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FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A year after Hussle's death, his popularity and influence are as strong as ever. He won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

How a chance reunion led to Nipsey Hussle’s death

Mar. 31, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ermias Asghedom and Eric Holder both grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, were both part of the gang known as the Rollin' 60s, and were both aspiring rappers. Asghedom, who went by the name Nipsey Hussle, would go on to become a hip-hop star, neighborhood legend and local hero....

Court overrules sentence for man who shot college student

Mar. 18, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has unanimously overturned the attempted murder conviction of a gang member who shot and critically injured a college student. The court ruled Wednesday that Michael Juan Smith did not intend to shoot Martha Childress, a student at the University of...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, transgender woman Leticia shows a photograph of Camila Díaz, another transgender woman she met while migrating to the U.S. where they both turned themselves in to U.S. immigration authorities and were eventually deported, during an interview at the office of rights group

Salvadorans who fled to US to escape violence returned to it

Mar. 6, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Several years ago, Camila Díaz left her native El Salvador and went to the United States, looking for a place where she would be safer as a transgender woman. But she failed to find a sympathetic ear. Deported back to San Salvador, the nation's capital, she was killed...

Tulare Police investigate a shooting Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Tulare, Calif.  The shooting occurred Wednesday night as a group of more than 60 people gathered at an apartment complex following the burial of a man who died in a car crash. (Ron Holman/The Times-Delta via AP)

Shooting kills 1, wounds 5 at California gathering

Mar. 5, 2020 12:47 PM EST

TULARE, Calif. (AP) — A suspected gang-related shooting at a gathering in California's San Joaquin Valley killed a man and wounded five others, including a little girl, authorities said. The shooting erupted late Wednesday night in the city of Tulare as a group of more than 50 people gathered at an...

This Feb. 13, 2020 photo shows a memorial for Juan Carlos Medina Serrano in his family's living room, the day his remains were buried, in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico. Armed men took the 32-year-old from his house on Dec. 3. A few days later, authorities found 19 rotting bodies buried in a backyard in a nearby town, but it took two months for them to notify his wife that her husband was one of the bodies. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Violence, industry co-exist in conservative Mexican state

Feb. 26, 2020 5:21 PM EST

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s drug war has long played out in dusty northern border cities or the poppy fields of its southern mountains, but now the killings have moved to the conservative industrial heartland state of Guanajuato, creating a strange duality: shiny new auto plants and booming...

In this Feb. 7, 2020 photo, a Honduran delivery driver stands for a portrait in Guatemala City, where U.S authorities sent him to apply for Guatemalan asylum rather than allowing him to apply in the U.S. Fearing for his life, the 25-year-old had fled to the United States-Mexico border and requested asylum. After nine days in custody, he was put on a plane in McAllen, Texas, and sent to Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

'Deportation with a layover:' US sends migrants to Guatemala

Feb. 24, 2020 10:49 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — After he was involved in a fender bender with a gang member, the Honduran delivery driver was in trouble: The accident wasn't his fault, but he couldn't pay the damages, and the other driver threatened to kill him. Fearing for his life, the thin, curly-haired 25-year-old fled to the...

This undated image released by the Montgomery County Police Department, shows Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, who is an alleged member of the MS-13 gang involved in the homicide of an unidentified man who was found dead at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Md. The March 2017 slaying was part of a wave of violence that federal authorities pinned on Maryland-based members of La Mara Salvatrucha street gang, or MS-13 for short. A May 2019 indictment against 22 members and associates of MS-13

Gang member gets prison 3 years after 'unspeakable' killing

Feb. 21, 2020 4:41 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A freshly dug grave was waiting for the 18-year-old man when gang members lured him to a Maryland park nearly three years ago. They choked him until he passed out. They took turns slashing him with machetes and knives until he died. Then they severed his head, ripped out his heart and...

Police find 24 decomposed bodies at house in western Mexico

Feb. 20, 2020 2:31 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico said Thursday that the arrest of a criminal gang led to the discovery of a house that had been used to dispose of 24 bodies. Prosecutors in Michoacán state said decomposed bodies were found in the house in Coeneo, a township west of the Michoacán...

Judge finds US in contempt after immigrants in suit deported

Feb. 19, 2020 3:56 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has found the U.S. government in contempt after authorities deported five young immigrants who were seeking to remain in the country under a program for abused and neglected immigrant children. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins issued the civil order Friday...

UN report questions police, highlights violence in Haiti

Feb. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The United Nations issued a scathing report on Tuesday that accused Haitian police of not protecting an impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent three-day attack. The report urged local...