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MondaySeptember 16, 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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Overzealous Fan in Brazil Yanks Beyonce off Stage (VIDEO)

Overzealous Fan in Brazil Yanks Beyonce off Stage (VIDEO)

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This weekend Beyonce showed why she is such an unflappable super star.  An overzealous Brazilian fan pulled her offstage into the audience as she was performing her hit “Irreplaceable” but she didn’t miss a beat.

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REPORT:  13 Dead in Navy Yard Shooting Rampage, Shooter ID’d

REPORT:  13 Dead in Navy Yard Shooting Rampage, Shooter ID’d

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Thirteen people, including a gunman, died in a mass shooting Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington.

The dead gunman has been identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, a civilian contractor for the military from Texas.

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Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel claim 34 Lives in Mexico

Twelve people died Monday in a mudslide in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ingrid, Mexican authorities said.

Those fatalities brought to 34 the number of deaths blamed on Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel, a system that affected Mexico’s Pacific region over the weekend.

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Panama Will be Home to Central America’s First Subway

Panama Will be Home to Central America’s First Subway

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Panama is getting ready to debut Central America’s first subway system in the capital city of Panama City.  President Ricardo Martinelli and several members of his cabinet recently went for a ride in preparation of an official launch at the end of 2013.

The subway lines will help the capital city alleviate chronic congestion and bottleneck traffic.  It is estimated 1.5 million people will benefit from using the subway.  The system will launch with a capacity to take 15,000 passengers an hour to their destination.  Eventually the system will be able to handle 40,000 passengers an hours.

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Ricky Martin Pens Children’s Book “Santiago, The Dreamer in the Land Among the Stars”

Ricky Martin Pens Children’s Book “Santiago, The Dreamer in the Land Among the Stars”

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Multifaceted Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin announced Monday that he will soon release his first book for children, the plot of which he crafted from his experiences as the father of twins Matteo and Valentino.

“I hope that the pages of this book can be useful for those who believe that the dreams we weave in our imagination can become reality,” said the 41-year-old artist.

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Colombian Narco, First to be Indicted Under Narco-Terrorism Law Sentenced 194 Months

Colombian Narco, First to be Indicted Under Narco-Terrorism Law Sentenced 194 Months

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A Colombian narco and guerilla supporter that was the first person to be indicted under the federal narco-terrorism statute has been sentenced to 194 months in prison today.

Jose Maria Corredor-Ibague, “Boyaco” a high-level cocaine trafficker and supporter of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) was indicted under the federal narco-terrorism statute that became law in 2006.

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Blog del Narco: Body found of a man in Mexico-Puebla Highway

Blog del Narco: Body found of a man in Mexico-Puebla Highway

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Authorities confirmed the discovery of a male body today with gunshot wounds to the head. The body was located at kilometer 92 of the Mexico-Puebla highway.

Police rushed to the scene Municipal de San Martin Texmelucan, and confirmed the facts and reported it to federal authorities that were in the vicinity of the Mexico-Puebla Highway.

Authorities report that there were at least two shots fired and they found the shell casings, which is presumed to belong to a 9 mm.
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Report: Mexican Narcos Including Los Zetas Operating in Panama

Report: Mexican Narcos Including Los Zetas Operating in Panama

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At least four Mexican drug trafficking organizations are operating in Panama and have been linked to murders, the La Prensa newspaper reported Monday, citing intelligence reports.

Bureau of Prisons and intelligence reports “confirm the presence ... of the Los Zetas, Beltran Leyva, Sinaloa and Juarez” cartels, which “use Panama as a base of operations for transporting cocaine into Mexico and the United States,” the newspaper said.

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Reps. Thompson, LoBiondo,  Gutierrez,  Forbes Introduce Bipartisan Bill for Intelligence Community

Reps. Thompson, LoBiondo,  Gutierrez,  Forbes Introduce Bipartisan Bill for Intelligence Community

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“Our government has a responsibility to both protect American lives and our citizens’ civil liberties,” said Thompson. “This bill helps us meet that responsibility by strengthening Congress’ aggressive oversight of our Intelligence Community. Through the oversight and accountability provided by this bill, we can help make sure our Intelligence Community operates within legal and constitutional boundaries while they continue their brave work to keep Americans safe.”

“The system of checks and balances as envisioned under the Constitution is essential to the protection of our citizens’ interests and role of our government. This bipartisan legislation will further enhance Congressional oversight over the intelligence operations of the executive branch, ensuring legal guidelines are adhered to,” said LoBiondo. “We have great respect for the men and women serving in the Intelligence Community and will continue to work to ensure they receive the support they deserve.”

“Our intelligence agencies do critical work to protect our society and way of life and they must have the public trust that comes with vigorous oversight and accountability,” said Gutierrez. “This bipartisan legislation will facilitate robust oversight and build public trust.  Americans expect the government to protect national security and civil liberties with equal vigor.  This bill helps us make sure the brave men and women in the Intelligence Community who work to keep America safe can continue that important mission while ensuring compliance with the legal guidelines that we have established.”

