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What the ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán verdict means for the powerful Sinaloa cartel

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Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, 61, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal accounts against him, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms. But the high-profile federal prosecution in New York is a largely symbolic victory for authorities in Mexico and the United States, where the cartel — based mostly in the Mexican state of Sinaloa — continues to control most major narcotics markets.“The Sinaloa cartel is still basically operating with the same power and reach,” said Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the US Drug Enforcement Administration. “They continue to be the most powerful drug organization in the world.”Guzmán, a founding father of the cartel named for his home state, was captured in Mexico in January 2016 and extradited to the United States a year later.But his criminal enterprise, which…

Barbie introduces dolls with wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs

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In June, Barbie will debut a doll with a prosthetic leg and another that comes with a wheelchair.The new dolls are part of Mattel’s 2019 Barbie Fashionistas line, which aims to offer kids more diverse representations of beauty.“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” Mattel said in a statement.Mattel collaborated with Jordan Reeves, a 13-year-old disability activist who was born without a left forearm, to create the doll with the prosthetic limb, which can be removed for a “more realistic” play experience. The toymaker also worked with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and wheelchair experts to design a wheelchair, which the company said has been one of the most requested accessories from Barbie fans. “While there are many types of wheelchairs, this chair is modeled after one that is designed for an individual who has a permanent physical disa…

‘Dr Evil’ tattooist pleads guilty for tongue-splitting procedure, removing ear and nipple

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Brendan McCarthy, 50, appeared in court on Tuesday on three counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, according to a statement from the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).In 2012, McCarthy used a scalpel to split a woman’s tongue and also removed another client’s nipple. In 2015 he removed a client’s ear without using anesthetic, according to the UK’s Press Association (PA) news agency.Authorities launched an investigation after online images showing McCarthy removing the ear prompted complaints, according to the CPS.The procedures took place at McCarthy’s tattoo studio — Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium — in Wolverhampton, England. A police inquiry began when concerns were raised over McCarthy’s practices, said Detective Inspector Chris Fox of the West Midlands Police.“We found he was performing complex procedures without medical training, outside a clinical environment, without knowing clients’ medical histories or psychiatric background, and in the absence of any lif…

El Chapo verdict: Jury finds Mexican drug lord guilty on all counts

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The vast Brooklyn courtroom fell silent as the verdict was read. There was no visible reaction from Guzmán, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. He’s due to be sentenced June 25.US District Judge Brian Cogan confirmed the verdicts with each of the eight women and four men on the jury, telling them later their conduct on the panel “made me very proud to be an American.”After the jury left the room, Guzman waved and smiled at his wife, Emma Coronel, a former beauty queen and courtroom regular who smiled back and touched her hand to her heart.“Good, thank you,” she said when asked how she felt after the verdict.The partially sequestered and anonymous jury deliberated roughly 34 hours over six days.“We are obviously disappointed with the jury’s verdict in the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera but are respectful of the process and the jury’s decision,” defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said. “We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquín …”US At…

With climate change, what will your city’s weather feel like in 60 years?

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In many urban areas, the researchers from the University of Maryland, North Carolina State University and the National History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen found “substantial differences” between probable future climate and even the best scenario. That means that by 2080, many cities will probably experience “novel climates with no modern equivalent.”According to the researchers’ interactive map, if emissions are not cut and climate change continues as it is, by 2080, summers in New York will feel like those of Jonesboro, Arkansas: an average 9.1 degrees Fahrenheit warmer and 20.8% drier. If we cut emissions and enact policies that tackle climate change, the change won’t be nearly as extreme. By 2080, summers in New York would feel more like those of Lake Shore, Maryland: about 4.4 degrees warmer and 9% drier.Nearly all cities in the eastern United States, including Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, would have climates much more similar to those of cities hundre…

A passerby heard a newborn crying in a storm drain. Four hours later, she was rescued.

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A bystander had spotted the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, said in a statement obtained by CNN.Rescue services used a chisel and hammer to break into the drain, Jamieson said. The whole operation lasted nearly four hours.After being located and extricated, the baby was flown to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital for urgent care.Dramatic video from the scene showed the moment the baby was lifted to safety.The hospital’s trauma specialist, Dr Timothy Hardcastle, said the baby was suffering from hypothermia and had to be warmed up, but was in satisfactory condition with only minor injuries, according to a statement from the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province department of health. The baby, who was found with her umbilical cord intact, was believed to be between one and three days old.She was named Sibanisethu (Our Ray of Light) and Gabriella by residents, the statement said.“It’s really a miracle that this baby was saved. The doct…

Meghan Markle ‘vilified’ like Princess Diana, says George Clooney

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Clooney, who is friends with Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, defended the Duchess after Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper published a personal letter allegedly sent by Meghan to her estranged father.“They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,” Clooney said at a promotional event for his new film, according to the UK’s Press Association (PA) news agency. “I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to see that.” “She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was, and it’s history repeating itself. And we’ve seen how that ends,” Clooney added, according to PA.Kensington Palace has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment.Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, had a notoriously difficult relationship with parts of the British media. She died in a car accident in 1997 after the driver of her car attempted to shake off pursuing photographers. Meghan has also faced intense i…