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WednesdayMay 8, 2013

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Rafael Nadal Advances to 3rd Round of Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal Advances to 3rd Round of Madrid Masters

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal successfully kicked off his bid for a 40th career clay-court title, advancing to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory Wednesday over Benoit Paire.

The 37th-ranked Frenchman adopted an unorthodox strategy aimed at throwing off Nadal’s rhythm, cutting rallies short with numerous drop shots - including 14 in the first set alone - and seeking to end points quickly with flat rockets off his backhand side.

The strategy was effective to a degree, but Nadal’s far superior superior defense and consistency won out against an uncomfortable opponent.

The biggest bright spot for the Spaniard on the day was his service game, as he put 79 percent of his first serves in play and won 74 percent of his first-serve points and 75 percent of his second-serve points.

“That’s an important victory today,” the world No. 5 said afterward. “Each match in this kind of tournament is very demanding from the first round. He was a very uncomfortable opponent. He makes you play quite badly. He doesn’t give you any rhythm. He has one of the best backhands in the circuit, without any doubt.”

Next up for Nadal in the round of 16 will be Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who overcame Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2.

The top-ranked Spaniard, world No. 4 David Ferrer, also advanced to the round of 16 Wednesday with a routine 7-5, 6-2 win over Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, and will next square off against 35-year-old German Tommy Haas, a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Spain’s Tommy Robredo.

Sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych defeated Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-2, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topped the Netherlands’ Robin Haase 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), and Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 15 seed, continued his strong run of form by dismissing Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-3.

South African Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, edged Argentina’s Juan Monaco 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4 and Japan’s Kei Nishikori defeated Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-2.

Also Wednesday, two of the higher seeds in the women’s draw were eliminated: Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, the No. 3 seed, fell to Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova rallied past eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Mutua Madrid Open is one of the biggest clay-court events on the ATP and WTA calendars and a key tune-up for the French Open, which gets underway later this month.

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The Voice: Shakira Sings with Blake, Karina Impresses with “Let’s Stay Together” (VIDEOS)

The Voice: Shakira Sings with Blake, Karina Impresses with “Let’s Stay Together” (VIDEOS)

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On Tuesday’s live episode of The Voice, coaches Shakira and Blake Shelton sang “Need You Now” (video 1),  while Team Shakira (Garrett Gardner, Karina Iglesias, Kris Thomas, and Sasha Allen) performed Queen’s “We Are the Champions” (video 2).

Iglesias also showed she’s more than just a rocker when she sang “Let’s Stay Together” (video 3).

Watch the excitement below.

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American Tourist In Costa Rica Dies After Attack

American Tourist In Costa Rica Dies After Attack

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The family of 31-year-old Steven Adamn Flesch is mourning their loved one after he passed on Tuesday.

Flesch, an experienced backpacker, was robbed and beaten in San Jose in March shortly after arriving in the city in order to catch a flight home. He had been touring Costa Rica with a group since January, and only broke off from the group to head home to Wisconsin.

Before catching his flight however, five attackers tried to rob Flesch and hit him in the back of the head when he attempted to run away.

His attackers, three juveniles and two 19-year-olds, have all been arrested.

Before he was attacked in March, Flesch sent a Facebook message to his mother saying, “See you in 40 hours.”

Adding insult to injury, according to the family, when they lost contact with Flesch they tried to get help from the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, but were often given no information. Flesch’s family says they learned the hospital where he was taken was communicating with the embassy, but that the embassy was not communicating with the family.

Prior to his death, the victim’s sister, Nikki Lannert, spoke with Inside Costa Rica, saying, ‘They [the Embassy] didn’t even look for him, friends that were traveling with him that we found on Facebook helped us to locate him.’

However, even after finding out where her brother was being treated, Lannert says the family was hit with the news that they would not allow him to be transferred to a U.S. hospital until the hospital was paid.

Lannert said her brother had experienced a number of infections while at the San Juan de Dios hospital and the family was desperately trying to raise the money needed to bring him to a hospital in the U.S.

Sadly, before the family was able to bring him back to them, Flesch died. They are still attempting to raise money, but now it is to bring him body home.

Donations for the family can be made here.

