Lawsuit targets Facebook, hotel over teen's sex trafficking
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville lawsuit claims a teenage sex trafficking survivor was the victim of "quests for profits" by Facebook and a hotel chain. The then-15-year-old girl's mother sued Facebook, Rodeway Inn and related companies this week. The lawsuit says Facebook didn't verify a 35-year-old man's identity, prevent communication with minors or intervene before he persuaded the teen to leave home via private Facebook messaging. It says a Nashville Rodeway Inn ignored visible signs of physical and sexual abuse. The girl's attorney, Annie McAdams, is suing Facebook in Houston over two other human trafficking cases. Facebook and Choice Hotels didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment Friday.
TX Houston/Galveston TX Zone Forecast
TX Houston/Galveston TX Zone Forecast for Friday, February 22, 2019 _____ 099 FPUS54 KHGX 221858 ZFPHGX FPUS54 KHGX 221857 ZFPHGX Zone Forecast Product for Southeast Texas National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX 1257 PM CST Fri Feb 22 2019 TXZ211-222200- Austin- Including the cities of Bellville and Sealy 1257 PM CST Fri Feb 22 2019 .REST OF TODAY...Patchy dense fog in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. Warmer. Highs in the mid 60s. East winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. .TONIGHT...Cloudy. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog. Warmer. Lows in the lower 60s.
Enbridge puts $1.5 billion Valley Crossing Pipeline into service
The Houston office of Canadian midstream giant Enbridge has started service on a $1.5 billion pipeline to move natural gas from the Agua Dulce hub near Corpus Christi to customers south of the border in Mexico.
UH Cougars Hope to Hang Onto Their At-Home Winning Streak This Saturday
As a longtime fan of University of Houston athletics, I know better than to count my chickens before they hatch. That being said... The Houston Cougars men's basketball team hasn't lost a game in six weeks, and they haven't lost at home since last March. Boasting a 25-1 record, UH currently...
Dogs romp at new Pasadena park
It was a wet morning, but the three dogs on hand for the opening of the new PetSafe Dog Park in Pasadena didn't mind. The canine population in Pasadena had just gotten a new playground, and Max, a 2-year German shepherd; Paddy, a beagle mix; and Pepper, a Yorkie, took advantage of the weather that kept most people and pets away from the Feb. 22 grand opening. The park is at 5160 Burke Road, adjacent to the Pasadena Animal Control and Adoption facility at 5150 Burke.
Challengers vie for Pasadena ISD trustee seats
Trustees in the three Pasadena ISD trustee seats open for election on May 3 each face opponents. Position 5 trustee Kenny Fernandez, who was elected in 2015, faces challengers Jose Cazares and Chad Sullivan. Cazares lost a race for Position 4 in 2017 against Jack Bailey, who has held that seat since 2010. Position 6 trustee Marshall Kendrick, the board secretary who has held his post for 30 years, is challenged by Albert Bledsoe. . In Position 7, trustee Vickie Morgan is challenged by Ted Capistran and Yen Rabe. Terms last for four years, and there are no term limits. Positions 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be open for election in 2021.
Felony count axed for 1st black woman elected Texas sheriff
ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) - A judge has thrown out a felony record-tampering indictment against the first black woman elected sheriff in Texas. Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens had been indicted last April on a state jail felony indictment of record tampering, along with two misdemeanor campaign finance violations. However, state District Judge Randy McDonald of neighboring Chambers County noted Thursday that Stephens' two 2016 campaign opponents were charged only with misdemeanor campaign finance violations. McDonald wondered aloud "why one is being charged with a felony when the other two aren't." So he granted a defense motion for dismissal of the felony count against Stephens.
Enviada de Guaidó dejará embajada de Venezuela en Costa Rica
MANAGUA (AP) - La representante diplomática del líder opositor venezolano Juan Guaidó en Costa Rica aseguró el jueves que abandonará las instalaciones de la embajada de Venezuela en San José, mismas que tomó el día anterior en compañía de un equipo de auditores. El canciller costarricense Manuel Ventura dijo a la prensa que se reunió con la embajadora María Faría, quién se disculpó por el ingreso a las instalaciones de la sede, con lo que violentó el plazo de 60 días que dispuso Costa Rica para que los diplomáticos nombrados por el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro salieran del país.
