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SaturdayJanuary 11, 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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Route to Peru’s Machu Picchu Blocked by Boulder

Route to Peru’s Machu Picchu Blocked by Boulder

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A large boulder that fell on the road and blocked buses from reaching the Inca fortress of Machu Picchu forced visitors to travel the final 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) on foot, Peru’s National Police said.

“Situations like this are caused by the weather, but we’re working to guarantee the safety of visitors and locals,” police Maj. Juvenal Cereceda told Canal N television.

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President Martinelli Says Panama, Canal Contractors Still Talking

President Martinelli Says Panama, Canal Contractors Still Talking

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Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said Friday the canal authority and the consortium building a third set of locks for the waterway were still trying to resolve a dispute that threatens to bring the project to a halt.

“Panama will only negotiate on the basis of what’s stated in the contract,” he said, insisting that the expansion of the interoceanic canal will be completed “come hail, rain or snow.”

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REPORT: 71 percent of Undocumented Immigrants Applying for NV Drivers License Failed Written Exam

A new report coming out of Nevada might highlight a potential roadblock for undocumented immigrants applying for driver’s licenses.  In Nevada, 71 percent of applicants failed the written exam during the first three days the licenses were available. 

On average, according to official reports, 57 percent of Nevada written test takers fail. 

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Peruvian Investigation Finds Evidence of Corruption Under Former President

Peruvian Investigation Finds Evidence of Corruption Under Former President

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The Peruvian congressional committee investigating alleged misconduct during the 2006-2011 administration of President Alan Garcia found “indications” of illegal enrichment on the part of some officials, the panel’s chair said Friday.

“We don’t affirm that crimes were committed. We have only found indications regarding some officials,” Congressman Sergio Tejada told a press conference following a closed session of the committee.

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Pastor Killed Inside Church in Southern Brazil

Pastor Killed Inside Church in Southern Brazil

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A Protestant pastor died Friday after being shot in the head inside his church in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, police said.

Charles Vidal de Souza, 34, received first aid at the scene and was still alive when he reached a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

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Spanish Economy to Grow 1 Percent in 2014, Says JPMorgan

Spanish Economy to Grow 1 Percent in 2014, Says JPMorgan

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Spain’s economy will grow 1 percent in 2014, JPMorgan said in a newly published report, citing recent “encouraging” results in industrial production, exports and consumer spending and confidence.

The report, issued to clients, said the country’s situation has improved sufficiently in recent months to enable it to grow at an acceptable clip this year.

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Top Hispanic Baby Names in 2013

Top Hispanic Baby Names in 2013

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This week, the BabyCenter en Español reported the top names for Hispanics in 2013.

According to the report, Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) was an inspiration for both boys and girls’ names.

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8 Murdered in Central Mexico

Eight people were fatally shot Friday in two separate incidents near this capital, Mexico’s Milenio newspaper said in its Web edition.

Five males between the ages of 17 and 20 died as a result of an early morning attack in Cuatitlan Izcalli, a municipality in the central state of Mexico.

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Thousands of Fans Attend Funeral of Murdered Beauty Queen

Thousands of Fans Attend Funeral of Murdered Beauty Queen

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Thousands of people attended the funeral of actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her husband this Friday, in solidarity with the family of the couple that was slain this week in an armed robbery.

Family, friends and fans could view Spear and her husband Thomas Henry Berry for the last time Friday.

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Mexican-American Alderman Has Dubious Distinction: Most Convicted Chicago Official

Mexican-American Alderman Has Dubious Distinction: Most Convicted Chicago Official

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Mexican-American former Chicago Alderman, Ambrosio Medrano, was just sentenced to 10 ½ years in prison for corruption; this being his second corruption conviction puts him on the record books.

The 60 year-old Alderman was implicated in a bribery skim involving government contracts in 2010.  Medrano was eventually convicted in 2013 of taking kickbacks on a $1 million county hospital supply contract.  This was Medrano’s second conviction the first coming in 1996 for taking a $31,000 bribe as an elected official.  He was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.  After the Southwest Side politician finished his sentence he unsuccessfully tried to regain his aldermanic seat. 

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Crown Prince Felipe Honors Indigenous Moviemakers

Crown Prince Felipe Honors Indigenous Moviemakers

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Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe awarded Friday the Bartolome de las Casas Prize to the CLACPI group of indigenous Latin American moviemakers and communicators.

Jeannette Paillan, a Mapuche Indian filmmaker from Chile, accepted the prize in the name of CLACPI.

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Chilean Economy Projected to Grow 4 Percent in 2014

A panel of experts have kept their 2014 growth forecast for Chile at 4 percent, the country’s central bank said Friday.

Meanwhile, they lowered their outlook for Chile’s GDP growth in 2015 by one-tenth of a percent to 4.3 percent.

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JUST IN:  Alex Rodriguez Suspension Reduced, Out 2014 Season

A major league baseball arbitrator has reduced the suspension of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez to 162 games resulting in him missing the 2014 baseball season. The suspension will cost him an estimated $25 million in earnings.

The three-time American League MVP was originally given a 211 game suspension in August last year, for his alleged involvement with a Florida clinic implicated in distributing banned steroids.  An investigation revealed that over a dozen players had been receiving banned substances from the Biogenesis clinic.  All the other players implicated accepted their suspension except for Rodriguez. 

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U.S. Official Visits Alan Gross Behind Bars in Cuba

U.S. Official Visits Alan Gross Behind Bars in Cuba

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The head of the U.S. delegation that held a new round of migration talks with Cuba, said Friday that he had been able to visit Alan Gross, the American contractor serving a 15-year sentence on the Communist-ruled island after being convicted of subversion.

Edward Alex Lee, the U.S. acting deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, told reporters that he saw Gross, though he declined to give details.

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Chemical Spill in West Virginia Declared a State of Emergency

Chemical Spill in West Virginia Declared a State of Emergency

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The U.S. government on Friday declared a state of emergency in nine West Virginia counties due to a chemical spill in the Elk River, which has cut off the water supply to some 300,000 people.

The declaration will allow the counties contaminated by the spill to receive aid, even as schools, bars and restaurants have been closed and locals have been told not to drink, cook or bathe with tap water.

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President Energy Granted Interest in Natgas Block in Paraguay

President Energy Granted Interest in Natgas Block in Paraguay

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Britain’s President Energy said Friday the Paraguayan government has granted it an interest of up to 80 percent in an 18,507-sq.-kilometer (7,145-sq.-mile) prospect area in the Chaco region.

The London-based company said in a statement that it was granted the farm-in option for the Hernandarias natural gas block at no cost, subject to government and regulatory approvals.

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4 Died From Lightning Strike in Argentina

4 Died From Lightning Strike in Argentina

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A 16-year-old girl died Friday of injuries after being struck by lightning at the Argentine seaside resort of Villa Gesell, bringing the death toll from the incident to four, authorities said.

Priscila Ochoa died this morning at Villa Gesell’s Arturo Illia Municipal Hospital, some 300 kilometers (180 miles) from the Argentine capital, as the result of cardiorespiratory failure, town Mayor Jorge Rodriguez Ernetta said.

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SaturdayJanuary 11, 2014