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ThursdayOctober 25, 2012

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Pope Names Victor Rodriguez Gomez Bishop of Valle de Chalco, Mexico

Pope Names Victor Rodriguez Gomez Bishop of Valle de Chalco, Mexico

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Pope Benedict XVI has named Victor Rene Rodriguez Gomez to be the bishop of Valle de Chalco, Mexico, the Vatican said Thursday.

The 62-year-old Rodriguez Gomez was serving as auxiliary bishop of Texoco.

Rodriguez Gomez, who was born in San Martin de las Piramides, Mexico state, in 1950, was ordained in 1976 and holds a theology degree from the Universidad Pontificia de Mexico.

He served as a parish priest at several churches and as an episcopal pastoral vicar at the cathedral in Texcoco.

Rodriguez Gomez was named bishop of Tiburnia in 2006 and auxiliary bishop of Texcoco, where he has been working.

He was elected secretary-general of the Mexican Bishops Conference in November 2009.

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Greenpeace: U.S. Hid Documents Revealing Impact of BP Oil Spill on Whales

Greenpeace: U.S. Hid Documents Revealing Impact of BP Oil Spill on Whales

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The U.S. government deliberately blocked the release of documents and photographs that showed the true impact of the BP oil spill on whales in the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace said Thursday.

After obtaining access to e-mails and photographs under the Freedom of Information Act, Greenpeace said the Obama administration sought to strictly control information about the impact of the 2010 spill, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported.

The images dating back to June 2010 show the carcass of a young sperm whale - covered in crude and partially eaten by sharks - floating at sea about 123 kilometers (77 miles) south of the spot where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, an accident that killed 11 workers and triggered a massive oil spill, the paper said.

It added that the photographs were taken by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel on board the research vessel Pisces.

The discovery led to an exchange of e-mails between officials on land and crew on board the research vessel, who were ordered to keep the information secret and obtain samples from the carcass to determine if the whale died as a result of the spill, according to the Guardian.

According to the newspaper, Greenpeace said the NOAA issued a press release about the dead whale, but the text was subsequently edited and shortened with the aim of downplaying the impact of the oil spill on whales.

The photographs and documents obtained by the environmental NGO were released during a week in which BP Plc asked a New Orleans judge to finalize its $7.8 billion settlement for damages caused by the spill, the Guardian noted, adding that BP still faces claims from the federal government for environmental damages.

“In the settlement with BP, an endangered species or any animal killed by the spill matters,” Kert Davies, research director of Greenpeace, was quoted as saying.

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Soccer Fans to Design Messi’s New Cleats in Online Contest

Soccer Fans to Design Messi’s New Cleats in Online Contest

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The new cleats of Argentine soccer great and F.C. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will be designed by fans in an online competition.

The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner will debut the new footwear in Barcelona’s Dec. 16 league match at Camp Nou versus Atletico de Madrid.

Fans can visit the Web site www.miadidas.com starting Thursday to choose a new color and design for Messi’s Adidas F50 soccer cleats, while the player himself will choose the style he likes best.

“In soccer you express yourself with your feet,” Messi said of the contest.

“Knowing that your cleats are unique makes you feel special and makes you play with more confidence. I’m excited to see the designs that my fans create for me and I look forward to playing in them.”

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Rafael Nadal Missing Paris Masters and World Tour Finals Due to Knee Injury

Rafael Nadal Missing Paris Masters and World Tour Finals Due to Knee Injury

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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal confirmed Thursday that he will not compete in the Paris Masters or the season-ending World Tour Finals in London due to a nagging knee injury.

“It’s disappointing for me to miss the last two tournaments of the season in Paris and London, but it doesn’t come as a surprise. I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I’m making good progress with my recovery from injury,” Nadal said on Facebook.

“I’m not ready to compete at the highest level in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible,” Nadal, whose ranking has fallen to No. 4 due to his lengthy absence from the Tour, said.

