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MondayNovember 25, 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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Violence, Murder Continues to Plague Puerto Rico

Crime continues relentlessly in Puerto Rico, where 10 were slain over the weekend amid a wave of violence that residents hope can be halted by the new chief of police, veteran New York City cop James Tuller Cintron.

Murders committed to date in 2013 number 809, the Puerto Rico Police Department said Monday.

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Daddy Yankee Found Liable for $6 Million for Cancelled Argentina Tour

Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee was ordered to pay $6 million to an Argentine promoter in connection with the Puerto Rican singer’s aborted 2010 tour of the South American nation, attorney Edwin Prado said Monday.

The attorney said that on Nov. 21, a U.S. federal court in Miami ruled that Yankee and his company, El Cartel Records, libeled promoter Diego Hernan De Iraola by blaming him for the cancellation of the 10-city tour.

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Honduran Presidential Election in Dispute Amid Fraud Claims

Each of the top two contenders in Honduras’ presidential election has claimed victory amid high turnout and accusations that the current government is tilting the results in favor of its preferred candidate, rightist Juan Orlando Hernandez.

His chief rival, former first lady Xiomara Castro, spoke out just hours after the voting concluded on Sunday.

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POLL:  Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

POLL:  Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

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Sixty-three percent of Americans are in favor of creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., according to a poll released Monday.

The survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute reveals that 73 percent of Democrats favor a path to citizenship for the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants, compared with 60 percent of Republicans and 57 percent among independents.

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Ancient, Magnificent Frescoes Uncovered in Roman Catacombs (VIDEO)

Ancient, Magnificent Frescoes Uncovered in Roman Catacombs (VIDEO)

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The cubicle that houses frescoes representing the resurrection of Lazarus is one of the latest, most magnificent discoveries to be found in the Roman Catacombs of Priscilla after five years of archaeological exploration.

Lasers have been used to restore these ancient frescoes that increase even more the value of the Catacombs of Priscilla, with their priceless paleochristian works of art that include the first known image of the Holy Mother and Child.


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Body Count at La Barca, Mexico Mass Grave Now at 42

The number of bodies found in the clandestine graves in La Barca, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, has risen to 42, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors and personnel from the state prosecutors’ offices in Jalisco and Michoacan have been digging since Nov. 9 at the site on the limits of the cities of Vista Hermosa and La Barca where the clandestine graves were discovered.

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Members of Pinochet Secret Police Still on Army Payroll

The Chilean military pays thousands of dollars a month to veterans of late dictator Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, documents on the army’s official Web site show.

Chilean lawmakers are demanding an explanation from the deputy defense minister, Gen. Oscar Izurieta, who, as army chief, assured a congressional committee in September 2009 that no former agents of the 1973-1990 regime remained on military payrolls.

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Mexico Unemployment Rate Down to 5.01 Percent

Mexico’s unemployment rate was 5.01 percent in October, down slightly from the 5.04 percent rate registered in the same month in 2012, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Monday.

The unemployment rate was 4.91 percent in October, without adjusting for seasonal factors, down 0.06 percent from the September level.

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Dignity Denied: LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration Detention

Dignity Denied: LGBT Immigrants in U.S. Immigration Detention

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On Monday, November 25, the Center for American Progress released a new report examining the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, immigrants in U.S. immigration facilities. A congressional mandate requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to hold 34,000 immigrants each day who may be subject to removal for violations of administrative immigration law in more than 250 detention facilities nationwide, including county and private jails. LGBT immigrants in immigration detention facilities face an increased risk of abuse in detention.

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Blog del Narco: US Born Child Assassin El Ponchis to Be Released in MX Dec 3

Blog del Narco: US Born Child Assassin El Ponchis to Be Released in MX Dec 3

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Edgar Jiminez Lugo “El Ponchis” was arrested in December 2010 at the age of 14 in Cuernavaca International Airport while trying to leave Morelos with two sisters nicknamed “The chabelas.” The child admitted he was part of the South Pacific Cartel, also known as the Gulf Cartel, and had tortured and killed four people. 

Eventually El Ponchis was convicted and sentenced to three years in a Mexican prison. 

The admitted child assassin will leave that prison on December 3.  Lugo was formally charged for beheading four boys in 2010 while working for the cartel.

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CHECK OUT:  Jennifer Lopez’  AMA Tribute to Celia Cruz

Check out Jennifer Lopez’ tribute to the late, great Celia Cruz at the American Music Awards.  There was a lot of J Lo and not that much Celia Cruz critics say.  Many salsa fans were expecting more footage of Cruz and not Lopez’ name splashed all over the screen.  Lopez wore several eye-popping costumes in her 3-minute long performance honoring the “La Reyna de Cuba.”.  The 44-year-old singer performed shortly after her ex-husband, Marc Anthony, won favorite Latin artist.


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Sao Paulo Train Derails into Homes, Leaves 8 Dead

Eight people died when a train derailed over the weekend in Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, officials said Monday.

The initial death toll was reported as six, but firefighters recovered two more bodies from the wreckage early Monday.

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Lima Peru’s Unpopular and Frustrating Municipal Elections

Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine

The sun came out on election day in the La Molina region of Lima, Peru, and the people did too.

Both seemed reluctant.

Early returns from the unpopular municipal election suggest the PPC (Partido Popular Cristiano) has won the right to replace city council members ousted in a March recall which Lima Mayor Susana Villaran survived, as frustrated Lima residents took to the polls Sunday.

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MondayNovember 25, 2013