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TuesdayNovember 27, 2012

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Spanish Police Discover Second Dead Baby in Freezer

Spanish Police Discover Second Dead Baby in Freezer

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A second dead baby was found in a freezer Tuesday at the same home in southern Spain where the frozen body of another newborn was discovered earlier this month.

The mother has been in custody since the first infant was found.

The husband of the accused came upon the second baby in another freezer at their home in the town of Pilas, sources involved in the case told Efe.

Sara L.H., 34, has already been charged with premeditated homicide in connection with the first baby.

In her statement, the woman admitted giving birth to the baby but denied killing it. She said it was a child she wanted but that she always believed was stillborn and kept in the freezer “so as not to let it go.”

The first body was also found by her husband while he was cleaning the house and his wife was at work.

Sara L.H. has two other children ages 11 and 14 who live in the same house.

The judge sealed the file for a month, and in line with the prosecutor’s plea, ordered her to be held in pretrial custody without bail.

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Bolivian Officials Arrested After Demanding Bribes from Jailed American

Bolivian Officials Arrested After Demanding Bribes from Jailed American

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A senior government attorney and five other officials were arrested on charges they demanded $50,000 from a U.S. man who has spent 18 months in a Bolivian jail, the Andean nation’s interior minister said Tuesday.

Carlos Romero told a press conference the six people in custody were part of a wider corruption ring.

Seven other people are wanted in connection with the alleged extortion, the minister said.

Jacob Ostreicher, a 53-year-old flooring contractor from New York, came to Bolivia in 2008 to start a rice plantation in the eastern province of Santa Cruz.

He was arrested in January 2011 on suspicion of money laundering after his Bolivian agent purchased land from two Brazilian nationals suspected of ties to drug trafficking.

Prosecutor Fernando Rivera Tardio, detained Tuesday in the southern city of Tarija, was the ringleader of the effort to extort Ostreicher, Romero said.

The American’s defense attorneys told authorities that Rivera demanded $50,000 to arrange Ostreicher’s release.

When the money failed to materialize, Rivera pressured a judge to overturn his own Sept. 23 decision granting Ostreicher pre-trial release, the interior minister said.

Ostreicher’s situation is being followed closely by the State Department and U.S. lawmakers and actor Sean Penn took time during a trip to Bolivia to visit the businessman behind bars.

The American, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, is currently at a clinic in Santa Cruz city.

While the charges against Ostreicher must be addressed, Romero said the case will be expedited.

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Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez Make Bing’s “Most Searched” Lists for 2012

Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez Make Bing’s “Most Searched” Lists for 2012

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This year was filled with profound moments and moving stories, such as the Summer Games, the presidential election and Hurricane Sandy, among many others. From rising stars and newborn babies to celebrity scandals and natural disasters, Bing captured history through the searches that mark the year’s most important people, places and moments in time. Explore the Bing top searches and reminisce about the biggest moments in 2012.

Most Searched Person Of The Year
Rank 2012       2011
1 Kim Kardashian Justin Bieber
2 Justin Bieber       Kim Kardashian
3 Miley Cyrus       Jennifer Aniston
4 Rihanna           Lindsay Lohan
5 Lindsay Lohan Jennifer Lopez
6 Katy Perry       Britney Spears
7 Selena Gomez Katy Perry
8 Jennifer Aniston Megan Fox
9 Nicki Minaj       Lady Gaga
10 Taylor Swift       Miley Cyrus

Most Searched Sports Stars

1   Peyton Manning
2   Tiger Woods
3   Tim Tebow
4   Maria Sharapova
5   Kobe Bryant
6   Serena Williams
7   Lamar Odom
8   LeBron James
9   Cristiano Ronaldo
10   Terrell Owens


Most Searched Musician
1   Justin Bieber
2   Whitney Houston
3   Katy Perry
4   Selena Gomez
5   Rihanna
6   Nicki Minaj
7   Taylor Swift
8   Beyoncé
9   Chris Brown
10   Jennifer Lopez


Most Searched Celeb Couples

1   Chris Brown & Rihanna
2   Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
3   Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom
4   Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
5   Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber
6   Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
7   Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
8   Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
9   David & Victoria Beckham
10   Beyonce Knowles & Jay-Z


To see all the Top Searched lists click here.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Father and Son Shoplift from New Mexico American Eagle Outfitters

LATINO BLOTTER: Father and Son Shoplift from New Mexico American Eagle Outfitters

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Nothing brings a father and son closer than a holiday trip to the mall for some good ol’ fashioned burglary.

The Michael Aragons of Albuquerque, New Mexico – father and son share their name – were caught using a wheelchair to steal clothing from the American Eagle Outfitters in Coronado Mall on Saturday.

Police say the father, 40, had his son, 21, push him in a wheelchair around the store and stuff 8 pairs of jeans under the seat.

