Astronaut tweets space view of Hurricane Harvey, offers prayers

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 2:17 PM

Rockport, TX Devastated By Hurricane Harvey

“Houston, we have a hurricane.”

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That’s the message astronaut Jack D. Fischer sent to his Twitter followers early Saturday from aboard the International Space Station. Fischer, a native of Colorado and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, posted the words with an image of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas on Friday night.

“Our thoughts & prayers are with folks feeling Harvey’s wrath, as dawn breaks after a long night of rain,” Fischer also wrote.

>> COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Statesman is on the ground on the Texas coast, in Houston, in Victoria and across Central Texas

Fischer also tweeted a picture of the storm as seen from orbit Friday morning.

Harvey hit Texas as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday. By Saturday morning, the storm had been downgraded to Category 1 and has since atrophied to tropical storm status. The storm has already cut a swath of devastation on the Texas coast, causing massive damage in Rockport. Meanwhile, Houston waits to see what the storm will bring its way. In Central Texas, steady rainfall is expected to continue through the weekend.

See more views of Hurricane Harvey from space below.

UNITED STATES, GULF COAST - AUGUST 25: In this NASA handout image, Hurricane Harvey from the cupola module aboard the International Space Station as it intensified on its way toward the Texas coast on August 25, 2017. The Expedition 52 crew on the station has been tracking this storm for the past two days and capturing Earth observation photographs and videos from their vantage point in low Earth orbit.Now at category 4 strength, Harvey's maximum sustained winds had increased to 130 miles per hour. (Photo by Jack Fischer/NASA via Getty Images)(NASA/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES, GULF COAST - AUGUST 25: In this NOAA handout image, NOAA's GOES East satellite capture of Hurricane Harvey shows the storm making landfall shortly after 10:00pm CDT on August 25, 2017 on the mid-Texas coast. Now at category 4 strength, Harvey's maximum sustained winds had increased to 130 miles per hour. (Photo by NASA/NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images)(Handout/Getty Images)

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Here's how to delete Google's audio recordings of your voice

Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 5:40 PM

Google Home units and Google phones are on display at the Google booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Google Home units and Google phones are on display at the Google booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

You probably already figured that Google keeps track of your web searches, but did you know that the Internet giant may be storing recordings of your voice?

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Judge gives man 50 years over $1.2 million in stolen fajitas

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

Man Gets 50 Years Over $1.2 Million In Stolen Fajitas

An unexpected doctor’s appointment -- and 800 pounds of fajitas -- proved to be Gilberto Escamilla’s undoing.

Escamilla, 53, of Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant, according to the Brownsville Herald. Escamilla is a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center. 

Prosecutors said Escamilla spent nine years scamming the county by ordering fajitas for the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, then intercepting the orders and selling them to his own customers. He was caught in August 2017 when he missed a shipment due to a doctor’s appointment. 

Other employees of the detention center were baffled when a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, a dish that is not served in their kitchen. The driver told them he had been delivering the Mexican specialty to the facility since 2008.  

“It was selfish,” Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing on Friday, according to the Herald. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

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Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman requested the stiff sentence to send a message to public servants willing to steal from taxpayers, the Herald reported. 

“We feel a strong message should be sent,” Gilman said

Under Texas law, Escamilla faced up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony, NBC News reported. Theft of property becomes a first-degree felony when a person steals property valued at $200,000 or more

An additional theft charge against the defendant was dismissed as part of an earlier plea deal. 

Escamilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested at his home, where investigators found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator. The detectives were able to track down some of his customers, who cooperated with the investigation. 

Escamilla was given a moment to tell his family goodbye before being escorted from court Friday, the Herald reported. He was taken to the Cameron County Jail to await transfer into the state prison system. 

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Company recalls certain ice pops sold in 15 states

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:49 PM

A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination.

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According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk. 

The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in 15 states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

The ice pop products were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reported.

The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.

The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B. 

So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products.

More from the FDA can be found here.

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Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM

Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path.

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