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WednesdayOctober 2, 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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Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

Ex-Guatemalan Commando Guilty of Concealing Role in Massacre

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A federal jury convicted a former Guatemalan army lieutenant Tuesday of immigration fraud, finding that he obtained U.S. citizenship in 2008 by concealing his role in the massacre of 250 men, women and children during Guatemala’s civil war three decades ago.

Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes, who for a time had operated three karate schools in Southern California, became the highest-ranking former soldier convicted on charges related to the slaughter that wiped out the jungle hamlet of Dos Erres in 1982. Investigations in the United States and Guatemala have achieved unusual progress in the case, the only mass killing among hundreds in the 30-year Guatemalan civil war for which soldiers have been held accountable.

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Indigenous Protest Receiving Support From Greenpeace in Brazil

Indigenous Protest Receiving Support From Greenpeace in Brazil

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A group of Greenpeace activists on Tuesday joined protest activities called by Indians in Brazil.

While activists waved a banner emblazoned with the face of an indigenous person, just below the national flag of Brazil, a score of Pataxo Indians performed traditional dances and displayed posters denouncing a bill in Congress that would alter the rules governing the demarcation of indigenous territories.

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FINALLY:  House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Bill

FINALLY:  House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Bill

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Today several Congressional Democrats gave a lifeline to immigration reform when they introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House.  The proposed legislation, H.R. 15, is based on the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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Ex-Police Chief Sentenced to 16 Years for Stealing Cocaine in Guatemala

Ex-Police Chief Sentenced to 16 Years for Stealing Cocaine in Guatemala

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A former director of Guatemala’s PNC national police force was sentenced to 16 years behind bars after being found guilty of stealing at least 350 kilos of cocaine, the judiciary said Tuesday.

Baltazar Gomez was convicted of stealing the drug last April 24, 2009, from a private warehouse complex in the southern municipality of Amatitlan, an encounter in which five antidrug agents were killed.

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Government Shutdown Closes Tourist Destinations in Puerto Rico

Government Shutdown Closes Tourist Destinations in Puerto Rico

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The partial U.S. government shutdown, which went into effect at midnight on Oct. 1, has paralyzed activity in various offices and facilities in Puerto Rico, including national parks and monuments.

About 10,000 federal employees in Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, were affected on Tuesday by the shutdown, where there was practically no activity at several of the agencies that are directed from Washington.

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Comic and TV Star George Lopez Inks Deal with Televisa-Lionsgate

Comic and TV Star George Lopez Inks Deal with Televisa-Lionsgate

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Mexican-American comic and TV star George Lopez has just inked a deal with Pantelion Films, that is owned by Lionsgate and Mexico’s Televisa.

The deal is for film and television products created and/or produced by the comic.  Before the deal was finalized Lopez was already working with Lionsgate on a comedy series for the FX cable network.  “Saint George” centers around a divorced dad who goes from blue-collar blues to successful entrepreneur. 

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Top 5 Ways New York Paid Tribute to NY Yankee Mariano Rivera

Top 5 Ways New York Paid Tribute to NY Yankee Mariano Rivera

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Following 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees, the thirteen time All-Star player Mariano Rivera has retired.

Serving as the Yankees’ closer for seventeen seasons, is the current record holder for the all-time most saves.

On September 26, Rivera threw his last pitch for the Yankees and received a standing ovation from both New York and Tampa Bay fans.

The city of New York and many other baseball clubs have given Rivera retirement gifts, we have compiled the top five.

Check out the best Mariano Rivera tributes below.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Hispanic American Facts

INFOGRAPHIC: Hispanic American Facts

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from the September 15 to the October 15.  The U.S. Census Bureau released a “Facts for Features” celebrating the culture and traditions of those whose origins are rooted in Spain, Central America, and South America.

According to the U.S. Census there are 53 million Hispanics currently living in the United States and 1.1 million Hispanics were added to the American population between 2011 and 2012.

Using this information and other important Hispanic American statistics, Hispanically Speaking News has created an infographic covering these facts.

Check out the infographic below.

