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Guy Charged With Taking Break From a Date to Kill a Man

Erick Aguirre allegedly shot and killed a fake parking attendant in Houston

(Newser) - A woman told Houston police that she went on a date with a guy, only to find out later that he committed murder when he left for a short time, according to a criminal complaint. Erick Aguirre, 29, is accused of fatally shooting a man who was posing as a...

Taylor Swift Fans Make $13 Donations After Man's Death

Jacob Lewis was struck by allegedly drunk driver after leaving Swift's Houston concert

(Newser) - A Houston man is facing a felony murder charge after he allegedly struck and killed a man who'd just left a Taylor Swift concert. Jacob Lewis, 20, and his 26-year-old sister departed Houston's NRG Stadium early Saturday only to have their vehicle break down on the Southwest Freeway....

State Takes Over Country's 8th-Largest School District

Democrats slam Texas takeover of Houston schools as politically motivated

(Newser) - Texas officials on Wednesday announced a state takeover of Houston's nearly 200,000-student public school district, the eighth-largest in the country, acting on years of threats and angering Democrats who assailed the move as political. The announcement, made by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's education commissioner, Mike Morath, amounts...

Cops: 3-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot Sister, 4

Houston girls were playing unsupervised, sheriff says

(Newser) - "Our hearts are broken," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after a 4-year-old girl was fatally shot in a Houston apartment Sunday. The sheriff said that in a "tragic" and "very preventable situation," the girl was apparently shot by her 3-year-old sister while they were...

Prosecutors: He Kept Her Where She Was 'Not Likely to Be Found'

Houston authorities say Abraham Bravo Segura kept woman captive in trailer for 4 years

(Newser) - Deputies arrested a Houston man this week, and court records say he's being charged with kidnapping for holding a woman captive in his trailer for about four years. Abraham Bravo Segura, 42, was hit with the felony charge after his Wednesday arrest, for allegedly "secreting and holding" the...

'Complete Shock': Podcaster Captures Crazy SUV Crash

Nobody was injured in the Houston accident

(Newser) - Podcaster Nathan Reeves was wrapping up an interview in Houston from a cafe when he spoke some unintentionally ironic words: "It got so quiet in here," he said—just as an out-of-control SUV barreled into the cafe right behind him. The startling video is here , via Reeves' "...

Cops: Restaurant Customer Killed Robber, Gave Money Back to Patrons

Grand jury will decide on charges for Texas man

(Newser) - A man who killed an armed robber Thursday night at a restaurant in Houston came forward to speak to police Monday. Surveillance video shows a masked man dressed in black waving a gun around as he robs patrons at a taqueria in southwest Houston. Police say the customer rose from...

Police ID Man Charged With Throwing Cans at Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz's Booze Chucker
Won't Face Charges

Ted Cruz's Booze Chucker Won't Face Charges

Texas senator was nearly hit in the head by unopened White Claw can

(Newser) - A guy who threw two unopened cans of alcohol at Ted Cruz won't face charges after all. A grand jury opted not to indict Joseph Halm Arcidiacono for chucking the cans at the senator during a victory parade for the Houston Astros last year, reports the Houston Chronicle . Halm...

Amid Houston's Freezing Temps, Woman Ends Up With 1.6K Bats in Attic

They recovered there after plunging from area bridges

(Newser) - More than 1,500 bats found a temporary home this week in the attic of a Houston Humane Society director, but it wasn’t because they made it their roost. It was a temporary recovery space for the flying mammals after they lost their grip and plunged to the pavement...

Here Are the Most Festive US Cities
Here Are the Most
Festive US Cities

Here Are the Most Festive US Cities

New York tops LawnStarter's list

(Newser) - Do you don your party hat on Dec. 1 and not take it off till the new year? You might want to seek out cities where you'll find like-minded festive souls. LawnStarter gathered public data from 200 of the nation's largest cities to see where those in a...

Man Arrested in Takeoff's Death
Arrest Made in Rapper's Death

Arrest Made in Rapper's Death

Police say rapper was an innocent bystander in dispute outside Houston bowling alley

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff, who was killed last month outside a bowling alley in Houston. Houston police announced Friday that Patrick Xavier Clark has been charged with murder in connection with Takeoff's death. Police Chief Troy Finner said Clark was...

Houston Residents Can Drink Their Water Again

City lifts boil advisory

(Newser) - Houston officials lifted an order Tuesday that had called for more than 2 million people in the nation's fourth-largest city to boil their tap water before drinking or using it. The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification plant caused pressure...

Houston Issues Boil Water Notice for Entire City

Power outage caused pressure to drop at water purification plant

(Newser) - More than 2 million people in the Houston area were under a boil order notice Monday after a power outage at a purification plant caused water pressure to drop, and the mayor of the nation's fourth-largest city ordered a full review of the system. The notice tells customers to...

Man Dancing on 18-Wheeler Killed After Hitting Bridge

Police say driver was unaware man was up there

(Newser) - Last Thursday morning, a man in Houston decided to dance atop a moving 18-wheeler on the Eastex Freeway. Per ABC13 , the man was knocked off the truck as it passed under the Tuam Street bridge. Paramedics responded quickly and rushed him to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, but he was later...

Takeoff of Rap Trio Migos Shot Dead at Houston Party

Migos member Takeoff, 28, was reportedly gunned down Tuesday at a Houston bowling alley

(Newser) - Initial reports of a man fatally gunned down at a Texas party early Tuesday didn't offer many details, including the identity of the deceased, whom they simply described as a Black man in his 20s. Now, TMZ (reader discretion advised: link contains graphic photos) confirms with law enforcement...

Cops Find Man Shot Dead, Then Get Call About His Toddler

Police are investigating what they say was double homicide of dad, 2-year-old son in Houston

(Newser) - Houston police were searching Tuesday for a man they say is responsible for a double homicide of a 2-year-old boy and his father. Executive Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite says officers were called to a shooting outside a strip mall southwest of downtown around 1:45pm, where they found a...

Prosecutors: Man Who Didn't Get Promotion Killed Family

Feng Lu arrested in connection with 2014 Houston-area murders

(Newser) - More than eight years after the murder of an entire family stunned the Houston area's Chinese community, an arrest has been made. According to court documents filed Wednesday, investigators believe 58-year-old Feng Lu killed Maoye Sun; his wife, Mei Xie; and their two sons, 7-year-old Titus and 9-year-old Timothy,...

Southwest Pilot's Warning Was an Odd One

It wasn't about turbulence or an overbooked flight, but a passenger sending nude pics

(Newser) - What happens in Texas apparently doesn't stay in Texas, because what took place on one Southwest Airlines flight getting ready to fly to Mexico is now making headlines all over the globe. That's thanks to a now-viral TikTok video taken by Teighlor Marsalis, who tells CNN she recorded...

Evicted Man Shot Tenants Fleeing Fires He Set: Police

Houston gunman killed 3 neighbors and wounded 2

(Newser) - A man evicted from a Houston apartment building shot five other tenants—killing three of them—Sunday morning after setting fire to the house to lure them out, police said. Officers fatally shot the gunman. The attack happened about 1am Sunday in a mixed industrial-residential neighborhood in southwest Houston, the...

Daughter Found 42 Years After Parents' Deaths

Holly is alive and well, Texas reports, and has met her relatives online

(Newser) - When the bodies of her parents were found in a wooded area of Houston in 1981, there was no sign of their infant daughter. "I prayed for more than 40 years for answers," said Donna Casasanta, the child's grandmother, CNN reports. She's now received at least...

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