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After Selfie With US Soccer Player, Fan Faces Lifetime Ban

Tigres fan is also the subject of a lawsuit

(Newser) - A fan is facing a lifetime ban from a Mexican soccer club and a criminal investigation after groping American player Sofia Huerta. The man was posing for a selfie with the 26-year-old midfielder, who’d helped propel the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League to a 2-1... More »

Mexico Mayor Dragged Behind Truck by Angry Farmers

He broke campaign promise to get road fixed

(Newser) - After a mayor in Mexico broke a campaign promise to fix a road, angry locals decided they didn't want to wait until the next election to punish him. Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, mayor of Las Margaritas in Chiapas state, was pulled out of a building, tied to... More »

GM, Workers Hit a Big Snag —and Mexico Plays a Role

United Auto Workers want commitments for US factories

(Newser) - Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for US factories, a union official wrote in an email to members, the AP reports. The letter from UAW Vice... More »

Deported Veteran Raises His Right Hand in Chicago

Miguel Perez has become an American

(Newser) - On Friday, Miguel Perez fulfilled a long-held dream: The Army veteran and deported drug felon swore an oath to affirm his US citizenship, CNN reports. A Facebook video shows him turning to the American flag and saluting. "It's been a long ... a long journey, a long battle,"... More »

Wealthy Dad Charged After 11-Year-Old Son Dies in Boat Accident

Javier Burillo, member of one of Mexico's richest families, hit with manslaughter charges

(Newser) - A family outing on San Francisco Bay ended in tragedy Sunday, leaving an 11-year-old boy dead and his dad, a luxury property developer and member of one of the most affluent families in Mexico, charged in his death. "We're all heartsick about it. The community is shocked,"... More »

Woman in Coma After Using Face Cream

Sacramento woman bought skin-lightening cream in Mexico tainted with mercury

(Newser) - A 47-year-old woman from Sacramento, Calif., stumbled into the ER earlier this summer, slurring her speech and complaining of numbness in her face and hands. Soon after, she slipped into a semi-comatose state, which she's now been in for weeks, and health officials say they've traced the cause... More »

Former Survivor Producer Who Murdered Wife Goes Free

Bruce Beresford-Redman spent 7 years in Mexico prison

(Newser) - The former Survivor producer convicted of murdering his wife during a family vacation to Cancun in 2010 is once again a free man. Bruce Beresford-Redman went on trial in Mexico and was sentenced to 12 years; he served just seven in a Quintana Roo prison and was released two months... More »

Attack on Mexico Bar Kills 23, Injures 13

Fire ripped through Coatzacoalcos bar

(Newser) - An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late Tuesday. The attackers started a fire that ripped through the bar, killing eight women and 15 men, the AP reports. There was no immediate information on the condition of the... More »

Mexico Judge Legalizes Cocaine—With a Catch

Ruling applies to 2 people, and must be approved by higher court

(Newser) - Recreational cocaine could soon be legal in Mexico on a case-by-case basis. A May ruling, which must be approved by a higher court, would allow two unidentified claimants to "possess, transport and use cocaine," but not sell it, in what Mexico United Against Crime calls a "historic... More »

19 Bodies Hung From Bridge, Hacked Up in Cartel Turf War

3 victims in Mexico massacre were women

(Newser) - Mexican police found nine bodies hanging from an overpass Thursday alongside a drug cartel banner threatening rivals, and seven more corpses hacked up and dumped by the road nearby. Just down the road were three more bodies, for a total of 19. The killing spree reported by prosecutors in the... More »

Cops: Millionaire Fugitive Spent 4 Years in Mexico

Police say podcast helped them get leads

(Newser) - Police in Newport Beach say media attention and the " Countdown to Capture " podcast they produced helped lead to the arrest of fugitive millionaire Peter Chadwick. "The podcast about this murder generated leads for us and it was a way to generate interest and created leads and created... More »

Pink Seesaws Unite Kids in 2 Countries

Children from US, Mexico play together on 'Teetertotter Wall'

(Newser) - Children on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border were able to play together Monday, despite the bars between them. That's thanks to two California professors who erected three bright-pink seesaws through a section of steel border fence separating El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, reports the Guardian ... More »

Supreme Court: Border Wall Can Be Built With DOD Funds

$2.5B in Defense Department money can now be tapped by Trump administration for sections of wall

(Newser) - The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. The court's five conservative justices gave the administration the green light to begin work on four contracts it has awarded using... More »

Disguised Woman Kills 2 Israeli Men in Mexico City Mall

Police say she lied about the motive

(Newser) - A woman wearing a blond wig disguise fatally shot two Israeli men at a restaurant in an upscale Mexico City shopping mall, and authorities said Thursday they were investigating links to organized crime. Though the woman was quickly arrested and claimed the killings were a crime of passion, prosecutors later... More »

Murders in Mexico Surge to Record High

This year has been worse than drug war's peak year

(Newser) - Mexico set a new record for homicides in the first half of the year as the number of murders grew by 5.3% compared to the same period of 2018, fueled partly by cartel and gang violence in several states. Mexico saw 3,080 killings in June, an increase of... More »

Wine-and-Condoms Offer for Secretary Day is Off

Convenience chain apologizes for ad in Mexico

(Newser) - A convenience store chain thought it had just the gift for Secretary Day. "Happy day to all the secretaries," the Circle K ad in Mexico read. "Celebrate with them the proper way with this executive combo." The combos in the ad consisted of a bottle of... More »

Mexican Police Revolt Against National Guard Plan

Deployments to southern border begin

(Newser) - Hundreds of federal police blocked highways in and around the Mexican capital Wednesday in open revolt against plans to absorb the officers into the newly formed National Guard, a move that police fear could upend their jobs. The protests came as the government officially began deploying the National Guard to... More »

Image Taken at the Rio Grande Is 'Our Version of Syrian Photo'

Father, toddler drowned in Rio Grande

(Newser) - They died seeking the American dream—and their photo is now being used to illustrate the dangers migrants face. A heartbreaking image of a Salvadoran father and his young daughter, who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande on Sunday, was captured Monday by journalist Julia Le Duc and published... More »

15K Mexican Troops Head to the US Border

Military also boosts presence at border with Belize and Guatemala

(Newser) - Mexico says it has sent nearly 15,000 troops to the US border. The force consists of "National Guard elements and military units," Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval said Monday, per CNN . The deployment is part of the nation's effort to slow the flow of Central American... More »

Mexico's Senate Votes 114-4 for NAFTA Replacement

Move is a 'crucial step forward' for USMCA

(Newser) - Mexico's Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ratify a new free trade agreement with the United States and Canada, making it the first of the three countries to gain legislative approval. Mexico's upper chamber voted 114 to four with three abstentions in favor of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA,... More »

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