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Sun Returns To Texas, Reveals Devastating Flood Damage Across State

May 31, 2015
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DALLAS — Most of Texas was set to get its first period of extended sunshine in weeks, allowing surging rivers to recede as emergency-management officials turn their attention to cleanup efforts in such places as Houston, where damage estimates top $45 million.

Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-seven of the deaths have been in Texas, and at least 10 people were still missing over the weekend.

NASA

SUGAR LAND, Texas — George Clooney has joined astronauts Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford and Eugene “Gene” Cernan at a gala in Texas to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

The event to mark last month’s anniversary was held Tuesday night at an airport hangar in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land.

The Apollo 13 mission was the third intended to land on the moon, but after it launched April 11, 1970, an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the spacecraft.

Tropical Islands Resort / CC

BRAND, Germany — It rose on a former Soviet airfield south of Berlin, a towering hangar bigger than a dozen football fields where ambitious entrepreneurs planned to revive Germany’s zeppelin industry.

That dream died in 2002 when funding ran out, but the building was reborn as a massive popular tropical theme park, complete with a rainforest, a beach, waterslides and more than 850 hotel beds.

On Monday, a delegation from Texas toured the facility to see if lessons learned by the Germans can be applied to converting the Houston Astrodome, the world’s first multi-purposed domed stadium, which hasn’t been home to a sports team since 1999 and has been closed to all events since 2009.

Courtesy: 'Find Justice For Gelareh Bagherzadeh' / Facebook

HOUSTON  — Texas investigators have uncovered a hit list in the case of a Jordanian man accused of fatally shooting a female Iranian activist, prosecutors said Friday.

The disclosure came during a court hearing for Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 37, who with her husband, Ali Awad Mahmoud Irsan, are charged in the 2012 death of activist Gelerah Bagherzadeh. Investigators say Irsan was enraged Bagherzadeh helped his daughter, who considered her a best friend, abandon his stern Islamic teachings and marry Coty Beavers, a Christian.

Prosecutors told State District Judge Jan Krocker that Alrawabdeh was in the front passenger seat of the family car on the night Irsan killed Bagherzadeh, 30, as she drove toward her parents’ home in January 2012. They also say Alrawabdeh overheard Irsan’s harassing telephone calls to Bagherzadeh.

Irsan, 57, is charged with capital murder in the slayings of the activist and Beavers, who was found shot dead in the apartment he shared with Irsan’s daughter, Nesreen Irsan, in November 2012.

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HOUSTON — A Jordanian immigrant bent on revenge over his daughter’s marriage to a Christian killed a female Iranian activist who persuaded the woman to go through with the marriage, then later killed his despised son-in-law, according to charges revealed Wednesday in Houston.

Ali Awad Mahmoud Irsan, 57, is charged with capital murder in the 2012 deaths of Gelerah Bagherzadeh and son-in-law Coty Beavers. Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, his 37-year-old wife, and his 21-year-old son, Nasim Irsan, are charged with murder for assisting in Bagherzadeh’s slaying, according to prosecutors.

Nadia Irsan, 30, another of Irsan’s daughters, is charged with felony stalking for tracking her estranged sister for her father, according to court documents.

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