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TuesdayDecember 3, 2013

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REPORT:  Engineer of Derailed Train Admits to Dozing Off Before Accident

The engineer of the train that derailed on the weekend in The Bronx admitted to investigators that he was dozing off before the accident, in which four people lost their lives and more than 60 were injured, local media reported Tuesday.

William Rockefeller, 46, “admitted indirectly” to investigators that he was falling asleep before the train derailed as it rounded a sharp curve at almost three times the speed limit, sources close to the investigation said.

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Former Mexican Presidential Candidate Manuel Lopez Obrador Suffers Heart Attack

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s leading figure on the left, underwent surgery to implant a stent after suffering a heart attack early Tuesday, doctors at a capital hospital said.

The two-time presidential candidate walked into the hospital at 2:30 a.m. complaining of chest pain and was found to have suffered an “acute myocardial infarction,” Dr. Patricio Ortiz told a press conference.

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Alejandro Almanza First Undocumented Immigrant to Apply for Illinois Driver’s License

Mexican immigrant Alejandro Almanza, who has lived in the United States for 13 years, on Tuesday became the first undocumented person in Illinois to initiate the process of obtaining a temporary driver’s license.

“I was a little nervous, hoping I wouldn’t forget anything,” Almanza told Efe as soon as he had gone through almost an hour’s worth of procedures at one of the two facilities in Chicago set up to issue the temporary licenses.

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Oval Office Meeting for President Obama and Colombian President Santos

Oval Office Meeting for President Obama and Colombian President Santos

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U.S. President Barack Obama praised Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos here Tuesday for “his bold and brave efforts to bring about a lasting and just peace” in the Andean nation.

Facing reporters at the White House, Santos said he was grateful for the support expressed by Obama for Bogota’s peace process with leftist FARC guerrillas.

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REPORT:  Drug Lord Rafael Caro Quintero Sends Lt to Mexican President ‘Leave Me Alone’

Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero sent President Enrique Peña Nieto a letter asking for a “fair trial” and urging the head of state to not yield to pressure from the United States, where he is wanted on federal charges, Attorney General Jesus Murillo said Tuesday.

The AG told reporters that he and Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong also received copies of the letter.

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Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL)- “Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing”

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL)- “Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing”

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Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws”  but has not acted in a substantive way to address immigration reform.  Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), in his prepared opening statement, said that rather than attack the President and accuse him of not faithfully enforcing laws, the time of the Judiciary Committee would be better spent passing laws that are enforceable, especially when it comes to immigration.  As for the topic of the hearing, Congressman Gutiérrez said, “When it comes to whether the President has broad discretion on whether to prosecute a violation of the law, there really is no debate.”

The following are the Congressman’s remarks from the hearing as prepared for delivery.  Also appended is an op-ed on immigration reform, “Immigration: You Cannot Do Nothing,” which appeared in today’s edition of The Hill newspaper.

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In Conversations with Parishioners, Pope Reveals He Once was a Bouncer

In Conversations with Parishioners, Pope Reveals He Once was a Bouncer

Photo: Pope Francis greets people from his Ford Focus as he leaves after celebrating Mass at the Parish of San Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome Dec. 2. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer.

No longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he has discovered the secret to bringing people back, this time, into the church, according to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Dec. 2.

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PEW REPORT:  Amazon Delivery Drones Must Clear State Hurdles

Not so fast, Jeff Bezos—before Amazon can deploy its fleet of delivery drones, the company will have to wait for the results of drone tests at six state-run sites, which the FAA will select later this month.

At least 24 states are competing to host these sites, which are expected to bring jobs and investment from a rapidly growing industry.  Congress has directed the FAA to safely integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or unarmed drones, into the national airspace by 2015. Until then, the FAA has said it will grant flight privileges to UAV operators on a case-by-case basis.

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Alarming: New Armed Guerilla Group Forms in Southern Mexico

A new armed group has been created in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero to win the freedom of detained community police force members, the group’s leaders said in a statement.

The statement from the Armed Revolutionary Liberation Forces of the People, or FAR-LP, was signed by three “commanders” identified only as Emilio, Camilo and Esperanza.

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Puerto Rico Tightens Gun Laws, Bans Celebratory Gunfire

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Monday signed two amendments to the island’s gun law toughening the penalties for illegal weapons possession and for firing shots into the air, a common cause of accidents especially during the Christmas season.

“Whoever fires a weapon into the air, possesses or carries an illegal weapon, will have to serve jail time without the right to probation or to diversion programs,” said Garcia Padilla upon signing the amendments.

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87 MPH Winds, Storm Hit Buenos Aires

A powerful storm packing heavy rain, strong winds and hail on Monday affected the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, where windgusts damaged homes and cut electric service and telephone wires, but no fatalities have been reported so far.

The storm, with windgusts up to 140 kph (87 mph), mainly affected the city of Chivilcoy, 164 kilometers (102 miles) west of the Argentine capital.

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Explosion at Colombian Fireworks Factory Injures 6

A fireworks factory blew up Monday in northwestern Colombia injuring six people, one of them seriously, government officials reported.

The director of the Dapard disaster prevention department, Cesar Hernandez, said that the blast occurred in a gunpowder factory located in the rural portion of the town of Carmen de Viboral, in Antioquia province.

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TuesdayDecember 3, 2013