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Monster Truck Wreck Kills 8

Driver appeared to lose control at show in Mexico

(Newser) - An official says an out-of-control monster truck has shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing eight and hurting dozens. Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors' office, said the driver appeared to have lost control of the truck after leaping an obstacle during a... More »

2-Year-Old Mass Graves Uncovered in Mexico

Bodies of 11 men found in them, near US-Mexico border

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have discovered 19 bodies—some old, some new—near the US border. Eleven of the bodies were found in mass graves, where they appear to have rested for two years, officials say. Those bodies were buried amid intense fighting between drug cartels in the area, near Ciudad Juarez,... More »

Masked Man Robs Theaters Showing Dark Knight

No one hurt in Mexican robberies

(Newser) - Is Batman inspiring supervillains? A man in a ski mask has now robbed two theaters showing The Dark Knight Rises in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua, prosecutors revealed yesterday. The man was dressed in black and wielding a gun, the AP reports. But there was no dramatic hold-up in... More »

More Than 200 Chihuahuas Taken From Hoarder Home

'Numerous dead dogs found': AP

(Newser) - More than 200 Chihuahuas have been removed from what officials are calling unsanitary conditions in a central Pennsylvania home. The state Agriculture Department said late yesterday that dog wardens cooperating with state police executed a search warrant at the home in Benton, in Columbia County, after receiving numerous tips. They... More »

It Was Not a Good Week to Be a Dog

With humans like these, who needs enemies?

(Newser) - Brace yourself, dog lover: The world is full of cruel people, as evidenced by two odd animal crimes that happened in the last week. My Fox Dallas reports on a domestic incident that turned deadly for a Maltese named Diego on Saturday night. A couple reportedly got in a fight... More »

Mexico Nabs Drug King 'El Brad Pitt'

Nicknamed stemmed from disguise he wore

(Newser) - Mexico’s federal police have arrested the alleged leader of the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel—one Marco Antonio Guzman, also known as “El Brad Pitt.” Guzman was nabbed on Wednesday in Chihuahua, the northern Mexican state that’s home to Ciudad Juarez, site of an estimated... More »

35 Zoo Animals Freeze to Death

Cold temps knock out power, heat in Mexico zoo

(Newser) - Thirty-five animals at a zoo in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua have frozen to death during the region's coldest weather in six decades. Serengeti Zoo owner Alberto Hernandez says 14 parrots, 13 serpents, five iguanas, two crocodiles, and a capuchin monkey died. He said today that power failures cut... More »

Mexicans Flee Snow, Cold to Shelters

Coldest weather in 60 years brrr-ies Chihuahua

(Newser) - The weather continued to astound yesterday as frigid temperatures and snow forced scores of Mexicans in Chihuahua to community shelters. The area was hit by blackouts, and local airports, businesses and schools were shut in the coldest weather in 60 years. It's part of the same storm system that has... More »

Gunmen Kill Mother Protesting Daughter's Murder

Security video shows a masked gunman chasing her, shooting her in head

(Newser) - A Mexican woman who spent two years fighting to bring her daughter's killer to justice was herself shot to death on Thursday, possibly by the same man suspected of murdering the teen. The crime was caught by a security camera, which shows masked men pulling up to anti-crime crusader Marisela... More »

20 Bodies Found in Latest Mexican Mass Grave

Hours earlier, new female police chief is gunned down

(Newser) - Mexican soldiers acting on information received from captured cartel members have made yet another grisly find. At least 20 bodies were found buried at a ranch in Chihuahua state, AP reports. Authorities are still digging in the area and trying to determine how the 19 men and one woman were... More »

US Grants Asylum to Mexican Journalist

Jorge Luis Aguirre got death threat in 2008

(Newser) - A Mexican journalist who was the target of death threats like those made by drug cartels says he has been granted asylum in the US in a case believed to be the first of its kind since the country's bloody drug war began. Death threats are at the heart of... More »

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