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ThursdayMay 30, 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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Connecticut Set to Allow Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

The Connecticut Senate on Thursday approved granting driver’s licenses to immigrants without regard for their legal status in the United States.

In a 19-16 vote, the Senate on Thursday morning passed the measure, which had already been approved last week by the lower house and has the support of Gov. Daniel Malloy.

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11 Young People Go Missing in Mexico City, After Arrest by ‘Faux’ Mexican Police

11 Young People Go Missing in Mexico City, After Arrest by ‘Faux’ Mexican Police

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Investigators are looking into the disappearance of 11 young people following a supposed police operation at a bar in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa tourist district, a Federal District Attorney’s Office spokesman told Efe Thursday.

Armed men drove the young people, including a minor and several women, away from the bar Sunday in SUVs that apparently had police logos on them, the victims’ relatives told authorities.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Edwin Rosario Arrested for Abducting Teen in Ohio, Taking Her to Virginia

LATINO BLOTTER: Edwin Rosario Arrested for Abducting Teen in Ohio, Taking Her to Virginia

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An Ohio man was arrested in Virginia this week for allegedly abducting a teen girl.

Edwin Rosario, 33, is facing kidnapping and sexual battery charges for allegedly abducting a 17-year-old girl in Cleveland and driving her across state lines to Virginia Beach, Va.

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SPAIN: Man Breaks into Psychic’s Home After Love Spell Fails

SPAIN: Man Breaks into Psychic’s Home After Love Spell Fails

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A man in Spain was arrested last week for allegedly breaking into the home of a psychic whose love spell failed to work.

According to police in Magellon, Spain, Jose Laparra, 46, broke into the home of Lucia Martin, 30, when the $212,000-love spell she sold him did not work.

Laparra was reportedly looking to recover the money he spent on the failed spell, but ahead of his arrival, Martin said she “saw” him coming and called police just as he and four other men forced their way through her door.

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Latin America Fails to Rank Very High on Better Life Index

Latin America Fails to Rank Very High on Better Life Index

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Every year the OECD ranks the developed countries by quality of life.  The “Better Life Index” evaluates various components ranging from housing to healthcare to life satisfaction.

According to the OECD rankings, Australia offers it’s resident the best life and Turkey offers the worst.

While the OECD only ranks the top developed countries, three Latin American countries were included in this year’s ranking.  Unfortunately, these Latin American countries were not rated very highly and fell in the lowest 10 percent.

Check out where these countries ranked below.

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Top Celebrity-Owned Tequila Brands

Top Celebrity-Owned Tequila Brands

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Celebrities are often lending their names to various brands ranging from clothing to perfume to alcohol, while many have attempted to make their name in the tequila industry only a few have succeeded.

Check out the top celebrity-owned tequila brands below.

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Tickets to 2014 World Cup in Brazil to Go On Sale in August

Tickets to 2014 World Cup in Brazil to Go On Sale in August

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FIFA has officially set a date for the sale of tickets to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Beginning August 20, fans will be able to buy tickets for next year’s event on the FIFA website. FIFA has said it expects to sell more than 3 million tickets to the games.

The games themselves will take place in 12 cities across Brazil between June 12 to July 13, 2014.

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Weather Service Downgrades Hurricane Barbara to Depression After Touching Down in Mexico

Weather Service Downgrades Hurricane Barbara to Depression After Touching Down in Mexico

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Hurricane Barbara was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday as it moved over southern Mexico, where it killed at least two people, the Mexican national weather service said.

The storm was located 60 kilometers (37 miles) west-northwest of Cardenas, a city in Tabasco state, and the same distance east of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, the weather service said in its 7:30 a.m. bulletin.

The threat level associated with Barbara has been lowered to moderate, the weather service said.

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BRAZIL: Fear Keeps Zach Galifianakis from ‘Hangover Part III’ Press Conference

BRAZIL: Fear Keeps Zach Galifianakis from ‘Hangover Part III’ Press Conference

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With the press tour for “The Hangover Part III” underway, the film’s star headed down to Brazil to promote the film. but one of guys had to skip one event due to fear.

No, Zach Galifianakis was not worried about being attacked when he passed on a press event in Brazil. He’s just afraid of heights.
The event was being held at Morro da Urca in Rio de Janeiro, but there was a problem. The only way to get up there is to take a cable car up, which moves about 220 meters above the ground.

