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Failed raid against El Chapo's son leaves 8 dead in Mexico

Oct. 18, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican security forces aborted an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel henchmen that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday. The...

Brother of Honduran president convicted of drug conspiracy

Oct. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of the Honduran president was convicted Friday in a massive drug conspiracy case in New York City after prosecutors said he relied on "state sponsored drug trafficking" enabled by the Central American leader. Juan Antonio "Tony" Hernández, 41, a former Honduran congressman,...

CEOs, attorneys general trying to reach opioid settlement

Oct. 18, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

Chief executives of a handful of pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies were negotiating Friday with government attorneys to see if they can reach a settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the nation's opioid crisis. The federal judge who is overseeing more than 2,000 opioid-related lawsuits...

AP Explains: A look at Mexico's security strategy

Oct. 18, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A display of armed might by a drug cartel forced Mexican authorities to abandon an attempt to arrest a son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman, leading Mexicans to question President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's security strategy and ask who really runs parts of the country....

The Latest: Mexico says 8 died in Culiacan cartel clash

Oct. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on violence in northern Mexico after an attempt to capture drug trafficker's son (all times local): 9:10 a.m. Mexican officials say eight people were killed in gunbattles in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan in what is being described as a failed operation to detain...

Gunbattles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son

Oct. 18, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. Mexican security...

Jury seated in opioid case, but settlement talks go on

Oct. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury was seated Thursday for the first federal trial on the opioid crisis, but the push to settle the case before opening arguments next week continued, with company officials expected to gather for further talks. U.S District Judge Dan Polster had ordered executives for the companies...

Opioid settlement talks broaden ahead of 1st federal trial

Oct. 16, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to settle thousands of lawsuits related to the nation's opioid epidemic intensified Wednesday ahead of the scheduled start of arguments in the first federal trial over the crisis. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press that three major drug...

The Latest: Day 1 of opioid lawsuit jury selection concludes

Oct. 16, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in the first federal trial on the opioid crisis (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The first day of jury selection in a landmark federal opioid lawsuit in federal court in Cleveland has concluded. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster said both sides on Thursday will find...

Closings in US drug trial of Honduran president's brother

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez created "state-sponsored" drug trafficking by corrupting the country's politics to protect drug dealers, a prosecutor told a jury during closing arguments Wednesday at a drug trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove in New York made...