MEXICO CITY (AP) — A morgue in western Mexico was so overcrowded and poorly run that some unidentified bodies were left to rot for two years before being autopsied, a report said...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities declared emergencies in 11 municipalities in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca due to raging forest fires, as high temperatures and dry conditions plague much of...
45 bodies found in clandestine graves in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials confirmed the discovery of up to 45 bodies at clandestine burial sites in Mexico, with an estimated 30 cadavers found in one spot in the northern state of Sonora and...
Mexican officials find 19 bodies in a sewage canal
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nineteen corpses have been found in plastic bags in a western Mexico sewage canal, authorities said Friday.
Prosecutors in the state of Jalisco said the bags were found in...
Mexican court nixes 70-year-old capo’s plea for house arrest
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A court in Mexico has denied a request by convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo to serve out his sentence under house arrest due to his bad health and advanced...
Volaris to offer flight from Albuquerque to Chihuahua
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Volaris Airlines has announced it will offer a non-stop flight from the Albuquerque International Sunport to Chihuahua, Mexico, beginning in June.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Mexico-based low-cost airline offer flights Tuesdays and Thursdays from both cities.
Police chief relieved for arrest in former officer’s slaying
BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police chief says it was a relief to hear that the suspect in the 2013 killing of one of his former officers was arrested in Mexico.
Blackwell Police Chief Dwayne Wood said Friday there were "no sweeter words." Luis Octavio Frias, accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife Janett Reyna in front of her children, was arrested Wednesday near Guadalajara, Mexico.
US marshals arrest Oklahoma ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive in Mexico
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 41 times in Oklahoma and who was among the U.S. Marshal's Service's 15 Most Wanted fugitives has been apprehended in Mexico.
Federal marshals said Thursday that 34-year-old Luis Octavio Frias was arrested late Wednesday in a suburb of the western Mexico city of Guadalajara. He was returned to the U.S. on Thursday.
2 detained after Aeromexico flight stuck on Oakland tarmac
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two passengers on an Aeromexico flight were detained Thursday and others called 911 to say they were being held against their will as the plane sat for hours on the tarmac at Oakland International Airport, officials said.
Flight 622 from Guadalajara was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport but was diverted due to fog and landed at Oakland at about 10:30 a.m., airport spokeswoman Keonnis Taylor said.
The Latest: Aeromexico passengers released
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two passengers from a diverted Aeromexico flight (all times local):
Two passengers who were detained after becoming unruly on a diverted Aeromexico flight in Oakland have been released.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says Flight 622 from Guadalajara was scheduled to land at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday morning but was diverted because of fog.
Report: Mexican cartel denies US consulate attack
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials in western Mexico confirmed Friday that a drug cartel has hung up banners denying involvement in a Nov. 30 grenade attack on the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara.
Several media outlets posted photos of the banners, which read: "Our cartel totally and completely distances itself from what happened at the U.S. embassy (sic)."
The banners were signed "Jalisco New Generation cartel."
Explosive device set off at US consulate in Mexican city
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The attorney general's office in the western Mexico state of Jalisco says federal officials have taken over an investigation into reports that an explosive device was detonated at the U.S. consulate in the city of Guadalajara.
The Latest: Witness details spending habits of ‘El Chapo’
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman (all times local):
A government witness has been testifying about the lavish spending habits of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo."
Former cartel member Miguel Angel Martinez told a jury Tuesday at the New York trial of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN' el CHAH'-poh gooz-MAHN') that the "cocaine boom" of the early 1990s made Guzman so wealthy that he had a private zoo at his ranch in Guadalajara.
Brazilian gets life in prison for Spanish family slayings
MADRID (AP) — A judge in Spain on Thursday handed down three life sentences to a Brazilian man convicted of the gruesome slayings of his aunt, uncle and two young cousins.
A jury in Guadalajara, near Madrid, had found Patrick Nogueira guilty of premeditated murder of the four earlier this month. The judge announced Nogueira's sentence Thursday, saying parole reviews would be allowed.
Mexican writer Fernando del Paso dead at 83
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The widely honored Mexican novelist and poet Fernando del Paso has died at the age of 83.
The University of Guadalajara said Del Paso died Wednesday, but did not give a cause of death. He had been director of the university's library.
Del Paso was best known for his historical novel "News From the Empire" about the brief reign of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico.
US hardens border at Tijuana to prepare for migrant caravan
IXTLAN DEL RIO, Mexico (AP) — The U.S. government said it was starting work Tuesday to "harden" the border crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, to prepare for the arrival of a migrant caravan leapfrogging its way across western Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection announced it was closing four lanes at the busy San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego, California.
Migrant caravan moves to western Mexico city of Guadalajara
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Several thousand Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border arrived in the western Mexico city of Guadalajara with help from truckers and other motorists Monday, marking a month since their trek began.
Many of the migrants boarded waiting buses at the Jalisco state line that carried them to a shelter prepared for them in the city's Benito Juarez Auditorium. Guadalajara municipal police shuttled others in patrol vehicles.
