(Reuters) - The patriarch of a Guatemalan family linked by authorities to Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to import more than 450 kilograms (992 pounds) of Colombian cocaine into the United States. Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, 75, had his plea entered by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. The defendant had been arrested in April 2011 by Guatemalan authorities, and extradited to the United States in March. ...
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A hiker is recovering after falling and spending about three hours in a crevice near a popular hiking trail in northern Colorado.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The police chief in New Orleans is retiring, four years after he took over the scandal-plagued agency.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The crewman who died in a fire aboard a chemical tanker that's adrift off the Oregon coast has been buried at sea.
DERRY, N.H. (AP) — Senate hopeful Scott Brown again got help from a former Republican presidential nominee, as Sen. John McCain spoke to a crowd of GOP faithful at a town hall meeting Monday.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Alan Leroy McVay hoped to delay the three-year burglary sentence he was facing last year. His idea was to destroy the records of his case by detonating a 7-gallon propane tank hurled through the window of the prosecutor's office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's oldest museums and its art college will be allowed to merge with two larger institutions, effectively dissolving one of the few independent art galleries in the nation's capital, a judge ruled Monday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a possible hydraulic issue forced a Delta Air Lines flight carrying 160 travelers from Arizona to Minnesota to return to the Phoenix airport.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's second retail marijuana store opened on Monday to a long line of customers, more than a month after Washington became the second U.S. Herbal Nation, a 750-square-foot store in the suburb of Bothell, said it waited an extra month to open to ensure it could save up enough marijuana products to meet demand. The first Seattle store, Cannabis City, opened on July 8 when legal sales took effect, but shut its doors three days later because it ran out of stock. Cannabis City said on its website Monday that it was still out of marijuana inventory and was only selling paraphernalia.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announced his retirement on Monday, bringing to a close a four-year tenure marked by a drop in murders, a reduction in the number of officers on patrol and federal demands to reform the department. Serpas, who first joined the department as a beat cop in 1980, said during a news conference announcing his departure that he was leaving the organization better than when he took the helm in 2010. "Together Mayor (Mitch) Landrieu and I, and the brave men and women of this police department, have laid a strong foundation for the future, a future that will be good for the people of New Orleans," Serpas said. The department is operating under a federal consent decree dating back to 2012 aimed at changing a pattern of police misconduct ranging from discriminatory searches to the use of excessive force.
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON (Reuters) - A subsidiary of real estate developer The Prime Group Inc said on Monday it plans to build a $150 million convention center in Williston, North Dakota, aiming to supply a world-class meeting space for the fast-growing oil boom community. The 16-story complex, which wouldn't open until 2016 at the earliest and still needs funding and approval from city officials, would have more than 600,000 square feet of space, including indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, a Ruth's Chris Steak House, retail shops, office space, underground parking and a 300-room hotel. "We really want to connect with the oil industry and ensure their needs are served," John Breugelmans, a principle with The Prime Group subsidiary BR Investments LLC, said in a presentation to reporters. "The oil boom is far from its peak." Most large-scale meetings and conventions in Williston are now held in small hotels not originally designed for that purpose.
By Brendan O'Brien KENOSHA Wis. (Reuters) - A former Wisconsin police officer entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree homicide in a case where he is accused of choking a woman to death, stuffing her body in a suitcase and dumping the luggage on a rural road. Steven Zelich, 52, was charged in Kenosha County with killing 21-year-old Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove, Oregon, in 2012 after they met online and he invited her to come to Milwaukee. Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder set an Oct. 21 status hearing in the case. Zelich is also accused in another county of hiding the corpse of another woman, also in a suitcase.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.
Leah Dyer, 47, of Fort Collins is charged with one count of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, said Linda Jensen, spokeswoman for the Larimer County District Attorney's Office. Her husband, Douglas Dyer, 44, faces the same charge. Both are free on $10,000 bonds. Child protection services and police removed the girl from the home last October, according to an arrest warrant affidavit posted on the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper's website. Douglas Dyer told police he did not believe the girl was undergoing seizures, and instead called them "spells." "He (Dyer) said they looked into the spiritual realm but they ran into roadblocks in trying to have their home blessed to get rid of the spirits," the affidavit said.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began on Monday with testimony intended to show the couple's marriage was so broken they could not have conspired to illegally take gifts and loans. Janet Kelly, secretary of the commonwealth in McDonnell’s cabinet, said the former first lady was known for being a difficult person. ”She would freak out on little things and take it out on other people when she was upset.” Referring to a letter of complaint from the staff at governor’s mansion about the former first lady’s treatment of them, Kelly said she came to believe that Maureen McDonnell was “pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility.” The McDonnells face a 14-count indictment alleging they took gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of dietary supplement company Star Scientific, in exchange for promoting his main product, anti-inflammatory Anatabloc.
By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Jeffords, a soft-spoken Vermonter whose defection from the Republican Party in 2001 created an unprecedented power shift in the U.S. Senate and gave Democrats control of the chamber for 18 months, died on Monday at age 80, his former aide said. Jeffords had been in declining health and died at a military retirement home in Washington, the aide, Diane Derby, said. A funeral is being planned in his hometown of Rutland, Vermont, she added. Jeffords was a New England moderate who found himself out of step with his increasingly conservative colleagues when he rocked American politics on May 24, 2001, by announcing he was leaving President George W. Bush's Republican Party, tipping the divided Senate.
Police are looking to identify the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a man outside a peace concert at Philadelphia's Dell Music Center Wednesday night.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will speak about developments in Iraq and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), the White House said on Monday. (Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Walsh)