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SaturdayAugust 3, 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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Brazil Sentences Police to 624 Years for Carandiru Prison Massacre

Brazil Sentences Police to 624 Years for Carandiru Prison Massacre

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A Brazilian court has sentenced more than a score of police officers to 624 years each behind bars for the murder of 52 inmates at Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison in October 1992.

The sentences, announced early Saturday by Judge Rodrigo Tellini de Aguirre Camargo, brought a close to the second stage of the trial.

By the end of the trial’s four stages, a total of 78 officers will have been placed in the dock for the killings of 111 inmates during the bloody quelling of a prison riot.

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Panama to Aid Students Stranded in Cuba

Panama to Aid Students Stranded in Cuba

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Panama’s government will repatriate 99 Panamanian students who lack the funds to return from Cuba after completing university studies on the Communist-ruled island, the foreign minister said Friday.

The government is committed to bringing the graduates home by Sept. 15, Fernando Nuñez said during a meeting with the students’ families.

Officials reached an accord with Panama-based Copa Airlines for the students’ return from Havana, he said.

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Ecuador Says Final Good-Bye to Striker Chucho Benitez (VIDEO)

Ecuador Says Final Good-Bye to Striker Chucho Benitez (VIDEO)

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Ecuador said good-bye to its native son Christian “Chucho” Benitez today, who died suddenly at age 27 in Qatar where he was playing for the Al Jaish team.

A beloved athlete Benitez’ good-bye started when his body returned via private plane on Thursday four days after his death.  The body was accompanied by Benitez’s wife, Liseth Chala and other family members.


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American Businessman Kidnapped in Southern Honduras

American Businessman Kidnapped in Southern Honduras

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A U.S. businessman was kidnapped Friday in southern Honduras, a source in the National Police told the media.

Peter Jackson, who owns a hotel in the northern city of San Pedro Sula and shrimp fisheries in Choluteca, was snatched by armed assailants who intercepted his vehicle on a road in the San Bernardo district.

The two people traveling with Jackson were found tied-up inside the businessman’s vehicle about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the scene of the abduction, the police source said.

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Gov’t Urged Not to Keep Immigration Activists in Solitary Confinement

Gov’t Urged Not to Keep Immigration Activists in Solitary Confinement

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The National Immigrant Justice Center urged the Department of Homeland Security on Friday not to hold in solitary confinement the nine immigration activists known as the DREAM 9.

The NIJC’s executive director, Mary Meg McCarthy, cited press accounts indicating that the young people were in solitary last week and that at least two of them are still in that situation.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT: Dr. France Anne Cordova Set to be First Latina to Head Nat’l Science Agency

HISPANIC STANDOUT: Dr. France Anne Cordova Set to be First Latina to Head Nat’l Science Agency

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This week President Obama announced more key administration nominations that included Dr. France Anne Cordova as director of the National Science Foundation. 

If Dr. Cordova is appointed she will be making history becoming the first Latina to serve as head of the agency.  This won’t be the first time Dr. Cordova breaks barriers she was the first Hispanic woman to lead a University of California campus as Chancellor at UC Riverside.

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Chilean Miners Outraged After Criminal Charges Fail

Chilean Miners Outraged After Criminal Charges Fail

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The shift leader for a group of 33 men trapped for nearly 70 days in 2010 inside a mine in northern Chile said Friday the workers would file a complaint with the International Labor Organization after prosecutors in the Andean nation declined to charge anyone in the cave-in.

At the close of its three-year investigation, the prosecutor’s office in the Atacama region said Thursday it would not bring charges against the owners of the San Jose copper-gold mine or the regional heads of the National Geology and Mining Service.

“If the legal system worked as it should, they (the mine’s owners) would be in jail,” Luis Urzua told CNN Chile.

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U.S. Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Farm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tied the recent outbreak of cyclospora to the Taylor Farm in Mexico; tying them to tainted packaged leafy greens distributed to Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in two states.

Approximately 400 people in 17 states have been affected with food-like poisoning symptoms when they consumed the tainted greens.

