National briefs (9/2/12)
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SAN DIEGO -- Eduardo Arellano Felix, one of a group of brothers who headed what was once Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking organization, was extradited to the U.S. on Friday, capping a 20-year effort to bring the siblings to justice in federal court.
Mr. Arellano Felix, 55, a one-time medical student nicknamed "El Doctor," was allegedly a key adviser in the Arellano Felix drug cartel, which during its heyday in the 1980s and '90s pumped tons of drugs into the U.S. and murdered hundreds while defending its turf in Baja California.
Arrested after a shootout in Tijuana in 2008, Mr. Arellano Felix exhausted all of his appeals in Mexico and was flown to San Diego. He is the last of the brothers named in the 2003 racketeering indictment to be extradited.
NEW YORK -- A New Jersey produce company recalled a number of products distributed in the Northeast that contained fresh-cut mangoes Saturday because of potential salmonella contamination.
The products in question have an expiration date of Aug. 28, but the company, F&S Produce Co. Inc., working with the Food and Drug Administration, issued the voluntary recall regardless.
SEATTLE -- Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" among other spiritually oriented books rooted in themes of flight and self-discovery, was in serious condition Saturday after his small plane crashed in Washington state.
The homebuilt SeaRay single-engine aircraft clipped power lines Friday about three miles west of Friday Harbor Airport, according to Ian Gregor, a public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.
NEW YORK -- A teenager headed to a sweet 16 party was killed after he stuck his head out of the emergency hatch of a double-decker bus and hit the underside of a highway overpass, authorities said.
Daniel Fernandez, 16, was among 65 teens aboard the bus Friday night from New York City on its way to the party in Garfield, N.J.
ST. LOUIS -- U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has accepted an apology from Republican strategist Karl Rove for a joke about the congressman being "found mysteriously murdered," Mr. Akin's spokesman said Saturday.
Mr. Rove and Republicans, including Mitt Romney, the party's presidential nominee, have called on Mr. Akin, R-Mo., to leave the race to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill after his Aug. 19 comments that "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy and so abortion shouldn't be allowed in rape cases.
Bloomberg Businessweek reported Friday that Mr. Rove, speaking at a Thursday breakfast for donors during the Republican National Convention, discussed plans for Senate and House races and joked, "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"
-- Compiled from news services
First Published September 2, 2012 12:00 am