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Bounty hunters, fugitive shoot each other dead at car dealership in Texas

Two bounty hunters and the fugitive from Minnesota they were tracking shot each other dead in a hail of bullets at a Texas car dealership in front of panicked customers, officials said Wednesday. ...


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Texas Mom Left Toddlers in Hot Car to Die, Ignored Cries, Sheriff Says

Two Texas toddlers died after being left in a hot car intentionally for hours by their teenage mom who ignored their cries and then lied to investigators about what happened, authorities said. Amanda Hawkins, 19, of Kerrville, is facing two counts of child endangerment in the deaths of da...


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In Texas, The Pigs Don't Fly, But the Hunters Do

Tourists looking for ever more thrilling holidays are taking to the skies above Texas to shoot wild hogs as part of the state's effort to limit the spread of an invasive species that annually causes millions of dollars in damage to farmland and livestock nationally. For up to $50,000, peo...


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Infant Shot and Killed In Father's Arms While on a Walk

Houston police are looking for three men involved in the shooting death of a 10-month-old baby boy. The baby was shot while his father was taking him for a walk at a southwest Houston apartment complex around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. "A father is taking his son out of his apartment, taking...


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Border Cities to Use IRIS Scanning Technology to Identify Illegal Immigrants

Criminals and illegal immigrants who get booked into jail along the southwest border will soon have one less way to hide their identity. Their eyes will be photographed with the Inmate Recognition and Identification System (IRIS). The device takes a picture of their iris, which according to polic...


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Texas Mother Charged in Deaths of Toddlers Left in Hot Car

A Texas mother has been arrested for the deaths of her two toddlers who she said were left in a hot car to teach the older child a lesson while the woman smoked marijuana and took a nap, authorities said. ...


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Razor Blades are Found Welded onto Slides in Children's Playgrounds

Authorities in southeast Texas have launched an investigation after city workers found razor blades embedded in playground equipment at two parks.  Officials in Huntsville, located about 70 miles north of Houston, found four blades on two slides at Eman...


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Texas School District Reportedly Approves Paddling as a Disciplinary Measure

A school district in Texas approved a measure that would allow paddling as a form of punishment starting in the upcoming academic year. Three Rivers Independent School District in South Texas passed the new system Tuesday. It allows "campus behavior coordinators and/or the principal" to a...


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Texas Man Ordered to Pay $65G in Child Support for Kid Who Isn't His

A Texas man is battling a court order that mandates he must pay tens of thousands in child support for a child that he did not biologically father and who he met only once. In 2003, a child support court in Texas ruled that Gabriel Cornejo, 45, had to p...


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Texas' Lieutenant Governor Blames Truck Deaths on Sanctuary Cities

Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, railed against sanctuary cities on Sunday after authorities in his state discovered eight people dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot and about 17 others in critical condition. ...


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Dentist Faces Charges After 4-Year-Old Suffers Brain Damage

A Texas dentist was indicted Monday over a 2016 incident that left a 4-year-old pediatric patient with permanent brain damage. Dr. Bethanial Jefferson is accused of intentionally and knowingly by omission causing serious bodily injury to a child by failing to seek and provide ad...


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Texas Woman Shoots and Kills Home Intruder

A 60-year-old Texas woman wasn't taking any chances Monday morning when she heard two intruders enter her home, grabbing her pistol and shooting one of the would-be thieves dead, police said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, confronted the...


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U.S. Judge Deals Blow to Texas’ ‘Sanctuary City’ Law

A U.S. district judge in Austin has rejected an effort by Texas to have a law that would punish so-called sanctuary cities be declared constitutional ahead of the measure taking effect next month. The Republican-backed law is the first of its kind since Republican Donald Trump became pres...


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Federal Judge Again Throws Out Texas Voter ID Law

A federal judge Wednesday rejected Texas' revised voter identification requirements, handing another court defeat to the state's Republicans over voting rights. Texas has spent years fighting to preserve both the voter ID law -- which was among the stri...


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Sanctuary City Crackdown About to Take Effect in Texas, Amid Court Battles

An anti-sanctuary city law is about to take effect in Texas, but not without a final burst of controversy and court battles.  Senate Bill 4, set to kick into law on Sept. 1, strikes at sanctuary cities by, among other things: barring policies that preve...


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Trump Monitors Harvey, Praises Government Response

President Trump said Saturday that he's closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey as it moves deeper into Texas and praised the government’s response to the powerful storm and its potential for deadly flooding. “Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp D...


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'Catastrophic Flooding' in Houston, Shuts Down Airport

Hurricane Harvey continued to pound southeastern Texas on Sunday with "catastrophic flooding" in Houston that led to at least one death and an airport shutdown caused by standing water on the runways. More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight Sunda...


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Texas Police Officer Braves Harvey to Save American Flag

A Texas police officer stopped at nothing to save an American flag as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday.  Aransas Pass Police Department posted on Facebook a photo of Officer Jack McCarty battling the strong winds and rain to take an American fla...


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Houston Judge Emmett 'We Need Boats!'

New evacuations were ordered Monday in the nation's fourth-largest city, as rising floodwaters that turned Houston streets into rivers navigable only by boat now threaten dams across the region -- while rescuers pleaded for more boats to reach residents trapped in their homes. ...


