57 min ago

U.S. sales have declined about 15 percent thi...

U.S. sales have declined about 15 percent this Christmas-shopping season from a year earlier.

    Toys 'R' Us reportedly may close at least 100 stores
    Toys "R" Us, which filed for bankruptcy in September, is considering closing at least 100 U.S. stores in the face of weak holiday sales, according to people with knowledge of the situation. U.S. sales have declined about 15 percent this Christmas-shopping season from a year earlier, according to people recently briefed on the matter who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public.
    http://www.chron.com

1 hour ago

The giveaway starts at 5 p.m.

The giveaway starts at 5 p.m.

    Starbucks giving away $20 gift cards at Discovery Green on Monday night
    Starbucks is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season by giving away $20 gift cards in Houston on Monday. According to a release from the coffee giant, the gift card giving starts at 5 p.m. at the Discovery Green ice rink.
    http://www.chron.com

1 hour ago

He allegedly raped a teacher at Ferguson Unit...

He allegedly raped a teacher at Ferguson Unit in Texas.

    Texas prison inmate charged with sexual assault after allegedly raping teacher at understaffed unit
    A Texas prison inmate already behind bars for burglary was charged this weekend with aggravated sexual assault he allegedly raped a teacher at Ferguson Unit in Madison County. The prison system's Office of the Inspector General served an arrest warrant on Xavier Johnson, just days after teacher Nicole Truelove went public with her allegations and tearfully called on Gov.
    http://www.chron.com

1 hour ago

Train was moving near maximum speed of 80 mph...

Train was moving near maximum speed of 80 mph when cars came off tracks.

    At least 6 dead after Amtrak train derails over I-5
    Multiple people are dead after an Amtrak passenger train derailed between Tacoma and Olympia on Monday morning, spilling cars onto Interstate 5. At least six people died in the crash, according to the Associated Press. An official told the AP an obstruction on the tracks might have been responsible for the derailment, which happened around 7:40 a.m.
    http://www.chron.com

2 hours ago

We located the most uniquely Houston Christma...

We located the most uniquely Houston Christmas light show and talked to the genius behind it all. Watch the entire four-minute video in this story. http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Story-of-Houston-rap-Christmas-lights-Paul-Wall-12437803.php

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    We located the most uniquely Houston Christmas light show and talked to the genius behind it all. Watch the entire four-minute video in this story....
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2 hours ago

Here's a look at where some of the money has ...

Here's a look at where some of the money has gone and what's not being tracked:

    Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it's unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don't indicate which contracts are storm-related, making fund tracking - and spending accountability - nearly impossible.
    http://www.chron.com

2 hours ago

Bill O'Brien denied unconfirmed speculation t...

Bill O'Brien denied unconfirmed speculation that he would possibly leave the Houston Texans on his own after this season.

    Bill O'Brien: ''I will never quit as head coach of the Houston Texans'
    Published 11:47 am, Monday, December 18, 2017 Facing rampant unconfirmed speculation about his job security as the Texans careen toward a losing season for the first time under his tenure, Texans coach Bill O'Brien made it abundantly clear that he has no plans to walk away.
    http://www.chron.com

3 hours ago

The lawsuit alleges that Texas-based Academy ...

The lawsuit alleges that Texas-based Academy Sports & Outdoors was negligent in selling an AR-556 rifle:

    Retail chain sued for selling guns to Texas church shooter
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Relatives of three people killed in the November shooting rampage inside a Texas church are suing a sporting goods chain that sold two firearms to the gunman. The lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks $25 million in damages. It alleges that Texas-based Academy Sports & Outdoors was negligent in selling an AR-556 rifle to Devin Patrick Kelley.
    http://www.chron.com

3 hours ago

The student's father signed a consent form fo...

The student's father signed a consent form for the pair to marry.

    Oklahoma teacher fired after allegedly applying to marry 16-year-old student
    An Oklahoma teacher was fired over an allegedly inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student after she filed for a marriage license on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Cassandra Renae White, 34, and a 16-year-old boy filed for a marriage license in Cleveland County near Okalahoma City on December 13, according to KFOR.
    http://www.chron.com

3 hours ago

He's been indicted nearly 20 years after she ...

He's been indicted nearly 20 years after she went missing.

