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Oct 11, 2012

Father of Yankees manager dies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The father of New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi died on Saturday and Girardi kept the news from the team until Thursday to avoid distracting them from their playoff series with the Baltimore Orioles.

Jerry Girardi, 81, died at a healthcare residence in Metamora, Illinois, the Yankees said in a statement. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, his son said.

Oct 11, 2012

Rod relegated to $29 million cheerleader

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has blasted 647 home runs and signed two record-setting contracts in his career, so being benched with a crucial game on the line is something completely alien to the 37-year-old.

However, he experienced just that on Wednesday when manager Joe Girardi sent Raul Ibanez to pinch hit for him with the Yankees down by a run in the bottom of the ninth in Game Three of the AL Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Oct 3, 2012

Who’s the undecided voter? It may be the “Walmart mom”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meet the undecided voter.

Sometimes seen as the great prize of U.S. electoral politics, this elusive citizen is more likely to be female, white, lacking a college education and earning less than $25,000, according Reuters/Ipsos polling data accumulated over the course of 2012.

The “undecideds” make up roughly 6 percent of the electorate, with a slightly higher concentration in an Upper Midwest region including Ohio and Wisconsin, swing states that could determine the outcome of a close election.

Oct 2, 2012

Experts puzzled by increase in U.S. traffic deaths

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – U.S. traffic deaths rose 9 percent in the first half of 2012 compared with the same period last year, breaking a 5-year downward trend, according to preliminary data that experts cannot yet explain.

Road accidents killed 16,290 people from January through June, the most since 2009, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a preliminary report that does not examine causes.

Jul 10, 2012

Casino hopefuls clash in Massachusetts sweepstakes

, June 22 (Reuters) – The Massachusetts
Turnpike carves its way west from Boston through the upland
hills and small towns of western Massachusetts, an area hard-hit
by the recent recession. It is here that some of the biggest
names in casino gambling are laying down fortunes in hopes of
reaping big payoffs, while local supporters and antagonists gird
for a showdown.

Massachusetts is but the latest state to bet on gambling as
a salve for its wounded economy. Before the first blackjack is
dealt or the first patron craps out, the municipalities in which
the gaming companies hope to set up shop will have their say.

Jul 6, 2012

Mexican vote recount confirms Pena Nieto win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A recount on Thursday showed Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto as the clear winner of Sunday’s presidential election, but the runner-up still refused to concede, alleging Pena Nieto’s party bought millions of votes.

The results set up a return to power for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000, when it was frequently accused of vote-rigging.

Jul 4, 2012

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Opposition front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto won last Sunday’s presidential election as expected, but he emerged with a narrower margin than had been forecast, complicating his chances of pushing through reforms.

Following are the main political risks to watch in Mexico.


Pena Nieto, the new face of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won more than 38 percent of the vote, about 6.5 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Jul 2, 2012

Mexico’s old rulers claim presidential election win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto’s campaign team claimed victory in the country’s presidential election on Sunday after exit polls showed him winning by a comfortable margin.

Pena Nieto, 45, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), led by between 8 and 11 percentage points in exit polls published by three of Mexico’s main television networks after voting ended on Sunday night.

Jul 2, 2012

Mexico’s Pena Nieto winning election: exit polls

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto is seen winning Mexico’s presidential election by a comfortable margin and restoring to power the party that ruled for much of the 20th century, according to three exit polls.

Pena Nieto, 45, led by between 8 and 11 percentage points in exit polls released by three of Mexico’s main television networks after voting ended on Sunday night.

Jul 1, 2012

Mexican election could return old rulers to power

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans vote for a new president on Sunday with the opposition party that dominated the country for most of the past century poised for a comeback after the ruling conservatives failed to provide strong growth or halt a brutal drugs war.

Twelve years after the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost power, polls show its candidate Enrique Pena Nieto heading into the vote with a double-digit lead over his opponents, despite lingering doubts about the party.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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