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FridayNovember 15, 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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Cuba’s Aging Population Require More Nursing Homes, Geriatricians

Cuba’s Aging Population Require More Nursing Homes, Geriatricians

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Cuba’s healthcare system is facing the urgent challenge of increasing its network of nursing homes and geriatricians to serve its aging population, given that the country will be among those with the oldest populations by 2050, Communist Party daily Granma said Thursday.

Currently, 18.3 percent of the Cuban public is over age 60, and this represents more than two million of the island’s 11.2 million citizens.

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Barack Obama Announces Changes to Affordable Care Act

Barack Obama Announces Changes to Affordable Care Act

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President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes intended to improve the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and ease public anger over the functioning of the HealthCare.gov Web site and the ACA-linked cancellation of existing health insurance policies.

“I mean, we fumbled the rollout on this health care law,” acknowledged Obama in an appearance at the White House at which he announced that citizens who want to do so may keep through 2014 their health insurance plans that must be renewed or cancelled at the end of the year to comply with the standards of the ACA.

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Obama’s Secret Service Facing Another Scandal

Obama’s Secret Service Facing Another Scandal

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The U.S. Secret Service has suspended two of the members of the presidential protection detail and is investigating their alleged transgressions in a hotel near the White House, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The suspensions were made about 18 months after members of the presidential protection detail became involved in a party with prostitutes in a hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, one day before President Barack Obama arrived in that city to attend the April 2012 Summit of the Americas.

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Boehner: No Immigration Reform in 2013

Boehner: No Immigration Reform in 2013

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The top Republican in the U.S. Congress, John Boehner, ruled out that the House of Representatives would consider the immigration reform bill approved by the Senate, a stance that sinks hopes of getting it approved this year.

“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House,” the House speaker told a press conference.

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NELSON BALIDO: Border Security Campaign, South Texas Style

NELSON BALIDO: Border Security Campaign, South Texas Style

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In the aftermath of shutdowns and furloughs, Washington is buzzing with predictions about the next election cycle and how the effects of last month and the next two will have on midterm congressional races next year. There is one campaign, however, that is in full-swing and it’s not your typical voter registration initiative; it’s a whole different engagement.

The South Texas Campaign (STC) is the first campaign the Border Patrol has initiated since it made public the U.S. Border Patrol 2012-2016 Strategy, which reflects a shift from a resource-based to a risk-based enforcement.

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Jennifer Lopez to Pay Tribute to Celia Cruz at American Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez to Pay Tribute to Celia Cruz at American Music Awards

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Singer Jennifer Lopez will pay tribute to late salsa queen Celia Cruz during her performance at the American Music Awards gala, a “fiesta” that this year will have a Latino flavor with Pitbull as master of ceremonies, organizers said.

The Nov. 24 ceremony will be broadcast on live television from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

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Emmy Awards Adds New Spanish-Language Television Categories

The Emmy Awards has added new award categories for Spanish-language programming that include the best in daytime programs, sports, news and documentaries. 

The National Academy of Television Arts & Science, which presents the Emmys, opined the growth in Spanish-language television warranted attention and recognition.  Many in the Latino community would say, “About time!”

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LatAm Celebs Campaign for Rights of Disabled Children

LatAm Celebs Campaign for Rights of Disabled Children

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Singer Julieta Venegas, television personality Luciana Sandoval and soccer star Diego Forlan are part of a campaign by UNICEF and the Special Olympics to promote the rights of disabled children in Latin America.

The initiative uses games to show “a world where what counts is not disabilities, but that all of us are capable of doing,” UNICEF’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean said in a statement.

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Blog del Narco: Armed Vigilantes Call for Investigation into Michoacan Leaders

Blog del Narco: Armed Vigilantes Call for Investigation into Michoacan Leaders

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The Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice today asked the federal government to investigate governors and former governors and completely dismantle criminal organizations that extort, charge “dues”, kidnap, rob and murder in the state of Michoacan.

At a press conference, the president of the José Antonio Ortega Sánchez organization also unveiled a package of proposals to restore order to the state governor by the PRI Fausto Vallejo.

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Ecuador High Court Upholds Chevron Verdict, Cuts Fine By Half

Ecuador High Court Upholds Chevron Verdict, Cuts Fine By Half

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Ecuador’s National Court of Justice has upheld a pollution verdict against U.S. oil supermajor Chevron Corp., although it cut in half the $19 billion penalty imposed by a lower tribunal.

In 2011, a court in the northeastern Amazon province of Sucumbios found that Texaco, acquired by Chevron in 2001, dumped millions of gallons of crude residue and toxic waste water in the rainforest between 1964 and the early 1990s and thereby spoiled the lands and damaged the health of the local population.

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Former F1 Driver Nelson Piquet Hospitalized in Brazil

Former F1 Driver Nelson Piquet Hospitalized in Brazil

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Brazilian former Formula One driver Nelson Piquet was admitted earlier this week to a Sao Paulo hospital, where, according to unconfirmed press reports, he underwent successful surgery to unblock a clogged artery.

The 61-year-old, a three-time winner of the F1 Drivers’ Championship in the 1980s, has not yet been discharged but is out of danger, spokespersons at the Albert Einstein Hospital told Efe.

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FridayNovember 15, 2013