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Leader or killer? A day with ‘Barbecue’ in Haiti’s capital

He’s known as Barbecue, an ex-cop suspected in the massacre of dozens of men, women and children in the Haitian capital – and a hero in his neighborhood, followed by …


Gangs block roads with burning cars in western Mexico

Gangs have blocked roads with burning vehicles in the western Mexico state of Michoacan.


Police: Gangs, arguments prompted Mardi Gras shootings

Gang enmity was behind the bloodiest of three shootings on Mardi Gras, while arguments among acquaintances touched off two earlier shootings, New Orleans’ police chief said Wednesday.


’Vying for control’: How MS-13 uses violence and extortion in America’s jails

The Bloods gang member was sitting at a table inside the Prince George’s County, Maryland, jail last spring when two other inmates approached from behind. They belonged to MS-13. And …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Boy gang’ attempts to dynamite Stevens School

The janitor of the Stevens School made a shocking discovery when he went to open up the school on a Monday morning: Several sticks of dynamite had been planted on …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

Gang member faces sentencing in Chicago for Spokane-bound train gun theft

A Chicago gang member is facing sentencing for helping steal about 100 new guns from a Spokane-bound freight train.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

Officials: Indictments could mean end of new Idaho gang

Idaho’s new U.S. Attorney Bart Davis says he believes a new offshoot of the street and prison gang Surenos is close to being eradicated after a series of indictments in …


Gang roundups in U.S., Central America draw praise

Authorities in the U.S. and Central America say they have indicted thousands of violent street gang members since March, including a powerful MS-13 leader who allegedly ordered bloodshed on the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

July violence pushes 2017 homicide total past 400 mark

July was another dangerous month in Chicago, with 74 homicides reported.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:35 a.m.

Shooting at Moscow courthouse leaves 3 dead, 4 wounded

Five defendants at a Moscow courthouse attacked their guards in a bungled escape attempt, leading to a shootout that killed three people and wounded four others, officials said Tuesday.


55 shot, 11 fatally, in weekend shootings in Chicago

Eleven people were killed and 44 were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, including an attack that left a 10-year-old boy dead and a …


Three teens arrested in Portland gang shootings

Police say they arrested two teenagers in a gang shooting that critically injured a 17-year-old boy in outer southeast Portland.


California police kill man with rifle who fired at them

Central California police say a suspected gang member was shot and killed after he fired a least 75 rounds at officers with a high-powered rifle.


UPDATED: Sat., May 27, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Drug gang takes aim at police officers amid coca crackdown

Colombia’s largest illegal organization, the Gulf Clan, has distributed leaflets that call for killing police, and police intelligence officials say the gang members are offering would-be assassins up to $600 …


Seattle police say uptick in shootings due to gang quarrels

Authorities say the reason Seattle has seen a recent uptick in shootings is because personal disputes between gang members have been triggering a cycle of violence.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

MS-13 gang targeted in pre-dawn sweep across Los Angeles

Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles in pre-dawn sweeps, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the ultra-violent street …


Mexico now world’s deadliest conflict zone after Syria, survey finds

Mexico has surpassed Iraq and Afghanistan to become the world’s second-most deadly conflict zone after Syria, according to a study of wars around the globe.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 4 p.m.

Trump, top officials take aim at brutal MS-13 street gang

The Trump administration vowed Tuesday to crack down on MS-13, a notoriously brutal Central American street gang blamed for a recent series of killings in suburban New York, and accused …


100 years ago in Spokane: Chinese community concerned after gang members reportedly flee from Portland

Police were on the lookout for three Chinese tong members — meaning, members of notorious Chinese gangs. They were believed to be hiding in Spokane after fleeing from Portland, “where …


John Gotti’s grandson gets 8 years in prison in drug case

Mobster John Gotti’s namesake grandson has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to selling oxycodone pills in New York City.


MS-13 gang members indicted in slayings of 3 New York teens

Federal agents said Thursday that they have caught the members of a violent street gang who killed three teenagers last year, including two girls who were inseparable best friends at …


Lawyers for detained Seattle ‘dreamer’ again seek release

Lawyers for a Seattle-area man arrested by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children are again asking a …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Release denied for ‘dreamer’ detained by immigration agents

A federal magistrate on Friday declined to release a man arrested by immigration agents last week despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. …


U.S. prosecutors: Arrested Seattle ‘dreamer’ admits gang ties

The Justice Department says a Seattle area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children has …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Mexico: Cartel capo killed in shootout with federal forces

An alleged regional leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and 11 accomplices have been killed in clashes with Mexican marines who poured gunfire into a house from a helicopter-mounted …


Spokane schools, city receive federal grant to coordinate response to gang activity

The City of Spokane and Spokane Public Schools will receive more than $260,000 in Department of Justice grant money to “enhance gang prevention.”


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 8:17 a.m.

Six shot, including 12-year-old girl, at memorial for slain woman in Chicago

The mourners had gathered near a street corner in Chatham on Chicago’s South Side on Wednesday evening, around teddy bears, balloons, candles and a poster memorializing a woman killed near …


At least 56 inmates killed in prison riot in northern Brazil

An attack by members of one crime gang on rival inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas, leaving at least 56 dead, including …


Gang member accused in beating of 2-year-old girl released from jail after judge reduces bond

A Spokane gang member with a long history of violence is accused of brutally beating and strangling his girlfriend’s daughter, leaving the 2-year-old with multiple bruises and broken bones.


Bloody month in Chicago brings death toll past 700 mark

November was another bloody month in Chicago, ending with more than twice as many homicides as during the same month last year.