WASHINGTON | Feds: El Chapo’s sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two sons of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges. The Justice Department says Joaquin Guzman Lopez and Ovidio Guzman Lopez were charged in a case unsealed in Washington last week. Prosecutors allege the two brothers conspired to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in the U.S. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Feds: El Chapo’s sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges

DETROIT | Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said Thursday that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollution and mileage, prompting the company to hire an … Continue reading DETROIT | Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

WASHINGTON | Gov. Hogan: No Trump primary challenge without major shift

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he’s not launching a primary challenge against President Donald Trump unless the president’s political standing within his own party weakens dramatically. Hogan, who was elected to his second term last fall, has emerged as the new best hope of a small group of so-called Never … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Gov. Hogan: No Trump primary challenge without major shift

CHICAGO | A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the “Empire” actor, so far walking away legally unscathed. Police outlined their case against the 36-year-old actor at a news conference on Thursday, saying he paid the two … Continue reading CHICAGO | A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As a showdown looms over humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro closed off his country’s border with Brazil, vowing on Thursday to block the emergency food and medicine that has rallied his opponents and which he claims is part of a U.S.-led coup plot. Amid the mounting tensions, opposition … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics

Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president’s supporters as bigots. The case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett encapsulates the polarized state of political discourse in America. With Smollett … Continue reading Smollett reactions epitomize polarized state of US politics

RALEIGH, N.C | New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. The State Board of Elections voted 5-0 in favor of a do-over in the mostly rural … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race

WASHINGTON | US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post