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SaturdayDecember 7, 2013

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Mexico Arrests 6 for Nuclear Heist

Authorities arrested six people on suspicion of involvement in this week’s theft of a truck carrying nuclear material, a source in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office told Efe Friday.

The suspects were taken under guard to the General Hospital in Pachuca, capital of the central state of Hidalgo, for tests to determine whether they suffered exposure to radiation, the source said.

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Report on Jenni Rivera Crash Is Certain to Put Focus on Jailed, Deported Mexican Aviation Executive

Mexican authorities have released a report citing the causes of the plane crash that took the life of banda singer Jenni Rivera and six others last year. A report that will probably lead to a focus on aviation executive Christian Esquino Nunez, who has been in prison for aviation fraud and since deported.

The General Civil Aviation Administration cited a “series of factors,” that included the age of the plane and the age of the pilots, as cause for the December 9 crash in Iturbide, Mexico.  The exact cause of the crash cannot be pinpointed since the plane was demolished upon impact with few large portions of the plane left to examine.

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Leader of Spain’s Galicia Region Meets with Cuban V.P.

Leader of Spain’s Galicia Region Meets with Cuban V.P.

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The leader of the Spanish region of Galicia, Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, met Friday with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

The two men had lunch at La Habana Vieja restaurant together with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Spanish Ambassador Francisco Montalban.

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Reggaeton Singer Yandel Injured in Mexico, Currently Hospitalized

Reggaeton singer Yandel, 34, was injured in an accident in Mexico on the set of “La Voz Mexico” and remains hospitalized.

Yesterday the Puerto Rican singer was riding in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in Valle de Bravo, two hours outside of Mexico City, when he lost control on a turn causing the ATV to overturn.  According to Univision he is in stable condition and recovering.  Nonetheless, he will remain hospitalized for 48-hours for observation. 

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Juan Rangel, Director of UNO, Resigns Amid Scandal

Juan Rangel, Director of UNO, Resigns Amid Scandal

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Juan Rangel stepped down as CEO of the influential United Neighborhood Organization, which administers 16 charter schools in Chicago and is currently under federal investigation.

Rangel’s departure from the $250,000-a-year post, which became effective Friday, was “by mutual agreement,” UNO said in a statement.

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Another Latina Exits CNN’s Anchor Desk

Another Latina Exits CNN’s Anchor Desk

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CNN has confirmed that Zoraida Sambolin, co-host of “Early Start” is leaving the cable network on Friday, December 13.  The show runs on the 5-7 a.m. time slot and is co-hosted by John Berman.

This is the latest Latina to be exiting the cable network that already has few Latinos on its on-air roster as anchors or guest panelists.  Earlier this year Soladed O’Brien, 47, announced her departure from CNN to run her own production company.  O’Brien at the time was host of “Early Start” and was replaced by Sambolin.

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54 Percent of Puerto Rican Homes Lack Septic Systems

54 Percent of Puerto Rican Homes Lack Septic Systems

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Around 54 percent of Puerto Rico’s homes are not connected to public water mains and sewers, the dean of the School of Environmental Studies at the Universidad Metropolitana told Efe Friday.

One reason for that is a lack of urban planning, which has led to haphazard construction, Maria Ortiz said.

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Chimu-Incan Treasure Trove Found in Peru Contains Sacrificed Women

Chimu-Incan Treasure Trove Found in Peru Contains Sacrificed Women

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Archaeologists in Peru are hailing the find of a tomb thought to belong to the Chimu culture, a people that were eventually conquered by the Incans.

The tomb, located in the Samanco archaeologial complex, contains six skeletal remains two of which are women sacrificed to honor the noble occupants of the tomb.  The four other bodies are thought to be of elite Chimu musicians and weavers.  Women were typically sacrificed so that they could accompany the men into the afterlife. 

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Argentina Signs Rail-Modernization Agreement With China Worth $2.5 Billion

Argentina Signs Rail-Modernization Agreement With China Worth $2.5 Billion

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Argentina has reached a nearly $2.5 billion deal with China to modernize the South American country’s leading freight-rail network, officials said.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and the director of China Machinery and Equipment Corporation, Zhang Chun, signed the agreement during a meeting this week at the presidential palace.

