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MondayMay 13, 2013

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REPORT:  Christina Aguilera Returning to ‘The Voice’, To Receive $17 Million Paycheck

REPORT:  Christina Aguilera Returning to ‘The Voice’, To Receive $17 Million Paycheck

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The Wrap is exclusively reporting that Christina Aguilera is returning as a judge on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and will be receiving a $17 million paycheck.

Aguilera, 32, along with Cee Lo Green exited the very popular vocal talent competition, last season, to promote their latest projects.  Aguilera was debuting her album “Lotus”.  The Latina singer has been busy while away from ‘The Voice’.  Mostly recently she released a duet with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez for the ‘La Tempestad’ telenovela on Univision.

NBC has not confirmed The Wrap’s exclusive report therefore it is not known which of the current judges (Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher or Blake Shelton) will not be returning.  If the report is correct and Aguilera returns for Season 5 with a $17 million paycheck, she will be one of the highest paid Latinas on prime-time TV.

The former ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ singer is divorced and mother to five-year-old Max.

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760,000 Tons of Food Arrives in Venezuela from Latin American Allies to Eleviate Food Shortages

760,000 Tons of Food Arrives in Venezuela from Latin American Allies to Eleviate Food Shortages

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The Venezuelan government said Monday that this week a shipment of 760,000 tons of food will arrive in the country, all of it being the product of agreements reached during President Nicolas Maduro’s recent tour through countries of the Mercosur trade bloc.

“On this visit to Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil we arrived at some agreements ... (for) the first month of the food reserve, which is comprised of 760,000 tons,” the minister responsible for food supplies, Felix Osorio, told state television.

The food will arrive after on the weekend Maduro said that Venezuela is suffering from an “acute shortage” of some products and complained that some private firms are hoarding food with the aim of destabilizing his leftist government.

Osorio said that the shipment cost $600 million and that it includes edible oil, milk, raw sugar and canned tuna, among other items.

The minister said that the government’s aim is to bolster the country’s food reserve to three months’ supply, an amount equivalent to approximately 2.3 million tons.

Venezuela suffers from periodic food shortages, which forces many consumers to go to several stores to find all the products they need or want to buy.

Osorio said that the government is seeking to fight “the culture of importation” and foster domestic food production by following in the steps of major agricultural producers such as Brazil and Argentina.

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Miguel Bose’s Free Mexico City Concert Attract 100,000 in Audience

Miguel Bose’s Free Mexico City Concert Attract 100,000 in Audience

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About 100,000 people, according to official calculations, attended a free concert offered by Spanish singer Miguel Bose on the weekend in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s mammoth main square.

The artist began a series of concerts in Mexico on May 1 as part of his “Papitwo” tour, which will take him to several Latin American countries and to the United States.

He kicked off the concert with his number “Mirarte” at 8 p.m. on Sunday and for the next 2 1/2 hours he moved about onstage performing both old and new songs from his repertoire, including the popular “Bandido.”

Accompanied by his band, dancers and backup singers, Bose performed one of his biggest hits - “Aire Soy” - together with Mexican vocalist Ximena Sariñana.

Big screens had been installed both in the central part of the Zocalo as well as along the street surrounding the plaza so that those attending the event - including many whole families - could easily follow the show.

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Alejandro Fernandez, Christina Aguilera Duet Released: “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti”

Alejandro Fernandez, Christina Aguilera Duet Released: “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti”

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In a press release, Alejandro Fernandez announced that his new single with Christina Aguilera, “Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti,” has been a long time coming “because good things take time.”

The new song will be the single for Univision’s new soap opera La Tempestad starring former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete and the hunky William Levy.

Check out the new song below.

 

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Demi Lovato Confesses She Steals Pillows, Performs at Wango Tango (VIDEOS)

Demi Lovato Confesses She Steals Pillows, Performs at Wango Tango (VIDEOS)

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On Friday’s episode of “Ellen” Demi Lovato revealed something about the pillows she’s always photographed carrying at airports.

Asked if she carries around the same raggedy pillow, Demi confessed it is not, because she always steals one from whatever hotel she was staying at before flying.

“Initially, it starts off as my pillow, but I leave that one at the Ritz—they’ve got money there, they can afford another pillow.”

Before being told of Demi’s leave-one-take-one pillow theft, Ellen had a special “I <3 Ellen" pillow made for her.

After appearing on "Ellen," Demi headed over to KIIS FM's Wango Tango music event on Saturday hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Britney Spears.

Lovato, Spears, Maroon 5, Miguel, Avril Lavigne, and Fall Out Boy were among the many performers at the day-long event.

Check out Demi singing at Wango Tango (video 2) and watch her pillow talk with Ellen (video1).


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Univision To Produce Spanish-Language Adaptation of “Breaking Bad”

Univision To Produce Spanish-Language Adaptation of “Breaking Bad”

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In an agreement with Sony TV, Univision will produce an adaptation of the popular cable series ‘Breaking Bad’.  The Spanish-language version will be called ‘Metastasis’ and will be geared for U.S. and Latin American Spanish-speaking audiences.

Sony Pictures Television will serve as co-producer of the Univision original series that is adapted from the AMC cable series.  In July ‘Breaking Bad’ will launch its fifth and final season on AMC. 

According to the series website:

Breaking Bad follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to secure his family’s financial security, White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world.

The Univision network announced it is launching 21 new TV series along with returning shows for its next season.  The network is doing two Spanish-language adaptations of popular English-language shows that include ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Gossip Girl’.

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Did Selena Gomez Confirm She’s Single and her Mother is Pregnant?

Did Selena Gomez Confirm She’s Single and her Mother is Pregnant?

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Selena Gomez seems to have confirmed both that she still single and that her mother is once again pregnant.

In 2011, Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, and her husband revealed they were pregnant. That December, however, they suffered a miscarriage and Gomez canceled a number of appearances.

Over the weekend, in honor of Mother’s Day, Gomez posted a photo of her and her mother. The photo seems to hint that Teefey is once again with child, as Gomez lovingly has her hand over her mother’s stomach.

Though her mother may be pregnant, it seems Gomez is far from it, confirming on Friday that she is single.

Responding to constant rumors that she and Justin Bieber are back together, Gomez told Boston’s Kiss 108 radio show she is “available” despite flying to Norway last month to visit Bieber, who later posted a photo of them together on Twitter before removing it.

Check out the interview below.

 

 

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Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Hospitalized After Guilty Verdict Causes Collapse

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Guatemalan former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, facing 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity, was hospitalized Monday after collapsing on his way to a court hearing, his lawyer said.

Rios Montt fell ill while being transported from Matamoros prison, where he taken last Friday after the verdict, to a courtroom in the capital, attorney Francisco Garcia Gudiel told Efe.

The 86-year-old retired general was rushed to the Military Hospital.

Dr. Carlos Alvarez described Rios Montt’s condition as stable, attributing his collapse to a “hypertension crisis” brought on by stress.

Guatemala’s one-time ruler could remain hospitalized for up to a week, the doctor said.

Rios Montt was convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign.

Monday’s court hearing was to address the question of monetary reparations for the slaughter.

The former dictator’s attorneys plan to appeal the conviction.

This is the first time any Guatemalan ruler has been called to account for the massacres and atrocities of the country’s 1960-1996 civil war.

Rios Montt presided over the bloodiest phase of a conflict that claimed more than 200,000 lives. Most of the dead were Indian peasants slaughtered by the army and its paramilitary allies.

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Mexican Authorities Make Arrests in Beating Death of Malcolm X Grandson

Mexican Authorities Make Arrests in Beating Death of Malcolm X Grandson

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The Assocaited Press is reporting Mexican authorities have arrested two people in connection with the beating death of Malcolm X’s troubled grandson, Malcolm Shabazz.

Shabazz died from blunt force trauma after leaving a bar in Mexico City.  It was first reported that Shabazz died after being robbed, reports since then say a dispute started in a bar over an unpaid bar tab of $1,200.  Reportedly the bar was located near the fabled Plaza Garibaldi, home to the capital city’s mariachis. 

The 28-year-old had numerous run-ins with the law including setting a fire in his grandmother’s home.  The widow of the controversial civil rights leader later died from her injuries.  As a then 12-year-old Shabazz served a 18-month prison sentence for intentionally setting the fire.  Since then he has been in prison and in trouble with the law for a myriad of crimes from robbery to vandalism.

Mexican authorities have confirmed they have arrested two male suspects that are employees of the bar Shabazz was at and where the dispute originated. 

Shabazz was the son of Qubilah one of Malcolm X’s six daughters with wife Betty Shabazz.  He died from his injuries in a Mexico City hospital on Thursday. 

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JUST IN:  La Mafia’s Oscar De la Rosa Reportedly Knifed in Houston Bar

JUST IN:  La Mafia’s Oscar De la Rosa Reportedly Knifed in Houston Bar

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Reports are coming in that La Mafia founder and lead singer Oscar De la Rosa was injured in an early morning bar fight in Houston, Texas.  The first reports of the incident were seen on the group’s Facebook page.

It is believed De la Rosa was knifed 1:30 a.m. this morning sustaining facial injuries and is being treated at the Memorial Hermann Hospital. 

