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FridayJanuary 20, 2012

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Mexico Accuses 9 of Baby-Trafficking Infants to Ireland

Mexico Accuses 9 of Baby-Trafficking Infants to Ireland

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Authorities in the western state of Jalisco have nine people in custody as part of an investigation into a ring trafficking Mexican babies to Ireland.

All of the arrests took place in Guadalajara, the state capital and Mexico’s second-most-populous city.

Ten babies were rescued and prosecutors have taken statements from 15 Irish citizens, the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office said, adding that no charges were being contemplated against the foreign nationals.

The ring used newspaper ads to reach out to pregnant woman, who were then offered 1,200 pesos ($360) a month plus medical costs - to be paid by the prospective adoptive parents - for agreeing to give up their babies.

To conceal the true nature of the transaction, the traffickers had the women sign contracts to “rent out” their babies for advertising photo-shoots, the AG’s office said.

The babies would spend several days at the home of one of the suspects before being taken to a Guadalajara hotel and handed over to the Irish adoptive parents, who were told that the adoptions were legal.

Authorities are still pursuing other suspects in the case, the Jalisco AG’s office said.

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Immigrant Advocates Urge ICE to End Detention Pact with Arizona

Immigrant Advocates Urge ICE to End Detention Pact with Arizona

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Activists and organizations on Friday appealed to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop housing detained immigrants at the Pinal County, Arizona jail.

The request was prompted by well-documented shortcomings in the jail’s handling of immigrants, Victoria Lopez, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, told Efe.

“Various problems exist with the conditions in the jail,” she said. “They don’t have an outside area where the prisoners can exercise, they don’t permit family visits with physical contact and they restrict attorney visits.”

The ACLU has also received reports about verbal abuse of migrants at the jail as well as complaints about the quantity and quality of the food and insufficient access to medical care, Lopez said.

“We have heard the federal government say on several occasions that it will carry out reforms of the immigrant detention centers, but they haven’t complied with that in this jail,” she said.

ICE pays the Pinal County jail, located in Florence, for the use of 625 beds to accommodate migrants, most of them people who are appealing deportation orders or awaiting decisions on applications for asylum.

“The immigrants there spend months or even years while an immigration decides on their cases,” Lopez said.

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Argentina Soccer Hooligans Storm Hospital, Enraged by Death of One of Their Own

Argentina Soccer Hooligans Storm Hospital, Enraged by Death of One of Their Own

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An Argentina hospital was overrun by a group of soccer hooligans looking for a patient accused of killing a member of their group.

Thursday, at least a dozen soccer hooligans associated with the Argentina club Nueva Chicago charged into Santojanni Hospital in Buenos Aires, threatening doctors and other hospital staff, demanding that a man known as “Aldo The Paraguayan” be presented to them.

The group from the Nuevo Chicago-affiliated “Los Perales” was believed to have been instigated by the death of one of their own, Agustin Rodriguez, who was killed in a fight with a rival faction known at “Las Antenas”

Security cameras caught the scene on close-circuit television, and doctors and patients are said to be seen running and hiding from the violent group.

Aldo was being treated at the hospital for stab wounds.

Argentina has become notorious for being home to a number of soccer-related violence.

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Kidnapped 9-Year Old Calysta Cordova Flees Kidnapper, Found Bruised & Battered

Kidnapped 9-Year Old Calysta Cordova Flees Kidnapper, Found Bruised & Battered

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9-year old Calysta Cordova of Colorado, who went missing on Thursday, has been found safe after fleeing her kidnapper.

Cordova was reported missing by her mother,  Stephanie Cordova, Thursday afternoon after the youngster failed to come home after school.  It is believed she was abducted on her walk home and an Amber Alert was issued.

This morning Cordova was found at a Colorado Spring convenience store after refusing to get back in the car with suspected kidnapper, 29 year-old Jose Garcia. 

Garcia, the Cordova’s next door neighbor, and the young girl were in a car that broke down early Friday morning when a bystander picked them up and dropped them off at the convenience store.  It is there that Cordova snuck into the store, called 911 and then refused to get back in the car with Garcia.

Witnesses could tell something was wrong since the girl was very bruised, and had two black eyes.  Garcia panicked and ran off on foot, police later apprehended him at a bus stop.

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Modesto, Calif. Police Officers Photographed in Uniform With Scantily-Clad Women

Modesto, Calif. Police Officers Photographed in Uniform With Scantily-Clad Women

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California police officers may be in trouble after photographs of them posing in uniform with scantily clad women who pose both next to and on their police vehicles.

Tuesday, two sets of photos were delivered anonymously to the Modesto Police Chief, the city manager, and certain media outlets.

