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Explorer Finds Lost 'Monster Mouth' City

Slovenian archaeologist finds Mayan city of Lagunita

(Newser) - Archaeologists have long known of a "lost" Mayan city boasting an incredible "earth monster" facade—and now someone has found it. Slovenian explorer Ivan Sprajc came out of the Yucatan jungle in Mexico with photos of the city, Lagunita, and a second, previously unknown city he's calling... More »

Many Call Center Workers Are Deported Mexicans

They endure culture shock and wage drop in border towns

(Newser) - That voice on the phone may sound American, but it could be a deported Mexican working at a call center just south of the border. Thousands of Mexicans deported under the Obama administration are working at call centers in border cities like Tijuana, where their good English enables them to... More »

Huge Crack Appears in the Earth

Underground stream may have caused fissure in Mexico

(Newser) - Scientists are scratching their heads over a crack in the Earth that's more than half a mile long, Sky News reports. A drone captured video footage of the 16-foot-wide, 26-foot-deep crack, which appeared last week in remote farmland and cuts across Highway 26 between the coast and Hermosillo in... More »

Jesus Statue Has Actual Human Teeth

Mexican restorer says it 'seems mad,' but it's real

(Newser) - A 300-year-old statue of Jesus seems ordinary except for one little thing: It has real human teeth, LiveScience reports. "We said 'Ah, it's not possible!'" says Fanny Unikel Santoncini, who was restoring the statue from a small-town parish in Mexico. But her anthropologist spotted the... More »

Here's What Migrant Children Are Fleeing

John Washington tells their harrowing stories

(Newser) - Central American child migrants at our borders travel through a "hellish gauntlet of kidnapping, extortion, murder, and rape" in Mexico, and then arrive in the US only to face " anti-children protests ," arrests, and brutal immigration policies, John Washington writes at Salon . What could prompt them to face... More »

Mom of Mexican Teen Killed by Border Patrol Sues

16-year-old was shot from across border

(Newser) - The mother of a Mexican teen shot at least eight times in the back by US Border Patrol agents firing over the border is going to court to find out who killed her son. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was shot by at least one agent in October 2012 as... More »

458 Kids Saved From Rat-Infested Abusive Home

Mexican children slept on floor of refuge, begged for money

(Newser) - Hundreds of kids have been rescued from a children's refuge full of rats and fleas where they are believed to have faced sexual abuse, Mexican officials say. Police and troops joined forces to free the children from the home, called "La Gran Familia," or the Big Family,... More »

Mexico Hit With 7.1-Magnitude Quake

No reports of damage so far

(Newser) - Seismologists say a magnitude-7.1 earthquake has shaken southernmost Mexico. Local media say the quake was felt strongly across much of southern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of injury. In Mexico City, buildings and light posts swayed and local news media reported the quake was felt strongly in... More »

Mexican Helicopter Crosses Into US, Opens Fire

Shots from law-enforcement chopper were in vicinity of US Border Patrol agents

(Newser) - It looks like Mexico came uncomfortably close to setting off what surely would have been an international mess. A helicopter believed to belong to the Mexican army strayed across the border into Arizona in apparent pursuit of drug smugglers and fired shots in the vicinity of US Border Patrol agents... More »

Vultures Help Uncover Mass Grave in Mexico

31 bodies, some decapitated, found in Veracruz

(Newser) - Some 31 bodies have been found in a mass grave in Veracruz, Mexico, thanks in part to some hungry vultures. A local newspaper notes, per the AP , the grave was uncovered Monday on a ranch outside Tres Valles after marines spotted vultures on a dirt road. The BBC reports an... More »

Here's Why Nobody Is Exactly 'Mexican'

Population is too genetically diverse to define, say researchers

(Newser) - A new study has found that the population of Mexico is so genetically diverse that the term “Mexican” doesn’t really apply to anyone. Think about the differences between a European and an East Asian—that’s about how different a Mexican from the north is from a Yucatan... More »

Anthony Bourdain: We're Hypocrites to 'Brother' Mexico

We gobble up its culture, but care little about its crises

(Newser) - Americans are deeply attached to what comes from Mexico, whether it's food, music, beaches, or the labor that we depend on even as we criticize immigration. "In two decades as a chef and employer, I never had one American kid walk in my door and apply for a... More »

Powerful Quake Rattles Mexico City, Acapulco

No major reports of damage so far after magnitude-7.2 quake

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico today, sending panicked people into the streets. No early reports of major damage or casualties surfaced, despite widespread accounts of shattered windows and falling debris. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered northwest of Acapulco, where many Mexicans... More »

2 More Big Drug Tunnels to Mexico Uncovered

They ran from Tijuana to San Diego

(Newser) - Federal agents discovered two more major drug tunnels between California and Mexico this week, reports USA Today . Each began under a warehouse in Tijuana and ended under another in San Diego. The discovery holds a lesson for cartels: If you're going to spend millions building these things, you might... More »

Short on Limes? Blame Drug Cartels

Citrus hijackings drive prices up

(Newser) - No lime in your drink? Mexican drug cartels, along with a spell of bad weather, are to blame, the New York Daily News finds. As part of their lucrative shift away from drug trafficking , the Knights Templar cartel has been hijacking lime trucks in Michoacan state, the world's biggest... More »

Fleeing Violence, Illegal Youths Flock to US

But green cards aren't that easy to come by

(Newser) - Unaccompanied minors are surging into the US from Mexico, many seeking a haven from gang violence or hoping the government will take pity on them, the Miami Herald reports. But they endure terrible hardships on the way—like hunger, illness, robbery, and sexual assault, reports the LA Times —and... More »

Activists: Mexican Women Forced to Give Birth in Street

They say indigenous women are turned away from hospitals

(Newser) - Women's rights advocates sought international help yesterday in ending what they call a pattern of poor indigenous Mexican women being turned away from hospitals while in labor, forcing them to give birth on lawns, patios, or parking lots. Activists working in villages in southern Mexico say they have documented... More »

Cops Find 'Sea of People' Held Hostage in Texas Home

Smugglers held more than 100 inside squalid Houston 'stash house'

(Newser) - Police staking out a squalid Houston home have uncovered the city's largest stash house in recent years, and it's pretty grim: The building was covered in human waste, had no hot water, and just one partially-working toilet for the more than 100 people held hostage inside. After a... More »

Mexico: Cartel Kidnapped Kids, Stole Their Organs

Nephew of major leader of powerful Knights Templar cartel arrested

(Newser) - Police in Mexico say they've uncovered a grisly scheme to kidnap children and sell their organs. Authorities in the Western state of Michoacan revealed yesterday that they'd arrested Manuel Plancarte Gaspar, the nephew of one of the top leaders of the Knights Templar cartel, for his alleged involvement.... More »

Mexico: We Killed Druglord ... Again

Nazario Moreno reportedly died in gunfight 3 years ago

(Newser) - Mexican officials say they killed a Mexican drug kingpin three years after the government supposedly killed him the first time, Reuters reports. Nazario Moreno was leader of the drug cartel La Familia when officials said he died in a two-day gunfight with government agents—but as his cartel morphed into... More »

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