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Farmers Killed 10 Gang Members, Won't Be Charged

Prosecutors find Texcapilla's farmers were defending themselves from murderous extortionists

(Newser) - Mexican villagers who killed gang members with sickles, machetes, and shotguns won't face charges after prosecutors concluded they acted in self-defense. Residents of Texcapilla had been "under constant threat" from members of the Familia Michoacana gang, according to prosecutors. The gang, which had long taken "protection money"...

Gold Coins May Have Been Hidden Before 1692 Massacre
Coins May Have Been
Hidden Before 1692 Massacre
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Coins May Have Been Hidden Before 1692 Massacre

Archaeologists find small pot filled with them in Scotland

(Newser) - It appears that Alasdair "Maclain" MacDonald saw trouble coming and stashed away some coins under a fireplace. More than 330 years later, Scottish archaeologists suggest they've found them, reports Live Science . A member of a University of Glasgow team found a small pot filled with the coins inside...

Colorado Peak Gets a Meaningful Name Change

Mount Evans is now Mount Blue Sky

(Newser) - Federal officials on Friday renamed a towering mountain southwest of Denver as part of a national effort to address the history of oppression and violence against Native Americans. The US Board on Geographic Names voted overwhelmingly to change Mount Evans to Mount Blue Sky at the request of the Cheyenne...

Thais Mourn 36 Killed in Horrific Attack on Day Care Center

'I cried until I had no more tears coming out of my eyes'

(Newser) - Relatives wailed and collapsed in grief over the small coffins of children Friday after a fired police officer stormed a rural Thai day care center Thursday at naptime and massacred dozens of people. Thailand's deadliest mass killing left virtually no one untouched in the small community in one of...

Rhoden Family Massacre: The Allegations Are Stacking Up

Jake Wagner's brother is set to go on trial in late August

(Newser) - The 2016 murders of eight members of the Rhoden family sent shock waves through their rural southwest Ohio community. In late August, the first member of the Wagner family will go on trial for their deaths. In a lengthy piece for the Washington Post , Chris Graves writes that it's...

'Everybody Standing Was Bombarded With Bullets'

50 people feared dead in church massacre in Nigeria, and the motive is unclear

(Newser) - As attackers opened fire on worshippers inside a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria, other gunmen waited outside to kill those who tried to flee, church officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 50 people including children were killed in the attack, according to a state lawmaker from the area. Worshippers...

A Century Ago, They Lived Through a Rampage. Now, $1M

3 centenarians who lived through 1921's Tulsa Race Massacre will split gift

(Newser) - Only three survivors remain from the Tulsa Race Massacre , the 1921 attack in which a white mob descended upon the city's affluent Black neighborhood of Greenwood, torched more than 1,250 homes, and killed hundreds. That trio never received any reparations from either Tulsa or the state of Oklahoma,...

11-Year-Old Played Dead to Survive Florida Shooting

Sheriff Grady Judd calls it 'a horror of the utmost magnitude'

(Newser) - The 11-year-old girl shot seven times in Sunday's massacre at a home in Lakeland, Fla., made it out alive after playing dead. The sole survivor of the shooting that killed four of her family members is now hospitalized in stable condition and told relatives that "I played dead...

Closed Reburial Draws Anger in Tulsa

Protesters say there should have been a funeral for possible massacre victims

(Newser) - The remains exhumed from a cemetery to check for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have been reburied, angering protesters who may be descendants of those killed. The remains of 19 people were returned Friday to their original placements, KTUL reports, while protesters locked out of Oaklawn Cemetery watched...

Biden: 'Literal Hell Was Unleashed' in Tulsa

He marks 100th anniversary of race massacre

(Newser) - An emotional President Biden marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre that destroyed a thriving Black community in Tulsa, declaring Tuesday that he had "come to fill the silence" about one of the nation’s darkest—and long suppressed—moments of racial violence. "Some injustices are so heinous,...

Pardon of Contractors an 'Affront to Justice'

And a violation of international law, UN experts say

(Newser) - Experts say that President Trump’s pardon of four Blackwater contractors who were convicted of killing more than a dozen Iraqis in 2007 violates international law, Reuters reports. The president’s move to pardon Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard is "an affront to justice and...

Tulsa Renews Search for Massacre Victims

More than 300 people were killed in 1921 attack on Black residents

(Newser) - A second excavation begins Monday at a cemetery in an effort to find and identify victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and shed light on the tragedy. The violence left hundreds dead and decimated an area that was once a cultural and economic center for African Americans. "I...

Lawsuit Filed Over Century-Old 'Massacre in Slow Motion'

105-year-old leads plaintiffs in demanding reparations for destroying 'Black Wall Street'

(Newser) - Lessie Benningfield "Mother" Randle was just a child when the Greenwood area of Tulsa, Okla., (aka "Black Wall Street") was attacked by a white mob and burned down in the spring of 1921, killing an estimated 300 Black Americans. Now a lawsuit led by Randle, 105—who...

99 Years Later, an 'Unprecedented' Move in Tulsa

Dig at Oaklawn Cemetery tied to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 to begin in April

(Newser) - A century later, officials plan to dig up part of a cemetery that could possibly hold victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, in which hundreds of African Americans were killed in an infamous instance of racial violence that city leaders largely stayed mum on for nearly a century....

'Anomalies' Point to Possible Mass Graves From Tulsa Race Massacre

Historians believe 300 died when mob attacked, burned black neighborhood

(Newser) - The official death toll from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre stands at 36, but historians have long believed that around 300 black men, women, and children were killed when white rioters led by the Ku Klux Klan attacked and burned the city's Greenwood neighborhood. University of Oklahoma experts now...

Caravan of Mormon Survivors Flees Mexico

More than 100 from communities rocked by massacre have crossed into Arizona

(Newser) - An 18-vehicle caravan carrying about 100 members of an offshoot Mormon community leaving their homes in Mexico after a violent attack arrived in Arizona on Saturday. The families came nearly a week after the attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities said were hit...

After Massacre in Mexico, an Arrest, With 2 Hostages

Armed suspect was found near Arizona border

(Newser) - A suspect found holding two bound and gagged hostages has been arrested for alleged links to the massacre of nine women and children in northern Mexico. The suspect was found in the hills of Agua Prieta, the Mexican town across the border from Douglas, Ariz., with four assault rifles and...

Teen Who Survived Cartel Attack Walked 14 Miles for Help

Relative says cartels had targeted the Mormon community before

(Newser) - The nine American women and children massacred after an ambush in Mexico were "burned alive," a relative says. Alex LeBaron says the victims, who were traveling between the states of Sonora and Chihuahua, were shot in vehicles while driving. "Women and children were massacred, burned alive,"...

UN Team Sent to Investigate 'Horrific' Mali Massacre

At least 154 villagers were killed

(Newser) - The United Nations is deploying crime-scene investigators, human rights officers, and a child protection expert to central Mali to investigate intercommunal violence over the weekend that killed more than 150 people, one-third of them children. Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani of the UN human rights office says the massacre in Ogossagou , in...

Cops: Bus Driver Planned to Massacre 51 Kids

He said it was revenge for migrant deaths

(Newser) - A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their school chaperones Wednesday, threatening the hostages' lives for 40 minutes and setting the bus on fire at a police blockade. Officers from the national police force, the Carabinieri, broke windows at the back of the bus to reach the...

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