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15 Manuel Antonio vendors shut down in sweep
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A multi-agency task force targeted vendors of tourist items at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and closed 15 stalls that now will be destroyed.

Law enforcement officials said that they were trying to solve a problem that has pestered local business operators for years. The vendors and their temporary stalls were illegal, said officers.

The task force included inspectors from the Ministerio de Salud as well as officers from the  Fuerza Pública, the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, Policía Turística and the Unidad Canina. They were joined Friday morning by workers from the Municipalidad de Aguirre and agents from the Judicial Investigating Organization. Also represented was the Policía del Tránsito.

The businesses that were closed lacks sanitary permits from the health ministry, officers said. For all the police presence, arrests were minimal. One motorist faced a charge of reckless driving.

Two women who gave police a hard time were detained and put before the flagrancy tribunal in Puntarenas. They received fines and an order to do community service.

Officers said they found a small amounts of marijuana, crack and cocaine. But  drugs were not the goal of the sweep, The plan was to take back public spaces that have been occupied for years by vendors, said officers.

The sweep, of course, comes just a few months before high tourism season.
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Two women are taken into custody for what police said was obstruction and aggression.

Four persons were detained after similar sweep of parks, playgrounds and other areas in San José province. Police officers there said they were targeting youngsters who were in the drug trade.

The public places that received police attention were in the Hatillos, San Sebastián, Alajuelita, Tibás, Aserrí, Montes de Oca, Zapote, Goicoechea and Moravia, police said.

Officers said they confiscated 486 crack rocks, marijuana and cocaine. Those who possessed drugs were detained. That happened in Aserrí and Alajuelita. This series of sweeps took place all last week.

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Nicaraguan quake rattles Guanacaste

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A significant earthquake of 5.1 magnitude took place Monday at 10:29 p.m. on the west shore of Lake Nicaragua near Rivas, said the Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica.

That is a seismically active area, and said that the country to the north has had six quakes in the last seven days.  Some were offshore.

The quake was felt in Costa Rica with moderate intensity in Nosara, Paquera, Santa Cruz, Cañas and Nicoya, said the Laboratorio. The epicenter was estimated to be 52.1 kilometers north northeast of La Cruz at the Costa Rican border.

The location of the quake appeared to be on a fault that runs north from the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya.

The next holiday is this Sunday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Most employers are off the hook this weekend for the  Día del Encuentro de las Culturas. The holiday is on a Sunday, and it is one of the two holidays each year in which employers are not obligated to pay salaries if the employe does not work.

School children will have Monday off because they are expected to participate in cultural activities Sunday. Teachers will be checking their attendance.

U.S. Embassy workers will have Friday and Monday off in keeping with the tradition that workers there get both U.S.. and Costa Rican holidays off.

Development bank gets first OK

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the support of 54 lawmakers, the proposal for a  Banca de Desarrollo received its first legislative approval Monday. This is a plan to unify the state banks to provide money for development, promotion and productive projects.

The proposal also affects private banks that do not join in the system. They will have some restrcitions on interest rates in making loans for the same purpose.

There is 250 billion colons, nearly $500,000, designated for the project. Lawmakers said that tourism operators wold be able to participate, too. The project has been in the legislature for six years. A second vote later in the week with send the measure to the president.

New chamber formed in Tortuguero

By the A.M. Cost Rica staff

Some 23 tourism operators have formed the new Cámara Regional de Turismo de Tortuguero. The project has the support of the  Cámara Nacional de Turismo. One of the first projects for the new chamber will be to develop a better working relationship with the  administration of the Área de Conservación de Tortuguero, the organization said..

Tortuguero is in the northeast part of the country on the Caribbean and is well known for nighttime excursions to see marine turtles forming nests and laying eggs.

The land west of the  Tortuguero canal is another attraction, and guides take tourists in small boats into the many small waterways in the unspoiled jungle.

The new chamber also said that it would seek to find solutions for sewage disposal on the narrow piece of land between the Caribbean and the canal.