Nadal told Efe in August that he was suffering from a knee ailment known as Hoffa’s syndrome, which is also known as fat pad impingement and involves pain and swelling around the bottom and under the kneecap.

He said then that his current injury is not the same rotulian tendon ailment he has suffered from in the past. “It’s something different and I think this is good because the tendons are very well recovered compared to how they were three years ago.”

The Spaniard began the summer on a high note by capturing a record seventh French Open title with a victory over then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.

But he suffered a shock second-round exit at Wimbledon a couple of weeks later at the hands of unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol, considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of that prestigious tournament, and has not competed since.

Nadal, known for his physically demanding style of play and outstanding defensive skills, has struggled to stay healthy during his career, having been forced to withdraw from each of the four Grand Slam events due to various injuries.

The Spaniard did not indicate Thursday whether he would compete for his country in the Davis Cup final on Nov. 16-18 against the Czech Republic, although he told CNN on Oct. 15 that it was “unlikely” that he would be available for that showdown.

He vowed, however, to be “ready” to play in the Australian Open in January.

“Everything is possible, but it’s unlikely too,” Nadal said in response to a question about whether he would be ready to play in the Davis Cup final, which will be played on indoor carpet - his least favorite surface - in Prague’s O2 Arena.

“I don’t know if I will or I won’t, I need to work with much less intensity than required for the (World Tour Finals) or the final of the Davis Cup,” Nadal said then.

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61-year-old Brazilian Woman Gives Birth to Twins

A 61-year-old Brazilian woman who spent the last two decades trying to become a mother gave birth to twins this week, her doctor said Thursday.

The pregnancy was achieved using artificial insemination and 10-year-old frozen embryos.

Antonia Leticia Rovati Asti gave birth Monday thanks in part to the efforts of Dr. Orlando de Castro Neto, a specialist in assisted reproduction who the would-be mom sought out in 1992.

Asti tried in-vitro fertilization in 2002. Failing to become pregnant, she decided to adopt, but was rejected because of her age.

“The new attempt at artificial insemination was carried out with embryos that were left from the first procedure 10 years ago and were frozen,” a source at Neto’s clinic told Efe.

Asti’s eggs were fertilized using sperm from her husband.

The twins, Sofia and Roberto, were delivered by caesarian at Sao Lucas Hospital in Santos, a week after the new mother turned 61.

“Antonia had preserved embryos from the first fertilization, but the embryos have a validity of 10 years, more or less, and they were reaching their end. She said she wanted to use them for a new attempt,” Neto told the media.

“The age didn’t matter at all,” the doctor said. “The only condition is that a woman has a uterus.

The major obstacle facing people in the same situation as Asti is social prejudice against women over 40 bearing children, Neto said.

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Peruvian Government Creates New Protected Areas in Amazon Near Ecuador, Colombia

Peruvian Government Creates New Protected Areas in Amazon Near Ecuador, Colombia

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Peru’s government has created three new protected areas in the vast northern Amazon region of Loreto, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said.

Those areas - the Güeppi-Sekime National Park, the Huimeki Communal Reserve and the Airo Pai Communal Reserve - are located in Maynas province, which borders Ecuador and Colombia.

“I think this is very good news for conservation and biodiversity. Especially since Peru recently participated in the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and reported to the world the progress being made and what this convention’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 represents,” Pulgar-Vidal said.

The three protected areas will cover 592,750 hectares (1.5 million acres) and their creation will entail joint efforts with neighboring Ecuador and Colombia, the minister said.

“We hope to be able to go to that zone soon and inform the populations” who are awaiting the news, Pulgar-Vidal said.

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Ecuador Asking UK If Assange Can Leave Embassy to Go to the Hospital

Ecuador Asking UK If Assange Can Leave Embassy to Go to the Hospital

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Worrying about the health of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the Ecuadorian embassy in England has asked the UK if they will allow the wanted man to go to the hospital without fear of arrest.

In August, Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador and has been holed up in the embassy since, as leaving would result in his arrest and extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault and rape allegations.

