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ThursdayMay 9, 2013

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72 Percent of Spanish Teachers Go On Strike

72 Percent of Spanish Teachers Go On Strike

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The State Platform for Public Schools on Thursday labeled the general strike staged at all levels of the educational system in Spain “a total success,” while officials said a low number of educators and students took part.

The group organized the strike to protest the reforms being finalized by Education Minister Jose Ignacio Wert.

Union representatives affiliated with the group, which organized the strike and protests across Spain, said 72 percent of teachers and support staff took part in the strike, while the Students Association reported that 90 percent of students, teachers and parents supported the labor action.

The Education Ministry, however, said the general strike had less than 20 percent support.

The strike started Wednesday night with informational meetings and other gatherings.

No arrests have been made in connection with the protests, National Police spokesmen told Efe.

The Education Ministry is putting the finishing touches on the reform package and could submit it Friday to the Council of Ministers for approval.

The reform package would then be sent to Parliament for debate, officials said.

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BRAZIL: Did Police Use Excessive Force?

BRAZIL: Did Police Use Excessive Force?

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Police in Brazil are being criticized by those who say they used excessive force when they fired dozens, possible hundreds of bullets from a helicopter at the car of a suspected drug trafficker.

On Sunday, May 2012 footage from a thermal imaging camera aboard a police helicopter was aired on Brazilian television. The footage shows the police helicopter opening fire on the vehicle of drug trafficker Marcio “The Mathematician” Pereira’s car as he speeds through the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Though the bullets are meant for the drug trafficker’s vehicle, many rounds can be seen hitting homes.

Also, despite the rapid firing of rounds at Pereira’s car, he is still able to get away on foot. In the end however, Pereira was found dead the next in another vehicle.

Facing claims of excessive force, Martha Rocha, head of Rio’s Civil Police force did admit “there could have been a disproportionate action,” and said an investigation has been launched on the matter.

With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner and the 2016 Olympics not far behind, many in the international community are wondering if Rio will be safe enough to host the events.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful World Heritage Sites in Latin America

Top 5 Most Beautiful World Heritage Sites in Latin America

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes locations with special cultural or physical significance as World Heritage Sites. 

Currently, there are 962 sites listed worldwide and 130 can be found in Latin America.

Mexico is home to 31 World Heritage Sites.

Ranging from desert to cities, UNESCO works with the sites to preserve their historic integrity and cultural importance.

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Rapa Nui, Chile
Also known as Easter Island, the island is famous for its 887 surviving monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.

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Machu Picchu, Peru
Referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century.

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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Made famous by Charles Darwin who studied a number of species, the group of islands consist of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets.

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Tulum, Mexico
Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans, the historic portion of the city was walled on 3 sides.

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Iguazu National Park, Brazil and Argentina
The park is known for it’s waterfall and is home to 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region like monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.

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American Idol: ALL Judges Gone After This Season, but JLo Not Returning

American Idol: ALL Judges Gone After This Season, but JLo Not Returning

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UPDATE: Thursday, Randy Jackson confirmed what had really only been a rumor by saying he will not be returning to “American Idol” next season.

Jackson:

To put all of the speculation to rest, after twelve years of judging on “American Idol” I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.


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The Wrap is reporting that none of the current four judges on “American Idol” will be asked to return next season, but says former judge Jennifer Lopez will not be returning as previously rumored.

Though “Idol” still manages to bring in millions of viewers, viewership has declined about 22 percent this season.

Last year, Fox made $836.4 million from “Idol,” but tens of millions of dollars go to pay the massive judges’ salaries. Mariah Carey reportedly snagged a $18 million deal, while Nicki Minaj made $12 million.

While “American Idol” is by no means an overall comparative failure, it has been eclipsed by NBC’s “The Voice” this season, even despite its own judge/coach shake up, as Shakira and Usher stepped in for Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green for the fourth season.

Is this the beginning of the end for Idol, or can a fresh set of judges save the dropping competition show?

