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SundayJune 2, 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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What Is He Thinking? Sen. Rubio Endangering Immigration Reform Passage - Proposing Key Change

No one is sure where Senator Marco Rubio obtained his negotiation skills but someone should of told him it is not wise to change the rules of the game when the game has started and when you wrote the set of rules in the first place.

The Cuban-American Florida Republican is proposing changing a key feature to the comprehensive immigration reform bill he co-authored with seven other Senators now known as the gang of eight.  The bill has already passed the Senate judiciary with bipartisan support and was to be voted on this month by the entire Senate.

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Uruguayan President Asks Spain to Play Decisive Role in EU-Mercosur Accord

Uruguayan President Asks Spain to Play Decisive Role in EU-Mercosur Accord

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Uruguayan President Jose Mujica on Sunday asked Spain to play a decisive role in the negotiations between the European Union and Mercosur to ensure that they are fruitful and an association agreement that includes free trade can be concluded.

“We’ve been discussing an agreement for Mercosur (with the EU) for 10 years,” said Mujica, and he asked Madrid to see to it that Europe agrees to the pact “because the decisions that are being taken at this time ... are going to have repercussions of an historic nature.”

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Ladies in White May Look to Expand Movement in Cuba

Ladies in White May Look to Expand Movement in Cuba

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The leader of the Cuban dissident group Ladies in White, Berta Soler, said Sunday that she would like to broaden the movement on the island as part of her near-term plans after the three-month international tour she concluded early this past week.

“We left (Cuba) seeking resources so that the organization may grow to the national level,” Soler told Efe after attending Mass at Havana’s Santa Rita de Casia church and after the regular peaceful weely procession by the Ladies in White, a march that attracted 70 participants on Sunday.

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Guatemalan Police Confiscate Over a Ton of Cocaine

Guatemalan Police Confiscate Over a Ton of Cocaine

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Drug enforcement agents seized 1,048 kilos of cocaine hidden in a van in Puerto Quetzal, a city in the southern Guatemalan province of Escuintla, but no arrests were made, a police spokesman said Sunday.

The cocaine arrived in the Central American country from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and was to be delivered to a Guatemalan company, a National Civilian Police, or PNC, spokesman told Efe.

The drugs were found Saturday packed in plastic bags hidden in a shipment of tile.

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Latino Blotter: Man Caught Having Sex With Dog Inside Chicago Animal Pound

Latino Blotter: Man Caught Having Sex With Dog Inside Chicago Animal Pound

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Chicago resident, Gerardo Perez, has been charged with having sex with a pit bull that was being held at the city’s animal pound.

Perez was part of a touring group inside the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility on the city’s southwest side.  It was during this tour that he allegedly broke away from the group and entered a restricted area twice. 

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Drug Enforcement Police Chief Killed in Argentina

Drug Enforcement Police Chief Killed in Argentina

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The chief of the Argentine Federal Police’s dangerous drugs division was shot outside his house and investigators do not consider the incident a random crime, Security Secretary Sergio Berni said Sunday.

Nestor Roncaglia was shot in the chest and hand Saturday night in Olivos, a northern suburb of Buenos Aires, Berni said.

“We are not ruling out any theory because it would be irresponsible to say what happpened, but we are convinced it was not a common assault,” Berni told the press.

Roncaglia is out of danger but remains in the intensive care unit of a Buenos Aires hospital.

The drug enforcement chief was shot after overseeing several raids, police spokesmen told the official Telam news agency.

Roncaglia spotted two suspicious men outside his house and ordered them to halt.

The suspects opened fire on Roncaglia, who returned fire with his service weapon.

Investigators are trying to determine whether a man taken to a hospital in the Buenos Aires suburb of Pilar with a gunshot wound was one of the criminals involved in the attack on Roncaglia, officials said.

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Flores Sisters Get Fans Up On Their Feet in Quito

Flores Sisters Get Fans Up On Their Feet in Quito

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Sisters Lolita and Rosario Flores, the musical heirs and daughters of Lola Flores (“La Faraona”), heated up a chilly Ecuadorian capital on the weekend with their “Las Flores” concert at which they blended art and history in an amalgam of flamenco, rumba and pop.

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REPORT:  Check Out Which Latin American Countries Least “Gay Friendly”

REPORT:  Check Out Which Latin American Countries Least “Gay Friendly”

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Spartacus International Gay Travel Index has come out with its listing of least ‘gay-friendly’ countries to travel to and several Latin American countries are at the top of that list.

138 countries were ranked and close to the bottom coming at #104 were Honduras, Panama and Peru.  The ranking took into consideration a country’s HIV-travel restrictions, religious stances on homosexuality, anti-gay legislation enacted, crimes against homosexuals and the countries stance on gay marriage.

