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FridaySeptember 13, 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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Peru Declares 60-Day State of Emergency as Ubinas Volcano Continues to Erupt (VIDEO)

Peru Declares 60-Day State of Emergency as Ubinas Volcano Continues to Erupt (VIDEO)

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Peru’s Ubinas volcano continues to erupt, more than seven times since the beginning of September, prompting a 60-day state of emergency for the affected areas.  Explosions have sent plumes of smoke as high as 6 feet above the volcano’s crater. 

Ash, soot, and volcanic gas has affected crops, livestock and water supply.  Nine districts near the volcanic eruption are covered by the state of emergency.  One of the most affected areas is the village of Querapi.  The Peruvian government has decided to permanently evacuate the town populated by 25 families.


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Diego Luna, Thrilled to Experience San Sebastian Festival as Jury Member

Diego Luna, Thrilled to Experience San Sebastian Festival as Jury Member

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Mexican actor Diego Luna said he was thrilled to be invited as a jury member at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival and to be able to experience the event “from another point of view.”

“I’m very pleased about the invitation to the San Sebastian Festival as a jury member,” the actor said in a communique, in which he noted that being there this time as a jury member will allow him to see it from a new angle.

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Veracruz, Mexico Anxiously Awaits Tropical Storm Ingrid this Weekend

Veracruz, Mexico Anxiously Awaits Tropical Storm Ingrid this Weekend

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There are weather warnings for certain parts of Mexico as Tropical Storm Ingrid forms in the Gulf of Mexico.  The storm is currently less than 50 miles east of Veracruz, Mexico with winds of 45 mph while moving 2 mph.

The Mexican government has issued a tropical storm warning for portions of its eastern coast from Coatzacoalcos to Cabo Rojo.  In addition there is a hurricane watch in effect for Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.  The storm is expected to bring 10-to-15 inches of rain which could result in “life threatening” flash floods and mudslides according to Weather.com.  The storm is expected to come close to Mexico’s coast over the next several days.

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California to Provide Drivers Licenses to Undocumented, Bill Awaits Gov Signature

California legislators have approved a measure that will grant special driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.  The measure that passed on Thursday night now needs the signature of Governor Jerry Brown, he is expected to sign the bill.  The Governor who is an advocate of comprehensive immigration reform hopes that what California is doing sends a message to “Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”

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President of Univision Cesar Conde Jumps Ship to Telemundo’s Parent NBC

President of Univision Cesar Conde Jumps Ship to Telemundo’s Parent NBC

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NBCUniversal announced Friday the appointment of Cesar Conde, erstwhile head of dominant .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) broadcaster Univision Networks, as executive vice president for business development, strategic priorities and special projects.

Conde will be a member of the executive committee and will also form part of the NBCUniversal International group, led by recently appointed Chairman Kevin MacLellan.

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Spain’s Public Debt Rises to Record High $1.3 Trillion

Spain’s Public Debt Rises to Record High $1.3 Trillion

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Spain’s public debt at the end of June rose to 942.8 billion euros ($1.3 trillion), equivalent to 92.2 percent of gross domestic product and a new record high, the Bank of Spain said Friday.

The second-quarter figure exceeded the Spanish government’s year-end public-debt target of 91.6 percent of GDP and was up 17.2 percent relative to the close of June 2012, according to the central bank.

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Cubans Hold March Demanding Release of Spies Held in U.S.

Cubans Hold March Demanding Release of Spies Held in U.S.

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Hundreds of people marched to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana on Thursday as part of a “yellow ribbon” appeal to Washington to release four Cuban intelligence agents held since 1998.

The procession was led by Rene Gonzalez, the only one of the “Cuban Five” who has been allowed to return to the island.

