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SaturdayNovember 23, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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Exit of Major Pharmaceutical Firm to Hit Puerto Rico’s Already Weak Economy

Plans by major pharmaceutical companies to gradually reduce their operations in Puerto Rico will cause heavy job losses in the island’s northern region, an elected official said.

The mayor of the northern coastal town of Barceloneta, Wanda Soler, made the remarks Friday, referring to planned plant closures announced by multinational pharmaceutical firms.

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Current Research Gives Alarming Portrait of Latino Infants and Toddlers

A new comprehensive study presents an alarming portrait of Latino infants and toddlers, a generation that will be marked by significant inequalities as they are born into families without resources to provide them the tools for success.

The study shows these youngsters facing “multiple-risk factors” that will negatively impact their development. 

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Los Zetas Narco “El Taliban” Extradited to U.S

Los Zetas Narco “El Taliban” Extradited to U.S

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Mexico has extradited high-ranking drug cartel suspect Ivan Velazquez Caballero to the United States to face drug- and arms-trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping and homicide charges, the U.S. Embassy confirmed.

The 43-year-old alleged Los Zetas cartel member, also known as “El Taliban” or “Z-50,” arrived in Laredo, Texas, on Thursday, the embassy said in a statement.

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Mexican Gov’t Says Cholera Outbreak is “Under Control”

Mexican health authorities said that the cholera outbreak in the central region of the country is “under control” and that a total of 184 cases have been confirmed in four states and Mexico City.

“The total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 184 up to now and includes two in Mexico City, two in San Luis Potosi, nine in Mexico state, 11 in the state of Veracruz and 160 in Hidalgo,” the federal Health Secretariat said in a communique.

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Mexican Tenor Rolando Villazon Returns to Met to Regain Past Glory

Mexican Tenor Rolando Villazon Returns to Met to Regain Past Glory

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Tonight Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon will seek to regain past glory by returning to New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Met) the place where his beautiful voice collapsed, nearly five years ago. 

Villazon, 41, is starring in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as the title character’s once friend, Lenski.  The 3 hours, 25 minute opera will be sung in Russian with sub-titles in English, German and Spanish. 

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Actress Rosie Perez Joins Campaign Encouraging Women to “Rise Above It”

Actress Rosie Perez Joins Campaign Encouraging Women to “Rise Above It”

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American actress Rosie Perez is heading a campaign in which she encourages women to be courageous, raise themselves up and keep going even though they’re dealing with some hard times in their lives.

“Though there are dark, difficult times in life, you can get help and pull through them. It’s a rough process, but I can tell you that you can get beyond the problems and that life is good,” the actress nominated for Oscar and Emmy awards told Efe during a telephone interview.

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Is KKK Seeking Latino Recruits or Targeting them in Florida?

Latino residents in Rockledge, Florida are nervously wondering if the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is recruiting them or trying to target them.

The question came up when ‘recruitment’ fliers starting appearing in Rockledge but only at the homes of Latino residents.  The fliers were crudely produced with the infamous hooded man depicted and the words “Our Race is Our Nation,” placed at the bottom of the fliers. 

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Wife of Ousted Honduran President Confident She Will Win Election

Wife of Ousted Honduran President Confident She Will Win Election

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Xiomara Castro, wife of ousted President Mel Zelaya, will win Honduras’ presidential election, leaders of the former first couple’s Libre party said Friday.

“We are certain of the triumph of our candidate,” Libre vice presidential hopeful Enrique Reina told a press conference two days ahead of the vote.

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Peruvian Authorities Stops Antiquities Smugglers at Airport

The Peruvian Culture Ministry and customs officials said Friday that they recovered four pre-Columbian textiles hidden in baggage about to be loaded onto an international flight at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport.

The items were discovered hidden under framed, glass-covered family photos that were being sent to Spain.

