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TuesdayMay 21, 2013

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Marc Anthony’s Private Plane Denied Take Off in Mexico as He Refuses Customs Check

Singer and actor Marc Anthony tried to evade a customs check at the Veracruz international airport as he was preparing to leave the country, officials at the terminal reported Tuesday.

The performer arrived at the airport on Monday night in a vehicle and boarded a private jet on the tarmac with the intention of leaving the country without passing through the baggage check area.

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JUST IN:  Immigration Reform Bill Moves Forward with Strong Bipartisan Support

JUST IN:  Immigration Reform Bill Moves Forward with Strong Bipartisan Support

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11 million undocumented immigrants are one step closer to getting on a path to achieving legal status in this country as is the broadest overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.  This evening the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 13-5 vote moved the comprehensive immigration reform bill “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,”  forward.

The committee vote had 10 Democrats and 3 Republicans voting in favor of moving the legislation to the next step.  The three Republican ‘yes’ votes came from three Senators that were part of the “Gang of Eight” that authored the bill and proposed it.  A total of 43 Republican amendments were added and adopted in order to obtain a successful vote.

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REPORT: Chilean Miner Movie “The 33” Will Feature Antonio Banderas

REPORT: Chilean Miner Movie “The 33” Will Feature Antonio Banderas

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Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will star in “The 33,” a film based on the story of survival of the miners buried for more than two months in a mine in northern Chile, Variety reported.

Banderas will portray Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner who earned the nickname “Super Mario.”

The announcement was made by producer Mike Medavoy at the Cannes Film Festival. The filming, to be directed by Mexico’s Patricia Riggen, will begin in the fall in Chile.

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Actors in Lifetime’s Jodi Arias Movie Discuss Film

Actors in Lifetime’s Jodi Arias Movie Discuss Film

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Actors Tania Raymonde and Jesse Lee Soufer recently spoke with CNN’s A.J. Hammer about their roles as Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander in Lifetime’s upcoming film about the murder of Alexander.

When asked about one of the film’s sex scenes in Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, Raymonde, known for her role on “Lost,” said she “always tried to rationalize that [Arias] loved [Travis Alexander] so passionately and so deeply that she did these things to him to please him because it pleased herself.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Arizona Woman Tries to Give Away Baby at Convenience Store

LATINO BLOTTER: Arizona Woman Tries to Give Away Baby at Convenience Store

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An Arizona woman has been charged with one count of child abuse for attempting to give her baby away.

Police arrived at a Phoenix convenience store after Rozenna Luna, 36, called them to say she could no longer take care of her 6-month-old daughter, Elena.

Before she called authorities however, witnesses say Luna had attempted to give the child away at the store. They told a cashier, who called police.

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Two Suspected Car Thieves Lynched in Oaxaca, Mexico

Two Suspected Car Thieves Lynched in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Two suspected thieves were cornered and lynched in San Isidro la Reforma, a town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, state prosecutors said Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Sunday, when residents mobilized to find two individuals who had allegedly robbed the drivers of pick-up trucks a day earlier on the La Esperanza-La Reforma highway.

“The town decided to get together” and go find the thieves, who were spotted in the community of La Reforma, the Oaxaca Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

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Former Pres. Bill Clinton Visits with King Juan Carlos at Royal Zarzuela Palace

Former Pres. Bill Clinton Visits with King Juan Carlos at Royal Zarzuela Palace

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King Juan Carlos on Tuesday welcomed former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Zarzuela Palace, where the pair discussed the economic outlook for Spain and the European Union.

Clinton, who arrived in Madrid on Monday evening, met with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy before his appointment with the king.

The former president is visiting Spain to participate with Crown Prince Felipe in a forum on youth and employment organized by the Laureate International Universities network - which includes institutions from a score of countries and for which Clinton serves as honorary president - at the European University of Madrid campus.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Awards More Than $300k in College Scholarships

Ronald McDonald House Charities Awards More Than $300k in College Scholarships

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On Saturday, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern California awarded $328,000 in scholarship funds to 104 exceptional high school seniors from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The scholarships were presented during a recognition luncheon at the legendary Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, where recipients were recognized and applauded by their parents, school counselors and Southern California McDonald’s Owner/Operators.

RMHC of Southern California awarded the scholarships through its four programs including: (RMHC)/African American Future Achievers, RMHC/Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement (ASIA), RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) and RMHC/Scholars. The selected 104 recipients may apply their scholarship funds towards tuition, fees and other appropriate educational expenses.

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Nate Diaz Officially Suspended From UFC for Homophobic Tweet

Nate Diaz Officially Suspended From UFC for Homophobic Tweet

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Nate Diaz has officially been suspended by the UFC for a homophobic slur he tweeted directed towards Bryan Caraway.

Diaz recently aimed an angry tweet at Caraway for accepting Pat Healy’s Submission of the Night bonus money after Healy tested positive for marijuana.

Healy forfeited $130,000 in bonus money after his submission win over Jim Miller at UFC 159, and Caraway, who had submitted Johnny Bedford with a guillotine choke that night, was given the Submission of the Night bonus of $65,000.

