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TuesdayDecember 17, 2013

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STUDY:  Cats Domesticated Over 5,000 Years Ago

Cats, one of the world’s most popular pets, were domesticated for the first time about 5,300 years ago in China’s Shaanki region, a new study says.

“There are, at least, three lines of scientific investigation that allow us to describe the history of the domestication of cats,” Fiona Marshall, a professor of archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, said.

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Once Supportive Latinos Turning Backing on President and Affordble Care Act

They were among President Obama’s best supporters, but support for the president and his signature health insurance scheme is quickly dying among Hispanics.

A recent Gallup poll showed Obama’s approval rating among Hispanic down 23 percent, to 52 percent in November from 75 percent in December 2012.

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Highly Respected Colombian Journalist Antonio Jose Caballero

Colombian journalist Antonio Jose Caballero, who covered assorted incidents involving late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and was an expert on Vatican issues, died Tuesday in Bogota, RCN Radio - for which he worked - reported. He was 68.

Caballero, an excellent and widely respected reporter, died in the Clinica del Country of an illness that had afflicted him for some time, the medical center said in a communique.

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13 Year Old give Birth to Triplets in Dominican Republic

13 Year Old give Birth to Triplets in Dominican Republic

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A 13-year-old girl gave birth to triplets in a maternity unit in this capital and both she and the newborns are out of danger, the hospital said Tuesday.

The three boys weighed 1.9, 1.4 and 1.7 kilos (4.2, 3.1 and 3.7 pounds) at birth and are the product of a sexual relationship the teenage mother had with a 61-year-old man, who was accused of seducing minors and is now a fugitive.

The three infants are “beautiful” and “healthy,” but they are being kept in the intensive care unit because the mother’s pregnancy only lasted 34 weeks, the director of the Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Maternity Unit, Victor Calderon, said.

The babies, however, are not in any danger, Calderon said.

The young mother said she felt “happy” over the births of her sons, whom she named Samuel, Josue and Jovanny, the hospital said in a statement.

The girl was admitted to the hospital in September “with serious health and malnutrition problems” and since then the maternity unit has been implementing “a comprehensive program of preparation for the delivery, which will end this week when the girl is sent to her home” in San Jose Ocoa, in the southeastern part of the country, Calderon said.

The children “are progressing satisfactorily, and they could be released this week,” he added.

The Dominican Republic, according to different organizations, is the Latin American country with the fifth largest number of teenage pregnancies, exceeded only by Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Honduras.

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Bus Heading to Sao Paulo Brazil Plunges Off Bridge- 6 Die

Bus Heading to Sao Paulo Brazil Plunges Off Bridge- 6 Die

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At least six people died and another 29 were injured Tuesday when a bus plunged off a bridge in southern Brazil for unknown causes, officials said.

The vehicle set out from the city of Sapiranga in the state of Rio Grande do Sul headed for Sao Paulo, but in the early hours crashed some 10 meters (33 feet) down a cliff.

The accident occurred outside Guaratuba, a city in Parana state, where the 29 injured, six of them in critical condition, have been hospitalized, doctors told Brazilian media.

Police said that the causes of the tragedy have not yet been established, but indicated that traces of oil were found on a curve just before the bridge, which could have brought on the accident.

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Turkey and Mexico Strengthen Ties with 12 Cooperation Agreements

Turkey and Mexico Strengthen Ties with 12 Cooperation Agreements

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The presidents of Mexico and Turkey signed 12 cooperation agreements Tuesday to strengthen economic, scientific and diplomatic relations at an official ceremony commemorating the 85th anniversary of the two nations establishing diplomatic ties.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul received his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara after a state visit to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, revered as the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

Both Peña Nieto and Gul said in a joint press conference that these accords pave the way to a new era in diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Mexico can open doors to Turkey in the Americas and the Caribbean while benefiting from the access to the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe that Turkey can provide, the presidents said.

The ceremony marked the first official visit of a Mexican president to Turkey since the two countries established relations 85 years ago.

Mexico and Turkey are two emerging economies of the Group of 20, or G-20, which brings together the most highly developed countries with the fastest growing ones.

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Real Madrid Shuffling Players Preparing for Field in Valencia

Real Madrid Shuffling Players Preparing for Field in Valencia

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Real Madrid defender Marcelo returned to practice Tuesday at the club’s training facilities in Valdebebas, a Madrid suburb, while Sergio Ramos was absent for a second straight day and Gareth Bale had an injury scare.

The club, which is gearing up for its match against Olimpic de Xativa, saw Bale go down with a calf injury after making a kick.

The Welsh winger did not return to practice and will not play against Olimpic.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rested star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

The coach is awaiting the outcome of an appeal filed by the club of the yellow card given to Sergio Ramos and holding out hope that the player will be able to take the field in Valencia.

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Penelope Cruz Named Hottest Celebrity Body

Penelope Cruz Named Hottest Celebrity Body

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Penelope Cruz has the hottest celebrity body of 2013, according to the list drawn up by Fitness Magazine, which places the Spanish actress ahead of showbiz colleagues like Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock.

“‘The Counselor’ star welcomed her second child, daughter Luna, in July and popped back up on the red carpet in amazing shape just three months after giving birth,” the magazine said.

The 39-year-old actress credits the Mediterranean diet as key to regaining that stunning silhouette.

About Lawrence, star of “The Hunger Games” movies, the magazine said she went in for “agility drills, sprint intervals, medicine ball exercises and cardio on a stationary bike.”

As for Bullock, the celeb publication said “it’s hard to believe that the star of this year’s hit ‘Gravity’ is 49 years old,” and says her secret is mixing cardio and strength-building exercises for an hour every day, six days a week, a routine she complements with pilates, kickboxing and even weightlifting.

Also appearing on the list topped by Cruz are Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amanda Seyfried, Christina Aguilera, Allison Williams and Katy Perry. Rounding out Fitness Magazine’s 13 hottest bodies of the year are Blake Lively, Paula Patton, Paula Patton and Carrie Underwood.

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Colombian Woman Changes Places with Kidnapped, Ill Husband

A 32-year-old Colombian woman exchanged herself for her ill husband, who was kidnapped by a guerrilla group in mid-August in the jungles of Choco province, which borders on Panama, it was reported Sunday.

Manuel Montes Echavarria, 43, told the program “Voces del Secuestro” on Caracol Radio that his wife, Nohora Isabel Precigas, took his place with the guerrillas three days to save his life, given that he has serious health problems requiring medical attention.

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Mexico Set to Expand Student Loans to Low-Income Students

A loan of up to MX$130 million (around US$10 million) from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will support efforts by Corporativo Laudex, a Mexican higher education financing company, to expand its portfolio to reach 14,000 low-income students by 2018.

Laudex provides, manages and recovers loans to undergraduate and graduate students at private universities throughout Mexico. The company currently has nearly 2,500 loans to students enrolled in approximately 20 private universities in Mexico. Students financed by Laudex are academically qualified to pursue university studies but are unable to attend public institutions due to limited enrollments. They also lack sufficient resources to pay for tuition at private universities.

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Colombian Police Chief Killed by Sniper

The police precinct chief in a town in southwestern Colombia was murdered by an unidentified assailant who shot him in the head, officials said.

Juan Carlos Guerrero Medina was killed in La Vega, a town in strife-torn Cauca province, on Saturday.

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Illegally Tapping of PEMEX Pipeline Leads to Explosion and Mass Evacuation

Several people were injured and hundreds of others had to be evacuated Monday when a pipeline belonging to state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, exploded as it was being tapped illegally in Acolman, a city in Mexico state, officials said.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. and “was caused by an illicit tap” on a pipeline, Pemex said.

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TuesdayDecember 17, 2013