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Annapolis Shooting Suspect Had A History Of Abusive Behavior Toward A Woman

Annapolis Shooting Suspect Had A History Of Abusive Behavior Toward A WomanThe man suspected of killing five people as they worked in their Maryland



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The United States’ Long History Of Separating Families Of Color

The United States’ Long History Of Separating Families Of ColorThe Trump administration's policy of separating children from their families



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Lupe Valdez Makes History In Texas By Winning Democratic Nod For Governor

Lupe Valdez Makes History In Texas By Winning Democratic Nod For GovernorFormer Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial



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Lupe Valdez Makes History In Texas By Winning Democratic Nod For Governor

Lupe Valdez Makes History In Texas By Winning Democratic Nod For GovernorFormer Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic gubernatorial



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The Latest: Bus driver had history of suspensions, tickets

The Latest: Bus driver had history of suspensions, ticketsMOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the deadly New Jersey school bus crash (all times local):



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History Professor Breaks Down What Kanye West Got Wrong In Saying Slavery Was A Choice

History Professor Breaks Down What Kanye West Got Wrong In Saying Slavery Was A ChoiceAn associate professor of history responded Tuesday night to Kanye West's



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Kanye West Calls Slavery A ‘Choice,’ Gets Schooled On History

Kanye West Calls Slavery A ‘Choice,’ Gets Schooled On HistoryKanye West dropped by TMZ on Tuesday to tell the newsroom staff that he loves



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Mass child sacrifice site in Peru may be largest in history

Mass child sacrifice site in Peru may be largest in historyArchaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world’s largest single case of child sacrifice. The pre-Columbian burial site, known as Las Llamas, contains the skeletons of 140 children who were between the ages of five and 14 when they were ritually sacrificed during a ceremony about 550 years ago, experts who led the excavation told The Associated Press on Friday. The site, located near the modern day city of Trujillo, also contained the remains of 200 young llamas apparently sacrificed on the same day. The burial site was apparently built by the ancient Chimu empire. It is thought the children were sacrificed as floods caused by the El Nino weather pattern ravaged the Peruvian coastline. "They were possibly offering the gods the most important thing they had as a society, and the most important thing is children because they represent the future," said Gabriel Prieto, an archaeology professor at Peru’s National University of Trujillo, who has led the excavation, along with John Verano of Tulane University. "Llamas were also very important because these people had no other beasts of burden, they were a fundamental part of the economy," Prieto said, adding the children were buried facing the sea, while the llamas faced the Andes Mountains to the east. More than a dozen bodies were preserved in dry sand for more than 500 years Credit: AP Excavation work at the burial site started in 2011, but news of the findings was first published on Thursday by National Geographic, which helped finance the investigation. Prieto said that besides the bones, researchers also found footprints that have survived rain and erosion. The small footprints indicate the children were marched to their deaths from Chan Chan, an ancient city a mile away from Las Llamas, he said. Verano said the children’s skeletons contained lesions on their breastbones, which were probably made by a ceremonial knife. Dislocated ribcages suggest that whoever was performing the sacrifices may have been trying to extract the children’s hearts. Jeffrey Quilter, the director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University, described it as a "remarkable discovery." In an email, Quilter said the site provides "concrete evidence" that large scale sacrifices of children occurred in ancient Peru. "Reports of very large sacrifices are known from other parts of the world, but it is difficult to know if the numbers are exaggerated or not," Quilter wrote. Quilter is heading a team of scientists who will analyse DNA samples from the children’s remains to see if they were related and figure out from which areas of the Chimu empire the sacrificed youth came. Several ancient cultures in the Americas practised human sacrifices including the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Incas, who conquered the Chimu empire in the late 15th century. But the mass sacrifice of children is something that has rarely been documented. The Las Llamas site is located in a shantytown, and has been fenced off to stop illegal developers from building homes on it. Prieto says the site shows how in Peru history can be just around the corner. "This site surrounded by houses in a working class neighbourhood can tell us a lot about a macabre event that is perhaps one of the darkest moments in our history," Prieto said. "But this is also part of our cultural heritage."  



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Ancient child sacrifice site discovered in Peru could be largest in world history

Ancient child sacrifice site discovered in Peru could be largest in world historyThe largest ancient child sacrifice site in the Americas, if not the world, has been located in Peru, it has been reported. The remains of 140 children and 200 juvenile llamas that appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event which is estimated to have taken place 550 years ago were unearthed by archaeologists. The site was found just over 300 metres from the Pacific Ocean, amid a block of residential compounds in La Libertad outside Trujillo, Peru’s third-largest city.



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Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. historyWalter Moody was put to death by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and gave no final statement, prison officials said. It was the eighth execution this year in the United States. Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.



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