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SaturdayJuly 13, 2013

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JUST IN:  Star of ‘Glee’ Cory Monteith Found Dead in Hotel Room at Age 31

JUST IN:  Star of ‘Glee’ Cory Monteith Found Dead in Hotel Room at Age 31

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Canadian actor and musician, Cory Monteith, best know for role as Finn Hudson in ‘Glee’ has apparently been found dead in a Vancouver hotel at the age of 31.

Vancouver authorities are investigating the cause of death but do not suspect foul play.  Authorities believe he had been dead for several hours before his body was discovered.  According to sources the Glee star missed his checkout time at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and hotel staff went to investigate his room on the 21st floor. 

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Mexican Airport Reopens After Volcanic Ash Cleared Away

Mexican Airport Reopens After Volcanic Ash Cleared Away

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The Puebla international airport in central Mexico resumed operations after being closed down for several hours due to the ashes falling from Popocatepetl volcano, Airports and Auxiliary Services officials said.

Early Friday morning the decision was taken to close the airport’s runways because of the abundance of volcanic ash in its operational areas.

The work of cleaning and picking up the ash began at noon, and later on Friday operations resumed.

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Wed in French Chateau

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Wed in French Chateau

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Reportedly Academy award winning actress Halle Berry has married Olivier Martinez at a French Chateau outside of Paris late this afternoon.

This is the 46-year-old actresses third marriage and the first for 47-year-old Martinez.

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JUST IN:  George Zimmerman Not Guilty of Killing African-American Teenager Trayvon Martin

JUST IN:  George Zimmerman Not Guilty of Killing African-American Teenager Trayvon Martin

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The six-person jury panel came back with a Not Guilty verdict for George Zimmerman after deliberating more than 16 hours over two days.

Zimmerman was charged with killing Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager that was unarmed in Sanford, Florida.

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Merengue Star Elvis Crespo Seeks Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

Merengue Star Elvis Crespo Seeks Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

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Puerto Rican merengue star Elvis Crespo will soon check into a rehab center to treat his alcoholism following an incident this week related to his drinking problem.

“I admit I have a problem with alcohol and that I have to work on it. I’m now privately looking for a rehabilitation facility so I can keep going,” Crespo said in a statement to the press after leaving a hospital in Guayabo, a city neighboring San Juan.

“I’d love to give it all a rewind, but these things happen…God has a plan in this, though, and I will do whatever it takes to keep going. Life is full of things like this,” the artist said.

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Archaeologists Discover Mummified Remains of Sacrificed Woman in Peru

Archaeologists Discover Mummified Remains of Sacrificed Woman in Peru

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The mummified remains of a sacrificed woman of the Moche culture were discovered by Peruvian archaeologists at the El Brujo complex some 570 kilometers (350 miles) north of Lima, researchers said.

The archaeologist in charge of excavating the complex, Regulo Franco, said “it came as quite a surprise to find a woman, and even more to see she was buried in the prone position with her head toward the west in the direction of the sea, and with one of her arms extended, a very abnormal position” because it is unlike any known until now.

The human sacrifices found in archaeological centers of the Moche culture, extant between the 1st and 8th centuries A.D. on Peru’s northern coast, were men and in the supine position.

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Seventh Run With the Bulls Leads to 23 Injured Runners

Seventh Run With the Bulls Leads to 23 Injured Runners

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Twenty-three runners were treated for injuries here Saturday after the seventh running of the bulls at Spain’s San Fermin festival, where a pile-up of people at the entrance to the ring made for a dangerous conclusion to the run.

A 19-year-old Spaniard sustained very serious injuries after being trapped in the stampede, suffering a crushed thorax and having to be connected to a respirator.

The run turned especially dangerous when a human wall formed near the ring and the bulls from the Fuente Ymbro ranch charged at the people stuck in the pile-up.

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Famed Car Driven by Fangio Sold for $26.4 Million

Famed Car Driven by Fangio Sold for $26.4 Million

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The Mercedes-Benz W196 with which legendary Argentine racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio won the second of his five Formula One world titles was sold Friday at auction for 17.5 million pounds ($26.4 million).

The sum sets a record for a car sold at auction, this one being held on the 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England.

The previous record was racked up by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype, which was knocked down for $16.4 million in 2011.

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Celebrating Frida Kahlo on the Anniversary of Her Death

Celebrating Frida Kahlo on the Anniversary of Her Death

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of Mexico’s greatest artist Frida Kahlo.  Her real name was Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon born in Coyoacán on July 6, 1907.  She died at age 47 after suffering with lifelong health problems stemming from a traffic accident in her teenage years and childhood polio. 

The streetcar accident left the then 18-year-old with a fractured spine, collarbone and ribs and a shattered pelvis.  During her lifetime she endured more than 30 operations.  Many of her self-portraits portray her suffering and isolation.

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Mexican Security Forces, Gunmen Clash Leaving 13 Dead

Thirteen suspects died in a battle between gunmen and Mexican security forces, the attorney general of the central state of Zacatecas said.

“In fact, there were 13 killed by the army in the community of Bañuelos, Sombrerete (municipality), Arturo Nahle said on Twitter.

