HE was the world’s most feared drugs kingpin, who tunnelled out of a jail cell and fled to freedom on a makeshift motorbike. But there was no escape route for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán yesterday after the Mexican was found guilty of drug trafficking. The boss of the murderous Sinaloa cartel is said to have smuggled enough cocaine across the border for one line for every person in America. Now he is set to spend the rest of his life there behind bars in a maximum-security prison. It is thought the 61-year-old — whose $1billion (£775milion) fortune got him on the Forbes rich list in 2009 — trafficked more than 150 TONS of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the States. As the verdict came in, El Chapo’s ex-beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, declined the offer of a tissue from a bystander. She said: “I’m not going to need them because I’m not going to cry.” When another person offered her … [Read more...] about How 5ft 5in Mexican druglord El Chapo built £775m empire with brutality ‘that made the Taliban look like boy Scouts’
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This is a story about a horrific massacre and a death row inmate's claims of innocence. Kevin Cooper's case has drawn worldwide attention, including from Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian West. The heartbreaking story about the brutal assault that left four dead and one young survivor in Chino Hills, Calif., also raises questions about the initial police investigation, the loss of key evidence, and whether someone else is actually the killer. "Nearly 20 years ago, I got a stack of letters from an inmate at San Quentin Prison," "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "His name is Kevin Cooper – and he wrote that he had been framed, as he put it, 'for something that I didn't do.'" Moriarty and "48 Hours" began exploring the case, the investigation, and Cooper's claims of innocence when she got the letters, and her reporting continues to this day. In 1983, someone brutally murdered Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and a family friend, Christopher Hughes, 11. … [Read more...] about Kevin Cooper case: Was the wrong man convicted in the 1983 Chino Hills massacre?
Editors USA TODAY Published 11:55 AM EST Dec 22, 2018 In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic … [Read more...] about 2018 news year in review: Stories across United States that moved us
If there was one reason to feel smug about ourselves in 2018, apart from the weeks of sunny weather and our victory in the Six Nations Rugby Championship, it was the erratic goings-on across the Irish Sea in Britain as the country pulled itself apart over Brexit. Why can't they behave themselves, we wondered. Not since the era of rampant football hooliganism have we felt quite so sanctimonious about our neighbours. As at least one commentator remarked, negotiating with the British over Brexit is like starting a game of football, and then having to stand around while the opposing team's players fight amongst themselves in an extended brawl. Brexit started years ago as a row in the Conservative Party, and that is the way it continued in 2018. And looking west across the Atlantic, we could only shrug our shoulders and sigh at the incoherent and comical antics of President Donald Trump, as exposed by Michael Wolff in his book, Fire and Fury. How can the "free world" possibly be run by a … [Read more...] about 52 people who shaped 2018
A CITY banker has been found guilty of bludgeoning a high-class escort to death with a kitchen pestle in a champagne and cocaine-fuelled attack. Zahid Naseem, 48, beat Christina Abbotts 13 times on the back of the head after paying her for sex while she was house sitting for a friend in Crawley, West Sussex. Naseem, a dad-of-two who could earn up to £250,000 a year as a freelance investment consultant, hired sex workers for nearly a decade. He claimed he inflicted the injuries in self-defence after Christina tried to strangle him during sex but a jury at Lewes Crown Court took just four hours to find him guilty of murder. Christina, who was born in the West Midlands and lived in London, was found after she failed to turn up to her 29th birthday party in South Kensington. She is thought to have been dead about 12 hours before she was found. Naseem was discovered lying on the sofa in the next room "feigning unconsciousness" after Ms Abbotts' death in May. When he was initially … [Read more...] about Banker found guilty of bludgeoning high-class escort to death with kitchen PESTLE on her 29th birthday