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WednesdayJuly 17, 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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Alsea Acquires Full Ownership of Starbucks in Chile, Argentina

Alsea Acquires Full Ownership of Starbucks in Chile, Argentina

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Mexican restaurant operator Alsea said Wednesday it was acquiring full ownership of the Starbucks Coffee businesses in Chile and Argentina for an undisclosed sum.

The deal covers an 82 percent interest in Starbucks Coffee Chile S.A. and 18 percent of Starbucks Coffee Argentina S. de R.L. de C.V., Alsea said in a filing with securities regulators.

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BRAZIL: After Being Pronounced Dead, Baby Wakes Up

BRAZIL: After Being Pronounced Dead, Baby Wakes Up

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A family in Brazil received a miracle after a baby pronounced dead at birth amazingly “woke up” after being placed on the hospital chapel’s altar.

The parents of Yasmin Gomes, Jenifer da Silva Gomez, 22, and Cleverson Carlos Gomez, 26, were devastated when told their baby girl was dead moments after her birth at Lincoln Graca Hospital in Londrina on July 9.

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Top 5 Most Innovative Latin America Countries

Top 5 Most Innovative Latin America Countries

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, and INSEAD have released the annual “The Global Innovation Index” (GII).

Currently in its sixth edition, the report covers 142 countries based on innovation and income.

The GII notes that economic growth in emerging markets and high-income economies is uneven, with more growth occurring in low and middle-income economies.

The most innovative country in the world is Switzerland and the least innovative country was Yemen.

Within Latin America, Nicaragua and Venezuela were the lowest ranked on the report.

Check out the most innovative Latin America countries below.

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Blog Del Narco: Los Zeta Chief Miguel Angel Morales Threatened to Kill Former Pres. Felipe Calderon

Blog Del Narco: Los Zeta Chief Miguel Angel Morales Threatened to Kill Former Pres. Felipe Calderon

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Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the Zetas drug cartel boss arrested earlier this week, threatened to kill former President Felipe Calderon, the Mexico City daily El Universal reported Wednesday.

Treviño Morales, alias “Z40,” threatened to shoot down the presidential aircraft during a trip Calderon made to the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, aides to the former president told the newspaper.

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Bruno Mars Nominated for Four 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

Bruno Mars Nominated for Four 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

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The first set of nominees for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced and Bruno Mars, Miguel and Jennifer Lopez are among them.

Mars’ nominations include:

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POLL:  Hispanics Regardless of Age Tilt Democratic vs Republican

POLL:  Hispanics Regardless of Age Tilt Democratic vs Republican

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A recent Gallup Political poll of Hispanics showed they lean more to the Democratic Party versus Republican Party regardless of age.

Though this might not be a shock to some it will be to the Republican National Committee that is investing heavily in outreach to the Latino voter.  This poll shows that U.S. Latinos are more than twice as likely to identify with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party.

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Neymar Will Thrive in Barcelona, Says Messi

Neymar Will Thrive in Barcelona, Says Messi

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said he was convinced the club’s big offseason acquisition, Brazilian phenom Neymar, would fit in well amid a locker room of “good guys” and foresaw no problems playing with the fellow striker on the field.

“We hope it works on the pitch. He’s a great player, disruptive in one-on-one situations and that makes all the difference. He’s coming to a team full of stars, to a locker room filled with good guys, and I don’t think he’ll have any problem adapting,” the 26-year-old four-time world player of the year said here at a press conference.

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Why Latinos Are Democrats (And Why They’re Likely To Stay That Way)

Why Latinos Are Democrats (And Why They’re Likely To Stay That Way)

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Gallup has just released data showing Democrats with huge leads in party identification among all age groups of Hispanics. Why is this? One theory, as summarized by John Sides in a recent post on Monkey Cage, is “that people identify with the party that they associate with social groups they like or belong to. So it’s not so much about policy or what the parties ‘stand for.’ It’s who the parties ‘stand with.’”

However, the evidence, and specifically the evidence concerning Latino voters, doesn’t support that theory. In fact, what the data show is that for Latinos and most other Americans, party identification and voting behavior are based on policy preferences much more than on group identity.

