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WednesdayDecember 18, 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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WATCHDOG: New Mexico Mayor and Convicted Gun Smuggler Keeps Taxpayer-Funded Pension

A conviction for gun smuggling isn’t stopping a former Columbus mayor from getting nearly $17,000 a year in taxpayer-funded pension money, New Mexico Watchdog has learned.

The former mayor, Eddie Espinoza, was released from federal prison in late November three years early from a four-year sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy, trafficking in firearms and making false statements while purchasing firearms. Because Espinoza held a job with the state of New Mexico, he gets $1,387.89 each month from the Public Employees Retirement Association.

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Embattled Bogota Mayor Faces Recall

Embattled Bogota Mayor Faces Recall

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Already fighting ouster by the Colombian Inspector General’s Office for alleged mismanagement, leftist Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro will face a recall vote in early 2014, the Andean nation’s elections chief said Wednesday.

The ballot will take place in roughly 60 days, registrar Carlos Ariel Sanchez said, formally requesting 56.76 billion pesos ($29.2 million) from the Finance Ministry to pay for the referendum.

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$400,000 Worth of Human Hair Seized by Brazilian Authorities

$400,000 Worth of Human Hair Seized by Brazilian Authorities

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Brazilian custom authorities working out of the Sao Paulo International airport are reporting the seizure of one ton of human hair valued at $400,000.

The unusual cargo originated from India and was valued by the importer as a $6,400 shipment.  Authorities also allege the importer was not the intended user of the human hair, therefore in legal trouble for understating the value and providing false information to custom authorities.

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STUDY:  Passage of Immigration Reform Can Lead to Reduction in Violence Against Women

A policy brief around the issue of comprehensive immigration reform has concluded that passing immigration reform can reduce the level of violence against immigrant and refugee women.

The brief presented this week by the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University views passage of immigration reform “a critical tool in advancing” issues around gender-based violence and helping to end it.

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“Lizzie McGuire” Actor Daniel Escobar Dies at 49 from Diabetes Complications

“Lizzie McGuire” Actor Daniel Escobar Dies at 49 from Diabetes Complications

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that veteran actor Daniel Escobar has died of complications from diabetes at the age of 49.

The Latino actor is best known as Mr. Escobar on the Disney television show “Lizzie McGuire.”  The actor has also been seen on other popular television shows like “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Charmed,” among others.  Escobar appeared on “Lizzie McGuire from 2001-02 on the Disney channel.  He then reprised the role in 2003 in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.”

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Shakira Announces Plans to Release Album in Early 2014

Shakira will release a new album in early 2014, her first after becoming a mother at the beginning of this year, her recording company announced.

The Colombian songstress is working on her 10th studio album after wrapping up her stint as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice” during the most-heavily-watched season to date, Sony said in a press release.

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NASA Schedules Spacewalks to Repair ISS

NASA Schedules Spacewalks to Repair ISS

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Repairing a faulty cooling pump on the International Space Station will require three spacewalks, NASA said.

The two NASA astronauts among ISS Expedition 38’s six-person crew, Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, are scheduled to spend around 6 1/2 hours in space over the course of three separate excursions on Dec. 21, 23 and 25.

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FIFA Invests $200 Million in Global Soccer Development This Year

FIFA Invests $200 Million in Global Soccer Development This Year

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FIFA said Wednesday it has invested $200 million this year in soccer-development activities involving all of its 209 member associations, including “landmark initiatives” in Somalia, Afghanistan and Palestine.

The latest beneficiary of FIFA’s development projects was its newest member association, South Sudan, where courses for referees and coaches were held in Juba over the past two months.

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Top Latin America Countries for Plastic Surgery

Top Latin America Countries for Plastic Surgery

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were 14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. alone in 2012, up 5% from the previous year.

Additionally, 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 1 percent.

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Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Drop By $75 Million

Mexico’s Foreign Reserves Drop By $75 Million

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Mexico’s foreign reserves dropped by $75 million last week to $175.66 billion, the Bank of Mexico said in a statement.

Foreign reserves grew by $12.15 billion from Dec. 31, 2012, to Dec. 13, the central bank said Tuesday.

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Santa is White? You Don’t Know Pancho Claus

Santa is White? You Don’t Know Pancho Claus

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

Before there was a national debate about whether Santa Calus was white, there was Pancho Claus.

I first met him decades ago, when I worked for KWEX-TV, in San Antonio, Texas. The station produced an annual Teletón Navideño to raise funds for local charities. It was a marathon production.

Well known stars from Mexico and Latin America would travel to San Antonio to be a part of it. Pancho Claus was there every year and all the big-name stars would wait with the children to take a picture with him.

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Mexican Police Investigating Alleged Kidnapping of 2 Colombians

Mexican Police Investigating Alleged Kidnapping of 2 Colombians

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Police in Cancun are investigating a possible case of telephone extortion and “virtual kidnapping” of two Colombian women in the Mexican resort city, a task in which they have requested consular help from the South American country.

Sources with the Quintana Roo state Attorney General’s Office told Efe that the women provided statements on what occurred to them at the city’s international airport, where they were attended to by the authorities after making their complaint.

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WednesdayDecember 18, 2013