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FridayJuly 5, 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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Panama Looks to Bank $2.5 Billion From Tourism

Panama Looks to Bank $2.5 Billion From Tourism

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Tourism is expected to generate more than $2.5 billion for the Panamanian economy in 2013, the Panama Tourism Authority, or ATP, said.

“The revenues from tourism during 2013 are going to be above $2.5 billion. In tourist visits, I think we’re (at) 875,000 tourists, up to now, and estimates are that 2013 will close on the order of 2.2 million,” ATP administrator Salomon Shamah said at a press conference.

Panama’s geographic and economic positioning and the large investments to modernize and promote the country have allowed the tourist industry to experience “important growth,” he said.

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Blog del Narco: Drug Case Against Mexican Army Brass Collapses After Year in Custody

Blog del Narco: Drug Case Against Mexican Army Brass Collapses After Year in Custody

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Four high-ranking Mexican military officers were released from custody Friday after the case against them for alleged collusion with a drug cartel fell apart.

Gens. Ricardo Escorcia, Ruben Perez Ramirez and Roberto Dawe and Lt. Col. Silvio Isidro Hernandez walked out of Altiplano prison before dawn.

Their erstwhile co-defendant, Maj. Ivan Reyna, will remain behind bars in connection with a separate extortion charge.

Another officer charged in the cartel case, retired Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare, was freed on April 17 due to lack of evidence.

The four men released Friday spent more than a year in custody on accusations they aided the now-defunct Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

The case was initiated during the 2006-2012 administration of President Felipe Calderon, who gave the armed forces the leading role in the struggle with the cartels.

The militarization strategy was accompanied by an explosion of violence and the drug war claimed around 70,000 lives under Calderon.

For the jailed officers, the Dec. 1, 2012, change in government represented “a light at the end of the tunnel,” Gen. Escorcia told reporters Friday, adding that he still doesn’t know why he and his colleagues were ever charged.

He also asked current President Enrique Peña Nieto to find out who was behind the arrest of the officers.

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JUST IN:  Venezuela and Nicaragua Appear Ready to Offer NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asylum

JUST IN:  Venezuela and Nicaragua Appear Ready to Offer NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Asylum

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Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega appears to be offering alleged U.S. and NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum. Other reports indicate that Venezuela is also ready to offer Snowden asylum.

Reportedly Snowden while sitting in a Moscow airport had applied to 21 countries seeking asylum.  Thus far no takers until today when Ortega said he would grant Snowden asylum in Nicaragua if “circumstances permit” and Maduro said he is also welcome.

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Over 70 Women Rescued in Mexico City from Sex-Slave Ring

Mexican authorities have busted up a sex-slave ring operating out of a popular Mexico City strip club freeing 74 women held against their will.

The sex slaves were found to be working at a ‘high class’ strip club, hotels and parking lots servicing customers.  The majority of women rescued were Mexican national and 19 were foreign-born. 

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TRAGEDY: Chicago Sisters Injured, One Loses Foot When Illegal Fireworks Show Goes Awry

TRAGEDY: Chicago Sisters Injured, One Loses Foot When Illegal Fireworks Show Goes Awry

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Two Chicago-area sisters remain in the hospital after a July 4th celebration went frighteningly wrong.

Kristina Perez, 32, and her sister-in-law Lorena Perez, 39, had to be taken to the hospital with serious injuries after an unofficial fireworks show in West Lawn Park went awry. The South Side show had about 200 people in attendance, and is said to be an annual event despite its illegality.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Boy Hailed as Hero, Father Facing Charges After Car Crash

LATINO BLOTTER: Boy Hailed as Hero, Father Facing Charges After Car Crash

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An 8-year-old boy in Massachusetts is being hailed a hero after he managed to escape his father’s overturned vehicle and get help.

Joshua Garcia was riding in the car with his father, Eugenio “Tito” Garcia, when the father lost control of the vehicle. After plowing through a guardrail and becoming airborne, the Garcia’s vehicle landed upside-down on a sandbank in the Nashua River.