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Police Arrest 9 for Killings of Hondurans in Southern Mexico

Police Arrest 9 for Killings of Hondurans in Southern Mexico

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Nine illegal Honduran immigrants who apparently “belong to Central American gangs dedicated to extortion and robberies of migrants” have been arrested in connection with the killings last week of two Hondurans in southern Mexico, officials said.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Latinas and the Falling Teen Birth Rates

INFOGRAPHIC: Latinas and the Falling Teen Birth Rates

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The Pew Research Center recently reported there has been a sharp drop in Hispanic teen birth rates.  While various factors may be responsible, some key components include the recession and changing views of society.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the current teen birth rate for all teens is 31.3 births for every 1,000 American teens.  While Hispanics are currently above the American average, they have seen a significant decrease in the last 20 years.

Check out below how Latinas are represented in the falling teen birth rates.

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Shootings in Nuevo Leon Lead to 5 Deaths

Shootings in Nuevo Leon Lead to 5 Deaths

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Five people were killed and one was wounded in two shootings earlier this weekend in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, officials said.

An unidentified gunman opened fire on a group of young men in the Villa de San Juan district of the city of Juarez, located east of Monterrey, around 11:00 p.m. Friday, killing four of them and wounding the fifth.

The gunman drove up to the house where the young men were drinking, threatened them and opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle.

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Accused Murderer Joran van der Sloot to Wed in Peru Prison

Accused Murderer Joran van der Sloot to Wed in Peru Prison

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Peruvian media is reporting that accused murdered Joran van der Sloot is engaged and is set to have a prison wedding to Leydi Figueroa Uceda.

Uceda is the same woman that made news when Peru media announced she gave birth to a son by van der Sloot in 2012.  The 23-year-old woman works inside the Piedras Gordas prison as a kiosk operator.  The Piedras Gordas prison allows conjugal visits for its prisoners despite the severity of their crime.

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Indiana Pacers Force Game 7 Against Miami Heat

Indiana Pacers Force Game 7 Against Miami Heat

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Paul George and Roy Hibbert led the Indiana Pacers to a 91-77 win over the Miami Heat, tying the Eastern Conference Finals at 3-3 and forcing a decisive Game 7.

The deciding game in the series will be played Monday at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, with the winner taking on the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

The Spurs swept the Western Conference Finals 4-0 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

George, who was a scoring machine on Saturday night, finished with 28 points, making 11 of 19 field goals, including three of five three-pointers and three of four free throws.

The small forward also grabbed eight rebounds, all of them on defense, had five assists and had three steals.

Hibbert, for his part, dominated the inside game, easily handling the Heat’s big men, especially forward Chris Bosh, who continued to struggle.

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Otra Ves, Racism, Racism, Racism

Otra Ves, Racism, Racism, Racism

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By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco

Bueno, it took a totally nonpolitical person to help bring contemporary racism to the surface.  Currently, you have politicians saying that the days of racism, those halcyon days of 1965, are over.  We, as society, have moved beyond the racist appeals of fringe groups such as the nazi’s or klansmen. 

Some folks like to say that when a person of color thinks that something racist is occurring, well, it’s coincidental or a joke or the figment of one’s imagination.  No one actually meant anything racist to happen, it just did.  Then apologies are extended, everyone says “let’s put the incident behind us and move on with the work at hand”.

This happened a week or so ago to Tiger Woods, who I consider the greatest golfer of all times – I don’t care what anyone says about him.  At a European awards dinner some reporter asked Sergio Garcia, the former golf wunderkind, if he would invite Tiger to dinner at the forthcoming United States Open golf tournament.  Sergio said that he would and he would invite him the entire week and “we can have fried chicken.” Image

Bueno, there was a pregnant silence and then nervous laughter but the damage had been done.

When asked, Tiger said the comments by Garcia were hurtful.  Although Garcia and Woods have never liked each other and this is not the first time something “hurtful” had passed between them, it was the first time that it received extensive coverage. 

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FC Barcelona Ties Real Madrid’s Record of 100 Points

FC Barcelona Ties Real Madrid’s Record of 100 Points

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Barcelona, with its 4-1 drubbing of Malaga on the last day of La Liga, not only equaled the record of 100 points that Real Madrid set last season, it scored the highest number of goals in the club’s history with 115.

In his first year heading Barca, Tito Vilanova equaled the scoring record achieved the year before by Real Madrid’s Portuguese trainer, Jose Mourinho, though coming up six goals short of the 121 the Madrid squad scored then.

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Mexico Delays “Phasing-out” of Analogue TV in Tijuana

Mexico Delays “Phasing-out” of Analogue TV in Tijuana

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Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has postponed the “phasing-out” of analogue television in the northwestern border city of Tijuana, the Communications and Transport Secretariat said.

The secretariat said the Cofetel regulatory agency agreed at a meeting Friday to push back its plans to switch off the analogue signals until July 18 - after the July 7 state election in Baja California - at the federal government’s request.

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JUST IN:  Singer Bruno Mars’ Mother Dies at Age 55

JUST IN:  Singer Bruno Mars’ Mother Dies at Age 55

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The mother of Grammy winning singer Bruno Mars, Bernadette Hernandez, has died at the age of 55 from a brain aneurysm, AP is reporting

The unofficial announcement is being linked to the pop star’s label Atlantic Record.  The details of Hernandez death are limited except that she died at the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. 

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SundayJune 2, 2013