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WednesdayJanuary 1, 2014

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Failed Robbery Ends in 3 Deaths in El Salvador

Failed Robbery Ends in 3 Deaths in El Salvador

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At least two criminals and a passenger were killed Tuesday during an attempted robbery on a bus in central El Salvador, police said.

The shootout occurred when several armed passengers clashed with the assailants who were stealing money and belongings from the people aboard the bus, members of the PNC police told reporters at the scene.

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Police Officer Gunned Down in Southwestern Colombia

Police Officer Gunned Down in Southwestern Colombia

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A gunman killed one police officer and wounded another in the southwestern Colombian town of La Union, authorities said Tuesday

The attack occurred in Valle del Cauca province on the road linking La Union to the neighboring municipality of Roldanillo, police said in a statement.

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Forest Fire Shuts Down Chilean Highway

Forest Fire Shuts Down Chilean Highway

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A forest fire on Tuesday forced Chilean police to shut down one of the main roads linking this capital with the coastal city of Valparaiso, aggravating a New Year’s Eve traffic crush.

The National Emergency Office, or Onemi, declared a maximum alert in the area of the fire, located on the Pacific about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Santiago.

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Buenos Aires Fireworks Leave Over 60 People Injured

Buenos Aires Fireworks Leave Over 60 People Injured

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At least 67 people were injured, the majority with burns, in the traditional setting off of fireworks to celebrate the arrival of the new year in the Argentine capital, health care authorities reported.

At the Buenos Aires Burn Hospital, 24 people - including 16 children - were treated for assorted injuries, including one boy who had lost the tip of a finger when a firecracker exploded in his hand.

Hospital director Miriam Miño recommended that members of the public not use fireworks and, if they decided to take the risk, to ensure that the firecrackers were properly certified and handled, adding that children need to be monitored while setting them off since some of the injuries had been caused when the firecrackers “exploded in their pockets.”

Miño also recommended that people go to special first aid sites immediately after an accident occurs since, if they wait to get medical attention, the injury can get worse.

Forty-three other people were treated at the Santa Lucia and Pedro Lagleyze ophthalmological hospitals for eye injuries caused by the improper or reckless use of fireworks and popping champagne corks.

Among those who sought medical attention, “five cases are serious, two of which are surgical cases with a guarded prognosis, one of them being 15 years old and the other 18, with a (punctured) eyeball,” said Lagleyze Hospital official Marcelo Oliveri.

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Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Up $25 Million

Mexico’s foreign reserves rose by $25 million last week to $176.57 billion, the Bank of Mexico said.

Foreign reserves grew by $13.06 billion from Jan. 1 to Dec. 27, 2013, the central bank said in a statement.

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Second Child to Die by Falling into Open Sewers In Colombia

Second Child to Die by Falling into Open Sewers In Colombia

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Firefighters found Tuesday the lifeless body of a 4-year-old girl who fell into an open sewer the day before when she was walking with her father through a neighborhood on the Colombian capital’s south side, the municipal government said.

The accident occurred in a vacant area of the Chico Sur neighborhood, and the child’s body was found a few kilometers (miles) away near El Apogeo Cemetery after an 18-hour search.

“We regret to report that the body of the child was found in the Tunjuelito River,” the Bogota city clerk’s office said in a message on Twitter.

Close to 30 fire rescue personnel had taken part since Monday afternoon in the search for the girl, authorities said.

In October, a 2-year-old girl also died when she accidentally fell into an open sewer while walking with her mother along a street in downtown Bogota.

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New Species of Dinosaur Found in Spain’s La Rioja Region

New Species of Dinosaur Found in Spain’s La Rioja Region

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Spanish researcher Ignacio Diaz Martinez says fossilized footprints found in northern Spain’s La Rioja region point to the existence of a previously unknown species of dinosaur.

Study of the footprints indicates that large number of a tall, bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur inhabited La Rioja 120 million years ago, Diaz told Efe.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the newly discovered species is the presence of claws on its feet, the 32-year-old PhD said.

La Rioja is especially rich in fossilized dinosaur footprints.

Diaz, who plans to hold off on naming the new species until his findings are endorsed in peer-reviewed scientific journals, said he would prefer a moniker related to La Rioja.

In his doctoral dissertation at the University of La Rioja, Diaz suggested the designation Riojadopus amei.

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Two Million Flock to Copacabana Beach for New Years Firework Show

Two Million Flock to Copacabana Beach for New Years Firework Show

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The city of Rio de Janeiro welcomed 2014 with a huge fireworks show early Wednesday over Copacabana beach and a party that drew more than 2 million people to one of the most popular events on the calendar each year in Brazil.

Thousands of tourists and residents, many of them dressed in the traditional white, flocked to Rio’s beaches on a hot night for the 16-minute fireworks show, whose theme was the animated film “Rio 2.”

The sky over Rio was filled with bursts of color as spectators made their New Year’s resolutions for 2014, with many cooling off in the waters of Copacabana, Brazil’s most famous beach.

Spaniard Mario Igual, owner of Barcelona-based Pirotecnia Igual, was once again responsible for overseeing the New Year’s fireworks show in Rio.

The forecast called for rain, but people were able to enjoy the traditional New Year’s Eve music festival without ever opening an umbrella.

Carlinhos Brown, Nando Reis and Lulu Santos were among the artists who helped bid farewell to 2013 and welcome the new year.

Officials deployed about 1,500 police officers on Copacabana beach alone to keep visitors safe.

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120 Degree Heat Wave Attacks Northern Argentina

120 Degree Heat Wave Attacks Northern Argentina

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With temperatures up to 50 C (122 F), the northern province of Santiago del Estero has become the epicenter of Argentina’s worst heat wave in 100 years.

At least seven people have died over the past few days in this province some 1,100 kilometers (660 miles) north of Buenos Aires for causes related to the extreme temperatures, provincial health officials said Tuesday.

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Warmer Weather Causing Mangroves to Expand in Florida

Warmer Weather Causing Mangroves to Expand in Florida

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Mangrove trees, which are highly sensitive to cold, have expanded enormously on the Atlantic coast of Florida as the frequency of frosts has diminished, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said.

The analysis of satellite data compiled over 28 years by the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center shows that between 1984-2011 the Florida coast, from Miami northwards, has gained more than 1,240 hectares (3,062 acres) of mangroves.

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WednesdayJanuary 1, 2014