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SundayApril 7, 2013

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Mexican President Touts Economic Potential at Asian Forum

Mexican President Touts Economic Potential at Asian Forum

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Sunday defended his ambitious reform plans at the Boao Forum, known as the “Asian Davos.”

The reform plans will “unleash the economic potential” of Mexico and make it more attractive to Asian investors, the president said.

Mexico is “immersed in an internal transformation process” supported by stability and solid fiscal management, with a public sector deficit of zero in 2013 and public debt of less than 35 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), Peña Nieto told the Asian business leaders who attended his presentation.

Latin American countries are interested in expanding ties with Asia’s dynamic economies, the president said.

The region offers Asia a number of advantages, including democratic governments, falling poverty rates and narrowing inequality, Peña Nieto said.

“We are living through times of change in international geopolitics. In a multipolar world, not only are there emerging countries, but there are also emerging blocs of nations, and the best examples are precisely Asia and Latin America,” Peña Nieto said.

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Luxury Homes Fuel Miami’s Latest Real Estate Boom

Luxury Homes Fuel Miami’s Latest Real Estate Boom

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Miami is entering a new real estate “boom,” fed mainly by the investments of Latin Americans which have transformed the face of the city and, with its luxury homes, become one of its greatest draws.

Miami and its surroundings, according to the latest report on the luxury real estate market by Christie’s, in 2012 burst into the group of the world’s main markets of this type, thanks to the general recovery in demand and low prices.

“The foreign buyers have been buying luxury properties in Miami as a result of the uncertainty about their currencies, which often have become devalued with respect to the dollar,” Ron Shuffield, of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors, said.

Christie’s, however, calculates that 55 percent of the luxury real estate purchases made between October 2011 and September 2012, inclusive, were made by Miami residents and were investments in primary residences, many of them in relatively central parts of the city.

“I’ve never been a supporter of people moving farther and farther from the city. I think they should get back to the downtown area so that they can do everything by walking, like in Chicago, New York and London,” developer Jorge Perez said.

Perez, the president of The Related Group, said in an interview with Efe that his company has a key responsibility for the design that is beginning to characterize Miami, thanks to the many huge apartment buildings where the penthouses are normally luxuriously appointed and designed for wealthy owners who want privacy and good views, but in central parts of the city.

“We’re getting there: A good bit of density has been created in the last 10 years. Before, on the street, you saw two or three taxis, and now you see a lot and the urban transport service is developing and improving,” Perez said.

Calculations are that Miami at the end of last year had more than 2,000 residences with prices above $1 million, half of what New York has despite the fact that the population of the Miami metropolitan area does not have even one quarter the people of the Big Apple.

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Who Did Jenna Jameson Beat Up? Hopefully Not her Ex Tito Ortiz

Who Did Jenna Jameson Beat Up? Hopefully Not her Ex Tito Ortiz

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UPDATE:  Jameson tweets implies that a friend robbed her and broke into her house which provoked the incident.  Check it out here.


ORIGINAL: Adult star and porn entrepreneur, Jenna Jameson was arrested in Newport Beach, California on battery charges.  The ex-finance of Tito Ortiz allegedly assaulted an unidentified person inside a home in the Balboa Peninsula.  The victim made a citizen’s arrest around 8p.m. Saturday night.  This is the porn queen’s second arrest in less than a year.

Jameson, who has made over one-hundred adult films and retired in 2008, broke up with the UFC light heavyweight champion in late 2012.  The couple has twin four-year-old boys, Jesse Jameson and Journey Jette.  The couple had been together on-and-off-again since 2006 and were engaged at one point.

Let’s hope the victim is not Ortiz, who in the past has accused Jameson of being abusive and an OxyContin addict. 

Jameson, 38, is currently on probation for a DUI arrest last year, she pleaded guilty in that incident and paid a fee. 

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Petrobras Oil Spill Reaches Sao Paulo Beaches

Petrobras Oil Spill Reaches Sao Paulo Beaches

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Fluids from a terminal operated by state-controlled oil giant Petrobras have reached several beaches in Sao Paulo state, forcing authorities to close off the area, Brazilian officials said.

The spill of unspecified petroleum derivatives, whose size is not known, occurred on Friday afternoon at the Almirante Barroso Terminal, or Tebar, in the city of Sao Sebastiao.

The municipal environmental agency asked citizens to stay away from nine area beaches, the city government said.

