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WednesdayAugust 28, 2013

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Puerto Rican Mass Shooter Sentenced to LIfe, Killed 8 Shot 19 Others

Alexis Candelario-Santana, 42, was sentenced today to life in prison for murdering eight people and an unborn child and attempting to murder 19 others during a mass shooting at a Puerto Rico nightclub in 2009.

Candelario-Santana and his co-defendant David Oquendo-Rivas were convicted by a federal jury on March 8, 2013.  Candelario-Santana was convicted of 28 counts of committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, one count of racketeering conspiracy, nine counts of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Oquendo-Rivas was convicted of 28 counts of committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity and nine counts of using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.  These offenses occurred on Oct. 17, 2009, in what became known as the “La Tómbola Massacre.”

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Opposition to Oregon Immigrant Driver’s License Law is Getting Creative

Opposition to Oregon Immigrant Driver’s License Law is Getting Creative

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Faced with collecting 58,000 signatures by Oct. 4, opponents of a new Oregon law that gives driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and others who cannot prove they are living here legally are sharpening their tactics.

From a drive-through petition drive on Friday to a booth at the Oregon State Fair through Sept. 2, advocates are seeking the thousands of valid signatures needed for a referendum that would challenge a new state law that gives “driver privilege cards” to those who do not have the documents required to get a driver’s license. The driver’s card will be restricted from being used for identification or voting.

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MEXICO: Farm Linked to Stomach Bug in U.S. Now Back in Operation

MEXICO: Farm Linked to Stomach Bug in U.S. Now Back in Operation

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U.S. health officials still haven’t identified source of more than 600 infections.

The Mexican farm linked—in part—to a stomach bug outbreak that has sickened more than 600 people in 22 U.S. states can resume operations, even though the source of the infections remains undiscovered, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

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REPORT: 3 Million Children Working in Mexico Many as Farmworkers

REPORT: 3 Million Children Working in Mexico Many as Farmworkers

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Mexico is home to some 30 million children under the age of 14, of whom more than 3 million work in paid and unpaid jobs, Labor Secretary Alfonso Navarrete said.

More than 900,000 children between the ages of 5 and 17 are employed as farmworkers, “accounting for one-third of the children who work in the country,” the labor secretary said.

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Obama Looks to Expand Access to Education for Hispanics

Obama Looks to Expand Access to Education for Hispanics

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President Barack Obama’s administration will carry out an “aggressive campaign” to make sure the middle class, particularly the Latino community, has better access to education from kindergarten through college, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council said Tuesday.

Cecilia Muñoz, accompanied by Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for Education Policy, said improving the quality and availability of education is one of the president’s priorities.

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Death Toll on “La Bestia” Freignt Train Derailment Carrying Undocumented Migrants is Climbing

Two more bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a train that derailed last weekend in the southeastern state of Tabasco, raising the death toll from the accident to eight, Mexican authorities said.

The first six fatalities were all undocumented Honduran migrants who hopped aboard the northbound freight train known as “La Bestia” (The Beast), which derailed around 3:00 a.m. Sunday outside Huimanguillo, a city near Tabasco’s border with Veracruz state.

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Mexican Director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” Receives Rave Reviews at Venice

Mexican Director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” Receives Rave Reviews at Venice

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and both the acting and film as a whole are receiving glowing reviews coming out of the Venice Film Festival.

Forbes has named the space story “One Of Five Big Movies To Watch For This Fall,” and they are not the only ones with praise for the film.

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WATCH: Athlete Nearly Loses Brazil Ironman Competition by Celebrating Too Early (VIDEO)

WATCH: Athlete Nearly Loses Brazil Ironman Competition by Celebrating Too Early (VIDEO)

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An athlete competing in a half-marathon in Ironman’s Brasilia event nearly lost his first place title, all because he started celebrating too early.

Jérémy Jurkiewicz was on his way to a first place finish over the weekend when he began celebrating with those on the sidelines.

 

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Mexican Teachers Surround National Television Network in Protest

Mexican Teachers Surround National Television Network in Protest

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Thousands of teachers surrounded the main studios of Mexico’s two national television networks on Tuesday to demand airtime for their objections to a sweeping overhaul of education.

