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Once wealthy Mexican state plagued by killings, extortion

Oct. 9, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Business and church leaders say they are being hit by a wave of extortion demands by criminal gangs in Mexico's north-central state of Guanajuato, which was recently considered a Mexican success story for attracting high-tech manufacturing investment, including five auto assembly plants....

NYPD officer shot and killed during struggle with suspect

Sep. 30, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer grappling with an armed man died early Sunday in the Bronx after being shot three times, possibly with his own gun. The 27-year-old suspect also died after five officers fired at him, police officials said. He has not been publicly identified yet. The NYPD...

Police: Gangs aren't only factor in Tacoma homicide rate

Sep. 23, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The violence is impossible to ignore. So far this year, 22 people have been killed in Tacoma. That's the highest homicide rate since 2006, and there are still three months remaining. The city's overall rate of violent crimes was nearly three times higher than the statewide rate in...

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Gun violence against Denver teens, children is increasing

Sep. 15, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The number of children and teens killed by gun violence in Denver is rising, and so is the number of youth charged with gun-related crimes, The Denver Post reported Sunday. The newspaper said its analysis showed 15 teens and children have been shot and killed in the city since Jan. 1, 2018,...

3 teens sentenced for robbing pizza delivery drivers

Sep. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia district attorney says three teenagers have pleaded guilty to robbing and assaulting two pizza delivery drivers in 2017. News outlets report three teenagers pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon and participation in criminal street gang...

MS-13 member gets 50 years in prison in quadruple slaying

Sep. 9, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — An MS-13 gang member who pleaded guilty to participating in the brutal massacre of four young men on Long Island in 2017 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Freiry Martinez was sentenced by a federal court judge on Monday after apologizing for the pain he caused. He said he...

Law enforcement task force tackling violence in Baltimore

Sep. 4, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federally funded task force representing more than a dozen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies was unveiled Wednesday, charged with investigating violent crime in Baltimore. U.S. Attorney in Maryland Robert Hur announced the strike force, which will focus on gun- and...

Police oversight board reviews city's gang database policy

Sep. 2, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A police oversight board is reviewing the constitutionality of how the Providence Police Department added people to a database to identify suspected gang members. The department said in July it had temporarily stopped operating the database, after the Providence Youth Student...