Latin America
2:00 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Once A Risky Bet, Latin America Tapped To Aid Eurozone

The International Monetary Fund used to bail out deadbeat nations in Latin America. Now, in a role reversal, the IMF's new director, Christine Lagarde, is seeking the region's help in containing Europe's worsening debt crisis. Officials in Brazil, now the world's seventh-biggest economy, say they're putting together an IMF loan. And Lagarde says the whole region can provide Europe with lessons on how to manage the economy.

National Security
3:15 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Cutting Retiree Benefits A Sore Subject For Military

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey take part in a news conference at the Pentagon. The Pentagon has said certain cuts in defense spending would endanger national security, invite aggression and devastate Defense Department operations.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 12:58 pm

Bean counters at the Pentagon are working long hours to figure out how to cut close to a trillion dollars from the Department of Defense budget over the next 10 years.

Those were the Pentagon's marching orders after the congressional supercommittee failed to come up with a plan to slash the country's deficit. Pentagon officials are looking at cutting weapons programs, troop levels and possibly even some base closures.

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Your Money
3:13 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Why Buy Toys When You Can Rent?

If you've shopped at a toy store recently, you know that you can easily spend hundreds of dollars on just a few items. So why not just rent the toys instead? Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin tells us how toy rental websites work.

Regional
3:00 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

McCain: Hispanic Vote Up For Grabs

New Mexico – Sen. John McCain says he thinks his home state of Arizona and other areas in the U.S. with large Hispanic populations are "up for grabs" in the upcoming presidential election because President Barack Obama hasn't convinced those voters that he's on their side.

McCain tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Republicans have a shot at capturing the Hispanic vote in 2012 if the GOP can address immigration in a humane and pragmatic way.

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Regional
2:59 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Calderon Says Cartels Threaten Democracy

Juarez, Mexico – President Felipe Calderon says organized crime is threatening Mexico's democracy through involvement in elections.

Calderon says meddling by drug cartels in elections is "a new fact, a worrisome fact, a threat to everyone."

Calderon urged the country to block such interventions in a 90-minute speech marking his five years in office Sunday. He did not provide specifics on how he plans to stop cartels from manipulating July's national elections.

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Regional
2:58 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Mexico Drug War Spreading

Juarez, Mexico – Military offensives against the drug cartels and turf battles among crime syndicates have pushed the war into areas of Mexico once considered quiet.

Thousands of Mexicans make up an internal diaspora trying to escape drug violence that seems to migrate rather than cease, with more than 45,000 troops fighting cartels and more than 40,000 dead by many counts.

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Regional
2:56 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Alamogordo Prostitution Arrests

Alamogordo – Police in Alamogordo say they arrested a husband and wife on prostitution charges during an undercover operation at an Alamogordo area hotel.

Sheriff Benny House tells the Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/v5wEaw ) that 54-year-old Stephen Pzszkowski (Pris-KOW-ski) and 41-year-old Julie Darnold were taken into custody on Friday. The couple were arrested after members of the county's narcotics enforcement task force followed up on a website advertisement offering sex in exchange for money.

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Regional
2:55 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Winter Blast...And Another Coming

New Mexico – Drivers are battling tough conditions on many New Mexico highways in the wake of a winter storm that dropped snow on the state's mountains and plains.

The state transportation department says many roads in the northern part of the state are seeing snowy and icy conditions. There are no major interstate closures, but the conditions are slick and crews are spreading cinders and salt to try to improve conditions.

Drivers are encouraged to slow down and even avoid travel if possible.

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Regional
2:54 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Sign Of The Times? Stealing Toilet Paper

Albuquerque – An Albuquerque restaurant employee says he's now seen it all: three men leaving his diner with rolls of toilet paper nabbed in the parking lot by police.

Burgers, Dogs and Wings employee Josh Flannery-Stewart tells KOAT-TV (http://bit.ly/rtVXdL ) in Albuquerque that he was immediately suspicious of the men when they came in Saturday because they weren't talking and appeared "messed up."

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Health
12:10 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Milwaukee's 'Misery Index': Infant Mortality

As Milwaukee lost industrial jobs, the infant mortality rate skyrocketed in some parts of the city.
Rick Wood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Impoverished Third World countries often find themselves at the bottom of lists when it comes to infant mortality rates. There is a part of Milwaukee where the infant mortality rate is worse than in parts of rural China. One baby dies for every 59 that make it.

John Schmid reported on this shift in the city's health for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a part of its series "Empty Cradles."

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