An alleged kingpin of a global drug ring is in federal custody in Los Angeles after being extradited from Colombia on charges he conspired to bring millions of dollars worth of cocaine from South America to Mexico for eventual sale in the United States, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The extradition late Thursday of Victor Hugo Cuellar-Silva resulted from a coordinated, international law enforcement operation that has led to arrests of co-conspirators on three continents, federal prosecutors said. Federal authorities also arrested seven defendants named in a 22-count indictment filed in Los Angeles that alleges how the organization obtained ton-quantities of cocaine manufactured in South American labs; used airplanes, submarines and "go-fast" boats to move the narcotics to Mexico; and then used various means to smuggle the loads across the U.S.-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal crimes and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to more time in prison.
The deal gives special counsel Robert Mueller a key cooperator who steered the Trump election effort for a pivotal stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign. The result also ensures the investigation will extend far beyond the November congressional elections despite entreaties from the president's lawyers that Mueller bring it to a close.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he is declaring a state of emergency for the Merrimack Valley due to the way Columbia Gas has handled a series of natural gas explosions that killed a teenager, injured 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins.
Based on that declaration, Baker said he is authorizing the chairman of the Department of Public Utilities to give Eversource management control over the effort to restore utility services.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unloaded on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
In unusually blunt and caustic language, Pompeo said Friday that Kerry's meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif were "unseemly and unprecedented" and "beyond inappropriate." President Donald Trump had late Thursday accused Kerry of holding "illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people."
Pompeo said he would leave "legal determinations to others" but slammed Kerry as a former secretary of state for engaging with "the world's largest state-sponsor of terror" and telling Iran to "wait out this administration." He noted that just this week Iranian-backed militias had fired rockets at U.S. diplomatic compounds in Iraq.
With Hurricane Florence barreling toward their home near Wilmington, North Carolina, Allison Hales Jordan and her husband boarded up their house, packed up their car and headed to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida with their two teenage children.
"When we decided where to go, everybody was going west, but we decided we should go as far south as possible, which is weird since Florida gets hurricanes," said Jordan who works as a preschool director in Burgaw, North Carolina.
Long accustomed to its residents evacuating north or to other parts of the state when hurricanes threaten, Florida was in the unusual position this week of accommodating diverted cruise ships and hotel-room seekers hoping to escape the wrath of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina.
Courtesy Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines' northeastern coast early Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught.
The typhoon made landfall before dawn in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon Island, a breadbasket of flood-prone rice plains and mountain provinces often hit by landslides. More than 5 million people were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded from a super typhoon but still punching powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 4 Atlantic hurricane.
Bloomberg via Getty Images, File
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has appointed Mary Daly, a longtime Fed economist and a labor market specialist, as the next president of the regional Fed bank.
Daly replaces John Williams, who became president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank in April. When she begins Oct. 1, she will be among three women who lead one of the 12 Fed regional banks. The Fed has sought to diversify its leadership.
Daly, who joined the San Francisco Fed in 1996 as a research economist, was appointed director of research in 2017. She has studied wages and jobs and economic inequality and has written several books.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two conspiracy counts after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel's Russia probe.
Dak Prescott accepted the challenge. The Dallas quarterback threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the third play of the game and the Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times in a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Oli Scarff/Getty Images, File
The implosion of investment bank Lehman Brothers on Sept. 15, 2008, was the first domino to fall in the subprime mortgage crisis that torched billions of dollars in wealth in the U.S. and around the world.
We've learned from some of the mistakes that led to the banking crisis, NBC News reports, but not others.
The economy has improved, lending standards are stricter and investors better understand the dynamics that led to the collapse, experts said. Yet a push from the Trump administration to roll back regulations put in place after the crash may bring risky behavior back.
And experts warned that the market may be strong now, but most people didn't see the last crash coming.
Get More at NBC News
A gunman in Southern California on Wednesday fatally shot his ex-wife and a man at a trucking company before a nearly 40-minute rampage in which he chased after another man, killing him, and then drove to a home where he shot dead a father and daughter.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood identified the killer as 54-year-old Javier Casarez at a news conference about the shootings that claimed five victims in Bakersfield, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.
Casarez fatally shot himself as a deputy closed in on him shortly after the shooting.
Telemundo Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican government officials resorted to mass finger-pointing after CBS News recently reported that thousands of water bottles were abandoned on the taxiway of a naval base in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.
In a Facebook post written in Spanish, Thomas Rivera Schatz, Puerto Rico’s Senate president, called out Wanda Vázquez, the island’s secretary of the Department of Justice.
NBC Bay Area
A Virginia winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested.
Firefly Hill Vineyards co-owner Allison Dunkenberger told The Roanoke Times on Wednesday that the more than 2 tons of grapes were worth up to $25,000, and not covered by insurance. Authorities are investigating.
Dunkenberger says the theft could have only been orchestrated by people familiar with the winery's operations.
AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File
A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday.
Cargill Meat Solutions, a division of Minnesota-based agribusiness company Cargill Corp., also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in accommodating Muslim employees' prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan beef processing plant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.
Wichita, Kansas-based Cargill denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to avoid further litigation, the federal agency said. The dispute dates back to the firings of the workers in late 2016 after management rescinded policies allowing Muslim employees to take short breaks for prayer.
Danny Hooks/Adobe, File
A 19-year-old man has been charged with kicking a cat like a ball on a Kansas City high school football field in an act of apparent cruelty that was captured on video and posted to Snapchat.
Johnathan Taylor, of Kansas City, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor animal abuse. Court records say the principal of Center High School told an animal control officer about the video and said she believed the person seen kicking the cat was Taylor, a former student. A cat was found dead at the school.
Police say the person who recorded the May 22 video also identified Taylor as the man kicking the cat in the video. A voice can be heard on the recording yelling "field goal!"