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Aztec Site Reveals Grisly Fate of Captured Spaniards

Horses and people were eaten, but not pigs

(Newser) - Excavations at the site of one of the Spanish conquistadors' worst defeats in Mexico are yielding new evidence about what happened when the two cultures clashed—and the native Mexicans were in control. Faced with strange invaders accompanied by unknown animal species, the inhabitants of an Aztec-allied town east of... More »

John Walsh Helps Find 'One of My Most Wanted Guys'

Fugitive was on the lam for nearly 25 years

(Newser) - A man wanted for a quarter-century for the rape and torture of two women is finally back in police custody. Some 24 years ago, brothers Paul Erven Jackson and Vance Roberts were accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing at least two prostitutes in Roberts' home in Hillsboro, Ore., where police... More »

Report: Mexico's Missing Students May Not Be Dead

Panel finds no evidence they were killed, but it does offer motive for murder

(Newser) - For months, the case of 43 missing college students has been considered closed, at least by Mexico's government. In January, the then-attorney general said all were killed by a drug gang and burned in the state of Guerrero. "We thought, 'The entire country is going to believe... More »

Mexico Busts 4 More in 'El Chapo' Escape

That's 7 prison workers so far

(Newser) - A federal judge in Mexico has started proceedings against four officials accused of aiding the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from a maximum security prison. The federal judicial council said in a statement yesterday that two of those charged are members of the Mexican intelligence service... More »

Parasite Tied to Poop-Infected Cilantro Hits 26 States

384 Americans have had cyclosporiasis this year: CDC, FDA

(Newser) - The number of Americans this year affected by a nasty stomach bug tied to poop-contaminated cilantro has reached 384 across 26 states, including Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia, authorities say, per CNN . The CDC and FDA say the outbreak of cyclosporiasis—appearing in the US for a fourth summer in a... More »

Hundreds Sick From Cilantro Grown in Feces-Strewn Fields

Cyclospora cayetanensis is a single-celled parasite that causes the infection

(Newser) - The US is banning some Mexican cilantro thanks to the appalling conditions health officials recently found at multiple cilantro fields two hours southeast of Mexico City. Human feces and toilet paper have been found in the growing fields in Puebla, and the general lack of sanitation for workers has been... More »

Search for 43 Students Turns Up 129 Other Bodies

None of them are believed to be the missing Mexican students

(Newser) - The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says. None of the remains has been connected to the student teachers who disappeared after... More »

3 Prison Workers Accused of Helping 'El Chapo' Escape

One is a supervisor who was in charge of surveillance video

(Newser) - A federal judge in Mexico has opened a court proceeding against three prison employees on charges they helped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escape . The accused are the person in charge of the prison's video surveillance control center and two guards. The Federal Judiciary Council says there... More »

El Chapo's Cell Had Camera Blind-Spot for 'Privacy'

Surveillance video shows moment Guzman disappeared from cell

(Newser) - Mexican authorities have told us how Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman disappeared from his prison cell before traveling down a mile-long tunnel and emerging to freedom at a nearby home under construction. Now, we can see the moment for ourselves, via surveillance video. The footage from Saturday night shows a... More »

Scale of Drug Lord's Tunnel Escape Was Mind-Blowing

Prison boss gets the boot, along with 2 others

(Newser) - Within days of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's arrival at a maximum security prison in Mexico—and perhaps even earlier—work began on the mile-long tunnel he would eventually use to escape, a former drug enforcement official tells the Los Angeles Times . At 5 feet 6 inches high, the... More »

Drug Lord's Escape Like 'bin Laden Escaping Prison'

Guzman may already be back in command of cartel

(Newser) - Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman—the man who pioneered drug tunnels and repeatedly dodged capture through a network of tunnels, according to an NBC News profile—has escaped from a maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel , and US authorities are fuming. "This is like Osama bin Laden... More »

Notorious Drug Lord Escaped Via 1-Mile Tunnel

Complete with motorbike, according to reports

(Newser) - Mexico's top security official says top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped through a 1-mile tunnel that opened into the floor of the shower area of his cell. Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido tells a news conference today that Guzman used an elaborate escape hatch built... More »

'Most Powerful' Drug Lord Pulls Off Prison Break—Again

'El Chapo' is on the lam a second time after improbable escape

(Newser) - Top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen after his re-capture last year —escaped a maximum security prison a second time. A manhunt began immediately for the head of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, believed to control most major crossing points... More »

Trump: I'd Win Latino Vote, 'They Love Me'

Dismisses need for apology in NBC interview

(Newser) - This will likely come as a surprise to Latino voters, but Donald Trump tells NBC News that he would win the Latino vote. As for his comments about Mexican immigrants largely being a bunch of rapists and drug dealers , he sees nothing to apologize about:
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Drug Smugglers Use Sewage Line—Until It Clogs

Waste was oozing out of house on Mexican border

(Newser) - Authorities in the border city of Nogales, Arizona, believe smugglers were using an international sewage line to transport drugs into the US from Mexico. The big clue came when the pipe got clogged, sending gallons of waste through an illegal tunnel and into a house and local businesses. City officials... More »

Mom Finds Long-Lost Son Thanks to Facebook Photo

He had been taken to Mexico 15 years ago, and Dad cut off communication

(Newser) - An old Facebook photo has led to the reunion of a mother in California and the teenage son she hadn't seen in 15 years, reports NBC Bay Area . Hope Holland says her boy, Jonathan, was taken by his father at the age of 3 to Mexico, where all communication... More »

Guess Which Country Has 2nd-Most Spanish Speakers

Mexico has the most, with 121 million

(Newser) - Not speaking or studying Spanish yet? Then this might inspire you: The US now has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population outside of Mexico, according to a new study reported in the Guardian . According to Instituto Cervantes , a non-profit that promotes Spanish language and culture, the US now has 41 million native... More »

Captured Escapee Speaks: The Plan Was Mexico

David Sweat says he and Richard Matt parted ways 5 days ago

(Newser) - A day after New York prison escapee David Sweat was shot near the Canadian border by Sgt. Jay Cook , he's apparently talking to investigators to fill in the gaps in the breakout scheme he and dead escapee Richard Matt carried out. Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sweat revealed he and... More »

The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

Trump, You're an Ignorant Fool. Sincerely, Mexico

Surprise: Mexicans didn't like him calling them 'rapists'

(Newser) - As shocking as it may seem, Donald Trump didn't make a lot of fans in Mexico when he proposed building a "great, great wall" along our southern border on Mexico's dime to block all of its criminals and rapists from reaching the US. "When Mexico sends... More »

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