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Liberación withdraws plan to shave scholarships that irked students
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With students planning a march today, lawmakers in the Partido Liberación Nacional  said late Monday that they would withdraw a proposal to cut the higher education budgets. Students may march and tie up traffic anyway.

The Liberación proposal would have cut the money allocated for a special fund to finance education by  about 1 percent.  This is where the money for scholarships comes from.  The lawmakers said they were influenced by younger members of their own party.
President Luis Guillermo Solís, who happens to be a university professor, proposed a 14 percent increase in the higher education budget.  That was part of his proposal that was significantly larger than the budget the year before.

Solís has come out in favor of the march. Much of his support came from the academic community.

Other political parties have proposed more drastic cuts, so students still have a reason to march. The budget sill is in committee where there is a strong effort to trim it.

Quick action by rescue teams
manages to locate two cyclists

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two mountain bikers got more than they bargained for Sunday when they appear to have become disoriented and lost.

The pair,  Byron Pérez and Jerson Bagnarello, left their Tibás homes without any kind of preparation or basic survival gear, said police.

They were located in  Bajo de La Hondura. San Isidro de Heredia, Monday morning. They had spent a chilly night in the wilds. Temperatures were in the 40s F, officials said.

The pair reported that they did not see any large animals during their night out.

The security ministry mustered its search team because officials knew that the cyclists were not well prepared.

Expats from cold climes are aware that any winter trip should be made with food, water and material for a fire. Rescue workers say the same is true in Costa Rica.

Some 1,200 travelers were trapped for at least 13 hours when landslides closed Ruta 32 last month. That is a highly visible route, and heavy equipment was on the way immediately. But a similar, smaller incident in a a remote roadway could leave motorists stranded for several days.

And each year groups of tourists end up missing in the nation's national parks because of lack of preparation.
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Chief prosecutor, despite criticism, re-elected to job for four more years
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Corte Suprema de Justicia reappointed  Jorge Chavarría Guzmán as fiscal general Monday, but not everyone is happy.

Legislators from the Partido Acción Cuidadana joined other protestors outside the supreme court building Monday afternoon to oppose the appointment.

The fiscal general is the chief prosecutor, and he not only sets policy but makes decisions regarding individual criminal cases.
The  Acción Cuidadana lawmakers said that  Chavarría was complacent in the face of corruption by the previous two administrations.

Among other recent actions,  Chavarría seeks dismissal by a judge of allegations that former president Óscar Arias Sánchez acted criminally in his support of the Industrias Infinito gold mine near San Carlos. The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo, which is a check on government action, annulled the mine permit given the company and asked prosecutors to investigate Arias.

Chavarría will serve four more years. The vote was 16-4.

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NASA study shows that the deep ocean has not warmed since 2005
By the National Aeronautics and Space Administration news staff

The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably. Study coauthor Josh Willis at the lab said these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself.

"The sea level is still rising," Willis noted. "We're just trying to understand the nitty-gritty details."

In the 21st century, greenhouse gases have continued to accumulate in the atmosphere, just as they did in the 20th century, but global average surface air temperatures have stopped rising in tandem with the gases. The temperature of the top half of the world's oceans -- above the 1.24-mile mark -- is still climbing, but not fast enough to account for the stalled air temperatures.

Many processes on land, air and sea have been invoked to explain what is happening to the missing heat. One of the most prominent ideas is that the bottom half of the ocean is taking up the slack, but supporting evidence is slim. This latest study is the first to test the idea using satellite observations, as well as direct temperature measurements of the upper ocean. Scientists have been taking the temperature of the top half of the ocean directly since 2005, using a network of 3,000 floating temperature probes called the Argo array.

"The deep parts of the ocean are harder to measure," said William Llovel, lead author of the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. "The combination of satellite and direct temperature data gives us a glimpse of how much sea level rise is due to deep warming. The answer is -- not much."

