MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have detected and removed a total of 136 video cameras installed by a drug cartel to monitor movement on the streets of the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas. The city is home to a faction of the Gulf cartel.
The government of the border state of Tamaulipas said Thursday that the cameras were mounted on light and telephone poles.
The scandal first came to light in May, when authorities seized the first 39 cameras. Soldiers found 18 more cameras in three Reynosa neighborhoods Wednesday.
The government did not say where exactly the cameras were pointed, but several of the cameras seized in May were trained on an army base. Others captured the scene outside offices of the attorney general and other government agencies.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections has denied a production company’s request to film a Kid Rock music video inside an Ypsilanti women’s prison.
Department of Corrections communications director Chris Gautz says the company wanted Kid Rock to perform for prisoners at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in southeastern Michigan.
Gautz tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1KVTzpk ) that holding a concert at the 2,000-inmate prison would create “a host of security issues.” He says building a concert stage could lead to unaccounted pieces of it being used as weapons.
Gautz says the Department of Corrections is talking with the Los Angeles-based production company about filming a music video for Kid Rock at a vacant maximum security prison at Standish about 140 miles northeast of Detroit.
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/
Police said Wednesday they were investigating video that appears to show Ariana Grande licking doughnuts at a shop in Southern California. Earlier, Grande apologized for saying “I hate America” in the same video.
Police in Lake Elsinore, where the doughnut shop is located, said they and Riverside County public health officials were investigating the leaked video, which appeared to show the 22-year-old singer and a man with her “maliciously lick” the doughnuts.
Mayra Solis, 22, a cashier on duty at Wolfee Donuts when Grande went into the store, said the singer didn’t purchase any of the doughnuts she licked.
“She was really rude,” Solis told The Associated Press.
Earlier Wednesday, Grande said in a statement to the AP that she’s a proud American.
“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the doughnuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words,” the statement read.
In the video posted Tuesday by TMZ, Grande says “What … is that? I hate Americans. I hate America” when a tray of doughnuts appears in front of her.
Grande said she chose to express herself as she did because she leads a healthy lifestyle and is upset with “how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences.”
“The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies,” she said. “However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better.”
Asked about the police investigation, Grande’s representatives said she would not have further comment.
Dottie Ellis-Merki, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, said the agency was investigating why the doughnuts were left out unprotected and exposed to the public, in violation of state food laws. She said investigators found no further issues at the shop on Wednesday.
“During the investigation, the manager did state they normally don’t leave donuts out like was shown in the video,” Ellis-Merki said in an email to the AP. “The employee went to the back to retrieve freshly made donuts by request of the customer and left the trays out while getting other trays.”
Grande also announced Wednesday that she would not perform at the MLB All-Star Concert on Saturday. She said it had nothing to do with the leaked video.
“As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show,” she said. “That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.”
Fekadu reported from New York and Armario from Los Angeles.
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey teens are accused of luring a family of geese into the street so one boy could run them down with his SUV while the other videotaped it.
The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Woodbridge police have charged the 17-year-olds with animal abuse charges.
The SPCA says it was alerted to the abuse after the tape was posted on social media.
The group says at least one goose was found in the road. It says the SUV shown in the video was found in a high school parking lot and had feathers embedded in its grill.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has dismissed freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson from the team on the same day that prosecutors released video showing him punching a woman at a bar.
In a statement Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Johnson’s immediate dismissal. The quarterback had been suspended after the June 24 assault.
In the security camera video released by the State Attorney’s Office, it appears the woman and Johnson were trying to get a position at the bar, and Johnson jostled her.
The woman raises a fist and shouts at Johnson before he grabs her fist and holds it down. She then raises her other hand and swings. It’s not clear whether she made contact, but Johnson responds by punching her in the face while still grabbing her other hand. She staggers, and her nose begins bleeding.
Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery.
BEIRUT (AP) — A video posted online Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.
The video showed the soldiers being taken in pickup trucks from the town’s notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. At the theater, they were shot dead by young IS members armed with pistols. Hundreds of people were seen watching the killings.
The video did not indicate when the killings took place. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said these shootings took place on May 27.
The Associated Press reported in May that scores of Syrian troops and state employees were killed in the days after the Islamic State group captured the town on May 27.
Palmyra is a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades, other ruins and priceless artifacts.
The capture of Palmyra has raised concern that the militants might try to destroy one of the Mideast’s most spectacular archaeological sites — a well-preserved, Roman-era city on the town’s edge — as they have destroyed other pre-Islamic ancient monuments elsewhere in Syria and Iraq.
On Thursday, IS said its militants had destroyed six archaeological pieces from Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler.
The shootings in the video took place inside the archaeological site and the troops, some of whom had bruises and blood on their faces apparently as a result of beating, were made to kneel in front of a giant IS black flag before being shot in the back of their heads.