LA Observed – The new California Sunday Magazine has posted early its January issue story reconstructing the events of September 26, 2014, when 43 Mexican student activists disappeared in the darkness of night from the city of Iguala.
EFE – Police seized five tons of marijuana and arrested a suspect in Playas de Rosarito in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, officials said.
Goal – It was a big year for Mexican soccer both domestically and abroad, and Goal counts down the best five moments.
Yucatan – Mexico has become the most dangerous place for priests in Latin America, according to a Centro Católico Multimedia report. Under President Enrique Peña Nieto, eight priests have been killed and two missing, an increase of 100% from the previous administration.
OEM – The number of industry conferences and conventions in Mexico grew 18 percent, with about 20,000 events, in 2014. The same number is expected in 2015.
Christmas is one of the most popular festivities among the Mexican population, not only because the family gathers to spend quality time together but, because by law, every employee gets paid an end-of-year bonus.
This bonus has to be paid before Dec. 20, and cannot be less than the amount earned by the employee in 15 days of work.
However, the happier Mexicans are the ones who work in top positions for the national government, such as the president, legislators and the members of the Supreme Court of Justice.
All of them will receive large bonuses, and, in some cases, their bonus will be 500 percent higher than what any minimum wage worker earns, according to a www.sinmebargo.mx investigation. The minimum wage in Mexico is now $4 per day.
As an example, Peña Nieto will receive a $5,219 Christmas bonus, while the senators will be able to spend a $16,083 Christmas bonus, $3,000 less than congresspeople.
On top of his bonus, Peña Nieto will also receive an extra “reward” of $22,000.
Fox News Latino – A Mexico City psychologist murdered and decapitated her purportedly abusive husband before scattering his remains around the city and using his cellphone to message family and friends in an attempt to make them think he was still alive.
Breitbart – A recent investigation by the Dromomanos journalism collective revealed the Sinaloa Federation has overtaken Colombian and Asian drug suppliers in New York and the cartel now dominates heroin distribution across the United States.
Aztec Noticias – A cold front in northern and northeastern Mexico will strengthen bringing rain and sleet to Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla and Veracruz with a chance of snow in the mountains.
The administration of Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, spent hundreds of millions on trips and expenses during 2013, according to the Federal Institute of Information Access (IFAI).
The organization announced this week that the President and his team, which have been criticized for the high number of external visits made during the two first years at office, expensed $590.48 million on more than 20 trips.
BBC – More than 400 federal police officers and soldiers have been sent to a town in Mexico’s western Michoacan state. The deployment follows a shoot-out between two vigilante groups on Tuesday in which 11 people were killed.
Reuters – Joint talks among the United States, Cuba and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be complex and stretch beyond 2018, a senior Mexican official said.
Undercurrent News – Regal Springs’ Mexican subsidiary, Acuagranjas Dos Lagos, has secured $10 million funding for an expansion to its tilapia operations. The project will help address increasing demand for tilapia in Mexico and in global markets, and help efforts to reduce pressure on wild fish stocks.
Bloomberg – Altos Hornos de Mexico SA, the steelmaker known as Ahmsa, said it asked a judge to end its 15-year bankruptcy following an agreement with a majority of creditors that calls for repayment of $1.7 billion.
Al Jazeera – A shoot-out between rival vigilantes in Michoacan has left 11 dead. The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, signaled a renewed unrest in an area President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government said had been pacified. The clash pitted two rival vigilante groups against each another in the town of La Ruana.
Sentido Comun – Constellation Brands, the largest producer and distributor of Grupo Modelo beer brands, struck a deal with Owens Illinois to acquire and operate a glass plant in Nava , Coahuila, currently owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Milenio – Grupo Lala has acquired the assets of Eskimo and its subsidiaries in several countries in Central America, significantly expanding its business and operations in that region.
Milenio – President Enrique Peña Nieto said that 2014 was a year of “claroscuros” because both significant reforms to the Mexicans were implemented and there were other “difficult and pain” moments such as the Iguala situation, “a fact that we do not want a repeat.”
Economia Terra – Mexico markets rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve expressed confidence in an economic recovery in the United States.