The father has an extensive criminal history which includes a 1994 charge of possession of a controlled substance among a number of both misdemeanors and felonies.

Earlier this month, the not-so-dynamic duo also pulled a similar burglary at a T.J. Maxx store in the area.

The father and son had actually been banned from the entire mall, but were apparently undeterred.

After being caught this over the weekend, the two now face commercial burglary charges and remain in jail. The father’s bail was set at $8,000 while his son’s sits at $7,500.

When a reporter with KOAT7 spoke with the mother of the younger Aragon she had just one request for the father and son.

“Grow up and become men.”

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Justice Department Investigating Albuquerque, New Mexico Police for Excessive Force

Justice Department Investigating Albuquerque, New Mexico Police for Excessive Force

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The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a civil investigation into use of force by the city of Albuquerque, N.M., Police Department (APD).  The investigation will focus on allegations that APD officers engage in use of excessive force, including use of unreasonable deadly force. 

The investigation will include a comprehensive review of the police department’s policies, training and systems of accountability.  The investigation will also examine the police department’s engagement with the community and external oversight of officer-involved shootings and other force incidents. 

Prior to the announcement, department officials met with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and APD Chief Ray Schultz, who pledged their full cooperation with the investigation. 

The investigation was prompted after a number of police shootings and numerous police abuse cases.  Since 2010 Albuquerque police have been involved in 25 shooting with 17 of them fatal. 

Individuals who may have relevant information are encouraged to contact the department via email atcommunity.albuquerque@usdoj.gov or by calling the department’s toll free number at 885-544-5134 which is available in both English and Spanish.

Assistant Attorney General Perez said: “Let me be clear, this is a civil investigation not a criminal investigation. We are focused on whether there is a pattern or practice of excessive force by the APD.”

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Woman Attacks Man After First Date When he Won’t Agree to be her Boyfriend

Woman Attacks Man After First Date When he Won’t Agree to be her Boyfriend

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And the award for Worst First Date Ever goes to…

A Florida woman is jail after she viciously attacked a man after their first date.

Police say 35-year-old Jillian Leigh Martone of Delray Beach, Fla. went berserk when the man with whom she went on a single date did not agree to be her boyfriend.

Efren Molina, 39, says he was punched in the face, threatened with a knife, and had his apartment windows smashed with rocks after he clarified he did not consider Martone his girlfriend after just one date.

When Martone became enraged, Molina asked her to leave his Boca Raton home where a police report states they had “stayed for several hours.” Molina called for help from his roommate, who later told police he saw Molina wrestling to get a knife out of Martone’s hands.

Molina was ultimately able to drag Martone out of the apartment and lock the door, but once outside, the scorned woman smashed in some of the apartment windows with two large rocks.

Police said “it was apparent that Martone was the aggressor,” and noted a cut on Molina’s hand and blood leading from the kitchen/living room area to the door.

This is not the apparently unhinged woman’s first run-in with the law by any means.

In March 2011, she was charged with driving under the influence and possession of a harmful drug without a prescription. In June, Martone was arrested on charges of drunk and disorderly conduct and causing a public disturbance.

For last week’s brawl with Molina, Martone remains in jail on $9,000 bond, having been charged with aggravated assault, battery, and burglary.

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Mexican Beauty Queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez Killed in Shootout with Army

Mexican Beauty Queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez Killed in Shootout with Army

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Investigators are trying to determine whether model and beauty queen Maria Susana Flores, who died in a shootout with the Mexican army over the weekend, was involved with a drug cartel, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez said.

The 22-year-old Flores was killed in the shootout early Saturday in Mocorito, a city in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.

The beauty queen was with her boyfriend, who officials said may have been one of the subjects who attacked an army patrol.

“The information we have is that she was with a group of criminals who clashed with army troops,” Higuera Gomez said.

Two soldiers died in the shootout and four suspected gunmen were arrested and handed over to federal prosecutors, Higuera Gomez said.

Image“At the site where the young woman’s body was found, an AK-47 was found very close to her, so it will be the Attorney General’s Office that determines the extent of her participation in this criminal act,” the state AG said.

Flores won the Sinaloa Woman contest and competed in the Our Sinaloa Beauty contest, which she did not win.

The funeral home where Flores’s body was taken is being guarded by army troops.

This is not the first time that a Mexican beauty queen has been linked to drug traffickers.

Laura Elena Zuñiga, who won Our Sinaloa Beauty in 2008, was arrested along with seven men on firearms and money laundering charges on Dec. 23, 2008, in Zapopan, a city in the western state of Jalisco.

The beauty queen was released a few weeks later because prosecutors could not find sufficient evidence to put her on trial.

Zuñiga’s story inspired director Gerardo Naranjo’s 2011 film “Miss Bala.”

