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Steve Alford

Steve Alford led New Mexico to three appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Steve Alford has been hired as UCLA’s basketball coach, the university announced Saturday morning.

Alford, 48, spent the last six seasons at New Mexico, compiling a 155-52 record. He replaces Ben Howland, who was fired after going 25-10 and winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship.

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(Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Friday condemned a reference to migrant workers made by fellow Republican Representative Don Young, calling the comments “offensive and beneath the dignity of the office.”

House Speaker John Boehner holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington March 21, 2013.Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron

House Speaker John Boehner holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington March 21, 2013.

Young referred to migrant workers as “wetbacks” in a radio interview aired in his home state of Alaska on Thursday, but issued an apology late in the day after criticism. The term is considered a slur against illegal immigrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico.

“My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50-60 wetbacks … to pick tomatoes … it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It is all done by machine,” Young said in the interview.

The lawmaker was speaking about the economy and technology. He later said he did not realize the term was considered offensive.

“I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” Young said in a statement. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”

Boehner issued a statement on Friday saying there was “no excuse,” for the comments.

“Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds. I don’t care why he said it – there’s no excuse,” Boehner said in a statement issued on Friday.

Collected from-http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/us-usa-congress-young-idUSBRE92S0C120130329

Earthquake hits Mexico’s Pacific coast

Posted: March 27, 2013 by Ellion hossain in world
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 A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca Tuesday morning, near the city of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake hit at 7:04 a.m. (9:04 a.m ET), about 11 miles west-southwest of the city.

It happened at a relatively shallow depth of 4.7 miles, USGS said.

A second quake, registering a magnitude of 5.1, struck nearby a few minutes later, USGS reported.

The governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cue, said a post-earthquake alert was activated, but said there were no injuries.

“As of now, we have no reports of damage,

Source:http://edition.cnn.com