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In hard times, a Mexican market sells good fortune

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — When business at her butcher shop dried up, Maria Ruiz found salvation not in a government loan or the words of her local Catholic priest, but in an eight-ounce can of aerosol spray. Not just any can. First, she traveled more than an hour by bus and subway to the Mercado Sonora, known as Mexico City’s “witchcraft market.” Then she wound her way past pinatas and five-foot candles, live roosters and lucha libre masks to stall number 362, in Sonora’s chaotic center.

Massacare of innocents

Top News: Just when residents of Mexican murder capital Ciudad Juarez thought it couldn’t it worse, events showed it could. On Sunday Jan. 31, trigger men stormed into a party in the city across from El Paso and killed 15 people – 12 high school students and three family men.

The "miracle babies" of Mexico City: 25 years later

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — The world came to know them as the "miracle babies" of Mexico City, more than a dozen infants pulled from rubble after the devastating 1985 earthquake. With more than 10,000 dead, the newborns — some not rescued until days after the quake — gave hope to a shocked nation.

Mexico considers clamping down on Twitter

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Mexico has racked up its fair share of menacingly named outlaws in a three-year drug war: the Zetas, Aztecas and even a band of female assassins called the Panthers. Now, if the government gets its way, another name will also make the wanted list: los Twitteros. That’s right. Twitter users are fast becoming public enemy No. 1, at least in Mexico City, where they have angered authorities by warning one another of roadside "alcoholimetro" — or Breathalyzer — checkpoints set up by the police.

Star striker shot in Mexico City

Top News: While Mexico may be accustomed to violence and murder, celebrity shootings still cause a stir here. Such was the case on Jan. 25, when  Paraguayan soccer star Salvador Cabanas was shot in the head in the bathroom of a Mexico City bar.

Mexico's brewing battle over abortion

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — The first time the couple had sex, the condom tore and the woman became pregnant. They hadn’t been together long, and upon discovering the pregnancy she decided to abort. This was five years ago, when abortion was a widespread yet illegal practice in Mexico. A friend knew of some abortion-inducing pills — a treatment for gastric ulcers with fierce side effects for pregnant women — and bought her a bottle for about $100.

Murders, massacres and gay marriage

Top News: Alleged drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva, alias “The Beard” was trapped in an apartment building with five of his henchmen when Mexican security forces found him in December. But never saying never, his troops unleashed grenades and rifle fire at the hundreds of marines outside. After a pitched battle that lasted more than two hours, Beltran Leyva, accused of being one of Latin America’s biggest traffickers, lay dead in the apartment.

In Mexico's liberal capital, an uproar over gay marriage

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Inside Mexico City’s spectacular metropolitan cathedral, Cardinal Norberto Rivera conducted his last Sunday Mass of the year to packed benches. But rather than focusing on the goodwill of the holiday season, Rivera’s sermon centered on what he said was a new affront to the nation’s Roman Catholic values: gay marriage.

A touch of blarney in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — With pints of thick black Guinness passing over a dark wooden bar, the Pogues’ Christmas melody blasting out of speakers and revelers noshing on bangers and mash, the pub feels like it could be in downtown Dublin — or even Southie in Boston. But this drinking hole sits in the heart of Mexico City. Named “Celtics” and decorated with bright green Irish colors, it is one of dozens of European-style bars and pubs that have sprung up in the Mexican capital in recent years. 

Drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva killed in Mexico

SINALOA, Mexico — One of Mexico's most wanted drug lords was killed Wednesday in a gun battle with Mexican security forces. Arturo Beltran Leyva — who called himself the "boss of bosses" — headed a powerful cartel based on the Pacific Coast. The government had offered a $2.4-million reward for his capture.
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