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Man sentenced to death for Texas attack that killed 6

HOUSTON (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was driven by vengeance when he fatally shot six members of his ex-wife's family in Texas, including four children, was sentenced Friday to death, a decision the lone survivor of the attack says will help...

 

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the...

 

2 dead as Imelda strands drivers, floods homes in Texas

CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes...

 

Houston area preparing for heavy rain, flooding from Imelda

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials in the Houston area were preparing high-water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday as Tropical Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and...

 

Former Houston police officer charged with murder over raid

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston police officer has been charged with murder in connection with the deadly January drug raid of a home that killed a couple who lived there and injured five officers, prosecutors announced Friday. Former Officer Geral...

 

Pakistani teen's family visits Texas school where she died

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The family of a Pakistani exchange student who was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year traveled to the U.S and visited the school and community this week, wanting to learn more about...

 

Report: Series of failures led to deadly leak at Texas plant

HOUSTON (AP) — A series of failures, including flawed equipment and inadequate safeguards, helped cause a 2014 poisonous gas leak that killed four workers at a Houston-area chemical plant, according to a federal agency's final report on the deadly...

 

Police searching for missing girl say body of child found

HOUSTON (AP) — The remains of a child were found Friday near a freeway in Arkansas where a community activist says a man told him he had dumped the body of a missing 4-year-old Houston girl, police said Friday. Houston police went to Arkansas on...

 

Texas executes avowed racist in black man's dragging death

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received lethal injection for...

 

'Texas 7' prison-break gang member gets execution reprieve

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners won a reprieve Thursday night from execution for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer after claiming his religious freedom would be violated if his...

 

Cleanup underway after fire at Texas petrochemicals facility

HOUSTON (AP) — Crews on Wednesday extinguished a fire that had burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility and led to concerns about air quality among some residents and environmental groups despite reassurances from officials...

 

Chaos erupts, 2 arrested during Texas execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Chaos erupted outside Texas' death chamber when the son of the condemned inmate pounded on the chamber windows, shouted obscenities and threw fists after his father spoke his final words. Billie Wayne Coble, a Vietnam War...

 

Man authorities believe shot black girl charged with murder

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas authorities filed a capital murder charge Tuesday against a black man they believe fired the bullet that killed a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting her family initially believed was racially motivated. Prosecutors...

 

Sketch released of suspect in shooting of Texas girl

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities on Thursday released a composite sketch of a man accused in the death of a 7-year-old black girl during a Houston-area shooting that her family believes might have been racially motivated. The suspect is described as a...

 

Officials offer plan to protect Texas from hurricanes

HOUSTON (AP) — State and federal officials on Friday recommended a plan to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes — particularly the Houston area — with a barrier system made up of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements that could cos...

 

Houston City Council short circuits proposed robot brothel

HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company's plan to open a so-called robot brothel in Houston has been short circuited by city leaders. Houston's City Council on Wednesday updated one local ordinance to specifically ban individuals from having sex with an...

 

Prosecutor: Border Patrol agent charged with murdering 4

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was charged Saturday with murder in the deaths of four female sex workers following what authorities called a two-week killing spree that ended when a fifth woman escaped from him at a Texas gas...

 

Houston gets $1.8M to become more resilient post-Harvey

HOUSTON (AP) — Amid its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, the city of Houston announced Wednesday it's been accepted to become a member of a global initiative designed to help cities become more resilient to events like natural disasters, as...

 

Police: Suspect in Bush's doctor's death killed himself

HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush's doctors fatally shot himself during a confrontation with authorities in Houston on Friday morning, the city's police chief said. Joseph James Pappas, 62, was...

 

Police: Bush's doctor's killing may have been act of revenge

HOUSTON (AP) — A man suspected of killing one of former President George H.W. Bush's doctors may have been seeking revenge for his mother, who died on the doctor's operating table more than 20 years ago, authorities said Wednesday. Joseph James...

 

Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital announced Friday that it has reactivated its renowned heart transplant program after a two-week suspension of all medical procedures following the deaths this year of several patients. Baylor St. Luke's Medical...

 

Classes resume at Texas school where gunman killed 10 people

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Like some of her classmates, senior Brooke Williams had mixed emotions about returning Tuesday to classes at Santa Fe High School, where a student fatally shot 10 people in the nation's deadliest school attack since the...

 

Gunman blasted through door, lingered for about 30 minutes

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses...

 

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old armed with a shotgun and a pistol opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in...

 

Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was remembered as the "first lady of the Greatest Generation" during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled a Houston church with laughter as much as tears,...

 

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