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Brazilian police seek arrest of Paraguay ex-President Cartes

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police are seeking the arrest of former President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay as part of an investigation into money laundering. On Tuesday, Brazilian authorities alleged Cartes provided $500,000 to a criminal organization at the request of Dario Messer, a Brazilian associate...

Professor who wrote corruption book charged with laundering

Nov. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida professor of international studies who co-wrote a book about organized crime was arrested Monday on federal charges that he laundered corruption proceeds from Venezuela. Bruce Bagley, 73, of Coral Gables, Florida, was freed on $300,000 bail after an appearance in Miami federal...

Mexican official: Arrests made in killings of US citizens

Nov. 11, 2019 8:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top security official says arrests have been made in last week's killings of nine U.S. women and children by suspected cartel gunmen in northern Mexico. Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo is not saying how many people have been arrested or giving any information on what...

Members of community attacked in Mexico doubt they'll return

Nov. 10, 2019 2:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Utah man who helped get his mother and other family members safely out of northern Mexico after nine people were killed in an apparent ambush said Sunday that most fled to Arizona with whatever they could fit in their cars and trucks and they'll likely never return. More than 100 people...

Offshoot Mormon community hit in deadly attack leaves Mexico

Nov. 10, 2019 6:36 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An 18-vehicle caravan carrying about 100 members of an offshoot Mormon community leaving their homes in Mexico after a violent attack arrived in Arizona on Saturday. The families came nearly a week after the attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities...

Last victim of Mexico border killings buried as others leave

Nov. 9, 2019 8:05 PM EST

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children from a Mormon community in northern Mexico where cartels have disrupted an otherwise peaceful, rural existence. In the attack Monday, Christina Langford...

Stay or go? US residents of Mexico town torn after 9 killed

Nov. 8, 2019 8:42 PM EST

COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — U.S. citizens living in a small Mexican farming community established by their Mormon ancestors are trying to decide whether they should stay or leave after burying some of the nine American women and children slaughtered this week in a drug cartel ambush. What had been a...

Services in Mexico for former ND family killed in attack

Nov. 8, 2019 8:34 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Services were held in Mexico for a former North Dakota woman and her four children and for four other American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen. The memorials and burials Thursday took place as Mexican soldiers stood guard, a reminder of the danger locals face living...

Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 slain Americans

Nov. 7, 2019 11:34 PM EST

LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — As Mexican soldiers stood guard, a mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead. Clad in shirt sleeves,...

Young relative creates tribute to family slain in Mexico

Nov. 7, 2019 8:28 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 15-year-old Arizona relative of three women and six children gunned down in a drug cartel ambush in Mexico stayed up until 3 a.m. the day of the first funerals to create a photo slide show that she voiced with a song. Madelyn Staddon was so affected by the family's loss, she created the...