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MondayAugust 26, 2013

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HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Former Astronaut Frankling Chang Diaz Honored in His Home Country of Costa Rica

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Former Astronaut Frankling Chang Diaz Honored in His Home Country of Costa Rica

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Former Costa Rican-American astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz on Monday received an honorary doctorate from the state-run Universidad de Costa Rica, or UCR, for his contributions to science, technology and education on the global level.

The honorary doctorate was presented by representatives of UCR, the country’s main university, at a ceremony where the scientist expressed his pride at being recognized in this way.

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Rapper Fat Joe Turns Himself in to Serve Tax Evasion Sentence

Rapper Fat Joe Turns Himself in to Serve Tax Evasion Sentence

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Rapper Fat Joe has turned himself into federal custody.

Fat Joe, born Joseph Cartagena, turned himself in to a Miami detention center on Monday to begin serving a 4-month sentence for tax evasion.

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HISPANIC HEALTH:  Using Community Health Workers Helps Mexican American Community Combat Diabetes

HISPANIC HEALTH:  Using Community Health Workers Helps Mexican American Community Combat Diabetes

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The prevalence of diabetes among Hispanic Americans is growing and their likelihood of being hospitalized for uncontrolled diabetes is two times greater than that of non-Hispanic Whites. Rather than a new drug, the prescription for controlling diabetes may be a person.

In the Mexican American Trial of Community Health Workers (MATCH) study, participants in the control group received bi-weekly diabetes education from a bilingual newsletter that was mailed to their homes. The other participants were visited in their homes by community health workers who followed a specific teaching curriculum.

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“Piolin” Files Defamation Suit Against His Accusers

“Piolin” Files Defamation Suit Against His Accusers

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Spanish-language radio star Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo today filed a civil extortion lawsuit against six former Univision employees and their Los Angeles attorneys for attempting to shake him down for nearly $5 million by threatening to go public with false and misleading allegations of sexual harassment and workplace humiliation.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, the Defendants made their demands of Piolin last week on the telephone and in writing. The demands followed press reports that another former employee had made similar wild claims as well as the announcement that Piolin and SiriusXM had agreed to launch a new channel of Spanish-language programming soon.

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VENEZUELA: Two Charged with Planning to Kill to the President

VENEZUELA: Two Charged with Planning to Kill to the President

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Venezuela’s leftist government announced Monday the arrest of two foreign nationals who planned to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro in a plot involving former Colombian head of state Alvaro Uribe.

Colombian citizens Victor Gueche, 18, and Erik Huertas, 18, were nabbed last Thursday near Caracas carrying rifles “with laser sights,” Venezuela’s interior minister, Gen. Miguel Angel Rodriguez, told a press conference.

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Tropical Storm Fernand Makes Landfall in Mexico, 13 Dead Thus Far

Tropical Storm Fernand Makes Landfall in Mexico, 13 Dead Thus Far

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At least 13 people died Monday in landslides resulting from the intense rains brought by Tropical Storm Fernand on its passage over the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, authorities said.

In an extraordinary session of the State Council for Civil Protection, Gov. Javier Duarte called on the public to pay attention to the “recommendations of the authorities and, if necessary, to evacuate their homes” in the face of the ongoing rain from Fernand, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

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Blog del Narco: 2.5 tons of Marijuana Hidden in Tanker Truck

Blog del Narco: 2.5 tons of Marijuana Hidden in Tanker Truck

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A cargo of more than two and a half tons of marijuana that was being transported in a truck Tank was secured yesterday by members of the federal police on a highway passing through the state.

Federal agents carried out the arrest of the operator who is identified with the name of, Erasmo Valdez Azuara, of 36 years old in the municipality of Nuevo Leon.

The truck which appeared to transport materials and wastes, was detected by federal agents travelling at a low speed, this aroused suspicion of the officers who immediately ordered him to stop.

Federal agents Azuara Valdez asked him to show them the documents that protect the transfer of the goods and issued by the Ministry of Communications and Transport.

The operator of the unit immediately denoted a marked nervousness and this led federal agents to conduct a more thorough review of the unit, realizing that the cargo contained packages in various shapes and sizes with masking tape.

The Federal Public Ministry investigator, proceeded to the extraction of total packets received.

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How is a Wall Cleaning in Puerto Rico Causing Controversy?

How is a Wall Cleaning in Puerto Rico Causing Controversy?

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The cleaning of a colonial wall in Old San Juan has sparked controversy in Puerto Rico, since those who opposed it say it could destroy the structure’s historical value.

The cleaning with a high-pressure washer machine made it lose its patina, a sheen of grayish-brown or green caused by oxidation, which forms on a number of materials as a result of dampness, according to several experts.

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New York Store Owner to Change Name of A-Rod Grocery

New York Store Owner to Change Name of A-Rod Grocery

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A New York store owner says he will likely be changing the name of his bodega, A-Rod Grocery, now that the baseball player finds himself at the center of controversy.

Ricardo Rodriguez, the owner of A-Rod Grocery says he re-named the bodega to honor the player when he was still with the Mariners, 13 years ago.