The study took advantage of the fact that water expands as it gets warmer. The sea level is rising because of this expansion and the water added by glacier and ice sheet melt.

To arrive at their conclusion, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists did a straightforward subtraction calculation, using data for 2005-2013 from the Argo buoys, NASA's Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites, and the agency’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. From the total amount of sea level rise, they subtracted the amount of rise from the expansion in the upper ocean, and the amount of rise that came from added meltwater. The remainder represented the amount of sea level rise caused by warming in the deep ocean.

The remainder was essentially zero. Deep ocean warming contributed virtually nothing to sea level rise during this period.
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While the upper part of the world’s oceans continue to absorb heat from global warming, ocean depths have not warmed measurably in the last decade. This image shows heat radiating from the Pacific Ocean as imaged by the NASA’s Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System instrument on the Terra satellite. Blue regions indicate thick cloud cover.

Coauthor Felix Landerer of the lab noted that during the same period warming in the top half of the ocean continued unabated, an unequivocal sign that our planet is heating up. Some recent studies reporting deep-ocean warming were, in fact, referring to the warming in the upper half of the ocean but below the topmost layer, which ends about 0.4 mile (700 meters) down.

Landerer also is a coauthor of another paper in the same journal issue on 1970-2005 ocean warming in the Southern Hemisphere. Before Argo floats were deployed, temperature measurements in the Southern Ocean were spotty, at best. Using satellite measurements and climate simulations of sea level changes around the world, the new study found the global ocean absorbed far more heat in those 35 years than previously thought -- a whopping 24 to 58 percent more than early estimates.

Both papers result from the work of the newly formed NASA Sea Level Change Team, an interdisciplinary group tasked with using NASA satellite data to improve the accuracy and scale of current and future estimates of sea level change.

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Chinese firm will purchase
the historic Waldorf Astoria

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Chinese insurance company is buying one of the most prominent business landmarks in the United States, New York's luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Hilton Worldwide said Monday it is selling the hotel to the Anbang Insurance Group for $1.95 billion, making it the highest price ever paid for a U.S. hotel and the most ever paid by a Chinese buyer for a building in the United States. As part of the deal, U.S.-based Hilton will continue to manage the property for the next 100 years.

The hotel, located on Park Avenue in the heart of New York, opened in 1931 and was declared an official landmark in the biggest U.S. city in 1993. Beijing-based Anbang is planning a major restoration of the 47-story tower to return it to its Art Deco grandeur.

Over the years, the 1,413-room hotel has attracted some of most famous U.S. entertainers, including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Film star Marilyn Monroe once lived in a $1,000-a-week suite at the Waldorf Astoria.

Now, its cheapest room is listed at $549 a night, with a penthouse suite going for $2,399.

U.S. Supreme Court declines
to rule on same-sex marriage

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Same-sex marriage rights have taken a leap forward in the United States, where the Supreme Court has opted to let stand lower court rulings overturning marriage bans in five states. A majority of U.S. states either currently allow gay couples to wed or are expected to shortly.

The states of Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Utah will join 19 others that already recognize gay marriage.

This comes after Monday’s Supreme Court decision not to review federal appellate court rulings that all struck down same-sex marriage bans. That unanimity made the high court less likely to weigh in, according to Georgetown University law professor Nan Hunter.

“It is not unheard of for the court to say, ‘Fine, so far everyone is agreeing without involving us, so we do not need to get involved'," said Ms. Hunter.

Gay rights advocates are claiming a partial victory. Darlene Nipper of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

“The ruling means the country is going in the right direction, and it also means we have more work to do. Probably 60 percent of the American public is going to be living in a state where the freedom to marry is where they live. But that is 60 percent, not 100 percent," said Ms. Nipper.

Social conservative groups decried what they see as the further erosion of traditional marriage and the Supreme Court’s refusal, so far, to take a stand on the legality of same-sex marriage. Chris Gacek is with the Family Research Council.

