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Houston area hit hard by steady, overnight downpours

It was a thunderous night and a very wet morning for people in the Houston area as heavy storms swept across Southeast Texas.

90-year-old grandma with shotgun surrenders after hours-long SWAT standoff

A 90-year-old grandmother who was armed with a shotgun and holding SWAT officers at bay in Channelview was taken into custody without harm.

Groceries, meat

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Police: Man put needles in packaged meat ‘for the hell of it’

A 68-year-old man riding a motorized scooter and using a portable oxygen tank is accused of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat at a grocery store "just for the hell of it."

Pct. 3: Toddler severely burned while in care of babysitter, dies

Precinct 3 deputy constables were investigating after a 2-year-old died from burn injuries Thursday night.

Texas jailer fired for improper use of force

Video that got a Texas jailer fired and left an inmate severely injured was released Thursday.

Gas station clerk with MMA training surprises thieves

A southside convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers.

Baytown police searching for suspect who allegedly shot man ‘in cold blood’

Baytown police are searching for a man they say shot another man “in cold blood” at a Valero gas station early Friday. They are on the hunt for Walter Pickering, 25, who witnesses say shot 32-year-old Glen Flowers.

Airline, cabin, airplane

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Drunk passenger throws prosthetic leg at flight crew

A drunk passenger began using profanity and demanding cigarettes before she slapped a child, removed her prosthetic leg and began attacking the flight crew with it.

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Woman arrested in 2012 death of husband

Once believed to be a grieving widow after 32 years of marriage, prosecutors said 54-year-old Sandra Melgar is the person responsible for her husband's death.

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Judge lets child porn collector avoid prison, conviction

A judge has allowed an admitted child pornography collector to avoid prison time and potentially keep the conviction off his record in a move that surprised prosecutors.

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Woman accused of lying about cancer

Michelle Wasicek said she spent nearly six months of her life caring for and raising money for Misty Mink, a woman she'd met through a mutual friend who claimed to have cancer in her knees.

Private data sold

Free software blocks collection of personal information

A Local 2 Investigation has found companies who you would expect to safeguard your personal information selling Houstonians' information to anyone willing to pay.

Lake Conroe resort sued over death of 8-year-old

A Montgomery County resort is facing a lawsuit, accused of poor maintenance of electrical wiring that allegedly caused the death of an 8-year-old boy.

Vandals target Katy neighborhood

A family in the West Green Park neighborhood woke up Thursday morning to find all three of their SUVs vandalized. They soon realized they weren't the only victims.

HFD: Downtown Houston high-rise temporarily evacuated due to gas leak

A high-rise was temporarily evacuated in downtown Houston Friday due to a gas leak, according to the Houston Fire Department

Fire challenge trend growing on social media

A Texas fire department is warning parents about a disturbing new trend -- teens dousing themselves in rubbing alcohol, lighting themselves on fire and posting it on social media.

Arrest made in murder of Stafford businessman

Stafford police have made an arrest in the murder of 45-year-old Donald Leonetti.

Michael Symonette

Crosby boy, 14, sets self on fire playing Fire Challenge game

Bored teenagers and social media add up to a painful outcome for a 14-year-old boy in Crosby. What started as a game turned into anything but child's play.

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Suspects arrested after smash and grab robbery in NE Houston

Two men are chased by police after trying to rob a pawn shop in northeast Houston.

Houston doctor accused of luring Indian dancers to US in sex trafficking scheme

A Houston doctor and three men in New York are accused of luring dancers from India with the promise of legal jobs, then forcing them into the sex trade once they arrived.

Ebola virus

CDC

Ebola outbreak: What you need to know

Fear over Ebola is growing as international leaders and health organizations struggle to try to stop the deadly epidemic in West Africa.

The Ebola outbreak "is moving faster than our efforts to control it," Margaret Chan, director-general of the Worl...

Heavy rains cause street flooding

Heavy rains cause street flooding

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is reporting numerous streets and highways flooded.

Video of semi-pro MMA fighter knocking out robber goes viral

You saw him first on Local 2 -- a convenience store clerk who turned the table on a pair of robbers. Now his story has gone viral. Local 2's Amy Davis talked to the clerk-turned-hero about his newfound fame.

Thousands without power due to storms

Thousands without power due to storms

Centerpoint Energy crews are working to restore power Friday morning

Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol

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Ebola patients coming to US triggers fears

The Ebola virus is coming to the United States for what's thought to be the first time, as two Americans return home after getting infected while helping others cope with the outbreak ravaging West Africa.

The first patient is expected to arrive in th...

Woman shot in family dispute near Missouri City

The Houston Police Department is responding to a shooting in far southwest Houston.

Health care facilities prepare for patients with infectious diseases

Health care facilities in Houston said now is the time to prepare to care for patients with infectious diseases like Ebola virus.

House catches fire after lightning strike

House catches fire after lightning strike

Houston firefighters responded to a Kingwood home Friday, after a bolt of lightning sparked a fire at the house.

Galveston doc heads to W. Africa to assist in containing Ebola virus

The director of the High Containment Laboratory Operations at the Galveston National Laboratory, who is also a professor at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, will leave for Sierra Leone Aug. 11.

Would-be robbers leave accomplice who was placed in chokehold by clerk

A convenience store clerk got the upper hand on an would-be robber after placing him in a chokehold in the store, deputies said.

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