Members of the militant CNTE union, which represents a third of the country’s public school teachers, have mounted a series of protests in Mexico City against the parts of the overhaul dealing with teacher evaluation.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Cab-Driving Man Runs Ex-Girlfriend Off Road, Stabs her to Death

LATINO BLOTTER: Cab-Driving Man Runs Ex-Girlfriend Off Road, Stabs her to Death

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A cab driver in New York was arrested after he ran his ex-girlfriend’s car off the road and stabbed her to death.

Diones Espinal, 31, was driving his taxi early Wednesday morning when he spotted his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, Katherine German, in her Honda Pilot SUV with a man in the driver’s seat.

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Transgender Woman Lives In Constant Danger After Being Deported To Mexico

Transgender Woman Lives In Constant Danger After Being Deported To Mexico

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Deborah Alvarez first arrived to the U.S. when she was 13, where she lived for 17 years. Deported for a low-level crime — prostitution solicitation — in 2005, she was forced to return to a country that she feels threatened in because she is transgender.
Since her deportation in 2005, Alvarez has been shot by rubber bullets during a police raid in on transgender sex workers, continues to receive threats and slurs, and will not go outside alone. In Mexico, Alvarez was left with few job options; she says her only option initially was sex work because “No trans girl can find work in Juarez.”

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Blog del Narco: Guerrro, Chihuahua lead in Number of Murders (Picture Warning)

Blog del Narco: Guerrro, Chihuahua  lead in Number of Murders (Picture Warning)

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Calderon’s government had named Juarez as the bloodiest city, however during the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto’s Acapulco has taken over as the bloodiest so far in his administration.

Ciudad Juarez continues to be labeled the most violent city.

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SPAIN: Naked Man on Scooter Leads Police on Low-Speed Chase

SPAIN: Naked Man on Scooter Leads Police on Low-Speed Chase

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A naked and drunk man reportedly led Spanish authorities on a low-speed chase over the weekend.

On Sunday, police in Utrera, Spain responded to calls of a naked man unsteadily riding a motorized scooter on local roads, heading for El Coronil, which was celebrating a local holiday.

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U.S. Sentences Salvadoran Linked to Massacre for Immigration Fraud

U.S. Sentences Salvadoran Linked to Massacre for Immigration Fraud

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One of 15 Salvadoran military men indicted in Spain for the 1989 murders of five Spanish Jesuits in the Central American nation was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for lying on his U.S. immigration documents.

Retired Col. Inocente Orlando Montano, 71, pleaded guilty almost a year ago and will begin serving his sentence on Oct. 11.

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Brazil Cuts Ribbon at Renovated Mineirão Stadium (PHOTOS)

Brazil Cuts Ribbon at Renovated Mineirão Stadium (PHOTOS)

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Brazil’s Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, also known as Mineirão stadium, has undergone a major renovation in preparation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazilian officials recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mineirão, commemorating the new solar powered roof.

Costing an approximate $16.1 Million, the stadium is the first in the world to be fully powered by solar energy.

Also, energy generated by the new roof will be distributed to surrounding homes.

Check out more photos of the Mineirão renovation below.

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Beyoncé Confirmed to Headline the Opening Day of Rock in Rio 2013

Beyoncé Confirmed to Headline the Opening Day of Rock in Rio 2013

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Back in February it was announced Beyonce, one of the world’s top pop queens, would be one of the opening-night acts at Rock in Rio 2013.

Beyoncé, winner of 16 Grammy Awards, confirmed her participation in the Rio de Janeiro festival the day after her halftime performance at this year’s Super Bowl.

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Brazilian President Blasts Diplomats Helping Corrupt Bolivian Politician

Brazilian President Blasts Diplomats Helping Corrupt Bolivian Politician

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday denounced the decision by one of her country’s diplomats to help a Bolivian senator accused of corruption sneak into Brazil.

Sen. Roger Pinto arrived in Brazil this week after spending more than 450 days holed up at the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz, where he went in May 2012 seeking asylum.

