Pipe bomb charge car­ries pos­si­ble life in prison

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New York – The Florida man ac­cused of send­ing pipe bombs to prom­i­nent crit­ics of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was in­dicted Fri­day on charges car­ry­ing a po­ten­tial penalty of life in prison.

The 30-count in­dict­ment against Ce­sar Sayoc was handed up in Man­hat­tan fed­eral court, where Sayoc made an ini­tial ap­pear­ance ear­lier this week af­ter he was brought to New York.

Sayoc, 56, was ar­rested Oct. 26 in Florida on five charges car­ry­ing a po­ten­tial sen­tence upon con­vic­tion of nearly 50 years.

Au­thor­i­ties said he sent im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices to nu­mer­ous Democrats, crit­ics of Trump and CNN. The scare height­ened ten­sions be­fore the cru­cial midterm elec­tions, but he was ar­rested within days.

Pros­e­cu­tors fol­lowed through on a prom­ise to up­grade the charges with an in­dict­ment that led with five counts al­leg­ing use of a weapon of mass destruc­tion. The doc­u­ment said he mailed 16 im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices though the U.S. mail to vic­tims across the coun­try.

None of the de­vices – some of which ar­rived at New York ad­dresses – ex­ploded.

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Mi­grants leave Mex­ico City for bor­der

Mex­ico City – About 500 Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants headed out of Mex­ico City on Fri­day to em­bark on the long­est and most dan­ger­ous leg of their jour­ney to the U.S. bor­der, while thou­sands more were wait­ing one more day at a mas­sive im­pro­vised shel­ter.

The group that got a head start bun­dled their few pos­ses­sions and started off, tak­ing a sub­way to the north part of the city and then hik­ing down an ex­press­way with a po­lice es­cort.

For many, it was the first time they had ever been in a metro sys­tem, and they had lit­tle knowl­edge of the city or the 1,740 mile route to Ti­juana that lay ahead of them.

The ad­vanced group hoped to reach the north-cen­tral city of Quere­taro, about 105 miles to the north­west, by night­fall. Mean­while, an­other 4,000 to 5,000 mi­grants milled around the mas­sive shel­ter im­pro­vised at a Mex­ico City sports com­plex, im­pa­tient to leave. Thou­sands of mi­grants have spent the past few days rest­ing, re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion and de­bat­ing how to pro­ceed with their ar­du­ous trek through Cen­tral Amer­ica and Mex­ico which be­gan in midOc­to­ber.

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Ger­man po­lice seize over a ton of co­caine, ar­rest 8 peo­ple: Po­lice in the Ger­man city of Ham­burg say they have seized over a ton of co­caine and ar­rested eight sus­pects fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that lasted sev­eral months. Po­lice also con­ducted raids in which $194,000 in cash was seized.

Ro­drigo Abd / AP

About 500 Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants headed out of Mex­ico City Fri­day to em­bark on the long­est leg of their jour­ney to the U.S. bor­der.


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