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Frostbitten Jamaican leaves Antarctic trek

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — One of eight women on an Antarctic ski trek to the South Pole has been forced to quit the adventure after suffering frostbite just three days into the 40-day journey, the team announced on its Web site.

Kim-Marie Spence, 30, from Kingston, Jamaica, said she was flying out of Antarctica on medical advice after frostbite blackened several of her fingers.

"I have frostbite which goes to show what kind of place Antarctica is — it's really tough and I have the blackened fingers to prove it," Spence was quoted as saying in the Wednesday post.

She said a doctor had told her should could lose her fingers if she continued.

Mexicans can report crime anonymously

MEXICO CITY — Residents in the violent Mexican border city of Juarez will soon be able to report crime through an anonymous international tip line.

Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes says telephone operators outside the country will take calls starting in December.

Reyes said Wednesday that officials teamed up with the international organization Crime Stoppers because residents do not trust local police.

Mexico's government acknowledges that police corruption is widespread with many officers on the payroll of drug cartels.

Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico's deadliest city. More than 2,200 people have been killed there this year.

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