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THE VOICE: Final Two Latinas - Karina Iglesias, Cathia - Eliminated

THE VOICE: Final Two Latinas - Karina Iglesias, Cathia - Eliminated

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Shakira is now the only Latina left on this season of The Voice after the only Latina contestants left in the singing competition were eliminated Wednesday night.

After almost being sent home by original coach Shakira in the battle rounds , Bronx-native Cathia was snatched up by coach Usher. Unfortunately, Cathia was the most recent cut from Team Usher.

Rocker Karina Iglesias, who was originally on Team Adam before losing in the battle rounds to Judith Hill, showed her softer, more soulful side earlier this week. Sadly, it was not enough to save her from being eliminated from Team Shakira Wednesday.

Team Adam sent home indie rocker Carolin Glaser, while Team Blake said goodbye to Justin Rivers.

The teams stand as follows:

Team Shakira:
- Garrett Gardner
- Kris Thomas
- Sasha Allen

Team Blake
- Danielle Bradbery
- Holly Tucker
- The Swon Brothers

Team Usher
- Josiah Hawley
- Michelle Chamuel
- Vedo

Team Adam
- Amber Carrington
- Judith Hill
- Sarah Simmons

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UNESCO Director Visits Nicaraguan Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO Director Visits Nicaraguan Biosphere Reserves

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UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova inspected two of the three biosphere reserves in Nicaragua to get a firsthand look at their condition, first lady Rosario Murillo said.

Bokova, who arrived in the Central American country for an official visit on Wednesday, flew over the Rio San Juan and Ometepe Island biosphere reserves.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, official was accompanied on the inspection tour Wednesday by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Juana Argeñal.

Bokova’s goal was to observe the condition of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, or WNBR, sites in Nicaragua, Murillo, who also serves as coordinator of the Communications and Citizenship Council, said.

Ometepe, the largest island in the world located in a freshwater lake, was added to the WNBR on June 2, 2010, by the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program.

The Rio San Juan Biosphere Reserve, which includes seven protected areas and other adjacent territories, was added to the Man and the Biosphere Program in 2003 and is one of the most important links in the Meso-American biological corridor that runs from Mexico to Panama.

Nicaragua is also home to the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, which was added to the program in 1997 and has been plagued by illegal logging.

Bokova is scheduled to visit the cathedral in Leon, a city located 90 kilometers (about 56 miles) northwest of Managua, on Thursday, Murillo said.

The Leon Cathedral, whose construction began in 1747, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2011.

Bokova will wrap up her visit to Nicaragua with a meeting with President Daniel Ortega later in day.

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A New Friend for Rosita? ‘Sesame Street’ Casting New Hispanic Character

A New Friend for Rosita? ‘Sesame Street’ Casting New Hispanic Character

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“Sesame Street ” recently held a casting call in New York to find a new Latino act to join the famed cast.

Though the new cast member won’t be announced until May 10th, this won’t be the first Hispanic character to join the long-running children’s program.

In 1971, the characters of Maria and Luis (Sonia Manzano and Emilio Delgado) joined the show, and more than 20 years later, a Muppet named Rosita was introduced. The bilingual resident of Sesame Street often sings and speaks in both English and Spanish, teaching children basic Spanish words and giving Latino/Hispanic children a friend like them on television.

“Sesame Street” debuted in 1979 and has since spawned similar shows in Israel, Mexico, Germany, and Spain. Mexico has “Plaza Sésame” and after many years away Spain welcomed back “Barrio Sésamo’ in 1996.

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Shooting at Governor’s Palace in Saltillo, Mexico Leaves 6 Injured

Shooting at Governor’s Palace in Saltillo, Mexico Leaves 6 Injured

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Five guards and a state employee were wounded when a subject opened fire Thursday outside the Governor’s Palace in Saltillo, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, officials said.

“It was a direct attack on the guards, wounding five police officers and a civilian who was working there,” state security spokesman Jesus Carranza told Efe.

The subject, identified as Jose Maria Segura Gutierrez, was arrested, Carranza said.

Segura Gutierrez opened fire on the palace, where Gov. Ruben Moreira has his office, around 9:00 a.m., the state security spokesman said.

Moreira was not in the building at the time of the attack, which occurred just before a Mother’s Day event was to start, Carranza said.

Mexico will celebrate Mother’s Day on Friday.

Army troops, state police and Federal Police officers set up a perimeter around the Governor’s Palace.

Coahuila has been at the center of a turf war among the Los Zetas, Gulf and Sinaloa drug cartels in recent years, leading to a spike in violence in the state.

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Top 5 Countries With Highest First-Day Infant Deaths in LatAm

A recent study shed light on the number of infants who die on their first day.  Save the Children ranked nearly all countries on the number of deaths per 1,000 births. 

Internationally, the highest infant mortality rate was Tanzania with 9 deaths for every 1,000 births and the lowest death rate was Luxembourg with less that 0.5 deaths per 1,000 births.

As a region, Latin America and the Caribbean ranked very well.  With a regional average of 3 deaths for every 1,000 births and accounted for 37,400 first-day deaths.

Controversially, Peru, Panama, and Mexico had less deaths than the United States who represented 11,300 first-day deaths.

Below we have highlighted the countries with the highest infant mortality rate.

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Brazil
Brazil saw 4 deaths for every 1,000 live births meaning 10,700 first-day deaths, also, 44,000 deaths under the age of 5 years occurred.

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Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic saw 5 deaths for every 1,000 live births meaning 1,100 first-day deaths, also, 5,300 deaths under the age of 5 years occurred.

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Guatemala
Guatemala saw 5 deaths for every 2,400 live births meaning 10,700 first-day deaths, also, 13,900 deaths under the age of 5 years occurred.

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Paraguay
Paraguay saw 6 deaths for every 1,000 live births meaning 910 first-day deaths, also, 3,400 deaths under the age of 5 years occurred.

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Bolivia
Bolivia saw 8 deaths for every 1,000 live births meaning 2,100 first-day deaths, also, 12,900 deaths under the age of 5 years occurred.

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Car Chase in Texas Leads to 800 lbs of Pot and Driver Swimming to Mexico

Car Chase in Texas Leads to 800 lbs of Pot and Driver Swimming to Mexico

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In another incredible ‘Extreme Trafficking’ incident a car chase led to a large drug seizure with the alleged narco-trafficker swimming to Mexico.

Texas authorities in Rio Grande City are reporting a routine traffic stop that started Tuesday evening evolved into a car chase that ended at the banks of the Rio Grande River.  Apparently the driver of a 2006 Nissan Murano did not yield to police commands to stop and lead them on a chase.

The unidentified driver drove to the Rio Grande and before authorities could nab him he jumped into the Rio Grande and swam to the other side of the river which is Mexican territory. 

Rio Grande City police then found over 800 pounds of marijuana inside the car bundled into 37 packages.

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PEW STUDY: 75% of US Residents Believe Immigration System Needs Fixing

PEW STUDY: 75% of US Residents Believe Immigration System Needs Fixing

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Three-quarters of U.S. residents believe that the immigration system needs major changes, including a path toward legalizing the status of the undocumented population, according to a national survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

Of the more than 1,500 people surveyed by Pew early this month, 35 percent said the immigration system should be “completely rebuilt.”

However, the poll revealed a lack of consensus about how to deal with the 11 million undocumented people already in the United States with 73 percent saying there must be a way for them to remain in the country legally, 44 percent supporting a route to citizenship and 25 percent saying that the most appropriate response is for them to only be able to request legal residence.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said that they think that those who violate the laws should not receive the “reward” of legalization, as the detractors of immigration reform argue.

The survey results suggest that the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon had little impact on public opinion regarding the problem of illegal immigration.

With regard to border security, 53 percent of Americans think that the government in Washington can do much more to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants who cross the southern border, and just 13 percent think that there is little or nothing that can be done to increase monitoring in the area.

The survey emphasized the ideological differences on border security, given that 68 percent of conservative Republicans believe the government should do more on that score while just 37 percent of progressive Democrats share that opinion.

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Benjamin Bratt Stepping in for ‘Despicable Me 2,’ Pacino Out

Benjamin Bratt Stepping in for ‘Despicable Me 2,’ Pacino Out

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Al Pacino is reportedly out of the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 and Benjamin Bratt has stepped in.

