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MondayApril 29, 2013

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Selena Gomez Performs at Radio Disney Music Awards (VIDEO)

Selena Gomez Performs at Radio Disney Music Awards (VIDEO)

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On Saturday, former Disney sweetheart Selena Gomez performed at the Radio Disney Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Gomez has been making the rounds ahead of her upcoming tour, having performed her latest single “Come & Get It” at the MTV Movie Awards and on “Dancing with the Stars.”

On top of performing at the Radio Disney Music Awards, Gomez also took home the award for Best Female Artist.

Check out her performance here.

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Woman Sells Seat at Jodi Arias Trial, Angers Court

Woman Sells Seat at Jodi Arias Trial, Angers Court

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A regular seat-holder at the Jodi Arias murder trial has been reprimanded by the court for selling her seat.

Each day, the Arizona murder trial is open to the public, but seats are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, meaning some may stand in line for hours, but never get a seat.

Last week, regular seat-holder Desiree Lee nabbed a seat as usual. However, this time, she was asked by a woman who had come in from Michigan if she could buy her seat. Living in the area, and having been to many of the trial days, Lee sold her seat for $200.

Not realizing she had done anything wrong, Lee said she was surprised when the court took issue.

Lee was ordered to return the money, while the woman from Michigan was allowed to keep the seat.

‘I seriously didn’t know I was going to get in trouble,’ Lee told ABC15. ‘I’m a little embarrassed more than anything.’

Arias confessed to killing her lover (ex-boyfriend) Travis Alexander in 2008, but after making up multiple stories, her defense finally settled on self-defense as her reason for killing him.

Prosecutors and police have argued it was not an act of self-defense, but rather an evil act by a jealous woman unable to cope with the impending end of her relationship with Alexander.

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Check Out New Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ (VIDEO)

Check Out New Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ (VIDEO)

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A trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim originally created for WonderCon has been released to the public and it has everyone even more excited for the film.

Starring Ron Perlman, Idris Alba, Charlie Day, and Charlie Hunnam is set to be released this July, and we gotta say -  it looks good!

Check it out!

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Univision to Show Enrique Iglesias Performance on Times Square Screens

Univision to Show Enrique Iglesias Performance on Times Square Screens

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This year, when Univision presents this year’s programming to advertisers, the performance usually reserved for those in attendance will be broadcast in Times Square.

According to The Wrap, Enrique Iglesias will perform at the Univision Communication event on May 14 at the News Amsterdam Theater, but while he’ll be in front of the advertisers, he’ll potentially be singing for millions.

Univision will live feed the performance on screens in Times Square to promote the night’s theme of “One For All.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Crawls Through Family’s Doggy Door, Climbs in Bathtub

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Crawls Through Family’s Doggy Door, Climbs in Bathtub

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A Texas family was surprised to find a naked woman roaming around their home last week after getting into the home in an unusual way.

According to police in Weatherford, TX, Sara Elizabeth Soto, 25, crawled into a family’s home through their doggy door, but not before removing her dress outside.

One of the home’s residents said he noticed the doggy door was disturbed and assumed an animal had gotten inside, because they don’t have a dog. Upon looking around the home the man discovered an unknown woman walking around at around 1:45 a.m. and called police.

When officers arrived, they found 4’11, 110-pound Soto sitting naked in a bathtub. They also found her black dress just outside the doggy door and told her to put it on.

Police say Soto claimed she had done nothing wrong and only crawled into the home to use the phone.

She was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass. She was being held at Parker County Jail on $4,000 bond.

Sounds like somebody had a “ruff” night.

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UPDATE:  Peru Balloon Crash Survivors in Pacific Ocean for 9 Hours, 2 Remain Missing

UPDATE:  Peru Balloon Crash Survivors in Pacific Ocean for 9 Hours, 2 Remain Missing

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Peru Naval officials have rescued five out of seven hot air balloon crash survivors in the Pacific Ocean.  The pilot, who reportedly can not swim, and another passenger remain missing. 

The hot air balloon, which did not contain a GPS system or life jackets on board, went missing in Cañete, Peru swept away by strong winds.  Globos Peru SAC (Peru Balloons) lost contact with the balloon yesterday around 9:15 a.m. and assumed it had fallen with six Peruvian tourists inside.

The five survivors, all female, struggled to stay alive for 9 hours in the Pacific Ocean, south of Lima until their rescue.  Today they are recovering in a local military hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

The Navy continues to search for the remaining two male passengers, though the search has been hampered by heavy fog.  It is reported the women hung on to the fallen balloon while the two male passengers decided to swim to shore. 

The beaches of Cañete are one of the area’s main touristic attractions that attracts many native Peruvians.

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Open Letter From Dreamers to “Gang of 8”- Don’t Reinvent the Wheel & Pass Senate Bill

Open Letter From Dreamers to “Gang of 8”- Don’t Reinvent the Wheel & Pass Senate Bill

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Dear Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Nanci Pelosi, and House “Gang of 8”,

In the Senate, the bipartisan “Gang of 8” - group of Senators leading immigration legislation - has negotiated a delicate compromise that is a first step to meet our country’s economic, family, and security needs.  The Senate Judiciary committee has also held more than 6 days of extensive hearings and heard testimony from over 40 witnesses.

With legislation ready for mark up in the coming weeks and up for a vote in early June, DREAMers are asking House leadership and the House “Gang of 8” to not reinvent the wheel with its own bill. Rather, to ensure progress and a solution to our country’s outdated immigration system, we urge you and the House leadership to take up the Senate bill.

Over the past few months, momentum from Congress to tackle immigration reform has been on a positive scale. The American people from all stripes are demonstrating significant support for a path to citizenship, intelligent border and interior enforcement, and a system that prioritizes families. Indeed, both the House and Senate have debated with hearings and through the media the complex issues needed to be resolved. All this has and will allow the country to get intimately familiar with the issues.

At the same time, Republican and Democratic House leadership must not fall into redundancy by debating issues to a public that already knows and is demanding an expeditious solution. Chairman Goodlatte has been responsible ensuring that all members are educated on immigration policy. However, the country cannot afford legislating on immigration via piece meal nor replicating efforts. Indeed, such decision by the Chairman has been the result of a deadlocked House “gang of 8” that has fallen short to come up with a final product, including on the guest worker program.

Now it is the time for Congress to finally resolve immigration. And it is House leadership that can deliver a solution by employing their procedural acumen to move expeditiously to ensure the country can meet the demands of the 21st century.


Sincerely,

DREAM Action Coalition
DREAM Action Ohio
NorCal DREAMers

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Ronnie of “Jersey Shore” in Florida Hospital

Ronnie of “Jersey Shore” in Florida Hospital

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Over the weekend, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was hospitalized in Florida after experiencing immense pain.

A rep for the Jersey Shore star said Ortiz-Magro was admitted to an Orlando hospital where it was discovered he has kidney stones.

Saturday night, the Puerto Rican/Italian-American tweeted:

The next morning:

“It’s a very painful condition,” his rep said, “but he’s being treated.”

His long-time girlfriend and fellow Jersey Shore star, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola reportedly rushed to be at his side.

When the pain began, Ortiz-Magro was promoting his new alcohol like, Smush Cocktails, at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention.

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Cuban-American Legislators Want Cuba Kept on “Terror List” While North Korea Off List

Cuban-American Legislators Want Cuba Kept on “Terror List” While North Korea Off List

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Numerous Cuban-American legislators, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, want Cuba kept on the U.S. terror list in spite of the island nation not having sponsored recent acts of terrorism.

Beside Rubio, Reps Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Joe Garcia, Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and (D-FL) Albio Sires (D-NJ) are drafting a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to insist Cuba still meets the critieria to be labeled a sponsor of terrorism.  In addition Cuban Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have voiced support for keeping Cuba on the list.

Cuba is on the terror list along with Iran, Syria and Sudan and has been since 1982.  Unlike those other nations Cuba, does not have nuclear weapons, is not using chemical weapons or engaged in genocide.  Nonetheless, these high profile Cuban-American legislators feel Cuba fits the terror -sponsor criteria established in 1979.

Cuban detractors point out the country has been under the same leadership for decades and maintains similar repressive policies that it did when Fidel Castro took power over 50 years ago.  In order for a country to be delisted a change in power and policies must be seen and most importantly not participate in acts of international terrorism in the past six months while providing assurances it won’t in the future, according to The Hill.

Kerry will have to weigh the legislators appeal as well as the fact that Cuba has expanded the scope for self-employment and eased rules for small business creation over the last several years.  In addition, Cubans are now able to obtain passports to leave the country.  The last country to be removed from the terror list was North Korea in 2008.

The State Department annually reviews each country on the list to see who should be removed.  Last year the State Department under Hillary Clinton kept Cuba on the list while acknowledging it found no evidence of Cuba sponsoring or training terrorists.

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Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

Guatemala’s Mayan-Inspired Time Capsule to Open in 2065

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A time capsule that will not be opened until 2065 has been created by cultural officials in Guatemala who drew their inspiration from the ancient Mayan civilization.

The green marble time capsule contains letters and messages from leading members of society and is intended to give those living half a century from now an idea of what life was like in 2013.

“We are creating a memory archive that was placed in a time capsule made of green marble so that the leaders 52 years from now will know what the economic, social and political situation in our country was,” Deputy Culture Minister Leandro Yax told Efe.

The Mayan civilization flourished in what are now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, with a history spanning some 3,000 years.

The documents, including letters from President Otto Perez Molina and Olympic medalist Erick Barrondo, were placed in a hand-decorated cedar box and wrapped in a güipil, a traditional Indian garment.

The time capsule was sealed on April 22 during an Earth Day ceremony because that date marked the convergence of the two Mayan calendars - the Haab and the Tzolkin - with the lunar calendar.

The capsule was placed in a passageway in the north wing of the Palace of Culture so it can be seen by domestic and foreign tourists.

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Singer Tommy Torres of Puerto Rico Begins Tour - ‘12 Historias’

Singer Tommy Torres of Puerto Rico Begins Tour - ‘12 Historias’

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Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Tommy Torres on the weekend here kicked off his “12 historias” tour, which will take him to several countries in Latin America along with the United States and Spain.

Torres, 41, opened his tour-launching concert at the Jose M. Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan with “El abrigo,” “Vinito pal’ corazon,” “Mar adentro” and “Un poquito.”

“How great to return home. How beautiful you look from here,” he told the crowd of 12,000 who came to his first show in Puerto Rico.

Tomas Torres Carrasquillo, the artist’s real name, then proceeded to sing “Por un beso tuyo,” “Un dia mas,” “11:11” and “Imparable,” and he announced that the concert was being taped to be sold as a DVD.

He continued by performing a number of songs that other artists had written for him but which he made into hits.

After launching the tour on the island, Torres - who has won both U.S. and Latino Grammys - will travel to Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile, several U.S. cities and then will perform in Spain in June.

Torres was also named producer of the year by Billboard in 2007 and composer of the year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, in 2009.

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UPDATE:  Albuquerque Church Stabbing Assailant in Custody, Formally Charged

UPDATE:  Albuquerque Church Stabbing Assailant in Custody, Formally Charged

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Albuquerque police have arrested 24-year-old Lawrence Capener for the multiple stabbing incident at the St. Judas Thaddeus Church yesterday afternoon.

Capener allegedly without apparent provocation starting stabbing choir members around 12:15 p.m. after leaping from his pew and yelling out “Fake Preacher!” 

Capener was tackled by church members but not before four individuals were stabbed with non-life threatening injuries.  Capener has been formally charged this morning with three counts of aggravated battery and according to AP is being held in jail on a $75,000 bond.

This mega-church of the Albuquerque Archdiocese was recently expanded to accommodate 1,200 churchgoers.  Albuquerque’s west side has seen a lot of growth and population diversity over the last several years.  Archbishop of Sante Fe Michael Sheehan reports that on average 4,000 parishioners attend Sunday mass at St. Judas Thaddeus.

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Latin America News: 17 Miners Rescued in Chile

Latin America News: 17 Miners Rescued in Chile

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Seventeen miners were rescued in northern Chile on Sunday after becoming trapped in a copper mine earlier this weekend, police spokesmen told Efe.

The miners were trapped Saturday night at the Las Luces mine in Antofagasta region, located about 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) north of Santiago.

A crane caught fire, filling the mine’s entrance and interior with thick smoke and preventing the miners from leaving.

Rescue teams found the miners in the two protected areas where they spent the night.

The miners were transported to a clinic, but the men are all fine, police said.

Police, fire department and National Geology and Mining Service rescue teams were sent to the mine.

Rescue teams were in contact with the miners throughout the operation.

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Worldwide, 1 in 10 Brides Wears a Spanish Designer’s Dress

Worldwide, 1 in 10 Brides Wears a Spanish Designer’s Dress

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One of every 10 brides in the world wears a dress by a Spanish designer to the altar, Barcelona Bridal Week, or BBW, organizers said.

The 23rd edition of BBW, which starts on Tuesday, will be the first without creator Paco Flaque, who died in June 2012, and Pronovias creative director Manuel Mota, who died recently under tragic circumstances.

Designer Egidio Guezzi has organized the “Novias de Papel” (Paper Brides) exhibition, a collection of 60 bridal gowns made of paper, to honor Flaque, Mota and Jesus del Pozo, who also died recently.

The Noviaespaña international salon for professionals will open its doors May 3-5 in Barcelona, featuring more than 200 exhibitors.

Noviaespaña will showcase new weaves, colors and lines for brides, grooms, events, parties and first communions, as well as accessories.

Spain is home to about 700 companies that specialize in bridal, communion and party attire.

The industry employs about 13,000 people in Spain and has remained resilient despite the country’s economic downturn.

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Ex-Brazilian Cop Gets 22 Years For Murder of Soccer Player

Ex-Brazilian Cop Gets 22 Years For Murder of Soccer Player

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A former Brazilian police officer was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for the murder of the lover of Bruno Fernandes, the former goalie for the Flamengo soccer club, who already received a similar sentence for being the mastermind behind the killing, judicial officials said.

Marcos Aparecido dos Santos, known as “Bola,” was found guilty of murdering Eliza Samudio, whose body has not yet been found.

With the support of testimony from friends of Bruno, prosecutors convinced the jurors that he hired Bola to kill the young woman, strangling her and then dismembering her body.

According to the police version assembled from several statements by different people, which the jurors believed, Samudio’s body parts were thrown to four Rottweilers who devoured them “in a matter of minutes.”

The murder was carried out in 2010, when Bruno was one of the most outstanding netminders in Brazilian soccer and was given serious changes of being tapped for the national team.

He was married already, but he met Samudio - a well-known pornographic film star - and began an affair with her. The pair had a son together but the romance ended, according to Bruno, when she demanded that he acknowledge the paternity of the baby and pay child support.

According to the accusation, the “pressure” exerted by Samudio spurred Bruno to plan to kill her.

A month-and-a-half ago, when he was found guilty, Bruno admitted that he knew of Samudio’s death and that he had asked several friends to help him “solve the problem” he had been having with her, but he denied ever ordering or planning her murder.

Fernandes had played for Flamengo since 2006 and the team won the Rio de Janeiro state soccer league championship in 2011.

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