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10:33am

Thu March 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Monarch Butterfy Population Falls To Record Low, Mexican Scientists Say

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:47 pm

Monarch butterflies in December 2008 at the Sierra del Chincua sanctuary in Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan.
Mario Vazquez AFP/Getty Images

Monarch butterflies that once covered 50 square acres of forest during their summer layover in central Mexico now occupy fewer than 3 acres, according to the latest census.

The numbers of the orange-and-black butterflies have crashed in the two decades since scientists began making a rough count of them, according to Mexico's National Commission of Natural Protected Areas.

At a news conference Wednesday, the commission said the count was down 59 percent from December 2011 levels, when the insects filled 7.14 acres of fir trees in central Mexico.

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3:33pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

The Pope Emeritus' New Shoes And The Mexican Man Who Makes Them

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:42 am

Armando Martin DueƱas shows replicas of the hand-crafted loafers given to Pope Benedict XVI.
Alfredo Valadez AP

As Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican and his papacy, he slipped out of his trademark red shoes and put on a pair of Mexican leather loafers. The shoes, actually three pairs, two burgundy and one brown, were a gift to the Pope during his trip last year to Mexico.

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2:43pm

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Mexico's Larger-Than-Life Teachers Union Chief Will Remain Behind Bars

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:42 pm

Elba Esther Gordillo waves during the ceremony of the National Police Day in Mexico City, on June 2, 2012.
Alfredo Estrella AFP/Getty Images

Elba Esther Gordillo will remain behind bars, a Mexican judge decided today.

Gordillo's arrest, yesterday, shocked the country. She is the president of Mexico's national teacher's union and considered the most powerful woman in the country, having the ability to sway both small, local elections and even presidential ones.

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8:15am

Tue February 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Did Fugitive Former L.A. Officer Try To Flee To Mexico?

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:50 am

This photo, released by the Irving Calif. police department shows suspect Christopher Dorner on surveillance video at an Orange County, Calif., hotel on Feb. 8. 2013.
AP/Irvine, Calif. Police Dept.

There's new information indicating what fugitive Christopher Dorner was up to in the past few days. The former Los Angeles police officer is wanted in connection with three slayings tried to escape into Mexico.

In an affidavit, a U.S. marshal recounts reports that Dorner tried to steal a boat to sail to Mexico, tried to sneak onto a Navy base, called the father of a woman he's accused of killing and may have gotten help from an associate to elude authorities.

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2:49pm

Tue February 5, 2013
It's All Politics

Even When They Qualify For Citizenship, Few Mexican Immigrants Seek It

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 3:02 pm

While a path to citizenship is a central component of proposed changes to the nation's immigration laws, most Mexican immigrants now eligible for U.S. citizenship don't obtain it, according to a new study.

The Pew Hispanic Center report found that only about 36 percent of eligible Mexicans take the steps to become U.S. citizens, compared to 68 percent of all other immigrants.

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