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BREAKING: Jodi Arias Found GUILTY of First-Degree Murder

BREAKING: Jodi Arias Found GUILTY of First-Degree Murder

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On Wednesday, Jodie Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of Travis Alexander in 2008.

Alexander was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit, and was shot in the face. Arias claimed she did so in self-defense, though many doubted her story after learning she lied to police multiple times before admitting to killing him.

Arias, 32, admitted to killing Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008, but claimed she did so in self-defense, can’t remember killing him, and pled not guilty to murder.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Janeen DeMarte testified for the defense that Arias has borderline personality disorder and said she found no evidence to believe Arias’ claims of memory problems or domestic violence. Dr. DeMarte added that she did not believe she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as the defense claimed.

Dr. DeMarte stated that if Arias was in a ‘fight-or-flight’ situation, things she did after killing Alexander—deleting the photos on the camera and attempting to clean up the crime scene—would not have been possible and are indications of “organization and planning.”

The trial began on January 2, 2013 in Arizona’s Maricopa County.

Arias now faces the death penalty.

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UPDATE: Teen Who Attacked Utah Soccer Ref Charged with Homicide by Assault

UPDATE: Teen Who Attacked Utah Soccer Ref Charged with Homicide by Assault

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The Utah teen accused of punching and ultimately killing a soccer referee has been charged with homicide by assault following the death of the ref.

The unidentified 17-year-old was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault, a less serious charge than manslaughter, for attacking but unintentionally causing death.

Prosecutors say they wish to try the teen as an adult, and should that be the case, the teen faces up to five years in prison.

On Saturday, April 27, Ricardo Portillo, 46, was refereeing a match in Taylorsville, a Salt Lake City suburb, when he issued the teen a yellow card after a foul. As he wrote down notes after the call, witnesses say Portillo was punched in the head by the angry player.

Though he appeared to be okay at first, Portillo told those around him he felt dizzy and needed help balancing. His friends say he sat down and began vomiting up blood.

Shortly after being admitted to Intermountain Medical Center on Saturday, Portillo slipped into a coma due to the swelling of his brain. One week later he died, having never regained consciousness.

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Selena Gomez Talks About Bieber, Releases Video for “Come & Get It”

Selena Gomez Talks About Bieber, Releases Video for “Come & Get It”

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Former Disney teen queen Selena Gomez released the new video for her latest single “Come & Get It” on Tuesday, and also opened up to InStyle magazine about dating Justin Bieber.

In the upcoming June issue of InStyle magazine, Gomez revealed one of the songs on her new album was written about her on-and-off relationship with Bieber. Gomez says the song, “Love Will Remember,” is “the most personal track on the record, for sure.”

“I think it’s a sweet way of releasing it. It’s not an aggressive approach to what people are probably expecting,” Gomez tells InStyle. “I’m sure he’ll love it too.”

As for the future, Gomez says she’s in no hurry to get back into dating, admits she’s “in love with love,” but says marriage is “not even on my radar right now.”

“I am not putting energy into dating.”

The cover girl’s InStyle interview will be available in the July issue of the magazine, which hits stands May 17.

On Tuesday, Gomez also released the video for “Come & Get It.” Check it out below.

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New Study: Nearly Half of Latinos Less Likely to Report Crime Due to Immigration Fears

New Study: Nearly Half of Latinos Less Likely to Report Crime Due to Immigration Fears

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Federal legislation to improve the nation’s immigration system is taking a step forward this week, when the Senate Gang of 8 immigration bill goes into markup, but advocates today are reminding President Obama of the high cost of strict immigration enforcement and what he can do to alleviate the problem.

