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MondayApril 7, 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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University of Puerto Rico Students Contemplate Striking Over Tuition Hike

Students at the publicly supported University of Puerto Rico will vote on whether to mount a strike if administrators implement a hike in tuition.

The Student Front for an Accessible Public and Quality Education, or FEEPAC, announced on Monday the possibility of staging a 24-hour strike on April 23.

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REPORT: World Cup Expected to Generate $27.7 Billion in Revenue for Brazil

The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues, three times what was injected into the country’s economy during last year’s Confederations Cup tourney.

The estimate is based on a report published Monday by the Tourism Ministry concerning the economic impact of the Confederations Cup.

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White House Denies Migrants with Minor Offenses Being Deported

The U.S. administration denied Monday that the majority of the more than 2 million deportations since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009 have been of people who committed minor offenses, as The New York Times reported.

Ninety-eight percent of deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been in line with the priorities set by the administration, with a focus on threats to national security, public safety and border security, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

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REPORT:  North Carolina Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Would Improve Public Safety

A report by the NC Budget & Tax Center reveals the economic and public safety benefits of issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in the Tar Heel State.

Upwards of 254,000 immigrants could benefit from a state law allowing undocumented foreigners to get a driver’s license, the report says.

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Venezuelan President Agrees to Meet with Opposition

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that he had accepted the proposal of the foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations to meet with representatives of the opposition.

“We had a rather broad conversation. They proposed to me to have a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) with the opposition delegation and, well, I accepted, as I’ve been calling for political dialogue, for peace, for democracy for eight weeks,” said Maduro in public remarks at the end of his meeting with the diplomats.

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Pilots Arrested in Honduras After they Abandon Private Jet at Airport

Honduran security forces on Monday arrested two U.S. pilots who abandoned a luxury jet last week at the Roatan airport on the country’s Caribbean coast, police said.

The pilots were apprehended at the airport in San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, as they were preparing to board a flight for the United States, the coordinator of the Fusina inter-institutional security force, Quintin Suarez, told reporters.

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As Deadline for Legislative Action Draws Closer,New Scorecard Shows House Republicans on Wrong Side

As Deadline for Legislative Action Draws Closer,New Scorecard Shows House Republicans on Wrong Side

Photo: Rep. Luis Gutierrez

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The House Democrats continue their efforts to demand a vote on immigration reform and House Republicans continued to block action while promising to one day address the issue.  The disconnect between Republicans’ rhetorical support for immigration reform and their actual legislative record is vast, and given the three month deadline for legislative action put forward yesterday by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a problem of heightened urgency for the GOP.

To demonstrate this disconnect, America’s Voice issued a scorecard that cuts through the talking points and summarizes the actions and voting record of select House Republicans, including many who call themselves immigration reform supporters.  We present the immigration voting record of 12 House Republicans who are facing potentially competitive 2014 races, per Sabato Crystal Ball House ratings, and who have to answer to a Latino population constituency of at least 5% in their districts.

As the scorecard shows, the following 12 House Republicans have work to do to demonstrate to the Latino voters in their district that they deliver, and don’t just talk a good game, on immigration reform.Image

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Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Sees 35 Deaths in Quest to Fill Leadership Void

Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Sees 35 Deaths in Quest to Fill Leadership Void

Photo: Jorge Eduardo Costilla of the Gulf Cartel

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A new dispute over who is to be the head of the Gulf Cartel (CDG) has left more than 35 dead in a week. The casualties are from shootouts between members of the criminal organization as well as clashes with the Mexican Army. While the Gulf Cartel drowns in dispute, its main rival, “Los Zetas” has also failed in its attempt to recover lost “seats” in the region.  The bloodiest confrontation occurred between Saturday night and early Sunday. After several hours of gunfire in different parts of the Port of Tampico, Ciudad Madero and Altamira. The death toll reached twenty casualties.

“On Saturday night, in Tampico three clashes were reported between armed civilians. State and federal forces tracked the reports but found no victims, only cars with bullet holes and traces of blood, and shell casings of different calibers, “a statement from the Tamaulipas Coordination Group (GCT) reports.  Shootings were heard in every direction and originated in the vicinity of a busy shopping center that included Wal-Mart, and Sams. Witnesses reported that a group of armed men took refuge for a few minutes inside the Wal-Mart, located on Boulevard Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

The presence of the gunmen forced the adjoining Sams to close their doors and lock the customers inside until after eight at night. The official report said that authorities found four men and a woman dead on Madero Street in addition to nine men and one woman in Tampico.  Roberto Gonzalez, mayor of Ciudad Mier, a town that in 2010 suffered an exodus of nearly half of its population by violence, reported that it has communicated with commanders of the Mexican Army to demand their presence.  Clashes spread to the neighboring municipality of Miguel Aleman, where a convoy trucks with gunmen ran into army troops in the town of Los Guerra. Four civilians killed, two injured and five gunmen were arrested.

The military confiscated 17 rifles, a rifle caliber Barrett 50 mm, eleven grenades, two attachments grenade launcher, three handguns, several chargers, cartridges of different calibers, tactical gear and a packet of marijuana. Twelve more deaths occurred in clashes in Reynosa and Matamoros on March 31 and April 1. According to military sources, the groups have been disputing the direction of CDG since the fall of Jorge Eduardo Costilla.  “El Coss” represented members of the Cardenas family controlling Square Matamoros and the side that controls the metropolitan area of Tampico, which has now become the most important stronghold of the organization.

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Shootout in Tamaulipas Mexico Leave 4 Dead

Army troops killed four people in a shootout in Tamaulipas, a state in northeastern Mexico, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, or GCT, said.

The four men were suspected of belonging to a group of gunmen who attacked a hotel housing employees of a multinational corporation on Friday, the GCT said in a statement.

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MondayApril 7, 2014