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Mexico’s attorney general resigns a year into job

MEXICO CITY— Attorney General Raul Cervantes resigned Monday, saying he doesn’t want to be a distraction in the effort to pass legislation that would make Mexico’s top prosecutorial agency more independent. Cervantes told the Senate his resignation was effective immediately and urged Congress to quickly approve”the urgent laws that the country needs,” which have been …

Deadly Mexico fireworks blast hit market packed for Holidays

TULTEPEC, Mexico—The San Pablito fireworks market was especially well stocked for the holidays and bustling with hundreds of shoppers when a powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through its stalls, killing at least 29 people and leaving dozens more badly burned. The third such blast to ravage the market on the northern outskirts of Mexico’s capital since …

Mexico: Drug lord escape tunnel was deep and ‘high-tech’

View image | gettyimages.com ALMOLOYA, Mexico — The kind of tunnel that led Mexico’s most powerful drug lord to freedom would have been more than a year in planning. The digging would have caused noise. The entrance would have to be in a place beyond the view of security cameras at Mexico’s toughest prison. As …

Suspect in Texas police shooting ‘presumed dead’

LA JOYA, Texas — A man suspected of shooting two South Texas police officers during a standoff is “presumed dead” after officers raided the house Tuesday night in which he had barricaded himself, authorities said. The 29-year-old capital murder suspect had been spraying bullets toward officers outside the house in the Rio Grande Valley town …

Immigration activist, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist released by US Border Patrol in Texas

MCALLEN, Texas—Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, a Philippines-born immigration activist who has lived in the U.S. illegally since he was a child, was released by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Tuesday after they detained him at a Texas airport. In a statement late Tuesday, the Border Patrol said Vargas was arrested at the airport in …

Mexico government announces security plan involving military in violence plagued border state

  REYNOSA, Mexico – After a recent surge of bloodshed, Mexico’s top security official said Tuesday that military commanders will lead a new security push in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong gave no numbers for troop or federal police reinforcements in what sounded like a doubling down on …

Critics vow to keep fighting after US appeals court upholds Texas’ abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas—A federal appeals court has upheld Texas’ tough new restrictions on abortion, meaning Dr. Lester Minto’s clinic near the Mexican border will stay closed. But Minto, who has been providing abortions for three decades, insists he’ll keep helping women who call his shuttered clinic. His is among at least 19 clinics that have closed …

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