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Major Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico

Residents of Southern Mexico were jolted when a major earthquake struck mid-day on Tuesday, damaging buildings, forcing evacuations and knocking down some homes in rural areas.

Madonna opening fitness-club chain

Mexico City -- U.S. pop star Madonna says she is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world in partnership with her manager Guy Oseary and New Evolution Ventures.

The first Hard Candy Fitness location is a 30,000-square-foot space scheduled to open in mid-November in Mexico City's exclusive Bosques de las Lomas area.

Madonna is scheduled to visit the gym Nov. 29 for the official opening.

"Throughout her career Madonna has been devoted to fitness and well-being and has worked out in literally hundreds of gyms around the world," Hard Candy Fitness said in a news release Monday.

Man detained at airport with 18 monkeys

Mexico City -- Police in the Mexican capital said they detained a man at an airport who had 18 monkeys, two of them dead, hidden in a belt beneath his clothes.

Mexico's Pubic Safety Department said Roberto Sol Cabrera Zavaleta, 38, who arrived at the Mexico City airport from Lima, Peru, was stopped due to a bulge beneath his shirt and officers discovered he was hiding the small titi monkeys in a belt under his clothes, CNN reported Tuesday.

The suspect told police the monkeys were initially transported in his suitcase, but he moved them to the belt to keep them from being harmed by X-ray machines. He said he purchased the primates as "pets" for $30 in Peru.