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WednesdayJuly 31, 2013

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Bus-Truck Collisoin Leaves 14 Dead and 33 Injured in Venezuela

Bus-Truck Collisoin Leaves 14 Dead and 33 Injured in Venezuela

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At least 14 people died and 33 others were injured Wednesday in a head-on crash between a bus and a truck in the central Venezuelan state of Guarico, the Civil Protection Service reported.

The number of fatalities is “remaining at 14,” the general director of the Civil Protection Service, Luis Diaz Curbelo, told Efe, confirming that although 33 people were injured in the crash, “the great majority” of them have been released from the hospital.

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FARC Bomb Kills Soldier in Colombia

One soldier died and one other was wounded Tuesday when a bomb exploded near the airport of the southwestern port city of Tumaco, the Colombian military said.

The bomb had been left at the head of the La Florida airport runway and detonated when a military patrol was passing by performing inspection duties, Rear Adm. Luis Tovar, the head of a counter-narcotics task force, told the media.

The blast killed Pvt. Samuel Reyes and wounded his companion, Javier Quintero, in the right arm.

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In Cuba Over 50 Poisoned After Drinking Wood Alcohol, 7 Die

In Cuba Over 50 Poisoned After Drinking Wood Alcohol, 7 Die

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Seven people died this week and 46 others were poisoned after drinking methyl, or wood, alcohol sold illegally in a Havana neighborhood, state-run television said Wednesday.

An official announcement read on the news said that the first cases showed up at a local clinic on Monday but “despite the rapid measures taken by medical personnel and the urgent transfer to different hospital centers” seven patients died.

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HORRIBLE: Texas Man Accused of Raping Three-Year-Old Boy

HORRIBLE: Texas Man Accused of Raping Three-Year-Old Boy

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A 29-year-old man in Texas has been arrested on suspicion of raping a toddler .

Last week, Eleazar Resendez III was arrested by Harlingen police after an investigation which began in January, revealed him as a suspect the unthinkable rape of a 3-year-old boy.

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California News Anchor Facing Public-Intoxication Charges

California News Anchor Facing Public-Intoxication Charges

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A California news anchor is facing public-intoxication charges mere months after her disappearance sparked an extensive search.

On Monday, Paula Lopez of KEYT News was arrested near her home in Santa Barbara. She was charged with public -intoxication, taken into custody, and ultimately released with a citation to appear in court.

This weekend’s incident comes after Lopez’s disappearance on February 27. That day, Lopez’s family reported her missing, but shortly after, they reported to authorities that she had been found.

Neither her family nor authorities gave the reasoning for her disappearance, with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department simply stating, “We are not commenting on the reasons surrounding why Ms. Lopez went missing due to the fact it is a private family matter.”

She later claimed her disappearance was a result of neglecting medical issues including dehydration and pneumonia.

Lopez is the wife of Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa, with whom she has three children. She is a co-anchor for the ABC affiliate’s 11 p.m. news. However, since the February incident, Lopez has not been anchoring the news as regularly.

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Moroccan King Releases 48 Imprisoned Spaniards At Request of King Juan Carlos

Moroccan King Releases 48 Imprisoned Spaniards At Request of King Juan Carlos

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King Mohammed VI on Tuesday ordered the release of 48 Spanish citizens imprisoned in Morocco in response to the request that Spain’s King Juan Carlos made of him during the latter’s recent visit to Rabat, the palace said.

In response to the request by the Spanish monarch and on the occasion of Throne Day, the most important annual event on the Moroccan political calendar, Mohammed VI ordered the release of the group of Spaniards, a royal spokesman said in a statement.

Juan Carlos on July 15 began an official four-day visit to Morocco during which the excellent relations between the two countries were both emphasized and clearly evident.

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Narco News: Zetas Cartel hit Gulf Cartel Prisoners During Drug Raid in Cancun Prison

Narco News: Zetas Cartel hit Gulf Cartel Prisoners During Drug Raid in Cancun Prison

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Nine prisoners of the Gulf cartel -including Hector El Diablo Cacique excabecilla-were injured after the State Preventive Police (PEP) in an operation find hidden drugs in the prison. Los Zetas members confined in another section of the prison were mistakingly mixed with the rival cartels during the search.

Authorities came to the Cancun state prison after a raid this morning by members of the PEP in this prison.  According to a statement from the SESP, the operation uncovered more than 400 doses of drugs.

The mobilization of elements of the State Police, headed by the head of the SESP, Carlos Bibiano Villa Castillo, was carried out between 21:00 am on Monday at two o’clock on Tuesday morning.

