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Estimates: 61,000 acres of opium grown in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Mexico and the United Nations announced on Wednesday the results of a new study that estimates opium poppies were planted on about 61,000 acres (24,800 hectares) in Mexico between 2014 and 2015.

The study is the first of its kind in Mexico, so authorities can’t compare the results with past years to determine whether opium growing has expanded.

Dems stage election-year sit-in on guns, GOP unmoved

WASHINGTON — A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world.