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Changing exchange rates bring better bargains in Mexico

Jennifer Soules Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 Changing exchange rates bring better bargains in Mexico Mexico remains among the top foreign vacation spots, with visits already up 21.5 percent from last year, according to the Bank of Mexico. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Recently, beaches south of the border are an even bigger bargain. The Mexican peso has lost nearly a quarter of its value, making the US dollar go further. The rate of change between the two currencies has fluctuated between 20 to 27 percent in the last year, Dr. Kent Hill, an Arizona State University economics professor, said. One dollar used to average about 13 pesos. Now, it would take 16.5 pesos to reach one dollar. How often do you travel to Mexico? For American travelers, the savings can be found at restaurants, bars and local shops. Flights and big resorts are typically priced in dollars and are not expected to change. For more frequent American visitors, the currency exchange rate means their wallets are ready for bigger purchases. “We went there to buy a house because the peso is so high compared to the dollar,” Utah resident Robert Principe said. Principe and his wife were catching a plane home after traveling...

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Franks, abortion opponents attack Planned Parenthood in House hearing

Tom Blanton Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Franks, abortion opponents attack Planned Parenthood in House hearing WASHINGTON – An emotional Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, accused Planned Parenthood on Wednesday of selling body parts of “innocent babies they’re guilty of killing” in abortion procedures. His comments came during a tense four-hour House Judiciary Committee hearing sparked by a series of undercover videos that claim to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing sales of fetal body parts for profit. Those videos, by the Center for Medical Progress, have been attacked by pro-choice groups who say they were doctored after failed attempts to entrap Planned Parenthood officials. But the hidden-camera footage has led to renewed calls by pro-life groups to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The title of Wednesday’s hearing – “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider” – left little doubt which way the majority of the committee was leaning. “Many members of Congress have not uttered one single syllable against these gut-wrenching atrocities,” Franks said, citing the videos in his opening statement. “What is so liberating about brutally and painfully dismembering living, helpless, little human babies?” Critics noted that no officials from either Planned Parenthood or the Center for Medical Progress were invited to testify at the hearing. Witnesses included a National Right to Life official, two women who said they were survivors of...

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DPS investigating Interstate 10 shootings

Ivan Rodriguez Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 DPS investigating Interstate 10 shootings DPS is investigating several shootings that have knocked out car windows and windshields of cars driving along Interstate 10. (Video by Ivan Rodriguez/Cronkite News).embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Surfboard maker stretching the limits of sustainability

Steve Dent Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Surfboard maker stretching the limits of sustainability CO2 from surfboards leaks into the ocean. One LA surfboard maker is working on a solution that will be more friendly to the environment..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Cronkite News: Sept. 9, 2015

Staff Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Cronkite News: Sept. 9, 2015 Today’s episode of Cronkite News focuses on the shootings on the Interstate 10 freeway in Phoenix, congressman Trent Franks’ speech at the Capitol on Planned Parenthood funding, and how a surfboard company is stretching the limits on...

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