ImageThe photos are said to have been taken in Modesto’s Downtown Entertainment District, which is the heart of the city’s nightlife, and where police officers patrol at night and over the weekend.

The two officers identified in the photos are Officers ‘Y. Oaxaca’, an eight-year member of the force, and Horacio Ruiz, who is said to have been “separated from employment” two and a half years ago for undisclosed reasons.

An investigation is ongoing, but upon seeing the photos, Chief Mike Harden told the Modesto Bee he was ‘alarmed’ and ‘concerned’. He added that he surely does not condone what he saw.

In a prepared statement, Harden said, “The Modesto Police Department remains committed to providing professional services to our citizens. Although this incident is a blemish to the department, this behavior does not represent the hard work and commitment from the men and women of this organization. We understand the importance of maintaining a professional organization and we are committed to maintaining the trust of those we serve.”

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Brazilian Appointed UN Biodiversity Chief

Brazilian Appointed UN Biodiversity Chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, a national of Brazil, as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Mr. Dias, who is currently the National Secretary for Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, was chosen for his extensive experience in policy-making and in coordinating the implementation of biodiversity policies, programmes and projects at a national and international level.

He has also been directly responsible for overseeing several multi-institution programmes and has been deeply involved with the negotiations and implementation of the Convention since its origin and participated, as a member of the Brazilian delegation, in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In announcing his appointment, Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Dias’ predecessor Ahmed Djoghlaf for his continued commitment and contribution to the CBD in his capacity as Executive Secretary.

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20-Year Brazilian Pro-Racer Kills Pedestrian in Miami, Cops Smell Booze & See Coke Dust on Nose

20-Year Brazilian Pro-Racer Kills Pedestrian in Miami, Cops Smell Booze & See Coke Dust on Nose

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20-year old Brazilian car driver, Joao Paulo Escudero Mauro, is facing multiple charges for fatally striking a pedestrian in Miami. 

Mauro has been charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, cocaine possession and having a fake ID after driving his silver Mercedes-Benz about 60 mph in a 30 mph zone and striking Russell Knudson.  Mauro car jumped onto the sidewalk on Collins Avenue and struck 45-year-old Knudson as he was putting his bicycle into his car.

Upon investigating the police noted that Mauro smelled of alcohol and had a ‘white powdery substance in his left nostril.’  Miami police found a stash of cocaine in the car and an Brazilian ID card that had been altered making Mauro of a legal drinking age.

Mauro comes from a very wealthy family in Brazil and was in Florida studying.  He has raced at Road America 200 and has competed in the Brazilian stock car circuit. 

Bond has been set at $260,000 and was ordered to surrender his passport

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Auto Theft in Mexico at Record High, Increased 87.5% Since 2005

Auto Theft in Mexico at Record High, Increased 87.5% Since 2005

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Thefts of insured motor vehicles in Mexico rose 3.4 percent last year to 82,510, a new record, an organization representing insurance companies said.

Auto theft has grown 87.5 percent in the country since 2005, AMIS said in a statement.

The group’s director, Recaredo Arias, said May 2011 saw an 18 percent jump in thefts over the same month in 2010, though the annualized increase in December 2011 was only 3.4 percent.

Mexico state, the country’s most-populous jurisdiction, led last year’s figures with 17,672 auto thefts, followed by Nuevo Leon, where thefts soared by 35.2 percent to 13,589.

The Federal District - Mexico City and environs - experienced a 19 percent fall in auto thefts to 11,451.

Authorities recovered 33,604 stolen vehicles in 2011, a gain of 20 percent over the previous year, Arias said. Even so, he added, the proportion of vehicles recovered in 2011, 41 percent, compares unfavorably with the 49 percent rate achieved in 2005.

More than 232,000 of the vehicles stolen since 2005 remain missing, he said.

The proportion of auto thefts involving violence climbed from 47 percent in 2010 to 54 percent last year and in two states, Sinaloa and Zacatecas, violent thefts accounted for 70 percent of the total, according to AMIS statistics.

For the third year running, the Nissan Tsuru was the most-stolen model in 2011, with 14,506 units taken.

Mexico’s insurers paid 9 billion pesos ($681 million) in auto-theft claims last year, AMIS said.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT UPDATE: Once Homeless, Samantha Garvey Gets $50k Scholarship From Ellen and MORE

HISPANIC STANDOUT UPDATE: Once Homeless, Samantha Garvey Gets $50k Scholarship From Ellen and MORE

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Though Samantha Garvey and her family were homeless just days ago, her intelligence and fight for a brighter future has brought the Garvey family more than could have imagined.

After hearing the story of the high school student who was named an Intel talent search semifinalist, many rushed to aid this bright girl and her family.

