Feds arrest 22 in border town drug sweep
Twenty-two people were arrested on drug trafficking and other charges Wednesday during an early morning border town roundup that woke residents with the sounds of helicopters, bangs and screaming. At an afternoon news conference in Las Cruces, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade said 29 people were charged in 13 criminal complaints with distributing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in and around southern Dona Ana County. A total of seven search warrants were executed, and 20 weapons, more than 6 pounds of cocaine, 2 pounds of marijuana and $35,000 in cash was seized, Wade said.
Catholics rally around archbishop
Roman Catholics in Puerto Rico rallied Wednesday around an archbishop who is apparently under pressure from the Vatican to resign for allegedly covering up for sexually abusive priests and other misdeeds. Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves, 62, has not confirmed that he is being asked to step down as leader of the Catholic Church in the U.S. island territory. However, he has asked parishioners to pray for him.
Disabled Carnival ship leaves port
The Carnival Triumph is headed back to sea three months after limping into port following an engine room fire. The cruise ship left the Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile under its own power Wednesday after extensive work to repair damage from the fire. Miami-based Carnival says Triumph is supposed to return to service June 13 with a cruise from Galveston, Texas.
38 dead after bus plunges into river
An official says a crowded bus plunged into a river, killing at least 38 people in a mountainous region in northern India. The accident occurred near Kullu, 340 miles north of New Delhi. Rescuers found 38 bodies. The accident's cause was not immediately known. Sharab Negi, a district administrator, says the bus fell nearly 150 feet into the river. India has the world's deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually.
7 killed after ship crashes in Genoa
Italian prosecutors placed the captain of the Jolly Nero cargo ship under investigation Wednesday for alleged manslaughter after his vessel slammed into the dock at Genoa's busy port and toppled the control tower into the harbor, killing at least seven people. As rescue teams in diving suits searched for two other missing people, officials began piecing together how the 40,000-ton container ship could have sideswiped the port's control tower when weather and sea conditions were "perfect" on Tuesday night. The focus was on whether human error or a technical malfunction was to blame.