas doctor is facing up to 190 years in prison after a federal jury found he injected dangerous drugs into IV bags at the surgical facility where he worked, triggering cardiac emergencies among patients. Thirteen patients suffered cardiac emergencies during routine procedures at Baylor Scott & White Surgicare in...

Prosecutors Hid Evidence in Convicting Mom of Murder

Texas death row inmate Melissa Lucio, convicted of killing her toddler, could now go free

(Newser) - The judge who presided over Melissa Lucio's 2008 murder trial following the death of her 2-year-old daughter now says the conviction should be thrown out. State District Judge Arturo Nelson recommended on Friday that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturn Lucio's conviction and death sentence, in response...

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,...

These States Have the Most Expensive Home Insurance

Florida comes in at No. 1 on Insurify's list, with an average annual cost of close to $11K

(Newser) - The average annual rate for home insurance comes in at just under $2,400, but in many parts of the country, what homeowners are paying exceeds that figure by far. Insurify lays out the damage, citing rates that rose an average of 20% over the past two years across America....

Texas Prisoner Sues Over Paltry Sleep

Michael Garrett alleges cruel and unusual punishment over schedule of 3.5 hours a night

(Newser) - A prisoner in Texas has won the latest battle in his long-running legal fight to get more sleep. Michael Garrett says he and other inmates in the Estelle Unit in Huntsville get only 3.5 hours of scheduled sleep per night, and even that is interrupted by a head count,...

Texas City Is Calling All Kyles
Texas City Is
Calling All Kyles

Texas City Is Calling All Kyles

They're hoping to beat world record with 'Gathering of the Kyles'

(Newser) - The city of Kyle, Texas wants as many Kyles as possible to visit for this year's "Gathering of the Kyles." The Austin-area city is aiming to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people with the same first name, UPI reports. The current record...

Texas Dairy Worker Contracts Bird Flu

It's the first human case this year as illness spreads through cattle

(Newser) - A dairy worker in Texas has contracted bird flu, and while the case appears to be a mild one, its rare nature has health officials taking notice.
  • The unidentified worker has eye inflammation as the only symptom and is being treated with the antiviral drug oseltamivir, reports CBS19 . The person

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