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SundayJune 30, 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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JUST IN:  19 Firefighters Perish in Arizona Fighting Wildfires

JUST IN:  19 Firefighters Perish in Arizona Fighting Wildfires

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Arizona authorities are reporting that 19 firefighters have died fighting the fast-moving wildfire in central Arizona

The Yarnell Hill fire, that remains uncontained, is located some 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.  Earlier on Sunday forestry officials evacuated residents in Yarnell and nearby Peeples Valley with more than 2,000 acres burning.  Half of the homes in Yarnell are expected to be lost to this aggressive fire.

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Gunmen Attack Colombian Settlement Killing 5

Gunmen Attack Colombian Settlement Killing 5

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At least five people were killed and four others wounded when a group of gunmen attacked a hamlet in southwestern Colombia, media reports said Sunday.

The massacre occurred in Cerro Azul, a hamlet located between the cities of Bolivar and Trujillo, Valle del Cauca province police commander Col. Mariano Botero Coy told Radio Caracol.

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1,500 Year-Old Nicotine Habit Found in Chilean Mummies

1,500 Year-Old Nicotine Habit Found in Chilean Mummies

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56 Chilean mummies have yielded an interesting find revealing that smoking nicotine is an old habit, going as far back as 100 B.C.

The mummies all from the San Pedro de Atacama archaeological site revealed that regardless of societal position nicotine consumption either by smoking or snuffing occurred.  The hair of these well-preserved mummies was studied and shows that a nicotine habit was in existence from at least 100 B.C. to 1450 A.D.  The mummies were well preserved thanks in great part to one of the Earth’s driest climates.  Many ancient cultures in the region naturally dehydrated corpses to mummify their dead - some even believe this mummification process pre-dates the Egyptians.

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Spanish Firm Develops Drone That Fights Fires in Mexico

Spanish Firm Develops Drone That Fights Fires in Mexico

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A Spanish company plans to unveil the first drone designed to fight fires in Mexico on Sunday.

Nitrofirex is participating in a workshop on new technology for fighting forest fires at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, where it plans to introduce Mexico’s tech community to a project that developed new applications for unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, better known as drones.

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Ecuador to Boost Agricultural Productivity with $15 Million Loan

Ecuador will receive a $15 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for an investment program to increase agricultural productivity and improve market access for rural families in one of its poorest provinces.

The Investment Program for the Rural Development of Chimborazo will benefit a region with a mostly indigenous population. Although half of its labor force is involved in farming, agriculture accounts for only 12.5 percent of the province’s total economic output.

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Republican House Members: We’ll Support Immigration Reform but No Path to Citizenship

Republican House Members: We’ll Support Immigration Reform but No Path to Citizenship

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Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have indicated they may support immigration reform but not one that supports a path to citizenship.  All eyes are on the Republican-controlled House now that the Senate passed its own version of comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a 68-32 vote

The Senate vote included 14 Republicans yes votes and 32 Republican No’s – all Democratic Senators voted for the legislation.

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Ron Perlman, Santiago Segura Casted in Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”

Ron Perlman, Santiago Segura Casted in Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim”

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American actor Ron Perlman and Spanish actor Santiago Segura have slowly gained the confidence of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who has cast them in his latest film, “Pacific Rim.”

“Ron and Santiago are a bit of my actor charms at this point,” the director said in an interview with Efe in Miami.

The 48-year-old Del Toro, who is based in Los Angeles, made an appearance in Miami to screen “Pacific Rim,” which opens on July 12.

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J Lo’s Messy Money-Grab:  Performs for Dictator and All Around Bad Guy

J Lo’s Messy Money-Grab:  Performs for Dictator and All Around Bad Guy

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Jennifer Lopez has gotten herself into a bit of a public relations mess with her obvious money grab in accepting an invitation to perform for the President of Turkmenistan,  Gurbanguly Berdiimuhamedow,  better known as a dictator in international circles.

Lopez performed in the former Soviet bloc country at a party hosted by China National Petroleum Corp.  Yes we know China and Soviet bloc in the same sentence should of triggered enough ‘red’ alerts for J Lo not to consider going.  Therefore we assume the paycheck was muy bueño for Jenny on the Block.

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Roybal-Allard Bill Would Help Families Stay Together

Roybal-Allard Bill Would Help Families Stay Together

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the Help Separated Families Act, legislation to improve the likelihood that children taken into state custody following immigration enforcement actions against their parents can ultimately reunify with their parents.

Similar language has been included in Senate immigration reform legislation, so the introduction of House legislation sets the stage for a House debate over the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and their parents.

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Miss World Spain Crowns Elena Ibarbia the Winner

Miss World Spain Crowns Elena Ibarbia the Winner

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Elena Ibarbia won the 2013 Miss World Spain title in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and will represent Spain at the Miss World pageant in Asia in September.

