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May 27, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Cancun would rather be known for powdery beaches and Windex-blue waters, but on Wednesday it was the scene of an explosive corruption scandal: Did its mayor secretly work on behalf of two of Mexico's most bloodthirsty drug-trafficking organizations? The charges against Mayor Gregorio Sanchez, who is on leave to run for governor of the state of Quintana Roo, add new force to worries that organized crime groups have infiltrated Mexican politics at all levels and are undermining the country's fragile moves toward a real democracy.
May 24, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
"Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, who was being sought for questioning by Mexican authorities, has returned to Los Angeles, according to his lawyer.  Mexican law enforcement officials had told the producer to remain in Mexico following the death of his wife last month, when the couple was vacationing in Cancun. On Sunday, however, attorney Richard Hirsch issued a statement saying Beresford-Redman had returned to Los Angeles to be with his children and to attend to family and personal matters.
May 11, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
The former mayor and governor of the popular Mexican resort area of Cancun was extradited to the United States to stand trial on allegations of pocketing millions of dollars in bribes to help a notorious drug cartel move more than 200 tons of cocaine across the border, Justice Department officials announced Monday. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, dressed in a drab khaki jacket and slacks, was flown late Sunday night aboard a Drug Enforcement Administration jet to New York, where he also is charged with laundering millions of dollars through the now-bankrupt Lehman Bros.
April 11, 2010 | By Shelby Grad
A Mexican prosecutor has told Cancun reporters that investigators are focusing on "inconsistencies" in a timeline given by a veteran reality-TV producer in the disappearance of his wife, who was found slain this week at a luxury Cancun resort. Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, was released by state police in Mexico on Friday after being questioned for hours concerning the strangulation death of wife Monica (pictured with Brazilian actor Nerso da Capitinga), the owner of a popular nightclub on Los Angeles' Westside.
April 9, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum and Cecila Sanchez
Bruce Beresford-Redman, a successful reality TV producer, and his wife, Monica, the owner of a popular Westside nightclub, left Los Angeles with their two children last week for a resort in Cancun, Mexico. Family members say the couple were trying to repair a marriage that had been fraying in recent months. Monica Beresford-Redman had recently discovered that her husband had had an affair, relatives say. The pair were scheduled to come home Thursday -- Monica's 42nd birthday.
March 14, 2010
Chile More than two weeks after a magnitude-8.8 earthquake and tsunami waves struck Chile, ravaging the country's south-central coast and killing hundreds, travel and transportation appeared to be heading back to normal. At first, the quake paralyzed the country's tourism industry. Scores of flights were canceled, and many passengers were stranded for days in Santiago, the capital. Last week, LAN, Chile's national air carrier, said it was once again operating flights to all domestic and international destinations.
September 10, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
Men threatening to blow up an Aeromexico flight from Cancun and demanding to speak to the nation's president forced the jet to land at a remote part of the Mexico City airport Wednesday. But all 104 passengers were freed, and the would-be hijackers quickly detained. No one was hurt in what turned out to be a brief hijacking and a bloodless rescue. "There was no bomb in the aircraft," Communications and Transport Minister Juan Molinar Horcasitas said. "All the passengers are safe."
March 2, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
The suspect cruised around in an SUV that had been reported stolen. He toted corrido music glorifying drug smugglers and hit men, and allegedly helped them operate in this beach resort. And until a few weeks ago, he was Cancun's police chief. Now Francisco Velasco is in custody in Mexico City while federal authorities investigate whether he took part in the killing last month of a retired army general who had been hired to revamp the city's police force.
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