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Mexico kills Knights Templar drug cartel leader MEXICO CITY: Mexican security forces killed a leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel on Monday, three weeks after the gang's top chief was gunned down, an official told AFP.Enrique "Kike" Plancarte was killed in the state of Queretaro in central Mexico, the government official said on condition of anonymity.The official declined to give more details.Plancarte was considered one of the top three leaders of the Knights Templar gang, which is based in the western state of Michoacan and has been under pressure from federal forces and vigilante militias for several months.His death comes after Knights Templar founder Nazario Moreno, alias "El Chayo," was killed by troops in Michoacan on March 9.Moreno had been mistakenly reported killed more than three years ago, leaving fellow leader Servando "La Tuta" Gomez as the public face of the cartel.Gomez, a former school teacher, remains at large.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Jury out as Obamacare hits enrollment deadline WASHINGTON: Barack Obama's health care law hits its enrollment deadline on Monday, not as the disaster once feared but still a political albatross for the president and his Democratic allies.Although sign-ups for first year Obamacare plans are ending, it will be months before it is clear whether the law succeeded in expanding coverage to those who lack it and making medical assurance affordable.The health care law is Obama's signature domestic political achievement and the most ...
US Treasury unit to support CFTC on swaps data WASHINGTON: A US Treasury Department unit said on Monday it had signed a formal agreement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to help it sort out a raft of derivatives data and get a better handle on the global $690 trillion market. The CFTC, which oversees futures and swaps, has complained it still is not getting a full and clear picture of what is happening in the derivatives market because the data it receives from ...
Emergency crews face toxic challenge in Washington state mudslide OSO: Recovery teams struggling through thick mud up to their armpits and heavy downpours at the site of the devastating landslide in Washington state are facing yet another challenge an unseen and potentially dangerous stew of toxic contaminants. Sewage, propane, household solvents and other chemicals lie beneath the surface of the gray mud and rubble that engulfed hundreds of acres of a small, rural community and left dozens dead and missing northeast of Seattle on ...
US lawmakers see no evidence of terrorism in Malaysia jet crash WASHINGTON: Senior US lawmakers on Sunday said investigators had found no evidence thus far pointing to terrorism in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 three weeks ago, and that it was critical to find the plane to understand what happened on board. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, speaking on Sunday talk shows, said they had seen no evidence of foul play. "I have seen nothing yet ...
Victims of Washington mudslide remembered at tearful church services DARRINGTON: Local churches offered prayers on Sunday for the victims of last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state and words of solace for grieving families and friends, many of whom are still waiting for news of missing loved ones. The presumed body count stood at 28 from the March 22 catastrophe northeast of Seattle, with the official tally of those killed at 18, based on bodies extricated and identified by medical examiners. The number of ...
CN Railway, union agree to start arbitration, ensuring no strike TORONTO: Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing its conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators have agreed to start an arbitration process that ensures their most recent contract dispute will not lead to a strike at Canada's largest rail operator. Both CN and the Teamsters union, which represents some 3,000 workers, confirmed the development by email on Friday. CN spokesman Mark Hallman said he expects the arbitration process towards a new collective agreement to ...


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