Former fed drug informant linked to 'House of Death' in Mexico charged in South Florida
MIAMI — A notorious government informant in the long-running war on drugs now faces drug charges himself after being snared by one of the oldest tricks in the book — a sting.The undercover operation unfolded at a Hialeah home and at La Carreta and Dunkin’ Donuts in Miramar, leading to the arrest of Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez-Peyro during what prosecutors say was an attempt to buy five kilos of cocaine for $120,000 from someone who used to be in his line of work, a confidential source for the feds.Ramirez-Peyro, who long ago was revealed to be a former paid informant for U.S. Immigration and Cus...
Louisiana and parts of Texas and Mississippi in Tropical Storm Cristobal's cone, but it's early yet
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Cristobal could potentially reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by the end of the weekend, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.The storm’s cone of probability, which shows the range of potential paths it could take, now includes the entire Louisiana coast, as well as parts of neighboring Texas and Mississippi, according to the 4 a.m. Wednesday public advisory.If this path were to hold, it would see Cristobal ultimately heading north across the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana. That said, it was still early, and forecasters warn tha...
Depression near Mexico expected to become Tropical Storm Cristobal
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The already busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially kicked off Monday with a tropical depression which is soon expected to become Tropical Storm Cristobal.As of 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the depression was located about 140 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico out over the Bay of Campeche, moving west at 3 mph. It is expected to move slowly across the Gulf of Mexico during the week.Maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph, just under the 39-mph minimum threshold for tropical storm-force winds.National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Frye said Tuesday that winds ...
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McConnell says Senate to take up House’s PPP flexibility billWASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would “soon” vote on a House bill passed last week that would add flexibility to a loan program helping small businesses survive the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.“I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 417-1 to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday.The Ho...
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Forecasters start hurricane season watching a storm with 'high' chance of development
MIAMI — Monday marks the first official day of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, and forecasters are already monitoring a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression and possibly Tropical Storm Cristobal.The “large” disturbance is near the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and is remnants of former Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Amanda, according to the National Hurricane Center in West Miami-Dade.Forecasters say the system “is gradually becoming better organized” and has a 90% chance of forming into a new tropical depression and pos...