The shooting broke out around 2:00 p.m. Thursday after Federal Police on patrol spotted a group of armed men and followed in pursuit, newspaper Imagen de Zacatecas said in its online edition.

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Spanish Filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s Home to Become Cultural Center

Spanish Filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s Home to Become Cultural Center

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The home in Mexico City where Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel lived during his last years will reopen its doors in 2014 as a cultural center, the deputy director of the Film Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, said.

The building was restored “giving it the same image” the original property had and is currently in a phase of being fitted out, Carmen Carrara said.

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Picasso’s Stepdaughter Says 407 Works Stolen from French Chateau

Picasso’s Stepdaughter Says 407 Works Stolen from French Chateau

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Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter said 407 works by the late Spanish artist were stolen from her chateau in southern France.

Catherine Hutin-Blay, 65, told Le Parisien newspaper she noticed the works were gone in 2011, when the Picasso Administration - manager of the Spaniard’s estate - alerted her that several Picassos were on sale at a private gallery in Paris.

Hutin-Blay recognized the titles as among the works she inherited from her mother, Jacqueline, who was Picasso’s second wife, and soon confirmed that the pieces were indeed missing from the chateau in Vauvenargues.

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Latinos in Fort Worth, Texas being Targeted by Black Armed Robbers

Latinos in Fort Worth, Texas being Targeted by Black Armed Robbers

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Fort Worth, Texas authorities are on the look out for armed gunmen who are targeting Latinos in their crimes.

Four yet-to-be identified African-American males have been connected to at least 11 armed robberies in the area.  Though police say the robberies all appear to be random their choice of victims is not. 

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Rick Perry’s Motives

Rick Perry’s Motives

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

Sixth graders in Texas have known no Governor in their state other than Rick Perry. He was elected the year they were born.

If you’re a Latino sixth grader this is significant. Public education in Texas during Perry’s tenure has been at best stagnant and at worst declining. Public school funding in the state has diminished as minority student enrollment has increased. And over the past 12 years Texas school children have become a casualty of political battles.

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Ruben Blades Recording Album with Paco de Lucia, Filming with De Niro

Ruben Blades Recording Album with Paco de Lucia, Filming with De Niro

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New projects are piling up on the agenda of Ruben Blades, the Panamanian singer, poet, actor, lawyer and politician who continues to take on new challenges - like recording a disc of boleros with Paco de Lucia and acting alongside Robert De Niro in a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran.

“I have more of a past than a future,” Blades said Thursday during an interview with the president of the Latin Grammy Awards, Gabriel Albaroa, as part of the events at the Latin Alternative Music Conference.

But while it’s certain that his past was busy with “intellectual salsa” solo or with Willie Colon, a presidential bid in his homeland and taking a law degree from Harvard, his future looks equally active.

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Relatives Bring Home Woman Who Lived at Cancun Airport for 11 Days

Relatives Bring Home Woman Who Lived at Cancun Airport for 11 Days

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After living in the Cancun International airport for 11 days, one of Monica Silvia Montaño Mancera’s relatives showed up Thursday and picked up the Mexican passenger who had arrived on a flight from the United States, airport officials said.

“I can only confirm that a brother came for her in the morning and shortly afterwards they left on a flight, apparently for the city of Guadalajara,” Eduardo Rivadeneyra, the spokesman for the Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, or Asur, told Efe.

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20-Year-Old American Badly Gored During Bull Run in Spain

20-Year-Old American Badly Gored During Bull Run in Spain

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A 20-year-old American was forced to undergo a splenectomy after being gored here Friday during the sixth running of the bulls at Spain’s San Fermin festival.

The man, identified only as Patrick E., was the most seriously injured out of three people gored during the slow and extra-dangerous run, suffering internal bleeding when a bull’s horn pierced his abdomen with a upward blow, according to health authorities in the northern Spanish region of Navarre.

The man’s spleen had to be removed due to the seriousness of the wound, but his condition is now listed as stable and non-life-threatening.

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Brazil Raises Interest Rate to 8.5 Percent

Brazil Raises Interest Rate to 8.5 Percent

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The Brazilian Central Bank raised its benchmark interest rate a half-point to 8.5 percent, in a move intended to halt the rise in inflation, the entity announced.

“The (Central Bank’s) Committee (on Monetary Policy) feels that this decision will contribute to placing inflation in decline and ensure that that trend persists next year,” the bank said in its statement.

The decision was widely expected by the market due to the fact that inflation reached 3.15 percent for the first six months of the year and 12-month inflation came in at 6.70 percent in June.

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Daughter of Murdered Mayoral Candidate Wins Election

Daughter of Murdered Mayoral Candidate Wins Election

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On the same day that she buried her father, Alma Leticia Reyes decided that she would follow in his footsteps and continue his candidacy for mayor of a Mexican town herself, and now - after winning the election - she will have the chance to carry out the plans that he intended to implement in office.

“I’m very happy that the majority supported us. They know it’s going to be a three-year period of a lot of work and fulfilling the commitments my father had made,” the 23-year-old, who graduated with a degree in elementary education with plans to be a teacher, told Efe.

On July 2, the body of Ricardo Reyes, Alma’s father, was found bearing bullet wounds a few hours after he had been kidnapped during a funeral.

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SaturdayJuly 13, 2013