Stories by Jill
Afghans and Iraqis who work in their countries with American troops often place themselves and their families in great danger. Because of the risks, they're supposed to have an easier time getting U.S. visas for themselves and their families. But the wait can still be long, as the story of one family illustrates.
In recent years, authorities in Southern California have been confronting a rise in maritime smuggling of illegal immigrants and drugs from Mexico. In December, the stakes were suddenly raised when a U.S. Coast Guard member was killed during a confrontation with suspected smugglers. But law enforcement agents aren't the only ones at risk.
Mexican daily newspapers increase their coverage of organized crime, but only scratch the surface.
The head of a customs brokers association working on the U.S.-Mexico border has pleaded guilty to heading up a conspiracy to avoid paying import taxes.
Federal agents in San Diego charged 10 individuals with involvement in a large-scale marijuana growing operation on public lands in Southern California.
For several years California authorities have threatened to close state parks because of budget cuts, and park supporters have frantically raised money to keep them open. But news came out on Friday that the ostensibly-broke parks system has for years been sitting on a multimillion dollar surplus.