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Blog del Narco: Cartel Member Sicario is Sentenced to 162 years for 68 Executions in NL

Blog del Narco: Cartel Member Sicario is Sentenced to 162 years for 68 Executions in NL

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According to information from the Attorney General the offender by the name of Victor Hugo Vargas Rio, 38 years old and was found guilty of murder by the First Criminal Judge.

This criminal was apprehended and presented by the Office of Nuevo Leon last eighth of March this year, along with seven other suspected criminals.
The other suspects were identified as Jose de Jesus Bonilla White, 20, Jose Llana Cruz Ortiz, 40; Sweet Maribel Garza Arreola, 29, Ivan Hair Joaquin Perez, 23, Jesus Alejandro López Terán, 25 , David Martinez Reyna, 25, and Ivan Gonzalez Perez, 27.
In addition to the 68 murders,  the criminals are charges with activities such as sales and retail drug distribution,  spying and extortion .
During his capture authorities found 216 doses of crack cocaine and three bags of marijuana, a Chevrolet S-10, a Jeep Cherokee and GMC Yukon, three pistols,  scales, and other belongings.

There are a number of executions of alleged members of the Zetas cartel and with those who struggle for control of the square of Nuevo Leon.

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Foreign Tourists Spent 6% More in Spain Than They Did in 2012

Foreign Tourists Spent 6% More in Spain Than They Did in 2012

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Foreign tourists who visited Spain in the first seven months of 2013 spent 32.21 billion euros ($43 billion), 6 percent more than in the same period of 2012, the government said Tuesday.

The rise in the average expenditure per tourist was 2 percent - up 949 euros ($1,270), according to figures from the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry.

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Coca-Cola Breaks Ground on $200 M Bottling Plant in Colombia

Coca-Cola Breaks Ground on $200 M Bottling Plant in Colombia

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Mexico’s Coca-Cola FEMSA said it broke ground on a $200 million bottling plant in Tocancipa, a city in central Colombia.

The new plant will be in operation in late 2014, the Mexican corporation, considered the world’s largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products in terms of sales volume, said.

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Director To Offer “Un Fin de Semana con Pablo Picasso” in Spanish in California

Director To Offer “Un Fin de Semana con Pablo Picasso” in Spanish in California

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For the first time playwright and actor Herbert Siguenza will offer performances in Spanish of his play “Un Fin de Semana con Pablo Picasso” (A Weekend with Pablo Picasso) on the stage Sept. 7 to Oct. 6 at the San Diego Repertory Theater, where he will portray the Spanish painter at his studio in France in 1954.

Siguenza said that though the company is known for supporting the work of Hispanic authors, it has never put on a show completely in Spanish, the first language of a large segment of the city’s population.

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NEW MEXICO: Third County Allows Gay Marriage

NEW MEXICO: Third County Allows Gay Marriage

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A third county in New Mexico will allow same-sex couples to marry, the result of a state judge’s ruling Monday that any prohibition of gay marriage in the state is “unconstitutional and unenforceable.”

The ruling came almost a week after one county said it would issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing the fact that New Mexico has no law explicitly allowing or banning gay marriage. The state’s Democratic attorney general said he wouldn’t challenge that move, and on Friday another state judge ordered officials in Santa Fe County to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Black Panther Spotted in Southern Spanish Town of Berja

Black Panther Spotted in Southern Spanish Town of Berja

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The supposed sighting of a black panther by residents in a park in Berja, a city in southern Spain, has upended the lives of the nearly 15,000 people who call the area home and fueled speculation about the existence of the big cat.

Officials closed the park, put out baited traps and installed cameras in an effort to catch the cat, while six officers have been assigned to conduct an active search.

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Mexico Apprehends 7 Suspects Linked to Kidnapped Teens from Bar

Mexico Apprehends 7 Suspects Linked to Kidnapped Teens from Bar

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Mexican authorities say they have seven people in custody in connection with the May 26 abduction of 12 patrons from a capital bar and their subsequent murder.

Four suspects have been formally charged, Mexico City district attorney Rodolfo Rios told a press conference.

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WednesdayAugust 28, 2013