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TuesdayMay 14, 2013

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Blog del Narco: Gunmen Ambush Mayor in Oaxaca

Blog del Narco: Gunmen Ambush Mayor in Oaxaca

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The mayor of Santiago Amoltepec, a small town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, was ambushed by gunmen and shot over the weekend, media reports said Monday.

Luis Jimenez is listed in serious condition with gunshot wounds, Milenio television reported.

The mayor was ambushed by several armed subjects on Sunday night.

Jimenez was attacked while driving on a rural road in Santiago Amoltepec.

The mayor had received death threats recently over a land dispute in the town, Milenio said.

Jimenez was airlifted to Oaxaca city, where he is being treated at a hospital for his wounds.

Oaxaca’s Sierra Sur mountains, where Santiago Amoltepec is located, have long been known for violent land disputes among its Indian communities.

In March 2009, Santiago Amoltepec and neighboring Textitlan signed a treaty ending a 20-year land dispute that claimed more than 200 lives.

The inhabitants of both communities depend on agriculture for their survival, a fact that fueled the quarrel over a parcel of 200 hectares (494 acres) located between the settlements.

More than half the residents of Santiago Amoltepec and Textitlan speak an indigenous language.

Most of Mexico’s roughly 11 million Indians - representing just over 10 percent of the country’s population - are concentrated in southern states such as Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas and Guerrero.

Sixteen of Mexico’s 62 surviving indigenous languages are spoken in Oaxaca.

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Formal Spanish Language Instruction Arrives in Shanghai, China

Formal Spanish Language Instruction Arrives in Shanghai, China

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The Beijing branch of Spain’s Cervantes Institute this week will introduce itself as a teaching institution for Spanish in Shanghai, the hub of the Chinese economy, in an alliance with state-owned China International Intellectech Corporation, or CIIC.

“The important thing is to make Spanish publicly known, which is the value we have,” the director of the Beijing Cervantes Institute, Inmaculada Gonzalez Puig, told Efe.

The agreement is aimed at joining forces to offer “a program of courses by the CIIC in which we contribute the teaching supervision, quality control, the selection of professors and also classroom support,” she said.

The classes will be held in the training facility of the Shanghai affiliate of CIIC, in the city’s central Xuhui district, where seven classrooms initially have been outfitted, although it is expected that the local demand for Spanish instruction will soon mean that more are needed.

“They are courses oriented to all levels, in different formats, time slots and disciplines, with a maximum of 14 students per class. And we’re convinced that they will get an excellent reception in the city,” Gonzalez Puig said.

“I think that the Chinese authorities are very aware of the need they have to train bilingual personnel, because in public institutions, ministries (and) corporations, they also have this shortage, and they are the ones primarily interested in achieving this advance,” she said.

In the Chinese metropolis, “there is great demand for Spanish in all sectors,” in part because there are many Chinese businesses “that are working with Spain or with Latin America and that need professionals who speak Spanish and Chinese,” she noted.

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Bruno Mars, Miguel, Victor Cruz Nominated for 2013 BET Awards

Bruno Mars, Miguel, Victor Cruz Nominated for 2013 BET Awards

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On Tuesday, the nominees for the 2013 BET Awards were announced. Singers Miguel and Bruno Mars and football player Victor Cruz made the short lists.

Bruno Mars was nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, as was Miguel. However, Miguel’s list of nominations continues with the following:

-Video of the Year for “Adorn”
-Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award for “Adorn”
-Centric Award for “Adorn”

Along with Miguel and Mars, Victor Cruz was nominated for Subway Sportsman of the Year.

The 2013 BET Awards will be held on Sunday, June 30.

Check out the full list categories and nominees here.

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Mayan Pyramid in Belize Bulldozed by Road Crews for Gravel

Mayan Pyramid in Belize Bulldozed by Road Crews for Gravel

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Archeologists were horrified to learn road crews had nearly completely demolished a Mayan pyramid in Belize because they were “too lazy to find a proper quarry.”

