6 facing trafficking charges arrested in US and Mexico


6 facing trafficking charges arrested in US and Mexico

NEW YORK

Six of seven people facing international sex-trafficking charges have been arrested in the United States and Mexico, authorities announced Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a joint release that an indictment returned in September was unsealed last week, revealing charges against members of a sex-trafficking ring that operated largely as a family business from 2000 until this year.

They said it exploited adults and children in Mexico and the U.S. through threats, false romantic promises, and physical and sexual violence.

The six people indicted were arrested last week. Two were arrested in the United States, and four were taken into custody by authorities in Mexico. The seventh person remains at large.

Ex-Marine admits on stand killing other Marine’s wife

VICTORVILLE, Calif.

A former Marine shocked the courtroom during his own murder trial, admitting to strangling the wife of another Marine and pushing her head-first down an abandoned mine shaft in the remote California desert.

The Desert Sun reports Christopher Lee made those statements after taking the stand Tuesday.

Lee had pleaded not guilty to killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin, his neighbor and the wife of a Marine with whom Lee’s suspected of having an affair.

Lee says he decided to kill Corwin because he was controlled by anger and hate. He testified that Corwin had molested a family member — the first time that accusation has come to light.

Pope rules out women’s ordination

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis has ruled out women’s ordination, saying the “last word” on the question was delivered by St. John Paul II and that no changes are foreseen.

Francis was asked en route home Tuesday from Sweden, where the Lutheran church is headed by a woman, if the Catholic Church might ordain women priests.

Francis said: “The last word was clear and was given by St. John Paul II and this remains. This remains.”

John Paul ruled out female ordination in his 1994 apostolic letter “Priestly Ordination.” In the document, John Paul declared that “the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.”

Utility asks to resume operations after well blowout

LOS ANGELES

A utility that owns a natural-gas well that spewed uncontrollably and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes a year ago has asked state regulators to resume operations.

Southern California Gas Co. said Tuesday that about a quarter of its wells in the Aliso Canyon facility passed state-ordered tests required to store gas for the winter.

The rigorous tests came after a blowout at an old well lasted four months in the largest-known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history.

Residents complained of nausea, nosebleeds, headaches and other symptoms and more than 8,000 families left their San Fernando Valley homes.

The company still needs approval from two state agencies before it can resume storing gas in abandoned oil wells more than a mile underground.

Associated Press

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