Wilson Ramos, MLB Catcher, Rescued From Kidnappers; Top Mexican Official Killed in Helicopter Crash; Solyndra Emails Released

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Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was rescued yesterday after being abducted outside his home in Venezuela. Ramos was living in Valencia, a town outside of Caracas, during the MLB offseason and was held in a mountainous region while his captors demanded a ransom. ESPN reports "the final moments had been hair-raising as police and the kidnappers exchanged heavy fire," but that Ramos was unharmed. Five of his kidnappers were detained after the battle. [ESPN]

The White House released e-mails regarding Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer who received $535 million in government loan guarantees. The Obama administration has been accused of providing preferential treatment to Solyndra because an investor, George Kaiser, was also a fundraiser for the president's campaign efforts. White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler said, "the documents produced to date -- including Mr. Kaiser's own candid e-mails -- indicate that White House officials did not intervene on Mr. Kaiser's behalf with the Department of Energy to influence the decision to grant or restructure the Solyndra loan guarantee." However, only a limited amount of e-mails were handed over after the House panel subpoena. [CNN]

Eight people, including Mexico's "second-most-powerful official," were killed in a helicopter crash yesterday. Francisco Blake Mora acted as the secretary of the interior and perished in the crash that was said to be caused by bad weather. The New York Times reports doubts arose about the cause of the accident, as "officials at the national meteorological agency said they had been ordered by the president not to talk about the weather conditions to reporters." [NYT]

Daniela D'Ecorle, a 32-year-old jazz singer, was struck and killed by a car yesterday as she walked across 106th Street and Broadway. The New York Post reports "D'Ecorle had just performed last month at popular Queens restaurant Papazzio, and in Montclair, NJ, at the Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant."

Expect a sunny day today, with highs in the fifties. [TWC]



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