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MondayDecember 9, 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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Pope Francis Trending: Most Talked About on Facebook and Time’s Person of the Year Finalist

Pope Francis is trending.  Today, Facebook announced he was the most-talked about topic on the social network in 2013 and Time Magazine named him a finalist for ‘Person of the Year.’  Last week he was declared the most searched topic on the Internet in Spanish.

El Papa Francisco, as he is lovingly referred to in Spanish, beat out chatter about the election, the royal baby and the term typhoon to top Facebook’s list.  Facebook measures the number of posts globally in the year that “mentioned a specific topic and then ranked those topics based on the overall number of mentions.” 

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Fear of Deportation Possible Cause of Crossbow Murder-Suicide in Florida

An Ecuadoran man’s fear of deportation may have led to a three-day odyssey that left his wife, young son killed by crossbow, another son injured and the man dying by slicing his own throat.

Fifty-three-year-old Pedro Jose Maldonado and his family had overstayed their visas from Ecuador and had become fearful of deportation.  Maldonado also suffered a financial setback when his export business to South America was failing.  Reportedly the family’s visas had expired and they had reapplied but had not been granted an extended stay.

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POLL: Latino’s Approval of Obama Plummets

A recent Gallup poll shows President Obama’s job approval amongst Latinos has plummeted in one year.

The poll shows a 23 point drop from a high of 75 percent in December, 2012 to 52 percent in November, 2013.  The President’s approval rating has dropped amongst all demographics in great part to the failed Obamacare launch and the lingering problems with the website. The drop in approval amongst Latinos, however, is the highest amongst all demographics according to Gallup.

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UPDATE: UFC Fighter Shane del Rosario Dead at Age 30

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Shane del Rosario has died at age 30 after suffering cardiac arrest in his home on November 26.  The UFC fighter was on life support after being brought to Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California in full cardiac arrest. Many reports indicated he had died but he was successfully taken off life support and remained in a coma breathing on his own. 

Emergency room personnel were able to revive Del Rosario but he was in critical condition and was placed on life support shortly after arriving at the hospital.  No official statement has been made by the fighter’s family however his management and training team have made statements on the situation.

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Two Spanish Journalists Kidnaped by Rebel Group in Syria

Spaniard Javier Espinosa, the special correspondent covering the Syrian conflict for the Spanish daily El Mundo, was abducted and is being held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, along with photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, the publication said on Monday.

The daily reported in its Monday edition that the kidnapping took place on Sept. 16 at the Tal Abyad checkpoint in Raqqa province just a few kilometers (miles) from the border with Turkey, when the pair were trying to leave Syria.

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Bogota Mayor Kicked Out of Office, Banned 15 Yrs for Not Collecting Garbage on Time

The Colombian Inspector General’s Office on Monday ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro and prohibited him from engaging in public functions for 15 years as a result of his handling of a crisis that broke in 2012 regarding trash collection problems.

The mayor harmed “the principle of freedom of enterprise” and put at risk “the environment and human health of the residents of Bogota,” Inspector-General Alejandro Ordoñez said, reading from a prepared statement.

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Bank of Mexico to Allow Remittances via Cell Phones

The Bank of Mexico said Monday it was taking a series of measures to promote the use of mobile devices for making money transfers.

The goal is to give bank customers the ability to move funds “with greater ease and safety via cellular phones or other devices that have a linked mobile telephone line,” the central bank said in a statement.

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Mexican Economy Expected to Grow 4 Percent in 2014

Mexico’s economy will rebound in 2014 and grow 3.9 percent, compared to the 1.2 percent growth registered in 2013, insurer Credito y Caucion said in a report released Monday.

“Mexico will be the exception in a changing pattern of growth in which the advanced markets will grow more while the emerging (markets) will continue leveling off” in 2014, Credito y Caucion said.

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Gov. Christie Supports Tuition Equity for DREAMers, but Won’t Sign Tuition Equity Bill

Gov. Christie Supports Tuition Equity for DREAMers, but Won’t Sign Tuition Equity Bill

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New Jersey governor and rumored GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie says he supports tuition equity for undocumented immigrant students, just not S2479, the New Jersey DREAM Act passed by the state legislature last month which would offer that very benefit.

Democratic lawmakers are accusing Christie of flip-flopping his position from remarks he made this fall during his successful re-election campaign. On Monday, Christie denied those allegations. “I said the legislature should move in the lame duck session towards tuition equality in New Jersey. Period,” ABC reported. “That’s what I said. I didn’t support any particular piece of legislation. And I still support tuition equality.”

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Violence Continues in Honduras, Journalist & Political Candidate Killed Over Weekend

A former mayoral candidate for the leftist Liberty and Refounding Party, or Libre - Graciela Lozano - and Radio Globo journalist Juan Carlos Argeñal, a supporter of former President Manuel Zelaya, were murdered by gunmen in separate incidents, Honduran police reported Sunday.

Authorities said that Lozano, a former Libre mayoral candidate in the town of Brus Laguna, was attacked by at least two unidentified gunmen on Saturday morning in the Los Maestros neighborhood of the Caribbean coastal city of La Ceiba and died later of her wounds, police said.

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Blog del Narco:  After Gunfight, Police Seize Tiger at Narco Ranch in Sinaloa

Blog del Narco:  After Gunfight, Police Seize Tiger at Narco Ranch in Sinaloa

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The Mexican army reports that they have confiscated an array of items from a ranch in Guasave, Mexico in the state of Sinaloa.  The find include five automatic rifles, pistols, and surprisingly a tiger.  The ranch came to the authorities attention when several individuals engaged local authorities in a gun battle. 

The Municipal Police reported, a military convoy ran into several armed men in a van. Once the van realized they were soldiers, they opened fire on them. Then soldiers pursued the gunmen into several rural communities without any success, finally locating them at the ranch. 

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Venezuelan President Maduro’s Ruling Party Victorious in Local Elections

Venezuela’s ruling leftist PSUV and its allies received 49.2 percent of the vote in nationwide municipal elections, compared with 42.7 percent for the opposition coalition MUD, which had approached the balloting as a referendum on the performance of President Nicolas Maduro.

Even so, MUD unseated PSUV incumbents in five mayoral races and held on the mayor’s offices in metropolitan Caracas and Maracaibo, the latter being the country’s second most important city.

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Messi v Ribery v Ronaldo Finalists for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid are the three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, France Football magazine said Monday.

Not since 2008 has anyone other than Messi won the award for the world’s best soccer player.

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After Killing 8, FARC Guerrillas Declare 30-Day Cease Fire

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group said Sunday it was declaring a 30-day cease-fire in Colombia effective on Dec. 15.

Pablo Catatumbo, a member of the FARC delegation holding peace talks in the Cuban capital with the Colombian government, read a statement from the guerrilla group’s leadership datelined in the mountains of Colombia.

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Over 50 Heads of State to Attend Mandela’s Funeral; Including Brazil and Mexico Presidents

A total of 53 heads of state and government have confirmed, so far, that they will attend the state funeral services for former President Nelson Mandela, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashaban said Sunday.

Most of the leaders will be on hand next Tuesday for the official religious service in Mandela’s memory that will be held in the FNB Stadium, formerly known as Soccer City, in the Johannesburg suburb of Soweto.

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MondayDecember 9, 2013