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FILE - In this May 13, 2008 file photo, Colombian paramilitary warlord Salvatore Mancuso is escorted by U.S. DEA agents upon his arrival to Opa-locka, Florida. A legal battle is quietly brewing in the U.S. in 2020 over Colombia’s request that this former paramilitary warlord be sent home after completing his drug sentence in the U.S. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Warlord's release from US prison ups tension with Colombia

Aug. 12, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A last-minute battle is unfolding over the fate of a former paramilitary warlord who the Colombian government wants returned following a long drug sentence in U.S. prison. Salvatore Mancuso, the top commander of a since-disbanded group of right-wing militias, completed a 12-year cocaine...

North Macedonia: Police find 148 migrants in trucks

Aug. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have discovered 148 migrants crammed into trucks in two separate operations in central and northern parts of the country, and have arrested two men on suspicion of trafficking migrants. Police said their patrol stopped a truck and...

Border Patrol agent in Arizona accused of drug trafficking

Aug. 10, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Tucson Sector Ajo Border Patrol Station has been accused of drug trafficking, authorities said Monday. Federal prosecutors said 53-year-old Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott of Buckeye was arrested Sunday on suspicion of multiple counts of...

DOJ grant to provide housing for human trafficking victims

Aug. 9, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The YWCA of Central Massachusetts has received more than $370,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to provide housing and services for victims of human trafficking. Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the grant from the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs....

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon.  Two American men wanted by Japan on charges that they helped sneak former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country in a box have again been denied release from a U.S. jail. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani on Friday, Aug. 7,  rejected a bid to release Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor on bail while they fight their extradition to Japan.  (Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP)

2 accused in ex-Nissan boss' escape denied release from jail

Aug. 8, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two American men wanted by Japan on charges that they helped sneak former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of the country in a box have again been denied release from a U.S. jail. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani on Friday rejected a bid to free Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old U.S....

Man who dropped overdose victim at hospital pleads guilty

Aug. 8, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Port Townsend, Washington, man who left a heroin overdose victim in a car outside a hospital emergency room pleaded guilty Friday to drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession charges. Adam Michael Kelly, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court in Tacoma to possession of controlled...

African national, daughters charged with trafficking 2 girls

Aug. 8, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say an African national brought two West African girls to the Chicago area on falsified visas and along with her two daughters forced the girls to work for several years, threatening serious harm if they refused. Nawomi Awoga, 71, a citizen of Benin who lives in the Chicago...

In this undated photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excavation work continues at a site of an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

US: Border tunnel appears to be 'most sophisticated'

Aug. 7, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history," authorities said. The tunnel intended for smuggling ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped short...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of the fundamentalist Guadalajara, Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of the Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking. The staggering bail amount all but ensures that García will remain jailed as he awaits trial. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Bail hiked to $90 million for Mexican megachurch leader

Aug. 7, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of a Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking, according to a newspaper report. The staggering bail amount set Thursday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli all but ensures that Naasón...

This combination of photos released by Lifetime shows participants in the new docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” top row from left, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Teresa Helm, Jena Lisa Jones, Kiki, Rachel Benavidez, Marijke Chartouni, Chaunte Davies, and Courtney Wild. The series premieres on Sunday. (Lifetime via AP)

How an arrest upended filming of 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein'

Aug. 7, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The filmmakers behind “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier’s sexual abuse. The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a...