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FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz. During his 2016 primary run, Trump sought to mark his ground as a hard-line immigration enforcer who would build “a great, great wall on our southern border.” Nearly four years later, Trump still has work to do completing his wall and much that has been completed has been paid by U.S. taxpayers despite promises otherwise. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Low expectations in Mexico as US election approaches

Oct. 26, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A week before U.S. elections, expectations and attention are unusually low in a foreign country that may have more at stake than any other. Many Mexicans would be glad to see a more neighborly president who hasn’t called Mexicans rapists or threatened to build a wall against them,...

Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital

Oct. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday. The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material...

Rhonda Herring poses for a photo wearing a shirt with a picture of her slain son Brandon Herring,  in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Herring's son was killed in Kansas City in 2017, and found in a creek bed. Herring says she knows who killed him and has experienced threatening behavior by them, including men shooting by her home. She is very dissatisfied with the way police have handled the case. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City residents: Lack of trust in police drives crime

Oct. 23, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barbara J.K. Johnson was still in her Easter clothes when she ran out to her yard where a 14-year-old neighborhood boy lay on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was dead by the time police arrived. Such things happen too often on South Benton Avenue in Kansas City, where...

Lawsuit: New Mexico county failed to monitor suicidal inmate

Oct. 23, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county that held an inmate struggling with drug addiction failed to properly monitor him before he took his own life, according to a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit involving Fernando Rodriguez filed last week in U.S. District Court alleges that Grants County...

Fourth person arrested in July drug killing in Wichita

Oct. 23, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A fourth person has been arrested in a July drug killing in Wichita, police say. Jail records show the man is being held on suspicion of first-degree felony murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm in the death of 47-year-old Roy Hayden of...

12 accused of part of a drug network arrested in New Jersey

Oct. 23, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Twelve people in New Jersey were accused of being members of a drug network run by a street gang that prosecutors said was distributing approximately 50,000 doses of heroin and a kilo of crack cocaine per week. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday announced the arrests...

Dozens charged in drug operation stretching across Minnesota

Oct. 23, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — More than three dozen people have been charged in St. Louis County in connection with a Chicago-based drug trafficking ring that operated throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, authorities said. Duluth police said Thursday that this week's coordinated drug bust led to 35 arrests in...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020 file photo, a policeman stands guard as the city mayor attends an event to inaugurate renovated sections of the market, which, along with other local businesses, has suffered as violence has kept regional shoppers away in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato state, Mexico. The two most powerful drug cartels in the hemisphere are battling over this industrial and farming hub of central Mexico — a state that has attracted gangs for the same reason it has lured auto manufacturers: road and rail networks that lead straight to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Cartels' meth war bloodying once-peaceful state in Mexico

Oct. 22, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In the central Mexico state of Guanajuato, the color of the meth or the markings on the package in an addict’s pocket may determine whether he lives or dies. The Jalisco Cartel sells crystal-clear meth at $2.30 per dose. The home gang, Santa Rosa de Lima, sells cheaper blue-tinged...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, University of Georgia students lead a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown in memory of Breonna Taylor in Athens, Ga. Hours of material in the grand jury proceedings for Taylor’s fatal shooting by police have been made public on Friday, Oct. 2.  (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Police major who oversaw Taylor drug raid unit investigated

Oct. 22, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville Police major who oversaw the unit that sent officers to Breonna Taylor's home the night she was fatally shot is the subject of an internal police investigation. The department’s Professional Standards Unit opened an investigation this week into Maj. Kimberly...

Woman gets 33 years for illegal distribution of pain pills

Oct. 22, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman convicted of running clinics in East Tennessee that illegally distributed more than 11 million prescription opioid pills has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison, federal officials said. U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan ordered the sentence Wednesday for Sylvia...