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Yankees Pitcher Mariano Rivera Garnered Standing Ovation At All-Star Game

Yankees Pitcher Mariano Rivera Garnered Standing Ovation At All-Star Game

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New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made his final appearance in baseball’s mid-summer classic one for the storybooks, throwing a perfect eighth inning and receiving a standing ovation from his peers during the American League’s 3-0 victory over the National League at the All-Star Game.

The 43-year-old Rivera, who has announced he will retire after this season, entered Tuesday night’s game an inning earlier than usual because AL manager Jim Leyland did not want to take the chance the NL might rally against another hurler and deny him the chance to pitch.

The most dramatic moment of the evening came before the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, when Rivera’s AL teammates remained in their dugout at Citi Field - home of the New York Mets - and allowed the closer to jog onto the field all alone and soak in the applause from fans and players alike.

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Fans Continue to Remember Celia Cruz the “Queen of Salsa”

Fans Continue to Remember Celia Cruz the “Queen of Salsa”

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Devoted fans of singer Celia Cruz flocked to her mausoleum in New York’s Woodlawn Cemetery to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.

The powerful voice of the Cuban-born “Queen of Salsa” rang out at the site where she rests alongside husband Pedro Knight.

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Blog del Narco: US Congratulates Mexico- They Have Wanted Z-40 for a Very Long Time

Blog del Narco: US Congratulates Mexico- They Have Wanted Z-40 for a Very Long Time

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The U.S. government offered $ 5 million to whomever provides information leading to the capture of Miguel Treviño Morales, “El Z-40”, who is accused of various crimes related to drug trafficking in the District court of Houston, Texas.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency also provides different birth years: 1970, 1980, 1973 and 1976, but certainly gives the place of birth, Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas.
Currently in the United States, Jose Trevino Morales, brother of “Z-40” is being prosecuted in federal court for the Western District of Texas at Austin, having allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars sent by his brother through ranch quarter horses he had in Oklahoma.

The capture of Jose Trevino Morales was on June 12 last year, with a spectacular display of FBI agents, who confiscated during the raid of the Ranch 458 horses, some of them worth several thousand dollars.
The US Treasury Department declared in July 2009 that “The Z-40” falls under the Kingpin Act, and ordered that all goods that have in the United States by itself or through partners will being frozen.
Last May, US authorities again referred to “The Z-40” by publicizing the arrest of Alfredo Andrade Parra, an alleged member of Los Zetas who was involved in two court proceedings opened in the District of Texas, in 2003 and 2008.

Following the capture of Trevino Morales, the U.S. government may request his extradition, as it did in May last year with another leader of the criminal group, Raul Lucio Hernandez, “El Lucky” who wants to confiscate his assets and make him responsible to the   Federal Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

One of the subordinates of the “Z-40” which is already under indictment in the United States after being extradited is Julian Zapata Espinoza “El Piolin”, who allegedly murdered on February 15, 2011 Jaime Zapata and wounded Victor Avila, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico yesterday congratulated the Mexican government for the capture of Treviño Morales
“We congratulate the government of Mexico and the entire public safety community in Mexico for the capture of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alleged leader of Los Zetas cartel, and one of the most wanted suspected criminals in Mexico.
“This is another triumph of the people of Mexico in their valiant effort to dismantle organized crime networks,” the embassy said in a statement.

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Over 200 Stingrays Found Dead on Mexican Beach

Over 200 Stingrays Found Dead on Mexican Beach

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Authorities from the Mexican state of Veracruz are reporting a grizzly find on the Chachalacas beach – 250 dead stingrays.

The beach is located in the town of Ursulo Galvan where fishing is a major livelihood.  And it is those very fisherman that locals are blaming for the dumping of the dead stingrays.  Witnesses say they say fishermen dumping the stingrays from their nets.

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Mexico To Continue Relying on Fossil Fuels, Says PEMEX

Mexico To Continue Relying on Fossil Fuels, Says PEMEX

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Fossil fuels will remain Mexico’s principal source of energy for years to come and the Aztec nation must get the most out of its hydrocarbon resources, the head of state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos said.

“Toward 2030, the expectations are that the country maintains hydrocarbons as its largest energy source,” CEO Emilio Lozoya said in Pemex’s latest Social Responsibility Report.

