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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...

Good Samaritan Drags Cop to Safety During Shootout

Man comforted officer, who'd been shot in the leg, until help arrived

(Newser) - A Houston man is being hailed as a hero after pulling a police officer to safety after the officer was shot amid a shootout on a freeway Saturday morning. The situation started when a man carjacked a vehicle Friday; the following day, police spotted the stolen car on the highway...

Ex-NFL Player, Who Cheated Death Once, Killed in Crash

DJ Hayden is among 6 people killed in car collision in Houston

(Newser) - A crash at a red light killed six people in downtown Houston early Saturday, including former NFL cornerback DJ Hayden and two of his former teammates at the University of Houston, per the AP and the Houston Chronicle . The two-vehicle crash occurred about 2am when a Chrysler 300, apparently "...

NFL to UH: You Can't Wear Those Uniforms

League sends cease-and-desist to university over throwback uniforms

(Newser) - The NFL says the University of Houston's new football uniforms are a no-go. UH unveiled the uniforms during its home opener on September 2. They feature a throwback design inspired by the Houston Oilers, founded as an AFL team in the city in 1959 before ultimately joining the NFL...

NTSB Says 2 Jets Collided at Houston Airport

Nobody was injured in Tuesday incident

(Newser) - Hours before Michael Whitaker was confirmed by the Senate as the new Federal Aviation Administration chief on Tuesday, two private jets collided at a Houston airport. The FAA says a Hawker 850XP took off without permission at William Hobby Airport, colliding with a Cessna Citation coming in to land on...

Lawmaker Blames Rival for Release of Profanity-Laced Recording

Houston mayoral candidate expresses regret, but doesn't confirm she is woman on tape

(Newser) - US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who is running to be Houston's next mayor, expressed regret and said that "everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect" following the release of an unverified audio recording purported to be of the longtime Democratic lawmaker berating staff members with a...

Pastor Ordered to Pay $2.45M in Herpes Case

Jury found Texas megachurch pastor liable for giving woman genital herpes

(Newser) - A pastor at a Houston megachurch was spreading more than the good word, a jury determined. The Rev. Ralph D. West II was ordered to pay $2.45 million to a woman who said he infected her with genital herpes, KPRC reports. After a three-day trial, the jury found the...

He's the Last Unidentified Victim of the 'Candy Man'

New sketch may help identify teen killed 50 years ago in Houston

(Newser) - A newly released sketch may close the final chapter on a notorious serial killer who preyed on teen boys in Houston 50 years ago. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children unveiled a sketch of the last unidentified victim of Dean Corll, who came to be known as the...

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