Officials are still trying to determine the extent of the spill, which appears to be large, Sao Sebastiao Environmental Secretary Eduardo Hipolito do Rego said in a statement.

“We do not know yet if it is crude, but we can confirm that it is a petroleum derivative. The spill is of large proportions, so much so that it affected several beaches. We cannot rule out that the product will spread to neighboring cities,” the environmental official said.

Transpetro, a Petrobras subsidiary, confirmed Saturday afternoon that a fuel spill occurred at Tebar, a marine terminal that handles nearly 55 percent of the petroleum consumed in Brazil, the Sao Sebastiao city government said.

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Brazilian Police Officer Killed During Ambush, 26th Death This Year

Brazilian Police Officer Killed During Ambush, 26th Death This Year

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A policeman was shot to death on the weekend in an attack by two men riding a motorcycle in eastern Sao Paulo, bringing the number of Military Police officers killed in Brazil so far this year to 26, authorities said.

The officer, who was off duty and not wearing his uniform, was at the door of his home when he was surprised by the attackers, a source with the Military Police told Efe.

The victim drew his pistol and the attackers opened fire, wounding him severely. Moments later, they stole his pistol and fled on their motorcycle, which did not have a license plate on it.

The wounded police officer was transported to a hospital, where emergency surgery was performed but he could not be saved and died early Sunday morning.

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Divorce or Abdication:  Princess Cristina of Spain’s Difficult Choice

Divorce or Abdication:  Princess Cristina of Spain’s Difficult Choice

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There is a scandal brewing in Spain that is so riveting Spaniards are taking time off from focusing on their economic woes to weigh in and watch with bated breath what happens next.  It involves the middle-child, Princess Cristina or Infanta Christina as she is referred to in Spanish, of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia.

Poor Cristina, 47, the independent-minded royal with a higher education that works outside the royal household, has taken the Spanish royals down a path that may finish them off and/or land her in jail.  The scandal involves the Infanta’s husband, a retired pro handball player – yes I know it sounds bad already – thank God he’s easy on the eyes.

Apparently Iñaki Urdangarin, 45, or Duke of Palma for short was using his royal connections to fund a non-for-profit he ran with a partner.  The Noos Institute obtained funds from local Spanish municipalities to create sporting and tourism events.  The Duke was in trouble from the moment he influence peddled but missing funds that maybe in offshore tax havens makes this a criminal matter that has been under investigation since 2011.  The couple is in danger of losing their palatial villa amid accusations some of the missing funds were used for its purchase.  Long gone are the praises they garnered when the couple chose to live in their own home versus a royal palace.

Spaniards are heard referring to the investigation as the “new” Spanish Inquisition, now directly involves Princess Cristina.  This week she was named a suspect in the matter and is required to make a court appearance making her the first Spanish royal to appear before a legal body.  In Spain only the King is immune from prosecution, which came in handy during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella who subjected thousands to the rack and the modern-day precursor to waterboarding without retribution.Image

Infanta Cristina has always had it tough in the world of royals.  She is seventh in line to the throne with a younger brother, Crown Prince Felipe destine to be King if there is a monarchy left.  Then there is the matter of his commoner wife Letizia who is a super-star in terms of looks, graciousness and fashion.  You can look at any Spanish language daily and see what Princess Letizia is doing while Infanta Cristina and her older sister Infanta Elena are largely ignored and so ordinary looking that it’s breathtaking.  Her sister Elena married royalty while she opted for a former Olympian with an entitlement disorder, the bad news just goes on. 

Cristina is known to be a loyal wife.  How loyal will soon be found out.  She sat on the board of her husband’s non-profit and lent her name to its efforts.  Spanish investigators say she knew of the shell companies set up to divert money.  Urdangarin stepped down in 2006 from having any role with Noos.

Why would the Infanta allow her husband to run a non-for-profit, take a board position or even come close to any ‘money-making’ efforts that royals are suppose to eschew.  Well, the Royal Spanish Family is broke comparatively speaking – they are practically royal riff-raff.

While England’s Queen Elizabeth has a personal networth of $450 million, King Juan Carlos is worth a paltry $5 million.  And yes the family gets a $10 million annual stipend but that covers a staff of 500, maintenance on the royal residences and meager royal salaries.  Worse the stipend has been cut continuously amidst Spain’s austerity measures.  The unfortunate Princesses are often photographed in yester-years fashions or the same outfit from the week before. 

Most Spaniards forget or don’t’ care they have a royal family since most of the family keeps a low profile except on public occasions.  And not every outing to the bathroom or flower show is covered like it is with the Windsors of England.  However this mess has reminded Spain that it might be done with a monarchy.  A recent poll found nearly half the nation thinks it is time the 75-year-old Juan Carlos step down and over a third want to return to being a republic.

Basically the Spanish royal family is broke, unpopular and in trouble.

Princess Cristina must either abdicate her position in the royal family or get a divorce to save the rest of her family – a real ‘Sophie’s Choice’. And she must do this before she appears before the magistrate.  The date originally set for that was April 27th but an appeal was filed two days ago to delay the eventual.

As for Spain it finally has something to rejoice about with the good news that justice applies to all in the country.

Google+ Author: Estelle Gonzales Walgreen

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More than 1,700 Haitian Refugees Arrive in Brazil

Some 1,700 Haitians have entered the Brazilian state of Acre over the past two weeks and are being sheltered in a sports facility, the state government said.

The Haitians - 1,550 men, 150 women and two children - are being housed in a sports club in the city of Brasileia, located about 222 kilometers (138 miles) from Rio Branco and the capital of Acre.

On Monday, a team from the health monitoring agency and social workers are scheduled to be dispatched to the city to attend to the migrants.

The Haitians are spending the nights on mattresses at the shelter and the authorities are seeking alternatives with an eye toward alleviating the massive concentration of people at the sports club in the city of just over 20,000.

The Federal Police, which is the law enforcement arm tasked with monitoring the border, will step up its service starting on Sunday with the aim of increasing the number of migrants its personnel can attend to each day, state officials said.

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Study Highlights Contributions of Latinos to American Culture

Study Highlights Contributions of Latinos to American Culture

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As part of the National Park Service’s mission to tell the full story of America’s history, the Service is releasing the “American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study,” which focuses on the contributions of Latinos to our national heritage and culture.
 
The theme study is a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board and features 17 essays written by nationally recognized scholars addressing the contributions and experiences of American Latinos.

It will provide a framework as the Service works with partners and communities around the nation to identify, preserve, and interpret buildings, landscapes, and other sites that tell the story of Latinos in America.
     
The theme study is organized under four major sub-headings: Making the Nation, Making a Life, Making a Living and Making a Democracy.  The essays address many areas of Latino contributions and history representing the full spectrum of society, from labor, law and education to religion, sports, food and medicine.
 
In 2011, the National Park System Advisory Board formed the American Latino Scholars Panel, a group of prominent scholars to advise both the board and the National Park Service on engaging with communities on how to better tell the story of the American Latino through the National Historic Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places programs. 

The Latino scholars’ panel, in collaboration with the Organization of American Historians, guided the theme study.  Funding was made available in part by the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.
 
“American Latinos and the Making of the United States” is the latest in a series of more than 65 National Park Service theme studies.  Taken together, they provide a comparative analysis of properties associated with a wide variety of American history eras and subjects, such as the fur trade, earliest Americans, women’s history, Greek Revival architecture, Man in Space, or labor history.

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Pesticide Plant Fire Forces 300 to Evacuate in Central Mexico

Pesticide Plant Fire Forces 300 to Evacuate in Central Mexico

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At least 300 people were evacuated early Sunday in Atitalaquia, a city in central Mexico, due to a fire at a pesiticide plant that unleashed a “toxic cloud,” the Hidalgo state emergency management office said.

“We have information that some people were transported to hospitals with poisoning,” emergency management office spokeswoman Patricia Muñoz Valderrama told Efe.

The fire started at 3:15 a.m. in three warehouses belonging to Agroquimicos ATC in Atitalaquia and the fire department was notified just after 5:00 a.m., Muñoz Valderrama said.

Residents of the 18 de Marzo and Bojay neighborhoods have been evacuated and some residents of the Tlamaco district may also have been asked to leave their homes.

The fire is under control and the worst of the situation is over, allowing some people to return home, Hidalgo Gov. Francisco Olvera said in a Twitter posting.

Officials have not said what caused the fire to start.

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Lollapalooza Headliner Pearl Jam Rocks Chile

Lollapalooza Headliner Pearl Jam Rocks Chile

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U.S. rock band Pearl Jam kept the soul of grunge alive at the close of the first day of the 3rd edition of Chile’s Lollapalooza music festival.

