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Mueller investigated Sessions for perjury, found ‘insufficient’ evidence

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office investigated former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury, but it found evidence was “insufficient” to prove that he was “willfully untruthful” in his answers.

Mueller’s report, a redacted version of which was released Thursday, said that it looked into Sessions’ interactions during the campaign with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Kislyak and Sessions met during the Republican National Convention in July 2016 and in his Senate office in September.

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“The office considered whether, in light of these interactions, Sessions committed perjury before, or made false statements to, Congress in connection with his confirmation,” the report said.

Sessions said in his Senate confirmation hearing in January 2017 that he “did not have communications with the Russians” in response to a question about Trump campaign communications with the Russian government.

He also followed up with written responses, answering “no” to a question that asked whether he had “been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day.”

In a March 2017 follow-up, after his interactions with Kislyak were reported by the media, Sessions said he did “not recall any discussions with the Russian Ambassador, or any other representatives of the Russian government, regarding the political campaign on these occasions or any other occasion.”

The report says the investigation established that Sessions interacted with Kislyak and that the Russian mentioned the presidential campaign “on at least one occasion” but that “the evidence is not sufficient to prove that Sessions gave knowingly false answers to Russia-related questions in light of the wording and context of those questions.”

Mueller’s team says that the evidence “makes it plausible” that Sessions didn’t recall discussing the campaign with Kislyak, and his answer in his confirmation hearing was in response to a question about a an alleged continued exchange of information between the campaign and the Russian government.

“Sessions later explained to the Senate and to the Office that he understood the question as narrowly calling for disclosure of interactions with Russians that involved the exchange of campaign information, as distinguished from more routine contacts with Russian nationals,” the report says. “Given the context in which the question was asked, that understanding is plausible.”

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As a result, Mueller’s office concluded that “the evidence was insufficient to prove that Sessions was willfully untruthful in his answers and thus insufficient to obtain or sustain a conviction for perjury or false statements.”

Sessions’ personal lawyer said in March last year that Sessions was not not the subject of a federal criminal investigation for alleged perjury.

ABC News reported that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had overseen an investigation into whether Sessions “lacked candor” when he testified before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“The Special Counsel‘s Office has informed me that after interviewing the Attorney General and conducting additional investigation, the Attorney General is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress,” attorney Chuck Cooper said in a statement.

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Sessions announced in 2017 that he would recuse himself from overseeing any FBI probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials — placing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of overseeing the probe.

Sessions resigned in November 2018 and was subsequently replaced by current Attorney General William Barr.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Northern Ireland police release video in hunt for killer

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Police in Northern Ireland searched for multiple suspects Friday after the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in Londonderry and sought help from the public to get “a killer off the streets” and into custody.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee was shot and killed, probably by a stray bullet, during overnight rioting in the city’s Creggan neighborhood. It said the New IRA dissident group was most likely responsible.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said a gunman fired a number of shots at police during the unrest that began Thursday evening.

“We believe this to be a terrorist act,” he said.

Police on Friday night released closed-circuit TV footage showing the man suspected of firing the shots that killed McKee.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said the footage shows “the gunman at the corner and an individual picking up something from the ground on the same corner. We are releasing this to encourage anyone with information to make contact with us.”

He said locals know the identity of the gunman and urged them to come forward “to try to help us take a killer off the streets.”

The killing reminded many of the decades of violence that plagued Northern Ireland before the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. It was condemned by all the major political parties as well as the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland.

Speaking in Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the people of Ireland and Northern Ireland had chosen peace and cooperation on Good Friday 21 years ago and will not be “dragged into the past” by political violence.

McKee rose to prominence in 2014 with a moving blog post — “Letter to my 14 year old self” — describing the struggle of growing up gay in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.

In the post, she described the shame she felt at 14 as she kept the “secret” of being gay from her family and friends and the love she eventually received when she was finally able to reveal it.

She also had recently signed a contract to write two books.

Hours before her death, she tweeted a photo of the rioting with the words: “Derry tonight. Absolute madness.”

Her partner, Sara Canning, told a vigil Friday that McKee’s amazing potential had been snuffed out.

Canning said the senseless murder “has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with.”

“It has left so many friends without their confidante,” she added.

A murder investigation has been launched but there have been no arrests yet. Police appealed for calm over the long Easter holiday weekend.

Hamilton said the force’s assessment “is that the New IRA are most likely to be the ones behind this.”

