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WednesdayJanuary 2, 2013

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Eight People Killed in Separate Incidents in Northern Mexico

Eight People Killed in Separate Incidents in Northern Mexico

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Eight people were murdered in separate incidents in the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexican authorities said Wednesday.

Five males, one of them a 17-year-old, were found fatally shot Wednesday inside an abandoned car in the town of Guachochi, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

The victims are thought to have been killed Monday.

Police received an anonymous telephone call alerting them to the presence of the bodies, AG’s office spokesman Carlos Gonzalez told Efe.

Guachochi lies in an area of intensive marijuana cultivation in the Sierra Tarahumara mountains.

Two other men were found shot to death on a road in Ascension, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of the border metropolis of Ciudad Juarez.

That discovery also followed an anonymous tip, the Chihuahua AG’s office said.

The eighth victim, another male, was beaten, shot and then dumped on a road in the southern town of Jimenez.

Chihuahua, which borders Texas, has accounted for nearly 30 percent of the more than 70,000 gangland murders committed in Mexico since December 2006.

Most of the Chihuahua killings occurred in Ciudad Juarez, long the scene of a brutal turf battle between drug cartels.

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Son-in-Law Says Pres. Chavez’s Health is “Delicate”

Son-in-Law Says Pres. Chavez’s Health is “Delicate”

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s health situation is “stable ... (but) delicate,” his son-in law, Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza, said Wednesday in Cuba, where the president has been hospitalized for three weeks.

“The medical team explains to us that President Chavez’s condition continues to be stable ... (but) delicate,” said Arreaza via Twitter.

The minister, who is the husband of Chavez’s older daughter, Rosa Virginia, said that the president “continues fighting hard and he sends all his love” to the Venezuelan people.”

“Determination and patience!!!” added the minister, eight days before Chavez is due to be inaugurated for another term.

The 58-year-old Chavez, who underwent surgery on Dec. 11, is recovering from his fourth cancer operation in 18 months.

Arreaza said that the president’s older brother, Barinas state Gov. Adan Chavez, traveled to Havana and that he was meeting with Vice President Nicolas Maduro and Attorney General Cilia Flores.

On Tuesday, Maduro, whom Chavez designated his political successor, once again acknowledged the president’s “delicate” health situation.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan opposition demanded on Wednesday that the government tell “the truth” about Chavez’s condition.

Chavez, who took office in 1999, was re-elected in October to another six-year term.

He was first diagnosed with cancer after complaining of pain in his pelvic region during a June 2011 official visit to Cuba. Since then, the former paratrooper has undergone four surgical procedures and courses of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Latin America News: Remittances to Mexico Fall in November by 5.1%

Latin America News: Remittances to Mexico Fall in November by 5.1%

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Mexico received $1.69 billion in remittances in November, down 5.1 percent from the same month in 2011, the central bank said Wednesday.

Remittances for the first 11 months of 2012 totaled $20.74 billion, a decline of 1.3 percent from the January-November period of the previous year, the Banco de Mexico said.

The median amount per remittance in November 2012 was $299.98, off from $325.42 the year before.

Remittances from expatriates are Mexico’s second-largest source of foreign exchange after oil exports and help cover living expenses for millions of households.

Most of the money is sent from the United States, where an estimated 12 million Mexicans live, about half of them undocumented migrants.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Jodi Arias May Get Death Penalty for Stabbing Ex to Death in Shower

LATINO BLOTTER: Jodi Arias May Get Death Penalty for Stabbing Ex to Death in Shower

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An Arizona woman is accused of being so obsessive about her ex-boyfriend that investigators believe she stabbed and shot him, leaving him to die in his bathroom.

Jodie Arias stands accused of killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008 after the couple ended their relationship in June 2007 and Alexander began dating another woman that December.

Arias, now 32, and Alexander, a then 30-year-old Mormon motivational speaker, met in September 2006 at a conference in Las Vegas in September. After talking on the phone almost every day for months, Arias moved to Mesa, Arizona to be with Alexander in February 2007. She was even baptized into the Mormon church. According to Alexander’s friends and family, Arias quickly became obsessive about her boyfriend and was extremely jealous. When their relationship ended five months later, Alexander’s family says she began stalking him. He reportedly even told them he believed Arias had gotten into his Facebook account somehow.

After he began dating another woman in December 2007, Alexander told family and friends Arias slashed his tires on two separate occasions. Still, despite her alleged behavior, Alexander was reportedly involved in a sexual relationship with Arias in the months prior to his murder.

According to his friend, Alexander found it “hard to say no to a woman that sneaks into your house, crawls in your bed and tries to ... seduce you.”

ImageOn June 9th, 2007, after not hearing from their friend in days, two of Alexander’s friends went to his house to check up on him. When they entered they found his body on the floor of his bloody bathroom. It was later determined he had been dead since June 4.

When police spoke with Arias, she initially denied she had been at Alexander’s home that day, but when investigators discovered a water-logged digital camera in his washing machine and were able to recover many photos, Arias changed her story to one of many tales prosecutors say she told.

On the camera were naked photos of both Arias and Alexander, many of which they both posed for. Each was time stamped and even photos that had been “deleted” were recovered. Shockingly, not all the photos of Alexander were taken when he was alive. Investigators say 5:30 p.m. was the final photo of Alexander alive, he was either in the shower or had recently stepped out. After that, photos of him bleeding on the floor were taken.

Alexander was stabbed 27 times, shot once in the face, and had his throat slit from ear to ear.

Arias’ DNA was found in a number of places, including her hair on the bloody bathroom wall. Her palm print on a wall was also found in Alexander’s blood on one of the walls.

With evidence mounting against, Arias confessed that she had been at her ex-boyfriend’s house, but maintained she did not kill him. She would later change her story again, saying she saw two people attack Alexander, but said she did not know who they were and would not be able to pick them out in a police line-up.

Again, Arias would change her story, this time confessing to killing him, but claiming it was in self defense after Alexander grew angry and violent when she dropped his camera. She would also go on to claim he was both sexually and physically abusive and even tried to submit “evidence” that he was a pedophile. However, the letters she attempted to submit (she was representing herself) allegedly written by Alexander, were revealed to be forgeries.

Arias eventually told a judge she was “over her head” and asked to have her legal team reinstated. But just as her story changed numerous times, so too hard her legal representation.

Her attorney withdrew from the case in December 2011, and she is not being represented by Jennifer Wilmot and opening statements for the case began today, Wednesday, January 2.

Arias has pled not guilty to first-degree murder, and now faces the death penalty. Should he be convicted, Arias would be the fourth woman on death row.

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Olympic Medal Winner, Noe Hernandez, Shot Near Mexico City Night Club

Olympic Medal Winner, Noe Hernandez, Shot Near Mexico City Night Club

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Mexican Olympic medalist Noe Hernandez remains stable three days after being shot in the head at a nightclub in metropolitan Mexico City, although his condition is still life-threatening, doctors said Wednesday.

The 34-year-old former race walker, winner of a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, lost vision in his right eye as a result of the attack but has responded favorably in recent hours.

Surgeons said Hernandez has awoken and is able to move his extremities and respond to basic commands but they are not yet able to determine if he suffered brain damage.

Dr. Carlos Castillo told reporters his team must wait until the ventilator is removed before they know if Hernandez is able to talk, adding that they will decide on his treatment at that time.

Hernandez finished second to Poland’s Robert Korzeniowski in the 20-kilometer race walk in Sydney and recorded his personal-best time of 1:18:14 in that event at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Saint-Denis, France.

The 34-year-old Hernandez serves as sports secretary of the executive committee of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

He was shot Sunday at a nightclub in Los Reyes La Paz, a city located about 30 kilometers (nearly 19 miles) from the Mexican capital.

The shooting - which is currently under investigation - also left another individual wounded, police said.

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Immigration News:  Michigan Ballots Will Now Come With Proof of Citizenship Statement

Michigan’s Governor Rick Synder has signed a bill into law that will require voters to sign a statement to verify they are U.S. citizens.

The bill has now become law and will require Michigan voters to sign an “affirmative” statement confirming they are citizens.  Voters must also provide their address and date of birth on the statement, before getting a voting ballot.  In addition the Republican sponsored bill will also require new voters to show a photo ID when registering to vote.

The Michigan House and Senate approved the measure during the lame duck session on the last voting day of the state Legislature.  The vote for the new citizenship affirmation bill came mostly along party lines.  Republicans control the state’s Legislature. 

There have been different forms of this bill that have come forth before some have been vetoed and others faced court challenges.  The new law addresses the concerns of Republicans that voter integrity is maintained and voter fraud be eliminated. 

Reportedly there are 963 non-citizens registered to vote in Michigan of which 54 have ever voted.  Meanwhile Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson believes there are up to “4,000 people illegally registered to vote” but cannot say how many if any of those individuals ever voted. 

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Blog del Narco: Armed Men Attempt to Rescue the Body of Zeta Leader in Veracruz

Blog del Narco: Armed Men Attempt to Rescue the Body of Zeta Leader in Veracruz

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According to the report, gunmen fired on officers guarding the premises where the body of the drug lord was being held. A group of gunmen attempted to rescue the body of Enrique Uscanga Angel Marin, alias “The Pokemon” , alleged leader of Los Zetas killed on Thursday in Cordoba Marina, the state government reported.

“Law enforcement and repelled an attack and shot dead four criminals who tried to steal the body of Enrique Uscanga Angel Marin, alias the Pokemon, identified as the leader of the criminal group Los Zetas in the region,” he said in a statement.

The rescue attempt, he said, occurred last night at the Cordoba.
“Gunmen opened fire from a vehicle against the order elements that protect the facilities where the bodies of the five criminals killed during the raid on Thursday 27 December,” he said.

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Dozens Arrested in Spain on Child Pornography Charges

Dozens Arrested in Spain on Child Pornography Charges

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A score of suspects accused of Web-based child pornography have been arrested in two operations carried out across Spain.

Collections of lewd videos and photographs featuring minors, which were uploaded to the Internet and swapped by pedophiles on different Web sites, were seized in the raids.

According to Spain’s Civil Guard, the first operation was launched after files with pedophiliac content and specific software for searching for and downloading those types of files were detected on various Web sites.

Seventeen Spanish and Bulgarian men between the ages of 21 and 69 were arrested on charges of prostitution and corruption of minors via Internet, while 13 other individuals have been charged with the same crimes.

The second operation stemmed from a complaint from an individual who inadvertently received a child-porn video during an attempt to download a music video.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Man Arrested for Killing and Burying Victim in Poured Concrete

LATINO BLOTTER:  Man Arrested for Killing and Burying Victim in Poured Concrete

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Juan Alberto Galviz, 35, has been arrested in the murder and entombment of an unidentified male victim in the Los Angeles area.

Whittier, California police were acting on a tip of a possible killing when they located the body of the male in recently poured concrete inside a local heating and air conditioning business.  The body was found on Sunday and police are reporting today that they believe Galviz and the victim had some sort of ongoing “feud” that lead to the killing.

Authorities had to bust up the concrete block to locate the body and hope to provide identification and cause of death when the coroner examines the remains. 

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Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé, Nick Loeb, Thrown Out of Miami Night Club

Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé, Nick Loeb, Thrown Out of Miami Night Club

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Nick Loeb, the fiance of actress Sofia Vergara, was thrown out of a Miami Beach nightclub after getting into a verbal altercation, the New York Daily News said Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the wee hours of Tuesday at Story, a club near the Delano Hotel, where the Colombian beauty and Loeb had earlier hosted a New Year’s Eve party.

The trouble started when another guest in the club’s VIP section bumped into Vergara, star of the ABC comedy “Modern Family,” causing her to spill her drink.

Loeb, according to witnesses, demanded that the man apologize, despite Vergara’s wish to let the matter go. The couple began to argue and the club’s security guards intervened, hustling Loeb out the back door, the witnesses said.

Hours later, Vergara posted on Twitter a photo of Loeb with her mother, an apparent signal that all was forgiven.

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Paparazzo Chris Guerra Killed After Chasing Justin Bieber’s Car in L.A.

