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SaturdayNovember 2, 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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Remittances to Mexico See 2.4 Percent Increase

Remittances to Mexico See 2.4 Percent Increase

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Mexico received $5.54 billion in remittances in the third quarter this year from citizens living abroad, an increase of 2.4 percent over the same period in 2012, the central bank said Friday.

The funds that poured in between July and September put an end to four consecutive quarters of decline, Banco de Mexico said in a report.

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Cuts to Food Stamps Will Not Affect Puerto Rico

Cuts to Food Stamps Will Not Affect Puerto Rico

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The $5-billion cut being applied to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program starting Friday will not affect Puerto Rico, where 669,000 households - a third of the total - receive food stamps.

That was confirmed Friday to Efe by the head of the Family Socioeconomic Development Administration, or ADSEF, Marta Elsa Fernandez, whose office runs SNAP in Puerto Rico.

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Creditors Propose Trust for Ex-Employees of Bankrupt Mexicana Airlines

Creditors Propose Trust for Ex-Employees of Bankrupt Mexicana Airlines

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The four creditors of the MRO maintenance company, a unit of Mexico’s debt-ridden Mexicana group of airlines, have proposed creating a trust to support retirees and workers linked to the different companies currently in bankruptcy proceedings.

This measure “will directly benefit not only the 1,200 workers at the (MRO) maintenance base,” but also some 8,500 retired and former employees of the companies” that make up the group, one of the creditors, the Mexico City International Airport, or AICM, said in a statement Thursday.

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Failed Bank Robbery in Guatemala Leaves 3 Dead

Failed Bank Robbery in Guatemala Leaves 3 Dead

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An attempted robbery at a bank in northern Guatemala led to the fatal shooting of a security guard and the deaths of two of the assailants at the hands of a lynch mob, authorities said Friday.

The events unfolded Thursday night in Cubilguitz, a mainly indigenous village on the outskirts of Coban, 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of this capital, a police spokesman said.

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Ethan Hawke to Star in Alejandro Amenabar’s Film “Regression”

Ethan Hawke to Star in Alejandro Amenabar’s Film “Regression”

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Ethan Hawke will star in “Regression,” the new film by Oscar-winning Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar, the online edition of Variety magazine said.

Production of the film is planned to begin next spring.

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Colombia’s “Birdman” Flies Over Cerro de Monserrate Mountain

Colombia’s “Birdman” Flies Over Cerro de Monserrate Mountain

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Colombia’s Jhonathan Florez, the current world champion skydiver, flew over Bogota’s iconic Cerro de Monserrate mountain at a speed of 200 kilometers (124 miles) per hour and made a smooth landing, a feat he accomplished for the first time in his own country and that filled him with “pride.”

That was said in a statement made to Colombian media by Florez, known as the “birdman,” after diving in his wingsuit from a helicopter some 1,000 meters (3,275 feet) above the sanctuary on the summit of Monserrate, which stands some 3,125 meters (10,245 feet) above sea level.

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3,000 Year Old Ruin Discovered in Northern Peru

3,000 Year Old Ruin Discovered in Northern Peru

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A religious center more than 3,000 years old from the pre-Incan Chavin culture has been discovered by Peruvian researchers in the Congona archaeological zone in northern Peru’s Lambayeque region, archaeologist Walter Alva said Thursday.

After a month of archaeological research, a specialized team from the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum in Lambayeque - headed by Alva, who directs the museum - discovered the religious sanctuary.

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Flights from Key West to Cuba Resume After 51 Years

Flights from Key West to Cuba Resume After 51 Years

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Direct passenger flights between Key West and Cuba, suspended in 1962, will resume on Nov. 15, one of the charter companies flying the route confirmed to Efe.

“We feel very emotional about being able to provide this service to the Cuban community with flights from Key West after 50 years and prevent travelers from having to travel to the Miami airport,” Isaac Valdes, sales director for Mambi Travel, told Efe.

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Shooting at LAX Leaves TSA Agent Dead

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration confirmed that one of its employees was killed in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

“I am deeply saddened to inform you that a TSA employee was shot and killed today on duty at Los Angeles International Airport,” TSA head John Pistole said in an e-mail message to employees. “Other TSA employees also were injured in the shooting.”

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Justin Bieber, Friends Paint Graffiti in Colombian Tunnel

Justin Bieber, Friends Paint Graffiti in Colombian Tunnel

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Pop star Justin Bieber and a group of his friends were seen in a Bogota tunnel painting graffiti on the walls escorted by a Colombian police patrol, media outlets said Thursday.

Wearing his habitual cap and hood, the star took advantage of his stay in the Colombian capital after the concert he gave on Tuesday to leave his signature and several written bits of advice on how to “overcome expectations” in one’s life on the concrete.

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8 Cuban Immigrants Rescued on Puerto Rico Coast

8 Cuban Immigrants Rescued on Puerto Rico Coast

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Eight undocumented Cuban migrants were rescued by federal authorities as they disembarked on the western coast of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in San Juan announced Thursday.

The group was located on Wednesday by CBP and Coast Guard personnel as they arrived on board a boat at Mona Island, which lies between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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Puerto Rican Police Chief Announces Surprise Resignation

Puerto Rican Police Chief Announces Surprise Resignation

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The Puerto Rican political sphere reacted Thursday with surprise to the resignation of police chief Hector Pesquera, a move that coincides with the naming of the supervisor to oversee the reform of the island’s security forces.

The resignation of Pesquera, who was named to the post in 2012 by then-Gov. Luis Fortuño when crime on the island was at an historic high, comes at a delicate moment for the Puerto Rico Police Department.

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Reporters Without Borders Denounces Attack on Mexican Radio Stations

Reporters Without Borders Denounces Attack on Mexican Radio Stations

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More than a dozen armed men attacked a pair of radio stations in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Reporters Without Borders said Thursday.

The stations, La Estrella Maya que Habla and La FM Maya, share a a single facility in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and both are owned by the town’s former mayor, Sebastian Uc Yam.

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New York Based Spanish-Language Daily to be Honored

New York Based Spanish-Language Daily to be Honored

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El Diario/La Prensa, New York’s only Spanish-language daily, has been selected to receive the Gabarron International Award 2013 for Lifetime Achievement, the Gabarron Foundation said Thursday.

The award will be presented during a Nov. 8 gala at the Spain-based foundation’s New York center.

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SaturdayNovember 2, 2013