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MondayAugust 18, 2014

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Christina Aguilera Gives Birth to Daughter, Names Her Summer Rain

Singer Christina Aguilera, 33, gave birth to a baby girl who has been named Summer Rain, she said Monday on her Twitter account.

“So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world,” Aguilera said of her first child with fiance Matthew Rutler, a producer she met on the set of the film “Burlesque” in 2010.

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Honduran Authorities Detain 16 Undocumented Cubans Heading to U.S.

Honduran authorities detained Monday 16 undocumented Cubans as they tried to travel from this Central American country to the United States, a National Police spokesperson said.

The immigrants were taken into custody at the Agua Caliente customs post on the border between Honduras and Guatemala following a routine police inspection, the spokesperson told reporters

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Chile Suffering Through Rare Winter Heat Wave

A heat wave has scorched central Chile for several days with the highest temperatures for August - a winter month in the Southern Hemisphere - since 1973.

Thermometers were up to 31 C (88 F) this Sunday in Santiago, a temperature not seen here in the month of August for 41 years, the weather service said.

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Hundreds of Undocumented Central American Children Starting School as they Await Deportation

With the attitude of “doors open to all children,” hundreds of schools across the country are currently welcoming large numbers of undocumented Central American youngsters living in hopes that an immigration judge will let them stay.

U.S. federal courts have established that states have an obligation to educate children regardless of their immigration status.

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Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Photo: Immigrants effects on federal programs

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A new report from the Partnership for the New American Economy and an analysis of Social Security data by MSNBC offer more evidence that immigrants, whether they are documented or undocumented, are major contributors to the economic well-being of major safety net programs. Because immigrants are generally younger and healthier than the native-born population, as well as frequently more entrepreneurial, their net- contributions to programs like Social Security and Medicare, and the stimulus they provide to job growth and the economy far outweigh their costs.

Last week the Washington Post reported that immigrants were the “best thing” that ever happened to Medicare, because they are pumping more money into the system and taking fewer benefits out, according to a new report by the Partnership for the New American Economy. U.S. immigrants’ net contribution to Medicare’s Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, the program’s core funding source, was $183 billion between 1996 and 2011, while US-born Americans’ contribution was negative $69 billion. On a per person basis, immigrants contributed $62 more per person to the trust fund than the U.S.-born, and claim $172 less in benefits.

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Blog del Narco: Kidnappings in Valle de Bravo not Cartel Related but Random

Blog del Narco: Kidnappings in Valle de Bravo not Cartel Related but Random

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The National Safety Commission notes that kidnappings in the town of Valle de Bravo, have not been organized by Los Zetas or La Familia Michoacana, two of the drug cartels operating in the region. According to analysis, the modus operandi of the kidnappers indicates that typically there is no prior planning or monitoring of victims to determine their socioeconomic status, rather it is simply “opportunistic” choice with victims. Usually within a few hours it is carried out and amounts paid in ransom are negligible at 2000-5000 pesos.

The town is famous as a tourist destination. On 14 August a security operation was deployed with 200 elements of the Federal Police, who patrol the area and investigate cases to establish the links to identify the members of criminal cells. The town’s geographical location is a strategic area for the arrival of criminal cells from Michoacan and Guerrero, which are connected with the State of Mexico through local roads and mountain trails of Valle de Bravo , Otzoloapan and Villa Victoria. There has been an increase of telephone extortion, murders, thefts from residential areas, assaults and kidnappings. According to the intelligence report, those responsible know the area well in order to surprise potential victims. Isabel Miranda Wallace has collected testimonies from victims who reported that criminals establish checkpoints under the excuse that their vehicles are broken even alert drivers to slow down, then kidnap them by gunpoint.Victims are then typically moved to the mountainous areas as Cerro Gordo, where makeshift pens are housed outdoors. Often they are held for weeks in inhuman conditions. Indeed, the secretary general of the State of Mexico Government, José Quiroga Manzur, joined the town for the strategic plan .

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REPORT:  Faux Chinese Tourists Smuggling Tons of Peru’s Healing Maca Root

Thousands of tons of maca, the Andean root famous for its healing and energizing properties, have been smuggled out of Peru, America Television’s “Cuarto Poder” news program said.

Chinese businessmen come as tourists to the central region of Junin, where they have purchased more than 2,000 tons of this year’s 4,500-ton maca harvest.

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Busy Mexico City Airport Prepares for Possible Ebola Cases

The Mexico City International Airport is ready to deal with any possible cases of Ebola, a viral disease that is spreading through West Africa, aviation officials said.

Posters informing travelers about the disease and the measures to take to avoid spreading it are being put up around the airport.

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Number of Foreign Students Studying in Spain Continues to Decline

The number of foreign-born students in basic education in Spain dropped 4.2 percent in the 2013-2014 academic year to levels similar to what they were in 2008, the Education Ministry said Monday.

The total of foreign students was 731,167, which signifies 32,048 fewer students than the previous academic year, when for the first time in many years the number decreased.

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Mexico’s PEMEX Looks to Foreign Alliances

State-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, has had contacts with about 80 foreign energy companies about possible oil exploration and production partnerships, media reports said.

Pemex Exploracion y Produccion, or PEP, chief Gustavo Hernandez Garcia has met with representatives of Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, Petrobras, Ecopetrol, Petronas, PetroChina and Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, among other companies.

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MondayAugust 18, 2014