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JUST IN:  George Zimmerman Stopped for Speeding in Texas, Admits to Gun in Car

JUST IN:  George Zimmerman Stopped for Speeding in Texas, Admits to Gun in Car

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George Zimmerman was reportedly stopped for speeding this past Sunday in Forney, Texas and released with a warning.  Zimmerman, 29, did admit to carrying a gun in his car’s glove compartment.

Zimmerman was driving a Honda pickup on Highway 80 in Forney located in the eastern part of Dallas.  He was stopped close to 1p.m. local time and apparently was going “nowhere in particular.” 

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‘Devious Maids’ Actress Roselyn Sanchez Creates Foundation to Help Animals & Kids

‘Devious Maids’ Actress Roselyn Sanchez Creates Foundation to Help Animals & Kids

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Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez has created a foundation, RS Events for Life, for the purpose of collecting funds to help children and animals, her publicist said Monday.

To that end, the actress is organizing the Amazing Paw Paw Race Puerto Rico, to be held Aug. 10, on this occasion as a benefit for the PetSOS Foundation.

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez:  44,000 Will be Deported During Congressional Recess

Rep. Luis Gutierrez:  44,000 Will be Deported During Congressional Recess

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Luis Gutierrez, the Democratic Congressman from Illinois, left his Congressional colleagues with a powerful message before they head to summer recess:

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Gets 10 Years Probation After Luring 7th-Grader to Motel

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Gets 10 Years Probation After Luring 7th-Grader to Motel

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After allegedly having sex with a child still in middle school, a Texas man was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Jeremy Andrew Martinez, 22, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child after luring a 13-year-old he found online to a motel to have sex.

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Spanish Train Driver Was on Phone Just Before Deadly Crash

Spanish Train Driver Was on Phone Just Before Deadly Crash

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The driver facing charges for last week’s deadly train crash in northwestern Spain was on the telephone to railway management shortly before the accident, a court said Tuesday, citing data from the train’s black boxes.

The high-speed Alvia train from Madrid derailed on July 24 outside Santiago de Compostela, killing 79 people and injuring more than 150 others.

The train was moving at 192 kph (119 mph) during the driver’s phone conversation with supervisors at state railway Renfe, the Galician regional Superior Court said Tuesday.

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The Immigration Debate Could Use a Healthy Dose of Facts

The Immigration Debate Could Use a Healthy Dose of Facts

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Immigration is sure to be a hot topic when Members of Congress meet their constituents face-to-face during the upcoming summer recess. The full Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a controversial “border surge” as well as a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States; the House Committee on Homeland Security has passed an enforcement-only border bill that doesn’t even acknowledge the other components of immigration reform; and there continues to be much heated public debate about what the House will do next and whether the reform effort will survive the vagaries of partisan politics. As politicians and voters attempt to wade through all of the thorny issues that are raised by the topic of immigration reform, and as journalists attempt to report on these many complex issues, there is something which should be kept front and center: facts.

 

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The Hills’ Most Beautiful Latinos

The Hills’ Most Beautiful Latinos

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Recently, The Hill released its annual “50 Most Beautiful People” ranking.

In its tenth year, the list highlights a variety of political insiders from all political parties.

The “most beautiful” politician was Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), whose good looks have been attributed to healthy living.

Check out the most beautiful Latinos on The Hill below.

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New Bird Species Found in Andes Region of Peru

New Bird Species Found in Andes Region of Peru

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Ornithologists and bird enthusiast are celebrating the discovery of a song-filled new bird species found in the Andes region of central Peru.

The bird, named Junin Tapaculo, is part of the Scytalopus species and is marked by its unique singing and propensity to sticking its tail straight up in the air.  Scytalopus birds are typically song birds small in size (4-5 ½ inches in length) found mainly in Latin America. 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Leads Police on High-Speed Chase, Daughter in Car

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Leads Police on High-Speed Chase, Daughter in Car

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A Texas man was arrested over the weekend after he led police on a high-speed chase with his baby daughter in the back seat.

Alexis Treviño, 20, was spotted speeding Sunday morning in Brownsville, TX, but when a Cameron County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull him over, Treviño refused to stop.

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Enrique Iglesias Gives Fans a Taste of Tenth Studio Album

Enrique Iglesias Gives Fans a Taste of Tenth Studio Album

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Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias on Tuesday released the song “Turn the Night Up,” the first single from his new album, his record company - Universal Music - announced.