In the tweet, Diaz called Caraway “the biggest fa**ot in the world,” for accepting the bonus money.

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First Lady of Panama’s Security Detail Arrested on Narco Charges

First Lady of Panama’s Security Detail Arrested on Narco Charges

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A member of the security team for Panamanian first lady Marta Linares de Martinelli was arrested by the National Police during an anti-drug operation, officials said.

The man, who worked as a courier, was arrested Monday along with several other people in Don Bosco, located east of Panama City, “while driving a white Ford Explorer” that had been assigned to him, the Communications Secretariat said.

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Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Guilty Verdict Overturned by Constitutional Court

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Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s genocide conviction and ordered a partial retrial.

Rios Montt was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign.

By a vote of 3-2, the Constitutional Court threw out the verdict and the sentence - as well as the acquittal of another defendant - and ordered the trial court to repeat the segment of the process that took place between April 19 and May 10.

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REPORT: FC Barca to Sign Brazilian Striker Neymar

REPORT: FC Barca to Sign Brazilian Striker Neymar

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Brazilian striker Neymar signed a deal last week with FC Barcelona committing him to join the club after representing his country in this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup, Rio daily O Globo reported Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Santos FC player, considered the latest in a long line of Brazilian soccer phenoms, had put off making the move to Europe but has now signed an agreement requiring him to join the Spanish powerhouse in July, according to sources close to the player cited by O Globo.

The daily reported that this Sunday’s Brazilian league game between Santos and Flamingo could be Neymar’s last appearance with the club, where he has spent his entire senior career and become a star.

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Marisela Demontecristo Crowned Winner of ‘Nuestra Belleza Latina’ Season 7

Marisela Demontecristo Crowned Winner of ‘Nuestra Belleza Latina’ Season 7

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The most competitive and challenging season of Univision’s top-rated reality competition “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (Our Latin Beauty) to date concluded Sunday night in a glittering season finale jam-packed with glamour, excitement, emotion, music, and superstar guests. Over 9.4 million votes were cast during the finale – the second highest number of votes cast in the competition’s history – electing Marisela Demontecristo to reign as this year’s winner. In addition to winning $250,000 in cash and prizes, a contract with the Univision Network, and an all-new 2014 Forte EX compact sedan, “Nuestra Belleza Latina” 2013 will also be featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan en Español magazine.

 

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Mexico’s Peña Nieto Unveils Massive Development Plan to Help 52 Million Living in Poverty

Mexico’s Peña Nieto Unveils Massive Development Plan to Help 52 Million Living in Poverty

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President Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled the National Development Plan, calling the project a “roadmap” that will allow Mexico’s people and government to work “together toward a new stage in the country.”

“Mexico has a historic opportunity to undertake a deep transformation” with the participation of all sectors of society, the president said.

The plan, which was created using the results of a survey of 228,949 citizens, is aimed at bringing about “deep changes” in the country, Peña Nieto said during the document’s presentation at the National Palace on Monday.

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IMMIGRATION: Is Border Security Improved Enough?

IMMIGRATION: Is Border Security Improved Enough?

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Border security is a crucial part of the immigration overhaul creeping forward on Capitol Hill—as it was during Washington’s last, doomed attempt to tackle the issue. But in the seven years since, the security situation along the U.S.-Mexico border has been transformed.

The government has built 651 miles of fencing along the border—about three times what existed six years ago. The U.S. now operates hundreds of remote cameras, more than 13,000 ground sensors and five drones in the area. And the number of Border Patrol agents deployed along the border has doubled in the last decade, to more than 18,000.

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Selena Gomez Kisses Justin Bieber at Billboard Music Awards

Selena Gomez Kisses Justin Bieber at Billboard Music Awards

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It seems that every time Selena Gomez “confirms” she is single and no longer dating fellow pop star Justin Bieber she immediately does something to make everyone doubt it.

Last month Gomez flew to Norway to be with Bieber just weeks after telling David Letterman she made him cry.

On Sunday, after Bieber wa embarrassingly booed on stage at the Billboard Music Awards, cameras caught Gomez was backstage giving Bieber a kiss.

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Cubans Now Allowed to Import Electric Applicances

Cubans Now Allowed to Import Electric Applicances

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Cuban customs authorities starting on Monday authorized individuals to import electric appliances and mopeds in a resolution eliminating the prohibition on such imports that had been in force since 2005.

Resolution 143 published on Monday in the island’s Official Gazette sets forth that Cuban citizens traveling abroad may import refrigerators, air conditioners of any type or model, microwave ovens, stoves and electric ovens.

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Mexican Officials Meet with Chinese Hoping Expand Relations

Mexican Officials Meet with Chinese Hoping Expand Relations

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Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade met with Chinese officials on Monday in Beijing to discuss how the two countries can expand bilateral relations.

The visit was designed to follow up on the meeting in April between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Boao Forum, known as the “Asian Davos,” Meade told Efe.

“What we want is that a dialgoue that got off to a good start, in which the two countries expressed support for the idea of strengthening it, continues,” Meade said.

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TuesdayMay 21, 2013