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February 26, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Scientists have uncloaked the mystery of an ancient fossilized graveyard of dozens of whales lying side by side with bizarre, walrus-faced dolphins and swimming sloths. The fossils, unearthed about three years ago during a road-widening project in Chile's Atacama Desert, probably record a series of mass strandings about 6 million to 9 million years ago that were caused by blooms of algae fed by the iron-rich sediments of the Andes Mountains, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The international team of researchers believes about four waves of carcasses washed into what once was a placid tidal basin within a period of weeks, then were buried in sediments that accumulated over 10,000 to 16,000 years, said the study's lead author, Nicholas D. Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution.
January 27, 2014 | By Adriana Leon and Chris Kraul
LIMA, Peru -- A territorial dispute between Chile and Peru ended Monday with an international court awarding Peru a triangle of Pacific Ocean territory covering thousands of square miles rich in fishing and other natural resources. Peru filed the claim at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in 2008, alleging that marine boundaries had never formally been set by the two countries. Chile's position was that the line had been defined in agreements signed in 1952 and 1954, which Peru argued were strictly fishing accords.
December 15, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Former President Michelle Bachelet was elected to a new term as Chile's leader in a landslide victory Sunday, becoming the first woman to be reelected chief executive in the nation's history. With 90% of votes counted, she led her conservative opponent, former Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei, 62.3% to 37.7%. Representing the New Majority coalition of parties, the 62-year-old pediatrician leveraged her high standing with Chileans during and after her first four-year term, which ended in 2010, to coast to victory.
November 17, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.
November 13, 2013 | Noelle Carter
Thanksgiving is just days away, and it's never too soon to start planning your menu. Food editor Russ Parsons and I will be demonstrating videos of classic dishes on the blog every couple of days to get you in the mood. Pumpkin shows up on the Thanksgiving table in so many guises. But have you ever thought about using the seeds? This twist on turkey dressing is so spectacular it was voted one of the best recipes of the year in 2008. Combine toasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas , fragrant Spanish chorizo, chiles and corn bread and there will be no question as to why it is such a winner.
September 25, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
In New Mexico, you know autumn is coming when you smell the chile roasting. The bitter aroma rises from street corners and grocery store parking lots, where spicy green peppers plucked during the September harvest are blistered to perfection in cages cranked over an open flame. We buy them by the sack and put them in or on nearly everything we eat: burritos and tamales, of course, but also hamburgers, pizzas, pastas and pies. When I left Albuquerque for college on the East Coast, it was the food back home that I missed as much as the family cat or the yawning desert sky. Each time I visited, my mom would have a pan of enchiladas waiting in the oven.
July 31, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Can't wait for your Hatch green chile to arrive? I mean, REALLY can't wait? Melissa's, the specialty produce company, is getting a jump on the hot-pod competition with its chiles starting to appear Thursday in select Southern California stores such as Bristol Farms , Gelson's and some Sprouts . By this weekend, the chiles should be in all of them. While most Hatch chiles won't be delivered for roasting until Aug. 10, Melissa's spokesman Robert Schueller wrote in an email: “Its been a hot summer everywhere...  We are blessed early!
June 30, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Marking a triumphant return to politics, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet won the right to run for another four-year presidential term in November. With 99% of the votes counted in Sunday's primary, the surgeon-turned-politician had an overwhelming 73.1%. Her closest opponent for the nomination of the center-left coalition New Majority was Andres Velasco, with 12.9%. Bachelet, who was president from 2006 to 2010, has remained extremely popular with Chileans.
June 20, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Our final Battle of the Burgers finalist is Winston Woo of Orange County. Think this is just another chicken burger? You're wrong. With homemade Thai chili paste and a medley of flavors, it's what Woo calls "ultimate fusion. " He wrote: “The Green Curry Chicken Burger (“GCCB”) creation is an inspiration of my travel experiences across the Pacific, combined with the touches of Americana. My GCCB Ultimate Fusion Burger may be more than the 'best and baddest' burger -- quite simply, it might be the most memorable Asian-inspired fusion experience ever!
June 15, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Tammy Sanches of Victorville loves the salsa at Costa Azul in Coronado: "On vacation, my husband and I ate at an amazing restaurant in Coronado, Calif., called Costa Azul. They have the best smoked salsa we've ever had. Unfortunately, we live 2 1/2 hours away. I asked the waiter for the recipe, but he said they don't give it out. I would love to surprise my amazing husband on our anniversary with it. Could you please get the recipe?" With a wonderful blend of no less than six kinds of chiles, Costa Azul's salsa packs a nice heat.
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