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ThursdayJune 20, 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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Riots in Brazil Continue - 300,000 Protesters Clash with Police in Rio

Riots in Brazil Continue - 300,000 Protesters Clash with Police in Rio

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A small group of protesters confronted police during a huge demonstration that brought 300,000 people into the streets in central Rio de Janeiro to demand better public services in Brazil.

Police used tear gas to disperse a small group of masked men who were allegedly trying to break into the Rio city hall, according to authorities.

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JUST IN:  Miami Heat Repeat – 2013 NBA Champions

JUST IN:  Miami Heat Repeat – 2013 NBA Champions

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The Miami Heat and LeBron James’ headband have claimed another straight NBA championship with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

In this Game 7 of the NBA finals James dominated scoring 37 points.  This is the teams third league title, while Tim Duncan was the lead scorer for the Spurs with 24 points.

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MYSTERY SOLVED:  Missing Passenger Plane from 2008 Found in Venezuelan Waters

MYSTERY SOLVED:  Missing Passenger Plane from 2008 Found in Venezuelan Waters

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A twin-engine passenger plane that went missing after crashing in 2008 has been found underwater near Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea.

On January 4, 2008, a Transaven Airline plane with 14 people on board was traveling from the Simon Bolivar International Airport to the Venezuelan resort island of Los Roques when the pilot reported engine problems.  This is the same area where the plane carrying fashion executive Vittorio Missoni went missing earlier this year.

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WOW: 10-0 Spain Over Tahiti in Confederation Cup Play

WOW: 10-0 Spain Over Tahiti in Confederation Cup Play

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Spain’s national soccer team set records Thursday for the biggest margin of victory in a FIFA Confederations Cup match and in this Brazilian metropolis’s iconic Maracana stadium by trouncing lowly Tahiti 10-0.

Spain rested its biggest stars, including Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, but the talent gap was still enormous between the defending World Cup champions and Tahiti, a team with only one professional soccer player on its roster.

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Robbers Hit Argentine Bank Disguised as Orthodox Jews

Robbers Hit Argentine Bank Disguised as Orthodox Jews

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Three robbers, two of whom were dressed as Orthodox Jewish rabbis and the third as a security guard, on Wednesday held up a Buenos Aires bank and fled with the contents of several safety deposit boxes, police said.

The robbery was carried out early in the morning in the Villa Urquiza neighborhood when the bank was full of customers waiting in line to conduct their financial business.

The three robbers got out of an automobile parked in front of the bank, while a fourth person waited behind the wheel, police said.

Once inside the bank, the fake rabbis subdued the employees and the customers and took the contents of a number of safety deposit boxes.

Police told the Telam news agency that the robbers “were disguised, with two of them dressed as members of the Orthodox Jewish community, that is to say, black outfit, wide-brimmed hat, beard and curls, and the other pretended to be a security employee who was going to inspect the closed circuit television.”

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Predominantly Latino Elementary School in California to be Renamed in Honor of Michelle Obama

Predominantly Latino Elementary School in California to be Renamed in Honor of Michelle Obama

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A predominantly Latino San Fernando Valley School has voted to change its name to honor First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Valley Region Elementary School No. 13 school name change came after the Los Angeles Unified board (LAUSD) voted unanimously this week for the change. 

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Blog del Narco: “The Balta” Executed in Front of Family in Guanajuato

Blog del Narco: “The Balta” Executed in Front of Family in Guanajuato

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Last night at the gates of his house, a man was shot to death in the Colony Villas de San Juan in the city of Guanajuato. A minute after 11 pm Police received a report of a person being wounded by gunshot in the corner of Haciendas de Leon Lighthouse and San Juan.

When officers arrived, the attacker had fled, aboard a red Chevy- sparking an intense search of virtually the entire south and east of the city. The agents confirmed that at the doors to the house at Haciendas de León, a person was still alive, with a bullet in the back, and police requested the presence of Red Cross. But when the ambulance arrived, the man had died. His wife and daughters identified the victim as Baltazar Cortez Avila, 36.  Known as “The Balta” or “The Greñas”. Apparently the gunman was waiting for “The Balta “ to arrive at his home. When he arrived with his wife and daughters, a man descended from a car dressed in black, as described by witnesses, and fired several shots with a handgun, and immediately fled. 

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One Ethnic Minority Part of All Woman Jury Deciding George Zimmerman’s Fate

One Ethnic Minority Part of All Woman Jury Deciding George Zimmerman’s Fate

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The state of Florida has chosen an all woman jury to determine the fate of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering African-American teen Trayvon Martin.

