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Prosecutors: Boy Died in Exorcism-Like Ritual at Compound

Defense lawyer describes it as 'faith healing'

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy whose remains were found at a New Mexico compound where children were allegedly trained to conduct school shootings died during an exorcism-like ritual, prosecutors say. Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, allegedly taken from his Georgia home late last year, suffered from seizures, and his father believed he was possessed by... More »

Prosecutors: Kids Trained to Kill at NM Compound

The 11 kids removed from a desert home were being trained for school shootings, cops say

(Newser) - The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday. Per the AP , the documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border... More »

Case of Raided New Mexico Compound Takes Grim Turn

Body of a boy was found on a property where 11 children were removed days earlier

(Newser) - Searchers found the remains of a boy after raiding a makeshift compound last week in search of a missing Georgia child, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were found Monday during a search in Amalia, near the Colorado border, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. Authorities were awaiting positive identification of... More »

Cops Seeking Missing Kid Rescue 11 From Compound

2 heavily armed men arrested in New Mexico

(Newser) - Police looking for a missing 3-year-old boy at a remote compound in northern New Mexico didn't find him—but they did rescue 11 other children who were living in the most squalid conditions they'd ever encountered. Police say the starving children were living with five adults in an... More »

5 US States With Best, Worst School Systems

Massachusetts takes top spot; New Mexico is last

(Newser) - If you know your children will be in public schools for their entire K-12 career, it might pay to check out which states have the highest-quality educational offerings. WalletHub looked at how all 50, plus the District of Columbia, ranked across more than two dozen metrics in the "Quality"... More »

Body Found in Dirt Mound Feels Like 'Deja Vu': Police Chief

Bones emerge a half-mile from graves of 11 female victims

(Newser) - Nearly a decade ago, the remains of 11 women who disappeared in New Mexico in the early 2000s were found buried in shallow graves in what's become the state's largest unsolved serial killing. As macabre as it was, police immediately suspected more graves remained hidden, given the unsolved... More »

New Mexico Wildfire Doubles in Size, Threatens Village

Meanwhile, California wildfire is officially extinguished

(Newser) - A wildfire threatening a village in northern New Mexico has doubled in size to over 42 square miles as firefighters try to protect nearly 300 homes and a Boy Scouts camp, the AP reports. Fire management team spokeswoman Sandra Lopez said the fire on Saturday was about 3 miles west... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

5 States That Need to Loosen Up

WalletHub uses 38 stress indicators to rank most, least stressed states

(Newser) - The Midwest is best—at least when it comes to living a relatively stress-free life. WalletHub took a look at nearly 40 stress indicators related to work, family, money, and health, in all 50 states and DC to determine the most and least stressed states. Its list suggests anxiety rises... More »

New Mexico Town's Plan to Trap Skunks Not Going So Well

Hagerman residents report seeing dead ones along most roads

(Newser) - Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town and residents want police on the case. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early. Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says... More »

Navajo Nation Sues Wells Fargo

They accuse bank of using predatory tactics

(Newser) - The Navajo Nation announced Tuesday that it is suing Wells Fargo for allegedly engaging in predatory and unlawful banking practices that targeted and harmed tribal members. In a statement, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the tribe's lawyer has been directed to seek restitution, damages, and civil penalties based... More »

Cops: Gunman Disguised Self, Randomly Killed at School

FBI contacted New Mexico school shooter more than a year ago

(Newser) - A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of US investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday. William Atchison, a former student at Aztec High School, had legally purchased a... More »

2 Students Killed in Shooting at New Mexico High School

The shooter was also killed

(Newser) - A shooting at a New Mexico high school left two students dead Thursday morning, KRQE reports. Authorities say the shooter at Aztec High School in Aztec is also dead. According to the Farmington Daily Times , neither the victims nor the shooter have been identified. It's unclear if the shooter... More »

Tired of Roof Pizzas, Breaking Bad House Takes Drastic Step

Owners of home used in 'Breaking Bad' building fence to keep out pushy fans

(Newser) - Breaking Bad fans can be a pushy bunch. "They feel the need to tell us to close our garage, get out of the picture, you know, tell us what to do on our own property," Joanne Quintana tells KOB . Quintana's mother owns the home in Albuquerque, New... More »

Thieves Steal Trailer, Get Grim Surprise

Cops recovered trailer with body inside

(Newser) - A grim surprise may have been enough to make some New Mexico crooks give up stealing: A U-Haul trailer with a body inside was stolen from outside a Residence Inn in Albuquerque late Sunday night or early Monday morning, KOAT reports. Police say the thieves made off with both an... More »

Shooter Kills 2 in New Mexico Public Library

The unidentified male also injured 4

(Newser) - A shooting inside a public library in New Mexico Monday afternoon left two people dead and four injured—and local police with more questions than answers. Reuters reports that a male opened fire inside the library at around 4pm local time, killing two women and injuring two women and two... More »

Boy Tripped While Hiking, Made Big Find in the Process

Jude Sparks accidentally uncovered a stegomastodon skull

(Newser) - Luck came not once, but twice for Jude Sparks. The then-9-year-old was lucky enough to trip not on a rock, or a tree root, but on a 1.2-million-year-old fossil when trying to dash away from his brothers on a November desert hike with his family. And as New Mexico... More »

Parents Release Photo Taken by Teen Electrocuted in Tub

Her final message showed phone extension cord

(Newser) - The last message sent by 14-year-old Madison Coe before she was electrocuted in the bathtub shows the tragic mistake that killed her. "When you use and (sic) extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you're in the bath," the teen from Lovington, NM, wrote... More »

The Secret Nuclear Mishaps That Aren't Causing Alarm

Scientists in one case ended up breathing in uranium due to 'several grievous errors'

(Newser) - For the past year, the Center for Public Integrity has been investigating nuclear negligence in the US, finding weaknesses that led to avoidable accidents and looking at the resulting repercussions—or lack of them. As part of that probe, Scientific American publishes a look at one such federal investigation into... More »

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