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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican Army and state security forces have captured Jose Antonio Yepez, a prominent drug gang leader blamed for helping to fuel a major surge in violence in the country in recent years, authorities said on Sunday.

Widely known as "El Marro" (The Mallet), Yepez was captured in an operation carried out early on Sunday morning, according to the federal government and authorities in the central state of Guanajuato, a principal flashpoint of gang violence.

Yepez, boss of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, a Guanajuato-based gang, has been engaged in a bloody struggle for criminal control of the state with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the country's most powerful and violent outfits.

The Guanajuato attorney general's office said security forces captured Yepez with five other people and rescued a kidnapped local businesswoman during the operation. An "arsenal" of weapons was also secured during the raid.

(Reporting by Dave Graham and Noe Torres; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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'The Ellen Show' DJ Stephen 'tWitch' Boss says he can't wait to return to work, despite reports of the show's 'toxic' culture

Stephen "tWitch" Boss is the DJ on "The Ellen Show." Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

  • DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss said that he's excited to return to work on "The Ellen Show" in a new interview. 
  • Speaking to E! News, Boss said his job made him feel "blessed... on a daily basis." 
  • "You know, there hasn't been too many gigs where you feel it every day and build a genuine love from front to back," he added. 
  • According to the DJ, he's looking forward to "experiencing the love" on set when he returns to work. 
  • He echoed the same sentiment in an interview with Us Weekly, but added that there are "some things to address."
  • Boss' comments come after recent reports that "Ellen" producers had fostered a "toxic" work environment. 
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Stephen "tWitch" Boss, the DJ for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," revealed in a recent interview that he's excited to return to work on set. 

Boss told E! News that his job as the show's resident DJ made him feel "blessed.... on a daily basis." 

"You know, there hasn't been too many gigs where you feel it every day and build a genuine love from front to back," he said, adding: "And the audience, being so happy to be there and ready to dance and ready to laugh and have a good time." 

The DJ also said that he's looking forward to "experiencing the love" on set when he returns to work on the show. 

Boss' comments come after recent reports that producers on "The Ellen Show" fostered a "toxic" work environment — leading to an internal investigation by the show's parent company, WarnerMedia.

The DJ addressed these allegations in an interview with Us Weekly on Tuesday. 

"We can't speak too much legally about it, but I'll say this, there's been love," Boss said. "Obviously there's some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there's been love. I'll just leave it at that until there's a time where we can address more publicly."

Stephen "tWitch" Boss frequently appears on "Ellen's Game of Games." Mike Rozman/Warner Brothers/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

DeGeneres has come under fire in recent months, with former staffers accusing her of behaving rudely and adding to the troubled atmosphere on set. 

Australian radio host Neil Breen recently revealed that he was given specific instructions about how to behave when he worked with DeGeneres in 2013.

According to Breen, he was instructed not to talk to, look at, or approach DeGeneres. 

And even though DeGeneres' executive producer Andy Lassner recently shut down speculation that the show will be canceled following the allegations, news broke on August 1 that "Late Late Show" host James Corden could be a potential replacement for DeGeneres.

Despite the growing number of allegations from former staff members — including an ex-producer and a former DJ — that the show fostered a toxic working environment, plenty of stars have come to DeGeneres' defense. 

Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, Diane Keaton, and DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi have all shared messages of support for the embattled host. 

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