The Australian has been a target of many governments for releasing a number of private and classified in-house documents on the Wikileaks website.

According to Reuters, Ecuador’s Vice Foreign Minister Marco Albuja Martinez has been quoted as saying, “Assange has grown noticeably thinner, and we are very concerned about his health.”

The embassy believes Assange needs medical attention, but officials do not want to send him out into London if he faces arrest. They seek safe passage, but say they will not push the issue and allow the proper officials to consider their request.

To Voice of Russia Radio in Moscow:

If he falls ill, we will have to choose between two alternatives: to treat Assange in the embassy or hospitalize him. This is a very serious situation and it can affect Assange’s human rights.

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Cuba to Ease Restrictions on Visits From “Illegal” Emigrants

Cuba to Ease Restrictions on Visits From “Illegal” Emigrants

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The Cuban government will ease restrictions on visits to the island by people who emigrated without authorization, including doctors and athletes who defected while on excursions abroad, a senior official said.

The measures are intended to “deepen and intensify” relations with Cubans living outside the country, Cabinet secretary Homero Acosta said on state television.

Under the new regulations, people who emigrated without authorization after Cuba and the United States signed a migration pact in 1994 will be allowed to return for visits once eight years have elapsed since their “illegal” departure.

Health professionals and athletes who defected during missions abroad after 1990 can likewise visit Cuba, again subject to the eight-year requirement, Acosta said.

The liberalization will not apply to people who left Cuba via the “illegal” U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo due to national security concerns, he said.

Cuba’s Communist government also plans to facilitate the return of people who emigrated before the age of 16 and of expats who wish to come home to take care of ailing or disabled relatives.

The provisions announced by Acosta are part of a broad migration reform set to take effect on Jan. 14.

The package includes the elimination of the hated exit permits and a doubling - to 24 months - of the length of time Cubans can spend abroad at a single stretch.

More than 99 percent of Cubans who applied for exit permits in the last 12 years received them, the Cabinet secretary said, adding that only 120,700 of the more than 940,000 people who traveled abroad during that period failed to return.

Exiles living in the United States accounted for the most of the 400,000 expats who visited Cuba last year, Acosta said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Secret Service Officer Guarding VP Biden Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 14-Yr-Old

LATINO BLOTTER: Secret Service Officer Guarding VP Biden Arrested for Sexually Assaulting 14-Yr-Old

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Secret Service officer Hector Reynaldo Cuellar of Woodbridge, Virginia has been arrested and accused of assaulting a 14-year-old female member of his own family, a child he was in charge of looking after.

Cuellar has been placed on administrative leave and is being held without bond.

According to an incident report from the Prince William County Police Department, “The investigation revealed that the 14-year-old female victim was sexually assaulted by the accused family member (Cuellar) on separate occasions between August and October of 2012.”

The Fox Newswebsite is reporting Cuellar is a uniformed division officer assigned to Vice President Joe Biden’s residence in Washington D.C., the vice presidential home at the Naval Observatory.

He has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian.

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Student Nurse in Brazil Injects Patient’s IV with Coffee, Calls it a Mix-Up

Student Nurse in Brazil Injects Patient’s IV with Coffee, Calls it a Mix-Up

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Another Brazilian nurse reportedly confused a patient’s IV with her feeding tube, causing the death of the patient.

Brazilian nursing student Rejane Moreira Telles, 23, had only been working at a São João de Meriti clinic in the Baixada Fluminense region of
Rio de Janeiro for three days when she allegedly injected coffee into the blood drip of 80-year-old Palmerina Pires Ribeiro.

Just hours after the mistake, Ribeiro died. Doctors say the liquid would have gone directly to Ribeiro’s heart and lungs, and it would have been as if she was suffocating.

Telles has been charged with involuntary manslaughter along with two nurses and another student. Telles told TV Globo she did not receive training in the procedure she was performing and said, “Anyone can get confuse.”

This is not the first story of its kind. Earlier this month, 88-year-old Ilda Vitor Maciel had a seizure and died after a nursing technician injected soup into the woman’s vein IV instead of her feeding tube.

