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WednesdayAugust 14, 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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Shrimping Boats Responsible for Sea Turtle Deaths in Guatemala, Says Environmentalists

Shrimping Boats Responsible for Sea Turtle Deaths in Guatemala, Says Environmentalists

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Sea turtle deaths have been rising on Guatemala’s Pacific coast due to “indiscriminate” shrimp fishing, environmentalists said.

At least 80 dead sea turtles have been found on Pacific beaches in the past two months, the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association, or Arcas, said in a statement.

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Oops! Spanish Building has 47 Floors, No Elevator

Oops! Spanish Building has 47 Floors, No Elevator

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A 47-story skyscraper in Spain is nearly complete, but builders still have one major task ahead of them - building an elevator.

Though anyone would assume a building as tall as the InTempo skyscraper would have an elevator, that assumption would be incorrect. Wishing to be a beacon of hope in the troubled Spanish economy, the original plans for the building were rushed through and approved quickly.

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Blog del Narco: 16 Year old Kidnapper Gets 9 Years in Prison

Blog del Narco: 16 Year old Kidnapper Gets 9 Years in Prison

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The Office of Morelos confirmed the arrest of a 16-year-old Alexis identified as “N”, who along with two adults, prepared and carried out the kidnapping of another minor on the 5th of August and demanded a ransom of 300 000 pesos.
The victim had been kidnapped on August 5th and two days later the family had agreed to the payment of the ransom. The child’s mother had notified the police, who located the child kidnapped and the kidnappers and they were led handcuffed through a street in Cuernavaca.

Due to the reforms to the juvenile justice law, the child may be punished nine years in prison, because it is an aggravated felony and could receive the maximum sentence of the Court of Justice for Adolescents Unit (TUJA).
Previously the law on the subject established a maximum sentence of five years for these children, but now he could be sentenced to nine years, unlike his accomplices who will be punished to about 40 years in prison.
Alexis N. 16, admitted having participated in the kidnapping.
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Puerto Rican Court Sentences Woman to 99 Years For Baby’s Death

Puerto Rican Court Sentences Woman to 99 Years For Baby’s Death

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A San Juan court judge on Tuesday sentenced a woman to 99 years behind bars for the death of her 5-month-old baby and for hiding his body in a freezer.

Judge Harry Massanet Pastrana handed down his decision after Xiomara Rodriguez Flores, 26, pled guilty to one charge of murder and two others of mistreatment of a minor.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Performs Oral Sex on Man in Back of Police Van

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Performs Oral Sex on Man in Back of Police Van

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A woman being transported to a Las Vegas jail in a police van reportedly performed oral sex on a man also in the van.

According to accounts from both the corrections officer and another inmate in the back of the van, Carlisa Brookins, 22, and Alexis Garcia, 21, were sitting across from each other, both in constraints, when Brookins managed to lean forward into Garcia’s lap.

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Criminals Chopping Off Women’s Hair, Selling for $500

Criminals Chopping Off Women’s Hair, Selling for $500

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A new type of “piranha,” armed with scissors and with a hunger for hair has appeared in Venezuela and is going after the locks of local women with the aim of selling them for up to 3,000 bolivars ($476).

Amid the unease that the situation has sparked in the western city of Maracaibo, municipal police chief Alejandro Querales announced the launching of a “special operation” to capture the criminals.

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Alex Rodriguez May Sue if MLB Won’t Take Back PED Allegations, Suspension

Alex Rodriguez May Sue if MLB Won’t Take Back PED Allegations, Suspension

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TMZ is reporting Alex Rodriguez is prepared to sue Major League Baseball unless they agree to take back his recent suspension and the performance enhancing drug (PED) allegations.

A source close to the tarnished baseball legend says A-Rod feels he is being “persecuted” in the PED scandal being investigated in MLB.

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International Human Trafficking Ring is Busted in Colombia

International Human Trafficking Ring is Busted in Colombia

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The Colombian Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that a multi-agency task force took down an international human trafficking ring, arresting 12 suspects and rescuing nine undocumented migrants.

The migrants - five Nepalis and four people from Bangladesh - were found at a safe house in the northwest province of Antioquia.

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Rep. Steve King Says Latino Immigrants Are A ‘Violent Civilization,’ Will Bring More Violence

Rep. Steve King Says Latino Immigrants Are A ‘Violent Civilization,’ Will Bring More Violence

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During a sparsely attended, Tea Party-sponsored, “Stop Amnesty” rally against immigration reform on Monday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) launched into a vicious tirade against individuals from Latin America, claiming that the population gets more violent as one moves further south in Latin America.

