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TuesdayApril 16, 2013

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Selena Gomez Talks with Ellen About Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt

Selena Gomez Talks with Ellen About Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt

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On Tuesday’s “Ellen DeGeneres” Selena Gomez discusses life after Justin Bieber and meeting Brad Pitt over the weekend.

Gomez performed her new song “Come and Get It” at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards and told Ellen she was starstruck when she met Brad Pitt, though he was the one that wanted a photo with Selena for his kids.

“So I was in my dressing room and I had just finished performing. And they knocked on my door and they said Brad Pitt would like to come in and I was like, he can come in. I was trying to play cool and be really nice and as soon as he walked out I ran and I hid under the craft service table for like two minutes because I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

Ellen also asked Selena about her dating life, asking, “…No one’s just going to leave it alone. We have to ask you about it. But you are doing OK? We’re concerned that you’re happy and we want you to be happy.”

Selena assured her that she was fine, and when asked if anyone has asked her out, she said, “No.”

Looking to play matchmaker, Ellen asked Selena what she looks for in guy, saying, “Tell me who you want. I’ll get him … I can make it happen.”

Ellen added, “I’ve got a cousin.”

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Florida Man Building Replica of Noah’s Ark in Miami

Florida Man Building Replica of Noah’s Ark in Miami

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After Hurricane Katrina left many animals without food or water, one Florida man came up with the idea to build a replica of Noah’s Ark.

Rodolfo Almira of Miami-Dade County is building the replica and turning it into a museum and petting zoo in order to improve environmental awareness.

Dubbed the “Hidden Ark,” it is being built my Almira and a few of his friends issuing the instructions given in the Bible. When complete it will be about 500 feet long and three stories tall

Almira has already received about $300,000 in donations, but estimates it will cost roughly $1.5 million to complete.

Despite the religious connotations of Noah’s Ark, Almira says his will be non-denominational.

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The VOICE: Karina Iglesias Takes on Judith Hill in Battle Round (VIDEO)

The VOICE: Karina Iglesias Takes on Judith Hill in Battle Round (VIDEO)

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On Monday night’s The Voice, coach Adam Levine made the tough decision to pit Karina Iglesias and Judith Hill against each other for “It’s A Man’s World.”

Despite the title of the song, these ladies proved it was in fact a woman’s world.

In the end, Adam chose to keep Judith, but it was not the end of the road for Karina, as coach Shakira used a steal to take Karina and keep her in the competition. By the end of the night, Shakira had “stolen” two of Adam’s singers, the other being Sasha Allen.

Watch Karina and Judith go head-to-head here.

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Selena Gomez Announces Major Tour for 2013

Selena Gomez Announces Major Tour for 2013

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World-wide, multi-platinum-selling singer and actress Selena Gomez announced today that she will embark on a 56-city world tour in support of her highly anticipated summer album. The tour will begin August 14 in Vancouver, BC, and will hit major U.S. markets including Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston and more (see full listing below). Tickets for select cities of the tour will be available in a presale on April 17 at 10 a.m. local time and on sale to the general public on April 20 at Ticketmaster.com. VIP packages will also be available April 17 at 10 a.m.

“I couldn’t be more excited to tour again but this time around the world,” said Selena. “This has been such an interesting few months. My music has grown and I want my fans to see a new side of me. Can’t wait to see y’all on the road!”

Selena fans have been in a frenzy since she premiered the single “Come & Get It” from her forthcoming album and made her debut television performance of the song last night live on the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.


Aug 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Aug 16 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Aug 17 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Aug 18 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Center
Aug 19 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Aug 22 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Aug 23 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
Aug 24 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Aug 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falcon Theater
Aug 31 - Stockholm, Sweden @ The Arena
Sep 1 - Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Spektrum
Sep 3 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Heineken Music Hall
Sep 4 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Lotto Arena
Sep 5 - Paris, France @ Zénith
Sep 7 - London, England @ Hammersmith
Sep 11 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Campo Pequeno
Sep 12 - Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Vistalegre
Sep 16 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
Sep 17 - Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
Sep 19 - Minsk, Belarus @ Arena Minsk
Sep 21 - Kiev, Ukraine @ Palace of Sport
Sep 23 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace
Sep 25 - Moscow, Russia @ Alena Olympisky
Oct 10 - Washington, D.C.@ Patriot Center
Oct 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Peterson Events Center
Oct 12 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Oct 15 - Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Arena
Oct 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Oct 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Oct 19 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct 20 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
Oct 22 - Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
Oct 23 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Oct 25 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Oct 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
Oct 29 - Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
Oct 30 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
Nov 1 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Nov 2 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov 3 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
Nov 5 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways center
Nov 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
Nov 8 - San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
Nov 9 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
Nov 10 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Nov 12 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena at Seattle Center
Nov 14 - Salt Lake City, UT@ Energy Solutions Arena
Nov 16 - Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
Nov 17 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Nov 19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Field House
Nov 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Nov 22 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Nov 23 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Nov 26 - Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov 27 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena

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Movie Productions Pumps $20 Million into Puerto Rican Economy

Movie Productions Pumps $20 Million into Puerto Rican Economy

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Currently underway in Puerto Rico are several movie productions that will pump some $20 million into the local economy, the executive director of the state-run Puerto Rico Film Commission, Demetrio Fernandez, said.

Notable among the movies being shot is one by a film crew from Korea and another being made by a Frenchman working on a documentary about hurricanes, Fernandez, who has headed the state agency since early this year, said.

The Puerto Rico Film Commission attempts to spread the word abroad that the Caribbean island has all the advantages for moviemakers and right now is specifically targeting the European countries of France, Spain and Germany, the official said.

The state commission also promotes educational workshops on musical composition for movies, a project that seeks to involve the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, Fernandez said.

The enactment of Law 27 of Economic Incentives for the Film Industry in March 2011 proved so attractive to producers around the world that since then they have invested close to $80 million in Puerto Rico, government figures show.

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Lima Gathers Most “Cajon” Musicians to Break Guinness Record

Lima Gathers Most “Cajon” Musicians to Break Guinness Record

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Over the weekend a record number of ‘cajon’ musicians gathered in Lima’s Playa Mayor to break a Guinness Record.

Cajon is one of the musical treasures of Peru with an annual festival celebrating it.  African slaves brought over the first wooden cajon (already converted) when they lost use of their African drums.  The history of the cajon in Peru is traced back to the 1860’s.  They are typically made out of a box where slabs are removed so that the beat is louder and is played with the hands or with two sticks of cane according to Cajon Peruano.

It was during the ‘International Festival of the Peruvian Cajon’ that 1,524 gathered to break last year’s record of 1, 476 cajon players.  This is the sixth year of this very popular festival.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Teen Tries Selling Baby Alligator on Craigslist or Trade it for Gecko

LATINO BLOTTER:  Teen Tries Selling Baby Alligator on Craigslist or Trade it for Gecko

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No one should be surprised what you can buy on Craiglist but a baby alligator is one of the more unusual items.  Authorities from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) routinely monitor sale of endangered and protected wildlife species and discovered the unusual listing. 

A sharp DNR officer noticed, 19-year-old Juan DeJesus’ Craiglist’s ad selling a baby alligator for $300.  Under a ruse a DNR agent agreed to buy the alligator and go to DeJesus’ Chicagoland home to pick it up.

The Craiglist ad read:

“Baby gator for sale, id consider a trade for a leachie gecko. Sale price is 300 obo asap.”

When the DNR showed up according to the Chicago Tribune, to ‘buy’ the alligator DeJesus produced the baby alligator and asked for his $300, whereby authorities promptly arrested him and seized the alligator as evidence. 

There are no reports as to how the teen acquired the baby alligator, which are not common on the Northwest side of Chicago. 

 

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Cowboy Hat Hero of Boston Bombing Has Seen His Share of Tragedy

Cowboy Hat Hero of Boston Bombing Has Seen His Share of Tragedy

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By now, most have probably seen photos of a man in a cowboy hat in the middle of the chaos following the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon, and sadly, this is not this man’s first tragedy.

Costa Rican-born Carlos Arredondo was standing near the finish line handing out small American flags to runners as they finished the marathon.

Arredondo, who lives in Maine, was there in support of five marathoners running on behalf of Maine soldiers who had died fighting overseas - soldiers like Marine Lance Cpl. Alexander Arrendondo, his son.

Alexander died in 2004 at the age of 20 during his second tour in Iraq. After his sons death, Carlos Arredondo became a peace activist. He began sharing his son’s story via a memorial he created in his pickup truck. While driving around the country in the mobile memorial, Arredondo was beaten at a 2007 anti-war demonstration. Adding to the devastation Arrredondo’s other son, Brian, unable to cope with the loss of his brother, took his own life in 2011.