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Telecom Mogul Carlos Slim Backs Telefonica, KPN German Deal

Telecom Mogul Carlos Slim Backs Telefonica, KPN German Deal

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Mexico-based America Movil, the largest shareholder in Dutch telecommunications firm Royal KPN NV, supports Telefonica’s agreed bid for KPN’s German mobile unit, the Spanish giant said Monday.

America Movil, controlled by multibillionaire Carlos Slim, endorsed the transaction after Telefonica increased the value of its bid.

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Blog del Narco: El Coyote Arrested, One of Zetas Most Wanted- $765 K Reward

Blog del Narco: El Coyote Arrested, One of Zetas Most Wanted- $765 K Reward

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One of the suspected bosses of the Los Zetas drug cartel in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was arrested over the weekend, the state government said.

Roman Ricardo Palomo Rincones was detained in an operation staged on Saturday by members of the Tamaulipas Coordination Group.

Security forces members assigned to the unit, which is made up of federal and state personnel, rescued eight people being held captive and arrested four suspected kidnappers, the state government said in a statement.

Palomo Rincones, known as “El Coyote,” and the other suspects were arrested at a house in Santa Regina, a subdivision on the highway that links Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, and Matamoros.

The other suspects have been identified as Jose Eder Ruiz Valero, 27, Lorenzo Reyes Requena, 18, and Juan Francisco Robles Martinez, 34, state officials said.

The 43-year-old Palomo Rincones is one of the most dangerous Zetas members on the federal government’s most-wanted list and is the subject of a reward of 10 million pesos ($765,975), press reports said.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

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Messi Will Return for Barça’s Supercopa Match Against Atletico

Messi Will Return for Barça’s Supercopa Match Against Atletico

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FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi took part in practice on Monday and will be a available for this week’s second leg of the Spanish Supercopa against Atletico Madrid.

Messi left last week’s first leg with an injury and did not play Sunday in Barça’s La Liga match with Malaga.

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars Win

2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars Win

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This year’s MTV Video Music Awards were Sunday and Bruno Mars and Selena Gomez were among the winners.

Though Justin Timberlake took home three awards - Best Direction “Suit and Tie,” Best Editing and Video of the Year for “Mirrors” - Bruno Mars was right behind him and took home two.

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4 Die in Plane Crash in Sinaloa Mexico

4 Die in Plane Crash in Sinaloa Mexico

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Four people were killed when a small plane crashed over the weekend in northwestern Mexico, Sinaloa state Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told Efe.

The cause of Sunday’s accident is under investigation, but pilot error may be to blame, the AG’s office spokesmen said.

The Cessna 210 took off early Sunday from the international airport in Culiacan and landed in the town of La Noria an hour later.

The aircraft left the town about 60 minutes later and went down in a cornfield.

The victims - two men and two women - were killed instantly, officials said, adding that the plane burst into flames on impact.

The male victims were identified as pilot Aaron Meza Martin del Campo, 21, and co-pilot Fortunato Ramirez Perez, 25.

The two women have not been identified and everything aboard the plane burned, officials said.

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Hotel Specializing in Cuban Music to Open in Varadero in November

Hotel Specializing in Cuban Music to Open in Varadero in November

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The first hotel specializing in the music of Cuba, the Blue Salsa Club, will open its doors in November with a new idea in cultural tourism in the resort community of Varadero, the most famous on the island, local media reported Sunday.

The project hatched by Spain’s Blue Bay group and Cuba’s Paradiso cultural tourism agency will promote musical genres like salsa, guaracha, bolero and the Caribbean island’s traditional dances.

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GUATEMALA: Angry Townspeople Kill 3 Suspected Kidnappers

GUATEMALA: Angry Townspeople Kill 3 Suspected Kidnappers

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Enraged residents of an Indian community in northern Guatemala lynched three presumed kidnappers while a fourth man managed to save himself and was admitted to a hospital, authorities said Sunday.

A spokesman for the National Civil Police of Quiche told reporters that the violent incidents took place Saturday night in the village of San Antonio, populated by Ixcan Indians, some 318 kilometers (197 miles) north of Guatemala City, when a group of residents captured the alleged kidnappers.

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Currently Ranked No. 2, Nadal Eyeing Top Spot and US Open Title

Currently Ranked No. 2, Nadal Eyeing Top Spot and US Open Title

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal is heading into the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday, with an opportunity to grab the top spot in the ATP rankings from Serbia’s Novak Dkojovic.

Nadal will have to win the year’s last Grand Slam event and hope Djokovic does not make the final to get back to No. 1, a ranking the Spaniard last held on June 4, 2011, and lost to the Serbian.

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Bus Crash in Northern Honduras Leaves 2 Dead and 8 Injured

Bus Crash in Northern Honduras Leaves 2 Dead and 8 Injured

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Two people died and eight others were injured on a highway in northern Honduras when the bus in which they were riding overturned, police said on Sunday.

Among the dead are a pregnant woman and the driver of the vehicle, a police official told reporters.

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