• Complex world of border trade: Cattle go north, meat south

    REYNOSA, Mexico (AP) — Waving arms and brandishing a long electric prod, the ranch hands and truck drivers herd about 400 leggy calves onto trucks as the sun crests on the outskirts of this border city. After spending their first eight months on the ranches of Gildardo Lopez Hinojosa, the calves are about to cross the border — bound for Texas and U.S. feed lots beyond.

  • Charges shed light on sea cucumber smuggling at US border

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade.

  • It’s a record year for processing US passport applications

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. State Department expects 20.5 million applications for new and renewed passports this year, and that will be a record number.