    Alleged serial killer indicted in Texas in fourth death
    ANGELTON, Texas (AP) - An alleged serial killer has been indicted in the slaying of a North Texas college student nearly two decades after she went missing. A Texas grand jury indicted William Lewis Reece late Thursday on a charge of capital murder in the 1997 disappearance and death of 20-year-old University of North Texas student Kelli Cox.
    http://www.chron.com

4 hours ago

A joint law enforcement initiative targeting ...

A joint law enforcement initiative targeting areas around San Antonio with gang violence has netted 215 arrests and more than $175,000 worth of drugs taken off the streets.

    215 arrested in San Antonio-area gang violence reduction initiative
    Updated 11:54 am, Monday, December 18, 2017 Between Sept. 18 and Dec. 15, 2017, a joint law enforcement initiative in the San Antonio area netted 215 arrests, 70 guns seized, $233,373 confiscated and $176,153 worth of drugs taken off the streets, officials said.
    http://www.chron.com

4 hours ago

ESPN president John Skipper explained why he ...

ESPN president John Skipper explained why he had to step down:

    ESPN chief John Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem
    Updated 11:23 am, Monday, December 18, 2017 NEW YORK (AP) - John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem.
    http://www.chron.com

4 hours ago

Smiley told "Good Morning America" that he ha...

Smiley told "Good Morning America" that he has never groped or exposed himself to anyone inappropriately.

    Suspended PBS host Tavis Smiley speaks out against sexual harassment allegations
    Talk show host Tavis Smiley responded to allegations of sexual harassment Monday on " Good Morning America." Smiley was suspended from PBS after an "inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today's decision," the public broadcaster wrote in a statement last week.
    http://www.chron.com

5 hours ago

VIDEO: A mom recovering from addiction gets a...

VIDEO: A mom recovering from addiction gets a new car after she recently regained custody of her children.

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    VIDEO: A mom recovering from addiction gets a new car after she recently regained custody of her children.
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5 hours ago

Some Houston-area kids are walking down the s...

Some Houston-area kids are walking down the same halls as some pretty big celebrities.

    These Houston-area high schools produced celebrities
    Some Houston-area kids are walking down the same halls as some pretty big celebrities. Houston-area high schools have already produced an impressive pool of locally-raised talent, from Grammy-winning musicians to movie stars and top athletes.
    http://www.chron.com

5 hours ago

The light show has gone viral because it pluc...

The light show has gone viral because it plucks a couple uniquely Houston heartstrings - the Astros and the undeniable sound of the city's hip hop.

    Story behind the Christmas light show that honors Houston's rap scene
    Frankie To-ong put together the purest Houston Christmas light show possible, but he's doing his best to keep the viral sensation's exact location under wraps so as to not disturb his Spring neighborhood.
    http://www.chron.com

6 hours ago

Did you know that Dirty Dancing and Cleburne ...

Did you know that Dirty Dancing and Cleburne Cafeteria have a tie that goes back to 1978? Greenwood King Properties unveils the relationship with #ForgottenDayHOU (sponsored)

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    Did you know that Dirty Dancing and Cleburne Cafeteria have a tie that goes back to 1978? Greenwood King Properties unveils the relationship with #ForgottenDayHOU (sponsored)
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6 hours ago

Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle updated ...

Downtown Houston from the Red Stage at Houston's art/music festival Day for Night, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Photo: Ismael Quintanilla)

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    Downtown Houston from the Red Stage at Houston's art/music festival Day for Night, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (Photo: Ismael Quintanilla)
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6 hours ago

Another week, another embarrassing loss.

Another week, another embarrassing loss.

    Memes make fun of Texans, Seahawks' blowout losses
    Another week, another embarrassing loss. Hosuton was waxed 45-7 by Jacksonville on Sunday, but the good news is that there are only two weeks left in the season. That means the Texans can only lose two more games. That doesn't sound so bad; we can survive two more losses, right?
    http://www.chron.com

6 hours ago

Pitmasters are telling Sid Miller to "stay ou...

Pitmasters are telling Sid Miller to "stay out" of their kitchens. Do you agree with the meat-weighing requirement he wants to impose?

    Campaign ad accuses Sid Miller of waging war on BBQ
    AUSTIN -- The race for the next state agriculture commissioner is heating up with some barbecue restaurant owners roasting current Commissioner Sid Miller for going after their meat scales with regulations.
    http://www.chron.com

6 hours ago

On Sunday, the Houston icon's team delivered ...

