Eight state police officers and two civilians were wounded after gunmen opened fire on a hotel in the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo, luring the police from their barracks before setting off a car bomb, the local authorities said Thursday.
Texas authorities are urging residents not to cross into the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo during the Fourth of July weekend because of intelligence that a Mexican drug cartel plans to target U.S. citizens.
Headlines heralding violent news of Mexico's drug war splash across the front pages of the country's newspapers. Government tallies list more than 34,600 deaths since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on cartels in December 2006.
Alleged cartel boss Edgar Valdez Villarreal -- alias "La Barbie" -- will be extradited to his native United States from Mexico, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office in Mexico City said Saturday.
Federal authorities have charged alleged drug cartel leader Edgar Valdez-Villarreal -- known as "La Barbie" -- and five other defendants with trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the United States between 2004 and 2006, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Friday.
George Clooney The Oscar-winning actor and other celebrities have signed on for a telethon to aid Haitian earthquake victims. "Hope for Haiti" will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday. MTV said Clooney will serve as a host in Los Angeles, California, while musician Wyclef Jean will be in New York, and CNN's Anderson Cooper will appear from Haiti.
Federal officials postponed poisoning a mile-long stretch of the Rio Grande's banks this week after residents complained that doing so posed health and environmental risks on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
On a friend's recommendation, a mom in Laredo, Texas, rents Pirates of the Caribbean for her 6- and 4-year-olds. She has to shut off the TV when her kids start to cry at the frightening images of skeleton pirates. "I knew it was rated PG-13, but it was by Disney, and my friend has kids the same age," she says. "I don't know what she was thinking."