Real-life castaway? Man tells incredible tale after washing up on Pacific island

The castaway, recognized by relatives as Jose Salvador Alvarenga, pictured in an old photo at left, told police he survived on fish, birds, turtles, rainwater, urine – and prayer.

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Conjoined whale twins found off coast of Mexico

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Fishermen have found two rare conjoined gray whale calves that died shortly after being born off the coast of Baja California, the Mexican government said.

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Found! Mexican officials snag stolen truck hauling radioactive material

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Mysterious 2,000-year-old graves, pyramid ruins found in Mexico

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Construction work in eastern Mexico exposed an ancient settlement, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of a pyramid, believed to be up to 2,000 years old, archaeology officials announced.

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Sick of voting for rats? Elect a cat: Four-legged Morris runs for mayor in Mexico

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This mayoral hopeful in Mexico promises to eat, sleep most of the day and donate his leftover litter to fill potholes.

Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.” And he is attracting tens of thousands of politician-weary, two-legged supporters on social media.

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US Marine, relatives kidnapped from Mexico border ranch

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The FBI has appealed for help in finding Armando Torres III, a U.S. Marine who was kidnapped in Mexico along with his father and uncle.

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Arizona mom Yanira Maldonado out of Mexico prison; drug allegations dropped

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Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona mother held for more than a week in a Mexico jail on suspicion of drug smuggling, was released late Thursday after the case against her was dismissed.

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Deadly explosion rocks Mexico City skyscraper housing Pemex

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A powerful explosion in the Mexico City skyscraper complex housing the headquarters of state oil monopoly Pemex killed 14 and injured at least 100, company and government officials said.

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New, doom-free era begins for Maya

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The sun has arisen today at Maya monuments in Mexico and Guatemala, heralding the completion of a 144,000-day calendar cycle — but not the end of the world.

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Wreckage of plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera found

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The wreckage of a plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and six others was found Sunday in northern Mexico with no apparent survivors, authorities said.

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Mexico’s president wants to change country’s name

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Mexico’s president is making one last attempt to get the “United States” out of Mexico — at least as far as the country’s name is concerned.

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Will Twinkies be reborn through new Mexican ownership?

Next week may be Black Friday but sweets lovers across the nation hung their heads in sorrow on a dark Friday yesterday as Hostess announced they would cease making their line of products, which include the iconic Twinkies brand, because of the Bakers Union Strike.

Deadly crossing: Death toll rises among those desperate for the American Dream

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For the past few years, the family-owned Elizondo Mortuary and Cremation Service in Mission, Texas, has been taking in the remains of undocumented immigrants found dead in nearby counties after crossing the border from Mexico. This year, however, they had to build an extra freezer. It’s become difficult to keep up with the rising tide of dead coming to them from across the Rio Grande Valley.

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Investigation finds no evidence AG Eric Holder knew of ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running sting

A long-awaited report on the U.S. government’s controversial gun-trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious” released Wednesday found no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of guns to Mexico’s drug cartels prior to its public unraveling in January 2011. 

Astronaut’s photo shows wildfire smoke at night

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped a photo showing ghostly wildfire smoke wafting in the darkness near the neighboring cities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

The smoke likely comes from the Whitewater-Baldy fire, the largest in New Mexico’s history, which has chewed through 465 square miles (1,205 square kilometers) of forests near Glenwood, N.M., since it was ignited by lightning on May 16, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is about 225 miles (362 kilometers) to the northeast of El Paso, and is now 87 percent contained.

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