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SaturdayAugust 24, 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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No Casualties in Shooting at Colombian Embassy in Costa Rica

No Casualties in Shooting at Colombian Embassy in Costa Rica

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No one was hurt when assailants in a passing car fired shots at the Colombian Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica’s security minister said Friday.

Six shots were fired, apparently from an AK-47 assault rifle, Mario Zamora told a press conference.

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Authorities Say 5 Skeletons Correspond to Missing Youths in Mexico

Authorities Say 5 Skeletons Correspond to Missing Youths in Mexico

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A total of 13 skeletons have been found at a hidden grave discovered this week in the central Mexican town of Tlalmanalco, according to federal prosecutors, who said five of them correspond to members of a group of 12 youths who went missing from a Mexico City bar in May.

The Mexico Attorney General’s Office said Friday it had fully identified Alan Omar Atiencia Barranco through DNA testing, while four other youths who disappeared from the Heaven bar in an upscale area of Mexico City on May 26 have been identified by other means, including tattoos.

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Spain Forecasts Unemployment Will Fall Below 27.1 Percent in 2013

Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the 2013 unemployment rate would come in below the 27.1 percent forecast in an economic stability program sent to Brussels in April, while also predicting the country would emerge from recession in the second half of the year.

In an interview with Efe, the minister said he was confident the drop in the jobless rate in the second quarter - to 26.2 percent - would not be a seasonable blip but rather the start of a downward trend to be continued in the coming months.

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FARC Announces “Pause” in Peace Talks with Government

Colombia’s FARC guerrillas have announced a “pause” in the peace talks they have been holding here with the government in Bogota, saying Friday they would use the intermission to analyze President Juan Manuel Santos’s proposal that any eventual accord be submitted to a referendum.

Pablo Catatumbo, chief negotiator of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the peace talks, which began last November, read a statement to reporters in the Cuban capital announcing the temporary suspension of dialogue with Santos’s government.

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University of Notre Dame to Accept Undocumented Students and Provide Financial Aid

University of Notre Dame to Accept Undocumented Students and Provide Financial Aid

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University of Notre Dame this week announced changes to its admission policies that will allow academically qualified undocumented students to apply for admission. 

The Catholic university and home to the ‘Fighting Irish’ said in their announcement, “In making the decision to admit academically qualified men and women who are undocumented, we will strengthen our incoming class and give deserving young people the chance for a Notre Dame education.”  The university based in South Bend, Indiana says its decision was also driven by its mission as a Catholic institution.

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Marc Anthony Kicks Off “Vivir Mi Vida” Tour in Miami

Marc Anthony Kicks Off “Vivir Mi Vida” Tour in Miami

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With a full house at the American Airlines Arena, Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony launched in Miami his “Vivir Mi Vida” tour of the United States with a concert that treated his faithful South Florida fans to his greatest hits.

The singer opened the show Friday with the number “Y Hubo Alguien,” followed by “Valio la Pena” and “Señora,” after which he told the audience that being in Miami “is like being at home.”

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Eva Longoria and Boyfriend Ernesto Arguello Split, Says People

Eva Longoria and Boyfriend Ernesto Arguello Split, Says People

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Actress Eva Longoria and businessman Ernesto Arguello decided to call off their romance just four months after they started dating, People magazine said Friday.

According to the celeb publication, the split was due to the incompatibly busy work schedules of both including their constant travels.

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WARNING: Patron Tequila Wants to Come in the Shower with You

WARNING: Patron Tequila Wants to Come in the Shower with You

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If you love tequila and all things agave you can now share private moments with your tequila in the shower.  High-end tequila brand Patron is debuting an agave-infused soap for the tequila-loving man in your life.  Now when someone says they are soaked in tequila they don’t just mean they spilled their drink.

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Body of Kidnapped Spaniard Discovered in Colombia

Body of Kidnapped Spaniard Discovered in Colombia

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A 28-year-old Spaniard who had been kidnapped in June in Colombia was found dead in the southwestern province of Cauca, authorities said Friday.

The body of Sergio Muñiz Brioso, a native of the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, was discovered Thursday night on the outskirts of the town of Corinto, municipal police inspector Harvey Castillo Velasco told Efe by phone.

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Singer Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Voice Has Been Silenced by Parkinsons

Singer Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Voice Has Been Silenced by Parkinsons

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Mexican-American singer and ‘70s-‘80’s music legend Linda Ronstadt has disclosed that her voice has been silenced by Parkinson’s disease.

In a candid interview with AARP Ronstadt, 67, disclosed her diagnosis and her inability to sing.  Ronstadt believes she has had the disease for more than 8 years but dismissed her various symptoms to other things.  She received the official Parkinson’s diagnosis eight months ago.

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Colombian Soccer Idol to Dye Afro Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Colombian Soccer Idol to Dye Afro Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Colombian soccer idol Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama announced that he will dye his famously huge mass of blond Afro hair the color pink in support of the fight against breast cancer, which takes the lives of four women a day in this South American country.

Valderrama also said he will take part in the Breast Cancer Walk in Bogota on Sept. 8, the day when thousands of women will be marching in cities around the country.

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Spanish Dare-Devil Alvaro Bulto Dies in Skydiving Accident

Spanish Dare-Devil Alvaro Bulto Dies in Skydiving Accident

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Spanish dare-devil sportsman and television personality Alvaro Bulto died Friday in a skydiving accident over the Swiss Alps.

The adventurer “lost his life doing what he liked best,” the Discovery Max cable network said in a statement.

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Ben Affleck To Be New Batman in “Man of Steel” Sequel

Ben Affleck To Be New Batman in “Man of Steel” Sequel

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Actor Ben Affleck is set to play Batman in the announced “Man of Steel” sequel, a film in which the superhero of the night will share the lead with Superman, Warner Bros. said.

Affleck is the heir to a superhero legacy forged between 2005 and 2012 by Christian Bale in the big box-office saga “The Dark Knight.”

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Microsoft Says Steve Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months

Microsoft Says Steve Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months once the process of choosing his successor has been completed, the company said Friday.

“Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO,” the software giant said in a statement, adding that he will continue to lead the company during the transition.

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Prison Brawl Leads to 15 Deaths, Dozens Injured in Bolivia

Prison Brawl Leads to 15 Deaths, Dozens Injured in Bolivia

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Fifteen people were killed and dozens of others injured during a brawl among rival groups of inmates at Palmasola prison in the eastern province of Santa Cruz, Bolivian police said Friday.

The fight broke out after midnight Thursday in the prison’s maximum-security cellblock, police Maj. Alberto Aracena told a press conference in Santa Cruz city.

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Cisco Inaugurates Center of Innovation in Rio de Janeiro

Cisco Inaugurates Center of Innovation in Rio de Janeiro

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The U.S. multinational Cisco inaugurated a Center of Innovation in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where it plans to develop technological solutions to meet local needs for companies in sectors that include oil and gas, education and public safety.

“This is an important moment for Cisco, for Brazil at the present time, and for the role that innovation and technology will play in the nation’s future,” the president of Cisco in Brazil, Rodrigo Dienstmann, said at the inaugural ceremony.

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SaturdayAugust 24, 2013