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FridayMay 2, 2014

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Florida Set to Provide In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

The Florida House of Representatives ratified Friday by a vote of 85-32 a bill making qualified undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges.

The Senate approved the measure on Thursday and it is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott, who has promised to sign it as soon as it reaches his desk.

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Guerrillas Attack Colombian Pipeline Causing Environmental Hazard

A new guerrilla attack on Colombia’s Caño Limon-Coveñas pipeline, out of service since March 25, has caused an oil spill and sparked environmental concerns.

Friday’s attack in the central province of Boyaca poses a potential public-health emergency, Cubara Mayor John Jairo Alonso said, warning that the spilled crude could reach nearby rivers.

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Chile’s New President Unveils Sweeping Pollution Fighting Plan

President Michelle Bachelet unveiled an environmental clean-up plan here Friday that will target the Chilean cities with the worst air quality.

“It’s time to tackle this problem in all its complexity,” Bachelet said at the presidential palace.

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Cuban Musician and Band Leader Juan Formell Dies at 71

Cuban Musician and Band Leader Juan Formell Dies at 71

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Cuban musician Juan Formell, leader and founder of Los Van Van, died in Havana, state television reported. He was 71.

His son, drummer Samuel Formell, told Efe that his father died from complications of a liver disease that kept him hospitalized for the past week.

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Brazil Arrests Major Cocaine Supplier to Favelas

Brazilian police on Friday presented a reputed drug trafficker they say was a major supplier of cocaine sold in the sprawling shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro.

Eduardo Herculano da Silva, who was detained Wednesday, is accused of smuggling around 200 kilos a month of cocaine into Brazil from Bolivia and Paraguay, the Rio de Janeiro state police said.

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Chilean Workers Support Govt but Only as Long as Changes Occur

Chilean Workers Support Govt but Only as Long as Changes Occur

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Chilean workers demonstrated Thursday in support of reforms being promoted by President Michelle Bachelet’s administration but warned their loyalty is dependent on promised labor-law changes becoming a reality.

“We’ll say it again to the workers. We are and will be the most loyal supporters of the transformations Chile requires, but at the same time we’ll apply the most pressure so the government program is carried through to fruition,” Barbara Figueroa, president of the CUT labor federation, said.

“We’re loyal, but we won’t abandon the streets,” the 35-year-old Figueroa, the first woman to lead the CUT, said at the end of a mass march to commemorate International Workers Day.

Roughly 10,000 people took part in the demonstration, according to police, although organizers say the total was much higher.

Three ministers from Bachelet’s center-left administration also participated in the march.

Some hooded demonstrators shouting anarchist slogans caused disturbances at the close of the May Day event before being subdued by the march stewards and later by police.

Thirteen demonstrators and seven police were injured, while 40 people involved in violent incidents were arrested, Santiago provincial Gov. Claudio Orrego said.

In her speech, Figueroa expressed her backing for a labor-law overhaul that was one of Bachelet’s main campaign promises, saying Chile needs “stronger unions” that can negotiate with companies on an equal footing.

Chile’s current labor law, imposed during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of the late Augusto Pinochet, restricts union formation, collective bargaining and the right to strike, allowing companies to hire replacement workers during work stoppages.

Bachelet, who served as president from 2006 to 2010, was elected for a second term last December and took office on March 11.

The CUT and student protesters held frequent demonstrations during the administration of Bachelet’s successor, right-wing billionaire Sebastian Piñera, to demand a minimum-wage increase and improvements to Chile’s underfunded public education system.

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Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

Entrepreneurs Reaffirm Need for Immigration Reform

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From Alexander Graham Bell to Google’s Sergey Brin, immigrants have founded some of the most iconic American companies, as the Kauffman Foundation’s Dane Stangler explained. “There’s something inherently entrepreneurial about leaving your home to start a new life in another country,” Stangler said. And immigrant entrepreneurs continue to contribute today. The Kauffman Foundation recently released a 2013 update report to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States that captures all types of business activity. The report looks at rates of entrepreneurial activity for different demographic groups over an 18-year period from 1996 to 2013, and it notes that the number of immigrants who were new entrepreneurs in 2013 was almost 26 percent—nearly twice the rate of the native-born population—up from 19 percent in 2003.

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40-64% of Families in San Juan Struggle to Put Food on Table

40-64% of Families in San Juan Struggle to Put Food on Table

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Anywhere from 40 percent to 64 percent of families in San Juan struggle to put food on the table, a lawmaker with Puerto Rico’s governing PPD says.

Legislator Manuel Natal Albelo cited that estimate on Thursday as he introduced a bill that would require authorities in this U.S. commonwealth to begin measuring the level of food insecurity.

The figures come from a study carried out by professors and students at the University of Puerto Rico’s Graduate School of Public Health and the UPR law school’s Pro Bono Health Justice Program.

With an economy mired in recession for more than seven years, unemployment of nearly 15 percent and massive public debt, Puerto Rico needs to “maximize the existing resources” and ensure that they are fairly distributed, Natal said.

Food insecurity is defined as a situation where families reduce portions and go entire days without eating because they fear running out of food before the next paycheck.

“To reduce and prevent food insecurity is a social and humanitarian responsibility,” UPR professors Winna Rivera and Nylca Muñoz Sosa said in a statement announcing Natal’s bill.

“The first step toward addressing the problem of food insecurity is knowing the magnitude of its prevalence in our country,” they said.

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Nadal’s Number One Ranking at Risk to Serbian Novak Djokovic at Madrid Masters

Nadal’s Number One Ranking at Risk to Serbian Novak Djokovic at Madrid Masters

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Top-ranked Rafael Nadal got in an initial practice session Thursday ahead of next week’s Madrid Masters, where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has an outside chance of wresting the No. 1 ranking away from the slumping Spaniard.

The second-ranked Serbian will take back the top spot he relinquished in October 2013 if he wins that clay-court title and Nadal loses before the quarterfinals, according to the ATP World Tour.

Djokovic can make up significant ground on Nadal, the defending champion in Madrid, because he has far fewer ranking points to defend after losing last year in the round of 32.

The 27-year-old Nadal has tallied a total of 132 weeks at No. 1 during his career, which puts him in sixth place all time.

Swiss great Roger Federer, 32, holds the record in this category, which dates back to August 1973, with 302 weeks in the top spot.

The 26-year-old Djokovic, who has had two previous stints as the world’s highest-ranked player, has compiled 101 weeks at No. 1 during his career.

Nadal lost in the quarterfinals of last month’s Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open events, two clay-court tournaments he has dominated over the last 10 years.

He therefore is looking to regain some confidence on his favorite surface prior to the start of tennis’ premier clay-court tournament, the French Open, which gets underway on May 25.

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FridayMay 2, 2014