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MondayApril 14, 2014

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REPORT: 39 Percent of all Brazilian Children Obese or Overweight

Thirty-nine percent of Brazilian children are either obese or overweight, a 1,000 percent increase over the past 40 years, Brazilian researcher and physician Victor Rodriguez Matsudo, one of the authors of the International Study of Child Obesity being carried out in several countries, said Monday.

Matsudo spoke with Efe and said that the rate is “extremely high,” and he warned that the trend is for the percentage to continue rising.

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2,200 Homes Destroyed in Massive Fire in Valparaiso Chile

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet promised on Monday to rebuild “with all the resources necessary” the Pacific port city of Valparaiso, which was devastated by a huge and still active fire that has killed 13 people and destroyed 2,200 homes.

“I want to express my full solidarity and that of the government with the people and families who are being affected,” she said.

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REPORT:  Cuba has Over 16,000 Cases of AIDS

The number of people in Cuba with HIV/AIDS currently stands at 16,479, according to figures published Monday in the official weekly Trabajadores.

Last year, some 2.5 million tests to detect the HIV virus were performed on the island, Public Health Ministry official Maria Isela Lantero told the publication.

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Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Threaten Tamaulipas to” Become Hell Itself ”

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Threaten Tamaulipas to” Become Hell Itself ”

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The criminal organization Los Zetas today released a message on the Internet that threatens to intensify violence in Tamaulipas state, which in the last week has killed 28 gunmen, according to official figures.

Through an anonymous email, various blogs received the image of a card with a text supposedly written by Los Zetas, in which calls to the population of Tampico to shelter-because in the next few hours a fight that will be a “battle to the death” with the Gulf Cartel.

The cartel also warns that they will take no responsibility for what may happen, and that “therefore we are warning you ”  Tamaulipas. In the text sent allegedly by Los Zetas reads: “To all citizens of Tampico we are warning you to take shelter. Innocent people will die in the crossfire. We are entering Tampico and we will find those members of the Gulf Cartel. This is going to become hell itself.”

Read more at Blog del Narco

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Denver Schools Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers

Denver Schools Actively Seeks Out Undocumented Immigrants To Be Teachers

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A Colorado school district has become the first in the nation to actively seek out qualified undocumented immigrants who want to be teachers, 9 News, NBC’s Colorado affiliate first reported. The Denver Public School (DPS) system has joined with Teach for America (TFA) to hire undocumented immigrants who were granted temporary legal presence and work authorization under a presidential initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. So far, there are two DPS teachers with DACA status and the school hopes to add ten more teachers for the upcoming semester.

According to the press release out Thursday, in order to qualify to teach at DPS, the would-be teachers must earn a bachelor’s degree, and have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.50. For the first year, TFA corps members would receive an alternate license issued by the Colorado Department of Education. But through funding made possible by the Walton Family Foundation Inc, TFA teachers can then obtain their traditional teaching licenses through a program at University of Colorado Denver.

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Vigilantes Involved in Shootout with Knights Templarios Cartel Members in Mexico

Suspected Caballeros Templarios drug cartel gunmen engaged in a shootout with vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, a vigilante leader said.

Vigilantes launched an operation Saturday in Tingambato after receiving a tip that an avocado grower had been kidnapped last week, Jose Manuel Mirele Valverde, one of the founders of the community self-defense groups operating in Michoacan, told reporters.

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Tour Bus Collides with Tractor-Trailer in Veracruz, 33 Killed

At least 33 people were killed early Sunday when a tour bus collided with a tractor-trailer and burst into flames on the Cosamalopan-Acayucan highway in the southern part of the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, officials said.

The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. near the city of Isla when a bus heading from Villahermosa, the capital of Tabasco state, to Mexico City hit a truck that had stopped on the highway and did not have its hazard lights on.

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Foreign Investment in Spanish Real Estate Hits 9-Year High

Foreign investment in Spanish real estate rose in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year to 6.45 billion euros ($8.95 billion), the highest level registered in the past nine years and 16 percent more than in 2012.

Britons, the French, Russians and Belgians are those who are buying the most real estate in Spain.

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Massive Fire in Valparaiso Chile Results in 11 Deaths, Hundreds Homes Destroyed

At least 11 people have died in a huge fire that is still burning in the hillside neighborhoods surrounding the Chilean capital in Valparaiso, the Carabineros militarized police force said Sunday, lowering the death toll from the 16 fatalities the force had reported earlier.

Some 10,000 residents have been evacuated and about 1,000 homes have been destroyed in the blaze, the largest in the history of this port city, where 250,000 people live and where Chile’s parliament and navy are headquartered.

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MondayApril 14, 2014