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Mexico Pummeled by Dual Tropical Storms, Over 1 Million People Affected

Mexico Pummeled by Dual Tropical Storms, Over 1 Million People Affected

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Hurricane Ingrid lost intensity and was downgraded to a tropical storm before making landfall Monday near La Pesca, a town on Mexico’s Gulf coast, weather forecasters said.

The storm was located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from La Pesca and had maximum sustained winds of 95 kph (60 mph) at 1500 GMT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center, or NHC, said.

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DEVELOPING:  Multiple Victims, Multiple Shooters at U.S. Navy Facility in D.C.

DEVELOPING:  Multiple Victims, Multiple Shooters at U.S. Navy Facility in D.C.

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One of the perpetrators of a deadly shooting spree Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington has been killed, while two possible suspects fled, the head of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police said.

Authorities are searching for a handgun-wielding white male in a tan military-style uniform and a black male clad in an olive uniform who was carrying “a long gun,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

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Colombia’s Former President Alvaro Uribe to Run for Senate

Colombia’s Former President Alvaro Uribe to Run for Senate

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Former President Alvaro Uribe presented Monday his candidacy for the Senate in Colombia’s March 2014 legislative elections.

Uribe, who governed from 2002-2010, announced his intention of returning to Congress - he was a senator in the 1990s - to a press conference at his residence in Rionegro, near the northwestern city of Medellin.

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Immigration Returns to State Lawmakers Agenda

Immigration climbed back onto state legislative agendas this year, following a year in which it attracted relatively little attention from lawmakers, according to a new report.

The number of immigration-related measures signed into law increased 28 percent in the first six months of this year, compared to the same time last year, reported the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Argentina Beatifies “Gaucho Priest” Father Jose Gabriel Brochero

This weekend Argentina’s Catholic Church beatified Father Jose Gabriel Brochero known as the “gaucho priest” who along with his mule brought the word of God to the people of the pampas.

“He stayed alongside the people and encouraged many to perform the spiritual exercises. He travelled kilometres and kilometres through the mountains on his mule, named ‘Uglyface’ on account of her unfortunate appearance. He even ventured out in the rain, and was courageous. At the end of his life, Blessed Fr. Brochero was blind and a leper, but full of joy, the joy of the Good Shepherd, the joy of the merciful Shepherd,” Pope Francis said of Fr. Brochero.

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STUDY: Bilingualism Strengthens Brain Muscle

STUDY: Bilingualism Strengthens Brain Muscle

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People who are bilingual, or speak two languages, likely have more mental flexibility than those who speak just one language, according to a new study.

Researchers from Penn State University found that bilingual people have both languages active at all times and process both languages simultaneously. As a result, they are able to alternate between them without interruption.

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Brazil’s Economic Growth Forecast Revised Upward to 2.4 Percent

Brazil’s Economic Growth Forecast Revised Upward to 2.4 Percent

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Financial analysts have revised their 2013 growth forecasts for the Brazilian economy upward to 2.4 percent from the 2.35 percent estimate released last week, the Central Bank said Monday.

The higher gross domestic product forecast was released in the Boletin Focus, a weekly Central Bank survey of analysts from about 100 private financial institutions on the state of the national economy.

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FORBES: Bill Gates Dethroned Mexico’s Carlos Slim as “World’s Richest Man”

FORBES: Bill Gates Dethroned Mexico’s Carlos Slim as “World’s Richest Man”

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Bill Gates is the richest man in the United States for the 20th straight year and has made a comeback as the richest man in the world, Forbes magazine reported Monday.

Gates, with a fortune estimated at $72 billion, pulled ahead of Mexico’s Carlos Slim, whom the magazine named last year as the wealthiest on the planet.

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Overcrowded Bar in Bogota Leads to 6 Asphyxiation Deaths

Six people died from asphyxiation and two others were injured on Sunday morning in a confused incident at a bar in the southern part of this capital, police said, adding that they are investigating the matter.

The commander of the Bogota Metropolitan Police, Gen. Luis Martinez, confirmed the deaths of five women and one man and said that they appear to have died because the small bar did not have sufficient ventilation.

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Cristiano Ronaldo With Real Madrid Until 2018, Signs Contract Extension

Cristiano Ronaldo With Real Madrid Until 2018, Signs Contract Extension

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Florentino Perez, the president of the Madrid soccer club, on Sunday signed the Portuguese star’s renewal contract, which will keep him playing for the club until June 2018.

Ronaldo inked the new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 203rd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 203rd Year of Independence

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Today, all of Mexico is celebrating and rejoicing its 203-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, destroyed the Azteca empire while enslaving native populations and decimated indigenous tribes as they were being converted to Catholicism.  The fight for independence started in 1810 and lasted for 21 years as Mexican’s fought Spain led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and many other heroes of the revolution.

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New York Celebrating Mexican Independence Day: Lights Up Empire State Building in Flag Colors

New York Celebrating Mexican Independence Day: Lights Up Empire State Building in Flag Colors

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The Empire State Building lit up in the colors of the Mexican flag on Sunday night to mark the “Grito de Dolores,” the rallying cry that launched Mexico’s war of independence on Sept. 16, 1810.

The iconic skyscraper will be dressed in red, white and green to celebrate Mexico’s independence day in a city that some 350,000 Mexicans and Mexican-Americans call home.

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MondaySeptember 16, 2013