Approximately six months after he escaped a maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel, the infamous Mexican drug kingpin known as “El Chapo” has been recaptured, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on Twitter Friday.
El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzmán, was caught by the navy in the northern city of Los Mochis, Vice reports. The navy said they found El Chapo after an anonymous tip led them to a residence filled with gunmen.
The operation that led to Chapo’s arrest started before dawn at a house in a middle class neighborhood known as Las Palmas with the ensuing shootout reportedly lasted about 40 minutes. five alleged gunmen were killed in the operation, six people were arrested, and one official was wounded. It added that the navy also seized four vehicles, two of which were bulletproof, eight assault rifles, one pistol, and a rocket launcher.
El Chapo had previously spent 14 years on the run after escaping from prison in 2001; he was recaptured in February 2015. Vice
The United States added 292,000 jobs in December, rounding out a year of steady growth; the jobless rate remained at 5 percent. “The remarkable thing is how consistent employment growth has been over the past three or four years,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told The New York Times. “We’re getting at least 200,000 jobs per month on a consistent basis. That’s quite an achievement.” Many of the gains were in temporary-help services, health care, transportation, and construction.
Hiring gains last month were broad-based, with construction adding 45,000 jobs, health-care providers taking on 52,600 and temporary help services boosting headcounts by 34,400. Factories even added the most jobs — 8,000 — in five months.
Payrolls also grew, making 2015 the second-best year for employees since 1999 and supporting the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates.
For months, U.S. employers have steadily added jobs even as global growth has flagged and financial markets have sunk. Stronger customer demand has given most businesses confidence to hire even though some sectors — notably manufacturing and oil and gas drilling — are struggling. Bloomberg CBC news
A Gallup favorability poll released Friday reveals that onetime Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush now has a favorability rating of negative 1 percent among Republican voters, a 28-point drop from just six months ago, when the former Florida governor’s favorability rating was 27 percent.
In comparison, Iowa frontrunner Ted Cruz boasts a net favorability of 45 percent, followed by Ben Carson with 40 percent, and Marco Rubio with 35 percent. Poll-topper Donald Trump has a net favorability of 24 percent.
Bush’s negative image could merely reflect his lack of momentum in the campaign, including disappointing reviews of his debate performance and his struggle to gain traction in voter preference polls.
Many political pundits considered him the front-runner going into the campaign season, given his high name recognition and huge fundraising advantages, but so far neither has helped him to gain GOP voters’ loyalties. Much of that could be the mood of the party base, which has led to the rise of anti-establishment figures such as Trump, Carson and Cruz. In contrast, as noted, no candidate is probably more strongly linked to the party establishment and the past than Bush. Gallup
An inactive Hellfire missile sent to Europe for training was inadvertently shipped to Cuba, where it has remained since 2014, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.
Hellfires are air-to-ground missiles typically fired from helicopters. Although initially designed as anti-tank weapons, they are often modernized and currently deployed from drones in anti-terrorism operations.
The missile wrongly sent to Cuba is called a Hellfire Captive Air Training Missile (CATM), a “dummy missile” used in exercises. Sources said that it contained an incomplete guidance section and was not fitted with a warhead, fusing system rocket monitor or operational seeker — all components needed to successfully hit a target.
But while it was not operational, the missile still contained sensitive American weapons technology, such as targeting and sensor information, that U.S. officials said would be concerning if it fell into the hands of adversaries. The Wall Street Journal first reported the missile’s location. CNN
U.S. President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation that would repeal major portions of his signature domestic achievement: the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill would also defund the reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood.
“Because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto,” Obama said in a veto statement. The statement continued: “The Affordable Care Act includes a set of fairer rules and strong consumer protections that have made healthcare more affordable.”
The legislation would have dismantled the health law’s key pillars, including requirements that most people obtain coverage and that larger employers offer it to workers. It also sought to end the roughly $450 million in yearly federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which amounts to a third of its budget.
The White House says that more than 17 million Americans are now insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act and that the number of uninsured Americans is at its lowest level ever. VOA
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