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FridayMay 24, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Undocumented Cuban Migrants Rescued in Puerto Rico

Undocumented Cuban Migrants Rescued in Puerto Rico

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Six undocumented Cuban migrants landed illegally on the Mona islet, in western Puerto Rico, U.S. authorities in San Juan reported Thursday.

The group arrived in Puerto Rico on Tuesday aboard a raft three meters (about 10 feet) long and were rescued from the barren islet by Border Patrol agents and U.S. Coast Guard personnel.

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Sofia Vergara Returning to her Roots - To Star in Spanish-Language Telenovela

Sofia Vergara Returning to her Roots - To Star in Spanish-Language Telenovela

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Colombian actress Sofia Vergara has completed a five-episode telenovela in Spanish that will air throughout Latin America except for Brazil starting in July, her agents said.

The actress, the highest paid on U.S. television for her popular role in the series “Modern Family,” wrapped up production of the miniseries several days ago on Long Island, New York, in a “telenovela” house where the Barranquilla native worked with more than 10 Latin actors, her agents said in a communique.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Teen Breaks into Home of Girl He’s Infatuated With, Assaults Her

LATINO BLOTTER: Teen Breaks into Home of Girl He’s Infatuated With, Assaults Her

Photo: Eduardo Rodriguez accused of breaking into classmate's home

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Florida police have arrested a young man for allegedly breaking into a classmate’s home, attempting to have sex with her. He now faces charges of child abuse, sexual battery, and burglary involving an assault and battery.

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TRAGEDY: 12-Year-Old Queens Girl Hangs Self After Bullying

TRAGEDY: 12-Year-Old Queens Girl Hangs Self After Bullying

Photo: Gabrielle Molina, 12, hanged herself following bullying at school

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This week, a set of New York parents received the news no parent wants to here—their daughter was dead. Tragically, it appears the young girl took her own life after being bullied for months.

Gabrielle Molina of New York’s Queens Village neighborhood was found by hear sister Georgia on Wednesday after returning from school.

At the start of that day, Gabrielle, 12, who usually gets a ride to school with a friend’s uncle, did not come out of her room. Her grandparents reportedly knocked on the pre-teen’s locked door throughout the day, but assumed she was sleeping.

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May 24: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

May 24: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

Photo: In theaters today: Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III -- Coming soon: After Earth

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Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters.

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Top 5 Soccer Teams in Latin America

Top 5 Soccer Teams in Latin America

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With the World Cup 2014 a little over a year away, soccer fans have been following their teams through the numerous qualification matches as well as keeping an eye of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

The teams of the FIFA member nations are ranked based on their game-by-game results, currently Spain is ranked the highest and Germany is ranked number 2.  The rankings are used when giving seeds in competition.

Since the ranking system has gone into effect in 1992, Brazil has spent the longest ranked first.

Check out the highest ranked Latin American teams below.

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Nearly 5,000 Pre-Hispanic Cave Paintings Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Nearly 5,000 Pre-Hispanic Cave Paintings Found in Tamaulipas, Mexico

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Anthropologists from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) have announced the discovery of nearly 5,000 cave paintings in Sierra de San Carlos in the town of Burgos in the state of Tamaulipas.

The cave paintings are thought to have been made by Pre-Hispanic hunter-gatherer groups that roamed the region. The paintings were located in 11 different sites in Burgos, which sits 100 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Mia Maestro Cast in Guillermo del Toro’s FX Series ‘The Strain’

Mia Maestro Cast in Guillermo del Toro’s FX Series ‘The Strain’

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Last fall it was announced horror king Guilleremo del Toro was turning his vampire novel trilogy into a series for FX. Casting has now begun for the upcoming series and Mia Maestro has reportedly signed on.

“The Strain” was written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan and was picked up for an initial 13-episode run for FX.

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Joaquin Sorolla’s “Ninos en la Play” Earns $4.1M at Auction

Joaquin Sorolla’s “Ninos en la Play” Earns $4.1M at Auction

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The oil painting “Niños en la playa” (Children on the Beach) by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), considered by experts to be one of his greatest works, brought 2.77 million pounds ($4.1 million) at auction here on Thursday.

The work headed the 19th Century European Paintings auction at Sotheby’s, which gathered 120 works for sale among which were pieces by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) and Belgian Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921).

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Four Mexican Zeta Narcos Plead Guilty to Murder, Attempted Murder of U.S. Agents

Four Mexican Zeta Narcos Plead Guilty to Murder, Attempted Murder of U.S. Agents

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Four Mexican cartel members of the vicious Los Zetas have pleaded guilty in U.S. Court to the murder and attempted murder of U.S. federal agents working in Mexico.

Julian Zapata Espinoza, aka “Piolin, 32, Ruben Dario Venegas Rivera,  aka “Catracho,” 25, Jose Ismael Nava Villagran, aka “Cacho,” 30, and Francisco Carbajal Flores, aka “Dalmata,” 38, all pleaded guilty to the incident that left Special Agent Jaime Zapata dead and Agent Victor Avila injured.

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Most Powerful Latinas in the World According to Forbes

Forbes has released it’s annual list ranking the world’s most powerful women.  Ranging from politicians to activists to celebrities, this is a comprehensive list of who’s who of female leaders in the world.

The highest ranked woman was Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, but the second highest ranked woman was Latin America’s own Dilma Rousseff.

Seven Latinas were represented on the Forbes list, check out the women and their international ranking below.