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Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy over Plane Row

Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy over Plane Row

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Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened to close the U.S. Embassy in La Paz as South American leaders met in Bolivia to show their support for the president whose plane was grounded in Europe amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

The presidents of Argentina, Ecuador, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela met with Morales Thursday in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba. The presidents have demanded an apology from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain for refusing to grant permission for the Bolivian leader’s plane to fly through their air space earlier this week.

President Morales has blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to deny his air space requests. His plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, in what he has called a violation of international law. Authorities determined Snowden was not on his plane and the president was allowed to leave Wednesday.

The Bolivian leader had been in Russia for a meeting, where he said he would consider granting asylum to Snowden.

Bloomberg News reports the South American presidents have called for another meeting on July 12 in Uruguay to further discuss the matter.

Snowden remains out of public view, believed to be stuck in a Moscow airport transit area, seeking asylum from one of more than a dozen countries.

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FX’s “The Bridge” Highlights Woes at the U.S.-Mexico Border

FX’s “The Bridge” Highlights Woes at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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One of the aims of “The Bridge,” a new television series on the U.S. cable network FX, is to make viewers think about the woes of the U.S.-Mexico border region, the show’s co-star said here.

“Different issues that concern both countries are implicit in the drama and the story,” Mexican actor Demian Bichir told a press conference in this capital.

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Sainthood of John Paul II Imminent, Pope Francis Approves 2nd Miracle

Sainthood of John Paul II Imminent, Pope Francis Approves 2nd Miracle

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Pope Francis has given final approval to the canonization of two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, the Vatican said Friday.

The pontiff recognized the validity of a second miracle attributed to John Paul, a prerequisite for sainthood.

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“Dora” Drug Sniffing Dog Sniffs Out 27 Pounds of Coke in Gas Tank at U.S.-Mexico Border

“Dora” Drug Sniffing Dog Sniffs Out 27 Pounds of Coke in Gas Tank at U.S.-Mexico Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso, Texas port of entry seized 27.2 pounds of cocaine yesterday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $870,400.

“We are using every tool we have to stop smugglers,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “CBP officer expertise, high technology, and canine support all played a role in making this seizure.”

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Demi Lovato’s Wish for a Realistically Proportioned Barbie Comes True

Demi Lovato’s Wish for a Realistically Proportioned Barbie Comes True

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Last month, Demi Lovato stated on Twitter she wanted to see a Barbie with more realistic body proportions - a Barbie doll that looked like her.

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Mexico Sees 7.5 Percent Increase in International Visitors

Mexico Sees 7.5 Percent Increase in International Visitors

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Mexico registered the arrival of 5.2 million international visitors by air in the first five months of 2013, an increase of 7.5 percent over the same period last year, the Tourism Secretariat announced on Thursday.

The United States remained the main tourist market for Mexico, providing 2.8 million visitors in the first five months of the year, a figure 7.2 percent above that registered during the same period in 2012.

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Pemex’s Gasoline Production Hits 40 Month High

Gasoline production hit a 40-month high in Mexico in May, reaching a daily average of 417,000 barrels, state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said.

Gasoline imports in May, meanwhile, were at the lowest level since January 2010, averaging around 260,000 barrels per day (bpd), Pemex said in a statement.

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Eva Longoria Admits to Dating “Ready for Love” Bachelor Ernesto Arguello

Eva Longoria Admits to Dating “Ready for Love” Bachelor Ernesto Arguello

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After denying rumors she was dating one of the bachelors her show “Ready for Love” was attempting to set up, Eva Longoria has revealed she is only now dating the gorgeous entrepreneur.

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“La Voz… Mexico” Adds Marco Antonio Solis to Judges’ Panel

“La Voz… Mexico” Adds Marco Antonio Solis to Judges’ Panel

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Mexican singer-songwriter Marco Antonio Solis will be one of the four trainers of the contestants during the third season of “La Voz…Mexico,” Televisa announced on Thursday.

A bulletin released by Televisa says that Solis, a.k.a. “El Buki,” is “the most influential singer-songwriter of Latino music in the world.”

