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FridayApril 26, 2013

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Four Arrested in Chile for Burning 3-Day-Old Baby Alive

Four Arrested in Chile for Burning 3-Day-Old Baby Alive

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A child is dead and four people are in jail after a gruesome ritual in Chile.

Police in Colliguay, Chile were shocked to learn a three-day-old baby girl had been sacrificed, with approval from the mother, in a ritual this past November.

According to reports, the child, naked and with tape over her mouth, was placed on a board while the group called on spirits. She was then tossed into the bonfire alive, unable to scream because of the tape.

The 12-member sect, which included the child’s 25-year-old mother Natalia Guerra, was formed in 2005 by Ramon Gustavo Castillo Gaete, now 36.

Perhaps more frightening in the fact that every member of the sect were educated professionals, each with a college degree.

Police say they are still looking for Gaete, who was last spotted in Peru buying hallucinogenic plants. He is said to believe he his a god. Disturbingly, he is also said to have been the father of the baby girl.

As for why the sect sacrificed the baby, police say the Gaete believed and convinced the others the end of the world was upon them, and that the baby was the antichrist.

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What Did This News Anchor Do When He Thought No One Was Looking? (VIDEO)

What Did This News Anchor Do When He Thought No One Was Looking? (VIDEO)

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It seems to be much harder to tell if the camera is rolling than us non-TV folk think, because a Puerto Rican news anchor is only the latest to embarrassment himself as the cameras rolled.

Saul Humberto Cordero of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico is an anchor for WOLE-DT news. Thankfully, unlike the now unemployed AJ Clemente of Bismark, this newsman didn’t start cursing on his first day then fumble his worlds.

So what did he do? Check it out.

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Rafael Nadal Wins Two Matches, Advances to Barcelona Semis

Rafael Nadal Wins Two Matches, Advances to Barcelona Semis

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal was forced to do double duty on Friday at the Barcelona Open, but he moved into the semifinals after wins over France’s Benoit Paire and countryman Albert Ramos.

The seven-time champion struggled in the early match against Paire, a contest that was initially scheduled for Thursday but was postponed until Friday at 10:30 a.m. due to rain.

Lacking his usually vitality at the outset, Nadal fell behind an early break but managed to recover and force a first-set tiebreaker en route to a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 win.

The quarterfinal match, which started late Friday afternoon, featured little drama as the world No. 5 did not face a single break point against Ramos and dominated from start to finish to win 6-3, 6-0.

“The day went well. In the morning, I just got through because I didn’t feel comfortable, whereas in the afternoon I came out more aggressively,” Nadal said afterward.

“I was able to win the two matches in straight sets so I’m happy.”

Next up for Nadal in Saturday’s second semifinal will be big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, who defeated Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) early Friday afternoon before squeaking past 30-year-old Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in the evening.

Nadal told reporters he is wary of Raonic’s powerful serve, noting that the Canadian can do a lot of damage if he uses that weapon to maximum effect.

Also Friday, Spain’s Nicolas Almagro advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Argentina’s Juan Monaco.

Almagro, the world No. 12 and fourth seed at this clay-court event, did not drop serve despite having to save 10 break points during the one-hour, 40-minute quarterfinal match.

Although he put just 47 percent of his first serves in play, Almagro struck nine aces and won a high 82 percent of his first-serve points.

Monaco, known for his conservative serving tactics, put 66 percent of his serves in play but won just 59 percent of those points, compared with a 73 percent success rate on his second-serve points.

In the end, one break per set proved to be enough for Almagro, who advanced to a semifinal match-up Saturday against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The German overcame Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5) in over two and a half hours early Friday afternoon and, like Nadal and Raonic, was to have played his quarterfinal match later in the afternoon.

But he caught a break when his scheduled opponent, Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, pulled out of the tournament with an injury.

The Barcelona Open is one of the biggest clay-court events on the ATP calendar and a key tune-up for the French Open, which gets underway next month.

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MI Gente Mobile Arrives As the First Mobile Phone Network Designed For Latinos

MI Gente Mobile  Arrives As the First Mobile Phone Network Designed For Latinos

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On April 18th, Mi Gente Mobile sets new ground within the mobile market, positioning a lifestyle for the Latino community living in the United States.

To experience the world of mobile today is a dream come true and now with Mi Gente Mobile the best conditions for thousands of Latinos are here. Not only to obtain an exceptional cell phone service but receive quality, trustworthy agreements to break geographical boundaries and connect with “Mi Gente” around the world.

The new wireless network is supported with a leading edge technology and has features that surpass most mobile operators throughout the United States. The company also provides users with a recognized coverage under the Sprint CDMA/LTE Network offering higher speed data nationwide.

“The Latino culture is broad and united. Staying connected with family and friends is important and usually preserved through generations. Our goal at “Mi Gente Mobile” is to encourage and facilitate that purpose with mobile technology”, explained Manuel “Jblaze” Garcia and Andre Mullen, the two founders and young entrepreneurs of the innovative company that support and share an innate passion towards the Hispanic community.

Amid the growing mobile industry throughout the United States, Mi Gente Mobile steps in the market as an excellent choice for users. Unlike other telephone companies, their service and effort is centered within the Latino community, the largest growing minority in the United States in the coming years.

It also features a large variety of plans with no conditions or hidden fees, combining voice, data, text and international calls with a fixed value for each smart phone.

Most importantly, Mi Gente Mobile provides users with international calling rates that are among the lowest in the country to South and Central America starting at $2 cents per minute and no monthly fees; thus reassuring the possibility to keep in touch with family and friends. In addition, Mi Gente Mobile provides a family plan that enables families to manage their mobile budget under one account.

For Manuel “Jblaze” Garcia, co-founder and a professional who holds a vast experience in radio broadcasting, this sense of belonging to keep in touch with his loved ones was the foundation to create a complete and comprehensive platform.

For Andre Mullen, Mi Gente Mobile represents an innovative design that blends unique applications and Latinos will love. “We want Hispanics and Latinos to see Mi Gente Mobile as a part of their culture, just like a good plate of arroz con gandules, chuletas y tostones al lado ¡Mi Gente Mobile is Latino!”

What seemed like a dream today is a reality. Mi Gente Mobile will give users what they were long expecting. “This network is an example of how Latinos are: unique, creative, given to change, principled, honest and authentic. Therefore, as stated in the slogan Mi Gente Mobile is for you”, says Manuel Garcia pleasantly.

In addition to these benefits, subscribers can access migentemobile.com; a mobile portal where they can manage and change their rate plans or add new members to a family plan.

Mi Mundo, the service’s content site, allows subscribers and visitors alike to keep up with the latest release in music, events, lifestyle and fashion news.

One of the most innovative features of the network is the partnership with a number of nonprofit organizations to work in conjunction and create incentives and awareness to increase donations to each one of these charities.

Mi Gente Mobile will launch a recycling program, which will offer customers the chance to add the funds they receive from their old device towards their monthly bill or make a donation to one of the organizations listed on the website. Also, Mi Gente Mobile intends to donate a quarterly percentage of the company’s earnings to these non-profit organizations and set off social constructions.

Committed to make a difference, Mi Gente Mobile will be officially launched April 9 to provide Latinos living in the United States much more than what any other company has offered before.

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Incredibly, In 2013, Some Republicans Want GOP to Double Down on Self-Deportation

The Republican Party has embarked on a major overhaul of its recent anti-immigrant stance, spurred in large part by historically low levels of support from Latino voters in the 2012 elections.  Yet judging from the witnesses that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called at yesterday’s immigration hearing, not everyone in the GOP has gotten the memo.  Grassley and leading anti-immigrant Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) used the proceedings to provide a platform for Kris Kobach and Mark Krikorian, both of whom continue to push the discredited and politically toxic concept of “self-deportation.”

According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

Despite the thoughtful leadership demonstrated by Republican ‘Gang of 8’ members on immigration reform, some Republican Senators remain stuck in the past.  After Krikorian and Kobach’s immigration advice cost Romney the election, it’s incredible that some members of the GOP are still cozying up to them.  Were Pete Wilson, Tom Tancredo, and Joe Arpaio unavailable?

In his opening remarks, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) noted the broad support for commonsense immigration reform and the fact that many of the witnesses called by the Republicans “are not mainstream witnesses.”  As a reminder, Kris Kobach was an immigration advisor to Mitt Romney and the man most responsible for the candidate’s infamous embrace of self-deportation in 2012.  Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State and a former General Counsel of the anti-immigrant group FAIR, was also the architect of the Arizona and Alabama “show me your papers” laws and the lead drafter of the RNC’s Draconian immigration policy platform in 2012.  Kobach even filed a lawsuit seeking to block the implementation of the DREAMer deferred action program and block hundreds of thousands of young aspiring citizens from getting a work permit and continuing to achieve their goals.  Meanwhile, Mark Krikorian is the head of the anti-immigrant think tank Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the original “brains” behind the GOP’s embrace of self-deportation.  When Mitt Romney supported the concept in his 2012 presidential run, Krikorian crowed about it.

Despite the fact that Romney’s anti-immigration sentiments contributed to his electoral drubbing from Latino voters, Kobach and Krikorian remain committed to the concept of self-deportation.  At yesterday’s hearing, Kobach not only indicated his preference that DREAMers self-deport, but also claimed, “self-deportation is not some radical idea.” In response, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) noted, ”the voters have the last word. The voters had the last word on self-deportation on November 6th, so we’re beyond that now.”

In another head scratcher at yesterday’s hearing, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said:

I don’t think that there is any issue in this entire debate that is more divisive than a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally…In my view, any bill that insists upon that jeopardizes the likelihood of passing any immigration reform bill.

Despite Cruz’s assertion, citizenship already is the mainstream position in the debate.  Among an array of polls demonstrating citizenship’s popularity, a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that nearly two-thirds of the public backs citizenship on its own.  However, “when told that the pathway to citizenship would require paying fines and back taxes, as well as passing a security-background check, support grows – with 76 percent of total respondents, and 73 percent of Republicans backing the path.”  These findings are further highlighted by a new CNN/ORC International poll which finds 84% overall support for citizenship and 78% support amongst Republicans.

Said Sharry:

The choice before the GOP is clear.  Follow the example of the Gang of 8 Republicans, work to pass immigration reform and change your image with Latino voters—or follow the examples of Cruz, Sessions, and Grassley and walk right over that demographic cliff.

Read more at Americas Voice Online →

April 26: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

April 26: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

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Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters.

Pain & Gain
-Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong
-Rating: R
-Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Image-The gist: Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.


The Big Wedding
-Stars: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes
-Rating: R
-Genre: Romantic Comedy
Image-The gist: To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long-divorced couple are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future - and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.



At Any Price
-Stars: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens
-Rating: R
-Genre: Drama, Thriller
Image-The gist: In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to help expand his family’s farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.



Arthur Newman
-Stars: Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Anne Heche,
-Rating: R
-Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Image-The gist: Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he’s blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards anew life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins.



Coming soon…

On May 1, Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark for the third installment of the hit Marvel comic and movie franchise, Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Note the trailer shows the UK release date, not the US.

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MEXICO: Children’s Bulletproof Vests and Backpacks Now Available

MEXICO: Children’s Bulletproof Vests and Backpacks Now Available

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Bulletproof vests and backpacks for children will be sold beginning this week in Mexico, where drug-related violence has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past six years.

Colombian businessman Miguel Caballero, nicknamed the “Armani of Armor,” is behind this children’s clothing line that is already being sold in the United States and will soon reach the Canadian market.

The body armor goes unnoticed and saves kids’ lives, Caballero told Efe, adding that a group of U.S. parents asked him to work on this clothing line after last December’s massacre of 20 children and six adult staff members at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The items, which weigh just over one kilogram (2.2 pounds) and range in price from $150 to $450, are made of rigid synthetic fiber and contain a special material that helps reduce ballistic trauma.

Caballero, who has designed bulletproof clothing for politicians and celebrities for several years, said the children’s clothing line features action-hero prints and designs.

He is launching the line in Mexico this week at the Expo Seguridad event in Mexico City, the leading security industry trade show in the Spanish-speaking world.

Some 400 exhibitors from a dozen countries, mainly Mexico, the United States and Colombia, will showcase a broad range of products from clothing and footwear to unmanned aircraft and closed-circuit cameras during the event.

More than 70,000 people have died in Mexico since December 2006 in conflict among drug cartels and between the criminals and the security forces.

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Tito Vilanova Staying with Barcelona Next Season

Tito Vilanova Staying with Barcelona Next Season

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It has been confirmed that FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova will remain with Barça next season.

Barça vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu stated Vilanova is doing a great job after taking the reigns from Pep Guardiola.

Questions arose about Vilanova’s ability to do the job after he was diagnosed with cancer and missed three months for treatment, but he has since returned and Bartomeu says, “We still believe in him. It was not easy to take on that transition and he has done it very well.”

Though his return from treatment was celebrated, after Tuesday’s crushing 4-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, the questions about him keeping the job next season were again brought up.

Still, Bartemeu stands by Vilanova.

A source told El Mundo Deportivo, ‘Tito is untouchable, and has been for some time now.’ He added, ‘He is touted to lead the transformation of the club regardless of the outcome [of the Champions League].

Barcelona currently sits atop the Spanish League with 84 points, placing them ahead of Real Madrid by 13 points.

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Raul Castro’s Daughter Denied U.S. Visa to Attend LGBT Event

Raul Castro’s Daughter Denied U.S. Visa to Attend LGBT Event

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U.S. authorities have refused to issue a visa to Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter to attend a May 2-5 forum on LGBT in Philadelphia that will be particularly dedicated to the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cuba.

The announcement was made by the Equality Forum, organizer of the conference, which said that Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s Cenesex sex-education institute, did have a visa to travel to some meetings that will be held next month at U.N. headquarters in New York.

“Over the past 11 years, Equality Forum has invited leaders of the featured nation to attend. For those who needed a visa, all past visas have been approved,” the group’s executive director, Malcolm Lazin, said in a statement.

“It is shocking that our State Department would deny Ms. Castro travel to a civil rights summit - especially one held in the birthplace of our democracy that enshrines freedoms of speech and assembly,” Lazin said.

Several months ago Mariela Castro accepted the Equality Forum’s invitation to speak at next week’s event, as well as to receive a prize for her work in favor of the rights of LBGT people on the Communist-ruled island.

“Mariela Castro runs the leading Cuban LGBT organization that offers support and services to LGBT youth and seniors, provides HIV and STD education and prevention, and combats homophobia,” Lazin said. “These are shared values that deserve the right to be heard regardless of political systems.”

Last May, the State Department’s decision to allow Mariela Castro to travel to San Francisco for a conference of the Latin American Studies Association sparked criticism from some Cuban-American politicians.

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Jenni Rivera’s Family Accepts Late Singer’s 6 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Jenni Rivera’s Family Accepts Late Singer’s 6 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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Thursday night, the family of Jenni Rivera accepted six Billboard Latin Music Awards on behalf of the late singer-actress, including the award for Artist of the Year.

Rivera, who was killed a plane crash in Mexico this past December, was also honored with a tribute presented by Edward James Olmos. Her brother, Juan Rivera, also sang a moving rendition of his sister’s song “No Llega el Olvido.”

“You are my diva,” her father said while accepting her awards. “May God bless you, my daughter.”

While Rivera was one of the top winners, Puerto Rican singer Don Omar took home the most awards, nabbing wins among his 18 nominations.

Romeo Santos won three awards, including album of the year. The bachata star dedicated his awards to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings as well as to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The Tour of the Year prize went to Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez.

Shakira also took home three prizes.

Legendary singer Jose Jose received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Il Volo performed his song “El Triste.”

Performers included Marc Anthony, Wisin & Yandel and Daddy Yankee.

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Will Next World Trade Organization Head be Latin American?

Will Next World Trade Organization Head be Latin American?

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The contest to succeed France’s Pascal Lamy as head of the World Trade Organization has come down to a choice between the candidates from Brazil and Mexico, diplomats said here Thursday.

Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo and Herminio Blanco of Mexico emerged as favorites early in the selection process, surviving the first cut along with hopefuls from New Zealand, South Korea and Indonesia.

Career diplomat Azevedo has represented Brazil at the WTO since 2008 and is thoroughly acquainted with the workings of the Geneva-based body.

Blanco, a former Cabinet secretary who was Mexico’s lead negotiator in the talks that led to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, is currently in the private sector.

Azevedo and Blanco are both viewed positively by the developed nations, who continue to play a preponderant role in the WTO, even though the 159-nation group officially operates on the basis of majority rule.

Mexican diplomats said their government thinks Blanco is well-placed to prevail over Azevedo.

Blanco is expected to receive the backing of the United States, the European Union and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, which includes Mexico as a member, those diplomats said.

Latin American governments remain divided in their support, the Mexicans said.

A final decision on the next WTO director-general is due by May 31 to allow enough time for an orderly transition prior to Lamy’s departure, set for the end of August.

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Venezuela Arrests Alleged U.S. Spy “Associated” with Henrique Caprilles Election Efforts

Venezuela Arrests Alleged U.S. Spy “Associated” with Henrique Caprilles Election Efforts

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Venezuela announced on Thursday the capture of a U.S. citizen who stands accused of being an intelligence agent linked with training Venezuelan students to carry out acts of violence.

“Parties of the extreme right want a civil war,” Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said.

He identified the U.S. citizen as Timothy Hallett Tracy and said that “all his behavior complies with training and instruction as an intelligence agent.”

The minister said that, in addition, authorities seized more than 500 videos in a raid carried out on Wednesday in Caracas as part of an investigation initiated last October.

Those videos show evidence, he said, of a destabilization plan focused on the April 14 special election to choose a successor to leftist President Hugo Chavez, who died March 5 after a long battle with cancer.

“All (the evidence) collected shows that the day of the elections was going to arrive perfectly normally but once the results (were) issued by the CNE (Venezuela’s electoral commission) there was going to be non-recognition (of them) by the candidate of the right,” Rodriguez Torres said.

Henrique Capriles, who lost to Chavez last October, said he would not recognize the narrow victory of ruling-party candidate Nicolas Maduro until the CNE carried out a full audit of the results.

Post-election violence led to the deaths of nine people, most of them Maduro supporters.

While the CNE acceded to Capriles’ demand for a 100-percent vote recount, Maduro’s inauguration went forward last Friday as scheduled.

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Nicki Minaj in Talks for Role in Cameron Diaz Movie ‘The Other Woman’

Nicki Minaj in Talks for Role in Cameron Diaz Movie ‘The Other Woman’

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Outspoken rapper and “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj is reportedly in talks for a role in Cameron Diaz’s upcoming film, The Other Woman.

Minaj would play Diaz’s snarky assistant though little else is know about the role.

The Other Woman stars Diaz as a woman who discovers she is “the other woman” and joins forces with her boyfriend’s wife, played by Leslie Mann, seeking revenge Kate Upton is also attached to the movie.

This will be Minaj’s first live-action film role, though she did lend her voice to last summer’s Ice Age: Continental Drift as Steffie the teenage mammoth.

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Missing Young Mexican Photojournalist Found Dismembered in Saltillo, Mexico

Missing Young Mexican Photojournalist Found Dismembered in Saltillo, Mexico

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The mutilated body of Daniel Alejandro Martinez, a photographer for Mexico’s La Vanguardia newspaper, was found along with that of another young man in the northern city of Saltillo, the daily reported Thursday.

The dismembered bodies of the 22-year-old Martinez and 23-year-old Julian Alejandro Zamora Gracia were found Wednesday in Los Arcos, a neighborhood in the southern section of Saltillo, the Coahuila state Attorney General’s Office said.

The victims’ identification was missing when the bodies were discovered in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila, the AG’s office said.

Martinez worked for the society pages of La Vanguardia and had been hired just a month ago, last reporting on Tuesday to get his assignments, the newspaper said.

The photojournalist failed to show up on Tuesday afternoon to cover a story he had been assigned, prompting “company personnel to try, unsuccessfully, to locate him with the assistance of relatives and friends,” La Vanguardia said in a front-page story.

The AG’s office identified the two young men “as members of an organized group” because it “irresponsibly” interpreted some messages left by the presumed killers with the bodies, La Vanguardia said.

An International Press Institute, or IPI, and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, delegation visited Mexico in February and called for more protection for journalists.

Both the IPI and Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, ranked Mexico as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2012, trailing only Syria, Somalia and Pakistan.

More than 80 journalists have been murdered and 18 others have been reported missing since 2005 in Mexico, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said in a report released in December.

Some 658 complaints were received from members of the news media from Jan. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2012, the rights body said.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

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Selena Gomez Poses with Fan Wearing Justin Bieber Shirt

Selena Gomez Poses with Fan Wearing Justin Bieber Shirt

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Further fueling the flames that she and ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber are back together, Selena Gomez recently posted an amusing photo of her pointing to a fan’s Bieber T-shirt.

Gomez recently flew to Norway to hang out with the Biebs despite be very public about their recent break-up, even joking with David Letterman that they’d both made the teenage poster cry.

The “Come & Get It” star posted the photo with fans on Twitter, saying, “Spending time @VEVO with my littles.”

Gomez and Bieber are more on and off than a light switch these days, but one thing is certain - the former Disney star loves her fans.

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MundoFox Launching Spanish-Language Children’s Singing Competition “El Factor X’

MundoFox Launching Spanish-Language Children’s Singing Competition “El Factor X’

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MundoFox is getting ready to launch a Spanish-language version of Fox’s The X Factor.

“El Factor X,” like Colombia’s “El Factor Xs” (for extra small), will give young singers between 8 and 15 the chance to showcase their skills.

According to Deadline, the show will be produced by FremantleMedia Latin America for the MundoFox.

The show will reportedly premiere sometime this summer.

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FridayApril 26, 2013