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Second Mexican drug lord expects to be freed

MEXICO CITY — Defense attorneys believe freedom is imminent for Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, a second member of the trio of Mexican drug kingpins responsible for the 1985 slaying of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena, one of the capo’s attorneys said Saturday. Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero’s conviction and 40-year sentence were overturned last week on procedural grounds by a three-judge appeals court, which said he should have originally been prosecuted in state instead of federal court. Also imprisoned in the Camarena case is Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. Fonseca Carrillo’s attorney, Jose Luis Guizar, said his team had filed an appeal based on the same procedural grounds used by Caro Quintero, and expected him to be freed within 15 days. (AP)


Volcano erupts, kills 6 in village

MAUMERE, Indonesia — Lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village on a small island in eastern Indonesia Saturday, after ash and smoke from the volcano shot about a mile into the air, officials said. Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, and nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area on Palue island, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. The volcano had been rumbling since October. Details about the six people who were killed and where they were located at the time of the eruption remained unclear. (AP)


16 royal guards die in bus plunge

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Sixteen royal guards have died in a bus crash after the vehicle drove off a road and plummeted 650 feet, Morocco’s official news agency reported. The accident occurred early Saturday on a road linking two cities on Morocco’s northern coast. The report said the driver lost control of the bus at a bend in the road and the bus overturned and slid off the road. Forty-two other guards were injured, eight seriously. (AP)