On Sunday, the Houston icon's team delivered a whole houseful of furniture to a local man's family. The man had been paralyzed while remodeling their home before Harvey even hit.

    Mattress Mack begins a season of giving by surprising a Houston family with furniture
    For the past 35 years Gallery Furniture owner and founder Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale has helped families in need every holiday season. This year, though, it will mean even more to the families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. He tries to help 30 families each year, according to a store rep.
    http://www.chron.com

6 hours ago

On Sunday, the Houston icon delivered a whole...

On Sunday, the Houston icon delivered a whole houseful of furniture to a local man's family. The man had been paralyzed while remodeling their home before Harvey even hit.

    Mattress Mack begins a season of giving by surprising a Houston family with furniture
    For the past 35 years Gallery Furniture owner and founder Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale has helped families in need every holiday season. This year, though, it will mean even more to the families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. He tries to help 30 families each year, according to a store rep.
    http://www.chron.com

7 hours ago

"This is Jimmy Nguyen. He needs to leave the ...

"This is Jimmy Nguyen. He needs to leave the festival immediately." Shortly before Solange took the stage, organizers of Day for Night plastered Jimmy Nguyen's face on two huge screens.

    Who is Jimmy Nguyen and why was he publicly called out at Houston's Day for Night festival?
    A Houston man's face and name have gone viral after he was called out by organizers of Day For Night for using a fake pass to get into the festival.
    http://www.chron.com

7 hours ago

The woman who posted to Facebook before fleei...

The woman who posted to Facebook before fleeing from police has received a heavy sentence. She also had a separate conviction for stalking in 2014.

    Willis woman who took to Facebook before chase sentenced
    A Willis woman who led police on a wild chase into Houston will spend the next nine years in prison, a jury ordered late Friday. Jessica Latrese Chatman, who was 37 at the time, was pulled over by a Willis police officer around 10 a.m. March 24.
    http://www.chron.com

8 hours ago

The popular Vietnamese spot is moving south.....

The popular Vietnamese spot is moving south...

    Pho Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House expands to Pearland
    Pho Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House plans a new restaurant in Pearland. It will be the chain's fifth location in the Houston area. The restaurant has leased 3,168 square feet in the Kirby Commons shopping center, 11609 Broadway, according to NAI Partners. The chain was established in Midtown in 1998.
    http://www.chron.com

8 hours ago

A young father who told his wife, "I will mak...

A young father who told his wife, "I will make a widow of you," will be sentenced in Houston today.

    ISIS supporter who plotted to bomb Houston area to be sentenced
    A young father who told his wife, "I will make a widow of you," in a phone call intercepted by federal authorities, will be sentenced Monday in Houston for planning to detonate a bomb in greater Houston in the name of ISIS.
    http://www.chron.com

9 hours ago

The celebrity chef has huge plans in store fo...

The celebrity chef has huge plans in store for Houston's dining scene. He'll also be opening new restaurants in 2018. DETAILS:

    Chris Shepherd plans to replace Underbelly with a new steak restaurant
    Chef Chris Shepherd, winner of the prestigious James Beard Best Chef Southwest Award, has big changes in store for the new year. He's planning a brand-new steakhouse - Georgia James, named after his parents. But he will also cease operations at Underbelly, one of the city's most prominent restaurants, downsizing it and moving it a few blocks up to 1609 Westheimer, the former Poscol/Jimmy Chew's site.
    http://www.chron.com

9 hours ago

A 22-year-old man has told police that his st...

A 22-year-old man has told police that his stepfather attacked him with a machete.

    San Antonio-area man, 22, attacked by stepdad with machete
    KIRBY, Texas (AP) - A 22-year-old man has told police in the San Antonio area that his stepfather attacked him with a machete. Police in Kirby, an enclave of San Antonio, say officers found the man on the driveway outside a home bleeding from cuts to his neck, face and hands and found his 39-year-old stepfather with a machete inside the garage at the home.
    http://www.chron.com

9 hours ago

Two people are dead and three are injured aft...

Two people are dead and three are injured after a truck rolled over on I-45 North near West Road.

    Rollover crash on I-45 leaves 2 dead, 3 injured
    Published 6:00 am, Monday, December 18, 2017 Two people are dead and three are injured after a truck rolled over on I-45 North near West Road, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. Investigators believe all five occupants of the truck were ejected when the truck have attempted several lane changes at an unsafe speed, causing it to roll over.
    http://www.chron.com

9 hours ago

The victim left behind a 5-year-old son.

