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ThursdayAugust 29, 2013

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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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Mexico Expected to Produce 2,500 Armored Cars in 2013

Mexico Expected to Produce 2,500 Armored Cars in 2013

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Mexico’s armored car production is expected to total 2,500 units this year, a figure matching the output in 2012, the Mexican Automotive Armor Association, or AMBA, said.

The armoring of vehicles fell about 20 percent in the second quarter because the government, “which acquires 30 percent of the reinforced autos, delayed purchases nationwide,” AMBA president Jose Eduardo Llanos said.

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Blog del Narco: Sinaloa Cartel Boss- M10- in Custody, Linked to Hundreds of Murders

Blog del Narco: Sinaloa Cartel Boss- M10- in Custody, Linked to Hundreds of Murders

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A suspected Sinaloa cartel boss in Ciudad Juarez, a border city in northern Mexico that was considered one of the most dangerous places in the world until recently, was arrested by police, Chihuahua state Gov. Cesar Duarte said.

Mario Nuñez Meza was detained early Wednesday at a hotel in Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.

“Mr. Mario Nuñez Meza, nicknamed ‘M10’ and wanted by the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration), Interpol and Mexican authorities, was detained at a hotel in Juarez,” the governor said in a press conference on Wednesday.

The suspected Sinaloa cartel boss “is linked to hundreds of murders both in Durango and in Chihuahua. We located a safe house, where he had 14 explosives, known as ‘sausages,’ which are of the same type used in a car bomb in Ciudad Juarez in 2010,” Duarte said.

Nuñez Meza, who is the subject of two arrest warrants issued in the United States on firearms and drug charges, will be questioned in Mexico City by the Siedo organized crime unit of the federal Attorney General’s Office, Duarte said.

“This individual is one of the most aggressive and bloody, and he confessed to numerous crimes in Durango and Chihuahua,” the governor said.

The Sinaloa cartel cell led by Nuñez Meza murdered police officers in several cities in Chihuahua in recent years, officials said in Ciudad Juarez.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

The Sinaloa organization is the oldest and most powerful drug cartel in Mexico, and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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Wilmer Valderrama Selling Tarzana, California Home for $3.495 Million

Wilmer Valderrama Selling Tarzana, California Home for $3.495 Million

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Wilmer Valderrama has reportedly put his Tarzana, California home up for sale.

The former “That ‘70s Show” star is said to be selling his party house for $3.495 million, which is lower than the $3.525 million he paid in 2005.

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Christina Aguilera Writes Letter to Fans - “From My Heart to Yours”

Christina Aguilera Writes Letter to Fans - “From My Heart to Yours”

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For more than a decade, powerhouse singer Christina Aguilera has had a successful music career, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten who helped her achieve that success -  her fans.

On Thursday, “The Voice” coach posted a lengthy letter to those fans titled “...From My Heart To Yours…Let There Be Love.”

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Check Out: Pablo Picasso’s Home & Studio Can be Yours for $220M

Check Out: Pablo Picasso’s Home & Studio Can be Yours for $220M

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The former home of famed Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, is on the market for $220 Million.

Located in Mougins, France, just a few miles north of the French Riviera, Picasso’s mas (farmhouse) at Notre-Dame-de-Vie served as the artist’s home for the last 12 years of his life.

Notre-Dame-de-Vie is over 8600 square feet, complete with 10 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and 35 rooms. 

For $220 Million you can expect there are multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, and gardens.

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Narco News: Covert Operation Targets Mexican Drug Traffickers

Narco News: Covert Operation Targets Mexican Drug Traffickers

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The U.S. government is using manned aircraft to assist Mexican police in identifying, capturing and killing some of Mexico’s most-wanted criminals, Fox News reported Thursday.

“Operation Lowrider,” which is being run by the Pentagon’s Northern Command, started in 2011 after the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Fox said.

More than 70,000 people have been killed and thousands of others have disappeared in Mexico’s drug war, which started in late 2006.