The New IRA is a small group who reject the 1998 Good Friday agreement that marked the Irish Republican Army’s embrace of a political solution to the long-running violence known as “The Troubles” that claimed more than 3,700 lives.

The group is also blamed for a Londonderry car bombing that did not cause any injuries in January. It is regarded as the largest of the splinter dissident groups still operating and has been linked to several other killings in the past decade.

Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said Friday that police believe more than one person was involved in the shooting.

“We certainly believe there was more than one person who was involved in this last night. Obviously only one person pulled the trigger but there was more than one person,” he said.

He said the violence started after police entered the area to search for weapons and that the gunman was aiming at policemen when the rioting intensified.

“The full and total responsibility for Lyra McKee’s death lies with the organization that sent someone out with a gun,” he said.

There has been an increase in tensions in Northern Ireland in recent months with sporadic violence, much of it focused in Londonderry, also known as Derry.

Londonderry Mayor John Boyle said the city was united in mourning McKee’s death.

“I have known her since she was 16 years old,” he said. “She was bright, she was warm, she was witty. But most of all, she was an outstanding individual, a great friend to so, so many people in this city in the short time that she was with us.”

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Gillibrand says she misses Al Franken after playing prominent role in calling for his resignation

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she misses her former colleague, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., but stood by her decision to call for his resignation as he faced several sexual misconduct allegations in 2017.

“We are all concerned about Senator Franken and frankly we all miss him,” Gillibrand, a 2020 hopeful, said during an Iowa town hall on Thursday. “He was someone who really served us well on the Judiciary Committee and was a strong senator but the truth is that he had eight credible allegations against him.”

Gillibrand added that she and other female Democrats “couldn’t carry his water any farther.” “I couldn’t defend him,” she added, citing her political efforts to end sexual assault on college campuses and in the military. She said that while Franken had a “right” to stay in Congress and sue his accusers, he alone decided to resign.

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“That was his decision and his decision alone. No member of Congress, no other senator can make another senator resign,” she said. “We are only asked, ‘what do you think?'” Gillibrand’s decision reportedly angered more than a dozen prominent donors in her party, prompting some to refuse contributing to her campaign unless she became the Democratic nominee.

“Once the whole thing happened with Al Franken, it was confirmed one billion percent that she’s not to be trusted,” a Manhattan donor told Politico. “I think that she hurt the Democratic Party. I think that she hurt the Senate. I think that what she did for women in politics was dreadful.”

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After her campaign announcement earlier this year, Gillibrand raised less money than most of the other candidates in her party. She also reportedly lacked support from her colleagues in her own state and a Fox News poll showed her lagging in the percentage of Democrats who would be satisfied if she became the party’s nominee.

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Romney says Mueller report left him ‘sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection’

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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Friday added his thoughts on the release of a redacted version of the special counsel report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The former GOP 2012 presidential candidate argued that it was “good news” that President Trump could not be charged with conspiring with Russia. “The alternative,” Romney said in a statement, “would have taken us through a wrenching process with the potential for constitutional crisis. The business of government can move on.”

But Romney, who has had a contentious relationship with the president in recent years, said he was “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.

“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” he went on to say.

“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday morning. The long-awaited report showed investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia – as Attorney General Bill Barr declared last month and repeated in a morning press conference. But it did reveal myriad actions taken by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.

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This included President Trump allegedly telling his White House counsel in June 2017 to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and “must be removed.” The report said Trump also fumed over the original appointment — lamenting it would mean the “end of my presidency” — first telling then-DOJ leader Jeff Sessions he should resign, and later trying to get Sessions to take back control of the probe.

Mueller ultimately did not reach a conclusion on whether the president’s conduct amounted to obstruction, stating: “[W]hile this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Rapper G Herbo arrested for battery, accused by son’s mother of beating her in front of their child

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Chicago rapper G Herbo was arrested on Wednesday evening after an argument with the mother of his child allegedly turned physical.

The 23-year-old rapper, born Herbert Wright, was charged with simple battery by Atlanta Police after the altercation in Atlanta, Ga., according to TMZ. Wright’s ex-girlfriend, Ariana Fletcher elaborated on the alleged incident in now-deleted Instagram stories captured by XXL.

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Fletcher, a model who shares a one-year-old son with Wright named Yosohn, said that the argument left her with a black eye, bruises, and cuts from allegedly being dragged out of her home by Wright. She also alleged that he choked her, damaged her house, and then left with their child.

