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SundayMarch 23, 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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Colombian President Falls Off Bike At Ceremony

Colombian President Falls Off Bike At Ceremony

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President Juan Manuel Santos fell off a bicycle presented to him by victims of Colombia’s internal armed conflict at a ceremony in the northwestern city of Apartado, but he was not hurt.

Santos used Saturday’s accident to draw a comparison between what happened to him and his administration’s efforts to assist victims of the country’s internal conflict.

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Celia Cruz Joins Walk of Legends at Apollo Theater in NYC

Celia Cruz Joins Walk of Legends at Apollo Theater in NYC

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Legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz has been honored with a place on the Walk of Legends at New York’s Apollo Theater.

The late Cuban-born singer was honored on Saturday night, marking the 50th anniversary of her first appearance on the stage of the iconic New York theater.

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Former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez Dies, Age 81

Former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez Dies, Age 81

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Former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, who played a key role in Spain’s transition to democracy, died in Madrid on Sunday. He was 81.

The former premier was hospitalized last Monday with respiratory problems related to Alzheimer’s, his family said.

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Argentina Reports Blast at Oil Depot Injures 14

State-controlled oil company YPF said an explosion at a tank farm in the western Argentine province of Mendoza injured 14 people.

Media reports, however, said 17 people were injured in Saturday’s explosion.

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Colombian Rebels Justify Killing 2 Police Officers

Colombian Rebels Justify Killing 2 Police Officers

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The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, admitted Saturday they killed two policemen they kidnapped last weekend in the southwestern part of the country, saying their deed was justified because of “the huge military pursuit operation” they had to endure.

Maj. German Mendez Pabon and Edilmer Muñoz Ortiz went missing on March 15 in the rural area of Tumaco while working on a plan for protecting remote, vulnerable areas, and their bodies were found three days later showing signs of torture, authorities said.

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Michigan Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage

Michigan Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage

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Michigan’s first same-sex wedding was celebrated Saturday in Michigan after a federal judge ruled unconstitutional the ban on gay couples marrying and adopting children in that state.

The daily Detroit Free Press said in its online edition that Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, received their marriage license and were subsequently wed at Ingham County Courthouse shortly after 8:00 a.m. Saturday.

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Protest-Related Deaths Roll Rises in Venezuela

Protest-Related Deaths Roll Rises in Venezuela

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Two more citizens have been gunned down in Venezuela over the past few hours in acts of violence related to protests that have gone on here for over a month, a number of sources said.

In the western Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, acting-Mayor Sergio Vergara confirmed to Efe the death Friday night of Wilfredo Rey, a municipal transport driver who died around midnight after being hit by a bullet.

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Authorities Arrest 2 Men With $1.4 million Concealed in Car

Authorities Arrest 2 Men With $1.4 million Concealed in Car

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Honduran authorities said that two citizens who were arrested this week near Tegucigalpa and sent to jail had more than $1.4 million hidden in the two vehicles they were driving.

The spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Tegucigalpa, Carlos Vallecillo, told Efe that 68 packs containing slightly more than $1.4 million were found in the vehicles.

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Bomb Kills 3 Homeless, Injures 15 in Colombia

Bomb Kills 3 Homeless, Injures 15 in Colombia

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A bomb explosion at a homeless shelter in the northwestern Colombian city of Medellin left three people dead Saturday and a total of 15 people wounded, authorities said.

Preliminary reports indicate the attack came as a reprisal against the municipal government’s reintegration programs, since the bomb was carried by one of the homeless people slain in the blast and was activated from elsewhere with a mobile phone.

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Thousands Celebrate Spring Equinox at Pre-Columbian Site in Mexico

Thousands Celebrate Spring Equinox at Pre-Columbian Site in Mexico

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Thousands of Mexicans traveled to different pre-Columbian sites, chiefly to Teotihuacan, at some 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Mexico City, and to Chichen Itza in the Yucutan, to get “charged with energy” and greet the spring.

Visitors have been arriving at Teotihuacan since 7:00 a.m. Friday to take part in ancestral ceremonies and rituals celebrating the equinox and welcoming spring, which according to astronomical calculations began the day before.

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Robots Make Money, Hunt Meteorites, and Now Write News Stories

Robots Make Money, Hunt Meteorites, and Now Write News Stories

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Wall Street uses robots to take multimillion-dollar decisions in a matter of nanoseconds, NASA to identify meteorites, medicine to find cures for deadly diseases, and now journalism to report the news faster and better.

These “robot reporters,” or algorithms, are sets of rules that allow a computer to engage in activities like Google searches.

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Mexico’s Pemex Files List of Desired Oil Fields Amidst Overhaul

Mexican state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos said it informed the Energy Secretariat of the oil fields it would like to keep in the wake of an historic energy overhaul, including areas it has been exploring and others already under production.

The company said in a statement that it submitted the list by Friday’s deadline in compliance with the terms of last year’s overhaul, which ended its monopoly on crude development.

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Guadalajara Kicks off 29th Film Festival

Guadalajara Kicks off 29th Film Festival

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The 29th Guadalajara International Film Festival, or FICG, which has the Canadian province of Quebec as guest of honor, was inaugurated at the Telmex Auditorium in this western Mexican city.

At Friday night’s start of the competition, which goes on until March 30, actress and singer Maria Victoria received the Mexican Tribute for her long career in the national film industry.

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Colombian Government Sends Military to Violent Port City

Colombian Government Sends Military to Violent Port City

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Colombia’s government has deployed 700 additional security force members to this violence-wracked Pacific port city, which has been plagued by killings, dismemberments and forced disappearances.

Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon accompanied the troop deployment Friday in Buenaventura, where the discovery of so-called “casas de pique” (chop-up houses) - sites in which victims are allegedly dismembered alive - has riled public opinion.

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Cuban Government Doubles Doctors’ Pay

Cuban Government Doubles Doctors’ Pay

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President Raul Castro and his Cabinet approved a plan to more than double the pay of Cuba’s medical professionals starting in June, official media said Friday.

Raises for the more than 440,000 doctors, stomatologists and nurses will vary between 60 and 178 percent.

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Mexican Activist Elvira Arellano Released in California

Mexican Activist Elvira Arellano Released in California

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Mexican activist Elvira Arellano, who holed up in a Chicago church for more than a year to avoid deportation, was freed in San Diego two days after giving herself up to U.S. immigration authorities.

Arellano and infant son Emiliano were paroled and their case will be decided by an immigration court, authorities said.

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