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Texas School Suspends Principal Who Banned Spanish in Classroom

Texas School Suspends Principal Who Banned Spanish in Classroom

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The principal of a middle school in Hempstead, Texas, was suspended with pay for telling students not to use Spanish in class.

School authorities received complaints about the matter, opened an investigation and decided to put Amy Lacey on leave pending the outcome of the probe, Laurie Bettis, a spokeswoman for the school district in Hempstead, a town some 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Houston, told Efe.

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Experts Excavate Remains of 3,000-Year-Old Structures Found in Colombia

Experts Excavate Remains of 3,000-Year-Old Structures Found in Colombia

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Some 170 archaeologists and workers have spent the last year excavating a 3,000-year-old site in a rural area near the Colombian capital.

Covering 7.8 hectares (19.25 acres), the dig is “unique in Colombia” in terms of offering the possibility of reconstructing ancient village life, archaeologist John Gonzalez told Efe.

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Brazil Puts Future Airport Privatizations On Hold

Brazil Puts Future Airport Privatizations On Hold

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Brazil’s government, which has privatized five major airports in the past two years, has ruled out granting any more new concessions of this type for the time being, the civil aviation chief said Friday.

The remaining airports will continue to be managed by state-run Infraero, the head of the presidential Civil Aviation Office, Wellington Moreira Franco, told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

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Latin American Artists Take Over Art Basel Miami Beach

Latin American Artists Take Over Art Basel Miami Beach

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Latin American art needs no passport at Art Basel Miami Beach, where once again it has landed in force at prestigious galleries and with a lineup of creators who fascinate the art market here and attract avid collectors.

The 22nd edition of the most important art fair in the Americas kicked off Thursday for the general public with the presence of 258 galleries from 31 countries and some 2,000 artists, including an overwhelming presence of Ibero-American creators.

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Spain to Face Tough Competition in Bid to Repeat as World Cup Champion

Spain to Face Tough Competition in Bid to Repeat as World Cup Champion

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Host nation Brazil appeared to be given a smooth path to the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup in Friday’s draw, while defending champion Spain finds itself in a dangerous group that includes 2010 finalist the Netherlands.

Before the draw got under away in the northeastern coastal resort of Costa do Sauipe, Spanish head coach Vicente del Bosque handed over the 2010 champions’ trophy and said it would be a daunting challenge to get it back.

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Pope Francis Calls Nelson Mandela a Promoter of “Human Dignity”

Pope Francis Calls Nelson Mandela a Promoter of “Human Dignity”

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Pope Francis on Friday hailed the late Nelson Mandela, writing in a telegram to South African President Jacob Zuma that the anti-apartheid icon promoted the “human dignity of all the nation’s citizens.”

In the message, the Argentine pontiff said Mandela was able to forge a new South Africa “built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth.”

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Thalia Celebrates Her Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Thalia became the first Mexican-born singer to be awarded one of the iconic stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was unveiled at a crowded ceremony during which the artist emotionally recalled her mother, who died in 2011.

To cries of “Thalia, Thalia!” hundreds of excited fans greeted Thursday the vocalist of “Amor a la Mexicana,” as she arrived together with her husband, record executive Tommy Mottola, at the famous Hollywood thoroughfare, visibly excited by the honor that fulfilled one of her childhood dreams.

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Jaguar Land Rover to Invest $326 Million in New Brazilian Plant

British multinational automaker Jaguar Land Rover says it plans to invest 750 million reais (some $326 million) to build a manufacturing facility in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, its first in the South American country.

Construction is scheduled to begin next year in Itatiaia, a town in the interior of Rio de Janeiro state, and the first vehicles are expected to roll off the assembly line in early 2016, the automaker said in a press release.

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Torrential Rains Cause 4 Deaths in Brazil

Torrential Rains Cause 4 Deaths in Brazil

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Torrential rains that thundered across the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro left four people dead and wide areas flooded or without electricity, authorities said Friday.

The wind and rain storm that began around 9:00 p.m. Thursday and went on for several hours caused flooding, mudslides and considerable destruction in Rio de Janeiro city.

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SaturdayDecember 7, 2013