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SaturdayNovember 16, 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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U.S. Coast Guard Seizes Cocaine Worth $40 Million

U.S. Coast Guard Seizes Cocaine Worth $40 Million

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A total of 1,200 kilos (2,643 pounds) of cocaine were seized in two operations carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard in waters of the Caribbean.

With an estimated street value of $40 million, the stash seized in Operation Martillo (Hammer) was unloaded at Port Everglades, north of Miami.

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Spain’s Vicente del Bosque to Remain Head Coach Through 2016

Spain’s Vicente del Bosque to Remain Head Coach Through 2016

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Vicente del Bosque, who has presided over the greatest five-year span in the history of Spanish soccer, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the national soccer team through 2016.

Del Bosque made the announcement at a press conference in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ahead of an international friendly against that Central African nation on Saturday.

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NALEO Calls on Boehner, House Leadership to Move Immigration Reform Forward

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement on comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“NALEO Educational Fund is deeply troubled by the lack of meaningful movement on comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives in recent weeks.  With each legislative day that passes, the ability for Speaker Boehner and the U.S. House of Representatives to act in our nation’s best interest by making comprehensive immigration reform a reality in 2013 becomes more difficult.

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Brazil Considering Balloons to Extend Internet Service to Amazonia

Brazil Considering Balloons to Extend Internet Service to Amazonia

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Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, known as Inpe, said it is looking at the feasibility of using balloons to extend the Internet into isolated regions such as Amazonia.

Balloons represent a lower-cost alternative to existing technologies and would have a negligible environmental impact, Inpe said.

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São Paulo to Receive $270 Million Loan to Strengthen Health Care Management

Brazil’s São Paulo state will receive a loan for $270 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to strengthen health care management and implement a regional networks model for the country’s Unified Health System.

Along with other Brazilian states, São Paulo has been experiencing a sharp rise in chronic illnesses among its population. The program will address this problem by strengthening health promotion and prevention through an integrated model of service networks to ensure continuous, integrated, and successful patient care.

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Mexico Int’l Forum Addresses Global Employment Crisis

Mexico Int’l Forum Addresses Global Employment Crisis

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The existence of 200 million unemployed persons worldwide represents a major challenge for governments and their social partners, who must work to get people back in the workforce while also promoting quality jobs and reducing informal employment.

The director-general of the International Labor Organization, Guy Ryder, made that analysis Thursday at the inauguration of the two-day international forum “Public Policies on Employment and Social Protection” in Mexico’s capital.

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Latinos: The Peril of a Too-Early Presidential Campaign

Latinos: The Peril of a Too-Early Presidential Campaign

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

You have to be careful these days, going from headline to calendar and back. Looking at one, then the other, over and over, you could get whiplash.

To wit, from the Los Angeles Times, 11/12/13:

Hillary Clinton hails Latino efforts, urges immigration overhaul

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Spanish Royals Welcomed With Open Arms in California

Spanish Royals Welcomed With Open Arms in California

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Almost 100 guests attended the reception in honor of Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, at the Beverly Hills mansion of the U.S. ambassador to the Iberian nation, James Costos.

Among the guests were actors such as Antonio Banderas and Benicio del Toro.

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Wilmer Valderrama Hopes His Company Will Open Doors in Hollywood for Hispanics

Wilmer Valderrama Hopes His Company Will Open Doors in Hollywood for Hispanics

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The American actor of Venezuelan descent, Wilmer Valderrama, said he has expanded the activities of his company, WV Enterprises, to secure a bigger place for Hispanic culture in the U.S. entertainment industry.

“I have just expanded my company WV Enterprises with new divisions like the music department, the studio, franchises, entertainment, animation, production and development, to offer the entertainment industry a larger, more complete platform,” Valderrama said Thursday in a telephone interview with Efe.

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Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera Wins Second MVP Title

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera Wins Second MVP Title

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Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera won the American League Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year, while Pittsburgh Pirates standout Andrew McCutchen picked up National League honors.

The 30-year-old Cabrera received 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to beat out 22-year-old Los Angeles Angels phenom Mike Trout and Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis.

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Brazil Honors Ousted President 37 Years After His Death

Brazil Honors Ousted President 37 Years After His Death

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The Brazilian state received late President João Goulart here Thursday with the honors denied to him at his death in 1976 by the country’s then-military regime.

President Dilma Rousseff led the delegation that met the Brazilian air force plane carrying the coffin of the man popularly known as “Jango.”

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Mexico, Venezuela to Cooperate in Investigation of Plane Carrying Drugs

Mexico, Venezuela to Cooperate in Investigation of Plane Carrying Drugs

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The foreign ministers of Mexico and Venezuela agreed Thursday in a telephone conversation to cooperate to clarify last week’s destruction of a Mexican-registered plane in the Andean nation.

Mexico’s Jose Antonio Meade and Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua agreed to “exchange information and cooperate to thoroughly clarify the facts,” the respective foreign ministries said in a joint communique.

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Colombia Fines Carlos Slim’s Companies $1.2 Million

Colombia Fines Carlos Slim’s Companies $1.2 Million

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Colombian authorities fined the companies Telmex Colombia and Telmex Telecomunicaciones, part of Mexican magnate Carlos Slim’s business empire, for failure to respond to users’ concerns.

The industry and commerce regulator fined each company 1.18 billion pesos ($612,000), the maximum allowed under laws governing Colombia’s telecommunications sector.

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San Diego Mayoral Candidate Hopes Latino Vote Will Give Him an Edge

San Diego Mayoral Candidate Hopes Latino Vote Will Give Him an Edge

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David Alvarez, the only Hispanic candidate for mayor of San Diego, said in an interview with Efe that a big Latino turnout for the Nov. 19 elections will be a determining factor in tipping the balance in his favor.

“If people go to vote, we believe very firmly that we’re going to emerge with the win,” the city councilman said.

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SaturdayNovember 16, 2013