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Internet Best Way to Reach Latin American Audiences

Internet Best Way to Reach Latin American Audiences

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“If you have ever been stuck in Mexico City traffic where you see the same billboard for 30 minutes straight (since your car hasn’t moved), you would understand why it is our main advertising tool”, is actually what a Marketing Director told me in a meeting. 

Yet as much as that statement is truthful given the state of automobile traffic in many Latin American cities, the amount of web traffic flowing through laptops, mobile telephones, and tablets is much greater, and as it turns out per a recent eMarketer survey, it’s the leading source for consumers to get information about new products.

Quick hit from the study:  72% of Mexican respondents found out about new brands and products online.

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SURVEY:  Latino’s Shifting Religious Affiliations

A recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) showed the shifting religious identifies of Latinos and Hispanics.

The survey, which assessed 1,563 Hispanic living in the U.S., showed a drop in Latino’s affiliating with the Catholic Church and increasing their affiliation with Evangelical Protestants.  Catholic affiliation decreased by 16 percent from 69% to 53% while affiliation with Evangelical Protestantism increased by 6 percent.  In addition the number of Latinos with no religious affiliation increased from 5% to 12%.

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Inspiring Blind Mexican Motivates Fellow Disabled Immigrants

Inspiring Blind Mexican Motivates Fellow Disabled Immigrants

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Mexican-born Horacio Esparza says his activism on behalf of the disabled began the day after he went blind at age 7 and from then on struggled to have his family treat him the same way his 10 siblings were treated.

“I had to fight from day one so there would be no privileges or overprotection, and so they wouldn’t let themselves be overcome by taboos and try to hide me out of shame, as often happened in those days when there was a disabled person in the family,” Esparza recalled in an interview with Efe.

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STUDY:  Hispanic Adult Millennials Marrying Later & Still Speaking Spanish

According to a new study by Tr3s Hispanic Adult Millennials are trusting fewer people, marrying later in life and still speaking Spanish, which are all influencing factors as to how they are living their lives.

The ‘Hispanic Adult Millennials Living the Next Normal: Age of Uncertainty’ study shows that this key demographic was severely impacted by the 2008 economic crisis, which occurred just as this group was entering adulthood.  Hispanic Adult Millennial’s circle of trust got smaller and reliant mostly on family to get by.  This group is staying at home a little longer than they had hoped though they continue to aspire for financial independence.

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Experts Fear U.S. Latino Youth Are Losing Bilingual Heritage

Experts Fear U.S. Latino Youth Are Losing Bilingual Heritage

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With 53 million Hispanics living in the United States, Spanish is the second-most-important language in the country and the growth of the Latino population will continue fostering its use as part of the national culture, politics and economy.

Census figures predict that by 2060 one in every three Americans will be of Latino origin, while in California and New Mexico these statistics are already a reality among young people.

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Master Spy Writer Tom Clancy Dead at Age 66

Master Spy Writer Tom Clancy Dead at Age 66

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Sad news for the legions of Tom Clancy fans, the New York Times (NYT) is reporting the author has died at age 66.

The best-selling author wrote such classic books at ‘Hunt for Red October,’ and the ‘Patriot Games’ and was known as a master author in the espionage and military genre.  Many of his books were set during the Cold War.  In 2008 Clancy sold his naming rights to a video game manufacturer to be used in games, movies and related products.

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Honduran Police Discover 3 Charred Bodies in Vehicle

Honduran Police Discover 3 Charred Bodies in Vehicle

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The charred bodies of two men and a woman were discovered Monday inside a vehicle in the Honduran capital, a police spokesman said.

The bodies had their hands bound and each bore “several machete wounds,” he said, adding that the car was found abandoned near the Nacional soccer stadium.

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Thieves Steal Tech Products Worth $800,000 from Brazilian Airport

Thieves Steal Tech Products Worth $800,000 from Brazilian Airport

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A group of thieves made off with tech products valued at 1.8 million reais ($800,000) from the storage area at Brazil’s busiest airport, police said Monday.

The robbery occurred about 9 p.m. on Sunday at Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos and was staged by about 10 people armed with handguns.

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WednesdayOctober 2, 2013