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TuesdayJanuary 14, 2014

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Four People Implicated in Attack on Guatemalan Vice President

Four people were arrested Tuesday after a woman hurled an unidentified white powder into the face of Vice President Roxana Baldetti, Guatemala’s interior minister said.

The woman who carried out the attack and another female were arrested “red-handed,” while two male accomplices were apprehended in a waiting car, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told reporters.

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Massive Sweep of Airport Police in Honduras, Suspected of Working with Narcos

Honduras so far has suspended 32 people, including 25 police officers and two anti-narcotics officers, assigned to Tegucigalpa’s Toncontin airport, through which three Honduran men smuggled almost $7.2 million in cash, funds that were seized on the weekend in Panama, officials said Tuesday.

The head of the National Police’s special investigative services division, Ruben Martel, told reporters that 25 Border Police who had been on shift at the airport when the trio passed through with the cash hidden in eight suitcases.

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16 Representatives Stuck in Reverse on Immigration

16 Representatives Stuck in Reverse on Immigration

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Despite the failure of the House to act on immigration reform last year, there was no doubt that the majority of Americans—and even the majority of Members of Congress—understood that immigration reform was an important component in creating economic opportunity for all.  Last Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor reiterated that support during an exchange on the House floor when he said Republicans were working on an “appropriate path forward” on immigration policies. “Immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country. We’ve got to do it right,” Cantor said.

Unfortunately, a very, very small minority of House Republicans still don’t get it, as demonstrated by a letter sixteen lawmakers, including Lamar Smith and Michelle Bachmann sent to the White House on January 8. Claiming to speak for out of working Americans, they rejected the idea that the House should pass immigration reform, arguing that the Senate’s bill would flood the market with low wage workers and destroy communities.  Clearly, they missed their own party’s conversion on the economic argument, but more important, they ignored the significant evidence that points to the positive economic impact of immigration reform, using protection of the American worker as a smokescreen for restrictionist opposition to reform.

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Latino Children in Denver Need Foster Homes, Many Living in Shelters

Half of the children living in shelters in Denver are Latinos, a veteran of the city’s Department of Human Services confirmed to Efe on Monday.

Five years after the launching of a series of community programs to reduce the number of Hispanic children in the care of the state, their numbers continue to be very high and authorities have been unable to recruit more Latino families to take care of those kids, official statistics show.

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Blog del Narco: Person Found Tortured and Executed in Culiacan

Blog del Narco: Person Found Tortured and Executed in Culiacan

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One person was found in Culiacan, tortured and executed .  Authorities are unable to identify the victim . There was no identification among his belongings. The deceased was naked, with a pair of jeans at his ankles tied with a yellow rope. His wrists were also tied with piece of rope, and on his chest , the murderers had left the mark of a star carved by a knife.

The deceased was lying on his back with arms outstretched to the sides, covered with a black plastic bag on the face. He had been shot three times in the chest.

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Authorities Investigating 70 Patient Deaths at Paraguay Hospital

The Paraguayan government stepped in at the Ciudad del Este Regional Hospital to determine whether the deaths of some 70 patients were caused by negligence, the Health Ministry said Monday.

The ministry said in a communique that it took charge of the medical center last week following reports connecting 70 deaths, mostly of children, with cases of medical negligence in the intensive care unit.

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Mexican Federal Authorities Intercede in Clash between Narcos and Vigilante Groups

Federal forces will guarantee the public safety in areas of the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan that have been rocked by clashes between drug traffickers and vigilante groups, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Monday.

Osorio Chong made the announcement after meeting with state officials, including Gov. Fausto Vallejo, in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan.

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Puerto Rico Names New Attorney General to Replace Scandal-Ridden Predecessor

Cesar Miranda on Monday was named Puerto Rico’s new attorney general, replacing Luis Sanchez Betances, who had resigned last month after becoming involved in a scandal stemming from his intervention in the drunk-driving arrest of a former law partner.

Miranda will begin his new duties on Monday after being confirmed by the legislature, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla told a press conference.

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TuesdayJanuary 14, 2014