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Mexican drug cartels increasingly eye US footholds...Suspect in deadly crash has court date

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Posted: Apr 1, 2013 3:50 AM

Updated: Apr 1, 2013 3:51 AM

CHICAGO (AP) An Associated Press review of federal court cases and government data, plus interviews with law enforcement officials, suggests Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in the U.S. The review finds that cartels are now sending in some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States. It's a move meant to tighten their grip on the narcotics market and perhaps expand into other criminal enterprises.

RENO, Nev. (AP) An initial court appearance is scheduled in Nevada today for an 18-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence in a rear-end crash that killed five members of a family in a van. Two others were injured. Some of the dead weren't wearing seat belts. Jean Soriano of California was being held without bail and faces other charges, including driving without a license.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Residents of Stockton, Calif., are anxiously awaiting an important decision from a federal judge about the city's future. There could be precedents set in the case, including whether federal bankruptcy law trumps the California law that says debts to the state pension fund must be honored. It could also touch off months of debt negotiations that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Authorities in Alaska say they fear there were no survivors in the crash of an Alaska State Trooper helicopter carrying a trooper, a pilot for the agency and a rescued snowmobiler. Officials say the wreckage was spotted yesterday but there were no signs of survivors.

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) Rescue workers have given up hope of finding more survivors after a 16-story building in Tanzania's largest city collapsed Friday morning. The death toll from the collapse in Dar es Salaam rose to 30 today. Only 17 people were pulled out of the rubble alive Friday.

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