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MondayJuly 29, 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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Low-Income Moms Struggling to Afford Diapers

Low-Income Moms Struggling to Afford Diapers

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Shortage leads to a host of physical, mental, and social problems for families, researchers note.

Diapers can take a big bite out of the family budget, and now a new survey of low-income moms finds that many struggle to afford enough diapers to regularly change their babies.

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Former Cubs Pitcher Frank Castillo, 44, Drowns in Arizona

Former Cubs Pitcher Frank Castillo, 44, Drowns in Arizona

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher and El Paso native Frank Castillo has died from drowning in Arizona. 

Apparently Castillo died at Barlett Lake, situated near his Arizona home on Sunday.  He went for a swim from a friend’s pontoon boat and did not resurface.  It is believed his body has not been recovered but the search continues.

Castillo’s family issued the following statement:

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Bloody Holiday Weekend in Puerto Rico

Bloody Holiday Weekend in Puerto Rico

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The long weekend for Puerto Rico’s commonwealth holiday ended with eight people murdered, the Puerto Rico Police Department said Monday.

The latest violent deaths raise to 494 the number of killings so far this year, 65 fewer than by the same time last year.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Waitress Accused of Pocketing $75k From Restaurant Patrons

LATINO BLOTTER: Waitress Accused of Pocketing $75k From Restaurant Patrons

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A New York waitress has been accused to pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for reducing patrons’ bills.

Judith Mejia, a long-time waitress at Cosmic Diner in midtown Manhattan, has been accused by the restaurant owners of reducing customers’ tabs in exchange for cash, according to the New York Post.

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Law Reforms in Spain Mean Drunk Walkers Could be Arrested

Law Reforms in Spain Mean Drunk Walkers Could be Arrested

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Thanks to a new law in Spain, walking while drunk can now get you arrested.

According to ThinkSpain, the new rule is part of Spain’s road traffic law reform. Pedestrians spotted walking in a street or stepping in front of a moving vehicle can and will be stopped by law enforcement and subjected to a breathalyzer test. If it is determined they are illegally under the influence, they may face jail time.

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Senate Democrats to Hold Immigration Forum in Rep. Steve King’s District

Senators Tom Harkin and Dick Durbin, both Democrats, will hold an immigration forum Friday to discuss the DREAM Act with Iowans.

Harkin spokesoman Kate Cyrul Frischmann declined to comment as to whether the event was in response to incendiary remarks made by Iowa Rep. Steve King over the past week in relation to the DREAM Act, which offers illegal immigrants under age 35 a path to citizenship.

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Mexican Navy Admiral Killed in Narco Ambush

Mexican Navy Admiral Killed in Narco Ambush

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A navy rear admiral was killed in an ambush over the weekend in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, which has been rocked by a wave of drug-related violence, officials said.

Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar Ramonet, commander of the 8th Naval Zone, and his bodyguard were killed Sunday on a rural road by gunmen.

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Pope Francis Speaks Out on Gays in Church - “Who am I to Judge?”

Pope Francis Speaks Out on Gays in Church - “Who am I to Judge?”

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Pope Francis said that he does not judge gays and that they should be integrated into society, but made it clear that the priesthood remains closed to women.

Francis made those statements at a press conference where the reporters present, including those from Efe, were on a plane with the pope as he returned to Rome from Rio de Janeiro, where he had presided over the 28th World Youth Day event.

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Son of Ohio Kidnapper Says Father, Ariel Castro, “Belongs Behind Bars”

Son of Ohio Kidnapper Says Father, Ariel Castro, “Belongs Behind Bars”

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The son of Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro made it clear that even he believes his father deserves to be in jail.

On Monday, Anthony Castro appeared on NBC’s Today show and discussed his father’s recent plea deal.

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U.S. National Soccer Team Wins 5th Gold Cup with Win over Panama

The U.S. national soccer team claimed its fifth Concacaf Gold Cup after beating Panama 1-0 in front of some 50,000 spectators at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Substitute Brek Shea scored the only goal in the 69th minute, just seconds after coming in for Joe Corona.

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‘Got Milk?’ Welcomes Colombian Musician Carlos Vives to Campaign

‘Got Milk?’ Welcomes Colombian Musician Carlos Vives to Campaign

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Colombian musician Carlos Vives, currently on a world tour, has joined America’s popular “Got milk?” campaign promoting the benefits of drinking milk.

Vives, 51, appears in an advertisement seated with a guitar in one hand, a glass of milk in the other, and, naturally, sporting the famous “milk mustache.” He says “music for the soul, protein for the body.”

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Striker Christian “Chucho” Benitez Dies Suddenly at 27

Striker Christian “Chucho” Benitez Dies Suddenly at 27

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Ecuador striker and former Club America player Christian “Chucho” Benitez has died of unknown causes at the age of 27.

Benitez, who is currently playing for Al Jaish a Middle Eastern team, had developed an appendicitis that apparently developed into complications leading to respiratory arrest according to family members.  The details of his death or cause of death have not been independently confirmed.  It is believed he died in a Qatari hospital this morning.

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Francisco Jose Garzon Driver of Fatal Spanish Train Speaks

Francisco Jose Garzon Driver of Fatal Spanish Train Speaks

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Francisco Jose Garzon, the driver of the high-speed train involved in a derailment that killed 79 people last week in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, told investigating Judge Luis Alaez that he lost track of his position and did not know where he was on the evening the accident occurred, sources close to the investigation told Efe.

Garzon, who has been charged with 79 counts of homicide and numerous other crimes, admitted that he was going at double the 80 kph (49 mph) speed limit on the curve in A Grandeira.

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Hamilton of England Wins Hungarian Grand Prix, Spain’s Alonso Finishes 5th

Hamilton of England Wins Hungarian Grand Prix, Spain’s Alonso Finishes 5th

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English Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Spain’s Fernando Alonso, who drives for Ferrari, finished in 5th place.

Hamilton covered the 70 laps on the 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) Hungaroring circuit in 1:42:29.445.

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Blog del Narco: Casualties Between the Gulf and Los Zetas Cartels in Zacatecas

Blog del Narco: Casualties Between the Gulf and Los Zetas Cartels in Zacatecas

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Nobody in Zacatecas believes that the relative calm will last since the capture of the Z-40. Military intelligence reports predict that as soon as a new head of Los Zetas is confirmed (possibly Ismael Nava Cortez, The Oyster, who killed a federal police officer in 2009), the Zetas will unleash an offensive against the Gulf Cartel. 

This division allowed the Gulf Cartel to unleash an offensive for control of Zacatecas, but they ultimately failed to wrest it from Los Zetas.  For now, after the capture of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales there have been days of unusual calm in the state, after bloody months.

Rearrangements are expected by the new leadership of Los Zetas and a new offensive against the Gulf Cartel.
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Brazilians Wins Salsa Championship for 3rd Straight Year

Brazilian dance couple Rafael Barros and his wife, Carine Morais, won - for third consecutive year - the World Salsa Open, which is part of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress, organizers said here.

Second and third place at this year’s competition, which was held at the San Juan Hotel, were taken by Karen Forcano and Ricardo Vega of Argentina and Adrian Rodriguez and Anita Santos Rubin of Spain, respectively.

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MondayJuly 29, 2013