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ThursdayJuly 18, 2013

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President Cristina Fernandez Defends Argentina’s Deal With Chevron

President Cristina Fernandez defended the deal her administration signed earlier this week with U.S.-based supermajor Chevron Corp. for the development of the Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas field in southwestern Argentina amid criticism from opponents of the agreement.

“I know the really important agreement we signed with one of the world’s most important oil companies, Chevron, under the framework of an extensive development decree covering all petroleum companies that invest more than $1 billion in Argentina, bothered some people,” Fernandez said during an appearance Wednesday in Chaco province.

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Sofia Vergara and ‘Modern Family’ Nominated for 2013 Emmys

Sofia Vergara and ‘Modern Family’ Nominated for 2013 Emmys

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On Thursday, the nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced and Sofia Vergara and her “Modern Family” co-stars were nominated for a number of awards.

Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ABC’s hit comedy series “Modern Family”, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series alongside co-star Julie Bowen. Ed O’Niell, Ty Burrell, and Jessey Tyler Ferguson for all nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.

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Marc Anthony Defends Himself Against Charges He Isn’t American Enough to Sing “God Bless America”

Marc Anthony Defends Himself Against Charges He Isn’t American Enough to Sing “God Bless America”

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Singer Marc Anthony, who is of Puerto Rican origin, on Thursday defended himself against criticism he has received for performing the patriotic U.S. song “God Bless America” during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, stating that “you can’t get more New York than me.”

On the ABC television program “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Thursday, Anthony said that he wanted to make clear to people that he was born and raised in New York.

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Michelin Starred Restaurant to Close in Spain

Michelin Starred Restaurant to Close in Spain

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Can Fabes, one of the best restaurants in Spain and the world, survived the death of founder Santi Santamaria but could not weather the economic crisis and will close its doors on Aug. 31, the late chef’s daughter, Regina Santamaria, told Efe.

The eatery was the first in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia to get three stars from Michelin.

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JUST IN:  Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Largest Bankruptcy in Country’s History

JUST IN:  Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Largest Bankruptcy in Country’s History

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This afternoon the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection making it the largest bankruptcy in the history of the country at $18 to $20 billion. 

The bankruptcy filing came after the Motor City was unable to reach debt restructuring agreements with its investors and creditors.  A bankruptcy court must now decide if the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection and how much if anything its creditors will receive including city pension funds.  The Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder still has to sign off on the bankruptcy filing. 

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Hey Paul Ryan: 9 Out of 10 Immigrants Would Apply For Citizenship

Some have been lifting up Paul Ryan as a conservative champion for immigration reform in the House–he’s been working behind the scenes to try and make reform happen, and has been applauded for making a strong case for the economics of reform.

But, as Washington Examiner correspondent Rebecca Berg tweeted, all that work has now apparently turned Paul into an expert on what immigrants want.  He went on the radio today to talk about the “fact” that undocumented immigrants don’t actually want to become citizens:Image

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After Peruvian Vacation, Woman Discovers Maggots in her Ear

After Peruvian Vacation, Woman Discovers Maggots in her Ear

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A British woman was left traumatized after she returned form a South American vacation and learned a bothersome ear was in fact being aggravated by a flesh-eating maggot.

The woman, 27-year-old Rochelle Harris, returned from Peru and began experiencing pain in the side of her face, fluid on her pillow, headaches, and occasionally she even heard scratching sound in her head.

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Blog del Narco: Z-40 Originally Tracked By US Visiting Son in Texas

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, El Z-40 and leader of Los Zetas, was first tracked when he went to a rural Texas town to visit his newborn son, reported the New York Times. “the U.S. authorities played a key role in his subsequent arrest and confirmed his identity through biometric DNA evidence. ” Mexican officials confirmed that the United States confirmed Trevinos identity. The paper also stresses that the Security Cabinet spokesman, Eduardo Sanchez, said Monday that the Secretary of the Navy captured Z-40 in Nuevo Laredo on a work of “intelligence” and “without a single shot.” In a carefully staged arrest, Z-40 was without his usual 200 member security force.

Moreover, press reports also noted that President Felipe Calderon’s had received threats on his life made by the Z-40. In August 2012, when Calderon turned 50, at a party in Los Pinos Z-40 threatened to shoot down the presidential plane.

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North Korean Ship Carrying Weapons Held in Panama Awaiting U.N. Inspection

North Korean Ship Carrying Weapons Held in Panama Awaiting U.N. Inspection

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Panama said Wednesday that it will place the task of evaluating the undeclared weaponry found in a North Korean cargo ship, which Cuba admitted belonged to it but said was “obsolete,” in the hands of the U.N. Security Council.

Panamanian Foreign Minister Fernando Nuñez also announced that his government had authorized the issuance of two visas for North Korean diplomats so that they may come to Panama to “provide explanations and inspect” the vessel, which is being held in port.

“We’ve just authorized two visas for representatives of the Republic of Korea, through our embassy in Havana ... We have (provided them) so that they may come with an eye toward providing explanations and inspecting their ship,” the foreign minister said in an official statement.

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Illinois Governor Quinn Joins 14 Other Governors Urging Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

Illinois Governor Quinn Joins 14 Other Governors Urging Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

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15 U.S. Governors includes Illinois Governor Pat Quinn drafted a letter urging Congress to pass “commonsense” immigration reform

The letter cites the strong bipartisan support comprehensive immigration reform had in the Senate and the economic benefits of immigration reform.  The governors specifically cited their support for the H-2A “guest worker” visa program for farmer workers and visas for foreign graduate students in science and math. 

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Crime Journalist Gunned Down in Southern Mexico

Crime Journalist Gunned Down in Southern Mexico

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Mexican journalist Alberto Lopez Bello, who covered the police beat for the largest newspaper in the southern state of Oaxaca, was found dead on Wednesday, authorities said.

