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Mexico hit by 7.2 earthquake, shaking buildings

Top News: A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook building in the capital, sent people running out into the streets. ... Full story

Opinion: Dodgers get testy about Yasiel Puig’s Cuban past

SAN FRANCISCO — My sources in the Mexican drug cartel have seemed to dry up, and while I saw Cuba from a cruise ship a few years back, I couldn’t get it to stop. ... Full story

Obituary: Garcia Marquez, Latin America's literary giant

Bogota - Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez crumpled many sheets of paper and crushed many cigarettes en route to the top tier of universal literature. ... Full story

Immigration officials raise the bar on asylum interview process

With a growing number of immigrants asking for asylum at the border, Department of Homeland Security officials have set new guidelines that raise the bar on who can enter the United States and formally file for protection, according to documents released Thursday. ... Full story

Journalist group calls for release of jailed Cuban reporter

MIAMI — Cuban authorities should immediately free a journalist jailed for reporting on a case of alleged police abuse involving a man bitten by a police dog, the Paris-based Reporters Without Frontiers (RWF) said Thursday. ... Full story

Nobel Prize winning author Garcia Marquez dies at age 87

Mexico City - Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, died Thursday at age 87 at his home in Mexico City, Mexican authorities confirmed. ... Full story

ACLU sues over delays for immigrants seeking U.S. protection

Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the ACLU and other groups. ... Full story

Mexico failing to protect journalists, advocates say

MEXICO CITY — A highly touted system to protect Mexican reporters working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists is failing miserably and may in fact further imperil those it is intended to help, media advocates say. ... Full story

Oregon counties join sheriff's offices in suspending immigration detainer policies

Sheriff's offices in Deschutes, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Hood River counties have joined the Portland metro area in changing a policy that keeps suspected undocumented immigrants in jail for deportation. ... Full story

Former immigration advocate sentenced for Texas bank holdups

Luis de la Garza was a longtime community and business leader in North Texas, a man who in 2008 voiced opposition to a proposed ordinance by the Farmers Branch City County that would restrict undocumented immigrants from renting in the city where he lived. ... Full story

50 immigration holds lifted in jail on first day after sheriff changes policy

Multnomah County has lifted immigration holds on 50 jail inmates since Wednesday, when sheriffs across the Portland area announced they would no longer honor federal officials' requests to keep undocumented immigrants in jail for deportation. ... Full story

Better health care for Latinos being pursued in Calif.

Building on a service that has just celebrated its fourth anniversary, community leaders are fortifying their commitment to secure better access to health care for Latinos in the greater Sacramento region. ... Full story

Storynamics helps low-literacy groups learn life, health issues in Spanish

Working in the financial industry a decade ago, Miguel Lopez was reminded of a longtime practice in Mexico where banks use graphic novels to help customers understand saving and investing. ... Full story

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87; Nobel-winning writer was master of magical realism

Top News: When Colonel Aureliano Buendía faced the firing squad, time slipped away, and his life became a dream. ... Full story

Beltran Leyva cartel figure and a Michoacan mayor arrested in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s crackdown on drugs and corruption intensified this week with the arrests of the reputed second in command of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel and the mayor of a Michoacan city once controlled by the Knights Templar criminal gang. ... Full story

Latino pastors examine ways to strengthen community

A Latino parishioner from Reading has planted the seeds for what he hopes will be a church-based initiative to unite a troubled city. ... Full story

Sheriff's office changes immigration detainer policy following federal decision

Washington County Sheriff's Office will no longer hold most suspected undocumented immigrants for deportation. ... Full story

Nike opens soccer-only store in Brazil

Nike's run-up to this summer's World Cup in Brazil featured the opening on Wednesday of a soccer-only store in Brazil. ... Full story

Official: Private security helped drop in Juárez violence

JUAREZ -- The private security industry has contributed to the drop of violence in Juárez with prevention strategies and technology, said the head of the Private Security Office of Mexico's National Security Commission Juan Antonio Arámbula Martínez. ... Full story

Discrimination against Latinas: County to pay $570K in whistleblower case

Bernalillo County attorneys have agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to a former Sheriff’s Office employee who sued the county and Sheriff Dan Houston in October 2012, alleging she was mistreated after raising concerns about alleged discrimination against Hispanic women in the Sheriff’s Office. ... Full story

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