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WednesdayDecember 4, 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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Spain’s Atapuerca Archaeological Site Yields Oldest Human DNA - 400,000 Yrs Old

A 400,000-year-old thigh bone found at the Atapuerca archaeological complex in northwestern Spain has yielded the oldest known human DNA.

A collaboration between the Atapuerca team and Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology enabled scientists to sequence the mitochondrial DNA of the fossil unearthed from the underground Sima de los Huesos, or Pit of Bones.

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Couple Found Decapitated in Guatemala

Couple Found Decapitated in Guatemala

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The headless bodies of a couple were found Tuesday at the bottom of a gully in a poor neighborhood of Guatemala City, first responders said.

A spokesman for the Volunteer Firefighters told reporters that the bodies of the victims, an unidentified man and woman in their mid-20s, were found inside plastic bags.

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MEXICO: Stolen Radioactive Material Found - Thieves Face Acute Radiation Poisoning

The truck stolen on Monday while it was transporting “extremely dangerous” radioactive material was found Wednesday, officials with Mexico’s National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards confirmed.

The radioactive material was said to be still with the vehicle but its container had been opened - presumably by the thieves - and removed from the truck.

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Latina Mothers Play Key Role in Daughters’ Education

Latina Mothers Play Key Role in Daughters’ Education

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Latino mothers play a decisive role in how their daughters fare at school, experts said during a panel discussion of a new report.

Taking part in the meeting were University of California President Janet Napolitano, California Community Foundation CEO Antonia Hernandez, UCLA professor Patricia Gandara and actress Eva Longoria, whose foundation commissioned the study.

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15 Countries Broadcast Pablo Escobar Television Series

15 Countries Broadcast Pablo Escobar Television Series

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The Colombian television series “Escobar, el Patron del Mal” has been sold in 15 countries and is currently back on the air in Colombia, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the death of the biggest drug trafficker in history.

“That was Escobar’s entire life, we can’t be so ingenuous as to believe his legacy has not survived,” Laura Mora, co-director of the series, told Efe.

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Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Rise by $270 Million

Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Rise by $270 Million

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Mexico’s foreign reserves rose by $270 million last week to $176.15 billion, the Bank of Mexico said Tuesday.

The rise in reserves was caused by a sale of dollars by state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, to the central bank, with the transaction totaling $300 million, while a decline of $30 million in the value of foreign assets held by the central bank was also registered during the week, monetary officials said.

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REPORT: Most Corrupt Latin American Countries

REPORT: Most Corrupt Latin American Countries

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Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index was released this week.

The report found that corruption worsened in Latin America over the past year as economic heavyweights Brazil and Mexico didn’t improve and gang-plagued Central America worsened. 

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Costa Rica Reports 8,000 Seized Illegal Firearms Since 2010

Costa Rica Reports 8,000 Seized Illegal Firearms Since 2010

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Costa Rican authorities have seized more than 8,000 firearms since President Laura Chinchilla took office in May 2010, the Security Ministry announced Tuesday.

“It is important to emphasize the planning and preventive work that is being carried out at different places in the national territory and conflict zones, where we are seizing these weapons every day to thus prevent crimes and violent acts,” said Security Minister Mario Zamora in a communique.

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For One Young Latino, Cancer Means Never Give Up

For One Young Latino, Cancer Means Never Give Up

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When Manny Perez rides his bike and breathes in the fresh morning air, he feels free, and does not think about anything—not even the bone cancer he has battled with fierce determination and overcome, time and time again, since childhood.

“Pedaling for 25 miles almost every day makes me feel better; it relaxes me,” says Manny, who is 23.

His mother, Sandy Perez, says the bicycle is the best way to measure how her son feels. “When he is not on the bike it is because he is very tired, and not feeling well. When he does ride it, I’m pleased.”

Manny’s 13-Year Battle

The young man has fought bone cancer for 13 years—he was 10-years-od when it was first detected. He recovered, but it returned twice thereafter. The terrible sarcoma showed up again just last December.

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Mexico on High Alert after Theft of ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Nuclear Material

This capital and six of Mexico’s 31 states were on alert Wednesday after the theft of what U.N. nuclear regulators described as “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medicine.

A truck carrying a teletherapy source containing cobalt-60 was stolen Monday in Tepojaco, a town in the central state of Hidalgo.

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La Liga Gala Honors Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo With Top Awards

La Liga Gala Honors Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo With Top Awards

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi snagged Spanish professional soccer’s Best Forward and Best Player prizes for the fifth year running, while Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid received the inaugural award for Most Valuable Player.

“Thanks you for the prizes,” Messi said via video from his native Argentina, where he is recuperating from an injury.

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Spanish Unemployment Rate Drops 2 Percent Over Last 12 Months

Spanish Unemployment Rate Drops 2 Percent Over Last 12 Months

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The number of registered unemployed people in Spain declined by nearly 99,000, or 2.02 percent, during the 12 months that ended Nov. 30, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security said Tuesday.

The ranks of the jobless also shrank last month compared with October, marking the first ever drop for November in the current statistical series.

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WednesdayDecember 4, 2013