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7 killed, 14 tortured in Panama exorcism terror rituals

Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent their sins.” Police freed 14 members of the Ngabe Bugle indigenous group who had been tied up and beaten with wooden cudgels and Bibles.

Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial

For generations, children would play kickball, hide-and-seek and jump rope on a stretch of concrete at Weccacoe Playground, unaware the remains of 5,000 black Philadelphians were buried 18 inches beneath their feet. Now, a portion of that playground will become a memorial to the dead.

Workers finish cleaning up nuclear burial ground

Workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished cleaning up one of the nation’s most contaminated radioactive waste sites, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.

Ranging funeral costs: It could pay to ask around

People’s Memorial Association, a funeral education and advocacy group, researched prices as of Dec. 31 statewide among 178 funeral homes that handled at least 10 cases in 2015. The group seeks more transparency in how people are informed about various costs for arrangements.

Female World War II pilot finally laid to rest at Arlington

After flying military planes during World War II, raising a family, visiting all seven continents and bungee-jumping in New Zealand at 83, Elaine Harmon had one final, seemingly simple wish: to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Veterans Honor Guard

The volunteers behind the Spokane Area Veterans Honor Guard give hundreds of hours, in five- to seven-minute increments, to honor veterans who have died. It only takes five to seven minutes to perform the ritual of folding the American flag, firing a rifle salute and playing taps. But the dedicated honor guard members show up hundreds of times a year to perform the solemn protocols, many times at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery.

Missing in America nonprofit lays 46 ‘lost’ local veterans to rest

Their cremated remains have been in storage at mortuaries and churches throughout the state, some for more than 40 years. On a blustery Tuesday morning, in handcrafted boxes of purpleheart wood from Central America, 46 veterans and one military spouse were laid to rest at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Some of those, placed in the row of niches, served overseas in World War I.

My favorite video games of 2014

Now that the new year is well underway, I'm ready to recount the 2014 games that I hold in the highest esteem. By titling this post as my favorite games of 2014 rather than the best games of 2014, I...

Eclectic lineup helps Big Dipper celebrate grand opening

The revamped Big Dipper has been quietly hosting shows for the past few months, but this weekend it’s opening its doors with the fanfare it deserves. The all-ages venue, long defunct and recently reopened by Sunny Day Real Estate’s Dan Hoerner, is celebrating its official grand opening Saturday night with a show headlined by Portland’s Wooden Indian Burial Ground, which specializes in dark, angular, spacey experimental rock. Also featured are two Spokane bands – the infectious garage rock of Normal Babies and the loud, sludgy punk of 66beat.

Nelson Mandela to be buried Dec. 15

JOHANNESBURG — Flags were lowered to half-staff across South Africa and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in the country’s vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied.