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WednesdayApril 24, 2013

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Bruno Mars Graces Upcoming ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover

Bruno Mars Graces Upcoming ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover

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Bruno Mars makes his first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in the next issue on stands April 26th.

Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, talks about growing up in Hawaii, performing in his family band, what you can look forward to on his summer arena tour and more.

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Mars kicks off an arena tour in late June, and his Number One single “When I Was Your Man” has been all over radio for months. Very reluctantly, he reveals that he wrote the song for his girlfriend, model Jessica Caban, when he worried he was losing her. They stayed together, and now Mars has difficulty playing the song. “You’re bringing up all these old emotions again,” he says. “It’s just like bleeding!”

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Selena Gomez Eyes Ryan Gosling, Models For Adidas, Faces Protestors

Selena Gomez Eyes Ryan Gosling, Models For Adidas, Faces Protestors

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Selena Gomez has been very busy in recent week with interviews in which she reveals her Hollywood crush, performances, album promotion, and a shoe campaign.

On Elvis Duran’s Z100 radio show Wednesday morning, Gomez revealed that her (and everyone else’s) latest celebrity crush is Ryan Gosling, whom she called “super cute.“She admitted to being so “freaked out” when she saw him on her flight she couldn’t introduce herself.

Gomez’s “Come & Get It” dropped recently, ahead of her world tour and album release, and the ads for her partnership with Adidas have also been released.

While many are excited about the album and tour, fewer are excited about her work with Adidas, as the company has been accused of using sweatshops to make their products.

Gomez is the new face of Adidas’ NEO line and groups protested her association with them outside this month’s MTV Movie Awards.

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Ex-Business Parter Accuses Urdangarin of Abusing Royal Connections

Ex-Business Parter Accuses Urdangarin of Abusing Royal Connections

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Iñaki Urdangarin, son-in-law of Spanish King Juan Carlos I, used the “very good relations” between the Spanish monarchy and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon to pursue business opportunities in the Latin American country, the lawyer for Urdangarin’s ex-business partner said.

In early 2008, Urdangarin offered his services to Spanish businessman Eugenio Calabuig and in March of that year sent him a report titled “Business Opportunities in Mexico,” Manuel Gonzalez Peeters, attorney for Diego Torres, said in a letter to the judge investigating the royal son-in-law for tax fraud and embezzlement.

Urdangarin - husband of Princess Cristina, the younger of Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia’s two daughters - is under investigation in Spain for allegedly embezzling more than 6 million euros ($7.8 million) after using his connections to obtain lucrative, no-bid public contracts for the Noos Institute, a non-profit sports foundation he headed for several years.

Torres, Urdangarin’s former business partner, is also implicated in the same corruption case.

In the report, Urdangarin said the path to doing business in Mexico ran through Calderon, “with whom the royal family has had excellent relations since his visit to Spain (in 2007).”

The document mentioned public water, tourist development and wind energy projects as potential business opportunities.

The investigating judge, Jose Castro, is probing the alleged embezzlement of funds from the regional governments of the Balearic Islands and Valencia to the Noos Institute between 2004 and 2007.

Castro subpoenaed Princess Cristina to testify as a suspect in the case after finding evidence she may have given Urdangarin and Torres the green light to use her royal status for illegal activities. Prosecutors, however, appealed the court summons and her testimony - initially scheduled for April 27 - has been postponed.

Urdangarin, a 45-year-old former Olympic handball player, has been questioned twice in the corruption case - in February 2012 and February 2013.

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Late President Chavez’s Daughter Posts Photo with Soap Star on Twitter

Late President Chavez’s Daughter Posts Photo with Soap Star on Twitter

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Maria Chavez, the daughter of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, has caused a sensation in the press here with the appearance of a photograph showing her with soap opera actor Manuel “Coco” Sosa.

The 30-year-old woman posted the photo on Twitter and attached a caption saying “With alllll our love. We love you.”

The photo shows Maria Chavez and Sosa, the leading man on several soap operas on Venezuelan TV, smiling and looking at the camera.

Several Venezuelan media outlets immediately searched the photo archives and found several other recent shots of the pair, for instance together by the casket of the late president last month and at the ceremony at which Nicolas Maduro took over as his successor.

Sosa, also 30, has starred in the television series “Mi gorda bella,” “Que buena se puso Lola” and “Amor a palos,” among others, all of them broadcast by the National Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, network, from whose theatrical academy he graduated as an actor.

In May 2009, Hugo Chavez presented Chilean physician Pablo Sepulveda Allende, the grandson of the late President Salvador Allende, as the “companion” of his daughter Maria.

Maria Chavez, who performed the functions of first lady after her father’s second divorce, achieved notoriety when she became the first to complain that Chavez was “an imprisoned president” during the April 2002 coup when he was briefly deposed.

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Police Kill Drug Gang’s Number 2 in Colombia

Police Kill Drug Gang’s Number 2 in Colombia

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The second-in-command of Colombia’s Los Urabeños drug gang was killed in a shootout with police, authorities said Wednesday.

Francisco Jose Morela, alias “El negro Sarley,” was killed in a rural area outside the northwestern town of Turbo, Antioquia province, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon and National Police director Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riaño said in a press conference.

President Juan Manuel Santos, for his part, congratulated the National Police for the “major blow” dealt to the Los Urabeños drug-trafficking organization.

The gang’s reputed military chief and a suspect in homicides and massacres and the smuggling of cocaine through jungle-shrouded northwestern Colombia to Central America, Morela had been under surveillance for some time, Pinzon said.

Los Urabeños, one of the organizations that emerged following the ostensible demobilization last decade of the AUC paramilitary federation, is led by Morela’s brother-in-law, Dairo Antonio Usuga.

“That gang (Los Urabeños) is perhaps the last such nation-wide group and this year we’ve set ourselves the challenge of weakening it once and for all,” Pinzon said.

The minister said recently that these emerging bands of ex-paramilitary fighters were “in their final phase” and had been broken up into 300 smaller structures.

But humanitarian organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations say these paramilitary successor groups remain one of the main threats to public safety in the Andean nation.

Though the AUC was founded to battle leftist rebels, it deteriorated into a loose association of drug-dealing death squads led by men who amassed large fortunes.

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THE VOICE: Cathia & Maria Battle for Team Shakira (VIDEO)

THE VOICE: Cathia & Maria Battle for Team Shakira (VIDEO)

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Two of Team Shakira’s Latin ladies battled it out on Tuesday night’s episode of The Voice.

Cathia, the 19-year-old Bronx native, took on 17-year-old, Cuban-born Mary Miranda, as they sang Shakira’s “Antes de las Seis” in the fourth night of the Battle Rounds.

After their performance Shakira was clearly having trouble deciding who to keep, but ended up going with Mary.

However, it was not the end for Cathia, as coach Usher used his final “steal” to bring her to his team.

Check out their performance below.

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Victor Ortiz Eliminated from ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Victor Ortiz Eliminated from ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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On Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars, another dance pair was eliminated.

As the results were announced and the couples were narrowed down, boxer Victor Ortiz, 26, and his partner Lindsay Arnold stood next to Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd.

In the end, the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes were not enough to keep Ortiz an Arnold in the competition.

On Good Morning America Wednesday morning, Ortiz said he enjoyed being a part of “such a wonderful thing.”

Asked if he would continue dancing now that he is no longer part of the show, Ortiz laughed, looked at Arnold and said, “Absolutely not, but I will always be this little lady’s fan.”

DWTS is currently in its 16th season. Celebrity contestants still competing are Lowe, Kellie Pickler, Zendaya, Jacoby Jones, Andy Dick, and Ingo Rademacher.

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Conservative Group Photoshops Out Minorities In Mailer Opposing Pro-Voting Legislation

A conservative group connected to Colorado’s Secretary of State has been sending political mailers — including a picture of a darker-skinned woman whose face was digitally removed and replaced with a white woman’s face — in an attempt to oppose a landmark voting bill that may soon become law.