The death of Nirvana leader and legend Kurt Cobain 19 years ago and of Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley in 2002 had left this subgenre of rock without key stylists and almost resulted in its slipping into oblivion.

After a long day of music on Saturday, though, the thousands of music fest attendees - both Chileans and foreigners - were delighted with almost 30 numbers played by the Seattle band.

After hearing the first guitar solo of the night and the introduction of the band members, Pearl Jam lit into the powerful “Do the Evolution.”

At a certain point midway through the concert, the group went back to the dressing room for a few minutes for a breather and many in the audience left despite the fact that the grunge-fest continued after full-blast a just a little while.

The band saved for the second half of the concert some of its most emblematic songs, including “Black,” from its first and most successful album “Ten” (1991), wowing the most faithful rock lovers who stuck it out until the end of the day’s 12 hours of non-stop music.

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Russia, Nicaraguan Navy Seize Large Quantity of Cocaine in Caribbean

Russia, Nicaraguan Navy Seize Large Quantity of Cocaine in Caribbean

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Nicaraguan naval forces and Russian drug enforcement agents seized 100 packages of cocaine on the high seas, state media reported, citing military spokesmen.

The seizure was made 30 nautical miles from Quitasueño key in the Caribbean waters administered by Colombia for 84 years until an International Court of Justice ruling on Nov. 19, 2012, restored sovereignty over the area to Nicaragua, armed forces spokesman Col. Orlando Palacios said.

The cocaine was being smuggled in a two-engine boat and arrests were made, Palacios said, without specifying how many suspects were detained.

Nicaragua’s Caribbean region provides a natural smuggling corridor for drug traffickers moving narcotics from Colombia into the United States.

The Nicaraguan armed forces seized 6,870 kilos of cocaine, arrested 143 people and confiscated 52 boats in 2012, the government said.

Nicaragua and Russia signed an agreement to fight drug trafficking.

Russian officials placed the cornerstone for an anti-drug training center in Managua in March.

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Potential Amnesty Program Requires Undocs Pay Taxes

Potential Amnesty Program Requires Undocs Pay Taxes

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

The immigration reform debate is complicated and filled with nuance, case in point is the discussion over whether undocumented workers pay income tax and whether they should be made to do so as a requisite of legalizing their status.Image

Fox News Latino takes the issue up in a recent article. It outlines the issue in it’s most obvious complexity: many (if not most) undocumented do, in fact, pay income tax; they need a special ”Individual Tax Identification Number” to do so; but many are afraid that the number will be used against them; and they may need the number as an “original document” in the event that immigration reform is approved and they want to make their status legal.

It’s a huge catch-22 with misconceptions and fears thrown in.

It’s worth the read.

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This article was first published in NewsTaco.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Award $3.1 Million to Pastoral Work in Latin America

U.S. Catholic Bishops Award $3.1 Million to Pastoral Work in Latin America

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 132 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, worth over $3.1 million, to aid pastoral work in that region. The funds also will allow young people to attend World Youth Day (WYD) in Brazil, July 23-28.

On March 21, the subcommittee approved a total of 129 grants for projects in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and three for reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

The amounts awarded were a little over $2 million from the Collection for the Church in Latin America, and $1.1 million from the Special Collection for the Church in Haiti, which funds the reconstruction projects.

Some conferences of bishops received funding to strengthen youth ministry programs in preparation for World Youth Day. For example, the Conference of Bishops of Ecuador received a $30,000 grant to hold their third National Youth Congress. This event will help gather youth who are unable to go to WYD and prepare those who will attend the event in Brazil.

“We are very glad to continue helping youth across the hemisphere to attend World Youth Day and have an opportunity to see Pope Francis,” said Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, M.Sp.S, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America.

“We are committed to supporting migrants and helping provide pastoral care to them not only in our country but also across the Americas. With this in mind, projects related to the pastoral care of migrants and refugees also received funding at this meeting,” said Bishop Elizondo.

In Peru, the conference of bishops received a grant of $15,000 to strengthen Pastoral de Movilidad Humana, the conference’s official organization for the pastoral care of migrants.

