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Colombia president snagged by protests, congressional revolt

Nov. 16, 2018 6:07 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque was sworn in as Colombia's president in August after an easy election victory in which he promised to boost the sluggish economy by decreasing corporate taxes, while bringing order to rural areas that have long been plagued by drug trafficking and violence between armed...

Man who raped dying woman gets less than 3 years in prison

Nov. 16, 2018 9:48 AM EST

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A 20-year-old Washington state man was sentenced Thursday to less than three years in prison for raping a high school student as she died from a drug overdose and texting semi-nude photos of her. Superior Court Judge Linda Krese said Thursday she could not sentence Brian Varela to...

White supremacist gang members charged in gun, drug ring

Nov. 16, 2018 8:31 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say 39 white supremacist gang members have been arrested in a gun and drug-trafficking operation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa, Florida, announced the arrests Thursday. Investigators say the suspects are connected to the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs....

Spain targets drug-smuggling hub with anti-crime measures

Nov. 16, 2018 8:16 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is seeking to improve security in a notorious drug-running hotspot on its southern coast, around Gibraltar. Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said Friday that the government will spend an extra 28.5 million euros ($32.3 million) this year and next on more...

New Zealand makes biggest cocaine bust in banana shipment

Nov. 15, 2018 11:18 PM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police have made the country's largest cocaine seizure, with 190 kilograms (418 pounds) of the drug found in a container of bananas shipped from Panama. New Zealand police and customs officials said Friday that the cocaine was contained in five duffel bags on top of...

Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant behind the...

The Latest: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 3:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (all times local): 4 p.m. A former drug cartel member say his notorious boss got a surprise in 2001 when he broke out of prison and was met with a police escort in Mexico City. Jesus Zambada testified Thursday...

Case reveals shame, trauma of male sex trafficking victims

Nov. 15, 2018 10:08 AM EST

TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — Like many victims of a Connecticut sex trafficking ring that preyed on troubled young men and teenage boys for more than 20 years, Samuel Marino never told his family or police about being coerced into sexual relations with much older men. Marino ended up carjacking vehicles from two...

The Latest: Trump backs major rewrite of sentencing laws

Nov. 15, 2018 12:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a rewrite of criminal justice sentencing laws (all times local): 4:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says he's "thrilled" to support a bipartisan bill to reform federal sentencing guidelines. The legislation is the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing...

Trump backs 1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal can pass Congress. Trump said the bill "will make our communities safer and give former...