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SaturdayDecember 28, 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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Brazilian President Visits Regions Affected by Floods

Brazilian President Visits Regions Affected by Floods

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff flew over flood-ravaged areas in her native state of Minas Gerais on Friday and announced more humanitarian aid for the victims of the torrential rains that up to now have left 41 people dead in the southeastern part of the country.

“It’s terrible,” the head of state told reporters, along with Minas Gerais Gov. Antonio Anastasia and other state and local officials.

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9-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Scale Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua

9-Year-Old Becomes Youngest to Scale Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua

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A 9-year-old U.S. boy has become the youngest person to reach the summit of Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Americas, Clarin newspaper said Friday.

Tyler Armstrong and his father climbed the 6,959-meter (22,816-foot) mountain, part of the Andes range, with the help of local guides.

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Brazil Bans Manufacture, Sale of Electronic Cigarettes

Brazil Bans Manufacture, Sale of Electronic Cigarettes

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The manufacture and sale of imitation cigarettes, especially those targeting children, will be banned in Brazil beginning in June 2014.

The ruling, signed Thursday by President Dilma Rousseff, is yet another government initiative to reduce the number of smokers in Brazil.

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3 Spaniards to Bring Postapocalyptic Film to Hollywood

3 Spaniards to Bring Postapocalyptic Film to Hollywood

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Produced by Jaume Collet-Serra and Juan Sola and directed by Miguel Angel Vivas, “Welcome to Harmony” will be an English-language Hollywood movie made by three Spaniards.

“Vivas was getting ready to do a film and said he didn’t like anything he was reading, so the producer asked him if he knew about the novel ‘Y Pese a Todo.’ Vivas read it overnight and the very next morning called the producer and told him ‘we’ve got the movie,’” the novel’s author, Juan de Dios Garduño, told Efe.

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Mexico Puts Hold on Tariff Reductions on Clothing, Chemical Products

Mexico has postponed tariff reductions on 98 imported goods in the footwear, clothing and chemical products industries with a view to maintaining stability in those sectors and giving them time to become more competitive.

The Economy Secretariat published a decree Thursday in Mexico’s Official Gazette that delays the implementation of the new tariff regime, which had been due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

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10 Native Parrots Released in Puerto Rico Forest

10 Native Parrots Released in Puerto Rico Forest

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Puerto Rico’s Natural and Environmental Resources Department, or DRNA, released 10 specimens of the Puerto Rican parrot into the wilds of Rio Abajo State Forest in an attempt to establish a colony of the species in the wooded limestone terrain on the northern side of the island.

Over the past seven years, the DRNA has reintroduced specimens of the Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) into Rio Abajo State Forest as part of the recovery program for this endemic species.

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Latino Children Using Computers More Than Non-Hispanics

Latino Children Using Computers More Than Non-Hispanics

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Hispanic children under age 9 whose families own mobile devices or computers use them more than their cohorts in other ethnic groups, according to a study published by the National Institute for Latino Policy Inc.

The report entitled “Media, Technology and Reading in Hispanic Families” was prepared by Northwestern University and the National Center for Families Learning.

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Latinos Will Milk the Cows, Mañana?

Latinos Will Milk the Cows, Mañana?

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

There’s no time like mañana.

That’s because the present is indisputable. You can’t argue about now. But you can pitch a fit and run scared from tomorrow, turn to face it … or wait for it.

You can’t get away from the fact that whatever you decide to do with mañana, the decision has to be made today. And that’s a crazy dilemma, because your concept of mañana depends on what you think about today.

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Nearly 1 in 4 Americans Think Congress Hasn’t Done Anything Worthwhile in 2013

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans Think Congress Hasn’t Done Anything Worthwhile in 2013

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Seventy-three percent of Americans feel that Congress has done practically nothing good for the country since the November 2012 elections, according to a CNN survey released Thursday.

Congress has only approved 58 laws since its new session began in January, the lowest total since 1947.

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LGBT Group Calls on Venezuela to Offer Asylum to Ugandan Gays

Venezuela’s LGBT community and several groups with ties to the leftist governing party said Thursday that the Andean nation’s foreign ministry should offer asylum to Ugandans with different sexual orientations given the possibility that they may be imprisoned in their home country in accord with a new law.

“We’re asking in a letter directed to the foreign minister, Elias Jaua, to suspend any kind of cooperation or special rapprochement plans toward Uganda and also for Venezuela to authorize political asylum for male and female Ugandan sex-dissidents,” activist Chea Rodriguez told Efe.

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Colombian AG to Appeal Acquittal in Murder of Journalist

Colombian AG to Appeal Acquittal in Murder of Journalist

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The Colombian Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that it will appeal a judge’s decision to acquit politician Ferney Tapasco of the 2002 murder of a prominent journalist.

A court in Pereira, capital of the central province of Risaralda, said prosecutors did not present evidence definitively linking Tapasco to the slaying of Orlando Sierra Hernandez, deputy editor of Manizales daily La Patria.

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Foreign Tourists Spend $76 Billion in Spain

Foreign Tourists Spend $76 Billion in Spain

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Foreign tourists who visited Spain between January and November spent 55.9 billion euros ($76.5 billion), 8.7 percent more than during the same period in 2012, the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry said Thursday.

Just in November, spending by foreign tourists in Spain totaled 3.34 billion euros ($4.57 billion), 16.4 percent more than during the same month last year, according to the results of the ministry’s Egatur survey.

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4 Police Gunned Down in Venezuela

4 Police Gunned Down in Venezuela

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Four members of Venezuela’s national militarized police died Thursday morning when they were gunned down as they left a party in suburban Caracas, the deputy chief of detectives said.

“They came for a while ... and at the time they were leaving they were ambushed by this group of criminals,” Douglas Rico told reporters from the scene of the massacre in El Junquito.

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SaturdayDecember 28, 2013