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TuesdayApril 29, 2014

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Massive Police Sweep in Puerto Rico Nets 30 Drug Gang Members

At least 30 members of the same gang engaged in trafficking drugs at a public housing project in San Juan were arrested Tuesday, also charged with illegal possession of arms.

The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Puerto Rico, Angel Melendez, told Efe that the gang’s center of operations was in the Nemesio Canales building next to Plaza Las Americas, the biggest shopping mall in the Caribbean.

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PEW HISPANIC REPORT-U.S. Births Drive Population Growth as Immigration Stalls

PEW HISPANIC REPORT-U.S. Births Drive Population Growth as Immigration Stalls

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After four decades of rapid growth, the number of Latino immigrants in the U.S. reached a record 18.8 million in 2010, but has since stalled, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Between 1980 and 2000, immigration was the main driver of Latino population growth. However since 2000, the primary source of growth has swung from immigration to native births, as the U.S.-born Latino population grew faster than the Latino immigrant population. As a result, the share of foreign-born Latinos was 35.5% in 2012, down from about 40% earlier in the 2000s.

Even as the share of Latino immigrants decreases, rapid growth in the number of Latino births means the Latino population will continue to grow at a steady clip. U.S. births alone accounted for 60% of Latino population growth between 2000 and 2010.

These opposing trends-the rise of the U.S.-born and the slowdown in immigrant population growth-have begun to reshape the adult Hispanic population. Just as the slowdown in immigration has occurred, the number of U.S.-born Hispanics entering adulthood is beginning to accelerate. Today, some 800,000 young U.S.-born Hispanics enter adulthood each year, but in the coming decades, that number will rise to more than a million annually.Image

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Blog del Narco: Mayor with Ties to Knights Templar Arrested on Kidnapping & Extortion Charges

Blog del Narco: Mayor with Ties to Knights Templar Arrested on Kidnapping & Extortion Charges

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The mayor of Lazaro Cardenas, a port city on Mexico’s Pacific coast, was arrested on kidnapping, extortion and criminal conspiracy charges, officials said.

Arquimides Oseguera was turned over to state prosecutors, the federal commissioner for security and development in Michoacan, Alfredo Castillo, said.

Oseguera is accused of having links to the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, which has a strong presence in the western state of Michoacan, Castillo said in a press conference.

The mayor was arrested early Monday, the federal commissioner said.

Oseguera was elected in 2012 on the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, ticket and his term was to end next year.

Omar Alejandro Soto Gil, the treasurer of Lazaro Cardenas, was also arrested as a co-defendant in the case.

Oseguera and Soto Gil are just the latest officials to be arrested in Michoacan.

Jesus Reyna, Michoacan’s former government secretary, and Apatzingan Mayor Uriel Chavez were detained earlier.

Officials have suspected for some time that the Caballeros Templarios cartel uses Lazaro Cardenas, one of Mexico’s largest Pacific ports, to smuggle drugs and illegally mined minerals.

The federal government took over security at the port on Nov. 4 in response to allegations that port officials were on the payroll of drug traffickers.

The federal government deployed soldiers and police in Michoacan on Jan. 13 in an effort to end the wave of drug-related violence in the state.

Federal security forces killed the Caballeros Templarios cartel’s two top leaders, Nazario Moreno Gonzalez and Enrique Plancarte Solis, in February and March, respectively.

Moreno and other members of the Familia Michoacana gang formed the Caballeros Templarios organization after he was reported killed by the government in 2010.

The Caballeros Templarios cartel, which deals in both synthetic and natural drugs, commits murders, stages kidnappings and runs extortion rackets that target business owners and transport companies in Michoacan.

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Iranian Authorities Seize Picasso Painting Found in Small Town Near Azerbaijan

Police in a little town in northeastern Iran confiscated a painting that local experts say was created by Pablo Picasso, Iran’s Mehr news agency reported Monday.

The work, which measures 33.25 centimeters (13.09 inches) high and is in the Cubist style, was seized in a village in the Ultan region, near the border with Azerbaijan, as the people in possession of it were attempting to sell it for $900,000, police in the city of Ardabil told Mehr.

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Musical Based on Life of Gloria Estefan to Debut on Broadway in 2015

Musical Based on Life of Gloria Estefan to Debut on Broadway in 2015

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The musical based on the life of Gloria Estefan will debut on Broadway in 2015 and will be preceded by a TV show to choose the actresses who will play the Cuban-American singer.

“It’s going to be daunting, but I have no doubt whatsoever that we are going to be able to do it and so much fun to be a part of the processes,” Estefan told the New York Daily News.

The musical entitled “On Your Feet” will reflect the life of the singer and her husband, the musician, producer and entrepreneur Emilio Estefan.

The project will be preceded by a television program that will search the world for actresses to play the singer in the different stages of her life.