“Turn the Night Up” is the first cut from the singer’s 10th studio album, which will go on sale this autumn, although no date has yet been specified for its release.

Iglesias’ latest work was produced by The Cataracs, who have also worked with Hispanic actress and singer Selena Gomez and rapper Snoop Dogg.

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Brazil to Invest $440.5 Million in Energy Projects Over Next 10 Years

Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said the federal government planned to invest 1 million reais ($440.5 million) in energy projects over the next 10 years through its Growth Acceleration Program, or PAC.

Lobao participated Monday in a debate on renewable energies and energy efficiency that was organized by the Lide business leadership group.

The minister touted the country’s energy matrix, noting that the bulk of total installed electricity capacity comes from hydroelectric plants and pointing to the growth in biofuels production.

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Florida Shooter Posed Possible Security Threat Before Attack

Florida Shooter Posed Possible Security Threat Before Attack

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The man who murdered six people in the Miami suburb of Hialeah was a solitary person who had left his job at Miami Dade College when he learned of plans to fire him over concerns he might engage in violence.

Police are continuing their investigation into the reasons Pedro Alberto Vargas, 42, last Friday shot six people to death and held two others hostages before being killed by a police SWAT team.

The shooter negotiated with police until the wee hours of Saturday at the building, where police initially found two gunshot victims identified in local media reports as its property managers.

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Lollapalooza Has an Official Tequila - Maestro Dobel Tequila!

Lollapalooza Has an Official Tequila - Maestro Dobel Tequila!

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On Wednesday, just ahead of the start of Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival, Maestro Dobel Tequila announced a series of promotions in coordination with the brand’s sponsorship of Lollapalooza 2013. Lollapalooza creator and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell serves as the brand’s spokesman and will promote the luxury tequila throughout the festival. As the official tequila of Lollapalooza, Maestro Dobel will conduct social media promotions on Facebook and Instagram, emblazon Chicago with unique outdoor displays, host special events with Farrell, and distribute brand gift bags to every act performing at Lollapalooza. “For music fans, Lollapalooza sets the standard for festivals,” said a Maestro Dobel spokesperson. “Maestro Dobel sets a new standard for tequila, and we are excited to once again sponsor the festival.”

Farrell will gear up for Lollapalooza with a Dobel bottle signing on Thursday, August 1st. Fans aged 21 and older will have the opportunity to meet Farrell at Binny’s (1132 S. Jefferson St. Chicago, IL 60607) from 4-6 p.m.

Maestro Dobel also offers ticketed festival goers a chance to win a VIP Pass upgrade via Instagram. Fans who tag photos with #LollaDobel on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd will be entered to win a VIP Pass for the following day. Maestro Dobel will select two winners each day. The winners will receive access to VIP areas, a complimentary Maestro Dobel tasting, golf cart shuttle transportation, Dobel cocktails (Dobelritas, Mexican Iced Tea and light Lolla Palomas) at two dedicated bars, and more.

Dobel will also sponsor the official Lollapalooza After Show, which will feature Dobel cocktails personally selected by Farrell in the venue’s VIP area. Hosted by Farrell, the event will run from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, August 3rd at the Aragon Ballroom (tickets are required for this event).

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Jose Manuel de la Torre to Remain Mexican Nat’l Team’s Coach

Jose Manuel de la Torre to Remain Mexican Nat’l Team’s Coach

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The president of Mexico’s soccer federation said Jose Manuel de la Torre would stay on as the national team’s coach, though he made clear the manager is expected to lead the squad to a berth in the 2014 World Cup.

“We have the commitment and obligation to be in Brazil 2014. I have to trust the coaching staff through the end of the qualifying,” Justino Compean said.

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Developing Deep-Water Reserves Will Cost $900 Billion, Says Pemex

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos said some $900 billion must be invested to develop its deep-water oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, estimated at 27 billion barrels.

The head of Pemex’s exploration and production unit, Carlos Morales, gave that figure in an interview published Monday by the Milenio daily, noting that the company only invests “$15 billion annually” in deep-water wells.

At that rate and without enlisting partners to share the investment cost and contribute specialized personnel and the necessary technology, the process of developing the Gulf of Mexico fields “will take 60 years,” the chief of Pemex Exploracion y Produccion said.

The executive acknowledged that “discovering crude (in deep water) and going after it has posed a challenge, firstly in training people, hiring the necessary equipment and later carrying out the well drilling, as well as managing the development project.”

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WednesdayJuly 31, 2013