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Cops Claim Mice Ate Half a Ton of Marijuana

Investigators smelled a rat

(Newser) - "The mice ate the marijuana" was an excuse no more believable than "the dog ate my homework" for authorities in Argentina, where eight police officers have been fired over the disappearance of around 1,200 pounds of pot. The officers in Pinar, roughly 40 miles west of Buenos... More »

Her Identity Was a 40-Year-Old Secret. Then It Unraveled

She was one of 126 babies confirmed as stolen in Argentina's 'Dirty War'

(Newser) - Violeta Ortolani was eight months pregnant when she was detained by Argentina's military in 1976 during the country's "Dirty War." Following the January 1977 birth of her daughter, the 23-year-old wasn't seen again, nor was her 21-year-old partner, Edgardo Garnier, following his detention in February... More »

Argentina: Search for Sub Is No Longer a Rescue Mission

'New phase' will seek wreck on seabed

(Newser) - The search for a missing Argentine submarine will continue, officials say, but there is no longer any hope of finding survivors. Argentine Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said Thursday that the search for the ARA San Juan is no longer a rescue mission, the BBC reports. He said in the "... More »

Water Entered Missing Sub, Frying Battery

San Juan's captain reported the issue had been contained

(Newser) - A US undersea rescue vehicle has arrived at the spot where an Argentine submarine vanished on Nov. 15, but with little hope of finding its 44 crew members alive. Shortly before it disappeared, the ARA San Juan reported water had entered the sub through a snorkel and reached a battery... More »

Navy Reveals Grim Development in Search for Missing Sub

An explosion was detected soon after it was last heard from

(Newser) - Hope turned to anger and despair for the families of 44 missing submariners Thursday after the Argentine navy shared news of a grim development. The navy said that a "hydro-acoustic anomaly" detected by the US Navy and a nuclear test-ban monitoring organization soon after the ARA San Juan was... More »

New Clue Causes U-Turn in Search for Missing Sub

Meanwhile, crew's oxygen supply could be running out

(Newser) - More help is arriving Thursday in the search for a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members as concern grows that the vessel's oxygen supply could soon start to run out, reports the AP . Britain's Ministry of Defense sent a special helicopter with emergency life support pods to... More »

7 Brief Calls Didn't Come From Missing Sub's Phone

What we know about the San Juan thus far

(Newser) - A surge of optimism followed by something more grim: The seven brief satellite calls made Saturday that were suspected to have been made by a missing Argentine submarine may have originated elsewhere. The Argentine Navy on Sunday said its analysis was still underway but that it had no "clear... More »

7 Calls Might've Come From Missing Sub: Argentina

Navy thinks missing crew is 'trying to re-establish contact' as search continues

(Newser) - Argentina's Navy detected seven brief satellite calls Saturday that may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn't been heard from in three days . The communications "indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of... More »

'We Are Praying': Argentinian Submarine Missing 2 Days

NASA joins search for submarine with at least 44 crew members on board

(Newser) - Chile, Britain, and even NASA have joined the search for a submarine that disappeared two days ago with at least 44 people on board. The submarine—which the Guardian notes is one of three in the Argentinian navy—was traveling from the south of Argentina to its base hundreds of... More »

5 Friends on Dream Trip to NYC Among Victims of Attack

Group from Argentina was celebrating 30th anniversary of graduation

(Newser) - Five of the eight people killed in what authorities believe was an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Manhattan Tuesday were friends visiting the city to celebrate the 30th anniversary of graduating from high school in Argentina. Authorities say the five men from Rosario, all in their late 40s, were riding bikes... More »

Meet What May Have Been the Largest Land Animal Ever

'Patagotitan mayorum' dino may have been as long as 7 elephants

(Newser) - One hundred million years ago, a sauropod that stretched more than 120 feet and weighed some 70 tons existed—perhaps the largest creature to ever roam the Earth. Over the past few years, researchers have excavated fossils from six young-adult dinosaurs from a Patagonian quarry, and New Scientist puts stats... More »

US Honors Woman Held in Brothel for 2 Decades

Alika Kinan recognized for work fighting sex trafficking since 2012 rescue

(Newser) - This week, Alika Kinan was honored at the State Department for her work fighting sex trafficking; just five years earlier she was being held prisoner and abused in an Argentinian brothel. NPR reports Kinan, herself a victim of sex trafficking, was held captive in the brothel for nearly two decades... More »

Hidden Room Yields Trove of Nazi Artifacts

Cops make disturbing find in Argentina home

(Newser) - In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas, and even a macabre medical device used to measure... More »

A 'Noah's Ark' in Argentina Headed for Disaster

Animals at Buenos Aires zoo still in limbo a year after zoo shut down

(Newser) - The roars of lions, snorts of rhinos, and trumpets of elephants still blend with the cacophony of honking cars in a heavily congested area of Argentina's capital. A year after the 140-year-old Buenos Aires zoo closed and was transformed into a park, hundreds of animals remain behind bars in... More »

Argentina Gears Up for War Against 100K Beavers

What started out as 10 beavers in the '40s turned into 'totally out of control' scenario

(Newser) - After World War II, Argentina decided to boost the local fur trade by dumping a smattering of beavers into the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Now, 70 years later, local officials there are describing a "totally out of control" situation, with the free-to-roam rodents accused of decimating a region of... More »

She Was Once Called 'Monster.' Now She's a Trailblazer

Noelia Garella is breaking stereotypes by teaching preschool in Argentina

(Newser) - A woman once called a "monster" when her parents tried to enroll her in nursery school has just achieved a longtime dream: running her own nursery school class in Argentina as Latin America's first teacher with Down syndrome, Mother Nature Network reports. Noelia Garella, 31, who teaches an... More »

How a US Murder Suspect Became a 9/11 Truther Abroad

'GQ' examines the convoluted case of Kurt Sonnenfeld

(Newser) - On its own, the suspicious death of Kurt Sonnenfeld's wife would be worthy of a magazine article. On Jan. 1, 2002, his 36-year-old spouse was found shot to death in their upscale Denver home. Sonnenfeld insisted she killed herself, but prosecutors filed murder charges against him—only to drop... More »

Messi Chokes, Abruptly Ends International Career

Star's heat-of-the-moment decision could hurt his legacy

(Newser) - Soccer star Lionel Messi, hailed by many as one of the best to ever play the game, missed a penalty kick in a shootout in Sunday's Copa America final and abruptly announced he would stop playing for his Argentina national team, reports the AP . Messi has led his Barcelona... More »

Zoo Closing After 140 Years to Give Its Animals a Better Life

'Captivity is degrading'

(Newser) - The Buenos Aires zoo, one of the city's major tourist attractions, will be shutting down after 140 years to give its animal residents a shot at a better life, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the zoo had come under fire in recent years over the condition of... More »

Flier Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

The fit but tall traveler developed deep vein thrombosis on a cramped 10-hour flight

(Newser) - An Air Canada passenger says a cramped 10-hour flight from Chile to Toronto in January has taken a serious toll on his otherwise impeccable health, and he wants the airline to "take a good hard look at what they're doing," he tells the CBC . Colin Savage, a... More »

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