At least 19 die in gang vs. government shootout:
Mexican authorities say at least 19 people died in clashes between armed men and security forces in the gang-plagued northwestern state of Sinaloa, where violence has spiked dramatically following the capture and extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Friday’s violence was touched off by an initial shooting involving “rival groups” of gunmen in the town of Villa Union, officials say. In a second clash, 15 municipal police officers came under attack. Marines and state police went to the aid of the local officers, and 17 attackers were killed.