“He kicked my door down to get in my house because I wouldn’t let him in, beat the f*** out of me in front of my son then he took my son outside to his friends and had them drive off with my son [sic],” Fletcher wrote in an Instagram story to her nearly 2 million followers.

Police confirmed that Wright took the young child with him, but later returned and was arrested for simple battery after speaking with police, the gossip site reported.

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Wright was released from jail Thursday night on a $2,000 bond and spoke on the incident during an Instagram Live session. Appearing to directly address Fletcher, the rapper said that he loves her because she is the mother of his child but ultimately doesn’t care about her. He also alleged that Fletcher robbed him of some of his costly jewelry because she was “mad” when they broke up.

Fletcher and Wright have been separated for some time now, but recently reunited to celebrate their son’s first birthday party.

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Skipping breakfast, eating late dinners could be deadly for heart attack survivors, study finds

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Skipping breakfast and eating dinner close to bedtime could be a deadly decision — especially for those who have already suffered a heart attack, a study released this week suggests.

Those who skip breakfast and eat late dinners have a four to five times higher chance of an “[early] death, another heart attack, or angina (chest pain) within 30 days after hospital discharge for heart attack,” per the study, which was published Thursday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

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To come to this conclusion, researchers focused on those who had suffered from a “particularly serious” heart attack known as an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, according to the study. Researchers then asked the 113 participants — 73 percent of whom were men — with an average age of 60 about their eating habits.

Skipping breakfast, as defined by the study’s authors, meant the patient had nothing to eat before noon — excluding coffee and water — at least three times a week. A late dinner was defined as eating a meal within two hours before going to bed at least three times a week.

“People who work late may be particularly susceptible to having a late supper and then not being hungry in the morning.”

— Marcos Minicucci, study author 

By the end, the researchers concluded nearly 60 percent of participants skipped breakfast, roughly 50 percent ate late-night dinners and 41 percent adhered to both eating habits.

“Our research shows that the two eating behaviors are independently linked with poorer outcomes after a heart attack, but having a cluster of bad habits will only make things worse,” Marcos Minicucci, of São Paolo State University in Brazil and the study’s author, said.

“People who work late may be particularly susceptible to having a late supper and then not being hungry in the morning,” he continued, adding that “one in ten patients with STEMI dies within a year, and nutrition is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to improve prognosis.”

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Though the study focuses on the adverse effects of skipping breakfast and eating late dinners for STEMI patients, specifically, the former habit is not uncommon, even among those who are healthy. In fact, a 2011 survey from the NPD Group found 31 million Americans skip breakfast each day. Many who participated in the survey said at the time that time constraints, running late and being too busy, among other responses, were reasons they skipped what many medical professionals say is the most important meal of the day.

“It is said that the best way to live is to breakfast like a king,” Minicucci said, noting a “good breakfast is usually composed of dairy products (fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese), a carbohydrate (whole wheat bread, bagels, cereals), and whole fruits.” Ideally, per Minicucci, breakfast should have roughly 15 to 35 percent of a person’s total daily calorie intake.

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Stuart Varney: The smear campaign begins next week

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I’m Stuart Varney and this is “My Take.”

Stand by for a wild week: it begins Monday! Congress drifts back after the Easter break. Normally, that would not create much excitement, but these are different times.

We’ve just received the Mueller report. It’s been picked over with a fine-toothed comb and the Democrats have concluded they can still salvage something from the “no collusion” conclusion: they’re going to contest it. They’re going to re-try the whole investigation. They’re going after all the underlying documents, all the witness statements: and they’re demanding Mueller himself testify.

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They’ve demanded the president’s tax returns and documents from nine huge global banks, looking into Donald Trump’s business activities. The smear campaign begins next week.

Then, if reports are to believed, Joe Biden will announce that yes, he is running. Now it’s long been forecast, and if he does run, it’s a very big deal. He will be the only moderate, certainly among the front runners.

The rest are going down the far left road, whether its Medicare for All, or the Green New Deal or free college or all of the above. I don’t know all of Biden’s policy stands, but I don’t think he qualifies as a socialist.

And let me raise this: suppose Biden grabs attention by crying “enough.” That is, enough with impeaching the president. Enough with the endless investigations! If he said that, he jumps right out of the pack. Does he appeal to all those moderate Democrats who represent or live in, Trump- leaning states? So far those people have been stampeded by the “Trump is a traitor” brigade. They would surely flock to Joe’s moderate message.