Martin was 17-years-old when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, the local neighborhood watchman, near his father’s home in Sanford, Florida.  The February 26, 2012 incident sparked outrage across the country due to the fact Martin was not armed at the time of his death and thought to have been racially-profiled by Zimmerman.  Zimmerman, a multi-racial Hispanic American, claimed he acted in self-defense.

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Victoria Justice Releases First Ever Single “Gold” (AUDIO)

Victoria Justice Releases First Ever Single “Gold” (AUDIO)

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This week, Victoria Justice released her debut single “Gold” off her upcoming album.

The 20-year-old “Victorious” star recently released the catchy summer jam and already has fans buzzing, and those fans even include Joe Jonas and Lance Bass.

In an interview with Billboard, the Puerto Rican actress said some of the songs on her post-“Victorious” project are “really fun upbeat stuff you can dance to,” though she admitted the ones she chose are “a little more introspective, a little more mellow.”

Check out the song below and if you like it, you can snag it off iTunes.

 

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Top Photos From Steve King’s Anti-Amnesty Rally

Top Photos From Steve King’s Anti-Amnesty Rally

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U.S. Representative of Iowa Steve King hosted an anti-amnesty rally on the east lawn of the Capitol building in Washington yesterday.

An opponent of immigration reform, the Iowan representative has been very vocal during the continuing immigration debate.

Just last week King tweeted “20 brazen self professed illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office. Obama’s lawless order gives them de facto immunity from U.S. law.”

An estimated 300 tea partiers joined Rep. King at the rally.  Another tea party demonstration was held yesterday at the capitol, this rally was “Audit the IRS.”

Check out some of the most interesting anti-amnesty photos below.

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Supermarket in Denmark Receives “Banana” Shipment Full of Colombian Cocaine

Supermarket in Denmark Receives “Banana” Shipment Full of Colombian Cocaine

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A supermarket in Denmark received quite the surprise recently when they opened what they thought were boxes of bananas only to find they were actually hundreds of pounds of cocaine.

The drugs reportedly came from Colombia, the same country the Coop supermarket buys their bananas.

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Tropical Storm Barry Arrives in Mexico

Tropical Storm Barry Arrives in Mexico

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Tropical Storm Barry is moving toward western Mexico after making landfall Thursday in the Gulf state of Veracruz, but no injuries have been reported, the national emergency management office said.

Strong winds and heavy rains from the storm are being felt across Veracruz.

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‘The Impossible’ Juan Antonio Bayona to Helm Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”

‘The Impossible’ Juan Antonio Bayona to Helm Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”

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Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” which will be produced by Sam Mendes, now has a director attached - Juan Antonio Bayona.

The Spanish director has worked on both commercials and films, helming the 2007 horror flick The Orphanage and 2012’s The Impossible, which starred Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

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Who Gets Kidnapped in Colombia and Why?

Who Gets Kidnapped in Colombia and Why?

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At least 39,058 people were kidnapped over a period of 40 years in Colombia, or an average of nearly 1,000 cases per year, according to a report released Thursday in Bogota.

The document said abductions occurred nationwide between 1970-2010, with cases reported in 1,006 of Colombia’s 1,102 municipalities.

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Brazil Listening to Protesters: Reduces Public Transportation Fees

Brazil Listening to Protesters: Reduces Public Transportation Fees

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Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s two largest cities, on Wednesday announced a reduction in bus fares after a week of nationwide protests.

After seven days of protests in the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad announced his decision to cancel the bus fare hike from 3 reais to 3.20 reais ($1.36 to $1.45) that had been put in place at the beginning of the month.

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$50 Million Loan to Expand Healthcare Coverage, Health Services in Honduras

$50 Million Loan to Expand Healthcare Coverage, Health Services in Honduras

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Honduras will utilize a $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to improve access to quality health services, especially in poor rural areas, enabling the government to double the number of beneficiaries by 2015.

Honduras has achieved significant improvements in health indicators over the past 20 years, increasing life expectancy and lowering maternal and infant mortality rates. However, important problems remain, particularly the unequal access to health services for the country’s rural poor.

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More Arizona Residents Registering to Vote Thanks to Supreme Court Ruling

More Arizona Residents Registering to Vote Thanks to Supreme Court Ruling

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Motivated by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting Arizona residents to register to vote without presenting proof of citizenship, local organizations are hitting the streets to register Latino voters.

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Tragic:  Border Patrol Rescue Honduran Mother & 8-Month Old Drowning During Illegal Border Crossing

Tragic:  Border Patrol Rescue Honduran Mother & 8-Month Old Drowning During Illegal Border Crossing

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Here at HSN we try to put a face on the undocumented border crosser that is at the heart of much of the border security debate as part of comprehensive immigration reform.  Often that face is Central American, young and/or under age. 

Such was the case this Tuesday when Texas Border Patrol agents rescued a woman drowning in the Rio Grande River due to extensive rainfall in the area.  The rains were not the only thing hampering the woman but also the fact she was carrying her 8-month old child.  The duo was trying to enter the country illegally making the dangerous track from their native Honduras, presumably through Guatemala-Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Pique and Other Spanish National Team Members Robbed While Playing at Confederation Cup

Pique and Other Spanish National Team Members Robbed While Playing at Confederation Cup

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Six members of Spain’s national soccer squad said cash amounts of up to 1,000 euros ($1,321) were stolen from their hotel rooms during their stay in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, where La Roja played its first match of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

After Spain’s 2-1 Group B victory Sunday over Uruguay, several players complained that money had gone missing from their rooms in Recife’s Hotel Golden Tulip, where they had been staying since arriving in Brazil, spokespersons for the team told Efe.

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Paul Pholeros’ TED Talk: Better Housing Can Improve Health, Reduce Poverty (VIDEO)

Paul Pholeros’ TED Talk: Better Housing Can Improve Health, Reduce Poverty (VIDEO)

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He may be an Australian- born and -based architect, but Paul Pholeros’  ideas can help reduce poverty in both his homeland and the world.

Pholeros found that by improving housing conditions for the poor, you can improve their health. By improving health, you begin to reduce poverty.

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Immigration Enforcement Put American Citizens In Immigrant Detention, Lawsuit Alleges

Immigration Enforcement Put American Citizens In Immigrant Detention, Lawsuit Alleges

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) improperly apprehended and detained an American citizen, Gerardo Gonzalez Jr., according to a class-action lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU/SC).

The ACLU believes that ICE officers kept Gonzalez in custody without probable cause, disregarding his proof of U.S. citizenship and relying “on the sole fact that a law enforcement officer wrote that Gonzalez was born in Mexico following his arrest on a drug charge.”

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Puerto Rico Expects to Net Some $100M from Tax Amnesty

Puerto Rico Expects to Net Some $100M from Tax Amnesty

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The Puerto Rican government expects to net around $100 million from a tax amnesty that expires June 30, Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta said Wednesday.

There are many tax debtors who have the chance to get up to date with the tax office, she said in a statement on WKAQ radio.

“These debtors have the opportunity to get up to date without paying interest,” Acosta said, though adding that after June 30, tax authorities will go after tax dodgers relentlessly.

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10-Year-Old Mexican Prodigy to Begin Harvard This Fall

10-Year-Old Mexican Prodigy to Begin Harvard This Fall

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He’s only 10 years old but thanks to an IQ similar to Albert Einstein’s, Luis Roberto Ramirez will begin the next school year studying applied quantum physics at Harvard University.

“My dream is to create a company and sell my inventions,” the boy said on a video aired by the Michoacan Radio and Television System.

Ramirez, who lives in Zamora, Michoacan, taught himself English at 5 and is now learning to speak French and Chinese.

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Brazil Leads Confederation Cup’s Group A with 2-0 Win Over Mexico

Brazil Leads Confederation Cup’s Group A with 2-0 Win Over Mexico

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Neymar playing a formidable game left Brazil virtually classified for the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, leading the side to a 2-0 win over Mexico.

The young striker played his best match with the national squad, scored his first goal, tapped a perfect assist to Jo to round out the scoring and contributed decisively to improving his team’s image and performance.

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Fugitive on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Arrested in Mexico

Fugitive on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Arrested in Mexico

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Police at the Mexican sea resort of Playa del Carmen arrested one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, a former college professor accused of sexually exploiting children.

Walter Lee Williams, 64, was nabbed around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in a coffee shop near a public park, Quintana Roo state Attorney General Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres said during a press conference in Cancun.

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Bus Plunges Into River Killing 30, 9 Still Missing in Peru

Bus Plunges Into River Killing 30, 9 Still Missing in Peru

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At least 30 people died and nine are missing after a bus plunged into a river in Peru’s central jungle province of Chanchamayo, local police said Wednesday.

Fifteen people are known to have been injured in the crash.

Highway Police chief Col. Rodorico Cubas told RPP radio that so far 30 bodies had been recovered and 15 people were being treated at local hospitals, adding that nine people remain unaccounted for.

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ThursdayJune 20, 2013