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TuesdayApril 22, 2014

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After Gun Battle Mexican Army Captures 44 Knights Templar Cartel Members

Army troops captured 44 suspected members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel following a shootout between the criminals and vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, federal officials said.

Four people were wounded in the shootout, but officials did not say whether they were vigilantes or cartel members.

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Supreme Court OKs Ban on College Affirmative Action

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on applying ethnic criteria to admissions to state universities and community colleges.

The justices voted 6-2 to reject a challenge to the anti-affirmation amendment of the state constitution that Michigan voters approved in 2006.

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REPORT:  89 Percent of Attacks on Journalists Go Unpunished

Some 89 percent of the attacks on journalists in Mexico go unpunished because authorities do not investigate the cases, the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said.

Only about 19 percent of cases involving the killings and disappearances of journalists, as well as attacks on media outlets, end up in the hands of a judge, the CNDH said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Singer Interrupts US concert Schedule to Attend Cartel Leaders Funeral

Blog del Narco: Singer Interrupts US concert Schedule to Attend Cartel Leaders Funeral

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Singer Melissa Plancarte, known as “La Barbie Grupera” reveals that she was present at the funeral of his father, the capo Enrique “Kike” Plancarte, one of the main leaders of the cartel “Knights Templar”.

In an interview with journalist Ciro Gomez Leyva of the Formula Group, Melissa Plancarte insists that she has had no contact with her father for six years. She said that after attending the funeral of her father “Kike” Plancarte, she returned to the U.S.  She is scheduled to sing at concerts in New York, California, Dallas and Chicago.

“The death of my father hurts a lot, we knew it would happen eventually, but we were not prepared, “said the singer. The federal government reported that the March 30 “Kike” members of the Navy in Querétaro killed Plancarte.

According to the official version, the Cartel Leader was identified while walking in streets of the town of Columbus. Plancarte repeatedly has denounced the criminal activities of her father and has insisted she had no contact with him.  There have been reports of the family visiting together over the years though
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Ancient Cave in Spain Could Hold Origins of the Study of Astronomy

Ancient Cave in Spain Could Hold Origins of the Study of Astronomy

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A cave located on Spain’s Canary Islands, in what was probably the aboriginal region of Artevigua, could reveal an unsuspected knowledge of astronomy by the ancient islanders since it marks equinoxes and solstices, while inside it the light recreates images related to fertility.

The cave was used as a temple and, besides its astronomical function, the light creates in its interior a mythological account of fertility, the likes of which exist nowhere else in the world,” archaeologist Julio Cuenca, who has investigated the area since the 1990s, said.

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Narco Sweep in Mexico Results in 6 Deaths and 42 Arrests

Six suspected criminals were killed and more than 40 others arrested in a law enforcement operation carried out over the past 15 days in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, the Navy Secretariat said Monday.

Ten bases were established on April 7 in the northern and eastern parts of Mexico state to deal with the wave of violence that hit the region in recent weeks, the secretariat said.

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Salvadoran Gang Members Killed After Being Released from Prison

Three people accused of belonging to a gang and a taxi driver who was transporting them were murdered Monday by unknown gunmen after the young men were released from a police station near San Salvador, a police official said.

One of the dead gangmembers was a minor and another was wounded in the shootout and hospitalized, the National Civil Police (PNC) chief in the capital’s metropolitan area, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, told reporters.

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Anti-Immigration Group Uses Earth Day To Recycle Argument That Immigrants Destroy Environment

Anti-Immigration Group Uses Earth Day To Recycle Argument That Immigrants Destroy Environment

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An immigration-restrictionist group is using Earth Day to blame immigrants for three of California’s most vexing environmental issues: increased car usage, increased population, and water shortage. According to a television ad released by the organization California for Population Stabilization (CAPS) on Wednesday, the ongoing environmental degradation in the state is a result of immigrant-driven population growth.

In the ad, a petrified child asks a series of question, while harrowing statistics pop up beside him: “If Californians are having fewer children, why are there so many cars?”; “If Californians are having fewer children, why isn’t there enough water”; and “If Californians are having fewer children, where are all the people coming from?”

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Buenos Aires Favela Residents Go on Hunger Strike Demanding Better Living Conditions

Residents of shantytowns in the Argentine capital on Monday began a hunger strike at a tent set up downtown to demand improvements for their neighborhoods.

The representatives of 17 shantytowns are going without solid food to demand that the municipal government undertake infrastructure projects - mainly sewers, water drains, lighting and paving - in their neighborhoods.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Arizona Law Criminializing Transport of Undocumented

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to restore a provision of an Arizona law that would criminalize the “harboring and transportation” of undocumented immigrants.

The justices’ decision not to hear the state’s appeal leaves intact the ruling adopted in October 2013 by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which established that federal immigration law takes precedence over this provision.

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TuesdayApril 22, 2014