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Suspect in mob boss slaying could face lethal Mafia justice

Mar. 21, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As Anthony Comello sits in jail on murder charges, he may have more than legal problems to worry about — namely, whether the Mafia is going to get its hands on him. The man he is accused of killing was the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali,...

Correction: Mob Shooting story

Mar. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 16 about an arrest in the killing of a reputed Gambino crime boss, The Associated Press erroneously reported where the victim was born. Francesco Cali was born in New York City, not in Sicily. A corrected version of the story is below: Suspect arrested in murder of reputed...

Filings from El Chapo trial show efforts to limit testimony

Mar. 15, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly unsealed documents from the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman detail the behind-the-scenes efforts by prosecutors to keep out evidence potentially damaging to their witnesses and embarrassing to the government, including beliefs in mysticism, sex with minors...

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

Mar. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Police said Thursday they were reviewing...

Imprisoned mobster Carmine Persico dead at age 85

Mar. 8, 2019 12:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime boss of the infamous Colombo crime family, Carmine "the Snake" Persico, has died at the age of 85. Attorney Benson Weintraub says Persico died on Thursday at the Duke University Medical Center. He had been serving what was effectively a life sentence at a federal prison in...

75 face federal drug trafficking charges in Puerto Rico

Feb. 27, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico has indicted 75 people accused of running a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring and of throwing bodies of victims to caimans. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Wednesday that the group had operated since 2006 and sold drugs...

Ex-Rome mayor gets life ban on public office for corruption

Feb. 25, 2019 4:21 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A court in Italy's capital convicted a former Rome mayor of corruption and illegal financing Monday and sentenced him to six years in prison and a lifetime ban on holding public office. Prosecutors had alleged that far-right politician Gianni Alemanno received nearly 300,000 euros ($345,000) in...

Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee

Feb. 21, 2019 12:31 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are rallying across Slovakia to mark the anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee. Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were shot dead in their home on Feb. 21 2018. Slovak authorities believe it was a contract killing...

Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don't count on it

Feb. 15, 2019 10:17 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After El Chapo's conviction in a drug-trafficking trial that included florid testimony of jewel-encrusted guns, a fleet of cash-laden jets and a personal zoo with roaming big cats, some Americans have floated an idea they see as poetic justice: Why not take some of the Mexican drug lord's...

Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on US Southwest

Feb. 14, 2019 9:38 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa cartel into the Southwest — a profitable new business...