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SaturdayMarch 15, 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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Puerto Rican Government Concerned About Growth of “Big Box” Stores

Puerto Rican Government Concerned About Growth of “Big Box” Stores

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Puerto Rican lawmakers are studying a bill aimed at curbing the expansion of “big box” retail chains, whose growth has triggered the closure of hundreds of small businesses in recent years.

The speaker of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico, Jaime Perello, says the proposed Small and Medium Enterprise Support Law would require that a study be conducted to estimate the business impact of the opening of any new retail outlet covering a surface area greater than 80,000 sq. feet (7,400 sq. meters).

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Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine in Colombia

Colombian police seized 1.5 tons of cocaine being shipped in a speedboat across the Caribbean to Honduras, authorities said Friday.

The operation was carried out in international waters near Panama by police with the support of Colombia’s air force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Panamanian authorities.

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Colombian Left Parties Unite for Presidential Election

Colombian Left Parties Unite for Presidential Election

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The standard-bearers of Colombia’s main leftist parties, the Alternative Democratic Pole and Union Patriotica, on Friday registered their candidacies for president and vice president on a unity ticket.

The Pole’s Clara Lopez and Aida Avella of UP made the alliance official a day after their respective parties agreed to join forces.

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Infamous Argentine Drug Queenpin is Arrested

Infamous Argentine Drug Queenpin is Arrested

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Police in the central Argentine province of San Luis arrested reputed drug boss Yaquelina “La Yaqui” Vargas in connection with death threats against journalists in neighboring Mendoza province, authorities said Friday.

Vargas was detained along with three other people, Mendoza provincial Security Minister Leonardo Comperatore told a radio station.

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Guatemalan Authorities Find Bodies Buried in SUVs

Guatemalan Authorities Find Bodies Buried in SUVs

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Two SUVs holding “human remains” have been found buried in the mountains of southern Guatemala, authorities said Friday.

Police discovered the vehicles in the municipality of Amatitlan, 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Guatemala City, deputy interior minister Eddy Juarez said.

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Spanish, Moroccan Police Take Down Terrorist Cell

Spanish, Moroccan Police Take Down Terrorist Cell

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An ongoing joint Spanish-Moroccan police operation dismantled Friday a seven-man terrorist cell that sent volunteers abroad to take part in jihadist activities.

The cell had been organizing and dispatching jihadists right up until Thursday, many of whom went from Spain and Morocco to fight, first in Mali and Libya, and more recently in Syria, a source close to the investigation told Efe.

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Spanish Consortium, Panama Canal Fully Sign Deal

Spanish Consortium, Panama Canal Fully Sign Deal

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A deal resolving a financial dispute that had threatened completion of a new set of locks for the Panama Canal, the centerpiece of a $5.25 billion expansion project, has been signed by all parties involved, the consortium building the locks said.

“Grupos Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) has announced the signing of the agreement reached (last month) with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to facilitate the continued construction of the third set of locks” for the inter-oceanic waterway, the consortium said in a statement Friday.

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Obama Vows to Have “More Humane” Immigration Enforcement

Obama Vows to Have “More Humane” Immigration Enforcement

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President Barack Obama ordered a review of immigration enforcement at a time when his administration is being strongly criticized by the Hispanic community, which is about to surpass the 2 million mark in deportations.

That was announced by the White House in a communique after Obama met Thursday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Ruben Hinojosa, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Luis Gutierrez and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra.

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Technology, Human Resources Not Developed Equally in LatAm

Technology, Human Resources Not Developed Equally in LatAm

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Latin America is making a big effort to apply information technology (IT) to improve the quality of public services, but lacks trained personnel to handle it, the Latin American Administration Center for Development, or CLAD, said.

“If you don’t have human resources capable of adequately managing the technology, you won’t get anywhere,” CLAD Secretary-General Gregorio Montero told Efe after speaking at the 2nd International Seminar on Innovative Experiences in Effective Public Management, which began last Thursday in the Panamanian capital.

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Venezuelan Government Claims U.S. Wants to Fund Protests

Venezuelan Government Claims U.S. Wants to Fund Protests

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The money U.S. lawmakers are proposing to spend to protect human rights in Venezuela would actually be used to fund violent anti-government protests, the Andean nation’s attorney general said here Friday.

“They asked for an appropriation. Undoubtedly this is to finance these violent actions that have been occurring in Venezuela,” Luisa Ortega said during a press conference in Geneva, where she is attending a U.N. gathering.

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Gloria Trevi Biopic to be Released in September

Gloria Trevi Biopic to be Released in September

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A film inspired by the eventful life of singer Gloria Trevi will premiere next Sept. 5 in more than 1,000 movie theaters around Mexico, the producers said.

While Trevi has expressed unhappiness over the “Gloria” project, producer Matthias Ehrenberg told a press conference that the screenplay is based on interviews she gave to journalist and playwright Sabina Berman and seeks above all to pay tribute to the singer.

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Official: 1 in 5 Dominican Girls Are Mothers or Have Been Pregnant

Official: 1 in 5 Dominican Girls Are Mothers or Have Been Pregnant

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About 20 percent of teenage Dominican girls have been pregnant sometime, according to figures revealed by Vice President Margarita CedeƱo de Fernandez.

In collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Dominican Public Health Ministry, the nation’s vice presidency launched a project Thursday aimed at reducing teen pregnancies in the Dominican Republic.

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SaturdayMarch 15, 2014