Pacino, who was originally set to voice the villain Eduardo in the flick, is said to have experienced creative differences with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

Bratt has now stepped in to be the new voice of Eduardo, and it looks to be a big undertaking since the film is set to hit theaters this July. He also lent his voice to the character Manny on another animated sequel, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Despicable Me 2 is the sequel to 2010’s Despicable Me and will once again star Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, as well as Kristin Wiig, Ken Jeong, Miranda Cosgrove, Moises Arias, Russell Brand, and now Bratt.

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Mexican Woman Arrested For Migrant Smuggling

Mexican Woman Arrested For Migrant Smuggling

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A woman was arrested while trying to smuggle eight undocumented Honduran minors into the United States, Mexico’s INM immigration agency said Wednesday.

The suspect, Cristela Angelina Garcia Murillo, 45, was detained by INM agents as a result of spot-checks on buses in the northern border state of Chihuahua, the agency said in a statement.

Agents detected the minors as they traveled on two different buses headed toward the U.S. border.

The minors, ranging in age from 8 to 17, initially claimed to be traveling alone, but later identified Garcia Murillo as their guide and said relatives in Honduras had commissioned her to take them to the United States, the INM said.

Garcia Murillo took away their Honduran identifications and provided them with Mexican IDs, the minors told the agents.

The children said their parents were waiting for them in the United States.

Testimony from Honduran minors intercepted in previous operations indicates Garcia Murillo has been in the migrant-trafficking business since at least 2011, the INM said.

Steps are being taken to safely return the eight minors to Honduras, the agency said.

Every year, tens of thousands of Central Americans undertake the journey across Mexico to reach the United States. The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.

Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.

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Spain Awards Asturias Prize to Filmmaker Michael Haneke

Spain Awards Asturias Prize to Filmmaker Michael Haneke

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Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke was announced here Thursday as the recipient of the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts.

The 71-year-old writer and director’s films include “The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon” and “Amour,” which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Meeting in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, capital of the principality of Asturias, the jury for the arts award selected Haneke from among more than 30 nominees.

“Employing radical sincerity, keen observation and extreme subtlety, his work constitutes an original and highly personal approach to fundamental issues that concern and affect us both individually and collectively,” the jury said of Haneke.

“With a constantly evolving filmography, which also stands out for Haneke’s prodigious talent for choosing the right actors, this European creator is a major reference in contemporary filmmaking,” the statement continued.

Haneke greeted the news of his selection with “extraordinary joy and satisfaction.”

“I wholeheartedly thank the jury of the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts for having granted me this great and prestigious distinction,” he said from Brussels.

Along with a cash award of 50,000 euros (about $65,600) and a sculpture by Joan Miro that symbolizes the awards, each recipient gets a diploma and an insignia bearing the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s coat of arms.

The arts prize is one of eight Prince of Asturias Awards given out annually.

The prizes, which Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe will hand out at a ceremony in the fall in Oviedo, are regarded as the Ibero-American world’s equivalent of the Nobels.

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Check Out Jennifer Lopez’s New Single with Pitbull- “Live It Up”

Check Out Jennifer Lopez’s New Single with Pitbull- “Live It Up”

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Though the video may have been delayed due to reports of shots fired near the Florida set, the lyric video for Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s song “Live it Up” was released this week. Check it out.

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Lionel Messi Gets the Hollywood Treatment: Movie in the Works

Lionel Messi Gets the Hollywood Treatment: Movie in the Works

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Epic Pictures Group is preparing a film about the life of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi that is set to debut at theaters coinciding with the start of the 2014 World Cup, the digital edition of Variety reported Wednesday.

The film, which will be in the style of “Rocky,” according to the publication, will be based on the biography “Messi: The Inside Story of the Boy Who Became a Legend,” by Luca Caioli. Epic will undertake to finance and produce the film.

Epic’s chiefs, Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, are currently negotiating with scriptwriters and directors to take the reins of the project.

The 25-year-old Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team, is considered to be the best soccer player in the world at present.

