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WednesdayAugust 21, 2013

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Teachers Protest Education Reform in Mexico

Teachers Protest Education Reform in Mexico

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A group of teachers opposed to educational reforms clashed with police and engaged in acts of vandalism at the seat of Congress in Mexico City, leaving about a dozen educators and officers injured, officials said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Monday night at the San Lazaro Palace.

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Louis CK Reveals on “Letterman” he Found a Dead Man in East River (VIDEO)

Louis CK Reveals on “Letterman” he Found a Dead Man in East River (VIDEO)

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On Tuesday night’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” our favorite red-headed comedian revealed his gruesome doscovery while boating around lower Manhattan.

This summer, the writer and stand-up comic apparently stumbled upon a “floating dead person” in the east River.

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WATCH Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez in New “Getaway” Trailer (VIDEO)

WATCH Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez in New “Getaway” Trailer (VIDEO)

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Ethan Hawke plays Brent Magna, a former race car driver who, while attempting to rescue his kidnapped wife, is forced to steal a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang belonging to Selena Gomez’s character.

The film hits theaters August 30. Check out the new trailer below.

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Colombian Farmers Shut Down Multiple Highways in Protest

Colombian Farmers Shut Down Multiple Highways in Protest

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Farmers taking part in a nationwide protest effectively shut down parts of 15 highways in five Colombian provinces, the Invias road authority said Tuesday.

On some roads, like the one linking Bogota with Tunja, the capital of the central province of Boyaca, traffic was blocked in two locations, Invias said via Twitter.

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Daughter & Argentine Ramiro Quintana Having a Boy

Mayor Bloomberg’s Daughter & Argentine Ramiro Quintana Having a Boy

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This week, the daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced she and her boyfriend are having a baby boy.

Georgina Bloomberg and her boyfriend Ramiro Quintana of Argentina revealed the pregnancy in late June, but recently announced they’re having a boy at a party to celebrate her Hamptons Magazine cover.

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Puerto Rican Gov. Supports Bill Allowing Sexual Orientation Education in School

Puerto Rican Gov. Supports Bill Allowing Sexual Orientation Education in School

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The decision by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla to support a bill permitting teaching about different sexual orientations in public schools has sparked controversy.

The Coalition for Human Rights on Tuesday supported Garcia Padilla’s move to back Senate bill 484, drafted by Sen. Maria Gonzalez Lopez.

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Venezuelan Doctors Fear Country Faces Health Emergency

Venezuelan Doctors Fear Country Faces Health Emergency

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The president of the Venezuelan Medical Association asked the Venezuelan government Tuesday to declare a health emergency and take steps to address serious problems with the Andean nation’s healthcare system.

“We demand…a healthcare emergency be declared here in Venezuela,” Dr. Douglas Leon said during a press conference in Caracas.

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Winter Weather Causes Complete Darkness in Lima (PHOTOS)

During the winter months, Lima is often plagued by complete darkness due to the dark gray clouds and fog that cover the city.

Unfortunately, this year has brought particularly bad weather to the Peruvian capital. 

Having been the dampest winter in 30 years, some Limeños may have suffered from seasonal depression.

The source of the darkness appears to by a Humboldt current that comes from Antarctica which collides with the warmer tropical atmosphere.  Thus creating the dark mists called “garua” in Chile and Peru.

Check out some photos of Lima below.

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Red Sox’s Ryan Dempster Suspended for Five Games After Beaning A-Rod

Red Sox’s Ryan Dempster Suspended for Five Games After Beaning A-Rod

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By now every baseball fan has seen Sunday night’s beaning of controversial Yankees’ hitter Alex Rodriguez. Now, the punishment for Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has been issued.

During the second inning of Sunday’s game at Fenway Park, the Yankees’ third baseman was hit by Dempster’s pitch and Yankee’s coach Joe Girardi was so upset he erupted at Brian O’Nora, the home-plate umpire. Though looking to have Dempster ejected from the game, it was Girardi who was sent off.

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Mexico Surpasses US as Fattest Nation in the World

Mexico Surpasses US as Fattest Nation in the World

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The US is not No. 1 anymore. Mexico, according to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, has surpassed the United States as the fattest nation in the world.

An estimated 70 percent of the population is overweight, and about one-third of Mexicans are obese. Just one fat-related disease, diabetes, accounts for nearly 70,000 Mexican deaths per year.

“But this doesn’t mean our health to the north has gotten better – it just means others have gotten worse, and the dubious distinction of who is the world’s most obese nation is debatable,” says Dr. James L. Hardeman, who has seen firsthand the consequences of unhealthy habits during his 30 years as a practicing physician.

“For one, we’ve been fatter longer than Mexico has and yet we still haven’t sufficiently dealt with our national epidemic of fat-based disease. Our overweight and obese percentages are neck and neck with Mexico’s, and some of this is due to misinformation.”

Dr. Hardeman, author of “Appears Younger than Stated Age,” (www.jameslhardeman.com), a pragmatic guide to looking younger, debunks some of the myths that aren’t helping dieters:

• Myth: Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week is sufficient. Moderate exercise may work for the 25-year-old with a reasonably healthy diet. When we are young, our basal metabolic rate (BMR) rages like a furnace. Unfortunately, our BMR decreases 2 to 3 percent each decade after age 25. That means we have to make up for that decrease with either better eating habits, more exercise, or both – if we want to maintain a healthy weight. For those who are older, overweight or obese, a stronger commitment is necessary, including an hour’s worth of exercise at least five times a week.

• Myth: Gaining weight with age is healthy because it’s natural. Metabolism slows with age, causing many to put on the pounds. However, maintaining your Ideal Body Weight (IBW), which factors in height, gender and frame size, will keep you feeling and looking younger if you do not slowly gain weight over time. Also, casually accepting some weight gain over time can lead to massive weight gain considering our largely sedentary lifestyles and easy availability of quick, fatty meals.

• Myth: You should drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Humans posses a sensitive thirst center in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which responds to dehydration and tells us to drink water. The amount of water needed for each person varies; so we don’t need to target a set amount because our thirst will tell us. However, drinking plenty of water may decrease appetite, and water should always be chosen over sugary beverages for satiating thirst.

• Myth: Diet books keep you slim. “Going on a diet” is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Diets typically entail temporarily altering eating patterns, losing a bit of weight, and then going back to old habits. This has created an entire genre of literature, as well as videos, gear and meal plans that have become a multibillion-dollar industry. Really, it all boils down to the I&O (Intake and Output) principle. People who stick to Atkins, South Beach and the Sugar Busters diets lose weight because they limit the intake of calories.

• Myth: Taking vitamin supplements every day makes you healthy. Dietary supplement sales represent a $20 billion a year business, yet the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act allows for significantly more lenient rules for supplements than medications from pharmaceutical companies, which are carefully scrutinized by the FDA. Manufacturers are not required to substantiate the supposed benefits of their products. A balanced diet generally provides all required vitamins and minerals needed, with the possible exceptions vitamin B12 for those who eat no animal products, folic acid for women of childbearing age, and, if blood tests indicate deficiency, vitamin B12 and vitamin D in the elderly.

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Blog del Narco: Speculation Grows As To Who Will Now Lead the Gulf Cartel

Blog del Narco: Speculation Grows As To Who Will Now Lead the Gulf Cartel

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Following the arrest of Mario Ramirez Trevino “El Pelon or X-20”, speculation about who will take his place and thus the maximum control of the Gulf Cartel is rampant.

So one of the hottest names, which are being battered about, is “The Pestle”, identified as Homero Cardenas Guillen, belonging to the family of the Cádernas Guillen, former leader of the Gulf Cartel, who is a fugitive and has been sought for years by authorities for drug cartel crime offenses.

The Gulf Cartel is a major drug cartel in Mexico and perhaps the oldest criminal organization in the country. Their base of operations is located in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

The cartel has a significant presence in 3 states around Mexico, with areas of operation in Matamoros, Reynosa, Miguel Aleman, Tampico and Ciudad Victoria in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Operations have also been detected in the states of Nuevo Leon and Veracruz. 

Their network has led to an international reach for Gulf cartel as they have connections in Europe, Africa, Central America, South America, and the United States. In addition to drug trafficking, the Gulf cartel also extort, kidnap, murder amongst other crimes. The organization is known for intimidating the people and is “particularly violent.

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Immigration Reform will Lead to Job Creation, Says Conservative Group

Immigration Reform will Lead to Job Creation, Says Conservative Group

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The conservative American Action Network issued a communique saying that the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in June would create and average of 14,000 new jobs in each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts.

The note has been sent to the offices of lawmakers in an attempt by the organization to drum up support when members of the House of Representatives return in September and resume the reform debate.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Chicago Man Shoots Friends Over Beer Money

LATINO BLOTTER: Chicago Man Shoots Friends Over Beer Money

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An Illinois man has been charged with multiple felonies after killing one man and injuring two others over beer money.

According to reports, Gumaro Torres, 31, was drinking with co-workers in a Chicago yard over the weekend when the group pooled their money to buy more alcohol. When the person who bought it returned, however, Torres became angry he did not receive any change.

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Guatemala Launches Operation Targeting Poppy Farms Along Mexican Border

Guatemala Launches Operation Targeting Poppy Farms Along Mexican Border

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Guatemalan security forces have launched a wide-ranging operation targeting poppy farms in San Marcos, a northwestern province on the border with Mexico, Government Minister Mauricio Lopez said.

The four-day operation, which started on Monday, is aimed at eradicating plantations of poppies, which yield the raw material used to produce heroin, the minister said.

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After Deadly Crash, Spanish Railway Officials May Also Face Charges

After Deadly Crash, Spanish Railway Officials May Also Face Charges

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The judge investigating last month’s deadly train crash in northwestern Spain plans to question the officials responsible for railway safety as possible defendants.

Subpoenas will be issued once state-owned Adif provides the names of the personnel involved, Judge Luis Alaez said in an order issued Tuesday.

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Spain Requests EU to Investigate Concrete Reef Off of Gibraltar

Spain Requests EU to Investigate Concrete Reef Off of Gibraltar

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The European Commission said Tuesday that it is acting at Spain’s request to investigate the use of concrete blocks to create an artificial reef off Gibraltar, a British crown colony at the tip of the Iberian peninsula.

“As soon as we receive a formal complaint from a member state, we are obliged to launch a complaint procedure, which could in turn lead to an infringement procedure,” EC spokesman Olivier Bailly said in Brussels.

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Renounces Canadian Citizenship he Just Learned he Had

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Renounces Canadian Citizenship he Just Learned he Had

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas renounced his Canadian nationality, to which he has the right because he was born there but which complicates his presidential aspirations for 2016.

ABC reported that Cruz, who was born in the city of Calgary in 1970, refused to hold dual nationality and to dispel any doubts about that possibility he publicly renounced his Canadian citizenship.

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Town Creates Its Own Wireless Phone Network in Southern Mexico

Town Creates Its Own Wireless Phone Network in Southern Mexico

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Villa Talea de Castro, a town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, is creating its own cellular telephone network due to lack of interest on the part of wireless companies in serving the mountain community of 2,500 people.

“The neighboring communities are interested in the project so the antennas can be linked in an autonomous community network,” Villa Talea de Castro secretary Alejandro Lopez Canseco said in a telephone interview with Efe.

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WednesdayAugust 21, 2013