Sadly, on Monday, Arrendondo was faced with tragedy once again.

At around 2:50 p.m. (EST) two bombs went off, killing 3 and injuring more than 150 others.

Arrendondo, who had been at the race to support those who supported those like him and his sons, jumped into action following the explosions and raced to help anyone he could.

In one now iconic photo, Arredondo is seen holding the artery of a man severely injured in the explosion. Reportedly a Red Cross disaster team member, Arredondo said he was just trying to keep the injured man conscious, saying, “Stay with me, stay with me.”

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Modern Tech to Be Used in Exploring Mexico’s Teotihuacan Ancient Site

Modern Tech to Be Used in Exploring Mexico’s Teotihuacan Ancient Site

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A robot will soon begin exploring the last stretch of a tunnel found at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan in central Mexico, the third time anywhere in the world that such an automaton is used to design excavation strategies.

The tunnel, discovered under the Temple of the Plumed Serpent, or Quetzalcoatl, is believed to lead to a chamber almost 2,000 years old, probably a place where dignitaries of the pre-Columbian city received their investiture or were buried, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The Tlaloc II-TC robot, which will be the first to travel the remaining 30 to 35 meters (100 to 115 feet) of the tunnel, is composed of three independent mechanisms, the first being the transport vehicle that reaches a length of over a meter (3 1/4 feet) once its arms are stretched out.

The robotic arms serve to deal with any obstacles in the vehicle’s path.

With the exploration of these areas, the INAH looks forward to making some of the most important archaeological discoveries at Teotihuacan, one of the largest cities of Mesoamerica in pre-Columbian times.

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ARGENTINA: Houses Ruined by Flood, Many Pets Now Without Homes

ARGENTINA: Houses Ruined by Flood, Many Pets Now Without Homes

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The pets of the thousands of victims of the flooding earlier this month in the Argentine city of La Plata gaze out from photographs on social-networking sites, looking sad and lost as they wait to be reunited with their owners or adopted by a new owner.

Some of the animals, the majority of them cats and dogs, wander the city’s streets, while others have been taken in by families who hope they will be reclaimed by their owners or placed in new homes.

“Peque,” “Negra,” “Pichu” and “Petiso” are four dogs that need new homes because their owner died in the floods.

“My mother sadly died in the floods and now I am trying to get someone to adopt them. She was president of an animal welfare organization and always helped them a lot,” the victim’s daughter, Claudia, told Efe.

The “Cuatro patas reencuentros en La Plata” (Four Paws Reunions in La Plata) initiative has been launched to create a registry of homeless pets.

Residents who lost pets in the floods gather every morning in La Plata’s Plaza Islas Malvinas, displaying photographs and describing their furry friends in an effort to be reunited with them.

The young people behind the project set up two tables in the plaza, one for lost dogs and another for dogs that have been found, preparing profiles of the pooches available.

“There are also people with cats, but we have given greater priority to dogs because they are more problematic in the sense that more fights break out among them and because they are dirtier,” one of the volunters, Jorge, told Efe.

“Lucy,” a 6-year-old Siamese mix, is one of the lucky ones.

The cat got lost during the floods and was found by her owners via Facebook.

A photograph of “Lucy” was posted on the social-networking site along with those of other lost pets by La Plata Busca Sus Mascotas, one of the many pages created in the wake of the deluge.

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Read The Senate Immigration Bill Outline Here

Read The Senate Immigration Bill Outline Here

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Outline of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

Millions of illegal immigrants would be put on a pathway to legal status and eventually have the chance to apply for citizenship in exchange for paying fines and taxes, under the terms of the immigration overhaul unveiled this week. 
According to an outline of the bill released, the massive legalization program would be twinned with a multibillion-dollar effort to boost border security.

  Outline of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013


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Boston Marathon Bombings Being Investigated - No Suspects Yet

Boston Marathon Bombings Being Investigated - No Suspects Yet

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A third person has died, raising the death toll from the bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon to three, with more than 100 others wounded, officials said.

Investigators searched an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere as part of the investigation into Monday’s attack.

Boylston Street, where the bombs exploded, is a crime scene and has been closed to traffic and pedestrians, officials said.

The blast wave from the explosions could be felt several blocks away, an eyewitness told Efe.

The blasts happened within seconds of each other, according to a Boston Herald reporter who was among the 26,000 competing in the race.

