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ThursdayNovember 1, 2012

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Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

Raul Castro Discusses Hurricane Sandy’s “Hard Blow” to Cuba

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Cuban President Raul Castro said that Hurricane Sandy dealt a “really hard blow” to the eastern province of Santiago, the area of the island most affected by the storm.

“It was a really hard blow. It was a strong hurricane that developed rapidly. The reality exceeds everything that the press and television photos can show: Santiago is shocked, it seems to be a bombed city,” said Castro during an exchange with area residents.

“We’re going to get through this. You are battle-hardened people. We’ve known that for more than half a century,” added Gen. Castro in his chat with the residents of Santiago, which is considered to be the cradle of the Cuban Revolution.

Regarding the recovery process, Castro “emphasized maintaining the principle that nobody be left unprotected, for which each specific case needs to be evaluated and immediately reacted to,” the daily added.

On that subject, the president said that people who have sufficient incomes should acquire the materials to repair their homes and, in situations where that is not the case, the government will authorize a loan or will provide subsidies.

Sandy struck eastern Cuba last Thursday, leaving 11 people dead on the island and substantial damage in its wake.

The devastation in that part of the country includes tens of thousands of houses partially or totally destroyed, severe damage to the electric power grid and telephone lines and significant damage to crops, among other things.

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Smugglers Attempt to Drive Over U.S.-Mexico Border Fence, SUV Gets Stuck

Smugglers Attempt to Drive Over U.S.-Mexico Border Fence, SUV Gets Stuck

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Two people tried to drive over the U.S.-Mexico border fence in an SUV earlier this week in Arizona, but the vehicle got stuck on top of the barrier, media reports said.

The incident occurred on Tuesday near Yuma, Arizona, and was covered by a number of U.S. media outlets, with reporters speculating that it was an attempt to smuggle drugs or illegal immigrants into the United States.

Border Patrol agents spotted the vehicle around midnight and saw two individuals flee into Mexico.Image

The individuals used ramps to try to drive the Jeep Cherokee over the border fence, but the vehicle lost traction and got stuck.

Smugglers operate in the area, but drug cartels usually use tunnels to move narcotics across the border.

A Border Patrol agent was killed in the same area in 2007 when he tried to stop a vehicle using spikes.

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Stampede at Halloween Concert Leaves 3 Dead in Madrid

Three young women died and two other people are in critical condition after suffering cardiorespiratory collapse during a stampede at a big Halloween party in Madrid, first responders told Efe.

Paramedics received a call at 4:05 a.m. Thursday to attend to several people between 18 and 25 years of age who were in respiratory arrest after being crushed, possibly after they fell down and were trampled in a large crowd of partygoers.

Two of the girls were pronounced dead at the nearby first aid station after emergency teams spent more than 30 minutes trying to revive them and a third was dead on arrival at a local hospital.

In all, 50 health care workers attended to the young people.

A flare was “apparently” what startled the crowd and caused the stampede in which the three young people lost their lives, according to what Madrid police told Efe.

An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances in the case.

The Madrid Arena, with capacity for some 10,000 people, was the site of the “Thriller Music Park” Halloween celebration staged by a company that offered, for a 25-euro (about $32) entry fee, a “gloomy and fun atmosphere achieved thanks to visual and sound effects” by several well-known deejays, according to the Web page announcing the party.

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Mexican Newspaper: 60,000 Have Died in President Calderon’s Drug War

Mexican Newspaper: 60,000 Have Died in President Calderon’s Drug War

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Organized crime-related violence has claimed 57,449 lives in Mexico during the presidency of Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term ends on Dec. 1, according to a tally published Thursday by the Milenio daily.

Based on its own calculations, the Monterrey-based newspaper also put the number of drug war-related homicides thus far in 2012 at 10,485 and said 888 people were killed in October, the second-lowest monthly total this year.

Seven of Mexico’s 32 federal entities accounted for 72 percent of the homicides last month, according to Milenio. In October, the country’s most violent state was Guerrero with 145 murders, followed by Chihuahua with 139, Sinaloa with 94 and Nuevo Leon and Jalisco with 68 each.

The states that saw the biggest drop in homicides last month relative to September were Michoacan, Baja California and San Luis Potosi, in that order.

The last time the government updated the country’s drug war death toll was on Jan. 11, when it said 47,515 people had been killed in organized crime-related violence between Dec. 1, 2006, and Sept. 30, 2011.

In August, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which poet-turned-peace activist Javier Sicilia founded after his son was murdered by suspected drug-gang members, put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at roughly 70,000.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, militarized the struggle against Mexico’s heavily armed, well-funded drug mobs shortly after taking office in December 2006, deploying tens of thousands of troops across the country.