Paparazzo Chris Guerra Killed After Chasing Justin Bieber’s Car in L.A.

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A freelance paparazzo was killed in Los Angeles on Tuesday after he was struck by a car as he was trying to take photos of what he thought was Justin Bieber getting a traffic ticket.

Paparazzo Chris Guerra had reportedly been following Justin Bieber’s Ferrari around town on Tuesday, and had told friends he was the only one who knew Bieber and Selena Gomez were not in Mexico as they claimed. However, Guerra was incorrect, and the person driving Bieber’s Ferrari when it was pulled over yesterday was the singer’s friend Lil Twist.

Lil Twist and a friend were pulled over by the California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 freeway near the Getty Center in L.A. when Guerra got out to snap some shots. The CHP officer is said to have repeatedly ordered Guerra back to his car.

After snapping a few shots, he turned to walk back to his car and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. He died as a result of his injuries and the Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating the incident.

Drugs and alcohol are not said to have been a factor for the driver that hit Guerra.

The paparazzo, who was in late 20s, was not married and had no children.

Following the incident, Bieber released a statement saying, “Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves.”

Miley Cyrus, who is also constantly followed by pushy paps, commented on the incident on Twitter:

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Rumors Swirls: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Taken Turn for the Worse

Rumors Swirls: Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Taken Turn for the Worse

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Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro insists that ailing President Hugo Chavez though in a “delicate” condition is lucid and conscious.  Maduro, who is Chavez appointed successor while he recuperates in Cuba, returned home today after visiting Chavez.

In spite of these reassurances rumors continue to swirl that Chavez has taken a turn for the worse after a December 11, 2012 operation to alleviate symptoms of his fight with recurring cancer.  Some unofficial reports say Chavez is in a coma others say he is battling a respiratory infection from the surgery. 

The left-leaning leader has been battling some form of cancer since the summer of 2011.  He has often traveled to Cuba for surgery, follow-up treatments and check-ups.  This last return to Cuba is considered a setback to his recovery and believed to signal that his cancer is not in remission. 

An official statement of the type of cancer the 58-year-old President has never provided nor the condition of his overall health.  Chavez is due to be inaugurated for a second term on January 10, 2013. 

The December surgery was Chavez’ fourth cancer surgery in 18 months.

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Happy New Year from Sofia Vergara, Star Stuns in Bathing Suit

Happy New Year from Sofia Vergara, Star Stuns in Bathing Suit

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Her character may be pregnant on Modern Family, but Sofia Vergara recently showed off how not pregnant she is in real life.

Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the ABC comedy, was recently on vacation in Miami when she posed for a photo while out on the water.

Wearing nothing but sunglasses and a cut-out bathing suit, the Colombiana was muy caliente.

And while she is known for her exceptional beauty, Vergara is also quite the joker. On New Year’s Eve, the actress posted another photo on her WhoSay account, but this time wearing comically large glasses. (And check out the funny photo she posted today.)

Vergara had a big year in 2012, as she was nominated for a number of upcoming awards for her “Modern Family” role; she became engaged to long-time beau, Nick Loeb, and also finished filming The Smurfs 2 and Machete Kills.

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New House Prices in Spain Down 33.5% Since 2007

New House Prices in Spain Down 33.5% Since 2007

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Prices of new Spanish houses fell another 6.9 percent in 2012 and have now plunged by more than a third since their peak in 2007, an appraisers’ association said Wednesday.

In its latest report, the Sociedad de Tasacion predicted that prices would continue to fall in 2013 and could begin to make properties attractive to “international investment groups.”

New house prices have plunged 33.5 percent from the pinnacle of Spain’s long-building real-estate bubble, the collapse of which has had a devastating effect on the country’s economy.

Current housing prices are at 2003 levels, or roughly 2,212 euros ($2,900) per square meter built, in the country’s provincial capitals.

The Sociedad de Tasacion said several factors contributed to the continued drop in new house prices in 2012, including a sky-high unemployment rate that is already more than 25 percent and is expected to rise further over the next several months.

