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ThursdayJune 27, 2013

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Union Members, Miners, Students Protest in Chile

Union Members, Miners, Students Protest in Chile

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Thousands of people turned out Wednesday on another day of demonstrations called by students in several Chilean cities, with union members, port workers and miners joining the throng.

Several clashes between police and masked protesters were reported and the Carabineros - Chile’s militarized police - said that 98 people were arrested and four officers were injured in various ways, although no mention was made of any civilian casualties.

The governor of the Santiago metropolitan area, Juan Antonio Peribonio, said at a press conference that the government had filed criminal complaints against the people responsible for the attacks on law enforcement personnel.

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Brazil Protests Claims 5th Life

A young Brazilian who fell from a viaduct during a protest to demand better public services died Thursday at a hospital here, police said.

Douglas Henrique de Oliveira, 21, became the fifth fatality in the social protests that began June 10 in Sao Paulo and have spread nationwide.

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Cameron Diaz Set to Play Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’ Remake

Cameron Diaz Set to Play Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’ Remake

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Cameron Diaz has officially been cast as the mean ol’ MIss Hannigan in the upcoming remake of Annie.

The Bad Teacher actress will star alongside Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stack (the new take on Daddy Warbucks) and Oscar-nominated young actress Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) as little orphan Annie. Will Smith and rap mogul Jay-Z are producing the project, with Easy A director Will Gluck signed on to direct.

Prior to choosing Diaz for Miss Hannigan, the mean-spirited matron at the orphanage, Sandra Bullock was also said to be interested in the part. The original 1982 film version of Annie had Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan and recently, “Glee” star Jane Lynch made her Broadway debut as the acerbic woman.

The Annie revamp will reportedly be in theaters December 2014.

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Most Popular Tourist Attractions According to TripAdvisor in Hispanic America

Most Popular Tourist Attractions According to TripAdvisor in Hispanic America

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TripAdvisor users have voted for the top 25 landmarks in the world for 2013.

The top Travelers’ Choice landmark was located in Latin America and the 25th most popular was Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy.

The highest ranked landmark in the United States were the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Six of the top 25 landmarks can be found in Hispanic America.

Check out the top tourist attractions with their TripAdvisor ranking below.

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Costanera Center, Chile’s Tallest Building, Catches Fire

Costanera Center, Chile’s Tallest Building, Catches Fire

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The Costanera Center real estate mega-project, South America’s tallest skyscraper, experienced a fire on Thursday that forced authorities to evacuate more than 1,000 people.

Emergency personnel told reporters that the fire alarm went off just after noon due to the presence of smoke at all levels of the commercial center, especially in the underground parking garage.

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JUST IN:  Senate Passes Historic, Sweeping Immigration Bill, Faces Uncertain Future in House

JUST IN:  Senate Passes Historic, Sweeping Immigration Bill, Faces Uncertain Future in House

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The U.S. Senate has just approved on a vote of 68-32 a historic, comprehensive immigration bill that will increase border security to unprecedented levels and create a path to citizenship for some 11 million undocumented immigrants.

This bill saw its passage in great part to 14 Republicans joining the ranks of the Democrats - all Democratic Senators voted for the measure.  More Republican Senators supported the proposed legislation when a border surge amendment that would add 20,000 more Border Patrol agents and add 350 more miles of border fencing, was added.  The last overhaul to the country’s immigration laws was in 1986 under President Ronald Reagan called the “Immigration Reform and Control Act.”

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Meet Alonso Mateo - Instagram’s Pintsize Fashion Icon

Meet Alonso Mateo - Instagram’s Pintsize Fashion Icon

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What can we say? This kid has style.

At just five years old, Alonso Mateo has taken Instagram (and soon the world) by storm due to his impressive fashion sense.

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Blog del Narco:  Hour Long Shootout by PEMEX Facilities in Tamaulipas Leaves at Least 11 Dead

Blog del Narco:  Hour Long Shootout by PEMEX Facilities in Tamaulipas Leaves at Least 11 Dead

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At least 11 people were killed and seven others wounded in a shootout between army troops and gunmen in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, state officials said.

The shootout occurred Wednesday in Reynosa, located across the border from McAllen, Texas, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office and the Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement.

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Top Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.

Top Mexican Restaurants in the U.S.

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Zagat recently released a list of the top Mexican restaurants in cities throughout the United States.

The best Mexican restaurants were once only located in the Southwest and the West but now they can be found throughout the U.S.

Ranging from inexpensive and moderate to higher-end prices, check out Zagat’s top Mexican restaurants.

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Retailing Giant Macy’s Found to be Discriminating Against Immigrant Employees

Retailing Giant Macy’s Found to be Discriminating Against Immigrant Employees

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The Justice Department announced it has reached a settlement agreement with retailing giant Macy’s over charges it discriminated against its immigrant employees.

The DOJ had launched an investigation when Macy employees complained about the retailer’s “unfair” employment practices that included excessive paperwork requirements for immigrant employees. 

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Brazil Heads to Confederations Cup Finals After Defeating Uruguay 2-1

Host nation Brazil triumphed 2-1 over Uruguay here Wednesday in a tough, penalty-filled match to claim a berth in the Confederations Cup final.