The strategy has led to headline-grabbing killings or captures of 25 of the country’s 37 most-wanted criminal leaders - including Los Zetas cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano, killed in a shootout with marines on Oct. 7 - but the violence has continued unabated.

Calderon will be succeeded in a month by Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which will return to power after a 12-year hiatus.

Peña Nieto, who has vowed to bring down the violence during his six-year term, says he will keep the army on the streets in Mexico’s most insecure areas while bolstering the Federal Police’s capacity to fight crime.

The president-elect has said he will not seek accords or truces with drug gangs, as the PRI is widely suspected of doing in the past.

Calderon suggested in an interview with The New York Times in October 2011 that members of the PRI, which ruled Mexico uninterruptedly for 71 years, would be susceptible to making deals with organized crime the party regained power.

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Latino Artists Celebrate Day of the Dead With Art Exhibition

Latino Artists Celebrate Day of the Dead With Art Exhibition

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An art gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday opened an exhibit of works by Latino artists on the subject of the Day of the Dead, a celebration that was brought to the United States by Hispanic immigrants.

“The Day of the Dead, for me, represents the reflection of life that we find every day, because life isn’t guaranteed. Therefore, for me, the Day of the Dead is for celebrating life,” painter Alejandro Moro, one of the participants in the exposition at the Hold Up gallery, told Efe.

“So, like Mexican culture, instead of being downcast and sad, we party and celebrate,” added the Mexican-born artist, who emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 3 years old.

The exposition gathers paintings, murals and altars dedicated to special people in the artists’ lives who have died or to the subject of death.

“My work is a picture with flowers and in which one of the details is a young man who is opening his shirt beneath which you see a skeleton that signifies that it doesn’t matter what race we are, inside we are all the same,” Moro said.

James Haunt, born in California to Mexican parents, said - for his part - that the high point of the celebration of the Day of the Dead in the U.S. Latino community is the participation of members of all generations.

“I think that in the U.S. many of the communities of young people are getting themselves more in contact with their roots,” Haunt told Efe.

“They’re showing pride in where they come from and are really trying to represent our culture, especially in Southern California, in a powerful way that is very respected,” he said.

The painter on Thursday is displaying a picture in memory of his pet, a cat who was attacked and killed by pit bulls who entered his house and carried it off. He did not find his pet’s body and the artist assumes that it died.

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Latin Grammy Winner Julieta Venegas To Give Concert in Cuba on Behalf of UN

Latin Grammy Winner Julieta Venegas To Give Concert in Cuba on Behalf of UN

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Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas will perform for the first time in Cuba on Dec. 3 in a concert to help the U.N.‘s worldwide campaign to end violence against women, Cuban official media said Thursday.

Venegas will join Cuban musicians like Santiago Feliu, Rodrigo Garcia and Rochy Ameneiro in a unique concert at Havana’s National Theater.

The performer of songs such as “Andar conmigo,” “Lento” and “Me voy” will also participate along with U.S. documentary filmmaker Catherine Murphy on a panel the next day in the Cuban capital to discuss the same subject.

The Tijuana-born artist has been a cultural goodwill ambassador for the Council of Ministers for Women of Central America since 2011, after in 2009 being appointed Unicef ambassador in her country.

Venegas, who has sold several million albums since she began her musical career in 1997, has won five Latin Grammys and is just finishing up a new album that should be released in 2013.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Grandma Says Granddaughter Put Crack in her “Lady Purse” as She Slept

LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Grandma Says Granddaughter Put Crack in her “Lady Purse” as She Slept

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A Brazilian grandmother was recently charged with drug smuggling after police found 55 crack rocks in her vagina. However, the septuagenarian claims she knew nothing about the drugs and believes her granddaughter must have put them up there without her knowledge.

Berenice Fernandes, 74, and her granddaughter, 33-year-old Glaucia Bispo, of Salvador, Brazil were at Fernandes’ home when police arrived after receiving a call from neighbors complaining of noise from a party.

As Fernandes and Bispo attempted to leave they were stopped by officers and the house was searched. A female officer examined both women and found Fernandes had plastic bags containing rocks of crack in her “lady purse”.

ImageWhen questioned about the drugs, however, Fernandes claimed to have no idea how they got there, but suspected her granddaughter had put them in there as she slept.

Salvador police had already been watching the pair after growing suspicious that the recent spike in drug dealing in the northeast Brazilian city’s Boca do Rio area was because of them.

When they were searched, the women were also found to have what would amount to about $65 USD (about 130 BRL).

One question on everyone’s mind remains though.