“It is going to be one of the most enormous black marks in the history of the court. If they want to redefine marriage and impose a cultural revolution on America, then they need to belly up to the bar and do it," said Gacek.

Many legal experts believe nationwide same-sex marriage rights are all but inevitable.

“I think the writing is on the wall. It is just a matter of time before gay couples can marry anywhere in the United States," said Ms. Hunter.

Public opinion polls have shown a gradual increase in support for same-sex marriage, with most recent surveys showing a slim majority in favor.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama says the United States is considering additional measures to screen passengers for ebola. The measures would be taken at airports both in West Africa and at U.S. points of entry.

As authorities in the southwestern state of Texas deal with the only known ebola case on U.S. soil, President Obama called a meeting Monday with cabinet members and other top officials of the team he has set up to stop the outbreak.

The U.S. leader said that in addition to launching a campaign to educate American health workers on how to deal with the disease, the team is looking at new measures to screen passengers traveling from West Africa to the United States.

“We’re also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States," said Obama.

U.S. officials are not considering a travel ban. They say imposing one would hinder the delivery of medical supplies and equipment to the stricken regions of West Africa, because it is commercial carriers that transport most of the shipments.

Despite the one case in Texas, Obama said the chance of an outbreak in the United States is extremely low. But he indicated it is in the best interest of Americans to stop the disease at its source in West Africa.
“As we speak, there are children on the streets, dying of this disease - thousands of them. And so, obviously my first job is to make sure that we’re taking care of the American people, but we have a larger role than that," said Obama.

President Obama said progress is being made against ebola, but he said many larger nations that could do more are not doing enough.  He said he plans to step up his calls for members of the international community to boost their donations and personnel.

An American journalist diagnosed in Liberia with the Ebola virus has returned to the United States for treatment.

Ashoka Mukpo is in an isolation unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where a spokesman said his condition is being evaluated to determine the course of his treatment.

At a news conference Monday a hospital official said Mukpo walked off an airplane under his own power and was wheeled into the hospital on a gurney.

Another hospital official said the patient is suffering from fever and nausea and his symptoms have not changed significantly in the past 24 hours.

Mukpo is receiving treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized isolation unit, the largest of four such facilities in the United States.

The freelance photojournalist is the fifth American diagnosed with the ebola virus.

A Spanish nurse who helped treat an ebola patient at a Madrid hospital has contracted the virus, becoming the first person to become infected outside West Africa.

Spanish health officials Monday said the nurse was part of the medical team that treated a 69-year-old Spanish priest who died in a hospital last month after being flown back from Sierra Leone.

Mukpo was on assignment in Liberia for NBC News when he tested positive for ebola last week and was sent back to the United States on a specially equipped plane. 

Another American who contracted ebola in Liberia, Dr. Rick Sacra, was the first patient with ebola treated and released at the Nebraska facility last month.

Sacra was treated successfully for ebola in Nebraska and discharged Sept. 25. However, he was rehospitalized over the weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts, after being admitted on Saturday for what appeared to be a respiratory infection.

He was released on Monday after being treated for the respiratory infection.

Liberian national Thomas Duncan, the first reported ebola patient in the U.S., remained in critical condition on Monday at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. He has been hospitalized since Sept. 28.

Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said health officials were closely monitoring 10 people who had direct contact with Duncan and are considered at greatest risk.

Frieden said so far none has shown any symptoms.

Texas Gov, Rick Perry said at a news conference on Monday that he is establishing a team of physicians and health care experts to deal with infectious diseases.

The head of the Texas team, Brett Giroir, said, “We live in an interconnected world, where an outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere."

Ebola has taken about 3,500 lives in West Africa since the outbreak began last year. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the hardest-hit countries.

Three named Nobel laureates
for brain mapping research

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegians May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their work in discovering the brain's inner navigation system.

The Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said Monday the laureates answered the question of how the brain maps spaces and allows beings to move through complex environments.