At around 60 feet tall, a 2,300-year-old temple in northern Belize is almost completely destroyed after bulldozers and backhoes ripped through its walls to extract gravel for road-building projects.

According to Jaime Awe, the head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, there was no mistake made, as the ancient pyramid stands in a landscape that is naturally flat.

“These guys knew that this was an ancient structure. It’s just bloody laziness,” Awe told the Associated Press.

Fellow archaeologist John Morris shared Awe’s sentiments, saying the destruction of this pyramid was “an incredible display of ignorance,” and “I’m appalled.”

According to USA Today:

The complex, which was first recorded by Europeans in 1897, covers about 12 square miles in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field in the Orange Walk district. All pre-Hispanic ruins are protected by federal law.

Police are now investigating the construction company, D-Mar Construction, responsible for destruction of the ancient site and have stopped the excavation. The company owner claims he “knew nothing about the project.”

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CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin to Follow in Angelina Jolie’s Footsteps with Double Mastectomy

CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin has announced that she too will undergo the same cancer-preventive double mastectomy procedure as movie star Angeline Jolie.

Today the Hollywood superstar via a NY Times op-ed announced she decided to surgically remove both her breasts to reduce the high risk of breast and ovarian cancer that runs in her family.  Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of breast cancer at 56 years-old after a decade long battle.  Jolie, 37, also disclosed that she carries the BRCA1 gene that gives her a high predisposition to both breast and ovarian cancer.

Click here to read Jolie’s NYT op-ed piece in its entirety.

The global reception to Jolie’s news has been overwhelmingly positive and for some women a reality check.  For CNN’s Early Start anchor Jolie’s message gave her confidence to reveal that she has been diagnosed with cancer on her left breast and potential cancer issus with the other.

The Latina anchors decision to have a double mastectomy is part of her treatment to deal with her breast cancer diagnosis and also preventive since it reduces the potential for breast cancer reoccurance.  Sambolin publicly thanked Jolie and said she was “grateful” to Jolie for providing such an open forum on the issue of breast cancer.

Sambolin, 47, is a former local Chicago newscaster that joined CNN in 2011 from NBC.  She was also a special assignment reporter and substitute anchor for Telemundo Chicago. 

Sambolin is a divorced mother of two children living in New York City and is engaged to White Sox executive Kenny Williams.

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LATINO BLOTTER: FBI Agent Charged with Wife’s Murder

LATINO BLOTTER: FBI Agent Charged with Wife’s Murder

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An FBI agent in Virginia who told police he killed his wife last month has been formally charged with her murder.

Arthur Gonzales, 43, was charged on Friday with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife, Julie Serna Gonzales, on April 19.

Gonzales worked for the FBI as a supervisory special agent and instructor at the FBI’s National Academy at Quantico.

After killing his wife last month, Gonzales called 911 and told the dispatcher he was forced to shoot his wife when she attacked him with a knife. The mother of two lair died at the hospital.

Gonzales is currently being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond after turning himself in to authorities.

He was also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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Foreign Investment in Latin America Grows to Record Level of $173.36 Billion

Foreign Investment in Latin America Grows to Record Level of $173.36 Billion

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Latin America and the Caribbean received in 2012 a record $173.36 billion in foreign direct investment, or FDI, up 6.7 percent from the year before, the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said Tuesday.

The increase came despite a marked reduction of FDI at the global level, ECLAC said in its regional investment report for 2012 in Santiago.

The figures are the result of sustained economic growth in the region, the high prices of raw materials and the high return on investments associated with the exploitation of natural resources, the document said.

ECLAC estimates that this year’s FDI in the region will end up somewhere between a 3-percent decrease and a 7-percent increase.

ECLAC warns that it does not see any clear indications of FDI making a significant contribution to establishing new sectors or creating technologically intense enterprises.

