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SundayOctober 6, 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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Doctors Force Argentine President to Take Month Of Rest

Doctors Force Argentine President to Take Month Of Rest

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President Cristina Fernandez must rest for a month due to a subdural hematoma on her brain, just three weeks before Argentina’s legislative elections, doctors said.

The condition was diagnosed Saturday by the doctors attending the president in a Buenos Aires hospital.

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Kidnapped Spanish Businessman Released in Mexico

A Spanish businessman who was kidnapped in Mexico in late September has been released, thanks to a joint operation by Spanish police and the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, officials said Sunday.

The unidentified businessman is from the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, investigators said.

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Drug Enforcement Plane Crashes in Colombia, Killing 4

Drug Enforcement Plane Crashes in Colombia, Killing 4

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Four people were killed and two others injured when a small U.S.-registered plane involved in anti-drug operations crashed in a rural area in Choco, a province in northwestern Colombia, officials said.

The two injured people, both U.S. citizens, were taken to hospitals in Bogota following Saturday’s accident.

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Officially New Parents – Welcome Baby Boy

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez Officially New Parents – Welcome Baby Boy

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Newlyweds Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are the proud new parents of a baby boy, born Saturday to the couple.

The 47-year-old Oscar winning actress gave birth in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  This is Martinez’ first child and Berry’s second; she is mom to five-year-old Nahla whose father is model Gabriel Aubry.

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Monster Truck Accident Kills 8, Injures 67 at Show in Mexico

Monster Truck Accident Kills 8, Injures 67 at Show in Mexico

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At least eight people were killed and 67 others injured when a “monster truck” hit spectators sitting in the stands at an air show in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, media reports said.

The driver of the vehicle, which has tires 1.5 meters (almost five feet) tall, was going over a pile of automobiles when he lost control on Saturday evening and hit the stands, Chihuahua Mayor Marco Quezada said.

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Mexican Experts Hope to Fight Obesity With Return to Traditional Food

Mexican Experts Hope to Fight Obesity With Return to Traditional Food

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Mexico can deal with the high levels of diabetes and obesity among its people by returning to its traditional cuisine, experts told Efe.

“The rupture of the system and the traditional Mexican diet” is at the root of these health problems, Mexican Cultural Gastronomy Conservatory president Gloria Lopez Morales said.

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Holy Cow! Catholic Burger Topped Off with Communion Wafers Being Offered in Chicago

Holy Cow! Catholic Burger Topped Off with Communion Wafers Being Offered in Chicago

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A local Chicago restaurant is offering what is believed to be the first ever ‘Catholic’ hamburger and not with permission from the Vatican. 

The specialty burger at Kuma’s Corner consists of a 10-ounce ground beef-goat meat patty served with a red wine reduction and garnished with a unconsecrated communion wafer.  The wafer and the red wine reduction sauce presumably are emulating the body and blood of Christ that is offered during communion mass.

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Marina Silva Backs Eduardo Campos As Candidate for Brazil Presidency

Marina Silva Backs Eduardo Campos As Candidate for Brazil Presidency

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Ecologist Marina Silva said Saturday that she will not be a candidate for the Brazilian presidency in the 2014 elections, and instead will back Eduardo Campos, who will be the nominee for the Brazilian Socialist Party, or PSB.

“I come to a party with a candidate,” Silva said as she joined the PSB at a ceremony in Brasilia, standing next to Campos, governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

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Colombian Journalist Isaac Lee Named CEO of Fusion Channel

Colombian Journalist Isaac Lee Named CEO of Fusion Channel

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Univision, the biggest Spanish-language television network in the United States, announced the naming of Colombian journalist Isaac Lee as chief executive officer of Fusion, the multimedia company’s new English-language news and entertainment channel designed to attract a young, diverse audience.

Lee, the current president of the Univision news division, will combine that position with his new duties as CEO of Fusion.

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Glee’s Naya Rivera Engaged to Rapper Big Sean

Glee’s Naya Rivera Engaged to Rapper Big Sean

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American actress Naya Rivera, of Puerto Rican descent and one of the most famous faces on the hit TV series “Glee,” will marry rapper Big Sean, the online edition of People magazine reported.

Rivera, 26, and Sean, 25, in a relationship for six months, appeared together in Hollywood Thursday night at a party hosted by Latina magazine, where the actress showed off her big engagement ring.

Rivera’s rep confirmed the news to the publication.

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Chile Declares State of Emergency, Facing Worst Frost in 84 Years

This week Chile declared a state of emergency as the country faces the worst frost in 84 years.  The unseasonal snow and late season frost has caused widespread damage to the central region home to the country’s prized wine region.

Over the last several weeks temperatures have dropped to as low as 8 degrees below zero in certain parts of the country in what is considered Chile’s spring season.  Sixty percent of the country’s fruit growers have been affected with losses to fruit growers estimated at $1 billion, and losses to vineyards estimated at $150 million, according to Reuters.

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Nadal Reclaims No. 1 Ranking as He Advances to Beijing Final

Nadal Reclaims No. 1 Ranking as He Advances to Beijing Final

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal will be back in the No. 1 spot when the new ATP rankings come out on Monday after Tomas Berdych retired from their China Open semifinal match here Saturday with a back injury.

The Czech world No. 5 was serving down 2-4, 15-40, in the first set, which had already featured three service breaks, when he was forced to stop.

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Telemundo President Emilio Romano Resigns After Just 2 Years on the Job

Telemundo President Emilio Romano Resigns After Just 2 Years on the Job

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Telemundo parent NBCUniversal has announced that Telemundo Media President Emilio Romano has departed after two years on the job.

Romano, a former executive at Televisa, became president of Telemundo in October, 2011.  He oversaw Telemundo’s 15 owned TV stations, digital operations, and mun2 cable network.  In addition he oversaw the award-winning News and Sports dvisions.  Under Romano’s leadership Telemundo secured the Spanish-language rights to FIFA’s World Cup starting after the 2014 games. 

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Cuba Dissident Group Asks Government for “Real” Changes

A new Cuban dissident group called the Transition Support Center, or CAT, led by ex-political prisoner Hector Maseda, gathered in Havana to ask the island’s government for “real” changes.

“We call on the government to guarantee that the changes taking place in this country are real, because the answers to our problems introduced up to now have been insufficient,” Maseda, the CAT’s chief adviser and analyst, said after the public launch of the opposition project on Friday.

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House Agrees to Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Federal Employees

House Agrees to Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Federal Employees

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted Saturday to retroactively pay some 800,000 idled federal employees once the government shutdown, now in its fifth day, comes to an end.

In a rare instance of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled chamber voted unanimously to pass the measure. It will now go to the Democrat-led Senate and then to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

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Same-Sex Civil Union Bill Causing Controversy in Peru

A bill that would allow Peruvians to enter into same-sex civil unions has sparked controversy in the Andean nation, where it is staunchly opposed by conservative politicians and the Catholic Church.

Congressman Carlos Bruce introduced a bill this month that would authorize gay and lesbian civil unions, an idea rejected by 65 percent of Peruvians compared with the 26 percent who approve of it, according to a survey released last Sunday.

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SundayOctober 6, 2013