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SundayApril 13, 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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Antonio Banderas Partakes in Holy Week Events in Spain

Antonio Banderas Partakes in Holy Week Events in Spain

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Actor Antonio Banderas said Sunday that he returned once again for Holy Week to his hometown of Malaga, a city in southern Spain, to “rest” from the “whirlpool” of making four films this year and enjoy his “people.”

As in other years, the actor is participating actively in the Holy Week events and marched Sunday in the local procession honoring the Virgin Mary.

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P.R. Supreme Court Justice Steps Down Due to Constitutional Requirements

P.R. Supreme Court Justice Steps Down Due to Constitutional Requirements

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Puerto Rican Supreme Court Chief Justice Federico Hernandez Denton stepped down after nearly 30 years on the bench and was replaced by Justice Liana Fiol Matta.

Hernandez Denton’s term on the high court ended on Saturday, when he turned 70 and had to leave the judicial body due to constitutional requirements.

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Honduran Media Executive Murdered in His Home

Honduran Media Executive Murdered in His Home

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A Radio Progreso executive who had received protection since 2009 was found stabbed to death this weekend in the northern Honduran province of Yoro, Reflection, Investigation and Communications Team, or ERIC, director the Rev. Ismael Moreno said.

Carlos Mejia was murdered on Friday night at his house in the city of El Progreso, Moreno said.

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Death in Army Occupied Favela Sparks Protests in Rio

Death in Army Occupied Favela Sparks Protests in Rio

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The first slaying in military action at a Rio de Janeiro shantytown complex known as Mare, which was occupied last week by the army, sparked protests by locals who said the victim was a worker with no ties to any criminal groups.

After the incident, hundreds of Mare residents came out in protest in this complex of poor neighborhoods, with a population of some 130,000 people, and tried to block two thoroughfares that cross it, but were stopped by police, officials said.

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Drummond Boat Shipwrecked Near Coast of Colombia

Drummond Boat Shipwrecked Near Coast of Colombia

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The U.S. mining company Drummond reported Saturday the shipwreck of a boat that was helping with construction work at this multinational coal company’s port on the Colombian Caribbean, though nothing has been said about the possible environmental impact of the accident.

Drummond said in a communique that the vessel “La Ballena” was shipwrecked Friday afternoon and that its two crew members were rescued in good health.

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Fire Forces 100 People to Evacuate Spanish Island

Some 100 people were evacuated Saturday as a fire spread in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza.

The blaze was sweeping through an area of brush, pine forest and a scattering of inhabited homes near a highway, according to emergency management services.

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Puerto Rico to Reexamine Teacher Pensions After Overhaul Struck Down

Puerto Rico to Reexamine Teacher Pensions After Overhaul Struck Down

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Puerto Rico’s government said it will seek alternative ways of overhauling the U.S. commonwealth’s teacher pension system after the island’s Supreme Court ruled that a new law to modify the current retirement scheme was unconstitutional.

“Reforming the pension system is essential for Puerto Rico’s long-term financial and economic health,” the head of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico, David Chafey, and the island’s treasury secretary, Melba Acosta Febo, said in a joint statement Friday.

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Dell Creates Training Center at University in Panama

The Dell computer company inaugurated at the state Technological University of Panama, or UTP, a training center with an investment of over $30,000, for the purpose of promoting joint development of studies and research in the field of technology, the company said.

Dell said in a communique Friday that the training center is the product of an agreement signed five years ago with UTP, and forms part of the initiatives being developed by its global Information Technology Department.

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Chavists, Opposition Criticize First Dialogue Meeting

Chavists, Opposition Criticize First Dialogue Meeting

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The first meeting for a dialogue between Chavists and the opposition this week in Venezuela was followed by a day of reflection that included cheers, criticism and skepticism about its effects on the country’s political crisis.

Thursday’s meeting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other representatives of Chavism with members of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, along with foreign ministers of Unasur nations and the papal nuncio, ended with an agreement to meet again next Tuesday.

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Brazil Inaugurates First City Totally Wired With Optical Fiber

Brazil Inaugurates First City Totally Wired With Optical Fiber

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The Brazilian city of Aguas de Sao Pedro, in central Sao Paulo state, became the first municipality in the country totally wired with optical fiber as part of a “digital city” project aiming to modernize and digitize public services.

The project, which took a year to complete, was developed by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica in collaboration with the city government of the Brazilian town and required an investment of 2 million reais (about $900.000).

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Classic Horror Film to Be Re-Released in 3D by Mexican Cinema

Classic Horror Film to Be Re-Released in 3D by Mexican Cinema

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Mexican cinema will make its first foray into 3D with a new version of late Mexican director Carlos Enrique Taboada’s horror classic “Mas negro que la noche” (Blacker Than the Night), which is scheduled to hit theaters in September.

Cutting-edge 3D technology has been employed in this Spanish-Mexican production that “has never been used” elsewhere, the director of the remake, Henry Bedwell, said.

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Brazil’s Petrobras Turns Over Documents in Corruption Probe

Brazil’s Petrobras Turns Over Documents in Corruption Probe

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Brazilian state-controlled oil giant Petrobras turned over documents to Federal Police investigators carrying out a corruption probe, officials said.

The company had previously been notified and cooperated with investigators who arrived at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, the Federal Police said in a statement.

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Kidnappers of Venezuelan Journalist Keeping Silent

Kidnappers of Venezuelan Journalist Keeping Silent

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Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza said the kidnappers of Globovision television journalist Nairobi Pinto, abducted last Sunday in Caracas, are keeping quiet, which makes the investigation more difficult.

“I spoke with (Interior Minister Miguel) Rodriguez Torres and he told me that up to now there has been no communication from the kidnappers, which makes the investigation that much more difficult,” Arreaza told reporters after a meeting with oppositon mayors and governors.

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SeaWorld Loses Major Court Battle in Washington

SeaWorld Loses Major Court Battle in Washington

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The District of Columbia Court of Appeals banned SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. from having employees who train orcas, known as “killer whales,” from swimming with the sea mammals in its aquatic parks.

The court rejected the appeal entered by the company, which has 11 parks in the United States, against the safety regulation issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration of the U.S. Labor Department which bars workers from approaching these potentially dangerous creatures.

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SundayApril 13, 2014