According to the report, FDI is increasingly aimed at exploiting natural resources, particularly in South America. The importance of manufacturing is limited except in Brazil and Mexico.

Brazil continues to be a leading recipient of FDI despite a slight drop of 2 percent in 2012, when it received $65.27 billion, 41 percent of the regional total.

The United States and countries of the European Union continue to be the chief investors in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Robert Rodriguez Network Gets Univision Backing, Work Begins on “Dusk Till Dawn” Show

Robert Rodriguez Network Gets Univision Backing, Work Begins on “Dusk Till Dawn” Show

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Univision announced Tuesday that it will be teaming up with Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures to launch El Rey Network in December 2013.

Rodriguez — who has been named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics and has directed films such as Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, The Faculty, Spy Kids, Machete and Sin City — unveiled the plans for the new network and showcased one of its slated programs today at Univision’s 2013 Upfront presentation in New York.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Univision on this groundbreaking initiative to deliver high-quality original programming to our community and the wider, mainstream audiences,” said Rodriguez. “El Rey Network will serve as a launching pad to satisfy the tastes of young adults looking for exciting, cinematic, action-packed content. As a broadcast leader in media, Univision is the best partner to support us in achieving this vision.”

At Univision’s upfront presentation, Rodriguez unveiled the first original scripted production for El Rey Network. Based on the hit action/horror franchise from Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn, the series will be written, produced and directed by Rodriguez. It will explore and expand on the characters and story from the original film, providing a wider scope and richer Aztec mythology.

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Julio Iglesias Returns to Mexico After 30 Years

Julio Iglesias Returns to Mexico After 30 Years

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Julio Iglesias felt he owed Mexico something for having been 30 years without giving a concert here, so he paid his outstanding debt with affection, moving words, mariachis and his all-time greatest hits.

Iglesias appeared Monday night at Mexico City’s National Auditorium before 10,000 people, using a ploy with which he has conquered half the world - becoming one with the country where he happens to be performing, singing in its language and reflecting its customs, saying on this occasion that he could not feel more Mexican.

“I feel Mexican here tonight…I am where I sing and today I am Mexican,” the artist said, adding that he has sung Mexican music around the world.

Iglesias kicked off the night with the Mexican number “Amor, Amor, Amor” accompanied by six musicians and three exuberant backup singers.

His repertoire included such legendary tunes as “Un Canto a Galicia,” with which he recalled his father and mother, whose genetic input from north and south gave him “a Celtic head and an Andalusian body,” Iglesias said.

He sang “Abrazame,” “Hey!,” “Corazon Parto,” “Derroche” and “Me Va, Me Va,” followed by words of affection for an audience that gave him the energy to get onstage and give his all.

Singing “Por el Amor de una Mujer,” “A Mi Manera” and “Agua Sala,” Iglesias wrapped up the concert after almost three hours of music.

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When You Think Your Marriage is Over,  Give It One More Year

When You Think Your Marriage is Over,  Give It One More Year

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One of the questions I’m frequently asked is, “How do you know when it’s time to give up on your marriage?”

If you’re considering divorce, I suggest first trying to make it work for at least one more year.

Did you hear that?

Try for at least one more year!

And I mean REALLY try. You can always call it quits. You always have that option. But once you pull that trigger, it’s over. No more chances. Your life will never be the same. Do you have kids? Their lives will never be the same.

If you end your marriage, you don’t want to have a shred of doubt about what might have been. You don’t ever want to look back and wonder if things could have been different. You don’t want to ask yourself, “What if this? What if I tried that?”

If you have to end your marriage, you want to know DEEP IN YOUR HEART that you did everything you could to make it work.

Giving it one year of serious effort will also help you to move on with your life and into another relationship with a clear head, should you ultimately divorce. You want to come to a place of healthy closure. That is crucial!  In my experience, the best way to do that is to work at your marriage for at least one additional year. I know it probably seems like a long time, but it’s an investment in the rest of your life.