The victim left behind a 5-year-old son.

    23-year-old shot to death during fight at NE Houston house party
    A 23-year-old was shot to death overnight after a fight at a house party near Lake Houston, according to police. Five men started arguing around 2:30 a.m. during boozy festivities in a home at Waterside View and Catherine Bay in Summerwood, Houston police said.
    http://www.chron.com

10 hours ago

Which stars were the big winners and the forl...

Which stars were the big winners and the forlorn losers in housing this year?

    2017's Biggest Celebrity Real Estate Winners and Losers
    Which stars were the big winners and the forlorn losers in housing this year? We take a look back at 2017 in the realm of celebrity real estate. Lisa Johnson Mandell, provided by Published 2:30 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 The law of gravity dictates that what goes up, must come down-but the vagaries of celebrity real estate don't always adhere to the letter of the law.
    http://www.chron.com

10 hours ago

The crimes of 2017 have ranged from satanic k...

The crimes of 2017 have ranged from satanic killings to tragic drunk-driving deaths.

    The crimes that shocked Houston in 2017
    Houston experienced its fair share of shocking crimes this year, ranging from satanic killings to tragic drunk-driving deaths. While FBI crime data released earlier this year suggest murder rates are falling in Houston, the number of violent crime in the city rose from 2015 to 2016.
    http://www.chron.com

11 hours ago

She's not exactly new, but KPRC Local 2 Court...

She's not exactly new, but KPRC Local 2 Courtney Zavala made her big return this year.

    Houston TV's newest on-air hires for 2017
    Across the U.S., television news stations are hiring new talent to bolster their roster of reporters, anchors and meteorologists. Houston is no different. READ ALSO: Channel 11, 12 lost on-air talent at the start of the year So far, we've seen about 9 new entries to the TV market, most of them general assignment reporters and MMJs.
    http://www.chron.com

13 hours ago

Hotel carpets have really evolved over the ye...

Hotel carpets have really evolved over the years.

    How a Texas dad got over half a million Instagram followers with just photos of hotel carpeting
    When photographer and corporate pilot Bill Young travels, he documents the carpets at the hotels in which he stays around the world. The 49-year-old's hotel travelogue began in Aug. 2015 with carpet from a Marriott in Cincinnati next to the airport.
    http://www.chron.com

14 hours ago

The Texas rescue is now on the force in Kansa...

The Texas rescue is now on the force in Kansas and has already made his first drug bust:

    Kansas police officers' new co-worker is a pit bull
    STAFFORD, Kan. (AP) - Police in central Kansas have a new drug detective: a pit bull who was rescued by a Texas organization and trained for law enforcement work. Kano, a 55-pound (25-kilogram) puppy, completed his first drug bust Monday for the Stafford Police Department, the Wichita Eagle reported .
    http://www.chron.com

15 hours ago

Ten heroes were honored during the annual eve...

Ten heroes were honored during the annual event.

    What the celebrities wore to the 'CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute'
    CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and ABC's Kelly Ripa co-hosted the 11th annual awards.
    http://www.chron.com

16 hours ago

Their encounter first started over a chat app...

Their encounter first started over a chat application where he allegedly sent photos and videos of himself to the child.

    Houston firefighter arrested for sexual assault of teen
    A Houston Fire Department employee was arrested Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Brandon Ramirez initiated a conversation with the girl on a chat application and started sending sexually explicit photos and videos of himself to her.
    http://www.chron.com

16 hours ago

"There's no pain or failure like going throug...

"There's no pain or failure like going through a divorce."

    Candid, unfiltered celebrity quotes about their divorces
    Published 5:04 pm, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Celebrity divorces between power couples like Brad Pitt and Angeline Joile or Anna Faris and Chris Pratt can easily make it feel like love is dead and all hope is lost.
    http://www.chron.com

17 hours ago

Take a look back at 2017 in the realm of cele...

Take a look back at 2017 in the realm of celebrity real estate:

    2017's Biggest Celebrity Real Estate Winners and Losers
    Which stars were the big winners and the forlorn losers in housing this year? We take a look back at 2017 in the realm of celebrity real estate. Lisa Johnson Mandell, provided by Published 2:30 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 The law of gravity dictates that what goes up, must come down-but the vagaries of celebrity real estate don't always adhere to the letter of the law.
    http://www.chron.com

17 hours ago

Solange said she felt right at home among the...