A new study from Lake Research Partners, commissioned by PolicyLink, released today found that current immigration enforcement policies have a negative impact on public safety.  Their report, Insecure Communities: Latino Perceptions of Police Involvement in Immigration Enforcement, found that programs like Secure Communities that use local law enforcement agencies as proxies for immigration enforcement, lead to a growing mistrust of the police—and a disinclination to report crimes.  Among the findings of the study:

44% of respondents reported they are less likely to contact police officers if they have been a victim of a crime for fear they or someone they know will be asked about their immigration status

45% of respondents indicated they are less likely to voluntarily offer information about crimes they know have been committed because they are afraid the police officers will ask them or someone they know about their immigration status

43% of respondents feel “less safe because local law enforcement is more involved in immigration enforcement”

38% of respondents feel afraid to leave their home because local law enforcement officials are more involved in immigration enforcement

As Dr. Nik Theodore, a University of Illinois-Chicago professor and the author of the study said:

The decision to enlist police in immigration enforcement has driven a wedge between police and Latino communities. The increased involvement of police in immigration enforcement has significantly heightened the fears many Latinos have of the police, leading to a mistrust of law enforcement authorities and a reduction in public safety.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who will hold a panel discussion about the report on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, agreed:

This report highlights how local law enforcement’s greater role in immigration enforcement has created mistrust between the Latino community and local police, making all of our communities less safe from crime.

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Scientists Discover Oasis of Sealife at Undersea Mountain 6500 m Deep, 1500 km off Brazil

Scientists Discover Oasis of Sealife at Undersea Mountain 6500 m Deep, 1500 km off Brazil

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A group of scientists aboard the only submarine capable of diving to depths of 6,500 meters (21,311 feet) discovered an “oasis” of biodiversity around the South Atlantic’s largest undersea mountain, located about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) off the coast of Brazil.

“The dive we took allowed us to confirm that on this side of the Atlantic, as well as on other undersea mountains, we have a great variety” of marine life, Universidad del Vale do Itajai researcher Jose Angel Alvarez Perez told Efe.

The biologist and oceanographer, one of the few Brazilian scientists taking part in the expedition, said he observed a large number of animals.

“Beautiful cold water corals that have a lot of life around them: starfish, brittle stars, holothuroidea (sea cucumbers) and fish,” the scientist said.

The expedition’s Japanese-made Shinkai 6500 mini-submarine has the capacity to carry three people - two crewmen and a scientist - and is equipped with mechanical arms and high-resolution cameras, allowing researchers to observe the Rio Grande Elevation, an undersea geological formation, for the first time.

The Japanese sub previously explored the central Indian Ocean and is headed for the Caribbean and then the Pacific Ocean around Tonga.

Four Brazilian scientists, a National Geological Service geologist and a geologist from state-controlled oil giant Petrobras were invited to take part in the expedition, which began April 13 and ends on May 27.

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Gov’t Honors Demi Lovato for Work as Youth Mentor

Gov’t Honors Demi Lovato for Work as Youth Mentor

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Today, chart-dominating singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato was recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for her work as a mentor to young adults with mental health and substance use challenges. Lovato received the award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day press briefing, held at the University of the District of Columbia Community College in Washington, D.C.

“Every young person faces challenges as they work toward becoming an independent adult, and for those with mental health challenges, it can be even more of a struggle,” said Lovato. “I want those young adults to know that your life has meaning and you can reach out to someone you trust for support and overcome any challenges in your life.”

At the press briefing, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed new data reports being released during Mental Health Awareness Month, including the first-ever Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report supplement on children’s mental health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also announced a State Informational Bulletin from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services describing effective services for children and youth with serious mental health conditions and encouraging the use of services such as respite care, parent support providers, and intensive wraparound care coordination.

In celebration of Awareness Day, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde announced the release of a new SAMHSA publication, Promoting Recovery and Independence for Older Adolescents and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Challenges, which provides information about how community-based programs are improving the lives of youth and young adults with mental health and substance use challenges.

“We applaud Ms. Lovato for her willingness to speak out about her experiences in support of youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges,” said Hyde. “This type of support, coupled with effective community-based programs for these youth and young adults can help them overcome any challenges and go on to live healthy, fulfilled lives.”

The briefing served as a launch for SAMHSA’s Awareness Day that includes events and activities in more than 1,100 communities and more than 135 public and private organizations. As part of the launch activities, SAMHSA will premiere the Awareness Day virtual event today at 3 p.m. EDT on http://www.samhsa.gov/children as part of its Awareness Day celebrations. The virtual event features a message from Lovato to young adults, in addition to stories from young adults from across the country who have overcome challenges and demonstrated resilience after achieving social connectedness in housing, education, employment, or in accessing health care services.

For more information about Awareness Day, new publications, and to view the Webcast of the press briefing and the virtual event, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/children.

