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Mayan Pyramid Crushed—for Gravel

Belizean road crew wrecks ancient temple

(Newser) - Archeologists have been horrified to discover that one of the largest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been almost completely annihilated by road crews looking for an easy source of gravel. The 2,300-year-old temple at the heart of the Nohmul complex—at 60 feet, one of the country's tallest... More »

McAfee in Miami: I Faked Illness

Antivirus guru says he 'played crazy card'

(Newser) - John McAfee is back in the US , regaling ABC News with his latest adventures. After he arrived in Miami, he was met by several officers. "I said, 'Am I arrested?' They said, 'No, sir, I am here to help you.' That felt the best of all,... More »

McAfee Released, Arrives in US

Flies from Guatemala to Miami

(Newser) - John McAfee might get out of this yet: He arrived back in the US tonight after being freed from a Guatemalan detention facility , reports AP . His plane touched down in Miami, though it's not clear where he goes next. "I've been running through jungles and rivers and... More »

Guatemala Orders Release of John McAfee

Tycoon has 10 days to resolve his status, hopes to return to US

(Newser) - Looks like there may not be a trial in McAfee's future: A judge has ordered John McAfee freed from a Guatemalan detention center, a lawyer for the colorful antivirus tycoon says. The lawyer says that the judge has declared McAfee's detention illegal and given him 10 days to... More »

McAfee's New Plan: Go to US

Anti-virus pioneer fighting extradition to Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee's request for political asylum in Guatemala was rejected, so he has a new plan: Return to the United States. "America is my home. It’s where I was raised," he said last night during an online press conference. "I simply would like to live... More »

Tests: McAfee Had Nervous Breakdown, Not Heart Attack

Lawyers appeal to Supreme Court, seeking to prevent return to Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee is back in a Guatemalan immigration detention center, awaiting extradition to Belize, after medical tests showed he did not have a heart attack yesterday , but rather a nervous breakdown, reports CNN . Guatemalan officials turned down McAfee's bid for asylum, but his lawyers have filed a bid with... More »

John McAfee Nabbed in Guatemala

Software pioneer to be expelled to Belize: officials

(Newser) - OK, this time it's for real: Software designer John McAfee illegally entered Guatemala hoping for political asylum—instead he's been arrested by Guatemalan police, who plan to send him back to Belize. He should be back in Belize this morning, a Guatemalan government spokesman says. But McAfee's... More »

John McAfee: I'm Seeking Asylum in Guatemala

Fugitive software innovator fears returning to Belize

(Newser) - Surfacing in public for the first time in weeks, software company founder John McAfee says he plans to ask for asylum in Guatemala, saying he fears persecution in Belize. McAfee is now at a hotel in Guatemala City after sneaking out of neighboring Belize, where police have called him a... More »

McAfee Blog: I'm Safe, Out of Belize

But wanted man says he will return

(Newser) - Scratch that: John McAfee has not been captured, as a website he set up claimed yesterday , but rather the antivirus software pioneer is safe and not currently in Belize, a post at the same blog claims today. "I apologize for the silence, and misdirection," reads the post. "... More »

John McAfee: I've Been Captured

But Belize authorities don't agree

(Newser) - Another weird twist in the John McAfee story: A website he set up claims he's been captured, but Belize authorities say it's not true, the Guardian reports. "We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,"... More »

Part of McAfee's Disguise: Tampon

Says he's at home, not in hiding, in Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee is offering more than $12,500 to anyone who can provide information in the murder of Gregory Faull, a case in which McAfee himself is wanted for questioning. The antivirus pioneer, who has been in hiding since Nov. 11, tells a Dateline reporter that he's now at... More »

McAfee: Belize PM a 'Dictator'

Fugitive also stops by message board to ask for tech support

(Newser) - John McAfee fired back at Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow yesterday, after Barrow called the antivirus pioneer-turned-murder suspect " bonkers ." "You know, I think he himself is bonkers if he can throw away the constitution of the country and become dictator without the world catching on," McAfee... More »

McAfee: I've Disguised Myself

While Belize's PM calls the antivirus developer 'bonkers'

(Newser) - Antivirus pioneer John McAfee thinks Belize's prime minister dislikes him . Dean Barrow says that's nonsense—he's "never met the man"—though he does think McAfee seems "bonkers." "I don't want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely paranoid,"... More »

McAfee: 'They Will Kill Me If They Find Me'

Antivirus founder-turned-fugitive swears he's innocent

(Newser) - When Belizean police came to arrest John McAfee, he buried himself in sand, covering his head with a cardboard box so he could breathe, until they went away. "It was extraordinarily uncomfortable," McAfee tells Wired in his first interview as a fugitive murder suspect , "but they will... More »

Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Wanted for Murder

Belize police suspect him in death of American expatriate Gregory Faull

(Newser) - Police in Belize are on the hunt for John McAfee—the man who lent his name to the famous antivirus company—because they suspect him of murder. According to Gizmodo , which just last week ran a stunning piece about McAfee's weird transformation into a jungle gangster, McAfee is suspected... More »

Shady Lawyer Gives Up $7.5M Lotto Jackpot

For reasons no one is entirely clear on

(Newser) - A New York lawyer with a checkered past has relinquished his claim on a $7.5 million Iowa lottery jackpot, after being unable to explain how he got the ticket. It was the latest twist in what Iowa Lottery officials call the strangest episode in the game's 26-year history.... More »

Mob Burns Croc Sanctuary— on Psychic's Advice

American-owned refuge in Belize torched

(Newser) - An American-owned crocodile sanctuary in Belize was turned into a smoking ruin by an angry mob of indigenous Mayans. Truckloads of villagers armed with shotguns and machetes torched all the buildings on the 36-acre sanctuary after a local psychic told them that the Americans had fed two missing children to... More »

5 Dead in Honduras Quake; Toll Expected to Rise

Tsunami warning has been called off

(Newser) - Five deaths have been confirmed after the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked Honduras and Guatemala early today. Four victims were children between 3 and 15, crushed under their collapsed home, Reuters reports. "There will be many more dead," said a Honduran official. Buildings in both Central American states... More »

Felix Reaches Category 5

Storm Heads for Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula

(Newser) - Hurricane Felix grew into a Category 5—the most dangerous—storm last night, packing winds of 127 mph as it roared west across the southern Caribbean, heading for Central America. Felix is predicted to brush the Honduras coastline tomorrow, and hit Belize on Wednesday, the AP reports. More »

Hurricane Dean Heads for Mexico

Thousands flee as Category 5 storm approaches resorts

(Newser) - The Mayan Riviera emptied today as tens of thousands fled before Hurricane Dean, which has already killed nine and will likely be a Category 5 by the time it hits the Yucatan Peninsula tomorrow. Tourist destinations in the area are still recovering from 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, and beach resorts... More »

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