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FridaySeptember 20, 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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Zac Efron Mobbed in Peru, First Sighting Since Drug Rehab Revelation (VIDEO)

Zac Efron Mobbed in Peru, First Sighting Since Drug Rehab Revelation (VIDEO)

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Actor Zac Efron was spotted in a Peru airport earlier this week, the first sighting since news of several drug rehab stints were revealed.  The former “High School Musical” star caused a pandemonium at the airport.

Apparently the actor was traveling in the region for 9 days with his dad.  He was spotted visiting the iconic Machu Picchu Incan ruins.  At the Cuzco airport Efron was mobbed by screaming fans while donning the traditional Andean chullo hat.


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JUST IN:  Yankee Alex Rodriguez Breaks Lou Gehrig’s Grand Slam Record

New York Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez has just set a major league grand slam record surpassing Lou Gehrig’s, another Yankee, record this Friday night. 

Rodriguez hit his 24th grand slam and his 654th home run of his career against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium.  The hit clocked at 92 mph, according to ESPN, came with bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning. 

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Guatemalan Rescuers Find Brothers Burned to Death

Guatemalan Rescuers Find Brothers Burned to Death

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Fire rescue personnel found the charred bodies of two brothers alongside a little-traveled road in Amatitlan, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of this capital, Guatemalan authorities said Thursday.

The bodies were apparently burned at the scene, a spokesman for fire rescue told reporters.

Relatives identified the victims as brothers Gustavo and Alex Hernandez Paiz, ages 25 and 22, respectively.

The men were last seen Wednesday afternoon as they left their home in Amatitlan, a police spokesman said. Unconfirmed media accounts described the brothers as criminals who preyed on their neighbors.

Guatemala is considered one of the most violent countries in Latin America.

A total of 4,132 murders were registered in the Central American country between January and August, up 5.84 percent from the 3,904 killings registered during the same period last year, the National Forensic Sciences Institute said.

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Did Tour of Spain Cycling Winner “Disappear” Shortly after Winning to Avoid Drug Testing?

Did Tour of Spain Cycling Winner “Disappear” Shortly after Winning to Avoid Drug Testing?

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Spain’s “Vuelta a España” race or Tour of Spain as it known amongst American cyclists is not for the weak, the race is one month long over challenging terrain.  Just ask this year’s winner that is if you can find him. 

American cyclist, Chris Horner, 41, who hails from Bend, Oregon apparently disappeared “just hours” after winning the grueling bike race according to Spanish media.  Horner is the oldest cyclist to win a Grand Tour cycling event and the first North American, he will turn 42 next month. He rides for the RadioShack-Leopard team and is a former teammate of Lance Armstrong.

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Los Tigres del Norte to Perform Free Concert Promoting Immigration Reform

Los Tigres del Norte to Perform Free Concert Promoting Immigration Reform

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Mexican-American super group Los Tigres del Norte will perform in a free concert to promote the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

The norteño group along with other performers will take the stage on the National Mall during the weekend of October 5 for the “Camino Americano: Concert and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect.”  The weekend will consist of marches, rallies and conclude with a star-studded concert on October 8.

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Check Out These International Food Flags

Check Out These International Food Flags

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An Australian advertising agency, WHYBIN\TBWA, recently shared a series of images depicting seventeen National flags using food best known to that country.

Take the American flag, for example, the stripes were represented with hot dogs and the stars appear to have been created with Easy Cheese.

The Ad agency created these fun flags to promote Sydney International Food Festival.

Most of the flags that were represented in the series were from Asia and Europe, but Brazil and Spain were included.

Check out some of the best food flags below.

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Undocumented Immigrant Impaled on Border Fence as He Tries to Enter U.S. Illegally

Undocumented Immigrant Impaled on Border Fence as He Tries to Enter U.S. Illegally

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An undocumented immigrant was impaled on a piece of the border fence as he fell from the fence trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

The 23-year-old Mexican national was alive when Border Patrol found him impaled on a rebar rod coming from the bottom of the fence.  He had fallen from the border wall. 

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Cuba Plans to Accept Majority of Recommendations by Human Rights Council

Cuba Plans to Accept Majority of Recommendations by Human Rights Council

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Cuba will accept the majority of the 292 recommendations prepared in May during the U.N. Human Rights Council’s review of the situation on the Communist-ruled island, official media said Thursday.

“Many of them (the recommendations) have already been fulfilled, they are in the process of implementation or form part of the country’s future priorities,” said the daily Juventud Rebelde.

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Selena Gomez Denied Visa to Perform in Russia Due to Pro-Gay Rights Stance

Pop star Selena Gomez has been denied a visa to enter Russia to perform and therefore has cancelled her Russian concerts.  Gomez, 21, was due to perform in St. Petersburg on September 23 and on September 25 in Moscow.

As a result the singer has cancelled her Russian concerts as well as her Belarus, Kiev, Minsk and Ukraine appearances.

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Top Latin American Countries Where Latinos Immigrate To

Top Latin American Countries Where Latinos Immigrate To

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The number of immigrants throughout the world has increased since 1990.  According to the United Nations, U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), 232 million people, or 3.2 percent of the world’s population, are living in a country different than where they were born.

This group represented only 154 million in 1990.

While the notion of people immigrating from developing countries to developed countries is covered in the news daily, immigrants moving between developing countries is just as prevalent.

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Blog del Narco: Fake Company Uncovered Hiding Cash and Counterfeit Goods

Blog del Narco: Fake Company Uncovered Hiding Cash and Counterfeit Goods

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The Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) said more than 62 million pesos ($4.8 Million) jewelry; property, trees, vehicles and firearms were captured with Jesus Alvarado Aguilar, an alleged leader of the false Televisa group of reporters detained in Nicaragua.

The criminals have set up a counterfeit company of the legit Televisa.

Jesus Alvarado is a fugitive and is the father of Rachel Alvarado Torres, head of the fake media group captured in August 2012, who found $ 9.2 million in cash in vans with logos representing the fake company.

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Vice President Joe Biden in Mexico, Will Avoid Spying Issue

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to Mexico today meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto.  The Vice President is there to improve trade and investment ties between the two countries. 

Ever the jokester Biden noted that he thought the throngs of people in Mexico City were there to welcome him – in fact they are educators protesting Peña Nieto’s education overhaul.

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Eva Longoria Set to Produce Telenovela for ABC

Eva Longoria Set to Produce Telenovela for ABC

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Mexican-American actress and producer Eva Longoria is set to produce a soap opera for ABC based on the popular Colombian telenovela called “Pura Sangre”.

The repackaged telenovela-turned-soap opera will be called “Trust” and will be produced by the Latina’s production company.  According to Deadline the hour long show focuses on “David Montenegro, a humble attorney in Miami who is given the chance to become the Trustee of the Lagos estate. David takes the job to try and rekindle a romance with his first and only love, Rosella Lagos – who is now engaged to another man – but before long, he finds himself sucked into her dysfunctional family and discovers that, in a world of so much money, the only true currency is trust.”

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L.A. Museum Honors Late Mexican Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa

L.A. Museum Honors Late Mexican Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art gave a press preview of an upcoming exhibition of the work of late Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.

Co-presented by Mexico’s Televisa Foundation, LACMA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and scheduled to open Sunday, “Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa-Art and Film” features nearly 300 objects related to the renowned film artist, including clips, paintings, sketches, posters, documents and photographs organized thematically in several rooms.

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Pope Francis Meets with President Porfiiro Lobo Sosa of Honduras

This morning in the Vatican Pope Francis met privately with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa.  This is one in a series of audiences the Pope has had with Latin American leaders.

The leaders spoke of the good relations between Honduras and the Holy See and discussed issues ranging from ‘protection of human life’ to family values to reducing violence in the region.  President Lobo Sosa presented the Pontiff with a statue of Nuestra Senora de Suyapa, the national patron saint of the country.  The President traveled with a delegation of six people including his wife Rosa Elena and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga.

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Gisele Bündchen Reaffirms Commitment to Environmental Issues

Gisele Bündchen Reaffirms Commitment to Environmental Issues

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, since 2009 the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program, presided over the ceremony to present the Champions of the Earth awards in New York.

Committed to the environment since childhood, she combined glamour and sustainability at New York’s Natural History Museum as the emcee for the ceremony to acknowledge contributions to ecology and which this year specially honored Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira and Mexican activist Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo.

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Rep. King Cites Flawed Statistics To Suggest Undocumented Immigrants Kill More People Than Died 9/11

Rep. King Cites Flawed Statistics To Suggest Undocumented Immigrants Kill More People Than Died 9/11

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An anti-immigration congressman, who has compared undocumented immigrants to drug mules with “cantaloupes calves,” dogs, and cattle, used the occasion of a vigil to invoke September 11th and to cite flawed statistics about the number of murders committed by immigrants.

At the “Vigil for Justice” event organized by the anti-immigration organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) on Friday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said that undocumented immigrants have been arrested for homicide more than 25,000 times between 2004 to 2008. The rally was set to coincide with the trial of a 19-year-old undocumented male who raped and killed a 93-year-old Nebraskan woman, Louise Sollowin. King said:

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Spain’s Teatro Español Celebrates 430th Anniversary

Spain’s Teatro Español Celebrates 430th Anniversary

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Madrid’s Teatro Español will mark its 430th anniversary with a specially commissioned play about its own storied history.

The venerable institution is offering a special admissions price of 5 euros ($6.77) for the Sept. 21-22 performances of “Si el Español nos contase,” featuring a cast led by Jose Sacristan.

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Bolivia Tagets Idle Mining Concessions

Bolivia has enacted a law that allows the state to revoke mining concessions without paying compensation, a measure aimed at recovering control of idle, privately held land, President Evo Morales said.

The “fatherland was being given away” under the previous legislation, since mining concessions functioned like real estate and were heritable and mortgageable.

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JUST IN:  12 Shot in Chicago Park Including 3-Year-Old

JUST IN:  12 Shot in Chicago Park Including 3-Year-Old

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Chicago police are reporting twelve people were shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, including a 3-year-old.  The shootings occurred around 10:15 p.m. at the basketball court of the Cornell Square Park. 

Early reports indicate a “dreadlocked” gunmen fired shots at the park goers from a gray sedan.  The park is located at 51st and Wood. 

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No Random Crime, Kidnapped 14-Year Old’s Mom Knew Kidnapping Suspect

No Random Crime, Kidnapped 14-Year Old’s Mom Knew Kidnapping Suspect

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New information is emerging on the kidnapping case of 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez that indicates the girl’s mother knew one of the kidnapping suspects.  Suspect Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez was arrested along with Maria Corral in 2012 on drug trafficking charges in a case where 500 pounds of pot was seized.  Charges against both of them were dropped after a court found the search of the home, where the pot stash was, illegal. 

Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, is suspected of being in the country illegally and has a lengthy arrest record that includes a prison stint for cocaine possession.  He has also been arrested for child cruelty according to the Atlantic-Journal.

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FridaySeptember 20, 2013