3:22pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Explosion Hits State Oil Company Building In Mexico City

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:07 pm

Firefighters belonging to the Tacubaya sector and workers dig for survivors after an explosion at a building adjacent to the executive tower of Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX.
Guillermo Gutierrez AP

What appears to be a significant explosion has rocked the Pemex tower in Mexico City. Television images are showing smoke billowing from the glass high rise in the Mexican capital.

Pemex, the state-owned oil company, tweeted that an explosion happened in a building that is part of the oil giant's headquarters. According to the company and the country's interior minister, 14 people are dead and 80 are injured.

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3:21pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

Salmonella Undermines Hedgehogs' Cuteness Overload

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 1:19 pm

We have no reason to think this little guy isn't clean as a whistle, but some hedgehogs carry salmonella.
Flickr

Salmonella is one of the most common illnesses people get from food. Undercooked ground beef is risky. And some of the biggest recalls ever involved eggs potentially contaminated by the bacteria.

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2:50pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Law

'Check Yes Or No': The Hurdles Of Employment With Criminal Past

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:55 pm

For Americans with criminal records, it can be tough to land job interviews — especially when employers bar them from applying.
CYH iStockphoto.com

Melissa spent months looking for a job — any job. For days, the 25-year-old consistently visited her welfare-to-work program in downtown Brooklyn, resume in hand and an interview smile splashed across her face.

"Every day, Monday through Friday, 9 to 4," she explains. "That's dedication."

Melissa, who asked us to not reveal her last name, has plenty of job experience. She's a self-identified "people person" and says she aces every interview. But there's just one thing holding her back: the past.

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2:50pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Latin America

As U.S. Consumes Less Cocaine, Brazil Uses More

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:55 pm

Brazilian federal police patrol the Mamore River, which separates Brazil from Bolivia. The river is used by traffickers to ferry cocaine from Bolivia into Brazil, where cocaine consumption is rising rapidly.
Juan Forero Getty Images

As cocaine consumption falls in the United States, South American drug traffickers have begun to pioneer a new soft target for their product: big and increasingly affluent Brazil.

And the source of the cocaine is increasingly Bolivia, a landlocked country that shares a 2,100-mile border with Brazil.

As Brazilian police officers and border agents can attest, the drug often finds its way to Brazil by crossing the Mamore River, which separates the state of Rondonia from Bolivia in the heart of South America.

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2:50pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas District Attorney Shot, Killed In Front Of Courthouse

An assistant district attorney in North Texas was shot and killed as he arrived at the courthouse where he worked on Thursday.

The Associated Press reports:

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2:48pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Latin America

The Mexico-Canada Guest Worker Program: A Model For The U.S.?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:29 am

Armando Tenorio at his home in Mexico last December. Tenorio spends most of the year working on a blueberry farm in Canada, on a temporary work permit, to support his family in Mexico.
Dominic Bracco II The Washington Post/Getty Images

In the U.S., farmers and farm workers alike say the current system to import temporary workers, especially in agriculture, is slow and fraught with abuses.

But the shape of a new guest-worker program is still being hashed out. Some say the U.S. should import temporary workers the same way Canada does. For nearly four decades, the governments of Canada and Mexico have cooperated to fill agriculture jobs that Canadian citizens won't do, and that Mexicans are clamoring to get.

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2:45pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Open Air ~ 1/31 at 1pm

Violin Virtuosi ~ Aurora Theatre ~ SF Symphony vs Baltimore

Host David Latulippe talks with playwright Anthony Clarvoe of the Aurora Theatre who talks about the World Premiere of his play “Our Practical Heaven,” and Jeanne Johnson of the early music ensemble “Music of the Spheres” shares details about their upcoming concerts, which are being billed as a “Valentine from the French Baroque.”  Violin soloist James Ehnes talks about his SF Symphony performances of Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole, and the superiority of the SF Symphony is extolled (vs.

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2:05pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Around the Nation

South L.A. Teens Doubt New Laws Will Change Gun Culture

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:04 am

Handguns collected in South-Central Los Angeles as part of a Gun for Gift Card exchange in 2009. One teenager here says getting a gun on the streets is just "one phone call away."
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

On 53rd Street and Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles, violent members of at least six gangs run the streets. A landmark church is boarded up and tagged. There are liquor stores and abandoned lots. On Tuesday night, there was a drive-by shooting two blocks away, and folks are expecting retaliation. This is an area where murders, robberies and rapes are common — and so are guns.

"There's too many guns out there," says Randolph Wright, 18. "I can tell you right now, every hood has an AK[-47]. Regardless of whatever other gun they got, they have an AK."

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12:52pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Beyoncé On Lip-Syncing: 'I Did Not Feel Comfortable Taking A Risk'

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 2:34 pm

Pat Benic DPA /LANDOV

The Grammy-award winning singer Beyoncé has finally put an end to all the talk surrounding her performance during President Obama's second inauguration.

And she did it in diva fashion, during a press conference to preview her Super Bowl performance.

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12:27pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Owls Spin Their Heads Without Tearing Arteries

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 4:56 am

How does a great gray owl do that? Now we know.
Martin Meissner AP

The human neck is a delicate stem. Torque it a bit too much, and the carotid and vertebral arteries can rip, causing deadly strokes. People have torn their neck arteries riding roller coasters, doing yoga, going to the chiropractor, being rear-ended in the car – even leaning back for a beauty-parlor shampoo.

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