Here’s the key point: It’s a good investment for the rest of your life whether your marriage succeeds or not. Obviously, it’s a good investment if you turn your marriage around. But if you don’t, it will not have been a wasted year. It will have been the most important thing you could have done with that year because of the impact on the rest of your life and (if it comes to this) your next relationship.

I have seen too many cases of spouses ending their marriages prematurely, and as a result, never reaching closure in the relationship. A few years later, they find themselves in the same situation with someone else.

Sometimes the progress individuals make in relationship counseling turns out to be more beneficial for them in their next relationship than in their current one.

I remember an instance when a man’s marriage ended in the middle of a seven-week marriage boot camp. The individual asked whether he should continue with the final weeks of the program. I said, “Absolutely.”

He responded, “Why? What’s the point? My marriage is over.”

“You’re not doing it for this marriage,” I explained. “You’re doing it for the benefit of your next one.”

Now don’t get me wrong; your intention for working on your marriage shouldn’t be simply to benefit your life after marriage. You need to be intent on restoring your current relationship.

But if you fail, your effort will not have been for naught.

Bottom line is this. If you’re asking, “When is it time to call it quits?”

The answer is: one year after you think you’re done. If after one more year of trying everything in your power to make your marriage work you’re still miserable, then you should consider moving on. Until then, hang in there and don’t give up.

This topic reminds me of my situation many years ago. I remember learning late one night that my wife had an appointment with a divorce attorney the next morning. We were hours from “done.” Who would have thought that we could turn things around at that point?

We did, of course.

It’s never too late! In fact (and here’s real food for thought), very often the turning point in a marriage is when a couple hits rock bottom. Sometimes it’s not until things couldn’t get worse that they can get better.


Mort Fertel is a world authority on the psychology of relationships. He has been featured as an expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Fox television networks, as well as dozens of publications including Glamour Magazine and Family Circle, to discuss his Marriage Fitness System.

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Atlas Coach Tomas Boy Handed Two Game Suspension For Attacking Opponent

Atlas Coach Tomas Boy Handed Two Game Suspension For Attacking Opponent

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The Mexican Soccer Federation’s disciplinary committee handed down a two-match suspension to Atlas coach Tomas Boy for a scuffle with an opposing manager.

Angry after his team lost 3-1 in a quarterfinal with Santos Laguna, Boy tried to attack one of the opposing goal-scorers, but was intercepted by coach Pedro Caixinha.

The Atlas manager then pushed Caixinha in a scene that provoked widespread disgust in the Mexican media.

Another incident in the same match earned Atlas goalkeeper Miguel Pinto a one-match suspension.

The keeper was ejected in the 24th minute for touching the ball with his hands outside the area. His expulsion forced Atlas to play with only 10 men for the rest of the contest.

The disciplinary panel upheld the ejection and added the suspension.

The committee also imposed a one-match ban on America coach Miguel Herrera, who will now miss the first leg of his team’s semifinal clash with Monterrey.

Herrera was penalized for complaining too much to the officials during America’s quarterfinal dual with UNAM Pumas.

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Julio Iglesias Performs in Mexico After a 30-Year Absence

Julio Iglesias Performs in Mexico After a 30-Year Absence

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Julio Iglesias felt he owed Mexico something for having been 30 years without giving a concert here, so he paid his outstanding debt with affection, moving words, mariachis and his all-time greatest hits.

Iglesias appeared Monday night at Mexico City’s National Auditorium before 10,000 people, using a ploy with which he has conquered half the world - becoming one with the country where he happens to be performing, singing in its language and reflecting its customs, saying on this occasion that he could not feel more Mexican.

“I feel Mexican here tonight…I am where I sing and today I am Mexican,” the artist said, adding that he has sung Mexican music around the world.

Iglesias kicked off the night with the Mexican number “Amor, Amor, Amor” accompanied by six musicians and three exuberant backup singers.