O'Keefe, director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Center in Neural Circuits and Behavior at University College London, discovered the mapping mechanism in 1971 by observing the way certain nerve cells activated in a rat's brain when it was in one part of a room and how other nerve cells activated in a different part.

In 2005, the Mosers, who are married, identified another type of cell in a nearby part of a rat's brain that creates a grid system and connects with the mapping cells to make up the brain's positioning system.

Further research has shown evidence these same types of cells exist in human brains.

The Nobel panel says the discoveries have opened new ways to understand other mental activities, including memory, thinking and planning.

The award comes with a $1.1 million prize, with half going to O'Keefe and the Mosers splitting the other half.

Tuesday, the Nobel prize in physics will be awarded, followed by the chemistry prize on Wednesday, literature on Thursday and the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

FBI intercepts 19 year old
headed to join Islamic State

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A 19-year-old American has been arrested for allegedly attempting to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan was taken into custody Saturday at O’Hare International Airport by the FBI as he attempted to fly from Chicago to Istanbul via Vienna, according to a press release issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Khan was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. The state of Illinois resident appeared Monday morning before a U.S. magistrate judge and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing Thursday.
Attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Olympic superstar banned
after DWI arrest in Maryland

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States governing body for competitive swimming has banned Olympic superstar Michael Phelps from competing for six months after a drunk driving arrest.

Phelps, who has won the most Olympic medals in history, was pulled over in his hometown of Baltimore last week, driving 135 kilometers per hour and crossing lanes inside a traffic tunnel. That is about 84 mph.

USA Swimming says Phelps' actions are detrimental to the the sports' image, reputation, and code of conduct.

He can still train with the team, but cannot swim in any world events until March.

Phelps has apologized for his behavior and says he is seeking help.

This is the second time Phelps has been charged with driving while impaired. He was also banned from competition in 2009 when he was photographed smoking what appeared to be a marijuana pipe.

Phelps has won 22 Olympic swimming medals in the 2008 and 2012 games, including 18 golds, making him the most decorated athlete in modern Olympic history.

He has said he hopes to compete in the  2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Hewlett-Packard receives
massive fines for corruption

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American tech giant Hewlett-Packard has been slammed with fines by the U.S. Justice Department for corrupt activities in three countries. And, because of that, it may be blocked from another one of its key markets, Canada.

This, after the company, commonly known as HP, pled guilty last month in U.S. federal court to engaging in felony violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The court action finalized an agreement HP reached in April with Justice Department officials regarding its Russian subsidiary. It admitted that it paid significant bribes to Russian officials in return for large contracts collectively worth more than $44 million.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement coinciding with that court action.

“In a brazen violation of the FCPA, Hewlett-Packard’s Russian subsidiary used millions of dollars in bribes from a secret slush fund to secure a lucrative government contract,” Principal Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General Marshall Miller said in a statement. “Even more troubling was that the government contract up for sale was with Russia’s top prosecutor’s office.”

The FBI news release said HP Russia created a secret slush fund by selling computer equipment and peripherals to a so-called Russian channel partner.

HP Russia then bought them back at a significant markup, and then sold these products at that inflated price to the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

The excess cash was then transferred by HP Russia through layers of shell companies through which the Russian officials could collect their cash.

In announcing a fine of nearly $59 million against HP in the Russian case, and because of other fines for bribery in other countries, the U.S. government’s actions put the Palo Alto, California, company under the regulatory sights of Canada’s Department of Public Works and Government Services.

Canada, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper, may impose a 10-year ban on Hewlett-Packard doing business with the Canadian government and its agencies.

The Globe and Mail report said that Canada imposed new anti-corruption debarment rules in March.

Under the debarment rules, “companies face an automatic ban on future government contracts if they, or any of their affiliates  are convicted of a list of various crimes such as bribery, even if those crimes occurred outside Canada,” the newspaper said.

Canada’s regulations differ from those in the United States and the European Union, in that companies caught acting illegally cannot earn reinstatement as a provider to the Canadian government by dismissing employees involved in the improper behavior.

