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Her BF Was Electrocuted After a Crash. Then, More News

Destiny Wallace finds out she's pregnant with Fabian Garnica's child after he steps on power line

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Texas man survived a collision with a utility pole on Saturday but, sadly, didn't survive much long after. An injured Fabian Garnica was electrocuted when he stepped out of his vehicle and directly onto a downed power line at the site of the single-vehicle crash along Highway... More »

Teen Steps Up to Help Sick Sister, Gets in Trouble at School

Newt Johnson told he's violating district's dress code

(Newser) - Maggie Johnson, 11, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease in October, requiring her to undergo chemo and dialysis that started making her curly red hair fall out, per WOAI . Her big brother, 16-year-old Newt, decided to do something special for her—and now his family says he's been... More »

Teen Confronts Bullies, Meets Horrible Fate

Samuel Reynolds, 16, was murdered days later

(Newser) - Samuel Reynolds was bold enough to fend off a bully. Days later, one of the kids involved allegedly pulled out a .40 caliber gun and shot him—dead. That's what police in Arlington, Texas, are saying about the 16-year-old who lost his life for doing the right thing, CNN... More »

Texas Man Who Killed His Family Apologizes, Is Executed

Abel Ochoa shot dead his wife, 2 daughters, and 2 relatives in 2002

(Newser) - A Dallas man was executed Thursday evening for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started... More »

Woman Charged With Killing Friend to Get Her Newborn

Magen Fieramusca charged with murder of Heidi Broussard

(Newser) - Magen Fieramusca has been officially charged with the murder of her close friend Heidi Broussard, whom she's accused of asphyxiating in the process of kidnapping Broussard's newborn daughter. Fieramusca was arrested on two counts of kidnapping and one count of tampering with a corpse after Broussard's body... More »

Hero of Walmart Shooting Was Homeless: Cops

El Paso police finally identify transient day laborer Lazaro Ponce as man who rescued infant

(Newser) - El Paso police say they've finally identified a hero of the mass shooting that killed 22 people at a Walmart on Aug. 3. Surveillance footage captured a man running out of the store carrying an infant whose parents had been fatally shot . A second video showed the man approaching... More »

School Tells Senior to Cut Dreadlocks or Skip Graduation

Length is the issue, not style, district insists

(Newser) - Graduation is three months away at Barbers Hill High School. That's how long DeAndre Arnold has to decide whether to cut his dreadlocks, USA Today reports. If he doesn't, he won't be permitted to walk across the stage at graduation, the Texas school has told him. And... More »

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,... More »

In These States, It's Driver Beware

WalletHub ranking considers infrastructure, traffic, and more

(Newser) - Traffic in New York City is notoriously bad, but it's not enough to sour driving in the state, which comes middle of the pack in a new ranking of the best and worst US states in which to drive. There's much more than traffic to consider. Indeed, WalletHub... More »

Parents Outraged Over 'Absolutely Appalling' Homework Question

Assignment focusing on DNA mentioned rape and sperm samples

(Newser) - A Texas school district says it has taken "corrective action" after a question about rape appeared on a ninth-grade homework assignment. About 90 biology students at Klein Collins High School near Houston received the assignment focusing on DNA, which included what the Klein Independent School District calls an "... More »

Student Shot Dead in School's ROTC Room

DA says Texas teen mistakenly killed friend

(Newser) - A 16-year-old student mistakenly shot his friend in their Houston-area high school’s ROTC room before fleeing and being arrested several hours later, officials say. The two were in a room at Bellaire High School with four other students but no adult Tuesday afternoon when the 16-year-old took a semi-automatic... More »

9 Dead Amid Severe US Storms

Louisiana takes the brunt of it so far

(Newser) - Severe storms sweeping across parts of the US South were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least nine people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes, and unrelenting rain battered a large area of the region, the AP reports. Storm-related fatalities were reported in icy weather in Texas,... More »

Gamer Saves Pal's Life From 5K Miles Away

Dia Lathora called UK police all the way from Texas

(Newser) - Looks like video games come with a built-in safety net. A teenager in Widnes, England, had a sudden seizure while gaming last week with an online friend—and that friend, 5,000 miles away in Texas, called the police, CBS News reports. "I could hear him seizing and breathing... More »

Police: Man Choked Girlfriend Who Griped About Smelly Farts

Christopher Ragsdale has been charged with assault

(Newser) - A Texas man accused of choking and headbutting his girlfriend because she complained about the smell of his flatulence has been jailed on an assault charge, police said. Officers in Wichita Falls, Texas, responded to a home on Sunday afternoon following a report that Christopher Ragsdale had assaulted his girlfriend,... More »

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... More »

Inside the Dentist's Murder That Rattled Uptown Dallas

Brenda Delgado orchestrated the killing of her ex's new love

(Newser) - In 2015, a gunman fatally shot 35-year-old pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher in a Dallas parking garage and took her purse. The murder and robbery shook the Uptown neighborhood where Hatcher had lived among other well-to-do young adults, writes Skip Hollandsworth at Texas Monthly . Young women were suddenly leery about strolling... More »

Sick Baby's Mom 'Heartbroken' Over Judge's Ruling

Texas judge decides hospital can take Tinslee Lewis off life support; there will be an appeal

(Newser) - It's not the answer Tinslee Lewis' family wanted to hear. A Texas judge ruled Thursday that Cook Children's Medical Center can take the seriously ill 11-month-old off life support, despite the objections of her family amid a protracted legal battle, the New York Times reports. Chief Justice Sandee... More »

Man Last Seen Dec. 22 Found in Grand Canyon

Texas' Martin O'Connor was spotted on one of the more difficult trails

(Newser) - A Texas man reported missing on Dec. 22 was spotted by hikers late Wednesday on one of the most challenging established trails in the Grand Canyon's South Rim and rescued the next day. Martin O'Connor, 58, was seen on the New Hance Trail, which leads down the canyon... More »

Former 'Affluenza Teen' Ethan Couch Arrested

He's accused of violating probation

(Newser) - Ethan Couch is now 22 years old, but he may never be able to shake the title of "affluenza teen"—especially not if he keeps getting arrested. Couch, who was 16 and driving drunk when he killed four pedestrians in 2013, was arrested in Texas Thursday for a... More »

Boy, 12, Saves Day When Brother Starts Stabbing Great-Grandparents

Sheriff is hailing Texas preteen as a 'real hero'

(Newser) - An elderly couple were driving their 20-year-old great-grandson to a friend's house in Texas, where he was to stay until he got evaluated for what his great-grandma called "behavioral issues." As she told Lucian Johnston that on the car ride over Sunday, explaining he could no longer... More »

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