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July 11, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
It was nearing midnight when a large man emerged from his rented blue Dodge and approached a brick home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Covina. He wore a handmade Santa Claus suit with boot-covers, belt, beard, glasses and gloves. Hardly suspicious. It was Christmas Eve. But underneath were black street clothes, five 9-millimeter handguns and $17,000 in cash plastic-wrapped to his body. He was pulling a compressor wrapped in Christmas paper and primed with high-octane fuel.
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WORLD
February 28, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
HEBRON, West Bank - Nidal lives just steps from the mosque where his life changed forever. It was there, during early morning prayers in 1994, that an Israeli physician named Baruch Goldstein walked in and opened fire, killing 29 Palestinians and wounding 125. Nidal, then 25 and engaged to be married, was shot twice in one arm and once in the back. The massacre at the Ibrahim mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site for Muslims, Jews and Christians in the West Bank city of Hebron, occurred 20 years ago this week.
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NATIONAL
June 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The building where a gunman killed 30 people and himself on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg will be reopened for offices and laboratories, but it won't be used for classrooms, the university announced. Norris Hall will open June 18 for the engineering science and mechanics and the civil and environmental engineering departments. They were the primary occupants of the building when Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and faculty members on the campus April 16.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
A jury in Phoenix on Thursday convicted a man charged in the 1991 killings of nine people, including six Buddhist monks, bringing an end to a bizarre decades-long case that involved multiple trials and evidence of overzealous police interview tactics. Johnathan A. Doody sat impassively in Maricopa County Superior Court as a clerk read guilty verdicts in a robbery gone bad nearly a quarter-century ago: nine counts of first-degree murder, nine counts of armed robbery and single counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
NEWS
February 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
A human rights group on Monday called for an inquiry into reports that as many as 300 Shiite Muslim civilians were recently massacred by Afghanistan's ruling Taliban in the central province of Bamian. Citing witnesses, New York-based Human Rights Watch said Taliban troops rounded up and shot about 300 men after capturing the city of Yakaolang in January. The Taliban rejected the report. The United Nations said Jan.
NEWS
November 27, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
A Filipino farmer Saturday confessed to leading a massacre on a village church last Tuesday, killing 17 people including his son, because he was upset that his wife would not sleep with him, the military said. Pelagio Caro was one of nine farmers arrested Friday for suspected involvement in the attack in the mountain village of Bagtik, on the Philippine island of Cebu. Twelve other worshipers were wounded.
WORLD
September 4, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
The deed was stomach-turning: Hooded gunmen burst into a Ciudad Juarez drug treatment center, gathered together those inside and lined them up before opening fire with semiautomatic weapons. When the shooting was over, 18 people were dead. Attention focused immediately on the site of Wednesday night's killings: a rehab center, where addicts go to get clean, suggesting a new level of depravity in Mexico's drug violence. Theories abounded: The victims were targets of rival gang members.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
If you bundled the attacks all together into one brutal event, it would have been the worst massacre since Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last December. Instead, America's latest criminal tragedy has been doled out in bloody increments, just as senselessly as any mass shooting, and with no less of an astonishing casualty total: 21 people dead, after four days of inexplicable violence in four states. In Phoenix : a disturbed pharmacist and former financial blogger, who had argued with his neighbors over their barking dogs, took his shotgun next door and killed four members of the Moore family -- plus two of their dogs -- before killing himself Saturday morning.
WORLD
December 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico has rearrested a man accused of ordering the killings of 45 Indians in the southern state of Chiapas 10 years ago. Right-wing paramilitaries killed the Tzotzil Indians, including pregnant women and children, in the village of Acteal on Dec. 22, 1997. The Chiapas state government said it had arrested Antonio Santiz on Saturday.
WORLD
February 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Liberia's Human Rights Commission has accused forces loyal to then-President Charles Taylor of massacring 369 civilians including children and pregnant women last April. Dempster Brown, the commission's president, said both Taylor's supporters and foes had committed atrocities during a 14-year civil war that ended in August with a deal exiling Taylor. Brown said three commanders responsible for the massacre should be arrested immediately.
