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SaturdayFebruary 8, 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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Venezuelan President Demands Crack Down on Media “Sensationalism”

Venezuelan President Demands Crack Down on Media “Sensationalism”

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that he will propose legislation aimed at ridding the media of “sensationalism.”

“They will call me a dictator, that doesn’t matter to me,” he said during a public event in the central state of Miranda. “I will make very strict norms to end sensationalism and the campaign and propaganda that feeds on the blood and death it promotes.”

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German Tourist Gunned Down on Venezuelan Island of Margarita

German Tourist Gunned Down on Venezuelan Island of Margarita

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A German tourist who arrived on the Venezuelan island of Margarita was gunned down Friday and another was wounded, Tourism Minister Andres Izarra said.

“We deeply regret the incident in which a German tourist died on Margarita. Security forces are searching for the criminals,” Izarra said on his Twitter account.

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Walmart Refutes Claims of Selling Expired Food in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan affiliate of Walmart rejected Friday the complaint by a consumer group that said the retail giant is selling expired food in this country.

“In the year 2013 we had more than 40 reviews (of our supermarkets in Nicaragua), and the authorities never said that we had expired products,” the manager of Corporate Affairs at Walmart for Mexico and Nicaragua, Eduardo Garcia, told Efe.

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Moody’s Downgrades Puerto Rico’s Credit Rating to Ba2

Moody’s Downgrades Puerto Rico’s Credit Rating to Ba2

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Moody’s Investors Service on Friday became the second ratings agency this week to downgrade Puerto Rico’s credit rating to junk, citing the U.S. territory’s persistent economic weakness.

Moody’s said it lowered the Caribbean island’s general obligation bond rating two notches from Baa3, the lowest investment-grade category, to Ba2.

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Central American Migrants With Sights on U.S. Are Settling in Mexico

Central American Migrants With Sights on U.S. Are Settling in Mexico

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Central American migrants who set out from their countries intending to reach the United States have begun to settle in Mexico, indicating a new migratory phenomenon, experts say.

“This is new,” Gustavo Mohar Betancourt, Mexico’s former undersecretary of Population, Migration, and Religious Affairs, told Efe.

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Nicaragua to Open New Hydroelectric Plant This Year

Nicaragua to Open New Hydroelectric Plant This Year

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A new $62 million hydroelectric plant with a generating capacity of 17.3 MW will begin operating in mid-2014 in Nicaragua, the energy and mines minister said Friday.

The Larreynaga plant in the northern province of Jinotega will start generating electricity “in some four or five months,” Emilio Rappaccioli said in a written statement after touring the plant with the CEO of state utility ENEL, Ernesto Martinez Tiffer.

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Former Brazilian President Lula Won’t Rule Out Bid in 2018

Former Brazilian President Lula Won’t Rule Out Bid in 2018

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Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday that he does not rule out running for Brazil’s highest office again in 2018.

“In politics we can never say never. It’s not my wish, I believe I have already made my contribution to the country. I don’t know what the political circumstances will be in 2018 or what new names will be on the ballot until then - I hope there are a lot of competent people and I won’t have to take part,” the former head of state said.

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Paleontologists Uncover New Species of Ancient Reptile in Chile

Paleontologists Uncover New Species of Ancient Reptile in Chile

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Paleontologists working in central Chile’s Bio Bio region found fossil remains of a previously unknown species of plesiosaur, a marine reptile that went extinct more than 60 million years ago.

The scientists, who published their findings in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, uncovered the first fossil in 2001.

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Spanish, Egyptian Archaeologists Make Discovery That Changes Chronology of the Pharaohs

Spanish, Egyptian Archaeologists Make Discovery That Changes Chronology of the Pharaohs

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A team of Spanish and Egyptian archaeologists made a find in a southern Egyptian tomb that opens the way to a reinterpretation of Pharaonic chronology, since it could show that Amenhotep III and his son Amenhotep IV reigned together.

The team, headed by Spaniard Francisco Martin Valentin and funded by Spain’s Gaselec foundation, excavated the remains of a wall and columns of the mausoleum of a minister of the 18th Pharaonic dynasty - 1569-1315 B.C. - in the province of Luxor.

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Drexler Announces Spain and LatAm Tour After Completing New Album

Drexler Announces Spain and LatAm Tour After Completing New Album

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Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler finished recording his next album, “Bailar en la Cueva,” in studios between Bogota and Madrid, with a notable contribution by Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso.

As his record label said Friday in a press release issued in Montevideo, the disc will be edited on March 25 and its first single will debut Feb. 18.

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Texas Politicians Blocking Health Care for Workers

Texas Politicians Blocking Health Care for Workers

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By Juan Flores, NewsTaco

Millions of Texas workers have had no health insurance coverage or have struggled to keep it before the arrival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or ‘Obamacare’. Workers with coverage have been progressively paying a larger share of their monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs for doctor visits, prescriptions, and hospitalization.

Major gaps in health care quality have also been part of this problem along with the high costs of care.

The problems with Texas’ healthcare system and its negative impacts on families, businesses and health providers are extensively documented in the “Code Red” report in 2006. The report further documents the vulnerability of the health and financial security of middle income, low-wage African-American and Hispanic families.

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Spanish Soccer Federation Upholds Ronaldo’s 3-Match Ban

Spanish Soccer Federation Upholds Ronaldo’s 3-Match Ban

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The appeals committee of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, on Friday upheld Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s three-match ban for misconduct during a La Liga game last weekend.

On Wednesday, the federation’s competition committee suspended Ronaldo for one game for swiping at Athletic Bilbao defender Carlos Gurpegi’s face and two additional games for making an offensive gesture to a referee while walking off the field after receiving a red card.

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Mexico Identifies 4 Beheading Victims

Authorities have identified the four men whose severed heads were found in an area of western Mexico where investigators have been searching for clandestine graves, the Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office said.

The heads are those of four Purepecha Indians: Bulmaro Herrera Rincon, 55;, brothers Alejandro and Noe Alvarez Gonzalez, 22 and 24, respectively; and a fourth man identified only as Juan, the AG’s office said.

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Son of Puerto Rican Judge is Sentenced to 109 Years for Wife’s Murder

Son of Puerto Rican Judge is Sentenced to 109 Years for Wife’s Murder

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Pablo Casellas Toro, the son of a former Puerto Rico treasury secretary now on the U.S. federal bench, was sentenced Thursday to 109 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

Casellas was convicted Jan. 22 of killing wife Carmen Paredes on July 14, 2012, at the couple’s home in the affluent San Juan suburb of Guaynabo.

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SaturdayFebruary 8, 2014