MS-13 member gets 55 years in prison in quadruple slaying

U.S. 06/12/19, 20:56

An MS-13 street gang member was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to racketeering charges for his role in the brutal massacre of four young men on Long Island. Josue Portillo was 15 years old at the time of the April 2017 slayings. He admitted to ...

Police say body found on Long Island is MS-13 gang victim

U.S. 05/25/19, 15:25

Police on Long Island say they have recovered the body of a MS-13 gang victim who was buried in a shallow grave over two years ago. Newsday reports that detectives unearthed the body in the heavily wooded Massapequa Preserve on Friday. The body has not been identified, but police say the victim ...

Congressional leaders get classified briefing on Iran

Politics 05/16/19, 13:43

Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House's claims of rising threats in the Middle East. The briefing Thursday with the so-called Gang of Eight comes after Democratic lawmakers warned President Donald Trump against war with Iran and ...

John Singleton’s work influenced generation, urban style

U.S. 04/30/19, 14:37

NNJohn Singleton brought issues of urban poverty and gang violence gripping South Central Los Angeles in the early 1990s to mainstream audiences with his classic "Boyz n the Hood."FILE - This July 20, 2005 file photo shows John Singleton, left, a producer for the film "Hustle & Flow," with actress ...

California prison escapes double with new community programs

U.S. 04/26/19, 00:51

California's attempt to ease inmates back into the community is coming at a price: more prisoners, some with violent convictions, walking away before their time is up.Fifty of the state's more than 126,000 prisoners absconded last year, almost half of them from a program that allows male inmates to serve ...

Hussle slaying involved personal dispute, police chief says

Entertainment 04/02/19, 12:40

The killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle involved a personal dispute with the gunman and was not gang violence, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday.Hussle and the suspect, Eric Holder, 29, knew each other, but Moore did not reveal how they were acquainted or any details about what the ...

Update: Chief: Hussle killing involved personal dispute

Entertainment 04/02/19, 12:36

The Latest on the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store in Los Angeles (all times local):9:45 a.m.Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore says the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle involved a personal dispute between Hussle and the suspect identified by authorities and was not gang violence.This undated ...

Uruguayans turn tough on crime to tackle growing violence

America 03/27/19, 00:08

Long famed for being a peaceful haven in South America, Uruguay is experiencing what some analysts and international organizations describe as an "epidemic" of violence.Homicides in Uruguay increased by 46 percent last year, reaching an official rate of 11.8 per 100,000 people. The figure is far below the alarming homicide ...

Exhibit on US Latina ‘cholas’ opens in Albuquerque

U.S. 03/08/19, 16:40

A national Hispanic center is displaying a unique art exhibit on the chola — the working class, Mexican-American urban female often associated with gangs.The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque opened the "Que Chola Exhibition" on Friday with pieces by artists from New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, and Colorado.The displays ...

Salvadoran front-runner seeks to end decades of 2-party rule

America 02/03/19, 00:03

Salvadorans will choose Sunday from among a handful of presidential candidates all promising to end corruption, stamp out gang violence and create more jobs with the front-runner hoping to end three decades of two-party rule in the country.The Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies, a think tank based in Guatemala, ...

Los Angeles mayor touts major drops in crime in 2018

U.S. 01/28/19, 16:28

Crime is down in every category in Los Angeles and homicides are at their second lowest in more than 50 years, the city's mayor and police chief announced Monday.At 259, homicides in the nation's second-largest city fell 8.2 percent in 2018, while rapes were down 12.4 percent, gang crimes decreased ...

Witnesses: Men in police garb massacred civilians in Haiti

World 01/14/19, 10:59

When a police truck carrying men in uniform pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the Haitian capital, residents thought it was an official operation.Maybe police were finally trying to head off a war between the gangs that run protection rackets in the market next to the sprawling collection of cinderblock ...

Honduras mother waits 8 years for lost migrant son to return

U.S. 12/04/18, 00:01

Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.Her son had fled Honduras for the U.S. in 2010 in part because of gang threats, just as thousands are doing today in the migrant ...

Caravan migrants weight options after court blocks Trump ban

America 11/20/18, 17:54

Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the U.S were weighing their options Tuesday after a U.S. court blocked President Donald Trump's asylum ban for illegal border crossers. Many said they have no intention of breaking the law, but were feeling pressure after anti-migrant protests in this ...

Months after sister slain, 5-year-old Baltimore girl shot

U.S. 11/20/18, 16:52

In the latest example of the punishing cost of Baltimore's gang violence, a 5-year-old girl whose older sister was fatally shot in a spray of gunfire earlier this year was herself injured in the crossfire of bullets.Identified by relatives and local news outlets as Amy Hayes, the child suffered a ...

Gangster’s death brings abrupt end to old South Boston

U.S. 10/30/18, 21:16

The death of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger brings an abrupt end to a notorious chapter in the history of South Boston, the neighborhood where Bulger once ran a ruthless gang responsible for loansharking, extortion and a string of murders. But the South Boston of Bulger's era was gone long before 89-year-old ...

23 arrested in Chicago gang case involving 11 killings

U.S. 10/26/18, 17:14

Members of a Chicago street gang suspected of killing at least 11 people and terrorizing a South Side neighborhood for years were among 23 people charged in indictments announced Friday.The Goonie Boss faction, under purported leader, 22-year-old Romeo "O-Dog" Blackman, operated in the Englewood neighborhood, killing rivals, issuing threats through ...

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