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After 150 Years, Civil War Slave's Story Rewritten

Death records show Hannah Reynolds died a free woman

(Newser) - A Civil War cannonball that ripped through the cabin of Hannah Reynolds' master made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close. Or maybe... More »

Three Teens, Young Boy Among Va. Shooter's Victims

Christopher Speight charged; house littered with explosives

(Newser) - Three teenagers and a 4-year-old boy were among the eight victims of a Virginia gunman, according to authorities in Appomattox say. Security guard Christopher Speight has been charged with first-degree murder in the shootings, which claimed the lives of his sister-in-law, her teen daughter, her husband, and the couple's young... More »

Va. Cops Corner Killer in Woods

8 dead after gunman rampage

(Newser) - Some 100 Virginia police have converged on a heavily wooded area to surround a gunman suspected of killing 8 people. Christopher Speight, 39, nearly shot down a pursuing police helicopter when one of his bullets ruptured the fuel tank. The police hunt was triggered after officers discovered 7 men and... More »

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