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SundayAugust 25, 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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Nadal: I have “Right Attitude” Going Into U.S. Open

Nadal: I have “Right Attitude” Going Into U.S. Open

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Spanish star Rafael Nadal, who just regained the No. 2 spot in the ATP rankings, said he had the “right attitude” going into the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday.

“Last year, I watched this event on television, this year I have the opportunity to play and that is unbelievable,” Nadal said during a press conference Saturday marking Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the kickoff event for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

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Mexico Awaits Bashing from Tropical Storm Fernand

Mexico Awaits Bashing from Tropical Storm Fernand

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A tropical storm warning is in effect in Mexico covering the region from Veracruz to Tampico as Tropical Storm Fernand is expected to make landfall early Monday morning.

Veracruz Governor Javier Durate has cancelled school throughout the state and has urged his citizens to stay home tomorrow.  Authorities have already reported flooding of major roads and blackouts in certain parts of the state. 

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Doctor Who Claimed to Be Chavez’s Psychiatrist is Found Dead

Doctor Who Claimed to Be Chavez’s Psychiatrist is Found Dead

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Psychiatrist Edmundo Chirinos, who said that the late President Hugo Chavez had been one of his patients, was found dead at his home, where since March he had been serving a 20-year sentence for murder handed down in 2010.

The death from unknown causes of Chirinos, who had also been a presidential candidate, was announced Saturday in a Twitter posting by Universidad Central de Venezuela president Cecilia Garcia Arocha.

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Freight Train Carrying Undocumented Central American Migrants Derails in Mexico, Numerous Killed

Freight Train Carrying Undocumented Central American Migrants Derails in Mexico, Numerous Killed

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At least five people, including a Honduran migrant, were killed and 35 others injured when the freight train known as “La Bestia” derailed Sunday in the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco, officials said.

The death toll could rise because rescue workers have still not reached all of the people aboard the train and 16 of the injured are listed in serious condition, national emergency management chief Luis Felipe Puente told Mexican media.

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Alejandro Sanz Adds Additional Concerts in Mexico During Tour

Alejandro Sanz Adds Additional Concerts in Mexico During Tour

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Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz plans to offer two more concerts in Mexico after nearly selling out the shows planned for October, organizers said.

The Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 shows at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional are almost completely sold out, prompting the singer to add performances on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 as part of his “La musica no se toca” world tour.

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Michelle Obama Takes “Let’s Move” Campaign to “Sabado Gigante”

Michelle Obama Takes “Let’s Move” Campaign to “Sabado Gigante”

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First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign against being overweight and childhood obesity to the popular Spanish-language television program “Sabado Gigante,” where she spoke about the benefits of a healthy diet and physical exercise.

In a brief pre-recorded video dubbed into Spanish, Obama urged Hispanic families to adopt a healthy diet, to involve their children in the cooking duties and to encourage them to get plenty of exercise.

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Parkinson’s Disease Strips Singer Linda Ronstadt of Her Ability to Sing

Parkinson’s Disease Strips Singer Linda Ronstadt of Her Ability to Sing

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American singer Linda Ronstadt said in an interview with AARP The Magazine that she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight months ago and “can’t sing a note.”

The 67-year-old Ronstadt said she first began exhibiting symptoms of the disease nearly a decade ago but blamed her inability to sing on a tick bite.

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Campaign Seeks to Protect Jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal

Campaign Seeks to Protect Jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal

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Environmentalists and artists in the Pantanal, an enormous wetland area shared by Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina, have launched a campaign to save the endangered jaguar.

The campaign was announced Saturday in Corumba, a city in Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state.

The Pantanal sprawls over 250,000 sq. kilometers (96,526 sq. miles), an area as big as Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium combined.

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IDB Lends El Salvador $25 Million to Improve Coastal Tourism

IDB Lends El Salvador $25 Million to Improve Coastal Tourism

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El Salvador’s Ministry of Tourism will receive a $25 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance the development of tourism attractions in La Libertad and Usulután coastal regions.

Tourism is a young but dynamic sector in El Salvador, as the number of hotels and restaurants grew by 30 percent over the past seven years, and the number of international tourist arrivals climbed to 1.25 million in 2012. Domestic tourism accounts for over 4 million trips a year.

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Hispanics Join Civil Rights March on Washington

Hispanics Join Civil Rights March on Washington

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Hispanics joined forces with African-Americans on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington during which, among other issues, they again pressured Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform.

The speakers, several of them Hispanic, together with the people attending the event, acknowledged the need to find a solution for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, and did not hesitate to draw parallels between the situation of immigrants today and the plight of blacks in the 1960s.

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California Artist Creates Cardboard Figures of Domestic Help in L.A.

California Artist Creates Cardboard Figures of Domestic Help in L.A.

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Ramiro Gomez is combating “the invisibility” of immigrant workers employed in the mansions of Los Angeles by painting cardboard figures of them that he installs in the city’s exclusive areas to remind people of their existence.

“With my artwork I found a way to represent them and put them in the foreground of the photo instead of out of sight at the back,” Gomez told Efe.

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Mexican Teachers Begin talks with Government, End Road-Blocking Protest

Mexican Teachers Begin talks with Government, End Road-Blocking Protest

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Mexican teachers have lifted a road-blocking protest that cut off access to the Mexico City airport for several hours, and were due to meet Saturday with government representatives to air their grievances over a recent overhaul of the nation’s schools.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on Twitter that his administration would host a meeting “among teachers, senators and the federal government” aimed at reaching a solution.

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Spanish Scientist Doubts Effectiveness of New Malaria Vaccine

Spanish Scientist Doubts Effectiveness of New Malaria Vaccine

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The recent announcement of a new malaria vaccine discovered by researchers in the United States has revived hopes of a cure for the illness, but the prestigious Spanish immunologist Pedro Alonso said, in an interview with Efe, that “we shouldn’t raise any false hopes” because “it’s still not a vaccine.”

The research, developed by scientists of the Maryland-based firm Sanaria and the United States’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has created optimism about the search for a medicine to eradicate the illness that kills some 2,000 people a day worldwide, mostly in Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

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President Santos Calls Peace Negotiators Back to Colombia

President Santos Calls Peace Negotiators Back to Colombia

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos instructed the government team that has been holding peace talks in Cuba with FARC guerrillas to return to the Andean nation, issuing the order after the rebels announced a brief “pause” in the negotiations.

“We’ll resume the talks when we feel it’s the right time,” the head of state said Friday at the Catam military airport in Bogota before boarding a flight to the Caribbean archipelago of San Andres.

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Death Toll of Bolivian Prison Brawl Rises to 31

The death Saturday of another inmate from serious burns raised to 31 the number of fatalities left by a brawl between two rival groups at a jail in the eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, authorities said.

Government Minister Carlos Romero told state media about the death of the inmate at a hospital where he had been admitted to be treated for burns.

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SundayAugust 25, 2013