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TuesdayJuly 30, 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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Town Where Jenni Rivera’s Plane Crashed Wants to Make It Tourist Attraction

Town Where Jenni Rivera’s Plane Crashed Wants to Make It Tourist Attraction

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Municipal authorities want to make a tourist attraction of the site in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon where singer Jenni Rivera’s plane crashed last December, killing the star and six other people.

More than 50 men began working Monday to improve the narrow road a scant 50 centimeters (2 feet) wide that leads to the place where the airplane crashed in which the Mexican-American artist was traveling, Iturbide municipal secretary Cesar Romeo Carreon told Efe.

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Paola Guanche Wins ‘La Voz Kids’ -  Now Eyes Broadway

Paola Guanche Wins ‘La Voz Kids’ -  Now Eyes Broadway

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After becoming the first winner of Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids,” a Spanish-language version of NBC’s “The Voice” for contestants ages 7-14, Paola Guanche said that her greatest wish is to act in a Broadway musical.

But before her arrival on the Great White Way, the 12-year-old wants to “go back to school with my friends.”

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Sara Skinner & Kurt Schneider Mash-Up Demi Lovato Songs in Epic Medley (VIDEO)

Sara Skinner & Kurt Schneider Mash-Up Demi Lovato Songs in Epic Medley (VIDEO)

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Demi Lovato should be flattered by a mash-up from Sara Skinner and Kurt Schneider. Not only did the pair use a number of her songs, but the mix is actually well done.

Songs used in the mash-up/video, which was posted on Kurt’s YouTube page here, include:

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REPORT:  Piolin Ousted Due to Alleged Sexual Harassment of Male Co-Worker

REPORT:  Piolin Ousted Due to Alleged Sexual Harassment of Male Co-Worker

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When the ‘Piolin en la Mañana’ syndicated radio program on Univision Radio was suddenly cancelled last week, long-time fans were left without much to go on.  Everyone, including industry insiders, was asking why one of Spanish-language radio’s superstars was so quickly dismissed. 

Reports indicate that the sudden and immediate cancellation of ‘Piolin en la Mañana’ was allegedly due to a sexual harassment suit filed against host Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo from a fellow male employee.

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Marlins Hitting Coach, Tino Martinez Resigns Amid Rumors of Abuse

Marlins Hitting Coach, Tino Martinez Resigns Amid Rumors of Abuse

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Following allegations that he abused a player, former Yankees star Constantino “Tino” Martinez has resigned as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins.

Martinez reportedly resigned on Sunday after Marlins team officials were informed a Miami player was claiming Martinez both verbally and physically abused him.

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Big Republican Donors Urging Party Members to Pass Immigration Reform NOW

Big Republican Donors Urging Party Members to Pass Immigration Reform NOW

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More than 100 donors to the Republican Party on Tuesday sent a letter to GOP members of the U.S. Congress urging them to move forward with an immigration reform package that includes “legal status” for the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

The letter is part of a pressure campaign headed by former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.

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Brazilian Thiago Silva Extends Contract with PSG to 2018

Brazilian Thiago Silva Extends Contract with PSG to 2018

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Coveted by FC Barcelona and Manchester City, Thiago Silva has agreed to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2018, French sports daily L’Equipe said Monday.

PSG, the reigning Ligue 1 champion, gave the 28-year-old Brazilian a raise that will bring his annual salary to 12 million euros ($15.9 million), the newspaper said.

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BLOG DEL NARCO: DEA Targets Sinaloa Associates for Hiding Money in Water Parks, Shopping Malls

BLOG DEL NARCO: DEA Targets Sinaloa Associates for Hiding Money in Water Parks, Shopping Malls

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The Sinaloa Cartel is once again feeling the heat of the U.S. government.

Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced they are targeting assets of several individuals and entities linked to the cartel and one of its key leaders, Ismael Zambada Garcia.

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REPORT: Nearly Half of All Mexicans Living in Poverty, Sustained on $4 a Day

REPORT: Nearly Half of All Mexicans Living in Poverty, Sustained on $4 a Day

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The proportion of Mexicans living below the poverty line was 45.5 percent in 2012, while 9.8 percent of the population was destitute, the National Council to Evaluate Social Development Policy, or Coneval, says in its latest report.