And then there’s Wall Street: trading fires up again Monday. We’ve been on an extraordinary roll this year, and stocks have been getting a lot of support from the “no collusion” Mueller report. The president is not going to be prosecuted. He’s not going to be impeached. His chances of re-election just went up: that’s surely going to help the market, again.

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Watch for new highs next week.

So yes, a wild week is a-coming, and I for one am going to enjoy it. That’s “My Take.”

Adapted from Stuart Varney’s “My Take” monologue on Fox Nation on April 16, 2019.

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Mating season brings out aggressive alligators across Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. – With April comes the start of alligator mating season, meaning more gators are on the prowl in some unlikely places in Florida and the rest of the coastal South.

Warmer weather also revs up the prehistoric predators’ metabolism, making them more active and aggressive as they hunt for prey and a mate.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says over 7,000 nuisance alligators had to be killed or relocated last year, compared to 6,700 in 2017. Although the chances are slim, only 1 in 3.2 million to be exact, six people on average are attacked by the animals every year.

Areas with the highest removal numbers are in and around central Florida. Tampa topped the list in 2017 with 181 nuisance gators but was topped last year by Sarasota, which tallied 205.

Generally, an alligator may be deemed a nuisance if it is at least four feet in length and residents believe it poses a threat to people, pets or property; the FWC says their removal does not have a significant impact on the state’s alligator population.

Nuisance gators larger than four feet are usually sold to alligator farms or harvested if a trapper doesn’t have a special permit to take them alive and gators smaller than four feet are released back into the wild.

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State alligator trapper Robb Upthegrove measures a nuisance alligator captured in Tampa, Fla. (Fox News)

Once an endangered species, they’re now federally protected, meaning only FWC-contracted trappers can retrieve them after residents report sightings using the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

Once reported, the state issues a permit for a trapper to remove a suspicious gator.

State alligator trapper Robb Upthegrove has been handling live alligators for over eight years and receives removal calls around the clock.

“This one here came from a residence in Baum, the larger gator came from a Walmart in Wimauma, the smaller gator came from a lake in Auburndale,” he said as he took inventory of his catches from the past 24 hours.

An estimated 1.3 million alligators now roam the waterways in every one of the Sunshine State’s 67 counties.

“Pretty much any body of water that’s going to be in Florida, you might come across an alligator at some point,” said Karina Paner, manager of Croc Encounters Reptile Park & Wildlife Center, which houses dozens of alligators reported as a nuisance and rescued by the center. “All the waterways are connected…a lot of the lakes and ponds in neighborhoods are connected through piping, so they travel through that.”

But Paner reminded residents to keep that in perspective.

“They’re not really bothering us as much as we’re kind of taking over their space,” she added. “They’re not coming out to attack us…they’re doing what they’ve always done even before we were here…”

Paner said while many Floridians have learned to coexist, the threat is always there—especially if people feed them.

“…You are teaching the alligator to lose its natural fear of people and then they start approaching people for food,” she said. “That’s when accidents happen.”

In addition to being illegal, Upthegrove says feeding alligators also hurts trappers’ chances of catching them.

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Sarah Maccollum of Brandon has two kids, but no fence between her home and a pond a few yards away.

“…We’re just a little nervous with the gator being out here and the kids being outside all the time,” she told Fox News.

Her neighbor, Porsche Davis, called the Nuisance Alligator Hotline Wednesday to report a nearly six-foot alligator that had repeatedly been seen near the water’s edge. In a community with dozens of small children and animals, she said she didn’t want to take any chances.

“Water equals gator in Florida…so that’s a big concern,” she said.

Fellow Brandon resident Linda Haas’ home is feet away from a pond known to have alligators.

“Gators can climb a fence…I have little dogs under five pounds so it would be just an appetizer for them,” she told Fox.

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(The state is encouraging residents to call its Alligator Nuisance Hotline if they’re concerned about a gator getting too close.)

Since 1988, there have been 18 fatal attacks on humans involving an alligator in Florida and two since 2016, according to the FWC. The two most recent incidents occurred during mating season.

Last June, an alligator killed a 47-year-old South Florida resident, Shizuka Matsuki, while she walked her dogs near a lake in Davie, Fla.

In June 2016, 2-year-old Lane Graves was dragged into the water and killed by an alligator near the shore of a Disney World resort.

The FWC recommends not swimming during dusk or dawn, an alligator’s most active hours, keeping animals on a leash and away from water and keeping a safe distance away from the animal.