With a musical career spanning more than 35 years, the artist has received several Latin Grammys and was selected Latino Artist of the Decade by Billboard magazine.

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ACLU Charges: Whole Foods English-Only is Really a “No Spanish” Policy

ACLU Charges: Whole Foods English-Only is Really a “No Spanish” Policy

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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed charges against Whole Food Markets for allegedly discriminating against its Spanish-speaking employees.

The charges, filed with the NM Human Rights Bureau, stem from an incident at an Albuquerque Whole Foods store last month.  Two employees, Lupe Gonzalez and Bryan Baldizan, were reprimanded and suspended for speaking Spanish and challenging the English-only policy.

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Miguel and Mariah Carey Sing at Macy’s July 4th Event (VIDEO)

Miguel and Mariah Carey Sing at Macy’s July 4th Event (VIDEO)

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On Thursday, the ever impressive Lady Mariah and Miguel performed there smash summer hit, “#Beautiful” in Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

Carey also sang “Hero” for the July 4th program.

Check out both performances below.

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Mexican Flight Attendant in Costa Rica Found to Have $160k Strapped to Body

Mexican Flight Attendant in Costa Rica Found to Have $160k Strapped to Body

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A 28-year-old Mexican flight attendant was arrested in Costa Rica with $160,000 she was carrying attached to her body, the Security Ministry said.

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Venezuela Questions Relations with Spain Following Bolivian Plane Incident

Venezuela Questions Relations with Spain Following Bolivian Plane Incident

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that he will re-evaluate relations with Spain in light of this week’s incident involving Bolivian head of state Evo Morales’ plane, which had to divert to Vienna after several western European countries barred the flight from their airspace.

“What Spain’s government did is disgraceful, trying to search the aircraft of a South American president,” Maduro said in Caracas on his return from an official trip to Russia and Belarus.

“What does that Prime Minister (Mariano) Rajoy believe, that we South Americans are your slaves?,” the Venezuelan leader said.

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Blog del Narco: Knight of Templar Cartel Member Posts Pictures on Facebook

Blog del Narco: Knight of Templar Cartel Member Posts Pictures on Facebook

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A day in the life of Hellboys Banderas as he calls himself, a native of Apatzingan and 23 years old.  He works as a hitman and bodyguard local Knights of Templar Cartel in Cotija, Sahayo and Jiquilpan.

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Unemployment Rate Remains at 7.6%, Hispanic Unemployment Increases to 9.1%

Unemployment Rate Remains at 7.6%, Hispanic Unemployment Increases to 9.1%

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics June’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.  The rate is slightly better than anticipated, market expectations were pegged at 7.5 percent. 

Last month the economy added 195,000 more jobs.  Overall the economy has added an average of 202,000 jobs a month since the beginning of the year.  Also encouraging news on the employment front – job gains for the month of April and May were revised upward.

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Canadian, 2 Americans, 5 Hondurans Rescued After 4 Days Adrift

Canadian, 2 Americans, 5 Hondurans Rescued After 4 Days Adrift

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A Canadian, two Americans and five Hondurans were found alive Wednesday in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras, where the speedboat they were riding on disappeared last weekend, authorities said.

The boat was adrift 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the island of Santa Elena, near Roatan.

U.S. citizens Leon Coello, 18, and Amber Burkelt, 16, along with 20-year-old Canadian Tasha Brown were admitted to a hospital in the Caribbean coastal city of La Ceiba.

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Puerto Rican Mayor in Hot Water After Raising His Monthly Salary

Puerto Rican Mayor in Hot Water After Raising His Monthly Salary

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People in recession-battered Puerto Rico were fuming Wednesday over the news that the mayor of a town of 40,000 near San Juan increased his monthly salary from $6,500 to $8,000.

By comparison, the mayor of San Juan - a city of around 400,000 people - receives $10,000 a month.

The pay hike for Mayor Isabelo “Chabelo” Molina’s pay hike was approved by the city council in Vega Alta, controlled by the main opposition PNP party, media outlets said.

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