“It’s been successful in identifying, eliminating and bringing to justice those who brought tons and tons of drugs into the United States,” Phil Jordan a former DEA special agent and director of the agency’s El Paso Intelligence Center, told Fox.

The two propeller planes being used in “Operation Lowrider” are manned by personnel from a subcontractor to Sierra Nevada, a U.S. defense contractor, and have greater capabilities than the unmanned drones used by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the border.

“Using advanced eavesdropping equipment, ‘pattern of life’ reconnaissance missions expose the schedules and routines of high level traffickers,” Fox said.

Information obtained by the planes is transmitted to U.S. officials, who contact Mexican police or military units so they can capture the target.

“The contract with Sierra Nevada expires in September. It is unknown whether Northern Command will renew it, or if newly elected President Enrique Pena Neito will continue to give the American surveillance flights permission to enter Mexican airspace,” Fox said.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Immigrants Play a Key Role in the Agriculture Sector

Top 5 Reasons Why Immigrants Play a Key Role in the Agriculture Sector

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With Congress returning from August recess, immigration reform will be among the top issues for members of the House of Representatives.

While many Americans may take for granted the food on their grocery shelves, immigrants play a critical role in getting food from our farms to our supermarkets.

Check out why immigrants play a critical role in the agriculture sector below.

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Grandparents of Boy Tortured to Death File Lawsuit Against DCFS

Grandparents of Boy Tortured to Death File Lawsuit Against DCFS

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The grandparents of a boy who died after allegedly being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend while she did nothing to stop it says employees with multiple agencies failed to protect their grandson.

Robert and Sandra Fernandez filed a compliant on Tuesday against a number of agencies that had been tasked with protecting 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.

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PEW REPORT: Mapping the Latino Population, By State, County and City

PEW REPORT: Mapping the Latino Population, By State, County and City

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The nation’s Hispanic population, while still anchored in its traditional settlement areas, continues to disperse across the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Today, the 100 largest counties by Hispanic population contain 71% of all Hispanics. Los Angeles County alone contains 4.8 million Hispanics, or 9% of the nation’s Hispanic population. But the share of all Hispanics who live in these counties has fallen from 75% in 2000 and 78% in 1990, reflecting Hispanic population growth outside of these 100 counties.

About half of these counties are in three states - California, Texas and Florida. Along with New York, Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey and Colorado, these eight states contain three-quarters of the nation’s Latino population. But with the dispersal of the U.S. Latino population across the country, this share too is down from 79% in 2000 and 83% in 1990.

The Hispanic population’s diversity is reflected in its geography. Across the largest U.S. metropolitan areas by Hispanic population, the mix of Hispanic origin groups varies. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area, and in most metro areas in the border states, Mexican-origin Hispanics are the dominant group. The composition differs along the east coast. In the New York-Northeastern New Jersey metropolitan area, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are the dominant Hispanic-origin groups, Cubans are the dominant Hispanic group in Miami-Hialeah and Salvadorans are the dominant group in the Washington, DC metro area. Nationally, Mexicans are the largest Hispanic-origin group, making up 64.6% of all Hispanics.

These findings are part of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic population updates for every state and county, plus the 60 largest Hispanic metropolitan areas, as well as updated demographic and economic profiles of the Hispanic population for the states and those 60 metro areas. The data used in these updates is from the 2011 American Community Survey, the 2000 Census and U.S. Census Bureau county population datasets.

Accompanying these updates are an interactive map showing key Hispanic population characteristics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; an interactive map, interactive table and interactive graphics showing Hispanic population characteristics in the 60 largest metro areas by Hispanic population; and interactive maps showing the size, share and growth in the Hispanic population in each of the nation’s counties between 1980 and 2011. All of these features can be found at the new Latinos by Geography page.

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At Least 62 Young Guatemalans Have Died From Malnutrition This Year

At Least 62 Young Guatemalans Have Died From Malnutrition This Year

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Malnutrition is to blame for the deaths of at least 62 children under the age of 5 so far this year in Guatemala, the government said Wednesday.

Nearly 9,800 youngsters have been diagnosed with chronic malnutrition, the secretary for food security, Luis Monterroso, told reporters.

