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TuesdayOctober 22, 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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SPAIN: Man Accused of Trafficking Antiquities Acquitted

SPAIN: Man Accused of Trafficking Antiquities Acquitted

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A Costa Rican citizen accused of illegally exporting some 1,400 pieces of pre-Colombian art was acquitted by a court in this northwestern Spanish city, his attorney told Efe Tuesday.

Prosecutors sought a two-year prison term and a fine of 60 million euros ($81 million) for Leonard Patterson in a case involving pieces valued at 53.5 million euros ($73 million).

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POLL: Chilean Presidential Race Would Head to Runoff

POLL: Chilean Presidential Race Would Head to Runoff

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Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei would face each other in a runoff vote if Chile’s presidential election were next weekend, according to results of the Ipsos poll released Tuesday.

While 32 percent of respondents said they planned to vote for Bachelet, a former head of state representing the center-left New Majority, 20 percent expressed support for Matthei, standard-bearer of the governing rightist coalition.

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President Rousseff Thanks LatAm Doctors for Helping Brazil

President Rousseff Thanks LatAm Doctors for Helping Brazil

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President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday expressed her thanks for the rapid response of doctors from Latin American countries to the call issued by Brazil for medical professionals to serve in the country’s most remote and poorest areas.

“I thank those who came to Brazil without their families and who showed immense love for the Brazilian people. They came to help us. This country will be eternally grateful to them,” she said after signing the law that regulates the hiring of foreign physicians.

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VENEZUELA: Six Die in Amazonas Prison Fight

VENEZUELA: Six Die in Amazonas Prison Fight

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Six inmates were killed and two more were injured Tuesday in a brawl at a prison in the southwestern Venezuelan state of Amazonas, Gov. Liborio Guarulla said.

The prisoners, divided into gangs, fought for internal control of the penal center, Guarulla told reporters in Puerto Ayacucho, the state capital.

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Western Mexico to be Home of New Nestle Plant

Western Mexico to be Home of New Nestle Plant

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Swiss food giant Nestle plans to build a $400 million plant in Ocotlan, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, press reports said Tuesday.

The company, which currently has 14 plants and employs 16,000 people in Mexico, will create 350 jobs at the new facility, which will be one of the multinational’s largest plants, the Reforma newspaper said.

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HONDURAS: Deputy Mayor of La Masica Shot, Killed

HONDURAS: Deputy Mayor of La Masica Shot, Killed

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The deputy mayor of the Caribbean coastal town of La Masica was fatally shot on Tuesday, a Honduran police source told Efe.

Marcos Leveron, 55, was “attacked with gunfire” by armed men who entered his residence early Tuesday morning, a police officer in La Masica said without providing more details on the incident.

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Cuba Will No Longer Have Dual Currency

Cuba Will No Longer Have Dual Currency

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The Cuban government announced Tuesday the beginning of a process to eliminate the unpopular dual-currency system that has prevailed on the island since 1994, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.

“The Council of Ministers has agreed to put into effect a schedule for applying measures that will lead to monetary and exchange-rate unification,” the newspaper said.

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US Unemployment Falls to 7.2%, Lowest Since November 2008

US Unemployment Falls to 7.2%, Lowest Since November 2008

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The United States created 148,000 non-farm jobs in September, a figure that was below expectations, with the unemployment rate falling to 7.2 percent, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

The release of the September employment report was delayed due to the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Marc Anthony: I Feel Like I’m Starting My Career All Over Again

Marc Anthony: I Feel Like I’m Starting My Career All Over Again

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American singer Marc Anthony, who went a decade without launching a new studio disc, said that when “3.0” hit the market it made him so nervous it was like starting a new career.

“After being away for 10 years, I feel like I’m starting my career all over again,” the artist told a press conference Monday in Mexico City.

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Blog del Narco: Bloody Torture Scene in Veracruz ( WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO)

Blog del Narco: Bloody Torture Scene in Veracruz ( WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO)

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A Bloody execution occurred in Tres Valles, Veracruz yesterday. Villagers found the body of a young man with handcuffed hands from the back with straps and a bandage that covered part of his face where the eye had been cut out. The body showed signs of torture where it was cut with cut picks and sharp weapons so as to kill the victim slowly.

Authorities calculate the age of the victim between 18 and 22 years. It is presumed he was taken to the location to extract any confession. The body presents signs of torture on the basis of knife cuts on both arms and pickets on the back that kept him alive, until presumably he was dealt a stab in the jugular.
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Human Rights Court Orders Spain to Release Terrorist

Human Rights Court Orders Spain to Release Terrorist

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The European Court of Human Rights sided on Monday with a member of the Basque terrorist group ETA who challenged Spain’s legal grounds for keeping her in prison.

