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SaturdayMay 25, 2013

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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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Pemex Produced 2.54 million Barrels Per Day in Early 2013

Mexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said it produced an average of nearly 2.54 million barrels per day in the first four months of 2013, nearly half of which was destined for export.

Of the average of 2,538,000 barrels produced per day, 54 percent was heavy crude, 33 percent light oil and remainder super-light crude, Pemex said in a statement.

Pemex exported an average of 1.22 million bpd to its international customers in the year’s first four months, generating $14.97 billion in cash flow from those sales.

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Placido Domingo Brings “Authenticity” to Role at Chinese Opera

Placido Domingo Brings “Authenticity” to Role at Chinese Opera

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Spanish tenor Placido Domingo said the Giuseppe Verdi opera “Nabucco,” in which he plays the titular character, was the best choice for showing China real “authenticity,” since that is the value its composer was looking for.

“Particularly for an audience that has not seen many operas, it’s best to go with the traditional,” Domingo told a press conference after singing Friday with overwhelming success at the National Center for the Performing Arts, popularly known as “The Giant Egg.”

The tenor, performing for the second time this year in Beijing after his debut on May 22, was certain the Chinese audience “enjoyed the story of ‘Nabucco.’”

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Saturday Morning Surprise:  Mexico’s Popcatepetl Volcano Spews 1.5 Mile High Ash Columns

Saturday Morning Surprise:  Mexico’s Popcatepetl Volcano Spews 1.5 Mile High Ash Columns

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Scientists recorded two moderate explosions Saturday morning at Mexico’s Popocatepetl that sent columns of gas and ash up to 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) above the crater, the National Disaster Prevention Center, or Cenapred, said.

The latest bulletin on this volcano in central Mexico said the first explosion occurred at 6:46 a.m. and the second at 10:00 a.m.

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28 Migrants in Rubber Boats Rescued en Route to Spain

28 Migrants in Rubber Boats Rescued en Route to Spain

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A total of 28 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were rescued Saturday in the Strait of Gibraltar by Moroccan police as they tried to reach the coast of Spain on five inflatable boats, the Spanish rescue service said.

Officials at Spain’s Maritime Rescue service said the operation to save the migrants was launched after they were alerted by several calls for help from mobile phones with Moroccan telephone numbers.

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Bolivian Government to Boost Incentives for Gas Exploration

Bolivia’s government, which asserted greater state control over the Andean nation’s natural gas sector seven years ago, says it will issue a decree to encourage investment in exploration.

Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera made the announcement at the inauguration of a gas and oil congress in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, where energy experts from nine countries have gathered.

The incentives are “very important, very attractive” and will help investors make a “extremely rapid return on their investment,” he said.

President Evo Morales’ government instituted a new tax regime in 2006 that gives the state up to 82 percent of the value of gas production, leaving foreign multinationals with the remaining 18 percent, an overhaul that has made it difficult to attract investment.

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Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

Ex-Dictator’s Overturned Conviction Leads to Large Protests in Guatemala

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Thousands marched in this capital on Friday to protest the Guatemalan Constitutional Court’s overturning of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Survivors and families of the victims of military repression led the procession.

Rios Montt was sentenced two weeks ago 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.

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AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio: GUILTY of Profiling Latinos and Violating Their Civil Rights

AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio: GUILTY of Profiling Latinos and Violating Their Civil Rights

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America’s self-titled “Toughest Sheriff” calls its immigration enforcement an Arizona federal judge calls its racial profiling and a violation of Latino’s civil rights.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of racially profiling Latino drivers in Arizona all in an effort to crack down on illegal immigration.

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Bilingual School in North Carolina Receiving National Attention For Success

Bilingual School in North Carolina Receiving National Attention For Success

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A North Carolina school has become a national model for its bilingual curriculum that offers students of different origins an education in both English and Spanish.

When the eighth-grade students at Charlotte’s Collinswood Language Academy finish their classes next month they will be the first group to complete one of the most innovative programs for bilingual education in the United States.

“If they’d let me choose my school, this would be ideal,” Dr. Wayne Thomas, well-known researcher of bilingual education and professor emeritus of George Mason University, told Efe.

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STUDY: Latino Voters Face Bias by Election Officials

STUDY: Latino Voters Face Bias by Election Officials

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A study by Harvard political science students found that local election officials are biased against Latino voters and hence are less responsive to their election inquiries.

As part of the study the political science students crafted emails to election officials in 48 states asking basic election questions, with 25 percent of the inquiries coming from people with Latino-sounding names.  The conclusion: Latinos were less likely to garner a response than others.  In addition when the Latino election inquiries were answered they were likely to be less-informative and less likely to have a friendly tone, the Washington Post noted.