Colorado is currently considering a major piece of legislation to improve the state’s voting laws by implementing Election Day Registration, automatically sending mail ballots to every voter, and creating a real-time voter database to detect and prevent fraud. It passed the House last week and will now be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a frequent speaker at True The Vote events who uses his perch to warn about the supposed threat of voter fraud, is leading opposition to the bill, which is supported by a number of Republican County Clerks and the Colorado County Clerks Association.

Now, a dark money group named the “Citizens for Free and Fair Elections”, which lists its address as that of Gessler’s former firm, the Hackstaff Law Group, is sending out photoshopped mailers in an attempt to pressure the election clerks into switching their position.
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Except for two key differences. The original photo included a darker-skinned woman in a white hoodie sweatshirt, but the altered version in the mailer took out her face and replaced it with the exact same face of the white woman standing alongside. In addition, a dark-skinned man standing behind her in the photo was removed from the mailer entirely.
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Gessler, in a statement released Sunday evening, denied involvement in the matter.

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Let’s Help Snoop Lion Turn Illegal Guns into Jewelry and Get Guns Off Street

Let’s Help Snoop Lion Turn Illegal Guns into Jewelry and Get Guns Off Street

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Rapper and the ultimate hip guy, Snoop Lion, is promoting ‘The Caliber Collection” to recycle confiscated illegal guns into jewelry.

The new line of jewelry are bracelets made from confiscated AK-47’s.  The bracelets are made from guns confiscated by the Newark, New Jersey Police Department that are then melted-down. The bracelet carries the unique serial number of an illegal firearm obtained by the Newark police.

When you buy ‘MTV x Caliber’ wristwear you will help fund gun buyback programs.  For every $40 spent on a ‘MTV x Caliber’ $8 goes toward taking more illegal guns off our streets.

Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, just launched a new album titled ‘Reincarnated’ out on iTunes which contains the song “No Guns Allowed”.  The song is Snoop’s call for peace on the street; the rapper is joined on the song by his daughter Cori B and fellow rapper Drake. 

Click here if you are interested in purchasing a bracelet.

Illegally guns are traced to many crimes in the U.S. and more than 250,000 guns are illegally smuggled into Mexico contribuing to the violence of the ongoing narco wars.  A recent report by the Trans-Border Institute found that “the United States is a significant, albeit unintentional, contributor to the global black market in arms and ammunition (and specifically in Mexico).”

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Argentine Woman Asks Pope Francis to Make Celibacy Optional for Priests

Argentine Woman Asks Pope Francis to Make Celibacy Optional for Priests

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In 1967, Clelia Luro of Argentina began a relationship with Jerónimo José Podestá, a Roman Catholic priest.

The relationship was quite the scandal in the ‘60s, as priests take vows of celibacy, and Podestá resigned that same year.

Decades later, Luro, now 87, is asking Pope Francis to make celibacy optional and not mandatory, saying it is something “the world no longer understands.”

According to AP, Luro believes making celibacy optional would resolve the global shortage of priests, and persuade many Catholics who are no longer practicing to recommit themselves to the church.

Luro, who was close to with the now Pope when he was still in Argentina, says she has sent a letter to him asking him to do what she says is best for the church.

Should Pope Francis take on the issue of priestly celibacy, he would do what many popes, including John Paul II and Benedict XVI, did not.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Funding Effort to Get Conservative Support for Immigration Reform

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Funding Effort to Get Conservative Support for Immigration Reform

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Mark Zuckerberg’s new organization, FWD.us, has just launched its first ad to promote immigration reform amongst conservatives. 

FWD.us was launched earlier this month by a group of Silicon Valley powerhouses including Facebook founder Zuckerberg.  The organizations goal is to promote and shape policies that keep the U.S. competitive in the global tech world.  The organizations first task is to pass comprehensive immigration reform which would allow for an increase in skilled tech guest-workers.  Zuckerberg and other Silicon honchos are also pushing for undocumented workers to become U.S. citizens.