Abuelita, how on Earth could you have slept through someone putting 55 crack rocks in your hoo-ha?

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Over Half of Young Latino Voters Plan to Vote Next Week

Over Half of Young Latino Voters Plan to Vote Next Week

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The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts University’s preeminent youth research organization, released a groundbreaking poll of young people’s views of the election. The survey, commissioned by the Youth Education Fund, is unique in that it polled 1,695 youth (ages 18-29) in June/July and 1,109 of the same youth between October 12 and 23. Surveying the same people twice provides powerful evidence of change over time.

Detailed findings of the poll by race and ethnicity can be found here, and includes:

Candidate and Campaign Support

Nearly 3/4 of Black youth say it is very likely or extremely likely they will vote in the 2012 Presidential Election, compared to 68.7% of White youth and 56.6% of Hispanic young people. Similar to CIRCLE’s July poll, there were large variations in candidate support by race and ethnicity. Hispanic youth who are registered and extremely likely voters, were swing voters in June/July but have largely made up their minds.

Since July, President Obama has gained support from registered, extremely likely young voters, but to a lesser extent from White youth compared to Latino or African American young people. Between June/July and October, Romney has lost both African American voters (5 percentage point loss), and even more so, Hispanic voters (17 percentage point loss). President Obama gained support (14 percentage points) from young Hispanics since July.

Political Engagement

Young people, regardless of race and ethnicity, were most likely to say they had been paying “some” attention to the upcoming election than they were in June/July. Black and White youth are the most likely to say they pay “some or a lot of attention” to the news (72.9% and 72.4%, respectively), while 66.8% of Hispanic youth said the same. However, there is a strong core of Hispanic youth who follow the election with 27.7% paying “a lot” of attention (compared to White youth (23.4%) and Black youth (19.4%)).

Hispanic youth were slightly more likely to say that they had been contacted by a campaign (18.0%) compared to White and Black youth (14.5% vs 15.6%, respectively).  White, Black and Hispanic youth who were contacted were more likely to have been contacted on behalf of Obama’s campaign (51.5% White, 95.8% of Black youth and 53.1% of Hispanic youth). Black Youth who were contacted were overwhelmingly reached on behalf of the Obama campaign, whereas White and Hispanic youth were equally contacted by both campaigns.

Issues and Institutional Support

As in the July poll, there continued to be a racial gap in which subgroups of youth feel that the country is moving in the right direction. Fifty-nine percent of Black youth said that the country is moving in the right direction (this is an increase from the 49.8% in the July poll), whereas 23.6% of White youth said the country is moving in the right direction (17.6% in the July poll). Hispanic youth were the most likely to be unsure about the direction of the country (41.1%).

As in our July poll, “jobs and the economy” was as the number-one issue that both Black and White youth felt politicians should address (43.2% and 37.7% respectively); however, the second most important issue for Black youth was health care (18.1%) and for White youth it was the federal budget deficit (11.6%).  For Hispanic youth, jobs and the economy was still the number-one issue (28.4%), but the second most important issue for politicians to address was gas prices (11.2%).

Voter ID Laws

White youth were more likely to know the photo ID laws in their state (36.0%) than Black youth (28.8%) or Hispanic youth (20.9%). Both Black young people (60.5%) and Hispanic young people (53.9%) were more likely to identify early voting laws than White youth (48.3%). Black youth were more likely (21.3%) to know the registration deadline in their state than White youth (11.9%) or Hispanic youth (11.7%)

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U.S. Citizen Jailed in Juarez Found Dead in Prison Bathroom

U.S. Citizen Jailed in Juarez Found Dead in Prison Bathroom

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The body of a U.S. citizen arrested in Mexico late last month was found in his prison cell after he apparently died from blood loss.

William Allen Smith, 37, was arrested for burglary on October 22. He was being held in Juarez Cereso prison when he reportedly bled to death, the Chihuahua Attorney General’s office said.

Officials say Smith had wounds to his wrists and bruises on his back. He was found dead, sitting in a chair in one of the prison bathrooms.

Smith was originally from Ohio and had been living in Ciudad Juarez.

An investigation has begun and state prosecutors say they are working to determine if foul play was involved.

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Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Spreads his Wings to “I Believe I Can Fly” (VIDEO)

Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Spreads his Wings to “I Believe I Can Fly” (VIDEO)

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa nearly took flight at the California Science Center recently and someone caught it on video.

With everyone’s favorite scientist, Bill Nye, sitting next to him, Mayor Villaraigosa was really getting into a performance of the “I Believe I Can Fly” at the opening of the Space Shuttle Endeavor display at the California Science Center.

