Cross-border smuggling tunnel discovered in San Diego; $29.6 million in drugs seized
SAN DIEGO — Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was found last month, federal officials said Tuesday.The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the entrance in Tijuana.Agents searched the San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ends after obtaining a federal warrant and seized about 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl inside the tunnel, officials sai...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Zaandam coming to South Florida Thursday; sick passengers will go to health department
MIAMI — As the beleaguered Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships steam toward Port Everglades, more than 1,200 passengers on board still don’t know what will happen to them when they arrive early Thursday.Carnival Corp.’s Holland America Line said in a statement late Wednesday that the company is still waiting on the go-ahead from local authorities. At least nine people aboard the ships are sick with COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and four have died.Both ships are on the Port Everglades docking schedule for Thursday at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.Managing the shi...
Health care standard bearer tells hospitals to let staff bring own face masks, use as desired
The U.S. body that sets standards for and accredits 22,000 health care organizations recommended Tuesday that employers not only allow health care workers to bring face masks from home but also allow them to choose when to wear them.Leaders of The Joint Commission stated: “We are receiving reports from across the country that some hospitals are prohibiting staff from bringing in their own N95 respirators, surgical masks, and home-made cloth masks. … In circumstances of PPE shortages, it is better to allow staff the opportunity to enhance their protection, even if the degree of that increased p...
The Sacramento Bee
US Open will still continue as scheduled, even after Wimbledon cancellation
NEW YORK — Two major tennis tournaments (along with every major sports event in general) has been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. But not the US Open.On March 17, the French Open was postponed until late-September; on Wednesday Wimbledon was canceled as the WTA and ATP postponed their tours until at least July 13. The United States Tennis Association, however, said it does not plan to cancel or reschedule the August Grand Slam.“We understand the unique circumstances facing the All England Lawn and Tennis Club and the reasoning behind the decision to cancel the 2020 W...
New York Daily News
Seahawks bring back Benson Mayowa to revive pass rush while Clowney watch continues
While the Jadeveon Clowney watch continued into its third week Wednesday, the Seahawks made another move to shore up their ailing pass rush, while maybe showing Clowney they are getting tired of waiting for him to make a decision.And they did so by again calling back a member of their 2013 Super Bowl team — Benson Mayowa.Mayowa, 28, agreed to terms on a contract with Seattle Wednesday afternoon, as confirmed by his agent, David Canter. The NFL Network reported Mayowa agreed to a one-year deal that includes $3 million fully guaranteed and could go over $4 million with incentives.Seattle two wee...
The Seattle Times
He invested his life's savings in a new Haiti beach resort. Then a mob sent it up in flames
A Haiti judge has issued more than a dozen arrest warrants for individuals accused of looting and torching a million dollar beach resort in northern Haiti owned by a Haitian-American engineer and his wife.“It was a hired mob of at least 30 to 40 people,” said Jude Jean-Gilles, the owner of the Joupana Beach Resort, which was set ablaze Saturday in Port Francais, a hillside village near Haiti’s northern coast between the town of Labadie and Baie de l’Acul. “I wasn’t there, but they tell me it was a large, large crowd.”Dariot Jean, a justice of the peace, said he issued arrest warrants Tuesday f...
Kansas center Udoka Azubuike one of five finalists for John R. Wooden Award
Kansas senior center Udoka Azubuike is one of five finalists for the 2020 John R. Wooden Award, presented annually to college basketball’s top player, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.The list of five consists of Azubuike, a 7-footer from Delta, Nigeria, plus Luka Garza (Iowa), Markus Howard (Marquette), Myles Powell (Seton Hall) and Obi Toppin (Dayton).The winner will be announced Tuesday during the 4 p.m. Central Time edition of SportsCenter on ESPN.The L.A. Athletic Club also listed its 10-player Wooden All-America team Wednesday. KU’s Devon Dotson joined Azubuike, Garza, P...
The Kansas City Star
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes wants trial preparations exempted from safety orders
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes wants the judge overseeing her criminal fraud case to order her legal team’s trial preparations essential and exempt from coronavirus safety restrictions so lawyers and their agents can perform tasks that they say may provoke hostility.“While we are hesitant to encourage any person to undertake actions that are contrary to advice and directions from public health officials or impose any burdens on health care professionals or institutions, we must adhere to the direction provided by this court regarding the time and manner in which it wishes...
The Mercury News
Some Washington gun dealers keeping stores open, defying Inslee's order amid coronavirus outbreak
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency stay-home order didn’t deem firearms dealers essential — like grocery stores and pharmacies — and necessary to stay open as much of society closes down to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.But that isn’t stopping Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun, from keeping her doors open.“We don’t have anything in writing that says we need to stay closed,” Teasdale said. “And I don’t know anything about what the governor has said.”Teasdale doesn’t appear to be the only firearms dealer in open defiance of Inslee’s emergency order. Gun shop o...
The Seattle Times
In reversal, Georgia Gov. Kemp imposes tough limits amid dire new coronavirus projections
ATLANTA — For weeks, Gov. Brian Kemp stood firm. Repeatedly, he said the coronavirus pandemic in Georgia didn’t warrant the extreme social distancing measures that most other states were imposing.Kemp publicly supported a patchwork of stay-at-home orders by Georgia cities and counties, even as his top aide chastised those local governments for “overreach.”On Wednesday, amid dire projections of a steep increase in illness and death in the coming weeks, Kemp changed course.He said he would issue an order Thursday requiring Georgians to remain in their homes for all but essential outings, such as...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution