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MondayJanuary 6, 2014

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Puerto Rico Rings in New Year with 13 Murders in 5 Days

Puerto Rico had a total of 13 murders in the first five days of 2014, four of them during a single night, police said.

Among the victims was Gilberto de Jesus Casas, 43, a limousine driver and creator of “Mi Pana Gillito,” a popular character in Puerto Rico on social networks.

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Nearly 5,000 Mexican Military Personnel Has Been Prosecuted for Desertion

A total of 4,543 military personnel were prosecuted for desertion between 1985 and 2013, the Mexican Federal Institute for Access to Information, or IFAI, said.

The figures were provided by the Defense Secretariat to the IFAI in response to a request for information from a citizen.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Wants to See More Tourists in His Country

President Nicolas Maduro’s government has set a goal of tripling the tourism sector’s contribution to Venezuelan gross domestic product, Tourism Minister Andres Izarra said Monday.

“Nowadays it’s 3 percent (of GDP) and arriving at 9 percent ... by 2019 means growing at triple the rate,” and to do that requires “big investments ... from the private sector,” he told state-run television.

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Nearly $100 Million in Damages from Forest Fires in Chile

Forest fires have destroyed some 16,200 hectares (about 40,500 acres) over the past week in central and southern Chile and the damage so far is estimated at $100 million, the government announced Monday.

Firefighters are currently battling 18 blazes.

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‘MS-13’ Salvadoran Gang Member Arrested Trying to Enter U.S. Illegally

Last week, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station apprehended a dangerous Mara Salvatrucha gang member attempting to make an illegal entry into the United States.

Border Patrol agents observed the man, later identified as Jose Perez-Santos, a 31-year-old Salvadoran national, as he entered the United States illegally from Mexico at around 10:45 p.m. Agents arrested Perez without incident approximately 3 miles west of the downtown Calexico Port of Entry.

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As Democrats Push for Amnesty Deportations at Low Levels

Before Republicans start caving to Democrats’ demand for “comprehensive immigration reform” this election year, skeptics say lawmakers should find out how billions in tax dollars are falling through the sieve of so-called enforcement programs.

Contrary to President Obama’s claims of record deportations, John Sandweg, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, admits ICE deported only 134,000 illegal immigrants from the country’s interior in 2012.

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Blog Del Narco- “Boys and Their Toys” Narco Camp in Sinaloa Mountains

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Below are several photos of “The Mochomera” released last month. The narco camp, is situated in the mountains, apparently in Sinaloa.  “The Mochomo” primarily displayed and says it appears that Tito Beltran son of Beltran Leyva.

The origins and group loyalties remain unclear, but the escalating violence in the State indicates that a new challenge to the current Mazatlecos-Ahome Cartel is underway.

Since the separation, Los Zetas have maintained a working relationship with many of the remaining groups, especially Mazatlecos, whose operations is in Sinaloa. Los Zetas make occasional forays into those controlled by the Sinaloa Federation territories and gain access to the Sierra Madre Occidental,a site for the production of illicit drugs in the region.

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New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

New ICE Deportation Statistics Are No Cause for Celebration

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There is little to cheer in the new deportation statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While the numbers document a 10 percent decline in the total number of deportations compared to last year, they also reveal the extent to which immigration enforcement resources are still devoted to apprehending, detaining, and deporting individuals who represent no conceivable threat to public safety or national security.

In fact, the overwhelming majority of people deported by ICE either have no prior criminal record or were convicted of misdemeanors. While ICE does indeed capture and remove potentially dangerous individuals, most of its resources remain devoted to the enforcement of a broken and unworkable immigration system. The latest decline in removals notwithstanding, the U.S. deportation machine remains severely out of balance and lacking in either flexibility or meaningful opportunities for due process.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Neysa Bove Fashion Designer for Barbie Doll

When Neysa Bove emigrated from Spain to the United States, she was a little girl with three Barbies in her suitcase, and today, as a professional fashion designer, she creates new wardrobes for the Mattel company’s classic doll.

“I design Barbies in evening dress so she looks elegant, as if she is going to a party, and others in one-piece bathing suits,” Bove told Efe.

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Brazil Recovering from Devastating Rain

The Brazilian government said that it will send 1.2 million reais ($509,121) to the southeastern state of Espirito Santo to carry out preventive action against disease in the wake of flooding that took scores of lives.

Health officials in the area are investigating the first death from leptospirosis, a disease transmitted in the urine of animals, especially mice, when deposited in stagnant waters, the official Agencia Brasil news service said.

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Armed Men Enter Mexican Prison Killing 9

Nine people were killed and two others wounded Friday when armed men talked their way into a prison in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero and started shooting, authorities said.

The dead include five of the six attackers, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

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MondayJanuary 6, 2014