Half of Guatemalan kids under 5 do not receive adequate nourishment on a regular basis, according to official statistics that also show 52 percent of the country’s 15 million people are living in poverty.

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Forte Continues on “America’s Got Talent” Following Standing Ovation (VIDEO)

Forte Continues on “America’s Got Talent” Following Standing Ovation (VIDEO)

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The opera trio known as Forte have advanced once again on the eighth season of “America’s Got Talent” after a fantastic performance this week.

The group, which is now made up of Puerto Rican-born Fernando Varela, Sean Panikkar, and Josh Page of New York, sang “Unchained Melody” on Tuesday night and received the night’s only standing ovation.

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Oil Giant Pemex Posts $12.15 Billion Trade Surplus for First Half of 2013

Oil Giant Pemex Posts $12.15 Billion Trade Surplus for First Half of 2013

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Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos posted a $12.15 billion trade surplus for the first seven months of 2013, the company said Wednesday.

Exports of crude oil, petroleum products, petrochemicals and natural gas were valued at $28.4 billion, while imports came in at $16.26 billion, Pemex said in a statement.

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Argentine Judge Blocks Eviction of LAN from Airport

Argentine Judge Blocks Eviction of LAN from Airport

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An Argentine judge on Wednesday granted an injunction blocking the eviction of LAN Argentina, a unit of Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group, from its hangar at this capital’s Jorge Newbery Airport, which handles domestic and South American regional flights.

The ruling instructs the Argentine government not to remove LAN Argentina, the main competitor of state-owned Aerolineas Argentinas, “until a determination is made of the legality of the order issued by the Orsna national airports system regulator.”

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Fiancé Welcome Baby Boy

Former “Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler has given birth to a bouncing baby boy.

Sigler, 32, and fiancé, baseball player Cutter Dykstra, 24, welcomed their child into the world on Wednesday, though the due date was not until next month.

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Dilma Rousseff Pledges LatAm Relations Are “Top Priority”

Dilma Rousseff Pledges LatAm Relations Are “Top Priority”

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Relations with Latin America represent “the top priority” for her administration, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday during the swearing-in of new Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.

Brazil “must always give its best ... to its Latin American brothers,” the president said.

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15,000 From Around the World Converge in Spain for Annual Tomato Battle

15,000 From Around the World Converge in Spain for Annual Tomato Battle

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Thousands of people from around the world converged on Buñol, a town in eastern Spain, on Wednesday for the world famous “Tomatina” tomato battle despite rain, lightning and thunder.

A total of 15,000 people from 60 countries, including Australia, the United States and Japan, joined Spaniards in the famous food fight, with organizers charging visitors an entry fee of 10 euros ($13) for the first time.

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FC Barcelona Wins Spain’s Supercopa 2013

FC Barcelona Wins Spain’s Supercopa 2013

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FC Barcelona hoisted their 16th trophy in five years here Wednesday after a scoreless draw against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of Spain’s Supercopa.

The teams were knotted 1-1 on aggregate and Barça took the title thanks to their away goal in last week’s first leg at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium.

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Mexican Authorities Identify All Bodies From Mass Grave

Mexican Authorities Identify All Bodies From Mass Grave

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The 13 people whose bodies were found in a clandestine grave in the city of Tlalmanalco have all been identified and their remains turned over to Mexico City prosecutors so the investigation can be continued, the federal Attorney General’s Office said.

The victims were abducted from a Mexico City bar on May 26 and their bodies were found last week on the La Mesa ranch in Tlalmanalco.

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Bolivia, Dutch Government Reach Lithium Battery Plant Deal

Bolivia, Dutch Government Reach Lithium Battery Plant Deal

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The Bolivian and Dutch governments have reached agreement on the future installation of a lithium battery plant in the Andean nation and technology and knowledge transfers in that industry.

The accord was finalized in La Paz with the signing of a letter of intent Tuesday between Prince Jaime Bernardo of Bourbon-Parma, who works in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca.

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ThursdayAugust 29, 2013