Her family was given with a new home earlier this month and on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she was presented with a $50,000 scholarship from the show and AT&T.

But the good news kept going pouring in, as the 18-year-old, who hopes to one day attend Yale or Brown, learned that Rep. Steve Israel has invited her to attend the President’s State of the Union address on January 24.

Israel told the NY Daily News Samantha is an inspiration and wants “her to be an example of perseverance in the face of adversity.”

However, he added that he another reason for extending the invitation.

“I think she will force everyone from the President to my colleagues to ask how it is that a middle-class family with a child who is a genius can fall into homelessness?

“This isn’t just patting ourselves on the back. It’s forcing some uncomfortable questions.”

Israel (D-Huntington), said he will definitely be informing the President of Garvey’s attendance.

Once the events have settled down, Samantha will continue her pursuit at the Intel Science Talent Search, where the winner will receive the $100,000 prize.


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Narco Blog: 5 Killed in Gangland Violence in Northern Mexico

Narco Blog: 5 Killed in Gangland Violence in Northern Mexico

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A police officer and four civilians were killed by gunmen in two separate incidents in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, authorities said Thursday.

Here in Ciudad Juarez, a crime-wracked metropolis just across the border from El Paso, Texas, assailants in several vehicles opened fire on municipal cops responding to what turned out to be a false report of a road accident.

One officer was killed and several others wounded, a source in the Juarez police department said.

Three passers-by also received gunshot wounds, while a child was hurt when he was struck by the car of a state agent rushing to the scene of the shooting.

Earlier, four men were slain at a nightspot in Chihuahua city, the state capital.

The victims were playing pool when armed men entered the club and ordered the rest of the patrons to leave. The intruders then approached the four at the pool table, demanded their identifications and shot them, the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

Chihuahua accounts for around 30 percent of the roughly 50,000 drug-related killings reported in Mexico since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels.

With nearly 2,000 homicides in 2011, Juarez remains Mexico’s murder capital, though the death toll was down from the previous year.

Read more on Narco Blog in Spanish Here

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Dominican Selling Fake Visas Calls in 13 Bomb Threats to U.S. Embassy to Cover Up Fraud

Dominican Selling Fake Visas Calls in 13 Bomb Threats to U.S. Embassy to Cover Up Fraud

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Dominican, Maria Velez de Alli is accused of making 13 false bomb threats to the American consulate in the Dominican Republican to cover visa fraud activities.

Authorities allege the 36-year old made 13 calls on December 1, 2011 from 10:20 am through 12:08 pm to cover up a fraud.  De Alli allegedly took money from an individual claiming she could obtain a U.S. visa for him.  When the client demanded the visa de Alli decided to call the consulate in hopes of closing it down and justifying why she couldn’t produce the visa.

After authorities traced the calls to her cell phone she claimed her chip in her cell phone had been stolen.  Her husband was also arrested but later released. 

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Pint-Size Star of ‘Jersey Shore’ Shows Herself Without Make-Up. What Do You Think of Snooki?

Pint-Size Star of ‘Jersey Shore’ Shows Herself Without Make-Up. What Do You Think of Snooki?

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Known for her makeup and style just as much as for her antics on MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’, pint-size ‘guidette’ Snookie surprised her followers when she Tweeted a photo of herself without makeup.

ImageNormally covered in spray tan and layers of makeup, Snookie, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, posted a link to her TwitPic account. The link was accompanied by the Tweet, ‘No make up day smile and IDC smile

Many have responded by saying they think Chilean-born Snooki looks better without all the makeup. What do you think?

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Man Who Pled Guilty to Killing 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera in Georgia Commits Suicide

Man Who Pled Guilty to Killing 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera in Georgia Commits Suicide

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Ryan Brunn, 20, was suspected of killing 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera after he says he panicked after molesting her.

ImageThe young maintenance man is said to have killed himself in his cell, but the state Department of Corrections said his death was still under investigation.

Brunn was found unresponsive in his cell at around 4:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon. He surprised many this week when he pled guilty at a hearing Tuesday. At the hearing, he described in detail what happened the day he molested and killed little Jorelys.

After entering the plea, he was quickly sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

At the hearing he apologized to Jorelys’ family.

His autopsy was likely to occur on Friday.

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Prince Harry to Travel to Brazil in March

Prince Harry to Travel to Brazil in March

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A member of the British Royal Family is said to be planning a trip to Brazil later this year.

In a trip organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Prince Harry will be traveling to Rio de Janerio, Sao Paolo in March as part of an envoy designed to establish links between Britain and Brazil and share Britain’s industrial and cultural achievements.

The announcement was made by Foreign Secretary William Hague who told The Guardian, “The British retreat from Latin America is over.”