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Bon Jovi Offers Discount Tickets, Waives Performance Fee for Spanish Fans

Bon Jovi  Offers Discount Tickets, Waives Performance Fee for Spanish Fans

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Rock group Bon Jovi and its founder Jon Bon Jovi are thanking their devoted Spanish fans in the best way possible – offering half-priced tickets for their upcoming June performance.

Bon Jovi, in a gesture acknowledging the severe economic woes of Spain, not only offered discounted tickets they also waived their performance fee.  The group is due to perform in Madrid on June 27.

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7-Eleven Introduces Latin-Inspired Breakfast - Empanada Bites

7-Eleven Introduces Latin-Inspired Breakfast - Empanada Bites

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With the introduction of its Breakfast Empanada Bites, 7-Eleven, Inc. builds on the success of its first Latin-inspired hot foods snack introduced last year, Mini Tacos. The new miniature, crescent-shaped pastries, filled with eggs, cheese, bacon, smoked ham and sausage are priced at $1 for three at participating 7-Eleven® stores.

7-Eleven’s breakfast snack fits with several current food trends – the growth of breakfast and snacking occasions, and the continuing popularity of all foods Latin. Add to that portion control, portability, high-protein content and value pricing.

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ALLEGED:  Latino Students Discriminated Against in Louisiana Head Start Programs

ALLEGED:  Latino Students Discriminated Against in Louisiana Head Start Programs

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLU) and other civil rights organizations are alleging head start centers in the Jefferson Parish in Louisiana are discriminating against Latino families.

Apparently only Latino families are being asked to provide proof of citizenship to enroll in the federally funded pre-school program states a complaint filed by the SPLU.  The government program does not have a citizenship requirement it simply requires proof of residence, income and proof of child’s age.

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Mexican Economy to See More Growth in 2014

Mexican Economy to See More Growth in 2014

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Mexico’s economy, which will experience slower growth in the first half of 2013 due to headwinds from the United States, will have a stronger performance next year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, said Wednesday.

The new government’s structural reforms in the areas of telecommunications, energy and budgeting will improve long-term growth prospects, the OECD said.

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Cancer Walkathon in Puerto Rico Welcomes Tito Nieves, Daddy Yankee

Cancer Walkathon in Puerto Rico Welcomes Tito Nieves, Daddy Yankee

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Prominent Puerto Rican entertainers such as Daddy Yankee, Victor Manuelle and Tito Nieves will take part in this year’s charity walkathon to benefit cancer patients at San Juan’s Hospital Oncologico.

Other artists who plan to participate include Grupo Mania, Abraham and Chucho Avellanet, the organizer of the annual event, comedian Raymond Arrieta, told a press conference.

The walkers will set out June 6 from the Palacio de los Deportes in the western city of Mayagüez, passing through 13 municipalities before they arrive June 13 at San Juan’s Roberto Clemente coliseum.

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Severely Ill Woman Denied Abortion in El Salvador – Sparks Protests

Severely Ill Woman Denied Abortion in El Salvador – Sparks Protests

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El Salvador women have taken to the streets to protest the recent ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that refused to allow a severely ill woman to have an immediate abortion.

El Salvador is a majority Catholic country and one of five Latin American countries that has a complete ban on abortion regardless of circumstances.  El Salvadoran doctors or health care professional who are found to have performed an abortion risk being put in prison.

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Obama Welcomes Latino Businessmen at White House

Obama Welcomes Latino Businessmen at White House

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Latino businessmen from all over the United States on Wednesday asked for the Obama administration’s support in developing their businesses via greater access to capital.

The Hispanic Business Leaders Forum gathered for the first time in the White House about 80 Latino businessmen from all economic sectors to meet with high-level officials to discuss ways to foster the development of their companies and the creation of jobs.

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Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine in Colombia

Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine in Colombia

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Colombian police said Wednesday that they seized 1.5 tons of high-quality cocaine that the Los Rastrojos criminal organization was planning to ship to Guatemala.

The drug was divided into 1,406 one-kilo packets and was seized in Cali, capital of the southeastern province of Valle del Cauca and Colombia’s third city, in Operation Republic 41, according to a police communique.

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Brazil Sees .6% Economy Growth in 2013 1st Quarter

Brazil Sees .6% Economy Growth in 2013 1st Quarter

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Brazil’s economy grew 0.60 percent in the first quarter of 2013, compared with the final quarter of last year, the government said Wednesday.

The figures confirmed official projections that the economy would recover following the slowdown experienced over the past two years.

The South American country’s gross domestic product grew 1.9 percent in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, or IBGE, said.

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ThursdayMay 30, 2013