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SaturdayNovember 9, 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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SNL’s Diversity Issues Include Excluding Latinos

Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) diversity issues just got a little bigger with Latinos chiming in that they are not represented enough on the iconic show.

The show’s diversity issues became center stage when two current male cast members that are African-American derided the lack of black women on the show and their unwillingness to dress-up as black women.  Latino advocacy organizations in turn used the controversy as an opportunity to note the lack of Latino inclusion. 

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Brazilian Billionaire’s Shipbuilding Company to File for Bankruptcy

Brazilian Billionaire’s Shipbuilding Company to File for Bankruptcy

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Oil industry equipment and service supplier OSX, part of the EBX Group conglomerate controlled by Brazilian magnate Eike Batista, says it has halted debt payments and is seeking bankruptcy protection.

OSX, the second Batista-controlled company to seek protection from creditors after oil firm OGX, made the announcement in a regulatory filing.

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Barack Obama Tells Dissidents He’s Begun to See “Changes” in Cuba

Barack Obama Tells Dissidents He’s Begun to See “Changes” in Cuba

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U.S. President Barack Obama said in a meeting with Cuban dissidents that he had begun to see “changes” on the communist-ruled island.

Obama met Friday with a group of prominent Cuban government opponents, including Guillermo Fariñas and the leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, at the residence of Jorge Mas Santos, chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation.

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REPORT: Head of Sinaloa Cartel ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Has California Driver’s License

REPORT: Head of Sinaloa Cartel ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Has California Driver’s License

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman who has a $7.5 Million bounty on his head and runs the Sinaloa cartel reportedly has a U.S. driver’s license issued in California.

According to the investigative report, “The Hunt for El Chapo Guzman, Mexico’s Most Elusive Drug Lord,” by the Univision network, Guzman obtained a driver’s license under the alias of Max Aragon in 1988.  He obtained the license even though he was a wanted man by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and a Mexican national. 

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Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler Wins Miss Universe 2013, Four out of Five Finalists Were Hispanic

Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler Wins Miss Universe 2013, Four out of Five Finalists Were Hispanic

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Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler took the Miss Universe 2013 title Saturday at the gala finals of the world’s most prestigious beauty contest, held at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.

The 25-year-old Venezuelan will wear the gold and platinum Miss Universe crown for a year after being judged the world’s most beautiful over 85 other young women from the five continents.

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Colombian President Slams Incursion of U.S. Research Ship Into Caribbean

Colombian President Slams Incursion of U.S. Research Ship Into Caribbean

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President Juan Manuel Santos denounced Friday the incursion of a U.S. research vessel into Colombia’s Caribbean waters.

The American ship was detected near Quitasueño Bank in the Caribbean archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, the subject of a territorial tug of war between Colombia and Nicaragua.

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Justin Bieber Evicted from Buenos Aires Hotel(s) Due to Rowdy Fans

Justin Bieber Evicted from Buenos Aires Hotel(s) Due to Rowdy Fans

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TMZ is reporting that Justin Bieber’s South American tour has hit another snag.  Apparently he has been kicked out of his Buenos Aires hotel due to rowdy fans and worse yet no other hotel is willing to take him and his entourage in.

Bieber and 25 crewmembers including his mom, were staying at the Hotel Faena until the eviction notice.  The hotel has had property destroyed by ‘Beliebers’ waiting to get a glimpse of the star.  Thus far they have broken windows, damaged vehicles and tore down police barricades. 

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Ecuadorian Authorities Rescue 500 Patients From Unlicensed Drug Rehabs

Ecuadorian Authorities Rescue 500 Patients From Unlicensed Drug Rehabs

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Some 500 people have been rescued this year from unlicensed drug-treatment clinics that brutalize and even torture their patients, Ecuador’s attorney general said Friday.

About 30 people are being processed after being arrested in operations against these unlicensed rehabilitation centers, Galo Chiriboga said during a joint press conference with Health Minister Carina Vance.

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2 Bus Drivers Murdered in Guatemalan Capital

2 Bus Drivers Murdered in Guatemalan Capital

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Two bus drivers died Friday in separate acts of violence in the Guatemalan capital, first responders said.

Geovanni Chiguichon, 28, died at the scene in La Reformita, a neighborhood on the south side of Guatemala City, after unknown assailants shot him, fire rescue said.

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Tribute Concerts and Album Planned for Anniversary of Jenni Rivera’s Death

Tribute Concerts and Album Planned for Anniversary of Jenni Rivera’s Death

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Jenni Rivera, the late great banda singer, will be honored in December on the anniversary of her death with tribute concerts and a new album.

The new live album will go on sale on December 3, distributed by the singer’s record label, Universal Music.  The album will feature songs from her last concert in Monterrey, Mexico, songs she sung just hours before her private plane crashed on December 9.

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Police Rescue 61 Migrants From Traffickers in Northern Mexico

Mexican police rescued a total of 61 migrants from traffickers in several different operations along the country’s northern border with the United States, the federal security spokesman said Friday.

Some of the migrants told police they had been held for a week “in inhumane conditions,” Eduardo Sanchez said.

