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SaturdayApril 19, 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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U.S. Launches Dragon Spacecraft to International Space Station

U.S. Launches Dragon Spacecraft to International Space Station

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A Falcon 9 rocket of the SpaceX company blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying into orbit the unmanned cargo spacecraft Dragon, which will dock at the International Space Station on Sunday.

The rocket took off Friday at 1925 GMT from Launch Complex 40 on the Atlantic Coast.

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Papal Almoner Distributes Envelopes of Money to Homeless in Rome

Papal Almoner Distributes Envelopes of Money to Homeless in Rome

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The papal almoner distributed Friday night 100 envelopes of money in the name of Pope Francis to beggars who spend the night in the cold and discomfort of the capital’s train stations, Italian media said.

According to the daily Vatican Insider, the amount of money in the envelopes was between 40 and 50 euros ($55 and $69).

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Castro vs Patrick on Immigration: A Tale of Two Debates

Castro vs Patrick on Immigration: A Tale of Two Debates

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By Victor Landa, NewsTaco

My first mistake, when watching Tuesday’s Julian Castro/Dan Patrick debate, was that I started keeping score. The second mistake was not having a bowl of popcorn at my side.

First, a little (quick) background. Julian Castro is the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Dan Patrick is a Texas state Senator from Houston who is running for Lt. Governor. Patrick has recently been Tweeting about immigration.

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28,000 Llamas, Alpacas Rescued from Active Volcano Area

28,000 Llamas, Alpacas Rescued from Active Volcano Area

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Peruvian authorities organized the moving of 28,000 camelids - alpacas and llamas - of the herds that live around the Ubinas volcano in the southeastern region of Moquegua, because of the seismic activity that has covered their pastures in ash.

The director of the state Agrorural program, Alvaro Quiñe, told the official news agency Andina that the Agriculture Ministry is prepared to move the camelids to safer areas lower down the mountains.

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Injured Junior Fernandes Unable to Play for Chile at World Cup

Injured Junior Fernandes Unable to Play for Chile at World Cup

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Chilean international Antonio “Junior” Fernandes, who plays professionally for Dinamo Zagreb, had surgery for a broken leg and will not be able to compete for his country in the 2014 World Cup, Croatian daily Jutarnji List said Friday.

“The operation was carried out with success. Recovery from this type of injury tends to take months,” Dinamo club physician Ivica Smodek told the newspaper.

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Friend Says Garcia Marquez’s Widow is “Full of Sadness”

Friend Says Garcia Marquez’s Widow is “Full of Sadness”

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Mercedes Barcha is “full of sadness” for the death of husband Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a family friend said Friday as he was leaving the Mexico City home of the late Nobel laureate.

“She’s fine, constantly answering the telephone, full of sadness but calm,” journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky said.

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Bolivian President Believes Poor Kids Need to Learn Foreign Languages

Bolivian President Believes Poor Kids Need to Learn Foreign Languages

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President Evo Morales advised Bolivian peasants, Indians and workers to make sure their children learn another language so they can apply for scholarships to study abroad.

“We have a weakness here and not just among the tropical peasant movement but throughout all of Bolivia’s peasant and labor movement: our children cannot win scholarships because they don’t speak English,” he said at an event in the lowland province of Cochabamba, his political stronghold.

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Mexico Reports No Casualties after 7.2 Earthquake

The Mexican government has received no reports of casualties or major damage after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake off the Aztec nation’s southwestern Pacific coast, emergency services chief Luis Felipe Puente said.

“As of now I have no reports of human injuries,” he told MVS radio, while specifying that walls had been tumbled and power outages had occurred in some districts of the Mexican capital.

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Atletico Madrid to Face Major Challenges in the Next Few Weeks

Atletico Madrid to Face Major Challenges in the Next Few Weeks

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April will be a “very decisive month” for Atletico Madrid as it fights to stay atop the Spanish first division and prepares for a Champions League semifinal against Chelsea, top striker Diego Costa says.

“We know everything we are playing for this month, but the team has the (right) mentality, strength and conviction and we will give it our all,” the Atleti star said.

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2 Mexican Moviemakers Receive Heineken/Tribeca Grants

2 Mexican Moviemakers Receive Heineken/Tribeca Grants

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Mexicans Yolanda Cruz and Rodrigo Reyes are the recipients of the 2014 Heineken VOCES Grant, presented by the Dutch brewer in conjunction with New York’s Tribeca Film Institute.

The grant winners were formally presented at an invitation-only event hosted by Heineken coinciding with the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Construction Accident Kills 4 in Northern Mexico

Construction Accident Kills 4 in Northern Mexico

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Four laborers working on the remodeling of a restaurant in northern Mexico were killed when the marquee over the entrance crashed down on them, authorities said.

The incident occurred in the Monterrey suburb of San Pedro, Nuevo Leon state emergency services officials told media outlets.

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NASA Spots Distant Planet in “Habitable Zone” with Space Telescope

NASA Spots Distant Planet in “Habitable Zone” with Space Telescope

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NASA said that astronomers working with the Kepler Space Telescope have located the first Earth-sized planet within what is called the habitable zone: the right distance from a star to allow liquid water to pool on its surface.

Dubbed Kepler-186f, the planet is some 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

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SaturdayApril 19, 2014