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MondaySeptember 2, 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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Amazon Self-Publishing and Kindle Comes to Mexico

Amazon Self-Publishing and Kindle Comes to Mexico

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Amazon recently made an announcement about its electronic and self-publishing products that has many Mexican writers and readers excited.

Amazon Mexico has just opened a Kindle store offering more than 2 million titles that includes the works of some of the great Spanish writers like Isabel Allende and Carlos Fuentes.  Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is using this launch to announce the electronic release of his books ‘El Alquimista’ and ‘Once Minutes’ to Mexico. 

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Spaniard Tommy Robredo Takes Down Federer at U.S. Open in Shocking Defeat

Spaniard Tommy Robredo Takes Down Federer at U.S. Open in Shocking Defeat

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It wasn’t suppose to happen. 

Five-time champion Roger Federer was trounced and bounced by the No. 19 seed Spaniard Tommy Robredo Garces in fourth round play at the U.S. Open.  This was the earliest exit of the Swedish pro player at the U.S. Open since 2003.

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Real Madrid Says Adios to Ozil, Sent to Arsenal

Real Madrid Says Adios to Ozil, Sent to Arsenal

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Arsenal announced Monday that it acquired German midfielder Mesut Özil from Real Madrid for a transfer fee that set a new record for the Premier League club.

Real Madrid confirmed the transaction, but neither team disclosed the amount of money involved or the duration of Özil’s contract with the London side.

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Remittance to Mexico Fall Slightly in July to $1.84 Billion

Remittance to Mexico Fall Slightly in July to $1.84 Billion

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Remittances sent by Mexicans living abroad fell 1.3 percent to $1.84 billion in July, compared to the same month in 2012, the Bank of Mexico said Monday.

The average remittance was $294 in July, down from the $323 registered in July 2012, the central bank said in its monthly report.

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She Did It: Diana Nyad Finishes 53 Hour Cuba-to-Florida Swim Making History

She Did It: Diana Nyad Finishes 53 Hour Cuba-to-Florida Swim Making History

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U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad completed Monday her swim from Havana to Key West, Florida, after 52 hours in the water without the protection of a shark cage.

Nyad, 64, had attempted the feat and failed on four other occasions, but this time set out on her 160-kilometer (103-mile) journey with better protection against jellyfish.

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REPORT:  U.S. Spied on Brazil President Rousseff and Mexico’s Peña Nieto

REPORT:  U.S. Spied on Brazil President Rousseff and Mexico’s Peña Nieto

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The U.S. National Security Agency intercepted telephone calls and e-mails of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican leader Enrique Peña Nieto, Brazil’s Globo television said, citing documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

NSA began spying on Peña Nieto even before he won Mexico’s July 2012 presidential election.

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Oaxaca Indian Woman Joins Domestic Violence Group of Artisans in Chicago Exhibit

Oaxaca Indian Woman Joins Domestic Violence Group of Artisans in Chicago Exhibit

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A craft cooperative made up of Mexican Indian women who have been victims of domestic violence is currently exhibiting a display of clothing in Chicago.

The Vale Artesanal cooperative is directed by Constanza Garcia Lopez, a Mitla Indian from Oaxaca.

“I also suffered abuse, but I got beyond that with the support of my parents, and learned that we women have to fight for each other so we can all keep moving forward,” she told Efe.

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Bolivian Archaeologists Find Evidence of 10,400-year-old Human Presence

Bolivian Archaeologists Find Evidence of 10,400-year-old Human Presence

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The discovery of mollusk shells at a midden in the Bolivian Amazon indicates that hunter-gatherers had a presence in the area 10,400 years ago, much earlier than previously known, archaeologists said.

The find was made near the Amazonian city of Trinidad in Beni province, which borders Brazil, by an international scientific team led by Italian geographer Umberto Lombardo, of the University of Bern, and Bolivian archaeologist Jose Capriles, of the University of San Andres in La Paz.

The team conducted digs in three “forest islands” spread across pastures in the Moxos plains and found “shell mounds,” which were created when hunter-gatherers discarded shells, Capriles said in an interview with Efe.

Systematic digs were conducted at three shell mounds, but the0 specialists say there are hundreds more sites spread out across the islands, which are small forests amid the plains.

“The challenge for the research was to demonstrate that these accumulations had been made by human beings and not, let’s say, by other agents, such as birds or other animals. The evidence appears to us to be very strong after much analysis,” Capriles said.

