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Mexican police say they have killed 19 gunmen in a shootout in the northern state of Sinaloa.

Five police officers were injured in the confrontation.

It started on Friday night in the town of Villa Union and ended after a multiple car chase in Aguaje, a few kilometres away - both in Mazatlán.

The region has seen fierce in-fighting in the powerful Sinaloa drugs cartel since the arrest of its leader, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, last year.

The security forces seized some 20 weapons and three pick-up trucks from the gang.

This was one of the worst clashes in the south of Sinaloa in recent months, local media reported. bbc.com
Honduran officers under the command of DEA agents fired at unarmed passengers traveling by taxi boat in May 2012, killing two pregnant women and a schoolboy while seriously injuring three others.

The operation, which has since been abandoned, was said to have 'misled' the US Justice system with major discrepancies in the agency’s description of the events.

While the DEA maintained it was a Honduran-led operation, new reports reveal the agency controlled the operation.

It was also noted the mission's American leaders showed little interest in helping the dead or injured and did not participate in search-and-rescue efforts.

It took community members two days to recover all four victims from the river. theguardian.com
Enraged residents in the resort town of Cancun, Mexico, stormed a Russian man's apartment and brutally beat him after he repeatedly posted demeaning videos online about Mexicans, local authorities said. 

Citing Guillermo Brahms, secretary general of Benito Juarez municipality, which includes Cancun, Reuters reported that the man, Aleksei Makeev, 42, stabbed a 19-year-old man to death who entered his apartment on Friday. 

Video posted online and published by local media from Friday showed people bashing the apartment's windows with sticks and pelting the door with rocks. 

In one video, as the group moves inside, people can be seen attacking Makeev, who is bloodied, shirtless and trying to defend himself.

Police eventually rescued Makeev, who was being held under protective custody, Reuters reported. nbcnews.com
Jose Bautista homered for the second time over his last three games to help Toronto secure a 4-0 victory over the Mariners on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Bautista appears to be heating up and that should mean good things for a Blue Jays team that is trying to survive without a couple of key members from its everyday lineup.

The Blue Jays are experiencing a bit of a resurgence after winning six of their last eight games, and a victory this weekend would secure a third consecutive series victory. mlb.com
Walt Disney spent a marathon weekend in 1953 brainstorming ideas for the new family amusement park he envisioned called Disneyland.

There would be a train station and an old-fashioned Main Street square.

The park would have a princess castle and a pirate ship, maybe even a rocket.

Disney wanted to get investors on board, so he described the various elements he imagined to artist Herb Ryman, who translated them into a hand-drawn map Disneyland's first.

That original concept art could fetch as much as $1 million when it goes up for auction next month, auctioneer Mike Van Eaton said. 6abc.com
The B.C. Liberals have retained their hold on power — but the final result could change in the weeks to come. 

As of midnight PT Wednesday, Christy Clark and her Liberals had been declared elected in 43 of B.C.'s 87 ridings, compared to 41 for the NDP and three for the Green Party.

It takes 44 seats to form a majority in B.C.

It is B.C.'s first minority government result since 1952.

But several ridings will have recounts — including Courtenay-Comox, where the NDP lead by just nine votes — and absentee ballots have not been counted.

It means that everyone's focus will go to the final count by Elections BC, which will happen between May 22 and 24.  cbc.ca