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FridayJuly 26, 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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Efforts to Get Out Hispanic 2014 Vote Under Way in Arizona, Nevada, Texas

Efforts to Get Out Hispanic 2014 Vote Under Way in Arizona, Nevada, Texas

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National organizations announced Thursday their efforts to get out the Hispanic vote for the 2014 legislative elections in states such as Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Clarissa Martinez de Castro, representing the National Council of La Raza, said Thursday in a telephone press conference that one of the main engines pushing Latino voters to the polls is the immigration issue.

She said that organizations are working on different strategies to increase the registration of new voters focusing particularly in the Southwest.

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“Idol Puerto Rico” and “Idol Kids” to Debut in U.S. Exclusively on Cable Network WAPA Ameri

“Idol Puerto Rico” and “Idol Kids” to Debut in U.S. Exclusively on Cable Network WAPA Ameri

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Idol format will air in the U.S. for first time in Spanish

“Idol Puerto Rico,” the Puerto Rican version of the most successful reality show franchise in the world and the highest-rated television series in Puerto Rico, and “Idol Kids,” Puerto Rico’s first reality show singing competition featuring children, will be available for the first time to U.S. audiences this summer exclusively on WAPA America, the U.S. network arm of Puerto Rico’s leading broadcast network, WAPA Television. WAPA America is available in more than five million homes on all major cable, satellite and telecommunications providers in the U.S.

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July 26, 2013: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

July 26, 2013: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

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Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters.

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Pope Francis Gives Encouraging Words to Slum Youths in Brazil

Pope Francis Gives Encouraging Words to Slum Youths in Brazil

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Pope Francis on Thursday visited a Brazilian shantytown that until recently was controlled by drug traffickers, where he urged young residents to fight against corruption and injustice.

Amid heavy security measures, Francis visited the Rio de Janeiro “favela” of Varginha.

The pontiff was welcomed with jubilation by the 2,500 residents of the favela, most of whom live in houses constructed of castoff items and cardboard and who cleaned and decorated the streets for the occasion.

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CDC-Funded Effort Educates Hispanics on Breast, Colorectal Cancer

CDC-Funded Effort Educates Hispanics on Breast, Colorectal Cancer

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Prevention, early detection of cancer key to improving survival rates

Of all the cancers, breast cancer is the primary killer of Latino women in the U.S., while colorectal cancer is the second most common among men and women. Yet, survival rates improve dramatically with early detection, which is why the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) has launched a four-market campaign to educate Hispanics about the prevention and early detection of breast and colorectal cancers.

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Daughter of Undocumented Immigrants Calls Legal Triumph Over Arpaio “Bittersweet”

Daughter of Undocumented Immigrants Calls Legal Triumph Over Arpaio “Bittersweet”

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Katherine Figueroa, who obtained a moral victory over Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio when immigration authorities suspended legal proceedings against her undocumented parents, called the win “bittersweet,” since her family’s future in the United States remains uncertain.

“I’m happy that so much struggle has served to close the case, but I’m also afraid that at any time they might want to reopen (it),” the 13-year-old U.S. citizen told Efe.

The story began four years ago, when Katherine, then 9, was stunned to see television news footage of her parents, Sandra and Carlos Figueroa, in custody after one of Arpaio’s controversial workplace raids.

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World’s Oldest Man in 112-Year-Old Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez

World’s Oldest Man in 112-Year-Old Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez

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Spanish-born New York resident Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez has officially been named the oldest man in the world.

According to the Guinness World Records, Sanchez-Blazquez is 112 years old. He is now the (reported) oldest living man in the world following the death of Jiroemon Kimura last month. Kimura lived to be 116.

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Colombian Police Arrest Mexican Couple Smuggling Heroin While Traveling with Baby

Colombian Police Arrest Mexican Couple Smuggling Heroin While Traveling with Baby

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A Mexican couple traveling with their 20-month-old daughter was arrested by drug enforcement agents at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin out of Colombia, the National Police said.

The names of the two suspects were not released.