“Enjoy them from a distance because we can enjoy them living in Florida,” said Paner. “We can live amongst them.”

Until the season ends in June, Upthegrove said he and other state trappers will continue responding to reports as quickly as they can to help keep the public safe.

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Ariana Grande tweets candidly about feeling ‘empty,’ tells fans ‘I don’t have anything’ to give

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Ariana Grande has been open about feeling depleted to her fans on Twitter.

The 25-year-old singer updated fans on how she’s been feeling while traveling around the U.S. on her “Sweetener” tour.

After one fan speculated about Grande not spending as much time on social media, the “7 Rings” singer responded that she doesn’t “have anything” to give her fans.

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“I just feel empty and i wanna have more to say / better energy to give to u and rn i don’t have anything. love u,” Grande wrote.

Grande continued to talk about how she’s been doing in other tweets that have since been deleted, according to E! News.

One fan tweeted at Grande, saying: “Music is your therapy and I love seeing it heal you.”

The singer then reportedly responded in a since-deleted tweet with a clarification: “Making it is healing. Performing it is like reliving it all over again and it is hell.”

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Another fan asked if touring was good for Grande, who reportedly responded: “I don’t think it is.”

She continued, in part: “Honestly, it’s been v hard. I have sm on my mind and it’s so heavy and no energy to process or work thru any of it but i’m trying hard.”

Last week, Grande posted a “terrifying” image of her brain scan on her Instagram story to bring awareness to post-traumatic stress disorder. The image compared a healthy brain, a brain with PTSD and her brain.

On May 22, 2017, a bomber blew himself up at the Manchester Arena as fans were leaving the “Thank U, Next” singer’s show leaving 22 people dead. Last year, the singer opened up about living with PTSD following the bombing.

Grande was also included on the TIME 100 list of most influential people. Award-winning singer-songwriter Troye Sivan wrote Grande’s tribute.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and Julius Young contributed to this report.

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Cartel member leads Mexican authorities to secret mass grave

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A tip from a cartel member led Mexican police to a secret site containing more than 30 graves in the state of Veracruz.

Each grave may contain several people, Mexican authorities said, according to The Daily Mail.

The site covers such a large area that Jorge Winckler, the Veracruz State attorney general, said, ‘We will begin the extraction of remains, but we do not know how long it will take us.”

Workers began digging up the area on Wednesday, and have only recovered remains from about 10 percent of the entire area were many more graves are believed to be, the newspaper said.

Secret mass graves have become commonplace in Mexico, where tens of thousands of people are reported missing. Cartels tend to be behind the secret grave sites, where they discard people they kidnapped or rivals they have killed.

Lucia Diaz, whose son, Guillermo Lagunes Dias, has been missing since he was kidnapped in 2013, was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying: ‘It shows what we already know — that Veracruz is strewn with corpses. That is the reality of the state and of Mexico.”

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The discovery of the mass grave in Veracruz comes just days after Mexican officials confirmed the discovery of up to 30 bodies in clandestine burial sites in the state of Sonora.

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In this Feb. 27, 2011, photo, state police guard the site where at least 5 bodies were found in a clandestine grave in Santa María Tlalmanalco on the outskirts of Mexico City. For drug lords, Mexico City has been a favorite hideout and place to launder money, making the sprawling metropolis somewhat of an oasis from the cartel violence along the border and in outlying states. (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)

Veracruz has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Zeta and Jalisco drug cartels, but the state also has suffered waves of kidnappings and extortions. In September, authorities found a mass grave — one of the largest in recent years — with 168 human skulls in Veracruz State. Prosecutors found the field after a witness told them that “hundreds of bodies” were buried there. Investigators used drones, probes and ground-penetrating radar to locate the pits.

Violence in Mexico has worsened in the last year, with homicides running at their highest rate on record and surpassing the previous peak set in 2011.

Earlier this month, a woman with gunshot wounds was executed inside an ambulance in Mexico’s Pacific state of Guerrero, and paramedics were reportedly beaten by the perpetrators.

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Recently, the archdiocese of the central state of Puebla said in a statement that Rev. Ambrosio Arellano Espinoza, a 78-year-old priest, was apparently tortured during a robbery attempt. It said he had been found with severe burns on his hands and feet, but was at a hospital in stable but serious condition.

While hundreds of mass grave sites date back to the height of the drug war from 2010 to 2016, some are more recent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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