Poll finds 41 pct of Mexicans say drug lord not dead


Some 41 percent of Mexicans say Los Zetas drug cartel boss Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano did not die in a shootout earlier this month with marines and 33 percent say they are not sure whether or not to believe the official account, a new poll shows.

Polling firm Parametria found that only 26 percent of respondents said they believed the statement the "navy killed Heriberto Lazcano" in a shootout on Oct. 7 in the northern state of Coahuila following a "series of contradictions and inconsistencies in the case."

The drug lord's body was stolen by gunmen a day after the shootout. Investigators obtained DNA samples before the body was taken, but the preliminary identification was made on the basis of fingerprints and information obtained in an examination of the body.

The height of the man killed in Coahuila, however, was different from that listed on Lazcano's records, raising doubts in society about whether the government got the right man.




Thieves hit Spanish home of soccer legend Cruyff


Thieves took items worth more than 500,000 euros ($648,711) from the Barcelona residence of soccer great Johan Cruyff, El Periodico newspaper said.

The home was empty when the burglars entered, sometime after midnight Sunday, sources close to the investigation said.

The intruders took cash, gold watches and other jewelry, pens and some of the many trophies Cruyff won as a player and coach, the newspaper said.

Cruyff, who led the 1974 Dutch national team that was dubbed "Clockwork Orange" for its precision style of soccer, played for FC Barcelona from 1973-1978 and returned to the club a decade later as coach. Under the Dutchman, the team won the Spanish league title in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and its first European championship in 1992.




Miami Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen after 1 season


Ozzie Guillen was fired as manager of the Miami Marlins, who finished last in the National League East after starting the season with high hopes for a pennant.

Besides failing to meet expectations on the field, Guillen provoked outrage in the city's large and powerful Cuban-American community by expressing grudging admiration for the survival skills of Fidel Castro.

"After careful consideration following the disappointment of the 2012 season, we decided to dismiss Ozzie," the Marlins' president of baseball operations, Larry Beinfest, said Tuesday in a statement.

The Marlins posted a record of 69-93, nothing like what club owner Jeffrey Loria expected when he hired Guillen away from the Chicago White Sox and spent $191 million to acquire talented free agents.




3 Suspects arrested in killing of Mexican politician's son


Three suspects were arrested by the Federal Police in connection with the murder of Jose Eduardo Moreira Rodriguez, son of former Coahuila Gov. and Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, chairman Humberto Moreira, the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.

Victor Landeros Sifuentes, Jorge Tenorio Takajasi and Roberto Clemente Barcenas Cepeda were arrested on Monday in Saltillo, the capital of the northern state of Coahuila, thanks to intelligence and surveillance work, the secretariat said.

The suspects had been wanted since Oct. 7 for the kidnapping and murder four days earlier of Moreira Rodriguez on a rural road in Ciudad Acuña near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Landeros Sifuentes worked as a supervisor for the police department in Ciudad Acuña and allegedly kidnapped Moreira Rodriguez, the secretariat said.




Spanish economy shrank 0.4 pct in Q3


Spain's economy contracted 0.4 percent in the third quarter and continues to face strong headwinds, the central bank said.

Adverse financial conditions eased "somewhat" and the decline in domestic demand was 1.2 percent, an improvement over the 1.4 percent fall in the second quarter, the Banco de España said in its latest bulletin.

The bank noted, however, that the additional consumer spending in the July-September period can be explained by households' deciding to move up planned purchases of durable goods ahead of a coming increase in value added tax.

An unemployment rate approaching 25 percent, the drop in real incomes and continued debt-deleveraging by households all militate against more robust consumer spending, the Banco de España said.




Mexican Indians arm themselves to deal with drug traffickers


Santa Maria Urapicho, a Purepecha Indian community in western Mexico, has armed itself and is on alert to deal with threats from suspected members of the Los Caballeros Templarios drug gang, an Indian leader told Efe.

Gunmen operating in the area accuse the Indians of killing drug boss Mauricio Cuitlahuac Hernandez on Aug. 14 near Urapicho, which is in Michoacan state.

Los Caballeros Templarios is trying to gain control of Santa Maria Urapicho in light of the failure of the federal, state and municipal governments to take action, an Indian leader told Efe on condition of anonymity.

"Our people have never allowed such as situation and now we are on the defensive to be on guard and avoid having anyone in this town harmed," the Indian leader said.