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Cleveland Kidnapping Shines Light on Latino Community

Cleveland Kidnapping Shines Light on Latino Community

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

We have tiny attention spans. I won’t expand further, you can Google it yourself; here’s a LINK to get you started.

I mention this because it’s been a scant few days since the Cleveland kidnapping story appalled us, and already we’ve moved on to other headlines. But if you’re Latino and live in Cleveland, the story festers.Image

Here’s what I mean.

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Problem:  Not Enough Yes Votes in Senate for Immigration Reform to Pass

Problem:  Not Enough Yes Votes in Senate for Immigration Reform to Pass

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One of immigration reforms leading voices and U.S. Senator, Robert Menendez, says there are not enough yes votes for the immigration bill to pass the Senate right now.

The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with a vote of 13-5 and bipartisan support.  The next step for comprehensive immigration reform is a majority vote by the U.S. Senate.

Menendez and others are saying the bill doesn’t have the 60 votes its needs to pass.  The debate period for the bill will start sometime around June 10th and the bill’s sponsors known as the “Gang of Eight” will be working on securing the necessary votes.

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Charlie Sheen to Go By Carlos Estevez in ‘Machete Kills’

Charlie Sheen to Go By Carlos Estevez in ‘Machete Kills’

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For the first time in his career, Charlie Sheen will use his real name, Carlos Estevez, in the credits of the movie “Machete Kills,” a decision that contrasts a past statement that he does not feel “Latino.”

Celebrity-news Web site TMZ.com published a shot from the film, to premiere September in the United States, which shows Sheen carrying an assault rifle while a super on the screen says “and introducing Carlos Estevez.”

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The Met Re-Opens European Gallery With New Space For Spanish Art

The Met Re-Opens European Gallery With New Space For Spanish Art

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New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has reopened its European paintings galleries after a two-year renovation, giving a privileged space to Spanish masters Velazquez, El Greco and Goya.

Prior to the overhaul, the Met’s large collection of works by Velazquez, Goya, Ribera, Murillo and El Greco had been distributed in different galleries organized either by artistic movement or thematically.

But as of Thursday, this museum now has a dedicated space for Spanish art.

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CHILE: Gold Mining Company Fined $16.5M for Environmental Violations

CHILE: Gold Mining Company Fined $16.5M for Environmental Violations

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Chile’s SMA environmental watchdog said Friday that it had imposed an 8-billion-peso (roughly $16.5-million) fine on Canada’s Barrick Gold and ordered it to halt its Pascua-Lama mine project over environmental violations.

The measures were adopted due to one “very serious” violation and four “serious” violations of Barrick’s environmental permit, granted in 2006.

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Former Cartel Leader Eduardo Arellano Felix Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering in U.S.

Former Cartel Leader Eduardo Arellano Felix Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering in U.S.

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Eduardo Arellano Felix, who managed money for his brothers Tijuana-based drug cartel, pleaded guilty Friday to money laundering after reaching an agreement with U.S. federal prosecutors.

The 56-year-old physician will spend 15 years in federal prison for laundering and investing the cartel’s profits.

He will be deported back to Mexico once he serves his sentence.

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Argentine Wanted for “Dirty War” Crimes Arrested in Uruguay

Argentine Wanted for “Dirty War” Crimes Arrested in Uruguay

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A retired Argentine military officer wanted for crimes committed during the 1976-1983 “dirty war” against the left has been arrested in the Uruguayan capital, a police source told Efe Friday.

Col. Alberto Julio Candiotti, 68, was arrested Thursday at the Montevideo apartment building where he lived with his wife.

Uruguay’s National Police acted on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice issued at the request of an Argentine federal court, the source said.

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Rafael Correa Sworn In For Another Term as President of Ecuador

Rafael Correa Sworn In For Another Term as President of Ecuador

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Left-leaning economist Rafael Correa took the oath of office Friday for what he says will be his final term as president of Ecuador.

The 50-year-old Correa, who became head of state in 2007, convened an early election in 2009 under the new constitution he promoted.

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Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

Guatemalan Ex-President Alfonso Portillo is Extradited to U.S.

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Alfonso Portillo, who was Guatemala’s president from 2000-2004, was extradited Friday to the United States to face money laundering charges.

He was handed over to U.S. agents at a military airfield and then boarded a government aircraft to be taken to New York.

The extradition of Portillo, who led one of the most corrupt administrations in the history of Guatemala, was authorized in November 2011.

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SaturdayMay 25, 2013