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He was last seen alive around 11 p.m. Thursday after a safety seminar held by police at the church in which they fingerprinted and photographed young children.

Mexican drug kingpin pleads guilty in U.S.

DENVER — A Mexican drug kingpin who led a fearsome cartel for more than a decade has pleaded guilty to U.S. drug and racketeering charges.

Miguel Angel Caro Quintero, 46, pleaded guilty in Denver federal court Friday to one count of racketeering in Colorado and one county of conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Arizona. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Prosecutors said Caro Quintero led the Sonora Cartel, which smuggled thousands of tons of marijuana and cocaine from Mexico to the United States in the 1980s.

Caro Quintero’s brother, Rafael Caro Quintero, played a role in the 1985 torture-slaying of undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena Salazar. Rafael Caro Quintero is in prison in Mexico.

Park chief rapped for explicit images

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park told a newspaper he is being reassigned because Interior Department investigators discovered he had used his federal computer to view sexually explicit images.

John Latschar will begin work Monday at the Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Md., as a special assistant to the National Park Service’s associate director for cultural resources.

Park Service spokesman David Barna would not say why Mr. Latschar had been reassigned, calling it a personnel issue, but Mr. Latschar told the Evening Sun of Hanover he is being reassigned because of his misuse of the federal computer.

Mr. Latschar told the newspaper that “there’s no excuse” for his behavior. He said he was “going through some rough personal and professional times” from 2004 to 2006, when he used his computer to search online for the images, which he said were like those found in a Playboy magazine.

Wild otters freed into river

ALONG THE RIO PUEBLO DE TAOS, N.M. — Six river otters from the Pacific Northwest have been released into the ice-cold water of a river in northern New Mexico as part of an effort to return the mammals to their historic range.

The wild otters were trapped in Washington state and transported to New Mexico, where they were checked out by state game officials before Friday’s early morning release. They will join 10 other otters that were released in the Rio Pueblo de Taos last October.

The Bureau of Land Management, Taos Pueblo, the state Game and Fish Department and several conservation groups have been working to get the otters back into New Mexico’s rivers.

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