Check it out below. Don’t worry, Mr. Mayor, it would seem dancing politicians is a regular occurrence these days. Even Secretary of State Hilary Clinton lets loose sometimes. Earlier this year, Madam Secretary was seen shaking her stuff in South Africa.


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Tim Tebow Steps Out with New Girlfriend Camilla Belle in Florida

Tim Tebow Steps Out with New Girlfriend Camilla Belle in Florida

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Tim Tebow, the kneeling quarterback now with the New York Jets, seemed to confirm his rumored relationship with actress Camilla Belle this week.

The two stepped out in Jacksonville, Fla., where Tebow grew up, with friends and witnesses had said Tebow and Belle were very affectionate, holding hands and getting cozy throughout the night.

Belle, 26, was raised by a Brazilian-born mother and American father in a strict Catholic household, which likely works well for Tebow considering his much talked-about views.

Tebow, the son of former Baptist missionaries, has become known for his Christian faith and beliefs as much as his performance on the football player. The 25-year-old has stated that he intends to abstain from a sexual relationship until he is married.

Tebow’s beliefs are similar to Belle’s ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas. The Jonas brothers were raised as Evangelical Christians, and notably wore purity rings to signify their vow to abstain from premarital sex.

Belle and Jonas broke up in 2009, but I think we can assume to looks for Christian values in her boyfriends.

Bellle was post recently seen in 2011’s Breakaway but has had roles in From Prada to Nada alongside Alexa Vega, 10,000 BC, and When a Stranger Calls.

Prior to being traded to the Jets in March, Tebow played for the Denver Broncos.

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Illegal Border Crossers Attempt to Drive OVER Border Fence - Check It Out

Illegal Border Crossers Attempt to Drive OVER Border Fence - Check It Out

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U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector’s Yuma Station foiled a smuggling attempt  when suspects attempting to drive a vehicle over the border fence fell prey to their own devices.

Just after midnight this morning, agents patrolling in the Imperial Sand Dunes area encountered a silver Jeep Cherokee attempting to drive over the International Boundary fence using a make-shift ramp that was not quite up to the task. When the vehicle made it to the top of the ramp, it became “high centered.”

As agents arrived on scene, two subjects fled into Mexico. After removing the Jeep from fence, agents seized both the vehicle and the ramps.
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The fence is approximately 14 feet high where the would-be smugglers attempted to illegally drive across the border. In 2007, Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was killed near the same area when he was deliberately struck by a vehicle while attempting to deploy a controlled tire deflation device.

 

 

 

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BRAZIL: 9 Beautiful Endangered Tree-Dwelling Tarantulas Discovered

BRAZIL: 9 Beautiful Endangered Tree-Dwelling Tarantulas Discovered

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Arboreal tarantulas are known from a few tropical places in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and the Caribbean. These tarantulas generally have a lighter build, thinner bodies and longer legs, better suited for their habitat. They have increased surface area at the ends of their legs, allowing them to better climb different surfaces, while their light build makes them more agile.

Their core area is the Amazon, from where most of the species are known and normally very common, living in the jungle or even in house’s surroundings. Now, nine new species were described from Central and Eastern Brazil, including four of the smallest arboreal species ever recorded.
The study was performed by Dr Rogério Bertani, who is a tarantula specialist and a researcher at the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His results have been published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

“Instead of the seven species formerly known in the region, we now have sixteen”, said Dr Bertani. “In a resurrected genus with a mysterious single species known from 1841, we have now five species.” “These are the smallest arboreal tarantulas in the world, and their analysis suggests the genus to be very old, so they can be considered relicts of a formerly more widely distributed taxon.”

Other discoveries include new species of tarantulas living inside bromeliads. “Only a single species had been known to live exclusively inside these plants, and now we have another that specialized in bromeliads as well.” A further species was found at the top of table mountains where trees are rare. “This species also inhabits bromeliads, one of the few places for an arboreal tarantula to live that offer water and a retreat against the intense sunlight,” he says.

The discovery of all these new species outside the Amazon was unexpected and illustrates how little we know of the fauna surrounding us, even from hot spots of threatened biodiversity like the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest and the Cerrado (a kind of savannah vegetation). These species are highly endemic and the regions where they live are suffering high pressure from human activities. Therefore, studies for their conservation are necessaries. Furthermore, all these new species are colorful, which could attract the interest for capturing them for the pet trade, constituting another threat.

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Brazil Researchers Find Rattlesnake Venom Helpful for Skin Cancer Patients

Brazil Researchers Find Rattlesnake Venom Helpful for Skin Cancer Patients

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A substance extracted from rattlesnake venom could raise survival hopes among patients with skin cancer, according to experiments performed by Brazilian researchers.

