Crime
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New York jury convicts Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/12/19, 01:20 pm

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was convicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. The conviction comes after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of murder, corruption, and greed. The drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions could put the 61-year-old Guzmán behind bars for decades in a maximum-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country. Guzman escaped twice from prison in Mexico. He was recaptured in 2016 and extradited to the United States.

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Pittsburgh shooting suspect pleads not guilty

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/11/19, 12:48 pm

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges Monday as his new lawyer indicated he might be open to a plea deal. Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver who authorities say gunned down 11 people at Tree of Life Synagogue in October, appeared in federal court with attorney Judy Clarke, who has represented notorious killers facing the death penalty, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Investigation uncovers sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/11/19, 09:58 am

Hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced accusations of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, according to a report by two Texas newspapers released Sunday. The six-month investigation by the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle found that since 1998, nearly 400 church leaders were accused of victimizing more than 700 people, including small children.

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