"I don’t think it’s an oversight,” Paul LaLonde, a partner in the Dentons Canada law firm, told the Globe and Mail. “They mean what they say.”

Transparency International Canada President Peter Dent said that Canada’s new anti-corruption stance, by possibly making an example of HP, puts every company engaged with the government business on notice.

“If a company the size of HP ends up being unable to do business with the federal government,” he told the paper, “then a lot of companies are going to be sitting up and taking much more notice.”

Along with the $58.8 million Russia bribery fine are ones for similar actions by HP in Poland and Mexico, the three totaling nearly $77 million.

HP subsidiaries in the two countries admitted to criminal violations in April in separate agreements with the Justice Department.

U.S. officials said that HP’s subsidiary in Poland won contracts between 2006 and 2010 by bribing the director of information and communications technology at Poland’s National Police agency.

The U.S. Justice Department said HP Poland gave that official more than $600,000, laptop and desktop computers, mobile devices, and other gear.

U.S. officials said HP Poland also took that official on a junket to Las Vegas.

In its agreement with U.S. officials, HP also admitted to misconduct by its Mexico subsidiary involving business with that country’s state oil entity, Pemex.

The Department of Justice complaint against HP said it agreed to pay $1.4 million to a consultant with connections to senior Pemex officials. The complaint said HP tried to hide its actions by paying that consultant through third parties.

Along with fines, penalties, and forfeitures by HP for actions by the three subsidiaries involved, the company has also agreed to pay an additional $31.5 million in settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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High seas predicted through Monday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Highs seas are predicted along the Pacific coast starting Wednesday and running through next Monday.

The forecast is for waves of three meters or about 10 feet with the highest being Friday in the early morning.

Today choppy conditions are predicted due to a low pressure area over the Caribbean that will accelerate the winds,

Pacific residents are being warned about possible flooding in low areas and the danger to small boats.

The forecasts come from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

México's president vows full justice

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mexico's president says there is no place for impunity in the disappearance of 43 student protesters, a case that implicates police officers and gang members.

Enrique Peña Nieto held a press conference Monday to address the country two days after a mass grave was found in the state of Guerrero. A chief prosecutor has linked the burial site to the case, but investigators are awaiting DNA confirmation.

Calling the disappearances outrageous, painful, and inacceptable, Peña Nieto said the people of Mexico and the families of the missing "have every right to demand an explanation of the facts, and  justice, that those responsible be found, and that impunity have no place here."

A Mexican prosecutor says two gang hit men have confessed to helping local police kill 17 of the student protesters who disappeared 10 days ago.

Officials found 28 bodies in a mass grave in the city of Iguala Saturday, a week after a police opened fire on buses carrying the students from a rural Aytozinapa teacher-training college, under circumstances that remain unclear. More than 100 bullet casings were found near the buses.

Guerrero's chief prosecutor Iñaky Blanco Cabrera said it would take at least two weeks to determine whether the charred remains belong to some of the missing students.

The gang members told officials that dozens of Iguala police officers belong to the Guerreros Unidos, an organized crime group in the area.

Authorities detained 22 police officers and issued arrest warrants for the town's mayor and security chief shortly after the confrontation Sept. 26 and 27.

Mexico is under heavy international criticism for allowing security forces to commit human rights violations, including torture and extrajudicial killings, with relative impunity.

On its Facebook page Monday, the Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos, also known as the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa, pleaded for the safe return of its students.

"We demand the return of our boys alive, and that justice is done," the school posted.

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New doctoral program in engineering

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Universidad de Costa Rica and Tecnológico de Costa Rica have created a program to award a doctoral degree in engineering. The universities said this is the first degree of its kind in Central America.

The announcement said that the schools are responding to the new demands of the national and regional market for research and innovation in technology.

The doctorate is a research degree, and the announcement said that students would create original solutions to problems in various sectors of society. Application to the program is open until Nov. 12. More information and requirements are HERE!