The bilingual musical will focus on Estefan’s first years in Miami and her recovery from the almost fatal accident she suffered in 1990.

Nederlander Organization and Estefan Enterprises announced the launch of the project in February, though without revealing many details.

Gloria Estefan, with seven Grammy Awards, several Billboards and more than 100 million albums sold, won fame with hits like “Conga,” “The Rhythm is Going To Get You” and “1, 2, 3,” among others.

Emilio Estefan, for his part, not only managed his wife’s career, but those of other Latin music stars like Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada.

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Breaking News- Terrorist Burn 9 Buses in Tachira Venezuela

Breaking News- Terrorist Burn 9 Buses in Tachira Venezuela

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Venezuela’s armed forces chief reported Tuesday the burning of nine buses in the northwestern state of Tachira, bordering Colombia.

“Terrorist attack leaves 9 public transportation units burned in Tachira, livelihood of humble families. Alert!” Gen. Vladimiro Padrino, the head of the armed forces’ Strategic Operational Command, wrote on Twitter.

He also posted a photograph in which the destroyed buses can be seen in a parking lot.

Padrino said that on April 22 the street protests that began in February against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro moved into a new phase characterized by “selective attacks.”

The Maduro government has said that the protests that began on Feb. 12 are, in effect, an “ongoing coup d’etat.”

The first phase of the protests, the government said, included the setting up of now-removed barricades by residents of well-to-do neighborhoods outside their homes.

Several of the 41 people killed since the start of the protests were motorcyclists decapitated by wires strung across barricaded roads.

Twenty-seven of the victims were shot, including five people gunned down while trying to clear away the barricades.

The dead include both opponents and supporters of the government, as well as police and bystanders.

Of the 2,626 arrests made since Feb. 12, 180 people remain behind bars, authorities said last week. Among those still in custody are members of the security forces accused in connection with two of the deaths.

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Analysts Rise Growth Forecast for Brazilian Economy

Private sector analysts have revised their 2014 growth forecasts for Brazil’s economy upward to 1.65 percent from 1.63 percent last week, the Central Bank said Monday.

Analysts revised their 2014 inflation estimate downward to 6.5 percent from 6.51 percent, keeping it within the government’s acceptable range.

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Bolivia Traffic Accident Leaves 17 Dead, 29 Injured

At least 17 people died and 29 were injured when a truck crashed on a road in the central Bolivian province of Cochabamba over the weekend, police said Monday.

The accident occurred on Saturday, but no announcement of it was made until Monday.

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People Told to Stop Using Internet Explorer Due to Hacking

People Told to Stop Using Internet Explorer Due to Hacking

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday issued an alert recommending that people avoid using Internet Explorer to surf the Web until a solution is found for the attacks staged over the weekend that take advantage of a bug in the program.

The department’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or CERT, urged users to consider some alternative for navigating the Web until further notice.

Over the past weekend, several specialized agencies and companies issued an alert about hacker attacks on the search engine Internet Explorer - the property of Microsoft - by means of a “worm” that takes advantage of a bug in the program unknown until now.

CERT indicated that the vulnerability of Internet Explorer is being actively exploited, a vulnerability that affects all versions of the search engine from 6 to 11, and which can lead to the “complete compromise” of the affected system.

This is the first high-risk alert issued for Microsoft software since the U.S. firm stopped providing security updates for its Windows XP operating system last April 8, so that computers still using that system are defenseless against these hacker attacks.

According to the specialized firm NetMarketShare, Internet is the most heavily used Internet search engine in the world, used by almost 58 percent of all cybernauts in 2014, far more than the 18 percent for Google Chrome and 17 percent for Mozilla Firefox.

CERT says that as yet it has no practical solution for this problem, though besides recommending the use of another search engines, it also advises using the free Microsoft EMET tool for protection against hacker attacks.

The “worm” used to take advantage of the search engine’s debility was said last Saturday by the Internet security company FireEye as able to control a computer’s software once it has makes a successful attack.

Meanwhile, Microsoft confirmed the attacks on its blog Sunday and said it is working on providing a “fix” for the problem as soon as possible.

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Prison Riot in Brazil Leaves 5 Dead

At least five inmates died and another eight were injured during a riot in the Eunapolis prison in Brazil’s Bahia state, authorities reported.

The deaths were attributed to a dispute between two gangs of prisoners who allegedly took advantage of the confusion generated by the riot to attack their rivals, said the Public Safety Secretariat in the northeastern state, the capital of which is Salvador.

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King and Queen of Spain Meet with Pope Francis

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia discussed the social effects of youth unemployment and the situation in Spain with Pope Francis during a nearly one-hour private audience Monday at the Vatican.

The Spanish monarchs’ first audience with the pope, who they greeted on Sunday at the end of the canonization ceremony for John XXIII and John Paul II, lasted an unusually long 53 minutes and was conducted in Spanish, officials said.

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TuesdayApril 29, 2014