Ex-medical student sentenced in diplomat’s shooting in 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a former medical student has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for the 2017 shooting of a U.S. diplomat.
A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice said 33-year-old Zia Zafar of Chino Hills, California, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty in a federal court in Virginia to attempted murder of an internationally protected person and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Police find 16 bodies in mass grave in western Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities say they have found 16 bodies, including those of two women, in a clandestine burial pit in western Mexico.
The bodies were found in a pit in a vacant lot in Tonala, on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state.
A Jalisco state official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Tuesday that investigators were still working at the site and the body count is not final.
29 hurt in severe turbulence on Mexican airliner
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Aviation authorities in Mexico say 29 people were hurt and 12 of them hospitalized after an airliner hit a pocket of turbulence.
The Airbus A320 was on a flight from the western city of Guadalajara to the border city of Tijuana late Wednesday.
The flight operated by the airline Volaris hit the turbulence at an altitude of 34,000 feet about halfway into the flight.
Mexican officials say 273 corpses were on wandering truck
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A wandering refrigerated truck carrying corpses from an overflowing morgue in Mexico actually contained 273 bodies, not 157 as originally stated.
Officials described late Wednesday how the truck was forced to move around the outskirts of the western city of Guadalajara as neighbors and officials objected to its grisly cargo, and the smell.
Mexico fires morgue director in corpse scandal
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The governor of the western Mexico state of Jalisco has fired the director of the state morgue after a refrigerated truck carrying 157 unidentified bodies drew complaints from neighbors over the smell.
Jalisco Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval said he had ordered the ouster of the director of the Jalisco Forensics Institute for what he called "indolence and negligence."
Complaints as 157 bodies kept in morgue trailer in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Overcrowding at morgues in Mexico's western state of Jalisco led authorities to store 157 unidentified bodies in a refrigerated truck near the city of Guadalajara, but complaints about the smell prompted an investigation Monday.
Neighbors' complaints about the truck caused authorities to change its location several times. It went from a morgue parking lot to another government-run lot, before it finally wound up in a field behind a housing development.
Mexican rock band Mana is Latin Grammys’ Person of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — Mana will be honored as Person of the Year 2018 by the Latin Recording Academy, and Fher Olvera, lead vocalist of the influential Mexican rock band, can't help but recall its beginnings "in a little truck," as they say, chopping wood and carrying water.
Real Madrid in draw for 7-team Club World Cup
ZURICH (AP) — Real Madrid will face either the champions of Asia or Mexican club Guadalajara in the Club World Cup semifinals.
FIFA made the draw Tuesday for the seven-team tournament, which will be played from Dec. 12-22 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
4 police killed in ambush in Mexico’s Jalisco state
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say four police officers have been killed in the western state of Jalisco.
The Guadalajara police say that four of their own — a police commissioner and his three bodyguards — were killed early Monday when the commissioner was leaving his home in the municipality of Tonala for work.
Thief in Mexico tries to steal hearse, with body inside.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in central Mexico they've caught a man who made off with a hearse — complete with a corpse inside.
The Tlaquepaque police department says on its Facebook page that the hearse had been readied to take the body of an 80-year-old man from a hospital in neighboring Guadalajara to a funeral home.
Police say a 40-year-old man has admitted seeing the keys left in the vehicle and deciding to take it late Friday night.
Mexican city tells police to ignore most sex in public
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — It's now less risky to get frisky — in public — in Guadalajara.
Mexico's second-largest city has made it harder to police sexual activity in places like parks, alleys, entertainment venues and cars by ordering cops to look the other way most of the time.
Albuquerque airport to get air service to Guadalajara
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque International Sunport is finally getting an international flight after nine years.
Volaris, Mexico's largest low-cost carrier, announced Friday that would begin twice-weekly, non-stop service from Albuquerque to Guadalajara, Mexico, in November.
It's the first international service from the Sunport since AeroMexico ended service to Chihuahua City in 2009.
20 bodies found in 2 graves in western Mexican state
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Twenty bodies have been found in two clandestine graves in separate locations in the cartel-plagued state in western Mexico, authorities said Thursday.
Jalisco state attorney general Raul Sanchez Jimenez said 10 bodies were found in Tlajomulco and 10 were found in the Santa Elena de la Cruz neighborhood of Guadalajara. He says they are two separate cases.
Man pleads guilty to shooting US diplomat in Mexico
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to shooting a U.S. diplomat in Mexico.
Zia Zafar entered guilty pleas in a Virginia federal court Friday to attempted murder of an internationally protected person and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
The 33-year-old Zafar, of Chino Hills, California, admitted shooting and wounding a vice consul in Guadalajara on Jan. 6, 2017.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Masked gunmen killed seven people at a house party on the outskirts of the west-central city of Guadalajara, authorities and Mexican media said Monday.