His repertoire included such legendary tunes as “Un Canto a Galicia,” with which he recalled his father and mother, whose genetic input from north and south gave him “a Celtic head and an Andalusian body,” Iglesias said.

He sang “Abrazame,” “Hey!,” “Corazon Parto,” “Derroche” and “Me Va, Me Va,” followed by words of affection for an audience that gave him the energy to get onstage and give his all.

Singing “Por el Amor de una Mujer,” “A Mi Manera” and “Agua Sala,” Iglesias wrapped up the concert after almost three hours of music.

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NTSB:  Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Level .08 to .05, Latino Drivers Stand to Benefit Greatly

NTSB:  Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Level .08 to .05, Latino Drivers Stand to Benefit Greatly

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its advisory role has recommended the legal blood-alcohol level for all drivers be lowered to .05 from .08.

NTSB believes the change would save some 500-800 lives annually from traffic-related deaths.  Currently drunk driving contributes to a third of all road accidents.

According to NPR, Latinos rank second only to Native Americans with their alcohol death rate on U.S. roads. The extent of the problem varies from state to state, but community leaders say “it seems worse in places where Latinos have newly immigrated.”

In a 2010 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Latinos were shown to be at great risk to die or injury from alcohol-related accidents.  To make matter worse many Latino drivers, according to the study, do not believe driving while intoxicated is a “safety problem”.

The NTSB views drinking while driving a consistent threat to public safety, in spite of lower traffic fatality numbers over the last decade.  There is much opposition from the restaurant, hotel and beverage industries to a lower standard of ‘driving under the influence’ (DUI). 

The last drop in legal blood-alcohol levels dropped from .10 to .08 and took over 20 years to implement legislatively nation-wide.

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Ryan Seacrest to Produce Spanish Singing Competition Show for Telemundo

Ryan Seacrest to Produce Spanish Singing Competition Show for Telemundo

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Ryan Seacrest needs to start brushing up on his Spanish if he is about to produce a Spanish-language singing competition soon.

Seacrest, one of the busiest men in Hollywood these days, is reportedly set to produce “Duelo Musical: Super Estrella” for Telemundo and an English version for NBC.

This news comes on the heals of an announcement that Ryan Seacrest Production (RSP) will launch Fusion a new network from Univision aimed at English-speaking Hispanics, a growing demographic in the U.S.

The “American Idol” host recently told The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Latin America has always produced incredible musicians who have influenced global pop culture. Because of this, RSP has been focused on developing programming to reach the Hispanic audience for some time.’

Seacrest has reportedly sold 13 episodes of “Duelo Musical” and was set to push the series via video during Telemundo’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue buyers on Tuesday.

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Investment in Peru’s Mining Sector Jumps 23 Percent

Investment in Peru’s Mining Sector Jumps 23 Percent

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Mining investment in Peru soared 23 percent in the first quarter to $1.92 billion, creating 211,748 direct jobs, the Energy and Mines Ministry said.

The southern region of Apurimac was No. 1 in attracting investment, with $433 million, or 22.5 percent of the national total.

The Las Bambas copper project, which is being developed in Apurimac, was the main driver of investment in the region.

The central region of Junin was No. 2 in attracting investment, with $286 million, while the southern region of Arequipa was in third place, drawing $224 million in investment.

The biggest investors are Xstrata Las Bambas, with $427 million, representing growth of 104 percent, compared to last year; Chinalco, with $239 million; and Cerro Verde, with $171 million, the ministry said.

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Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano Erupting, Evacuations May Begin Soon

Mexico’s  Popocatepetl Volcano Erupting, Evacuations May Begin Soon

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Mexico’s National Disaster Center (Cenapred) has put Mexico City and its surrounding areas on alert after the Popocatepetl Volcano’s seismic activity notably increased.  This past weekend the 17,866 ft volcano erupted a mile half tall plume of ash and steam.

