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ThursdayJune 6, 2013

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Florida Gov. Vetoes Bill Allowing Undocumented to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Florida Gov. Vetoes Bill Allowing Undocumented to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed the issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants accepted into the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Republican governor vetoed HB 235, which passed the Florida House by a vote of 115-2 and won unanimous approval in the state Senate.

Republicans have majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

“Although the Legislature may have been well intentioned in seeking to expedite the process to obtain a temporary driver license, it should not have been done by relying on a federal government policy adopted without legal basis,” Scott said in a communique released on Wednesday.

The executive director of the ACLU of Florida, Howard Simon, harshly criticized the governor for “politicizing” a controversial issue approved by the legislature “with almost unanimous support,” at a time when the majority of Americans support “common sense immigration reform.”

Simon noted, however, that although the bill was vetoed, Deferred Action recipients will be able to acquire driver’s licenses from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles under the prevailing state law.

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California Associate Principal Accused of Sex Crimes

California Associate Principal Accused of Sex Crimes

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A school in Camarillo, California has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations she inappropriately touched a juvenile female and an adult female at the school.

Felix “David” Gallagos, 41, reportedly assaulted the female victims at different times. Investigators say neither was aware anyone else had been victimized.

When the allegations against him were brought to the attention of the school on May 20, Gallagas was immediately put of leave.

Gallagos was arrested Wednesday, but was released on $30,000 bail on Thursday.

He has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of child molestation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery. One of his victims was an adult female employee at Camarillo High School, while the younger alleged victim was a student.

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Is This UFO Over Peru a Sign of Aliens? (VIDEO)

Is This UFO Over Peru a Sign of Aliens? (VIDEO)

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A number of people near Lima, Peru have reported seeing an odd shape in the sky in recent weeks, prompting many to wonder if the UFO is a sign of alien visitors.

The UFO was recently spotted on May 30, and an eyewitness said the UFO was shaped like a jellyfish when he first saw it, but said it changed shape a number of times.

For ten minutes, a cameraman for a one of Peru’s television networks videotaped the oddity in the sky.

Check out some of his footage, which aired on “90 Segundos” last week.

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Highest Life Expectancies in Latin America

Life expectancy is the average number of years a person would live if the mortality rate remains constant in the future.  Variables such as the quality of healthcare, ongoing wars, obesity, and HIV/AIDS infections affect each country’s life expectancy.

The World Health Organization (WHO) evaluates this information and ranks the 193 nations accordingly.

Internationally, Japan ranked the highest with an overall life expectancy of 83 years (Men: 79 years, Women: 86 years) and Sierra Leone ranked the lowest with an overall life expectancy of 47 years (Men: 46 years, Women: 47 years).

Bolivia ranked the lowest in Latin America, with an overall life expectancy of 67 years (Men: 65 years, Women: 69 years).

Check out the countries with the highest life expectancies below.

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1. Chile  Ranked 33rd internationally
Overall life expectancy: 79 years
Male life expectancy: 76 years
Female life expectancy: 82 years

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1. Costa Rica  Ranked 33rd internationally
Overall life expectancy: 79 years
Male life expectancy: 77 years
Female life expectancy: 81 years

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2. Cuba  Ranked 38th internationally
Overall life expectancy: 78 years
Male life expectancy: 76 years
Female life expectancy: 80 years

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2. Colombia  Ranked 38th internationally
Overall life expectancy: 78 years
Male life expectancy: 74 years
Female life expectancy: 81 years

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3. Peru  Ranked 42nd internationally
Overall life expectancy: 77 years
Male life expectancy: 75 years
Female life expectancy: 78 years

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3. Panama  Ranked 42nd internationally
Overall life expectancy: 77 years
Male life expectancy: 74 years
Female life expectancy: 80 years

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3. Uruguay  Ranked 42nd internationally
Overall life expectancy: 77 years
Male life expectancy: 73 years
Female life expectancy: 80 years

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Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey to Create Latino James Bond Series

Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey to Create Latino James Bond Series

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According to Deadline, Robert Rodriguez’s new English-language network El Rey is currently working on a “Latino James Bond-like series” with scriptwriter Roberto Orci.

News of the series follows last month’s announcement that El Rey will be backed by Univision.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Father Leaves Injured Son Behind After Car Accident

LATINO BLOTTER: Father Leaves Injured Son Behind After Car Accident

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It seems we may have a contender for Worst Father of the Year on our hands.

On Sunday, 40-year-old Angelo Fabiani Arroyo lost control of his vehicle while driving in San Diego. Following the accident however, Arroyo ran off, leaving his seriously injured 4-year-old son behind.

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Police Find 3 Bodies in Western Mexico

Police Find 3 Bodies in Western Mexico

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The bodies of three men, including a minor, were found in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, prosecutors told Efe Wednesday.

The three victims, who were presumably killed “with shots from firearms,” were found Tuesday night in a field in La Higuera Panda, a town outside the city of Chinicuila, a Michoacan Attorney General’s Office spokesman said.

Chinicuila is in the Tierra Caliente region, which straddles the states of Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico, and has been plagued by a wave of drug-related violence.

The Tierra Caliente region became a marijuana growing center in the 1970s.

One of the unidentified victims is 14 or 15, while the others are between 30 and 35, the AG’s office spokesman said.

Some media outlets reported that the men were members of a vigilante group, but the AG’s office spokesman said there was no basis for reaching such a conclusion.

Vigilante groups have appeared in recent months in several Mexican states, with the largest number being reported in the southern state of Guerrero and in Michoacan.

Army troops, Federal Police officers and Michoacan AG’s office personnel participating in an operation discovered the bodies and five large-caliber firearms, the official said.

The federal government deployed army troops in Michoacan last month to restore order.

The Caballeros Templarios, La Familia Michoacana and Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartels have been fighting for control of Michoacan.

The gangs have been battling each other, as well as new armed vigilante groups, known as “community police forces,” in different cities.

The Caballeros Templarios gang was founded in March 2011 by former members of La Familia Michoacana and deals in both synthetic drugs and natural drugs.

The cartel has been fighting rival gangs for control of turf and smuggling routes in Guerrero and Michoacan states, both of which are on the Pacific.

Michoacan’s forests and mountains are used by drug traffickers to grow marijuana and produce synthetic drugs.

Los Caballeros Templarios is suspected of carrying out murders, staging kidnappings and running extortion rackets that target business owners and transport companies in Michoacan’s 113 municipalities, officials said.

French food giant Danone and Mexican pharmaceutical company Grupo Saba have decided to close their plants in Michoacan due to the high level of crime and move their operations to the less violent states of Queretaro and Jalisco, officials said.

Snack food company Sabritas, a unit of U.S. soft drinks and snack foods giant PepsiCo, was the target of several attacks in Michoacan last year.

The state has also been affected by a wave of protests staged by the CNTE teachers union and normal school students opposed to the educational reforms implemented in February by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Top Spirits Brands With Roots in Latin America

Top Spirits Brands With Roots in Latin America

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Every year BrandDirectory.com ranks the world’s most valuable brands, ranging from technology to banks to retailers this website evaluates and compare leading brands in a variety of industries.

Recently, they ranked the most valuable Spirits brands of 2013.  The most valuable spirits brand was the Scottish Whiskey brand Johnnie Walker.  The brand was valued at $4.3 Billion in 2013.

Four brands that were established in Latin America can be found within the top 50 list.

Check out the top spirits brands with roots in Latin America below.

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Bacardi Ranked 4th Internationally
Founded by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó in Santiago de Cuba in 1862, Bacardi’s first international facilities were located in Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  The brand is worth a reported $2.1 Billion.

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Jose Cuervo Ranked 26th Internationally
Jose Cuervo was the first producer of tequila in the world in 1795.  With it’s roots deep in Mexican history, Jose Cuervo was exported to the United States for the first time in 1873.  The brand is worth a reported $399 Million.

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Havana Club Ranked 33rd Internationally
Established in Cuba in 1878 by José Arechabala, the distillery and company was nationalized by the Cuban government after the Cuban Revolution of 1959.  In 1994, French company Pernod Ricard entered into a 50:50 joint venture with the Cuban government.  The brand is worth a reported $357 Million.

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Sauza Ranked 45th Internationally
Founded in 1873 when Don Cenobio Sauza started La Perseverancia distillery, Sauza is produced in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.  The brand is worth a reported $213 Million.

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Blog del Narco: Four Killed and Three Wounded in Drug Shootout in Morelos

Blog del Narco: Four Killed and Three Wounded in Drug Shootout in Morelos

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Four people were killed and three others wounded in a shootout at a market in Cuernavaca, the capital of the central Mexican state of Morelos, officials said.

The incident occurred after the market closed on Tuesday night, Cuernavaca Public Safety Secretary Victor Hugo Valdes told Efe.

The shootout may be “associated with drug problems” because the assailants “specifically” sought out the victims and knew them, Valdes said.

“Two individuals with rifles arrived and opened fire directly at them, and later they went over and finished them off. It was directly against them, they knew what their main target was,” Valdes said.

The assailants arrived at the market with two other people, who waited in the vehicle while they shot the woman and three men.

