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February 13, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials announced Wednesday that they had arrested six men on suspicion of raping a group of Spanish women who were vacationing this month near the violence-plagued resort city of Acapulco -- an incident that sparked international concern about the safety of the millions of foreign tourists who visit the country each year. At an afternoon news conference in Acapulco, Mexican Atty. Gen.  Jesus Murillo Karam said the six suspects, who range in age from 16 to 30, had confessed to authorities.
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November 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- At least 25 bodies have been reported found in two clandestine graves, underscoring Mexico's enduring problems of people who go missing and the dead who are never identified. Nineteen bodies were pulled from a mass grave on Jalisco state's border with Michoacan state, an especially troubled region where drug cartels are battling one another, authorities and armed civilian vigilante groups. An additional six bodies were found in another clandestine burial pit near the tourist-destination city of Acapulco, authorities said Friday.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 2011 | Bloomberg News
RM Restaurant Holding Corp., owner of the Mexican restaurant chains Chevys, El Torito and Acapulco, sought bankruptcy protection from creditors saying the U.S. economic slowdown led to a decline in sales. The Cypress-based company, with 178 restaurants, listed assets of $272.2 million and debt of $249.9 million in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Sun Capital Partners Inc. and Farallon Capital Management own stakes in the company, according to court papers. "Coinciding with the broader economic downturn in the U.S. " the restaurants "have experienced fewer dining guests," Chief Financial Officer Richard P. Dutkiewicz, representing affiliates including Real Mex Restaurants Inc., said in a filing.
WORLD
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- A hurricane with sustained winds of up to 120 mph was spinning off of Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday, threatening to bring more suffering to a country still recovering from dozens of deaths and massive destruction caused by a combined hurricane and tropical storm last month. Hurricane Raymond, classified as a Category 3 storm, was about 125 miles south-southwest of the resort city of Zihuatanejo early Monday morning, its eye approximately 12 miles wide, according to Conagua, Mexico's national water commission.
WORLD
February 11, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Relatives and supporters of six people detained on suspicion of assaulting and raping a group of Spanish citizens near the port of Acapulco briefly blocked the only road to the city's airport in protest Sunday,  reports  said. Families of the men said they had been wrongly accused of the attack, which sent  shudders through Mexico's crucial tourism industry  and among European tourists and expatriates who frequent the southern Pacific coast where it occurred.
WORLD
October 3, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Gunmen kidnapped a group of 22 Mexican men in the tourist resort of Acapulco, Mexican media reported Saturday. News reports said the group, from the neighboring state of Michoacan, was seized by gunmen shortly after arriving in the resort city Thursday. The accounts cited information from the prosecutor's office in the coastal state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located. Repeated attempts to reach state officials were unsuccessful. The motive was unknown. A man traveling with the group reported the kidnapping.
NEWS
November 10, 1989 | Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 shook the Pacific coastal resort of Acapulco Thursday, officials said, but no damage was reported.
WORLD
January 14, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
The black-and-white photos still hang in the faded Hotel Los Flamingos. Over there is the muscled star of "Tarzan," Johnny Weissmuller, who owned the hotel for a time during Acapulco's heyday. There's Maureen O'Sullivan. Tyrone Power. Errol Flynn. Fred MacMurray. They all came, mixed booze in a coconut ? called it a Coco Loco. When mortals gazed at Acapulco, they saw romance itself smiling back. So they came too. As did a fortress of high-rise hotels that packed the beach and diminished the very thing everyone was chasing.
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January 9, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The bodies of at least 25 people, 15 of them with their heads cut off, were discovered Saturday in the resort city of Acapulco, authorities said. Drug cartel violence has increasingly plagued Acapulco as rival gangs fight for control of the local market, occasionally spilling into the tourist areas of the city. Even though most of Saturday's killings appeared to have steered clear of those sections, the violence damages the reputation of a once-glamorous city struggling to make a comeback amid President Felipe Calderon's drug war. The grimmest discovery came as police were investigating a burning car in a shopping center parking lot early in the morning: the decapitated bodies of 15 people.