Mexican authorities have issued a seven-mile exclusion border around the cone of the volcano to assure residents safety.  Immediate concern is for the approximately 28,000 residents in nearby communities in the states of Mexico and Puebla. Safety shelters have been established in these states in case the volcano has a bigger eruption.

The Mexican government is preparing evacuation routes and handing out face masks in anticipation of ash flowing from the crater as eruptions intensify.  On Sunday Cenapred elevated its warning level to Level 5 out of a 7 level warning system.

The volcano is known in Mexico by its ancient Aztec name: Volcan Popcatépetl which means the Smoking Mountain. The feared and revered volcano is located 43 miles southeast of Mexico City.  It is the second highest volcano in North America and the second highest peak in Mexico.

Last year around the same time Popcatepetl was very active with 2.5 mile high eruptions.  Prior to that the last eruptive activity was in 2000, when thousands of people were displaced from their homes.  It was some 1,000 years ago that Popocatepetl lava overflowed the crater and wiped out an entire indigenous village in Puebla. 

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FC Barca Superstar Lionel Messi Out for Several Weeks with Leg Injury

FC Barca Superstar Lionel Messi Out for Several Weeks with Leg Injury

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FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi strained his right thigh and will be out of action two to three weeks, the Spanish team said Tuesday.

Messi could still play in some of the remaining Spanish League matches, FC Barcelona said.

The 25-year-old star player underwent tests this week at a clinic, where doctors diagnosed the injury, which forced him to leave the field during Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Atletico de Madrid over the weekend.

Messi, considered the world’s best soccer player, has been ailing since pulling his right hamstring last month in a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.

FC Barcelona is led by Messi and several members of Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup-winning squad, including defenseman Pique.

The soccer club has arguably been the world’s best thus far this century, having won three of the past seven UEFA Champions League crowns.

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Taco Bell Moving in on Breakfast Crowd with New “Waffle Taco”

Taco Bell Moving in on Breakfast Crowd with New “Waffle Taco”

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Taco Bell is continuing its attempt at getting a bigger piece of the fast food breakfast crowd, and this time the chain is testing out the Waffle Taco.

The Waffle Taco is pretty much what it sounds like - a waffle is used in place of a tortilla and is filled with eggs, sausage, and syrup.

At $.89 people will surely be tempted to try it out, the tricky part will be finding it, as it only appears to be available in Southern California for now.

Until recently, Taco Bell did not have much to offer in the way of breakfast food, unlike Burger King and McDonald’s, concentrating first on “Fourth Meal” and those awake and hungry later than 9-5ers.

However, last fall Taco Bell started going after the breakfast crowd a bit with the release of Mtn Dew A.M. - a mix of Mountain Dew and Tropicana orange juice- and the A.M. Crunchwrap, which includes eggs, bacon or sausage, cheese, and hash brown.

In 2013, Taco Bell released a breakfast menu in only a few locations, but said it was testing the waters to see how profitable it could potentially be, saying that if all goes well, it would take the breakfast menu national by 2014.

So what do you think? Does the new Waffle Taco sound appealing?

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Member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Sentenced to 35 Years in US Prison

Member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Sentenced to 35 Years in US Prison

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A member of Mexico’s notorious Gulf drug cartel was handed a 35-year prison sentence by a federal judge Monday for smuggling marijuana and cocaine into the United States.

Aurelio Cano Flores is also subject to the forfeiture of $15 billion in assets, Judge Barbara J. Rothstein said.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimated that the Gulf cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations, earned $22 billion from 2000 to 2009.

Prosecutors sought a life sentence for Cano Flores, who is known as “Yankee” and “Yeyo,” but the judge rejected the request, noting that other higher-ranking cartel members had been sentenced to shorter prison terms.

Cano Flores began working for the Gulf organization around 2001 while serving as a police officer.

