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Carlotta now a hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast

MIAMI — Carlotta has grown from a tropical storm to a full-blown hurricane as it moves toward southern Mexico’s Pacific coast.


Strong earthquake shakes Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong, long 7.6 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico on Tuesday, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers …


Gunmen dump 35 bodies on busy avenue in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Masked gunmen blocked traffic on a busy avenue in a Gulf of Mexico coastal city Tuesday and dumped the bodies of 35 slaying victims as horrified …


VW’s newest Beetle starts production in Mexico

The world’s first models of the redesigned Volkswagen sedan began rolling off production lines at the company’s plant in central Mexico on Friday, with a bigger trunk but also a …


U.S. soccer on the ball after early defeat

The U.S. national soccer team recently suffered its first Gold Cup loss in group play, is without its top goal scorer in the injured Jozy Altidore, and Landon Donovan, the …


Paddlers find refuge from Mexico’s woes in Sea of Cortez

Beyond the headlines of Mexico’s drug-related violence, sea kayakers are having a whale of a time camping along the wildlife-rich waters of Baja California. Mainstream tourists find the manufactured brand …


Inmates blamed for Mexico slayings

MEXICO CITY – Prison inmates allowed to leave their cells with weapons borrowed from guards carried out last week’s killings of 17 people in northern Mexico, federal authorities said Sunday. …


Gunmen kill 15 in drug-plagued areas

MEXICO CITY – Gunmen killed 15 federal police officers Monday in separate attacks in two drug-plagued states, marking one of the bloodiest days for security forces since the government stepped …


Obama, Calderon decry Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON – The presidents of Mexico and the United States offered a united front during a state visit Wednesday – not just against brutal drug cartels but against Arizona and …


Magnitude 7.2 quake hits Baja California

A strong earthquake south of the U.S.-Mexico border shook high-rises in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego and was felt across Southern California and Arizona.


Mexican drug lord arrested

MEXICO CITY – A Mexican drug cartel kingpin accused of dissolving victims in barrels of lye and waging a terror campaign that turned Tijuana into one of Mexico’s most dangerous …


U.S. lags on aid in Mexico’s drug battle

MEXICO CITY – The United States has spent a fraction of the money pledged – just $24 million of $1.3 billion appropriated – to help Mexico in its bloody three-year-old …


Sophisticated pot fields a growing problem in Washington

Some of the most innovative farming techniques in the Northwest are being applied to a cash crop that isn’t wheat, apples or grapes. It’s a low-tech but high-stakes, high-risk venture …


Escalating drug violence leaves 30 dead in Juarez

MEXICO CITY – A rash of multiple slayings rocked the border region of Ciudad Juarez this week, killing at least 30 people in what analysts describe as the late stages …


Mexico allows possession of drugs for ‘personal use’

MEXICO CITY – Mexico enacted a controversial law Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging free government treatment for drug dependency. The …


Acapulco shootout leaves 18 dead

MEXICO CITY – As if Mexican tourism needed more bad news, a weekend shootout left 18 gunmen and soldiers dead in Acapulco, the iconic if faded beach resort that recently …


Mexico drug wars creating new set of asylum-seekers

MEXICO CITY – Mexican immigration to the United States has been almost entirely an economic issue for the past few decades. Politicians have fine-tuned their positions around what to do …


U.S. border crossings report high passport compliance

BLAINE, Wash. – On the day that stricter identification rules went into effect for U.S. citizens returning from Canada and Mexico, traffic slogged as usual through the state’s largest border …


Mexican officials arrested for alleged ties to drug war

MEXICO CITY – Mexican security forces swept into President Felipe Calderon’s home state of Michoacan on Tuesday and arrested 27 government officials, the largest operation to target politicians in Mexico’s …


Convoy attack leaves eight dead in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – In the latest of a series of brazen, drug-related attacks, gunmen ambushed a prisoner transfer convoy in western Mexico, killing eight officers in a failed attempt to …


Obama slaps sanctions on Mexican cartels

WASHINGTON – President Obama on Wednesday ratcheted up efforts to curb the flow of drugs and guns across the border, imposing financial sanctions against three of the most violent Mexican …


Clinton slams U.S. drug policies

MEXICO CITY – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Mexico on Wednesday with a stark mea culpa, saying that decades of U.S. anti-narcotics policies had been a failure …


U.S. ramps up help in Mexico drug war

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help Mexico fight its drug war by cutting off the cartels’ supply of guns and profits, while resisting the Texas governor’s call …


U.S. steps up fight against drug cartels

WASHINGTON – President Obama is finalizing plans to move federal agents, equipment and other resources to the border with Mexico to support Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s campaign against violent drug …


Stimulus to finance ‘virtual fence’

WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department is accelerating plans to build a costly and long-troubled “virtual fence” of sensors and cameras along the U.S.-Mexican border, aided by $100 million from …


In brief: Diplomat accused of conspiracy

President Evo Morales on Monday ordered a U.S. diplomat to leave Bolivia for allegedly conspiring with opposition groups, further straining tense relations six months after he expelled the American ambassador. …


Mexico boosts security near airports

MEXICO CITY – More than 800 federal and local police have been assigned to improve security in and around Mexico City’s international airport after a series of armed robberies against …


Spring break alert issued for Mexico

PHOENIX – The U.S. State Department and universities around the country are warning college students headed for Mexico for some spring-break partying of a surge in drug-related murder and mayhem …


Hundreds arrested in cartel probe

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Wednesday that authorities have arrested more than 730 people across the country in a 21-month investigation targeting Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and its infiltration …


Fewer Mexicans leaving to seek jobs

MEXICO CITY – Migration from Mexico, mainly to the United States, has fallen dramatically as fewer Mexicans leave their country to look for work abroad amid a global economic downturn, …