Sinaloa is home to the drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, but other criminal organizations, including the Los Zetas and Beltran Leyva cartels, also operate in the area.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico.

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STUDY: Most Domestic Workers are Undocumented, Paid Poorly and Abused

STUDY: Most Domestic Workers are Undocumented, Paid Poorly and Abused

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Domestic workers, most of them undocumented immigrants, receive insufficient pay and are victims of verbal, psychological and physical abuse, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Researchers at UIC’s Center for Urban Economic Development interviewed 2,086 nannies, maids and caregivers from 71 countries, and the result was a picture of low salaries, dangerous work and “women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.”

The study emphasizes the critical importance of domestic workers in the U.S. economy because they make it possible for their employers - who hire them to take care of their homes, parents and children - to work.

The survey found that 23 percent of those surveyed earn less than the minimum wage, and 48 percent less than what they need to maintain a family.

In addition, 10 percent were the victims of salary theft or did not receive any pay at all for their labor, and 25 percent have so many daily responsibilities that they are forced to make do with less than five hours of sleep.

Since they are hired directly by their employers, they lack labor rights.

The study includes testimonies such as that of Elena, who worked as a nanny in Miami for $1.50 per hour and whose employer eventually wound up owing her $7,000 in back pay.

Carmen was hired as a cleaning lady by a couple in Miami, but her duties also included gardening duties, washing clothes and taking care of children and 10 dogs, all for pay that ranged between $30 and $50 per week.

Anna said that she worked as a nanny in New York from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and instead of the $1,500 per month she had been promised she received $620.

The study recommends that domestic workers be guaranteed the same rights to overtime, meals and rest breaks, and that they be protected against discrimination.

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Player for the Miami Dolphins, Jonathan Amaya, Arrested for Choking Taxi Driver

Player for the Miami Dolphins, Jonathan Amaya, Arrested for Choking Taxi Driver

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A Florida taxi driver narrowly escaped serious injury after being allegedly accosted by an NFL player.

Miami Dolphins safety Jonathan Amaya, 24, was arrested Monday morning after two off-duty police officers heard taxi driver Salvador Vunge yelling for help, saying, “This man is trying to kill me!”

According to Vunge, Amaya got into the cab in Miami Beach and asked to be taken to Weston. When Vunge told Amaya he did not take people that far, Amaya gave him a $100 bill. The cab driver agreed to the trip, but shortly after it began, Amaya allegedly grew angry and “started to get aggressive” with the driver.

At around 4:30 a.m., Vunge had had enough.

One police officer wrote:

At that point Mr. Vunge returned back to the area where he was flagged down, gave [Amaya] his money back, and told him to get out of the cab. Mr. Vunge then stated at that point [Amaya] leaned forward and wrapped him hands around his neck and started choking him.

The driver then began yelling for help as he drove down Washington Ave. The off-duty officers who heard him were outside Club Bamboo and ran to the vehicle which had stopped. They ran to the driver’s aid, and found Amaya still in the backseat.

The 6’2, 203-lb, footballer was taken out of the vehicle and charged with one count of battery and booked into Miami-Dade County Jail on $1,500 bond.

Vunge did not appear to have any serious injuries, and it is unclear why Amaya became aggressive in the first place.

Though Amaya has yet to be found guilty, as Bleacher Report put it realistically:

Jonathon Amaya is not good enough to have his NFL career withstand the recent serious charges he is facing.

Yes, that is a giant double standard, but that is the nature of business.

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Paraguay Hopes to Join Petroleum Producers Club after Large Oil Find

Paraguay Hopes to Join Petroleum Producers Club after Large Oil Find

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A large oil discovery has been made in the Chaco region and Paraguay could join the petroleum producers club in 2013, President Federico Franco said.

Paraguay is a country full of opportunities. Next week, Tuesday, if God allows, we are going to the Chaco. Petroleum has been found in the Pirity basin and of the best quality, and in abundant quantities,” Franco told a group of Brazilian businessmen on Monday.

Initial studies have been conducted and “certainly by April, May, June of next year” Paraguay will join “the countries that produce petroleum,” the president said.

Crescent Global Oil and Pirity Hidrocarburo, which are exploring for oil in the Chaco region, expect to begin drilling in December, the official IP news agency reported.

The Chaco, Paraguay’s westernmost region, is arid, sparsely populated and home to vast cattle ranches.

Paraguay and Bolivia fought for control of the region in the bloody 1932-1935 Chaco War, which left 100,000 dead, most of them from malaria and lack of water.

Paraguay has been searching for crude in the region for decades in an effort to cut its dependence on foreign oil.