He recruited other officers for the gang, collected money from drug sales and oversaw the smuggling of drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cano Flores moved up the ranks of the Gulf cartel, becoming one of the gang’s main drug smugglers and its top boss in Los Guerra, a border town in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

“Between 2000 and 2010, the Gulf Cartel grew from an organization of only 100 members controlling three border towns to an organization of 25,000 people controlling the drug trade over approximately half of Mexico,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

Cano Flores, who was extradited to the United States in August 2011, did not address the court and has 40 days to file an appeal.

The drug trafficker will serve his sentence at a maximum-security prison in Texas.

The Gulf cartel was founded by Juan Nepomuceno Guerra in the 1970s.

The gang is no longer as powerful as it once was, partly because of its break with Los Zetas, its former armed wing, which severed ties with the cartel in 2010 and now runs its own narcotics trafficking business.

The Gulf organization, which mainly deals in cocaine, synthetic drugs and marijuana, mostly operates in northern Mexico and the country’s eastern coastal areas.

The cartel, like other Mexican criminal organizations, has expanded into kidnappings and extortion rackets, targeting businesses.

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Mexican Waiters Implicated in Beating Death of Malcolm Shabazz

Mexican Waiters Implicated in Beating Death of Malcolm Shabazz

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Two suspects have been arrested in Mexico City in connection with the killing last week of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of U.S. political activist Malcolm X, District Attorney Rodolfo Fernando Rios said.

David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez, who worked as waiters at The Palace Club on the Plaza Garibaldi, were arrested for the beating death of Shabazz, Rios said.

The two suspects, both 24, and two other men allegedly beat Shabazz early Thursday after he refused to pay a $1,200 bar tab, the DA said.

The 29-year-old Shabazz died a few hours later at a hospital emergency room “as a result of the trauma from being beaten with a large blunt object,” Rios said.

Investigators determined that Shabazz arrived in Mexico City from Tijuana, a border city in northwestern Mexico, along with a person whose identity is not being disclosed because they are considered a victim, Rios said.

Shabazz’s companion, a Mexican, was robbed and threatened but managed to get out of the bar alive, DA’s office spokesmen said.

Malcolm’s mother, Qubilah Shabazz, was one of six daughters of Malcolm X and his wife, Betty Shabazz.

Qubilah was only 4 when she witnessed her father’s 1965 assassination in New York.

In August 1997, the then-12-year-old Malcolm Shabazz was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for starting a fire that resulted in the death of grandmother Betty Shabazz.

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Zoe Saldana Gives “Star Trek Into Darkness” Some Latin Flavor

Zoe Saldana Gives “Star Trek Into Darkness” Some Latin Flavor

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Actress Zoe Saldaña plays the female lead in “Star Trek into Darkness,” a “much more intense” film than the one that preceded it in 2009, she told Efe on Monday.

Directed as was the first film in the saga by J.J. Abrams, “Star Trek Into Darkness” premieres this Thursday and Saldaña returns in the role of Uhura, the communications officer of the Starship Enterprise.

“You feel the drama more and it’s all more intense. You really notice how the characters have developed and that was what I liked best,” said Saldaña, who played the alien Neytiri in “Avatar,” the film with the biggest gross in history.

The “Star Trek” sequel has more action, a more intricate story and an enemy whose secrets could be devastating for humanity.

“We women are delicate and beautiful, but we can also resolve some daunting situations, we know how to act instinctively and come up with solutions. There are directors who know that and I love it when they put it in their pictures,” she said.

Acting in the sequel besides Saldaña are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve, with Britain’s Benedict Cumberbatch playing the villain.

The actress said she felt sure of herself in the part thanks to the approval she received from Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Uhura in the “Star Trek” television series.

“Having her blessing was fundamental. And I also had the support of a director who wrote something specifically for me. He opened the doors for me to come out and create,” Saldaña said.

Check out the trailer below and be sure to catch Star Trek Into Darkness when is opens in theaters May 17.

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TuesdayMay 14, 2013