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WATCH Trailer for Selena Gomez, Ethan Hawke Film ‘Getaway’ (VIDEO)

WATCH Trailer for Selena Gomez, Ethan Hawke Film ‘Getaway’ (VIDEO)

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The trailer for Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, was just released, and it looks like it could be a fun end-of-summer movie.

Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is a burned out race car driver who is thrust into a do-or-die mission behind the wheel when his wife is kidnapped. With Brent’s only ally being a young hacker (Selena Gomez), his one hope of saving his wife is to follow the orders of the mysterious voice (Jon Voight) who’s watching his every move through cameras mounted on the car Brent’s driving.

 

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New Report Reveals Scale of Deaths Along U.S.-Mexico Border

New Report Reveals Scale of Deaths Along U.S.-Mexico Border

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Nothing illustrates the high stakes of the immigration reform debate now taking place in the Senate quite as powerfully as the growing body count along the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite the U.S. government’s decades-long effort to stop unauthorized immigration through an “enforcement first” strategy, unauthorized migrants continue to cross the border—and scores die before completing the journey. In fact, the Tucson sector alone witnessed 2,238 migrant deaths between Fiscal Year (FY) 1990 and FY 2012. That is one of the central findings of a new report from the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona, entitled A Continued Humanitarian Crisis at the Border. The report examines data from the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner to shed light on trends in border fatalities over time, as well as the demographic characteristics of those who died.

Fatalities in the Tucson sector have risen dramatically since 1990, coinciding with the gradual fortification of the border beginning in Texas and California. As the report notes, this had the effect of “funneling” more and more unauthorized migration through increasingly remote—and dangerous—terrain, particularly in Arizona. As a result, the number of migrant deaths in the Tucson sector rose from 8 in FY 1990 to a high of 225 in FY 2010.

Despite the decline in unauthorized immigration precipitated by the economic downturn in the United States, fatalities have remained high. In FY 2012, for instance, there were 171 deaths. According to the report, fatalities have averaged about 150 per year since 2004.

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Cuba Looks to Resolve Alan Gross Case with U.S.

Cuba Looks to Resolve Alan Gross Case with U.S.

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The Cuban government reiterated Wednesday its readiness for talks with Washington to resolve the situations of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, currently behind bars in Cuba for subversion, and of four Cuban intelligence agencies sitting in federal prison in the United States.

“At this moment, as from the first day, the ball is on their side, as the Cubans say,” the foreign ministry’s deputy director for the United States, Johanna Tablada, said.

“We are awaiting a response from the United States government. I would like there to be no doubt about that,” she said.

Alan Gross, 64, traveled to Cuba on behalf of a Maryland company that won a contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development to expand Internet access and the flow of information in the Communist-ruled island.

Gross was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 with satellite communications equipment he was planning to distribute among Cuba’s Jewish community. Havana said he was illegally aiding dissidents and inciting subversion.

Last August, Cuba’s highest court upheld the 15-year jail sentence imposed on the American five months earlier.

Cuba has hinted that it would release Gross in exchange for the return of the four members of the “Cuban Five” who remain jailed in the United States.

Washington dismisses talk of a possible swap and insists that Cuba free Gross immediately and without conditions.

One of the five Cuban intelligence agents, Chicago-born Rene Gonzalez, was paroled after serving 13 years and recently returned to Cuba after renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

He and four colleagues - Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez - were arrested in 1998 and convicted three years later by a federal jury in Miami.

The Cuban Five have always insisted they were spying on Miami’s Cuban exile community, not the U.S. government.

Cuba says the men were sent to Florida in the wake of several terror bombings in Havana allegedly masterminded by anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative.

The other four spies remain in prison and one of them, Hernandez, is serving two life sentences for Cuba’s downing of two small aircraft belonging to Miami-based exile group Brothers to the Rescue, which resulted in four deaths.

Rene Gonzalez, who joined Tablada on Wednesday for a discussion of the plight of his four colleagues, said President Barack Obama could use his executive authority to commute the Cubans’ sentences.

“He can do it ... the only thing he needs is courage. One assumes that a president of a country has a little courage,” Gonzalez said.

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Check Out Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez’s Posters for ‘Machete Kills’

Check Out Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez’s Posters for ‘Machete Kills’

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Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, which also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, and a slew of other big-name actors.

Ahead of the film’s September 13 release, cast posters for Michelle Rodriguez and Sofia Vergara have been released. Check them out below.

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Former Guatemalan Dictator’s Genocide Re-trial Set for April 2014

Former Guatemalan Dictator’s Genocide Re-trial Set for April 2014

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Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt’s re-trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity will not begin until April 2014, a Guatemalan court said Wednesday.

