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ThursdayOctober 10, 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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IMMIGRATION: Is Obama Happy to See E-Verify Go?

IMMIGRATION: Is Obama Happy to See E-Verify Go?

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The federal right-to-work database E-Verify has become a casualty of the government shutdown, leaving some to wonder whether the Obama administration is taking advantage of Washington politics to kill a program unpopular with Democrats on Capitol Hill.

“How convenient is that, to shut this down?” asked Evelyn Miller, a board member with the California Coalition for Immigration Reform. “Homeland Security has been a joke since the beginning. (Director) Janet Napolitano does not want to uphold the law, she wants illegal aliens here.”

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Jenni Rivera Big Winn at Billboard Mexican Music Awards

The late Jenni Rivera was the big winner at the third edition of the Billboard Mexican Music Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Rivera, known as the “Diva de la Banda” died in a small plane crash in Mexico in December 2012 at the peak of her career and her sudden departure from the music scene sent her songs to the top of the charts for weeks.

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Large Arms Cache Discovered in Costa Rica

Large Arms Cache Discovered in Costa Rica

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Costa Rican authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of a cache of 15 assault rifles and a rocket launcher in a mountainous area near the border with Nicaragua that also served as a clandestine heliport.

The find occurred on Monday during an operation by the Border Police near the town of Cutris, in Alajuela province, the Security Ministry said in a communique.

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Teen Girls Urge Guatemalan Lawmakers to Raise Marriage from 14 to 18 Years Old

A group of young women on Thursday asked the Guatemalan Congress to approve a law raising from 14 to 18 the minimum age to get married.

Raising the legal age for wedlock “will be a measure that will help protect girls from the different forms of abuse and violence that we are the victims of in Guatemala,” 15-year-old Mayra Yolanda told Efe.

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Mexico Considers Raising Taxes on Soft Drinks to Combat Obesity

Mexico Considers Raising Taxes on Soft Drinks to Combat Obesity

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The high level of obesity in Mexico requires comprehensive solutions and not isolated measures such as raising taxes on soft drinks, economic and health specialist Mario Rodarte said.

This type of tax is “regressive, affects low-income people more” and does not combat obesity if it is an isolated measure, the author of the book “Obesidad. ¿Que hacer? Politicas al vapor” (Obesity. What do to? Superficial policies) told Efe on Wednesday.

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President Cristina Fernandez Recovering Well From Brain Surgery

President Cristina Fernandez Recovering Well From Brain Surgery

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President Cristina Fernandez is continuing to recover at a Buenos Aires hospital after surgery to drain a hematoma in her skull that Argentine officials said went “perfectly.”

“We’re very happy with the result” of the operation and doctors said that “without a doubt the recovery will be very good,” Cabinet chief Juan Abal Medina told Argentine radio.

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Mexican Official Found Murdered in Western Mexico

A municipal official reported missing earlier this week was found with his throat slit, authorities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan said.

Clemente Mendez, 47, was discovered after police received a report about a dead body lying on a field outside the town of Taretan, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

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Singer Ricardo Arjona Presents Tour Documentary

Singer Ricardo Arjona Presents Tour Documentary

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Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona presented his new work “Arjona Metamorfosis en vivo,” a documentary DVD gathering together the best portions of his latest concert tour.

“It’s complicated to compress a year and six months of touring into two hours,” the singer acknowledged, saying that at the beginning it cost a great deal to get this tour under way because of its spectacular stage.

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Pedro Almodovar Screens “Los Amantes Pasajeros” At Film Festival in Japan

Pedro Almodovar Screens “Los Amantes Pasajeros” At Film Festival in Japan

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The 10th edition of Japan’s Latin Beat Film Festival got under way in Tokyo Wednesday with a screening of “Los amantes pasajeros” (I’m So Excited), the latest from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

Twenty films in all will be shown in Tokyo over the course of a week before a scaled-down version of the event takes to the road for stints in Kyoto and Yokohoma before concluding Nov. 10 in Osaka.

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Petrobras Says New Offshore Crude Find is “Exceptional”

Petrobras Says New Offshore Crude Find is “Exceptional”

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The CEO of Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, termed as “exceptional” a new crude discovery off the coast of the northeastern state of Sergipe, although she did not provide further details.

“What we’re not doing is revealing numbers because we can’t. We’re conducting tests, and this is in fact a big discovery, an exceptional discovery. And Petrobras needs big discoveries,” Foster said Tuesday during the World Steel Association’s annual conference.

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Rajoy: Governmental Policies Improving Spain’s Economy

Rajoy: Governmental Policies Improving Spain’s Economy

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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told lawmakers Wednesday that Spain’s economy was improving thanks to policy choices that will not yield “miraculous results” in the short term but will eventually lead to strong growth and job creation.

He was responding to remarks in Parliament by the leader of the Socialist opposition, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, who said the government’s policies were not improving Spaniards’ quality of life and urged Rajoy to reverse “cruel” measures such as denying free, non-emergency health care to undocumented adult immigrants and charging pensioners for prescriptions.

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ThursdayOctober 10, 2013