Solange said she felt right at home among the left-of-center acts that populated Day for Night.

    Funky divas: En Vogue, Solange slay at Day for Night
    Day for Night prides itself on repping for the outsider, the other, the weirdo. And this year's programming has done a good job of that. But there's nothing quite like the force of a massive pop hit. En Vogue proved that over and over again during a brisk, powerful set Sunday on the Green Stage.
    http://www.chron.com

18 hours ago

He hasn't been lifting weights.

He hasn't been lifting weights.

    Houston thief caught on video struggling to steal heavy package from front of home
    A homeowner in North Houston captured a thief on video nearly falling down while trying to steal a package from her front porch Friday. The footage was captured at 3:12 p.m. in a north Houston subdivision, near George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the homeowner told Chron.com Monday night via Reddit and email.
    http://www.chron.com

18 hours ago

Hurricane Harvey can't keep this family down....

Hurricane Harvey can't keep this family down.

    Houston couple still rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey turns a ladder into a Christmas tree
    A couple in northwest Houston is not letting construction in their home following damage caused by Hurricane Harvey stop them from getting into the holiday spirit. Walt Stone, 60, and his wife Mica decided to dress up a Werner ladder like a Christmas tree, complete with lights, ornaments, and power tools.
    http://www.chron.com

19 hours ago

Cute animals overload.

Cute animals overload.

    The world's funniest and cutest animal photos from 2017
    A pair of bears wrestling in the night, a hare with a mouth full of grass, and a sea turtle smacking a fish in the face were just some of the finalists for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The awards, which were partially sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, features stunning animal photographs from places like Thailand, Belgium, and Canada.
    http://www.chron.com

19 hours ago

Scenes from Houston's art/music fest Day for ...

Scenes from Houston's art/music fest Day for Night. FIRST THOUGHTS ON THIS YEAR'S #DFN: http://bit.ly/2AJqvAY (Photos: Julian Bajsel/Roger Ho/Chad Wadsworth/Ismael Quintanilla)

    Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle
    Scenes from Houston's art/music fest Day for Night. FIRST THOUGHTS ON THIS YEAR'S #DFN: http://bit.ly/2AJqvAY (Photos: Julian Bajsel/Roger Ho/Chad Wadsworth/Ismael Quintanilla)
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19 hours ago

"This is part of Americana History... just li...

"This is part of Americana History... just like everything else hung in our collection and buildings."

    Texas restaurant criticized for featuring blackface caricature on wall
    A restaurant in Texas is being called racist for using an offensive sign to decorate its wall. The controversial sign at Cook's Garage in Lubbock features a neon caricature of an African-American male with the words "Coon Chicken Inn" written inside its mouth.
    http://www.chron.com

20 hours ago

Despite White House scandals and testy tweets...

Despite White House scandals and testy tweets from her husband, the First Lady made it through 2017 looking prim and polished. What's your favorite look?

    Ivanka and Melania Trump's top looks of 2017
    Published 2:25 pm, Thursday, December 14, 2017 This year was a roller coaster for the First Family. But despite White House scandals and testy tweets from her husband, the First Lady made it through 2017 looking prim and polished. During her first few months as First Lady, Melania's wardrobe appeared to be out of touch and too pretentious.
    http://www.chron.com

20 hours ago

There are beaming lasers, flashing strobes, i...

There are beaming lasers, flashing strobes, interactive projections and more.

    Day for Night 2017 art installations stunned, though favorites were clear
    From beaming lasers and flashing strobes to interactive projections, the art installations at Day for Night had something for all art lovers to connect with. The annual music and art festival kicked off on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Post Houston event space in downtown and within the first few hours, certain installations rose in popularity.
    http://www.chron.com

21 hours ago

A definite downside

A definite downside

    Burners beware: California pot sold Jan. 1 could be tainted
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - That legal weed you'll be able to buy in California on New Year's Day may not be as green as it seems. Any marijuana sold when recreational sales become legal Jan. 1 in the nation's most populous state will have been grown without regulatory controls that will eventually be in place.
    http://www.chron.com

21 hours ago

She went out to take her dogs for a walk and ...

She went out to take her dogs for a walk and didn't come back home.

    Two pit bulls maul their owner to death
    Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went to look for her at the area she frequented. There, authorities say, he found her two dogs, guarding what he first thought was an animal carcass.
    http://www.chron.com

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