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SundayJune 9, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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Spanish Film Producer Elias Querejeta Dies, Age 78

Spanish Film Producer Elias Querejeta Dies, Age 78

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Spanish film producer Elias Querejeta died on Sunday in Madrid, Spanish Audiovisual Producers Association, or FAPAE, representatives told Efe. He was 78.

Querejeta was “the best Spanish producer of all time” and a “very special” person who leaves a “great legacy” for future generations in Spanish film, FAPAE president Pedro Perez said.

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Colombian Rebel Group Kills 2 Children

Two children were killed and two other people wounded in an attack staged by National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas on Sipi, a city in the northwestern Colombian province of Choco, media reports said.

Rebels from the ELN’s Che Guevara front attacked the city with gas cylinders packed with explosives on Saturday, the El Colombiano newspaper reported, citing 15th Brigade commander Col. Pablo Alfonso Bonilla.

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Nicaragua, China Close to Canal Deal

Nicaragua, China Close to Canal Deal

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Nicaragua is moving closer to granting a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build and operate a canal linking the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Construction of the waterway would take 10 years and cost $40 billion.

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One Direction Brings “Take Me Home Tour” to Mexico City

One Direction Brings “Take Me Home Tour” to Mexico City

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Anglo-Irish band One Direction is performing this weekend in Mexico City, where female fans have been camped out at the group’s hotel for days, media reports said.

Groups of female fans took up positions outside the band’s hotel on the iconic Paseo de la Reforma starting on Thursday night in an effort to catch a glimpse of the musicians.

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Santa Monica Shooter Claims 5th Victim and 2nd Member of Close-Knit Latino Family

Santa Monica Shooter Claims 5th Victim and 2nd Member of Close-Knit Latino Family

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The Santa Monica shooter, tentatively identified as John Zawahari, claimed a fifth victim and second member of the Navarro Franco family.  Marcela Franco, 26, was traveling in an SUV with her father, Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, when Zawahari shot at their car.

Navarro Franco was a groundskeeper at the Santa Monica College for 22-years.  He died instantly.  His daughter who was registered to take summer classes at the College died this morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.  The dedicated father was driving his daughter to get her books while planning to meet his older daughter, Letitia at a doctor’s appointment.

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Nude Cyclists Protest Use of Fossil Fuels in Mexico

Nude Cyclists Protest Use of Fossil Fuels in Mexico

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Several hundred nude cyclists took to the streets of Mexico City this weekend to protest excessive use of fossil fuels and call for expanded use of bicycles for transportation.

The cyclists hit the capital’s streets Saturday for World Naked Bike Ride.

The event, which started in Vancouver, Canada, in 2004, has been observed in Mexico since 2006.

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1,900 Homes Damaged by Torrential Rains in Cuba

1,900 Homes Damaged by Torrential Rains in Cuba

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The torrential rains in western Cuba over the past week caused “severe losses” to agriculture and damaged more than 1,900 homes in Pinar del Rio province, the hardest hit by the storm, official media said Saturday.

Though authorities have not yet reported the total amount of damage, the local press estimated Saturday that more than 1,900 homes were damaged and another 437 are still underwater, while more than 2,600 people remain evacuated because of the floods.

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Argentina Offers HPV Vaccine to All Young Girls

Argentina Offers HPV Vaccine to All Young Girls

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In Argentina, the WHO-recommended human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to all girls at 11 years of age to prevent cervical cancer later in life. WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO) Revolving Fund supports the programme.

The same story plays out in a small clinic in a remote area of Argentina and in a hospital in downtown Buenos Aires: a woman waits to have her 11-year-old daughter vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Nadal Wins Record 8th French Open, Defeating Fellow Spaniard David Ferrer

Nadal Wins Record 8th French Open, Defeating Fellow Spaniard David Ferrer

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Rafa is back without question.  The Spanish tennis star won his record 8th French Open title defeating his fellow countrymen David Ferrer in three straight sets.

This win of 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 gives Nadal, 27, his 12th Grand Slam title placing him third for Grand Slam titles behind Pete Sampras (14) and record holder Roger Federer (17).

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More Cubans Dying From Cancer Than Heart Disease, Brain Illnesses

Cancer in 2012 became the chief cause of death in Cuba for the first time, accounting for 25 percent of all fatalities while exceeding heart disease and cerebrovascular illnesses, the official daily Granma said Saturday.

Some 59 percent of those who died of cancer last year were under 75 years old, a statistic specialists refer to as “premature mortality” in a country where life expectancy for men is 78.2 years and for women 81.3.

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Mexico May Retaliate Against U.S. Meat Labeling

Mexico May Retaliate Against U.S. Meat Labeling

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Mexico’s government says it may raise tariffs on U.S. exporters as a retaliatory measure, accusing its northern neighbor of flouting a World Trade Organization ruling on the labeling of meat and other products.

The Economy Secretariat said it was “considering suspending preferential tariffs in a broad range of sectors, such as fruits and vegetables, juices, meat, dairy products, machinery, furniture, and home appliances.”

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World’s Highest-Paid Hispanic Athletes

World’s Highest-Paid Hispanic Athletes

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Forbes recently ranked the highest-paid athletes in the world.  The top spot went to American golfer Tiger Woods, who earned a staggering $78.1 Million through winnings and endorsements.

Seventeen athletes of Hispanic descent were ranked among the 100 highest-paid athletes.

Check out the highest-paid Hispanic athletes below.

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Whole Foods Denies Banning Spanish Among Employees

Whole Foods Denies Banning Spanish Among Employees

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The Whole Foods Market chain has denied banning the use of Spanish or any other language except English among employees, but promised to review its current policy amid a controversy that has even sparked threats of a boycott.

The Austin, Texas-based company said in a communique that it has no policy “banning the use of a foreign language,” a month after two employees in Albuquerque, New Mexico, alleged they were suspended for complaining that they had been forbidden to speak Spanish to each other.

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29 Guatemalan Migrants Detained in Mexico

Mexico’s federal police said it detained 29 Guatemalan migrants who were traveling undocumented in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.

In a communique, that force said the incident took place along the Matehuala-Saltillo highway, where officers making random searches stopped a bus headed for the city of Nuevo Laredo in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

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Singer-songwriter Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez Wins NEA Fellowship Award

Singer-songwriter Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez Wins NEA Fellowship Award

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Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez, one of Southern California’s most renowned Hispanic singer-songwriters, has been named one of the winners of this year’s National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship award.

As a teenager, Sanchez, a son of Mexican immigrants, joined the struggle for better conditions for farmworkers, working alongside legendary rights activist Cesar Chavez.

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Ferrer vs Nadal: Who Will Spain be Rooting for At French Open 2013?

Ferrer vs Nadal: Who Will Spain be Rooting for At French Open 2013?

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Who will Spain be cheering on at the French Open men’s final when the country’s best players, Adrian Ferrer vs. Rafael Nadel, face each other?

Ferrer, 31, comes in as the world’s 5th best player to Nadel’s 4th world ranking.  Ferrer was born in Javea, Spain and currently resides in Valencia.  He has been a pro tennis player for the past 13 years with $18.5 million in career prize money.

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Helicopter Kills 4, Injures 1 in Central Mexico

Helicopter Kills 4, Injures 1 in Central Mexico

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Businessman and politician Juan Ignacio Torres Landa was among four people killed Friday when a helicopter crashed in the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosi, the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, said.

A fifth person was injured in the accident.

“The death of Torres Landa was confirmed by his family. We spoke with his wife and she told us,” Adalberto Valadez, PRI spokesman in the businessman’s home state of Guanajuato, told Efe.

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SundayJune 9, 2013