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Newsom Signs Bill to Allow Giving Family Its Land Back

California city seized Black resort property in the 1920s

(Newser) - Update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday to permit the return of a piece of California beachfront to the family it was taken from almost 100 years ago. Several descendants of the Black couple who built a resort on the land attended the ceremony, and the governor apologized to...

LA County Wants to Right 'Terrible Wrong' Done to Black Family in 1924

Family was forced to give up beachfront land

(Newser) - Los Angeles county officials may return a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago. Manhattan Beach used eminent domain in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city's first Black landowners, off the land where they lived. The couple also ran a...

How a 'Ghost Factory' Upended So Many Lives
Angry Residents Lose
Homes to 'Ghost Factory'

Angry Residents Lose Homes to 'Ghost Factory'

Foxconn promised to bring 13K jobs to Wisconsin

(Newser) - Talk about sad: Sean McFarlane returned to the site of his Wisconsin home to find empty fields, underused buildings, and a hill full of geese. Sitting in his wheelchair, he sighed. "They demolished my house for this? A bunch of geese that sit on a hill?" the 37-year-old tells...

Iowa Man Ends Up in Jail Over Upside Down Flag

Homer Martz was trying to protest an oil pipeline

(Newser) - A 63-year-old Calhoun County, Iowa, man was none too pleased about an oil pipeline being constructed between his home and his well and decided to quietly protest—only to end up briefly jailed. Homer Martz raised the American flag upside down, with the Chinese flag above, and was on Friday...

Colo. Ranchers Battle Army Land Grab

Coloradans balk at plans to expand training base onto vast tract of rangeland

(Newser) - Ranchers in southeast Colorado have fought the US Army to a standstill over plans to expand a training site onto their land, the Wall Street Journal reports. An Army analysis found that the grasslands were ideal for combat training, and recommended the military acquire 7 million acres, but the ranchers...

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