The explosions occurred shortly before 3:00 p.m. as dozens of runners were crossing the finish line near Copley Square, packed with thousands of spectators and friends and family of the competitors.

Runners still on the course were called in after the explosions and authorities evacuated two hotels in the vicinity.

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Replica of 16th Century Spanish Galleon Arrives in Miami

Replica of 16th Century Spanish Galleon Arrives in Miami

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The replica of a 16th century galleon that sails the world’s seas spreading the story of Spanish navigation, arrived Monday in Miami for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida.

The ship sailed to Miami from Puerto Rico, where it was visited by 10,500 people since it opened to the public in early March at the Port of San Juan.

It will remain in Miami until April 28, after which it will dock along Florida’s east coast at such destinations as Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine.

Aboard the ship will be the “Viva Florida 500 Galleon” expo, which shows visitors the routes that Spanish galleons sailed in the days of the conquistadors.

The project basically aims to raise awareness about the historic ties between Florida and Spain.

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Protesting in Venezuela after Nicolas Maduro Named Official Presidential Winner

Protesting in Venezuela after Nicolas Maduro Named Official Presidential Winner

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Opposition supporters protested on Monday as Venezuela’s CNE electoral authority proclaimed ruling-party candidate Nicolas Maduro the winner of the special election to choose a successor to late President Hugo Chavez, the fiery left-leaning nationalist who governed for almost 14 years.

Maduro defeated opposition standard-bearer Henrique Capriles in Sunday’s contest by a margin of 50.75 percent to 48.97 percent amid a turnout of 79 percent, CNE chair Tibisay Lucerna said.

The erstwhile vice president - Chavez’s designated successor - will serve until January 2019, she said.

Capriles, however, refused to concede and demanded a vote-by-vote recount of every ballot cast.

The Venezuelan electoral system, praised by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as among the best in the world, relies on electronic voting with a hardcopy backup to provide a paper trail.

The CNE automatically reviews a random sample of 53 percent of the ballots to detect discrepancies between the electronic tabulation and the paper records.

Demanding a 100-percent recount, Capriles asked the CNE not to officially proclaim Maduro as president-elect.

Saying that for Maduro to accept such a proclamation ahead of a full recount would make him an “illegitimate” president, Capriles called on his supporters to bang pots and pans if the ceremony took place.

Soon after the event at the CNE began, the clanging of pots and pans could be heard from some parts of Caracas, while Capriles supporters gathered in the capital municipality of Chacao, a traditional opposition stronghold.

The 50-year-old Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, garnered only 265,000 more votes than Capriles.

Chavez, who died March 5 after a long battle with cancer, defeated the 40-year-old Capriles 55.5 percent to 44.39 percent in the Oct. 7 presidential election, a difference of 1.6 million votes.

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Spain for consultations in response to remarks by the Spanish foreign minister about the Andean nation’s election.

Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo “implicitly questioned the firm and clear results” issued by Venezuela’s CNE electoral authority, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on state television.

“The Spanish foreign minister says we have to wait to see who the winner is. No, there is a winner here: Nicolas Maduro. He won the presidency of the Bolivarian Republic by the will of the Venezuelan people,” Jaua said.

Venezuela needs to conduct a rapid recount of the ballots to end the current “provisional” situation, Garcia-Margallo said earlier Monday, advocating dialogue after an election that confirmed a “very strong polarization” in Venezuela.

Jaua also expressed regret that the Organization of American States publicly backed Capriles’ demand for a recount of all the ballots cast.

The OAS has no standing “to cast doubt on the results the Venezuela people emitted,” the foreign minister said.

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Ricky Martin Visits Future Site of Center for Child Trafficking Victims

Ricky Martin Visits Future Site of Center for Child Trafficking Victims

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Ricky Martin visited the construction site of the first phase of the Tau Center for child-trafficking victims and sexually exploited minors in Loiza, a town on Puerto Rico’s northern coast, the singer’s agent said Monday.

“Construction has now begun and we have a lot of confidence that we can achieve our goal of having the Tau Center completed by the first quarter of 2014. Visiting the premises where our building is going up was a satisfying experience that filled me with the energy to keep going,” the Puerto Rican superstar said.

The Ricky Martin Foundation made an initial investment of $1.3 million for the construction of the first phase of the center.

Martin began his fight against child predators after a trip to India in 2002, where he could see at first hand the true dimensions of child trafficking.

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TuesdayApril 16, 2013