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Mexican army kills 12 gunmen in city along Texas border

Jul. 3, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican army soldiers said Friday they came under fire from drug cartel gunmen in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, and returned fire, killing 12 gunmen. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt....

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009, file photo, former hostages, from left, Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell pose for a portrait in New York. The American defense contractors held for years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they were seeking to claim. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune

Jul. 3, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors when a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffed an appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. ...

FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Houston Police Department shows Steven Bryant, left, and Gerald Goines, in Houston. An audit has found various problems with a Houston Police Department narcotics unit that's been under scrutiny following a deadly 2019 drug raid. The audit found that officers made hundreds of errors in cases, often weren't thorough in their investigations, lacked supervision and overpaid informants for the seizure of minuscule amounts of drugs. The 66-page audit reviewed the work of two former members of the narcotics unit, Goines and Bryant, along with the work of squads within the unit. (Houston Police Department via AP, File)

Audit criticizes Houston police unit tied to fatal drug raid

Jul. 2, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An audit of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit that’s been under scrutiny following a deadly 2019 drug raid found that officers made hundreds of errors in cases, often weren’t thorough in their investigations, lacked supervision and overpaid informants for the seizure...

Rosa Alba Santoyo speaks on the phone and is embraced by a woman giving her condolences the day after she lost three of her adult children in an attack on the drug rehabilitation center where they were being treated, at her home in Irapuato, Mexico, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Gunmen burst into the drug rehabilitation center and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. After the loss of her three children, only two of Santoyo's seven children remain living. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack

Jul. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground. Ricardo Ortiz, mayor of the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato...

Rosa Alba Santoyo speaks on the phone and is embraced by a woman giving her condolences the day after she lost three of her adult children in an attack on the drug rehabilitation center where they were being treated, at her home in Irapuato, Mexico, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Gunmen burst into the drug rehabilitation center and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. After the loss of her three children, only two of Santoyo's seven children remain living. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack

Jul. 2, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground. Authorities in the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato state on...

French police unit disbanded amid drug deals probes

Jul. 2, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Paris police chief is disbanding a special police unit in a poor suburb of the French capital after four officers were brought before a judge on Thursday for “particularly serious” accusations involving theft, drug possession and extorting money from drug dealers. Paris...

FILE - This Friday Jan. 11, 2013 file photo of a member of the Cybercrime Center as he turns on the light in a lab during a media tour at the occasion of the official opening of the Cybercrime Center at Europol headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. Dutch and French police have broken into an encrypted communications network used by organized crime gangs, allowing them to

European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds

Jul. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European police delivered a major blow to organized crime after cracking an encrypted communications network, allowing them to covertly watch "over the shoulder” of criminals in real time as they planned drug trafficking, arms sales, assassinations and torture, officers...

Texas DA files new charges resulting from deadly drug raid

Jul. 1, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The investigation of a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid has resulted in charges being filed against six former officers, who are accused of routinely using false information to get search warrants and of lying on police reports, prosecutors announced...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, budtenders wearing protective masks prepare orders for customers to pick up at the Higher Path cannabis dispensary in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles City Council committee approved on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, a series of changes to reset the city's troubled legal marijuana market, including bolstering programs intended to help operators who suffered during the nation’s long-running war on drugs. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Los Angeles to reset troubled marijuana licensing program

Jul. 1, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a makeover of its widely criticized marijuana licensing program to enlist more operators who endured the consequences of the nation’s war on drugs. Approved unanimously and without debate, the changes are designed to provide an...

Police: Man bit tip off officer's nose during a struggle

Jul. 1, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who struggled with police while being taken into custody has been accused of biting the tip off of a police officer's nose, authorities say. Gainesville Police said Kenton Thompson, 31, ran from officers Monday night as they tried to make a drug-related arrest. When...