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Brazilian Catarina Migliorini Auctions Off Virginity, Gets $780,000

Brazilian Catarina Migliorini Auctions Off Virginity, Gets $780,000

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The top bidder for the young Brazilian woman auctioning off her virginity will pay $780,000.

Catarina Migliorini, 20, made international headlines in recent weeks as she auctioned off her virginity, saying she would donate as much as 90 percent of the auction price to charity. Many were skeptical however, including the auction organizer Justin Sisely who said Migliorini “made it clear that it was a business decision for her,” and not really for charity.

So who was the top bidder?

ImageKnown only as “Nastu”, the bidder is said to be from Japan, and he beat out five other bidders. Prior to the winning $780,000, the bidding had only reached $190,000 as of October 23. Natsu’s major bid was a clear last minute attempt to ensure his prize.

Migliorini jumped on the project two years ago when she saw an advertisement by Thomas Williams Productions looking for a virgin to film.

Sisely will be recording her emotions before and after her first sexual encounter. An Australian film crew will be following her every step to make a documentary film called “Virgins Wanted.”

A male virgin named Alexander Stepanov also auctioned off his virginity, but he only managed to rack up $3,000 from a Brazilian woman only identified as “Nene B”.

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Uruguay Bishops Say Legislators Who Voted to Allow Abortions are Excommunicated

Uruguay Bishops Say Legislators Who Voted to Allow Abortions are Excommunicated

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In response to recent legislation allowing women in Uruguay to have abortions in their first trimester, bishops in the country are now stating that any legislator who voted to allow it are automatically excommunicated.

Bishop Heriberto Bodeant Fernández of Melo recently told the Catholic News Agency, ‘Automatic excommunication is for those who collaborate in the execution of an abortion in a direct way. If a Catholic votes…with the manifest intention that he thinks the Church is wrong about this, he separates himself from the communion of the Church.

‘Excommunication means you are not in communion with the ecclesial community to which you openly claim to belong by doing something that puts you outside communion, and therefore you cannot participate in the Eucharist.’

Bishop Bodeant is the secretary for the Uruguayan bishops’ conference and holds the belief that life begins at conception and must be respected, saying the right to life is “above all others.”

After Bishop Bodeant shared his statements, the conference released their own to clarify his comments, saying, “Automatic excommunication is for those who collaborate in the execution of an abortion in a direct way, and direct means committing that specific act.”

President Jose Mujica has said he supports the legislation and his aid has said he plans to sign it into law in November.

In September the bill was narrowly approved by Uruguay’s lower house, and earlier this month, was approved by the 31-member Senate by a vote of 17-14.

It is estimated that around 33,000 women were having illegal abortions in the Latin American country, with an unknown number suffering complications or death.

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Latin America’s ‘La Llorona’ Comes to Prime Time TV on “Grimm”

Latin America’s ‘La Llorona’ Comes to Prime Time TV on “Grimm”

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On October 26 NBC’s show “Grimm” will take on the Latin American tale of “La Llorona” for its Halloween episode. The episode is a joint project among NBC Universal, Telemundoand and mun2.

It will be aired Friday, 10/26 on NBC at 9 p.m. (ET), mun2 at 1 a.m. (ET) and Monday, 10/29 on Telemundo in Spanish at 11:35 p.m. (ET).

The episode guest stars Telemundo’s Kate del Castillo as Valentina Espinosa a mysterious detective from New Mexico working with “Grimm” detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin to catch an other worldly predator believed to be “La Llorona” after a string of Portland children have been abducted.

For those of you who are not familiar with the age old tale, Latin American folklore tells a story of a distraught mother who drowned her children and then herself. The ghost of the mother emerges from water in order to haunt and terrorize the living as “La Llorona”(“The Weeping Woman”).

