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MondayMay 5, 2014

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Vigilantes Kill Woman in Brazil Suspected of Kidnapping Babies

A woman beaten by a mob who accused her of kidnapping a child died Monday at a hospital in the southeastern Brazilian city of Guaruja.

Fabiane Maria de Jesus passed away after spending two days in a medically induced coma, administrators at Santo Amaro Hospital said.

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Major Drug Sweep in Puerto Rico’s Housing Projects, 30 Arrested

At least 30 people were arrested Monday for being part of a dangerous gang that dealt drugs in several public housing projects in western Puerto Rico.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Waldo Santiago gave information to Efe about the operation in which the Puerto Rican police also participated.

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Costa Rican Teachers Strike Over Months-Long Delay in Getting Paid

President-elect Luis Guillermo Solis expressed solidarity with thousands of Costa Rican teachers who went on strike Monday to protest months-long delays in getting paid.

“It seems to me the situation in which they find themselves for quite a while now is unacceptable and we have to seek a situation to resolve the issue of salaries,” Solis, himself a 30-year veteran of the teaching profession, told reporters.

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Vigilantes in Mexico Practice Justice When they Kill Alleged Murderer of 5

Vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan killed a peasant over the weekend who had gunned down his wife, mother-in-law, a brother-in-law and two neighbors, prosecutors said.

The peasant, identified only as Prospero N., had been having problems with his wife’s family over land and started drinking on Saturday afternoon in the village of El Molinillo, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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US Supreme Court Lets Stand Law That Bars Renting to Undocumented People

US Supreme Court Lets Stand Law That Bars Renting to Undocumented People

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a Nebraska city’s ordinance requiring that anyone who wants to rent a home must prove that they are in the country legally.

Thus, the high court upheld the ruling of an appellate panel that last year established that Fremont’s regulation is not in conflict with federal law and is not discriminatory.

Ordinance 5165, approved by Fremont voters in a 2010 referendum, prohibited hiring or renting to people who can’t prove their legal immigration status.

The measure also required local businesses to use the federal government’s E-verify system to confirm that job applicants are authorized to work in the country.

On Feb. 28, 2012, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp found that the portions of 5165 pertaining to housing were discriminatory and in conflict with federal law and she issued an injunction blocking the enforcement of those provisions.

Last June, however, two of the three judges on a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached a different conclusion, overturning Camp’s decision and lifting the injunction.

In March, the Supreme Court rejected similar cases in which cities in Texas and Pennsylvania tried to reestablish requirements for renting homes such as presenting identification that proves one’s immigration status.

Authorities in Fremont began enforcing the housing restriction last month.

Ordinance 5165 will not affect people who are already renting housing in the town, Fremont police chief Jeff Elliott has said.

Census figures show that Latinos account for just under 12 percent of Fremont’s roughly 26,000 residents. Forty percent of the town’s Hispanic residents are U.S. citizens.

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Incumbent Vice President Juan Carlos Varela is Panama’s New Presdient

Opposition hopeful - and incumbent vice president - Juan Carlos Varela has won Panama’s presidential election.

With more than 90 percent of the ballots counted, Varela has 39.14 percent of the vote, compared with 31.69 percent for Jose Domingo Arias, candidate of the governing conservative coalition.

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Biden Joins Obamas Plea for Boehner to Call a Vote on Immigration

Biden Joins Obamas Plea for Boehner to Call a Vote on Immigration

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Vice President Joe Biden on Monday repeated the Obama administration’s demand that the U.S. House of Representatives vote on an immigration reform that would open a path to legalization for 11 million people.

President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats have spent months urging Republican House Speaker John Boehner to bring to the floor the bipartisan reform measure passed last summer by the Senate.

“It’s time for John - he’s a good man, John Boehner - to stand up and other Republicans to stand up,” Biden said during a breakfast to mark the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

“It’s time for him to stand up, ... not let the minority - I think it’s a minority - of the Republican Party in the House keep us from moving in a way that will change the circumstances for millions and millions of lives,” the vice president said.