The 18-year-old beauty, who was born in Spain’s northern Basque region, told Efe at the end of the contest in the city of Puerto de la Cruz that taking the title was more than a win and represented the renewal of her commitment to a social assistance program she was involved with.

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Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno Endorse Campaign to Build American Latino Museum (VIDEO)

Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno Endorse Campaign to Build American Latino Museum (VIDEO)

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The campaign to build an American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital just got a boost from some major star power.

The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) released a video featuring Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno, Prince Royce, Chita Rivera, Maria Cardona and Mario Lopez endorsing the project.

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Coca-Cola FEMSA Acquires Brazilian Bottling Plant for $448 Million

Coca-Cola FEMSA Acquires Brazilian Bottling Plant for $448 Million

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The Mexican company Coca-Cola FEMSA announced Saturday that it has reached an agreement for a total buy-out of the Brazilian firm Companhia Fluminense de Refrigerantes for the cash sum of $448 million.

The transaction awaits approval by Brazilian regulatory authorities, the Mexican company that is the world’s biggest bottler of Coca-Cola drinks said in a communique.

Coca-Cola FEMSA is also seeking approval for the deal from The Coca-Cola Company.

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National Mall Welcomes Ancient Incan Language to D.C.

National Mall Welcomes Ancient Incan Language to D.C.

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The National Mall of Washington D.C. between the White House, Congress and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, is welcoming hundreds of people these days who speak and sing such endangered languages as the Andean Quechua that the Incas spoke, Mexican Zapotec, Colombian Arhuaco and many more.

Under the title “One World, Many Voices,” the 47th annual Folklife Festival of the Smithsonian Institute plans to raise visitors’ awareness about the importance of linguistic diversity and the critical situation that has many of the world’s languages considered “in danger of extinction.”

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Mexican Police Arrest Co-Owner of Bar Where 12 Youths were Kidnapped

Mexican Police Arrest Co-Owner of Bar Where 12 Youths were Kidnapped

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One of the owners of the Mexico City bar where 12 youths were kidnapped last month, and who are still missing, was arrested here during a police operation, authorities said.

The federal Attorney General’s Office and the Federal District Attorney’s Office said Friday in a joint communique that Ernesto Espinoso Lobo and another seven people were taken into custody in the Romero de Terreros suburb on the south side of the capital.

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“March for Jesus” Attracts 2 Million Evangelicals to Sao Paulo

“March for Jesus” Attracts 2 Million Evangelicals to Sao Paulo

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Some 2 million evangelicals took to the streets of downtown Sao Paulo Saturday, according to figures provided by organizers of the so-called “March for Jesus,” an event that attracted the faithful from around the country and abroad, winding up with a religious and artistic celebration in a public square.

Pastor Estevam Hernandes, leader of the churches organizing the march, said during his sermon that some 2 million people marched from the downtown Praca da Luz square to the Praca Herois da Forca Expedicionaria Brasileira square on the city’s north side.

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Ecuadorian President Has Conversation with Joe Biden Over Snowden

Ecuadorian President Has Conversation with Joe Biden Over Snowden

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged him in a phone conversation not to grant asylum to whistle-blower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for revealing details about classified surveillance programs.

In his Saturday radio address, Correa said the chat with Biden was “extremely friendly, extremely cordial” and that he told the vice president that if Ecuador processes the asylum request from Snowden the “first to be consulted about it would be the United States.”

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Teachers Protest Education Reform in Oaxaca

Teachers Protest Education Reform in Oaxaca

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Dissident teachers and representatives of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, or APPO, tore down electoral advertising from the streets of the Oaxaca capital to protest a recent education overhaul, officials told Efe.

“They’re protesting because their demands have not been met” for the reform to be modified, said Maricarmen Trujillo, spokeswoman for the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in that southeastern state.

The reform, which was signed into law on Feb. 25 by President Enrique Peña Nieto and amended two articles of Mexico’s constitution, seeks to promote educational quality and student performance and recover government control of the schools. It wrested oversight of teacher hiring and advancement away from the powerful SNTE union.

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Vargas Llosa, Peter Gabriel Work on New Guillermo Arriaga Film

Vargas Llosa, Peter Gabriel Work on New Guillermo Arriaga Film

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Religion is the central theme of the new film by Mexican director and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, in which a group of outstanding filmmakers took part along with Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and British musician Peter Gabriel.

Arriaga’s short is one of several segments that make up the feature-length film “Words with Gods,” which explores the religious views held by a group of directors that includes the Serbian Emir Kusturica, Argentina’s Hector Babenco, the Australian Warwick Thorntonel, Bahman Ghobadi from Iran, India’s Mira Nair, Japan’s Hideo Nakata, Amos Gitai of France, the Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia, and Arriaga himself.

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SundayJune 30, 2013