According to KHOU the suspect is known to police and they are seeking the male suspect.  It is believed an intoxicated fan had approached De la Rosa earlier in the evening and was kicked out of the bar at the same time De la Rosa was leaving when an altercation began.

ImageLa Mafia is an awarding winning Tejano group that started out in 1980 in the Houston area.  The group has 37 albums to their credit with two Grammy, two Latin Grammys and numerous other recognitions.  The group was recently named by Billboard as one of the top 25 Latin Artists of the past 25-years. 

The group’s last performance was on Saturday May 11th at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas.

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Fernando Alonso Wins 2013 Spanish Grand Prix for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso Wins 2013 Spanish Grand Prix for Ferrari

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Spanish Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso secured a superbly-run victory in the Grand Prix here, his second triumph of the season after winning the Chinese Grand Prix, a win that allows him to climb 13 points closer to the leader in the rankings, Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, driving for Red Bull, who finished fourth.

Vettel leads with 89 points after five races and Alonso is now just 17 points behind him and in third place.

“I’m very happy with the win because it’s been a very good race. We came out really well, which we had predicted, moving up on rivals and everything came out OK on the second and third curve,” Alonso said.

The Ferrari team had an extraordinary race, with Alonso’s Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa finishing third, just behind Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen, driving for Lotus and finishing second in his third consecutive race.

“We knew that we’d have good rhythm with four pitstops, and we knew that others would do three. Coming back to win at home has been incredible,” the Spanish driver said.

This is Alonso’s 32nd career victory, after starting out in the sport in 2001 and securing his first win in the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2003.

Alonso thus repeated his victory in Barcelona, where he had won for the first and only time in 2006, while driving for Renault, and this is his 89th time on the podium.

“I know that, for many, it’s an effort with the way things are. I thank you and hope there will be much additional joy this year that that you enjoy it, both on the circuit and on the TV,” Alonso said.

German Mercedes-Benz driver Nico Rosberg had grabbed pole position for Sunday’s race and was joined on the front row by teammate Lewis Hamilton, while Vettel and Raikkonen started on the second row with Alonso and Massa on the third row.

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Top Conservative Publication Defends Linking Hispanics To Low IQ

Top Conservative Publication Defends Linking Hispanics To Low IQ

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Last week, a coauthor of the Heritage Foundation’s shoddy immigration report, Jason Richwine, resigned after it emerged that his PhD dissertation argued that Latinos and blacks were genetically intellectual inferior to white people. Monday morning, the flagship conservative journal National Review published a piece arguing that Richwine’s work was legitimate academic inquiry and that Heritage should have defended the dissertation rather than distancing itself from it.

The piece, authored by deputy managing editor Robert VerBruggen, argues that Richwine’s dissertation was “most certainly competently executed,” and that Richwine’s research on IQ helps support “much of the actual data” in giving “reason for concern” about “Hispanic assimilation.” That makes it wrong to call Richwine’s dissertation racist, in VerBruggen’s view:

These sorts of debates are resolved by having scholars take different views, conduct research, and make their case, confident that their current and future “educational institutions” will not punish them for doing so. Indeed, today genome research is progressing at a rapid clip, with scientists worldwide making fascinating discoveries almost constantly. (Soon, I hope, this work will render the research Richwine cites, much of which is decades old, obsolete.) The Left would like to cut this process off, expelling from polite society — with the help of a conservative think tank in this case — any researcher who dares to defend the hereditarian view.
The Left’s labeling of Richwine’s argument as “racist” is especially dangerous. In modern America it is axiomatic that “racism,” whatever it is, is wrong — and this is a good thing. It therefore is a mistake to define racism to include falsifiable hypotheses in addition to racial hatred. If Richwine’s view is racist, what are we to do if it turns out to be correct?

 

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BLOG DEL NARCO: Austin Businessmen Convicted of Money Laundering for Los Zetas Narcos

BLOG DEL NARCO: Austin Businessmen Convicted of Money Laundering for Los Zetas Narcos

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Four Austin businessmen have been convicted of conspiring to laundering narco money for the vicious Mexican cartel Los Zetas.  Jose Trevino Morales, 46, Francisco Colorado Cessa, 52, Fernando Solis Garcia, 30, and Eusevio Maldonado Hiutron, 49, were convicted of washing Los Zeta money by operating a prestigous American quarter horse business in Oklahoma and Texas.

Jose Trevino Morales, the ringleader, is the brother of Los Zeta leaders: Miguel Trevino Morales and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales.  The case highlighted the infiltration of Mexican cartels in the U.S. 

