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ThursdayDecember 19, 2013

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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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Energy Overhaul One Step Closer to Becoming Law in Mexico

Energy Overhaul One Step Closer to Becoming Law in Mexico

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Mexico’s sweeping energy-overhaul bill is nearly ready to become law after being declared constitutionally valid by Congress’ Permanent Commission.

“Articles 25, 27 and 28 of the constitution ... in the energy area are declared reformed ... (the bill) now goes to the executive branch for constitutional effects,” Ricardo Anaya, the president of the Permanent Commission, which stands in for Congress during periods of recess, said Wednesday.

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FC Barcelona Locks Up Andres Iniesta Until 2018

FC Barcelona Locks Up Andres Iniesta Until 2018

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FC Barcelona star midfielder Andres Iniesta has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Camp Nou at least until 2018, the club’s president, Sandro Rosell, announced Thursday.

During the team’s traditional Christmas lunch with members of the media, Rosell said of the agreement between management and the player that “we’ve shaken hands on it and, with Andres, that’s all that matters.”

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28 Bodies Discovered at Hidden Burial Ground in El Salvador

28 Bodies Discovered at Hidden Burial Ground in El Salvador

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Four more bodies have been found in the hidden burial ground that was discovered in El Salvador last month, bringing the total number to 28, the country’s justice minister said Wednesday.

“There are already 28 (bodies) found” at the site on the El Limon ranch in Colon, a city 19 kilometers (about 12 miles) west of San Salvador, Ricardo Perdomo told a press conference.

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Congress Passes 2-Year Budget Bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a compromise two-year budget bill, a measure that had already passed the House of Representatives and now must only be signed by President Barack Obama to become law.

The bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 64-36 and received the support of all the body’s Democrats and nine Republicans, sets forth spending limits for next year and 2015 and cancels the $63 billion in automatic spending cuts that were to take effect on Jan. 1.

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“Angels” Set Up Camp for Deportees in Tijuana

“Angels” Set Up Camp for Deportees in Tijuana

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Immigrants deported from the United States are finding shelter here in a camp established just a short distance from the border.

The camp, located in Tijuana’s Constitution Square, was set up by the Angeles Sin Fronteras (Angels Without Borders) organization because of the need for a place to house deportees seeking work in a city with which most of them are unfamiliar.

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Obama On Track For Fewer Deportations In 2013

Obama On Track For Fewer Deportations In 2013

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The Obama administration is projected to deport 16 percent fewer undocumented immigrants in the 2013 fiscal year than it had in 2012, according to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement data obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek. The number of deportees categorized as “criminals” was up five percent from the previous year — a possible signal that the Obama administration is focusing its efforts to deport serious offenders.

Between October 1, 2012 and September 7, 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials deported 343,020 undocumented immigrants, as compared to 409,849 deportees from the previous year. Even with the 2013 fiscal year ending on September 30, 2013, the number of removals points to a “six year low” record. Fifty-eight percent of those deported in the fiscal 2013 year were classified as “criminals,” whereas 55 percent (or 225,390) of deportees were classified as “criminal” immigrants in 2012.

The rise in criminal deportees provides an encouraging narrative for the Obama administration, which has emphasized focusing “enforcement efforts on criminals who are here illegally”, especially those “who endanger our communities.” But the deportation statistics released to Bloomberg Businessweek still mean that 42 percent of immigrants were deported for non-criminal offenses — a figure sure to raise eyebrows among irate activists and concerned House Democrats who have demanded Obama put a pause on deportations that tear families apart.

Since 2011, the Obama administration has released “prosecutorial discretion” memos directing federal immigration officials to avert prosecuting certain undocumented immigrants who have non-serious offenses. That group includes nearly 500,000 undocumented immigrants under 31 years old, parents of U.S. citizen children, and immediate family members of military personnel.

Still, prosecutorial discretion is not a mandate. And at least some immigrants, who would otherwise qualify for discretion, are still caught up in the deportation dragnet for minor traffic violations.

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Blog del Narco: Residents of Reynosa Call for Cartel to Turn over Murderers of Teens

Blog del Narco: Residents of Reynosa Call for Cartel to Turn over Murderers of Teens

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Citizens of Reynosa have expressed dismay and anger at the fact that five schoolchildren are dead and two others injured. The deaths occurred during a chase between military forces and gunmen belonging to the Gulf Cartel. The cartel members managed to escape after running over the children in their quest to escape soldiers.

Hundreds of citizens have come forward to demand that the Gulf Cartel deliver to them the two people, members of the cartel who manned a pick-up Chevrolet Silverado red colored van, 2005 model, four-door. These two men were armed and committed this disgusting crime against underage students leaving school.

Residents threaten that if the cartel does not produce these two members they will begin to cooperate with Police and local security agencies. They are given 48 hours to comply. So far 150 residents have signed on.
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Pope Francis Welcomes Argentine Soccer Champs in Italy

Pope Francis Welcomes Argentine Soccer Champs in Italy

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Pope Francis on Wednesday called the members of Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo “crazy” for having come to Vatican City to present him with the cup they won as league champions.

“The pope told us that we were crazy for coming here,” club Vice President Marcelo Tinelli said happily at a press conference after having met for about 35 minutes with the Argentine pontiff, a lifelong San Lorenzo fan.

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7 Dead in Bus Accident in Western Mexico

7 Dead in Bus Accident in Western Mexico

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At least seven people died and 10 were injured Wednesday when a bus collided with a cargo truck on a highway in the western state of Michoacan, Mexican authorities said.

The accident occurred in the wee hours at Kilometer 193 on the 21st Century Highway as the bus was traveling from Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco, to the Michoacan port city of Lazaro Cardenas, an official with the state Public Safety Secretariat told Efe.

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Petrobras Announces Deepwater Oil Find Off of Northeastern Brazil

Petrobras Announces Deepwater Oil Find Off of Northeastern Brazil

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Brazilian state-controlled energy giant Petrobras announced the discovery of an oil accumulation in a deepwater area off the coast of the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.

The find was made while drilling the Pitu well in the Potiguar basin at a water depth of 1,731 meters (5,675 feet) and 55 kilometers (34 miles) off the coast, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

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ThursdayDecember 19, 2013