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SundayMay 11, 2014

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Mexican Poet Carmen Alardin Dies, Age 80

Mexican Poet Carmen Alardin Dies, Age 80

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Mexican poet Carmen Alardin, the prizewinning author of works such as “La violencia del otoño” and “No pude detener los elefantes,” has died. She was 80.

The poet, who specialized in German literature, died on Saturday.

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Puerto Rico Officials to Close 100 Schools

Puerto Rico Officials to Close 100 Schools

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Puerto Rico’s Department of Education announced that it will close 100 of the roughly 1,500 schools on the island in the face of a drop in the number of students, a measure that will provide savings to the public coffers of $27 million.

Starting on Monday, authorities will notify the schools affected by the decision, which was announced earlier this month by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla when he delivered an address on the budget for the coming fiscal year, Education Secretary Rafael Roman Melendez said.

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Experts Say World Cup Visitors Should Not Fear Dengue Contact

Experts Say World Cup Visitors Should Not Fear Dengue Contact

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A study by Brazilian experts calculates that, in the worst case scenario, just 100 of the 600,000 foreign tourists who will visit Brazil during the World Cup soccer tourney scheduled to begin in June, or less than 0.02 percent of the total visitors, will contract dengue during their stay in the country.

The report was prepared in response to generic warnings and “exaggerated” claims about the threat of dengue that some consulates of countries that expect to send a huge flood of tourists to Brazil had been giving, according to an article released on Sunday by the state-run Foundation for Support of Research in Sao Paulo State, or Fapesp.

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Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open After Injured Nishikori Withdraws

Rafael Nadal Wins Madrid Open After Injured Nishikori Withdraws

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal won the Madrid tennis tourney for the fourth time on Sunday, when Japan’s Kei Nishikori withdrew after suffering a back injury while trailing in the third set.

The 24-year-old Japanese - playing electrifying tennis and clearly besting Nadal early on - jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set and then was leading by 4-2 in the second when back problems and cramps in his left leg began to take their toll.

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Mexican Marines Arrest 155 People Posing as Vigilantes

Mexican Marines Arrest 155 People Posing as Vigilantes

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Marines have arrested at least 155 people who were posing as vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, state prosecutors said.

The suspects, who include four women, were detained late Friday and early Saturday in La Mira, a town outside the Pacific port city of Lazaro Cardenas, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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Spanish Naval Ship Docks in New York

Spanish Naval Ship Docks in New York

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The Spanish navy training ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano docked Saturday in the Port of New York, its last stopover before returning to Europe.

The ship, now on its 85th training voyage, arrived in the early hours at the U.S. city from Santo Domingo.

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Mexico Honors Late Gabriel Garcia Marquez with Tribute

Mexico Honors Late Gabriel Garcia Marquez with Tribute

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The Mexican capital’s Jose Marti Cultural Center has begun screening a series of films based on famous works by the late Colombian Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on April 17.

The film cycle began Friday with “El Coronel no Tiene quien le Escriba” (No One Writes to the Colonel), directed by Arturo Ripstein and featuring Mexican actors Fernando Lujan, Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Salma Hayek, and Spain’s Marisa Paredes, Mexico City’s Culture Secretariat said in a communique.

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Puerto Rico Prepares for Severe Rains, Storms

Puerto Rico Prepares for Severe Rains, Storms

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The torrential rains and storms lashing Puerto Rico forced the activation Saturday of emergency plans to deal with dangerous flooding and mudslides in the northern and northeastern parts of the island, the scene of overflowing rivers, flooded highways, power outages and water cuts, authorities said.

“Local emergency management officials report life-threatening flooding in the municipalities of Ceiba, Naguabo, Fajardo, Luquillo and Rio Grande,” the National Weather Service said in a bulletin issued at 1:00 p.m.

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Mexican Police Investigating 5 Murders Linked to Vigilante Leader

Mexican Police Investigating 5 Murders Linked to Vigilante Leader

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Mexican authorities said they are investigating the possible role of vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles in the deaths of five people.

The victims died April 27 near the southwestern city of Lazaro Cardenas in a nearly half-hour shootout pitting rival community self-defense groups, which were formed in the state of Michoacan to battle the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel.

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Chilean Heart-Transplant Recipient has Baby 10 Years Later

Chilean Heart-Transplant Recipient has Baby 10 Years Later

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A Chilean woman who had a heart transplant in 2004 has given birth to a baby at the same hospital in Viña del Mar where she was operated 10 years previously, medical officials said Saturday.

“There are very few such cases in the world, there can’t be more than 30 or 40 women who have had heart transplants and have successfully given birth afterwards,” Dr. Ernesto Aranguiz, head of cardiovascular surgery at the Gustavo Fricke Hospital, told local media.

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Another Earthquake Rattles Mexico, No Casualties Reported

A magnitude-5.9 earthquake rattled southern Mexico early Saturday and was also felt in this capital, but no casualities or serious damage were initially reported.

The temblor struck at 2:36 a.m. at a depth of five kilometers (3.1 miles) and was centered 38 kilometers (23 miles) southwest of the southern town of Tecpan, near Mexico’s Pacific coast, the National Seismological Service, or SSN, said.

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California Judge Sentences Chris Brown to 1 Year in Jail

California Judge Sentences Chris Brown to 1 Year in Jail

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A Los Angeles judge sentenced R&B singer Chris Brown to a year in prison after the artist admitted he violated probation by attacking a man in Washington D.C. in 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Brown, who turned 25 on May 5, had already been jailed since mid-March after being expelled from a rehab center where he was committed by a court order to undergo anger-management therapy.

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Thousands Mourn Youths Killed in Spanish Bus Crash

Thousands Mourn Youths Killed in Spanish Bus Crash

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Monterrubio de la Serena Sports Hall in western Spain was filled to capacity with some 1,000 people attending the funeral of five young soccer players killed in a bus crash this week, while thousands more followed the funeral Mass from outside.

Merida Archbishop Santiago Garcia Aracil officiated the youths’ funeral, which was attended by Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the president of the regional parliament Fernando Manzano, and the president of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, Angel Maria Villar, as well as by representatives of many institutions and political parties.

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Evo Morales says Costa Rica Interested in Bolivia Gas

Evo Morales says Costa Rica Interested in Bolivia Gas

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Bolivian President Evo Morales said he met in Costa Rica with a group of business leaders who “begged” the Andean nation to ship $500,000 worth of natural gas annually to Central America.

“I had a meeting (Thursday) in Costa Rica. Business leaders were wanting to buy gas from us for Central America at a cost of $500,000 (per year). It will be up to the hydrocarbons minister and the president of (state-owned energy company) YPFB to negotiate that. They’re begging us,” Morales said in a speech in the central Bolivian region of Cochabamba.

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SundayMay 11, 2014