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Mexico extradites reputed drug kingpin to U.S.

MEXICO

officials send reputed drug kingpin to u.s.

The Mexican government on Friday extradited to the United States the alleged former leader of a once feared and powerful organized crime group. Benjamin Arellano Felix, who allegedly led the Tijuana cartel from its beginnings in the late 1980s, had been incarcerated in a Mexican prison since his arrest in 2002. He faces racketeering and drug conspiracy charges as part of a federal grand jury indictment in San Diego that has already led to the arrests and convictions of several of his brothers and associates from the cartel.

INDIANAPOLIS

Funds for Planned Parenthood to end

Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Friday he would sign a bill to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds, making Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for the group and boosting Daniels' credentials among social conservatives as he considers whether to run for president. Planned Parenthood of Indiana gets $3 million a year in federal funds and vowed to take the state to court.

Elsewhere

Germany: Police on Friday arrested three suspected members of the al-Qaida terrorist organization who officials say posed a "concrete and imminent danger" to the nation.

Washington: In a report to Congress, the Pentagon on Friday painted a guardedly optimistic picture of the war in Afghanistan, saying U.S. and allied forces had made "tangible progress" against the Taliban over the past six months, and conditions were right to withdraw some U.S. troops this summer.

Iraq: Attacks killed 10 people around Iraq on Friday, including an 8-year-old girl and three police officers, officials said.

Times wires

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