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SF Giants “Kung Fu Panda” Pablo Sandoval Ties World Series Record

SF Giants “Kung Fu Panda” Pablo Sandoval Ties World Series Record

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Third baseman Pablo Sandoval tied a World Series record with three home runs and Barry Zito outpitched Justin Verlander to lead the San Francisco Giants to an 8-3 win here over the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series.

Sandoval, affectionately known as “Kung Fu Panda,” belted a solo homer to center field in the first inning and a two-run shot to left field in the bottom of the third in Wednesday night’s game to stun Verlander, who exited after four innings and had his first poor outing of the 2012 postseason.

He later drove a pitch by reliever Al Alburquerque over the wall in center field in the bottom of the fifth.

His historic performance made him just the fourth player in baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game, joining Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson and three-time MVP Albert Pujols.

The 26-year-old native of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, also was the first player since Ruth in 1926 to have a chance to hit a fourth home run in a World Series game when he came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Although Sandoval didn’t knock a pitch out of the park, he ripped a single up the middle to finish the night a perfect 4 for 4.

“Man, I still can’t believe it,” Sandoval said afterward.

“We played our last game only two days ago. We’re still hot. We just came here and played our game,” he said, referring to the Giants’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

Immediately before Sandoval’s second home run, second baseman Marco Scutaro singled in center fielder Angel Pagan to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

Zito even contributed to the offensive onslaught against Verlander, singling home first baseman Brandon Belt in the fourth inning, the last for the Tigers’ ace.

Scutaro singled in Pagan again in the seventh off Tigers reliever Jose Valverde and after Sandoval’s single star catcher Buster Posey singled Scutaro home for the Giants’ final run.

Zito, a former Cy Young Award winner who has struggled since his arrival in San Francisco in 2007 to live up his seven-year, $126 million contract, turned back the clock for the second-straight game, pitching into the sixth inning and giving up just one run.

The night was also one of redemption for Sandoval, who was benched for most of the 2010 World Series, in which the Giants defeated the Texas Rangers.

The Tigers’ only runs came in the sixth inning, when star third baseman Miguel Cabrera knocked in center fielder Austin Jackson, and in the ninth, when shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run home run off Giants’ reliever George Kontos.

The American League champs will try to even the series Thursday night when Doug Fister takes the mound against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner in Game 2.

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Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Cuba, Heads for Bahamas

Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Cuba, Heads for Bahamas

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Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall early Thursday in Cuba, is heading for the central Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center, or NHC, said.

The hurricane blasted the eastern region of Cuba moving north.  The Cuban government evacuated several hundred tourists from beach resorts without incident.  It is expected that the hurricane and ensuing rains will negatively affect 200,000 people in the country the government predicted.

The Category 2 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 165 kph (105 mph) and is moving north at 30 kph (18 mph), the NHC said.

The storm was about 215 kilometers (130 miles) south of Great Exuma in the central Bahamas and about 125 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Holguin, Cuba at 8:00 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC), the NHC said.

“Gradual weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours. However ... Sandy is expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the Bahamas,” the NHC said.

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 9 Zetas Cartel Members in Northern Mexico

Mexican Authorities Arrest 9 Zetas Cartel Members in Northern Mexico

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Nine Los Zetas drug cartel members were captured in separate operations in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila and more than 50 firearms, five rockets, drugs and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized, the Navy Secretariat said Wednesday.

The arrests were made on Monday in the cities of Piedras Negras, Nava and Monclova, where marines spotted the suspects while on patrol or received tips from citizens, the secretariat said in a statement.

The suspects admitted that they belonged to Los Zetas and distributed drugs in Coahuila or worked for the cartel’s communications network.

Guillermo Federico Suevich Mora, who “apparently is one of the inmates who recently escaped from the prison in Piedras Negras,” was among those arrested, the navy said.

A total of 131 inmates escaped from the prison in Piedras Negras on Sept. 17 in a jailbreak blamed on Los Zetas, with an undetermined number recaptured.

Marines seized more than 520 kilos of marijuana, 56 rifles and handguns, five RPGs, more than 14,000 rounds of ammunition, eight hand grenades and $8,500 in cash, among other property, from the suspects.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the top Los Zetas boss, was killed in a shootout with marines in Coahuila state on Oct. 7.

Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

The cartel, which has expanded into Central America, is also involved in kidnappings, extortion rackets, people trafficking and murders, among other crimes.

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Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, and More Hail Ferrero as Tennis Star Retires

Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, and More Hail Ferrero as Tennis Star Retires

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Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt all offered words of praise Wednesday for tennis great Juan Carlos Ferrero, whose singles career came to an end with a loss at the Valencia Open to good friend Nicolas Almagro.

Murray, the world No. 3 and winner of this year’s U.S. Open, congratulated the 32-year-old Ferrero - winner of the 2003 French Open - on his “incredible career,” adding that the Spaniard had always been “incredibly nice” to him when he came from Scotland to train in Spain as a teenager.

Djokovic, the Serbian world No. 2, said that Ferrero was a great player and that tennis “will definitely miss you.”

The 31-year-old Federer, whom Ferrero described as the greatest player he had ever competed against, said he had known the Spaniard since they were juniors and that he was a “great player” and that the two had faced off in some “amazing matches” during their careers.

Federer, who recently became the first player to hold the No. 1 ranking for 300 weeks, first obtained the top spot after defeating Ferrero in the semifinals of the 2004 Australian Open.

Hewitt, who accepted the Valencia Open’s final special invitation, said it was a privilege to be on hand for the retirement ceremony and that the Spaniard had been one of his greatest rivals.

The Australian recalled the big matches they had played in Grand Slam tournaments, the Davis Cup and the 2002 year-end championship event.

Nadal, who is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out of action for months, said being in Valencia for Ferrero’s final match was not a cause for celebration.

“Saying good-bye to one of this country’s greatest players is tough. I’m thankful for all the moments we shared together,” the 11-time Grand Slam champion said.

Ferrero, who had announced earlier this year that the Valencia Open would be the last tournament of his career, lost in the first round of that hard-court event 7-5, 6-3 to Almagro on Tuesday.

Despite the loss in singles, Ferrero is still alive in the doubles draw after he and partner David Ferrer edged Carlos Berlocq and Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 on Wednesday.

Ferrero was one of the world’s best players from 2000 to 2003 but injuries began to hinder his performance starting in 2004.

The Spaniard enjoyed most of his success on clay, reaching the French Open semifinals four years in a row and finally winning the title in 2003.

He also led Spain to its first-ever Davis Cup title in 2000, winning both of his singles matches in the final - played on clay in Barcelona - and clinching the victory with a four-set win over Hewitt.

Ferrero, however, also had considerable success on hard courts, reaching the 2003 U.S. Open final and losing to Hewitt in the final of the 2002 Tennis Masters Cup.

The Spaniard won 15 singles titles during his career and also briefly held the No. 1 ranking in the fall of 2003.

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Guatemalan Family of 4 Murdered in Their Beds

Guatemalan Family of 4 Murdered in Their Beds

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Four members of a family were fatally shot inside their home in the eastern Guatemalan province of Zacapa, authorities said Wednesday.

The attack took place Tuesday night in the hamlet of La Plancha, about 156 kilometers (97 miles) east of the capital, a spokesman for fire rescue said.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and the fourth died later at Zacapa regional hospital.

A fifth person was gravely wounded.

The victims were shot in their beds by two assailants who arrived at the home on a motorcycle, according to the preliminary investigation.

A mother and her three grown children were murdered last Thursday in the eastern province of Chiquimula, a crime that came less than a week after two gunmen killed three women and an 8-month-old baby in the town of Asuncion Mita, 190 kilometers (118 miles) southeast of Guatemala City.

Seven members of a family, including two minors, were slain Oct. 13 in Villa Canales, just south of the capital. A man identified as Cesar Chavez was arrested the following day for allegedly ordering the murders in connection with a land dispute.

Guatemala saw 4,406 homicides in the first nine months of this year, down 5 percent from the same period in 2011, according to the Mutual Support Group.

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