NBC News' Mark Murray and Carrie Dann discuss how the launch of airstrikes in Syria overnight against ISIS targets have changed the tone and focus of President Obama's visit to the United Nations this week.
The day he was poisoned, Dr. George Blumenschein called his longtime girlfriend three times, complaining that he was feeling strange and slurring his speech. Each time the MD Anderson cancer doctor called her, Evette Toney told him to go to the emergency room, she told jurors in a Harris County courtroom on Tuesday, but was put off by his protests. Toney took a cell phone video of him that jurors saw Tuesday. Investigators later arrested Gonzalez-Angulo on assault charges, accusing her of serving him a cup of coffee laced with the chemical commonly found in anti-freeze.
State District Judge Elizabeth Ray granted HISD's motion to dismiss the case after the school district agreed to a settlement with Aradine Bennett, a Wheatley High alumna who had filed a lawsuit trying to stop the demolition of the stately Fifth Ward structure. Sheleah Reed, spokeswoman for the Houston Independent School District, said crews are expected to tear down the building this week to make way for a new building for HISD's all-boys school, the Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men.
The jury has started closed-door deliberations in the civil lawsuit, which has played out at the federal courthouse in downtown Houston for the past week.
King contends he suffered permanent brain damage and other injuries after LaBelle's bodyguard as well as her son and her hairdresser struck him, knocking his head onto a concrete pillar at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Despite steady, incremental, improvements in the nation's economy, more than 70 percent of Americans believe the "Great Recession" of 2007 still is threatening their wellbeing, according to a national survey, with more than a third reporting that they or people they know have been forced to cutback on meals or food expenditures to make ends meet. With the mid-term elections just six weeks away, the snapshot of American attitudes revealed in the 2014 American Values Survey released Tuesday shows a nation deeply troubled over its economic future and divided by race and party affiliation. Class differences were apparent, though, with 73 percent of college-educated whites but only 50 percent of working class whites saying they were doing better than their neighbors. The survey found that Americans in the past year became less certain that racial and ethnic minorities get equal treatment in the criminal justice system. The number of African Americans queried after the shooting was not statistically significiant, he said, But it was notable that after the shooting, the number of African Americans expressing belief in criminal justice equality was zero.
Three hours before the Houston Fire Department first received calls about an enormous blaze at Southwest Inn that led to the deaths of four firefighters, employees in the kitchen noticed a "burning smell" but did nothing, an HFD official told City Council on Tuesday.
Yesterday, Monday, September 22, 2014, 18 hours ago
Poisoned doctor, girlfriend play jurors secret audio recordings of his mistress
Evette Toney had her suspicions about the woman who was collaborating with her longtime boyfriend, both cancer doctors at M.D. Anderson hospital.
Dr. George Blumenschein was often away from home on weekends, spending time at the hospital with Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo and telling Toney the doctors were there for research.
Gonzalez-Angulo also often called Blumenschein on his cell phone at home and at times called Toney's cell to track him down.
After listening to one of their conversations on speakerphone, Toney grilled Blumenschein, she told jurors Monday in Gonzalez-Angulo's assault trial, a case in which she's accused of poisoning her colleague-turned-lover.
Earlier in the day, Blumenschein, who returned to the stand after testifying Friday, admitted to the affair after he was hospitalized for poisoning on Jan. 27, 2013.
An El Campo drug dealer's collection of custom sneakers and sports caps is headed for the local Boys & Girls Club while he starts serving a 15-year prison sentence.
Casey Lee Molina, 30, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Following his arrest April 24 in his car a few blocks from his home, Molina had been in the Wharton County Jail until last week when he was transfered to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Yesterday, Monday, September 22, 2014, 2 hours ago
The Texas state Lottery has come under accusations of cheating its players after dozens of scratch card users, who thought they had won, were told they were losers.
Some thought they were in for pay outs of $500,000 after reading the rules and scratching off their card. Once they returned to the cashier for confirmation, the bar code read out dashed their hopes, coming back with a "no win."