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SundayJanuary 5, 2014

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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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Nationwide Celebrations in Spain for “Three Kings” Day

Nationwide Celebrations in Spain for “Three Kings” Day

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Thousands of children on Sunday filled the streets of cities and towns around Spain to see the Three Kings parades including floats, costumed paraders, tons of candy and thousands of gifts of all sorts, a delightful yearly event enjoyed by kids of all ages as well as adults.

In addition to the colors, lights and music, the paraders riding the floats distributed tons of sweets to the crowds while children gazed longingly at the toys displayed there, hoping to receive the gifts they desire most this evening at home after placing a glass of milk out for the “visiting” Three Kings and a carrot or two for their camels or horses.

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Vigilante Group Leader Injured in Mexico Plane Crash

Vigilante Group Leader Injured in Mexico Plane Crash

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The leader of one of the community self-defense groups in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was injured in a plane crash, whose cause is under investigation, prosecutors said Sunday.

Jose Manuel Mireles Valverde was injured when the small plane went down on Saturday night.

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Expansion of Panama Canal Continues to Face Challenges

Expansion of Panama Canal Continues to Face Challenges

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Panama Canal Authority administrator Jorge Quijano said in an interview published in the Spanish press Sunday that those in charge of the $5.25 billion expansion of the Central American nation’s inter-oceanic waterway are “prepared to be a little aggressive” and added that the project will be completed “as soon as possible.”

“We’re not going to sit here waiting for time to pass” without reacting after the consortium undertaking the expansion announced that it will suspend work if a cost overrun of some $1.6 billion is not acknowledged, Quijano told the Spanish daily El Pais.

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Salvadoran Gangs Attack Church Bus, at Least 2 Minors Die

Salvadoran Gangs Attack Church Bus, at Least 2 Minors Die

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At least two minors were killed and three other people wounded when suspected gang members attacked a bus in El Salvador, prosecutors said Sunday.

The victims, brothers ages 17 and 15, died at a San Salvador hospital after suspected members of the Pandilla 18 gang shot them on Saturday, the Attorney General’s Office said in a Twitter posting.

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Brazilian Balladeer Nelson Ned Dies

Brazilian Balladeer Nelson Ned Dies

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Brazilian religious and ballad singer Nelson Ned died Sunday in a hospital in Cotia, a city in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, from a serious bout of pneumonia, health officials said. He was 66.

He died of “clinical complications” of the pneumonia and bladder problems, the Sao Paulo state Health Secretariat’s press office said.

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Legendary Soccer Player Eusebio “Black Panther” da Silva Ferreira Dies at 71

Legendary Soccer Player Eusebio “Black Panther” da Silva Ferreira Dies at 71

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Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, considered in Portugal to be the best soccer player of all time, died Sunday of cardiorespiratory failure, Benfica, the club for which he played during the bulk of his career, said. He was 71.

Eusebio, known as the “Black Panther,” had suffered from assorted health problems since the summer of 2012, when he suffered a stroke while he was accompanying the Portuguese team to the Eurocup in Poland.

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Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May 2014

Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May 2014

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Pope Francis said Sunday that he will travel to the Holy Land on May 24-26 on a pilgrimage that will take him to Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as well as to Amman, the capital of Jordan.

“In the climate of joy that is typical of the Christmas season” the pontiff announced his upcoming trip during his regular weekly Sunday blessing on St. Peter’s Square.

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Quinceañeras Represent Big Bucks

Quinceañeras Represent Big Bucks

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Portada Online highlights a Mexican expo solution provider, Grupo Plexon, and its expansion into the U.S. to produce quinceañera and wedding events for the Mexican-American market.

This highlights the importance of the Hispanic market for the event planning industry.

And with the average quinceañera costing over $15,000, there is more than just event space involved.

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Road Accident Leaves Numerous Immigrants Returning to U.S. Injured, One Killed

Road Accident Leaves Numerous Immigrants Returning to U.S. Injured, One Killed

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A Salvadoran migrant who was returning to the United States was killed and 12 other people were injured in a traffic accident in northwestern Mexico, officials said.

Margarita Duran Vazquez, a 40-year-old who lived in Bakersfield, California, was returning to the United States after the Christmas holidays.

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Spain and Miami Backdrops for “Fifty Shades of Grey” Filming

Spain and Miami Backdrops for “Fifty Shades of Grey” Filming

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The production team for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie has decided to shoot scenes in Miami this week after cancelling filming in Vancouver, Canada, due to bad weather, representatives of the production company told Efe.

Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will spend two weeks in Miami shooting scenes, many of which will be filmed in the South Florida city’s downtown.

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Brand Battle For Brazil In 2014

With only six more months until the World Cup in Brazil, a new chapter in the rivalry between Nike and Adidas has already begun. Adidas is the official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup while Nike sponsors the host country.

Nike currently owns 14.6 percent of the global sporting goods market to Adidas’ 11.4 percent, and it’s quickly approaching the lead Adidas has in Western Europe. Adidas held 13.2 percent of the western Europe sporting goods market in 2012 to Nike’s 12.4 percent, according to Euromonitor data.

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“Angels” Turn Abandoned Mexican Hotel Into Shelter for Deportees

“Angels” Turn Abandoned Mexican Hotel Into Shelter for Deportees

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Angeles sin Fronteras, a group formed to assist people deported from the United States, has created five shelters to help migrants, who often end up penniless on the streets of Mexican border cities.

The newest shelter was opened in Mexicali, the capital of the northwestern state of Baja California, where the group rented an abandoned hotel to serve as a refuge for the rising number of poor deportees in the area.

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