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Sources: El Chapo's Kidnapped Son Freed

He was captured after 'partying too much,' insider says

(Newser) - After some presumably very tense negotiations, the kidnapped son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been freed by his captors, multiple sources tell CNN . Jesus Alfredo Guzman—not older brother Ivan, who was named in earlier reports—was among six people gunmen seized from a restaurant in... More »

World's Largest Pyramid Was Mistaken as a Mountain

It withstood even the lethal advances of Spanish conquistadors

(Newser) - When Hernan Cortez and his Spanish army marched into Cholula in present-day Mexico nearly 500 years ago, they were greeted by a peaceful people prone to building pyramids instead of stockpiles of weapons. Those people and their pyramids fell, and fast, with 10% of the local population murdered in a... More »

Mexico Police Accused of Executing 22, Faking Shootout

42-to-1 death toll in ranch raid raised suspicions

(Newser) - Federal police executed at least 22 people on a ranch last year, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle, Mexico's human rights commission says, per the AP . A total of 43 people, including one police officer, were killed... More »

Son of 'El Chapo' May Be Kidnapped

Ivan Guzman seen as too flashy, may have annoyed other gang members

(Newser) - The brazen kidnapping at a Mexican resort on Monday may have netted a big prize for the kidnappers: the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo," reports Reuters . Between seven and eight armed men snatched six other men early Monday from a high-end restaurant in a Puerto Vallarta,... More »

At Upscale Restaurant in Mexico, a Massive Abduction

All those involved appear to be members of criminal organizations

(Newser) - Armed men abducted 10 to 12 presumed members of a crime gang who appeared to be celebrating at an upscale restaurant in the popular Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Monday. Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer said at a news conference that preliminary results of the investigation... More »

Archaeologist Says She's Solved the Mystery of Mexico's Teotihuacan

And the answer is water

(Newser) - Water may be the key to understanding the mysterious ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico, according to new research from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History. Teotihuacan—home to some of the world's largest pyramids and 150,000 people at its peak—shut down around the year... More »

Pageant Boss Killed After Crowning Winner

Hugo Ruben Castellanos was kidnapped hours after Miss Sinaloa contest

(Newser) - More ugliness in Mexico's troubled Sinaloa state: Hugo Ruben Castellanos, the national director of the Miss World beauty pageant, was kidnapped and murdered on Sunday, hours after he crowned the winner of the Miss Sinaloa contest, the Guardian reports. Police say he was shot dead after being kidnapped by... More »

Border Patrol Finds 2 Kids, $460K in Cocaine in Woman's Car

Some women smugglers apparently bring children along to make themselves 'inconspicuous'

(Newser) - On Monday morning, a Border Patrol agent pulled over a Honda Accord cruising north on Interstate 5 in San Clemente, Calif., and the agent's drug dog started giving the sign there was possibly something illicit inside the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surprise No. 1 when agents searched... More »

Teen Rape Victim in Mexico Denied Abortion Access

Judge says sex with 13-year-old was 'consensual' act of 'sexual coercion,' not rape

(Newser) - A young Mexican teen who was raped by a family acquaintance is trying to end the pregnancy that resulted from that crime. But although abortion in the state of Sonora is permissible only in rape cases, a judge has ruled that the encounter was "consensual" and that the crime... More »

She Tried to Sell Timeshares. The Job Nearly Killed Her

A big decision fails spectacularly

(Newser) - Rosie Campos may be the worst timeshare saleswoman in the history of timeshare sales, and she provides a blow-by-blow account of her hellish experience in an essay at narrative.ly . Campos is American, but her husband is Mexican, and a few years back, they made the epic decision to move... More »

Mayor in Drug-Ridden Mexican Town Shot to Death

He's the 2nd mayor in the country killed in as many days

(Newser) - The mayor of a town in one of Mexico's most violent drug corridors was shot to death, the second mayor killed in Mexico in two days, the AP reports. Ambrosio Soto was mayor of a township that includes Ciudad Altamirano, a known haven for drug traffickers in southern Guerrero... More »

Perpetual Terrorist 'Victim' Really Just a Con Artist

But he's not the one putting his own picture up after each terrorist attack

(Newser) - He's gone missing in the Istanbul airport attack and the May EgyptAir crash , as well as been named a victim of the Pulse Orlando shooting and as an official who ordered police to shoot at a group of Mexican protesters in June, but who "he" is remains a... More »

Woman Gets Birth Certificate at 117, Immediately Dies

Trinidad Alvarez Lira never got to enjoy her full old-age benefits

(Newser) - A 117-year-old woman in Mexico City finally received her birth certificate, and died a few hours later. The AP reports Trinidad Alvarez Lira had waited years for proof that she had been born in 1898. She hadn't received all the government old-age benefits she was entitled to because she... More »

Corona Brewery Accused of Draining Mexico of Water

Mexican mayor accuses US firm of sucking all the water from local wells

(Newser) - Americans love Mexican beer. The US imports more beer from its neighbor to the south than all other importers put together, and Corona is the country's fifth best-selling beer, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2015. But the mayor of the municipality of Zaragoza just south of the US... More »

Rare Blind Catfish Found in US for First Time

The Mexican blindcat is small, translucent, and eyeless

(Newser) - Two new Mexican immigrants have been discovered in Texas: a pair of super rare blind catfish. According to a press release , until last month the Mexican blindcat was only confirmed to exist in Mexico. Then two were found in a limestone cave at Texas' Amistad National Recreation Area and identified... More »

Mother Reunites With Kidnapped Son After 21 Years

Steven Hernandez located in Mexico

(Newser) - In 1995, things were rocky between Maria Mancia and her husband, Valentin Hernandez—and one day after work, Mancia returned to their California apartment to find her husband and their 18-month-old son, Steven, gone, along with all the boy's things. Hernandez took all the photos of Steven, even an... More »

Soccer Player Shown With Bandaged Hand After Kidnapping

Alan Pulido was seized by gunmen as he left a party Saturday night

(Newser) - Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a security operation Sunday shortly before... More »

Massive Recall Covers Food Sold as Long Ago as 2014

It affects consumers across North America

(Newser) - Authorities are warning people to check their freezers—for food bought as far back as 2014. It's one of the largest food recalls in recent memory, affecting well over 400 products from CRF Frozen Foods in Pasco, Wash., sold under more than 40 different brand names in all 50... More »

Say Goodbye to Earth's Smallest Porpoise

Vaquitas are illegally fished in the Gulf of California

(Newser) - Fishermen are on the verge of eradicating a porpoise known for its little body and distinctive smirk—and only a massive effort by three world governments can save it, scientists say. The vaquita, also known as "little cow," was already the most endangered marine mammal on Earth. Now... More »

Mexican Judge to US: You Can Have El Chapo

Infamous drug lord would be sent to Brooklyn

(Newser) - Looks like Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will be facing trial in the US, CNN reports. A Mexican judge has ruled that Guzman, who was recaptured in January after a stunning 2015 prison breakout , can be extradited to the States. If that happens, officials say he'll... More »

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