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Mexico arrests two alleged Sinaloa drug cartel members

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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Two alleged senior members of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel who are wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency were arrested in Mexico’s crime capital Ciudad Juarez, officials said.

The two suspects, identified as Fernando Arellano Romero and Daniel Franco Lopez, were arrested by a special Chihuahua state police unit late Monday along with a woman who “attempted to hide several firearms,” the state prosecutor’s office said. She was identified as Lopez’s wife and Arellano Romero’s niece.

Two other men also wanted by US officials however escaped during the operation, state officials said, identifying them only by their nicknames.

Lopez and Arellano Romero “appear on a list of more than 20 members of that organization published by the DEA,” the state prosecutor’s office said.

The US Justice Department indictment, published April 24, includes cartel leader Joaquin “Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman and his top lieutenant, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, as well as other Sinaloa Cartel members.

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Charges in the US indictment include kidnapping, murder, money laundering and drug trafficking.

Ciudad Juarez is located on the Rio Grande river, just across from the US city of El Paso, Texas. The city is a choice location from which to smuggle drugs into the United States.

Analysts say the Sinaloa Cartel has gained control of Ciudad Juarez after a bitter, bloody battle with the once powerful Ciudad Juarez-based Carrillo Fuentes group.

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The US Treasury Department considers Guzman “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker.” Forbes magazine estimates his wealth at $1 billion.

More than 50,000 people have been killed and 5,000 have gone missing in Mexico since outgoing President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on the cartels when he took office in late 2006.


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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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