Judges on the Strasbourg-based ECHR voted 16-1 to order Spain to immediately released Ines del Rio Prada, who has been behind bars since 1989 in connection with 23 killings carried out by ETA.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Give Gareth Bale Time to Adjust to Playing with Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo: Give Gareth Bale Time to Adjust to Playing with Real Madrid

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The press and public should give Gareth Bale time to settle in with Real Madrid, Blancos superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday, urging those unhappy with the team’s performance to point the finger in other directions.

“I think he is doing well,” the Portuguese international said of his teammate during a press conference looking forward to Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Juventus.

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Q&A: In 21st Century Economy, Why Every Student ‘Needs a Great Education’

Q&A: In 21st Century Economy, Why Every Student ‘Needs a Great Education’

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Ed. Note: Latino students comprise over half the K-12 student population in California, and while graduation rates for Latinos are on the rise, a persistent achievement gap continues to separate them from their white and Asian counterparts. Sergio Cuellar is statewide campaign coordinator with Californians for Justice, a grassroots advocacy group that works with Latino and other minority groups in the state. He says communication and engagement are key to closing the gap. This is the second in a series of NAM interviews with those involved in the state’s education reform movement. (See pt. 1 here.)

What are you seeing in California now that excites you with respect to closing the achievement gap for Latino students?

There is a lot of promise with Local Control Funding Formula, if it’s implemented in the right way. And with Latino students making up a big portion of EL students and the low-income population [in the state], seeing what could come out of this new formula is very exciting for us. But we’re also working in the community to really make sure the new funds go toward improving services and educational attainment.

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Check Out Demi Lovato’s New Song “Let It Go” from Disney’s ‘Frozen’

Check Out Demi Lovato’s New Song “Let It Go” from Disney’s ‘Frozen’

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Next month, Disney’s latest animated feature, Frozen, hits theaters.

On Monday, Demi Lovato released the audio for her song “Let It Go,” which is featured in the film.

Frozen is loosely based on The Snow Queen, a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Marc Anthony “Crazy About Reading” Jennifer Lopez Autobiography

Marc Anthony “Crazy About Reading” Jennifer Lopez Autobiography

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Although considered to be a person who jealously guards his privacy, Marc Anthony confessed Monday that he is eager to read ex-wife Jennifer Lopez’s forthcoming autobiography.

“I never speak about my personal life, but if Jennifer’s going to write a book that deals with her life, I expect to be in it,” the singer and actor joked after being asked his opinion on what Lopez will say of him in the book.

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Understanding the Label “English-Language Learner”

If a U.S. student learning English were to drive across the country, he would find that in some states he would be classified an “English-language learner,” eligible to receive extra support.  In other states,  the same student would not qualify for the special designation—or the additional help.

In California, for example, English-language learners spend part of the day focused on learning English. The rest of the day, teachers help them learn the same material as native English speakers, with some modifications. For example, they might be divided into smaller groups with other limited English speakers, or receive a preview or review of the lesson in their native tongue.

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Sofia Vergara, Luis Fonsi Join Other Celebrities Raising Funds for St. Jude’s Hospital

Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Luis Fonsi and other celebrities have joined forces to support the 10th annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign of St. Jude Research Hospital, which seeks to raise funds for finding new cures and saving lives of children with cancer.

Michael Strahan and Shaun White also joined the campaign, the institution said in a statement.

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Two Drug Smuggling Planes Shot Down in Venezuela

Two Drug Smuggling Planes Shot Down in Venezuela

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The Venezuelan military downed two drug-smuggling aircraft in a 24-hour period, the head of the armed forces Strategic Operational Command said Monday.

“The first neutralization, according to the terminology established by law, occurred on day 19 (of October) at 11:21 p.m. local time when the intruder entered (national airspace), and the same procedure was used against another that entered today before dawn,” Gen. Vladimir Padrino told state television.

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Cuba Asks Once Again for U.S. Embargo to End

A panel of Cuban specialists on Monday blasted the damage caused by the economic embargo imposed on the island by the U.S. since 1962, and urged Washington to be “rational.”

“What we really see now is a very extreme application of measures” to enforce the embargo, panel member Andres Zaldivar said during a video conference at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

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Another Political Party Member Slained in El Salvador

The leader of the right-win ARENA party in the western province of Sonsonate and a member of his family were slain Monday by unknown persons, Salvadoran authorities said.

Vicente Valdivieso and stepson Juan Carlos Melendez were gunned down by several individuals in the La Pradera community of Canton Santa Emilia, a Salvadoran police spokesperson told Efe.

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$5 Million Coke Load Seized in Puerto Rico

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized 215 kilograms of cocaine in the coastal municipality of Guayanilla in southern Puerto Rico.

The federal agency reported Monday in a statement that the operation, which took place last Friday with the cooperation of the Puerto Rican police, resulted in the arrest of 25-year-old man who is now being held in the Guaynabo Metropolitan Detention Center awaiting judicial proceedings.

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TuesdayOctober 22, 2013