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MEXICO

Robbers steal US$13 million

Authorities say armed men have stolen some 157 million pesos from a cash transporting company in the south of the country. The Oaxaca State attorney general’s office said that six gunmen wearing masks and latex gloves broke into the Cometra facility, subdued four guards and made off with about US$13 million. No one was hurt in the heist early on Sunday. The attorney general’s office said the robbers apparently wore Cometra uniforms and drove a vehicle with the company logo. The statement released no other details and it is unclear if authorities suspect the theft was an inside job.

UNITED STATES

Oily substance found in Gulf

A Louisiana fire chief says a substance found floating in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be weathered oil. The Coast Guard is testing the substance to confirm what it is and determine where it came from. Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chaisson said he saw the substance up close on Sunday aboard a boat and also viewed it from a helicopter. It looked like “emulsified oil” he said, and covered an area of about 3km to 5km. Coast Guard spokeswoman Casey Ranel said the agency sent out a cutter on Sunday morning to collect samples. The Coast Guard had received reports of an oil sheen, but officials have not confirmed the substance is oil.

UNITED STATES

Healthcare divisions persist

A year after President Barack Obama signed his healthcare overhaul, the law remains so divisive that people can’t even agree on what to call it. Supporters call it the Affordable Care Act, a shortened version of the official title Democrats gave their massive bill. It may be better known as “Obamacare,” the word used by Republicans seeking its demise. Even so, polls show that about one in eight people believe they have already been personally helped, well before the main push to cover the uninsured scheduled for 2014.Still, issues of affordability and complexity guarantee ongoing problems, even if the Supreme Court upholds the landmark legislation that made health insurance both a right and a responsibility

UNITED STATES

Contractor’s release sought

Washington is seeking to avoid moves that could jeopardize an American contractor from being released from Cuba after receiving a 15-year prison sentence, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was quoted as saying on Sunday, according to a transcript of a Spanish-language Telemundo interview. Cuba on March 12 found Gross responsible for “acts against the independence or territorial integrity” of the country, saying he was covertly distributing laptops and cellular phones on the island. Gross, 61, was working under contract for the US Department of State when he was arrested for distributing the electronic devices to members of the island’s small Jewish community.

ITALY

Sausage record beaten

On Sunday, Italy snatched from Romania the record for the world’s longest sausage when a team of pork butchers crafted a delicacy more than half a kilometer long, the ANSA news agency reported. Alberto Della Pelle from Penne, a small town in the center of the country, helped by nine colleagues, created a sausage 597.8m-long in the main street. It was officially measured and declared to have beaten the Romanian record of 392m. The monster sausage will be sliced to fill 6,000 sandwiches which will be sold to raise funds for the charity Caritas.

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