The discovery of two bodies near the village of Trinidad de Viguera was reported at around 7:00 a.m., the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

Another person identified as Arturo Alejandro Franco was found slain next to the El Imparcial reporter.

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FINALLY: Thomas Perez Confirmed U.S. Labor Secretary with No Republican Yes Votes

FINALLY: Thomas Perez Confirmed U.S. Labor Secretary with No Republican Yes Votes

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Today the U.S. Senate in a 54-46 vote confirmed Thomas Perez as the next U.S. Labor Secretary, making him the first Latino appointee in the President’s second term. 

The President nominated Perez, 51, back in March.  He was then the head of the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department.  He is also the former Maryland Secretary of Labor.

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Georgia Teen Missing After Fight with Parents About Instagram Friend

Georgia Teen Missing After Fight with Parents About Instagram Friend

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A young Hispanic girl disappeared this week after an argument with her parents regarding meeting a boy she was talking to online.

Beverly Knepper, 14, was last seen on Monday at around 2 p.m. The teen and her parents reportedly argued about her meeting a 14-year-old boy named Jahlil, whom she met on the social networking and photo-sharing site Instagram.

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Charlie Sheen Becomes a Grandpa at 47

Charlie Sheen Becomes a Grandpa at 47

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The former Two and a Half Men star is a grandfather for the first time at age 47.

Sheen’s eldest child Cassandra Estevez, 28, who is married to Casey Huffman gave birth to a baby girl named Luna on July 17.

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Justice Department, Puerto Rico Sign Agreement to Reform Police

Justice Department, Puerto Rico Sign Agreement to Reform Police

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signed on Wednesday an agreement in San Juan with the Puerto Rican government to reform the island’s police department, thus settling the Justice Department’s suit against the PRPD for civil rights violations.

“This agreement (will) guarantee that the public will not become the victim of excessive force, illegal raids and seizures and systematic discrimination on the part of the police,” Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said during the ceremony.

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U.S. and Cuban Officials Discuss Migration, Alan Gross

U.S. and Cuban Officials Discuss Migration, Alan Gross

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On Wednesday, July 17, U.S. and Cuban officials met in Washington to discuss the implementation of the 1994 and 1995 U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords. This marks the first time since January 2011 that these periodic talks have been held. Under the Accords, both governments pledge to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration from Cuba to the United States. The agenda for the talks reflected longstanding U.S. priorities on Cuba migration issues. The U.S. delegation highlighted areas of successful cooperation in migration, including advances in aviation safety and visa processing, while also identifying actions needed to ensure that the goals of the Accords are fully met, especially those having to do with safeguarding the lives of intending immigrants.

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HISPANIC HEALTH: Why are U.S. Latinos Outliving Whites?

HISPANIC HEALTH: Why are U.S. Latinos Outliving Whites?

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Some call it the “Hispanic Mortality Paradox” – U.S. Latinos outliving whites while they are most likely to be uninsured and live in poverty- stricken areas. 

The most report by Measure of America called ‘The Measure of America 2013-2014” added to the paradox with data showing Latinos outliving whites by nearly four years and in certain parts of the country by as much as eight years.  Only Asians Americans were shown to live longer than U.S. Latinos.

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ILFC Purchases 50 Jets From Brazil’s Embraer for $2.85 Billion

The International Lease Finance Corporation, global market leader in the leasing and remarketing of commercial aircraft, has finalized a $2.85 billion deal to purchase 50 jets from Embraer, the Brazilian manufacturer said Wednesday.

The contract includes options to buy an additional 50 planes.

The firm sales contracts are among the first for E-Jets E2 aircraft, the new family of planes built by the world’s third-largest commercial jet manufacturer and unveiled by Embraer last month during the Paris Air Show.

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Actor Michael Peña Admits Difficulty in Bringing Cesar Chavez to Big Screen

Actor Michael Peña Admits Difficulty in Bringing Cesar Chavez to Big Screen

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Actor Michael Peña told Efe that playing the film role of union leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez was “difficult.”

“Chavez,” directed by Mexican actor Diego Luna, also stars Rosario Dawson, who plays the activist Dolores Huerta, and America Ferrera, who plays Cesar Chavez’s wife.

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Cuban-Born Jorge Bernal Says His Role on “La Voz Kids” is to be a Cheerleader

Cuban-Born Jorge Bernal Says His Role on “La Voz Kids” is to be a Cheerleader

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Jorge Bernal describes as a labor of love his role as co-host of Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids,” a Spanish-language version of NBC’s “The Voice” where the contestants are youngsters ages 7-14.

“As host of this show I’ve been able to grow as a human being and take note of the importance of our children, above all of those who have dreams and who do what it takes to achieve them. My role, in my opinion, is not to be a entertainer or a presenter; my role is as a friend, a cheerleader,” he told Efe.

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Boehner: Helping Migrants Brought as Kids a Matter of “Fairness”

Boehner: Helping Migrants Brought as Kids a Matter of “Fairness”

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The country’s top Republican elected official, House Speaker John Boehner, said Wednesday that legalizing young people who were illegally brought to the United States by their parents is a question of “basic fairness.”

“These children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they’re in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed,” Boehner told a press conference on Capitol Hill.

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3M Investing $400 Million in Research Centers in Mexico

U.S. industrial giant 3M Co. plans to invest $400 million over the next three years in three research centers in Mexico, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said.

“This investment, made today in this research and development center, comes as part of an investment project shared with us by 3M for the next two-and-a-half years, three (years), of $400 million to open two more manufacturing centers,” the president said during the inauguration Tuesday of a research center in San Luis Potosi state.

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ThursdayJuly 18, 2013