WORLD
March 14, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
At least 13 people were killed Saturday, some of them beheaded, around the popular beach resort of Acapulco, just as foreign visitors have begun arriving for spring break. Elsewhere in the Guerrero state where Acapulco is located, 11 other people, including soldiers and suspected traffickers, were killed, authorities said. The dead in Acapulco included five police officers, authorities said, who were ambushed while on patrol on the city's outskirts about 2 a.m. Over the next four hours, the bullet-riddled bodies of eight men were discovered in three locations, police said.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
WORLD
September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities launched operations Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded tourists from Pacific resorts such as Acapulco, as deadly twin storms dissipated but the floods they spawned continued to inundate vast parts of Mexico. Almost the entire nation was experiencing storm-related weather, a meteorological phenomenon that authorities labeled of “historic” proportions. The remnants of what had been Hurricane Ingrid battered the Gulf Coast, including Veracruz state, while Tropical Storm Manuel dumped torrential rain on the Pacific Coast,  a two-pronged weather attack not seen here in more than 50 years.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The second annual Surf Open Acapulco gets underway next week on the punchy Mexican beach break at Revolcadero Beach. The only question now: Will they get big waves? The July 2-7 event, hosted by the Fairmont Acapulco Princess will feature surfers from 12 countries who will compete for $100,000 in prizes. The contest is sanctioned by the Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP). Considered a good training ground for up-and-coming talent, the competition has four-star status, giving young surfers a chance to establish a name on a global scale by earning points to compete in the ASP six-star and prime-rated events.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Meg James
NEW YORK -- Univision intends to remain the king. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, Univision Communications, on Tuesday said it has made a financial investment in the planned El Rey cable channel owned by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. El Rey, which means "the king" in Spanish, is expected to launch in December and target male Latinos under 35 with English-language programming. El Rey becomes the second planned English-language network to capture Univision investment.
WORLD
April 11, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Debate is intensifying over armed vigilante patrols that have sprung up in crime-plagued sections of rural Mexico, particularly in the state of Guerrero, where some patrols joined forces this week with a radical teachers union that has been wreaking havoc with massive protests, vandalism and violent confrontations with police. The two groups, on the surface, would appear to have little in common. The vigilante patrols, typically made up of masked campesinos , are among dozens that have emerged in the countryside in recent months, purporting to protect their communities from the depredations of the drug cartels.
WORLD
April 14, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
A chaotic shootout Wednesday on a hotel-lined boulevard in the beach resort city of Acapulco left as many as six people dead, Mexican authorities said. Federal police officers patrolling the area came under fire after they heard gunshots and saw attackers shooting at two men in a car, authorities said. The gunmen also shot at other vehicles as they tried to flee, riddling dozens of cars with bullet holes. The victims included a woman and her 8-year-old daughter. No tourists appeared to have been killed.
WORLD
August 30, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Hurricane Jimena formed in the eastern Pacific near the Mexican resort of Acapulco, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could become a major hurricane today. Jimena was about 285 miles southwest of Acapulco, packing winds of around 80 mph, and was moving west-northwest, roughly parallel to the coastline. It was the second hurricane of the 2009 eastern Pacific season to brush close to Mexico after Andres pounded the same area in June, flooding Acapulco and sweeping a fisherman to his death.
WORLD
February 16, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
ACAPULCO - Four days after the rapes of six Spanish tourists here, Erick De Santiago sat at his beachfront bar, with its commanding view of the blue expanse of Acapulco Bay, and posted a question on Facebook. If you could describe Acapulco in one word, what would it be? The responses came rolling in from his followers, as contradictory and tragic as modern Mexico itself: "Paradise. " "Sadness. " "Magic. " "Terror. " "Hope. " "Death. " De Santiago, a gregarious bar owner and nightclub manager, is also the president of Habla Bien de Aca, or Speak Well of Acapulco, a 2-year-old group of local business owners trying to balance the city's litany of harrowing drug-war headlines with reminders of its enduring charms.
WORLD
February 14, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who made history last year as the first double amputee runner to compete in the Olympics using prosthetic blades, will spend the night in jail Thursday after he was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend at his house, prosecutors said. The National Prosecuting Authority said Pistorius would remain in custody until his hearing Friday, when police intend to oppose bail. Reeva Steenkamp, a 30-year-old model, died after being shot several times in the head and arm in Pistorius' house in an upscale suburb in Pretoria.
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