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Latin America News:  American Tourist Dies After Falling in Machu Picchu

Latin America News:  American Tourist Dies After Falling in Machu Picchu

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NOTE NAME CORRECTION:  From Rachel Ceclia Gian to Rachel Ianni.


An American tourist died after falling into a ravine while hiking near the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, located in the southeastern Peruvian region of Cuzco, local media reported.

Rachel Ianni, 26, fell near the town of Aguas Calientes in the lower part of the steep mountain on which the Inca ruins are situated.

Police told RPP that the woman’s body was found Tuesday after a nearly five-hour search.

Another two people also died in accidents on New Years Day in Cuzco: a man who suffered major injuries in a fireworks blast and a woman who drowned after falling into a river.

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34-Yr-Old Spanish Olympian Andreu Vivo Dies of Heart Attack

34-Yr-Old Spanish Olympian Andreu Vivo Dies of Heart Attack

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Spanish Olympic gymnast Andreu Vivo died of a heart attack in the Catalonian district of Collbaix early Sunday morning while he was mountain climbing, the Catalonian Gymnastics Federation confirmed.

Vivo, 34, who competed in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, began to feel ill after climbing the Collbaix peak with a friend and collapsed soon after beginning the descent. When emergency management personnel arrived at the scene they were unable to revive him, according to the daily Regio 7.

The funeral for the Catalan gymnast will be held next Thursday, Jan. 3, at 10:00 a.m. in his hometown of Manresa at the Church of Christ the King.

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Latin America News:  Colombian Military Kills 13 Guerrillas

Latin America News:  Colombian Military Kills 13 Guerrillas

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At least 13 guerrillas were killed during an operation by Colombian security forces against the FARC rebels in Chigorodo, a town in the northwestern province of Antioquia.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the operation and casualty count on Twitter, saying: “13 guerrillas are out of action in operation against Front 5 of the FARC in Chirogodo.”

The Colombian air force announced in a communique that the operation staged on Monday morning along with the National Police was aimed at attacking a rebel camp “that later was neutralized by combat aircraft.”

Among the dead are seven men and six women, all evidently FARC members, and security forces found a shotgun and 12 rifles along with documents that they turned over to military intelligence for analysis.

The communique also stated that a female guerrilla known as “Mayerli” and thought to be second-in-command of the FARC’s Front 5 was wounded in the assault.

According to the information provided by the military, Mayerli was involved in the killing of 19 soldiers in 2009 near the rural town of Mutata.

Although the FARC and the government last October began negotiating to end the internal armed conflict that has lasted for half a century and the guerrillas declared a 2-month unilateral cease fire around the Christmas season, a recent study by the CERAC conflict analysis center found that the rebels have staged 13 attacks since the cease fire went into effect.

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Spanish Utlity Company Sells 32 Wind Farms in France

Spanish Utlity Company Sells 32 Wind Farms in France

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Spanish utility company Iberdrola said Monday it sold 32 wind farms in France to U.S.-based General Electric, Meag and France’s EDF for 400 million euros (nearly $528 million).

The deal is being executed via the sale of 100 percent of the stock of subsidiary Iberdrola Renovables Francia, or IBRF, which owns the 32 wind farms, Iberdrola said in a filing with Spanish securities regulators.

General Electric will have a 40 percent stake in IBRF, while Meag will own another 40 percent and EDF will have a 20 percent interest.

IBRF is being sold for 350 million euros ($462 million ), with another 50 million euros ($66 million) in additional payments due if certain requirements are met, Iberdrola said.

President Evo Morales announced the nationalization last Saturday of four Iberdrola units in Bolivia, including the main electricity distributors in La Paz and Oruro provinces.

The facilities of electric utilities Electropaz and Elfeo, two of the Bolivian units of Iberdrola, were cordoned off by the security forces.

More than 700 police officers and soldiers were deployed at the Electropaz offices in La Paz and the Elfeo offices in Oruro.

The nationalization decree also covers services company Edeser and investment firm Compañia Administradora de Empresas.

All four units are majority owned by Iberdrola subsidiary Iberbolivia.

Iberdrola officials said they expected Bolivia to “pay the real value” of the four companies.

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WednesdayJanuary 2, 2013