Major Crimes Tribunal B, which was assigned the case on Tuesday, said it already has more than two-dozen other cases on its docket.

The three members of the original trial court, Major Crimes Tribunal A, recused themselves from the re-trial ordered by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court in its May 20 decision overturning the May 10 guilty verdict against Rios Montt.

Tribunal A sentenced the 86-year-old retired general 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.

But the CC threw out the conviction and ordered a repeat of the segment of Rios Montt’s trial that took place between April 19 and May 10.

The Guatemalan Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a motion to quash the prosecution of the erstwhile strongman, finding that an amnesty covering deeds committed during the 1960-1996 civil war does not extend to genocide and crimes against humanity.

The trial of Rios Montt marked the first time any Guatemalan ruler was called to account for the massacres and atrocities of the internal conflict.

Prosecutors say 5.5 percent of Guatemala’s Ixils were killed during Rios Montt’s rule, which coincided with the bloodiest phase of a struggle that claimed more than 200,000 lives.

Most of the dead were Indian peasants slaughtered by the army and its paramilitary allies.

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Nissan Set to Begin Selling Mexican-Made Car, the Note

Nissan Set to Begin Selling Mexican-Made Car, the Note

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Japanese automaker Nissan said it would begin selling its Note model, which is being made in Mexico, in the middle of this month, targeting the U.S. and Canadian markets.

The Note, a mini MPV launched in 2004, was being made at the plants in Kyushu, Japan, and Sunderland, England.

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U.S. Filmmaker Accused of Espionage Expelled From Venezuela

U.S. Filmmaker Accused of Espionage Expelled From Venezuela

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The Venezuelan government on Wednesday expelled a U.S. independent filmmaker who was arrested in April and accused of training Venezuelan students in how to stage acts of violence.

“The gringo Timothy Hallet Tracy, captured committing espionage in our country, has been expelled from the national territory,” Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Torres said on Twitter.

The minister offered no further details regarding the legal situation in which Tracy found himself or whether his expulsion means that no evidence of any crime was found.

Tracy’s attorney in Venezuela, Daniel Rosales, told Globovision that his client took a flight to Miami on Wednesday.

Prosecutors decided to shelve the case due to lack of evidence, Rosales said.

The expulsion came on the same day that a meeting is scheduled between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua during the General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Guatemala.

Torres announced Tracy’s capture amid the unrest that followed the April 14 special election to choose a successor to leftist President Hugo Chavez, who died March 5 after a long battle with cancer.

Henrique Capriles, who lost to Chavez last October, said he would not recognize the narrow victory of ruling-party candidate Nicolas Maduro until the CNE electoral council carried out a full audit of the results.

That audit is now in progress, but Capriles is boycotting the process.

Post-election violence led to the deaths of 11 people, most of them Maduro supporters.

Tracy’s family said he was in Venezuela to film a documentary and was arrested at the Caracas international airport when he was preparing to leave the country.

Since the special election, the Venezuelan government has claimed that agents have been infiltrated into the country from Colombia and El Salvador with the aim of carrying out destabilizing activities.

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Scientists Investigating Whale Deaths Off Argentina

Scientists Investigating Whale Deaths Off Argentina

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Scientists in Argentina are investigating what may have caused a spike in the mortality rate of southern right whale calves in the country’s Atlantic coastal waters.

A record 113 calves of this whale species washed up last year on the shores of the Valdes Peninsula, in the southern Patagonian province of Chubut, or a third of the southern right whales born in 2012, according to Whale Conservation Institute figures.

Even so, the Institute’s Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program said that species’ population has steadily risen over the past decade at an annual rate of between 5 percent and 7 percent.

Researchers working in that area say there are some 4,000 southern right whales in the South Atlantic Region and approximately a third of them congregate along the Argentine coast.

The scientists have not yet found an explanation for last year’s increase in the whale calf mortality rate.

“Within a decade, we’ll see a significant reduction in the number of whales born” because these animals have their first calves at the age of nine on average, the Institute’s scientific director, Mariano Sironi, said.

But not all experts are as pessimistic about the future.

Oceanographer Guillermo Cainne, technical coordinator of the Natural Patagonia foundation, told Efe that that species’ overall population would not necessarily decline in the coming years and forecast that it would continue to steadily recover from the mass whaling of the 19th century.

Cainne said scientists have observed that southern right whales have arrived in larger numbers and spent more time in Argentina’s coastal waters in recent years.

Whales congregate off the coast of the Valdes Peninsula from June to December, making those waters one of the world’s main breeding and calving grounds for that species.

Whale-watching, meanwhile, is one of the main tourist attractions in Chubut.

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ThursdayJune 6, 2013