The South American country has large energy resources, thanks to the two hydroelectric projects it shares with Brazil and Argentina on the Parana River, but most of the electricity produced goes to its neighbors in exchange for economic compensation.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Return to Cuba for “Special” Medical Treatment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Return to Cuba for “Special” Medical Treatment

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Cuba to undergo “special” medical treatment six months after his most recent session of anti-cancer radiation therapy.

Chavez on Tuesday sent to the National Assembly a request for permission to leave the country immediately, legislative speaker Diosdado Cabello said.

“It has been recommended to me to begin special treatment consisting of several sessions of hyperbaric oxygenation that, along with physical therapy, continue consolidating the process of strengthening my health that I have been undergoing,” said Chavez in his request, which was immediately approved by the assembly.

“I have been exercising due care about my health and assiduously complying with the ... treatment plan ordered by the medical team attending me,” Chavez added, going on to say that he will remain in Cuba for an undetermined period.

Chavez said he will address the National Assembly on Jan. 10 to outline his government plan for the period 2013-2019 after winning re-election in October.

The president, who in June 2011 was diagnosed with cancer that required him to undergo three separate operations in Cuba, conducted an election campaign that intensified its rhythm into the final stretch.

Since he won re-election on Oct. 7, Chavez has not presided over any public event and his public appearances have been reduced to a minimum.

The last time he appeared on television was Nov. 15, when he headed a meeting with members of his Cabinet.

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Cuba: 80% of Those Diagnosed With AIDS Since 1986 Still Alive

Cuba: 80% of Those Diagnosed With AIDS Since 1986 Still Alive

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The number of people diagnosed with AIDS in Cuba from 1986 to Oct. 23, 2012 totals some 17,224, of whom 80 percent are still alive, official media said Monday.

In a statement to the official weekly Trabajadores, the head of AIDS prevention and control at the Public Health Ministry, Maria Isela Lantero, said that the projection for the end of 2012 is for a number similar or smaller than in 2011, making this the second straight year to show a decline.

In the period from January to October 2011, about 1,400 new cases were detected in Cuba of the HIV virus infection that causes AIDS, according to official figures.

Lantero said that today more than 8,000 people in the country are in treatment.

She also said that Havana contributes more than half the cases reported in Cuba, and that 80 percent are men.

Lantero said that the transmission of the virus from mother to child is no longer a problem and with regard to the decline in mortality in recent years, she believes that “stability and favorable results” have been achieved.

Cuban experts say their country is one of the least affected by AIDS in the region, but a significant group of carriers of the virus exists due to the low perception of risk among the population.

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Mexican Economy Expected to Grow 3.3% in 2013, Slightly Down from 2012

Mexican Economy Expected to Grow 3.3% in 2013, Slightly Down from 2012

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Mexico’s economy, which will grow 3.8 percent this year, will see growth slow to 3.3 percent in 2013 due to weakness in some of its main trade partners before rebounding and growing 3.6 percent in 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, said Tuesday.

The gross domestic product growth outlook for Mexico was revised downward by two-tenths of a percent for 2012 and was reduced by five-tenths of a percent for 2013, the OECD said.

The downward revisions were made because the Mexican manufacturing sector, which has improved its competitiveness since 2009 and regained market share abroad, is being affected by the economic situation in countries, especially the United States, that import its products as the year winds down.

As the global and U.S. economies rebound in late 2013 and into 2014, Mexico will benefit from stronger GDP growth, the OECD said.

Mexico’s economic growth outlook is much better than that for other developing countries, which are looking at GDP growth of 1.4 percent this year and about the same level in 2013 before rebounding and growing 2.3 percent in 2014.

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Extreme Trafficking: Border Agents Seize $4.5 Million of Cocaine

Extreme Trafficking: Border Agents Seize $4.5 Million of Cocaine

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Customs and Border Protection officers at Anzalduas International Bridge seized $4,446,000 worth of alleged cocaine in two separate, unrelated incidents this weekend and arrested two Mexican national men and one female associated with the alleged narcotic smuggling violations.

The first seizure occurred on Saturday morning, November 24, when a 2006 silver Honda Civic, occupied by two Mexican citizens from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, arrived at the International Bridge. The driver, a 25-year-old male and a 22-year-old female presented their Mexican border crossing cards. The CBP officer referred them to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 26 packages of alleged cocaine, weighing nearly 69 pounds, hidden within the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the cocaine is $2,204,000.

The second seizure occurred on Sunday morning, November 25, at the same border crossing when CBP officers encountered a 2004 silver Volkswagen. The driver, a 38-year-old male and a 21-year-old female, both from Mexico City, Mexico, presented their Mexican passports with U.S. visas and were subsequently referred to secondary for a more thorough inspection. In secondary, officers discovered 28 packages of alleged cocaine weighing more than 70 pounds, concealed within the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the cocaine is $2,242,000.

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TuesdayNovember 27, 2012