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Anheuser-Busch Brewery Pauses Beer Production to Can Emergency Drinking Water

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery put beer production on hold this week, instead canning safe drinking water to distribute to flooding victims affected by Hurricane Harvey. More than 50,000 cans of emergency drinking water will be sent from the brewing company...


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Florida Professor Suggests Texans Deserve Harvey for Supporting Trump

A University of Tampa professor of sociology apologized for a tweet on Sunday suggesting that Texans deserved Hurricane Harvey because of their support for President Trump in the 2016 election. ...


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University Fires Professor Who Blamed Harvey on GOP Vote

The University of Tampa has fired a visiting assistant professor who suggested in a tweet that Hurricane Harvey's destruction is "instant karma" for Texas because it voted Republican. Sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey posted the tweet and two responses on Sunday before removing the en...


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Reporter Slammed on Social Media for Alerting the Police to 'Looters'

With all eyes on the growing tragedy in Houston Texas, one reporter is being taken to task for his prioritizing of the events. After noticing what he called "looters," ABC’s Tom Llamas is being criticized by many on social media for his response. Llamas...


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Texas Woman Found Dead in Harvey Floods; Young Daughter Clinging to Her is Alive

A Texas woman has died trying to save herself and her young daughter from floods in the aftermath of Harvey -- but the little girl survived, authorities said. A police statement said the Beaumont woman pulled her...


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Trump's Texas Trip: As Critics Carp, He Looks to be in Charge

Donald Trump did what a president is supposed to do yesterday, visiting Corpus Christi for a briefing on hurricane relief efforts, talking up Texas and praising those on the front lines of the catastrophic flooding. As a levee was breached, reservoirs o...


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Democrat Houston Mayor Promises Illegal Immigrants Fleeing Harvey Will Not Be Turned Over to ICE

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has promised the city’s nearly 600,000 illegal immigrants that they won’t be turned over to immigration authorities if they go to a shelter or ask for help during Harvey. Turner, a lawyer, even went a step further, saying ...


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Trump’s Gaffe-Free Texas Trip Forces Media to Pounce on Shoes

President Trump vowed swift federal aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey during his visit Tuesday to the flood-stricken region, where he met with local officials and tried to boost spirits -- and still took a beating in the press.  Trump seemed to referen...


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Houston, DHS Officials Warn Residents of Fake Agents After Tropical Storm Harvey

Officials issued a warning Wednesday after disturbing reports surfaced of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents and telling residents to evacuate in order to rob their homes in the wake of devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. ...


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President Trump and First Lady Serve Meals to Harvey Victims

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Houston, Texas again on Saturday, where they greeted and served meals to survivors of Hurricane Harvey. The president can be heard greeting those staying in the shelter and asking what food they prefer. ...


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'Emergency' Abortion Fund Established for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

As donations pour in for the tens of thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, one group is putting money aside for a select group of survivors: those who require "emergency" abortions. The Austin-based ...


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Texas Voter ID Law OK for Now; Appeals Court Blocks Injunction

Texas Republicans won a minor victory Tuesday in their battle to implement a voter identification law. By a 2-1 vote, a federal appeals court panel in New Orleans stayed a permanent injunction to throw out the law, which requires voters to present an ac...


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Texas Churches Suing FEMA for Equal Access to Nonprofit Relief Funds

Churches, synagogues, and mosques became literal shelters in the storm, as Harvey and Irma ravaged East Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean.  Faithful volunteers clocked tens of thousands of hours to help victims. Some churches even served as staging area...


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Gruesome, Fanged 'Demon Fish' Washes Up on Texas Beach, Sparking Mystery

The strange fanged ‘sea creature’ that washed up on a Texas beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey quickly went viral after images were posted on Twitter, but what is it? Preeti Desai tweeted ...


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Appeals Court Allows More of Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Law

A federal appeals court has partially lifted a judge's order that blocked much of a Texas law targeting "sanctuary cities." Monday's ruling by three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel allows more of the law to take effect, and says that the law could survive with s...


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Cowboys Kneel Before National Anthem on Monday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys briefly kneeled before the national anthem ahead of their Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals, capping off a weekend that saw more than 200 players kneel or sit during the anthem itself. Both teams had discussed with each other what they ha...


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Texas Girl, 3, Vanishes After Dad Sent Her Outside Overnight For Not Drinking Milk

Authorities were searching Monday for a 3-year-old suburban Dallas girl who went missing over the weekend when her father allegedly made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk. Wesley Mathews, 37, ordered Sh...


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Previously Deported Illegal Alien Kills Firefighter, 2 Children — Gets 2-Year Sentence

A previously deported illegal alien received a two-year state jail sentence after killing a Texas volunteer firefighter and two of his children in a 2016 car crash. The criminal alien pleaded guilty to a single count of criminally negligent homicide. His actions separated the victim’s family, lea...


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Dem Rep. Al Green Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

Liberal Democratic Rep. Al Green on Wednesday followed through on threats to file articles of impeachment against President Trump, introducing the resolution in the House while delivering an anti-Trump tirade on the floor.  The Texas congressman's maneu...


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Texas Mom Finds Video of Alleged Rape of 7-Year-Old Daughter, Suspect Arrested

A man in Texas was arrested Sunday after a video of him reportedly raping a 7-year-old girl was uncovered by the victim's mother. Police arrested Jose Trinidad Gonzalez, 35, after the victim’s mother reported finding a video of the alleged rape on his tablet, the ...


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