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California Poised To Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

California Poised To Raise Its Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour

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After a bill to raise California’s minimum wage to $9 per hour as of July 2014 and then $10 by January 2016 was approved by both houses of the California state legislature on Thursday, it now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk for signature. Brown voiced his support earlier in the week in a press release, saying, “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”

Other places have recently raised their minimum wages. Voters in Albuquerque, NM raised the wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour on election night last year, which will automatically keep pace with the cost of living. Two other cities in California also raised the wage, with Long Beach increasing it to $13 an hour as well as guaranteeing hotel workers five paid sick days a year. When voters are asked to vote on whether to raise the minimum wage, they almost always approve it with substantial majorities, as was the case in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Ohio in past years. Eighty percent of Americans support a national raise to $10.10 an hour, including two-thirds of Republicans.

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Berlin Museum Hosts Picasso Exhibition Celebrating Women, Bulls

Berlin Museum Hosts Picasso Exhibition Celebrating Women, Bulls

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A new exhibition at Berlin’s Kupferstichkabinett Museum provides visitors with a window into Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s passion for women and bulls via 180 prints, drawings, paintings and other works.

“Pablo Picasso: Women, Bulls and Old Masters,” which opens on Friday and runs until Jan. 12, 2014, includes works from the museum’s holdings and others from public and private collections.

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Narco Blog: Beautiful 21 Year old Missing for One Year - No News or Investigation

Narco Blog: Beautiful 21 Year old Missing for One Year - No News or Investigation

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On September 7, 2012 , beautiful Fernanda Ruby arrives at Bulldog Bar de Orizaba, at 22:30 pm, when the party has just begun. “I’m fine”, she told her mother, Araceli, over the phone, “I will be home in a little while.bye Mommy, I love you ...” Fifteen minutes later, four men enter the business and they drag this 21 year old out, she asks for help, but no one responded or gave any aide.  During that weekend, seven others were also abducted in the municipality of Veracruz, and after a year, nothing is known about them.

None of these victims have been held for ransom. They were simply kidnapped and are missing, most in public places, such as the case of Fernanda, a boy of 14 years at the Orizaba central mall one day later, on September 8. Their captors never asked for money to return any of the victims.

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White House Welcomes Latin Artists in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

White House Welcomes Latin Artists in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

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Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs, Ricky Martin and Alejandro Sanz are among the artists who have been invited to perform at a White House event next week as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the White House said.

Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House” will take place next Monday, showcasing the influence and cultural contributions of Hispanic communities and their music, the White House said in a statement.

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Zoe Saldaña, Marco Perego Secretly Wed this Summer in London

Zoe Saldaña, Marco Perego Secretly Wed this Summer in London

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American actress Zoe Saldaña, best known for her roles in the 2009 films “Avatar” and “Star Trek,” married Italian artist Marco Perego in a secret wedding in June, Us Weekly magazine reported.

The ceremony was held in London and attended by only close friends and family, a source told the publication, saying “it was super small but very romantic and beautiful.”

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Mexico Plans to Target Illegal Steel Imports

Mexico Plans to Target Illegal Steel Imports

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The Mexican government plans to create an “automatic import notification system” covering 113 tariff categories to fight illegal imports of steel products, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said.

The system will prevent triangulation, underpricing and incorrect tariff classification for all steel products entering Mexico, Guajardo said in an address at the opening session of the 3rd Mexican Steel Industry Congress.

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Politician Killed in Machete Attack in Central Mexico

Politician Killed in Machete Attack in Central Mexico

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A state legislator was killed in a machete attack in Morelia, the capital of the western Mexican state of Michoacan, officials said.

Osbaldo Esquivel Lucatero, a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was hacked to death around 3:20 p.m. Wedneday under an overpass on the Morelia-Patzcuaro highway, Michoacan Attorney General Marco Vinicio Aguilera Garibay said.

Esquivel Lucatero, who was with his brother, was being interviewed in a pick-up truck by a reporter from the Tierra Caliente region, where the legislator was from, when the attack occurred, the AG said.

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FridaySeptember 13, 2013