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WednesdayMay 29, 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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Mormon Mom of 7 in Mexican Prison Thanks to 12 Pounds of Pot

Mormon Mom of 7 in Mexican Prison Thanks to 12 Pounds of Pot

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American citizen, Mormon mother of 7 and Mexican tourist - Yanira Maldonado – is living out many of our worse nightmares:  jailed in a Mexican prison on drug charges.

The Phoenix resident traveled to Sonora, Mexico on May 22nd to attend a family funeral when 12 pounds of marijuana were found under the seat of the bus she was traveling in with husband Gary Maldonado. 

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Biden Looking to Increase U.S.-Brazil Relations

Biden Looking to Increase U.S.-Brazil Relations

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday in Brazil expressed his country’s wish to broaden ties with Latin America.

“No partner is more significant in this endeavor than Brazil,” he said in a speech at the port of Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of a three-day visit to the South American giant.

“There’s a new sense of dynamism across the Americas,” Biden said. “And President Obama and I believe that the times present an incredible opportunity for a new era of relations between the United States and the Americas.”

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Hurricane Barbara Arrives in Southern Mexico - Two Deaths Reported

Hurricane Barbara Arrives in Southern Mexico - Two Deaths Reported

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The eye of Hurricane Barbara made landfall Wednesday on the Pacific coast of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and causing the death of at least two people in neighboring Oaxaca state, authorities said.

The victim was trying to cross a rain-swollen stream and was swept away by the current in the town of Pinotepa Nacional, a Oaxaca government spokesman told Efe.

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MISSING: Guadalupe Garcia, 14, Last Seen May 24, 2013

MISSING: Guadalupe Garcia, 14, Last Seen May 24, 2013

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A California teen named Guadalupe Garcia has been missing since Friday, May 24 and police are asking the public to help find her.

Guadalupe, 14, was last seen on Friday when she was dropped off at Jefferson Middle School in Indio, Calif. by a family member.

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LATINO BLOTTER: New Mexico Man Arrested for Driving Drunk, Crashing…While Having Sex

LATINO BLOTTER: New Mexico Man Arrested for Driving Drunk, Crashing…While Having Sex

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A New Mexico man is in serious trouble after police say he crashed while having sex while driving drunk.

Luis Briones, 25, was reportedly driving drunk and having sex when he ran a red light and crashed his Ford Explorer into another car in Albuquerque on Monday. The woman he was having intercourse with was ejected from the vehicle and suffered deep lacerations to her face and head.

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Top 5 Universities in Latin American

Top 5 Universities in Latin American

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Universities in Latin America have long been recognized for their research contributions in various fields.

TopUniversities.com, ranks the Universities based on seven key indicators, chosen to reflect regional strengths and priorities.

The ranking is a helpful tool for those seeking more information on higher education in this dynamic and diverse region.

Check out the top universities in Latin America below:

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Tijuana has Become the First City in Latin America to Convert to Digital Television Broadcasts

Tijuana has Become the First City in Latin America to Convert to Digital Television Broadcasts

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The northwestern Mexican border city of Tijuana has become the first city in Latin America to convert to digital television broadcasts.

Some glitches were experienced after broadcasters switched off analog signals on Tuesday, officials said.

Federal officials will be asked to delay full implementation to avoid affecting residents who are still waiting for equipment to receive digital broadcasts, Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Bites Husband’s Penis for Being Forced to Leave Rodeo Early

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Bites Husband’s Penis for Being Forced to Leave Rodeo Early

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A California man says he regrets calling police after his wife bit his penis during an argument.

Over the holiday weekend, Christina Salinas and her husband Anthony Hill were attending a rodeo when Hill reportedly forced her to leave before it was over.

When the couple got home the argument escalated, and Salinas ex-husband tried to separate her and Hill. The ex-husband lives with the couple for reasons that remain unclear, and his presence is said to have been one of the many things they had been fighting about recently.

