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SundaySeptember 8, 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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Former Pinochet Lieutenant Sued in Florida for Torture, Death of Victor Jara

Former Pinochet Lieutenant Sued in Florida for Torture, Death of Victor Jara

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The Center for Justice and Accountability (“CJA”) and pro-bono counsel Chadbourne & Parke, LLP (“Chadbourne”) today announced that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members of Chilean folk singer and social icon Victor Jara, who was imprisoned, tortured and executed in Chile during the early days of the brutal military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet on September 11, 1973.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez (“Barrientos”), a current resident of Deltona, Florida and a former officer in the Chilean Army under Pinochet.

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San Francisco Poised to End Immigration Detention and Not Cooperate with Immigration Officials

San Francisco Poised to End Immigration Detention and Not Cooperate with Immigration Officials

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San Francisco is poised to shape its own immigration reform law by ending immigration detention.  The legislative proposal would make it illegal for San Francisco law enforcement to detain anyone on suspicion of immigration violations on behalf of the federal government. 

The city’s Board of Supervisors are considering the proposed ordinance this week.  In essence the county would stop cooperating with federal immigration authorities and stop detaining anyone on the basis of their immigration status.  The proposal was put forth by city Supervisor John Avalos for humanitarian reasons, he said that immigration detention erodes “trust and creates fear” in immigrant communities.

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Gunmen Kill 11 in Guatemalan Indian Village

Gunmen Kill 11 in Guatemalan Indian Village

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At least 11 people were killed and more than a dozen others, including three children, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a liquor store in San Jose Nacahuil, an Indian community in central Guatemala, officials said Sunday.

Three or four gunmen, suspected of being gang members, carried out the attack in the community, which is located about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) outside Guatemala City, Government Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said.

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CENSUS: 21 Percent of Married-Couple Households Have at Least One Foreign-Born Spouse

CENSUS: 21 Percent of Married-Couple Households Have at Least One Foreign-Born Spouse

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The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 11.4 million married-couple households, or 21 percent of all married-couple households in America in 2011, had at least one spouse born in another country. About 13 percent (7.3 million) of households had two foreign-born spouses, and 7 percent (4.1 million) had one native-born and one foreign-born spouse.

These statistics come from Married-Couple Households by Nativity Status: 2011, a brief that analyzes data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

There were approximately 56 million married-couple households in the United States in 2011.

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Movie on Life of Pope Francis Coming to a Theater Soon

Movie on Life of Pope Francis Coming to a Theater Soon

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Renown Argentine director Alejandro Agresti is working on a film that tells the life story of Pope Francis I.  The movie “Historia de Un Cura”  (“Story of a Priest”) according to Variety will tell the story of Jorge Bergoglio’s early years in Argentine to his days as archbishop of the city until his role as the first Latin American pope.

Argentine actor Rodrigo de la Serna will play the young Bergoglio.  Serna is known for his role of Alberto Granado in “The Motorcycle Diaries”.

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Mexico Hopes to Expand Tourism Market to Russian Tourists

Mexico Hopes to Expand Tourism Market to Russian Tourists

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Russia’s largest tour companies are looking at ways to promote Mexican destinations among Russian travelers, the Tourism Secretariat said.

Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu made progress during a tour of Russia in opening that market for Mexico, the secretariat said in a statement.

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Mexico to Receive $600 Million in Financing for Opportunities Program

The well-known Mexican human development program Opportunities will receive $600 million in new financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to strengthen the development of human capital in education, nutrition, and health in poor families with the aim of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and guaranteeing a minimum income to vulnerable households.

The conditional cash transfer program benefits 24.3 million Mexican citizens, of whom 95.8 percent are women and 68 percent live in rural areas. The program’s targeting methodology includes a periodically updated survey of household living conditions.

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Placido Domingo’s New Album Celebrates Verdi

Placido Domingo’s New Album Celebrates Verdi

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Verdi may “not be the best” of the opera composers, but he was the one who best “reaches people’s hearts,” Spanish singer Placido Domingo said.

The Spanish tenor is using the first album he has recorded as a baritone to honor Verdi on the bicentennial of the Italian composer’s birth.

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Nadal to Go Up Against Djokovic for U.S. Open Title

Nadal to Go Up Against Djokovic for U.S. Open Title

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic in the dream match-up that tennis fans were hoping for, taking on the Serbian world No. 1 for the U.S. Open title on Monday.

“It was very tough conditions out there today. Wind, it was very strong. Very difficult to play. I think I played (a) solid first set. That’s very important, win the first in these kind of matches,” Nadal said after his 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 win Saturday over France’s Richard Gasquet.

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Teen Birth Rate at Historic Lows, Latina Teen Rates Show Largest Decline

Teen Birth Rate at Historic Lows, Latina Teen Rates Show Largest Decline

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The National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting the lowest teen birth rate in 73 years with the largest drop for Latina teens.

The new report shows birth rates for teenagers 15-to-19 fell 6 percent last year to a rate of 29.4 births per thousand.  In 2007 the birth rate was 41.5 births per thousand.  With few exceptions the teen birth rate has been steadily declining since 1991. 

