Mexico to charge 14 cops in attack on U.S. agents


Fourteen federal police officers will be charged with attempted homicide for the Aug. 24 attack on a U.S. Embassy vehicle that left two American government security experts wounded, the Mexican Attorney General's Office said.

A dozen cops were detained immediately after the incident and two more were taken into custody last month.

It was only the embassy vehicle's armor plating that saved the lives of the two U.S. officials and the Mexican marine accompanying them, the AG's office said. Investigators found 152 bullet holes in the vehicle.

Ballistics evidence proved the bullets came from the service weapons of the 14 accused officers, who were dressed in plainclothes and traveling in their personal vehicles at the time of the attack, the AG's office said.




Murray reaches final four of ATP World Tour Finals


Scotland's Andy Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) here at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to advance to the final four of this year-end event for the third time.

Murray needed only to win one set against the Frenchman to qualify for the semifinals after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Czech Tomas Berdych 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in Group A action earlier in the day at London's O2 Arena.

Tsonga's chances of advancing to the semifinals slipped away quickly when he dropped the first four games of the match. He was officially eliminated from the tournament after losing the first set a few games later.

Playing for pride, Tsonga rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the second set to force a tiebreaker, which Murray won handily.

"In some ways, feels like you're serving for the match when you know you're through if you win that," Murray said of clinching the first set. "I was very focused from the start of the match. I got off to a good start."




Spain moves to halt home evictions after latest suicide


Spain's government said hours after a woman about to be evicted from her home in the northern town of Barakaldo committed suicide that it is working urgently to bring a halt to mortgage foreclosures.

Amaia Egaña, 53, who was a councilwoman in another town, became the second person facing eviction to take her life in less than three weeks when she jumped out of the window of her home and to her death Friday morning.

The tragedy added to growing concern about a soaring number of foreclosures and evictions amid a jobless rate of more than 25 percent and the fallout from the collapse of a long-building housing bubble, which left many Spanish banks saddled with toxic assets and created an overhang of unsold homes.

Some 400,000 families have been evicted from their homes since the onset of Spain's financial crisis in 2007.




3 Mexican minors nabbed for drug killings


Three minors accused of killing seven people while working at the service of a drug cartel have been arrested in northern Mexico, authorities said.

Highway patrol officers in the northern state of Nuevo Leon detained two males aged 16 and 17 and a 17-year-old female.

A spokesman for Nuevo Leon's public safety department told Efe that the two male youths said they were taking orders from the female and were tasked with tracking police movements and ordered to carry out killings and incinerate the bodies of their victims.

They confessed to kidnapping and killing their victims, whose bodies were dumped in a well, doused with gasoline and set on fire.

The spokesman did not indicate which criminal gang the suspects belonged to but local media said they were believed to be members of Los Zetas, regarded as Mexico's most violent drug cartel.




Spanish airline Iberia to cut nearly a quarter of its workforce


Spain's Iberia will shed 4,500 jobs, nearly a quarter of its 20,000-strong workforce, as part of a series of permanent structural changes to salvage the airline, its parent company said.

The restructuring plan for Iberia, which posted a record operating loss of 262 million euros ($340 million) for the first nine months of 2012, is aimed at restoring profitability, the International Airlines Group, formed in 2011 by the merger of Iberia and British Airways, said in a regulatory filing.

Spain's two largest labor federations, the CCOO and UGT, and the Sepla pilots' union rejected the restructuring plan for Iberia.




Prominent Cuban dissident briefly detained


Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez was released hours after being taken into custody in this capital along with other government opponents.

"I'm walking the Havana streets again after being held for several hours. I'm OK. Thanks for your solidarity," Sanchez wrote on Twitter.

Pro-government blogger Yohandry Fontana, meanwhile, reported on her Twitter account that Sanchez had been released, saying she had been detained for "creating a public disturbance and for lack of social discipline."

The author of the Generation Y blog, a vehicle for Sanchez to criticize the day-to-day realities on the Communist-ruled island, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Havana while heading to a police station with other dissidents to check on the situation of several government opponents detained the day before.