WORLD
January 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The United Nations' lead advocate for human rights on Thursday demanded that Myanmar authorities investigate "credible information" about a reported massacre of more than 40 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state. "I deplore the loss of life in Du Chee Yar Tan and call on the authorities to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation and ensure that victims and their families receive justice," High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement from the U.N. offices in Geneva . A spokesman for Myanmar President Thein Sein denied a massacre had been carried out by state security forces and local Buddhists, as the U.N. official alleged.
OPINION
December 9, 2013
Any lingering doubt about whether there are deep-seated problems of abuse at Los Angeles County jails should be put to rest by Monday's arrests following the unsealing of formal charges against 18 current or former sheriff's deputies. Any inclination to pass off more than two years of news reports and official probes detailing inmate beatings as simply the result of a few rogue deputies should be shelved. Some of the allegations are familiar, involving inmates suffering unwarranted abuse and beatings.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - "Newtown 911, what's the location of your emergency?" The voice on the other end shook with fear. "Sandy Hook school," the woman said. "I think there's somebody shooting in here. " It was the first call received by police in Newtown, Conn., the morning of Dec. 14 after Adam Lanza had shot his way into the elementary school and begun rampaging down the corridors and into classrooms. When he was done, 20 first-graders and six school employees lay dead. Lanza, 20, who had shot his mother, Nancy, to death in their Newtown home, then killed himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A man suspected of gunning down eight city officials in Mexico more than 10 years ago has been arrested in Sacramento. Genaro Olaguez, 53, was arrested without incident after he was found living with family along Grove Street in Sacramento, although he initially gave authorities a false identity, Fox 40 reported . Investigators say Olaguez used heavy weaponry to carry out the attack in Sinaloa in May 2000. A city commissioner was among those killed, the Sacramento Bee reported . Four others were injured.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Usually, human rights activists and victims are on the same side of a conflict. But the case of Israel Arzate has put the two allies in opposite camps in Mexico, a reflection of how the absence of justice distorts reality in this violent country. Arzate, 28, was one of a small handful of people formally accused by authorities of perpetrating one of the most notorious massacres in recent Mexican history. Fifteen mostly young people were shot to death as they celebrated a soccer victory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez in January 2010.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
If you bundled the attacks all together into one brutal event, it would have been the worst massacre since Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last December. Instead, America's latest criminal tragedy has been doled out in bloody increments, just as senselessly as any mass shooting, and with no less of an astonishing casualty total: 21 people dead, after four days of inexplicable violence in four states. In Phoenix : a disturbed pharmacist and former financial blogger, who had argued with his neighbors over their barking dogs, took his shotgun next door and killed four members of the Moore family -- plus two of their dogs -- before killing himself Saturday morning.
WORLD
July 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A court has handed 14 soldiers sentences of 40 years in prison for massacring Maya Indians in 1995, officials said. The sentences are among the longest given Guatemalan troops for crimes against human rights. The court ruled that the former soldiers were guilty of extrajudicial killings, court secretary Leonardo Pop said. The men, all members of an army patrol, killed 11 people and injured 30 in an attack on Xaman, a Maya community in northern Guatemala.
WORLD
May 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities have unearthed the bullet-riddled remains of 15 peasants slain by soldiers after the lone survivor of the massacre came forward after two decades of silence, Peruvian officials said. The witness led a prosecutor and a forensic team to the bodies last month near the village of Totos, 200 miles southeast of the capital, Lima, chief forensic investigator Luis Castillejo said.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
It became known as the Wah Mee massacre: 14 people were bound, robbed and systematically shot in the head. Seattle police arrived and found the victims lying face down in pools of blood. One survived the Feb. 19, 1983, rampage, but 13 died. What happened at the Wah Mee Club -- the name means "beautiful place" in Chinese -- remains the deadliest mass shooting in Washington state history. And this week, the Washington Department of Corrections decided to release from prison a man convicted in connection with the Wah Mee killings.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The firehouse is still there, just as it was on the day of the shooting, except for the 26 bronze stars adorning its roof: one for each victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The school is still there too, a short walk up the road, but not for long. This week, gates guarding one of the nation's most notorious crime scenes quietly swung open to heavy machinery and construction trucks as work began to demolish the campus where 20 first-graders and six school employees died Dec. 14. Rarely has a major tear-down been conducted in such a hushed manner, but rarely has a project been steeped in such tragedy and debated in the midst of a town in mourning, in full view of those hit hardest.
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