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64 Percent of Americans Favor Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants

64 Percent of Americans Favor Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants

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Sixty-four percent of U.S. voters say they are in favor of resolving the legal status of the country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and providing them with a path to citizenship, according to a survey released Friday.

The Quinnipiac University survey indicates that only 31 percent of Americans are opposed to this measure, requested by President Barack Obama and incorporated into the immigration reform plan passed by the Senate in June.

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WATCH Saturday Webcast for Lollapalooza 2013 (VIDEO)

WATCH Saturday Webcast for Lollapalooza 2013 (VIDEO)

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Didn’t grab Lollapalooza tickets this summer? No worries, check out the live webcast below.

Saturday’s live webcast will begin at 2:15 p.m. Throughout the night Ellie Goulding, The Lumineers, The Postal Service, and Mumford & Sons will perform, as well as other performers. Check out the times and performers for the webcast below.

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And be sure to check out Chilean band Astro on Sunday.

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Ranitas Contaminadas - Agricultural Chemicals in Sierra Frogs

Ranitas Contaminadas - Agricultural Chemicals in Sierra Frogs

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By Jose Gonzalez, NewsTaco

There is a little rhyme in Spanish that goes:

“Sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana”

It is a common rhyme to comfort one with a boo-boo, roughly translating to:

“Heal, Heal, little frog tail, if you don’t heal today, you’ll heal tomorrow”.

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Small Bomb Goes Off Near Honduran President’s Home

Small Bomb Goes Off Near Honduran President’s Home

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No one was hurt when a bomb went off near the private residence of President Porfirio Lobo, Honduran police said Friday.

The explosive device was hurled from a moving vehicle sometime around midnight Thursday.

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Mexican Rock Band Molotov to Record Album After U.S. Tour

Mexican rockers Molotov plan to record an album of new material after completing their current U.S. tour, band member Paco Ayala told Efe.

“Now in our concerts we are playing new numbers that haven’t been recorded to test then with people. And we like to do this, to release them live, to see the public’s reaction,” he said in a telephone interview.

Some of those new songs, including “Santo Niño de Atocha” and “Goner,” are going over well with the fans, Ayala said.

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U.S. Issues Global Travel Alert Over Possible al-Qaeda Strikes

U.S. Issues Global Travel Alert Over Possible al-Qaeda Strikes

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The State Department issued Friday a global travel alert for all U.S. citizens that will remain in effect until Aug. 31 due to an unspecified al-Qaeda threat.

“The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” the statement said.

The alert came a day after the department gave instructions to a number of its embassies and consulates, mostly in the Middle East, to remain closed Sunday because of a terrorist threat.

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Economists Lower Mexico’s Projected Economic Growth

Economists Lower Mexico’s Projected Economic Growth

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Private-sector economists surveyed in July lowered their 2013 growth forecast for Mexico to 2.65 percent, down from 2.84 percent in the previous month’s survey, the central bank said.

The analysts surveyed in July by Banco de Mexico, however, slightly raised their growth forecast for next year to 3.98 percent, up from 3.93 percent in June.

The experts cited weakness in foreign markets and the global economy, international financial instability, domestic public safety concerns and the lack of structural change in Mexico as reasons for lowering their 2013 gross domestic product forecast.

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Mexican Police Detain Another Suspect in Missing-Persons Case

Mexican Police Detain Another Suspect in Missing-Persons Case

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Mexican police have arrested a second suspect in the disappearance of seven people on July 6 in the central state of Morelos, state prosecutors said.

Thursday’s arrest was made in a joint federal and state police operation, according to the Morelos Attorney General’s Office, which last Saturday located the house in the town of Oaxtepec where the seven residents of the Mexico City borough of Iztacalco had arrived and where the first suspect was detained.

The seven adults arrived at that home in the company of seven minors, who were left inside a vehicle and discovered in the central city of Puebla on July 8, the state AG’s office said.

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SaturdayAugust 3, 2013