Los Zeta drug profits were used to purchase, train, breed and race American quarter horses throughout the U.S. with much success.  The illegal quarter horse operation known as Tremor Enterprises conducted millions of dollars in horse sale transactions often hiding the true ownership of the horses. In addition the Trevino operation won over $2.5 million in prize money for their quarter horses in just three years of showing them.

The U.S. government seized over 500 prized horses when Trevino Morales and his group were arrested in June 2012.  The government thus far has sold 400 quarter horses for nearly $9 million.  Other assets including prize horses are due to be auctioned later this summer.

“This trial documented the violence, brutality, and corruption generated by Mexican drug cartels—in this case the particularly ruthless Los Zetas. The government was able to show how the corrupting influence of drug cartels has extended into the United States with cartel bosses using an otherwise legitimate domestic industry to launder proceeds from drug trafficking and other crimes,” stated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman.

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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting Undocumented Immigrant

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Sexually Assaulting Undocumented Immigrant

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Texas Border Patrol Agent Philip Westerman has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted an undocumented immigrant while she was hospitalized.

Agent Westerman, 42, has been a Border Patrol agent for a little over three years and patrolled the South Texas, Falfurrias station.  He was guarding the unidentified undocumented woman at the Christus Spohn Hospital, who was receiving medical attention for an arm injury since April 18.

It is border patrol protocol for agents to guard undocumented immigrants when they are receiving medical treatment and until they are formally arrested for illegal entry into the U.S. 

Reportedly the incident occurred on April 28 when the victim found Westerman violating her with his fingers and then proceeded to masturbate in front of her.  The victim found Westerman’s DNA on paper towels he threw out in her bathroom – that is when she decided to report the incident.

Westerman challenged the woman’s version of events and claimed he had masturbated in the victim’s hospital bathroom because the victim had aroused him.

Westerman was booked on charges of second-degree sexual assault with a $150,000 bond.  The agent is currently on administrative leave from his Border Patrol job. 

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Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

Kidnapped Guatemalans Found Safe After Being Taken Off Bus

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The driver and assistant operating a bus, along with two passengers, who had been kidnapped by armed men in southeastern Guatemala on the weekend were found alive on a mountain, authorities said.

Although initially police had reported that eight people had been kidnapped Saturday by about eight or 10 armed men, according to the claims of the victims’ relatives, Government Minister Mauricio Lopez said on Sunday that upon investigation by the authorities it became clear that only four had been taken hostage and, in fact, were no longer in the hands of their abductors.

The incident unfolded on Saturday when the bus was traveling from Santa Elena to Pueblo Nuevos Viñas, in Guatemala’s southern Santa Rosa province.

Lopez said that the four people - identified as Francisco Arena, the driver and owner of the bus, his assistant, Miguel Angel Castro, and two passengers named Jeferson Gonzalez and Miguel Simay - were found abandoned on a mountain near the spot where they had earlier been kidnapped.

The group of at least seven gunmen who staged the operation demanded a ranson of 90,000 quetzales ($11,568) but the victims paid them only 1,000 quetzales ($128.53), whereupon they were released evidently unharmed.

Police, supported by the Public Ministry, are conducting an investigation and search operation to track down and capture the abductors.

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NYC Considering Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote

NYC Considering Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote

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NYC city council is considering allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections if the proposed “Voting by Non-Citizen Residents” legislation passes.

Residents would have to prove 6 months of residency and meet the other voter registration requirements of the state to vote locally.  The permission to vote in municipal elections would not permit voting in state or federal elections. 

The proposed legislation if passed would make New York City one of the first major cities allowing non-citizens the right to vote.  NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not support the initiative but over half of the 51 council members are in support according to a report by TPM.

Mayoral spokeswoman Evelyn Erskine said “The mayor believes voting is the most important right we are granted as citizens and you should have to go through the process of becoming a citizen and declaring allegiance to this country before being given that right.”

Last Thursday the New York City Council took the first step to making state history when the legislation’s 34-co-sponsors introduced the legislation for discussion.

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Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

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This morning, Pope Francis I received President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and urged for peace between the government and FARC guerillas.

Santos was at the Vatican celebrating the canonization of Mother Laura Montoya Upegui.  Upegui was canonized on Saturday making her the first Colombian saint. 

Mother Laura founded the Missionaires of Mary Immaculate and Saint Catherine of Sienna after she abandoned her life to go help the indigenous people of the country in 1914.

During the meeting Francis urged Santos to continue the peace process that started in 2012 and at times has stalled.  If successful the peace negotiation would end nearly five decades of internal warfare.

The FARC has battled a succession of Colombian governments since 1964. The Marxist insurgency swelled to nearly 20,000 fighters in the early 2000s, but now numbers around 8,500 combatants.

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MondayMay 13, 2013