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MEXICO: 20 Dead in Ecatepec After Fuel Truck Hits Car, Explodes

MEXICO: 20 Dead in Ecatepec After Fuel Truck Hits Car, Explodes

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At least 20 people were killed and 36 others injured when a fuel truck exploded Tuesday in Ecatepec, a city in central Mexico, officials said.

Initial reports said 18 people died in the accident, but Mexico state Attorney General Miguel Angel Contreras later said the death toll had risen.

Mexico state surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

The explosion occurred between the communities of San Pedro Xalostoc and Santa Clara on the Mexico City-Pachuca highway, officials said.

The fuel truck apparently collided with another vehicle, causing a “pretty powerful explosion” that was felt “over several blocks,” Ecatepec Mayor Pablo Bedolla told Milenio Television.

At least 27 houses were affected by the blast, Bedolla said in a Twitter posting.

“I want to remind you that we are still assessing the damaged dwellings,” the mayor said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, a former governor of Mexico state, expressed his condolences to the families of the dead during an appearance on Tuesday in Mexico City.

“This is a very sad number and from here we express our solidarity with the relatives” of the victims, the president said at the opening of the 5th Summit on Security and Justice.

The accident happened around 5:00 a.m. when the driver of the Termogas truck lost control and hit several other vehicles, igniting his load of fuel and setting off a huge blast and fire.

About 550 local, state and federal law enforcement agents, along with army troops, Red Cross paramedics and emergency management office personnel, were deployed to deal with the accident.

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Daisy Fuentes Returns to Hispanic TV with Telemundo’s ‘La Voz Kids’

Daisy Fuentes Returns to Hispanic TV with Telemundo’s ‘La Voz Kids’

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Model and businesswoman in the world of fashion Daisy Fuentes is returning to Spanish-language television as the host of the “La Voz Kids” music competition on Telemundo.

The talent contest, inspired by the success of NBC’s “The Voice” and which aired for the first time last Sunday with a record 1.7 million viewers, also features singers Paulina Rubio, Prince Royce and Roberto Tapia on the panel of judges.

In addition to hosting the program, Fuentes also functions sort of like the “encouragement committee” for the young contestants.

Fuentes began her television career as the weather-girl for a New York television station. Shortly thereafter, she made a successful crossover to English-language TV and for several years was the host of programs like “MTV’s House of Style” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” as well as heading up her own program on CNBC.

That’s why she says that participating in “La Voz Kids” is like coming home.

“When they offered me the chance to participate in this Spanish-language version of ‘The Voice,’ I felt happy. I’m thrilled to return to Hispanic television, where my career began,” Fuentes told Efe in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.

Fuentes also said that another very attractive feature of this project is the chance to work with kids. At the same time, though, she says she is aware that the youngsters could be vulnerable to the judges’ critiques and to the enormous pressure of the talent contests.

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Brazil Will Finance Upgrade of Cuban Airports

Brazil Will Finance Upgrade of Cuban Airports

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Brazil will finance a project to expand and modernize Cuba’s airports, state media on the Communist-ruled island said Tuesday.

Brazil’s development, industry and foreign trade minister, Fernando Pimentel, and Cuba’s head of foreign trade and foreign investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the project.

They also reviewed “the positive progress of bilateral economic relations,” in particular the progress of work at the port of Mariel, near Havana, the Prensa Latina news agency said.

Brazil is one of the driving forces behind the project to expand the port of Mariel and is contributing $682 million to do so.

The aim of the project, which is considered emblematic of the two nations’ bilateral cooperation and will be carried out by Brazilian firms, is to substantially modernize the port for Cuba and convert it into a zone where Brazilian firms can establish themselves.

On Monday, Cuban President Raul Castro met with Pimentel and they discussed and agreed to continue strengthening bilateral relations.

Pimentel’s visit to Cuba coincided on Monday with that made by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to Brasilia, where he was received by President Dilma Rousseff.

According to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, trade between Brazil and Cuba increased sevenfold over the past 10 years to a record $661.6 million in 2012.

Brazilian exports to the island grew by 36.8 percent between 2010 and 2012.

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WednesdayMay 8, 2013