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MondayApril 28, 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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Why Allowing All Immigrants to Drive Legally Is Good Policy

Immigrants across the country are helping to revitalize declining areas and growing state and local economies, and local officials increasingly recognize the vital roles of these immigrant workers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Some states and cities are creating welcoming initiatives to draw immigrants to and help them integrate into their communities. To facilitate the integration of immigrants, lawmakers in 11 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico approved laws allowing immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses or cards regardless of legal status. Several more states either considered or are considering such measures during the 2014 state legislative sessions. It’s a good policy that allows people to drive legally to the grocery or to pick their children up from school and drives down the cost of insurance for all drivers.

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Former Mexican Governor Allegedlt in Secret Meetings with Knights Templar Narcos

A former interim governor of the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan arrested two weeks ago for alleged underworld ties took part in a 2011 meeting of several politicians with the leader of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, a one-time member of the state legislature said Thursday.

A video of kingpin Servando “La Tuta” Gomez Martinez’s 2011 encounter in the town of Tumbiscatio has been circulating this week on the Internet, but the images are not clear enough to conclusively identify Jose Jesus Reyna Garcia as one of the participants.

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Mexico to Debut at World Cup June 13- Dreams of Making History

Mexico to Debut at World Cup June 13- Dreams of Making History

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Mexico is dreaming of “making history” at the World Cup in Brazil even though it is “in a very difficult group,” Mexican national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera said in an interview published by O Estado de Sao Paulo on Sunday.

Mexico, which is in Group A, will make its debut at the 2014 World Cup on June 13 against Cameroon and will then take on host Brazil and Croatia.

“We are in a very difficult group and if we advance to the quarterfinals it will be even more complicated,” Herrera said, referring to the fact that Mexico would then have to play Spain or The Netherlands.

The match against the host country in the first phase of competition will determine Mexico’s future at the World Cup, the coach said.

“The match against Brazil will serve as the yardstick to learn whether we can make it. That’s the home team, but we know that Mexico has always given them a hard time,” Herrera said, referring to the difficulties the Brazilians have had over the years with the Mexican squad.

The coach, however, expressed confidence looking ahead to the match with the host country.

“We expect to score points against Brazil. And, if possible, three, although one point would be important,” Herrera said.

“Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina are, without a doubt, the big favorites,” Herrera said, adding that if Mexico advanced to the quarterfinals it dreamed of “making history” and seeing captain Rafael Marquez “raising the champion’s trophy.”

Mexicans are extremely excited about the World Cup and some 30,000 national team fans are expected to travel to Brazil, Herrera said.

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Mexico’s Central Bank Warns of Slower Economic Growth than Predicted for 2014

Mexico’s central bank said Friday that first-quarter economic data points to slower 2014 growth than what it had forecast several months ago, although it noted that some sectors had posted more favorable results.

In its latest monetary policy statement, the Bank of Mexico concluded that “downward risks remain for economic growth” but added that Mexico’s overall risk picture improved marginally.

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International Consortium to Building Airport Serving Travel to Machu Picchu

A consortium made up of Peru’s Andino Investment Holding and Argentina’s Corporacion America has been awarded a 40-year concession for an airport that will serve Peru’s southeastern Cuzco region, ProInversion, the Andean nation’s private investment promotion agency, said.

Consorcio Kuntur Wasi won the rights to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new airport in Chinchero, a town on the outskirts of the colonial city of Cuzco, on Friday with a bid of $264.7 million, ProInversion said.

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Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Providing Guns to El Salvador’s Gangs

Blog del Narco: Los Zetas Providing Guns to El Salvador’s Gangs

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Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, is providing rifles to El Salvador’s gangs, Security Minister Ricardo Perdomo said.

“Information has been obtained about arms being sent from Mexico by Los Zetas, who have provided rifles,” Perdomo said in an interview earlier this weekend with Telecorporacion Salvadoreña, or TCS.

Authorities have determined that “there is a person who is the link with these Mexican narco structures, and this link not just tries to see the operational capabilities of the gangs to move drugs toward the north, but who also provides arms and gives them drugs” for street dealing, the security minister said.

There is another “black market” for arms that “come from Honduras and Guatemala, especially Honduras,” Perdomo said.

Gangs are involved in drug trafficking and the government’s main goal “is to prevent the consolidation of a narcogang in El Salvador,” Perdomo said.

El Salvador’s largest street gangs declared a truce in March 2012, with the criminal organizations agreeing to not attack each other.

President Mauricio Funes said Saturday that the Mara 18 gang has broken the truce, leading to a wave of murders in recent days.

“One of the gangs ... decided to break the truce or at least to start not complying with one of the commitments it made, and I am referring to the (Mara) 18 gang,” Funes said on his weekly radio show.

El Salvador’s two largest violent youth gangs, known as “maras,” are Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha.

Mara Salvatrucha is a criminal organization that evolved on the streets of Los Angeles during the 1980s, with most of its members young Salvadorans whose parents fled their nation’s erstwhile civil war for the United States.

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Ailing Puerto Rican Economy Shows Slight Improvement in March

Puerto Rico’s economy shrank 0.8 percent in March relative to the same month of last year, a notable improvement over the 2.5 percent annual contraction the island posted in February, the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico said.

The March decline was the smallest since January 2013.

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Mine Explosion in Colombia Leaves 4 Dead, 65 Others Poisoned

Mine Explosion in Colombia Leaves 4 Dead, 65 Others Poisoned

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Four dead miners and 65 more poisoned by inhaling toxic gases was the toll taken by an explosion in a gold mine in the northwestern Colombian municipality of Buritica, emergency management services said Saturday.

The director of the Dapard disaster-prevention agency, Cesar Hernandez, said on Twitter that the rescue operation, which began Friday night, ended before dawn Saturday when the four fatalities were confirmed.

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Brazilian Dani Alves has Last Laugh on Racists as Barcelona Beat Villarreal

Brazilian Dani Alves has Last Laugh on Racists as Barcelona Beat Villarreal

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The Barcelona defender Dani Alves showed a humorous response to racist abuse after eating a banana thrown at him during Barcelona’s La Liga victory at Villarreal on Sunday.

The Brazilian full-back was preparing to take a corner at Villarreal’s El Madrigal stadium when the piece of fruit landed on the pitch next to him. A nearby linesman and the home supporters were then surprised to see the Barça player peel open the banana and eat it while proceeding to take the corner.

“We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves said. “You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”

Barcelona also had the last laugh in a curious game, which saw the home side take a 2-0 lead early in the second half only to then score two own goals and then fall to Lionel Messi’s late winner.

It was Barcelona’s first game since the death of their former coach, Tito Vilanova, on Friday from cancer. Like all La Liga games this weekend, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the 45-year-old before kick-off at El Madrigal.

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Mexico Plans on “Making History” at World Cup 2014 Says Coach

Mexico is dreaming of “making history” at the World Cup in Brazil even though it is “in a very difficult group,” Mexican national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera said in an interview published by O Estado de Sao Paulo on Sunday.

Mexico, which is in Group A, will make its debut at the 2014 World Cup on June 13 against Cameroon and will then take on host Brazil and Croatia.

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MondayApril 28, 2014