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Dad Shoots Barber Over Son's Haircut: Sheriff

Texas law enforcement is looking for the culprit

(Newser) - Texas authorities are seeking a man who allegedly shot a barber three times over his son's imperfect haircut, CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reports. Seems it all began when the 13-year-old got a haircut Saturday at Magic's Kutts & Fades in the Houston suburb of Katy. The boy later returned... More »

Body Found in Houston Is Indeed Missing Mom

Heidi Broussard's body identified; DNA tests being done on baby found alive at same location

(Newser) - The body of missing Texas mom Heidi Broussard has been identified, the AP reports. The 33-year-old's body, found more than 100 miles away from her hometown of Austin, was positively identified by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, which called her death a homicide by strangulation. Although police... More »

Ex-Cop Who Shot, Killed Atatiana Jefferson Indicted

Aaron Dean is charged with murder

(Newser) - The former Texas police officer who fatally shot a woman as she babysat her 8-year-old nephew was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a murder charge, NBC News reports. Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old pre-med graduate student, was playing video games at home with the boy when Aaron Dean, 35,... 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 »

FBI: Teen Stole Mercury Spilled in Houston

Up to 60 people had to be decontaminated

(Newser) - A 19-year-old is in FBI custody after dozens of people were exposed to mercury. Whether this happened by accident remains under investigation. Less than a pint of the toxic metal was found Sunday on the ground near three adjacent businesses, including a Walmart that houses a McDonald's, reports the... More »

3 Bodies Found During Alamo Renovations

Excavation work has been halted

(Newser) - Archaeologists have discovered three apparently long-forgotten bodies during a pre-renovation exploration of the Alamo, authorities say. Excavation work was halted and a tribal monitor was notified after the human remains were found in the Monks Burial Room and nave of the Alamo Church, NBC reports. "The remains encountered appear... More »

Judge: Keep Baby on Life Support Till the New Year

Legal battle continues between family of 10-month-old Tinslee Lewis, Texas hospital

(Newser) - A family that begged a Texas judge to keep a 10-month-old baby on life support has gotten its wish—at least for a few more weeks. The AP reports Judge Sandee Bryan Marion extended an injunction Thursday to keep Tinslee Lewis on life support at Fort Worth's Cook Children'... More »

Family Begs Judge to Order Baby Kept on Life Support

Doctors say no treatments remain for Tinslee Lewis, but her family wants her kept alive

(Newser) - The mother of a 10-month-old girl on life support testified Thursday that her daughter is “sassy” and enjoys cartoons, as a Texas judge considered whether a Fort Worth hospital can remove life-sustaining treatment because doctors say the infant's condition will never improve. The family of Tinslee Lewis is... More »

Texas Executes Man Who Killed Over His Job Assignment

Travis Runnels didn't want to work in shoe factory

(Newser) - A Texas inmate was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a supervisor at a state prison shoe factory in Amarillo nearly 17 years ago. Travis Runnels, 46, was convicted of slashing the throat of 38-year-old Stanley Wiley on Jan. 29, 2003. Runnels was executed at the state penitentiary... More »

Before Burying Sergeant, Chief Slams Senators, NRA

Houston's top cop blasts Cruz, Cornyn for stalling Violence Against Women Act

(Newser) - Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo laid into the National Rifle Association and Texas politicians Monday, minutes before he escorted the body of a slain officer from the medical examiner's office to a funeral home. Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32, was shot Saturday after responding to a call about a domestic... More »

Cops: Teen Didn't Just Assault His Girfriend. He Left His Mark

Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, was arrested Friday

(Newser) - Imagine a loved one angrily carving his name in your forehead. Well, that's what Jackub Jackson Hildreth allegedly did to his Texas girlfriend Thursday before fleeing the scene, the Houston Chronicle reports. But San Antonio police caught up with the 19-year-old and arrested him the next day. According to... More »

He Was Hanging Christmas Lights. Then, 'Help Me, Help Me'

$50K raised following Texas father's fatal fall

(Newser) - Nearly $50,000 has been raised for a Texas family who will be missing a beloved member this Christmas. Felipe Gallegos of Rhome was hanging Christmas lights from the roof of a home in Argyle with his 17-year-old son when he fell Saturday. His wife, Alisha Flick, heard a noise... More »

More and More Cops Carrying Batman-Style Tether

BolaWrap designed to wrap up suspect's arms or legs

(Newser) - Police departments across the country are adopting a nonlethal device that would look right at home on Batman's belt. The hand-held BolaWrap 100 from Wrap Technologies dispenses an 8-foot-long barbed Kevlar cord designed to wrap up a person up to 25 feet away, similar to Batman's trusty tether... More »

She Walked 14 Miles to Work. Then She Got a Surprise Tip

Couple buys Denny's waitress in Texas a car after hearing about her long commute

(Newser) - She gave them extra ice cream; they gifted her a new car. Adrianna Edwards definitely got the sweeter deal this week after two customers at a Texas Denny's, where she works as a waitress, gave her a much-needed tip: a 2011 Nissan Sentra, per CNN . While dining at the... More »

50K Under Evacuation Order After Texas Explosion

It wasn't safe to return for Thanksgiving

(Newser) - More than 50,000 people in Port Neches, Texas, and surrounding towns spent Thanksgiving away from home after officials decided not to lift a mandatory evacuation order. The order was put in place after an explosion early Wednesday at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant around 80 miles east of Houston... More »

It Was After Midnight in Texas. Then, a 'Shock Wave'

Chemical plant explosion injures at least 3, rocks homes of locals

(Newser) - "Say some prayers." That was the Facebook post from one Texas resident after a chemical plant exploded early Wednesday. The New York Times reports the blast took place in Port Neches at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant, which produces the colorless gas butadiene—a noted health hazard, per... More »

Sheriff: Deadly Hog Attack One of the 'Worst Things I've Seen'

Woman was killed outside Texas home

(Newser) - Authorities say feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a southeast Texas home where she worked as a caretaker. Christine Rollins cared for an elderly couple at their home in the small town of Anahuac. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Monday the 84-year-old woman she cared for was... More »

8 Hours After Girl Snatched From Street: 'We Got Her!'

Michael Webb, 51, will serve life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - Police officers storm a Texas hotel room with guns drawn before the moment of relief comes. "We got her! We got her!" an officer says as an 8-year-old kidnapping victim emerges from a laundry basket where she'd been told to keep quiet on threat of violence against... More »

Mom Texted Ashton Kutcher, Scored Some New Shoes

'That '70s Show' star reacts to message of a cross-country team in need of running shoes

(Newser) - A Texas cross-country team might have thought they were being punk'd—but Ashton Kutcher really did come through for them in a pinch. Monica Gutierrez tells CNN that her son, an eighth-grader at the IDEA Tres Lagos school in McAllen, joined the cross-country team this year, and one of... More »

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