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MondayDecember 2, 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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Authorities Investigate Multiple Baby Kidnappings from Venezuelan Hospital

The Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office said Monday it has opened an investigation into the kidnapping of three newborn babies from a hospital in the western city of Maracaibo.

Prosecutors ordered an inspection and photos taken of the place where the kidnappings took place, as well as the questioning of witnesses and security personnel at Maracaibo’s Chiquinquira Hospital, the AG’s office said in a statement.

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Jenni Rivera Album with Final Performance Goes on Sale

Just a few days before the anniversary of singer Jenni Rivera’s death a year ago, a disc with the last performance of “La Diva de la Banda” will go on sale, the Universal Music Latin Entertainment/Fonovisa label said.

The record company said in a press release that the album “1969-Siempre. En Vivo desde Monterrey, Parte 1” will go on sale Tuesday in Mexico and the United States.

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Colorado Activists Begin 10-Day Fast to Demand Immigration Reform

Hundreds of clergy and laypeople from Colorado have begun a 10-day fast to demand immigration reform as a “moral imperative.”

The campaign, in which community leaders and DREAMers - undocumented foreigners brought to the United States as children - are participating, is an element of the national Fast4Families initiative.

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REPORT: Mexicans Sent $1.85 Billion Back Home in October, Average Remittance $285

Mexico received $1.85 billion in remittances in October, up 4.6 percent compared to the same month in 2012, the Bank of Mexico said Monday.

Mexicans living abroad sent $1.77 billion in remittances in October 2012, the central bank said in its monthly report.

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Immigration Rallies Planned on Virgin de Guadalupe Feast Day

Activist groups in Chicago are preparing to participate on Dec. 12 in a National Action Day to demand that President Barack Obama halt deportations and the separation of immigrant families.

The date coincides with the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint.

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Colombians Bake ‘World’s Largest Pound Cake’

Colombians Bake ‘World’s Largest Pound Cake’

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More than 180 Colombians prepared a 606.6-meter (664-yard) pound cake in Bogota over the weekend, setting a Guinness record for the world’s biggest pound cake and easily breaking the old mark of 500 meters.

Guinness World Records representative Kimberly Patrick certified the record on Sunday in Colombia’s capital.

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When Love Prevails - Latino Families at the Center of Immigrant and LGBT Rights

When Love Prevails - Latino Families at the Center of Immigrant and LGBT Rights

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Growing up in a small, rural Colorado town and knowing you’re gay isn’t easy. I did it with the love and support of an amazing family, but their journey to acceptance wasn’t without its bumps and detours. For some in my family, it took time for them to accept me, but as Latinos, we don’t turn our backs on family. In the end, love prevailed.

Years later, when I was at Gill Foundation, I recounted the journey of acceptance by my very Catholic, Latino family. I had to believe that my family wasn’t the only one with a gay family member. So I developed an initiative to challenge the common misconception that Latinos didn’t support LGBT people and issues.

We partnered with GLAAD and Bendixen & Amandi International to do one of the first and certainly most ambitious studies to measure Latino support for LGBT rights.

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Major Drug Ring Take-Down in Spain - 124 Charged, 43 Arrested

Spain’s Civil Guard smashed a network specializing in smuggling South American cocaine into Europe, arresting 43 people and seizing drugs and more than $1.2 million in counterfeit U.S. currency.

The group used couriers - known as “mules” - as well as boats, planes and postal parcels to smuggle the cocaine into Spain, the Civil Guard said Monday.

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Protests and Arrests Mark Mexican President’s First Anniversary in Office

At least 14 people were arrested in Mexico City during protests organized to mark the first anniversary of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s inauguration, officials said.

The protests took place Sunday near the headquarters of media giant Televisa on Chapultepec avenue and were organized by young people, many of whom covered their faces.

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Blog del Narco: Admitted DEA Agent Murderer Writes for Support from Mexico President

Blog del Narco: Admitted DEA Agent Murderer Writes for Support from Mexico President

Photo: Rafael Caro Quintero,

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The founder of the defunct Guadalajara Cartel, Rafael Caro Quintero, who was released from prison last August, sent a letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto in which he states: “I had a debt to pay, I paid it” and asks the authorities not to allow themselves to be pressured by “the spirit of revenge” of the United States. The US is seeking a new arrest for the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena Salazar’’ Kiki’‘, for which he was imprisoned 28 years Ago. ‘
The Bonnet, who was arrested in April 1985 in Costa Rica and sentenced in Mexico to the maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for the kidnapping, torture and murder of the US DEA Agent.

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Torrential Downpours Collapse Over 45 Buildings in Havana (VIDEO)

The torrential rainstorm that on the weekend lashed the northern coast of western and central Cuba caused at least 49 buildings to partially or fully collapse in the capital and forced the evacuation of more than 400 families, local media reported on Sunday.

The bad weather on Friday and Saturday severely affected Havana and set a new 24-hour rainfall record for the month of November - the previous record was set in 1909 - with the Casablanca meteorological station recording 228.3 millimeters (8.99 inches) of rain between Friday and Saturday morning.


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Rio de Janeiro Celebrates Holidays with World’s Tallest Floating Tree

The world’s tallest floating Christmas tree has been lighted in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The tree was lighted Saturday night during an event that featured lights, music and fireworks, drawing thousands of people to the lagoon despite the steady rain.

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MondayDecember 2, 2013