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MondayJune 24, 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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Blog del Narco: Monterrey Students Extort Fellow Students – Cartel Members in Training

Blog del Narco: Monterrey Students Extort Fellow Students – Cartel Members in Training

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Drug Cartel practices have hit basic education schools in Nuevo Leon. Teachers and psychologists report cases of students being charged a “flat charge” by their peers, to attend class.  The fellow students claim to carry weapons and be part of local cartels. A director of an Escobedo municipality secondary recounted how his teachers arrived one morning at school to find 15 students fleeing from another school where they had suffered extortion at the hands of their peers. “They charge 5, 10, 20 pesos, sometimes 100 pesos for letting them get to school. They charge students and the faculty of the school.”

Another case is recorded in a public high school south of the City, where a student used to intimidate students and teachers with a gun. Another teacher said some students issue death threats. “They say, ‘My dad is zeta and will kill you.’” Most do not report the extortion out of fear. A similar situation was reported in schools in Jalisco, where a 15-year-old student was charging fellow students to use the restroom.

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Teen Gets 90 Years in Jail for Shooting, Killing Toddler

Teen Gets 90 Years in Jail for Shooting, Killing Toddler

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A Los Angeles teen was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting and killing a one-year-old last summer.

In June 2012, Donald Ray Dokins, then 14, opened fire in a crowd standing outside a South Los Angeles home. In that crowd was 24-year-old Mauro Cortez, who was holding his son Angel Cortez Nava, 1.

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Demi Lovato Thanks Fans for Support After Father’s Death

Demi Lovato Thanks Fans for Support After Father’s Death

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Following the death of her estranged father, Demi Lovato broke her silence on Sunday night to thank her fans for their love and support.

The “Heart Attack” singer’s father died after a reported battle with cancer. Demi’s sister Dallas tweeted on Saturday, “Rest in peace daddy I love you…”

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MEXICO: Gov’t to Invest $2.9 B into Road Modernizations

MEXICO: Gov’t to Invest $2.9 B into Road Modernizations

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Mexico’s government plans an investment of 38 billion pesos ($2.9 billion) to modernize roads this year, the general director of highways, Hector Arvizu, of the Communications and Transport Secretariat, said.

The secretariat said in a communique that according to the Highway Construction and Modernization Program, 24 billion pesos ($1.8 billion) will be allocated from the federal budget and the remaining 14 billion pesos ($1.1 billion) from the National Infrastructure Fund.

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Law Authoritizing Elective Abortions in Uruguay Survives Call for Referendum

Law Authoritizing Elective Abortions in Uruguay Survives Call for Referendum

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A proposal for a national referendum on undoing the Uruguayan Congress’ decision to decriminalize abortion garnered only 234,670 votes, far fewer than the 655,000 needed to secure a plebiscite, electoral officials said Monday.

Shortly after the polls closed on Sunday and once initial estimates of the vote became known the promoters of the initiative as well as pro-choice organizations expressed their disappointment and happiness, respectively.

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Grandson of Cantinflas Found Hanging in Mexico City Hotel

A grandson of Mexican actor Mario Moreno - “Cantinflas” - who has had drug addiction problems for years was found dead Monday.

The media said that Mario Moreno Bernat, 22, was found hanging lifeless in the bathroom of a suite in the Hotel Santa Cruz at around 3:00 a.m.

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SHOCKING: Spanish Mother Arrested After Newborn Rescued from Drain

SHOCKING: Spanish Mother Arrested After Newborn Rescued from Drain

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A 26-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she gave birth to a live baby and attempted to dispose of it by sending it down a drain.

Police in the city of Alicante, Spain arrived at a building on Sunday after someone called to report hearing what sounded like meows coming from below a manhole cover where the building’s drains converged.

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Blog del Narco: 23 Year Old Post Suicide on Facebook, Police Investigate if Murder in Sonora

Blog del Narco: 23 Year Old Post Suicide on Facebook, Police Investigate if Murder in Sonora

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Alexis Omar Balderrama Gutierrez, 23, married with a young son wrote on the wall of his Facebook account just before he killed himself.

Alexis stated: “I can not go on anymore, friends, be aware I have given a lot, especially to my family. I love my son- please forgive me.” A minute later, the young man residing in the violent border town of Sonora, was found dead. Apparently, Alexis took his gun after writing on his wall and fired a shot that shattered his head. He was found dead inside a house located on the street Township Suaqui 12th, Rosarito colony, in an area devastated by violence by drug cartels. Several pictures appeared on his facebook with a gun in Alexis hand, apparently the gun he used to kill himself. In another picture, he is seen on board a car, smiling, with a can of beer in the hand. On his wall he wrote his epitaph: “So always remember me as a good, womanizing party animal ... And the world goes round “, reads the account that yesterday was canceled. 

The report states that on reaching the house Alexis got out of the car and fired into the air three times with a .40 caliber pistol he was carrying. Then he went into the house and was later found dead on a couch. Police said outside the house they found three shell casings. Authorities need to determine that it was a suicide, and are still conducting investigations. After learning the facts, the victim’s friends expressed sadness at the passing of their friend. 