In January, he made history by becoming the first soccer player to win FIFA’s Ballon d’Or prize for the fourth consecutive time.

The producers are intending to focus the story on Messi’s childhood, his humble beginnings and how he overcame his physical disadvantages, especially his 5-foot-7-inch height, to become one of the best players of all time.

“The goal is to make a powerful and positive film that will leave audiences feeling inspired to go after their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem,” Ewald said.

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Despite Rumors, Enrique Iglesias is NOT Getting Married This Weekend, Says Julio

Despite Rumors, Enrique Iglesias is NOT Getting Married This Weekend, Says Julio

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Spanish singer Julio Iglesias on Wednesday denied reports that his son Enrique will marry former tennis star Anna Kournikova this weekend, saying that Enrique had not mentioned this possibility to him.

“I don’t think that my son’s getting married. He would have told me,” said the artist at a press conference in Mexico, where he is on an international concert tour.

Appearing ready to answer any questions, the 69-year-old crooner chatted with reporters and mentioned that he learned about the supposed marriage in the press on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, British tabloid The Sun, in a report citing unnamed sources, said that the younger Iglesias and the Russian tennis beauty were planning to marry next week.

“I think that Enrique has been married for 10 years. I was ‘married’ for 22 years and I had five children and I got married just two years ago, and I think that Enrique is going along that road, too,” Julio added.

Julio Iglesias married Miranda Rijnsburger in 2010 and Enrique Iglesias has been in a relationship with Kournikova since 2002.

Enrique Iglesias turns 38 on Wednesday.

Hola! magazine also denied on Wednesday that wedding bells were sounding for the singer of “Experiencia religiosa.”

“There’s no Enrique Iglesias wedding,” headlined the publication in its online edition.

Not even Enrique’s publicist, Joe Bonilla, would confirm that any wedding date had been set, telling Efe: “Enrique is like the tide, always surprising. If he’s planning to get married, I’m sure that he’s going to surprise us all.”

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Miguel Bose to be Honored as Latin Grammys Person of the Year

Miguel Bose to be Honored as Latin Grammys Person of the Year

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The Latin Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Miguel Bose will be honored at the next Latin Grammy gala as 2013 Person of the Year for “his philanthropic and professional accomplishments.”

Tribute will be paid to the Spanish artist and 2002 winner of the Latin Grammy for the best pop album by a male vocalist for “Sereno” with a star-studded concert and gala, the communique said.

The concert and gala will take place on Nov. 20 in Las Vegas, one day before the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards prize ceremony.

The receipts obtained from the concert and gala will be allocated to educational programs offered by the Latin Recording Academy.

Bose began his music career almost 40 years ago with the help of Camilo Sesto, who composed his first numbers. In 1977, he released his first album, which included some of his emblematic songs, including “Linda.”

An icon like few in the Latino music realm, Bose has had many hits during his career and has sold some 14 million albums.

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Immigration Reform Could Fail With Amendments Says McCain

Immigration Reform Could Fail With Amendments Says McCain

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), part of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” who drafted an immigration reform bill, warned Wednesday that the measure could fail if too many amendments are added.

In a speech at the 43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the Council of the Americas, McCain said he was “guardedly optimistic” with regard to the bill’s chances for passage in the Senate.

He added, however, that “compromises were made” to produce a comprehensive proposal, “and if there are efforts made to destroy that delicate compromise then it could fall apart.”

Of the 301 amendments presented on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, McCain said that he will not support at least two of them that seek to regularize the situation of immigrants involved in same-sex marriages with U.S. citizens.

Those amendments, presented by committee chair Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, “are not needed” in the immigration law, McCain said, vowing to do everything possible to make sure they are not part of the final bill.

Two other Republican members of the Gang of Eight, Florida’s Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have already said that they will reject the Leahy amendments.

Other amendments give Congress more authority regarding security along the border with Mexico, demand that undocumented immigrants provide DNA samples before they can obtain legal status and reduce the number of undocumented workers eligible to obtain citizenship.

McCain emphasized in his speech that a “majority” of Americans support the idea of providing a road to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented foreigners who are estimated to live in this country.

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ThursdayMay 9, 2013