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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 »

With Kingpin Gone, Cartel Turf War Looms

But in Sinaloa, Guzman is remembered for generosity

(Newser) - The world's most powerful drug lord is now being held in an underground cell, but few expect Joaquin Guzman's arrest to stop either the flow of drugs or the flow of blood in Mexico's cartel wars. In Sinaloa, the state that gave its name to Guzman's... More »

Mexico's Missing 'Water Monster' Resurfaces

Scientists had feared for axolotls' survival, but spot 2 in the wild

(Newser) - So they're not extinct , but don't get out the confetti just yet: Mexican researchers have finally managed to find a few axolotls—slimy "water monsters" akin to salamanders—in their natural habitat around Mexico City. But their numbers aren't exactly overwhelming: "We haven't had... More »

Drug Kingpin Had Escape Tunnels Under Bathtubs

Seized phones led to Guzman's downfall

(Newser) - A network of escape tunnels with entrances concealed under bathtubs helped the world's most powerful drug lord evade capture before his arrest over the weekend , investigators say. Early last week, Joaquin Guzman is believed to have escaped just minutes ahead of Mexican authorities, using a network of tunnels under... More »

World's No. 1 Drug Lord Arrested

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is caught in Mexico

(Newser) - A joint US-Mexican force captured the world's most powerful drug lord without firing a shot, reports the Wall Street Journal . Authorities arrested Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman at a hotel in Mazatlan overnight, reports AP . Guzman runs Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel. The 56-year-old has been captured before, but... More »

Aztec Dog Graveyard Unearthed

First-of-its-kind find puzzles Mexico archeologists

(Newser) - Archeologists have been amazed to discover what may have been an ancient pet cemetery under an apartment building in Mexico City. The Aztecs believed the spirits of dogs could guide human souls to the afterlife or protect buildings, but this is the first time a group of dogs has been... More »

Mexican State Bans 'Rambo,' 60 Other Odd Names

'Facebook,' 'Circumcision' also off-limits in Sonora

(Newser) - Parents in the Mexican state of Sonora will no longer be allowed to name their children "Facebook," ''Rambo," or 59 other now banned given names. The weird names have been found at least once in state registries and the list could grow because officials are... More »

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