Tuesday, June 19, 2018

U.S. officials believe embassy car was targeted in Mexico ambush

MEXICO CITY — There is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA officers, were working for organized crime in a targeted assassination attempt, the Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior U.S. official.

A Mexican official with knowledge of the case confirmed on Tuesday that prosecutors are investigating whether the Beltran Leyva Cartel was behind the Aug. 24 ambush.

The Mexican official said that is among several lines of investigation into the shooting of an armored SUV that was clearly marked with diplomatic license plates on a rural road near Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City.

The Mexican official said one line of investigation is that members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel were interested in attacking the people in the car because some of their lookouts had seen them passing through the area and presumed they were investigating the cartel. It's possible they didn't know they were Americans.

Federal police, at times battered by allegations of infiltration and corruption by drug cartels, have said the shooting was a case of mistaken identity as officers were looking into the kidnapping of a government employee in that area.

When asked by the AP if the Mexican federal police officers involved in the shooting were tied to organized crime, the U.S. official said the circumstantial evidence is pretty strong.

Both the U.S. and Mexican officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the diplomatic issue.

The federal police on Tuesday maintained the position that their agents fired on the vehicle by mistake, thinking it belonged to a band of kidnappers they were pursuing, according to a spokesman who was not authorized to speak on the record.

The U.S. State Department declined to discuss details.

Comments
Emotions boil over as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

Emotions boil over as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

The raw emotion over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration is sweeping across Florida, where a 1,000-bed shelter in Homestead is being used to house unaccompanied migrant children.READ MORE: This is the child immigration c...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Nelson, Wasserman Schultz shut out of facility holding immigrant kids

Nelson, Wasserman Schultz shut out of facility holding immigrant kids

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied entry Tuesday into a federal facility in Homestead housing immigrant children.The Florida Democrats wanted to see conditions inside the shelter and determine the status...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Mike Hoffman traded twice in wake of harassment, cyberbullying claims

Mike Hoffman traded twice in wake of harassment, cyberbullying claims

The Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife. The Senators sent Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who then dealt him to the Florida Panthers. All t...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Jeff Vinik-backed construction material firm headed to Port Tampa Bay

Jeff Vinik-backed construction material firm headed to Port Tampa Bay

TAMPA — With $3 billion in construction on the boards, Water Street Tampa will need a lot of concrete, so a company whose largest investor is Jeff Vinik is moving to Port Tampa Bay to begin importing fly ash, a component of concrete.Spartan Materials...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

Florida education news: New candidates, school security and a suspended PTSA

ELECTIONS: A former county official joins the race for a seat on Hernando County School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • In Hillsborough County, one candidate for School Board changes parties and another changes races, the Tampa Bay Times ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pride on Edge club pops up for St. Pete Pride

Pride on Edge club pops up for St. Pete Pride

While the Grand Central District is St. Petersburg’s de facto epicenter for post-parade Pride celebrations, the neighboring EDGE District will play host to the city’s first pop-up gay club event.Event promoters Uniqorn and I Love the Burg St. Pete ha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
New Yorker magazine apologizes to combat-wounded Pasco veteran over staffer’s Tweet

New Yorker magazine apologizes to combat-wounded Pasco veteran over staffer’s Tweet

The New Yorker magazine has apologized to a combat-wounded Pasco County veteran about a tweet posted by one of its staffers.Over the weekend, New Yorker staffer Talia Lavin wrote in a tweet that a tattoo on the left elbow of Justin Gaertner looked li...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick Scott’s investments have included companies opposed to climate change regulations

Rick Scott’s investments have included companies opposed to climate change regulations

The most vivid snapshot yet of what has made Rick Scott the wealthiest governor in Florida history will be released next month when he must reveal to voters what makes up his net worth.Required as part of Scott's U.S. Senate candidacy, the much-antic...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Zinke foundation in Montana land deal with Halliburton head

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's family is involved in a land deal with the head of an energy services giant that has business with the Interior Department
Updated: 1 hour ago

Ford celebrates purchase of iconic Detroit train station

Ford Motor Co. is celebrating its purchase of Detroit's long vacant train depot that the company plans to redevelop for research and development of self-driving vehicles
Updated: 1 hour ago