Chromatin, a protein isolated from the venom of the South American snake, increased the survival rate of rats with skin cancer by up to 70 percent, the Butantan Institute reported Thursday.

The protein also helped to significantly retard the development of tumors and even to completely inhibit their formation, according to Butantan, an institute linked to the health department of Sao Paulo state.

The researchers heading the unprecedented study discovered that the protein is able to kill cells but its toxic action is exclusively limited to melanoma cells, meaning that it does not affect an organism’s other cells.

The substance also remains inside a cancerous tumor for only about 24 hours.

Researchers admit that they still need to perform other tests on animals and, ultimately, humans before they can think about the possibility of developing a new drug.

The priority, however, before experimenting with it on humans, is to be able to synthesize the protein, that is to produce it in the laboratory without having to extract and process actual snake venom.

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Apple Denied an Injunction in Mexico Against iFone

Apple Denied an Injunction in Mexico Against iFone

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A judge has denied U.S. technology giant Apple an injunction that would have allowed it to continue selling iPhone-branded products in Mexico, ruling that the company iFone had the rights to that brand name earlier, an attorney for the Mexican firm told Efe.

The Mexico City-based court handed down the ruling last Thursday, Eduardo Gallastegui told Efe.

“It’s the third time Apple has lost,” Gallastegui said, adding that “iFone is fully entitled to the use of its brand name.”

In 2009, Apple filed a complaint against iFone with the Mexican Industrial Property Institute, or IMPI, demanding that firm stop using its brand name because the phonetic similarities could confuse users.

But the petition was denied after authorities found that iFone - a provider of software for call centers - had registered its trade name in Mexico in 2003, four years before Apple did.

The Mexican firm later filed a countersuit for damages and to block Apple from selling its flagship smartphone product in Mexico.

Major telecom companies in Mexico could also be affected by the court ruling.

Leading Mexican cellphone provider Telcel began marketing the iPhone in 2007, offering a plan that included unlimited Internet access.

Telcel and No. 2 wireless operator Movistar, a unit of Spain’s Telefonica, announced that they would begin selling the much-awaited iPhone 5 on Friday.

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 9 Zetas Cartel Members, Seize 30 Grenade Launchers

Mexican Authorities Arrest 9 Zetas Cartel Members, Seize 30 Grenade Launchers

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Nine suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were arrested in Saltillo, the capital of the northern state of Coahuila, by marines, the Mexican Navy Secretariat said Wednesday.

The men were arrested on Monday during an urban patrol in Saltillo.

Marines spotted several armed subjects near a house and moved in to arrest Daniel Monsivais Hernandez, Cristian Armando Escobedo Sifuentes, Osvaldo Lopez Hernandez and Israel Larreta Soto, the secretariat said.

Jose Juan Perez Garcia, Juan Ramon Martinez Garcia, Antonio Martinez Garcia, Victor Hugo Morales Magallanes and Gabriel Camarena Cortez were also detained by marines, the secretariat said.

Marines seized “30 grenade launcher tubes” of homemade origin, eight rifles, three grenades, 43 ammunition clips and more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition from the suspects.

The suspects had seven small cylinders of explosive gel, about 1,560 kilos “of presumed marijuana,” 40,485 doses of methamphetamine, five vehicles and other items in their possession, the secretariat said.

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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Four Latin American Players Win Gold Gloves for 2012 MLB Season

Four Latin American Players Win Gold Gloves for 2012 MLB Season

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Four Latin American players won Gold Gloves for their outstanding fielding during the 2012 Major League Baseball season.

They include New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, both from the Dominican Republic.

The two Latin American Gold Glove winners from the National League were St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, a Puerto Rican who was honored for the fifth year in a row, and Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, a Venezuela native.

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Gas Explosion at Brazilian Supermarket Kills 7

Gas Explosion at Brazilian Supermarket Kills 7

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At least seven people were injured, four of them suffering serious burns, in a gas explosion Wednesday at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, firefighters said.

The blast, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. (9:30 GMT), apparently was caused by a gas leak at a grocery store in the northern Rio neighborhood of Iraja, the Fire Department said.

The victims were in the store’s bakery at the time of the explosion.

Four of the victims suffered third-degree burns and were taken to two nearby hospitals.

“For now, we know that apparently there was a gas leak, but only the investigation will determine the causes of the explosion. The gas cylinders were not affected and are in the correct position,” said firefighters Lt. Col. Marcelo Leite, who is in charge of the operation.

He added that the material damage was minor and first assessments were that the building was experiencing no structural problems.

Supermarket employees told reporters that they had been smelling a strong odor of gas at the store for at least the past two weeks.

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