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Cuba:  Yes those Are Our War Weapons But They’re Old and Useless

Cuba:  Yes those Are Our War Weapons But They’re Old and Useless

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Cuban authorities have acknowledged the “war weapons” found on a North Korean ship in Panama are indeed theirs but also said they are “obsolete defensive weapons.”

Yesterday Panamanian officials seized the North Korean ship that was suppose to be carrying sugar from Cuba to North Korea.  Authorities suspected that the ship, Chong Chon Gang, might be carrying drugs because of its shady past associated with narco and ammuno trafficking.  Upon further inspection and in hidden compartments several anti-aircraft missiles, missile parts, MiG engines and two MiG 21-Bis fighter planes were found.

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“Devious Maids” Actress Dania Ramirez Announces She is Having Twins

“Devious Maids” Actress Dania Ramirez Announces She is Having Twins

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Actress Dania Ramirez, one of the stars of the television series “Devious Maids,” announced on the social networks that she is pregnant with twins.

“I am proud 2 Announce our 2 NEW BUNDLES OF JOY! Yes, I’m having TWINS!” wrote Ramirez on her official Twitter account.

The actress, who plays Rosie Falta on the Lifetime network series, posted on the Instagram social network a photograph of an ultrasound on which the shapes of two fetuses can be made out.

The two babies will be the first children of the actress and her husband, film director Bev Land, whom she married in February.

Ramirez, who starred in the film “American Reunion” (2012) and the series “Entourage” (2004-2011), joked on Twitter that the father of the twins is not the character Mr. Spence on “Devious Maids,” the man her character works for as a maid and who confessed in one episode that he is attracted to her.

After making her announcement, the Dominican actress received many online messages of congratulations from her fans.

“Thank you all so much for all of your incredible messages!!! I am beyond grateful for all of you!!!!” she said on Twitter in response.

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Edinson Cavani Joins Paris Saint-Germain for $84 Million

Edinson Cavani Joins Paris Saint-Germain for $84 Million

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Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Tuesday that it has signed Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to a five-year contract.

The defending Ligue 1 champion paid Napoli 64 million euros ($84 million) - a record in French soccer - for Cavani, who led Italy’s Serie A with 29 goals last season.

Napoli drove a hard bargain, PSG owner Nasser el-Khelaifi said at a press conference to introduce the club’s latest acquisition, though adding that the deal was indispensable to his project of making the Parisian side “the best team in Europe.”

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Justin Bieber Buys Home in Coastal Colombian City

Justin Bieber Buys Home in Coastal Colombian City

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Canadian singer Justin Bieber has purchased a mansion in the Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena, Colombian media said Tuesday.

The star got to know the so-called Heroic City last month and during his visit there “he fell in love” with its tourist attractions, the manager of the Italian real estate firm Potro, Alessandro Potro, told the daily El Espectador.

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Presidents Juan Manuel Santos, Nicolas Maduro to Discuss Bilateral Relations

Presidents Juan Manuel Santos, Nicolas Maduro to Discuss Bilateral Relations

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Tuesday that he and Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro plan to meet on July 22 to “go through a complete review of the state of bilateral relations.”

The Colombian president announced on Twitter the date of the meeting that has been hoped for since relations between Colombia and Venezuela became entangled in a new period of difficulties last May.

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Spain to Bolivia: Sorry We Helped Stopped the President’s Plane

Spain to Bolivia: Sorry We Helped Stopped the President’s Plane

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The Spanish government on Monday presented to Bolivia a note apologizing for the July 2 incident involving President Evo Morales’ plane and expressed confidence that the issue had been put to rest and that bilateral relations will remain on an even keel.

The note was delivered to the Bolivian Foreign Ministry by Spain’s ambassador to La Paz, Angel Vazquez, who expressed regret for the role played in the episode by the Spanish envoy to Austria, Alberto Carnero.

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Plane Crash in Northern Brazil Leaves 3 Dead

Plane Crash in Northern Brazil Leaves 3 Dead

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Three people died and three others were seriously injured when their small plane crashed and exploded Tuesday just after taking off from the Brazilian city of Manaus, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 6:20 a.m. (1020 GMT) at the international airport at Manaus, the major city in Brazil’s Amazon region.

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WednesdayJuly 17, 2013