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Fourth Richest Woman in US Discovered Hiding in Texas

Fourth Richest Woman in US Discovered Hiding in Texas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s one thing to live for years undetected with a fortune of $12.7 billion. It’s another to do it as the 77-year-old daughter-in-law of the late, pneumatic, reality-TV phenomenon Anna Nicole Smith. As to how a 77-ye…

Texas Teacher on Leave After Kids Draw 9/11 Pictures

Texas Teacher on Leave After Kids Draw 9/11 Pictures

ABC News(EL PASO, Texas) — An elementary school teacher in El Paso, Texas, is being investigated for an assignment in which he had fourth graders draw depictions of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, according to school district officials.For an assig…

University of Texas, North Dakota U. and Valparaiso Disrupted by Threats

University of Texas, North Dakota U. and Valparaiso Disrupted by Threats

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A trio of universities were disrupted by violent threats this morning although all three campuses were later determined appear to be safe, according to the schools. University of Texas president William Powers, Jr., …

Texas Man Hit by Car When 911 Calls Go Unanswered

Texas Man Hit by Car When 911 Calls Go Unanswered

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — After what he said were four attempts to reach a 911 operator after a car had hit his vehicle on a Texas road, Kelvin Crowe of Dallas gave up, got out of his car and was hit by a passing vehicle as he tried to flag d…

Elderly Woman Dragged From Car by Texas Cop

Elderly Woman Dragged From Car by Texas Cop

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(KEENE, Texas) — A Texas police department is defending an officer who is seen on a dashcam video pulling a 77-year-old woman out of her car during a traffic stop.Sgt. Gene Geheb, an officer from the Keene Police Department, pu…

Fastest Road in America: Texas Set to Open 85 MPH Highway

Fastest Road in America: Texas Set to Open 85 MPH Highway

ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — They say everything in Texas is bigger – and soon the Lone Star State will be faster too. Texas is going to be home to the fastest road in America.The Texas Transportation Commission has approved plans to open a stretch…

Judge Orders Alleged Fort Hood Shooter’s Beard Shaved Off

Judge Orders Alleged Fort Hood Shooter’s Beard Shaved Off

U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences via Getty Images(FORT HOOD, Texas) — The murder trial of Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused in the 2009 shooting deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, could be delayed for month…

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Sentenced to 99 Years

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Sentenced to 99 Years

Hemera/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Authorities in Texas are searching for a convicted rapist who vanished in the middle of his trial and has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.Eric McGowen, 20, was not in court for his conviction or for his sentence on Th…

Houston Texans Fan Dies After Falling from Escalator at Stadium

Houston Texans Fan Dies After Falling from Escalator at Stadium

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — A fan who was attending a preseason game at the Houston Texans’ Reliant Stadium died after toppling off of an escalator while trying to slide down its handrails.The death of 25-year-old Jonathan Kelly, a Texans …

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Found Guilty

Missing Defendant in Texas Gang Rape Case Found Guilty

Comstock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND, Texas) — A defendant who vanished from his Texas gang rape trial has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child.Eric McGowen was not present for his conviction Thursday. He took off during a court break on…

Federal Court Blocks Controversial Texas Voter ID Law

Federal Court Blocks Controversial Texas Voter ID Law

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal court in Washington ruled on Thursday that a Texas Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, effectively blocking the law from taking effect.
The unanimous three judge district court ruled, “T…

Mexican President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieto Files Supreme Court Brief in U.S. Murder Case

Mexican President-Elect Enrique Peña Nieto Files Supreme Court Brief in U.S. Murder Case

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Mexican woman who was sentenced to 99 years in prison for murdering a Texas boy has received help from the president-elect of Mexico, who filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a review of the c…

$60 Million for a High School Football Stadium?

$60 Million for a High School Football Stadium?

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(ALLEN, Texas) — To say that football is a big deal in Texas is a bit like saying it snows in Alaska. “There’s a long tradition in both film and novels of how important high school football is in Texas,” said …

West Nile Spreading Farther and Faster This Season, CDC Says

West Nile Spreading Farther and Faster This Season, CDC Says

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(DALLAS) — Aerial mosquito spraying is underway in Dallas County and Houston to prevent the spread of West Nile virus while the disease spreads farther, faster and earlier in the season than ever before, accor…

Texas Longhorns Name David Ash Starting Quarterback

Texas Longhorns Name David Ash Starting Quarterback

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — The University of Texas has its starting quarterback. At least, for the time being.
Head coach Mack Brown named David Ash the starting quarterback on Wednesday. Ash rotated with Case McCoy as the starter last …

West Nile-Related Deaths Confirmed in Texas, California

West Nile-Related Deaths Confirmed in Texas, California

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two West Nile-related deaths were confirmed Tuesday 2,000 miles apart — the 11th confirmed this year in Dallas County, Texas, and the first in Fresno County, Calif.Nationwide, there have been at least 26 deaths attr…

Texas Teacher Gets 5 Years in Prison in Group Sex Scandal

Texas Teacher Gets 5 Years in Prison in Group Sex Scandal

ABC News(NEW YORK) – A Texas high school teacher and mother of three was sentenced Friday to five years behind bars after a jury found her guilty of having sex with five male students, four of whom she had group sex with while being videotaped.Brittni…

Texas Teacher Accused of Having Group Sex with Students on Video

Texas Teacher Accused of Having Group Sex with Students on Video

ABC News(DALLAS) — A former Texas high school English teacher and mother of three is on trial, accused of having sex with five male students.The evidence against Brittni Colleps, 28, includes cellphone video that allegedly shows group sex between her …

West Nile Virus Outbreak: Planes Spraying in Dallas County After 8 Deaths

West Nile Virus Outbreak: Planes Spraying in Dallas County After 8 Deaths

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Facing the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in the nation this year, Dallas County is conducting aerial sprays Saturday to try to contain the mosquitoes that carry the disease. Eight people have died after contracting t…

Houston Massage Therapist Indicted for Alleged Sexual Assault

Houston Massage Therapist Indicted for Alleged Sexual Assault

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office(HOUSTON) — After two Texas women accused him of sexual assault, Cody Wayne Lewis, a massage therapist at a popular spa chain, has been indicted.The company, Massage Envy, now says that the spa he worked for did not f…

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