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ThursdayFebruary 13, 2014

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Cuban Singer Santiago Feliu Dies, Age 51

Cuban Singer Santiago Feliu Dies, Age 51

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Cuban singer Santiago Feliu, dubbed “a hippie of communism,” died early Wednesday in Havana, official media said. he was 51.

“He had a heart attack,” wrote singer-songwriter Silvio Rordiguez in his blog Segunda Cita in a post devoted to Feliu and entitled “Santy,” as he was known to his friends.

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George Mason President Calls Treatment of Undocumented Students Unfair

George Mason President Calls Treatment of Undocumented Students Unfair

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The president of Virginia’s George Mason University on Wednesday called the state’s ban on allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at publicly supported educational institutions “a great injustice.”

“One of the problems we have, and we’ll see how it gets worked out, are the DREAMers (undocumented students), given that the state of Virginia doesn’t allow us to charge them in-state tuition,” Angel Cabrera told Efe in an interview in his office.

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New Mexico Senator Presents Puerto Rico Statehood Bill to Senate

New Mexico Senator Presents Puerto Rico Statehood Bill to Senate

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The U.S. Senate received Wednesday for the first time a bill to make Puerto Rico the 51st state amid an economic crisis that many here blame in part on contention over the island’s political status.

The bill, submitted by Sen. Martin Heinrich, establishes the mechanisms whereby the United States would admit Puerto Rico as a state, assuming the island’s citizens votes approve the idea in a binding referendum.

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Mexico’s Bimbo Acquires Canada Bread in $1.65 Billion Deal

Mexico’s Bimbo Acquires Canada Bread in $1.65 Billion Deal

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Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo said Wednesday it reached an agreement to buy Canada Bread Company Limited for C$1.83 billion (about $1.65 billion).

The deal “advances Grupo Bimbo’s global growth strategy allowing it to extend the company’s presence in Canada and United Kingdom, as well as to expand their distribution networks in the United States, through premium brands such as Dempster’s, POM, Villaggio, Ben’s, BON MATIN and McGAVIN’S,” the Mexican company said in a statement.

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Mexican Officials Discover Body of Kidnapped Journalist

Mexican Officials Discover Body of Kidnapped Journalist

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The body of Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz, a reporter kidnapped last week by unidentified individuals in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, has been found, officials said.

Jimenez de la Cruz, a police reporter for the Notisur and Liberal del Sur newspapers, was abducted outside his residence in Villa Allende last Wednesday.

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Latino Mayoral Candidate Loses to Republican in San Diego

Latino Mayoral Candidate Loses to Republican in San Diego

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Democrat David Alvarez saw his bid to become San Diego’s first Latino mayor in the modern era thwarted by his Republican city council colleague Kevin Faulconer.

With 100 percent of the votes counted, Faulconer obtained 54.5 percent, compared with 45.5 percent for Alvarez.

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Mexican Director Showcases Film About Punk Rock Band at Berlinale

Mexican Director Showcases Film About Punk Rock Band at Berlinale

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Mexican director Samuel Kishi Leopo’s “Somos Mari Pepa,” a movie about four young friends who form a punk rock band, made its European debut at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Kishi screened the movie in the “Generation Plus” category at the Berlinale, treating the audience to a coming-of-age film about youths who must adapt to reality.

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Panama Canal Authority Announces Preliminary Pact with Contractors

Panama Canal Authority Announces Preliminary Pact with Contractors

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Talks between the Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, and the GUPC consortium building a third set of locks for the waterway have produced “a beginning of an accord” to resolve the dispute that has paralyzed work on the project, chief administrator Jorge Quijano said Wednesday.

Declining to offer details about the tentative pact, he told reporters that the main outstanding issue is what role insurer Zurich American - the guarantor of the project - will play in the settlement.

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ThursdayFebruary 13, 2014