The new ad features Florida Senator Marco Rubio one of eight Senate authors of the immigration bill.  FWD.us has created a subsidiary ‘Americans for a Conservative Direction’ to directly solicit conservative support for immigration reform. 

The pro-immigration ads will run in key conservative areas of the country like Texas, North Carolina and Kentucky. 

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Cuba’s Ladies in White Finally Collect Sakharov Prize From 2005

Cuba’s Ladies in White Finally Collect Sakharov Prize From 2005

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Members of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White collected Tuesday the Sakharov Prize that the European Parliament awarded them in 2005, and in the process had harsh words to say about the situation in their homeland.

The ceremony of presenting the prize to the Ladies in White was finally being held eight years later, because in all these years this is the first time they have been allowed to travel abroad.

“As courageous women of great determination who are used to traveling long, difficult roads, the road from Cuba to Brussels has taken more than seven years,” parliament speaker Martin Schulz said.

The prize was accepted by the movement’s spokeswoman Berta Soler, together with Belkis Castillo, Blanca Reyes - the group’s representative in Spain - and Laura Labrada, daughter of their late leader, Laura Pollan.

The Ladies in White was founded by Pollan and others whose loved ones were among the 75 dissidents jailed in the Black Spring of 2003.

The Ladies in White dedicated the prize to Laura Pollan, and her daughter said “it has been a long, hard road, but we never lost faith that on a day like today we would be here to thank you for your support and to tell you our stories.”

“Much needs to be done to achieve our goal, which is none other than a Cuba governed by the same principles of democracy and tolerance that inspire the European Union,” Labrada said.

With the cry “Freedom for the people of Cuba!” she ended her speech, to the applause of the lawmakers.

In the subsequent press conference, Soler said that in Cuba “nothing has really changed,” and that what they are doing is making “cosmetic changes that will not resolve the needs of the Cuban people.”

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HISPANIC HEALTH: Sun Exposure Amongst Latinos Varies by Language They Speak

HISPANIC HEALTH: Sun Exposure Amongst Latinos Varies by Language They Speak

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English-speaking Hispanics in the United States are less likely to take measures to protect themselves from skin cancer than Spanish-speaking Hispanics, a new study finds.

The findings suggest that language needs to be considered when developing skin cancer prevention strategies for Hispanic Americans, according to Elliot Coups and colleagues at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Their study included 788 Hispanic adults in Arizona, California, Florida, New Mexico and Texas. Of the participants, nearly 36 percent were Spanish-speaking, 19.5 percent were English-speaking and about 45 percent spoke both languages.

English-speaking Hispanics were more likely than Spanish-speaking Hispanics to do things that put them at increased risk for skin cancer (sunbathing and indoor tanning) and less likely to protect themselves from the sun by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.

However, language had no bearing on sunscreen use, according to the study, published in the current issue of the journal JAMA Dermatology.

Bilingual Hispanics were more likely than English-speaking Hispanics to take skin cancer prevention measures, but less likely than Spanish-speaking Hispanics.

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Spanish Hotel Chain to Renovate Mexican Property for $45 Million

Spanish Hotel Chain to Renovate Mexican Property for $45 Million

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Spain’s Barcelo Hotels & Resorts said Wednesday it planned to spend more than 34.6 million euros (about $45 million) on renovations at a luxury resort complex in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

The complex in the Mexican Caribbean region includes five luxury hotels, Barcelo said.

The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort will undergo a complete renovation, the company said.

The resort has a total of 2,751 rooms, Barcelo said.

Two of the complex’s hotels were built in 1999, one in 2005, one in 2006 and the last, the Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe, was constructed in 2007.

“It is clear that overcoming the (economic) crisis will require offering a product of greater quality that allows us to gain new markets, improve rates and, as a result, revenues,” Barcelo Hotels & Resorts said in a statement.

The first phase of the renovation project will begin on May 6, with construction taking place during 2013’s low season.

The renovation project is expected to be completed during the first week of December, Barcelo Hotels & Resorts said.