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PEMEX to Upgrade Docks with $67 Million Investment

PEMEX to Upgrade Docks with $67 Million Investment

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Some 840 million pesos (nearly $67 million) will be invested this year to upgrade and modernize seven docks in Mexico, state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said.

The facilities targeted for upgrades are La Paz, Baja California Sur; Mazatlan, Sinaloa; Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; Lerma, Campeche; and two docks in Pajaritos, Veracruz, Pemex said in a filing with securities regulators.

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Copahue Volcano Activity Puts Chile and Argentina on High Alert, Forced Evacuations

Copahue Volcano Activity Puts Chile and Argentina on High Alert, Forced Evacuations

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The increasing volcanic activity of the Copahue Volcanco, that borders Argentina and Chile, has resulted in the mandatory evacuation of 3,000 people.

The evacuations follow a red alert issued on Monday when the 10,000 foot volcano was unusually active with plumes of ash and smoke observed.  A red alert indicates an eruption could be imminent.  The alert was also issued because of the increasing volcanic tremors caused by the volcanic activity.

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Hispanics Fast Food Preferences Don’t Include Wendy’s

Hispanics Fast Food Preferences Don’t Include Wendy’s

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Placed has just released a study showing that fast food restaurants account for 6 of the top 10 most visited destinations in the U.S. “Americans have more options than ever when dining out, fueling a growing battle for a limited set of dollars,” said David Shim, Founder and CEO at Placed. “

The Midwest was the only region that saw two Mexican-style fast food restaurants, Taco Bell and Chipotle, secure spots in the top 10.

Wendy’s proved the Least Popular among Hispanics.

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Miguel Tweets Controversy, Says Black People are Judgmental

Miguel Tweets Controversy, Says Black People are Judgmental

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“Adorn” singer Miguel struck a cord Monday after a series of tweets, which began with him tweeting:

 

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“Blancanieves” Wins Best Ibero-American Picture at Ariel Awards

“Blancanieves” Wins Best Ibero-American Picture at Ariel Awards

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“Blancanieves,” by Spanish director Pablo Berger, took Best Ibero-American Picture honors at the Ariel awards, the Mexican film industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Berger’s silent, black-and-white version of the Snow White story garnered multiple trophies earlier this year at Spain’s Goya Awards.

“El Premio” (The Prize), from writer-director Paula Markovitch, won the Ariels for best picture, first work, original screenplay and editing.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Burglars Break-Into House Leading Cops to 3,700 Pounds of Pot Inside

Sunday night alert neighbors in the Mission, Texas area of Cimarron Country Club reported seeing two Hispanic men breaking into a home.

When authorities responded they were expecting to surprise the home burglars instead they were the surprised ones when they discovered 3,700 pounds of pot inside the empty home. 

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Top 5 Developed Countries in Latin America

Top 5 Developed Countries in Latin America

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According to a recent human development report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the global South has seen substantial progress.

With increased life expectancy, average salaries, and education, Latin American countries have higher human development.

Not limited to Latin America, countries such as South Africa and Bangladesh have also encountered development and growth.

Internationally, the highest ranked country was Norway and the lowest ranked countries were Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Below find the top 5 ranking Latin American countries in the UN report.

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3 Latina Teens Identified in Deadly O.C. Crash that Left 5 Dead

3 Latina Teens Identified in Deadly O.C. Crash that Left 5 Dead

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Orange County officials have released the name of the five teenagers that died in a fiery Memorial Day crash on the way to a beach outing; amongst them are three Latina teens.

The single car crash in South California’s Newport Beach, claimed the lives of three teen girls and two boys.

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THE VOICE: Team Shakira Continues, Who Was Voted Off?

THE VOICE: Team Shakira Continues, Who Was Voted Off?

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On Tuesday’s elimination on NBC’s “The Voice, Team Adam took a major hit, as two of his three remaining singers were voted off.

Coach Adam Levine is now in the same boat at both Team Usher and Team Shakira, each having just one singer left.

Coach Blake Shelton fared much better, with all three of his contestants surviving elimination.

So which two singers went home?