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How Immigration Reform Will Let Families Reunite Without Becoming Criminals

How Immigration Reform Will Let Families Reunite Without Becoming Criminals

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A Human Rights Watch (HRW) study released this week found that 85,000 immigrants were prosecuted for illegal entry or re-entry in 2013. The three main reasons that HRW found for illegal entry or re-entry were “to seek work, to reunite with family…, or to flee violence or sometimes persecution abroad.” Illegal entry is a misdemeanor punishable with a maximum six-month jail sentence, but illegal re-entrants can receive sentences that vary between two years and twenty years for immigrants who have prior aggravated felonies.

The study recommends that immigration violators to be given criminal charges only when they are convicted for serious, violent felonies.

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FC Barcelona Unveils New 2013-14 Jerseys - No More Orange Aways (PHOTOS)

FC Barcelona Unveils New 2013-14 Jerseys - No More Orange Aways (PHOTOS)

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Lionel Messi and the guys of FC Barcelona will not be donning bright orange and yellow jerseys at away games next season.

The new jerseys made by Nike were unveiled this week and instead of the orange/yellow away jerseys, the guys will don yellow and red, vertical-striped garments.

Both the home and away jerseys are a return to the traditional design of two-color vertical stripes, the home with red and blue stripes.

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Llama Meat Maybe Coming to a Restaurant Near You Soon

Llama Meat Maybe Coming to a Restaurant Near You Soon

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Llama meat, a traditional part of many Andean residents meals, is getting more attention outside the region.

It is common to see llama meat consumed in rural parts of Bolivia and offered by local street vendors.  Now some of the country’s high-end tourist hotels and exclusive restaurants are incorporating llama in to their menus.

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Extreme Trafficking on High Seas: Nearly $1 Billion in Coke Seized Over Weekend

Extreme Trafficking on High Seas: Nearly $1 Billion in Coke Seized Over Weekend

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The U.S. Customs and Protection agency (CBP) was involved in stopping four cocaine smuggling attempts that yielded more than 10,000 pounds of coke with an estimated street value of $841 million in just one weekend. 

During the third weekend in May CBP disrupted these cocaine smuggling attempts being carried out on the Pacific and Caribbean seas. 

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Ex-Officials Face Corruption Charges in Mexico

Ex-Officials Face Corruption Charges in Mexico

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A Mexican judge ordered eight former officials to stand trial for massive cost overruns in the construction of a monument in this capital.

The defendants are all erstwhile employees of III Servicios, a subsidiary of state oil monopoly Pemex.

Judge Ruben Dario Noguera set bail of 5,000 pesos ($402) for each of the accused, a court source told Efe.

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Helicopter Crash in Venezuela Kills Five Police Officers

Helicopter Crash in Venezuela Kills Five Police Officers

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Five members of Venezuela’s PNB national police force died Thursday when the helicopter they were using to pursue a group of kidnappers in a rural part of Caracas crashed, PNB director Luis Karabi said.

The helicopter crashed in an uninhabited area near the Antimano neighborhood in the northeastern part of the capital in conditions of very low visibility due to a thick fog that covered the city at dawn.

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Doctors to Perform LatAm’s First Ovary Transplant in Mexico

Doctors to Perform LatAm’s First Ovary Transplant in Mexico

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A Mexican woman received Latin America’s first transplant of ovaries in a hospital in the western city of Guadalajara, the director of the Mexican Infertility Institute, Luis Arturo Ruvalcaba, announced.

Ruvalcaba told Efe by telephone that the patient is a 32-year-old women who had developed cervical and uterine cancer that was detected and treated in France.

“The ethics committee of the Public Hospital of Paris made an evaluation and decided at her request to cryopreserve her ovaries because her idea was not only to recover her hormonal function but also her reproductive function,” he said.

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Photographer Annie Leibovitz Honored By Asturias Foundation in Spain

Photographer Annie Leibovitz Honored By Asturias Foundation in Spain

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U.S. photographer Annie Leibovitz was named in Madrid as this year’s recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

Leibovitz, 63, who is known for portraits of celebrities such as music icons Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, is one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary photographers.

Her work is characterized by a “painstaking, sophisticated staging and by a studied use of lighting that lends her photos a characteristic atmosphere,” the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s Web site said.

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Chile Launches Bid for 8,525-Ft Suspension Bridge Across Chacao Channel

Chile Launches Bid for 8,525-Ft Suspension Bridge Across Chacao Channel

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Chile’s government has launched a bid process for the construction of a 2,600-meter (8,525-foot) suspension bridge linking Chiloe Island to the mainland, a project with an investment limit of $740 million.

Public Works Minister Loreto Silva said the eight consortiums vying for the project in southern Chile have until October to submit their technical and design proposals for the bridge, which would span the Chacao Channel and be the longest of its type in Latin America.

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Mexican Governor Says His State is Calmer Thanks to Army

Mexican Governor Says His State is Calmer Thanks to Army

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This week’s deployment of Mexican army soldiers in Michoacan has brought “tranquility” to the violence-wracked western state, Gov. Jesus Reyna said Thursday.

Acknowledging the state is not “100 percent” calm, the governor told MVS radio that “the results have been good.”

He said his administration asked President Enrique Peña Nieto for military help “to re-establish completely the institutional order” amid the rise of armed militias that had taken it upon themselves to police their own communities.

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FridayMay 24, 2013