Change-of-plea hearing for last ex-guard in inmate spraying
A federal judge has scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for a former Louisiana prison guard accused of watching as other guards pepper-sprayed handcuffed, kneeling inmates. Former Lt. Christopher Loring is the last of five former guards at Richwood Correctional Center accused in the case. On Thursday, Judge Terry Doughty scheduled Loring's hearing March 13 in Monroe, online court records showed. Loring had been scheduled to face trial April 15. Loring is charged on four counts of the seven-count indictment: conspiracy to violate the inmates' civil rights; conspiracy to obstruct justice; depriving the inmates of their rights by standing by while the others sprayed the inmates' eyes and faces; and lying to the FBI.
Fort Bend ISD halts legal actions related to 95 graves found at construction site
Fort Bend Independent School District's board of trustees announced Thursday that it will halt further legal actions in connection with the historic cemetery discovered at the site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center, according to a news release from the school.
The Latest: Case dismissed amid review of Houston cop's work
HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the fallout following a deadly drug raid in Houston (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Prosecutors have dismissed one of the cases being re-examined because they involved a Houston officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug raid. Court records show the drug case against Courtney Jacobs was dismissed Wednesday, the same day the Harris County District Attorney's Office announced it will review more than 1,400 cases tied to Officer Gerald Goines. The cases are under review following last month's raid that left five officers wounded and two residents dead.
TX Marine Warning and Forecast
TX Marine Warnings and Forecast for Friday, February 22, 2019 _____ DENSE FOG ADVISORY URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Lake Charles LA 307 PM CST Thu Feb 21 2019 ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST FRIDAY... .A warm and moist air mass will move across the coastal waters through Friday. This will produce areas of dense sea fog through Friday morning and possibly longer. ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST FRIDAY... The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until noon CST Friday. * VISIBILITY...less than 1 mile with areas near a quarter mile. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
Case dismissed amid review of Houston cop's work
HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston officer who the police chief says lied in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug raid has been discharged from the hospital. Officer Gerald Goines' attorney, Nicole DeBorde, says Goines was discharged Thursday from Memorial Hermann Hospital. Police Chief Art Acevedo says Goines lied in the affidavit that justified the warrant for the Jan. 28 raid on a home in which a 59-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman died. Four officers, including Goines, were shot as they forcefully entered the home.
Police: Accused rapist linked to more sexual assaults in New Haven
NEW HAVEN - New cases were filed Thursday against a New Haven man connected to a series of sexual assaults in the city, according to police. Navardo Lockhart, 26, already had been charged with first-degree sexual assault, among other offenses, in cases stemming from May 24 and August 26. One of the charges filed Thursday corresponds to a May 20 incident on Edgewood Avenue that sparked an internal affairs investigation, Lt. Renee Dominguez said. Another corresponds to a May 27 incident, Sgt. Mary Helland said. Lockhart was arraigned on the new charges Thursday morning, according to GA court staff.
Flag honoring police sparks dispute at Connecticut Capitol
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Republicans are seeking to return artwork featuring a police-themed flag to the state Capitol. The handmade wooden plaque featuring what is known as the Thin Blue Line flag had been displayed for two months until it was removed this week over concerns that it was disrespectful to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Thin Blue Line flag has the design of an American flag with a blue line replacing a white stripe. House Republican leader Themis Klarides said the flag should be promptly reinstated, and the suggestion that the flag is anything other than honorable is "categorically false." Klarides says the flag was donated by State Capitol Police to honor law enforcement officers. Democratic state Rep.
Ex-Enron CEO released after 12 years in prison
Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former Enron CEO who spent the past 12 years in prison for his role in masterminding one of most notorious corporate fraud cases in history, was scheduled to be released from federal custody on Thursday.