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Immigration Protesters Greet President Obama on Visit Home Today

Immigration Protesters Greet President Obama on Visit Home Today

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President Obama’s visit back home to Chicago today was greeted by pro-immigration protesters that chained themselves together in front of the hotel where the President is speaking.

The protesters who are protesting Obama’s deportation record shut down Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.  The mostly young protesters also unhurled a banner that read “400,000: Not1More Deportation.” 

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Jennifer Lopez’ Bare-Ass Shaking Upsets Family-Friendly British TV Audience

The U.S. maybe use to Jennifer Lopez’ exposing her back-side with her barely-there couture but clearly it is not appreciated across the pond.

Lopez, 43, made a guest appearance last night on the family-friendly show “Britain’s Got Talent”  where she performed her new single “Live it Up”.  What got the audience all riled up was her thong-like leather outfit that featured bare ass butt checks and a very high crotch front.  Luckily she was covered from the waist up with a fur bolero.

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Spain Has Until 2016 to Correct Deficit, Says European Commission

Spain Has Until 2016 to Correct Deficit, Says European Commission

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The European Commission confirmed Wednesday that it was recommending Spain be given two additional years to correct its deficit and additional flexibility for dealing with the situation in each individual year based on the targets set by Madrid.

“Spain should put an end to its current excessive deficit from here to 2016,” the commission said in the recommendations it submitted to the European Union Council.

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Spanish Woman Steals Money from Son’s Bar, Loses it Gambling

Spanish Woman Steals Money from Son’s Bar, Loses it Gambling

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Police in Spain say a woman claiming her son’s bar had been robbed actually stole the money herself.

Investigators say the 56-year-old woman stole money from the bar located in Artana, using the money to gamble. After losing the money gambling, she then fabricated a story.

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Georgia Sex Ring with Ties to Mexico Busted - Involved Undocumented Immigrant Females

Georgia Sex Ring with Ties to Mexico Busted - Involved Undocumented Immigrant Females

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Four Mexican nationals have been charged in Atlanta, Georgia with operating a sex ring that involved the sexual trafficking of undocumented female immigrants from Tlaxcala, Mexico.

These men dubbed “romeo traffickers” for inciting young women to come to the U.S. with promises of love and marriage, are then forced into prostitution as sex slaves.

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Missing Persons Search Unit Gets Green-light in Mexico

Missing Persons Search Unit Gets Green-light in Mexico

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The Mexican government on Monday announced the creation of a Missing Persons Search Unit aimed at ending the “bureaucratic labyrinth” facing thousands of citizens in the search for the loves ones.

Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that the creation of the unit seeks to provide continuity to the investigation of missing persons cases and answers regarding the whereabouts of people who have disappeared.

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Spanish Engineer Among Winners of European Inventor Award

Spanish Engineer Among Winners of European Inventor Award

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Spanish engineer Jose Luis Lopez Gomez won Tuesday the European Inventor Award’s first-ever Popular Prize for a system that allows trains to travel with more safety and comfort.

Lopez Gomez has invented a new way to make sure that the wheels of high-speed passenger trains roll more securely on the rails, always maintaining the most perfect position, particularly in mountainous regions.

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Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

Court Confirms Overturning Dictator’s Genocide Conviction in Guatemala

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The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld its May 20 decision overturning former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The CC rejected four motions submitted by the Attorney General’s Office and plaintiffs’ lawyers, a judicial spokesman told reporters.

Rios Montt, 86, was sentenced May 10 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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Telecom Industry in Mexico Grows 12.5% in 2013’s 1st Quarter

Telecom Industry in Mexico Grows 12.5% in 2013’s 1st Quarter

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Mexico’s telecommunications industry grew 12.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year, thanks to surging demand for satellite television, long-distance calling and wireless services, the Federal Telecommunications Commission, or Cofetel, said.

Pay television grew 12.4 percent in the January-March period, compared to the first quarter of 2012, due to competition from new providers that entered the market and offered a broad range of service plans, the commission said.

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WednesdayMay 29, 2013