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Marco Antonio Delgado Pleads Not Guilty

 
 In public, Marco Antonio Delgado was a philanthropist, a prominent El Paso businessman and a trustee at Carnegie Mellon University. But secretly, investigators say, he was trying to launder more than half a billion dollars for a Mexican drug cartel.
Delgado pleaded not guilty Thursday in El Paso to federal charges that accuse him of conspiring to launder $600 million of a cartel's drug profits from July 2007 through December 2008. Homeland Security Investigations said he was linked to a cartel based in Guadalajara, Mexico.
If convicted, the married father faces up to 20 years in prison.
A recently unsealed indictment doesn't provide details on how Delgado planned to carry out the scheme, though details could be revealed during a bond hearing Wednesday, when prosecutors try to convince a judge to keep Delgado in jail.
His wife and son declined comment after Thursday's hearing, as did his attorneys. Delgado was arrested last week.

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3 Year Old Dead: Stepfather Claims They Were Play Boxing

 

According to reports,  a man who claimed to be playing with his 3-year-old stepson fatally struck the little boy in the abdomen.

Houston police have charged Jorge Armando Rodriguez-Escaramuza, 24, with felony murder.

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Nor'easter Adds Salt To the Wound for NE

 

A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday with rain and possibly record-setting wet snow, plunging homes right back into darkness and inflicting another round of misery on thousands of people still reeling from superstorm Sandy.

Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn't be a big deal, but large swaths of the landscape were still an open wound, with the electrical system highly fragile and many of Sandy's victims still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the deepening cold.

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President Obama Wins Second Term in White House

President Obama won reelection Tuesday night as voters gave him a new chance to repair the nation’s economy and fulfill the promises of hope and change he made four years ago. 



The networks called the race shortly after 11:10 p.m., as a series of swing states fell in rapid succession to give Obama the 270 electoral votes he needed. 



First Pennsylvania, and then New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado fell to Obama. When Ohio was called for the incumbent, a roar went up at Obama’s Chicago headquarters. 

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KHOU Talks With Houstonians About Marijauna

Since Tuesdays election, the national conversation is turning to weed.  Colorado and Washington state both made it legal to grow, buy and posses marijauna.

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Electrical Engineer Says The Refrigerator Started The Home Day Care Fire

By: N. Tru Bass --

 

Jessica Tata is charged with four counts of felony murder, prosecutors claim that Tata had hot oil cooking on a stove at her day care when she left the children alone to go shopping at a nearby Target store.   

An engineering expert told jurors Wednesday a refrigerator, not a stove could be the blame for causing the fire at her home day care that claimed the lives of four children and injured three others. 

Richard Bonyata, electrical engineer testifying for the defendant, told jurors he believes the knob that would have been used to turn on the burner on the stove in question was in the off position at the time of the fire.

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Driver On Sidewalk to Avoid School Bus: Cleveland, OH

 

A woman caught on camera driving on a pavement to avoid a Cleveland school bus unloading children will have to stand at a crossroads wearing a sign describing herself as an idiot.

A Cleveland municipal court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at the crossroads on two days next week. She will have to wear a sign that reads: "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

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Boy Killed By African Painted Dogs

 

A mother's attempt to give her two-year-old son a better view of wild African dogs turned into a "horrific" tragedy at the Pittsburgh Zoo after the boy fell into the exhibit and was killed by a pack of the animals as relatives and bystanders looked on.

Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh police said the attack happened at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday after the mother picked the child up and put him on top of a railing at the edge of a viewing deck. "Almost immediately after that he lost his balance, fell down off the railing into the pit, and he was immediately attacked by 11 dogs," Kraus said. "It was very horrific."

It's not yet clear whether the boy died from the fall or the attack, said Barbara Baker, president of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Zoo officials at first estimated the boy fell 14 feet, but police said it was 11. It's not clear which is correct.

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The Nations Political Superbowl Winds Down

 

Launching their final campaign bursts in a close and contentious race, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney argued Friday over who will bring real change to a nation still mired in a sluggish economy.

With four days until the Tuesday election, a stronger-than-expected October jobs report evoked a typically divided reaction from the candidates competing for every last vote in the handful of battleground states considered still up for grabs.

The last government unemployment figures before Election Day showed more of the incremental economic growth that Obama heralds as continued recovery and Romney labels insufficient.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 171,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9%, up from 7.8% in September after being above 8% since February 2009 -- the month after Obama took office.

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Voter Suppression: Democratic Concern

 

A few months ago, Democrats were convinced that voter ID laws were Republicans' secret plan to steal the election. But as Election Day nears, these and other allegedly suppressive efforts -- from Florida's attempt to purge voter rolls to Ohio's move to restrict early voting to Pennsylvania's strict voter ID law -- have mostly fizzled, thanks largely to legal challenges from the Justice Department, the Obama campaign, and outside groups.

But that doesn't mean the left is feeling at ease about Election Day. If anything, liberals are more alert than ever to the potential for various forms of intimidation that could depress turnout.

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