He defended the appropriateness of immigration reform on both moral and economic grounds.

“To continue the dreams of all the American people, we have got to get 11 million people out of the shadows,” Biden said. “It’s not just to benefit those 11 million people, it’s badly needed for the country. The country needs a shot in the arm and this would give it a considerable shot in the arm.”

He recalled that he had been greatly criticized for saying several months ago in Florida that those 11 million undocumented foreigners are already Americans.

“They may not be citizens, but they are Americans. In the definition of Teddy Roosevelt, he said Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed or line of descent, it’s a question of principles, idealism and character. And I would argue that those 11 million folks who have been here breaking their neck, working hard, they are Americans,” the vice president insisted Monday.

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Venezuelan Violence Continues as Presidenial Body Guard Murdered

Venezuelan Violence Continues as Presidenial Body Guard Murdered

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One of the bodyguards of the Venezuelan president was shot to death while driving along a Caracas highway on Sunday, the Public Ministry announced.

Lt. Marco Cortez, 29, died when unknown gunmen fired at his vehicle from another car.

“According to preliminary information, Cortez was traveling in his vehicle on the Valle-Coche highway ... when presumably they started shooting at him from another automobile,” said the Attorney General’s Office in a communique.

Cortez was taken to the Hospital Militar, “where he was admitted without vital signs,” the official text of the announcement read.

The Caracas daily El Universal said that the bodyguard “was attacked by gunfire by individuals who apparently were trying to steal his vehicle from him” when he left a party early Sunday morning with his wife, who was unhurt in the incident and took him to the hospital.

Cortez had been working for the presidential security detail for six years and was a member of one of the “security rings” surrounding late President Hugo Chavez, the predecessor of Nicolas Maduro, the press version said.

Cortez’s murder comes a week after Eliecer Otaiza, a former director of the Venezuelan intelligence service, was killed - according to Maduro - by people who were formerly in power in the South American nation and are now in Miami.

“I cannot provide further details,” said Maduro last Thursday regarding the former Disip intelligence service director, whose body turned up last Saturday along another highway in the capital with four fatal bullet wounds.

Disip was revamped into the Sebin intelligence service.

Venezuela is one of the countries hit hardest by crime and violence, with 11,000 murders last year, according to government figures, although non-governmental organizations place the number at about 25,000.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

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Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

Cinco de Mayo, ( Spanish: “Fifth of May”) , also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla,  national holiday in Mexico in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America. On May 5, 1862, a poorly equipped mestizo and Zapotec force under the command of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City; about 1,000 French troops were killed. Although the fighting continued and the French were not driven out for another five years, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The city, which was later renamed Puebla de Zaragoza, is the site of a museum devoted to the battle, and the battlefield itself is maintained as a park.

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600# Lion Stolen From Shelter Found Safe and Sound in Brazil

600# Lion Stolen From Shelter Found Safe and Sound in Brazil

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The lion stolen last week from an animal shelter in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo was found 500 kilometers (310 miles) away in Maringa, a town in Parana state, police said.

The 9-year-old lion, which was stolen last Thursday, was discovered at the preserve run by his former owner, Ary Marcos, who ordered the big cat taken because he considered himself responsible for the animal, police said.

The 300-kilo (660-pound) lion, known as “Rawell,” was found on Saturday at the property belonging to Marcos, who plans to present officials with documents in the next few days showing that he is the animal’s rightful owner, police said.

Marcos could face theft charges is he is unable to document ownership of the big cat, police said.

Rawell was taken early Thursday from a shelter for exotic and abandoned animals in the city of Monte Azul Paulista.

The lion was left at the shelter in 2009 by Marcos, who claimed he could not afford to feed the big cat, veterinarian Oswaldo Garcia Junior said.

Documents show that Marcos donated the lion to the shelter in 2009, police chief Carlos Arnaldo Nicodemos said.

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MondayMay 5, 2014