Fire destroys massive Texas mansion, 2 hurt

Authorities say a fire that destroyed a 10,000-square-foot mansion near Houston and injured two construction workers. Officials say more than 60 firefighters and medical personnel responded Thursday to the fire. (June 14)

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Female Genital Mutilation Survivors In The U.S. Are Fighting Back

When Jane was about 9, her mother drove her and her friend to a Houston strip mall. She told Jane there was something dirty on their bodies that needed to be cleaned. There, in an empty room, a woman subjected them to female genital mutilation.

“I remember feeling pain for a good three weeks after that. I was continuously bleeding, it hurt to use the restroom,” Jane, who is now 28, said. “It was never something that was discussed even after it happened.”

Jane, who spoke anonymously to protect her family’s identity, is one of a growing number of American survivors breaking the silence on the centuries-old practice of FGM. Despite reports of FGM being performed on Americans, in December a Michigan district judge struck down a federal ban on the practice, leaving girls in many states at increased risk. In April, President Trump’s Department of Justice ignited outrage by declining to appeal the case.

VICE News talks to survivors turned activists about how they are advocating for change and providing safe spaces for others like them.

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Houston police: Child’s remains found in Arkansas

Police say the remains of a child were found Friday near a freeway in Arkansas where a community activist says a man told him he had dumped the body of a missing Houston girl. (May 31)

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Astros ace Verlander sharp in return to Detroit

Houston ace Justin Verlander was sharp in his return to Detroit to face his old team.

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Texas officer kills woman after stun-gun struggle

Residents of an apartment complex in the Houston area describe the moments that led to an officer fatally shooting a woman who police said had taken the officer’s Taser. (May 14)

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Texas barge collision: no air quality concerns

Officials say air monitoring hasn’t raised health concerns after a collision at a commercial waterway near Houston that caused a toxic gasoline product to leak into the water. None of the 2,700 air samples tested exceeded levels to cause concern. (May 13)

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Here’s the latest for Friday May 10th: US hikes tariffs on some Chinese goods; North Korean state-run media airs missile launch pictures; Heavy rain brings more flooding to Houston; Dozens rescued from whale-watching boat off Washington state.

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Heavy rain floods Houston streets

The Houston area braced for more serious flooding as heavy rain and hail pelted the nation’s fourth largest city for the second time this week, threatening to send some streams over their banks. Many vehciles have gotten stuck on flooded streets. (May 10)

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Houston area swamped by up to 10 inches of rain.

People living in a Houston suburb are coping with flooded roads and stalled vehicles after up to 10 inches of rain fell in the area. (May 8)

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Strong storm causes floodwaters to rise in Houston

Floodwaters rise in Houston as a strong storm batters the area with heavy rain (May 8)

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