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TuesdayOctober 1, 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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New Coral Species Discovered in Panama

A new species of coral has been discovered growing in the depths of the sea near Coiba Island in the Panamanian Pacific, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, or STRI, said.

The discovery was the work of STRI scientist Hector Guzman, a Venezuelan who found and gathered samples of the coral in the first submersible exploration of Hannibal Bank in Coiba National Park and World Heritage Site, an STRI communique said.

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U.S. Denies Conspiracy Against Venezuela

The State Department on Tuesday denied Venezuelan charges that three U.S. diplomats in Caracas conspired against the Andean nation and said it is mulling a response to the trio’s expulsion.

“We completely reject the Venezuelan government’s allegations of the U.S. government involvement in any type of conspiracy to destabilize the Venezuelan government,” department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

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“Instructions Not Included” Becomes Most Successful Spanish-Language Film EVER

Last weekend saw “Instructions Not Included,” a comedy starring Mexico’s Eugenio Derbez, make history by becoming the country’s most successful Spanish-language film ever.

“Instructions” took in $3.4 million to reach an accumulated total of $38.6 million, surpassing the previous record of $37.6 million belonging to “Pan’s Labyrinth,” by director Guillermo del Toro.

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26-Ft Long Boat with 250 Migrants Capsizes, 13 Die Trying to Reach Coast of Italy

At least 13 undocumented men from Eritrea died Monday trying to reach the beach at Sampieri in southeastern Sicily, Italian media said.

The bodies were recovered from the sea by the authorities.

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REPORT:  One of Every Three Mexican Households Affected by Crime

REPORT:  One of Every Three Mexican Households Affected by Crime

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Mexico’s crime rate rose 16.9 percent in 2012, compared to 2011, with one of every three households affected by crime, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said.

A total of 27.7 million crimes, or 35,139 crimes for every 100,000 inhabitants, were registered last year, the INEGI said.

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Another Group of ‘Dream’ Activists Attempt to Re-Enter U.S. Applying for Humanitarian Visas

Following in the footsteps of the Dream 9, a larger group of undocumented migrants tried to enter the United States from Mexico with plans to apply for political asylum.

The members of the so-called Dream 30, wearing their graduation robes and their backpacks, arrived at midday Monday at the U.S. Port of Entry in Laredo, Texas, shouting, “We’re going home, we’re undocumented and we’re not afraid.”

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STUDY: A Near Majority of Mexicans Aged 50-and-Over in Poor Health

Roughly six of every 10 Mexicans over 50 describe their health as fair or poor and significant percentages admit having difficulty doing daily activities, according to a survey released Monday by the INEGO statistics institute.

Nearly 68 percent of the women interviewed for INEGI’s Estudio Nacional de Salud y Envejecimiento (National Study on Health and Aging) said that their health was fair or bad, while 26.8 percent said that it was good, 2.8 percent said very good and 2.9 percent said excellent.

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Puerto Rico Conducts Major Drug Sweep Arrests 18 Major Narcos

Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico on Tuesday arrested 18 people who were allegedly part of a powerful drug trafficking organization.

The FBI’s spokesman in Puerto Rico, Moises QuiƱones, confirmed the arrests of the group, the members of which imported large quantities of cocaine, distributed the drug on the Caribbean island and transported it to the mainland United States.

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Republicans Please “Reopen Gov’t” Urges President as 800,000 Federal Employees Face Furlough

Republicans Please “Reopen Gov’t” Urges President as 800,000 Federal Employees Face Furlough

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Americans are trying to come to grips Tuesday with the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years, as 800,000 federal employees face furloughs amid a deadlock in Congress.

The federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, but Congress was unable to pass a budget to keep the government running as conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives tried to link any funding measure to a dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, one of President Barack Obama’s key achievements.

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Eva Longoria Sells Latina Lawyer TV-Series to NBC

Eva Longoria Sells Latina Lawyer TV-Series to NBC

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Actress and businesswoman Eva Longoria sold a new television-series project to the NBC network that is all about the relationship of a mother and daughter, both attorneys, who suddenly find themselves forced to work together, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The program entitled “Vega v. Vega” is the third that UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, the production company of the “Desperate Housewives” star, has succeeded in selling during this development season.

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STUDY: Number of Immigrant Children in Family is Not Cause of Poverty

Contrary to public perception, the number of children in immigrant families is not the primary reason more children are living in poverty, a Rutgers study has found, raising the question of whether federal policies affecting immigrants should be significantly altered.

Other determinants, including local labor market conditions, parental education and family structure appear to have a greater impact on child poverty levels, according to Myungkook Joo, assistant professor in Rutgers School of Social Work, who authored the study. Joo’s research challenges the view that, by their sheer numbers, children of immigrant families are a major obstacle to a strong U.S. economy. Children in immigrant families are projected to comprise nearly one-third of more than 100 million children in the U.S. by 2050.

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Jesse Jackson’s Intervention on Behalf of Jailed Alan Gross Unsuccessful in Cuba

Jesse Jackson’s Intervention on Behalf of Jailed Alan Gross Unsuccessful in Cuba

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Monday ended his visit to Havana without having been able to see Alan Gross, the U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence here after being convicted of subversion.

Jackson told the foreign press that last Saturday he asked Cuban authorities to allow him to see Gross, but they told him they would need more notice to coordinate such a visit.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Tells U.S. Diplomats “Yankees Go Home” Allegedly Plotting Against Him

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday the expulsion of the charge d’affaires and two other diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas for allegedly promoting sabotage.

The three diplomats have 48 hours to leave the country, Maduro said during a public event in the western state of Falcon.

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TuesdayOctober 1, 2013