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FridayMay 9, 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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Environmental Groups Fight Tourism Project Threatening World Heritage Site in Mexico

Environmental Groups Fight Tourism Project Threatening World Heritage Site in Mexico

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Environmental organizations are demanding the Mexican government block a proposed tourist project in the northwestern state of Baja California Sur, saying it would pose a severe threat to the Cabo Pulmo marine reserve.

“The Cabo Dorado project must be avoided at all costs due to the large amount of regional impacts that would jeopardize the environmental viability and people’s wellbeing in that region in the short, medium and long term,” they said in a statement.

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Interim Governor Arrested on Drug Trafficking, Racketeering Charges in Mexico

Interim Governor Arrested on Drug Trafficking, Racketeering Charges in Mexico

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A former interim governor of the southwestern state of Michoacan has been formally charged with drug trafficking and racketeering, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

Jesus Reyna, 62, was taken into custody early last month.

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Violence Erupts at End of Student March to Press for Chilean Education Reform

Violence Erupts at End of Student March to Press for Chilean Education Reform

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Tens of thousands of students marched in this capital and other Chilean cities on Thursday to renew demands for free, quality public education in their first demonstrations since Michelle Bachelet returned to the presidency in March.

Organized by the main organizations representing university and high school students, the mobilization was aimed at re-invigorating a movement that captured global attention in 2011.

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Blog del Narco: LA Gang Members Hired by Sinaloa Cartel to Find $300K in Minnesota

Blog del Narco: LA Gang Members Hired by Sinaloa Cartel to Find $300K in Minnesota

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Three gang members from Los Angeles were charged with the kidnapping and torture of two young people in Minnesota. Allegedly they had stolen 60 kilos of methamphetamine and money belonging to the Sinaloa cartel.

Federal prosecutor Andrew Luger in a statement released today in the city of St. Paul Minnesota announced the charges against Jesus ‘N’, 31, Jonatan ‘N’, 22, and Juan Ricardo ‘N’, the “Chapo” 32.

The three suspects, face the possibility of life in prison for drug trafficking, in addition to lesser sentences for using firearms, kidnapping and threats to their victims, the prosecutor said.

Reportedly, the gang members were sent last month by the Sinaloa Cartel from Los Angeles to find out who stole the drugs and $ 200,000 in cash from a house in St. Paul. The location had been used as a depository for drug traffickers.

The official statement said the house was controlled by a Mexican cartel and, according to court documents obtained by the Star Tribune; it would be the Sinaloa cartel, which controls the trafficking of heroin and other drugs in the Midwest.

Apparently the two young men aged 16 and 19 years, were responsible for monitoring the home the home in Minnesota. The pair were attacked by the California gang members, tied to chairs and beaten for hours, while having guns pointed at their heads.

The kidnappers threatened to kill young people and their families if they did not compensate the Sinaloa Cartel in the amount of $ 300,000.

The prosecutor said in the statement that the allegations are “a dark picture of the violent nature of the drug cartels.”

Read more in Spanish at Blog del Narco

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Mexican Soprano Aims to Bring “Popera” to Mainstream

Mexican Soprano Aims to Bring “Popera” to Mainstream

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Mexican-American soprano Barbara Padilla, best known as the runner-up in the fourth season of the TV reality series “America’s Got Talent,” says she is looking to spark wider interest in classical music through her operatic versions of pop songs.

The 40-year-old singer told Efe her debut album features “classically arranged popular songs and I sing them with operatic technique; but we combine the pop world with the classical world and it’s called ‘classical crossover’ or ‘classical crossover in Spanish.’”

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Guatemalan Police Arrest Drug Trafficker Wanted in the U.S.

Guatemalan Police Arrest Drug Trafficker Wanted in the U.S.

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Guatemalan security forces on Thursday captured a suspected drug trafficker wanted by the United States.

Edgar Estuardo Caceres Barreira, 40, was arrested in the village of La Cienega in the Caribbean province of Izabal, a spokesman for the PNC national police force told reporters.

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What Americans Can Learn From Gabriel García Márquez About Immigration

What Americans Can Learn From Gabriel García Márquez About Immigration

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With Congress stalled on immigration reform and the Obama administration reconsidering its priorities, Americans might be surprised to learn that recently deceased global citizen Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) offers some well-informed insights into immigration issues.

The 1982 Nobel Laureate in Literature lived most of his adult life as an immigrant, and was once an undocumented worker—in Venezuela, from late 1957 to early 1959. His first immigration experience was in France, where he lived in the mid-1950s with full documentation, working as a journalist for the liberal Colombian newspaper, El Espectador. Soon after arriving, however, he was left unemployed when Colombian dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla ordered the closing of all liberal media. During the remainder of his stay in France, García Márquez dedicated his time to writing the foundational Macondo stories that would eventually lead him to the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, and literary fame. The remainder of his time in Paris, however, involved basic survival—sometimes even collecting bottles on the streets to earn money for food, and negotiating his residency at a small Parisian hotel, on credit, with promises to pay later.

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Actor Kevin Spacey Shares Photo With Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Actor Kevin Spacey Shares Photo With Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

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American actor Kevin Spacey posted a photograph on Twitter taken with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who he joked was “also making progress in his 1st year in office.”

Spacey, who plays a politician, Francis Underwood, who becomes president of the United States at the end of season two of the popular series “House of Cards,” said in his post that “1 President is real” in the photograph.

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Puerto Rican Official Hopes to Lure Spanish Firms to the Island

Puerto Rican Official Hopes to Lure Spanish Firms to the Island

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“Puerto Rico is the logical place for all Spanish firms that are looking in a very serious way at the opportunities that exist in the U.S. Hispanic community,” the island’s secretary of state said in San Juan on Thursday.

David Bernier spoke at the opening of the Spain-Puerto Rico Business Forum, held at the Inter American University in San Juan, which has as its special invitee Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

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6.6 Earthquake Shakes Central, Southern Mexico

6.6 Earthquake Shakes Central, Southern Mexico

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A magnitude-6.6 earthquake on Thursday hit central and southern Mexico, but there have been no reports of casualties, authorities said.

The temblor occurred exactly at noon and its epicenter was located 28 kilometers (17 miles) southwest of Tecpan in the southern state of Guerrero at a depth of 17 kilometers (10.5 miles), Mexico’s National Seismological Service said on Twitter.

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FridayMay 9, 2014