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Sofia Vergara Adds Shapewear to Her Kmart Clothing Line

Sofia Vergara Adds Shapewear to Her Kmart Clothing Line

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TV’s highest paid actress, Sofia Vergara, is adding shapewear to her Kmart clothing line come this June that will retail for $15 to $24.  The Colombian actress launched her own clothing line at Kmart in 2011 that includes dresses, sweaters, shoes, bags and bed accessories.  The line features a lot of roomy animal print t-shirts and faux leather jackets – Vergara has final say on all products in Kmart that carry her name.

The line will now add nine pieces of shapers (think Spanx) to her line across 800 Kmart stores.  Vergara told Women’s Wear Daily, “Shapewear has always been a part of a woman’s wardrobe, but I wanted it to look cute, not like a horrible girdle. It’s for the everyday woman who wants to look good without spending a lot of money on shapewear, earrings or high heels that make her look cute and sexy.”

Kmart, which is operated by Sears Holding, also carries fellow Latina Selena Gomez’ ‘Dream Out Loud’ line. 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Javier Adolfo Viera Charged with Setting Over 20 Fires in California

LATINO BLOTTER: Javier Adolfo Viera Charged with Setting Over 20 Fires in California

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Pasadena authorities in California have arrested Javier Adolfo Viera, 35, on suspicsion of setting 25 brush and/or car fires over the last four months.  Apparently Viera arson binge started in November with him throwing out incendiary devices, concocted at home, from his car at dry brush in the Pasadena area.

Police allege he then escalated his arson by setting fires to parked cars.  Fortunately no one has been reported injured from his fires.  This past Saturday Viera’s finger prints were found on an incendiary device used to start a car fire, he was put under surveillance on Sunday and subsequently arrested when he was observed trying to start another car fire.

In his defense Viera, the father of three young children, said financial stress and emotional issues drove him to commit acts of arson.  Damaging evidence was found in his home when police arrived to investigate.

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Brazil Will No Longer Tax Sugar-Based Fuels Like Ethanol

Brazil Will No Longer Tax Sugar-Based Fuels Like Ethanol

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The Brazilian government announced Tuesday that starting May 1 it will increase the obligatory blend of ethanol with gasoline from 20 to 25 percent and will eliminate all taxes on the sugar-based fuel.

Those decisions aim to “diminish gasoline consumption” and reduce fuel prices, as well as making the industrial sectors engaged in producing ethanol more competitive, Finance Minister Guido Mantega told a press conference.

These measures will be complemented by an offer of new state credit lines for the sector to the amount of 4 billion reais ($2 billion), to be used to finance the planting of the next sugar cane crops and the expansion of croplands.

Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told the same press conference that with this aid package “ethanol will be consolidated in Brazil,” with the goal or reaching an annual production of 28 billion liters (7.4 billion gallons) this year.

Elizabeth Farina, president of the Union of the Sugar Cane Industry, said that these measures “are going in the right direction.”

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Angel di Maria Reunites with Real Madrid Following Birth of Child

Angel di Maria Reunites with Real Madrid Following Birth of Child

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Angel di Maria has rejoined his Real Madrid teammates, who are taking on Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League semifinals match on Wednesday night.

Di Maria was unable to travel with the team to Germany on Tuesday because his wife gave birth on Monday.

The Argentine winger traveled to Dortmund on Wednesday morning.

Di Maria is at the team’s hotel near the stadium.

He was congratulated by his teammates, the coaching staff and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho confirmed the starting line-up against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, adding that there was some uncertainty about Di Maria’s status for the match at Signal Iduna Park.

The coach said the Argentine would play if he was in condition to do so.

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Carlos Arredondo, Boston Bombing Hero, Says “Never Forget”

Carlos Arredondo, Boston Bombing Hero, Says “Never Forget”

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Carlos Arredondo, the Costa Rican immigrant described as a hero after the Boston bombing, said Tuesday in an interview with Efe that his instinct spurred him to help the victims, and warned that this tragedy must never be forgotten.

