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WednesdayFebruary 26, 2014

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U.S. Considers Improving Relations with Venezuela

U.S. Considers Improving Relations with Venezuela

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The U.S. government is open to the idea of better relations with Venezuela, the State Department said Tuesday after Caracas proposed sending an ambassador to Washington for the first time since 2010.

Venezuela’s nomination of a prospective envoy came within hours of a State Department announcement that it was expelling three Venezuelan diplomats in response to Caracas’ decision last week to throw out a trio of U.S. consular officials.

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Mexico Says U.S. Only Provided Tech Assistance in El Chapo Capture

Mexico Says U.S. Only Provided Tech Assistance in El Chapo Capture

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U.S. personnel did not take part in the operation that ended with the capture of Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, but the United States did provide “technology” to support Mexican security forces, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

“Not one single person, not from the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration), not from any other U.S. security service, took part in the operation that was carried out,” Osorio Chong told Radio Formula.

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U.S. Dismisses 3 Venezuelan Diplomats

U.S. Dismisses 3 Venezuelan Diplomats

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The United States ordered three Venezuelan diplomats expelled from the country in response to a similar measure last week by Caracas authorities, a State Department official told Efe on Tuesday.

First Secretary Ignacio Luis Cajal Avalos, First Secretary Victor Manuel Pisani Azpurua, and Second Secretary Marcos Jose Garcia Figueredo of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington were declared personae non gratae and “have been allowed 48 hours to leave the United States.”

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California Opens Healthcare Program to 125,000 Migrants

California Opens Healthcare Program to 125,000 Migrants

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Close to 125,000 young immigrants in California who benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are eligible for Medi-Cal, the Golden State’s Medicaid program, a report released Tuesday said.

The analysis, presented by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, says that many of those young people are unaware they are eligible for Medi-Cal or run into obstacles in signing up.

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Mexican Police Rescue 4 Captives, Arrest 26 on Kidnapping Charges

Mexican Police Rescue 4 Captives, Arrest 26 on Kidnapping Charges

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The Federal Police arrested 26 people on kidnapping charges and freed four captives in operations carried out in three Mexican states, the Mexican National Security Commission said Tuesday.

Eleven suspected kidnappers were arrested in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, and a person kidnapped on Feb. 18 in Morelos state was freed, the commission said in a statement.

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Spain Records 45 Transplants in One Day

Spain Records 45 Transplants in One Day

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Spain beat its own record for transplants, with 45 performed in a single day, the National Transplant Organization, or ONT, said Tuesday.

The new record was set last Thursday, a day that saw transplants of 26 kidneys, 10 livers, five hearts, three lungs and one pancreas.

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Study Shows Diversity of Health Issues Faced by Latinos

Study Shows Diversity of Health Issues Faced by Latinos

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Diversity is the chief characteristic of health issues facing the Latino community in terms of illnesses, risk factors and lifestyles, according to a new study taken by the National Institutes of Health.

The document, “Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Data Book: A Report to the Communities,” shows that the percentage of people with asthma varies from 35.8 percent among the population of Puerto Rican origin, to 7.4 percent among those of Mexican descent.

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DoNothing Congress shouldn’t stop President from doing-something about immigration crisis-Gutierrez

DoNothing Congress shouldn’t stop President from doing-something about immigration crisis-Gutierrez

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During a House Judiciary Committee hearing this morning on how to prevent the President from using his executive powers, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez reminded Republicans that since they had released their immigration principles, over 29,000 people had been deported by the President they claim is not deporting enough people.

Today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing (“Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws” http://1.usa.gov/1gCxWcr) was intended to be an indictment of President Obama by House Republicans over the use of executive action and prosecutorial discretion, including questioning whether the President has the legal authority to spare certain immigrants from deportation, as he did for DREAMers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), announced in June 2012.

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) used his opportunity to speak to make a point about the do-nothing Congress.  While apparently unwilling to do anything to enact immigration reform, Republicans in Congress are now taking do-nothingness an extra step by warning the President be a do-nothing President as well.

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Blog del Narco: El Chapo Goes Peacefully to Save Wife and 2-Year-Old Twin Daughters

Blog del Narco: El Chapo Goes Peacefully to Save Wife and 2-Year-Old Twin Daughters

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According to official reports there was not a single shot, no resistance, when Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman surrendered peacefully. One of the most dangerous men in the world went peacefully in order to protect his daughters and his wife who were with him when he was captured by elements of the Navy.

As is now known, the first marine entered into the master bedroom and encountered Emma Coronel, the young wife of Guzman. “I am alone,” cried the woman from where she was found lying on the bed. But the troops knew the boss was there.

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Havana Hosts Festival for Cigar Lovers

Havana Hosts Festival for Cigar Lovers

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Some 1,500 tobacco specialists and cigar lovers from five continents have flocked to Cuba’s capital for the 16th Havana Cigar Festival, an annual occasion for savoring what’s new in cigars and disovering how they combine with drinks, chocolates and haute cuisine.

For guests at this year’s festival who believe nothing can equal made-in-Cuba cigars, the host company Corporacion Habanos S.A. has announced the launch of new brands before they go on sale in 2014, plus the first contest to see who can burn the longest cigar ash.

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WednesdayFebruary 26, 2014