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Texas executes Mexican who killed his family 26 years ago

Texas executes Mexican who killed his family 26 years agoRobert Moreno Ramos, 64, was given a lethal injection in the state's death chamber in Huntsville, and pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m., state corrections officials said. Before he died, Ramos said he was thankful to the Mexican consulate for battling his death sentence and ensuring he received humane treatment while in prison. Ramos was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his wife Leticia and their children, Abigail, 7, and Jonathan, 3, the state's Department of Justice said in court filings.

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:29:04 -0500
Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander

Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commanderThe number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions. The outlook by Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, while not definitive, suggests that the high-profile military mission could soon achieve its goal of helping harden the border ahead of the expected arrival of caravans of Central American migrants in the coming weeks. The deployment, which critics have called a pre-election political stunt by President Donald Trump, was initially expected to reach more than 7,000 forces, acting in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:08:56 -0500
At least 56 killed, 130 missing in California's deadliest wildfire

At least 56 killed, 130 missing in California's deadliest wildfireNational Guard troops joined the grim search on Wednesday for more victims in the ruins of an incinerated northern California town while the death toll climbed to 56 in the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state's history. The latest fatality count was announced as authorities released a revised list of 130 people reported missing by loved ones after flames largely obliterated the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, last Thursday. Nearly 230 people were initially reported as missing in the killer blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:56:10 -0500
Texas executes Mexican man for bludgeoning to death his family

Texas executes Mexican man for bludgeoning to death his family(Reuters) - A Mexican man was executed in Texas on Wednesday for bludgeoning his 42-year-old wife and two children to death with a sledgehammer at their home in 1992, the state said.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:17:07 -0500
Cadaver dogs lead grim search for victims in California fire

Cadaver dogs lead grim search for victims in California fireA shaggy male Australian shepherd named IC darted nervously through the charred remnants of a house in Paradise, California, sniffing for victims of the deadliest blaze in the state's history. "Hes getting an overload of scent," said his handler, Trish Moutard, a volunteer with CARDA, the California Animal Rescue Dog Society, while searching properties on Forest Glen Road in Paradise. IC was among several cadaver dogs brought in to look for victims of the Camp Fire, which has so far killed 48 people and burned 135,000 acres (55,000 hectares).

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:02:59 -0500
Michael Avenatti arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence

Michael Avenatti arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violenceLos Angeles Police Department spokesman Jeff Lee said no further details were immediately available, but he said Avenatti was released on bail after he was formally booked in the case. "They'll take a look at it and see if there's enough evidence to proceed." The celebrity news website TMZ, which broke the news of Avenatti's arrest, reported that it stemmed from a physical confrontation between him and a woman at an apartment building Tuesday night in the Century City district of Los Angeles. Avenatti, who has indicated that he might run for president in 2020 as a Democrat, denied wrongdoing in a statement issued through his law firm and in a statement to reporters outside the LAPD West Los Angeles police station following his release.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:37:19 -0500
Two killed, dozens injured in Mississippi bus crash

Two killed, dozens injured in Mississippi bus crashThe accident took place along Interstate 269 about 1:30 p.m. CST (1930 GMT). Two of the people hurt were sent to local trauma centers with critical injuries and a third was listed in serious condition, said Ayoka Pond of Baptist Memorial Hospital. Pond said a total of 26 passengers were sent to Baptist hospitals - one in Southaven, Mississippi, and the other in Collierville, Tennessee.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:56:10 -0500
Chicago's focus turns to pensions after budget approval

Chicago's focus turns to pensions after budget approvalThe Chicago City Council on Wednesday gave overwhelming approval to the final budget proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who leaves office next year, and who said he will address looming pension funding challenges in December. "Our work is not done but we can say given where we were at a fiscal cliff seven years ago, financial drain on the city, we can say with confidence we're back on solid ground," Emanuel told the council following its 48-1 vote on his $10.67 billion budget for fiscal 2019. Chicago's unfunded pension liability was $28 billion in 2017, down from $35.7 billion in the prior year.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:29:28 -0500
Brother of Sinaloa Cartel leader testifies against 'El Chapo'

Brother of Sinaloa Cartel leader testifies against 'El Chapo'The testimony from Jesus Reynaldo Zambada, 57, came on the second day of Guzman's drug trafficking trial in Brooklyn federal court. Jesus Zambada, who was extradited to the United States from Mexico in 2012 and is cooperating with U.S. authorities, offered a look at the inner workings of the cartel, which prosecutors say has made billions of dollars selling cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. Guzman, 61, faces 17 criminal counts, and life in prison if convicted.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:07:23 -0500
'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfire

'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfireThe confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood at 48 as the footprint of the fire grew by 5,000 acres to 135,000 acres(55,000 hectares), even as diminished winds and rising humidity allowed firefighters to carve containment lines around more than a third of the perimeter. "Progress is being made," said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) at a news conference flanked by Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials. The escalating search for additional human remains in the fire zone is focused on what little is left of Paradise, California, in the Sierra foothills about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, which was mostly incinerated last Thursday.

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:51:20 -0500
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