Though Boston is returning to normal, the April 15 attack remains a challenge and “it’s important to look ahead but also never to forget what happened in order to try and find solutions, to do what we can to help one another,” Arredondo said in a telephone interview from his home in Roslindale, Massachusetts.

The attack, which left three people dead and 282 injured, suddenly put him in the spotlight, though he says he acted from “instinct” and not from heroism.

“Hero, not exactly, because there were other people at the scene. I wasn’t the first who ran to help, there were doctors in the right place at the right time. My instinct pushed me to help and I joined a group doing rescue work, following instructions in the most orderly way possible,” Arredondo, 53, recalled.

Adrenaline plus his experience as a volunteer firefighter three decades ago and as a current volunteer with the Red Cross helped him know how to respond without hesitation to the attack at the finish line of the Boston marathon, he said.

Arredondo, who lost his son in combat in Iraq in 2004, recalled his conversation with President Barack Obama, when he came to an interfaith service in Boston last Thursday.

“I had the chance to speak with him and talk about my son, to tell him about the project of a federal building being christened with my son’s name. It was a very brief conversation but I wanted to let him know about a Marine hero, my son, who was from the city of Boston,” he said.

Cpl. Alexander Scott Arredondo was killed in combat in 2004, which left Carlos in the depths of despair.

Carlos even tried to set fire to himself inside the van of the Marines who came to tell him of his son’s death, an incident that became one of the emblematic images of the war.

His younger son, Brian Arredondo, committed suicide in 2011 after the death of Alexander.

Arredondo said he crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. undocumented and obtained citizenship in 2006, thanks to the help of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The activist warned against the use of the Boston bombing to delay immigration reform.

“We are people who come here humbly to work, there are very few who come to do evil deeds. We’re mostly hard working people who are here to really contribute to the progress of the country,” he said.

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Barça Falls to Bayern Munuch 4-0

Barça Falls to Bayern Munuch 4-0

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Bayern Munich displayed surgical precision Tuesday as it demolished visiting FC Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Barça super striker Lionel Messi, visibly hampered by the hamstring injury he suffered in the quarterfinals, was not a factor in the clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Playing their usual ball-control game, the Spanish side came up against a Bayern squad that took away their room for maneuver and was capable of shifting to the attack at lightning speed.

The first two minutes set the pattern: Barça held the ball for 90 seconds without mounting any kind of threat; the home team turned 30 seconds of possession into a shot on goal.

Thomas Müller had a chance in the 16th minute and put Bayern on the board nine minutes later off a corner kick.

Bayern’s first possession of the second half resulted in another corner. Müller relayed Arjen Robben’s kick to Mario Gomez, who fired the ball into the empty net from close range.

The German club got their third goal on the counterattack, as Franck Ribery snagged the ball after a Barça corner and worked it ahead to Robben inside the area, though the Dutchman got some help from Müller’s pick against Jordi Alba.

Müller got his second of the night in the 81st minute, sealing Bayern’s revenge for the 4-0 beating they took from Barcelona four years ago at Camp Nou.

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Latin America Economy to Grow 3.5 Percent in 2013

Latin America Economy to Grow 3.5 Percent in 2013

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Latin America and the Caribbean will grow at a rate of 3.5 percent in 2013, the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America said here Tuesday, revising downward its earlier forecast of 3.8 percent growth this year.

In an updated economic assessment, ECLAC predicted that the economies of the region will get a push this year after their growth rates slowed in 2012.

The forecasts are based on better economic performance by Brazil and Argentina, countries that in 2012 grew 0.9 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively.

ECLAC estimates that the Brazilian economy will grow 3 percent this year and the Argentine economy 3.5 percent.

On the regional level, the expansion will be supported by a continuation of the boom in consumption, a consequence of good labor indicators and the increase in bank lending to households.

The more conservative forecast for growth this year is due mainly to the persistence of uncertainty in the international economy and the lack of economic dynamism in the developed countries, the Santiago-based U.N. commission said.

Paraguay will lead the expansion in 2013 with expected growth of 10 percent, followed by Panama with 8 percent and by Peru and Haiti, both of which are expected to grow by 6 percent.

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