In video interviews with local media, police official David Tovar said five women and two men were killed by gunshot wounds Sunday night at a home in Tlaquepaque, on the south side of Mexico's second-largest city. He said there was evidence that high-caliber weapons were used.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico's second biggest city say gunmen for an organized crime gang tried to kill a state official, wounding him, three police officers and four civilians.
Jalisco state Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval said Monday the attack in the center of Guadalajara was aimed at Luis Carlos Najera, the state labor secretary who previously served three decades as a police officer and state prosecutor. He said Najera suffered a hand wound.
Mexican students allegedly dissolved in acid by rapper
MEXICO CITY (AP) — When three film students went to tape a college project in the western Mexico city of Guadalajara, they wound up crossing paths with another young man with dreams of celebrity, a 24-year-old rapper who had built a YouTube channel with more than a half-million views based on songs describing an anguished, violent life of drugs and crime.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Mexico's second-largest city Thursday to protest the deaths of three film students who were killed and dissolved in acid in a case that has highlighted the disappearance of the country's youth amid a vicious drug war.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Chivas beat Toronto FC 4-2 on penalty kicks Wednesday night to win the CONCACAF Champions League and the right to play in the Club's World Cup for the first time in its history.
Toronto got the 2-1 win in the Akron stadium to force the penalty kicks, where the Mexicans scored their four shots while Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley missed for Toronto.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three vanished film students whose case had become emblematic of Mexico's 30,000 missing people were killed after being caught unaware in the midst of a drug gang turf battle, officials say.
Mexico officials: 3 missing film students believed slain
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the western Mexico state of Jalisco say they believe three film students missing since last month were killed and dissolved in acid.
The Jalisco Attorney General's Office says two men have been arrested and there are arrest orders for four others in the case.
The students were abducted March 19 on the outskirts of Guadalajara after working on a film project for school at a location that was apparently being watched by members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Roman Catholic priest was shot dead in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, becoming the second cleric slain this week in a country said to lead the region in such killings.
Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was murdered late Friday at a parish in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, the Catholic Multimedia Center said Saturday, adding that he was apparently performing the sacrament of penance at the time of the attack.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants that drew angry tweets from President Donald Trump hopped on the roofs of a freight train Thursday heading for northern Mexico.
About 500 migrants departed the western Mexico city of Guadalajara before dawn, stretching out on the roofs of freight cars.
Chivas wins 2-1 at Toronto in 1st leg of CONCACAF final
TORONTO (AP) — Alan Pulido's free kick in the 72nd minute was misjudged by goalkeeper Alex Bono and went in for a go-ahead goal that gave Chivas Guadalajara a 2-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Champions League final.
Rodolfo Pizarro scored off a cross from Isaac Brizula just 70 seconds in, but Jonathan Osorio tied the score in the 19th minute.
Pickup, train collision in Mexico kills 5, injures 10
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A crash involving a pickup truck and a train in central Mexico on Wednesday killed five people and injured 10 more, including six children, authorities said.
The Jalisco state Civil Defense Department reported via Twitter that the accident took place in Lagos de Moreno in the northeastern part of the state.
It posted pictures of the truck on the side of a road near a string of railroad tanker cars. The vehicle's bed was crumpled and separated from the cab.
2 heads found in cooler outside TV network offices in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two heads have been left in a foam cooler outside the Guadalajara offices of television network Televisa in western Mexico.
The Jalisco state attorney's office says that the incident is under investigation and the victims have not been identified. The cooler was recovered by forensic investigators.
Local media report that the cooler found Tuesday night also contained a threatening note.
Singer from popular Mexican band killed in Guadalajara
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A singer from a regional Mexican band has been killed by gunmen in the western city of Guadalajara.
The Jalisco state prosecutor's office says it is investigating the killing of 32-year-old Ernesto Ruiz Martinez of the band Cuisillos.
In a statement, prosecutors said Ruiz was shot to death Thursday by multiple gunmen at his home.
Bus crash in western Mexico kills 15, injures about 30
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say 15 people have died and about 30 were injured in a bus crash in the western state of Jalisco.
State Civil Defense coordinator Trinidad Lopez told Milenio television Monday that 11 were killed initially and four more died at hospitals.
The crash occurred Sunday night near Atotonilco, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Guadalajara.
HARLINGEN — “Guadalajara, Guadalajara!”
The energy of the mariachis seemed to charge the audience last night at Harlingen Municipal Auditorium. They’d come to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day, Diez y Seis de Septiembre.
Numerous groups and individuals had gathered for the festivities, some to observe, others to participate.
Man accused of shooting US diplomat competent to stand trial
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A California man accused of shooting a U.S. diplomat in Mexico has been ruled competent to stand trial.
At a pretrial hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria, a defense attorney for Zia Zafar of Chino Hills, California, agreed that Zafar is competent to stand trial.
Court records indicate Zafar was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation back in May. Prosecutors said Friday that the evaluation determined he is competent.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A competency hearing has been scheduled for a California man accused of shooting a U.S. diplomat in Mexico.
On Friday, a federal judge in Alexandria ordered the hearing for Zia Zafar of Chino Hills, California, to be held Aug. 11.