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State Department, USAID Host Event Focused on Nutrition in Guatemala

State Department, USAID Host Event Focused on Nutrition in Guatemala

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On April 3, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier and Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Paul Weisenfeld hosted Guatemalan Minister of Health Jorge Villavicencio, other Government of Guatemala officials, private sector representatives and a panel of nutrition experts at the Department of State for a joint discussion on Guatemala’s “Zero Hunger Pact” (“Pacto Cero Hambre”) to reduce chronic malnutrition.

Zero Hunger was launched by the President of Guatemala in 2012 and aims to reduce chronic malnutrition among children in Guatemala by ten percentage points by the end of 2015.

Participants from the Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, World Food Program-USA, the 1,000 Days partnership and the Inter-American Development Bank discussed Guatemala’s progress and next steps in implementing Zero Hunger. Half of Guatemalan children under the age of five suffer chronic malnutrition, the highest rate in the Western Hemisphere and one of the highest rates in the world.

The greatest levels of malnutrition and stunting occur in the Western highlands of Guatemala, an area that is also the focus for U.S. investments in food security and nutrition through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

The meeting highlighted the efforts of the GuatemalanGovernment to achieve sustainable results. Assistant to the Administrator Weisenfeld referred to Feed the Future’s efforts to support countries advance their food security priorities well as the importance of partner country ownership for the sustainability of such efforts and welcomed Guatemala’s prioritization of nutrition as part of its strategy to address hunger.

Acting Special Representative Shrier welcomed the Government of Guatemala’s commitment to support the Scaling Up Nutrition principles and commended the government for its leadership in working with the international community, Guatemalan civil society and private sector partners to address child undernutrition in Guatemala, particularly in the 1,000 days from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday.

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Nasa Indian Killed as Colombian Violence Continues

Nasa Indian Killed as Colombian Violence Continues

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A 57-year-old Nasa Indian man has been shot dead in an alleged army attack in Colombia.

Álvaro Chocué was shot in the head on Saturday, 30th March in the Caldono Indian Reserve in Colombia’s south-west Cauca province.

Army officials claim the shooting occurred during an armed confrontation between soldiers and illegal armed insurgents of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), but Nasa leaders say his body was found near a military check-point away from where the conflict took place.

Cauca Indian organization ACIN told Colombian press, ‘The military were supposedly manning a check point when Álvaro Chocué passed by and was shot dead. It took place on indigenous land.’

Following the incident, three soldiers were detained by local Nasa Indians in protest. The soldiers were released 24 hours later, after the army promised to investigate the case.

Indigenous peoples in Cauca have been some of the worst affected by Colombia’s bloody internal conflict.

FARC rebels have maintained a strong presence in the area for decades, and the Indians are repeatedly caught in the crossfire between the insurgents and army.

Survival has supported Cauca Indian organization CRIC, and is urging the Colombian government to end violence waged against the country’s indigenous peoples.

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NASA Wants to Lasso an Asteroid So Astronauts Can Land On It

NASA Wants to Lasso an Asteroid So Astronauts Can Land On It

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NASA has unveiled an ambitious plan to send astronauts to an asteroid, and it involves a lasso.

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who was an astronaut himself, told reporters on Friday about the plan, which President Obama has set aside $100 million for, notes The Associated Press. The plan features a robotic spaceship lassoing a 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. That would bring it close enough to the earth to allow astronauts to use an Orion capsule to approach the rock in 2021.

“It really is a clever concept,” Nelson told reporters in Orlando, according to The New York Daily News. “Go find your ideal candidate for an asteroid, go get it robotically and bring it back.”

The plan is set to appear in President Obama’s 2014 budget, which will be revealed next week.

Georgia Institute of Technology aerospace engineering professor Robert Braun noted that if the plan happens, it will be the first time humans will have manipulated a large object in space like this. “It’s a great combination of our robotic and human capabilities to do the kind of thing that NASA should be doing in this century,” he commented.

Nelson revealed that this plan is just the beginning of NASA’s approach to asteroids in the future. He said that it would put the agency on track to developing technology that could push a dangerously close asteroid away from earth.

“This is part of what will be a much broader program,” the senator said, notes the Daily News. “The plan combines the science of mining an asteroid, along with developing ways to deflect one, along with providing a place to develop ways we can go to Mars.”

If $100 million seems like a low estimate for the cost of the plan, it is. That’s just how much it will cost in planning. The construction of the robot and the capsule for astronauts will be in the billions.

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SundayApril 7, 2013