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Alvarez Confident of Becoming First Latino Mayor of San Diego

Alvarez Confident of Becoming First Latino Mayor of San Diego

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David Alvarez seems confident that what his campaign platform will carry him to victory over Republican Kevin Faulconer in the San Diego mayoral runoff and make him the first Latino mayor of the California city.

“There will only be two choices and what I offer is a candidacy more in favor of our forgotten communities and neighborhoods, while investing more in our schools, the environment and other areas that are not talked about very much,” the city councilman said in an interview with Efe.

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Spain Predicts More Deaths Than Births by 2017

Spain will see more deaths than births in 2017, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Friday, forecasting that the Iberian nation’s population will decline over the next decade by 5.6 percent to 44.1 million.

The data reflect “the intensity of the aging process” among the population, accelerated by a declining birth rate and the growth of emigration, the INE said.

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Chevron Attacks Ecuador in “Smear Campaign”

Chevron Corp. is engaged in a “smear campaign” against Ecuador as it tries to convince an arbitration court to stick Quito with the bill for cleaning up an environmental mess in the Amazon, the Ecuadorian environment minister told Efe here Friday.

Ecuador will not bow before the oil supermajor’s legal offensive, Lorena Tapia said in an interview with Efe on the sidelines of the U.N. Climate Summit in Warsaw.

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U.S. Marks 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination

U.S. Marks 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination

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Acts commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination began in Washington Friday with an austere military ceremony beside his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

A group of bagpipers, like those who played on the day of his funeral and those the president invited whenever possible to important dinners and presidential events, filled the silence of the cemetery where 300,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces lie.

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NUVOtv Network Expands Its Relationship with Mario Lopez

The NUVOtv cable network is expanding its relationship with TV personality Mario Lopez.  Lopez will develop three new series for the network, and bring a new series ‘Salsa in City’ to production next year. 

‘Salsa in City’ will be a competition show that combines dating and the salsa dance scene.  Lopez will host and executive produce. 

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Colombia’s Carlos Vives Wins 3 Latin Grammys

Colombia’s Carlos Vives Wins 3 Latin Grammys

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Carlos Vives won three awards and seemed on his way to a sweep at the 14th Latin Grammys, until Draco Rosa and Marc Anthony jumped in and took the trophies for Album of the Year and Record of the Year, respectively.

Vives did come away with the most prizes, however: Song of the Year, Best Tropical Song - both for “Volvi a Nacer” - and Best Tropical Fusion Album for “Corazon Profundo.”

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Argentina’s Rugby Team has Audience with Pope Francis

Argentina’s Rugby Team has Audience with Pope Francis

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Pope Francis on Friday held an audience with the national rugby teams of Argentina and Italy, using the occasion to praise a sport that is “tough” but involves “great loyalty and respect.”

“Rugby is a very nice sport and I tell you I see it like that because it’s tough, there’s a lot of physical contact. But there’s no violence, just great loyalty and respect,” the Argentine pope said in a speech to the teams’ officials, coaching staff and players.

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Rio de Janeiro Recognized As World’s Best “Smart City”

Rio de Janeiro Recognized As World’s Best “Smart City”

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Rio de Janeiro was selected Thursday as this year’s best “smart city” at the Smart City Expo World Congress being held in this northeastern Spanish metropolis.

The judging panel at the world congress of smart cities emphasized the efforts of Rio’s municipal government to make “a change in (its) model and a radical transformation” and praised the launching of a long-term project to transform it into a “smart” reference point in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Puerto Rico Continues Efforts to Save Its Native Parrot Species

Puerto Rico Continues Efforts to Save Its Native Parrot Species

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The Maricao State Forest in western Puerto Rico has been selected as the site for a third colony in the wild of Puerto Rican parrots on the island, the aim of which is to foster their reproduction and get them off the endangered species list, officials said Thursday.

The announcement was made during the celebration of the 26th edition of the symposium of the island’s Natural Resources and Environment Department, which is being held this year and deals with the threatened and endangered species of Puerto Rico.

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SaturdayNovember 23, 2013