He said this will be, “Britain’s most ambitious effort to strengthen ties with Latin America in 200 years.”

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‘Thor’ Star Chris Hemsworth and Wife, Spanish Actress Elsa Pataky, Expecting First Child

‘Thor’ Star Chris Hemsworth and Wife, Spanish Actress Elsa Pataky, Expecting First Child

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Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky are expecting their first child.

Hemsworth, 28, is known for his roles in ‘Thor’ and the upcoming ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’ as well as the much-anticipated ‘Avengers’ movie. His wife, born Elsa Lafuente Pataky, 35, is known in the U.S. for her role as a widowed Brazilian police officer in ‘Fast Five’.

The couple were recently seen vacationing with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso in St. Barts.

They’ve stated that they don’t care is their baby is a boy or a girl, they just want it to be healthy. ‘Baby Thor’ is said to be due sometime this spring.

This will be the first child for both.

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Latino Student Stabbed to Death in School, Allegedly While Having Racial Slurs Yelled at Him

Latino Student Stabbed to Death in School, Allegedly While Having Racial Slurs Yelled at Him

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New Mexico authorities are reporting the stabbing death of 17-year old Jose de la Paz at the local Cesar Chavez Community Charter High School yesterday allegedly by another teen screaming racial slurs.

Reports indicated that de la Paz had an ongoing dispute with the other student who is also 17-years old and remains unidentified.  The fight between the two students started inside the school and spilled outside to the parking lot right after school ended.

Once outside the school building witnesses say the victim endured racial slurs and then was stabbed two times in the chest.  De la Paz died during surgery.

The teen suspect is being questioned as well as his father.  The police are also investigating if the killing was racially motivated.

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‘Avatar’ Star Zoe Saldana Helps Elderly Woman After Accident, Shows Real Life Heroic Side

‘Avatar’ Star Zoe Saldana Helps Elderly Woman After Accident, Shows Real Life Heroic Side

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Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana was a real life hero after witnessing a car accident involving an elderly woman in Southern California earlier this week.

The “Avatar” actress was apparently driving in Culver City when she saw a car accident. Not one to simply drive on by, Saldana ran to the aid of the elderly woman involved in the crash. She helped the woman out of her car, sat her on the curb, and called 911.

She and another passerby reportedly stayed with the bloody-faced woman until an ambulance arrived. Saldana even climbed into the woman’s damaged vehicle to grab her bag and sweater for her.

Saldana, 33, is used to playing the hero in her many action roles, but she showed just how much of a hero she really is.

See photos of the scene here.

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Texas Redistricting Map Favoring Latino Voting Districts Rejected by Supreme Court

Texas Redistricting Map Favoring Latino Voting Districts Rejected by Supreme Court

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Texas’ electoral maps, favoring Latino voters, that were drawn up by federal judges in the state. 

The Supreme Court justices instructed the Texas courts to come up with new maps focusing on the ones created by the Republican legislature which does not favor creating minority voting districts.  The court opined that Texas federal judges had gone too far in enacting their own map redistricting plan.

The original voting maps were drafted by the Republican-controlled legislature but rejected by the Department of Justice, which must approve any maps in states with a history of discrimination.

The redistricting maps that were rejected by the Supreme Court favored creating more Latino voting districts to better reflect the boom in the Hispanic population in Texas. 

The Supreme Court decision has the potential to effect upcoming elections and gives an edge to Republican’s to gain more congressional seats. 

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Confirmed Deaths from Cuba Building Collapse Rises to 4

Confirmed Deaths from Cuba Building Collapse Rises to 4

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Three women and a man died and five others were injured when a building collapsed in the densely populated Centro Habana neighborhood of the Cuban capital, official media said.

The media initially reported Wednesday morning that three people had died and six were injured.

The three-story building was declared uninhabitable several years ago, but several families continued to live in the structure, area residents told Efe.

Havana firefighters, the National Police, health services personnel and local authorities participated through Wednesday morning in search-and-rescue efforts at the site, which was cordoned off to passing traffic.

State television said four of the five injured people were still hospitalized and are listed in stable condition.

The building’s third floor gave way shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, one of the residents, 23-year-old Teresa Reve Lopez, told Efe, adding that she barely had time to grab her two young daughters and dash out onto the street.

Authorities have tried several times to clear people from the dilapidated structure, neighbors said.

Cuba, a nation of 11.2 million people, had a housing shortfall of roughly 600,000 units in 2010, partly as a result of the damage caused by three hurricanes that pounded the Communist-ruled island in 2008.

More than half the buildings in Cuba are in disrepair, according to official figures.

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FridayJanuary 20, 2012