The latest Brazilian phenom, Neymar, set up both of his team’s goals in the a game that largely lived up to the high expectations generated by one of South America’s classic soccer rivalries.

Uruguay outplayed Brazil for several stretches during the match.

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Venezuela:  Vittorio Missoni Plane Located Submerged in Caribbean

Venezuela:  Vittorio Missoni Plane Located Submerged in Caribbean

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Venezuelan authorities are reporting the plane carrying fashion executive Vittorio Missoni and his traveling companions has been found deep in the Caribbean Sea.

The small aircraft that went missing on January 4, 2013 was located by an American oceanographic ship that was brought in to assist Italian and Venezuelan authorities.  This was the fifth day the ‘Deep Sea’ ship was out looking for the missing plane.  Other search methods that commenced right after the plane was reported missing had failed.

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Ecuador to U.S. ¡Adios! We Don’t Need Your Economic Aid

Ecuador to U.S. ¡Adios! We Don’t Need Your Economic Aid

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The Ecuadorian government said Thursday that it is voluntarily relinquishing U.S. trade preferences after Washington lawmakers called for the benefits to be revoked if Quito grants asylum to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

“Ecuador unilaterally and irrevocably renounces the said tariff preferences. What is more, Ecuador offers the U.S. $23 million in annual economic aid, an amount similar to what we received from the tariff preferences,” Communication Secretary Fernando Alvarado said.

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TRAGIC: Texas Teen Dies After Accidentally Impaling Self on Bull Statue

TRAGIC: Texas Teen Dies After Accidentally Impaling Self on Bull Statue

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The family and friends of a Texas teen are in mourning after a tragic accident result in the teen’s death over the weekend.

According to police, 14-year-old Miguel Martinez was spending the night at a friend’s house when the family decided to go for a late night walk at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

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BUSTED: Former-NBA Player Gilbert Arenas Arrested for 100 lbs of Illegal Fireworks

BUSTED: Former-NBA Player Gilbert Arenas Arrested for 100 lbs of Illegal Fireworks

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Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas was arrested Thursday morning after police discovered the bed of his truck was full of illegal fireworks.

Arenas, who once played for the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic, now plays for the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association.

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Oprah Surpasses J.Lo As Most Powerful Celebrity

Oprah Surpasses J.Lo As Most Powerful Celebrity

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Oprah Winfrey this year established herself as the world’s most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, with the previous leader, Jennifer Lopez, tumbling to the 12th spot.

“With OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network cable channel) rising from the dead, the unsinkable Winfrey tops our list for the fifth time,” Forbes said.

In preparing the ranking, Forbes takes into account not only the money these personalities pocketed during the last 12 months but also their fame, their presence in the media, their number of followers on the social networks and their popularity among advertisers.

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General Motors Investing $691 Million to Expand Mexico Operations

General Motors Investing $691 Million to Expand Mexico Operations

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The Mexican unit of U.S. automaker General Motors said it planned to invest $691 million to expand its operations in Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and other Mexico states.

“GM is about to reach 78 years in Mexico and we celebrate it with this new investment, which means more employment and development opportunities for the regions of Silao, San Luis Potosi and Toluca; and more advanced technology that will benefit our customers,” General Motors de Mexico president and managing director Ernesto Hernandez said during a ceremony at the Los Pinos presidential residence.

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Latino Engineer Leads NASA’s SOFIA Program

Latino Engineer Leads NASA’s SOFIA Program

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Since 2012, a Mexican-American engineer has been in charge of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, program, which operates from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California.

The program manager is responsible for the “performance and development effort for everything that will go into the observatory and, ultimately, for the operation and execution of the science,” Eddie Zavala told Efe.

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BRAZIL: Car Dealership Set on Fire During Protests

BRAZIL: Car Dealership Set on Fire During Protests

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A small group of protesters set fire to an auto dealership in this Brazilian city not far from where Brazil and Uruguay were facing off in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup soccer tourney.

The local press also reported looting and other fires in the area.

Previously a group of demonstrators threw rocks at the police and hurled Molotov cocktails near Mineirao stadium.

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Real Madrid Presents New Manager Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid Presents New Manager Carlo Ancelotti

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Real Madrid presented new manager Carlo Ancelotti to the fans and the media during an event on Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Ancelotti, a 54-year-old former Italian international, was released Tuesday from his contract with Paris Saint Germain and signed a three-year deal to coach the Blancos.

“Here in this temple of Real Madrid soccer, we begin a new phase with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm of the first team. A great soccer mind, a smart winner and an extraordinary person,” club president Florentino Perez, the master of ceremonies at the event, said in introducing his new manager.

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Wind Farm Begins Operating in Nuevo Leon

Wind Farm Begins Operating in Nuevo Leon

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Eolica Santa Catarina said its $51 million wind farm in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon started operating.

The facility, which has the capacity to generate 45 GW annually of electricity, uses state-of-the-art General Electric turbines.

The wind farm will supply electricity to six cities, including the industrial center of Monterrey, in Nuevo Leon, providing annual fuel savings of 15 million pesos ($1.13 million).

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