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Pet Boom in Mexico Amid Rising Middle Class

"We’ve never had a female dog so we wanted to do something special with her," said Valery Palma, a single 35-year-old lawyer who owns Camila. Over the last decade, the growth of Mexico’s middle class has created a new market for fancy goods and services for dogs including clothing and accessory boutiques, spas and restaurants with doggie snacks cooked by a pastry chef. Mexico has an estimated 20 million dogs or more, many of them roaming the streets hunting for food in the trash or spending their days shut up in apartments by owners who see them simply as living burglar alarms.


Victim Found on 605 Freeway Dies of Injuries

A man who was found bound and burned on the 605 Freeway in Industry died on Wednesday of his injuries.


Alleged Grave-Robbing Cannibal Brothers Arrested — Again

Two brothers in Pakistan — Mohammad Arif and Farman Aliwere — were reportedly arrested in 2011 on charges of digging up about 100 graves and stealing the bodies, which they later allegedly consumed, according to NBC News. “We got news this morning that they are up to their old ways,” Chief Constable Zafar Iqbal of the Bhakkar district police said, as quoted by NBC. Because Pakistan has no specific laws against cannibalism, the brothers’ arrest in 2011 resulted in no more than a two-year prison sentence and a fine.


Ferry Carrying Hundreds of Passengers Sinks Off South Korean Coast

The ship was carrying more than 470 passengers — many of them high school students — when it began to list badly and capsized. The rescue operation involving dozens of rescue boats and helicopters has recovered about 180 passengers so far. At least two passengers are confirmed dead and more than 290 are still missing.


Mini-sub Completes First Full Mission in Hunt for Malaysian Jet

Perth (Australia) (AFP) - A mini-submarine hunting for wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner has completed its first full mission at the third attempt, officials said Thursday, as seabed data it retrieved was being analysed. The first two attempts to scan the deep Indian Ocean off western Australia failed to produce any results. “Overnight Bluefin-21 AUV completed a full mission in the search area and is currently planning for its next mission,” Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said.


Hundreds of Earthquakes Strike Central Idaho, Rattling Nerves

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho’s most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983. Saturday’s earthquake was the strongest recorded in the state since 2005 and was followed on Monday by a magnitude 4.4 event that struck 10 miles north of the small ranching community of Challis, Idaho, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


The Obamacare Win That Wasn’t?

The health-care law will cost the country $100 billion less than predicted, which sounds like a good thing—but you won’t hear Republican detractors say so.


First Heartbleed-Based Cyberattacks Discovered

The two cases appear to be unrelated, but in both instances snoops seemingly used the now-infamous flaw in OpenSSL, an online encryption software, to access the sites’ databases. In at least one of the breaches the hackers stole hundreds of users’ personal information. When the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week (Apr. 8) the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) immediately took its website down in order to start patching the flaw.


Leaked Pic Might Give Us Our First Hint of the LG G3′s Design

@evleaks gives us a new leaked picture of a smartphone called the LG isai FL that definitely shows LG upping its game design-wise from the LG G2 that it released last year. The first thing we notice about the device is that its bezels look like the slimmest ones yet on an LG flagship phone, which is all the more remarkable considering that the G2 already has some of the slimmest side bezels of any smartphone with a display that takes up more than 75% of the handset’s front side. In fact, LG has become something of a pioneer in terms of making smartphones with tiny bezels, as a study conducted earlier this year found LG accounted four of the top 10 smartphones on the market with the slimmest bezels.


5 Health Insurance Mistakes to Avoid

The Affordable Care Act brought health insurance to the forefront of the public’s collective consciousness, but that doesn’t mean we’re necessarily any smarter about how we use our policies. Everyone who has health insurance, whether it’s from a private or government marketplace, should take care to avoid these common missteps. “The most common mistake people make when buying health plans is only looking at premiums and deductibles,” says Abir Sen, co-founder and CEO of Gravie, a free service that helps individuals and employers comparison shop for health insurance.