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What Happened?? Rafa Nadal Out in First Round Play at Wimbledon

What Happened?? Rafa Nadal Out in First Round Play at Wimbledon

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Clearly the grass courts at Wimbledon, England are not Rafa Nadal’s forte – he is out in early play for the second year in a row.

The Spaniard entered the grass courts at Wimbledon after his historic French Open win where he won his 8th French Open title.  At Wimbledon he was beat by the No. 135th ranked player in the world, Steve Darcis of Belgium, in straight sets.

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Venezuelans Can’t find Cars to Buy

Venezuelans Can’t find Cars to Buy

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Buying a car is little short of impossible in Venezuela, a country where a used vehicle is more expensive than a new one, with the drop in production blamed on lack of access to foreign currency and with the government trying to resolve the problem with a law that has sparked controversy before it has even been passed.

The reasons can be found, according to industry executives, in the meager offer and high demand, which for thousands of Venezuelans has turned the dream of buying a car into a nightmare that includes endless trips from one distributor to another, months of waiting and even meetings with the “mafia.”

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POLL:  Americans Have Mixed Feelings on Proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

POLL:  Americans Have Mixed Feelings on Proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

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A new poll by USA Today/Pew Research shows Americans are conflicted about the proposed comprehensive immigration reform legislation that is being voted on by the Senate today.

An overwhelming majority of Americans, three of four, support granting the undocumented a path to citizenship viewing most of them as hardworking thereby deserving a chance to remain in the U.S.  These same Americans also feel allowing the undocumented to stay would be a boost of U.S. economy.

 

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Brad Pitt Cancels Brazil Trip for ‘World War Z’ Screening

Brad Pitt Cancels Brazil Trip for ‘World War Z’ Screening

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Amid the current unrest in Brazil, A-lister Brad Pitt recently canceled his trip to Brazil, where he was to promote his new film World War Z.

Brazil has been the home of multiple protests and other demonstrations, as its people have grown angry over both political corruption, transportation rates, and what is perceived to be excessive spending for the 2014 World Cup tournament.

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FARC Guerillas Attack Oil Pipeline in Colombia, Environmental Damage Reported

FARC Guerillas Attack Oil Pipeline in Colombia, Environmental Damage Reported

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FARC guerrillas attacked a Petroleos del Norte pipeline in a rural area outside Tibu, a city in northwestern Colombia, media reports said.

Rebels from the 33rd Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, set off explosive charges on a section of the pipeline Saturday in Petrolea, Caracol Radio reported.

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Over 100 Hundred Cities in Veracruz Declared Emergency Areas after Tropical Storm Barry

Over 100 Hundred Cities in Veracruz Declared Emergency Areas after Tropical Storm Barry

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An emergency declaration has been issued for 109 cities in Veracruz affected by Tropical Storm Barry, which killed one person, injured three others and caused extensive damage in the Gulf state last week, the Mexican Government Secretariat said.

The emergency declaration was issued to assist cities affected by the storm, which made landfall last Thursday in Veracruz, the secretariat said.

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Can Eyebrow Shaving Save Mexico’s National Soccer Team?

Can Eyebrow Shaving Save Mexico’s National Soccer Team?

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In a interesting sign of unity, the players of the Mexican national soccer team decided to alter their appearance just slightly.

Ahead of an exhibition match against Nigeria in May, three players of Mexico’s national team cut or plucked the hair to create a line in their eyebrows. Though it started with Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado, and Pablo Barrera, more players have followed suit.

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JUST IN: Supreme Court Makes NO Decision on Affirmative Action, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

JUST IN: Supreme Court Makes NO Decision on Affirmative Action, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

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The Supreme Court will not make a decision on the affirmative action case of Fisher v. University of Texas instead it will send the case back to the lower court.

In a 7-1 decision, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, the Justices voted not to hear the case of Abigail Fisher who was rejected by the University of Texas in 2008 allegedly because she was white.  If the highest court would of agreed with her it could of authored the end to affirmative action programs. 

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Latin America Being Contacted by US Regarding Snowden Extradition

Latin America Being Contacted by US Regarding Snowden Extradition

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The U.S. government said Sunday that it has initiated contacts through “diplomatic and political channels” with Latin American countries through which Edward Snowden may travel after Washington accused the former CIA employee of spying and prepared an extradition request for him.

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ECUADOR: Snowden Cites “Danger of Persecution” in Bid For Asylum in Country

ECUADOR: Snowden Cites “Danger of Persecution” in Bid For Asylum in Country

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Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has filed a request for asylum in Ecuador, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said Monday.

The 30-year-old Snowden cited “danger of persecution” by the U.S. government in his asylum request, Patiño said in a video conference from Hanoi, where he is on an official trip.

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Internet to be In Most Cuban Homes by 2014

Internet to be In Most Cuban Homes by 2014

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Cuba’s state-run telecom company ETECSA plans to begin offering in-home Internet connections by late 2014, a director of the company told Efe.

“We’re thinking of reaching homes with ADSL technology. We’re trying to drop telephone access, since besides its poor quality, the telephone network is not designed for this kind of access,” Jorge Legra, ETECSA director of strategic programs, said.

“We could be talking about the last quarter of 2014,” Legra said, adding that the service will first be available in areas of the country that have the right technical facilities to make the connection.

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