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Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey to Appear in ‘Expendables 3’

Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey to Appear in ‘Expendables 3’

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It looks like boxer Victor “Vicious” Ortiz is following up his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” with a role in the action hero-heavy new film in the Expendables series.

The 26-year-old former WBC Welterweight Champ will appear in Expendables 3 according to a tweet posted by Sylvester Stallone, as he appears to be moving away from the ring since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2011.

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Pyramid in Mexico’s Chichen Itza was Used in Astronomy, Says Archaeologists

Pyramid in Mexico’s Chichen Itza was Used in Astronomy, Says Archaeologists

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New observations confirm that the main pyramid in the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, located in Mexico’s southeastern Yucatan state, was built to serve as an astronomical marker for making adjustments to the calendar, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

Archaeologist Ismael Arturo Montero Garcia revealed in 2012 that the movement of the Sun over the structure occurs on May 23 and July 19, appearing at dawn on the axis of the northeast corner of the Templo de las Mesas, the INAH said in a statement.

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“Menopause The Musical” Looking to Cast Latinas for Play

“Menopause The Musical” Looking to Cast Latinas for Play

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Theatrical producers are inviting Los Angeles area Hispanic women ages 35-55 to try out for parts in the Spanish-language version of the popular comedy “Menopause The Musical.”

Auditions for “Menopausia El Musical” will be held Aug. 3-6 at Hollywood’s Montalban Theater and are open to anyone, Mambo Casting’s Orlette Ruiz said.

No previous acting experience is required, she said.

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MEXICO: Art Exhibition Meant to Send “Message of Hope” to Greeks

MEXICO: Art Exhibition Meant to Send “Message of Hope” to Greeks

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The “Partenon: Arquitectura y Arte” (Parthenon: Architecture and Art) exhibition is designed to send a “message of hope” from Mexico City to Greeks and the people of all nations mired in the economic crisis, curator Alexandros Apostolakis said.

“We want to show Greek culture to the world and how art always overcomes human beings’ problems,” Apostolakis told Efe before the exhibition’s inauguration on Wednesday.

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Cuban Metal Band Hipnosis Requests Political Asylum in the U.S.

Cuban Metal Band Hipnosis Requests Political Asylum in the U.S.

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The six members of the Cuban heavy metal band Hipnosis requested political asylum in the United States upon their arrival this week in Miami, the Web site Cafe Fuerte said Thursday.

The band members prefer “to accept the uncertainty” of the future in a “place where there are opportunities and options, and not in a country (Cuba) where there is nothing and nobody hopes for anything,” Giovani Milhet, the group’s singer and guitarist, told the Web site, which is dedicated to covering current events in Cuba and Miami.

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Designer Camilo Alvarez Showcases 3D Creations at Colombiamoda

Designer Camilo Alvarez Showcases 3D Creations at Colombiamoda

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Designer Camilo Alvarez unveiled “Botanicracia,” his latest collection for men and women, at Colombiamoda 2013, bringing garments with 3D elements to Colombia’s runways for the first time.

“We want to be the first to get into this technology, which has already been used a bit in France and the United States,” the Colombian designer said.

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Spain Unemployment Down .9%, Biggest Drop in 5 Years

Spain Unemployment Down .9%, Biggest Drop in 5 Years

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The number of unemployed people in Spain dropped by 225,200 to 5.97 million in the second quarter, pushing the unemployment rate down by 0.9 percent to 26.26 percent, the government said in a report Thursday.

Employment rose by 149,000 to 16.78 million in the April-June period, with the labor force participation rate at 59.54 percent, the Labor Force Survey said.

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Sustainable Farming in Latin America Preserves Wildlife Habitat

Sustainable Farming in Latin America Preserves Wildlife Habitat

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Latin American farms that grow coffee and bananas in an environmentally sustainable manner are serving as biological corridors and even habitat for various species of wildlife, according to a new report by the Rainforest Alliance.

The study, presented in Costa Rica, found that a range of wild species are living on Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee farms, including the vulnerable Colombian night monkey.

The organization’s communications manager for Latin America, Milagro Espinoza, told Efe that practically all of the region’s RA-certified coffee farms are inhabited by wildlife.

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FridayJuly 26, 2013