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Former L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Accepts Job with Herbalife, Criticism Swift & Harsh

Former L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Accepts Job with Herbalife, Criticism Swift & Harsh

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The former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has been hired to be an adviser to the controversial Herbalife Ltd., the company announced through a press release.  The announcement received swift and harsh criticism from the Latino community.

The Mexican-American former mayor will advise the California-based entity on ‘strategic business development and global community outreach.’  Villaraigosa, 60, is joining the firm during an especially critical time as the company fights accusations of being a pyramid scheme that takes advantages of many, especially Latinos.

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Florida Releases Over 500 Sea Turtle Hatchlings Off of Coast

Florida Releases Over 500 Sea Turtle Hatchlings Off of Coast

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U.S. Coast Guard and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center personnel released 505 sea turtle hatchlings in the Atlantic off Boca Raton, Florida, after keeping the creatures in captivity to help ensure their survival, officials said.

The nature center, which works to protect sea turtles, requested assistance in doing the large release, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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93 Migrants Rescued by Spanish Ship Near Lampedusa Island

93 Migrants Rescued by Spanish Ship Near Lampedusa Island

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The Spanish-flagged merchant ship Bouga rescued Saturday 93 migrants who were in trouble at sea near the southwestern Italian island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean, at the petition of the Italian coast guard.

A spokesman for Maritime Rescue told Efe that the Spanish ship was sailing from Gabes, Tunisia, toward Bilbao in northern Spain, when it was redirected from the rescue center in Rome to an area southwest of Lampedusa where 93 migrants were in need of help.

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Amnesty International Applauds Release of 2 Mexican Journalists

Amnesty International Applauds Release of 2 Mexican Journalists

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Amnesty International praised the release on bail of Mexican journalists Gustavo Ruiz Lizarraga and Pavel Alejandro Primo, who were arrested while covering teachers’ protests in this capital against President Enrique Peña Nieto’s education overhaul.

They were freed Friday morning along with four other activists who had been arrested during the demonstrations, the London-based human rights group said, adding that one other person remains in custody.

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What You Will Hear in Your Sunday Sermon:  Pass Immigration Reform NOW

What You Will Hear in Your Sunday Sermon:  Pass Immigration Reform NOW

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Today’s Sunday sermon across pulpits in the United States will focus on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.  The Catholic Church through it’s U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops is making its support for immigration reform known through its thousands of U.S. churches.

The Catholic Church has vowed to “pull out all the stops” in its support of immigration reform.  Today’s Sunday sermon is one of the most high profile initiatives that Church is undertaking in support of immigration reform. 

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Border Patrol Seizes 9 Tons of Marijuana Worth $14 Million

Border Patrol Seizes 9 Tons of Marijuana Worth $14 Million

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This week, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to San Clemente Station’s Commercial Vehicle Interdiction Squad stopped a tractor/trailer found to contain more than 9 tons of marijuana.

The marijuana had an estimated street value of more than $14 million.

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REPORT: Peru Number One Source for Counterfeit U.S. Money

REPORT: Peru Number One Source for Counterfeit U.S. Money

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Peru has just surpassed Colombia as the number one counterfeiter of U.S. currency in the world.

The U.S. Secret Service, that monitors counterfeit currency, is reporting that over the last decade $103 million dollars in fake money was seized that originated from Peru.  The counterfeit business in Peru has become so prevalent that it is more profitable than the trafficking of cocaine.

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Herradura Challenges Artists to Transform Tequila Oak Barrels into Works of Art for $100K

Herradura Challenges Artists to Transform Tequila Oak Barrels into Works of Art for $100K

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Since 1870, Tequila Herradura has been crafting what many consider to be the finest tequila in the world. This year, Herradura will be sharing its history, heritage and passion for crafting the finest tequila with art aficionados nationwide through the “Herradura Barrel Art Collection.”

Leveraging its long established art platform in Mexico, Herradura invited and challenged 80 artists in eight US cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, Miami and Santa Fe) to re-craft, transform and reinvent a Tequila Herradura barrel into a work of art.

A jury-selected piece of work from each of the eight cities will be awarded $10,000 and an invitation to the final competition being held in Miami in early December, where the finalist barrels will be auctioned off and the creator of the winning Herradura Barrel Art piece will receive a $100,000 prize, one of the largest monetary prizes in the contemporary art world.

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69-Year-old Mexican Woman Runs Over Man Who Robbed Her Husband in SUV

A 69-year-old Mexican woman driving an SUV chased and ran over a thief who had previously robbed her husband of 45,000 pesos ($3,400), police in this capital said.

Mexico City’s Public Safety Secretariat said in a communique that the incident occurred after the couple withdrew the cash at a bank and drove away.

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6.5 Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

6.5 Earthquake Rattles Guatemala

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A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala and also caused alarm in neighboring El Salvador, although no casualties were immediately reported.

The temblor, whose epicenter was located in the southwestern Guatemalan province of Quetzaltenango more than 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of the capital, struck at 6:13 p.m. Friday, the head of Guatemala’s Seismology Institute, Eddy Sanchez, said.

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