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Ancient Cave Drawings Discovered in Brazil

Ancient Cave Drawings Discovered in Brazil

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Conservationists accidentally discovered ancient cave drawings in Brazil thought to be made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago.

The Wildlife Conversation Society was working in the southern region of Brazil in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul when the cave art was discovered.  Specifically the discoveries were made in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes that contain the world’s largest inland wetland and large swaths of savannah.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan: Leaves 1,200 Dead, 100,000 Homeless Now Headed to Vietnam

The Philippine Red Cross estimates that 1,200 people were killed in the Southeast Asian archipelago by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which lashed the center of the country with maximum sustained winds greater than 240 kph (150 mph), local television reported Saturday.

The damage caused by Haiyan, which moved quickly over the Philippines from east to west after making landfall Friday morning in the province of Eastern Samar, was reportedly “unimaginable” in the eastern coastal city of Tacloban, the ABS-CBN station said on its Web site.

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Has No Presidential Plans for 2016

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Has No Presidential Plans for 2016

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, considered the Latino rising star of the Democratic Party, told Efe here Friday that he will not seek his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

“It’s flattering that my name is mentioned, but that will never happen,” Castro said when asked if he saw himself as the first Latino president of the United States.

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Could Late Night TV Get Any Worse? Ted Cruz Makes His Debut

Could Late Night TV Get Any Worse? Ted Cruz Makes His Debut

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Last night Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz made his late night talk show debut on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show.’  We assume Cruz was there to share his vitriol, not wanting to keep it inside the confines of Capital Hill. We are just not sure why Leno would extend an invitation to such a controversial figure who is less than entertaining and such a rage-a-holic.

Luckily for late night viewer’s Cruz’ extreme right-wing father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, was merely discussed and not invited.  A man pickled in his own hate with a tolerance problem would not make for a very entertaining guest. Senator Cruz said of his father, who is urging Obama to return to Kenya, “My dad has been my hero my whole life.”

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Brazilian VP Urges Chinese Leaders to Invest in His Country

Brazilian VP Urges Chinese Leaders to Invest in His Country

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Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer on Friday urged Chinese business leaders to invest in his country, touting important “windows of opportunity” in the Latin American country.

Temer gave the keynote address at a meeting of the Brazil-China Business Council in Beijing, where he wrapped up a visit aimed at bolstering ties between two of the world’s leading emerging economies.

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Experts Investigating Pablo Neruda’s Death Rule Out Homicide

Experts Investigating Pablo Neruda’s Death Rule Out Homicide

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Chilean and foreign experts who examined the remains of poet Pablo Neruda ruled out the possibility that the winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature died of poisoning after Chile’s 1973 military coup, authorities said Friday.

In the autopsy performed after Neruda’s body was exhumed in April, “no relevant chemical substances were found that could be related to his death,” Chile’s chief medical examiner, Patricio Bustos, told reporters.

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Kate Del Castillo Credits Her Career to “La Reina del Sur”

Kate Del Castillo Credits Her Career to “La Reina del Sur”

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Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is back as the drug kingpin in “La Reina del Sur” (Queen of the South), the most-watched series in the history of Telemundo, to be relaunched by the network starting Nov. 11.

“The reason they’re airing it again is because fans asked for it. Surveys were taken and the winner was “La Reina…” the artist said in a meeting with Efe at the Telemundo studios in Burbank, California.

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Ricky Martin Foundation Opens Pavilion on Human Trafficking in Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin Foundation Opens Pavilion on Human Trafficking in Puerto Rico

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The Ricky Martin Foundation opened Friday a pavilion in San Juan on human trafficking - the second most lucrative crime in the world - to raise awareness among the island’s population as to the hideous consequences of this scourge.

The announcement was made by the Puerto Rican artist’s press office, which added that the pavilion will be located in the Plaza Las Americas mall, the biggest in the Caribbean and the second largest in Latin America.

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Spanish Actress Amparo Rivelles Dies, Age 88

Spanish Actress Amparo Rivelles Dies, Age 88

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Spanish actress Amparo Rivelles died in Madrid. She was 88.

A funeral chapel is being installed Saturday in Madrid’s Alcazar Theater at the express wish of the grande dame of Spanish stage and screen who lived 20 years of her long and respected professional career in Mexico.

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Cuba’s Mixed-Race Population Grows 25 Percent

The number of mixed-race people in Cuba continues to increase as the ranks of those identifying themselves as white or black declines, according to the results of the 2012 Census released Friday.

The proportion of mixed-race people grew from 24.9 percent in 2002 to 26.6 percent last year, the ONEI statistics agency said in an advance summary of the study.

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Argentina’s Pluspetrol to Invest $160 Million in Bolivia

Argentina’s Pluspetrol to Invest $160 Million in Bolivia

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Argentine energy company Pluspetrol plans to invest some $160 million in 2014 to drill new wells and conduct seismic surveying in eastern Bolivia, according to Bolivian state-owned energy firm YPFB.

Pluspetrol Bolivia’s exploration manager, Gustavo Vergani, discussed the investment projects Thursday at a forum on conventional and non-conventional gas resources in the eastern city of Santa Cruz.

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SaturdayNovember 9, 2013