He made the anti-immigration case that individuals from a “violent civilization” would create a more violent environment for individuals living in a “less-violent civilization.” His argument comes at a time when some House Republicans are softening their stance to providing a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants. About 73 percent of undocumented individuals in the United States are from Latin America.

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Blog del Narco: 3 Brothers from Sinaloa Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Bangkok

Blog del Narco: 3 Brothers from Sinaloa Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Bangkok

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The Malaysian Court of Appeals today in Bangkok upheld the death sentence of death by hanging for the three Mexican brothers Gonzalez Villarreal, convicted two years ago for a drug trafficking offense.

The three judges of the court rejected the appeal of the brothers Luis Alfonso, Simon and Jose Regino, who are left to the last appeal to the Federal Court were they will again seek a royal pardon to escape capital punishment.

“Unfortunately, they have rejected their request, the sooner we will present an appeal to the Federal Court,” he said by phone the lawyer for the brothers, Kitson Foong.

The Mexicans were arrested on March 4, 2008 in a raid conducted by the Malaysian Police in the city of Johor, next to a Malaysian and one Singaporean citizen was also sentenced to death.

The lawyer failed to convince the court that the brothers only took care of the cleaning and they were arrested on the outside of the ship where the officers found 29 kilograms of methamphetamine, one stash valued at $ 15 million.

However, the prosecutor argued that drug remains were found on the clothes and hands of the accused.

The three brothers, originally from the state of Sinaloa, left the courtroom crestfallen in Kuala Lumpur after hearing the verdict.

One way to escape the death penalty with Malaysian justice is to replace drug smuggling charges for possession of narcotics. Then they commute the penalty for a long stay in jail and apply punishment spanking.

The Mexican attorney Villarreal Gonzalez also claims that a third of the methamphetamine disappeared while being guarded by the police, which should mean, in your opinion, the cancellation of the trial for a violation of the fundamental rights of its clients.

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Mexican Pop Star Belinda Posts “Bloody” Photo on Twitter

Mexican Pop Star Belinda Posts “Bloody” Photo on Twitter

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On Monday, Mexican pop star Belinda worried her fans when she posted a photo on Instagram and Twitter of her seemingly bloodied face after a terrible accident.

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Popular Radio Host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo Signs With Sirius XM

Popular Radio Host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo Signs With Sirius XM

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Popular Spanish-language radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo signed a contract with Sirius XM Radio just days after leaving Univision Radio abruptly due to charges of sexual harassment.

Sirius XM announced Tuesday in a communique the creation of the new entertainment station Piolin Radio, which will include Sotelo’s live morning program “El Show de Piolin.”

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Foreign Reserves Rise $5.8 Billion in Mexico

Foreign Reserves Rise $5.8 Billion in Mexico

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Mexico’s foreign reserves have risen by $5.81 billion to nearly $169.33 billion this year, with all figures as of Aug. 9, the Bank of Mexico said Tuesday.

Gold and foreign currency reserves rose by $277 million in the week of Aug. 5-9, the central bank said.

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CHILE: Condor Deaths, Poisonings Now Under Investigation

CHILE: Condor Deaths, Poisonings Now Under Investigation

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The Chilean government said Tuesday that it will continue investigating until it determines the exact reason why two condors died and 16 others were poisoned.

In addition to the two dead birds, government inspectors also found a pair of foxes and a cow dead near the city of Los Andes, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Santiago.

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Mexican Experts to Reconstruct Face of Pre-Columbian Man

Mexican Experts to Reconstruct Face of Pre-Columbian Man

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Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, experts will reconstruct the face of an individual who lived some 700 years ago from pre-Columbian skeletal remains, officials said.

The skeleton was recovered 35 years ago in the western Mexican state of Michoacan and belonged to the elite of the western culture, according to studies made by the INAH and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM.

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NYC’s New Taxis to be Made Exclusively at Nissan Mexicana

NYC’s New Taxis to be Made Exclusively at Nissan Mexicana

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Production has started on a vehicle that will be used exclusively in New York City’s taxi fleet, with $200 million invested in developing the platform, the Mexican unit of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company said.

The Nissan NV200 was selected by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, or TLC, “as the city’s exclusive taxi” and is being hailed as the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” Nissan Mexicana said.

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7 Members of Family Gunned Down in Mexico

Gunmen killed seven members of a family, including two children, and wounded seven others in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, officials said.

The gunmen attacked 30 members of the family Sunday night in Tuxpan, a city in the eastern part of the state, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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WednesdayAugust 14, 2013