What we know about the Mexico massacre. How James Dean is returning to the big screen. And why ex-NFL star Kellen Winslow II pleaded guilty to sex crimes.
It's Ashley. Here’s what you need to know from Wednesday.
But first, a false alarm: A warning that triggers a hijacking protocol at an Amsterdam airport was mistakenly activated.
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A teen walked 14 miles to get help after his family was killed in Mexico
Incredible stories of survival emerged Wednesday from Mexico as authorities searched for clues about a massacre that took the lives of nine family members – three women and six children. Eight children managed to escape from suspected drug cartel gunmen who ambushed three SUVs Monday – killing the children's mothers. The children hid amid the brush as bullets flew; some walked miles to get help despite gunshot wounds. Kendra Miller, a relative, said a 13-year-old survivor, Devin Langford, walked about 14 miles after the attack to get help. Here are some other developments:
What happened? Mexican army chief of staff Gen. Homero Mendoza said the ambush consisted of two attacks more than an hour apart at two places along the road. Authorities theorized the gunmen worked for a cartel that mistook the family for a rival gang's convoy.
Are the families Mormon? Not according to the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, but family members said the victims were members of a fundamentalist Mormon community.
What are these communities doing in Mexico? There's a long history of fundamentalist members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who originally fled from the USA to Mexico to practice polygamy, though most of those communities are no longer polygamist.
Deadly dressers remain in the homes of millions
Three years after a recall, millions of unsafe Ikea dressers that can crush children remain in American bedrooms, safety advocates say. Parents whose kids have died from tip-overs want to discuss the danger with Ikea’s U.S. chief, Javier Quiñones, but he won’t commit to a meeting. Ikea should do more to get those products out of homes, critics argue, including by promoting the recall with the same effort it once marketed the products. Ikea dressers have been linked to dozens of injuries and the deaths of at least nine children. The Ikea recall included more than 17 million dressers: If you bought one before June 2016, you should see if yours is one of them.
What everyone’s talking about
Ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II struggled before pleading guilty to rape and sexual battery.
Saudis recruited Twitter employees to spy on critics, prosecutors say.
Catherine Deneuve, France's most revered movie star, had a stroke while filming her latest movie.
A teen "Jeopardy!" champ donated $10,000 to cancer research in honor of Alex Trebek.
Remember that steamy "Shallow" duet between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that sparked 1,000 dating rumors? Gaga says it was just good acting.
James Dean is being resurrected, kind of
A Hollywood film company plans to resurrect iconic actor James Dean, killed in a car wreck in 1955, and "cast" him in a new movie via special effects technology. Cool or creepy? Magic City Films announced Wednesday it has obtained the rights from Dean's family to cast him posthumously in a Vietnam-era action drama called "Finding Jack." The news was greeted with some skepticism on Twitter: " 'We couldn't find a non-dead actor for the role of a white guy in a Vietnam war movie' is truly an amazing take," feminist writer Andi Zeisler tweeted.
The man arrested in connection with a Texas Halloween party shooting was freed days after a cop said he was "100%" guilty.
Prosecutors tied Roger Stone's alleged crimes to Trump and his campaign, a federal prosecutor told a jury.
Two Tennessee women spoke up about pastoral abuse 17 years after being told to stay silent.
Airbnb is conducting a sweeping verification process of all 7 million of its listings after the Orinda shooting.
The White House plans to bring on new staff members to deal with the impeachment investigation.
Election 2019 takeaways: It’s not over yet
The Democrats swept Virginia. The Republicans swept Mississippi. And Kentucky is still too close to call. Tuesday's election might have looked like a draw, but Democrats emerged feeling victorious as they head into the 2020 elections because most of Tuesday's marquee matchups were played on Republican turf. Let’s recap the important bits:
Kansas City overwhelmingly voted to remove Martin Luther King's name from a historic street.
A Bevin-Beshear recount? Here's what could happen in the Kentucky governor's race.
"Virginia is officially blue." Democrats regain control of Virginia's General Assembly.
She flipped off Trump and lost her job (👇). Now, she just won an election in Virginia.
A break from the news
Myth vs. fact: Do batteries last longer in the refrigerator?
4 realities of retirement spending that you need to know.
You can buy an Alexa-enabled Christmas tree for $300.
Review: ABC's baffling "Little Mermaid Live!" sunk straight to the bottom of the sea.
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