The project, which is being funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, or SNSF, has raised many questions about human settlement in the Amazon.

The digs will continue until 2014 so scientists can find more evidence, such as burial sites, of the earliest human settlers of the region.

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Pew Study: US Hispanic Population Growth 1980-2011

Pew Study: US Hispanic Population Growth 1980-2011

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In 2011, the U.S. Population of more than 311 million included almost 52 million Hispanics.  This map shows where Hispanics lived in the United States in 2011 and provides detailed information on the 10 countries with the largest Hispanic Population.

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Real Madrid Formally Welcomes Its $133 Million Man - Gareth Bale

Real Madrid Formally Welcomes Its $133 Million Man - Gareth Bale

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“It’s a dream for me to be in Madrid,” Welsh international Gareth Bale said here Monday as Real Madrid formally introduced its latest addition in front of some 25,000 delighted fans at Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

“Thanks for this great welcome. Let’s go, Madrid!,” the 24-year-old midfielder said in Spanish before receiving his first Blancos shirt from club president Florentino Perez.

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ArtRio 2013:  Set to Launch Promoting One of the World’s Most Vibrant Art Markets

ArtRio 2013:  Set to Launch Promoting One of the World’s Most Vibrant Art Markets

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ArtRio 2013 is set to launch this week on September 5 with record art sales being predicted.  The Rio de Janiero event hosts some of the world’s most influential galleries and art dealers.  The main objective of the four-day event is “to foster production, promotion and distribution of Brazilian art in the country and abroad.”

In is first year (2011) ArtRio had 83 galleries present with over 700 works of art shown to 46,000 visitors, generating $120 Brazilian Real ($50M)  in art sales.

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Sandcastle Builders in Puerto Rico Fall Short in Hopes to Set World Record

Sandcastle Builders in Puerto Rico Fall Short in Hopes to Set World Record

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Hundreds of Puerto Ricans came up short over the weekend in their attempt to break the world record for building the most sandcastles in one hour, leaving Ireland holding the record that it set in 2012.

Event organizer Phillip Ruiz told Efe that he felt “very pleased” at the way people came out to support the event, even though they failed to break the world record of 1,939 castles established by the Irish last year.

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Blog del Narco: Mexican Authorities Nab Cartel Boss “Ugly Betty”

Blog del Narco: Mexican Authorities Nab Cartel Boss “Ugly Betty”

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The suspected leader of the Juarez drug cartel was arrested by the Federal Police in the western state of Nayarit, Mexican Attorney General’s Office spokesmen told Efe.

Alberto Carrillo Fuentes is now in Mexico City and undergoing questioning.

Carrillo Fuentes, known as “Ugly Betty,” is at the headquarters of the Siedo organized crime unit of the federal AG’s office.

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Jessica Alba to Play Villainess in Next Movie “Barely Lethal”

Jessica Alba to Play Villainess in Next Movie “Barely Lethal”

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Reportedly Jessica Alba will join the cast of Kyle Newman’s “Barely Lethal” movie as a villainess.

Alba, 32, joins Samuel L Jackson and Hailee Steinfeld in the movie about a teen international assassin trying to fit in her in her new high school.  According to Screen Daily “Barely Lethal” centers on “Megan, a teenage assassin who is hunted by a former associate after she fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school.”

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Goal in Sight: Diana Nyad 10 Miles from Coast in Her Cuba-to-Florida Attempt

Goal in Sight: Diana Nyad 10 Miles from Coast in Her Cuba-to-Florida Attempt

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The fifth time might be the charm for long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.

The 64-year-old swimmer is getting closer to her goal of swimming the 103 miles that separate the coasts of Cuba and Florida.  Her support team tweeted that she is less than 10 miles away from Florida after swimming for 43 hours non-stop.

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Happy Labor Day from HS News!

Happy Labor Day from HS News!

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Monday, September 2 is Labor Day. This federal holiday recognizes the contributions of America’s 155 million workers.  Hispanics represents 15% of the labor force with most (24.4%) employed in the construction industry followed by health and social services (10.9%).  While 6.3% of Latinos self-employed and the fastest growing segment of small-business owners.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census the real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, is $47,715 and $36, 931, respectively.

As Thomas Perez marks his first Labor Day as Secretary of Labor, he noted: “On Labor Day, we reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known. To meet the challenges ahead, we must draw inspiration from their stories. We must emulate their strength and resilience. We must summon their dignity and their courage.”

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MondaySeptember 2, 2013