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TuesdayJanuary 28, 2014

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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Mexico Officially Endorse Vigilante Groups Fighting Ruthless Narcos

The Mexican government has signed an agreement with the vigilante groups that spread across the western state of Michoacan to fight drug traffickers, opening the way for the organizations to gain legal status.

The agreement, which was signed in the city of Tepalcatepec on Monday, calls for the “self-defense groups” to be incorporated into the Rural Defense Corps regulated by the Organic Law of the Mexican Army and Air Force.

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Mexican Government Launches Anti-Kidnapping Initiatives

The government said in a document published Tuesday in the Official Daily of the Federation that it created a new National Strategy against Kidnapping that includes the formation of an agency to coordinate efforts to fight this crime.

The National Public Safety Council’s Permanent Commission for the Prevention of Crime and Citizens Participation asked the Government Secretariat to “coordinate and monitor the actions necessary to fight the crime of kidnapping.”

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California Medical Pot Dispensary Owner Arrested for Selling Meth

Clearly Adam Vega of California was not satisfied with the revenue model of running a legal pot dispensary.  Vega, 30, was arrested by federal authorities on charges he illegally trafficked meth and marijuana along with three other co-conspirators.

Vega, along with Baltazar Castaneda Garcia, Jesus Manuel Ruiz and Robert Anthony Canchola, were charged in a seven-count indictment for manufacturing and distributing pot and meth.  The group was arrested late Friday. 

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65 Police Murdered in Honduras So Far in 2013

Sixty-five police officers were slain in Honduras in 2013, National Police Director Ramon Sabillon said Tuesday.

The murdered agents were victims of the criminal violence that afflicts the Central American country and takes an average of 20 lives every day, Sabillon told reporters in Tegucigalpa.

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Everything You Need To Know About What President Obama’s Doing To The Minimum Wage

Everything You Need To Know About What President Obama’s Doing To The Minimum Wage

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The minimum wage is going to rise for over 500,000 American workers whether Congress likes it or not. In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a unilateral executive action to raise the minimum hourly pay that companies that receive federal contracts must offer, a victory for workers who have been walking off the job at federal facilities in Washington D.C. since last spring. The new $10.10 minimum wage will not apply to existing contracts, but all new contracts must comply with it.
Here is everything you need to know about the reported executive action, the employees it affects, and what it could mean for other low-wage workers around the country.

Who would the new $10.10 minimum wage apply to? The workers aided by this action are separate from the overall federal workforce. Civil service employees and others directly employed by the government are not affected. But the federal buildings where those civil servants work need to be cleaned by janitors, maintained by technicians, and have their food courts serviced by line cooks and waitstaff and fast food cashiers. There are roughly 560,000 people employed by those government contracts, according to Demos. Another 1.4 million low-wage workers whose jobs are supported indirectly by federal spending won’t be affected by this change, but Demos head Heather McGhee nonetheless said in a statement that “the president’s action adds momentum to the fight for a federal minimum wage increase that would benefit all Americans.”

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Blog del Narco: Cartel Boss “The Uncle” Captured Hiding in Closet with Minor

Blog del Narco: Cartel Boss “The Uncle” Captured Hiding in Closet with Minor

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The executive secretary of the National System of Public Security has confirmed the capture of Knight’s Templar, Dionisio Loya Plancarte.  Apparently the arrest occurred in Moreliat, Michoacan. 

Plancarte, also known as “The Uncle,” is second in the power structure of the Knights Templar cartel.  He was arrested along with a minor when they were both found hiding in a closet, the executive secretary of the National Public Security System, Monte Alejandro Rubido reported. During a press conference, he said that Placarte has been tied to at least 14 criminal cases.

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Peru Leading the Way in the Plastic Waste Social Movement

Peru Leading the Way in the Plastic Waste Social Movement

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Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine

Plastic trash on a beach is a nuisance to many.  To David Katz and Peru it could be a revolution.

Katz has struck a deal to open a plastic recycling center in Peru that will help the country’s poor as well as the environment, according to Fast Company.

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Tigres del Norte’s ‘Contrabando y Traicion’ Song Inspires Narco Telenovela

Tigres del Norte’s ‘Contrabando y Traicion’ Song Inspires Narco Telenovela

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After becoming a total icon of popular Mexican culture thanks to a song by Los Tigres del Norte, Camelia la Tejana is now on TV screens in a telenovela that recounts the life of that vengeful drug trafficker.

A highway restaurant in the central Mexican city of Pachuca, which recreates a 1970s diner in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the locations chosen for shooting this series that the Telemundo network will premiere in February.

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STUDY: Mexico’s Olmec Civilization More Expansive than Previously Thought

A recent study and publication by Mexico’s Museum of National Anthropology (INAH) indicates the Olmec civilization was territorially more expansive than previously thought.

Studies conducted in the pre-Colombian archaeological site of ‘La Venta’ indicate that the Olmec civilization existed beyond the Gulf of Mexico, in the states of Veracruz and Tabasco, where it was centered.  Physical evidence from the La Venta site indicate that the Olmec’s, which thrived from 1,200 to 400 BCE, existed well beyond the Gulf of Mexico region into the southern Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca and all the way down into Guatemala. 

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REPORT: Number of Undocumented Immigrants Detained Decreases by 23 Percent

The number of undocumented immigrants arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped 23 percent nationwide between Sept. 30, 2012, and August 2013, though it increased in a half-dozen cities, according to Homeland Security figures.

The monthly average of undocumented immigrants arrested shot up by 78 percent in Buffalo, New York.

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TuesdayJanuary 28, 2014