The self described enforcer for a violent Juarez, Mexico, drug cartel has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, racketeering and murder charges that could send him away for the rest of his life.

One of the most successful and longest-serving Republican party chairmen in Ohio could return to the job.

Franklin County GOP chairman Doug Preisse (PRY'-se) said Thursday that Bob Bennett has indicated a willingness to take over for Ohio Republican Party chairman Kevin DeWine.

DeWine announced Wednesday night that he's leaving his post April 13, when a successor will be elected.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum met with a group of conservative leaders Thursday behind closed doors at an office in Northern Virginia. They discussed the road ahead for Santorum's Republican presidential campaign as the polls tighten in his home state of Pennsylvania, which holds its primary on April 24.

The meeting included "strategic conversations about how to get the conservative ranks to coalesce around Rick," Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told NPR.

A federal grand jury in Virginia has indicted former CIA officer John Kiriakou on charges that he violated the Espionage Act by allegedly sharing secret information about some of his colleagues with reporters.

Jim Marshall helped make rock 'n' roll loud. The British electrical engineer, musician and owner of Marshall Amplification produced one of the most iconic pieces of equipment in popular music. Marshall died today in England after battling cancer and suffering multiple strokes in recent years. He was 88.

Maybe this bipartisan thing will become a trend: As we noted, earlier today President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law flanked by Republican Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor.

And, now there's news that both President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on one thing: They both think women should be allowed to join the Augusta National Golf Club.

A new batch of performers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month. In the weeks leading up to the induction ceremonies, Morning Edition is visiting the cities that gave birth to the inductees.

A federal trial involving more than a dozen defendants accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs has faced a series of delays even before opening arguments start.

U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes again this week ordered jurors to return on Monday as defense attorneys argued that the defendants, many of whom are refugees from Somalia, were juveniles at the time the crimes occurred.

Ohio has moved closer to the debut of casino gambling by issuing its first employee license to a security guard hired by the Cleveland casino opening in May.

Ohio Casino Control Commission member June Taylor and commission employee licensing manager David Acosta presented license No. 1 on Thursday to 28-year-old Taneshia Pitts of Cleveland.

Pitts has been working as a security guard just across the street with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team owned by Dan Gilbert, a casino partner.

Step up to any newsstand in Australia, like the one in Melbourne's Central Business District, and ask who Rupert Murdoch is, and you might get an appraisal like this one from Tom Baxter, an officer with a local disability foundation: "Long time in newspapers, ruthless; dedicated to their craft; a global citizen."

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