Those figures represent 53.3 million people and 11.5 million people, respectively.

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Father Charged with Abandonment After Tow Truck Takes His Car with Kids in Back

Father Charged with Abandonment After Tow Truck Takes His Car with Kids in Back

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A Texas father was charged with child abandonment after his car was towed away with his children inside.

According to police, Victor Ruiz had parked his car in a no-parking zone outside his Houston apartment on Thursday while he unloaded his groceries.

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Customs Urged to Speed U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Times

Customs Urged to Speed U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Times

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The federal agency that oversees border checkpoints says it will need more than 3,800 new officers to fix delays that waste millions of dollars every year while cargo trucks sit in long lines to cross the U.S.-Mexican border.

But the Government Accountability Office, in a report Wednesday, questioned the need for so many new workers in addition to the nearly 22,000 current customs officers. The congressional auditors noted that three of the six major border crossings they visited were fully staffed. They also said the federal border agency never fully explained how it determined the number of agents needed at each crossing.

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Your Big Mac Would Only Cost $.68 More If McDonalds Doubled Its Pay

Your Big Mac Would Only Cost $.68 More If McDonalds Doubled Its Pay

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If McDonalds were to double the salaries and benefits of all of its employees, from the CEO down to the minimum wage cashiers, it would still only cost an extra 68 cents for a Big Mac, according to a new report by the University of Kansas.

As fast food workers across the country are going on strike to demand a livable wage, University of Kansas research assistant Arnobio Morelix tells the Huffington Post that it would cost the average consumer mere cents to give them just that.

Currently, a minimum wage McDonalds employee makes $7.25 per hour. The CEO makes $8.75 million. But if the former were raised to $15 and the latter to $17.5 million, the dollar menu would only have to become the $1.17 menu and the Big Mac would go from $3.99 to $4.67, Morelix found.

If the CEO’s pay remained the same but low-wage workers earned more, the price difference for customers would be negligible.

These numbers underscore what low-wage workers already know: It would take very little for McDonalds to vastly improve the lives of those who make the company run. In fact, minimum wage raises have proven beneficial to a company’s bottom line.

Current wages for the lowest paid McDonalds workers are unworkable, and even the company knows that; a recent budget released by McDonalds told employees to get by through getting a second job and spending $0 on heating. Still, the company’s leadership has tried to frame itself as a charitable “above minimum wage” employer.

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Mexico’s Alexxa: My Career is “Spurred by the Applause of my Fans”

Mexico’s Alexxa: My Career is “Spurred by the Applause of my Fans”

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The singer of Mexican regional music Alexxa is 20 years old, has recorded a disc and has been nominated Revelation of the Year in the 2013 Premios Texas awards, but what most drives her is a desire to succeed.

To make all her dreams come true, Alexxa works on developing her musical career, which, she says, “is spurred on by the applause of my fans.”

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HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Luis Rodriguez First Latino to Head California Bar

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Luis Rodriguez First Latino to Head California Bar

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Luis J. Rodriguez is making history in his native California by becoming the first Latino to head the State Bar of California, representing over 200,000 attorneys in the state. 

He also made Rodriguez family history being the first family member of his Mexican family to attend college. 

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BLOG DEL NARCO:  Caballeros Templarios Narcos Arrested for Killing of Mexican Admiral

BLOG DEL NARCO:  Caballeros Templarios Narcos Arrested for Killing of Mexican Admiral

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Army troops arrested three men suspected of being linked to the killing of an admiral over the weekend in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, officials said Monday.

“Members of the National Defense Secretariat captured three” subjects who were allegedly involved in the attack on Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar Ramonet, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told MVS radio.

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Puerto Rican Rapper Yomo Arrested at Atlanta Airport

Puerto Rican Rapper Yomo Arrested at Atlanta Airport

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Puerto Rican rapper Yomo was detained by police at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for an incident that occurred on an American Airlines flight, San Juan daily Primera Hora said Monday.

The Dallas-San Juan flight made an unscheduled stop in Atlanta to permit the artist’s arrest, the newspaper said.

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TuesdayJuly 30, 2013