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Mexico issues arrest warrant in killing of journalist Valdéz

Jan. 24, 2020 4:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have issued an arrest warrant for suspected drug capo Dámaso López in the 2017 killing of crusading journalist Javier Valdéz. López is better known by his nickname “Mini-Lic”and is the son of an...

Sheriff: Traffic stop leads to meth labs, drug seizure

Jan. 24, 2020 3:31 PM EST

PIXLEY, Calif. (AP) — A traffic stop in central California for a minor offense earlier this month led deputies to a major methamphetamine and fentanyl trafficking operation, including labs inside three homes and drugs with a street value of $1.5 million, authorities said. A Tulare County Sheriff deputy...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

Jan. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defense patrols, Mexico's president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids. The whole issue has sparked a debate in Mexico over the use...

Julian LeBaron carries a Mexican flag during a protest against violence called

Crime victims march to Mexico City to protest violence

Jan. 23, 2020 6:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of crime victims and their relatives began a four-day march to Mexico City Thursday to protest a wave of killings and disappearances that left 35,588 people dead in 2019. The march is led by poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed in 2011. That year Sicilia led a national...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico homicide rate edges up in 2019; rate of rise slows

Jan. 21, 2020 5:46 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of homicides in Mexico rose to 35,588 in 2019, the highest number on record, but the rate of annual increase in murders has slowed, according to government figures. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has acknowledged that crime and violence are the toughest...

Cesar De Castro, center, attorney for Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico's former top security official, is surrounded by reporters as he leaves Federal court in Brooklyn, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Indicted former Mexico security chief not interested in plea

Jan. 21, 2020 2:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico’s former top security official is “very much looking forward” to fighting charges he took tens of millions of dollars in drug-money bribes to protect Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, a defense attorney said Tuesday. ...

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Review: Love and fear drive migrants in `American Dirt’

Jan. 21, 2020 10:51 AM EST

“American Dirt,” Flatiron Books, by Jeanine Cummins In her beautiful, suspenseful and timely new novel ``American Dirt,’’ Jeanine Cummins succeeds in taking migration — one of the central issues of our time — and bringing it down to human size. The story of one Mexican...

Julian Le Baron arrives where one of the cars belonging to the extended LeBaron family was ambushed by gunmen last year near Bavispe, Sonora state, Mexico, Sunday Jan. 12, 2020. Lopez Obrador said Sunday there is an agreement to establish a monument will be put up to memorialize nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and slain last year by drug gang assassins along a remote road near New Mexico. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Monument to honor US-Mexican dual citizens slain in Mexico

Jan. 12, 2020 8:01 PM EST

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that a monument will be put up to memorialize nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and slain last year by suspected drug gang assassins along a remote road in the northern border region near New Mexico. In remarks to...

Mexican writer and activist Javier Sicilia, left, Julian, center, and Adrian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in a Nov. 4, 2019 ambush in northern Mexico, pose for photos during a press conference in Mexico City, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Sicilia and other activists are calling to march against violence on Jan. 23, from Cuernavaca, Morelos state, to the National Palace in the Mexico’s capital. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Family: 2 suspects in Mexico border killings arrested in US

Jan. 9, 2020 11:01 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Relatives of nine U.S. dual-national women and children killed in northern Mexico in November said Thursday U.S. authorities told them they have two suspects under detention in the United States. Bryan LeBaron said American officials told the family that two suspects had been detained in...

FILE- In this Oct. 8, 2010 file photo, Mexico's Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna attends a press conference on the sidelines of an American Police Community (Ameripol) meeting in Mexico City. Garcia Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico former top cop in NY plea talks over drug bribe case

Jan. 7, 2020 9:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican former top security official Genaro García Luna is in talks on a possible plea agreement with federal prosecutors in New York, where he is charged with accepting millions in drug-money bribes from the notorious Sinaloa cartel of convicted kingpin Joaquín “El...