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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 »

Mexican Inmate: I Was Duped Into Digging Tunnel to US

Authorities don't believe him, 16 other inmates

(Newser) - Who digs the stunning drug tunnels snaking between the US and Mexico? According to 17 inmates in a Mexican jail, they're dug by unwitting slaves like them. One man tells NPR that a man lured him to a warehouse in Tijuana in 2012 by promising to take him to... More »

Man's Incredible Year-at-Sea Story Is 'Plausible'

Mexican officials seem to back some details of Jose Salvador Alvarenga's tale

(Newser) - A mysterious man drifted ashore in the Marshall Islands last week, and his story is almost unbelievable—but is it too unbelievable? A refresher : Jose Salvador Alvarenga says he and a teen named Ezekiel set out from Mexico in December 2012 and ended up adrift at sea; Ezekiel perished, but... More »

Biologists Can't Find Mexico's 'Water Monster'

Leading to fears the axolotl has gone extinct in nature

(Newser) - The disappearance of a "water monster" sounds like a good thing—but in this case, it's not. The salamander-like axolotl has but a single habitat, the Xochimilco network of lakes and canals in Mexico, and researchers spent four months in skiffs trying to net the "water monster"... More »

Pair Busted at Mexico Border May Be Tied to Target Hack

Mexican couple had 90-some bogus credit cards

(Newser) - When two people with some 90 fake credit cards were arrested trying to enter the US, authorities reported a link to the hack of Target stores —but the story has gotten more muddled. A South Texas police chief said the two Mexicans, Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Carmen Vaquera... More »

Vigilantes Take Mexico Town in Fight With Cartel

Say they're headed for cartel headquarters

(Newser) - More than 100 vigilantes poured into a western Mexico town yesterday, disarming police and battling with alleged cartel members before eventually taking control of the town of Nueva Italia. Upon arrival in Nueva Italia, they were welcomed, the AP reports. But gunfire soon began in the town's center and... More »

Teen's Lesions Linked to Cheap Heroin Substitute

Clinic says Houston girl injected Krokodil

(Newser) - Another medical case linked to the nasty heroin knockoff Krokodil has surfaced in the US, reports the AP . This time, a 17-year-old girl in Houston ended up in the hospital with the telltale skin lesions after injecting the drug for two months, reports the Independent . The unidentified girl actually went... More »

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