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MondayJanuary 27, 2014

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BLOG DEL NARCO: Leader in Knights Templar Dionico Loya Plancarte Apprehended

BLOG DEL NARCO: Leader in Knights Templar Dionico Loya Plancarte Apprehended

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A top leader of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel was apprehended Monday amid a federal anti-crime offensive in the western state of Michoacan, Mexico’s No. 2 official said.

Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong announced the arrest at a meeting with officeholders of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

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Immigration Activists Fasting for Reform Taking Show on the Road

The activists who went without food for a month to demand that Congress act on immigration reform, announced Monday that they are taking the Fast for Families protest on the road.

The campaign will go on until April 9, organizers told a press conference in Washington.

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Mexico’s Trade Deficit Surges to $1 BN in 2013

Mexico posted a trade deficit of $1 billion in 2013, well above the deficit of $46 million registered in the prior year, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Monday.

The deficit was caused by “the combination of a reduction in the petroleum products surplus, which went from $11.75 billion in 2012 to $8.71 billion in 2013,” a drop of 25.8 percent, “and a reduction in the non-petroleum products deficit, which went from $11.79 billion in 2012 to $9.72 billion in 2013,” a reduction of 17.5 percent, the INEGI said.

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Beloved Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies at 74 After Falling

Mexican novelist and poet Jose Emilio Pacheco, who won the Cervantes Prize, died over the weekend, his daughter, his family said. He was 74.

Pacheco, who died on Sunday, fell in his room and hit his head two days before his death, the writer’s wife, Cristina Pacheco, said Monday.

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Juan Orlando Hernandez Inaugurated as New President of Honduras

Juan Orlando Hernandez was inaugurated Monday as president of Honduras, succeeding his National Party colleague Porfirio Lobo in a heavily attended ceremony in the National Stadium.

The presidential sash was bestowed on Hernandez by congress speaker Mauricio Oliva, also a member of the right-wing ruling party, as six heads of state and Spain’s crown prince looked on.

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Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

Senator Erroneously Blames Immigrants for U.S. Income Inequality

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Despite the formal end of the recession in 2009, unemployment in the United States remains high, wages are still stagnant, and economic indices of all kinds are looking grim. A crisis of this magnitude requires bold action by U.S. lawmakers to realign U.S. economic policies in ways that promote the growth of both jobs and wages. Economists across the political spectrum agree that immigration reform—including a pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants already living here—should be a central part of any such effort to boost the economy. Nevertheless, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) thinks he knows better. In his opinion, what we need to do to alleviate the nation’s economic woes is to derail immigration reform. Apparently, if we can hang on to our broken immigration system a little longer, there will be brighter days ahead for the U.S. economy.

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Blog del Narco: Michoacan Avocado Farmers Pay Millions Annually to Drug Cartels

Blog del Narco: Michoacan Avocado Farmers Pay Millions Annually to Drug Cartels

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Reportedly, drug cartels are charging local avocado farmers for planting, harvesting and marketing their locally grown products.  The spokesman for one of the largest organizations of Mexican farmers explains the critical path that avocado growers have to cross to overcome organized crime in order to have their product reach our tables.

Avocado growers charge that drug traffickers in Michoacan charge 225 million pesos ($17 Million US) a year to plant, harvest and market the avocados that reach thousands of households in Mexico and the United States. “Farmers have data that proves that 225 million pesos is the amount that has been extorted by the drug cartels in Michoacan,” said Alberto Galindo, spokesman for the Plan de Ayala National Movement, in an interview with 24 Hour National Coordinator.

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UPDATE:  Pregnant, Brain Dead Woman Removed from Life Support

UPDATE:  Pregnant, Brain Dead Woman Removed from Life Support

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A 33-year-old brain-dead pregnant woman was disconnected from life support Sunday by John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, in compliance with a court order upholding the wishes of the woman’s family.

Marlise Muñoz was disconnected from life support at 11:30 a.m. and can finally “rest in peace,” the attorneys representing Muñoz’s husband, Erick, said.

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Powerful Storms Leave 13 Dead in Argentina

The storm that hit the western Argentine province of Catamarca late last week killed at least 13 people and left 12 others missing, the official Telam news agency reported Sunday.

The number of people missing in the storm, which hit the area on Thursday and Friday, was reduced from an earlier estimate of 25, Telam said, citing government figures.

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World Cup Protester Shot by Brazil Police

A man was shot and wounded by police during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo, a Brazilian police spokesman told Efe Sunday.

The incident occurred Saturday night when the unidentified man tried to attack an officer with a knife, the police spokesman said.

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MondayJanuary 27, 2014